October 17, 2008

ElectromagneticHealth.Org to Launch at Colorado Bioneers Conference

ElectromagneticHealth.org will launch Saturday at Colorado Bioneers, the annual environmental conference (http://ecenter.colorado.edu/bioneers08). Focused on the fast emerging public health issue of electromagnetic pollution, the website is educational, activist and philanthropic.

A project of Wide Angle Health, LLC, a health education and advocacy organization, ElectromagneticHealth.org offers a place where media, business, government and the public can learn about electromagnetic health issues from interviews with leading experts; petition Congress to change exposure guidelines; and support worthy non-profit groups dedicated to EMF advocacy, education and research.

Scientific, medical and legal experts to be featured on the site include David Carpenter, MD, a key witness in recent Congressional hearings on "Tumors and Cell Phone Use: What the Science Shows;" Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburg Cancer Institute; Olle Johansson, PhD of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden; and Whitney North Seymour, Esq., former New York State Senator and U.S. Attorney, and Co-Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

ElectromagneticHealth.org's Petition to Congress calls for Congress to 1) mandate the Federal Communications Commission change exposure guidelines for radiofrequency radiation exposure to be biologically-based; 2) repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, thereby returning state and local governments' rights to limit cell phone towers and wireless antennas in their communities on health and environmental grounds; 3) declare a national moratorium on further wireless infrastructure build-out, including the coming Wi-Max, soon to blanket the United States in '2nd hand radiation'; and 4) establish radiation-free public zones, office spaces, neighborhoods and schools, so all may participate equally in society, accommodating the estimated 10-20 million in the U.S. today who are electrically sensitive.

The site also features a new 130-page E-Report, "Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution" by Camilla Rees and Magda Havas, PhD. This report answers 110 Questions posed by an audience at the Commonwealth Club of California last spring, offering invaluable education for the media, health professionals, government officials, school officials and the public at large. "People need to rapidly learn about the importance of this subject," says Magda Havas, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada. She adds, "We need an effective governmental response to this public health issue immediately."

Electromagnetic safety is an issue of increasing international health concern, with many countries, governments, associations and groups recently recommending limits on exposures to microwave radiation from wireless technologies. In September, the European Parliament voted 522 to 16 for tighter safety standards for cell phones, saying, "The limits on exposure to electromagnetic fields which have been set for the general public are obsolete."