17 juin 2015 – Source : Osoyoos Times
A renowned Canadian scientist and expert in molecular oncology says hundreds of millions of residents around the world are being “blanketed in an electromagnetic smog” caused by wireless devices such as smart meters and the potential health care consequences will be staggering.
Speaking in front of an audience of more than 100 residents from across the South Okanagan at the Oliver Community Centre this past Saturday morning, Dr. Malcolm Paterson gave a detailed two-hour presentation – following by an extended question and answer period – about the concerns he shares with fellow scientists and the medical community about the impact of wireless technology on human health.
Paterson’s presentation was entitled The Electromagnetic Age: A Sleeping Giant?
The level of radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic frequency (EMF) technology impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of residents around the world is 3,000 times higher than levels measured back in 1980, said Paterson, who has given four previous similar presentations in the South Okanagan over the past three weeks.
Paterson has a Masters degree in Science from Queen’s University in Kingston and attained his PhD in molecular oncology in the United States.
Health Canada’s current measurement system to determine the impact of wireless technology – including smart meters and cellphones – is called Safety Code 6, said Paterson.
Dozens of peer-reviewed scientific studies he has researched carefully over the past several months indicate that Safety Code 6 standards are clearly inadequate and negatively affecting the health of regular Canadians, said Paterson.
Paterson likened the impact of the damaging affects of wireless technology to what transpired 60 and 70 years ago relating to the damage caused by tobacco and cigarettes.
Physicians in the late 1940s had warned of the negative impacts of widespread tobacco use and identified smoking as a major cause of lung cancer, but the tobacco industry demanded proof, including a precise mode of action, said Paterson.
It took 20 years for enough peer reviewed science for the government to acknowledge tobacco and cigarettes were harming people and eventually killing them, he said.
“Governments waited far too long before launching tobacco tax, advertising bans, smoke-free public buildings and anti-smoking ads,” he said.
Hundreds of millions of people killed by tobacco in the 20th Century might have been saved if the government had taken appropriate action, he said.
There is an urgent need for a “paradigm shift in decision making” by government and industry leaders as they must shift away from asking “what level of harm is acceptable” to “how can we prevent harm?”, said Paterson.
“There has to be a fundamental change in how we manage EMF regulation from cost-risk benefit analysis to a precautionary approach,” he said.
There are now more than 7,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers which clearly indicate the potential health risks posed by cellphones, smart meters, cell towers and other wireless technology, he said.
Members of society need to mobilize political will to counter the powerful economic forces that continue to drive the rollout of new wireless gadgets and public safety must trump innovation, he said.
“There exists solid science-based evidence for the potential for non-thermal health impacts such as latent cancers from EMF-emitting devices,” he said. “Given the enormity of the health risk, the time to act decisively is now.
“Standard of evidence for judging the science should be precautionary and requiring conclusive evidence can delay avoidance action at early stages when health risks are preventable.”
Paterson listed eight “steps in a call to action” that should be taken by the Canadian government and industry leaders in wireless technology.
Protecting pregnant women and children by providing wireless-free learning and sleeping areas.
Strengthening guidelines and regulatory standards.
Encouraging manufacturers of wireless devices to develop safer technologies.
Fully informing the public of potential health risks from EMF and teach harm reduction strategies.
Educating medical professionals about biological effects of EMF and provide training on treatment of patients suffering from electronic hypersensitivity.
Providing government-funded training and arms-length research on EMF and health and mandate industry co-operation with researchers.
Establish wireless-free public places or “white zones” for those who are sensitive to EMF.
Halt smart meter grid installation until complexities of their EMF pulsed signals and attendant health impacts are better understood.
Paterson applauded the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s board of directors for its recent motion calling for a moratorium on the installation of smart meters, adding 60 other municipal, city and band councils in B.C. have also passed similar motions.
Paterson urged those in attendance and everyone he speaks to on this issue to minimize the use of EMF-producing technologies and to maximize their distance from these technologies when in use.
He also urged school districts to ban the use of Wi-Fi technology, stating Canadian children will have been exposed to more than 13,000 hours of EMF by the time they graduate from high school.
“There has not been a single scientific study on the long-term biological effects of Wi-Fi on children,” he said.
Some practical steps everyone can take to reduce the risk caused by wireless technology include women not putting cellphones in their bra, carrying phones in handbags, briefcases or backpacks, using air tube headsets for cellphones, keeping laptop computers off your lap, choosing not to live near transformers and high voltage power lines and living away from cellphone towers if possible.
Several scientific studies have suggested holding a cellphone to your ear for more than 30 minutes per day increases the chances of getting a brain tumour by almost four times, said Paterson.
There is also undisputed scientific evidence the EMF and RF waves cause “strand breaks in DNA” and negatively alter body chemistry and function, he said.
Children are much more vulnerable to the negative health impacts caused by wireless technology, he said.
“Children are not little adults … they are much more vulnerable,” he said.
Literature provided by companies such as FortisBC suggesting smart meters are “roughly 2.8 million times safer than cellphones” is simply inaccurate, misleading and contradictory to scientific research, said Paterson.
More than 50 of Canada’s top scientists have bonded together to urge the Canadian government to alter its Safety Code 6 regulations, but the government has shown no inclination to make changes, he said.
The only way that will happen is if “regular Canadians” rally together and insist current standards are inadequate and must be changed, he said.
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