PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 25 AUGUST 2009
25th August, 2009, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
UK Radiation Research Trust - a UK based charity focused on the health effects of electromagnetic fields from wireless technologies - along with other international health advocacy groups on two continents today released a report called "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone". The report was released by a collaborative group of international EMF activists: the groups affiliated with the report include Powerwatch and the Radiation Research Trust in the U.K and in the U.S., EMR Policy Institute, ElectromagneticHealth.org and The Peoples Initiative Foundation. The report has been endorsed by leading scientists and physicians worldwide, including Ronald Herberman, MD, Director Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Martin Blank,PhD of Columbia University (www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6wLFeIrCtU) and David Carpenter, MD, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany. It was also released to the media, globally, as well as to the U.S. Congress.
Download the new report from the Radiation Research Trust: http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/15reasons.asp
The new report analyses the science on cellphones and brain tumours and reviews in detail 11 key design flaws in the 13-country, industry funded Interphone Study, which underestimates risk of brain tumours.
View the You Tube Introduction to the report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwjC_OUIo8I
Eileen O'Connor, Director of Radiation Research Trust, says, "It is time for government and industry to stop the denial about the health effects of microwave radiation and do what is right to protect public health". Andrew Mitchell MP, Trustee of Radiation Research Trust and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, says, “I welcome the scientific debate about cell phones and brain tumours and a serious discussion of any design flaws of the Interphone study."
Pressure has been mounting on governments around the world to protect children from cell phone radiation. Russian officials have recommended children under the age of 18 years not use cell phones at all. Similarly, the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Germany and India have discouraged use of cell phones by children. In Finland, the Radiation and Nuclear Power Authority has urged parents to err on the side of caution. France is nearing the point where it will make it illegal to market cell phones to children, and recently banned mobile phones in elementary schools.
Radiation emitted from wireless technologies has been shown in scientific research to show leakage of the blood-brain-barrier, and deleterious effects on sperm, including decreased sperm counts and reduced sperm motility, among many other biological effects. Studies independent of industry, consistently show there is a “significant” risk of brain tumours from mobile phone use.
Recently, in Austria, The Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risk (AUVA) commissioned Vienna Medical University to research the effects of cell phone radiation on the brain, immune system, and proteins. The AUVA studies have further confirmed the existence of non-thermal effects from mobile phone radiation, reinforcing the need for governments to adjust exposure guidelines.
Brian Stein, Chairman of Radiation Research Trust, and CEO of food giant, Samworth Brothers, adds "Responsible action on the part of governments is urgently required to protect future generations."
The UK Radiation Research Trust (RRT) is a leading health advocacy organization mobilizing supporters and advocating for a precautionary approach to electromagnetic radiation and government warnings regarding wireless technologies. Its purpose is to uncover and communicate the true facts concerning electromagnetic radiation and health.
Contact: Eileen O’Connor
Director, Radiation Research Trust