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Electrosensitive Newsletter (March 2012)

Electrosensitive Newsletter (March 2012)

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Great newsletter for people with eleectrosensitivity or anyone concerned about electrosmog. Uploaded with permission from ES-UK organisation http://www.es-uk.info/
Great newsletter for people with eleectrosensitivity or anyone concerned about electrosmog. Uploaded with permission from ES-UK organisation http://www.es-uk.info/

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ElectroSensitivity UK
ElectroSensitivity UK © 2012 Registered Charity No. 1103018
MARCH 2012
or all people sensitised by electro-magnetic felds and radiation
ES-UK news 2ES news 3Readers’ Comments 9Solar energy health problems 10EHS review study 11Science of RF health effects 13From Atomic Weapons to ICNIRP 14Industry and government 15International news 17ES stories 18
Smart Meters should be hard wired
Brian Stein writes:“Thanks to everyone for writing to power companies andministers about smart meters. I’m pleased to report asmall victory with the Minister announcing in parliamentthat they will not be made compulsory.The campaign was a united front from ES-UK, RRT,and MCS-AWARE, following the ES-UK conference lastyear, and culminated in Isaac Jamieson’s ‘Smart Meters’document and petition being handed into 10 DowningStreet. On the day we were fortunate to have BillEsterson, MP, in attendance who joined us in a meetingto discuss the dangers of smart meters and more
generally EMF. He and his assistant were sufciently
concerned to table questions in the House of Commonswhich resulted in the Minister’s statement. Let us nowfocus our campaign on smart meters being made hardwired.”
Wireless Smart Meters need health warnings
The Daily Telegraph reported on 1st February: “Smartmeters for energy to be voluntary: Smart meters maypose health threat” stated that “some people claim to be
sensitive to electromagnetic elds, saying it gives them
symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who havehad the devices installed in their homes.” It added thatBill Esterson, MP, is now urging the Government to saywhether smart meters will come with health warnings.”The Telegraph editorial comment, headed “A smartmove”, called it “probably a wise move”.
Put public health rst – “high time toabandon the pseudo-scientic riskassessment” which benets industry
Professor O. Johansson wrote in January about EHSsufferers to the Environment Committee in Dublin: “Thepresent risk assessment of EMFs, such as mobile phone
radiation, is scientically untenable. It is therefore hightime to abandon the pseudo-scientic risk assessment
methodology that industry-sponsored top experts have
designed to benet industry interests at the expense of 
public health.”
Animals andhumans have
magnetic sensitivity
Most scientists acceptthat animals havemagnetic sensitivity, andthere is evidence for a humanmagnetic sense too.“The Compass Within: Animals’ magnetic sense is real” was the title of an
article in the January edition of Scientic American.
It suggests how magnetite and cryptochromes react;both are found in humans as well as animals. Humanmagnetic sensitivity to manmade gradients has beenestablished since Carrubba S et al (Neuroscience,2007). These are “consistent” effects on the “generalpopulation” at non-thermal levels.
MPs Joe Bentonand Bill Estersonwith RadiationResearch trusteesMike Bell, EileenO’Connor, Dr EricaMallery-Blythe andBrian Stein, outside10 Downing Streetin December, todeliver Dr IsaacJamieson’s “SmartMeters – Smarter Practices” reportwarning of wirelesshealth problems tothe Prime Minister,David Cameron.
Pen-pal service
 A volunteer is kindly willing to run a pen-pal service for thosewho would like it. Please contact Brian Stein, the trustee whowill pass on the information securely to the volunteer and giveyour preferences, e.g. only male, only female, not seriouslyaffected, etc.
Telephone helpline
Many thanks again to all our volunteers who give and havegiven so much time to the telephone helpline. Interferencewith helpers’ telephone lines, however, has led to a review of arrangements. The new system aims to safeguard helpers whileensuring that the helpline best meets the needs of callers. Avolunteer will assess the contact’s needs before referring them tosomeone best suited to helping.
ES-UK – can you help?
 As with other charities, the trustees of ES-UK are reviewingits structures and seeking how to make it more effective. Whatwe can do depends obviously on the time and skills whichindividuals can offer. If you feel that you can offer an area of 
expertise, such as helping over specic aspects of housing,
employment or legal matters, or sending out information toauthorities and businesses on health effects of radiation, pleaselet us know. Equally, if you are aware of issues which needaddressing, especially if you feel able to do something yourself,please let a trustee know. Over the last few years many doctors,employers and authorities have become more aware of electro-pollution and its health effects, and are open to constructiveideas for making life better for EHS people. 
How Fair Is Britain – ask your local authority!
“How Fair Is Britain” is a tri-annual programme run by theEqualities and Human Rights Commission. Roger reports thatthey assess the activities of local authorities around Britain from anumber of perspectives, one of which is disability and this clearlyincludes equal access. The LAs have to demonstrate what theyare doing in respect of their involvement in this programme. Theconsultation process should presently be going on within everylocal authority or county in Britain. Try to contact your countycouncil and ask them what they are doing about it. And send inyour feedback to this Newsletter so that others can see what isgoing on nationally.
Tell the mayor!
With London about to be swamped by more class 2bcarcinogenic radio waves from yet more Wi-Fi, people havebeen writing to the mayor to remind him that health is even moreimportant than ease of staying in touch. Many decision makersneed to be better advised on basic health matters.
Medical Advisers
ES-UK is most grateful to Dr David Dowson for all he has done
as a medical adviser. He was one the rst doctors in the UK to
understand the implications of ES and produced an early studylinking power lines with depression and suicide. We welcomeDr Erica Mallery-Blythe who gave an excellent talk at last year’sconference.
Newsletters too upsetting?
 An ES-UK supporter writes that she
nds the Newsletter makes her angry
and upset, and that it has too littlehelp and support. She also remarksthat the print is too small and it invitesreaders to use a computer. Another comments that there is too muchforeign news.Editor’s reply: I agree that muchof the material in the Newsletter isupsetting and rightly makes readerswho understand the problem angry.This is the nature of our suffering:all the unpleasant and disablingeffects could easily be reduced if thegovernment lowered electrosmogsafety guidelines to levels whichare not biologically active. Some
sufferers nd comfort in knowing that
they are not alone and that life is
equally difcult or worse for others.
Others use the Newsletter to educatedoctors and politicians about thissituation. I try to include positiveand helpful articles when they areavailable; please send in more! Infact change is in the air, since eventhe deniers can no longer ignorethe major health problems emergingaround the world caused by radiation,partly because of the growingnumber of legal cases.The health articles by PattyHemingway have been appreciated,as have reports on medical advancesin France and the US. I was awareof the problem of the print size andhope it will be larger in future. Wecertainly do not invite all readers touse computers, but we know thatlevels of sensitivity vary immenselybetween sufferers and some readerscan use computers. Others haveadapted them to reduce the radiationthey emit, or access to them throughfriends or relatives. As for includinginternational news, I wish that therewere more UK medical studies,disability recognition and governmentaction.
New EHS review study
 A study, “Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: Fact o
ction?” by Genius & Lipp is the rst to highlight a
number of important issues, such as the reducedquality of life for ES sufferers. See elsewhere in theNewsletter for a review.
ICD classication of Electromagnetic-Hypersensitivity
The International Classication of Diseases (ICD)
was created in 1948. The current categorisation wasendorsed by World Health Organisation in 1990 andcame into use in 1994. At present, in 2012, it appears
that a relevant classication for EHS is ICD-9-CM990 “radiation sickness” - Other And Unspecied
Effects of External Causes; 990: Effects of radiation
unspecied. From 1st October, 2013, the comparable
code would be ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code T66,where ICD Z58 = “problems related to the physicalenvironment” and T66 (microwave syndrome)
= “other unspecied effects of external causes:
radiation sickness.” The next revision after that will beICD-11, due in 2015.
Book review: “The Force”
Lyn McLean’s book “TheForce: Living safely in a worldof electromagnetic pollution”(Scribe Publications, 2011,ISBN: 9781921640292) is animpressive and detailed accountin 380 pages of the biologicaleffects of electromagneticradiation and what you can doto reduce their harmful results.It has three main sections: (a)evidence of harm from different types of technology,such as powerlines, mobile phones, masts andcomputers; (b) the biological and medical evidence,including a chapter on EHS; and (c) how to livesafely and reduce exposure. It is a demanding readwith many details and facts, but accessible for mostpeople and helpful in its comments and suggestions.McLean makes clear the size and stark reality of the health problem all people now face from low-
level electromagnetic elds, whether they realise
it or not, and how unwilling most governments andregulators seem to be in dealing with this issue.Some comments are forthright: “Statements such asthat there is ‘no evidence of risk’ at levels of radiationbelow international standards are misleadingand, of course, untrue.” Others are ironic: “In their benevolence, legislators have now created anenvironment in which base stations are constructedbefore they are shown to be safe.” Others are factual:
“Right now the at-earth paradigm of technology –
the belief that only high levels of radiation are harmful – is being challenged.” Her analysis of the way inwhich the tobacco industry manipulated governmentsand science, however, is far from encouraging.
The book nishes with a plea for an ‘ethicaltechnology’ which is sustainable and benecial rather 
than harmful, where products are tested before beingreleased. Every doctor, regulator, parliamentarian
and planner would benet from reading this important
and wide-ranging book. Only the rich, however, canafford to deploy the suggested shielding from manyof the worst effects.
“The EHSWorkbook:A Guided Journey
to Feeling Better”
This new approachto coping with EHS isbased on Angela Hobbs’own experience. Thenew 50-page edition was published in October 2011“celebrating ten years of EHS-free Living”. It is spiral-bound, nearly A4 size, consisting of practical advicewith some theory and plenty of space for noting your own progress and observations. It advocates a wholelifestyle approach, emphasising sleep, food andexercise as well as ways of reducing EM exposures.It recognises that each person’s sensitivity differs. Itchallenges you to look positively in a practical wayat what you can do to change your life, not what youcannot alter: “Regardless of their recovery speed
most people who’ve struggled with EHS always nd
that there are some places they don’t like.”ISBN: 978-0-9868528-5-5. Cost: $24.95 + $8.00 for shipping, from Bold World Books, 171 EdenworldDrive, NW, Calgary, AB T3A 3T4, USA. Fax: 403-219-222; tel: 403-219-2226; email: Lawrence@chinooksolutions.com, and online at chinooksolutions.com.
ABC News highlights EHS
 A TV news story on 27th October on ABC Newshighlighted the problem faced by EHS patients in
the U.S.A. in nding somewhere to live away from
EMF exposure. It featured people who had movedto West Virginia to make use of the quiet zone near the large radio telescope.

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