In a letter submitted on 11 May 2015 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, nearly 200 scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) called for better protection from this exposure.
We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).
Scientific basis for our common concerns
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.
These findings justify our appeal to the United Nations (UN) and, all member States in the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.
In 2013 Dr Martin Pall demonstrated how oxidative stress, single and double strand DNA breaks, cancer, male and female infertility, breakdown of the blood brain barrier, loss of melatonin and sleep disruption can be explained by the activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (VGCCs) in the cell. He also demonstrated how EMF exposure increases nitric oxide levels which has been shown in his earlier work to interfere with memory, learning & immune dysfunction.
In March 2016, Prof Frank Barnes from the University of Colorado and Ben Greenebaum (Journal Editor of the Bioelectromagnetics Society) announced that they could explain how low levels of RF radiation could alter the growth rates of cells. Although there are many experiments where no changes are seen they attribute this to the many feedback and repair processes in the body. They also demonstrate how extended elevations of ROS and nitrogen oxide species can result in undesired biological effects, such as premature aging, cancer and Alzheimer’s. [source]
A collation of health-related reports, studies and documentaries is available on the EMRSA website.
As people who are aware and concerned about their health seek ways to reduce their accumulative exposure from cellphone towers, Wi-Fi, phones and other wireless devices and improve health through supplements and a healthier lifestyle (where they can afford it), insufficient attention is being paid to the interference with other forms of plant and animal life, including bees and other insects.
Summaries of scientific evidence for this is available on these sites: