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I love Berkeley, I really do.

I've not bothered to unsubscribe to campus mailing lists that I was subscribed to, and this here came across the discussion list for Airbears, the campus wireless service. You'll see why I fell over laughing.

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 09:01:19 -0800
From: name and email removed to protect the guilty
To: Airbears discussion list
Subject: [AirBears] Health Impacts of "Airbears" (WiFi)

I was shocked, when I found out that I can no longer visit the library without getting irradiated with microwave radiation. I understand that government regulations were followed, but the government regulations are notorious for being inadequate to protect our health. They address only the HEATING effect of electromagnetic radiation. Health impacts have been found at far lower levels than those of the federal standards. To understand the risk, think about how much energy it takes to damage a DNA molecule. NOT MUCH!

WiFi operates at essentially the same freqency as a microwave oven. So the entire campus has been turned into a low-power microwave oven, willy-nilly. You claim that health impacts from WiFi haven't been found. But many of the most important health effects don't show up until after 10-20 years! WiFi hasn't been around that long. Thus, you are violating the Precautionary Principle.

Electromagnetic radiation can be viewed as waves (whereby it seems harmless) or particles. The shorter the wavelength, the more harmful it is. Thus, although WiFi is broadcast at a low total energy level, each of its photons has enough energy to do harm. But DETECTING that harm is difficult, especially since it can manifest itself in so many different ways, depending on which organ is struck. In other words, if cancer were its only result, it would be more obvious than if it resulted in dozens of different symptoms. The latter is the case with low levels of electromagnetic radiation.

You say that radiation levels fall off rapidly with distance. But that implies that there are places on campus where the radiation originates, and where it is stronger. We aren't even being told where those transmitters are, so that we can avoid them! I asked a librarian in the Biosciences Library where the transmitter is, and she didn't know! I think that we all have a right to know where those transmitters are, so that we can take protective measures! At the very least, they should all be clearly marked.

I am not a physician or physicist, so I would like to hear other points of view, but from my point of view, we are all guinea pigs in a vast and unwise experiment -- and for nothing better than simple convenience!

Bibliography on Electromagnetism and Its Effects on Humans and Wildlife
Mike Vandeman, Ph.D.

Becker, Robert O., M.D. and Gary Selden, The Body Electric -- Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life. New York: Morrow, 1985.
"As far as I know, our testimony was the first ever openly given by American scientists stating that electromagnetic energy had health effects in doses below those needed to heat tissue, and that power lines might therefore be hazardous to human health. ...We greatly embarrassed Captain Tyler and the Navy by publicly revealing the existence of the Sanguine report, which had been secret until then." p.281

"Continued expansion of the electrical power system threatens the viability of all life on earth." p.326

"Chronic stress and impaired disease resistance result [from extremely-low-frequency EMF]. ...regulation of cellular growth processes is impaired by electropollution, increasing cancer rates and producing serious reproductive problems." p.327

"In the last four decades, changes in the structure of scientific institutions have produced a situation so heavily weighted in favor of the establishment that it impedes progress in health care and prevents truly new ideas from getting a fair hearing in almost all circumstances." pp.331-2

"...the buying of science by the military. To call it a form of prostitution is an insult to the oldest profession." p.333

This book is extremely well written and easy to read!

Carlo, Dr. George and Martin Schram, Cell Phones -- Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age -- an Insider's Alarming Discoveries about Cancer and Genetic Damage. Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., Avalon Publishers Group, 19 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10010-6805, 2001.
"No one was really on the case. The regulators were not regulating. The watchdogs were not watching. The investigative journalists were not investigating. The researchers were signing on with industry, losing their objectivity, and failing to follow their science. And the industry was basking in record profits. ... Breakthroughs in technology must be balanced by a willingness to actively and responsibly safeguard the public health." p.259

Firstenberg, Arthur, Microwaving Our Planet -- the Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution. Cellular Phone Taskforce, POB 100404, Vanderveer Station, Brooklyn, NY 11210, 1997.
"The present proliferation of wireless technology must be stopped before it does us all irreparable harm." p.48.

Levitt, B. Blake, ed. Cell Towers -- Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? New Century Publishing 2000, 561 Shunpike Rd., Sheffield, MA 01257, 2000.
"50-60 Hz -- the frequency band common to our electric utilities. Decades of research has produced data showing a generalized stress response from ELF-EMFs, suppression of melatonin and serotonin, changes in calcium ions in the cell, effects on fertility in test animals, cancers of just about every type, associations with Alzheimer's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, immune system suppression, autoimmune diseases and many other problems. Based on popular press articles, people think the powerline frequencies have been found to be safe, but nothing could be further from the truth." p.31.

"[Causal association of RF radiation with] immune system suppression, increases in the permeability of the blood brain barrier, changes in calcium ions, DNA damage, and numerous cancers are well established in the scientific literature, among many other things." p.37.

Levitt, B. Blake, Electromagnetic Fields -- A Consumer's Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1995.
"The Best guidelines at present appear to be those recommended by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) in its Report No. 86, titled 'Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields'. ... The phone number is 800-229-2652." p.31.
I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits tohumans ("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8 years fighting auto dependence and road construction.)

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Hey, it's march of the Luddites! Wonder if he has power to his *house*! Y'know, 'cause it might not be safe!

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