From: "Dirk Bruere"
Subject: Re: Any ideas on measuring radiation in the home ?
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 23:45:33 +0100
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Dirk Bruere
> wrote (in ) about 'Any ideas on
> measuring radiation in the home ?', on Wed, 9 Oct 2002:
> >How about other urban scare stories, like holding a uwave emitter to your
> >head for a couple of hours a day for years might have adverse effects?
> See my post of yesterday:
> A document has been circulated within the standards community by someone
> at EIA/TIA on the above subject, summarizing a recently issued Report. I
> don't think this is in the actual public domain, so I am just forwarding
> a brief extract here.
> The Swedish Radiation Protection Authority has engaged two
> internationally well-known epidemiologists to review published studies
> on the relationship between the use of cellular telephones and cancer
> risk. They are Dr. John D. Boice, Jr. and Dr. Joseph K. McLaughlin from
> the International Epidemiology Institute, USA.
> In their review, no consistent evidence was observed for increased risk
> of brain cancer, meningioma, acoustic neurinoma, ocular melanoma, or
> salivary gland cancer, examined over a wide range of exposure measures,
> including type of phone, duration of use, frequency of use, total
> cumulative hours of use, tumor location and laterality (concurrence of
> tumor location with hand normally used during phone conversations).
> In any case, total absence of logic is characteristic of these Luddite
> campaigns. People here object violently to base-station antennas while
> continuing to use their cell-phones. They don't realise that the field
> from the cell-phone is typically a thousand times higher than that at
> any publicly-accessible point near the base station antenna.
As regards cancer, I don't think we'll really know the answer to that for
another fifteen to twenty years.