John McPhee interview with Diego Mulligan KSFR FM – October 4th, 2010

The following letter from John McPhee to Diego Mulligan introduces the background for his interview on Mulligan’s show, KSFR.org Oct 4th BETWEEN 4:05 AND 6 pm MST. It provides a wonderful overview of the whole problem, as well as who the main researchers are in the documentary film FULL SIGNAL.

Thank you for doing this interview in a timely fashion so that we can promote the showing of FULL SIGNAL at Warehouse 21, at 7 PM on Oct. 14th.

The director, Talal Jabari, is a true professional, and his experience in composing documentaries is certainly apparent in Full Signal. He also interviewed some of the top experts in the world, including Dr. Olie Johanson, from the Swedish Karolinska Institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Leif Safford, a Swedish neurosurgeon who, like Olie, has been studying the radiation issue for more than 20 years, and Dr. David Carpenter, an American public health professor who has also been in the field more than two decades, and is Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the U. of New York in Albany.

I think probably the most important aspect of this film is that it is a great introduction for the general public because it is successful in giving the most important message. Namely, that electromagnetic radiation and radio frequencies have become, with the introduction of 4.5 billion cell phones and millions of wireless systems worldwide, more ubiquitous and pervasive than any other product in history. Secondly, that we know almost nothing about the long term physiological effect on the populace, since the current level of exposure is only a few years old, and it is, as Dr. Safford and others have been quoted to say, “the largest biological experiment in human history.”

The situation becomes even more alarming, and especially in the US, because of the lack of oversight of the telecommunications industry and wireless technology manufacturers. The first definitive US study demonstrating a negative biological effect was published by Dr. Allan Frey at Cornell U. in 1962, and was not endorsed by the Navy, which funded the project. Then there was the replication of Frey’s work by Dr. Henry Lai at the U. of Washington a few years later, which was not endorsed by Motorola, which funded that study.

Then the EPA was formed in 1970, and their Radiation Bureau conducted outstanding research in their own state of the art laboratory for some 15 years, resulting in a comprehensive report to the Reagan Administration in the mid-80’s. The report was not endorsed by the administration and the EPA was relieved of their regulatory authority over the industry and the technology. Apparently there was also considerable pressure from the military, NASA, security agencies and other government departments which recognized these negative health findings might indicate their own employees and families were at risk, as well as the people in the communities where their facilities were located.

The original team of the EPA Radiation Control Bureau still sought a non-thermal biological health standard for long term and continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation and radio frequency from Congress ten years later, in 1995. This was again based on both their own research and their evaluation of probably more than 2,000 creditable studies that indicate physiological damage at the cellular level, including breaks in DNA strands, from the non-thermal effect of this “electrosmog” penetrating the human body. Yet the FCC adopted a thermal standard created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, based on the heat penetration of a plastic substance for a total of 6 minutes, intended to replicate heat exposure to the brain of an adult male. This thermal standard has minimal relevance to constant 24/7 penetration of the human brain and body with electromagnetic radiation and radio frequencies/waves from many sources.

Aside from the FCC adopting only a thermal standard for wireless technology, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act in 1996 that explicitly says that there will be no local health and safety considerations in the placement of wireless technology! If the telecommunications industry did not think that there were any health and safety hazards to consider, then why did they lobby so aggressively to have this explicitly stated in law? The telecommunications industry apparently lobbied to provide for even more authority over placement of their infrastructure, without the interference from zoning laws.

Last year, Maine Representative Andrea Boland was featured on the cover of TIME magazine for sponsoring the first attempt at simply adding a warning label to cell phones regarding extended use to near the head in the state of Maine. It did not pass, however, George Carlo, the epidemiologist who received $26 million from the industry to confirm the safety of cell phones, publicly stated in a open letter to the Maine Legislature that if the 50 studies he facilitated had been released prior to introducing the cell phone product to the public, cell phones would NOT have been allowed on the market in their current form.

Now, of course, the radiation is coming at us from every direction, from

cell phones and wireless in the homes, schools, and workplaces, to cell towers, electronic utility meters, laptops and e-readers.

The Santa Fe Alliance is seeking approval from the New Mexico Gas Company to allow anyone with concerns about the potential health hazards of the new electronic meters they are presently installing to be able to self-read their own non-electronic meter, or have a telephone line link.

Apparently, the water utility in Santa Fe has already installed transmitters that generated signals every 15 seconds, or 5,700 times every 24 hours, and now the gas company wishes to do the same, which then meant that each home would receive over 11,400 transmission exposures per day. Just like wireless systems in homes, schools, and workplaces, there is no research that confirms the safety of the technology, so again the populace is being subjected to what amounts to an experiment.

Emitting even more signals than the one way transmitters are the SMART meters, which are being installed throughout California right now, as these meters communicate with each other in a neighborhood in what is called a “mesh circuit”, generating even more signals than the transmitters being installed here. Like with wireless systems, people nationwide are reporting immediate health symptoms as soon as the SMART meters are operational. The other electronic option we would seek, if the gas utility rejects the options of self-read and telephone links is a two way electronic transmitter, which only sends out one transmission per month, when it is “woken up” by the central office to provide a meter reading.

The long term goal of the Santa Fe Alliance is for everyone to advocate for policymakers to fund shielded wire, underground Broadband links to every home, school and business in America, phasing out all use of wireless.

We do not seek underground Broadband to enhance the wireless infrastructure, but instead to REPLACE wireless. Underground Broadband is not only many times faster, more reliable and more secure than wireless, but if the wires are properly shielded, then the public is protected from “dirty electricity” or excessive static emitting from the wires themselves.

Japan has already instituted this technology, so why is the US not moving forward to do the same so that we can keep up in the world economy? Even the WiMax that is being installed in rural areas that is so powerful that it covers 5 square miles without cable is not only harmful to the populace, but is also demonstrating negative effects on the bee, bird and other animal population reproduction and survival behaviors.

We are also asking that the citizens of all communities demand public hearings on every permit to install additional wireless and microwave capacity, as the telecommunications industry is now pushing hard to install a much higher level of 4G network capacity via more cell towers and antennas to accommodate the unprecedented use of this technology by the public, without evaluation of the risks involved.

The situation is at crisis level, in what seems to be an identical circumstance of complete immersion and exposure of the public to synthetic chemicals in the 50’s, when we “bathed” ourselves, our homes and foods with DDT and other equally toxic pesticides, without the slightest worry or concern. We spend our lives focused on those who might do us harm, when in fact it could very well be our own level of consumption, trust about the products we use, and manner in which we use these products that is the most hazardous to our health.

John McPhee

Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety

John McPhee has been the Consumer Product Safety Commission Representative for the state of New Mexico for the past 14 years, however, since this agency, the EPA, and the Center for Disease Control have no jurisdiction over the telecommunications industry nor wireless technology products, he has been compelled to pursue the issue as a private citizen, as a member of the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety and the American Association for the Safe Use of Cell Phones.

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