Some Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Biological Systems

IEEE Power Electronics Magazine

March 2016 2329-9207

Some Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Biological Systems

RF fields can change radical concentrations and cancer cell growth rates

by Frank Barnes and Ben Greenebaum

Concerns have been raised

about the possible

 

biological effects of nonionizing radiation since at least the late 1950s

with  respect to radar, other radio, and microwave sources.More recent

concerns  have arisen about the potential effects of low-intensity fields,

including  low frequency fields from the electric power generating,

transmission, and distribution system and the devices it

energizes, as well as intermediate, radio-frequency (RF),

and higher-frequency radiation from devices such as cell

phones, broadcast antennas, Wi-Fi, security monitors,

and so forth. These are concerns about the direct effects

of radiation on humans or other organisms. They are distinct

from the electromagnetic compatibility issues that

concern interference by the fields from one device with

the function of another, though human health can be

indirectly affected by electromagnetic interference with

the function of medical devices, including hospital

equipment or pacemakers.

Because of the difficulties in establishing the direct biological

effects of long-term low-level exposures, the lack of

an understood mechanism, and difficulties in obtaining reproducible

results, the guidelines for exposure limits have

been set based on relatively short term

exposures (minutes) that show

clear-cut damage with the addition of

a substantial safety factor. The current

guidelines from the U.S. Federal

Communications Commission (FCC)

for limiting exposures in free space

to the general public for the frequency

range 100 kHz–100 GHz are given in

Table 1. These guidelines are based

on American National Standards Institute

(ANSI) and IEEE recommendations.

For cell phones, the specific

absorption rate (SAR) is limited to

1.6 W/kg averaged over 1 g of tissue.

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Science for Sale: US Senators seek better conflict disclosures for scientific articles

Science for Sale: US Senators seek better conflict disclosures for scientific articles

From the Center for Public Integrity

March 31, 2016

Excerpt

Citing a recent Center investigation, lawmakers express ‘growing concerns about objectivity’ of research in a letter to the National Institutes of Health

Citing the Center for Public Integrity’s recent “Science for Sale” series, a group of U.S. senators has asked the National Institutes of Health to make it easier to tell who funds research published in scientific journals.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, on Wednesday released a letter sent to NIH Director Francis Collins asking that the National Library of Medicine make changes to its public database of 25 million journal articles, called PubMed, to reveal conflicts of interest in research.

“With industry now employing more scientists than nonprofits, universities and the government combined, and industry funding the research of many independent researchers, there are growing concerns about objectivity in numerous scientific disciplines — including nutrition science and research on health risk from chemicals,” the letter said.

The letter also cited a New York Times story about Coca-Cola Co. quietly funding academic researchers who blamed lack of exercise, rather than soft drinks and fast food, for the epidemic of obesity and diabetics.

The Center’s series revealed how scientific consultants working for the chemical industry publish journal articles that almost always claim their clients’ products are safe. Examples included two consulting firms, Gradient Corp. and Exponent, which published articles to help clients win asbestos lawsuits.

The NIH maintains a public database of medical and life sciences articles in more than 5,600 peer-reviewed journals. While the database often includes an abstract detailing the purpose of a study and its findings, the search results don’t reveal who paid for the research.
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Massachusetts citizens fighting hard in Worcester against smart grid technology

These items have been placed on the agenda for the Worcester City Council Meeting on April 12 at 7/))pm by citizen petitioners:

7a. Susan Lozoraitis request City Council call for an independent, public, transparent investigation of Worcester’s National Grid Smart Meter pilot program and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) by the Attorney General, legislature, and the Baker Administration, because National Grid has publicized a misleading 98% retention rate, while at least 4,000 out of 15,000 have dropped out.

7b. Judith Alden request City Council call for an independent, transparent public investigation by the State Attorney General and the Baker Administration because National Grid, Worcester Zoning, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) relied on the testimony of a career tobacco scientist Peter Valberg and because there are no safety standards for long term chronic exposure to pulsed microwaves.
7c. Pamela Steinberg request City of Worcester immediately enlist the State Attorney General, Inspector General, State Auditor and the Baker Administration to publicly investigate cost overruns and cost reporting of the National Grid smart meter pilot program, including the costs being incurred by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and other MA agencies to promote smart meters.
7d. Christopher Maider request City Council call for an investigation by the State Attorney General, Inspector General and State Auditor because of claims of a $1.25M savings attributed to the Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot program.
These items have been placed on the agenda by the Public Service Committee:
8a. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update on the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program (Smart Grid Meters), consisting of both non-City and non-industry sources, that focuses on emerging data regarding issues with cyber security, consumer privacy, as well as health and safety. Further, request said report include what levels of security are in place at National Grid for their Smart Energy Solutions Program.
8b. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide on the City’s website a crowd sourcing question concerning citizens’ experiences with the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program (Smart Grid Meters).
8c. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning when the National Grid – Smart Energy Solutions Program ends, who determines the success of the program, and whether or not residents of Worcester may opt out of the program.
8d. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding how National Grid defines themselves in the context of cable services.