NTP Cancer Study Re-ignites Massachusetts Smart Meter Safety Debate

NTP Cancer Study Re-ignites Massachusetts Smart Meter Safety Debate

NTP Cancer Study Re-ignites Massachusetts Smart Meter Safety Debate

 On May 27, the National Toxicology Program released preliminary research results showing increased brain and heart tumors in rats after two years of exposure to wireless radiation.  The Environmental Health Trust reported, ”This study represents a “sea change” in science in that it is a well designed study providing hard evidence that non-ionizing, radiofrequency radiation could cause cancer.”

Joel Moskowitz of Electromagnetic Radiation Safety reported,  “Overall, thirty of 540 (5.5%), or one in 18 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer. In addition, 16 pre-cancerous hyperplasias were diagnosed. Thus, 46 of 540, or one in 12 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion as compared to none of the 90 unexposed male rats”

Wireless safety assumptions in the US are based on the claim that the only mechanism of harm from non-ionizing radiation is an increase in temperature.  The NTP study was designed to maintain constant body temperature for study rats.  Therefore, development of malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart were not caused by tissue heating, indicating both that low-level chronic exposure to RF is linked with cancer, and that the mechanism of injury is not heat.  This indicates that FCC limits are irrelevant, outdated, and inadequate.

Five years before the NTP study was released, in May of 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency exposure a possible human carcinogen. The findings were ignored, dismissed, and/or ridiculed by pro-industry voices, including tobacco scientist Peter Valberg, who testified concerning the safety of smart meters for National Grid and before the MA Department of Public Utilities.

Opponents of the Worcester smart meter pilot program criticized the MA DPU for ignoring the IARC classification and publishing misleading smart meter orders denying emerging evidence of harm and citizen complaints.  The smart meter health study published by Worcester’s administration also sparked great concern.

Cancer is not the only risk associated with RF exposure. Chemical biomarkers of biological stress are seen in electromagnetic hypersensitivity (microwave sickness)  including histamines, markers of oxidative stress, auto-antibodies, heat shock protein (HSP), melatonin markers and leakage of the blood-brain barrier]. Low intensity pulsed microwave activation of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) is postulated as a mechanism of non-thermal impacts.

Epidemiologists have posited a link between wireless use and sky-rocketing neurological death rates in the US compared with 20 other Western countries. http://surgicalneurologyint.com/surgicalint_articles/neurological-deaths-of-american-adults-55-74-and-the-over-75s-by-sex-compared-with-20-western-countries-1989-2010-cause-for-concern/

The rats in the NTP study did not reproduce, but Infertility has been associated with RF exposure. http://www.bioiniiiative.org/ Dr. Hugh Taylor’s research at Yale found a link with prenatal RF exposure and hyperactivity in rats, as autism rates continue to rise. http://www.babysafeproject.org/the-science.html.

Now that the NTP study results have been reported, the City of Worcester has the opportunity and responsibility to immediately address the Worcester smart meter pilot program on behalf of the Commonwealth. Because the pilot includes a private WiMax communications system, the City is being blanketed with microwaves affecting not just the 11,000 homes outfitted with meters, but 182,000 Worcester residents, the majority of whom are non-benefitting and non-consenting.

If the Worcester pilot did not assign binding liability for adverse health or environmental impacts due to an assumption of safety, now the issue of liability for the future of the pilot is crucial. If National Grid will not guarantee the safety of its multiple overlapping wireless networks, with health monitoring of chemical markers to assess biological stress for those reporting harm, the pilot should be halted. Continued justification of safety of smart meters based on FCC limits is both unethical and immoral.

Patricia Burke of HaltMAsmartmeters.org works with activists across the country calling for new biologically-based RF exposure limits.

 

Media on NTP Cancer Study: It’s Hype

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Media on NTP Cancer Study: It’s Hype

One Type of Brain Tumor IS Going Up, the Deadliest Kind

Senior managers at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the preliminary results of their cell phone radiation study late last week. They were so concerned about the elevated rates of two types of cancer among exposed rats that they felt an immediate public alert was warranted. They considered it unwise to wait for the results to wend their way into a journal sometime next year. Not surprisingly, the NTP report generated worldwide media attention.

There were some startling reactions. Both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Consumers Reports immediately shelved their long-held, wait-and-see positions. In a statement issued soon after the NTP’s press conference, Otis Brawley, ACS’ chief medical officer, called the NTP report “good science.” And Consumer Reports  said that the new study was “groundbreaking” and encouraged people to take simple precautions to limit their exposures.

However, much of the mainstream media saw it very differently. For instance, The Washington Post ran its story under the headline, “Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Don’t Believe the Hype.”
The New York Times gave the NTP report zero credibility, arguing it can’t mean much because brain tumor rates are not going up. Actually, however, the deadliest and most virulent type of brain tumor, GBMs, is increasing.
Read the whole story here.

Louis Slesin, PhD

Editor, Microwave Newslouis@microwavenews.com  http://microwavenews.com

Cellphone Radiation Linked to Cancer in Major Rat Study

Cellphone Radiation Linked to Cancer in Major Rat Study

Photo: Getty Images

Results of the largest, most expensive animal study on the link between cellphones and cancer are in. And the link is positive—weak, but positive.

The much-anticipated two-year study led by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found low incidences of brain and heart tumors in male rats that were exposed to the radio frequency radiation commonly emitted by cellphones.

Exposed rats had higher rates of two malignant cancers: glioma of the brain and schwannoma of the nerves in the heart. But none of the unexposed control rats developed them. And these brain and heart tumors are similar to the ones found in previous epidemiological studies of cellphone use, the NTP report states, so “these findings appear to support the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conclusions regarding the possible carcinogenic potential of” radiofrequency radiation.

In 2011, the IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, convened an international panel of experts that concluded that exposure to RF radiation including that used by cellphones is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The panel analyzed available scientific papers and concluded that even though evidence was limited and incomplete, epidemiological studies had shown increased risks of 40–200 percent for gliomas and acoustic neuromas (benign tumors of the auditory nerve) among heavy and/or long­ term cellphone users.

 

Read full article at:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/ethics/cellphone-radiation-causes-cancer-in-rats

 

Views on the NTP cell phone cancer study

Views on the NTP cell phone cancer study

Understandably the recently released NTP study has generated many opinions (some expert and some far from it) on what the study means for mobile phone users. The official audio download from Friday’s teleconference is now available here
In addition the NTP now has a new webpage titled “Cell Phones” here.

(the 74-page report of partial findings and the same audio are also linked at the bottom of it)

Following are some of the articles on the study. Please take special note at the last entry below, from the Australian Science Media Centre’s (AusSMC) SIMEX blog posting which quotes Dr Rodney Croft’s expert analysis of the NTP study. Dr. Croft has this amazing gift of being able to take a complex issue, such as the NTP study and simply boil it down to a brief reassuring statement for the media to unquestionably digest and regurgitate in their news stories.

Never mind the science such as the IARC classification of “mobile phone-like exposure” as a possible human carcinogen which is backed up by Professor Bruce Armstrong’s statement in the same SIMEX blog, immediately above Croft’s, that “This report supports the IARC monograph’s conclusion that RF is possibly carcinogenic to humans”. – Rodney simply and predictably avoids this and concludes that “the NTP report does not provide reason to move from the current scientific consensus that mobile phone-like exposure does not impact health.”

Just who’s scientific consensus does he follow?

Don
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I. Leszczynski: A brief comments on the NTP study
by Dariusz Leszczynski
Posted on May 27, 2016

National Toxicology Program‘s study should have been done a long time ago, before the cell phones were commercially introduced on the market. This is a typical toxicology study aimed at determining the safety of a radiation-emitting gadget.

NTP study suggests that the cell phone radiation increases carcinogenicity, formation of the brain cancer – glioma. Another animal study, published recently by the group of Alexander Lerchl from Germany, observed that cell phone radiation enhances carcinogenic effects of chemicals.

Furthermore, both above mentioned animal studies had well designed and executed radiation exposure of animals and both well controlled for the temperature of the exposed animals. This means that the effects observed in both animal studies were of non-thermal nature, no matter whether we know or do not know yet the mechanism of it.

This means that recently two large, well designed animal studies found that cell phone radiation is involved in carcinogenesis in animals. Such positive results, carcinogenic effect, suggest that human health might be in some danger. However, the size and the scope of the health risk needs to be further examined and determined by epidemiological studies.

As with every scientific study, there are some questions needing some answers and clarifications: SNIP

Read the full article here

II Cellphone Radiation Linked to Cancer in Major Rat Study
By Prachi Patel (IEEE SPectrum)
Posted 27 May 2016

Results of the largest, most expensive animal study on the link between cellphones and cancer are in. And the link is positive—weak, but positive.

The much-anticipated two-year study led by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found low incidences of brain and heart tumors in male rats that were exposed to the radio frequency radiation commonly emitted by cellphones.

Exposed rats had higher rates of two malignant cancers: glioma of the brain and schwannoma of the nerves in the heart. But none of the unexposed control rats developed them. And these brain and heart tumors are similar to the ones found in previous epidemiological studies of cellphone use, the NTP report states, so “these findings appear to support the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conclusions regarding the possible carcinogenic potential of” radiofrequency radiation.

In 2011, the IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, convened an international panel of experts that concluded that exposure to RF radiation including that used by cellphones is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The panel analyzed available scientific papers and concluded that even though evidence was limited and incomplete, epidemiological studies had shown increased risks of 40–200 percent for gliomas and acoustic neuromas (benign tumors of the auditory nerve) among heavy and/or long­ term cellphone users.SNIP

Read the full article here

III Update on National Toxicology Program Study
by Joel Moskowitz

Many major national media outlets participated in the teleconference conducted by the National Toxicology Program today. The journalists posed many questions about the study, and NTP staff did their best to answer them.

Toward the end of the call I asked whether the following observation is appropriate:

The report indicates that there was a “low incidence” of tumors in the cellphone-exposed groups. However, the report did not assess the overall risk of tumors for both types of tumors studied. By my calculation, thirty of 540 (5.5%), or one in 18 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer. In addition, 16 pre-cancerous hyperplasias were diagnosed. Thus, 46 of 540, or one in 12 male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion. No cancers were found in 90 male rats in the unexposed control group.

NTP staff seemed to think my calculations were accurate, but admitted that they had not performed this calculation.

Many reporters questioned the study’s implications for cell phone users. In response, staff stated that other federal agencies needed to determine the policy implications. After the call, I calculated the overall risk for the male rats in the group exposed to the lowest intensity of cell phone radiation (i.e., 1.5 watts/kilogram or W/kg). Twelve of 180, or one in 15 male rats in this group developed cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion. This latter finding has policy implications as the FCC’s current cell phone regulations allow cell phones to emit up to 1.6 W/kg at the head or near the body (partial body SAR).

Read the full report here

IV And from the AusSMC’s SIMEX website:

30 May 2016 10:00am
Dr Rodney Croft is Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research, an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Wollongong

“The National Toxicology Program (NTP) study addressed a range of important health-related endpoints in rats and mice and is an important contribution to the radiofrequency (RF) emission health debate.

Unfortunately there is not sufficient detail in the present report to evaluate it fully, particularly given a number of criticisms by the reviewers (and described in Appendix G of the report). Of particular note is that the rats treated with RF lived longer than the controls (which is counter intuitive given that the increased tumour rates normally lead to reduced lifespan), the controls did not have ‘any’ tumours (which is also not what is normally found), and the lack of clear dose-response relationships raises the possibility that the results may merely be ‘false positives’ (particularly given the large number of statistical comparisons, the one significant result would appear consistent with chance).

It is also noteworthy that the results do not appear consistent with the cancer rates within the human population, nor with the majority of other experimental research, even at the very high exposure levels, which are many times higher than humans are exposed to.

The NTP study will thus need to be fully evaluated once further details become available, and considered within the context of RF emissions science as a whole. At present though, and particularly given a range of uncertainties regarding its results, the NTP report does not provide reason to move from the current scientific consensus that mobile phone-like exposure does not impact health.”

Read the ausSMC SIMEX press release here

NTP Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Contact: Robin Mackar, NIEHS
919-541-0073

Media Telebriefing: NTP Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study: Partial Release of Findings

What:

Audio Recording of Media Telebriefing
May 27, 2016


NTP Cell Phone Study Page

The associate director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) will provide an update and answer questions about a series of rodent studies on potential cancer risks from cell phone radiofrequency radiation.

NTP is releasing a report of its findings in rats. These findings are available at http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699. The report is titled, “Report of Partial Findings From the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure).”  Studies in mice are still underway.

NTP is an interagency program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Who:

John Bucher, Ph.D.
Associate Director, National Toxicology Program (NTP)

Michael Wyde, Ph.D.
NTP Study Director

When:

Noon EDT, Friday, May 27, 2016

Where to call:

In the U.S. and Canada, call (785) 424-1059 or toll free at 800-895-1715
Outside the U.S. and Canada, call (785) 424-1059
Passcode/Conference ID: CELLPHONE


Link to audio:  http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html

Magda Havas talks at NIEHS May 9, 2016 on Electrosmog and Electrohypersensitivity,

Magda Havas talks at NIEHS May 9, 2016 on Electrosmog and Electrohypersensitivity

We Don’t Have Plastic Heads

Published on May 29, 2016

Everything wireless is tested on a plastic head, designed by engineers back in 1996. They put salty fluid in it, set their timer for 6 minutes. And if in that 6 minutes the temperature hasn’t risen more than 2 degrees, they declare the product safe for you and for me…who don’t have plastic heads. We don’t have plastic heads.

The National Toxicology Program published a 25 million dollar study which is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on cell phone radiation and cancer in the US. In the study the rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed two types of cancers, glioma, a brain tumor, and schwannoma, a tumor in the heart.

The summary includes, “Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR could have broad implications for public health.”

Mother Jones called it a “game-changing study”, and stated “It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading.”

The Wall Street Journal reported, “A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects.”
More information about the NTP study can be found here:
http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/area…

More about the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) from the Federal Communications Commission
https://www.fcc.gov/general/specific-…

 

New York Assembly Committee Passes Bill Allowing People to Opt Out of Smart Meters

New York Assembly Committee Passes Bill Allowing People to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program