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Utility companies are coming to your street to install smart meters to measure and control your usage of gas, electricity and water. They come with the promise of a greener environment and big savings.

But this hasn’t been the experience of people where smart meters have been installed around the world.

 

What are Wireless Smart Meters?

A wireless smart meter is a device that is able to transmit your private data via microwave radiation 24/7, 365 days per year. It is never switched off. The water utilities call these ‘intelligent’ wireless meters, not ‘smart’ meters but they are the same thing in that they transmit your private date via harmful microwave radiation. Smart Meters are intended as part of a universal Smart Grid.

 

When the Smart Grid is in place, Smart Meters will not only keep track of how much gas/electrical energy or water you are using, but it will be able to control, regulate, and ration your use of that utility. If a utility company or government agency were to decide that you are not paying your bill on time, using too much heat in the winter, too many cooling fans in the summer, or too much hot water in your showers or washing machine (even if you are willing to pay for that extra usage), etc. your energy or water could be automatically turned down or off.

 

Smart Meters are an invasion of your privacy – wireless meters transmit data about your private usage of water, electricity and gas: this data can be easily hijacked by criminal elements to learn when you are at home and when not.

 

Smart meters in the UK are now meant to be voluntary[1]. Utilities now need your informed consent in order to install a wireless smart meter. In practice, however, some utilities may tell you otherwise.

What’s Wrong With Smart Meters?

Microwave radiation is dangerous to our health – there is an ever increasing amount of research and evidence that shows this. However, vested interests try to prevent these facts from becoming public knowledge.

 

Wherever ‘intelligent’ wireless ‘smart’ meters have been installed this has been the result:

  • Not Healthy: Immediate health problems from heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, inability to concentrate, memory loss, fainting spells, headaches, dizziness, nausea, sleeplessness, memory loss and even some reports of deaths from cancers. (All symptoms consistent with other wireless microwave radiation sources e.g. Wi-fi).
  • Not Green: Damage to the environment – trees, plants, birds, bees and animals, pets (including your cats and dogs) are all damaged by the radiation from smart meters. Smart meters are not green, nor have they been proven to be!
  • No Savings: Increased bills – despite promises of lower bills, more often than not, bills have increased as the cost of the meter installation is passed on to you. Not to mention the energy that Smart Meters themselves use and took to produce.
  • No Say: Utilities can switch your power off when they want to, without your consent.
  • No  Privacy: Utilities are collecting and selling data about you to marketing companies; utilities say they own your private data
  • Not Safe: House fires – some houses have caught fire

Symptoms of microwave radiation on the human body are many – all of those above plus, in the longer term, they include depression, immune system problems and cancers.

 

In 2011 the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified microwave radiation emitted from wireless devices as a possible carcinogen[3] . There is strong evidence that the microwave radiation causes cancer, especially in children who are at greater risk because their immune systems are immature. With this in mind it is just foolhardy to continually increase the amount of microwave radiation that we are all exposed to.

 

In the US, in January of 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) declared its opposition to wireless "smart meters” because the scientific and medical literature shows again and again and again a health risk of exposure to microwaves emitted from wireless devices. The AAEM has called for the complete removal of smart meters and a return to safe analogue meters[4] .

 At the end of 2012 an excellent documentary entitled “Resonance – Beings of Frequency” (see film online at http://tinyurl.com/resonance-movie) shows how microwave radiation disrupts the natural biorhythms of the body, causing serious disease in all organisms, not just humans. You can see clear and proven cause and effect.

The UK Government relies upon the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to advise it on health risks from microwaves. The HPA says there is no health risk because it uses the ICNIRP standard. The ICNIRP standard measures short-term thermal radiation effects only. To reach a dangerous level you would have to literally be cooked! Almost all the adverse health effects we and other animals suffer from microwave radiation are the result of Non-thermal radiation, particularly over a prolonged period, so the ICNIRP levels are completely irrelevant as a safety standard[5]. The EU Parliament voted the ICNIRP standard “obsolete” by 522 votes to 16 for this very reason.

 

Some Scientists have also found that levels of nitric oxide and calcium ions in the body are upset by microwaves. Too much nitric oxide can lead to Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and cancer, whilst too little can cause high blood pressure and damage your arteries. Calcium ions are used by cells to communicate. If they leak out of cells they stimulate cancer cell growth. If too many get into cells the cells get damaged and your DNA gets broken up. This damages fertility.

For these reasons, it is sensible advice to also avoid using wireless devices completely e.g. mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-fi, wireless games consoles and other wireless gadgets. Put your health first – not the gadgets.

 

Smart meters send pulses of microwave radiation hundreds of metres or further; so if your neighbour has a smart meter and you don’t, you’re still in range. Ask your neighbours not to have smart meters installed either.

 

Existing meters work perfectly, are accurate and cause you and no one else any harm.

What Can I do?

Remember, There Is A Choice. If you really do care about your friends, your family, yourself and the world you live in, please do the following:

  • Write to your utility companies, stating: No, you do not give permission for a wireless smart meter to be installed -- use some of the information and references here and make use of the template letter provided[2] . Send it recorded delivery to each utility company you use.
  • Put a sign on your property saying: I do not give permission to install a wireless smart meter nor do you (utility company) have the right to install one without my written consent.
  • Tell everyone about this leaflet, its contents and where to get it from

For more advice, references and template letter please go to http://mastsanity.org/info-guides-/smart-meters.html

The Utility Companies and Government claim that this technology is all safe – but they would since they aim to save Billions of pounds from it every year. They can’t be seen to admit that it’s dangerous.

Since when should we listen to the safety assurances from these people (who make billions of pounds selling us their products) over and above independent scientists' warnings?

If nothing else look into the facts for yourself[6] – take care to look at the work of truly Independent scientists, not those paid directly or indirectly from Government and the Utility Companies.

 

Download this guide as a PDF leaflet here

The following information has been supplied by ES-UK ( www.es-uk.info ):- (download here in PDF Format )

 

Electrosensitivity (ES) is a condition which an develop when people are exposed to things like mobile phones, mobile phone
masts, powerlines, substations, computers, WiFi wireless networks, domestic wiring, ECT cordless phones and other household appliances.

What are the symptoms of ES?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are produced by electrical and wireless appliances in homes and workplaces and outside in our everyday environment. These EMFs are what can provoke ES. The most common symptoms are head/ear pain when using a mobile phone, redness and burning on the face or arms when using a computer or headaches and sleep
disruption when living near a mobile phone mast, sleeplessness, lethargy, even miscarriages and depression living near powerlines. Other symptoms include skin tingling, burning sensations, concentration and memory problems, muscle and joint pains, cardiac palpitations, fatigue, irritability and erratic high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, ES is usually progressive and over time the sufferer may become sensitive to a wider range of frequencies and/or their reactions may become more severe, or they may begin to react to chemicals or develop food allergies.
When, because of EMFs around you, you can no longer go to work, use a computer, watch television, go to the shops, go out in a car, or even use a telephone, your lifestyle becomes very restricted. Often family, friends, GPs do not believe your symptoms can be caused by the modern technology we all take for granted. They suggest it is ‘all in the mind’ and your GP may even refer you to a psychiatrist. It is hard for the sufferer not to believe they are ndeed going mad.

Who develops ES? What happens to them?

Anyone can develop electrical sensitivity, at any age, it is impossible to predict.We estimate that about 5% of the UK population suffer quite badly from electrical sensitivity. That is more than 2,000,000 people. Increasingly, it is our children who are being made to suffer. Many adults lose their jobs when they can no longer tolerate modern work environments. Some have to move home, though getting away from substations and mobile phone masts is not an easy task. A few become so sensitive that they have to live without electricity altogether. Social isolation and lack of access to basic services can become a major problem.


GPs and other medical professionals have no training in recognising or treating ES. So many schools have installed WiFi that many of our children are developing behavioural and learning problems that are robbing them of their education, and may be disrupting the education of others. Internet access can easily be achieved with wired networks. Our
children can have modern technology without the health side effects of WiFi.

Are powerlines, substations, mobile and cordless phones, phone masts and WiFi networks safe?

Hundreds of scientific studies show increased risk of cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, leukaemia, brain tumours, fertility problems, miscarriages and damage to DNA as a result of exposure to EMFs from powerlines, masts, mobile and DECT phones.

Why doesn’t the government do something?

The government follows outdated advice that only protects the general public from acute effects such as electric shocks and being cooked. The exposure guidelines are not meant to protect us from the chronic effects such as those listed above. The government advisory advised by the HPA, seems to be influenced more by commercial interests and tax revenues than the wellbeing of those who are sensitive to environmental pollutants.

What is being done about ES?

In Sweden, ES is treated as a disability. People with ES can get grants to adapt and shield their homes. Employers make changes to the work environment for employees with ES.
Mobile phone-free zones have been introduced on the Stockholm and Salzburg public transport systems. In America houses cannot be built close to powerlines, less than 60 metres from a powerline.
There is unfortunately widespread ignorance of ES among GPs and public bodies in the UK, despite the evidence, because of the reluctance to question official policy and the influence of commercial interests.

Where does ES-UK come in?

The aims of the ES-UK charity are:
• To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of electrosensitivity in the United Kingdom through the provision of support, education and practical advice.
• To advance the education of the general public in all areas relating to electrosensitivity. ES-UK is independent of Government and commercial interests. Our Trustees are people who have had experienced the problems of living with electrical hypersensitivity or who have supported people suffering from this disability for many years.

What does ES-UK do?

• ES-UK runs a helpline to support people with ES, their friends and family, to ensure there is a sympathetic ear to hear individual’s experiences and to offer information and practical help, where possible.
• We have information on ES, what it is, and what you can do about it, to enable you to improve your health and persuade others, including your medical contacts, of the reality of your condition.
• We maintain an up to date library of scientific research into ES.
• We have an interactive forum on the website for those people who can use computers, to share experiences and what has helped.
• We send out a bi-monthly newsletter keeping people informed about people’s experiences, tips from sufferers about what helps them; information about ES in the workplace and at home; national and international news including new research.
• We do our best to encourage changes in medical opinion about ES, and to lobby for political change re: exposures, appropriate housing, work adaptations and benefits.

Contact

For more information about ES-UK, write to:
BM Box ES-UK, London, WC1N 3XX
tel. 0845 643 9748
web. www.es-uk.info
Electrosensitivity (ES) is a condition which can develop when people are exposed to things like mobile phones, mobile phone masts, powerlines, substations, computers, WiFi wireless networks, domestic wiring, DECT cordless phones and other household appliances.

ES-UK is an independent charity Registered No. 1103018

ES-UK has the following trustees (T), scientific (S) and medical (M) advisers:-
Michael Bevington (T), Dr Stephen Brooke (M), Sarah Dacre (T), Dr David Dowson (M)
Doctor Andrew Goldsworthy (S). Doctor Magda Havas (S), Professor Denis Henshaw (T)
Professor Olle Johansson (S), Jean Philips (T), Doctor Hugo Schooneveld (S), Brian Stein (T), Philip Watts (T)

 

Mobile Phone Masts

 

There are now over 50,000 Mobile Phones Masts in the UK.

 

They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

 

Masts can look like big towers that seem similar to pylons but don't have wires attached.

 

They can be tall poles that look like lamp posts but don't have a light on top.

 

Masts can also be what look like sticks or long grey or white boxes put at the top of buildings such as schools, hospitals, colleges, churches, flats and offices.

 

They can even just be small boxes the size of burglar alarms, often placed on the sides of shops in shopping centres and along high streets.

 

Avoiding Mobile Phone masts is almost impossible.

 

What's Wrong With Masts?

 
 

 "Cancer Clusters" have been found around Mobile Phone Masts, up to 400 metres from a mast. People living near each other and close to a mast have ended up with rare cancers at nearly the same time as each other. These people live where they are getting the strongest signal from the nearby mast(s). This has been the case in Devon, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire.

 
 

It isn't just cancer! Other people living in these areas, close to masts commonly find they get many common symptoms including heart palpitations (flutters), lots of headaches, nose bleeds, problems sleeping, itchy burning skin and feel really depressed.

 
 

Mobile Phone Masts give out the same sort of microwave radiation in their signals as microwave ovens use to cook food but the signals also carry data sent along in packets or 'pulses'.

 
 

Unfortunately the UK Government's Safety guidelines only give us short term protection from being cooked by the microwaves - they've ignored the evidence that microwaves can harm us without making us hot.

 

Many German and European doctors (equivalent to our GPs) are so concerned that they have signed petitions such as the "Freiburger Appeal" to demand that Governments take the other health concerns over Mobile Telephone Masts more seriously.

 

These Doctors have noticed more and more of the following health problems when Mobile Phone Masts have been put up in their areas:-

 

l        Learning problems

 

l        Trouble concentrating

 

l        Behavioural disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

 

l        Extremely high and extremely low Blood Pressure - and swapping between the 2

 

l        Medicines stop working as well, so prescriptions have to increase

 

l        Heart Rhythms get upset, as does the immune system

 

l        Sudden Heart Attacks and Strokes happening in younger and younger people

 

l        More Brain diseases such as Alzheimer‘s, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and Epilepsy

 

l        More Cancers, Leukaemia and Brain Tumours

 

l        More and worse Headaches and Migraines

 

l        More and worse sleeping disorders

 

l        Constantly being tired, getting sleepless and being sleepy during the day

 

l        People feeling anxious all the time

 

l        Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)

 

l        People more likely to get infections, colds, allergies and viruses

 
 

l        People feeling pains in their nerves and bodies for no apparent cause

 

When Doctors in a town in Germany (West Kempten) decided to prove that it was the Mobile Phone Mast that was causing these problems they took lots of blood samples from people before and after a new mast was put up and turned on. The people also stopped using their mobiles, cordless phones, wireless internet and other wireless/mobile gadgets too.

 

The results were very clear. The levels of two vital chemicals serotonin and melatonin found in the blood were found to be seriously altered once the mast was turned on.

 

Serotonin levels were halved. Serotonin controls your mood, anger, aggression, body temperature, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism. Many of the people found themselves feeling moody, depressed, tired, and lethargic. Some also felt agitated and had lost their appetites. Nearly all felt really down.

 

The people's Melatonin levels were too high during the day and much too low at night. Melatonin is a hormone that is important in boosting the immune system and fighting cancer. It protects your DNA from damage. Since it also helps regulate sleep you want it high at night time otherwise you will be restless at night and tired during the day. If your immune system isn't boosted enough you will become ill easier, stay ill longer and can't fight cancer so well.

 

The Doctors wanted the Mobile Phone Mast to be turned off again.

 

In another town in Germany (Naila) Doctors looked at nearly 1000 medical records. They found that patients who had lived within 400 metres of a mast for 10 years were much more likely to get cancer than those further away. Patients fell ill with cancer nearly 8 years younger.  5 years after the mast was installed the chance of people getting cancer near to the mast was 3 times higher than it was for people further away. Other studies have shown the same kind of pattern.

 

Some Scientists have also found that levels of nitric oxide and calcium ions in the body are upset by microwaves. Too much nitric oxide can lead to Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and cancer, whilst too little can cause high blood pressure and damage your arteries.

 

Calcium ions are used by cells to communicate. If they leak out of cells they stimulate cancer cell growth. If too many get into cells the cells get damaged and your DNA gets broken up. This damages fertility.

At the end of 2012 an excellent documentary entitled “Resonance – Beings of Frequency” (see film online at http://tinyurl.com/resonance-movie) shows how microwave radiation disrupts the natural biorhythms of the body, causing serious disease in all organisms, not just humans. You can see clear and proven cause and effect.

What Can I do?

 

l        Remember, There Is A Choice. If you really do care about your friends, your family, yourself and the world you live in, please do the following:

 

l        Cancel Your Mobile Phone Contract ASAP if you have one (If you are worried about emergencies swap to "pay as you go" until you are happy to do without.)

 

l        If you must keep your phone, use it as little as possible and just stick to talking and texting - ignore all other functions and activities.

 

l        Realise that every call or text needs a mast, and that more calls or texts mean more masts nearby.

 

l        Put Health First, NOT the profits of the Phone and Gadget companies. They will not pay for you to get well again, so don't give them the money to make you sick in the first place. You can't buy your health or your life back, nor those of your children or family, if they become ill or die.

 

l        Tell everyone about this leaflet, its contents and where to get it from.

 

l        If you need to protect yourselves from nearby Mobile Phone Masts (remember microwave radiation from Mobile Phone Masts can extend for up to hundreds of metres, so it is not just houses right next to a mast that are affected), there are shielding materials that stop much of the microwave radiation. Select "Screening" from the website below for more details, and tell others about this too.

 

l        Write to your MP and local Councillors to tell them that you too are concerned about the health issues and demand that they take real action.

 

l        Take action by joining support groups such as Mast Sanity

 

l        If you already live near a mast you should consider shielding your home from the microwaves

 

The Mobile Companies and Government claim that this technology is all safe - but they would since they are making Billions of pounds from it every year. They can't afford to admit that it's dangerous.

 

Since when should we listen to the safety assurances from these people (who make billions of pounds selling us their products) over and above independent scientists' warnings?

 

If nothing else look into the facts for yourself - take care to look at the work of truly Independent scientists, not those paid directly or indirectly from Government and the Telecom Companies.     

 

 

 

 

 

Wi-fi (Wireless Networking)

 

Wireless networking has been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years and is now in millions of homes, shops, schools, offices and other places throughout the UK.

 

Wireless Routers and Homehubs are found in living rooms, bedrooms, next to desks and near to laptops and PCs that connect to them.

 

They are taken for granted as an everyday item and barely even considered beyond that.

 

(N.B. The latest craze for "Mobile Internet" using plug-in USB "dongles" that connect to 3G Mobile Phone networks carry almost identical risks to Wi-fi-enabled computers plus some of the risks associated with Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone Masts too.)

 

What's Wrong With Wifi?

 

Wi-fi devices and routers have a range of up to 100 meters or so using microwave signals which can penetrate solid brick walls and flesh 24 hours a day, seven days a week whilst powered. As well as wireless routers and/or modems Wi-fi is used by Homehubs and security cameras etc.

 

Wireless computers, laptops and routers constantly emit pulsed microwave radiation over (and through) peoples' bodies even when not being actively used (as long as they are still switched on)- so this radiation is present all the time - not just occasionally.

 

Additionally Wi-fi is slower than wired networks, it is inherently insecure - even with encryption. Wi-fi is notoriously unreliable - often ‘dropping' its connections part way through downloads. Wi-fi has never been pre-market safety tested.

 
 

Ill health effects have been linked to Wi-fi. Some people in or near buildings using Wi-fi find they get many common symptoms including heart flutters, lots of headaches, nose bleeds, problems sleeping, itchy burning skin and feel really depressed. Some teachers have become unable to teach in proximity to Wi-fi.

 
 

Wi-fi gives out the same sort of microwave radiation in their signals as microwave ovens use to cook food, and often uses exactly the same frequencies.

 
 

Unfortunately the UK Government's Safety guidelines only protect us from being heated (cooked) by the microwaves - they've ignored the evidence that microwaves can harm us in other ways, without making us hot.

 

Although the ‘dream' of working in your garden is often promoted by Wi-fi equipment vendors, the actual reality of manoeuvring the laptop screen away from glare, the extra eye strain, the obvious distractions and the British weather mean that this is almost always impractical. In reality, in our experience, almost all computer use is done sitting at a desk adjacent to the incoming internet modem, using power from the mains.

 

Wi-fi systems use similar information carrying microwaves at comparable frequencies to Mobile Phone Masts.

 

Many German and European doctors (equivalent to our GPs) are so concerned about Mobile phone Masts and similar technologies that they have signed petitions such as the "Freiburger Appeal" to demand that Governments take the other health concerns over such technologies more seriously.

 

These Doctors have noticed more and more of the following health problems occurring in proximity to microwave transmitting technologies:-

 

* Learning problems * Trouble concentrating * Behavioural disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  * Extremely high and extremely low Blood Pressure - and swapping between the two * Medicines stop working as well, so prescriptions have to increase * Heart Rhythms get upset * Sudden Heart Attacks and Strokes happening in younger and younger people * More Brain diseases such as Alzheimer‘s, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and Epilepsy * More Cancers, Leukaemia and Brain Tumours * More and worse Headaches and Migraines * Constantly being tired, getting sleepless and being sleepy during the day * People feeling anxious all the time * Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus) * People more likely to get infections, colds, allergies and viruses * People feeling pains in their nerves and bodies for no apparent cause.

 

When Doctors in a town in Germany (West Kempten) decided to prove that it was the Mobile Phone Mast that was causing these problems they took lots of blood samples from people before and after a new mast was put up and turned on. The people also stopped using their mobiles, cordless phones, wireless internet and other wireless/mobile gadgets too.

 

The results were very clear. The levels of two vital chemicals serotonin and melatonin found in the blood were found to be seriously altered once the mast was turned on.

 

Serotonin levels were halved. Serotonin controls your mood, anger, aggression, body temperature, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism. Many of the people found themselves feeling moody, depressed, tired, and lethargic. Some also felt agitated and had lost their appetites. Nearly all felt really down.

 

The people's Melatonin levels were too high during the day and much too low at night. Melatonin is a hormone that is important in boosting the immune system and fighting cancer. It protects your DNA from damage. Since it also helps regulate sleep you want it high at night time otherwise you will be restless at night and tired during the day. If your immune system isn't boosted enough you will become ill easier, stay ill longer and can't fight cancer so well.

 

The Doctors wanted the Mobile Phone Mast to be turned off again.

 

In another town in Germany (Naila) Doctors looked at nearly 1000 medical records. They realised that patients who had lived within 400 metres of a mast for 10 years were much more likely to get cancer than those further away. Patients fell ill with cancer nearly 8 years younger.  5 years after the mast was installed the chance of people getting cancer near to the mast was 3 times higher than it was for people further away. Other studies have shown the same kind of pattern.

At the end of 2012 an excellent documentary entitled “Resonance – Beings of Frequency” (see film online at http://tinyurl.com/resonance-movie) shows how microwave radiation disrupts the natural biorhythms of the body, causing serious disease in all organisms, not just humans. You can see clear and proven cause and effect.

Some Scientists have also found that levels of nitric oxide and calcium ions in the body are upset by microwaves. Too much nitric oxide can lead to Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and cancer, whilst too little can cause high blood pressure and damage your arteries.

 

Calcium ions are used by cells to communicate. If they leak out of cells they stimulate cancer cell growth. If too many get into cells the cells get damaged and your DNA gets broken up. This damages fertility.

 

What Can I do?

 

It is all very well for us to say Wi-fi isn't safe for people to use, but you may have been sent a wireless router by your Internet Company (ISP) and are unaware of the alternatives.

 

You can easily replace the supplied wireless router with a stand-alone modem or wired router. If the wireless router has RJ-45 (phone-style) connectors and can be switched over to work without the wireless output, you may already be able to set up a non-wireless network.

 

If you only have one PC that you need to connect, you can just connect the ADSL modem into the PC directly and remove the need for a network at all, though it is essential to have a software firewall in this case. An ADSL Router is inherently more secure as it effectively acts as a firewall.

 

If you need a small network, you can manage easily enough by running a long CAT5e or CAT6 cable (carefully - the wires are brittle) between rooms, running the wires under any carpets as necessary, and just use the wired router in conjunction with the cable / ADSL /broadband modem. Many companies sell wired routers and ADSL modems.

 

For offices (or class rooms) etc. that require floor boxes there are suppliers who can supply these.

 

For those who are not willing or are not able to cable up various rooms in your house or school (where you would intend using a laptop) with networking sockets, there is a more secure and stable alternative, at pretty much the same price: dLAN units allow you to use the buildings mains circuitry as an extension to your computer network, so all you have to do is plug one dLAN unit into the wall (and network to your router / wired network) and the whole building is networked. Plug the other unit into any other socket on the same power circuitry, and instantly, you have a new network connection. Because the network traffic is still travelling down wires, and it doesn't get out beyond the house's consumer unit, the network is secure from those that do not have physical access to the house itself. It can also carry a higher bandwidth than a wireless network (typically 80 MBit/sec).

 

So there really is no need to use Wi-fi anyway, barring the convenience of not having to plug your laptop into anything at all (but for those that need a mains socket anyway, dLAN just uses one extra cable from the same socket as the laptop adaptor). For schools, we would recommend wiring up all the classrooms that need to have network access, preferably by putting the power and network cabling through the same trunking. If done by IT staff, this can be cheaper than wireless networking equipment anyway. If there is no-one capable, or allowed (perhaps on health and safety grounds), again dLAN is the next best option as this reduces the need for expensive sub-contracting work.

 

N.B. dLAN is not a serious option for most people who are ElectroSensitive (ES) or ElectroHyperSensitive (EHS), since the extra network signal on the wire can cause some or all of their symptoms.

 

We would always advise a truly wired solution in preference to dLAN or Wi-fi.

If you need to protect yourselves from Wi-fi from neighbours (remember microwave radiation from Wi-fi can extend for up to 100 metres, so it is not just your immediate neighbours from whom you may be receiving Wi-fi signals), there are shielding materials that stop much of the microwave radiation. Select the "Screening" section from the website below for more details, and tell others about this too.
 

 

 

 

Digital Cordless Phones (DECT)

 

Cordless phones have been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years and are now in millions of homes, shops, offices and other places throughout the UK.

They are found in living rooms, desktops and by the bedside.

They are taken for granted as an everyday item and barely even considered beyond that.

What's Wrong With DECT?

Cordless (DECT) phones work by using microwave technology - the phone itself, when it is being used, emits microwave radiation much as a Mobile Phone does, and its cradle continues to emit microwave radiation even when the phone is not being used. This clearly leads to similar health effects as other microwave emitting devices such as Mobile Phones and their Masts.

With DECT phones (as with Wi-fi), anyone may be sitting, playing, working or sleeping with their heads or bodies nearby for hours at a time receiving a continuous dose of microwave radiation.

So may their neighbours if the DECT phone or base cradle is near to their house or garden for a distance of up to 300m.

Wherever you use a DECT phone you, any neighbours, workers and shoppers, etc.  will be receiving microwave radiation - whether or not the phone is being used. This is a significant health hazard to all of you in your house, and to your neighbours and friends, and also in those other situations mentioned above.

One of the most worrying problems about most cordless phones is that part of the DECT specification they use calls for the base cradle to communicate with the handset(s) continuously which means that pulsed microwave radiation is emitted constantly regardless of whether you are making a phone call or not.

The microwave signals from DECT phones and base cradles penetrate solid brick walls and flesh 24 hours a day, seven days a week whilst powered. As well as cordless phones, DECT is used by home hubs and some baby monitors.

DECT phones give off mobile phone type microwave radiation and you can now get mobile phones that will log onto a DECT base-unit and use your land line when at home but the nearest Mobile Phone Mast when you are away from home - automatically. That is how similar the signals, and the devices, are.

In 2008, Dr V G Khurana, an Australian brain surgeon, published research findings saying "It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking, and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children," and that "there is currently enough evidence...available to warrant Industry and Governments alike taking immediate steps to reduce exposure [to microwaves]...and to make consumers clearly aware of potential dangers and how to use this technology sensibly and safely."

A number of studies have found between about a 2 and 4 fold increase in the risk of developing a malignant brain tumour on the same side of the head as the preferred side for mobile or cordless phone (e.g. DECT) use.  One study was based on the analysis of 1,600 brain tumour victims who had been using mobile phones for up to 10 years before being diagnosed. Professor Kjell Mild, a Swedish biophysicist, who has produced a number of many leading mobile-phone health effects papers, now states: "The evidence for a connection between phone use and cancer is clear and convincing. The more you use [mobile or cordless] phones and the greater the number of years you have them, the greater the risk of brain tumours."

Unlike mobile phones, most DECT cordless phones work at a fixed power output. Mobile phone handsets turn their power down to the lowest level possible, so when you are near a Mobile Phone Mast this can be much lower than a DECT cordless phones.

In tests carried out by a Mast Sanity volunteer the DECT base cradle was shown to be constantly transmitting, even when the handset was in the cradle (i.e. when the phone itself was not being used), giving a meter reading of 10 times higher than Liechtenstein allow for their Mobile Phone Masts or more close up, with a still highly significant reading of over 4 times this limit a distance of 1 metre or so.

The DECT handset, when activated, also gave a meter reading of 10 times the Liechtenstein limit or more close up - towards the maximum reading on the meter of 6 V/m - not good news especially if you use cordless phones for any period of time.

In 2006 The German Radiation Protection Authority (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz - BfS) issued a warning against the indiscriminate use of DECT phones.

Europe's top environmental watchdog, the EEA, is similarly concerned - calling for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts. It suggests that delay could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking and lead in petrol.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, the EEA's executive director, said: "Recent research and reviews on the long-term effects of radiations from mobile telecommunications suggest that it would be prudent for health authorities to recommend actions to reduce exposures, especially to vulnerable groups, such as children."

In late 2007 an international group of 14 scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals released a report - The BioInitiative Report - concerning microwave exposure and concluded that "The body of evidence at hand suggests that bio-effects and health impacts can and do occur at exquisitely low exposure levels: levels that can be thousands of times below public safety limits". Additionally the report concluded that it is the information carried by electromagnetic radiation (microwaves) (rather than heat) that causes biological changes. This echoed the findings of the earlier Ecolog Report a counterpart of the better-known Stewart Report. In 2007 in Australia the Democrat Party, the 3rd largest political party there commissioned its own report which backed up the findings of the BioInitiative Report.

Ending in 2004 the EU backed REFLEX study (12 research teams in 7 countries) researched the effects of electromagnetic fields on human cells in vitro (in a lab). This study also found evidence for single and double DNA strand breaks and other cell damage which could lead to cancer.

Some Scientists have also found that levels of nitric oxide and calcium ions in the body are upset by microwaves. Too much nitric oxide can lead to Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and cancer, whilst too little can cause high blood pressure and damage your arteries.

Calcium ions are used by cells to communicate. If they leak out of cells they stimulate cancer cell growth. If too many get into cells the cells get damaged and your DNA gets broken up. This damages fertility.

What Can I Do?

By far the best solution is to use traditional 'corded' phones. If you need more than one telephone for your line, you can easily obtain telephone extension kits from DIY stores or from Maplin etc. for just a few pounds, and can put the wires near-invisibly on skirting boards and under carpets. You can use a single extension kit to run a phone line up the stairs to a bedroom with little effort.

Wire some extra telephone sockets into the house (and even up the garden into shed or garage) and buy a few more wired phones (you can get some for less than 10 pounds each).

If you really, really can not do without a cordless phone there is the option of ‘low radiation' DECT phones. In the UK these are only manufactured by Orchid.

With these 'low radiation' DECT phones, there are no microwave emissions when the phone is not being used. There will be the usual amount of radiation when the phone is being used, of course. When a call is ended both the handset and the base station go into ‘sleep mode' (no microwave radiation) until either a call is received or made. There is no need to return the handset back to the base station for ‘sleep mode' to become operative (N.B. only for the Orchid LR4610, other Orchid models require the handset to be returned to the base cradle to be switched off). The handset/base cradle adjust their power output (microwave emissions) depending on how far away the base is from the handset. So, if you make a phone call within a few metres of the base cradle rather than, say, from 100 metres away, then the microwave radiation you will receive while making the phone call will be far less - reduced by as much as 75%.

However, whilst in use the Orchid handset and base cradle do emit microwave radiation, so all calls should be kept to a minimum to reduce exposure.

If you need to protect yourselves from DECT from neighbours (remember microwave radiation from DECT can extend for up to 300metres (and travels through walls, etc.), so it is not just your immediate neighbours from whom you may be receiving DECT signals), there are shielding materials that stop much of the microwave radiation. Select "Screening" from the website below for more details, and tell others about this too.

We know that the Industry say that this technology is all safe - they have a vested interest, of course.  Since when should we listen and give so much weight to those with vested interests amounting to billions of pounds and more in their products? When else does this happen, that we listen most to those who make and gain from the product, instead of those independent of it? If nothing else, please look into the facts for yourself - start looking at the Research section at the website below and its references to Independent Research.

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