World Health Organisation and IARC


Action from the World Health Organisation and IARC:
On 31st May 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation as Group 2b ‘Possibly carcinogenic to humans’ and extremely low frequency ELF radiation was previously classified in the same group.

WHO-classificationNo other environmental carcinogen has produced evidence of an increased risk in just one decade. Other agents in this classification include lead, DDT, diesel fumes and chloroform.

Accompanying this warning from WHO are warnings from medical doctors groups, scientific panels, teaching unions, parliamentary assemblies and other governments globally. Many of those on the IARC panel and other scientists have since publicly voiced their belief that the category should have been Group 2A ‘Probably carcinogenic to humans’, or Group 1 ‘Carcinogenic to humans’.

This is justified in part, by the fact that acoustic neuroma and glioma (a rapidly progressive fatal brain cancer) satisfy the Hill criteria for causality from radiofrequency (RF) exposure. Disturbingly, brain tumours have now overtaken leukaemia as the leading cause of cancer death in children and both of these cancers have been associated with EMR exposures in peer-reviewed, scientific publications.

The comet assay featured below demonstrates DNA fragmentation from non-thermal exposure levels of EMR generated from real devices. The length and density of the comet like tail emanating from the DNA allows a quantitative assessment of damage.

Thank you to Professor Franz Adlkofer

Thank you to Professor Franz Adlkofer

Note: this 2b classification applies to all RF frequencies, and is therefore relevant to all devices.

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