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Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields

CHE's Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) is a diverse international gathering of more than 170 health professionals, scientists, and concerned individuals from the U.S. and 17 other countries. We welcome CHE Partners who would like to participate in a discussion of the health effects of electromagnetic fields.

We meet periodically via conference call. This group also has a listserv for the purpose of sharing new research and policy ideas and discussion between calls. Links to key documents are posted below. The BioInitiative Report is the most comprehensive summary of science on the health effects of electromagnetic field exposure.

The goals of this working group include:
1. Discussing emerging science that links EMF exposure with health effects,
2. Bringing this science to the attention of CHE Partners and the public, and
3. Exploring research and policy opportunities that CHE Partners may be interested in working on either individually or collectively.

Update 2/2012:

Dear CHE-EMF Colleagues:

Please welcome Antoinette (Toni) Stein as the new Co-Coordinator of CHE-EMF.  Toni comes highly recommended by both Cindy Sage and Nancy Evans, our two wonderful CHE-EMF Co-Coordinators for many years. Toni is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD and seven years of experience in industry bringing a scientific engineering perspective to research and development in manufacturing industry applications.

Toni has six years of experience working for the State of California in, the Department of Public Health in the Indoor Air Quality Program and in the Department of General Services in the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. She has been deeply involved in the development of many sustainability standards for a variety of different products and their life cycle phases.  

Toni has also has served on a number of boards and Commissions including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Hearing Board, and the Solid Waste Advisory Board in San Mateo County.  She co-founded the Zero Waste Task Force of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito County in California a project of the non-profit Acterra and more recently co-founded of the Eastbay Citizens Climate Lobby working to develop nationwide GHG policies.

We are truly delighted to have Toni take on this important piece of CHE-EMF's work, as a guarantor of our commitment to informed dialogue on EMF that focuses on science and civility. Toni can be reached directly at: nettestein@gmail.com.

With gratitude,

Michael Lerner

Update 1/2012:
Dear CHE EMF Colleagues:

The New Year marks a transition in CHE-EMF. Cindy Sage and Nancy Evans, who have served as co-coordinators of CHE-EMF for five years, are stepping back from the coordination role.  All of us at CHE owe Cindy and Nancy our deep gratitude for the exceptional work they have done facilitating CHE-EMF. They have both assured us that they will remain active in CHE-EMF and will help us to craft an annual CHE Partnership Teleconference related to EMFs. They will also help us explore potential joint CHE-EMF calls with other interested CHE Working Groups and will post relevant EMF science to other CHE Working Groups as appropriate.

I will return as Interim CHE-EMF coordinator until we identify another CHE-EMF coordinator with the right skills, science background, objectivity, and commitment to civility that are the hallmark of CHE Working Group coordinators.  If you believe you fit the description and would like to be considered for the position, please send a note to me and Erika Sanders, CHE’s administrative coordinator (erika@healthandenvironment.org). Please note this is a volunteer position. Also note that because CHE-EMF is a moderated list, the position requires daily review of proposed postings, and screening out posts that do not meet our criteria of science and civility, including direct advocacy. We welcome your interest.

As most of CHE Working Groups focus on health endpoints, CHE-EMF plays a unique role in the field charting the emerging science on the impact EMFs may have on human health. We are grateful to all CHE Partners who are part of CHE-EMF. I personally look forward to continue to working with Cindy and Nancy both within CHE and in the important work they are developing beyond CHE.

Happy New Year to all,

Michael Lerner
Co-Founder, CHE-EMF
Co-Founder and Vice-Chair, CHE

If you are interested in joining this group, please sign on as a CHE Partner, and indicate your interest in your application. If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to join the listserv for this group send an email request to: cheemf-subscribe@lists.healthandenvironment.org.  

Past Calls

December 10, 2013 --

CHE EMF Working Group call: The Link Between EMF and Autism? A Conversation with Cindy Sage and Martha Herbert
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

November 12, 2012 --

CHE EMF Webinar: Experts Speak on Cell Phone Radiation, Pregnancy and Sperm
Background Information / Resources


October 18, 2012 --

CHE EMF Working Group call: Cell Antennas and Health: The State of the Science
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

May 21, 2012 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health and CHE EMF working groups call: EMF and Reproductive Health Risks
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

 

August 25, 2010 --
CHE-EMF call: Wireless SmartMeters: What are the health, personal safety, wireless security and excessive billing issues all about and what can consumers do now?
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

Resources

BioInitiative report updated for five-year anniversary

1//2013: The BioInitiative 2012 Report updates five years of science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world. http://www.bioinitiative.org/

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Resolution

1/25/2012: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has adopted a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters. This represents the first national physician's group to look in-depth at wireless health risks and to advise the public and decision makers about preventive public health actions that are necessary.

EMF and RF Effects on Fertility and Reproduction

1/2/12: CHE-EMF has posted an updated reference list with studies that report on electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency radiation (RF) effects on fertility and reproduction. About 66 studies are listed.

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Practice Prevention: EMFs

11/30/11: Cindy Sage and Nancy Evans have created a Practice Prevention fact sheet on EMFs and health for a general audience.

Open the fact sheet.

Perspective on Wireless without Choice - Human Health Rights Declaration

10/14/2011: In this document, Cindy Sage describes how commercial applications of wireless intrude into every corner of daily life. She includes a declaration of fundamental human health rights.

Read the perspective.

Ultrasound and Autism: Is there a connection?

Increased prevalence of autism has paralleled the increased use of prenatal ultrasound. Is this coincidence or connection? Nancy Evans and Parrish Hirasaki examine the science.

Download the press release
Download the fact sheet on ultrasound and autism

Electronic House Meets Low-EMF Design

This article addresses environmental design for low-EMF environments. Wireless technologies, compact fluorescent bulbs, and dimmer switches all come at a big price – the comfortable and healthful environment you want to create in a living space.

Read the article.

Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards

2/13/2011: Scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies have issued a scientific statement warning that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.

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New report on Smart Meters

1/1/11: Sage Associates has published an online report titled Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters.
Download the report

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Tragedy of the Commons Revisited
11/12/10: Cindy Sage published an article, Tragedy of the Commons Revisited: The High Tech-High Risk Wireless World, in Reviews on Environmental Health. See the article »
Health Risks of Mobile Devices
November 2010: Sascha De Gersdorff published an article in Women's Health that discusses health risks from exposure to mobile gadgets. See the article »
Open letter to Canadian health officers
October 5, 2010: Dr. Magda Havas wrote an open letter to all medical officers of health in Canada regarding the potentially harmful effects of WiFi radiation in the school environment.
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Briefing for the California Public Utilities Commission on Smart Meters and Potential Health Impacts
September 22, 2010: This PowerPoint presentation provides information about the science and public health concerns raised in the BioInitiative Report and Pathophysiology.
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What You Should Know about Smart Meters (Electric Meters)

July 30, 2010: This briefing letter has been prepared to educate our community about the potential health, safety, security and economic issues related to rollout of the SmartGrid and smart meter programs.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors - How Many Hours Do You Have?

July 15, 2010: We've created a one-page questionnaire that has some simple questions about your cell-phone use that can help you see your potential risk for a brain tumor (a glioma). 

We're interested in your feedback.  How many hours do you have? You can submit information back to Cindy Sage or Nancy Evans.

We'll keep your name and contact information anonymous, but write up the results and put them on the CHE-EMF website.

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INTERPHONE Report: Press Release
May 17, 2010: Today’s release of the final results of the ten-year long World Health Organization INTERPHONE Study confirms previous reports showing what many experts have warned – that regular use of a cell phone by adults can significantly increase the risk of glioma by 40% with 1640 hours or more of use (this is about one-half hour per day over ten years).

Request the full INTERPHONE study by contacting Cindy Sage at sage@silcom.com along with the commentary in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Or it can be downloaded from the home page of the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) at http://www.iarc.fr/.
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4/29/2010: Future Scenario Thinking
Michael Lerner has posted his thoughts about future scenario thinking on the EMF debate on CHE's blog: Ten Contributions to Future Scenario Thinking about the Evolution of the EMF Debate
11/19/09: Plain Talk about Cell Phone Safety
It is time for some plain talk about what you can do immediately to reduce possible risk of malignant brain tumor (glioma) and acoustic neuroma (a tumor of the auditory nerve in the brain) if you use a cell or cordless phone.
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10/5/09: Late Lessons from Early Warnings: The Precautionary Principle 1896-2000
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10/5/09: Article on Wireless Health Issues for Children with Learning Disabilities
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