An Electromagnetic Timeline

You Have Been Warned: The Momentum Is Building!

1971 – *USSR Institute of Labor Hygiene and Occupational Diseases researchers describe comprehensive set of symptoms, identified as Microwave Sickness. Symptoms include low blood pressure, slow pulse, headaches, dizziness, eye pain, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, stomach pain, nervous tension, inability to concentrate, hair loss, adrenal exhaustion and ischemic heart disease13.

1972 – *Zory R. Glaser of Naval Medical Research Institute writes paper “Bibliography of reported biological phenomena (‘effects’) and clinical manifestations attributed to microwave and radio-frequency radiation” reviewing over 2000 studies, finding a multitude of problems including “headaches, insomnia, restlessness, fatigue, seizures, convulsions, heart problems, dizziness, memory loss,” and so on14.

1998 – *It is agreed at the Vienna Resolution17 that the biological effects of low-intensity EMFs are scientifically established. 

2002  *German medical doctors – the Interdisciplinary Society of Environmental Medicine – issue concern about wireless technology (cell phones, DECT, etc.) in Freiburger Appeal18 (reaching close to 40,000 signatories) after finding a cause-and-effect relationship between “a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases” (e.g. behavioral disorders, ADD, blood pressure disorders, heart attacks and strokes, brain-degenerative diseases, & cancers like leukemia and brain tumors) with increased exposure to EMR.

2005 – *World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized electro-sensitivity as a “real and sometimes disabling condition” 19*Vienna Doctors Chamber (Wiener Arztekammer) – after the REFLEX20 Studies clearly showed genetic damage – create posters (posted in hospital waiting rooms) warning of dangers and listing rules for use21.

2007  *Report  is issued by international group of renowned scientists, researchers, doctors, and public health experts entitled the BioInitiative23 warns

Prolonged exposure to radiofrequency and microwave radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI and other wireless technologies have been linked to physical symptoms including headache, fatigue, sleeplessness, dizziness, changes in brainwave activity, and impairment of concentration and memory.” 

*German government warns citizenry not to use mobile phones and WiFi24City of Paris votes to ban WiFi in Public Libraries26*Australian Democrats commission discussion paper finding microwave radiation from cell phone towers very likely be behind the drastic rise in disease states like cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies and Alzheimer’s disease, etc27. 

2008 – *Toronto’s department of public health issues advisory warning teenagers and young children to limit use of cellphones to avoid potential health risks28*Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute calls for caution29 in the use of cell phones. *UK Teacher Union Chief, Philip Parkin calls for the suspension of WiFi in all UK schools30*European Parliament notes that EMF exposure limits are obsolete31. 

2009 – *Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) recommends restricting the use of mobile phones by children32. *Belgian Government votes to reduce ambient exposure limits to 3V/M33*European Parliament votes for reductions in EMF exposures34.  *Mayors of several French cities request a trial period for reducing EMF exposures in their cities36.

2010  *Interphone studies finally acknowledge link between cell phone use and brain tumors38*San Francisco passes cell phone radiation law, in which stores selling cell phones are required to display the amount of radiation emitted by phone39*The following month, the CTIA (the representative of the wireless industry) sues the city of San Francisco over the law and withdraws its annual conference in San Francisco40*High Court in Italy rules that an employer who forced his staff to use mobile and cordless was legally responsible for a brain tumor and instructed to pay compensation to the person concerned, plus legal costs41*Swisscom offers free fiber optics to all Swiss schools42.

2011 – *Marin County criminalizes Smart Meter installations 68*Study finds Smart Meters violate FCC radiation exposure limits 69.  *Indian Government Panel warns in 58-page report cell phones may cause public health hazard 71.  The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) warns of future negative health effects in children and teenagers73.*Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls on governments to take reasonable measures to reduce exposures to electromagnetic fields43*WHO`s International Agency for Research on Cancer declares cell phones a possible carcinogen44*Swiss Cell Phone Study finds elevated brain cancer risk in children using cell phones for 2.8 plus years 75*European Experts propose cell phone ban in school s 76*Health Canada calls for children under the age of 18 to limit time on cell phones 77*New Studies show WiFi negatively affects brain activity in young adults 78*Russian research shows decline in cognitive functions of children using cell phones 79*Researchers report alarming rise in brain cancer in Scandinavian countries 80*Study predicts 2400% possible increase in brain tumors in next 15 years 81.

2012 – *American Academy of Environmental Medicine adopts resolution calling for halt to wireless smart meter installations 82.. *Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) calls for tougher standards to regulate cellular technologies—especially for children and pregnant women 85*Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) calls for a ban on WiFi in schools 86*Israeli Parliament passes bill requiring cell phones to carry health-hazard warnings 87*Spanish town, Olvera, declares itself an electromagnetic-free municipality 88*Yale University research team shows cell phone radiation affects neurodevelopment and behavior in mice 89*Town of Udine, Italy moves to ban cell phones 90.  *The UK`s Department of Health calls for decreased cell phone usage in children after findings report a 50% increase in frontal and temporal lobe tumors in UK children 92*US Pediatricians call on FCC to reconsider cell phone radiation standards 94*Israel Minister of Health calls for WiFi ban in schools 95Taiwanese legislators order the removal of 1500 cell phone masts 96*Indian government approves more stringent norms for cell phones and cell towers 97*The American Academy of Environmental Medicine issues warning about WiFi in schools 98*Representative Kucinich introduces Cell Phone Right To Know Act 99*Vienna Medical Association calls for cell phone free zones in public spaces 100*Head of Belgium`s largest cell phone company bans WiFi in his office 101*BioInitiative 2012 is released stating

“Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen.  The existing FCC/IEEE and ICNIRP public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health,” and “There is now much more evidence of risk to health affecting billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of the evidence of harm 102.

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