Dr George Carlo interviewed on the NutriMedical Report, 20th August 08. The latest findings on nutritional protection against electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and treating electrical-hypersensitivity(EHS).
Dr Carlo led the $28.5 million study in the 1990s on behalf of the mobile phone industry.
. After finding a link between mobile phone use and brain cancer, he set up the Safe Wireless Inititative.
Dr Carlo, (Campbell Live, TV3, 2006),
. Rapidly increasing background levels of information-carrying radio waves from phone masts, digital electronic cordless telephones (DECT phones), Wi-Fi, and mobile phones are sensitizing the population to all types of EMR.
. 5-8% of the population have electrical-hypersensitivity (EHS). Prevelance of EHS has increased with the saturation of the environment with microwaves from wireless technology.
. Many animal species, including whales and bees, use magnetite to navigate. All around the world they are getting lost increasingly often.
. EMR causes cell membranes to 'lock', resulting in cell toxicity, DNA damage, and cell death. Intercellular communication is reduced and organ function is compromised.
. Noticeable EMR symptoms include fatigue, blood pressure changes, mood disturbance, headaches, memory loss, sleep disorders, night sweats, sexual dysfunction, hormonal disturbances. These are the symptoms of electrical-hypersensitivity.
. Long-term effects associated with EMR include cancer, dementia, neuropathy, clinical depression, elevated homocysteine levels, blood vessel damage, heavy metal and toxic accumulation, loss of efficacy of medications. Radiation from wireless technology can have the same effects as chronic low-grade chemical poisoning.
. Some EMR victims deteriorate so quickly that they do not live long enough to develop cancer.
. There is a 'tsunami' of EMR-induced disease starting to roll across industrialized countries that will seriously challenge their healthcare systems in the next five years. Many of the victims will be young adults who have spent their formative years addicted to mobile phones.
. Most doctors and patients are unaware that EMR is the cause of their symptoms.
. There have been an alarming number of reports to the Safe Wireless Initiative that attempts to mitigate EMR effects with devices which merely mask symptoms have resulted in severe relapses of EHS symptoms and life-threatening diseases. This is attributed to users' having been given a false sense of security and prolonging or increasing their EMR exposure.
. Nutritional status is key to disease outcomes. Dr Carlo's therapeutic protocol includes chelated magnesium, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC), L-carnitine, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), L-Taurine, resveratrol, alpha lipoic acid, Co-Q10, and essential fatty acids, especially DHA. These help to 'unlock' cell membranes and enhance mitochondrial function. This is followed by a heavy metal detoxification protocol under medical supervision.
. These protocols do not supersede the need to avoid or reduce EMR exposure.
. Apple's 3G iPhones may pose a greater risk due to their higher frequency signal and their system of using other users' iPhones as an antennae network.
More Dr Carlo interviews
Dr George Carlo interview on Dynamic Health, Canada, 24 April 2008.
Dr Carlo discusses his involvement with the mobile phone industry in the 1990s and gives a detailed explanation of the mechanism of harm from information-carrying radio waves.
Video of Dr Carlo's presentation to the UK Parliament, 22 May 2007 (scroll down the page).
Phone mast epidemiological studies
. There are only eight epidemiological studies published in medical journals concerning the long term health effects of mobile phone masts on local residents. All of them showed significant negative health effects except one cancer study.
.This list does not include the 'provocation' studies where participants are exposed to phone mast frequencies in the laboratory for short periods.
. The list was compiled from Powerwatch's 'Published research into mobile phone base station health effects' and Mast-Victims.org's 'Mobile phone base-station studies registered in World Health Organization EMF-database'.
. Out of the three cancer studies,[3,5,8] only one did not find an increased risk. The other two found a three to four-fold increased risk [3,5] and one of them found a tenfold increase among women.
. No such studies have been undertaken in North America.
. The World Health Organization claims that there is no evidence of harm from mobile phone masts.
Published studies finding significant negative health effects from mobile phone masts on local residents
1. Santini R et al, (July 2002) Investigation on the health of people living near mobile telephone relay stations: I/Incidence according to distance and sex, Pathol Biol (Paris) 2002 Jul;50(6):369-73
"Comparisons of complaints frequencies (CHI-SQUARE test with Yates correction) in relation with distance from base station and sex, show significant (p < 0.05) increase as compared to people living > 300 m or not exposed to base station, till 300 m for tiredness, 200 m for headache, sleep disturbance, discomfort, etc. 100 m for irritability, depression, loss of memory, dizziness, libido decrease, etc. Women significantly more often than men (p < 0.05) complained of headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, depression, discomfort and visual perturbations. This first study on symptoms experienced by people living in vicinity of base stations shows that, in view of radioprotection, minimal distance of people from cellular phone base stations should not be < 300 m."
Followed up by: Santini R et al, (September 2003) Symptoms experienced by people in vicinity of base stations: II/ Incidences of age, duration of exposure, location of subjects in relation to the antennas and other electromagnetic factors, Pathol Biol (Paris). 2003 Sep;51(7):412-5
"Our results show significant increase (p < 0.05) in relation with age of subjects (elder subjects are more sensitive) and also, that the facing location is the worst position for some symptoms studied, especially for distances till 100 m from base stations"
2. Navarro EA et al, (December 2003) The Microwave Syndrome: A Preliminary Study in Spain, Electromagn Biol Med 22(2-3): 161-169
"The microwave power density was measured at the respondents' homes. Statistical analysis showed significant correlation between the declared severity of the symptoms and the measured power density. The separation of respondents into two different exposure groups also showed an increase of the declared severity in the group with the higher exposure."
Symptoms included: Depressive tendency, fatigue, sleeping disorder, concentration problems, headaches, unusual discomfort, irritability, memory problems, loss of appetite, nausea, visual disorder, dizziness, cardiovascular problems. (Source: Radiofrequency Protection for you and your family, Alisdair and Jean Philips)
3. Wolf R, Wolf D, (April 2004) Increased incidence of cancer near a cell-phone transmitter station, International Journal of Cancer Prevention, 1(2) April 2004
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"Relative cancer rates for females were 10.5 for area A, 0.6 for area B and 1 for the whole town of Netanya. Cancer incidence of women in area A was thus significantly higher (p<0.0001) compared with that of area B and the whole city. A comparison of the relative risk revealed that there were 4.15 times more cases in area A than in the entire population. The study indicates an association between increased incidence of cancer and living in proximity to a cell-phone transmitter station."
4. Bortkiewicz A et al, (2004) Subjective symptoms reported by people living in the vicinity of cellular phone base stations: review, Med Pr. 2004;55(4):345-51
"A questionnaire was used as a study tool. The results of the questionnaire survey reveal that people living in the vicinity of base stations report various complaints mostly of the circulatory system, but also of sleep disturbances, irritability, depression, blurred vision, concentration difficulties, nausea, lack of appetite, headache and vertigo. The performed studies showed the relationship between the incidence of individual symptoms, the level of exposure, and the distance between a residential area and a base station. This association was observed in both groups of persons, those who linked their complaints with the presence of the base station and those who did not notice such a relation. Further studies, clinical and those based on questionnaires, are needed to explain the background of reported complaints"
5. Eger H et al, (November 2004) The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the Incidence of Cancer, Umwelt Medizin Gesellschaft 17,4 2004
"Newly diagnosed cancers were significantly higher among those who had lived for 10 years within 400 metres of the mast, in operation since 1993, compared with those living further away, and the patients had fallen ill on average 8 years earlier. People living within 400 metres of the mast in Naila had three times the risk of developing cancer than those living further away. This seems to be an undeniable clustering of cancer cases."
6. Hutter H et al, (May 2006) Subjective symptoms, sleeping problems, and cognitive performance in subjects living near mobile phone base stations. Occup Environ Med. 2006 May;63(5):307-13
"Despite the influence of confounding variables, including fear of adverse effects from exposure to HF-EMF from the base station, there was a significant relation of some symptoms to measured power density; this was highest for headaches. Perceptual speed increased, while accuracy decreased insignificantly with increasing exposure levels. There was no significant effect on sleep quality"
7. Abdel-Rassoul G et al, (March 2007) Neurobehavioral effects among inhabitants around mobile phone base stations, Neurotoxicology. 2007 Mar;28(2):434-40
"The prevalence of neuropsychiatric complaints as headache (23.5%), memory changes (28.2%), dizziness (18.8%), tremors (9.4%), depressive symptoms (21.7%), and sleep disturbance (23.5%) were significantly higher among exposed inhabitants than controls: (10%), (5%), (5%), (0%), (8.8%) and (10%), respectively (P<0.05)."
"Inhabitants living nearby mobile phone base stations are at risk for developing neuropsychiatric problems and some changes in the performance of neurobehavioral functions either by facilitation or inhibition. So, revision of standard guidelines for public exposure to RER from mobile phone base station antennas and using of NBTB for regular assessment and early detection of biological effects among inhabitants around the stations are recommended"
Published studies not finding significant negative health effects from mobile phone masts on local residents
8. Gavin AT, Catney D.,(2006). Addressing a community's cancer cluster concerns. Ulster Med J. 2006 Sep;75(3):195-9.
"After extensive searching and contact with the community, only 6 of the alleged cases could be identified. Of these six, two did not have cancer and one had a non-malignant tumour. In addition to the three confirmed cancer cases, a search of the NICR database identified a further 17 cancers of mixed types in keeping with the population pattern of cancers. Standardised incidence and mortality rates were within, or lower than, the expected level"
Other epidemiological surveys
. Three other unpublished epidemiological surveys by German doctors support the findings of the published studies:The Freiburger Appeal (2002), the Bamberg survey (2005), and the Kempton West study (2007). The Freiburger Appeal now has more than a thousand signatures by German doctors.
. The Kempton West study measured the levels of melatonin and serotonin in the blood of residents five months after a phone mast was erected nearby. It found that,
"Especially alarming is the fact, that 84 % of participants, almost the whole group, reacted with a massive decrease in the serotonin level (average 46%) following increased exposure from the operation of the newly erected telecommunications mast.
The clear increase in depressive mood disturbances, lethargy and listlessness, appetite disturbances, inner agitation and reduced quality of life experienced by nearly all nearby residents must be acknowledged by orthodox medicine.
Alarming is also the fairly steep nightly melatonin decrease in the presence of increasing telecommunication signal exposure, which is nearly half of the normal level for more than half of the group (56%). Even the slow increased tendency of nearly one third (28%) represents ultimately, despite a slight increase, only an upturn within a mainly deeply lowered pathological region.
We therefore have to expect considerable sleep disturbance and immune deficiencies in 84% (28 plus 56%). Since, from the medical viewpoint, sleep disturbance is increasingly seen as a cancer promoting risk factor, these numbers must be considered as alarming."
. A recently completed study commissioned by an Austrian provincial government found a five to eight-fold increased risk of cancer:
Oberfeld, G. (January 2008) Environmental Epidemiological Study of Cancer Incidence in the Municipalities of Hausmannstatten & Vasoldsberg (Austria), Commissioned by Provincial Government of Styria, Department 8B, Provincial Public Health Office, Graz
Press Release, 12 February 2008
"Graz - Austrian Press Agency (APA) - stated a "significantly increased cancer risk in the periphery of 200 meters by portable telephone radio radiation" was determined by the Salzburg environmental physician Dr Gerd Oberfeld in the context of a study given by the health department of the county of Steiermark ordered in the year 2005."
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"For all models, the analysis revealed significantly increased risk ratios. Compared to the reference category (<10 ?W/m2), the cancer risk for all cancer sites in the highest exposure category (>1000 ?W/m2) was 5 to 8 times higher, depending on the sample. Similar to the distance assessment, the cancer cases were again most pronounced for the cancer sites breast and brain"
Dr Oberfeld is featured in the BBC documentary below.
The Press reports the body count
One in 20 people ?may have a mobile phone illness?
The Times, 30 January 2005
'I'm allergic to modern living'
Daily Mail, 22 March 2007
The woman who needs a veil of protection from modern life
Daily Mail, 27 April 2007
Row over 'cover up' of mobile phone masts cancer finding
Daily Mail 17 April 2007
Cancer clusters at phone masts
The Sunday Times, 22 April 2007
Cancer victims ask: "Is it the phone mast's fault?"
The Sunday Times, 22 April 2007
Phone mast pulled down after school cancer scare
The Times, 23 April 2007
Mobile mast cancer victims
The Sun, 7 August 2007
Orange to remove mobile mast from 'tower of doom', where cancer rate has soared
Daily Mail, 13 September 2007
Cancer fears over mobile phone mast- A community has called for a mobile phone mast to be torn down after it emerged that 34 people living near it have caught cancer.
The Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2008
14 die of cancer in seven years living next to phone mast with highest radiation levels in UK
Daily Mail, 23 June 2008
Panorama: Wi-Fi: A Warning Signal, 22 May 2007. (fast-forward 2 mins past the previous programme to begin.)
Detectors and screening materials
Detectors are necessary to establish the background levels of radiation in homes and offices etc. because radiowaves are reflected or absorbed by building materials and vegetation. Radiation can vary significantly within the space of a few feet, resulting in microwave 'hotspots'. Unknown to many users, digital cordless telephones have base stations which transmit a pulsed radiowave signal even when they are not in use. This easily penetrates neighbouring walls and is often detectable 5-10 metres outside the house. Watch demo below
Furthermore, it now impossible to know where mobile phone masts are located without an electrosmog detector. In the last five years, mobile phone companies have been disguising their masts as street furniture and trees to avoid objections from residents.
How mobile phone masts 'vanish'
BBC News, 16 September 2002
Mobile Phone Masts 'Hidden From Public'
The Daily Express, 28 May 2007
There are are also lower powered masts called 'microcells' which are small enough to be disguised as burglar alarms on the front of buildings. In shopping malls and train stations, even smaller 'picocells' are used.
See Mobile Operators Association
Whilst they are lower powered than ordinary masts, the signal strength is far in excess of the level at which health problems have been reported (>0.05 v/m).
See EMFields for more information about microwave detection and screening.
Useful websites and articles
Dr Sosa's experience and other testimonies from people suffering from microwave sickness at mast-victims.org. Mast-victims has a substantial EMR news archive.
Powerwatch- UK independent EMR watchdog and research organisation. Detailed and comprehensive reports for subscribers.
Dr's Hallberg and Oberfeld: Will we all become electro hypersensitive?
Dr Mercola: Are You Allergic to Wireless Internet? 21/06/08
Dr Dowson's Guidance for Doctors
The Diagnosis and Management of Patients Presenting with Presumed Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity or EHS, By Dr David Dowson MD., Ch.B
Dr Gerald Hyland's comment
22/07/2005 - German Doctors unite on RF health effects- PowerWatch comment on the 'Bamberg Appeal'
Bamberg electrical-hypersensitivity questionnaire
Dutch EHS survey results
Radiation Research Trust
esens - Yahoo group for electrical-hypersensitivity