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Indian Medical Association (Mumbai West) December 18, 2013
Behind Chandan Cinema
J R MhatreMarg
JVPD Scheme ,Juhu
Attn :Dr.S.K.Joshi , President
We are an Association of Citizen Groups of Mumbai who are concerned of the Health Hazards due EMF Radiation from Mobile Tower Antennae. We have been discussing at Central , State and Municipal levels to get the Radiation levels reduced to reduce the increasing Health Hazards in Mumbai & Suburbs besides helping Citizen Groups also in
other Cities .
We were quite surprised to read in Newspapers on December 11, 2013 that Indian Medical Association Mumbai West had a Press Meeting together with Operators and their
PR Agency at a crucial time when the new State Policy on Installation of Mobile Towers Antennae is to be issued.
We question your stand that “ Mobile Towers not a Cancer Risk ,” mentioned in Hindustan Times , “ Gem from IMA : Cell Towers Pose No Harm ” in DNA of December 11, 2013 and
Cell Tower Not Harmful : Med Body docs“.
For your information it is the Electro Magnetic Field Radiation emitted by the Antennae installed on these Towers which creates Health Hazards , including the risk of Cancer over a period of time due to continuous 24 x 7 radiation.
In case your conclusion is based on experiments conducted by IMA Mumbai West please advise us and let us have a copy of the Report (s), together with the Names and contact addresses of the responsible Medical Researchers.
We question the authenticity of the sundry attributions and opinions quoted in the media, especially of the examples given in the press Notes, purportedly contributed as the official stand of the Indian Medical Association Mumbai West.
In case this meet was organised by the vested interests using your name to get a mileage and you are relying on information provided by them we would like to question the authenticity , especially of the examples given in the Press Notes .
In case you do not have proof beyond doubt then one has to adopt the Precautionary Principle as laid down by the Law of European Union.
“ The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action. “
Now to come to some major points raised by IMA Mumbai West:
1. EMF RADIATION NORMS
International Standards followed by India were as laid down by International Commission on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP ), aNGO registered in Germany whose origin and structure are none too clear and which is furthermore suspected of having rather close links with the industries.
India had an EMF Radiation norm for 900 MHz frequency of 4500 milliwatts per square meter prior to September 1, 2012. The Government of India reduced the same ( NORM ) to 10% - 450 milliwatts per square meter . This according to the then Secretary DoT, was not done on any scientific basis ,but based on Apprehensions and Perceptions of Indian Citizens.
There was no change in the then existing levels of actual emitted radiation and also today they remain the same AS EXISTING PRIOR TO September 2012.
The highest reading measured before September 1, 2012 was not divulged to the Citizens and these were much lower than the so called “ Stringent Revised Norms.”
So by reducing Norms the Government did not reduce Radiation levels at the Ground level.
Why did the Government of India reduce the norms to such a great extent ?
Why did the Government of India spend lakhs of rupees in releasing Half Page Advertisements in Newspapers saying :
“ If you have a choice , use a Landline ( wired ) phone , not a Mobile phone “ and
similar precautionary statements ?
Why did WHO IARC change their stand to Group 2B and now US Researchers want it to be upgraded to Group2A?
Please refer to this case of France as quoted in French Media. :
Fixed between 41 V / m and 61 V / m (depending on
technology ), it is in fact well below these values.
According to the work of experimentation waves Committee
( Copic ) , about 97% of the French territory , emissions
antennas are less than 2.7 V / m. (2.7 V/m = 19.20 milliwatts / square meter)
India : 450 milliwatts / square meter
And to lower the threshold to 0.6 V / m,
(0.6 V/m = 0.96 milliwatts / square meter)
a level demanded by certain associations , it should at least
increase the number of antennas by three , said the Copic ,
these findings submitted to the government in September,2013.
2. RADIATION LEVELS LOWER THAN FM RADIO & TELEVISION SETS
We request you to advise the radiation levels measured by you from the FM Radio and Television Sets to substantiate your statement that “ A person absorbs five times more radiation frequency from FM radio and Television sets than from a Mobile Tower, “ in terms of milliwatts / square meter.
3. CANCER & MUTATIONS DAMAGE TO DNA BY EMF
We request you to refer to Dr. Henry Lai’s weblink :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrBjQJhHfzk
Please note that Researchers including Dr. Henry Lai have had their funding
withdrawn and approached to change their findings as these were against the
Industry. Please refer a Note on next page.
4. BRAIN TUMOURS - PROF. ROSS ADEY & DR. HENRY LAI
Two new studies have shown links between mobile phone usage and brain tumors.
They found a correlation between phone use and cancer. The studies showed that
mobile phone use, regardless which side of the head it was held against, increased
the risk of a brain tumor by almost two and a half times. Some of the leading
researchers were contracted by Motorola to carry out some experiments.
Two of the world's leading radiation experts reported to The Express that
multinational companies tried to influence the results of their research.
Professor Ross Adey, a biologist, had his funding withdrawn by Motorola before
completing research which showed that mobiles affected the number of brain
tumors in animals.
Dr. Henry Lai, who has been studying the biological effects of electromagnetic fields
for 20 years, was asked three times to change findings on how they caused DNA
breaks in rats.
Both of these scientists have been involved in academic, military and other research
projects throughout their lives.
5. CHILDREN AT SAME RISK AS ADULTS
This claim of IMA is false and can be proved by many International findings. Please enlighten us with research done by IMA on this as this is contrary to majority of research done globally.
International Researchers say that the Skulls of Children are very soft and thin
compared to adults which is the reason why Children are more prone to EMF
Radiation compared to Adults.
Are you aware that Belgium has banned Mobile Phones For Children in Oct’ 2013..
Another web link you must see is
Mobile phone use raises children’s risk of Brain Cancer Fivefold .
6. WHO FACT SHEET 2011
The FACT Sheets distributed by Operators have many question marks .
In May 2011 the World Health Organisation / International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified Electro Magnetic Field Radio Frequency as being “ Possibly Carcinogenic “ .as Class 2 Bto humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.
The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
Conclusions on this reclassification given from the IARC website are revealing :
Dr Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working Group, indicated that "the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."
"Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings," said IARC Director Christopher Wild, "it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting. "
The Working Group considered hundreds of scientific articles; the complete list will be published in the Monograph. It is noteworthy to mention that several recent in‐press scientific articles resulting from the Interphone study were made available to the working group shortly before it was due to convene, reflecting their acceptance for publication at that time, and were included in the evaluation.
Many Researchers feel that based on Research in the last few years the Group 2 B classification needs to be upgraded to Group 2A.( The detailed definition of Group 2 is given in attached Enclosure I.)
We would like to point out a few facts which have come to our notice in the last few years that we are involved in helping Citizens to become Aware of Health Hazards due EMF Radiation and get the Government to reduce the existing high Radiation Levels :
a) Conflict of Interest at the World Health Organisation – Leading Expert Anders Ahlbom Linked to the Telecom Industry
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has removed Anders Ahlbom of the Karolinska Institute from its panel of experts which is set to evaluate the cancer risks posed by mobile phones. The committee will meet in Lyon, France, for a week beginning this coming Tuesday, May 24. In an e-mail sent out earlier today, Ahlbom wrote, “IARC has excluded me from the RF Working Group because of ‘possible perception of conflict of interest’.”
IARC moved quickly after learning that Ahlbom is a director of his brother’s consulting firm, Gunnar Ahlbom AB. The company, which is based in Brussels, was established to help clients on telecom issues, with an emphasis on environmental and energy regulations.
b) The Results of experiments conducted in USA on which the International
Organisations rely on are not based on ground realities in India.
For example research is done based on One Antenna , Power Transmission of 2 Watts and One Mouse while the ground reality in India is a Cluster of Antennae ( 10 to 20 ) with High Power Transmission of 20 Watts per Antenna which would give wrong conclusions suiting the Industry which funds these studies. ( Substantive evidence is available with us.)
c) EMF Radiation from Mobile Phones is 1000 times more than BTS Antennae. A Blatant False information.
“ Because exposure to Radio Frequency (RF ) Fields emitted by Mobile
Phones is generally more than a 1000 times higher than frombase
stations, and the greater likelihood of any adverse effect being due to
handsets,research has almost exclusively been researchconducted on
on possible effects of mobile phone exposure ……...” This is a Release of
WHO distributed freely by COAI.
We had sent an email to Principal Advisor of COAI asking him that if
EMFR from a Blackberry Phone is 14 milliwatts per square meter does it
mean that BTS EMF Radiation will be 0.014 milliwatts per square meter.
There was no substantive reply except to ask us to check with WHO as he
had only reproduced from WHO Fact Sheet ( Copy Paste Technical
Advisor ). WHO have not yet replied for last two weeks.
7. CIGARETTES INDUSTRY v/s MOBILE INDUSTRY
This is an interesting comparison .Since 1966 Cigarette Industry mentioned “ Smoking is Hazardous to your Health “ on Cigarette Packing and now they have to mention “ Smoking Kills” . Why ? Because the Tobacco & Cigarette Industry was a very strong lobby and the same is the case with Mobile Phone & Mobile Operator Industry. We cannot wait like the Cigarette Industry and due to early warnings the Governments and Industry should take the Precautionary Step and adopt the Precautionary Principle as per the Law of European Union and protect the Health of Indian Citizens.
8. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
American Academy of Environmental Medicine , USA has written to Federal
Communications Commission , Washington on August 30, 2013 ( Enclosure II)
– to baseguidelines of RF exposure on measurements of non- thermal effects and
lower the RF exposure to protect the health of the public .
“ It became clear to AAEM physicians that by mid 1990’s that patients were
experiencing adverse health reactions and disease as a result of exposure to
electromagnetic fields. In the last five years with the advent of wireless devices,
there has been an exponential increase in the number of patients with
radiofrequency induced disease and hypersensitivity .
Numerous peer reviewed , published studies correlate radiofrequency exposure
with a wide range of health conditions and diseases. These include neurological
and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease , ALS , paresthesias ,
dizziness , headaches,and sleep disruption as well as cardiac , gastrointestinal and
immune disease , cancer , developmental and reproductive disorders , and
electromagnetic sensitivity. “
We request you to advise us on what basis is IMA Secretary recommending
circulating these WHO Advisories and Fact Sheets of WHO in Regional Languages
to spread Awareness over these issues. Information provided above should help
you to be more objective and also consider the Citizen s view points which are
We are enclosing herewith a few website links( Enclosure III ) to increase
awareness based on Facts and not Myths for the benefit of your Office Bearers
and Members of your Association.
Has IMA Mumbai West any substantial proof of Non Ionising Radiation being not harmful to Human Health ?How many members of IMA Mumbai West and
IMA Mumbai agree with the stand taken by you?
The Debate can go on for another 20 years. We should be cautious in our opinions if not substantiated beyond reason of doubt. We have to take the Precautionary step in the interest of the Health of Indian Citizens and not get involved as IMA – a prestigious Organisation in such controversies motivated by vested commercial interests and their PR Agencies.
The Objectives laid down by the Indian Medical Association are very clear :
1. Promotion and advancement of medical and all related sciences
2. Improving the public health and medical education in India
3. Maintaining the honour and dignity of the medical profession .
We are of the opinion that IMA Mumbai West has gone against the above Objectives of the IMA by getting involved with the Operators and their PR Agency without studying the subject in detail and coming out with statements which are not true and based on incomplete information available or provided to IMA with an ulterior motive.
We hope Indian Medical Association Mumbai West will take necessary corrective steps with the media failing which we will be forced to take necessary action as required.
We look forward to your comments to get IMA ‘s name and image cleared as a non biased Association among Mumbaikarswhose objective is to improve Public Health in India and maintain the honour and dignity of the medical profession.
We would appreciate receiving your prompt reply and please do not hesitate to
contact us for any further information.