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After Getting Sued, Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

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#1 August West

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:47 AM

Wasn't too sure where this should land but, since it deals with the state hiding it's findings from it's "citizens", I dropped it here.






SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After keeping it hidden for years, California’s Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials’ concerns about cellphone radiation exposure.


The previously unpublished document was released this week after a judge indicated she would order the documents be disclosed in the case Moskowitz v. CDPH.


Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., who is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to get the document released.


The document is dated April 2014, but Moskowitz says the document was originally prepared seven years ago and updated several times, but never released to the public.


He previously told KPIX 5 why he decided to sue the state.


“I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cellphone radiation is a risk, and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks,” Moskowitz.


The two-page document, which the Department of Public Health first emailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday afternoon, looks like any other fact sheet released by the state, except that this one has, in big bold letters “Draft and Not for Public Release” stamped across the pages.


Among the information in the document, which is titled simply, Cell Phones and Health, are summaries of scientific studies that suggest long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, among other health problems.


The draft fact sheet states that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs), a type of radiation, are emitted from cell phones and that because they are “used frequently and kept close to the head and body, cellphone EMFs can affect nearby cells and tissues.”


In the draft fact sheet, state health officials list their recommendations for members of the public who wish to reduce their exposure to the radiation emitted from cell phones, but state that as more studies are done the recommendations on the fact sheet may change.


Health officials’ overall recommendation is to “increase the distance between you and your phone” by using a headset, the speaker phone function and text messaging. Health officials recommend not sleeping near your phone and not carry it in your pocket or directly on your body, unless it is off.


The fact sheet also states that “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than and adult’s” so suggests parents limit their child’s cell phone use to texting, important call and emergencies.


Moskowitz, however, is not satisfied.


He said with the release of the document, the CDPH has violated the Public Records Act, saying it “stamped new lettering in huge dark letters across the face of the document,” essentially creating a new document rather than producing the document as-is.


Moskowitz says, “that lettering states that the document is ‘draft and not for public release’ when the judge’s tentative ruling stated exactly the opposite — that the document was not a draft, and must be publicly released.”


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:33 PM

I don't discount the information at all, nor do I doubt that some would go to great lengths to suppress its release, but considering its source I take it with a grain of sand.

Cuz seriously, what products/activities aren't linked to some form of cancer in California?
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:51 PM

When I wuz an electronics tech in the navy 50 years ago, we were taught about the dangers of microwave radiation.  But then, a 100 MHz sign wave was to be feared for its destructive qualities pertaining to living tissues.  Now we're getting well up into the GHz with pulse modulation and we all get to be the guinea pigs for something unprecedented. 


I have my computer hard wired with ethernet cables and won't buy wireless anything.  I do have one wireless remote phone away from where I sit or sleep and use it very little.   I take it outside with me if I am expecting a call.  The phone on this desk is a hard wired land line. 

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 07:13 AM

As a Ham radio operator there is one maxim that is considered gospel in the Ameteur Radio Community:


Never allow RF (Radio Frequency) in the shack (what Hams call their operating position or "radio room").



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