I was excited to learn today about a petition recently submitted to the United Nations and World Health Organization urging them to review current safety standards and guidelines for limiting exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). The petition has been signed by 250 scientists from 40 countries including our own Charlie Teo, current Director at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Prince of Wales Hospital.

The petition claims that the WHO’s current usage guidelines ignored a growing amount of evidence and scientific knowledge of the adverse effects of long-term exposure to EMF including low-intensity effects. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the body that developed the original guidelines in 1998 that were later adopted by the WHO, reviewed their guidelines in 2009 stating there was “no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions and does not necessitate an immediate revision of its guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields.”

The petitioners claim that the current guidelines “are insufficient to protect public health”, particularly children, who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF, but that the impacts are much broader than just that of the human race. EMFs have a biological effect on all living organisms and therefore all plant and animal life needs to be taken into consideration.

The authors of the petition specifically request that firmer standards be imposed on manufacturers and utility providers, that more is to be invested into research and that medical practitioners and the general public be educated about the effects of EMFs. They also advocate for better disclosure of so-called expert’s financial relationships with industry when speaking of the health aspects of EMF emitting technologies, and that ‘white zones’ with no radiation be established as a safe haven for people who suffer Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

This petition comes as more and more towns and cities across Australia adopt 5G, a technology that is unlike any other wireless technology ever used before (and therefore completely untested in terms of its health impacts) in that it utilises millimetre waves (MMWs) to transmit data rather than microwaves. It is like our Government is conducting a very expensive health experiment with no control group or contingency plan.

Let’s hope the UN and the WHO takes this petition seriously and starts taking some firm action, and fast.

You can view the petition for yourself here.

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