9 The research background to current concern

It is sometimes said that there is no research evidence that microwaves have biological effects apart from heating (thermal) effects. There are, however, experts who point to a great deal of evidence.

Professor Henry Lai, a biologist at Washington University who has carried out studies on mobile phones, is reported saying, “I think it is irresponsible to just set standards using a thermal standard. If you set it just based on a thermal effect you are neglecting a large amount of data.” 47

Dr. Neil Cherry of Lincoln University, New Zealand, wrote in 1999, “there is a wealth of laboratory evidence of cellular and animal changes at extremely low exposure levels to RF/MW [radiofrequency / microwave] radiation, accompanied by a massive body of epidemiological research which shows adverse health effects in human beings down to extremely low life-time mean exposure levels for chronic exposures.” 48

Professor Olle Johansson, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has expressed deep concern about the spread of wi-fi, saying that there are “thousands” of articles in the scientific literature showing “adverse health effects.” “Do we not know enough already to say, ‘Stop!’?” he asks. 49

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47 Daily Telegraph, 21.5.07
48 Neil Cherry (1999), Criticism of the proposal to adopt the ICNIRP guidelines for cellsites in New Zealand, Lincoln University, Environmental Management and Design Division, Canterbury, New Zealand. This article no longer appears to be available on the internet. A later article, Neil Cherry (2002), Criticism of the Health Assessment in the ICNIRP Guidelines for Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation (100 kHz - 300 GHz), Human Sciences Division, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand may be found HERE .
49 Independent on Sunday, 22.4.07 See also the letter in which he makes these remarks: go HERE, click on Wifi in the menu column for the page entitled ‘WiFi Overview—WiFi and Health’, scroll down to ‘Other resources’ and click on ‘letter from Prof. Olle Johansson’.