"Precautionary policies should not be applied to EMFs," states Dr. Michael Repacholi. (MWN, S/O 01).
As reported in Microwave News, Mike Repacholi, the head of the WHO EMF project, "recruited utility representatives to help write the original draft of the WHO document recommending exposure levels, and later asked them to review the completed draft. Repacholi invited eight utility representatives to attend task group meeting -the only observers who were invited.
Dr. Repacholi also denied Prof. Johansson participation in the WHO workshop summary, although he participated in this workshop. It is not a coincidence that the recommendation to governments to discourage the public from measuring radiation in their homes emerged from this workshop group. This is an active harm to the public."
" On the 5th of July 2005, it was publically [sic] published that Dr. Michael Repacholi - Coordinator of the WHO's Radiation and Environmental Health Unit- receives $150,000 a year directly from the cellular phone industry with additional money for meetings and travels, meaning he broke the rules of the WHO which bar to receive money directly from the industry." (microwavenews.com 5.7.05).
In addition, Dr. Repacholi is documented as having invited power industry representatives to participate actively in setting public health standards for electromagnetic fields emitted by powerlines and transformers. (Microwavenews.com 1.10.05, 22.9.05) It is important to note that this happens despite the fact that Dr. Repacholi said himself to a Senate Committee Inquiry that: "[T]he world health Organization does not allow industry to participate in either standard setting or in health risk assessment. The WHO takes the view that there cannot be industry representation on standard setting working groups. There cannot be someone on the working group who is having an influence on health effects for an industry when they derive benefit from that industry." Reference: "Inquiry into Electromagnetic Radiation", Report of the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee, Section 4.115, page 151, May 2001
Professor Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute, one of the key referral institutions for the WHO reported that at the Prague conference on electromagnetic sensitivity, Dr. Repacholi distributed disinformation about the acknowledgement of electrosensitivity by the Swedish government.
Mike Repacholi (of WHO's EMF project) was recently reported in New Scientist (10th September 2005, page 14) as saying that "the worst effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident are mental health problems brought on by too much worry."
[Repacholi was also involved in a follow up report on Chernobyl that apparently falsified death/disease statistics at the behest of the nuclear energy industry, which was set back by public concern due to the Chernobyl disaster. "The joint press release from the International Atomic Energy Agency, World Health Organization and United Nations Development Program has sent shockwaves throughout the world and brought strong condemnation from physicians, environmental organizations, religious groups and even some political parties." (The Nuclear Reporter #634 9/16/05) — Shivani]
Documents published lately indicate that tobacco industry and asbestos industry both were very much involved with WHO and managed to prevent stricter actions to protect the public. (with regard to tobacco- www.microwavenews.com 22.9.05, with regard to asbestos- Ladou Joseph, Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 112 no. 3 March 2004)
November 2, 2004 - The World Health Organization's EMF Project is advising national governments against setting stricter exposure limits for exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to protect children from leukemia.
The W.H.O. EMF project states that "WHO believes exposure limits should be based on effects conventionally regarded as established and are not an appropriate mechanism for implementing precautionary approaches. Therefore WHO does not recommend including exposure limits based on the childhood leukemia data as an option."
As pointed out by Lewis Slesin in MWN, 11/2/04, "The current ICNIRP exposure limit is 1,000 mG (100 µT) for the general population. Epidemiological studies have consistently shown a leukemia risk to children exposed, on average, above 3-4 mG ( 0.3-0.4 µT)."
[The effect "conventionally regarded as established" is simple tissue heating. As long as this, the absurdity of which has been proven over and over, remains the basis of "safety" standards, industry can continue to recklessly irradiate all living beings, and the health damage caused will continue and increase. The effects most important to industries and their political friends are money and power, not the suffering occurring due to present standards. Common sense, evidence, logic and compassion are not part of the decision making process here.
The WHO has also denied that there is any indication that lowering internationally accepted limits would reduce the prevalence of symptoms attributed to EMF, advised that persons complaining that electromagnetic radiation is affecting their health be given psychological evaluations, and advised governments to discourage people from taking measurements of radiation levels in their homes. The World Health Organization may be criminally liable for offences in the countries that follow these guidelines. Outraged international experts may take legal action. Stay tuned. —Shivani]