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Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety – worrying misinformation?

Ingrid Wreden Kåss
Ingrid Wreden Kåss
Wreden Kåss is a writer and has a master's degree in philosophy from UiO, as well as a bachelor's degree in library and information science.
CHRONICLE / The Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety is criticized in this article for not engaging in significant amounts of research on radiation hazards.




(THIS ARTICLE IS MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

(Note: see debate post after the text.)

NRK covered on 17 May the desperate situation to people who get sick from radiation from ordinary wireless technology. The case describes how the hardest hit end up isolated from any normal participation in society – year after year. They are trapped in their homes, and many are driven to move further and further away from community, family and friends.

I NRK-the case also states Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (DSA) themselves, as this is their responsibility. DSA does not offer the affected any help or support. The Directorate obviously does not relate to either warnings from hundreds of professionals (The International EMF Scientist Appeal). They argue that daily exposure to this type of radiation over time can increase the risk of a number of serious health effects, such as certain cancerforms, re-injuries, infertility, damage to the nervous system and cognitive damage. DSA also does not relate to radiation from wireless technology classified by the WHO as «possibly carcinogenic». Or to several countries, like for example. France, Kypros, Israel, Russia og parts of Belgium, has introduced precautionary laws and recommendations to reduce children's exposure to wireless technology in kindergarten and school. This is on the basis of research findings and warnings from the field.

However, the most serious thing about DSA's statements is that their presentation of knowledge status is partly misleading and incorrect. DSA chooses to present it as if the majority of published peer-reviewed research does not find harmful effects within our limit values, and that only a few "random" individual studies make such findings. It is not true.

The harmful effects

There's thousands of peer-reviewed studies (see People's Radiation Protection) – including a good number of meta-studies and reviews, published in serious professional journals over several decades – which find a significant degree of harmful effects after exposure from wireless technology, such as mobile phones and mobile masts. Harmful effects have been found on plant life, insects, animals, humans and cells. Harmful effects have also been found from wireless networks (wifi), including on human og animals semenand damage to exposed laboratory animals. Increased risk of cognitive impairment from wireless technology is also indicated.

For certain effects such as oxidative stress (see Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation) – which is associated with a series disease states, DNA damage and neurological damage – these are a large majority of published studies that find harmful effects below our limit values. This is, among other things documented by BioInitiative, which is a research group with high professional competence.

More older military reports (see People's Radiation Protection) which were previously classified, but now released, have found a number of detrimental effects at levels below our limit values. Some of these describes such symptoms that the people who are hypersensitive to electricity in the NRK case struggle with.

In addition, there are reviews of published research on this type of radiation and harmful effects in general, taken from large medical databases, which conclude that a majority of these studies find harmful effects. The journalistic grave network Investigate Europe has mentioned some such reviews, including from The Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA) and BioInitiative.

Where someone has looked the financing of studies, they find that industry-independent studies to a greater extent make discoveries of harmful effects than those financed by the mobile industry.

The Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety has little coverage for its claims of no harmful effect, neither about "individual studies" or that most research does not find harmful effects. Furthermore, it seems that the DSA has not realized that, according to scientific methods, it is not possible to falsify studies that find harmful effects on the basis that there are also studies that do not make findings.

Is the DSA so afraid that people will be worried about the harmful effects of the radiation the directorate is set to regulate, that they think it justifies engaging in incorrect information?

 

See also Kåss, IW & Halmøy, S. (2020).
Harmful effects of radiation from wireless technology and other EMF are well documented
- Source collection: Research and warnings from the field. Oslo: Folkets strålevern 

See the response to this article by the DSA. 

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