Research on radiation

Worldwide, more and more research is being done into the possible effects of electromagnetic radiation on our health. However, the results of these studies do not clearly point in the same direction. In fact: many studies contradict each other. Our aim is to keep you informed about the results of the most important studies; transparently and without bias. On this page you will find summaries of these studies. You can also download the full text of each study in PDF here.

REFLEX: the study of changes in cells

The REFLEX-study is the most authoritative study done in the last few years. Ordered by the European Union, it was carried out from 2000 – 2004 by twelve research groups from seven countries. The study examined the effects of electromagnetic radiation on single cells in test tubes. This in order to determine the extent to which critical, pathological changes occur. The research focused on radiation strengths that lie below the current safety limits.

Pathological changes can include critical effects as genetic mutations, impaired cell division and suppressed or enhanced regulated cell death. The coincidence of these effects may provide a basis for the development of chronic diseases. However, when these critical effects are demonstrated in test tubes, it does not automatically mean they will also occur in humans. A man is not a test tube. The assumption is that if the effects do not occur in test tubes, they will also not occur in humans. But when they do occur in test tubes, then there is a CHANCE that they will also occur in humans.

The REFLEX-study has indeed demonstrated effects at the cellular level in the test tube situation. These research results were collected in two laboratories and then confirmed in two different laboratories.

 The study found that, amongst others:

- Genetic information in cells had been damaged;
- Gene expression in many genes and proteins had been altered;
- Disturbance of cell division had possibly occurred (less clear);
- And possibly changes in regulated cell death had occurred (less clear).

Conclusion: The results of the REFLEX-study are cause for concern. Although it is still obscure how the mechanisms work exactly, it certainly cannot hurt to take precautions.

Dutch Health Council: No link between mobile phones and brain tumours

The Dutch Health Council, which advises the Dutch government on public health issues, has recently examined a possible link between mobile phones and the occurrence of brain tumours. In an extensive report dated June 3, 2013, the Committee on Electromagnetic Fields of the Dutch Health Council advises the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment. Based on epidemiological data from a multitude of studies from various countries the Committee examined whether there is evidence of ‘a causal relationship between exposure to radio frequency fields from mobile phones and the occurrence of tumours in the brains and various other tissues in the head (such as meninges, the auditory nerve and the salivary glands)’.

On the basis of a systematic analysis the Commission found that, despite extensive research, it is still undecided whether there is a link between the use of a mobile phone and an increased risk of the occurrence of tumours in the brains and other parts of the head. "There is," says the Commission, "some weak and inconsistent evidence of a link between long term intensive use of a mobile phone and an increase in the incidence of glioma. Such evidence could be explained by various forms of bias and chance, but it cannot be excluded that there is a causal link. The evidence for an increased risk for other tumours, including meningioma and acoustic neuroma, is much weaker or missing entirely. Therefore, based on the epidemiological data described in this report, and taking into account the quality and the strengths and weaknesses of the different studies, the final conclusion of this systematic analysis is as follows: there is no clear and consistent evidence of an increased risk for tumours in the brains or in other parts of the head related to the use of a mobile phone during a period of 13 years or less, however, such a risk can also not be excluded. Over prolonged use, nothing can be said."

It may be noted that this is a review study, which means that the results of several scientific studies have been analysed. In other countries, review investigation led to different conclusions, possibly because other studies had been included in the analysis there. -Read more

Related articles

Use of wifi in French primary schools restricted by law

14 September, 2016|0 Comments

September 2016 - The French parliament passed a law in June which compels primary schools to switch off Read More

American government study: relationship between EM-radiation from mobile phones and cancer in rats.

8 June, 2016|0 Comments

May 2016 - An American government study has uncovered a connection between radio emissions from mobile phones and Read More

TEDx Talk ‘Wireless wake-up call’ by former Silicon Valley engineer.

25 April, 2016|0 Comments

Former Silicon Valley engineer Jeremy Johnson gave on 6 February this year a TEDx Talk with the title ‘Wireless Read More

  • belpomme_UA

French oncologist Belpomme: “evidence for sickness from electromagnetic radiation”.

25 April, 2016|0 Comments

Sickness due to exposure to electromagnetic radiation can now be objectively medically diagnosed and treated. That is the conclusion of Read More