04/08/2002 - Childhood cancers have increased by 26 percent since 1971
Childhood cancers have increased by 26 percent since 1971, with some cancers
being even higher, especially acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with a 62 percent
increase; brain cancer, 50 percent; and bone cancer, 40 percent. We believe that
electromagnetic fields are a causal factor in the development of cancers. The
final version of the Californian Health Board EMF report is due out during
August. Watch this space!
International studies have found paternal and maternal exposure
(pre-conception, during conception and post-conception) to a wide range of
occupational chemicals to be major causes of childhood cancer. As well as food
additives being strongly incriminated as likely factors in the development of
cancer, there are strong associations between childhood cancers, particularly
brain cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukaemia, and domestic exposure to
pesticides from uses in the home, including pet flea collars, and chemicals used
on the lawn and garden.
Lindane, a potent carcinogen in shampoos for treating lice, is associated
with major risks of brain cancer as it is readily absorbed through the skin.
Ritalin, which is often prescribed for hyperactivity (ADD) in children, has been
shown to induce highly aggressive rare liver cancers in rodents at doses
comparable to those prescribed to children. Maternal exposure to ionising
radiation, especially during pregnancy, is strongly associated with excess risks
of childhood leukaemia. It should be particularly stressed that foetuses,
infants and children are much more vulnerable and sensitive to toxic and
carcinogenic exposures than are adults. Foetuses, infants and children are also
more likely to suffer from other chronic toxic side effects of exposure to
carcinogenic agents, including endocrine disruption and reproductive,
haematological, immunological and genetic effects, for which there are no
available incidence trend data comparable to those for cancer.
It is internationally accepted that expsoure to 0.4 microtesla (4mG) power
frequency magnetic fields after birth double the incidence of childhood
leukaemia. Almost all childhood leukaemia is initially triggered (in terms of
genetic damage) in-utero, probably in the first trimester of pregnancy. Maternal
exposure to a few microtesla of power-frequency EMFs is almost certain to
increase the risk of leukaemia and birth abnormalities. The Californian health
board report on EMFs reckoned that maybe up to 40% of early miscarriages are due
to transient EMF exposure, such as you get near many electrical appliances and
when travelling on electric trains. Miscarriages are often due to gross abnormal
effects occurring in the foetus. Those unborn children that survive to birth may
well have more chronic effects that cause cancers and other abnormalities.
Increasing parental exposure to microwave radiation from mobile phones
(pre-conception, during conception and post-conception) and subsequent
children's exposure (including from household DECT phones), may well be another
contributive effect. It is unclear at the moment whether radiation from mast
antennas may play a part in cancer development, but increasingly we believe they
may have an effect on hormonal and endocrinal disruptions.
Cancer research, largely funded by drug companies, concentrates more on
treatment of cancer than prevention. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in
America spends under four percent of its budget on primary prevention, while the
charitable American Cancer Society (ACS) allocates less than 0.1 percent of its
revenues to primary prevention and "environmental carcinogenesis".
This item was sourced from "Epstein and Young Warn About Escalating Childhood
Cancer" U.S. Newswire and www.heall.com and