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RFcom is managed by a Science Panel that reviews
and reports on the most recent research studies about wireless technology
and health from around the world. All studies referenced on this
website must meet the following criteria:
- the source
must be credible and accountable
must be peer-reviewed-research and data that has been accepted
and validated in the Canadian and international communities
- all studies
must have been carried out by an independent third-party person
The use of wireless
phones is now an established part of many societies today, with
billions of users around the world. This technology has greatly
improved our ability to communicate at home or at work in our local
and global communities. People use mobile telephones not only for
work, but also for the convenience and safety of their families.
The rapid growth in the use of wireless phones has been accompanied
by public concerns about the safety of this new technology. Although
numerous scientific reviews have concluded that there is no evidence
of a health risk from wireless phones or other wireless communication
devices, the concerns continue to be reflected in media reports.
This web site
attempts to answer the following questions about wireless phones:
- How do they
- How are
safety standards established for them?
- What have
scientific authorities to say about their safety?
- What has
research found about their biological effects?
- What research
is planned in the future?
site has different sections:
This gives brief comments on recent reports and scientific papers
that discuss radiofrequency radiation (RFR) or wireless phones. A
new update is given every month.
on Electromagnetic Waves and Fields
This section provides background about scientific concepts involved
in electromagnetic energy. There are three subsections on:
The section on Wireless Phones gives some technical
background, discusses regulations that enforce radiation exposure
limits, and tries to put concerns about health effects in the
context of public health issues. There is also information to
those wanting to know more about Specific Absorption Rate, and
how it relates to their own model of cell phone.
In the section on Base Stations information is presented about how the
stations work; how much radiation is emitted from them; their regulation; reports
from independent panels; and current research studies.
Answers are given to some commonly asked questions.
This outlines some of the ongoing
research that is being carried out by national and international
agencies. There is a separate subsection on the Interphone
This is a very large section and it is divided into several parts.
discusses basic scientific concepts, including causality, and the
emphasis placed on different types of study. A summary
is given of human research.
The next section deals with the challenge of exposure assessment in
The next part
deals with research on humans.
(the study of health and disease in populations) research is
discussed first - concepts, methods used in epidemiological studies,
and details of research done on wireless phones and on RFR in
Experiments on human volunteers (clinical studies) are
reviewed under several headings. The opening section deals with
general health effects, including electrical hypersensitivity.
Sections are then presented on EEG, cognitive function, hormones,
cardiovascular, and others.
This is followed by a review of laboratory experiments involving
RFR. Several areas are discussed - cancer studies, brain function,
the eye, reproduction, and others.
A large number
of scientific articles are mentioned in each of these research sections.
At the end of each section, a list of references is given, and each
has a direct link to a summary of the scientific article.
A number of agencies have done detailed reviews of RFR and potential
health effects. These are discussed in this section.
For those wishing to read a specific study, this section provides
a list of research on RFR published in scientific journals and books.
In addition to a general list, there is one that lists human studies
and another that catalogues review studies.
A number of scientific terms are defined in this section. The Technical
Glossary defines some of the terms used in the field of electromagnetic
energy and specifically in the area of wireless phones.
Other relevant web sites are summarized in this section.