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Dr. Mike Y. Chen, MD, PhD - Report to San Marino Unified School District Board of Directors

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Since Dr. Mike Y. Chen, Section Head - Brain Tumor Program, Assistant Professor - Neurosurgery, Member - Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Assistant Professor …

Since Dr. Mike Y. Chen, Section Head - Brain Tumor Program, Assistant Professor - Neurosurgery, Member - Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the City of Hope, was refused by the San Marino Unified School District school board to present this presentation, we invite concerned parents to view the following to have a better understanding of what is at stake for our children and the risks involved if we were to allow cell towers to remain on our Valentine Elementary/Huntington Middle Schools and San Marino High School campuses. We urge everyone to visit www.removecelltowers.blogspot.com and sign our petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/remove-cell-towers-from-smusd. Cell towers do NOT belong on schools! Our children's health should not be placed at risk. Thank you for your support!

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  • 1. Report to SMUSD Board of Directors Mike Y. Chen, MD, PhD
  • 2. Credentials• City of Hope Neurosurgeon• President of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics June 2011-June 2012• Principle Investigator for Brain Tumor Research lab – Numerous publications, book chapters and books published – Over 1 million dollars in research funding over last 5 years – Invited speaker, United States Congress, May 2012
  • 3. Cell Phone and Cell TowerElectromagnetic Radiation (EMR)Information on effects of Cell Phone EMR is pertinent to Cell Towers: The Energies are the SAME type.
  • 4. Is Cell Phone/Tower EMR safe?• Argument: Readings are well below Federal Communication Commissions Guidelines.• Counter Arguments: – 1) Outdated Research • General Accountability Office wants to revise standards • Opposed by Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency
  • 5. 2) Cell Phone radiations effects are classified as: Thermal or Non-Thermal• FCC standards only took into account Thermal Effects• Non-thermal effects can be several times more harmful than thermal effects
  • 6. http:www/marinproject.org/studies.html
  • 7. Non-Thermal Effects• Neurocognitive: headaches, sleep disorders, poor memory, mental excitation, confusion, anxiety, depression and appetite disturbance.
  • 8. Results—Whole-brain metabolism did notdiffer between on and off conditions. Incontrast, metabolism in the region closest tothe antenna (orbitofrontal cortex andtemporal pole) was significantly higher for onthan off conditions.Journal of the American Medical Association 2011
  • 9. Non Thermal Effects: DNA Damage• Ruediger Analysis of 101 papers revealed over 50% showed evidence of genotoxic effects of EMF.• 4 year long REFLEX study (12 groups in 7 European countries)• Dr. Martin Blank’s work Key Concept: A virus alters a computer’s code to harm it. Similarly, agents that cause DNA damage can cause sickness and death.
  • 10. 3) NO DATA PROVES CELL PHONE/TOWER EMF IS SAFE IN CHILDREN
  • 11. Cancer: Childhood lymphoma, Breast cancer, Testicular cancerWHO declares ELF a possible carcinogen; some scientist inthe WHO argued that it should be a probable carcinogen.
  • 12. Brain Tumors• Swedish Study (Hardell): Children and Teenagers are 5.4 times more likely to get brain cancer. At least 8 other studies link brain tumors to cell phone use.• Potential SMUSD impact – US incidence rate for brain increased from 13.4 cases/100,000 in 1995 to 18.2 cases in 2004 (Central Brain Tumor Registry) – (5.4x18.2) 98.8/100,000 people – 1/1000: about 3,000 children in SMUSD
  • 13. Chronic Exposure• 4) FCC guidelines are safety standards for 30 minutes. Not one day, a week, a month or years.• Latency between exposure and development of cancer can be long. The time between first exposure to asbestos and diagnosis of mesothelioma is usually between 20 and 50 years.
  • 14. Conclusions• FCC standards are inadequate.• There are hundreds of research articles that associate cell phone/tower EMR with serious biological effects.• Children are at higher risk.• There is reasonable doubt that that cell phone/tower EMR is safe. Therefore, especially as it pertains to children, the burden of proof is to show that this radiation is safe. No such evidence exists.