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The health risks of ELECTROMAGNETIC radiation

New Zealander Dr Neil Cherry was a distinguished environmental scientist, much of his research dedicated to the effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health. He was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2002 for service to science, education and community. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001, he died in 2003.

Dr Cherry found that a large body of scientific evidence associated low-level exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) and microwave radiation (MWR) with biological changes in cells, including DNA breakage, cancer increases in mice and rats, and brain tumours in exposed workers and military personnel. In 2000 he told a group of MPs of the European Parliament that there is epidemiological evidence of genetic damage by electromagnetic radiation (EMR):

‘This evidence is confirmed and consistent with epidemiological evidence of human beings exposed to these fields, because if a substance damages the genetic

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