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Mastbruch: Start


Informational talk

Prof. Adlkofer first thanked Mrs. Ellen Zajonz and her co-workers from the citizens' initiative Gegenwelle e.V. for their great personal commitment. He then described the status of the international research. He stressed that up to now there is no evidence of a health risk for humans living in the vicinity of base stations. Since today’s knowledge of the biological effects of mobile phone radiation on humans is still very poor, it is not possible to definitely exclude such a health risk. In any case, the available scientific data recommend caution.

Dr. Neitzke explained to the attendees the planned measurements which he will carry out in order to determine how intensely each single study participant is actually exposed to radiation. Already today he can state that nearness to or – in other words – distance from the base station allows no reliable answer. Determining the individual exposure to radiation must also consider if - independent of the base station - other sources contribute.

Prof. Mosgoeller informed the attendees about the investigation he will carry out in the next days and about the questions that need to be answered. He explained the organisational structure of the examinations and asks for an active participation.

During the following nearly two hours of discussion in which no question was left unanswered, Prof. Adlkofer stated once more that conclusions from this pilot study remain open. None of the involved scientists starts his work with prejudice. He asked the attending local citizens - nearly all of them were ready to participate in the project - to persuade others who could not join this informational talk to enlist as test persons. The reason for this is that the study will gain more validity and more power the higher the supporting percentage of the exposed population is. For all questions not answered up to now or any new questions, Mastbruch citizens can turn to the practitioner Dr. med. Horst Schoell, who is a member of the research consortium and who will act as the local representative.


Examinations

During the first round of examinations carried out by Prof. Mosgoeller between March 22 and 24 more than 250 completed standardized questionnaires to determine the current subjective individual health status were filled out and handed in. In addition, we measured the activity of free radicals in the blood of 100 persons, and in case of high activity also the antioxidative reserve. From more than 250 persons we took buccal smears to examine genetic damages in cells. Altogether, the citizens' initative succeeded in convincing enough persons in mastbruch to take part. However, due to lack of funds we had to refrain from investigating further important parameters.

The Mastbruch Project is a pilot study with which we want to test, if a full study to finally clarify the open questions is feasible. It is especially important to know if enough people can be motivated to take part in a study. This seems to turn out well. The results from the first examination before the base station was switched on will be compared with the follow-up examinations. In this way we want to find out if - in an extensive study - we can expect changes during the years in the well-being of residents in the vicinity of a base station, which can be explained with biological data. We will hardly reach this goal with the biological data we obtained so far from the Mastbruch project.