In more than a decade of testing buildings for mold, chemicals, pollutants and electromagnetic fields, Daniel Stih of Santa Fe says he’s never encountered a hypochondriac.
“When I say hypochondriac, keep in mind that doesn’t mean stress can’t be making you sick,” he said. “There’s lots of studies that say sick-building syndrome can be caused by stress.” http://www.santafenewmexican.com/LocalNews/Home-environment-expert-unsure-about-Wi-Fi-impact
Stih, author of Healthy Living Spaces: Top 10 Hazards Affecting Your Health, says people around the world who believe health is impacted by radio-frequency signals are watching how Santa Fe handles the issue. “They’re like, ‘Finally, somebody said something.’ ”
After getting a degree in aerospace engineering, Stih went to work for Motorola in Phoenix as the first claims were being made about cell phones causing brain cancer. He said the company hired a researcher who found so many problems with cell phones that he published a book about the dangers.
Nevertheless, Stih said, Motorola was able to spin the issue so that the dangers were downplayed.
“When I started out, I had a real open mind about it,” he said. “I thought, ‘We’re not evil. We wouldn’t do that.’ … But an engineer goes around the facility investigating, and it’s amazing what really goes on.”
Motorola spokeswoman Tama McWhinney disputed Stih’s assertions: “All Motorola mobile phones and other wireless products are designed, tested and manufactured to meet national and international safety guidelines for radio-frequency (RF) energy exposure. These standards provide wide margins of safety for users and the general public. Numerous expert panels and government organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization, have consistently concluded that RF products that meet these safety standards pose no known health risk.”
After leaving Motorola, Stih began taking courses in “green building” at Prescott College, where he learned about mold, gasoline, roofing tar and pesticides. After he began to work as an indoor environmental consultant, he said, clients asked about electromagnetic issues, so he took courses from the Building Biology and Ecology Learning Center.
The center, founded in Germany as the Institute for Bau-Biologie et Ecology, is based in Lyles, Tenn., near Nashville. Its executive director, Michael Conn, works remotely from his home in Truchas. Some 30 years ago, the center began studying the health effects of electromagnetic fields from power lines, electric blankets and faulty house wiring.
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