Piero Lercher, MD

Director, Vienna Medical Chamber Department of Environmental Medicine (Austria)

Piero Lercher, MD has published papers on the health effects of electromagnetic fields, including co-authoring “EUROPAEM EMF Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF-related Health Problems and Illnesses.” Dr. Lercher is a sports physician and expert in the field of preventive medicine and Public Health. He has published several scientific publications and books and also numerous cartoons and medical illustrations. He has broad experience in medical consulting, study-coordination, conceptual design, coordination and implementation of interdisciplinary projects including prevention and life-style medicine. Since 2004, he has been a lecturer at the Medical University of Vienna, since 2005, he has served as organizational director of the post-graduate Public Health program at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Since 2014, he has been the line coordinator for Public Health at the Karl Landsteiner Private University of Krems. He has been the head of the Department of Environmental Medicine of the Vienna Medical Chamber since 2012.


Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of EMF Associated Illness (with focus on mobile phones and 5G) New Aspects on International Policies & Actions for Public Health


New wireless technologies have been introduced to mankind without any certainty about potentially adverse effects, raising new challenges for medicine, public health and society. Meanwhile in almost every area of life, EMF exposure occurs. Thus, in many countries, the fifth generation cellular network technology (5G) that provides broadband access is to be expanded in many countries. Due to the massive spread of the new antenna technology, very high radiation densities are to be expected. Various studies, empirical observations and patient reports clearly indicate interactions between EMF exposure and health problems. There is strong evidence that particularly long-term exposure to certain EMFs is a risk factor for diseases. The case histories of the patients show mobile communication-associated diseases like electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), addiction and orthopedic disorders, which are increasing in frequency and severity over time.

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Thus, there is a disclaimer of the insurance companies for the mobile technology. Furthermore, the electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as possibly carcinogenic to humans. An unverified mass and permanent use of wireless technologies is therefore to be regarded as negligent. Evidence of safety must be provided.


Therefore, it is important to carry out adequate assessments and to establish correct parameters for diagnosis. Prior to treatment we should mainly focus on prevention or reduction of EMF exposure in everyday life. This requires a reversal of the burden of proof where industry and the state prove the safety of wireless technologies and accept liability for negative effects on humans, animals and nature. Regarding the implementation of new technologies with a potential health risk, the precautionary principle has to be applied and respected. It is also recommended to set up a fund to sponsor industry-independent scientific research and cover claims for damages.

Diagnosis and Therapy

The problem is that EHS symptoms are unspecific and often not taken seriously. Cancer in turn is often multifactorial and cannot be traced back to a single cause. The EUROPAEM EMF Guidelines give an overview of the current knowledge regarding EMF-related health risks and provide recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and accessibility measures of EHS to improve and restore individual health outcomes as well as for the development of strategies for prevention.

Conclusion and Perspectives

Restoring a world without wireless communication is an illusion. It is a matter of propagating precautions and rules for prudent handling. It is about encouraging and motivating people to use these technologies as a tool, that is, only when really needed. Furthermore, potentially harmful technologies can be replaced by the implementation of other technologies, like fiber optic cables or visible light communications, without loss of comfort. Last but not least, the simplest and easiest strategy is to implement EMF-free zones.

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Friday 29 January 2021

Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of EMF Associated Illness (with focus on mobile phones and 5G) New Aspects on International Policies & Actions for Public Health