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12 December 2018

Switzerland: Motion 18.3855: "For a better consideration of health in the mobile telephony sector (II)"

Read here the Federal Council's opinion on this motion (18.3856) which ends with the words, "The motion would unnecessarily restrict the mandate given to the working group charged with analyzing the needs and risks associated with the installation of 5G networks. From the Federal Council's point of view, this motion would run counter to the intended objective" and therefore, the Federal Council proposes to reject the motion. The Federal Council also proposes to reject motion 18.3855 on the same subject, citing the same opinion.

But as we said, there are reasons for hope.  Theo Wirth made this comment on the article, "BR beantwortet Vorstösse": "With Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, this questionable answer from the Federal Council was to be expected. We hope that the new Federal Councillor [Simonetta Sommaruga] will achieve a more independent assessment of the dangers of electrosmog. Hope dies last."


Opinion and proposal of the Federal Council of 21 November 2018

The Federal Council considers that good mobile phone coverage and access to mobile Internet are essential for Switzerland's economic development. It therefore promotes the digitization of society and the economy and considers that, to achieve this, powerful mobile phone networks (5G) are essential. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure that the health of the population is protected from the harmful effects of radiation resulting from the use of these technologies. In this respect, the Federal Council stresses the importance of the precautionary principle enshrined in the Environmental Protection Act (EPL; SR 814.01).

Switzerland: The Federal Council proposes to Reject Postulate 18.3966 on the Declaration of Non-Ionizing Radiation

But there are good reasons for hope. Theo Wirth made this comment on the article, "BR beantwortet Vorstösse": "With Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, this questionable answer from the Federal Council was to be expected. We hope that the new Federal Councillor [Simonetta Sommaruga] will achieve a more independent assessment of the dangers of electrosmog. Hope dies last."

18.3966 POSTULATE : Declaration of non-ionizing radiation -
[Note: This is an unofficial translation.]

Filed by: SEMADENI SILVA

Filing date: 27.09.2018
Submitted to: National Council
Status of deliberations: Not yet dealt with by Council

Text filed

The Federal Council is responsible for studying in an in-depth report how to ensure, together with the manufacturers, that the non-ionizing radiation (e.g. radio waves) of electronic devices carried close to the body is declared in a simple and visible manner.

11 December 2018

5G: A Wrong Way Driver on the Path to Scientific Inquiry and Media Integrity

5G: A WRONG WAY DRIVER on the Path to Scientific Inquiry and Media Integrity
by Patricia Burke, activistpost.com, 9 December 2018 - extracts

On November 21, the eve of Thanksgiving, a wrong way driver on route 495 in Taunton, MA injured 6 people and lost his own life in a fiery multicar crash.[1]

As we drove past the accident scene a few weeks later, my cousin reflected, “We rely on others, people we don’t even know, to do the right thing, every day, and sometimes our lives depend on it.”

Whether the elderly driver suffered from disorientation, or a medical emergency, or fatigue due to lack of sleep is not known.

But one thing we do know is that complaints and concerns are being raised by a portion of the population; those who are experiencing symptoms of disorientation, fatigue, and sleep deficit caused by exposure to radio frequencies from the towers and antennas lining the nation’s highways and increasingly saturating communities. [2]

10 December 2018

Screen Time Changes Structure of Kids’ Brains, ‘60 Minutes’ Says

"Scientists will follow more than 11,000 nine- to 10-year-olds for a decade to see how childhood experiences impact the brain and affect emotional development and mental health. The first bits of data suggest that the onslaught of tech screens has been transformative for young people -- and maybe not for the better."

Screen Time Changes Structure of Kids’ Brains, ‘60 Minutes’ Says
by Lisa Leebloombergquint.com, 10 December 2018

A young customer browses an Apple Inc. iPad2 tablet 
computer at a store in San Francisco, California, U.S.
(Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)
(Bloomberg) -- Smartphones, tablets and video games are physically changing the brains of adolescents, early results from an ongoing $300 million study funded by the National Institute of Health have shown, according to a report by “60 Minutes.”

Scientists will follow more than 11,000 nine- to 10-year-olds for a decade to see how childhood experiences impact the brain and affect emotional development and mental health. The first bits of data suggest that the onslaught of tech screens has been transformative for young people -- and maybe not for the better.

The Role of Environmental Toxins in Breast Cancer: We Shouldn't Trade Our Health for a Paycheck

This letter discusses exposure to air pollution and breast cancer.

Guest column: We shouldn't trade our health for a paycheque
by Jane McArthur, READER LETTERS,  windsorstar.com, 8 December 2018

How did the experts get it so wrong? Turns out, they failed to really look at the evidence.

(Photo): Jane McArthur, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at University of Windsor is speaking to women who have worked near the Ambassador Bridge, in her research on breast cancer risks, is pictured May 14, 2018. NICK BRANCACCIO /WINDSOR STAR

A paper published last week in New Solutions Journal helps set things right. By re-weighing the evidence presented at a worker’s compensation hearing, Dr. Michael Gilberston, former federal government biologist who studied the health effects of toxins, and Dr. Jim Brophy, occupational health researcher and founder of two Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, point to workplace exposures as a likely cause for one woman’s breast cancer, in spite of the ruling by the experts on the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Groundbreaking NIH Study Examines Effects of Screen Time on Kids

The interviews and data from the NIH study have already revealed something else: kids who spend more than two hours a day on screens got lower scores on thinking and language tests.

The iPhone was introduced in 2007. Smartphones gained widespread usage among young people by 2012. Jean Twenge says she was startled to find that in the four years that followed, the percentage of teens who reported drinking or having sex fell. But the percentage who said they were lonely or depressed spiked.

Jean Twenge: It's not just the loneliness and depression from these surveys. It's also that ER visits for self harm like cutting have tripled among girls age 10 to 14.


Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids
Correspondent Anderson Cooper, cbsnews.com, 9 December 2018 -
Transcript of "60 Minutes" program

60 Minutes goes inside a landmark government study of young minds to see if phones, tablets and other screens are impacting adolescent brain development

Correspondent Anderson Cooper with Jean Twenge
If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand what no one currently does: how all that screen time impacts the physical structure of your kids' brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health.

At 21 sites across the country scientists have begun interviewing nine and ten-year-olds and scanning their brains. They'll follow more than 11,000 kids for a decade, and spend $300 million doing it. Dr. Gaya Dowling of the National Institutes of Health gave us a glimpse of what they've learned so far.

09 December 2018

Radiation Warning: 5G Exposes Cities To Untested Microwave Pollution

Radiation Warning: 5G Expose Cities To Untested Microwave Pollution
worldhealth.net, 12 November 2018

Companies are racing ahead, set on being the first carrier to debut this G5 networks, telecommunications giant Sprint is racing to roll out their technology this year, and they may have to contend with the public that is waking up to the possible health threats posed by this new wireless technology.

Sprint has stated that Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA, and Washington, DC are ready and primed to go live with 5G, seeming to be all too happy to ignore the prospect of increased EMF radiation and the increased possible health risks that will accompany it.

New fifth generation wireless networks are said to feature substantial increases in data and speed capacity, to enable further connection with the interwebs and linked systems of cell phones, laptops, home appliances, security systems, cars, and drones. Sprint is dubbing this new level of innovation and progress, but health experts are warning we are just now learning about long term exposure to 2G and 3G and this advance is untested and could expose us to new levels of unwanted radiation.

Europe Should Be Wary of Huawei, EU Tech Official Says

Switzerland should take heed of this warning.  Huawei is already managing and developing the 5G network for the Swiss telecoms company, Sunrise.  In mid-August, on the occasion of Doris Leuthard's (Federal Councilor and Swiss communications minister) visit to Shenzhen, Eric Xu, Director of Huawei, promised "massive investments" in Switzerland, with the aim of opening two research and development centres in Lausanne and Zurich. The aim would be to approach the polytechnic schools (EPFL). When contacted on this point, Huawei stated that it "was still in the negotiation phase for these two centers".  (ref:  "Banned by several countries, Huawei wants to expand in Switzerland" - article in French).

In July this year, several newspapers reported that after leaving Parliament, Doris Leuthard would become a member of a group working on the global governance of digitization. Set up by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the 22-member group will be led by Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft's founder and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as Jack Ma, founder of China's Alibaba e-commerce group. The other members are representatives of government authorities, the private sector, the scientific community and civil society. (ref. ICT Journal - article in French).

Europe should be wary of Huawei, EU tech official says
by Francesco Guarascio, Foo Yun Chee, Reuters, 7 December 2018

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip
attends the GovTech Summit at Paris city hall,
France, November 12, 2018. 
Reuters/Charles Platiau
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should be worried about Huawei [HWT.UL] and other Chinese technology companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc’s industry and security, the EU’s technology chief said on Friday, echoing concerns raised elsewhere in the world.

Huawei expressed disappointment at EU tech commissioner Andrus Ansip’s comments, saying it had never been asked to install technology that could be used for spying and never would.

“Do we have to be worried about Huawei or other Chinese companies? Yes, I think we have to be worried about those companies,” Ansip told a news conference in Brussels, days after a top executive at Huawei was arrested in Canada as part of an investigation into alleged bank fraud.

08 December 2018

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal Urges Cancer Study of 5G Technology

Blumenthal Urges Cancer Study of 5G Technology
by Christine Stuart, ctnewsjunkie.com, 3 December 2018

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Blake Levitt
Christine Stuart / CTNewsjunkie
HARTFORD, CT — (Updated) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said 5G technology offers the tremendous promise of higher speed and reliability, but there are no studies of the “health hazards associated with the radio frequency,” of the new technology.

“We need to know whether the radio frequencies can cause cancer,” Blumenthal said.

He said there are studies of the 2G and 3G technologies of tumors and cancers in lab rats when they are exposed to the radio frequencies.

He said this has nothing to do with the aesthetic effects of additional cell towers or the inconvenience of transmitters in neighborhoods, close to schools and workplaces. He said it simply has not been studied.

Planetary Electromagnetic Pollution: It Is Time to Assess Its Impact


PLANETARY ELECTROMAGNETIC POLLUTION: IT IS TIME TO ASSESS ITS IMPACT 
Priyanka Bandara, David O Carpenter, thelancet.com, December, 2018

Open Access Published:December, 2018

As the Planetary Health Alliance moves forward after a productive second annual meeting, a discussion on the rapid global proliferation of artificial electromagnetic fields would now be apt. The most notable is the blanket of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, largely microwave radiation generated for wireless communication and surveillance technologies, as mounting scientific evidence suggests that prolonged exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation has serious biological and health effects. However, public exposure regulations in most countries continue to be based on the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection1 and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,2 which were established in the 1990s on the belief that only acute thermal effects are hazardous. Prevention of tissue heating by radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation is now proven to be ineffective in preventing biochemical and physiological interference. For example, acute non-thermal exposure has been shown to alter human brain metabolism by NIH scientists,3 electrical activity in the brain,4 and systemic immune responses.5 Chronic exposure has been associated with increased oxidative stress and DNA damage6, 7 and cancer risk.8 Laboratory studies, including large rodent studies by the US National Toxicology Program9 and Ramazzini Institute of Italy,10 confirm these biological and health effects in vivo. As we address the threats to human health from the changing environmental conditions due to human activity,11 the increasing exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation needs to be included in this discussion.

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Figure Typical maximum daily exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from man-made and natural power flux densities in comparison with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection safety guidelines