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19 July 2018

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings
BY RONNIE COHEN, Newsweek, 19 July 2018

Tiffany Frantz got her first cellphone when she was 16.

She loved that flip phone. Every morning, on her way out the door, she’d slip it into the left cup of her bra. When she was 21, while watching television one night with her parents in their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, living room, she felt a lump the size of a pea in her left breast, just beneath her phone. Tests later showed four cancerous tumors. “How in the world did this happen?” her mother asked.

Dr. John West believes he knows. In 2013, the Southern California breast cancer surgeon and five other doctors wrote in the journal Case Reports in Medicineabout Frantz’s tumors and those of three other young women. Each of them regularly carried a cellphone in her bra. “I am absolutely convinced,” West tells Newsweek, “that there is a relationship between exposure to cellphones and breast cancer in young women who are frequent users.”

Mobile Phone Radiation May Affect Memory Performance in Adolescents - Press Release - Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Breaking News: Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Message received this evening, 19 July 2018, from Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California, Berkeley via the CHE EMF Working Group:

Note: The press release for this new peer-reviewed study appears below. Although the link to the paper is currently inactive, the paper is not embargoed... According to Science Daily, the paper will be published online on 23 July 2018.

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Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, EurekAlert, Jul 19, 2018

The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily life. The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head. Several studies have been conducted to identify potential health effects related to RF-EMF, though results have remained inconclusive.

Are Teens Giving Themselves ADHD?

Are teens giving themselves ADHD?
by Catherine Martinko, treehugger.com 18 July 2018

A new study from California has found that teens with high levels of media use are more likely to show ADHD symptoms.

The way teens spend their time has changed drastically over the past ten years. Now most own a smartphone and spend considerable time on it, sharing photos on social media, communicating with friends via text, and watching videos on YouTube every day. While the technology has advanced rapidly, research into its effects on teenage psychological development has not. Much remains unknown about what all this time spent doing these activities actually does to the brain.

A new study explores this. Led by researchers from California and recently published in JAMA, it is the first study to look at the association between modern digital media and risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The two-year study followed 2,587 tenth-graders in Los Angeles County, none of whom had any ADHD symptoms at the beginning of the study. The researchers followed up with participants every six months, at which point each reported on how often he or she texted, used social media, and streamed videos or music.

The results were alarming. From NPR's writeup on the study:

Mobile Phone Radiation Diminishes Mental Performance of Adolescents - Study

Mobile phone radiation diminishes mental performance of adolescents - study
telecompaper.com, 19 July 2018

(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards Better Health")
Radio frequency electromagnetic fields can be detrimental to the development of mental performances in certain regions of the brain when using mobile phones. This was the result of a study of almost 700 adolescents, reported Inside-IT.ch.

The most important source of high frequency electromagnetic field (HF-EMF) exposure to the brain is the use of a mobile phone near the head. So far, studies that analysed the health effects of such fields have so far failed to produce clear results, according to a statement from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).

Mobile Phone Radiation Can Weaken Brain Performance

Mobile phone radiation can weaken brain performance
swissinfo.ch, 19 July 2018

Scientists recommend using headsets or loudspeakers to
minimize the impact of high-frequency radiation.
(Keystone)
Swiss researchers have confirmed the potentially damaging impact of the frequent use of mobile phones among adolescents.

A study found that the so called figural memory performance – the ability to remember abstract forms – can deteriorate if the brain is often subjected to high frequency electromagnetic fields, according to the Tropical and Public Health Institute.

The research included more than 700 teenagers from German-speaking Switzerland over 12 months for the first large-scale study of its kind, the institute said in a statement on Thursday.

The results are in line with findings from a 2015 study among more than 400 teenagers, the scientists say.

18 July 2018

"Bad Luck" Cannot Explain More Cancers in Young Adults and Teens

We believe that this article has been inspired in part by Cece Doucette's very effective advocacy work in the state of Massachusetts.  See her recent presentation on wireless radiation before the Board of Health of the city of Ashland, MA.

"Bad Luck" Cannot Explain More Cancers in Young Adults and Teens
by Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder & President of Environmental Health Trust & Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University, thriveglobal.com, 17 July 2018

States advise reducing cell phone radiation 

Is it just bad luck that a young man who has been using his phone for hours a day since age 8 is diagnosed with deadly brain cancer at age 23? Or that a 21-year old young woman suddenly develops multiple breast cancers directly under the antennas of the phone she had stored in her bra? Or that a 24-year-old develops rectal cancer close to his blue-jeans back pocket now stamped with his phone’s faded outline?

Reflecting growing scientific indications of damage from microwave-radiating cell phones, bills before the Massachusetts legislature could reduce the contribution that cell phone radiation to these unexplained cancers in young adults. Educating about why and how to reduce phone radiation exposures has become a critical public health concern around the world. In advanced countries like Israel, France, and Belgium, phones must be sold with headsets and information about keeping phones away from the brain and body.

17 July 2018

Canada: No Proof B.C. Boy's Migraines Caused by Wi-Fi, Tribunal Rules

No proof B.C. boy's migraines caused by Wi-Fi, tribunal rules
by Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, 17 Jully 2018

There is no scientific evidence linking Wi-Fi to a cluster of
non-specific symptoms known as EHS.  (Nathan Lambrecht/
Canadian Press)
Family had asked for an order designating 25% of Saanich school as Wi-Fi free

By the time class let out for the summer in 2016, a Vancouver Island preteen was spending almost all of every school day alone in an empty room, away from his friends.

The arrangement left the Grade 6 student feeling "upset, frustrated and angry," his grandmother told the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

But the reason the boy was isolated was that his mother and grandmother insisted he needed to be kept away from the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by Wi-Fi, cellphones and other electronics.

Cellphones at Schools - Should They Be Banned?

"If a child pulls out a phone to check the time or to check a
message from a parent, is this tantamoung to a violation?
Does she deserve detention for this?" Image: Flickr 
"... schools have very compelling reasons for banning cellphones. They are dealing with really serious issues relating to cellphones that are not just detrimental to the learning and teaching process, but also pose a risk to children’s physical, emotional and mental health - risks that come from spending too much of time slouched in front of a tiny screen. Let’s face it: this is not a French problem, but a problem of global proportions, affecting every country and every culture."



Cellphones at schools - should they be banned?
by BILAL KATHRADA, Opinion, iol.co.za, 16 July 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced a nationwide ban of cellphones at schools. Was this a wise move? Is this a well-thought-out strategy?

Our Phones and Gadgets Are Now Endangering the Planet

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet
byJohn Harris, Opinion, The Guardian, 17 July 2018

The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry

Illustration: Andrej Krauze 
It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World Cup match, as the 4G signal came and went, and Great Western Railway’s onboard wifi proved to be maddeningly erratic. The trebly chatter of headphone leakage was constant. And thousands of miles and a few time zones away in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the world’s largest concentrations of computing power was playing its part in keeping everything I saw ticking over, as data from around the world passed back and forth from its vast buildings.

Phonegate Alert's Petition "Protect the Health of Millions of Mobile Phone Users" Is Now in Seven Languages

The Phonegate Alert Association has launched their petition in English to allow a greater number of persons to sign.  Thanks to Change.org the petition is linked to other language versions and thus does not risk being signed twice.

The petition now exists in 7 languages, all fused so that you can only sign once.

Spanish / French / Italian / Hebrew / Croatian Greek 

Please share the petition widely in the different languages.  Thank you.

Protect the health of millions of mobile phone users

Alerte Phonegate started this petition to Ms. Elżbieta Bieńkowska and 4 others

Dear Friend,

The Phonegate Alert team has just written to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Mr. Nicholas Hulot, the Minister for Solidarity and Health, Mrs. Agnès Buzyn, and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, to give them formal notice to act urgently to protect the health and safety of millions of mobile phone users in France and to put an end to the law of silence that the lobbies of this very powerful industry want to impose on us with the complicity of the European authorities.

We are asking the Ministers to recall more than 250 of the best-selling mobile phone models on the French and European market, which must either be withdrawn from the sector through a free exchange procedure, or be the subject of a free software or hardware update by the manufacturer.