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24 March 2019

Oregon: Legislative Draft: Consumer Labeling of Cell Phones and Digital Screen Devices and Gaming Software

The following is one of several bills on wireless technology to be considered in the Oregon State legislature.
SB 281 -- labeling wireless digital devices

See 17 March article Parents Across America Oregon

2019 Session – Labeling Cell Phones and Digital Screen Devices – Senator Monnes Anderson – Staff: Max Muller – Submitted by: Deb Mayer – September 5, 2018

LEGISLATIVE DRAFT 

Consumer Labeling of Cell Phones and Digital Screen Devices and Gaming Software

"There was a peer review by independent scientists of the biggest study that the United States government has had to date on cellphone radiation. This was a study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, that’s part of the National Institutes of Health. The study was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And it released some preliminary findings in February, and then those findings were peer-reviewed by independent scientists last week. And those independent scientists finally concluded that there was, quote, “clear evidence,” unquote, “clear evidence” that cellphone radiation can cause cancers." 

PROBLEM 

22 March 2019

Switzerland: 19.3113 INTERPELLATION: Who Bears the Health Risk of 5G Technology?

19.3113 INTERPELLATION:  Who bears the health risk of 5G technology? -
(unofficial translation)

Submitted by: MUNZ MARTINA
to the National Council, Swiss Parliament, on 14.03.2019

Status of deliberations:
Not yet dealt with by the Council

TABLED TEXT

The switch to 5G in the mobile telephony sector will expose the population to an additional unknown health risk due to high frequency electromagnetic fields. This risk is of great importance, particularly from an economic point of view.

In this regard, I would ask the Federal Council to answer the following questions:

1. What is its assessment of the health risk posed by radiation generated by mobile telephony? How will this risk evolve with the development of the 5G network? Do we have any expertise, research results or experiments done on this subject from abroad?

20 March 2019

Electrosensitivity: Its Disabling Level of Severity Could Be Prevented

+ELECTROSENSITIVITY: ITS DISABLING LEVEL OF SEVERITY COULD BE PREVENTED
Jacques Lintermans Ph.D.

If it is no longer doubtful that physiological alterations can be provoked by electromagnetic fields (EMF), these are generally not taken into consideration before having reached a disabling level of severity. One then speaks about “electrohypersensitivity” (1)

Little attention is paid to symptoms which could be possible signals of a beginning of sensitivity in a subject exposed to waves of various frequencies.

Temporary episodes of headaches , loss of short term memory, tingling, should however, be alarm signals to be taken seriously as reflecting premises of a problem, the development of which can lead to irreversible state.

Being careful to not neglect these signals, a patient and his or her doctor could prevent a serious handicap.

The dramatic consequences of exposure to EMF require questioning the first causes of the problem.

Twenty-Two New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (19 March 2019)

Twenty-two new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health, courtesy of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 19 March 2019

[Dr. Moscowitz] has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since August, 2016. Several hundred EMF scientists around the world receive these updates. The complete collection including the papers below now contains more than 600 abstracts.

To see the latest studies or download the 419-page document (pdf) go to the following web page

Investigate Europe (2019). How much is safe? https://www.investigate-europe.eu/publications/how-much-is-safe/.

Oregon: Wireless Radiation Exposure Emergency Bill

WIRELESS RADIATION EXPOSURE EMERGENCY BILL
Oregon Legislature 2019 Regular Session
Senate Bill 283

SUMMARY

Directs Department of Education to prepare and make available statement that discloses potential health risks of wireless network technology and requires public and private schools to distribute statement to employees, students and parents or guardians of students.

Requires department to adopt by rule guidelines for including in school curricula, assemblies, open houses, meetings between parents and teachers and related settings information concerning hazards of exposure to microwave radiation and how to use wireless devices more safely to reduce risk.

A Second U.S. Jury Finds That Roundup Causes Cancer

A Second U.S. Jury Finds That Roundup Causes Cancer
by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch, 20 March 2019

A second U.S. jury has ruled that Roundup causes cancer.

Edwin Hardeman is the plaintiff in the first U.S. federal trial
claiming that Roundup causes cancer.  
NOAH BERGER / AFP / Getty Images
The unanimous verdict was announced Tuesday in San Francisco in the first federal case to be brought against Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, alleging that repeated use of the company's glyphosate-containing weedkiller caused the plaintiff's cancer. Seventy-year-old Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa, California said he used Roundup for almost 30 years on his properties before developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The decision comes less than a year after a jury awarded $289 million to Bay-area groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson over similar claims. The amount was later reduced to $78 million.

"Today's verdict reinforces what another jury found last year, and what scientists with the state of California and the World Health Organization have concluded: Glyphosate causes cancer in people," Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. "As similar lawsuits mount, the e

19 March 2019

Switzerland: 19.3089 INTERPELLATION : Mobile Telephony. 5G and Its Health Risks

19.3089 INTERPELLATION : Mobile telephony. 5G and its health risks 
(unofficial translation in English)

Introduced by: HARDEGGER THOMAS on 12 March 2019 
to the National Council, Swiss Parliament

Status of deliberations:
Not yet dealt with by the Council

TABLED TEXT:
Mobile operators want to eventually use the frequency spectrum between 3 and 100 gigahertz for the fifth generation of mobile telephone networks (5G). The first portions of spectrum have recently been auctioned off and their exploitation has been approved.

At present, little is known about the potential health damage that high-frequency electromagnetic radiation could cause in this frequency range. It seems that no independent study on the health risks of 5G has been completed to date.

18 March 2019

Bluetooth, 5G and Wireless Technology - What Are the Health Impacts?

Bluetooth, 5G and wireless technology — what are the health impacts?
BY DR. MARC SIEGEL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, thehill.com, 17 mars 2019

Call me cynical, but given the choice between believing that city officials in Portland are opposing the installation of new 5G networks in their city because of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations rather than their expressed concern for the health of their citizens, I suspect the reason is financial.

Portland is in the process of rebelling against FCC restrictions, which caps franchise fees on transmitters to $270 per year. This will lead to millions of dollars in lost income; so the health issue appears to be a convenient excuse.

However, this is not to say that there are no concerns. Even though radio frequency waves used in cell phones and bluetooth transmitters have not been proven to cause cancer in humans, long term studies are still lacking. And some studies in animals have recently raised eyebrows.

17 March 2019

Have You Seen the Safety Warning Hidden Inside Your Cellphone?

Have You Seen the Safety Warning Hidden Inside Your Cellphone?
by Dr. Joseph Mercola, 16 March 2019

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Where to never carry your cellphone.
  • A little-known warning from the manufacturer hidden within your cellphone manual advises you to keep the device at a certain distance from your body to ensure you don’t exceed federal safety limits for radiofrequency (RF) exposure
  • Depending on the manufacturer, you need to keep your cellphone at least 5 to 15 millimeters away from your head and body at all times to avoid exceeding the safety limit for RF exposure
  • In the real-world, most people carry their phones close to their body, usually in a pocket or bra. When popular cellphones were tested in direct contact to the body, they all exceeded the safety limit
  • SAR is a measure of how much RF energy your body will absorb from the device when held at a specific distance from your body (ranging from 5 to 15 mm, depending on the manufacturer). It’s important to realize that the SAR value is not an indication of how safe your phone is
  • SAR testing, which is modeled on a very large male head, was devised before cellphone usage became commonplace among toddlers and young children, whose skulls allow for far greater RF energy penetration

16 March 2019

Switzerland: Interpellation 19.3120 Introduced to the National Council, Swiss Parliament: "Non-ionizing Radiation, Health and Responsibility"

19.3120 INTERPELLATION : "Non-ionizing Radiation, Health and Responsibility" -
(unofficial translation)

Introduced by : GLAUSER-ZUFFEREY ALICE

Date: 14.03.2019
Introduced to the National Council

Status of deliberations: Not yet dealt with by the Council

Text:

4G technology has developed strongly in recent years and the signals for the next step, 5G, are set to green. This is not without causing health concerns for some citizens who are more or less electrosensitive. It seems that the operators concerned cannot find an insurer to insure the health risk caused to citizens exposed to their antennas. For owners with one or more antennas on their land or building, will they have to bear risks? I would therefore like to thank the Federal Council for answering the following questions:

1. Does the Federal Council confirm that insurers are reluctant to insure the risks caused to citizens by the antennas.  If so, what does it recommend in these cases?