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21 September 2018

5G Faces its Biggest Obstacle: Health Impacts

5G Faces its Biggest Obstacle: Health Impacts
NEWS PROVIDED BYGrassroots Environmental Education, 20 September 2018

Hundreds of Independent Peer-Reviewed Studies Show Positive Correlation Between RF Microwave Radiation Exposure and Biological Damage

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national coalition of grassroots organizations is today calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop the fast-track rollout of 5G infrastructure, which they say will result in the involuntary exposure of millions of Americans to dangerous levels of RF microwave radiation without their knowledge or consent. Representatives of the coalition, Americans for Responsible Technology, have recently delivered to key congressional legislators a selected digest of 147 recent studies showing a positive link between exposure to microwave radiation and damage to biological systems.

Alert PhoneGate invited to 3rd Krakow International Forum on Environment Protection from EMF Pollution

Alert PhoneGate invited to 3rd Krakow International Forum 
Press release, phonegatealert.org, 20 September 2018

We do want to heartily thank Krakow City Mayor for his official invitation to take part in 3rd International Forum: “Environment Protection from EMF Pollution – Safety limits”. This event will take place on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Krakow City Hall in Poland. 

During this event, our President-founder, Dr. Marc Arazi, M.D., will give a lecture about “PhoneGate Alert, a Global Public Health issue for cell phone users.” He will paint a general picture of progress made since the alert was raised in July 2016. But simultaneously and above all, he will insist on the necessary measures to be taken by Public Authorities and industry to protect the health of billion users of cell phones and other connected devices. 

Poland: Krakow: Discussing EMF Pollution, 24 September 2018

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Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the Phonegate Alert Association, has received an official invitation from mayor of the city of Krakow, Poland, to deliver a presentation on 24 September at the 3rd International Forum on Environment Protection from EMF Pollution. Safe Limits. Dr. Arazi will speak on the theme: "PhoneGate Alert: a global public health issue for mobile phone users", providing an overview of the progress made since the alert was launched in July 2016. Above all, the presentation will insist on the necessary measures to be taken by public authorities and industrialists to protect the health of billions of users of mobile phones and other connected objects. 

Discussing the EMF Pollution
krakow.pl, 20 September 2018

We all profit from the possibilities offered by mobile devices and not always realize that their extensive use at home, at work or in public transport increases EMF levels in our natural environment.

The Krakow authorities have long been engaged in actions aimed at sustainable growth of digitalization and have repeatedly appealed to the government in this matter. Recently, the Krakow Council caused development of base stations map and purchase of EMF spectrum analyzer allowing to identify level, source and type of EFM pollution. The City Council also offers free rental of personal exposimeters available to residents who can take their own 24 hour measurements.

20 September 2018

Switzerland: Testimony of Electrohypersensitivity and Comments from MfE and FOEN

We are posting a summary and part of this recent article published in a Swiss newspaper in order to contribute to the understanding of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and also share what both the Association of Doctors for the Protection of the Environment (MfE) and the Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN) say about this condition, 5G and electrosmog in general.  

Jürg Baumann, Head of the Non-Ionising Radiation Section at the The Federal Office for the Environment says that the most important source of non-ionizing radiation is often the mobile phone.  The distance between the source of radiation and the human body is crucial. "It is suspected that heavy use of mobile phones could cause brain cancer..."

As for the measures taken by the Confederation to protect the population from the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields, "with regard to scientifically proven effects, safeguards have been put in place" but this seems to apply mainly to antennas and mentions only "heating of tissues of the body".

[Our comment:  Switzerland often does not take into account international studies conducted by researchers outside the country, such as the studies of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and does not have a nation-wide campaign to educate the public in the proper use of wireless technologies to reduce exposure to electrosmog.]

Summary of news article "The nightmare of a luthier sensitive to waves" ("Le cauchemar du luthier sensible aux ondes"), published 13 September 2018 in Le Quotidien Jurassien
par Céline Lo Ricco Châtelain.

Photo : Stéphane Gerber
A year ago, Pierre Louis, luthier by profession, began to experience headaches day and night, and insomnia.  He consulted doctors who could find nothing wrong. One day, walking in the forest, there were moments when he felt well and others when he did not. He was holding his cell phone and noticed these changes were linked to the presence of a network.  Over the coming weeks, one of his customers told him he suffered from the same symptoms due to exposure to electromagnetic fields.

17 September 2018

India: Supreme Court Admits Pleas Against Mobile Tower Radiation

SC admits pleas against mobile tower radiation
by MAITRI PORECHAthehindubusinessline.com, 14 September 2018

Apex court to hear petitions of actor Juhi Chawla, five others in Nov

The Supreme Court on Friday accepted actor Juhi Chawla’s plea demanding tighter norms governing cell phone tower radiation. The court will hear the petition in November, along with the pleas of five others.

“Unfettered and unregulated installation of towers/antennae pose hazardous health risks and impinge upon the right to health, environment, and life with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution,” Chawla’s petition states.

All the petitions pertain to issues arising from rampant illegal installation of the towers and antennae, and the absence of adequate laws and regulatory norms.

“A few of the petitioners and their relatives are victims of and continue to suffer from varying degrees of health-related issues. There is a direct correlation between the rising clusters of towers/antennae installed all over the country, especially with the advent of 3G and 4G, and the deteriorating health of those persons who are directly exposed to these towers at long stretches of time,” states the petition.

15 September 2018

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?

"What is the role of the medical community (particularly radiation oncology) in this arena? Are we to remain silent while focusing only on optimizing care of our immediate patients, or do we have a responsibility to utilize our clinical knowledge of radiation safety and efficacy to aid in preventing corporate profit from being the primary determinant of acceptable radiation exposure from wireless networks?"

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?

McClelland S, Jaboin JJ.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology. 101(5):1274-1275. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.04.051

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?

To the Editor: The impending rollout of fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi in mobile phones, augmenting the current fourth-generation (4G) technology toward making global interconnectivity between devices a reality, has been touted as a significant improvement of speed compared to current and previous wireless signaling (1). Less well explored are the potential consequences associated with this need for speed: namely, the substantial increase in biologic exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from the 1900- 2100 MHz associated with 4G to the 3500 MHz estimated median bandwidth of 5G (2).

iPhone XS and XR: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure

Have we forgotten about Phonegate where in 2017 the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) disclosed that most cell phones (SAR levels) exceed government radiation limits when tested the way they are used, next to the body. Articles like these should not only mention the FCC standard of 1.6 W/kg applying to 19 countries, including the United States and Canada, but also the ICNIRP standard of 2.0 W/kg applying to the rest of the world (150 countries). People the world over are using or keeping mobile phones and other devices such as tablets and smart watches against their bodies, exposing them to the potentially damaging health effects of radiofrequency radiation.  See phonegatealert.org.

iPhone XS and XR: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 13 September 2018

What are the SAR values for iPhone’s new smart phones?
How should consumers use this information?

Be sure to read Consumer Reports safety warnings  about cell phone use.
Also see: "Do iPhones emit more radiation than Samsung Galaxy phones?"

Extracts of post:

According to test reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for the iPhone XS Models A1920, A2099, and A2100 (FCC #BCG-E3218A) for cellular transmission is 0.90 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at the head, and 0.99 w/kg when worn on the body. The hotspot/Airplay SAR is 0.99 w/kg. The SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular plus Wi-Fi) is 1.35 w/kg at the head, 1.53 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.53 w/kg when used as a hotspot. (1a)

The SAR for the iPhone XS Max Models A1921, A2103, and A2104 (BCG-E3219A) for cellular transmission is 1.00 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at the head, and 1.00 w/kg when worn on the body. The hotspot/Airplay SAR is 1.00 w/kg. The SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular plus Wi-Fi) is 1.39 w/kg at the head, 1.52 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.52 w/kg when used as a hotspot. (1b)


What do SAR values mean to the consumer?

14 September 2018

Kids Are Starting a Revolution to Get Their Parents to Put Down Their Phones

Kids are starting a revolution to get their parents to put down their phones
By Jenny Anderson & Jill Petzingerqz.com, 11 September 2018   

"Play with ME, not your cell phones!"
Like many seven-year-olds, Emil Rustige gets ticked off when his parents pay attention to their phones instead of him. But unlike other kids, Emil decided to take the issue to the streets.

With the help of his parents, Rustige organized a demonstration on Sept. 8th in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, with 150 people joining him to encourage parents to put down their phones.

The slogan for the demonstration: ”Play with ME, not with your cell phones!”


Cancers 'Rising Around the World'

Cancers 'rising around the world'
By Smitha Mundasad, Global health correspondent, BBC News, 12 September 2018

Science Photo Library
There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts.

The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population.

The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the disease in their lifetime.

And as countries become wealthier, more people get cancers related to lifestyle rather than those linked to poverty.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides regular snapshots of the scale of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries.

United States: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights
By Sara Durrusmayors.org, 10 September 2018|

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on recent FCC proposals diminishing local government ownership rights over local rights-of-way and other public property:

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to grant communications service providers subsidized access to local public property and to dictate how local governments manage their own local rights-of-ways and public property. This unprecedented federal intrusion into local (and state) government property rights will have substantial adverse impacts on cities and their taxpayers, including reduced funding for essential local government services, as well as an increased risk of right-of-way and other public safety hazards.