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30 December 2012

Ojibway Prayer

Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk the Sacred Way.

Grandfather, Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.

A Native American Prayer

Mohawk Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, Creator of all things;
Human Beings, trees, grass, berries.
Help us, be kind to us.
Let us be happy on earth.
Let us lead our children
To a good life and old age.
These our people; give them good minds
To love one another.

Oh Great Spirit,
Be kind to us
Give these people the favor
To see green trees,
Green grass, flowers, and berries
This next spring;
So we all meet again
Oh Great Spirit,
We ask of you.

28 December 2012

Eternit in France

Asbestos demonstration Paris, October 2012
("Asbestos kills = 3,000 deaths a year)
Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial 
Editors: David Allen and Laurie Kazan-Allen

On 13 February 2012, the verdict of the “trial of the century” was delivered against Stephan Schmidneiny and Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, the principal directors of the Swiss asbestos-cement company, Eternit.  The book, “Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial” was published by associations for the defense of asbestos victims in 11 countries. It describes Eternit and its owners, the Schmidheiny family, the activism in Casale, Italy, which led to the trial, the implications of the trial, and what is happening in other countries where Eternit factories were located and judicial actions there. Following is an excerpt from the book on Eternit’s asbestos-cement factories in France. The book is available for free on Scribd.com and has been translated into other languages. (See also International Ban Asbestos Secretariat which describes what is happening regarding asbestos worldwide.)

As introduction, here is a brief portrait of the asbestos tragedy in France:  In 1976, asbestos was classified as carcinogenic in France, but its use was banned only in 1997.  Some 2,000 persons died in 1996 from asbestos-related illnesses.  The number could reach 5,000 by the year 2020.  Mortality continues to increase in younger people:  between 1990-93, over 138,000 workers were exposed to asbestos in the building, naval construction, metallurgy and other industries.  (Ref: "La Société Cancérigène" by Geneviève Barbier and Armand Farrachi, 2004.)

Eternit in France (Extract from “Eternit and the Great Asbestos Trial”)
by Marc Hindry

Chernobyl: The Great Cover-up

For 50 years dangerous concentrations of radionuclides have been accumulating in earth, air and water from weapons testing and reactor incidents. Yet serious studies of the effects of radiation on health have been obscured – not least by the World Health Organisation.

Chernobyl:  The Great Cover-up
by Alison Katz, Le Monde Diplomatique, April 2008

In June 2007 Gregory Hartl, World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman for Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, claimed that the proceedings of the international conference held in Geneva in 1995 on the health consequences of the Chernobyl disaster had been duly published (1). This was not so. And the proceedings of the Kiev conference in 2001 have never been published either. Challenged by journalists a few months later, the WHO repeated the claim, providing references to a collection of abstracts for the Kiev conference and just 12 articles (out of hundreds) submitted to the Geneva conference.

26 December 2012

10 Creepy Similarities Between Mobile Phones and Cigarettes

Phones And Smokes : 10 Creepy Similarities 
by RMR, posted on Techtree, 15 November 2012

The parallels between mobile phones and cigarettes are on many planes.

We'd all agree that cell phones are addictive: Most of us feel pangs of some sort if we're kept away from them for extended periods. But I've noticed that the similarities between these two objects of passionate desire are disturbingly broad-ranging. Here are ten.

1. Addiction
First up is the most obvious: Cigarettes and phones are both addictive. Here's a sober quote I found about this: "Cell phone dependency is now called compulsive communicating. Chain diallers call continually to get another fix." One statistic — for what it's worth — is from a survey commissioned by T-Mobile: "63% of smartphone users would climb through trash to find a lost phone." That's quite a bit like people on railway platforms looking for cigarette butts.

Cell Phones May Be Linked to Breast Cancer

This article on the potential link between cell phones and breast cancer comes from the U.S. mainstream media, CBS News. The news video is excellent.  Click on the link at the end of this article  to view the video.

Breast Surgeon Lisa Bailey says cell phone-related breast cancer may be common. But doctors rarely ask about phones.  I have been writing time and again to the Onco-gynecology Department of Geneva's University Hospital (HUG) to draw this to the attention of doctors.  Geneva is seeing a high rate of breast cancer among young women.  Their response is one of scepticism, however, at least they are reading my messages!

Cell Phones May Be Linked To Breast Cancer For Some
by Stephanie Stahl, CBS News Baltimore, 20 November 2012

PHILADELPHIA (CBS Philadelphia) – Some doctors say there’s a potential link between cell phones and breast cancer, for certain women. They’re seeing evidence of breast cancer that could be connected to where some women keep their mobile phones.

Cell phones in bras: It’s where some women tuck them, if they don’t have pockets or a purse.

It might be convenient, but 21-year-old Tiffany Frantz fears keeping her cell phone in her bra caused breast cancer. She ended up having a mastectomy.

The Toxic Effect of VTech Tablets on Factory Workers and the Development of Young Children

Last night, I received the following message from a young boy in the Philippines:

"IT seems parents are the one who are killing us kids because we are being addicted to playing angry birds, fruit ninja, etc. Now please, STOP buying tablets for us!!! i'm david brendia of philippines age 8."

And from a parent:

"We parents should be the first to protect our children's welfare & future but it seems we are the one destroying them. save our children, ban all tabs!"

I am extremely grateful to these persons for speaking up.

After a Facebook contact called the VTech Inno Tab 2 tablet a piece of “carcinogenic technojunk”, I decided to research this gadget that will be placed under many Christmas trees this season. Wading through dozens of references on Google, I could find no information on the composition of these products, just a vague mention of plastic and rubber. Almost all sites promoted the positive features of these tablets, inciting parents to buy them for their kids. At $80 per gadget, this means big bucks for Vtech and retailers. French-speaking Switzerland’s most popular consumer magazine, “Bon à Savoir” (391,000 readers) promotes the Vtech tablet as a popular Christmas gift for children, comparing only prices in various stores, with no mention of its “toxic” effects on factory workers producing these gadgets, or on the development of young children.

22 December 2012

Generation X'd Out: An End to the Human Race as We've Known It?

"The scientific evidence is massive and irrefutable. Our little ones face a lifetime of disability, pain and deprivation from ever-increasing torrents of man-made, commercial radiation capable of destroying human genetic integrity. If you believe that humanity should NOT be reduced to a species of genetic freaks on the way to extinction, assist the radiation awareness movement by doing your own research and then sharing with others the documented information on wireless hazards to human DNA.

"There is no time to waste while confronted with the life-and-death issues associated with the brazen wireless radiation assault upon our kids. Our mission requires persistence, patience and sacrifice. It is high time that we speak up and take action now—for the sake of the helpless and the unborn. What we do and say today will hugely affect generations to come."

Generation X’d Out:   An end to the human race as we've known it?

by Amy Worthington, June, 2011. (Warning! - Following are extracts only from the second part of her essay on “Generation X-Ray” – click here for article in full.)

Babies born to GENERATION X-RAY may be on the fast track to humanity's genetic DEAD END.

Boeing Uses Potatoes Instead of People to Test Wi-Fi

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
UPDATED: 31 January 2013:
This is the ultimate in disregard for our health : Boeing testing in-flight Wi-Fi with sacks of potatoes, saying the potatoes’ ‘interactions’ with electronic signals mimic those of the human body. All Boeing is concerned about is for people to get the strongest possible Wi-Fi signal in the air. So, now we humans are reduced to sacks of potatoes! 

Boeing filled airplane passenger seats with 20,000 lbs (9,000 kg) of potatoes in sacks to test Wi-Fi.  One person has commented on WEEP News that perhaps the problems with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner have to do with Wi-Fi, however, it's not clear that Wi-Fi is actually available on these new planes, except for Qatar Airways.  View this Boeing video of Wi-Fi testing.

Boeing's cutting-edge science and potatoes enable Wi-Fi advance (4 min.) (27 December 2012)

Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi
BBC News, 21 December 2012

Potatoes' 'interactions' with electronic signals mimic those of a human body, according to Boeing

US planemaker Boeing used an unusual substitute for passengers to test its in-flight wi-fi system - potatoes.

19 December 2012

Vienna Medical Association Calls for Cell Phone-Free Zones in Public Spaces

from Alex Swinkels, International EMF Alliance, The Netherlands, 6 December 2012 (Google translation – the editor of this blog has taken the liberty of correcting the English.) 

People need to be made aware of the use of mobile technology – recycling measures required

Vienna (OTS) – The Vienna Medical Association has called for the establishment of cell phone-free zones, similar to the smoke-free areas in public buildings. This was necessary in order both to minimize radiation exposure and to make people aware of the use of mobile technology, says the Head of Environmental Medicine at the Vienna Medical Chamber, Piero Lercher.

The judgment of the Italian High Court that excessive calls with mobile and cordless phones can cause an 80 percent disability, clearly demonstrates the related health risks. In its view, it was “extremely serious” that medical health advice and recommendations were ignored. Action must be generated by court decisions.

18 December 2012

The Boss of Belgacom (Belgian Telecoms Operator) Explains to School Children that GSM is Dangerous

The spokesperson for Belgacom (Belgian operator), while trying to minimize scientific knowledge about the danger of cell phones, confirms in the press that its director, Didier Bellens, has switched off Wi-Fi and limits his cell phone use which he qualifies as dangerous. He reminds people of the position of WHO which classified waves from cell phones as 2B - “possibly carcinogenic”. Didier Bellens initiates schoolchildren in the dangers of the Internet. He explains to children that GSM is bad and dangerous to health. 

Didier Bellens, the boss of Belgacom (Belgian Telecoms Operator), Explains that GSM is Dangerous
Sudinfo.be (Sudpresse), 25 November 2011 (translated from French)

Generally, a boss never criticizes the product he sells. Even when it is regularly targeted by studies on its potential harmfulness.

17 December 2012

Generation X-Ray: Child Victims of Technological Abuse

The following article on the dangers of wireless technology for children sums up just about every post on the subject that is on this blog. It was written in 2008 and most of what Ms. Worthington says remains true today. 

In his speech to the people of Newtown on 16 December 2012, President Obama said: “We bear responsibility for every child. Our first task is to care for our children. This is how by a society we will be judged. Are we doing enough to keep children safe from harm? The answer is no. We are not doing enough.” Assaulting children with harmful microwave radiation is a form of violence. Thank you to “In These New Times” where I first saw the article.

"The sad reality, according to decades of science and supporting evidence in the field, is that legions of those hooked on wireless technology have already begun a painful march to their graves. Like smokers who light up during the final gasping stages of emphysema, it’s a fair guess that a person who becomes a “chain dialer” in his youth, won’t lay down his cell phone until the undertaker pries it from his cold, dead fingers, long deformed by the clutching reflex." 

Generation X-Ray: Child Victims of Technological Abuse
by Amy Worthington, ProLiberty - Idaho Observer, May 2008 

13 December 2012

Letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics to U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, Endorsing the Cell Phone Right to Know Act

December 12, 2012 
The Honorable Dennis Kucinich
2445 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Kucinich:

On behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a non-profit professional organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, I would like to share our support of H.R. 6358, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act.

The AAP strongly supports H.R. 6358’s emphasis on examining the effects of radiofrequency (RF) energy on vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women. In addition, we are pleased that the bill would require the consideration of those effects when developing maximum exposure standards.

11 December 2012

"Full Body Burden" - Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

“Full Body Burden – Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats”, the story of the nuclear weapons plant at Rocky Flats, Colorado, is a tale of government and industry denial and cover-up, corporate greed, a public health and environmental contamination scandal. 

The book, by Kristen Iversen, is both the author’s personal account of growing up in Arvada, Colorado, near the Rocky Flats plant and an "intimate  history of the plant's environmental abuses."

The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, located in the region of Arvada, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, produced plutonium “triggers” for nuclear bombs. From 1952 to 1989, the foundry produced over 70,000 plutonium triggers, “each one containing enough breathable particles of plutonium to kill every person on earth” and costing $4 million per piece. The plant, one of 13 nuclear weapons facilities in the U.S. during the Cold War period, was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission and operated by Dow Chemical Company.

The population living in the area of the Rocky Flats – some 200,000 to 300,000 persons - was not told about plans to build the facility or what the plant would produce. Information regarding the known and unknown health risks to workers and local residents and environmental contamination was strictly classified. People were told that the plant would not give off “dangerous wastes” and that “atomic bombs would not be built at the plant.”

The Case Against Wi-Fi in Schools in Israel

Dafna Tachover relates the sequence of actions in the fight with the Israeli Government for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools and for acknowledgement of electrohypersensitivity (EHS). While there has been a first written acknowledgement of the Government of EHS and some change regarding Wi-Fi in schools, the change does not call for a complete ban. On 1 October, the Ministry of Education issued a decree to ban Wi-Fi in school with exceptions. An Answer to the Government’s response has been submitted claiming that the decree is unsatisfactory. Oral arguments are scheduled for 6 February 2013. We wish Dafna and those helping her success in achieving “a complete ban in all schools, without ANY exceptions, and immediate enforcement of the ban so no child will be radiated with Wi-Fi while in school.”

Update – The Case Against WiFi in Schools in Israel
by Dafna Tachover, EHS Fights Back, 10 December 2012

In May I started to fight the Israeli Government against WiFi in schools and for acknowledgement of EHS. The correspondence led to the first written acknowledgment of the Government of EHS and to some change in the policy regarding WiFi in schools, however, that change was insufficient as the only reasonable policy is a complete ban of WiFi in schools. Therefore, on August 29th, 2012, I submitted a case to the Israeli Supreme Court against the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environmental Protection asking the court to order a ban of WiFi in Schools.

09 December 2012

How Syngenta Poisons People and the Environment

The toxic pesticide, atrazine, is banned in Switzerland, home of its manufacturer, Syngenta. The company reported over $13 billion in revenue in 2011. Dr. Warren Porter, Professor of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology at UW-Madison, has been studying atrazine's effects since the early 1990s. According to Dr. Porter, "There are neurological risks, learning disabilities, aggression level changes, immune suppression, and hormone changes like thyroid hormone. Probably the most significant... is the impact of atrazine on the estrogen levels in the body. This causes alteration of sexual development... Our society may be sexually assaulting our children before they're even born. ... What you're doing is you're not only changing the way they develop sexually, but you're also reducing their ability to reproduce."
Syngenta Celebrates Earth Day by Ladling on the Pesticides
by Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch, 7 May 2012

Herbicide manufacturer Syngenta had an interesting way of celebrating Earth Day this year, touting the joys of pesticides.

Global Actions Against the Big Six Agrochemical Companies

Atrazine indicator species portrait.
The Swiss company Syngenta is the
 primary manufacturer of atrazine.

This message, dated 6 December 2012, came from the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations. Please organize and join in actions against BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. 

Global actions against the Big 6 agrochemical companies

1. Thousands Call on BASF, Bayer, and Syngenta to End Sales of Highly Hazardous Pesticides:  (Hamburg, 3 December 2012)  Every year, large numbers of people worldwide are victims of pesticide poisonings. BASF, Bayer, and Syngenta, the three largest global pesticide companies, are to a significant extent responsible for these pesticide poisonings. A broad alliance of some 10 000 people and 127 organizations from numerous countries have now joined PAN Germany to support a letter authored by PAN Germany and dated 3 December 2012 that calls on these multinational companies to discontinue sales of highly hazardous pesticides throughout the world. Read more at http://www.pan-germany.org/deu/~news-1213.html

06 December 2012

Decline in French Sperm Count Should Be Considered Global Warning

A study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, revealing a significant decline in sperm concentration among French men should be considered a health warning, and could be linked to environmental factors, say its authors. Regarding environmental factors, an article in the Tribune de Genève about the study stated: “Studies have mentioned a correlation with smoking, the consumption of saturated fats or even the use of Wi-Fi!” Perhaps Geneva is waking up!  Read the next post.
Decline in French sperm count should be considered global warning 
by Liat Clark, wired.co.uk, 5 December 2012

A study revealing a significant decline in sperm concentration among French men should be considered a health warning, and could be linked to environmental factors, say its authors.

The paper, published in the journal Human Reproduction, calculated the results after comparing 26,600 samples from France's national register on in vitro fertilisation. The samples, derived from 126 assisted reproduction technology (ART) centres in France, covered the period 1989 to 2005 and were all from men whose partners had chosen in vitro because their fallopian tubes were blocked or missing -- the man's sperm was not considered an issue in any of these cases. This latter point is important because many male fertility studies have, over the years, solely analysed men with pre-existing fertility problems; this study should therefore be a truer representation of the wider population.

02 December 2012

Is There a Connection Between Autism and Electromagnetic Radiation?

Advice to pregnant women :  keep cell phone
use to an absolute minimum and do not
place a wireless-connected laptop  on your lap !

Research suggests a possible correlation between autism incidence and an environmental toxin known as radiofrequency (RF) radiation. It is known that human exposure to RF radiation has increased during the past 20 years. It is suggested that fetal or neo-natal exposures to RF radiation may be associated with an increased incidence of autism. The increase in exposure to RF radiation from all of the wireless devices in our lives in combination with environmental and genetic factors is creating the perfect storm to increase the incidence of autism, now  seen in about 1 per 110 children. 

Is There a Connection Between Autism and Electromagnetic Radiation? 
The New Autism, 28 November 2012

Research has established a potential link between autism and fetal/neonatal exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation. Based on epidemiological data, there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Recent evidence indicates the incidence of ASD to be roughly 1 per 110 children.

29 November 2012

Italian Supreme Court Affirms Tumor Risk from Long-Term Cell Phone Use: In-Depth Article

A more in-depth article on the Italian Supreme Court ruling granting worker’s compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. 

Italian Supreme Court Affirms Tumor Risk from Long-Term Use of a Cell Phone
Microwave News, 23 October 2012

ICEMS vs. ICNIRP; Hardell vs. Interphone

The Supreme Court of Italy has affirmed a ruling granting worker's compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. This is the first time that a high court —in any country— has ruled in favor a link between mobile phone radiation and tumor development.

Innocente Marcolini, a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia in northern Italy, used cell and cordless phones for five-to-six hours a day for 12 years. Then one morning ten years ago, Marcolini, who was 50 years old at the time, sensed an unusual tingling in his chin while shaving. He was soon diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations.

27 November 2012

Documentary : Resonance - Beings of Frequency

The Director of the Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution Initiative (WEEP) says this film "may be one of the most important documentaries ever produced."

Resonance - Beings of Frequency - by James Russell (1 hr. 28 min.)

RESONANCE is a sensational eye opening documentary which reveals the harm we are doing by existing in an ocean of man made wireless frequencies. Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and inevitably, it began tuning in. By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of well-being. Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electromagnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn't exist for more than a second. This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically. Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth's natural resonance. To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.

26 November 2012

Former President of Microsoft Canada is Building a National Organization in Canada to Raise Public Awareness of the Potential Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation

Frank Clegg
Frank Clegg is the former President of Microsoft Canada. He is leading and building a national organization in Canada, Citizens for Safe Technology (C4ST) to raise public awareness of the potential health effects associated with electromagnetic radiation from wireless technology.

Introducing C4ST - Citizens For Safe Technology

As many of you are aware, I have been investing my time understanding the potential health effects associated with electromagnetic radiation. Issues such as emissions from cell towers, Wi-Fi in schools and smart meters. I have spoken to several experts, read numerous studies, attended presentations by Health Canada and Industry Canada and become involved in situations in Oakville, Grand Bend, Barrie and Uxbridge. I have concluded that Health Canada’s methods are out of date and safety limits are too weak to protect Canadians. China has limits that are 100 times stricter than ours. I worry we have a situation comparable to tobacco where Health Canada will be many years too late to take the appropriate action.

I have signed on to lead and build a national organization to raise public awareness of this issue. Our objective is to convince Industry Canada and Health Canada to change the process of distributing this technology and update their safety standards to acceptable levels. Please open the attached document to learn about this new national organization, C4ST – Citizens For Safe Technology. Join us in our goal of reaching 1 million Canadians to influence Industry Canada and Health Canada and help insure the health of all Canadians.

25 November 2012

"Carcinogenic Technojunk" for Kids this Holiday Season

LeapFrog, LeapPad 2
Fourteen percent of Americans planned to give a LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet ($100) as a present, according to a Consumer Reports poll in 2011 . As one FB friend says about children's "learning tablets" – “more carcinogenic technojunk masquerading as educational tools”. We should write to consumer groups and toy manufacturers to remind them of their responsibility in protecting the health of children and the human rights and well-being of workers who make these gadgets in sweatshops in China. If the article on “cool new toy tablets” incites people to buy these for their kids, then they do not care at all about their child’s health. 

Here is what “Consumer Reports” says about toy tablets:
Consumer Reports Talk About Toy Tablets(source: BSCKids, 9 December 2011)

“Consumer Reports have tested the latest in toy tablets. “Toy tablets don’t have all the whistles and bells that standard tablets do, but their learning apps and kid-friendly content make them ideal for children” said Paul Reynolds, electronic editor, Consumer Report. The tablets were put to trial by the Consumer Report’s lab to see how good they functioned and by children of the appropriate ages to see how much the kids were attracted to them. Each tablet has a color touch-screen display, a few loaded games, and apps. The tablets can be linked to a PC for new downloads and software upgrades. The Vici Tab is rechargable. The other tablets use AA batteries.

Atorvastatin (Generic Lipitor) Side Effects and Complications

Not only is there a problem with contaminated atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) but also it has serious side effects and complications. 

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Side Effects & Complications
People’s Pharmacy, 29 October 2012

It is not entirely clear why Lipitor became the most successful drug in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Tens of millions of people have taken Lipitor to lower their bad LDL cholesterol. It is estimated that sales of this single drug brought in over $130 billion to Pfizer, its manufacturer. No other drug in history has ever come close to this mind boggling number.

Now that Lipitor has become available in its generic form as atorvastatin, it will no doubt continue to be taken by millions of patients, though the cost will clearly come down. Despite its popularity with physicians and its clear ability to bring cholesterol numbers down, there are some serious side effects to contend with. Many of these complications were not discovered until years after the drug was on the market.

Humanity's Challenge: The Winter Solstice of 2012

We are moving into the Year of the Snake,
where the Spleen energy field and the Heart
will move into prominence. These organ systems
cannot tolerate the assault of  artificial
electromagnetic fields.
With the roll-out of the Smart Meter Grid, “Americans are being unwittingly forced to participate in the rapid build out of a power grid based on faulty values of man-over-nature, man-over-time, and man-over-man beliefs. And, the primary targets of this aggression will be women and children, due to their heightened vulnerability to electromagnetic fields… 

“[Either] we are living the closing chapter in a history of de-evolutionary choices, or we have reached the crucial turning point where the light of dawning consciousness turns humanity back to its rightful relationship with the true source of connection, power and energy… History will record the energetic tsunami in 2012 in one of two ways. We will unleash the largest wave of destructive technology ever known to mankind, or we will withdraw our energies from the consumer-driven model...”

I personally fear that we are indeed headed to destruction through our own greed for newer and better-performing technology, our ignorance of the health and ethical implications, and our lack of compassion for the vulnerability of more sensitive individuals, particularly children.  

Humanity’s Challenge: The Winter Solstice of 2012
by Patricia Burke, Alternative Medicine, 23 November 2012 (last part of article)

Smart Meters: The Winter Solstice Tsunami of 2012

Asia with single whisker on each side
Following is the first part of an article from about the effects of electromagnetic radiation generated by smart meters on a cat. The author, who took care of the cat, comments that “very few smart meter ratepayers are aware of the complexity of this new technology, and the resulting security, safety, and health hazards.” This is exactly the type of reaction we are experiencing from wireless technology users who, when told about potential risks are “disturbed”, surprised that there could be potential health effects - they never heard about this. Their reaction is that they do not want to know about it. They are mostly young people, growing up with this technology and using it all the time. They cannot see what could replace it. In the past we got along without having to talk on phones or accessing the Internet anywhere at any time. Young people do not know anything else and cannot do without this technology.

Smart Meters: The Winter Solstice Tsunami of 2012
by Patricia Burke, Alternative Medicine, 23 November 2012 (first part of article)

During the summer of 2012, I housesat in Medfield, MA, a suburb of Boston. After a short time, I began feeling an in-rush of disruptive energy blanketing the neighborhood, inside the house and out, approximately every other hour, every day and night. I have felt this phenomenon before, on the West coast as well as the East, and because of it I have moved fourteen times in four years, without success.

Dr. Olle Johansson's Letter on Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

Dr. Olle Johansson

Recently, André Fauteux, Editor of the Canadian magazine, "Maison du 21e siècle" asked Dr. Olle Johansson to send him the Swedish Government document confirming that electrosensitivity is a recognized functional impairment.  Here is Dr. Johansson's reply.  

"In essence," he writes, "no official bodies or governments are needed to recognize any functional impairment. The presence or lack of EHS studies are not a prerequisite for any functional impairments, on the contrary. Impairments are viewed from the point of the environment.

"No human being is in itself impaired, there are instead shortcomings in the environment that cause the impairment. Thus, it is the environment that should be “treated”!   

"One way is through the introduction of the proper biologically-based EMF human exposure guidelines. This environment-related impairment view means that even though one does not have a scientifically-based complete explanation for the impairment electrohypersensitivity, and in contrast to disagreements in the scientific society, the person with electrohypersensitivity shall always be met in a respectful way and with all necessary support with the single goal to eliminate the impairment." 

Dr. Olle Johansson's Letter on Electrohypersensitivity (EHS), published in WEEP News, 24 November 2012

24 November 2012

World Health Organization Report on Fukushima a Travesty

A girl holds her petition to ask the Education Ministry to protect
 people from radioactive contamination in Fukushima Prefecture.

The World Health Organisation has failed in its obligation to protect the public and is guilty of the crime of non-assistance.

WHO Report on Fukushima a Travesty
by Susie Greaves (Member of IndependentWHO, Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire, la CRIIRAD. Ms. Greaves is currently translating into English, Wladimir Tchertkoff’s book: The Crime of Chernobyl: the nuclear gulag, published in French by Actes Sud, in 2006.)

World Health Organisation subservient to nuclear lobby

The World Health Report (May 2012) entitled “Preliminary dose estimation from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami” [1] is a public relations exercise to reassure the world that WHO is fulfilling its role in the area of radiation and health. Following the preliminary dose estimation, WHO will complete a health risk assessment to “support the identification of needs and priorities for public health action.” But this report and the one to follow cannot help those people in Japan who should have been evacuated much sooner and who will certainly suffer health consequences of varying degrees from their exposure to radiation since March 2011.

13,000 People File Second Mass Complaint Against TEPCO

by Masakazu Honda, Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun, 16 November 2012

More than 13,000 people have filed a criminal complaint against Japanese government officials, executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and experts for their roles in last year's disaster at TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

A group of 13,262 complainants from around Japan filed the paperwork with the Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office on Nov. 15. The group argued that the government and TEPCO executives did not take adequate safety measures, even though they could foresee that a major earthquake could spawn a tsunami and cause severe nuclear accidents.

The complainants said this constituted professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries, and violated Japan's environmental laws by emitting substances harmful to human health.

21 November 2012

Mandatory Vaccination Programs : Switzerland and Poland

A referendum opposing the revised Epidemics Act has recently been launched by a part of the Swiss population. If this law were approved, the Swiss authorities could decide through the new law whether a health situation is exceptional and certain groups of people needed to be vaccinated (professionals, children etc.). These persons will no longer have a choice.  The referendum deadline is 17 January 2013.

Vaccinations do not prevent a substantial percentage of diseases. There is collusion with the pharmaceutical industry which has a strong presence in Switzerland.   From a legal point of view, vaccinations represent bodily harm. They are filled with heavy metals and other poisons. They have never been studied independently and through double blind tests, using placebos. They have many side effects. They have never been proven effective as a protective mechanism against disease. They are a massive charge for the immune system of a young person and his unprotected brain.

There was a similar debate regarding mandatory vaccination – and even medicating people prophylactically –  going on recently in Poland. In April 2012, Eliza Walczak addressed the Polish Senate Committee of Diseases. As a Jewish Holocaust survivor, she compares the new mandatory vaccine measures in Poland to Nazi crimes. We have already heard similar statements from experts about exposing large, vulnerable populations against their will, particularly children, to the electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless technology. This is a serious violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Nuremberg Code (directives for human experimentation).

Following are extracts from Eliza Walczak’s address to the Polish Senate. (I’ve taken the liberty of paraphrasing and correcting some grammatical errors in the translation.) The Chairman of the Senate called her speech, “scandalous”. It was published on Jane Burgermeister’s site www.birdflu666.wordpress.com which is worth looking at.

19 November 2012

Protect Our Children from Cyber-Bullying: An Open Letter to Facebook

A community of citizens in British Columbia, Canada, concerned about cyber-bullying, has addressed this letter to the COO of Facebook. The group includes the mother of Amanda Todd, 15 years old, who last month committed suicide by hanging.   Her death was attributed to cyber-bullying through the social networking website Facebook. She had been contacted through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated local teens to enter her circles of friends. British Columbia has set up an “Erase Bullying” website : http://www.erasebullying.ca .

Protect Our Children: An Open Letter to Facebook
by Raffi Cavoukian and Sandy Garossino, Common Dreams, 17 November 2012

To: Sheryl Sandberg COO,
Facebook, Inc.

Dear Ms. Sandberg,

We are a community of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including Amanda Todd’s mother. As you may know, Amanda was contacted and blackmailed through Facebook by an adult predator who impersonated local teens to enter her circles of friends.

We write imploring you to lead change in the social media industry by correcting the security failures that made such victimization possible.

18 November 2012

San Diego State University Brain Cancer Cluster from Cell Tower?

31 May 2013:  This recent example from France is related to the post which follows :

After two cases of cancer in children in the same village of 1,850 inhabitants in the north of France, members of three health agencies, including radiofrequency experts, travelled to the village to hold a public meeting on 22 May 2013 on this issue. Parents felt that the cause may be due to the presence of three mobile phone antennas near the school. One agency is ANSES, the French National Agency for Health, Environment, and Safety. Although not convinced that the mobile phone antennas may be the cause of the cancer, “we are not waiting until a third cancer declares itself,” said the regional delegate of Priartem, a national association for the regulation of placement of mobile phone antennas. She is outraged by the manner in which health monitoring is practiced by agencies when confronted with cancer clusters, defined as several cases of cancer (generally of the same type) observed within a group of individuals in a more or less limited geographical area and over the course of a limited period of time.”
(Ref: "Radiofréquences : trois agencies sanitaires font de la pédagogie", Journal de l’environnement, 17 May 2013.)

Has any health authority seriously investigated the cancer cluster at SDSU?

A mother talks about her 29-year-old son and others at San Diego State University (SDSU) who died of brain cancer within two years of exposure.  SDSU remains silent and San Diego journalists will not report the story.

Please also see this article by Rich's mother, Virginia Farver.

Rich Farver
Testimony of Virginia Farver, Fort Collins, Colorado
Posted on EMR Action Day site – 21 April 2012

I lost my beautiful, 29-year-old son Rich to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer on October 11, 2008. 

Early in 2008, Rich was working as a teaching assistant in Political Science at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he had received his master’s degree. He was a very kind young man who would occasionally go golfing with the professors.

Wireless Technology Invades Private Schools in Switzerland, While Public Schools Resist

"Electronic tablets are entering the classroom"
(Drawing by Burki, 24 Heures - "pomme" = apple)
High-tech equipment (tablets and interactive whiteboards) connected by Wi-Fi are invading private schools in Switzerland. The authorities are talking about the financial (as opposed to health) cost. Public schools in canton Vaud are resisting this technology. Jacques Daniélou, President of the Vaudois Pedagogical Society says, “I am not confronted with demands from teachers ready to descend into the streets for more technology! On the contrary, I feel hesitation. We can hardly measure the advantages at this stage of a sudden, premature evolution.” Following the article appearing in the Swiss newspaper 24 Heures, read what two associations (in France and Québec) advocating for the health safety of wireless technologies say about tablets and interactive whiteboards. These technologies have numerous consequences for the health of children. The State Council of the canton of Neuchâtel has strictly limited use of wireless technology in schools. 

Technology in schools, a controversial evolution
by Karim Di Matteo, 24 Heures, 13 November 2012 (translated from French)

17 November 2012

Text of Motion Adopted Unanimously by the Swiss Town of Le Landeron Regarding Planning and Regulation of Installation of Mobile Phone Antennas

World-wide, communities are fighting to regulate installation of mobile phone antennas in residential areas and close to schools, nurseries, hospitals. Ordinary citizens are at this moment struggling to stop antennas being erected near homes in East Fishkill, New York, and in the commune of Thônex, canton Geneva, Switzerland. Recently, the General Council of the commune of Le Landeron , canton Neuchâtel, unanimously adopted (33 to 0) a motion aimed at regulating installation of mobile phone antennas on its territory.  Following is the text of the motion which serves as an excellent example of the type of arguments and recommendations to put forth in such cases.   In 2010, the canton of Neuchâtel had already issued a decree limiting the use of Wi-Fi in classrooms in pre-schools, primary and secondary 1 schools. 

Motion aiming to request elaboration of planning and regulation concerning installation of mobile phone antennas on the territory of Le Landeron


The presence of mobile phone antennas near inhabited areas is an important and difficult problem to manage for communes. WHO’s [World Health Organization] decision of 31 May 2011 to classify electromagnetic waves as potentially carcinogenic has increased the fear of residents living near this type of antenna. The limit values of emission established by ORNI [Ordinance of 23 December 1999 on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation] is quite obsolete and much superior to the new limits recommended by members of the scientific and medical community.

15 November 2012

Get the Cell Out of Here !

This is a particularly human story about a couple living in “Little Switzerland” (East Fishkill, New York) who are angry at a company trying to erect a 150-foot cell tower in the middle of their neighborhood, 500 feet from their home. They are concerned for the health of their five grandchildren who play in their yard when they visit. They are also concerned that the value of their home would probably drop at least 20%. Installing the tower would mean cutting down 69 trees. Incidents like these are occurring world-wide. Is it really necessary to erect these “monstrosities” which bring health risks in order to fill a gap in cell phone coverage? 

MEETING TONIGHT: Cell-tower builder to get earful; E. Fishkill hearing to join residents, zoners, lawyers  
by Nina Schutzman, Poughkeepsie Journal, 13 November 2012 (see also video)

HOPEWELL JUNCTION — Angry residents in the Little Switzerland section of this hamlet will finally get a chance tonight to face off against representatives from Homeland Towers, LLC, the company trying to build a 150-foot cell tower in the middle of their neighborhood.

Warning to Young Women: Keeping a Cell Phone in the Bra Could Increase the Risk for Breast Cancer

A number of young women keep their cell phones in their bra.  This is a very dangerous habit because the radiation a cell phone emits might increase the risk for breast cancer.  Watch the following 3-minute special report from KTVU.com. California, and read the article, whose author talked to Dr. Devra Davis, epidemiologist.  Dr. Davis has teamed with medical doctors from a breast imaging center and a cancer-testing laboratory who are preparing a case study report on four young women with no known family history or risks for breast cancer.  These women developed clusters of breast cancer in highly unusual areas after carrying cell phones in their bras for years.  

Breast cancer in young women is on the rise in Geneva and throughout Europe.  Could this be one of the causes?  We tend to disregard these warnings, believing we are invincible, and that this is nonsense, however, most cell phone manufacturers warn in accompanying operating manuals that the phone must be kept at least half an inch from the body.

Newsclip:  http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/special-report-keeping-cell-phone-in-bra-may-lead/vhPF8/ - one young woman (age 21) diagnosed with breast cancer, had to have her breast removed.

Never Stick This In Your Bra! 
Bottom Line Publications.com, Healthy Women

When you don’t have a purse or pocket but still want to stay connected to the world, nestling your cell phone into your cleavage for safekeeping may seem like a great solution. In fact, so many women now do this that there’s even a new type of bra with a pocket to hold a phone.

13 November 2012

Death After Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Causal or Coincidental?

Researcher Lucija Tomljenovic
Research was recently carried out by two scientists at the University of British Columbia, Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic to determine whether or not some serious autoimmune and neurological adverse reactions (ADRs) following HPV vaccination are causal or merely coincidental and to validate a biomarker-based immunehistochemical (IHC) protocol for assessing causality in case of vaccination-suspected serious adverse neurological outcomes. The study suggests that HPV vaccines containing HPV-16L1 antigens pose an inherent risk for triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.

This has implications for medical practice. Cerebral vasculitis is a serious disease which typically results in fatal outcomes when undiagnosed and left untreated. The fact that many of the symptoms reported to vaccine safety surveillance databases following HPV vaccination are indicative of cerebral vasculitis, but are unrecognized as such (i.e., intense persistent migraines, syncope, seizures, tremors and tingling, myalgia, locomotor abnormalities, psychotic symptoms and cognitive deficits), is a serious concern in light of the present findings. It thus appears that in some cases vaccination may be the triggering factor of fatal autoimmune/neurological events. Physicians should be aware of this association. 

The study was published in October 2012 in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and was posted on the site of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) America. Following is an article posted on straight.com about the study. The full study is available here.

Read also Dr. Mercola's article on the HPV vaccine.  As of mid-2012, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received 119 reports of death following HPV vaccination, as well as:  894 reports of disability, 517 life-threatening adverse events, 9,889 emergency room visits and 2,781 hospitalizations.

12 November 2012

Free Wi-Fi at Geneva's University Hospital

Wi-Fi in hospital patients’ rooms can be harmful. In December 2008, my companion was placed in a seven-bed room after removal of his lung (diagnosis of mesothelioma – cancer of the pleura). His post-operative condition deteriorated : difficulties breathing and incisions which would not heal. The patient in the bed next to his was working the whole day on a Wi-Fi –connected computer. 

In June 2008, Wi-Fi was installed at this hospital (HUG – Geneva’s university hospital) – 200 antennas deployed in all  care units of including the Maternity, Children’s Hospital, Palliative Care Service, and hospital for the elderly.

The article appearing in HUG’s magazine, « Pulsations » in June 2008 shows the level of ignorance of the Geneva medical profession concerning the risks of wireless technology. When I wrote to the Director-General of HUG in 2010, he replied, “Considering the absence of proof, demonstrated by actual scientific knowledge, that exposure to Wi-Fi antennas could cause health problems, but also proof of the total harmlessness of this technology, HUG does not foresee taking back its decision to offer this new benefit to its users, considering the advantages of having W-Fi at the hospital for patients’ comfort …”

10 November 2012

Monsanto Faces $7.5 Billion Payout to 5 Million Brazilian Soy Farmers

Deforestation in the Amazon to make way for soy cultivation
In 2011, Brazil planted 30.3 million hectares of genetically modified (GM) crops, particularly soy, most of which is exported to Europe, where it is used to feed cattle and for biofuels, and to China for its growing beef industry.  Monsanto penalized farmers who did not keep GM soy strictly separated from non GM soy, by requiring them to pay a three percent fee if tests of non GM soy crops uncovered Roundup Ready (GM) soy.  In 2009, a group of rural syndicates in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande Do Sul, took Monsanto to court, charging that separating GM and non-GM soy was virtually impossible and that therefore the "Monsanto tax" was unjust.  A judge from this state ruled in April 2012 that Monsanto's fees were illegal and noted that the Roundup Ready seed patent had already expired in the Brazil. Monsanto was not only ordered to stop collecting the royalty fees but to also return all such fees collected since 2004. Such collected royalties amount to $2 billion.

Monsanto appealed the ruling but was dealt another blow on June 12 when the Brazil Supreme Court decided unanimously that whatever the Rio Grande Do Sul courts rule on this matter should apply to the whole of Brazil. This caused the number of plaintiffs to balloon to five million and the total royalty owed, to rise to $7.5 billion.

One wonders how deep the pockets of giant corporations are.  Can they continue paying out damages from a rising number of lawsuits?  Will this really deter them from causing devastation to health and the environment?

Monsanto Faces $7.5 Billion Payout to Brazilian Farmers
by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, CorpWatch Blog, 28 June 2012 

09 November 2012

Spike in "Aggressive" Brain Cancer in Denmark

The number of men diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most malignant type of brain cancer, has nearly doubled over the last ten years.  The Danish Cancer Society is saying that it has no idea what is causing this.  National cancer societies of course would say this, because cancer research, diagnosis and treatment bring in huge sums of money for the cancer industry.  These societies also receive funding from the telecoms industry.  For instance, members of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society have included corporate executives from the telecoms, pharmaceutical, pesticide, media, and biotech industries.

Spike in “Aggressive” Brain Cancer in Denmark
Microwave News, 8 November 2012

The Danish Cancer Society is reporting that the number of men diagnosed with glioblastoma —the most malignant type of brain cancer— has nearly doubled over the last ten years. Hans Skovgaard Poulsen, the head of neuro-oncology at Copenhagen University Hospital, is calling it a "frightening development."

The society is not linking the increase to cell phones or to anything else. "We have no idea what caused it," Poulsen said in a statement issued by the Danish Cancer Society on November 2.

07 November 2012

Documentary "Scientists Under Attack" : GMO Research

Dr. Arpad Pusztai
The first part of the 59-minute 2010 documentary “Scientists Under Attack”, produced and written by Bertram Verhaag, describes the inside story of independent research on the safety of genetically modified (GM) food and crops.  Almost all the scientists undertaking research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are funded either directly or indirectly by industry.  It is very difficult to conduct independent research because companies like Monsanto do not allow scientists to undertake experiments on their patented GM products. The film features Jeffrey Smith, Arpad Pusztai, one of the first independent scientists to test for the safety of GMO foods, and Ignacio Chapela.

Trailer for "Scientists Under Attack"

Young Electrosensitive Person Commits Suicide

We must do all we can to raise awareness of the condition of electrosensitivity (ES) which is little understood by the general population and health professionals. This includes sharing experiences of ES with journalists. Faye Dobson is writing an article on ES and would like to hear from persons in the UK who could/would help (faye@catersnews.com). Martyn Halle, who writes on health for national newspapers, has approached ES-UK after reading the news about Michael Nield’s death. He hopes to publish a story about ES in the Mail on 11 November (m.halle@blueyonder.co.uk). 

‘Zapping in head’ from mobiles led son to kill himself
by Jordan Day, Cambridge News, 6 November 2012

A university graduate committed suicide after a lengthy battle with a sensitivity to mobile phones, an inquest heard.

Oxford graduate Michael Nield suffered with electro sensitivity – the term used to describe someone who has an unhealthy sensitivity to a particular source of electricity.

In Michael’s case it was mobile phones and phone masts. He had to sleep with a microfibre tent over his bed to reduce the radiation.

06 November 2012

Dutch Court Annuls Permit for Mobile Phone Antenna on Concern for Bees

This very important court decision in the Netherlands has annulled a permit for a mobile phone antenna due to beekeeping activities in the area.

Dutch court overturns cell permit on concern for bees
Telecompaper, 5 November 2012

A court in Zutphen, Netherlands has annulled a permit for a UMTS antenna due to beekeeping activities in the area. The Winterswijk municipality gave KPN the permit to build the tower in November 2010. Five local residents filed an appeal against the permit, and the court found that the city did not motivate its decision well enough to show there would be no negative consequences from the cell site. One of the residents keeps bees around 80m from the proposed site; in the appeal against the site, he pointed to research in Germany and Switzerland on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on bees. The city pointed to other research showing bee deaths related to other factors and said the radiation in this case would be much less than in the German research. However the court found that the city needed to provide more concrete sources of research to sustain its argument and it could not be ruled out that the site would have an effect on the bees.

05 November 2012

DECT Cordless Phones and Blood Pressure

Most of my friends have DECT cordless phones in their homes. One of the main sources of electromagnetic pollution in my flat comes from a neighbor's DECT phone.   The author of this case history, Martin Virnich, PhD, who is an electrical engineer and leading building biology professional, concludes that individual health symptoms are observed well below ICNIRP-based exposure limits, that we need to test for a broad spectrum of electromagnetic fields, and that “by substantially reducing exposure levels, the overall health status improves and disease symptoms can even disappear.” 

2005 Case History 2 - DECT Cordless Phones and Blood Pressure
by Martin Virnich, PhD

It is rare to have such ideal study conditions: An extremely high blood pressure episode causes a patient to seek help at the ER, where his blood pressure is quickly stabilized and returns to normal. After a one-week stay at the hospital, he returns home and his blood pressure goes up again. The ambient RF radiation levels are very low, the indoor wireless transmitter, a DECT cordless phone base station, is disabled, and the patient is convinced that it must be some other environmental factor that keeps his blood pressure that high. So in this case the fear of electrosmog cannot be blamed for any adverse reactions.

McGill University Health Center Lifts Cell Phone Ban in Most of Its Hospital Environment

The McGill University Health Center is lifting its ban on cell phones in most of the hospital environment. At Geneva’s University hospital (HUG), not only are cell phones allowed throughout most of the hospital, but Wi-Fi is available in patients’ rooms, including at the children’s hospital. The staff have not connected the dots to cell phones and Wi-Fi emitting damaging electromagnetic waves that WHO has labeled “possibly cancer-causing.” When my companion, Adon, was recovering from surgical removal of his lung in a seven-bed room at HUG, the person in the bed next to him was using his computer all day long.  Adon’s surgical incisions would not heal. One month after the lung removal, he had to undergo a second major operation when the incisions came apart. He almost died during surgery. He lived three more months, dying of mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos.

MUHC lifts cellphone ban in most of its hospital environment
by Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette, 31 October 2012

It’s a nuisance that nearly everyone who steps into a hospital has to contend with: turning off one’s smartphone or risk being tapped on the shoulder by a security guard.

Blind to the Truth: The Eye-Damaging Effects of Statins

Another reason for being cautious about taking statins : its damaging effect on the eyes. A friend of mine throws all her doctors’ prescriptions for statins in a drawer without having them filled.  Her doctor never listened to her complaints about muscle weakness when she took statins (for a very short time). 

Blind to the Truth: The Eye-Damaging Effects of Statins
by Sayer Ji, Contributing Writer for Wake Up World, 5 November 2012 

Published research has raised concern about the possibility that statin drugs are damaging the eyes of those taking them. Titled, “Age-related cataract is associated with type 2 diabetes and statin use,” and published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, researchers found that those taking statin drugs had 48% higher risk of pathological eye lense changes (nuclear sclerosis and cortical cataract) associated with increased opacity, i.e. cataracts.

04 November 2012

U.S. Nuclear Facilities Remain Vulnerable to Potential Catastrophic Events

Oyster Creek nuclear facility
During Hurricane Sandy, the Oyster Creek nuclear facility, located 40 miles north of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the oldest nuclear facility in the nation, went to “high alert” due to high-water levels in its water intake structure. Although the plant was shut down for refueling at the time, its plutonium was in danger of overheating.

The risks of nuclear power generation are magnified by the fact that nuclear power plants are always located near a river, lake or ocean. That is because producing nuclear power creates a lot of heat, which needs to be dissipated by huge volumes of water. These cooling systems are all that prevents the plutonium in reactor cores from going critical and melting down, much like what happened at Fukushima. Locating nuclear plants near bodies of water has its risks, which range from the clogging of intake pipes by barnacles, mussels, jellyfish, to potential damage from storm surges, such as those created by Hurricane Sandy.

Thirty-four reactors, a third of those in the U.S., are sited along rivers with dams upstream. Add to this, the risks of fire (47 reactors violate fire protection regulations) and seismic activity (seismic protection is known to be less than the seismic hazards faced by 27 reactors), according to the Nuclear Power Information Tracker.

Last year, U.S. nuclear power plants were threatened by earthquake (North Anna, Virginia) and flooding (Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska) and this year, by abnormally high water temperatures.  Yet, the American public remains more or less ignorant of the vulnerability of its nuclear reactors and also of the devastating  aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident which continues to unfold. (See also "Vulnerability of U.S. Nuclear Reactors to Major Natural Disasters".)

31 October 2012

Do Cell Phones and Tablets Affect Communication and Concentration in Hospitals and Doctors' Offices?

Courtesy of Thinkstock
“A resident observing the surgery takes a call on his cell phone. The scrub nurse flips through images of wedding dresses on her smartphone. The operating surgeon’s assistant steps in to ask a question about another patient. The anesthesiologist taps his foot in time to the beat of the music in his earbud. It’s just another day in the OR (operating room).” (From a doctors’ discussion on how distractions in the operating room threaten patient safety, article appearing in the journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.) 

A commentary by Peter J. Papadakos, MD, anesthesiologist and director of critical care at the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York, first published in Anesthesiology News, focused on his concerns that the non-medical use of wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, would be distracting. He also related his anecdotal experience of seeing OR staff surfing the Internet during a surgery. The New York Times later picked up and expanded upon this issue. 

Hospitals and doctors’ offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information... , however the wealth of data on the screen — the “iPatient” — sometimes gets all the attention.

“You walk around the hospital, and what you see is not funny,” said Dr. Peter J. Papadakos, who added that he had seen nurses, doctors and other staff members glued to their phones, computers and iPads.   “You justify carrying devices around the hospital to do medical records,” he said. “But you can surf the Internet or do Facebook, and sometimes, for whatever reason, Facebook is more tempting...

“My gut feeling is lives are in danger.”