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EMF Studies

23 April 2012

U.S. Health Care: A Profit-Driven, Uncaring System

Fool’s Gold: US Healthcare System Cheats Patients
by Donna Smith (16 April 2012) 
"Simply fixing the payment mechanism will not be
 enough to fix the broken human interactions."
In case any one of us needs reminding, the profit-driven healthcare system in America is broken. Driven by its primary motivation to make money, there is little that compels those currently in control to care about patients like you and me. We are most assuredly a necessary component of the healthcare market – they cannot make any money without us – but we are treated like children to be seen and not heard.
The vast majority of us cannot access or pay for the care we need without health insurance coverage through either a private, for-profit health insurance company or through a government program for which we qualify. A small minority of people can afford to pay for care outright with cash or credit.

21 April 2012

India: New Radiation Emission Rules for Mobile Phones and Towers to Take Effect on 1 September 2012

100 million mobile phone users in rural India
India's new radiation emission rules for mobile phones and towers will take effect on 1 September 2012. These rules state that cell phones can be imported and sold in India only if the SAR level is below 1.6 watts per kg (W/kg).  India has followed European norms which state that the maximum SAR level must not exceed 2 W/kg.  The nearly 650 models of Chinese cell phones that don’t comply with these new standards will have to be redesigned.  

The SAR value, or radiation emitted by the handset, must be specified on the device, its manual, the box and the websites of both the company and the telecom department.  The radiation figure of each handset must be displayed prominently at all retail outlets that sell mobile phones.  For consumers, the cost of a cell phone will rise by a minimum of Rs 400.  The new rules make it mandatory for all handsets to be sold with a hands-free device, as the government believes this will help reduce significantly the exposure to radiation.
Radiation limits for towers have been tightened to a tenth of the existing exposure level.  The telecom department has decided that tower certifications from April 2012 onwards will be covered by the new norms.
India thus recognizes the risks of exposure to radiation emitted by mobile phones and towers.  When will countries such as the United States and Switzerland follow suit and take action to protect the health of their citizens?
(This information came from WEEP News, 20 April 2012. See Press Release from the Government of India dated 4 May 2012.)

19 April 2012

News from Geneva: Lecture on "The Marketing of Madness": Psychiatric Medications Dominate Mental Health

On 18 April 2012, the Citizens’ Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) organized a lecture in Geneva, Switzerland, on the marketing of psychiatric diagnoses and medications and their adverse effects on health.  Dr. Nicolas Franceschetti, President of CCHR, Geneva, introduced the evening by referring to recent developments such as the British Medical Journal article published on 27 February 2012 warning about the deadly adverse effects of regular ingestion of hypnotics (sleeping pills) which include shortening of lifespan and cancer.

A nurse who works at a “home” for aged persons (EMS) in Switzerland gave testimony of the over-prescription of medications to the elderly in these establishments.

Extracts of the documentary, “The Marketing of Madness” were shown. (YouTube access to the 177-minute film is available at the end of the article).  The film discusses “how psychiatric medications with deadly side effects and no known rate of cure came to dominate the field of mental health”, for example through the drawing up of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).  This manual creates “disease out of everyday suffering and as a result, pads the bottom lines” of pharmaceutical companies (ref: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness”, by Gary Greenberg, 27 December 2010, Wired Magazine).  Another example is the prescription of atypical antipsychotics to some 2.5 million children in the United States.  This new type of psychiatric medication, which includes Risperdal and Zyprexa, can cause weight gain, cardio-vascular dysfunction and Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.  These drugs sometimes require the prescription of other psychotropic medications to lessen side-effects, a practice called “poly-pharmacy”.

17 April 2012

Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier to Deliver Presentation on New Treatment and Prevention Approaches at Autism One Generation Rescue Conference

Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier will address the Autism One Generation Rescue Conference on Friday, 25 May 2012, at 11.30 am.  The conference will take place 23-27 May 2012 at The Westin Yorktown, Lombard, Illinois (outside Chicago).  It will present new approaches to the treatment and prevention of the autism-related syndrome, which according to recent statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now affects an estimated 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls).  “We must consider environmental factors as they have changed considerably our biosphere:  infant nutrition, air pollution and pesticides, increased exposure to electromagnetic radiation of all frequencies associated with the globalization of human communication, and changes in our microbial flora,” states the article on the presentation.  See also this short video clip about treating autism from 20 February 2012.
Go to Autism One Generation Rescue Conference to register ($25 processing fee, conference is free.)

Regarding electromagnetic fields as a risk factor for autism, read this, from an article by Dr. Mercola published 17 April 2012:

Work by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt suggests there are distinct correlations between a woman's exposure to electromagnetic fields during pregnancy and her child's neurological functioning… If you sleep in strong electromagnetic fields during pregnancy, your child will likely begin to exhibit neurological abnormalities within the first two years of life, such as neurological dysfunction, hyperactivity, and learning disorders.
In 2007, this theory received additional support from a study published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. It presented the theory that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi devices and other similar wireless technologies may work in conjunction with genetic and environmental factors, becoming an accelerating factor in autism. After more than five years of research on children with autism they found that EMR negatively affects cell membranes, allowing heavy metal toxins, which are associated with autism, to build up.

Following is a summary of the presentation to be delivered:

AUTISM: The Microbial Track     
Presented by Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier, M.D., and the group CHRONIMED

11 April 2012

The Cherry Tree

The flowering cherry tree, « Sakura », welcomes spring.  The cherry blossom is an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.  It reminds us that we must protect this very fragile existence which is granted to us.  May the flowering of these trees bring healing this year to the nation’s people and land, and a nuclear-free Japan.

One hundred years ago, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, planted two Yoshino cherry trees in Wasington DC, part of a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States.  Today, these two trees and thousands more grace the city’s spring.    Let this be a message to the United States that it too must consider abandoning nuclear energy and protect the beauty and fragility of life.

Cherry blossoms at Fukushima
by Meris Michaels

07 April 2012

Swiss Pro-Youth Association Offers Prepaid Mobile Phone Service for Children from Age 9

Photo in Le Matin
In January 2009, the French Government banned advertising of mobile phones to children under age 12.  The French Environment Minister said he would also take steps to ban the sale of mobile phones designed for children under 6.  One month before, Lyon, France’s second largest city, launched an advertising campaign to discourage the use of mobile phones by children.  Billboards carried the slogan, “Let’s keep (children) healthy, away from mobile phones!” 

Switzerland lags far behind countries like France in warning about the potential health risks to children using mobile phones.  In March 2012, those of us who are more aware of this issue were shocked to hear that Pro Juventute, a non-profit association which aids children, and the Swiss mobile operator, Sunrise, were jointly promoting the offer of a prepaid service for mobile phone use by children from age 9.  The offer costs 249 francs (about US$255) a year, including an SIM card with unlimited calls to four phone numbers, and access to a control platform, offering parents the possibility of blocking or limiting access to the Internet or services such as SMS.  The purpose is to protect children from pornography and cybermobbing.  The question was asked, “Isn’t nine years rather early for a child to have a mobile phone?”  The spokesperson for Sunrise replied that this limit corresponds to “general pedagogical recommendations made by experts”.

04 April 2012

"Laptop" Use of Laptop Computers May Generate Adverse Health Effects

This article on exposure to electromagnetic fields from “laptop” use of laptop computers was published in the Journal of Environmental & Occupational Health in February 2012 (not available for free on-line).  Scientists measured electromagnetic fields that laptop computers produce and estimated the induced currents in the body, to assess the safety of these computers.  According to the abstract, the power supply generates strong intracorporal electric current densities in the fetus and in the adult subject.  The authors recommend renaming laptop computers to induce safer use.  

Following is the abstract of the article.

Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields from "Laptop" Use of Laptop Computers

(C. V. Bellieni, MD; I. Pinto, MS; A. Bogi, PhD; N. Zoppetti, MS; D. Andreuccetti, MS; G. Buonocore, PhD. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, Vol. 67, No. 1, 2012 Copyright C2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.)


03 April 2012

Mobile Phone Jammers Risk Heavy Fines

This may be one of the few ways to silence those annoying mobile phone conversations in public transport, however, users and owners of mobile phone jammers in Switzerland risk fines of up to 100,000 Swiss francs (US$110,670).  Thank you to 20 Minutes for this article published on 22 March 2012 (translated from French).  

Mobile Phone Jammers More and More Disturbing

Small, discrete, perfectly illegal, the devices which are paralyzing the waves are sometimes used as a game.  Anger assured.

Certain people resort to this system in order to travel in peace in public transport.

There are those who turn on their mobile wave jammer, which has a range of from 10 to 30 meters (30 to 90 feet), just for the pleasure of making those next to them angry.