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EMF Studies

28 August 2012

Toronto Doctor Treats Patients for Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

"Could the guys in the tinfoil hats be right?"  They well could be … since taking the advice of an EMF expert to place aluminum foil beneath my rugs in the places where the radiation emitted from neighbors’ cordless DECT phones and Wi-Fi is highest, my body and mind are less stressed: I am sleeping better and have more energy . My suffering lasted over 3 years. 

No end to debate over Wi-Fi health effects as Toronto doctor treats hypersensitive patients

by Steve Merti, Daily Brew, 13 August 2012

Could the guys in the tinfoil hats be right?

As society's dependence on wireless technologies grows, the concern that there are health risks attached to the saturation of the air with high-frequency radio waves (RF) is not going away, despite official claims those fears are groundless. 

Dr. Riina Bray, an environmental health specialist at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, told the National Post she's treating two or three patients a week from ailments she links to Wi-Fi routers, cellphone towers and other radio-frequency sources.

27 August 2012

School Lesson on Food Scarcity



(cartoon:  zenith:  Zeitschrift für den Orient)


Saturation Threatens Swiss Mobile Phone Networks


In Switzerland, data traffic sent via the mobile network doubles every 16 months. Smartphone users are responsible for this “insane growth” in demand.  “The ‘mobinauts’ keep surfing on the Net, chatting, consulting train schedules or watching videos.”  According to the person responsible for allo.ch, a telecoms information service, “a real risk of saturation in the transfer of data exists every day on the mobile phone networks.”  Now, the three Swiss mobile phone operators are relaunching antenna wars.  Swisscom foresees as many as 300 new ones next year.  Orange Suisse, up to 400.

Faced with this reality, the companies must agree to large investments. Over the next five years, this would mean 1.5 billion Swiss francs for Swisscom and 700 million for Orange Suisse.  In February, the three operators had to give over a total of 997 million francs for licenses allowing access to the new LTE (4G) technology.

Saturation threatens Swiss mobile phone networks
by Philippe Rodrik, Tribune de Genève, 24 August 2012
(translated from French)

For the first time in 6 years, the number of antennas once again becomes an issue for the mobile phone market.

26 August 2012

Bird Flu and Microwaves: Are We Killing Birds with Radiation?

The effects of electromagnetic (EM) radiation from mobile phone antennas and other sources on calves, bees, ants, birds has been mentioned in this blog. Larry Blackhall, who passed away recently, a former officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, was a specialist in advanced electronic warfare and had a degree in communications and electronics engineering. In 2005, he delivered a presentation to the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in British Columbia, Canada, on “Electromagnetic Radiation and Chick Production.” 

The paper discussed the undesirable results of the interaction of two technologies: modern poultry production factory systems which use chemicals, medicines, biological agents, and electromagnetic radiation techniques, and cumulative background electromagnetic radiation. Citing earlier studies on the effects of EM radiation on birds and egg production, he concluded that “the avian (H5N1) virus was plausibly caused by misadventure with either disregard, or ignorance of, the cumulative effects over time of continuously increasing exposure to harmful electromagnetic radiation, particularly microwave, in tandem with the practices of the modern hi-tech factory system of poultry production.”

25 August 2012

Michael Repacholi Continues to "Work" With the Mobile Phone Industry, Encouraging Children to Use Wireless Devices

Photo:  Next-Up
In January 2008, Dr. Carlos Sosa, a medical doctor from Colombia, addressed a letter to Michael B. Mukasey, who was then serving as United States Attorney-General (November 2007 to January 2009). The letter concerned the crimes against humanity of Michael Repacholi, former director of the Electromagnetic Fields Project at the World Health Organization (WHO). 


It would appear that not only did Repacholi control the WHO EMF project from its inception, but its main source of funding was the mobile industry, as explained in this article from Mast Sanity. “Repacholi states that he always followed the WHO rules on funding and that, “NO funds were EVER sent to me.” [His emphasis.]... As Microwave News has previously reported, Repacholi arranged for the industry money to be sent to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, where he used to work. The funds were then transferred to the WHO... Norm Sandler, a Motorola spokesman, has stated, “This is the process for all the supporters of the WHO program.” At the time, Motorola was sending Repacholi $50,000 each year. That money is now bundled with other industry contributions and sent to Australia by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), which gives the project $150,000 a year. “What is the difference between sending money directly to the WHO and sending it via Australia?,” Repacholi was asked. He never responded. (Microwave News November 17th 2006 [here].)

Repacholi is still “working” for the mobile phone industry. At a recent GSMA industry conference (GSMA - or GSM Association - is an association of mobile operators and related companies which supports the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system), Repacholi encouraged parents to get their children to use wireless devices so that these children would not be left behind in the use of this technology. (See article, “Is Michael Repacholi the World’s Best Whirling Dervish?”) Repacholi has lobbied against the strict Swiss and Italian precautionary exposure limits and, as a member of the United Kingdom’s Stewart panel on mobile phones, has argued against the recommendation that children be discouraged from using mobile phones. (Ref: Microwave News, Nov/Dec 2000, page 2.) 

24 August 2012

Late Actor Steve McQueen's Widow to Testify Before the United States Congress About Asbestos Dangers

Mesothelioma is a very personal issue for me.  My companion died of this terrible disease in 2009. I came across this article from the Mesothelioma’s Lawyers Blog (written by Jeffrey S. Glassman, published 18 July 2012) by chance. I did not know that the late actor Steve McQueen, died in 1980 of mesothelioma at age 50. His widow is slated to testify before the United States Congress, urging lawmakers to formally ban the import of asbestos into the United States. The asbestos industry had opposed the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would have completely phased out the use of asbestos in all products made in the country, and won in a court challenge in 1991. 



Late Actor Steve McQueen's Widow to Testify Before Congress About Asbestos Dangers
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The widow of the late actor Steve McQueen, who died of mesothelioma, is slated to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives, urging lawmakers to formally ban the import of asbestos into the United States.

Fox News Interview with Dr. Devra Davis on Cell Phone Radiation Safety

This EXCELLENT interview with Dr. Devra Davis, founder of the Environmental Health Trust, on cell phone radiation safety was broadcast on myFoxdc.com on 19 July 2012.  In it, she warns parents about the dangers of toys such as the "Baby iCan play case for iPhones".  NEVER allow your baby or young child to play with wireless devices.  Dr. Davis also mentions that oncologists are now contacting her about cases of breast cancer they are seeing in women who carry their cell phone in their bras.  NEVER carry your cell phone close to your body.   Similar reports in the media would be very welcome.




Link to Fox news interview:  http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19064884/smart-phone-zone-cell-phone-radiation-and-you
(Be patient with the ads, which make access somewhat difficult.)


Read here about the Environmental Health Trust :

21 August 2012

HAARP, Weather-Altering, Earthquake-Making Machine?

What is HAARP?   The official story is: “The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to analyse the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes”. The largest legal AM radio antenna in North America is 50000 watts. HARRP is 72000 x 50000 AM radio antennas! 

New Zealand earthquake, February 2011
What do they need all this power for?

In his interview, Barry Trower, microwave weapons expert, mentioned how HAARP could be used in micro-biological warfare. . “It is so easy now to bring total devastation and economic ruin to any country by microwaving it and bringing the [toxic] bacteria to life,” he said. (See Part 4 of the interview.) 


Wake-Up World published an article entitled, “HAARP, Weather-Altering, Earthquake-Making Machine?” that sends a scary message. One of the videos in the article, “Feb 2011 – Christchurch NZ Earth Quake – Another HAARP Event?” shows that HAARP does a lot more than communication and surveillance.

“Only a small percentage of the military’s atmospheric modification projects are visibly obvious. What we can’t see is equally dangerous. The ionosphere, the earth and its inhabitants are continually bombarded with high frequency microwaves used to manipulate the charged atmosphere for weather modification, information gathering and for tectonic (earth-quake-producing) weaponry. Independent chemtrail researcher Clifford Carnicom confirms that we are also continuously subjected to extremely low electromagnetic frequencies (ELF) pulsing at 4 hertz multiples, frequencies known to profoundly affect human biological and mental functioning.” 

Here is the video:  
HAARP Chart for New Zealand Quake – Evidence of Man-Made Disaster Feb. 21, 2011 (14 mn.) 

Illinois Nuclear Power Plants Dumping Millions of Gallons of Near 100-Degree Water into Waterways

Byron nuclear plant in Illinois
(photo:  Michael Kappel)
An earlier post mentioned the shutdown of one of the units of a nuclear power station in Connecticut due to above normal temperatures of the waters used to cool it. This summer’s excessive heat and drought in the United States are creating warmer than usual waters, causing discharge waters to surpass thermal limits. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is now allowing coal and nuclear power plants to discharge hundreds of millions of water per day at temperatures up to 97 degrees into waterways. Environmentalists say this will have an impact on aquatic life.

Plant operators say they must keep producing electricity to meet demand and ensure that sensitive populations, such as the sick and elderly, stay cool. The Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Midwest office, says plants should power down instead, because there is plenty of electricity to serve Illinois. Plant operators, however, have financial incentives to keep plants running, because they could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars a day by powering down.

Illinois nuclear plants are being watched closely to ensure that the water they're drawing into the plants is not too hot, a problem that has caused plants in other states to power down or, as in Connecticut, to shut down.

Once again, the profit-earning interests of industry trump ecological concerns. Read this article from the St. Louis Dispatch, 20 August 2012.

Ill. Power plants get OK to release hotter water

19 August 2012

Internet and Health: The Report of the Swiss "Conseil fédéral" Fails to Mention the Risks of Excessive Use of the Internet Accessed Through Wireless Technologies

The Swiss "Conseil fédéral" has just presented a report announcing that excessive Internet use can be addictive and have physical and psychological consequences. The report was undertaken at the request of members of the Swiss Parliament, specifically to look into cyber-addiction: the health effects of excessive Internet use and particularly, on-line games. Most of the time, Internet access is enabled through wireless technologies. It would thus be useful if the authorities launched an educational campaign concerning the health risks of using these technologies, especially for children and pregnant women: sensitize parents, teachers and other professionals, including physicians, and inform young persons. 

Already in 2008, Physicians for the Environment (MfE), a group of 1,500 doctors in Switzerland, published information mentioning suspicion of the existence of a link between certain health problems and radiation emitted by wireless technology, such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, difficulties with concentration and others were cited. MfE suggested precautionary measures: choose computer networks connected by cable, use the fixed network and a wired telephone for long conversations, switch off or disconnect devices and electrical installations when not in use.

Following are extracts from two articles about the Report, which was presented on 15 August 2012 to the Government.

Swiss Federal Administration:
Most young persons use the Internet and play games on-line, but not in excess

18 August 2012

Nuclear Power Plant Unit Forced to Shut Down in Connecticut Due to High Cooling Water Temperatures / Global Warming

Millstone Nuclear Power Station, Units 2 and 3
Another consequence of global warming:  too warm waters which cool nuclear power plants. One of the units of the nuclear power station in Waterford, Connecticut was forced to shut down for the first time in its 37-year history due to above normal temperatures of the seawaters from Long Island Sound used to cool it. (Article from Common Dreams, 14 August 2012.) 

Sign of Warmer Times: Shutdown at Conn. Nuclear Plant Due to High Cooling Water Temperature  - Cooling waters for plant averaging 1.7 degrees above limit

Balmy temperatures of cooling waters forced a nuclear power plant in Connecticut to shut down for the first time on Sunday. 

The Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford, Conn. uses water from Long Island Sound to cool “key safety components,” says Millstone Spokesman Ken Holt. The temperatures for the unit were averaging 1.7 degrees above the 75 degree limit, forcing Unit 2 of the power station to shut down.

17 August 2012

School Shirt Pockets Enlarged to Accommodate Cell Phones

This photo shows how the size of the school shirt pocket has been increased to allow students to store their phones...

Fine print warnings say that "if you have a pacemaker, keep the phone 6 inches away from your body (or 8 inches depending on the brand).  A pacemaker is an electronic device that regulates the heart. But what is the heart? The heart is your pacemaker… and why would you want to expose your heart…?" (Dr Devra Davis)


The fine print warnings ALSO warn NOT to carry a cellphone in your pocket, near the abdomen of a teenager, near a pregnant abdomen, OR to hold it against your head!  

— with Kevin Kunze and Devra Davis at Applecross Senior High School, Perth, Western Australia.  Thank you to Parents Against Wi-Fi in School for this info.

Although a previous post has cited this video, Parents Against Wi-Fi in School has suggested it be included here because of the risks for breast cancer of keeping cell phones in bras and shirt pockets.

Cell Phone Radiation and Breast Cancer (3 mn.)



Heavy Technology Use Linked to Fatigue, Stress and Depression in Young Adults

This article posted by one of the EMF advocacy groups on 2 August 2012, demonstrates that heavy use of cell phones and computers can lead to health problems in young adults. Heavy cell phone use increases sleep disorders in men and depressive symptoms in both men and women. Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely to report mental health issues. “This is a growing and serious public health hazard that should be acknowledged and addressed by both the medical community and technology industry,” states the author, Dr. David Volpi. 

Why not step away from this technology and enjoy more face-to-face contact?


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Heavy Technology Use Linked to Fatigue, Stress and Depression in Young Adults


Modern technology is affecting our sleep. The artificial light from TV and computer screens affects melatonin production and throws off circadian rhythms, preventing deep, restorative sleep.

15 August 2012

Letter to Neighbors on the Use of Cordless DECT Phones and Wi-Fi

Thank you to ARA (Association romande alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques - www.alerte.ch)  for this useful advice to neighbors on the use of cordless DECT phones and Wi-Fi, which I have translated into English, following the measuring by an expert of the levels of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in my apartment in Geneva.  ( Both my telephone and laptop are wired.)  Rather high levels of EMR were discovered in my work area and around my bed, coming from neighbors' cordless DECT phones and Wi-Fi, and moderate levels from the three mobile phone antennas on rooftops of nearby apartment buildings.  

Letter to Neighbors on the use of cordless DECT phones and Wi-Fi

Please read the following.  Your neighbors will be grateful for your consideration.  It will also protect you from eventual health problems.  These problems can manifest themselves progressively, even if you are not currently experiencing symptoms.  Moreover, we all have an important responsibility for the well-being of our children.
  
Mobile phone antennas can cause health hazards and even diseases.  In addition, cordless DECT phones sold since 1996 with mobile handsets can also produce harmful radiation 24 hours a day whether or not you are talking on the phone.  At a distance of an arm’s length from the DECT base, the level of radiation is equal to that of a mobile phone antenna located on the roof of the adjacent building.  This radiation easily passes through brick or concrete walls.

14 August 2012

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Caused Mutant Butterflies, Study Reveals

A mutated adult pale grass blue
 Zizeeria maha butterfly
"This study is important and overwhelming in its implications for both the human and biological communities living in Fukushima," explained University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau, who studies the impacts of radiation on animals and plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima.  (Article by Nick Crumpton published in the BBC News on 13 August 2012).
A non-mutant pale grass blue
 Zizeeria maha (photo: 澎湖小雲雀)
 




Severe abnormalities found in Fukushima butterlies


Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.

Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

13 August 2012

Electromagnetic Pollution: The Invisible Threat to Your Health

(photo from www.noupe.com)
This is a good article about electrosensitivity that originally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Get Fresh! magazine. Following are extracts including the testimony of Lisa, electrosensitive, her treatment, and what one can do to reduce electromagnetic overload. See the article in full here.

The Invisible Threat to Your Health

Thanks to modern technology many of us are living in a sea of electromagnetic pollution. Philip Weeks explores the potential health risks, and the steps you can take to reduce your exposure.

When Lisa came to see me she was suffering from a lot of common complaints. At 36 she had chronic insomnia, fatigue, ongoing viral infections and depression. However, what marked her as a little different was that she was a therapist who was having a lot of good treatment by a number of practitioners and nothing seemed to be really working. She was not making any tangible progress even though she had been detoxing and taking homeopathic and herbal medicine.

Update on San Francisco's Cell Phone Safety Law

Here is an update from ABC News San Francisco dated 9 August 2012 on the “Right to Know” law which would require customer warnings for cell phones. The industry has sued, wanting the entire law overturned, while San Francisco wants it reinstated. Since there’s no timetable for the Court of Appeals to rule, San Francisco's cell phone law remains on hold. See this ABC News video report




SF cell phone safety law in appeals court battle
by Carolyn Tyler

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A legal battle that's being closely watched around the nation took another step forward at the Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday.

At issue is the city's law forcing cell phone retailers to warn customers about potential health risks. It's on hold while the two sides fight it out.

Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation Emissions from iPhones

Here is a 5-minute video clip from the Israeli NoRad blog (www.norad4u.com) showing the visual and audio radio frequency electromagnetic radiation emissions from iPhones (uploaded by NoRadBlog on 24 May 2011).  NoRad's advice:  "Do not use a smart phone at all." 



In this clip we will see that the iPhone emits Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) in various modes, even when not in use, even when idle!

News Corp. Unveils Educational Tablet


“Students will be able to use the tablet not only in the ways students are already using tablets in school, for e-textbooks and accessing the internet. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corps. educational tablets will enable assessment — of teachers by students — through mobile tools”, comments Kristina Chew. (See her article on Care2, "News Corp. Wants to Hack the Classroom.")  Will this really be helpful? This is a 4-G technology which in itself poses health risks to students and teachers. It seems that the telecommunications industry is developing so many new applications and gadgets that we will no longer be able to live without them. Does this really enhance learning and skills, or is this creating a more distracted, stressed and sicker generation? The following article comes from Agence France-Presse, 23 July 2012.
News Corp. Unveils Educational Tablet
News Corp. said Monday it would launch a new tablet computer with AT&T aimed at the education market to bring “digital innovation” to the classroom.

12 August 2012

Living with Radiation from Mobile Phone Towers in India

The “massive public health concern” of living with radiation from mobile phone towers is now being covered routinely by the mainstream media in India.  Thank you to the site, “In These New Times” for this article published in the Hindustan Times, New Delhi, on 26 July 2012.

Living with Radiation as a Backdrop by Rajat Arora

In 2000, Ashok Kaickar of Defence Colony’s D-block agreed to get a mobile phone tower installed on the terrace of his two-storey house. And it’s been nearly 12 years of living in regret.
“Back then, I did not know about the possible health hazards of radiation from mobile towers,” says Kaickar, 55, who runs a chain of gymnasiums in the city. “I got the tower erected after getting all the necessary permissions. Now I want it removed, but can’t. I have a 20-year contract with the company,” he said. A desperate Kaickar has approached the cellular operator Reliance and also written to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to allow him to remove the tower.