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28 March 2013

Switzerland: Victims of Asbestos Speak Out - Part 2

My companion, who died from mesothelioma at age 69,
believed he had been exposed to asbestos while
working on railroad engines in Belgium at age 19.
The daughter of a victim of asbestos who died of mesothelioma, questions the responsibility of Eternit, the asbestos factory where her father worked during three summers as a student. “In Switzerland, the statute of limitations is ten years. The law must change. Here the industrial lobby is so powerful that my hopes rest more on the creation of an international tribunal.” The industrial lobby is indeed very powerful in Switzerland: asbestos, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications. The emerging public health issue of serious illnesses related to the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by wireless technology has been compared to the growing catastrophe of asbestos-related diseases. Let the example of asbestos be a lesson to all of us. The 10-year statute of limitations must be changed in Switzerland because it will make it impossible to legally recognize a cause-effect relationship between EMR-related illnesses and wireless technologies, given that the potential serious illnesses which may result, such as brain cancer, usually declare themselves only after 10 years’ exposure. 

Testimonies : The Forgotten Swiss of Asbestos 
by Xavier Filliez, L’Illustré, 22 February 2012 (translated from French)

Clément Fenu, 65, carpenter, on invalidity insurance, afflicted with pleural plaques due to exposure to asbestos

“I feel stabbing pains in my chest”

Switzerland: Victims of Asbestos Speak Out - Part 1

Renate Howald, widow of Hans Moor, former employee at
ABB who died at age 58 from cancer of the pleura
(mesothelioma) due to asbestos exposure.
Switzerland, headquarters of Eternit, and the home country from which the tentacles of the asbestos-cement industry spread, does not recognize, or only with great difficulty, its victims. The country has invoked a statute of limitations of 10 years in labor law. In Switzerland, the victims of asbestos are living an ordeal of resentment, suffering and painful memories. Sometimes in total indifference. Here are their testimonies (in two separate posts). The Radio-TV Suisse Romande will be devoting a series of radio programs about the victims of asbestos ("Vacarme": 8-12 April 2013). In order to contact organizations assisting asbestos victims in Switzerland: : www.caova.ch et www.asbestopfer.ch.

On the eve of the 4th anniversary of the death of my companion, Adon, victim of mesothelioma, I thank all these people for their courage to speak about the terrible ravages of asbestos. (See: "Mesothelioma:  A Personal Testimony")

Testimonies : The Forgotten Swiss of Asbestos
by Xavier Filliez, L’Illustré, 22 February 2012 (translated from French)

20 March 2013

France: Electromagnetic Waves: The Precautionary Principle Soon to be Applied in Schools

Voted 19 March 2013 at the French National Assembly (Lower House), an amendment of the law stipulates that the establishment of the digital educational program foreseen by the text favors “wired” connections, that is, Ethernet, rather than Wi-Fi, in order to protect children.  This amendment still has to be passed in the French Senate (Upper House); it is not certain that this will happen because the industrial lobby is powerful and has "contaminated" a number of members of Parliament.

Electromagnetic Waves : The Precautionary Principle Soon in Schools 
Le Parisien.fr / AFP, 19 March 2013 (translated from French)

It is the first time that the precautionary principle will be applied in France to children. Failing to succeed with adoption of their draft legislation on electromagnetic waves in January, the ecologist deputies have obtained approval of draft school reform legislation for precautionary measures in schools.

Voted Tuesday at the National Assembly, an amendment of the law stipulates that the public service establishment of the digital educational program foreseen by the text favors “wired” connections, that is, Ethernet, rather than Wi-Fi.

16 March 2013

European Environment Agency: Mobile Phone Use and Brain Tumor Risk: Early Warnings, Early Actions?

Readers seem to be interested in the 23 January 2013 Report by the European Environment Agency on “Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation”.  The report is the second of its type produced by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in collaboration with a broad range of external authors and peer reviewers. The case studies across both volumes of Late lessons from early warnings cover a diverse range of chemical and technological innovations, and highlight a number of systemic problems. The 'Late Lessons Project' illustrates how damaging and costly the misuse or neglect of the precautionary principle can be, using case studies and a synthesis of the lessons to be learned and applied to maximising innovations whilst minimising harms. The report includes discussions on Fukushima and genetically modified oranisms. 

The following extract is from Part C: “Emerging Issues” on “Mobile phone use and brain tumor risk; early warning, early actions?” – an excerpt from the Introduction and the full text of the Conclusions.

21 Mobile phone use and brain tumour risk: early warnings, early actions? 
by Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg and David Gee


… The chapter points to mobile phone industry inertia in considering the various studies and taking the IARC carcinogenic classification into account and a failings from the media in providing the public with robust and consistent information on potential health risks. The IARC carcinogenic classification also appears not to have had any significant impact on governments' perceptions of their responsibilities to protect public health from this widespread source of radiation.

15 March 2013

Chemtrails: The Consequences of Toxic Metals and Chemical Aerosols on Human Health

"To ask uninformed, although supposedly “well educated” people to reconsider what they think they know about what is really going on –this takes enormous internal strength. It requires profound courage. The basis of this “courage” actually means creating new synaptical pathways in the brain. Without them, we feel scared, nervous…because those new synapses have not yet been created. It takes repeated effort, and, thus, an emerging sense of ease, to create these new synapses. 

"If, however, millions of people are already on prescription pharmaceuticals to “calm them down” [long term, what is this doing to their ability to think clearly?] and, in addition, are breathing poisoned air rife with mind-distorting chemicals, then how clearly (if at all) is anyone able to think? How can anyone feel well and safe, if the very air we breathe is deliberately poisoned and is affecting our ability to think cogently? It is already evident that no one in any official capacity is willing to tell the truth... No one seems to have the desire, or courage, or authority to stop this massive poisoning, because it is the secret plan of the elite insiders to deliberately destroy everything we once knew." 

Chemtrails: The Consequences of Toxic Metals and Chemical Aerosols on Human Health
by © Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri, Guest Writer for Wake Up World, 14 March 2013

For decades, we have known that heavy metals and chemicals can cause grave physical harm. Going back to Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” we have known and been amply warned of the serious consequences of using or being exposed to these poisons in our daily activities. Thousands of these are well-documented carcinogens.

13 March 2013

Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Since sellers of electronic cigarettes are so persistently commenting on their positive qualities on this blog, I am inviting these people to read excerpts from articles stating the risks of these devices : from Forbes Magazine and a health site, that lists 10 facts about electronic cigarettes, including safety concerns (inhalation of nicotine), the appeal to children, their not being FDA regulated, the production of secondhand vapors.

Excerpt: « Are Electronic Cigarettes a Safe Alternative for Smokers ? », Forbes magazine, 30 October 2012

A study presented at the European Respiratory Society’s annual meeting in Vienna in February, 2012 demonstrated an abrupt increase in airway resistance leading to a lower level of oxygen in the bloodstream in electronic cigarette users. This could have dangerous effects on people with coronary artery disease who have obstructing plaques in their coronary arteries. In their small study, the Athens researchers studied the effects of the electronic cigarettes on 8 people who never smoked, along with 24 smokers-11 with normal lung function and 13 participants with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study participants all used an electronic cigarette for 10 minutes. Researchers then conducted measurements of airway resistance and lung function. All participants had a sudden increase in airway resistance which lasted about 10 minutes. Interestingly, the increase was more noticeable in smokers than non smokers, although the effect seen in people with COPD was less immediate in nature. The researchers stated that it was unclear whether this increase in resistance had any potential long term effects.

09 March 2013

Radiation of iPad with Wi-Fi ON but no Internet Connection

All parents concerned about their children's health should view this video and read what follows about the radiation emitted by iPads with Wi-Fi on but with no Internet connection. Doctors' groups around the world have spoken up to call for precaution against wireless radiation and for reduction of exposure, especially on children, youth, pregnant women and babies.

NEW! Radiation of iPad with WiFi ON but no Internet Connection (2 min. - 7 March 2013) 

This Video: Measuring the pulsed microwave radiation from an iPad with an Acoustimeter. The WiFi function of the iPad is turned on, but the iPad is not used for internet browsing. Many people use the iPad for apps that don't require internet access but leave the WiFi function on, thus unknowingly blasting microwave frequencies at themsevles. Such radiation level exceeds the maximum of the Acoustimeter every few seconds. When measured with another RF meter, it was shown to be several times HIGHER than an iPhone's radiation during talking transmission. We have also measured the magnetic fields at the back of the iPad and found that it was high at 15-20 mG compared to the safe level of 3 mG. 

08 March 2013

Los Angeles Teacher's Union Passes Resolution to Ensure Safety from Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in Schools including EMF Emissions from Wireless Technology

You will recall the letters by EMF experts posted on this blog addressed to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) regarding installation of Wi-Fi in schools. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety has just posted on its Facebook site the News Release from the Los Angeles Teacher’s Union, representing over 40,000 teachers and other workers in the LAUSD, announcing the passing of a resolution by a sweeping majority to ensure safety from “hazardous electromagnetic fields (EMF) in schools including EMF emissions from wireless technology.” 

Los Angeles Teacher’s Union Passes Resolution to Ensure Safety from Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in Schools including EMF Emissions from Wireless Technology, News Release, 7 March 2013

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), representing over 40,000 teachers and other workers in LAUSD, passed the following motion by a sweeping majority last night at 9 PM.
(Motion for the new UTLA Resolution transcribed from attendee, Shane Gregory’s transcripts):

Health and Human Services Committee 3-6-13 #1: Moved by Kevin Mottus, seconded by John Cabrera.

06 March 2013

Legal Acknowledgement of Electrohypersensitivity in Australia

Legal acknowledgement of the condition of EHS in Australia 
Next-Up, 28 February 2013

Judgment of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia: 
Dr Alexander McDonald and Comcare

For the first time in Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of the Australian Federal Court, Melbourne, has provided legal recognition of the health effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) also known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).

In a workplace compensation case, handed down on 28 February 2013, the Tribunal found that Dr. Alexander McDonald suffered a workplace injury of a worsening of his sensitivity to EMR, as a result of him being required, by his employer, to try out the use of electronic equipment.

05 March 2013

Israeli Cell Phone Company Will Pay 400,000 NIS (~US$100,000) to Cancer Victim

(Post re-issued after article published in Haaretz) :

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the Orange brand name, has reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using one of their devices.  This particular settlement is liable to have an effect on cell phone companies and open the floodgates to a barrage of individual and class-action lawsuits.

Israeli cell phone company to compensate customer who contracted cancer
by Hila Raz and Amitai Ziv, Haaretz, 3 March 2013

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the name Orange, will pay NIS 400,000 [~$100,000] to a customer who contracted cancer in his ear. 

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the Orange brand name, has reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using one of their devices.

The customer, who is in his 50s, sued Partner in May, claiming that intensive use of the device resulted in an aggressive lymphoma near his left ear. Partner agreed to pay NIS 400,000 in an out-of-court compromise settlement.