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27 December 2015

Suspects Mobile Phones Cause Cancer

Christian Blom lives most of the year in the country to avoid mobile phone
radiation.  This device measures radiation from the nearest base station.
This is a summary of the Google translation.  Christian Blom talks about his electro-hypersensitivy and subsequent cancer in the neck and throat from 10 years of cell phone use.  His doctors did not question him about cell phone use and did not want to know anything about it.  Afterwards, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic and became scared he would be classified as a madman.

Suspects mobile phones cause cancer
by Elin Von Wright, Helsinki, svenska.yle.fi/,  26 September 2014

Christian Blom was electrosensitive two days before midsummer 2003. He slowly began to feel worse and worse until he developed the disease six years later.

- I reacted to street dust and mold in our workplace and it had already been going on for a while. But it just got worse and worse. When connected, I realized how bad I was feeling by the time I used the phone several hours each day.

A Paper on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity by Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe

A paper on electromagnetic hypersensitivity by Dr. Mallery-Blythe
by Katherine Smith, naturalmedicine.net.nz, 25 December 2015 

British physician Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe has written an excellent resource on electromagnetic hypersensitivity (also know as electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and electrosensitivity (ES).)

You can read this document at this link: http://www.iemfa.org/wp-content/pdf/Mallery-Blythe-v1-EESC.pdf

[Following is the Introduction and the first part of the paper on electrohypersensitivity (EHS)]

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity 
A Summary by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe 
December 2014 
WORKING DRAFT Version 1

26 December 2015

Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers

This is an extremely important 12-page document prepared by the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters giving evidence of the insurance and liability of wireless communication carriers.  Following are extracts of documents from Lloyds of London, SwissRe, and Vodafone.

PUC Docket 2011.262 Friedman on Remand Intervenor DW et al
Evidence 9 Insurability; Insurance and Liability of Wireless  Communication Carriers 
Updates filing dates, links, and typos April 8, 2013 Item 464  

Evidence 9 Insurability 
9.0 Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers 

This category contains information about whether wireless companies can get insurance for claims made based on adverse effects on users’ health caused by their devices. The evidence is strong enough that the WHO, which tends to be a conservative organization, placed RF/EMF in the “possibly carcinogenic” category.  And plaintiffs claiming their health was harmed by exposure have won recent court cases. In addition, awareness about the issue of RF from cell phones causing adverse health effects is getting better, so insurance companies are watching. Of course, as more people have adverse effects  and identify them, awareness will naturally be increased. The 2011 categorization of RF as a possible carcinogen increases the concern as well. 

21 December 2015

Update On Lawsuit For Student With Wi-Fi Sensitivity in Massachusetts School ADA Complaint

12/2015 Update On Lawsuit For Student With Wi-Fi Sensitivity in Massachusetts School ADA Complaint
safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.ca, 20 December 2015

Update: A NEW amended complaint has been filed in the case of the boy who developed a debilitating sensitivity to the Wi-Fi networks in a private Massachusetts school.

"Instead of working with the parents in a constructive way to solve the problem caused by its Wi-Fi emissions and the resulting symptoms suffered by G at Fay, Fay has engaged is a series of hostile actions toward G and his parents. Fay has refused to make any meaningful accommodations for or provide any meaningful assistance to G."

Background

After more robust School Wi-Fi was installed in Spring 2013, a 12 year old boy started to experience troubling symptoms, which he reported to his parents when he came home from school. These included severe headaches, itchy skin, and rashes. The school nurse indicated that various children in the same classes were reporting increased headaches, dizziness, nausea and chest pressure. The symptoms were present whenever he was at school. In August 2015 the parents filed a federal complaint stating that the school has failed to provide reasonable accommodations for the child as required by the ADA. Read more about the initial complaint here.

15 December 2015

15-Year-Old Schoolgirl Found Hanged After Developing an Allergic Reaction to Wi-Fi in Her School

15–year-old schoolgirl found hanged after developing an allergic reaction to WiFi in her school
Posted by: Lloyd Burrell, naturalhealth365.com, 11 December 2015

(NaturalHealth365) 15-year-old Jenny Fry was found hanged in woodland in June this year. According to her parents she suffered from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), which caused her to suffer diverse symptoms including tiredness, headaches and bladder problems.

An allergic reaction to WiFi in her school made living miserable

An inquest heard that it was her allergic reaction to her school’s WiFi that made her life a misery. Her mother Debra told the hearing that Jenny was severely affected by the wireless internet connectionsat Chipping Norton School in Oxfordshire, England, where she was a pupil.

After becoming increasingly distressed by her symptoms, which were never investigated by a doctor, Jenny Fry was found hanged in Brooke Woods, near her home on June 11 this year.

14 December 2015

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert on Autism

Welcome to My Website
marthaherbert.org

I am a pediatric neurologist and a brain development researcher. For nearly two decades my main clinical, research and advocacy focus was on autism. I produced the general audience-oriented book The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications/Random House, 2012) and continue to pursue autism brain and infancy research at the interface of metabolism and electrophysiology.

My approach to autism has been rooted in my own research findings, in my clinical work, and in several decades of study prominently featuring systems theory and other wide-ranging interdisciplinary approaches.

11 December 2015

Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: Abstracts of Papers Published in December 2015 Issue of "Reviews on Environmental Health"

UPDATE (April 2016):  Please note, the "EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses" has been retracted.  We are in touch with the principal author who will alert us to its re-publishing.

We would like to draw the attention of readers to the special December 2015 issue (Volume 30, Issue 4) of "Reviews on Environmental Health" on idiopathic environmental intolerance (Editor: Dr. David O. Carpenter).   Abstracts are available by clicking on the titles of the reviews below.

Editorial

David O. Carpenter* and Dominique Belpomme

This issue of Reviews on Environmental Health consists of invited papers on several syndromes of uncertain etiology but ones that pose serious and severe debilification and interference with quality of life for those affected.  Often in aggregate called “idiopathic environmental intolerance” they include electromagnetic hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic  fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness and likely some others less well defined.  All have in common fatigue, pain (especially headaches and joint and muscle pain), often altered cognitive function, cardiac problems, and impaired mobility and balance.  Often, but not always, some specific event or exposure triggers the initiation of the syndrome.  Because the symptoms are relatively non-specific, patients may unfortunately be referred to psychiatric rather than medical care.  There are few effective treatments other than reducing exposure to triggering environmental factors.  There is increasing world-wide awareness that these are real diseases that affect a significant percentage of the population, but still attract significant controversy.  We hope that these peer-reviewed publications will not only stimulate awareness of the problem but also stimulate science-based research on treatment regimes for symptomatic relief and reversal of the disease processes.  All of these pathologic disorders should be recognized by the scientific and medical communities and international health institutions.  This issue presents state-of-the-art reviews of the scientific advances in the pathophysiologic understanding of these disorders for medical practitioners and research scientists.
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*Corresponding author: David O. Carpenter, Institute for Health and the Environment, University of Albany, University at Albany, 5 University Pl., Rm. A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA, E-mail: dcarpenter@albany.eda

Dominique Belpomme: European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Brussels, Belgium
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06 December 2015

Cell Phones and Breast Cancer - Bras: The No Phone Zone

Dr. June Chen, a Los Angeles radiologist, was diagnosing more and more of her young patients with cancer.  "It's very unusual for women in their 20s and 30s to have breast cancer, period, let alone such extensive breast cancer, and these women are vehemently telling us that they wore their cell phones over the area, directly over the area, where they subsequently developed this extensive breast cancer, and they're telling us they wore these on a routine and regular basis." 

Cell phones & breast cancer - bras:  the no phone zone

thescienceofeating.com, 15 February 2015

The talk about cell phones and cancer connection has been discussed for years now, but most still wonder if there's a real association and concern. One possibility does appear to exist, at least among certain women, and it all depends on where they carry their cell phone.

Thousands, of not millions of women - especially young ones, choose to keep their cell phones in their bra. This seems like the most convenient solution, because it allows women to ditch their purse and become hands-free.

Causing more need for storage is the fact that many womens' clothes come without pockets, so if you don't have a purse, the bra is an obvious choice. Also in noisy environments, it's harder to hear cell phone ring tones, so women like placing their cell phones on vibrate mode and placing it in their bras to continue receiving calls.

A recent survey reveals 40% of college females put their cell phone in their bra at least some time during the day, and 3% report doing it for more than 10 hours a day. However, Dr. John West, a Los Angeles breast surgeon, said women need to stop this practice stating, "We must make the bra a no phone zone," he said.

Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: The Role of Cell Phone & Cordless Phone Use

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: The Role of Cell Phone & Cordless Phone Use
saferemr.com, 23 November 2015

One in 161 Americans (0.62%) will be diagnosed with brain or other central nervous system (CNS) cancer during their lifetime according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.

The risk is greater for males (1 in 144 or 0.69%) than females (1 in 182 or 0.55%): About three out of four people (74%) who develop brain or CNS cancer will die from this disease.

The risk of being diagnosed with a non-malignant (i.e., non-cancerous) brain or CNS tumor is about twice as great (14.75 vs. 7.23 per 100,000 per year).

01 December 2015

Safe Baby Monitors

One monitor highly recomend if you are are 
considering the health effects of the baby monitor
 is the Blue Angel approved
 Hartig and Helling MBF 3333 
baby monitor.
Safe Baby Monitors
magdahavas.com, 24 November 2015

November 24, 2015. Are you an expectant mother or a friend that would like to purchase a present for a baby shower? Perhaps you are a grandparent that is aware of the problems associated with wireless products and are looking for something that is safe to use for a baby. SAFE Baby monitors are high on the list of items that are needed for the over worked stressed out parent. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there on “New Parenting” websites that attempt to provide high tech solutions in complete disregard to the health effects from wireless monitoring systems.

High Tech Parenting is Harming the Children

28 November 2015

Li-Fi Is the New Wi-Fi

This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per
second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize
internet usage. The Li-Fi technology uses visible light between
400 and 800 terahertz (THz) and transmits messages through
binary code.
Li-Fi is the new Wi-Fi: First real tests of lightbulb technology find it is 100 TIMES faster than current systems
25 November 2015

- System invented in 2011 hits speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab
- Scientists are now testing Li-Fi in offices and industrial environments
- Li-Fi is uses visible light communication and would be more secure


Step aside, Wi-Fi. Scientists have just taken to the streets with a new wireless technology called Li-Fi, and it's 100 times faster than current speeds.

Li-Fi transmits data using visible light communication, and it's now being tested in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia.

This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize internet usage.

Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland invented Li-Fi in 2011.

27 November 2015

Apple Watch Users Complain After Device Causes Rashes and Burns

(AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple Watch Users Complain After Device Causes Rashes and Burns
by Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times, 25 November 2015

Apple Watch users are complaining that the device causes rashes and even burns, and none seem to be able to get an official response from the tech giant.

Users have been taking to Twitter and Instagram to show the effects of the device.

“My Apple Watch has burnt a hole in my wrist!!” wrote one user, Andrew Terry, on Twitter.

Paul Fabretti, who works for Microsoft, also experienced a burn.

Jargen Mouritzen, a user from Denmark, says he was left with severe burns after the strap surged with power and started burning his flesh.

“I could smell the burning flesh. And the strap was so hot that as I scrambled to try and pull it off my arm, I even burnt my fingers,” he told Metro.

26 November 2015

United Kingdom: Parents of Schoolgirl Jenny Fry Are Campaigning to Have Wi-Fi Restricted in Schools Following Her Death

Parents of schoolgirl Jenny Fry
are campaigning to have Wi-Fi
restricted in schools following
her death.
Jenny's mother: "I intend to carry on my campaign to highlight the dangers of WiFi. I am not against a bit of technology but I do feel schools should be aware that some children are going to be sensitive to it and reduce its use."

Parents of schoolgirl Jenny Fry are campaigning to have WiFi restricted in schools following her death
by Vivien Mason, senior reporter, cotswoldjournal.co.uk,
25 November 2015

THE parents of a 15-year-old schoolgirl who hanged herself in woods near her home in June this year say her school could have done more to listen to her cries for help.

Jenny Fry, a pupil at Chipping Norton School, was found by her mother, Debra Fry, hanging from a tree at Brooke Woods at 4.20pm on June 11.

The inquest at Oxfordshire Coroners' Court on November 19 heard how Jenny, who was described as intelligent, non-judgemental and organised, had not been seen since leaving home to go to school on the morning of Thursday, June 11, although she did not get on her bus to school.

A police statement said at 9.36am and 10.05am she sent a text to a friend about her intentions and stating where she was. Her friend did not have her phone with her that day.

Now Mrs Fry and Jenny's father, Charles Newman, say they will continue their campaign to have the dangers of WiFi in schools addressed.

During the inquest, Mrs Fry said Jenny had first started showing symptoms of electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) around November 2012, including tiredness, nausea, headaches and bladder problems. It was the time Jenny's parents briefly had WiFi connected to their home and, said Mrs Fry, that Chipping Norton School had WiFi installed.

The French Court Decision that Electro-Sensitivity is a Disability is Final

(Enlarge image to read text.)
UPDATE (26 November 2015)  – The French Court Decision that Electro-Sensitivity is a Disability is Final - A few months ago, a French court decided that a French woman, is indeed suffering from Electro-Sensitivity and is allergic to wireless and awarded her monthly disability payments. The French Government decided to appeal the decision, however, the Government did not submit the appeal on time and the Appellate Court therefore decided to on 3 November 2015 to reject the appeal. This means that the decision in Ms. Richard's case is now final and cannot be legally challenged again... A few weeks ago, a mistaken press release was circulating stating that the appellate court reviewed the case and upheld the lower court's decision on its merits. This was a mistake as the appellate court did not review the case at all and rejected the appeal purely because the French Government was late in submitting it's appeal. It is important that we all be aware of the accurate facts so we can reference the case with accuracy in the future, and I waited to get the actual final decision so there would be no confusion. Yesterday I got it and the appellate court final decision is [at right]. (Message from lawyer, Dafna Tachover.)

Gadget 'allergy': French woman wins disability grant
BBC News, 27 August 2015

A French woman has won a disability grant after telling a court she suffers from an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets.

23 November 2015

United States: Case on Health Risk From Cellphones Is Back in Court

Case on Health Risk From Cellphones Is Back in Court
by Ryan Knutson, wsj.com, 22 November 2015

(Image at right): Murray v. Motorola faces another test Tuesday when the two sides argue over what legal standard to use
Motorola is a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges that one of its employees may have suffered from health issues as a result of cellphone use. Other cellphone and wireless companies face similar allegations in more than two dozen such cases. PHOTO: SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES


Alicia Mitchell was 15 years old when her father sued Motorola Inc., alleging the company’s cellphones caused his brain tumor. She’ll turn 30 in February and the lawsuit is still winding its way through court.

In the years since the lawsuit was filed, other plaintiffs have brought more than two dozen similar cases, the most recent one in October. Defendants include almost all the major cellphone and wireless companies, including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

Why and How Wireless Microwave Technologies De-construct the Human Body

This layman-friendly paper by UK radiation expert Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy describes why and how wireless microwave technologies DE-CONSTRUCT
the human body. 

Excerpted from: Some Facts About Cell Phone Radiation
Andrew Goldsworthy BSc Ph---Lecturer in Biology (retired) Imperial College London 2009
published on wi-cancer.info

Modulated Radio Waves Are Not Safe

Bawin et al. also showed that the situation changes drastically when the signal is "amplitude modulated" so that its strength rises and falls in time with a lower frequency. In particular, they found that signals that were too weak to generate significant heat, could now drive structurally important calcium from the surfaces of brain cells....The loss of this calcium weakens membranes and makes them more likely to leak and give unwanted biological effects.

20 November 2015

American Medical Association Calls for Ban on Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
All told, drug companies spend about $4.5 billion annually in the U.S. advertising prescription remedies and implantable devices, according to Kantar Media. Spending has been on the rise, and the direct-to-consumer prescription drug category has become a major source of revenue for the TV and magazine industries.

AMA Calls for Ban on Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

For immediate release:
Nov. 17, 2015

ATLANTA –Responding to the billions of advertising dollars being spent to promote prescription products, physicians at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted new policy aimed at driving solutions to make prescription drugs more affordable.

Physicians cited concerns that a growing proliferation of ads is driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives.

“Today’s vote in support of an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially-driven promotions, and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices,” said AMA Board Chair-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.”

17 November 2015

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 2: Presentation by David Andersen

People are not all affected by radiation at the same rate.
People are not all affected by radiation at the
same rate.
Risks, regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 2

David Andersen, partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Common Law Liability and EMF radiation exposure

David Andersen, partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, who has experience with astbestos cases then spoke about Causation at Common Law. He commented that there are parallels between the asbestos litigation which has brought on difficult questions about scientific proof, causation, foreseeability, reasonable response to risk, and that these questions could arise in the context of radiation related legal battles also.

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing people and students to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 2: Presentation by Jenne Tzavaras

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation – A review of the UNSW Sydney ‘faculty of law’ program – part 2

The world is changing at a rapid pace. Not surprisingly then, there has been a rampant proliferation of home and business cordless transmission technology (e.g. mobile phone towers, smart meters, wi-fi cordless phones) that has vastly increased our exposure to radiation. Recent legal developments are causing the producers of this radiation overload to sit up and take notice, as the issue of costly liability and lawsuits is fast becoming a reality.

The law: When is an employer or school liable for the health effects imposed on others from their wireless technology?

Jenne Tzavaras, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and David Andersen, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

After the undeniable facts presented by the medical experts (part 1), Jenne Tzavaras, partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, took the audience through liability considerations. Stressing that a clear distinction must be drawn between Common Law negligence claims and statutory Workers Compensation claims. The important distinguishing feature here is the required causal nexus.

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1: Presentation by Dr. Priyanka Bandara

Cancer cells associated to
RF-EMR exposure
Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1

Dr Priyanka Bandara – Health researcher/educator, former academic clinical researcher/molecular biologist, Advisor to Environmental Health Trust USA and Doctors for safer Schools

Biological and Health Effects of EMR with a summary of some key findings

Dr Priyanka Bandara spoke about the biological effects of ‘low-level’ microwaves. She commented that the Russians were the pioneers when it comes to documenting the biological effects of this type of radiation. When considering the bioeffect we must realise that we ourselves are bioelectrical beings in which the cells have delicate electrical functions. Also the brain has much electrical activity, so it is logical to expect that the exposure to electricity or radiation from outside sources can have an effect on these. Our cells have to do 1000s of chemical reactions and it is evident that these processes are affected by EMR.

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1: Presentation by Dr. Mary Redmayne

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation – Part 1

Dr Mary Redmayne – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy, Monash University

Radio frequency radiation exposure of children and workers

Use of, and the EMF radiation exposure of wireless devices has increased dramatically over recent years.

Dr Mary Redmayne, addressed those gathered about children’s and workers’ exposure to radio frequency radiation (RF), in particular the international approaches to policy and advise. She identified that there are personal devices that emit the high frequency radiation over which we have a great deal of control but often are not aware that these devices are potentially harmful to ourselves and our children. In addition there are the device in our environment that the individual does not have control over and are effectively pushed upon us by others. It was noted that in recent years the use of wireless devices had significantly increased, especially amongst younger people, and that Wi-Fi and BYOD (Bring your own device) are now very common in schools.

14 November 2015

More Doctors Confessing To Intentionally Diagnosing Healthy People With Cancer To Make Money

More Doctors Confessing To Intentionally Diagnosing Healthy People With Cancer To Make Money
by Dave Mihalovic, minds.com, 
13 January 2015

It happens more often than you can imagine, but more Doctors are finally getting caught in the act of misrepresenting their oath and fraudulently diagnosing healthy patients with cancer to turn a quick buck from kickbacks on chemotherapy poisons.

Why shouldn't Doctors lie when the entire cancer industry is one gigantic fabrication from start to finish? Is it any wonder that cancer societies worldwide put a far greater financial initiative on chemotherapy and radiation research than disease prevention techniques? Preventing disease doesn't make money, but treating disease certainly does.

America's New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids


"Over half of US children now suffer from a chronic condition, disability, or disease. Americans spend the least on food, the most on health care, have the most highly vaccinated kids, and have the sickest kids of any industrialized country. More kids than not are now chronically ill, developmentally delayed, and eating or injecting prescription medications from cradle to grave – which is going to be a quicker trip for them than it was for their parents..."

America's New Normal: Chronically Ill Kids
by Judy Converse, MPH RD LD, fearlessparent.org, 10 November 2015

When it comes to this topic of chronically ill kids, do you have moments that pierce the bubble of consciousness and take your breath away?

I was waiting to board an early flight to Denver recently, sipping a bracing hot cup of black tea, when I witnessed a scene that would’ve stopped parents from 1975 in their tracks.

13 November 2015

WiFi in the Sky - Convenient and In-demand - Is It Safe?

On Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, what are the levels of microwave
radiation; do these impact pilot performance and human
health?  And are there security issues?
Following is an extract from the document, "Wi-Fi in the Sky".  Click here for the full document.

Wi-Fi in the Sky

WiFi in the Sky - Convenient and In-demand - Is It Safe? Includes Sample Inflight Symptom SurveyRadio-frequency (RF)/Wireless Microwave Radiation Exposure from Inflight Mobile Devices and WiFi Connectivity

Is this technology a new security, safety or health risk? Who is monitoring this for potential adverse effects: pilots or passengers fainting, or suffering cardiac arrest mid-flight?

What are the insurance, liability and regulatory implications?

This Statement of Concern from pilots and medical, scientific, risk management and technical experts was submitted by Kerry Crofton, "As a consultant, I worked for many years with pilots and air traffic controllers in Canada and the US. They are highly skilled professionals. The safety and wellbeing of their crew and passengers are paramount for pilots and flight attendants. No question. We urge you to hear our concerns about this potential new risk factor and call for a review and monitoring." . . . .

12 November 2015

The Nuclear Industry’s Million-Year Waste Cycle: Contaminating Future Generations

The Nuclear Industry’s Million-Year Waste Cycle: Contaminating Future Generations
by Ethan Indigo Smith, Contributing Writer for Wake Up World,
10 November 2015

The nuclear energy and weaponry industries are signs the military-industrial complex is running at white hot. The inherent dangers of the nuclear experiment are the same ones that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us all about in his famous exit speech on 17 January, 1961 when he said: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, either sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced powers exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.”

But today, despite this warning, the nuclear experimentation industry is still shrouded in scientific and political secrecy, undermining our liberties and democratic processes and risking our health and our very existence in the process. When it all goes wrong — and history shows us this outcome is inevitable — the environmental destruction both of nuclear accidents and planned detonations is global, and permanent.

Year 70 of A Million Year Waste Cycle

01 November 2015

Book Review: "No Family History" by Sabrina McCormick

Re-posted on 1st November 2015:  The book discusses the environmental links to breast cancer, with a personal testimony from a resident of Long Island, New York State, which has the second highest breast cancer rate in the United States.  The book is also an excellent resource for advocacy.

[For years, I have been living my life between Long Island and Geneva, Switzerland, which also has a very high rate of breast cancer.  I was treated for breast cancer in 2004.  The latest statistics from Switzerland are alarming:  one in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer is under age 40.  The prognosis is less favorable for young women.]

“NO FAMILY HISTORY” by Sabrina McCormick (2009) (www.nofamilyhistory.org).

The author discusses the environmental links to breast cancer, focusing on Long Island in New York State, which has the second highest breast cancer rate in the United States after Marin County in California. She says we must rethink advocacy which is currently concerned with detection, treatment, research and support groups. Associations advocate better treatment options for women and raise more awareness about the disease. In fact, these actions generate more profits for the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries instead of focusing on prevention.

For instance, AstraZeneca, a producer of drugs for chemo and hormonal therapies, created the National Cancer Awareness Month. As is often the case with these corporations, there is a conflict of interest, since on the one hand, they are helping to raise money for research through organizing “pink” events to generate awareness of breast cancer, while on the other, polluting the environment with very toxic chemicals which cause cancer. AstraZeneca, formerly the Imperial Chemical Industries, used to manufacture personal care products and food ingredients which have been found to be harmful to health.

Lower Doses of Common Product Ingredient Might Increase Breast Cancer Risk

(Image selected by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Lower doses of common product ingredient might increase breast cancer risk
Silent Spring Institute, Public Release:  
27 October 2015

Safety tests may be underestimating chemicals' potency

Estrogen-mimicking chemicals called parabens, which are commonly found in an array of personal care products, may be more dangerous at lower doses than previously thought, according to a new study. The findings, published online October 27 in Environmental Health Perspectives, could have implications for the development of breast cancer and other diseases that are influenced by estrogens. The study also raises questions about current safety testing methods that may not predict the true potency of parabens and their effects on human health.

Parabens are a class of preservatives widely-used in consumer products like shampoos, cosmetics, body lotions, and sunscreens. The chemicals are considered estrogenic because they activate the same estrogen receptor as the natural hormone estradiol. Studies have linked exposure to estradiol and related estrogens with an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as reproductive problems. As a result, the use of parabens in consumer products increasingly has become a public health concern.

25 October 2015

Switzerland: Summary of RTS Radio Program on the Consequences of Exposure to Electromagnetic Waves

 Switzerland: Summary of RTS Radio Program on the consequences of exposure to electromagnetic waves 
(Summary by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

Within the context of its program "Vacarme", RTS la Première proposed a series of six radio programs on the consequences of exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

The first five programs were broadcast from Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October, from 13.00 to 13.30.

On Sunday, 25 October, from 9 to 10 am, in "echos of Vacarme", Pierre Dubochet, member of ARA, Association romande alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques) and author of the article, "The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Man", along with Pierre Zweiacker, physicist at EPFL, commented on extracts from the program and messages from listeners.

Rebroadcasts may be accessed through the above links.

Planned high voltage power line near school in Grône

Construction of the high voltage power line running 125 km, comprising 72 pylons - has been planned since 1986 and was approved by the Federal Council in 2011. Families are protesting the 27.5 km Chamoson-Chippis segment which would come within 70 meters of the village school.  The company constructing the line, Swiss Grid, is not listening to the families' concerns about health. Swiss Grid argues that the electricity is very important for the industries in that part of the Valais. They say they cannot bury it, as the families are requesting. In September, a meeting attended by 200 persons was held on this issue. Dr.Nathalie Calame, who receives electrohypersensitive patients, explained the repercussions of electromagnetic radiation on health. The families are more confident in a physician who says there are health dangers than in a bureaucrat who says that the plans respect health norms. Of the 700 km. of powerlines in Switzerland, only 36 km. have been place underground.  

23 October 2015

Ten Facts About What The World Health Organization States About Wireless Radiation

Ten Facts About What The World Health Organization States About Wireless Radiation
Safe Tech for Schools Maryland, 22 October 2015



MCPS [Montgomery County Public Schools] states that "MCPS will monitor the credible findings and recommendations of the World Health Organization and FCC." in the WUSA news piece.

Great!

We are calling for a precautionary approach just as the World Health Organization clearly communicates in their press release and just as WHO scientists state. Read it all below. Everything is hyperlinked to source documents. We sure hope MCPS Technology Staff takes the time to educate themselves on this issue and follow WHO advice.

What Does the World Health Organization say about Wireless Radiation and Health ?

1. Wireless is classified as a Class 2 B “possible” Human Carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization’s International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) Classified wireless radiation -also known as radio frequency electromagnetic radiation RF-EMF - as a Class 2B Carcinogen in 2011 based on evidence that linked long term wireless exposure to brain cancer.
Read The Lancet’s published statement by the International Agency for the Research on Cancer Here.

20 October 2015

The Truth About Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)

The Truth About Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)
by Bahram Maskanian, venusproject.org

Do you care and love children..? Do you care and love yourself and your family..? Do you care and love humanity..? And if you were a CEO, already making billions of dollars, would you sacrifice the well being of our children by exposing them to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), highly carcinogenic Ionizing Radiation, which harms DNA, genetic bond and formation at the cellular level in human body, causing gradual cognitive and brain damage, cancer and death of millions of innocent little angels, our children, to make more money..?

Nation’s children, our children are being microwaved in schools even though U.S. government and the nation-less corporations, manufacturers of these devices have known about the deadly effects of microwaves and Wi-Fi Ionizing radiation for over 60 years. They are fully aware that these devices will sterilize some, cause cancer in others, Alzheimer's disease for many and neurological damages for others.

15 October 2015

iPhone 6s Users Report ' Too Hot to Touch' Home Button

iPhone 6s users report 'too hot to touch' Home Button
by Anthony Cuthbertson, ibtimes.co.uk,
6 October 2015

A "burning hot" Touch ID button is one of several issues to blight the iPhone 6s since its launch last month

Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6s, is drawing complaints from users who claim the device's Touch ID button is burning hot. Since it went on sale on 25 September, dozens of people have taken to social media and online Apple support forums to report the issue, many saying that the heat from the button made the iPhone 6s unusable.

09 October 2015

Information and Communications Technology in Education

ICT in Education
by Tom Butler Ph.D.

ICT in Education: Fundamental Problems and Practical Recommendations (Pdf copy here)

There is a dearth of scientific evidence and evidence-based practice to justify current levels of information and communication technology use in the classroom and in the home. In contrast, there is a growing body of scientific studies across several disciplines that highlight the direct and indirect negative effects of ICT use on human cognition, learning and behaviour.

This paper considers objective evidence from peer-reviewed scientific studies in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and related disciplines, as well as the field of education itself, to review the fundamental problems that beset ICT use in education. The paper highlights, for example, that: 

04 October 2015

Message to Public Libraries about Wireless Devices

[Wish my neighborhood library in Geneva did NOT have
Wi-Fi.  It has an extensive children's section, and the adult
reading room is saturated with Wi-Fi.]
Message to Public Libraries about Wireless Devices 
by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D., 20 August 2015

If wireless devices, such as Wi-Fi, are used in your libraries, then the health of your staff and your customers can be at risk. But this problem can be successfully addressed, and with benefit to all.

Background: Wireless devices transmit information using radiofrequency/microwave radiation. The international biomedical research community has been studying the impact of such radiation on biological systems for decades, but more intensely in recent years. The vast majority of the thousands of peer-reviewed research publications of this community, when funded independent of the wireless industries, are finding biological effects of concern. Further, these biological effects occur at levels of radiation far lower than earlier understood. Simply stated, a worldwide health crisis is emerging and is becoming a hallmark of the 21st Century. The international biomedical research community is trying to warn us; but, as a society, we are not yet listening. I hope that this message will help to change that.

Students Learn Texting is Bigger Threat Than Drunk Driving

Students learn texting is bigger threat than drunk driving
by Drew Bracken, newarkadvocate.com, 
21 September 2015

Granville High School students got an eye-opener about the dangers of distracted driving Friday. The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE came to the school with a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the students about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving.

“I only have really limited experience driving but this really showed me something,” said 15-year-old sophomore Grace Petryk “I was the fastest crash of the day. I thought people drive drunk all the time but it was spectacularly awful.”

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. And drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group, and the number of young drivers who text is reportedly only increasing.

29 September 2015

‘Zapping in Head’ from Mobiles Led Son to Kill Himself

A talented Oxford graduate killed himself because he was tortured by an allergy to mobile phones, an inquest heard.  Tragic violinist Michael Nield, 36, suffered from a condition called electro-sensitivity, which caused a painful reaction to all sources of electric fields including mobile phones and phone masts.  Michael's mother: “Unless people have electrosensitivity they just don’t realise what sort of effects it has."

‘Zapping in head’ from mobiles led son to kill himself
by 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.

He sometimes even had to wear a micromesh body suit when he was out, and his parents, Clive and Barbara, had to move from their home in Herefordshire to the small village of Wardy Hill, near Ely, where there was less exposure to mobiles and phone masts.

28 September 2015

Electrosensitivity - Has Society Lost Its Moral Compass?

Electrosensitivity - Has Society Lost Its Moral Compass?
Posted by Stop Smart Meters Australia, 10 October 2014

An ignored emerging global health, civic and human rights crisis

The following article raises some fundamental issues about how electrosensitive people are being treated around the world and is likely to become a burgeoning issue for Governments, health officials and the general public.

http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/the-electrosensitive-when-waves-ravage.html

While a number of countries recognize EHS (Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity) Australian authorities including government ministers, ACMA, ARPANSA and the Chief Health Officer of Victoria are using the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) claim that EHS is not a medical diagnosis as an excuse for inaction. This inaction is further demonstrated by many of the aforementioned parties continued refusal to formally investigate whether smart meters are causing Victorian’s to experience health issues. Instead technical studies are performed using Australia’s inadequate RF standards as a defensive wall to validate their claims of safety and appear to be hoping that if they ignore electrosensitives for long enough, they will simply ‘go away’.

With some scientists such as Örjan Hallberg and Gerd Oberfeld suggesting that up to 50% of the population could have EHS by 2017, this is not an issue that is likely to ever go away especially as wireless devices are become more pervasive in our everyday lives.

27 September 2015

Electrosensitivity: A Distinct Illness: Interview with Professor Dominique Belpomme

Prof. Belpomme reminds us of the recommendation
not to use a cell phone during pregnancy.
Electrosensitivity:  A Distinct Illness  
Interview by Johanna Amselem, faire-face.fr,
11 September 2015 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

The courts have just recognized the existence of a handicap linked to electrosensitivity to magnetic waves.  The symptoms are real but the cause has not yet been scientifically established.  For Professor Belpomme, cancer specialist and member of the Association for Research on Treatment Against Cancer (ARTAC), it is a distinct illness.

"According to the description of the afflicted persons, the physical disorders are due to an excessive sensitivity to ambient electromagnetic waves and fields":  this is the definition of electrosensitivity proposed by the 2016 edition of Larousse.  While the court has just recognized hypersensitivity to magnetic waves as a serious handicap, experts are still divided on this subject.  In 2013, ANSES issued a report in which it estimated that exposure to electromagnetic waves could provoke certain biological effects but that actual scientific data were not showing health effects.  For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized in 2005 that electrosensitivity was "characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual" and "are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity".  Prof. Belpomme treats those who suffer from it.  He expresses his opinion.

15 September 2015

New Approach Needed to Deliver on Technology's Potential in Schools

New approach needed to deliver on technology’s potential in schools
OECD, 15 September 2015

View the OECD's infographic here.

15/09/2015 - Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills.

“Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection” says that even countries which have invested heavily in information and communication technologies (ICT) for education have seen no noticeable improvement in their performances in PISA results for reading, mathematics or science.

14 September 2015

The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism

The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism
clearlightventures.com, 11 September 2015

Wireless radiation and chemical toxins are now being studied to determine if they play a role in rising autism rates. The concept that autism is a permanent genetic condition came into question after a study of identical twins at Stanford in 2011. The researchers concluded that genetics alone could only account for less than half of the condition.

Harvard’s Dr. Martha Herbert has been presenting a new model of autism as a state of overload that comes from many factors affecting the entire body and not just the brain (“total load” theory). In 2013, Dr. Herbert and wireless expert Cindy Sage published a paper that outlined a wide range of autism symptoms that match known symptoms of wireless exposure, including genetic damage to sperm, calcium channel mutations, and inflammation. It is important for parents to understand that the wireless signals our electronic devices send and receive are a form of microwave radiation and these signals are known to disrupt calcium.

13 September 2015

The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Man

The effects of electromagnetic fields on man
by Pierre Dubochet, Forum Sécurité, no.1, May 2015
(translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

Since the use of microwave emitters in the 1930's, we have observed biological effects. In some cases, harmless, in others, dangerous.

At the end of the 1960's, microwave experts from Eastern Europe produced a document showing that exposure of workers and members of the military to microwaves at non-thermal levels for many years results in, among others: fatigue, irritability, headaches, nausea, change in heart rate, hypo- and hypertension, somnolence, insomnia, troubles concentrating, skin allergies, increase in numbers of lymphocytes, perturbation of the electroencephalogram, and damage to sense organs.

Exactly the afflictions a growing percentage of people are now complaining about! NASA translated this text under the title "Biological Effect of Microwaves in Occupational Hygiene" in 1970. With "Biologic Effects and Health Hazards of Microwave Radiation", WHO took the same direction in 1973, emphasizing the cumulative nature of received doses. Science has proven that chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) of microwaves below thermal thresholds leads to functional alterations, at times disabling, at times dangerous.

From the moon to the mobile phone

Environmental Illness Network Minnesota on Electromagnetic Field Radiation

Environmental Illness Network Minnesota  has an excellent newsletter on EMF, "The Weekly Buzz on EMF Radiation", a weekly roundup of news and opinions about EMF radiation and its environmental health implications.  To sign up for and view the EMF newsletter, click here.

Electromagnetic Field Radiation (EMF)

Common sources of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation exposures include: WiFi routers, cell phones, smart meters, cell phone towers, and baby monitors. Some devices emit radiation more frequently, and at higher levels, than others do.

On the one hand, these wireless technologies are convenient for many people and highly profitable for certain industries; and on the other hand they are harming people's health and can be torturous and/or disabling for those who are extremely sensitive to EMF.

For those who are not aware of when they are being harmed by EMF, it is sometimes hard to conceptualize how radiation from something as seemingly innocuous as a smart meter can be harmful.

12 September 2015

Hypersensitivity to Wi-Fi... Could It Be a Disability?

"If courts do begin to recognize EHS as an ADA disability, the big question will be whether affected people can be reasonably accommodated, especially in a world full of WiFi and the ever-growing Internet of Things."

Hypersensitivity to WiFi... could it be a disability?
by Alexis Kramer, bna.com, 
10 September 2015

Sure, WiFi is everywhere – but can it be harmful to your health?

Courts and other government bodies are grappling with precisely that question. The answer is very important for employers who must make “reasonable accommodations,” and public entities that are required to make “reasonable modifications,” for people with recognized disabilities.

The phenomenon is called “electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome,” or EHS. Symptoms vary, but they most commonly include fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness, nausea, burning sensations and rashes – all allegedly brought on by exposure to electromagnetic fields. The fields are all around us – not just from wireless Internet networks, but also from high voltage power lines, radio and television broadcasting stations, mobile devices, video display units, microwaves, automated highway toll systems and even fluorescent lights.

10 September 2015

Cyprus: ‘Technology Harming Our Children’ MPs Say

Studies show that children and teenagers spend 78% of
their free time on laptops, phones and other
electronic devices.
‘Technology harming our children’ MPs say
by Andria Kades, cyprus-mail.com, 
10 September 2015

Lawmakers yesterday discussed what Greens leader Giorgos Perdikis called damning evidence of psychological and physical effects on children from using mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Wi-Fi.

Speaking after a session of the House environment committee, Perdkis said the Green Party would be tabling the issue to the House for a reduction to the acceptable limit for electromagnetic radiation.

An EU Council Recommendation in 1999 limits the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields from 0Hz to 300 GHz.

Perdikis said that based on the evidence, children and teenagers should be banned from using such technology, and went as far as to say that it was criminal to allow children to access electronic devices.

He recommended a series of measures such as banning the use of mobile phones to minors, not building primary schools and nurseries near mobile phone antennas, and axing Wi-Fi at schools.

09 September 2015

United Kingdom: How the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is Providing Relief for People with Dementia

Taking a bow at the BUDI orchestra summer
2014 concert.
I fell on this article by chance when looking for the 2015 Bournemouth University study on dementia.  It particularly speaks to me as a musician playing piano for persons afflicted with dementia.  Their response to the music - singing, tapping feet and hands, dancing - is wonderful to see.

Breakthroughs in Bournemouth: how the BSO is providing relief for people with dementia
by Harry T. White, The Guardian, 
22 June 2015

A new initiative launched by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth University is providing support to people living with dementia and their carers – with moving results

Fifteen months ago, Pam Winter’s husband Richard, now 75, was diagnosed with dementia. The couple, who live in Bournemouth, were enjoying an active retirement; they were season ticket-holders to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and had a wide network of friends. But Richard’s diagnosis and the development of his illness were the catalyst for a dramatic change.

08 September 2015

Wearable Devices for Pets Set to Grow Into a Multibillion Dollar Market

Wearable devices for pets set to grow into a multibillion dollar market
by Aaron Saltzman, CBC News,
7 September 2015

Helicopter pet owners use devices to check in on Fido
Forget the FitBit. Ignore the Apple Watch. The hottest new wearable devices aren't worn by humans, they're for our pets.

Dozens of exhibitors showed off the latest technology for four-legged friends at this summer's "We Are Wearables" conference in Toronto. And the market is growing quickly: Sales of the devices are expected to reach an estimated $2.6 billion US by 2025.

"You can track activity of a dog — their sleep habits and patterns — you can even eventually feed a dog remotely through your phone," Zayn Jaffer of BestBuy, which carries some of the devices, told CBC News.

Take the FitBark.

Brain Cancer and Cell Phones Addressed By U.S. House of Representatives

Brain Cancer and Cell Phones Addressed By U.S. House of Representatives
posted by RFSAFE on Youtube, 7 September 2015

Capitol Hill better act fast as it continues to overlook cell phone radiation is most likely the source for America’s surge in Brain cancer among politicians who have died at alarming rates since the explosion of wireless communications.

It only took one Google search to reveal 23 potential political occupational brain tumor victims that have died since 1995, the source itself makes a disclaimer it is still incomplete from 1922-2010. The list separated for comparison (1995) is the year RF Safe’s Founder last held his daughter as a result of a birth defect attributed to RF Radiation exposure.

That’s at least 23 political figures in 15 years that have died from brain cancer during the vast expansion into the wireless age we live today.


07 September 2015

Kazakh Factory Produces School Uniforms that Protect from Cell Phone Radiation

New school uniform that protects from mobile phone
radiation.  Photo source:  Khabar.kz
[This could become a big business for companies, but why not just keep cell phones switched off and install wired Internet connections in schools?]

Kazakh Factory Produces School Uniforms that Protect from Cell Phone Radiation
by Kamila Zhumabayeva in NATION / astanatimes.com, 7 September 2015

ASTANA – One domestic factory is sewing clothing for school pupils that manufacturers believe protects wearers from the electromagnetic radiation of mobile phones, Khabar.kz reported Aug. 17. The approximate price for the new uniform is 15,000 tenge (US$62).

“Kids nowadays are very tech savvy and spend too much time with their phones,” Aigul Naushabayeva, mother of a 12-year-old daughter, told The Astana Times.

She thinks this type of uniform will definitely be in demand for parents who want their children to be protected from the harmful effects of mobile phones. “Children should wear such uniforms as health is priceless,” she added.

04 September 2015

International Scientific Declaration on Electrohypersensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Press Release and Statement


PRESS RELEASE

International Scientific Declaration on Electrohypersensitivity and 
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 


The WHO is invited by scientists to recognize Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) as genuine pathological entities including them in the International Classification of Diseases


Paris, September 4 th 2015, 

Following the fifth Paris Appeal congress, which took place on the 18th of May, 2015, the attending European, American and Canadian scientists unanimously decided to create a working group and to write a Common International Declaration to request an official recognition of these new diseases and of their sanitary consequences worldwide. 

The declaration calls upon national and international bodies and institutions and particularly the WHO, for taking urgently their responsibility for recognizing electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as real diseases, including them in the International Classification of Diseases. 

03 September 2015

The Decline of Play in Preschoolers - and the Rise in Sensory Issues

(iStock)
[There is no mention here of use of mobile technology as being one of the major causes of sensory, motor and cognitive issues plaguing children today.  Shame on this child health care provider!]

"We are consistently seeing sensory, motor, and cognitive issues pop up more and more in later childhood, partly because of inadequate opportunities to move and play at an early age."

The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues.
by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, 1st September 2015

Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “How schools ruined recess.” Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.

by Angela Hanscom

I still recall the days of preschool for my oldest daughter. I remember wanting to desperately enrich her life in any way possible – to give her an edge before she even got to formal schooling. I put her in a preschool that was academic in nature – the focus on pre-reading, writing, and math skills. At home, I bought her special puzzles, set up organized play dates with children her age, read to her every night, signed her up for music lessons, put her in dance, and drove her to local museums. My friends and I even did “enrichment classes” with our kids to practice sorting, coloring, counting, numbers, letters, and yes….even to practice sitting! We thought this would help prepare them for kindergarten.

30 August 2015

Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie

UPDATE 1st September 2016:  ["Testing [this wireless baby monitor] extensively... on live babies since last August [2014]?!"  Is this even ethical, irradiating babies with a class 2B carcinogen?]  Note: If your child has an irregular heart rate or irregular oxygen levels, you should NOT use Owlet as your primary monitoring system.  So, is this device really safe?!

"Being a baby product, safety and dependability have been top priority. We have been testing extensively with our hardware on live babies since last August,” said Monroe. “We just passed the 1 billion heartbeats recorded this month. We are beginning accuracy studies on the product and have units at Seattle Children’s hospital with IRB approval. We are also kicking off studies with many universities and hospitals to understand more about infant health."

Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A
Posted by John Biggs, techcrunch.com, 19 August 2015

Owlet, the teenie tiny bootie that goes on babies and informs you if they’ve stopped breathing, has raised a $7 million A round, adding some solid numbers to their already impressive $1.85 million seed. The company, led by Jordan Monroe, Kurt Workman, and Zack Bomsta, aims to use the cash to help prepare for its public launch.

28 August 2015

Why Modern Life is Making Dementia in Your 40s More Likely

An MRI scan of a human brain:  dementia sufferers
are becoming younger.  Photo:  Alamy
Why modern life is making dementia in your 40s more likely
by Colin Pritchard, The Guardian, 
7 August 2015

From background radiation to chemicals in the food chain, environmental changes are contributing to a rapid global rise in neurological disease

My interest in neurological disease was triggered by a second friend dying of motor neurone disease (MND), which in purely statistical terms was exceptional. It is suggested there is an incidence of about one in 50,000 who are affected by MND and most die. No one knows 50,000 people, so was it a statistical fluke?

This raised the question of whether there were increases not only in MND, but in neurological disorders as a whole, including the dementias. Using World Health Organisation mortality data, which – while not perfect – is the best information available as it is collated in a standard and uniform way, myself and colleagues at the faculty of health and social sciences at Bournemouth University set out to investigate this.

Our first study, focusing on the changing pattern of neurological deaths from 1979 up to 1997, found that dementias were starting 10 years earlier – affecting more people in their 40s and 50s – and that there was a noticeable increase in neurological deaths in people up to the age of 74. In a follow-up study, taking us to 2010 and across 21 western countries, these increases were confirmed.

27 August 2015

Court Awards French Woman Disability Allowance of 29,000 Euros for 'Sensitivity to Gadgets'

© Gary Cameron / Reuters
Court awards French woman disability allowance of €29,000 for 'sensitivity to gadgets'
rt.com, 27 August 2015

A French court has awarded a monthly disability grant of some €800 to a woman claiming to have an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Most countries, including France, do not recognize the condition as a medical disorder.

Marine Richard, a 39-year-old former radio documentary producer, hailed the unprecedented ruling as a "breakthrough" for people affected by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), AFP reported.

26 August 2015

Massachusetts: Family Sues Fay School in Southboro, Claims Wi-Fi Made Son Ill

The family of a student at the Fay School in
Southboro, seen here, has filed a lawsuit claiming
the school's strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to
become ill.  T&G Staff/ Christine Peterson
Family sues Fay School in Southboro, claims Wi-Fi made son ill
by Scott O'Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 
24 August 2015

WORCESTER – The family of a student at the Fay School in Southboro has filed a lawsuit claiming the school’s strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to become ill.

The unidentified plaintiffs, referred to as “Mother” and “Father” in the complaint, said their 12-year-old son, “G,” suffers from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, a condition that is aggravated by electromagnetic radiation. The boy was diagnosed after he frequently experienced headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, and other symptoms while sitting in class after the school installed a new, more powerful wireless Internet system in 2013, the suit says.