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29 June 2015

Switzerland - Published Comments on Electrosmog - 2

Pierre Maudet, Mayor of Geneva, June 2011-May 2012.
Comments by the Editor of this blog, published in Swiss newspapers.

Wi-Fi:  What Benefit?
Tribune de Genève, 15 July 2011

The Mayor of Geneva is promoting free Wi-Fi as an amenity for the Genevois.  Wi-Fi can cause health problems for certain persons who are sensitive to the electromagnetic waves it emits.  WHO has declared that these waves are possibly carcinogenic.  This demonstrates a lack of responsibility on the part of our authorities, especially to have installed Wi-Fi in museums and libraries which are frequented by children.  Children are more sensitive to such pollution.  I would like to draw the mayor's attention to the recent resolution of the Council of Europe, of which Switzerland is a member, on the "potential danger of electromagnetic fields and their effects on the environment".  It suggests the creation of "white zones" free of wireless networks for "electrosensitive" persons and the determination of places to erect all new antennas:  Wi-Fi, WiMax, UTMS, GMS in agreement not only with the area authorities, but also with the inhabitants concerned.

Switzerland: Published Comments on Electrosmog - 1

For the past six years, the Editor of this blog has had opinion pieces on the issue of electrosmog published in two major Swiss newspapers, the Tribune de Genève and 24 heures.  Comments must be related to articles published in these newspapers and limited to 1400 - 1700 characters.  We have been able to stretch our imagination and write about many aspects of the E-smog issue in Switzerland.  Most of these have never appeared in the mainstream media here.  The editors of these columns have been favorable to publishing nearly all of them.  Readers are invited to share these with others and use them for awareness-raising.    We have had very few reactions, but believe, that if the awareness of risks of electromagnetic radiation of just one or two persons is raised, then this exercise is not in vain.

All comments were originally written in French.

Breast Against Cell Phone: Danger
Tribune de Genève, 19-20 October 2013

Breast cancer in young women is increasing in Geneva. This trend has been confirmed by studies in other parts of Europe. Could one of the reasons be the habit of young women of keeping their cell phone tucked in their bra? The makers of cell phones warn users to avoid direct contact with the skin. The manual of Apple, for example, advises keeping one’s iPhone at a distance of 5/8 of an inch from the body, since these devices emit electromagnetic radiation, classified as a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. In the United States, doctors are seeing more and more breast cancer in women aged 21 to 39, who have no genetic predisposition to cancer but who, for several years, have been carrying their cell phone in their bra for part of the day. These tumors are sometimes aggressive and, in spite of a mastectomy, the cancer metastasizes. Keeping a cell phone in the bra is more common than one would think among young women: during jogging, driving a car, hiding it at school and at work… Raising awareness of young women of the risks of this practice must now be a part of campaigns for the prevention of breast cancer.

26 June 2015

Electrohypersensitivity Conference Debunks ‘Nocebo Effect’ Theory

Dr. Lennart Hardell, Swedish oncologist and
epidemiologist:  "We need to educate people in society
because people think there is no problem with electro-
magnetic fields and we also need education of medical
doctors..."
This article contains summaries of the presentations on EHS delivered at the 5th Paris Appeal Congress, Brussels, 18 May 2015.

Electrohypersensitivity conference debunks ‘nocebo effect’ theory
by André Fauteux, Editor, Maison du 21e siècle, 25 June 2015

– A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. – Max Planck 1858-1947

José Lévesque installed commercial wireless telephone stations from 2001 to 2009. The resident of Saint-Colomban (Quebec) says in late 2005 he suddenly developed an intolerance to the radiofrequency (RF) microwaves emitted by these devices. « At first it pinched in my ear when I phoned. Even though I used a good headset, I was dizzy and my ears were ringing. Then I woke up one morning and walked as if I was drunk and heard a tone, like a smoke detector in my ear. »

Lévesque finally quit his job in 2009 when his so-called electrohypersensitivity (EHS) worsened. « Today, my face goes numb, my head aches and if I continue to expose myself to RFs, I even get nose bleeds or blood vessels burst in my eyes. It happened to me in a hospital with wireless phone and Wi-Fi antennas! We used to laugh about it at work: I could tell my colleagues when their cell phone was about to ring because the entering signal hurt my head. » But it is no laughing matter: « Since smart meters were installed in my neighbourhood in January 2013, my headaches are constant. »

25 June 2015

Swiss TV Program from 2009 on Electrosensitivity

Swiss TV program : « A bon entendeur », 3 March 2009, Radio TV Suisse Romande on electromagnetic fields and electrohypersensitivity

 The film is excellent. An electrosensitive person explains her symptoms to an informed physician, member of Parliament and ecologist, Dr. Yvonne Gilli.  Charles Cavanaugh, electrosensitive, had to quit his job as analyst in a big bank and learn how to live with his symptoms. In Stockholm, at the prestigious Karolinska Institute, Professor Olle Johansson has been interested in electrohypersensitivity for at least 40 years.

The text of the film follows as an excellent portrait of electrohypersensitivity in Switzerland and in Sweden.    Philippe Hug, electrosensitive, President of ARA (Association romande alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques - www.alerte.ch )  is also in the film.  He died in 2010 at the age of 54, a victim of electromagnetic waves.   

It seems that Switzerland’s understanding of electrosmog and electrosensitivty has regressed since the film was produced in 2009. 

The film is available here in French : Ondes : vous êtes cernés ! - 32 min. - 3 March 2009

Waves in the spotlight (translated from French)

23 June 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why Cell Phones And Cancer Could Be Connected

Top 10 Reasons Why Cell Phones And Cancer Could Be Connected
by Subrata Chakravarty,
hope4cancer.com, 1st June 2015

What has it got in it’s nasty little pocketses?” asks Gollum, as he furiously tries to guess what is in Bilbo the Hobbit’s pocket.

This was a pivotal scene in theHobbit and Lord of the Ringstrilogies set in Tolkien’s mythical Middle Earth. The object in the pocket was nothing less than the ultimate Ring of Power that Bilbo had found on the floor of Gollum’s cave.

In today’s real world, Gollum wouldn’t have had a problem. He would know the obvious answer – a cell phone, of course!

Arguably more powerful than Sauron’s Ring-t0-Rule-Them-All, cell phones are ubiquitous in our lives. We can’t really call them phones anymore since most of us spend more time on them for activities other than mere phone calls.

But could we be carrying a silent time bomb in our pockets? Recent work is making it increasingly clear that there is indeed a causal relationship between cell phones and various diseases and conditions – including cancer.

21 June 2015

West Virginia: Green Bank: The Town that Banned Wi-Fi

Listen up:  the giant Robert C Byrd telescope looms over a wooden
barn in Green Bank.  Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/ EPA/ Corbis
"Charlie Meckna moved to Green Bank last July, after years trying to work out what was making him sick. In particular he found that he was sensitive to cordless phones and public Wi-Fi. “I would feel dizzy and nauseous, and get a bad ringing in my ear. People would find me passed out. It’s not perfect in Green Bank at all, but otherwise it was going to kill me. There are a lot of ignorant people who don’t understand. You’d have thought the population would be more sympathetic, given that 70% of them have diabetes and more than 20 people have cancer."

The town that banned Wi-Fi
by Ed Cumming, The Guardian, 21 June 2015

‘Electrosensitive’ people are flocking to the West Virginian home of a deep-space telescope, attracted by the rules prohibiting phones, TVs and radios. But, as Ed Cumming reveals, their arrival means Green Bank is far from peaceful

Up and up the roads to Green Bank went, winding into the West Virginian hills as four lanes thinned to one. It was early March and snow was still spattered on the leaf mould between the firs and larches. Hip-hop and classic rock radio stations were gradually replaced by grave pastors and bawdy men twanging banjos and, eventually, they too faded to crackling white noise. The signal pips on my phone hollowed out. I was nearly there.

18 June 2015

Canada : Report of the Standing Committee on Health: "Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians"


HESA 2015 Recommendations - Investigation into Safety Code 6
Canadians for Safe Technology, June 2015

On Tuesday June 9th, 2015 the Standing Committee on Health, who’s mandate is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada, unanimously adopted the final report into their study of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6. During three full days of hearings spread over two months, the ten MP member panel heard from both sides of the issue including leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Health Canada and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. (Full testimony and recaps can be found further down on this page)

16 June 2015

"Give Babies iPads As Soon As They Are Born" : Unethical Experimentation on Babies?

Give babies iPads as soon as they are born: Children learn faster with tablet computers than books, say scientists - Daily Mail, 14th June 2015

Comments from Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust:

"This is a dreadful form of child abuse and a horrifying idea.

The World Health Organization in 2011 said that cell phones and other wireless radiation are a possible human carcinogen. Just like DDT, engine exhaust and chloroform.

If someone were to propose giving these things to infants they would be arrested. The idea that infants need iPads is sadly advocated by those who do not understand that microwave wireless radiation weakens membranes damages mitochondria and has never ever been tested for safety or for use by infants and toddlers.

The Nuremberg protocols are supposed to protect the innocent from participating in this experiments without their consent. It is hard to imagine what approval process the ethical review board went through to allow The Nuremberg protocols are supposed to protect the innocent from participating in this experiments without their consent.

It is hard to imagine what approval process the ethical review board went through to allow exposing the young developing brain with a thinner skull to a suspect carcinogen. The American Academy of pediatrics recommends the children under two have no screen time of any sort."

[Note:  We have written the professor responsible for this experiment, pointing out that it is unethical and a danger to children's health as it is exposing them to a possible carcinogen, and also citing the American Academy of Pediatrics's recommending NO USE of screen time for children younger than 2.  The professor replied, sharing with me the message she sent to the Sunday Times journalist where the original article appeared, saying he had reported the story "irresponsibly just to make a good story." She said she was "totally misrepresented in the article".  We also wrote to the Daily Mail, criticizing the use of the above photo.  A child - let alone a baby - should never hold an iPad on his/her lap.]

Give babies iPads as soon as they are born: Children learn faster with tablet computers than books, say scientists
by Ollie Gillman, Daily Mail online, 14 June 2015

14 June 2015

Study Links Screen-Based Media Use to Poorer Bone Health in Teen Boys

Researchers have found a link between the amount of time
teenage boys spend using screen-based media and reduced
bone mineral density.
Study links screen-based media use to poorer bone health in teen boys
by Honor Whiteman, medicalnewstoday.com, 11 June 2015

Those of you who have a teenage son will know first hand the hard work involved in luring them away from TV and computer games. But a new study suggests yet another good reason to; the amount of time teenage boys spend in front of a TV or computer screen may affect their bone health.

Researchers have found a link between the amount of time teenage boys spend using screen-based media and reduced bone mineral density.

Anne Winther, of UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal BMJ Open.

09 June 2015

The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President’s Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation

The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President’s Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation
by Julie Fidler, publichealthwatchdog.com, 
4 June 2015

Last Saturday, Joseph “Beau” Biden lost his life to brain cancer. The son of Vice President Joe Biden had a glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM. This all-too-common tumor has been linked to cell phone use.

According to The Daily Beast, GBM is an aggressive and often fatal form of cancer. The estimated two-year survival rate is only 17 percent for patients between 40 and 65 years old. Scientists are not sure what the underlying causes of GBM are, but “Some believe that environmental risk factors, such as radiation from cellphone use, may contribute to brain cancer.”

08 June 2015

EHS - MCS 5th Paris Appeal Congress - Video of Press Conference - Brussels, 18 May 2015

This press conference should be viewed by everyone. It particularly focuses on the plight of children, who will be - already are - the innocent victims of exposure to wireless technologies. Please share as widely as possible.

EHS - MCS 5th Paris Appeal Congress (18 min. - in English with French subtitles)




Published on Jun 7, 2015

A focus on ElectroHyperSensitivity (EHS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

- Conférence de Presse 5ème Colloque de l’Appel de Paris
Au sujet de l’Electro Hyper Sensibilité (EHS) et de la Sensibilité Chimique Multiple (MCS)
- Dominique Belpomme, Director European Cancer and Environment Research institute, Professor in medical Oncology Paris V University Hospital, France
- Cindy Sage, MA Co-Editor, BioInitiative Reports, USA.
- David Carpenter, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment University of Albany, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, USA.
- Olle Johansson, Neuroscientist, Professor in Experimental Dermatology, Department of Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
- Lennart Hardell, Epidemiologist, Professor at Orebro University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden.
- Michael Kundi, Professor, Medical University Vienna, Center for Public Health, Institute of Environmental Health, Austria.
- Magda Havas, Associate Prof of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTFAMlCKUBM

Scientists Petition United Nations for Better Radiation Exposure Standards

Cindy Sage, co-author of
the BioInitiative Report
"Our cancer institutes have colluded with the industry to downplay the sharp rise in brain tumours and other cancers since the introduction of these technologies, especially in those under age 40. According to Eileen O’Connor of Powerwatch UK, one study has shown over a 700 percent increase in brain tumours in young adults compared to other cancers. At the Belgian press conference, Trent University’s Dr. Magda Havas warned: 'There are really three issues here: the cancers, the reproductive problems and the symptoms of electro-hypersensitivity, which are all influenced by our exposure to electromagnetic radiation.' "

Scientists petition UN for better radiation exposure standards
chameleonfire1.com,  7 June 2015

Cindy Sage, co-author of Bioinitiatives Report.
Do you use a cell phone? Wifi? An iPad? Do you have a ‘smart’ meter on your home? A baby monitor or DECT (cordless) phone? You should be aware these are all serious health hazards that have been covered up by the multi-billion dollar telecommunications industry. Scientists who have been raising warnings about exposure to microwave frequency radiation (the spectrum used by wireless devices) have been marginalized, and in some cases their careers ruined by telecom corporations. Now they are raising the alarm with the UN and World Health Organization (WHO). “The health effects (of electromagnetic exposure) are now inarguable,” said Cindy Sage, co-author of the Bioinitiative Report on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) research. “What we need—now—are biologically-based standards for public health.”

07 June 2015

Beau Biden Brain Cancer: Which Type Matters

A scar is visible on the side of Delaware Attornet General
Beau Biden's head at the State of the State address on
Jan. 23.  Photo:  Jason Minto, The (Wilmington, Del.)
News Journal
"Given that approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with brain tumors or cancers, the decision to continue to not name the specific type that took Beau Biden’s life is puzzling. There may be privacy reasons which mattered while he was battling the disease, but even the political ones no longer matter. Which type of brain cancer took Biden’s life could potentially matter, however, to a lot of other people."  This article suggests that the cause of Beau Biden's brain cancer may have been exposure to the open air burn pits at Camp Victory where Captain Biden was stationed in Iraq. 

Beau Biden Brain Cancer: Which Type Matters
by Denise Williams, chicagonow.com, 6 June 2015

Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden passed away last week after battling brain cancer. There are no words to express the sorrow a parent feels at the loss of a child, regardless of the child’s age. The fact that Vice President Biden has experienced this loss before does not make it any easier.

Beau Biden, from all accounts was a good, decent man, a loving and involved father and husband. He was elected to the office of Attorney General of Delaware in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He had declined to run for a third time, instead announcing his intention to run for the Governor of Delaware in 2016. Beau Biden was also a retired Major in the Delaware National Guard.

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan's Open Letter to Schools who Use Wireless Radiation

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cris Rowan's Open Letter to Schools who Use Wireless Radiation
Safe Tech for Schools Maryland, posted 6 June 2015

April 1, 2015 Open letter to all daycares, preschools, and schools who continue to use wireless radiation.

To All Principals, Staff, School Boards, Education Government, and Health officials,

In my capacity as a pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, and author on the subject of the impact of technology on child development and learning, I’m writing to you on behalf of students, teachers, and parents requesting the urgent removal of wireless radiation from all school environments. I ask that you please take into consideration the following guiding principles regarding wireless radiation, and make the decision to revert to Ethernet cabled only devices to ensure immediate and ongoing safety for your students and staff.

Guiding principles for the decision to remove wireless radiation from school environments:

1.  Minimize Risk and Maximize Safety.

05 June 2015

Update on Initial Release of the International EMF Scientist Appeal

Update on initial release of the International EMF Scientist Appeal and comment from Prof. Olle Johansson:

Text of letter from EMFScientist.org: 
June 4, 2015

Dear EMF Scientists,

We want to update you on what has been happening since the initial release of the International EMF Scientist Appeal on May 11, 2015, almost one month ago.

Overall, we think we are off to a strong start in raising public awareness of the Appeal!

The Appeal was delivered to the offices of His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Honorable Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the U.N. World Health Organization.

On May 12, Joel Moskowitz presented the Appeal while testifying in support of a cell phone “right to know” ordinance unanimously approved by the City Council in Berkeley, California. The ordinance was passed and is now featured on the “Science and Policy” page at EMFscientist.org.

On May 18, Magda Havas presented the Appeal at the 5th Paris Appeal Congress at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels, entitled “Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: What Role for Electromagnetic Fields and Chemicals?”

As of today, we have not received any formal replies from the UN or the WHO.

Our Responsibility Towards Mother Earth and Mankind

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
REPOSTED, AS OUR CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY - 5 JUNE:

In 2001, I attended a talk given by Chief Arvol Looking Horse , 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation. During the talk, he said, “Many of you dreamed about the white buffalo in 1994.” The words stunned me, for I had had such a dream that year. I was standing on the edge of a very wide, deep pit, torn out of the earth by a huge machine. Looking into the distance, I saw a white buffalo on a hill. I took this to mean that we are desecrating the earth. The white buffalo appeared to us as a warning. The following from the “Native American” site tells the story of the white buffalo. The birth of one in 1994 had a very significant meaning for the native peoples. It signified “a time of profound change upon the planet and a new level of responsibility for mankind.”   

This is my message for the New Year.  Each and every one of us has a responsibility to care for Mother Earth and humankind.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse reminds us of our responsibility towards the earth and mankind:

04 June 2015

Electromagnetic Radiation: Pollution in Disguise - and "Very Harmful for Human Health"

Electromagnetic radiation impact on health
(Image selected by "Towards Better Health") 
Pollution in disguise
by Pranav Poddar, financialexpress.com,
3 June 2015

Electromagnetic radiation emitted from most of the electronic devices we use —mobile phones, laptops, computers, tablets—is very harmful for human health

Since the industrial revolution, human life has become much faster and efficient. Steam engine was the start of the revolution, and look where we are now. Within a span of two centuries, technology has changed a lot and it is changing at a much faster rate. This change is quick, easy, smooth and inevitable. We believe that technology has made our lives much easier, but in this process we have foregone a lot more than our eyes can see.

Cell Phone Warnings Exist

Prevention: Warnings exist
by Meris Michaels, Reader's Comments, 24 heures, 2 June 2015

Re article: "Police draw on black humor faced with distracted pedestrians" (24 heures, 6 May 2015)

It is estimated that two-thirds of pedestrians talk on a cell phone while walking. Although wireless technology is useful, it risks turning against us in deadly fashion, like the accident which took the life of a teenager in Geneva. Associations working to educate the public on the risks of this technology are quite helpless, faced with the permanent hold of these gadgets on its users and the silence of the authorities regarding harm.

Warnings, however, exist, such as the ordinance adopted by the city of Berkeley, California, advising buyers of cell phones: "If you carry or use a cell phone switched on in your pants pocket or in your bra, you may be exceeding the federal regulations regarding exposure to radiofrequency radiation. This potential risk is greater in children..."

01 June 2015

Beau Biden's Brain Cancer Death: Part of an Epidemic Fostered by Mobile Phones?

Beau Biden, son of Joseph Biden, speaks at 2012 Democratic
Convention.  Photo:  Alex Wong/ Getty Images
"There are many studies which seem to confirm there is a strong link between cell phone use and risk of brain cancer. When independent studies are examined rather than wireless communication industry sponsored research, the evidence appears even stronger. With the most common form of brain cancer, regular use of these phones was associated with triple the rate of this cancer."

Beau Biden's brain cancer death: Part of an epidemic fostered by mobile phones?
by Jed Shlackman - Miami Holistic Health Examiner, 31 May 2015

This weekend news of the death of Beau Biden, the son of current U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, has brought attention to the increasing incidence of brain cancers among the population. Beau Biden was a rising star in Delaware politics, expected to run a successful campaign in 2016 for Governor of the state. However, he was diagnosed in 2013 with a brain tumor and went through treatments that included surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The cancer appeared to have gone away following the treatments in 2013, however it was found to recur this year in 2015 and Biden returned for aggressive treatments. Many cancer researchers have pointed out that radiation and chemotherapy are associated with a high risk for future malignancies and more aggressive forms of cancer. Biden received these conventional cancer treatments, and the return of the cancer in an aggressive form is not surprising.

Brain Cancers Like Beau Biden's Kill About 15,000 Adults Each Year

"Brain tumors are a particularly common form of cancer in children. About 4,300 children and teens will be diagnosed with malignant tumors this year, more than half of them younger than 15."

Brain cancers like Beau Biden’s kill about 15,000 adults each year
by Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post, 31 May 2015

CHICAGO — A variety of malignant brain and central nervous system tumors kill about 15,000 people in the United States each year, often after difficult courses of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, according to experts and data from various cancer organizations.

Officials have not disclosed the type of brain cancer that killed Vice President Biden's son Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III at age 46 on Saturday night. But assuming he suffered from a primary cancer — not one that spread from another part of the body — the most likely is a glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the brain's supportive tissue, two experts said.