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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.

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.

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

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.


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

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[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.