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EMF Studies

29 January 2015

Is Modern Technology Killing Us?

(Image:  Andre Lyra)
Is Modern Technology Killing Us?
by Erica Etelson, Truthout | Op-Ed, 19 September 2014

The article cited above is under copyright, so we are quoting only one paragraph. The author explores some of the unintended consequences of commonly used technologies :

Weakening our resilience, fueling hyper-consumption, accelerating environmental ruin, resource depletion and resource wars, carrying some seriously scary risks, diminishing rather than enriching our quality of life, eroding our privacy, deepening inequality.

“The problem with technology is that most innovations have unintended consequences, and those unintended consequences are piling up, causing harm and creating dangers of existential magnitude. We turn a blind eye to those dangers and uncritically presume that, for all but the creepiest technologies (such as animal cloning), the benefits outweigh the risks and that technological innovation is humanity's highest calling.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26295-is-modern-technology-killing-us

26 January 2015

Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States

"With all of the addiction, injury and death directly linked to the over-prescription of 'medicines' you’d think the War on Drugs would include pharmaceutical companies, doctors and the health insurance industry." 


4 Shocking Facts About Prescription Drug Abuse in America
by Beth Buczynski, care2.com, 10 April 2014

I’m a child of the 1980s. That means America has been embroiled in a costly and violent “War on Drugs” for my entire life. After billions of dollars spent, thousands of lives lost, and millions ruined by long-term imprisonment, you’d think we’d be close to ending this decades long war–but we’re not. Not even close. In fact, there’s compelling evidence to suggest that we’ve actually overlooked the real enemy all along.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), rates of death by drug overdose have more than tripled since 1990, but the deceased weren’t smoking crack or shooting heroin into their veins. They’re not even unemployed and homeless. In fact, most of them look like normal citizens. Why? Because most of these skyrocketing deaths are caused by perfectly legal prescription drugs.

21 January 2015

DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them

“Based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA.”

Confirmed: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them
by Arjun Walia, collective-evolution.com,
9 January 2014

In a new study published in the peer reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers emphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknownmechanism. (0) I wonder if the scientists at these biotech corporations have already identified this method? In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The study was based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies. PLOS is an open access, well respected peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers primary research from disciplines within science and medicine. It’s great to see this study published in it, confirming what many have been suspecting for years.

19 January 2015

NASA Proposes Spraying Stratospheric Aerosols into Earth's Atmosphere

Examples of solar radiation management:  spraying aerosols into the
atmosphere, cloud seeding, iron fertilization of the sea, pumping liquid
CO2 into rocks and the deep sea, growing trees...
NASA Proposes Spraying Stratospheric Aerosols Into Earth’s Atmosphere
by Arjun Walia, collective-evolution.com, 18 April 2014

It’s really amazing how many people are waking up to the fact that “chemtrails” are different from “con-trails.” What was once considered a conspiracy to many is now a fact, chemicals are constantly sprayed into our atmosphere and have been for quite some time now.

Not long ago, NASA personnel gave a lecture (that was also streamed live) at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. It was a series of talks by scientists and engineers exploring the topic of Geoengineering and Climate Intervention. (1)

17 January 2015

Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield Warns Young Brains Are Being Re-Wired By Digital Technology

Children are having their world shaped by digital
interaction  (Steve Woods:  www.sxc.hu)
"I just wonder whether we might be looking at a generation who are completely self-centred, short attention spans, not very good at communication, rather needy emotionally and with a weak sense of identity?"

Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield warns young brains being re-wired by digital technology
by Gary Rivett, 891 ABC Adelaide,
20 November 2014

The use of digital technologies is reshaping human brains and the impact on young people must be considered by their parents and educators, a neuroscientist warns.

Susan Greenfield of Oxford University said technology was re-wiring brains, particularly for young people who were growing up knowing nothing else.

14 January 2015

Cell Phone Radiation Cancer Risk: What is the American Cancer Society's Position?

Cell Phone Radiation Cancer Risk: What is the American Cancer Society’s Position?
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 13 January 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently revised a 58-page document entitled, “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults” and updated its website page on “Cellular Phones.”

Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults

“Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults” dismisses the potential cancer risk from using cell phones and refers readers to the ACS web site for further information:

Cell phone use

"This has been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent years. Cell phones give off radiofrequency (RF) rays, a form of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum between FM radio waves and those used in microwave ovens, radar, and satellite stations. Cell phones do not give off ionizing radiation, the type that can cause cancer by damaging the DNA inside cells. Still, there have been concerns that the phones, whose antennae are built-in and therefore are placed close to the head when being used, might somehow raise the risk of brain tumors.

13 January 2015

Forbes: Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous to Kids Than Previously Thought

Do the benefits of immersive learning
applications outweigh the dangers of
increased Wi-Fi exposure for children?
(Image: Intel Free Press via Wikipedia)
On 14 January, Forbes magazine caved in to industry pressure and revised this article to be more in favor of the industry.  Below is the original 13 January article.  Here is a link to the revised version of 14 January.  Following the original article, you will find details of the changes.

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought
by Robert J. Szczerba, Forbes, 13 January 2015

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.

Uh-oh. Not another diatribe about the dangers of our modern communication systems? Obviously, these devices and the resulting fields are extremely (and increasingly) common in modern society. Even if we want to, we can’t eliminate our exposure, or our children’s, to RF/EMF. But, we may need to limit that exposure, when possible.

12 January 2015

Ireland: Three Teenagers Discover Irish Water Ltd. Smart Meters Affect Mobile Phones

Young Scientist: Three Teenagers discover Irish Water Ltd. Smart Meters Affect Mobile Phones
Extract of article by Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 
9 January 2015

Three teenagers who are also students at Kinsale Community School found that radio frequencies from recently installed water meters affect mobile phone signals.

Claire Bernard, Alana McSweeney, and Sarah Cotter of Kinsale Community School found that water meters are having an effect on mobile phone frequency, but they haven’t told Irish Water just yet.

Second-year students, Alana McSweeney, 14, Claire Bernard, 13, and Sarah Cotter, 14, found that the signal of a mobile phone weakened if it was within 3m of a water meter.

They have not told Irish Water about their findings but are happy that they have proved their case. “We did a lot of testing,” said Sarah. “We conducted 1,413 tests in 471 houses. We analysed all the data and got a 95% confidence level.

The students want to develop their project to see if the radio frequency from water meters could be interfering with anything else.

Full article:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/young-scientist-enthusiasm-imagination-energy-and-good-science-what-judges-are-looking-for-305958.html

10 January 2015

Petition to the WHO/IARC: Move Radio Frequency Radiation from Class 2b to Class 1: Carcinogen

The attached Joint Statement will be delivered to WHO/IARC, the United Nations, & the White House preceding delivery of the class 1 petition (reference said petition here) to those same sources.  [The petition, "IARC, WHO:  Move Radio Frequency Radiation from Class 2b to Class 1 has nearly 5,000 signatures to date.  Please sign it if you have not already done so.]

We respectfully request your signature & organization's signature on a Joint Statement (notice attached) that has been endorsed by Oncologist Lennart Hardell.

Dr. Lennart Hardell highly recommends that each NGO & EMF Organization sign this Joint Statement to further the effort to get WHO/IARC to act on the scientific findings & classify RF/EMF radiation as a class 1 carcinogen.

Notice his endorsement here:

"In May 2011 IARC at WHO classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) as ‘possible human carcinogen’ Group 2B. The scientific evidence has been strengthened after that and using the so called Hill viewpoints, initially established in the 1960’s on smoking and lung cancer, RF-EMF may now be considered to cause human cancer. Thus, I endorse the initiative by many NGOs to ask IARC for re-evaluation of the cancer classification of RF-EMF. This is important not the least in view of most people exposed to RF-EMF."

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD
Oncologist and cancer researcher
Department of Oncology, University Hospital
SE-701 85 Orebro, Sweden

The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone

(Ellen Weinstein)
No mention of health risks, only health benefits of these new digital technologies.  To be cynical, yes, "the future of medicine" does lie in our smartphone - the future damaging health effects and high medical costs.

The Future of Medicine Is in Your Smartphone
by Eric J. Topol, Wall Street Journal, 
9 January 2015

New tools are tilting health-care control from doctors to patients

Over the past decade, smartphones have radically changed many aspects of our everyday lives, from banking to shopping to entertainment. Medicine is next. With innovative digital technologies, cloud computing and machine learning, the medicalized smartphone is going to upend every aspect of health care. And the end result will be that you, the patient, are about to take center stage for the first time.

Article on Autism and Electromagnetic Fields

This is a very comprehensive 6-page article, “Electro-What?” on autism and electromagnetic pollution, published in an autism media magazine, “Autism File”, December-January 2015 issue. “Reducing exposure to electromagnetic fields can lessen threats to your family’s health.”

http://www.pageturnpro.com/Autism-Media-Channel/62657-AF59_AutismFile_DecJan2015/index.html?mc_cid=13119e76f8&mc_eid=01350b0b0f#22

09 January 2015

Neurosurgeon: Is Your Cell Phone Calling for a Brain Tumor?


"The jury is still out on this debate. However, I am reminded of other controversial scientific issues in the past, such as the link between smoking and cancer. Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher, once said, 'All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.'"

Penney’s Two Cents: Is your cell phone calling for a brain tumor?
by Don Penney, M.D. wyomingmedicalcenter.org,
16 December 2014

The use of cellular telephones has grown explosively over the past two decades. Some estimates put the number of wireless users as high as 300 million in the United States alone and at about 5 billion worldwide. Many of them are children and teenagers.

In recent years, some of have speculated that microwave exposure from cellular phones could increase a person’s risk of developing brain tumors later in life. Cell phones emit non-ionizing electromagnetic fields – or radiation not believed to have enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules. But, no long-term study has been done to determine what cell phone radiation does to the brain over many years, particularly when phones are held close to the ear. Of particular concern, is the fact that children’s skulls and scalps are thinner than adults, so radiation has the potential to penetrate deeper into the brain of young children. In addition, children with growing brains have cells that are rapidly dividing and radiation can have a greater impact.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - A Summary by Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe

This is the basic part of the text on EHS (first 7 pages) put together by Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe.  The rest of the 79 pages are references.

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


For printing purposes:

The first 1-7 pages are body text, the rest are references. This document consists of 79 pages.

Author's note:

This summary is expanded section of a larger document entitled "Electromagnetic Health for Children". The full document is designed in response to requests for information detailing current health concerns of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) with a focus on radiofrequency (RF) radiation. This is an expanded subsection covering EHS only.

Background:

We are currently witnessing the largest change to the Earth's electromagnetic environment that has ever taken place in human history. This change has taken place in the very short period of a handful of decades and continues to escalate at an exponential rate (Appendix 1). Given that household electricity, which was the first anthropogenic (man-made) electromagnetic field (EMF), only became prolific after the turn of the century, artificial EMF has barely seen one generation from cradle to grave. The use of higher frequency microwave devices such as mobile telephony, Wi-fi and smart meters, have suddenly become commonplace despite almost no safety testing and decades of evidence of potentially lethal effects. This has sparked a political and scientific debate that is gathering momentum on a daily basis, raising concern about the continued use of such devices. One may assume when witnessing the vast implementation of, for example Wi-fi in the home, school, workplace or public domain, that experts have provided sufficient evidence of safety to overwhelm scientific concern. This is not the case.

04 January 2015

Unplugging Our Cordless Phone System Saved My Daughter

OCD and Tics: Unplugging our Cordless Phone System Saved my Daughter (Premium)
by Reader Article, latitudes.org, 
5 February 2013

When I unplugged our cordless phone system, I had no idea what a difference it would make in our lives. My reason for unplugging it was that within one year, two of my friends were diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Both were big cell phone users.

Did cell phone use cause their cancers? I didn’t know, but I decided I should be proactive and reduce radiation exposures to my brain. So, in addition to avoiding cell phone use, I unplugged the cordless phone system we used throughout our home and switched to an “old fashioned” corded land-line.

http://latitudes.org/ocd-tics-unplugging-cordless-phone-system-saved-my-daughter/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost

Scientist Terrified of Geoengineering Technology Being Developed Under Guise of Halting Global Warming

Scientist terrified of geoengineering technology being developed under guise of halting global warming
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer, Natural News, 30 December 2014

geoengineering(NaturalNews) A prominent climate scientist who's actively involved in developing technologies to thwart the natural weather patterns of the globe says he's disturbed by the prospect of having to make such drastic changes to the common order of things in order to fight so-called "global warming."

Dr. Matthew Watson from Bristol University in the UK told the media recently that he's "terrified" by many of the geoengineering projects currently in the works to thwart man-made climate change, which is still being hawked by many in mainstream science as a threat to humanity.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Online, Dr. Watson explained how futuristic technologies like spraying chemical particles into the sky to reflect sunlight back into space have the potential to disrupt how rain falls, how plants grow and how life lives.