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27 May 2016

Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study (Wall Street Journal)

A major U.S. government study on rats has found
a link between cellphones and cancer.
Photo:  iStock
“Where people were saying there’s no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement,” said Ron Melnick, who ran the NTP project until retiring in 2009 and recently reviewed the study’s results.

Other mainstream news coverage:
- Fortune
- Business Standard (India)

Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study
by Ryan Knutson, The Wall Street Journal,
27 May 2016

Multiyear, peer-reviewed study found ‘low incidences’ of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones

A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects.

The multiyear, peer-reviewed study, by the National Toxicology Program, found “low incidences” of two types of tumors in male rats that were exposed to the type of radio frequencies that are commonly emitted by cellphones. The tumors were gliomas, which are in the glial cells of the brain, and schwannomas of the heart.

26 May 2016

Root Cause in the Dramatic Rise of Chronic Disease (Draft Paper on Peroxynitrite and Health)

Root Cause in the Dramatic Rise of Chronic Disease
(draft paper on peroxynitrite and health), posted on this blog on 26 May 2016
Link to draft paper.

(UPDATE  1 June 2016):  
See also Link to Dr. Martin Pall's protocol for treating oxidative stress illnesses.

Richard Lear, the author of the draft paper, says:

"It should be noted that this paper remains unfinished and is intended to stimulate awareness and research on peroxynitrite; the biological chaos it imposes; and the clear connection to a whole host of chronic diseases and conditions .

I hope to identify a PhD scientist or two, who may join this paper and help bring credibility and increased access to the topic. If you have any ideas to this end, I’d greatly appreciate it. "

Richard Lear 
richardlear@alumni.brown.edu

Introduction to the paper by Cecelia Doucette

Dear EMF Stakeholders,

I have had the privilege of reviewing the attached document, Root Cause in the Dramatic Rise of Chronic Disease. The author, Rich Lear, specializes in pattern recognition. He has mined our U.S. government databases and identified 40 diseases that have more than doubled since 1990, some exponentially. As many have already concluded they cannot be primarily genetic since we have not gone cradle-to-grave with even one generation in that time span so the cause must be environmental toxins.



24 May 2016

India: Two Women Climb Cell Phone Tower, Demand Its Removal

2 women climb cell phone tower, demand its removal
by Express News Service, 
18 May 2016

It was their grit and determination that startled every onlooker and even the police.

Two mothers in their 30's, climbed up a 40-50 feet tall cell phone tower Wednesday morning and stood to their ground till evening without having a proper meal or enough water to drink till late in the evening, with a sole objective.

They want the cell phone tower to be removed from their neighbourhood and nothing less than that.

The incident took place in B-section of Addagutta basti which is one of the largest slums in the country. The cell phone tower was installed on top of a three-storeyed building in the locality about a month ago and the agitation against the same has been on since then.

About 15 days back, the house owner, according to the dwellers there, had promised to remove the tower on request of the residents of the colony. However, they say that nothing has been done and tower is set to be operationalised in the coming days.

20 May 2016

Business Executive Who Claimed Spending Six Hours a Day on His Mobile Gave Him Brain Cancer Dies Aged 44


Mr. Phillips was forced to quit his £100,00 a year
job due to his illness, and launched a campaign to
raise awareness of the risks of using mobile phones.
Business executive who claimed spending six hours a day on his mobile gave him brain cancer dies aged 44

- Ian Phillips was found to have a lemon-sized tumour on his brain
- Had surgery and chemotherapy but was told he had just 3 years to live
- Campaigned against phones after claiming his mobile caused his cancer
- Family say they have received hundreds of tributes from all over the world


A businessman who claimed using his mobile phone for six hours a day gave him brain cancer has died at the age of 44.

Ian Phillips spent his last months warning about the risks of long exposure to radiation from mobiles.

After going to hospital with a bad headache, he was given the devastating news he had a lemon-sized brain tumour - and has just three years to live.

Mr Phillips claimed his cancer was caused by excessive use of his mobile phone, as his job as an operations manager for a large firm required him to spend more than 100 hours a month making calls.

Tinnitus and Cell Phones: the Role of Electromagnetic Radiofrequency Radiation

Note:  Published version of study (we posted the uncorrected proof of this study in September 2015).

"Conclusion:  There are already reasonable evidences to suggest caution for using mobile phones to prevent auditory damage and the onset or worsening of tinnitus."

Tinnitus and cell phones: the role of electromagnetic radiofrequency radiation
Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology. 82(1):97-104.January–February 2016. doi:10.1016/j.bjorl.2015.04.013

Luisa Nascimento Medeiros, Tanit Ganz Sanchez

Abstract

Introduction:  Tinnitus is a multifactorial condition and its prevalence has increased on the past decades. The worldwide progressive increase of the use of cell phones has exposed the peripheral auditory pathways to a higher dose of electromagnetic radiofrequency radiation (EMRFR). Some tinnitus patients report that the abusive use of mobiles, especially when repeated in the same ear, might worsen ipsilateral tinnitus.

15 May 2016

The Dangers of Wireless Virtual Reality Headsets - Part 1

The Dangers of Wireless Virtual Reality Headsets - Part 1
Towards Better Health, 15 May 2016

There have been a lot of articles on virtual reality headsets, but very few about the dangers, especially for children.  One article in a Swiss newspaper says that manufacturers will soon be making headsets for children.  This is yet another - and very worrying assault - on the health of young people, who are much more vulnerable to the risks of microwave radiofrequency radiation-emitting devices such as these headsets.  We wish to make more visible the warnings concerning use of these devices in a series of posts.

Here is the first one:  the health and safety information contained in the 60-page user's manual for the Samsung Gear VR headset:  How many times have we heard of teachers in schools giving such devices to children?  Or, of elderly persons using these devices?  The manual says children under age 13 should not use this device because they may be at "increased health and safety risk".  The manual also recommends that you should "consult with a doctor before using the device if you are pregnant, elderly, have psychiatric disorders, suffer from a heart condition, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition."

Disappointingly, in mentioning microwave radiofrequency emissions, the manual only considers interference with  the operation of nearby electronics, including implanted medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers.

09 May 2016

Open Letter by British Medical Doctors: Health and Safety of Wi-Fi and Mobile Phones (2014)

Open letter by British medical doctors: Health and safety of Wi-Fi and mobile phones 
24 March 2014, www.ssita.org.uk

We wish to highlight our concern over the safety of exposure to microwave radiation from wireless technology, particularly for vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised health. 

There is growing concern that chronic (long-term) exposure to radiofrequency/microwave radiation from wireless technologies causes damage, particularly genetic damage, cognitive damage, cancer and decreased fertility. There is now substantial evidence of a link between mobile phone use and brain cancer. This was recognised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s 30-strong panel of scientists, which in 2011 classed radiofrequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic”. 

Additionally, doctors are encountering a significant and growing number of people presenting with a range of acute (short-term) symptoms from wireless radiation, including headaches, palpitations, rashes, fatigue, sleep disturbance, allergies and memory and concentration problems. 

04 May 2016

Extract of Book by Prof. Dominique Belpomme : Children and Electromagnetic Fields

Comment naissent les maladies... Et que faire pour rester en bonne santé
by Dominique Belpomme
(How diseases are born... And what to do in order to remain in good health)

Extract of book concerning children exposed to electromagnetic fields (pp. 218-219)
(unofficial translation from French by the editor of this blog)

"It is in children, due to their extreme vulnerability, that major disorders tied to electromagnetic fields are to be feared the most.  Children aged two to three years old have been brought to me for consultation, even infants of three to four months, shrieking with pain, pointing to their temple with their fingers when, by chance, they find themselves near a Wi-Fi router.  I have examined older children and adolescents presenting headaches, attention, concentration, and memory disorders, where I am told that at school, "collège", high school, a relay antenna or computers with Wi-Fi have been installed and the teacher does not understand why these children or adolescents are dyslexic or have behavioral disorders.  A child's intolerance can become such that, being unable to enter the classroom, he refuses purely and simply to go to school.  It is clear that the risk of psychosis cannot be excluded, although our current understanding is that we do not have proof of this.

Doctors Present Evidence of Wireless Radiation Impacts on Children

Doctors Present Evidence of Wireless Radiation Impacts on Children
3 May 2016

The nation's leading experts on wireless radiation and human health impacts participate in a live press conference prior to their panel at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Featuring Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Hugh Taylor, Dr. Martha Herbert and Dr.Catherine Steiner-Adair.

(Handouts by these experts are available here.)

Doctors Present Evidence of Wireless Radiation Impacts on Children (3 May 2016 - 54 mn.)




03 May 2016

Why Die for WiFi? My Child Did - Will Yours?

Why die for WiFi?  My Child Did - Will Yours?
by Debra Fry, posted 3 May 2016

On the 11th of June 2015, my 15 year old daughter, Jenny Fry was found by me, hanged in woods near our home in Oxfordshire, UK .

She was utterly exhausted; instead of receiving sympathy and understanding, she was battling the school for giving her detentions and refusing to acknowledge her difficulty around wifi, which had a profound effect on her ability to concentrate, write, explain things, and function in school.

I went into the school on several occassions to try to educate them on the health dangers to all pupils and staff, as well as the effect it was having on Jenny, but I was told that for as many reports that there are showing harm, there are as many available online saying that wifi is safe (although I have not seen any saying this).

The head teacher did say he would double check; I left him a list of information - reports and websites - to check. He also said he could not turn off the wifi for one child; I said it was not just for Jenny, but it would be healthier for everyone.

02 May 2016

United States: Who Is Monitoring the Health of Populations Around Nuclear Power Plants?

Portrait of Marie Curie and her two daughters,
Eve and Irene, 1908.  Irene experimented with
radioactive materials like her parents and
died at 58.  Eva was a writer and pianist and
died at 102.
"Childhood leukemialow birth weightcompromised neural development are all associated with exposure to radiation during pregnancy and early childhood... No official body in the United States is seriously investigating these impacts. In fact, the U. S. federal government appears not to conduct public health impact studies of populations around nuclear power reactor sites."

Who is monitoring the health of populations around nuclear power plants?
Cindy Folkers, enformable.com, 11 February 2016

Author’s note: I wrote this blog post with knowledge of the ongoing tritium leaks plaguing a number of nuclear power reactors in the U.S., but before the latest high levels of tritium released from the Indian Point reactor in New York were reported. These recent unplanned and largely unaccounted for releases bring into stark relief the need to measure in real time the releases we DO initially control; further, it is reasonable to request public access to these data.

Humans have known of natural radioactivity since about the turn of the 20th century when Marie Curie carried around vials of radioactive substances in her pocket, admiring the glow-in-the-dark “fairy lights” they would give off. Long-term exposure to these “fairly lights” made Curie chronically ill, physically scarred, and nearly blind from cataracts. At the age of 66, she succumbed to a radiation-induced disease (either leukemia or aplastic anemia, sources differ), as did her daughter and son-in-law. Despite being deeply troubled by deaths of colleagues and radiation workers, the Curies never really admitted radioactivity played a role in their diseases; Marie even recommended sickened radium dial painters eat calf’s liver to combat anemia. Daughter Eva, who outlived her sister by 50 years, died at 102 and recognized the role radiation played in the shortened lives of her female kin.