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31 May 2016

Some Scientists Criticize Media Coverage of Cellphone Study

A group of experts on cellphone radiation
is speaking out in support of a new
government study linking radiation to
cancer in rats. (D3Damon/iStockphoto)
Some Scientists Criticize Media Coverage of Cellphone Study
by Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - CA, 31 May 2016

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BERKELEY, Calif. - Experts on cellphone and brain tumor science say they're disappointed some media outlets downplayed last week's government study that found a small but significant percentage of rats exposed to lifelong cellphone radiation developed cancerous or precancerous cells.

The $25 million study from the National Toxicology Program prompted a skeptical New York Times video, saying overall brain tumor rates have not skyrocketed along with cellphone use.

But Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, notes a major Times shareholder is a global wireless magnate.

He points to a USC report that said the same types of tumors rats developed in this study have increased in humans. Slesin says he's glad to see other influential groups changing their stance.

"The American Cancer Society and Consumer Reports, which have been deeply skeptical for the last 15 years, have done a 180," he says. "And now, they're saying that this is a paradigm shift that needs to be taken seriously, and we need to do more."

30 May 2016

United Kingdom: Huge New Network of Mobile Phone Masts for Britain Ahead of 'World Changing' 5G

Communities have fought masts across the country
over health fears.  
Getty Images
"The plans may well be met with fury from the public in Britain.  A constant stream of protests have been seen in the country in the last ten years as the number of mobile phone masts increases.  In 2003, mobile phone masts were torn down in Wishaw and Dudley in the West Midlands, Crosby in Merseyside and Tiverton in Devon, as well as in Northern Ireland. They are viewed by some as bad for public health over the radiation they emit."

Huge new network of mobile phone masts for Britain ahead of 'world changing' 5G
by Zoie O'Brien, express.co.uk, 26 May 2016

BRITONS should prepare for a huge new network of mobile phone masts across the country so future generations can benefit from 'world changing' wireless broadband technology.
The head of the National Infrastructure Commission said Britain faces an 'enormous challenge' in preparing for the introduction of a new 5G network.

Lord Adonis said the country will need an increase in mobile phone transmitters to deliver the next generation of services.

Despite the UK only just settling into 4G, the next generation of high speed internet access 5G, will be unveiled in South Korea in 2018 to coincide with the Winter Olympics.

Cellphone Radiation Linked to Cancer in Major Rat Study

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Kenneth R. Foster, a bioengineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania expects more governments will put out cautionary guidelines and radiation labeling for cellphones. He says he wouldn’t be surprised if the IARC ups its classification rating from 2B: possibly carcinogenic to humans to 2A: probably carcinogenic to humans. “And they wouldn’t be out of line in doing that,” he says. “This is going to change the rhetoric in the field. People can point to much more hard evidence that [cellphone RF exposure] really is a problem.”

Cellphone Radiation Linked to Cancer in Major Rat Study
by Prachi Patel, spectrum.ieee.org, 27 May 2016

Results of the largest, most expensive animal study on the link between cellphones and cancer are in. And the link is positive—weak, but positive.

The much-anticipated two-year study led by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found low incidences of brain and heart tumors in male rats that were exposed to the radio frequency radiation commonly emitted by cellphones.

Exposed rats had higher rates of two malignant cancers: glioma of the brain and schwannoma of the nerves in the heart. But none of the unexposed control rats developed them. And these brain and heart tumors are similar to the ones found in previous epidemiological studies of cellphone use, the NTP report states, so “these findings appear to support the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conclusions regarding the possible carcinogenic potential of” radiofrequency radiation.

28 May 2016

Questions Abound After Study Links Tumors to Cellphone Radiation

New study has raised fresh questions about the health
impacts of cellphone use. 
Hernán Piñera/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Questions abound after study links tumors to cellphone radiation
by Warren Cornwall, Science, 27 May. 2016

Male rats exposed to cellphone radiation in a large U.S. government study were more likely to develop rare brain and heart cancers, a preliminary analysis has found, adding weight to concerns the ubiquitous devices could pose a health risk to people.

But though the study is the most comprehensive yet of lab animals exposed to cellphone radiation, researchers say it’s far from conclusive. And the findings pose a number of puzzles. It’s not clear why cancer rates rose in male but not female rats, for instance, or why rats exposed to cellphone radiation lived, on average, longer than radiation-free rats. The study also does not pinpoint a biological mechanism that would account for the findings. And, as usual, it comes with the caveat that studies of rodents can mean little for humans.

The findings, posted on the bioRxiv preprint server late on 26 May by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a multiagency research effort, have already begun rippling through scientific and political circles, triggering calls for additional research and, potentially, additional warnings about cellphone use.

American Cancer Society Responds to New Study Linking Cell Phone Radiation to Cancer



"For years, the understanding of the potential risk of radiation from cell phones has been hampered by a lack of good science. This report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is good science."



ACS Responds to New Study Linking Cell Phone Radiation to Cancer
by David Sampson, acspressroom, 27 May 2016


The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has released partial results from an animal study of the effect of radiofrequency radiation associated with cell phones. The group found radiofrequency radiation was linked to a higher risk of two cancers. Below is a response from Otis W. Brawley, M.D., American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer.

“For years, the understanding of the potential risk of radiation from cell phones has been hampered by a lack of good science. This report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is good science.

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

UPDATE (31 May 2016):
SPIN vs FACT: National Toxicology Program report on cancer risk from cellphone radiation
saferemr.com

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health reported partial findings from their $25 million study of the cancer risk from cellphone radiofrequency radiation (RFR). Controlled studies of rats showed that RFR caused two types of tumors, glioma and schwannoma. The results “…could have broad implications for public health.”

A factsheet on the NTP study that summarizes some biased statements, or “Spin,” about the study that tend to create doubt about data quality and implications, as well as “Facts” from decades of previous research is available at http://bit.ly/NTPspinfacts.
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"The researchers believe that the cancers found in this experimental study were caused by the exposure to cell phone radiation as none of the control animals developed cancer.  The researchers controlled the temperature of the animals to prevent heating effects so the cancers were caused by a non-thermal mechanism."

Here is the NIH link to the 27 May telebriefing on the NTP report (67 mn. - audio) 

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer
saferemr.com, 27 May 2016

Last night the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health issued the first in a series of reports that contains partial findings from their long-awaited, $25 million study of the cancer risk from cell phone radiation. This report summarizes the study of long-term exposure to cell phone radiation on rats. The report on mice will be issued at a later date.

27 May 2016

United States: Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats, Government Study Finds


"The results of this large, long-term study could dramatically shift the national debate over cell phone safety. The NTP’s website says that the results may be used by the Food and Drug Administration and the FTC in determining how best to protect consumers from the potential harms of radiation that comes from cell phones. The CDC might also consider reinstating the cautions it pulled from its web site...  Likewise, the cell phone industry may have to alter its stance."

Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats, Government Study Finds

by Jeneen Interlandi, Consumer Reports, 27 May 2016

$25 million study from the National Institutes of Health looked at brain tumors in animals

The National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has found a link between the type of radiation emitted by cell phones and cancer in rats. The project has been underway for more than a decade, and with a $25 million price tag, is the most expensive ever undertaken by the program.

The study involved more than 2,500 rodents, exposed to the same type of radiation found in cell phones, at the same frequencies, for nine hours everyday, for two years.

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.

Breaking News – Cell Phones and Brain Tumors – Leaked Insight from the U.S. National Toxicology Program?

Breaking News – Cell Phones and Brain Tumors – Leaked Insight from the U.S. National Toxicology Program?
Dr. Vini Khurana, C.N.S. Neurosurgery (Australia), 26 May 2016

In 2008, I self-published a review paper on-line, clearly expressing my concerns regarding mobile phones and brain tumors (Reference 1, below). That paper caused an international stir and I and others eventually discussed our thoughts on this topic with Larry King, as communicated by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times (Reference 2, below).

Dr Lennart Hardell, however, was one of the pioneers of this field, and I was fortunate enough to have published a peer-reviewed meta-analysis and literature review with him in 2009 (Reference 6, below). Essentially, our paper reported that 10 or more years of cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increase in ipsilateral (same side of head) GLIOMAs and SCHWANNOMAs (acoustic neuromas) in those long-term cell phone users.

I continued to work on the area for the next few years (References 3-10, below), and in December 2013, I testified in the Superior Court of Washington D.C. in a weighty court case that is still being litigated in that honorable forum.

And now this:

Louis Slesin PhD, the well respected, dedicated and longstanding Editor of Microwave News, published the following on 25 May 2016:

“Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals: $25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors – U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk.”

“Game-Changing” Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer

(Robert Piras/Shutterstock)
"Even 'a very small increase in the incidence of disease' due to cellphone radiation 'could have broad implications for public health.' "

“Game-Changing” Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer
by Josh Harkinson, motherjones.com
27 May 2016

It's the moment we've all been dreading. 

Initial findings from a massive federal study, released on Thursday, suggest that radio-frequency (RF) radiation, the type emitted by cellphones, can cause cancer.

The findings from a $25 million study, conducted over two-and-a-half years by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), showed that male rats exposed to two types of RF radiation were significantly more likely than unexposed rats to develop a type of brain cancer called a glioma, and also had a higher chance of developing the rare, malignant form of tumor known as a schwannoma of the heart.

The radiation level the rats received was "not very different" from what humans are exposed to when they use cell phones, said Chris Portier, former associate director of the NTP, who commissioned the study.

As the intensity of the radiation increased, so did the incidence of cancer in the rats. (The highest radiation level was five to seven times as strong as what humans typically receive while using a phone.) Although ionizing radiation, which includes gamma rays and x-rays, is a widely accepted as a carcinogen, the wireless industry has long noted that there is no known mechanism by which RF radiation causes cancer. The researchers wrote that the results "appear to support" the conclusion that RF radiation may indeed be carcinogenic.

United States: National Toxicology Program Releases Draft Cancer Report

From Abstract of draft report:  "The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) has carried out extensive rodent toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) at frequencies and modulations used in the US telecommunications industry. This report presents partial findings from these studies. The occurrences of two tumor types in male Harlan Sprague Dawley rats exposed to RFR, malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart, were considered of particular interest, and are the subject of this report."  [Abstract is below, with access to draft report in full.]

NTP Releases Draft Cancer Report
Microwave News, 27 May 2016

This evening, the NTP released a draft of the report on its two-year cell phone cancer study.Linda Birnbaum, the director of the NIEHS, and John Bucher, the leader of the study, will present the report at a teleconference tomorrow, Friday. They are the director and associate director of the NTP, respectively.

The report that was posted only covers rats. The accompanying study of mice found no effects on cancer.

For a copy of the report, go to bioRxiv.org.

The Microwave News story on what the NTP rat experiment shows is here.

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.



25 May 2016

Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals; $25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors: U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk

Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals;  $25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors
microwavenews.com, 25 May 2016

U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk

The cell phone cancer controversy will never be the same again.

The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is expected to issue a public announcement that cell phone radiation presents a cancer risk for humans. The move comes soon after its recently completed study showed statistically significant increases in cancer among rats that had been exposed to GSM or CDMA signals for two-years.

Discussions are currently underway among federal agencies on how to inform the public about the new findings. NTP senior managers believe that these results should be released as soon as possible because just about everyone is exposed to wireless radiation all the time and therefore everyone is potentially at risk.

Stories From Parents About Their Children Being Exposed to Microwave Radiofrequency Radiation from Wireless Technology

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
From the mother who wrote this testimony:  "I hope you will share your stories too if you or a family member has been affected by cell tower radiation. By publicizing our stories we will bring awareness to this issue and force our government (FCC) to change its outdated regulations on safe levels of RF exposure from 1996."

Stories From Parents About Their Children
parentsforsafetechnology.org

Headaches, insomnia, memory and concentration problems, anxiety, allergies, rashes are commonly reported.

Read these stories from parents.

Effect the Cell Towers Have Had on My Son
From A California Mother in the USA received July 2015

My son developed anxiety, OCD, insomnia, irrational fears, various neurological problems, personality changes immediately after the upgrade of an AT&T cell tower next to his school to 4G LTE technology, which was completed in June 2013. I didn’t even know there were cell towers next to his school until March 2015 because these cell towers were camouflaged as ball field light poles. (One was 300 ft away from the school, the other was 600 ft away)

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.

Why There Can Be No Increase in All Brain Cancers Tied with Cell Phone Use

Gliobastoma (astrocytoma) WHO grade IV - MRI coronal
view, post contrast by Christaras A.  CC BY 2.5 via
Wikimedia Commons
The type of brain cancer increased by cell phones is glioblastomas. Glioblastomas are in fact increasing, as exemplified in those age 35-39 in the United States, in precisely those parts of the brain that absorb most of the microwave radiation emitted or received by phones. 

Why there can be no increase in all brain cancers tied with cell phone useby Devra Davis, Anthony B. Miller, and 
L. Lloyd Morgan, blog.oup.com, 
16 May 2016

Several widely circulated opinion pieces assert that because there is no detectable increase in all types of brain cancers in Australia in the past three decades, cell phones do not have any impact on the disease. There are three basic reasons why this conclusion is wrong.

First of all, the type of brain cancer increased by cell phones is glioblastomas. Glioblastomas are in fact increasing, as exemplified in those age 35-39 in the United States, in precisely those parts of the brain that absorb most of the microwave radiation emitted or received by phones. But this increased trend in glioblastomas of the frontal and temporal lobes and cerebellum is not evident when all brain cancers are considered.

22 May 2016

Ayahuasca Shaman Dreading Another Week Of Guiding Tech CEOs To Spiritual Oneness

Salazar says that if he hears about one more Silicon Valley CEO's vision
for establishing their app's KPIs, he might quit his spiritual practice
altogether.
Ayahuasca Shaman Dreading Another Week Of Guiding Tech CEOs To Spiritual Oneness
theonion.com, 17 May 2016

IQUITOS, PERU—Saying he was trying not to think about how awful the next few days would be, master ayahuasca shaman Piero Salazar expressed his sense of dread Tuesday as he confirmed his week would once again be spent guiding American tech CEOs to spiritual oneness.

Speaking to reporters, the practitioner of ancient South American religious rituals involving the hallucinogenic ayahuasca plant explained that, while he was ordinarily happy to share his culture’s spiritual wisdom with others, the constant stream of wealthy Silicon Valley executives seeking transcendental enlightenment had become an increasingly loathsome and disheartening part of his occupation.

If Children Lose Contact with Naure They Won't Fight For It

'The great indoors has become a far more dangerous place
than the diminished world beyond.'
Illustration by Daniel Pudles
The great indoors, as a result, has become a far more dangerous place than the diminished world beyond.  The rise of obesity, rickets and asthma and the decline in cardio-respiratory fitness are well documented.  Indoor life has been linked to an increase in ADHD and other mental ill health.

If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it
George Monbiot, The Guardian, 
19 November 2012

With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm

'One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow". That radical green pressure group PriceWaterhouseCoopers warns that even if the present rate of global decarbonisation were to double, we would still be on course for 6C of warming by the end of the century. Confining the rise to 2C requires a sixfold reduction in carbon intensity: far beyond the scope of current policies.

20 May 2016

Scientists Conclude Child's Brain & Inner Ear Undergo Serious Risk When Exposed to Wireless

Scientists Conclude Child's Brain & Inner Ear Undergo Serious Risk When Exposed to Wireless
PRLog, 13 April 2016

National advocacy group correlates children's exposure to wireless radiation as a risk factor for developing Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

The amount of wireless radiation in our environment is staggering. Wireless radiation is emitted from devices such as cell phones, laptops, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors and more. Children of all ages are seen placing wireless devices up against their heads and bodies without any thought given to the potential harm this may cause.

SPD is a neurological condition affecting many children. Conservative estimates indicate 1 in 20 (Miller 2004) suffer from SPD while a more recent study (Ben-Sasson, Briggs-Gowan 2009) shows 1 and 6 are affected.

All of our senses are closely linked and work in concert with the brain to achieve normal sensory integration. When a child suffers from SPD, their brain is either not receiving sensory input or not processing sensory input accurately. SPD can be a debilitating condition impacting a child's safety, self esteem, relationships, daily routines / activities, and overall quality of life.

How Cell Phones Can Actually Cause Cancer

Photo:  Courtesy
How phones can actually cause cancer
by Protus Onyango, standardmedia.co.ke, 
20 May 2016

The debate whether cell phone use can cause cancer and other tumors has been ranging for some time now.

Though medical experts worldwide differ on this, some like Ruchira Misra are convinced of the effects of prolonged cell-phone usage.

Dr. Misra, a consultant Paediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in India, believes that prolonged use of mobile phones exposes the user to radio frequency radiation which can cause cancer.

“There are not enough studies to prove this; but we have seen that there is radiation exposure from the batteries that can cause cancer, and so should not be held close,” said Misra.

The doctor wrote to the the family of a 15-year-old girl fighting for her life for the past three years with T cell Rich B cell Lymphoma, saying the condition was as a result of exposure to cell phone radiation.

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.

Acute Effects of 30 Minutes of Exposure to a Smartphone Call on In Vitro Platelet Function

Discussion:  "This study demonstrates that smartphone radiofrequency waves induce significant perturbation of platelet structure and function, thus providing further support to concerns regarding excessive use of mobile phones. Caution should also be taken with regards to blood products containing platelets, which should be kept far away from mobile phones and smartphones throughout the production pipeline and storage period."

Acute effects of 30 minutes of exposure to a smartphone call on in vitro platelet function.
Blood Transfus. 2016 May 6:1-5. doi: 10.2450/2016.0327-15. [Epub ahead of print]

Lippi G1, Danese E1, Brocco G1, Gelati M1, Salvagno GL1, Montagnana M1.

Author information

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
Significant concerns are now regularly raised about the safety of excessive mobile phone use. This study was aimed to assess the acute effects of radiofrequency waves emitted by a commercial smartphone on platelet function.

Modern Electronic Devices: An Increasingly Common Cause of Skin Disorders in Consumers

Modern Electronic Devices: An Increasingly Common Cause of Skin Disorders in Consumers.
Dermatitis. 2016 May-Jun;27(3):82-9. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000184.

Corazza M1, Minghetti S, Bertoldi AM, Martina E, Virgili A, Borghi A.

Author information

Abstract

: The modern conveniences and enjoyment brought about by electronic devices bring with them some health concerns. In particular, personal electronic devices are responsible for rising cases of several skin disorders, including pressure, friction, contact dermatitis, and other physical dermatitis. The universal use of such devices, either for work or recreational purposes, will probably increase the occurrence of polymorphous skin manifestations over time. It is important for clinicians to consider electronics as potential sources of dermatological ailments, for proper patient management. We performed a literature review on skin disorders associated with the personal use of modern technology, including personal computers and laptops, personal computer accessories, mobile phones, tablets, video games, and consoles.

18 May 2016

The Autism Epidemic Is Rising Steadily in America Due to Vaccines, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Chemicals in the Food Supply

The autism epidemic is rising steadily in America, thanks to these three causitive factors
by Isabelle Z., Natural News, 11 May 2016

(NaturalNews) There is no question that autism is on the rise in the United States. In 2003, the autism rate was around 1 out of every 150 children. The current rate is believed to be somewhere around 1 in every 68 children, although a 2015 report by the CDC gives a rate of as high as 1 out of every 45 children. It is hard to imagine what this rate will be in 2025, and what effect it will have on society.

What is behind this concerning and dramatic increase? The truth is that autism is very complex, and there is still a lot that is not known about it. Nevertheless, several factors have been linked to autism. Here is a look at the three factors that are believed to play the biggest role in driving up the autism statistics.

17 May 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation, Obesity and Chronic Fatigue (2012 Paper)

Electromagnetic radiation, obesity and chronic fatigue, and, the effect of electromagnetic radiation on the body's brain, respiratory and skin barriers
Dr Andrew Goldsworthy explains the links
Main paper first published in March 2012; extracts in May 2012

Two extracts from Dr Goldsworthy's much longer paper, The biological effects of weak electromagnetic fields – problems and solutions.

Electromagnetic radiation, obesity and chronic fatigue

Gland cells (thyroid, adrenal etc) may be particularly sensitive to radiation because their secretions are normally produced in internal membrane systems, which can also be damaged.

Their secretions are usually released in vesicles (bubbles of membrane) that fuse with the external cell membrane and disgorge their contents to the outside (exocytosis). The vesicle membrane then becomes part of the external membrane. The resulting excess external membrane is counterbalanced by the reverse process (endocytosis) in which the external membrane buds off vesicles to the inside of the cell, which then fuse with the internal membranes.

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.

14 May 2016

An Addiction Turns Deadly

An addiction turns deadly
by Rakesh Kumar, thestatesman.com,
12 May 2016

Pooja Mehra (name changed), a bank employee and mother of a three-year-old daughter, knows the easiest way to keep her little girl engaged. Whenever her daughter cries, she quickly hands her mobile phone to her. The child is soon happy watching some cartoon clips, songs or funny video. Mehra accedes this is not in the child's best interest but remains the most effective way to keep one's kid entertained.

This is not the story of one Pooja Mehra, but lakhs of such parents, mainly in urban India, who have made their kids dependent, or rather, over dependent on these gadgets. Take another example of a couple, who boarded a Bangalore- bound flight with two teenaged kids. As soon as they settled in, the parents got busy on their mobile phones. And the children followed suit. After the flight took off, the boy started playing games on his tablet, which ended only when the plane prepared for landing.

The two cases highlight to what extent one is not just dependent but addicted to these gadgets. Be it young or older, boys or girls, these electronic devices have infiltered everyone's lives. Being exposed to them at a very young age, thanks to their parents, a major impact is increasingly being felt by young children. Pooja admitted that she introduced her daughter to the online world at the age of 11 months and by the age of three she deftly handled mobile phones.

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.