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30 June 2016

26 Days After the NIH's National Toxicology Program Reported that Cell Phone Radiation Definitively Causes Cancer

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[Our comment:  Although this article is specific to North America, we'd like to add that on 16 June, the Swiss National Council of Parliament voted by a very small margin to raise limit values of cell phone antennas and to ease regulations for their installation - despite (limited) reporting of the NTP study in the Swiss media, issue of a press release by the 1500+ members of Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, and messages sent to Deputies mentioning the study.] 

26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer
by Katie Singer, opednews.com, 29 June 2016

www.electronicsilentspring.com

26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding. On June 20, Wheeler said that 5G "is a national priority.... 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells...(that will) open up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized networks." Mr. Wheeler said that "we" will "stay out of the way of technological development.... Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum... Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future."

FCC Commissioners will vote on Mr. Wheeler's proposal on July 14, 2016 without any public input or discussion.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Virginia Anderlini /right) was the first private client to try
out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the
elderly, and says she's eager to see more.  Kim's handful of
programs are still at the demo stage.  Kara Platoni/KQED
This is considered "treatment"?!  Using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets is dangerous to health, especially that of children and the elderly.  The technology risks disconnecting the elderly from reality, just as does excessive use of tablets and smartphones.  It is no substitute for the presence of and communication with fellow human beings.  VR headsets encase smartphones which are held very close to the eyes and brain.  This is exposing the user to radiofrequency radiation, classified by WHO as "possibly carcinogenic".  The manual for the Gear VR (Galaxy S6) headset states that the elderly should consult a doctor before using it and if one has vision problems or suffers from a heart condition or other serious disorder.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans
npr.org, 29 June 2016

Virginia Anderlini is 103 years old, and she is about to take her sixth trip into virtual reality.

In real life, she is sitting on the sofa in the bay window of her San Francisco assisted-living facility. Next to her, Dr. Sonya Kim gently tugs the straps that anchor the headset over Anderlini's eyes.

29 June 2016

The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Opportunities for Prevention

This excellent article by Dr. Schettler was just published in the June/July 2016 San Francisco Medical Journal. The entire issue, which includes some interesting contributions on integrative cancer care is available here http://www.sfms.org/news-publication/san-francisco-medicine.aspx

The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Opportunities for Prevention 
by Ted Schettler MD, MPH, San Francisco Medical Journal, 
June/July 2016

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US. While a number of risk factors contribute to its incidence, one or two do not stand out nearly as strongly as the impact of tobacco smoking on lung cancer risk. Rather, dynamic interactions among multi-level variables, beginning early in life, create conditions out of which breast cancer emerges. This means that breast cancer is a systems problem requiring systems-level responses for prevention.[1]

Migration studies show that breast cancer risk remains relatively low in adult women who move from low- to high-risk countries but increases when they live their entire lives in a high-risk country. This illustrates the importance of early life events, but what makes a country high-risk for breast cancer?

Switzerland: This Vote Sends the Wrong Signal

This vote sends the wrong signal
by Meris Michaels, Readers' Mail, 24 heures,
28 June 2016

Re article entitled: 
"Towards stronger mobile antennas"

The vote of the National Council on modernization of the mobile phone network was very close: 96 against 89 with 3 abstentions. It sends a message that nearly half of the population does not want modernization which could mean an increase in limit values of mobile phone antennas. Inversely, this vote sends the wrong signal to the world which takes Switzerland for a model of application of the precautionary principle by adopting lower limit values than other countries.

Did the minister responsible for communication, Doris Leuthard, influence the vote by saying that only high frequency radiation is possibly carcinogenic, and not that of mobile phone installations? According to Dr. Robert Baan, responsible for the IARC/WHO monograph establishing this classification, it is the same for all types of radiofrequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum: high frequency radiation emitted by antennas, cell phones, Wi-Fi etc.

Asbestos-Related Cancer Costs Canadians Billions

[Let this be a warning:  Some say that the toll of electromagnetic radiation will be worse than that of asbestos and tobacco combined.]

Asbestos-related cancer costs Canadians billions

by Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail, 26 June 2016

A first-ever estimate of the toll of asbestos-related cancers on society pegs the cost of new cases at $1.7-billion per year in Canada, and notes that is likely an under-estimate.

The economic burden of lung cancer and mesothelioma from work-related asbestos exposure in Canada amounts to an average of $818,000 per case, according to a team led by health economist and senior scientist Dr. Emile Tompa at the Institute for Work & Health, a research organization, whose calculation includes costs related to health care and lost productivity and quality of life.

European Union: Glyphosate Given Last-Minute 18-Month Re-Licensing Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support

"There are clear concerns about the health risks with glyphosate, both as regards it being a carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor," said Bart Staes, Green Party MEP. "Moreover, glyphosate’s devastating impact on biodiversity should have already led to its ban. The process of phasing-out glyphosate and other toxic herbicides and pesticides from agriculture must begin now..."

Glyphosate Given Last-Minute Approval Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 29 June 2016

As expected, the European Commission has extended the license for glyphosate for 18 months. Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the last-minute re-licensing on June 28 despite failing three times in a row to secure a majority decision from the European Union’s member states.

28 June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Website

Take the time to look at the excellent Website of Dr. Joel Moskowitz, "Electromagnetic Radiation Safety" : http://www.saferemr.com/ .  Dr. Moskowitz, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Below are the contents of his Website:

Index
1st June 2016

Overview

Mobile Phone Health Effects

Secretive Alphabet Division Aims to Fix Public Transit in U.S. by Shifting Control to Google

Using public records laws, the Guardian obtained dozens
of emails and documents detailing many technologies and
proposals from Sidewalk Labs not previously made public.
Photo:  Sidewalk Lab
Secretive Alphabet division aims to fix public transit in US by shifting control to Google
by Mark Harris, The Guardian, 27 June 2016

Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services – and bring them under Google’s management

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

Sidewalk is initially offering its cloud software, called Flow, to Columbus, Ohio, the winner of a recent $50m Smart City Challenge organized by the US Department of Transportation.

Harnessing the Potential of Mobile Health Apps

While reading this, keep in mind that in a recent speech delivered at the American Medical Association's recent annual meeting, AMA CEO James Madara described the digital health industry as peddling apps and devices that "impede care, confuse patients, and waste our time." Without naming names, he referenced ineffective electronic medical records, direct-to-consumer digital health products, and apps of "mixed quality."  Where does the Canadian Medical Association stand on this issue?

Harnessing the potential of mobile health apps
CBC News, 27 June 2016

What information is worth the patient's time to collect?

Mobile health apps on our cellphones can hold a wealth of helpful information to take better care of ourselves, but family doctors still face barriers harnessing the potential.

Of the explosion of 165,000 health apps now available, 36 account for half of downloads, said Emily Seto, an engineer and health technology specialist at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University of Toronto.

27 June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation: Scientific Fact Versus Political Spin and Misinformation: Extracts from Letter to the Mayor of Vancouver

Olga Sheean's letter to the Mayor of Vancouver, "No Safe Place"
 contains so much good information on the issue of electromagnetic radiation that we are producing some of it in separate posts.

Scientific fact versus political spin and misinformation 

SPIN: Non-ionizing Wi-Fi radiation does not generate enough heat to do damage and, therefore, this non-thermal form of radiation is not harmful to humans. 

FACT: Scientific studies—and the telecommunications industry itself—confirm that non-thermal radiation is harmful to the human body.4 

• “Weak non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation in the environment can be linked to more ‘modern illnesses’ than even the pessimists thought possible,” says Dr Andrew Goldsworthy. “Modern science can now begin to explain how.” (For details, see: http://bit.ly/1taEDi3.)

• The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that: “epidemiological studies demonstrate that significant harmful biological effects occur from nonthermal RF exposure” (http://bit.ly/24XtIpS).

• A Swisscom patent application clearly states that non-thermal wireless radiation “has a genotoxic effect … elicited via a non-thermal pathway” and that “when human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material [DNA] has been demonstrated [with] indications of an increased cancer risk.” The international patent (http://bit.ly/1OQbG4V), filed in 2003, was for technology to reduce the ‘electrosmog’ from wireless local networks, intended to reduce the cancer risks associated with non-thermal exposure to microwave radiation. (For more details, see: http://bit.ly/1BCVa0W.)

Electrical Sensitivity And Autism – Different Sides Of The Same Coin?

Peter Sullivan, founder of Clear Light Ventures
Electrical Sensitivity And Autism – Different Sides Of The Same Coin?
by Lloyd Burrell , electricsense.com, 25 June 2016

In 1999 Jack was at pre-school. One day Peter and his wife were informed by the school that because of Jack’s behavior they wouldn’t be able to continue schooling him.

The teacher suggested they have Jack undergo a psychological evaluation.

So they contacted the Children’s Health Council. Jack was diagnosed with sensory dysfunction, which is at the low end of the autism spectrum.

This was really hard for Peter and his wife to hear.

They started working on therapies to reduce his sensory load, to make the environment softer end de-stress it.

Wi-Fi: The Fatal Attraction

Wi-Fi: The Fatal Attraction
by Olga Sheean @olgasheean, eligiblemagazine.com, 26 June 2016

What do fried gonads, brain buzz and scary ‘senior moments’ have in common? Here’s a clue: it’s that thing in your hand/pocket/backpack, on your desk or beside your pillow—the cell phone or wireless device that seems to have become a permanent extension of your body, an integral part of every moment of your existence, and a tool that feels essential to life itself.

Yet that wonderful gadget, connecting you to so many fascinating facts, people, news items, apps, gossip and image-defining feedback, may be surreptitiously, progressively chipping away at your health, hormones, sexual performance, brain function and longevity. It may feel like your lifeline, but what if it’s actually causing serious problems that you’re blaming on something else? What if you’re taking sleeping pills, painkillers, anti-seizure drugs, anti-inflammatories or other pharmaceuticals to address something that’s being caused by your wireless wonder-phone? It is, after all, emitting a powerful signal that extends for 20–40 feet in all directions around you. Invisible and intangible (to most), yet capable of penetrating cement, metal, plastic, rubber, clothing and human bodies, this radiation is the ultimate silent, stealthy, insidious invader. You’ll never see it coming, and it will be the last thing you’ll ever think of blaming if you’re sick, exhausted, have cancer, become infertile, suffer loss of libido, have ADD/autism, lose your hearing or develop any kind of neurological condition.

Checking Your Phone at Night in the Dark Can Cause Temporary Blindness

(Ana Blazic Pavlovic/iStock)
Checking your phone at night in the dark can cause temporary blindness
by Maria Cheng, Associated Press /
The Washington Post, 26 June 2016

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.

The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in the dark.

In Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of the two women, ages 22 and 40, who experienced “transient smartphone blindness” for months.

The women complained of recurring episodes of temporary vision loss for up to 15 minutes. They initially were subjected to a variety of medical exams, MRI scans and heart tests. Yet doctors couldn’t find anything to explain the problem.

Science Says Wi-Fi Allergies are Fake - but People Are Still Sick

This excellent article includes a 10-minute video from Australia on electromagentic hypersensitivity.

Science Says Wi-Fi Allergies are Fake - but People Are Still Sick
by Chris Stokel-Walker, europe.newsweek.com, 26 June 2016

Science says electromagnetic hypersensitivity doesn't exist, but that's cold comfort for those debilitated by its symptoms.

(Photo): A woman visiting Green Bank, West Virginia—a town inside the National Radio Quiet Zone—lies down inside a guest cabin after feeling the effects of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). Someone in a nearby cabin had set up a wireless router that was causing her EHS symptoms.JIM MCAULEY

Nearly a year to the day 15-year-old Jenny Fry took her own life, her mother, Debra, brought tulips and a sunflower to lay at her grave.

“In the early days, I came every day,” Fry, a dental nurse, says over the phone from her home in Oxfordshire, England, before she left with her husband, Charles, for the cemetery. “Then it went to every other day. Generally, now it’s every three days; five days at the most.”

She sighs. She sounds drained, unsurprising for a mother still coming to terms with the loss of her middle child. But her exhaustion is not just because of grief. In the year since her family lost their daughter, Fry has devoted her life to battling what she says was the direct cause of Jenny’s death: the onward march of technology. In doing so, she’s thrust herself into a deeply polarized scientific debate over how best to define an illness on the frontier of science today.

26 June 2016

Switzerland: Cell Phone Radiation Changed Blood Values of Cows (2015 Article)

(Keystone)
Cell phone radiation changed blood values ​​of cows
argauerzeitung.ch, 10 May 2015 (summary of Google translation from German)

Whether electromagnetic fields make humans and animals sick, has been studied for decades. Now a new study shows that cell phone radiation has effects on cows.

Michael Hässig1, veterinarian at the animal hospital of the University of Zurich, found evidence of this.

The researchers exposed ten cows for a long period to mobile phone radiation at a strength that is common in the vicinity of mobile phone masts.

Before, immediately after, and one month later, they examined the cows's blood. The results indicated that the radiation influenced the activity of enzymes that regulate the pH in the blood. "The blood values ​​changed 10 percent of the normal range during irradiation," says Hässig.  A pH in the normal range is important for all metabolic processes.

On the question of whether one can infer by the results that this is a threat to humans, Hässig replies: "In principle, yes."

No Safe Place: Letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

No Safe Place - shattered lives, healthcare set to crash − you can’t fix this fast enough

A letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson by Olga Sheean, 15 June 2016

Click here to read the letter:  (click again on "download").

Also sent to: • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau • David Eby, MLA • Hedi Fry, MP • Elizabeth May, MP • Joyce Murray, MP • The David Suzuki Foundation • Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, PHIRE/Radiation Research Trust • Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, the Klinghardt Academy • Elizabeth Kelley, Director, EMFscientist.org • Dr Joel Moskowitz, Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, saferemr.com • The Vancouver Sun • Metro News • The Globe and Mail • The Tyee

Dear Mr. Robertson,

In 2003, when I worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, the Director General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned because cell phone radiation was making her ill. Along with countless other doctors, researchers and scientists, Brundtland has stated that “research shows deleterious effects” from the use of cell phones and other devices emitting radiation. “This is not an innocent technology,”1 she says. It’s an inconvenient truth that we ignore because we’re so far down the rabbit hole of wireless living.

Your campaign to bombard the city with harmful radiation (benignly referred to as Wi-Fi) clearly demonstrates that you are uninformed about the scientifically proven harmful effects of nonionizing/non-thermal Wi-Fi and other electromagnetic radiation (EMR). It also shows that, as an elected public servant, you have failed to do your own due diligence. In promoting free Wi-Fi as a positive enhancement to the community, you have led people to believe that there is no danger involved and that they can use their various electronic gadgets to their hearts’ content—with no regard for others (babies, children, transit passengers, neighbours etc) affected by them doing so.

National PTA Executive Director Removes Safe Technology Advocacy Organization From PTA Convention

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
This is worse than our experiences in Geneva where an association of pediatricians does not reply to our letters regarding the risks of children using wireless technology, where there seems to be a collusion among members of the medical profession to avoid this issue altogether.

National PTA Executive Director Removes Safe Technology Advocacy Organization From PTA Convention

Safe Tech for Schools Maryland. 25 June 2016

The National PTA has banned an Oregon based health non- profit Wireless Education Action from exhibiting at the 2016 Annual National PTA Convention.

National PTA Executive Director Nathan Monell wrote that:

“The National PTA hereby revokes Wireless Education Action as an exhibitor at the Convention. Neither the Wireless Education Action nor any of its members, representatives, and, or agents, including yourself, shall be allowed to exhibit, attend, or in any other way participate in the convention.”
Click here to read the June 20 2016 letter.

Without a vote from the voting body of the National PTA, the Executive Director issued a statement that- advocacy to protect children from the health risks of wireless radiation is not in accordance with the Mission of the National PTA.

Canada: Ontario: New Ad Campaign Makes Distracted Drivers Think Twice

According to the  Ontario ministry of transportation, deaths caused by distracted driving collisions have more than doubled since 2000, making them the leading cause of death on the province's roads. Statistics from the Ontario Provincial Police show 69 people died last year in collisions where distracted driving played a role. 

New ad campaign makes distracted drivers think twice
by Taylor Simmons, CBC News, 16 June 2016

One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every 30 minutes, Ontario government says



#PutDownThePhone (:60) - 1 mn. - 15 June 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcc3VG1TeaU

Ethical Dilemma on Four Wheels: How to Decide When Your Self-Driving Car Should Kill You

Would you get into this car if you knew it would kill you
to avoid mowing down a group of pedestrians?
(AP Photo/ Tony Avelar, File)
Ethical dilemma on four wheels: How to decide when your self-driving car should kill you
by Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, 23 June 2016

Self-driving cars have a lot of learning to do before they can replace the roughly 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads today. They need to know how to navigate when their pre-programmed maps are out of date. They need to know how to visualize the lane dividers on a street that’s covered with snow.

And, if the situation arises, they’ll need to know whether it’s better to mow down a group of pedestrians or spare their lives by steering off the road, killing all passengers onboard.

This isn’t a purely hypothetical question. Once self-driving cars are logging serious miles, they’re sure to find themselves in situations where an accident is unavoidable. At that point, they’ll have to know how to pick the lesser of two evils.

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks

Electric car 
(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health" - from
Alternative Energy News )
The original of this article contains summaries and links to several studies and news articles on the topic. 

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks
saferemr.com, 24 June 2016

Hybrid and electric cars may be cancer-causing as they emit extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or magnetic fields. Recent studies of the levels of EMR emitted by these automobiles have claimed either that they pose acancer risk for the vehicles' occupants or they are safe.

Unfortunately, the little research conducted on this issue has been industry-funded by companies with vested interests on one side of the issue or the other which makes it difficult to know which studies are trustworthy.

25 June 2016

A Study in Journalistic Skepticism: Cell Phones and Cancer

“It was as if they didn’t want to hear that their cell phones might not be as safe as they had long been told.”

A Study in Journalistic Skepticism: Cell Phones and Cancer
by Paul Raeburn, undark.org, 24 June 2016

A study finding links between cell phone radiation and cancer in rats was rightly covered with skepticism — but reporters should keep open minds.

A FEW WEEKS AGO, the federal government’s National Toxicology Program released data suggesting that radiation from cell phones might increase the risk that certain rats will develop certain tumors.

The NTP, an inter-agency program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found occurrences of two tumor types — malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart — in male laboratory rats exposed to radio-frequency radiation. While they noted that the new results represented only “partial findings” in an ongoing study, the government scientists also said that the results “should be considered of particular interest, as those same cells showed alteration in earlier phone radiation studies.”

24 June 2016

Connected Controversies: The NTP Cell Phone Study and Wireless Electric Meters

Connected controversies: The NTP cell phone study and wireless electric meters
by Contributor, worcestermag.com, 
23 June 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently announced preliminary results of a study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and other wireless devices, such as National Grid’s smart meters. Researchers exposed an unprecedented number of rodents to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation.

The results provide some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure – weak exposure that does not heat human tissue – is associated with the formation of certain cancers in rats.

Homeowners Say Smart Meters Are Damaging Their Health

Homeowners say smart meters are damaging their health, causing chronic pain, hair loss and sensitivity to light
by Daniel Barker, Natural News, 15 June 2016

(NaturalNews) By 2014, smart meters had been installed in nearly 50 million American homes, and despite assurances by power companies that they are completely safe, many people are reporting serious health issues caused by them - and many experts believe that they can indeed pose a health risk.

These two-way electric meters, which transmit wireless radio frequency electromagnetic signals to and from utility companies, eliminate the need for meter readers and theoretically save customers money by monitoring and regulating electricity use.

Power companies say that smart meters are not harmful to humans, and if current trends continue, their usage will become the rule rather than the exception. 43 percent of American homes now have smart meters and the numbers are steadily rising.

Tired of Being Tired? Sleepman Wearable Will Help You Rest Easy

Tired of Being Tired?  Sleepman Wearable Will Help You Rest Easy
by Lulu Chang, digitaltrends.com, 
22 June 2016

Coffee might be the only thing that gets you buzzing in the morning, but a new wearable is creating a buzz of its own. Meet the Sleepman, heralded as the “first device to combine sleep-optimization and enhancement functions with daytime drowsiness prevention and concentration-loss alerts.” So if you’re buzzing after reading this, it’s probably out of excitement.

Recently launched on Kickstarter, this next-generation sleep wearable aims to monitor electromagnetic biosignals, providing insights into activity patterns whether you’re asleep or awake. Noting that the human brain is constantly generating biosignals, the Sleepman team claims that its revolutionary new device “reads these [signals] from your wrist and analyzes [them] with its unique Electro-Dermal Activity tracking algorithms.

Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment

Institute for Basic Science/Seoul National University
Attention!  These devices operate wirelessly and use nanotechnology and materials.  How safe are they for our health?

Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment
by Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. Published online 23 June 2016 doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6240

Pricking a finger multiple times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels often proves overwhelming for patients with diabetes. Many simply won’t follow their physician’s recommendation to test so frequently, making it harder to manage their condition.

“It’s a lot of stress,” said Dae-Hyeong Kim, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea. “Many patients don’t want to do it every day so they will do it once a week or once a month, and that will aggravate their diabetes.”

New Jersey: Hazlet Mayor Against Power Company's Transmission Line Plan

Hazlet Mayor Comes Out Swinging Against JCPL
Shared from the Holmdel-Hazlet, NJ Patch
by Carly Baldwin (Patch Staff), 23 June 2016

Hazlet Township Mayor Scott Aagre is emerging as one of the most outspoken leaders against the power company's transmission line plan.

Hazlet, NJ - Hazlet Township Mayor Scott Aagre is emerging as one of the most outspoken leaders against Jersey Central Power & Light's plan to erect 10 miles of power lines from Aberdeen to Red Bank.

American Medical Association CEO Is Concerned about the Rapid Proliferation of New Health Apps and Devices

[Photo: Everett Collection via Shutterstock]
Is It Fair To Call Digital Health Apps Today's "Snake Oil"?
by Christina Farr, fastcompany.com,
21 June 2016

American Medical Association CEO James Madara is concerned about the rapid proliferation of new health apps and devices.

Back in the middle of the 19th century, the American Medical Association declared war on the so-called "snake oil elixirs" that were all the rage. Today, it has identified a new target: digital health apps.

In a speech delivered at the AMA's recent annual meeting, CEO James Madara described the digital health industry as peddling apps and devices that "impede care, confuse patients, and waste our time." Without naming names, he referenced ineffective electronic medical records, direct-to-consumer digital health products, and apps of "mixed quality."

23 June 2016

2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to Headquarters of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2.6 million dead bees were lined up in front of Bayer CropScience on
June 20.  Photo credit:  Keep the Hives Alive / Twitter
2.6 Million Dead Bees Delivered to EPA Headquarters
Environment America
23 June 2016

A truck full of dead bees made its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators.

While the millions of dead bees stayed in the truck, advocates and beekeepers delivered more than 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing pesticides.

Japanese Government Continues to Ban the MMR Vaccine

Japanese Government Continues to Ban the MMR Vaccine
vactruth.com, 23 June 2016

For many years, controversy has surrounded the three-in-one vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella. Most notably, the MMR vaccine is infamous for its disputed connection to autism, and despite the fact that it has been blamed in vaccine courts for causing autism, vaccine supporters still deny its fault in skyrocketing rates of autism spectrum disorder, which is at least one in 68 children, with even higher rates of diagnosis among boys. [1, 2]

However, the vaccine has other serious risks in addition to the relationship it has with unmanageable numbers of autism in children, which has led to a ban of this vaccine in one industrialized nation.

The Japanese government banned the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine from its vaccination program in 1993, after a record number of children developed adverse reactions, including meningitis, loss of limbs, and death. [3]

The MMR Vaccine’s Tragic History in Japan

'The Precautionary Principle' and EMF

'The precautionary principle' and EMF
by Leslie Saffer, telegram.com (Worcester, MA), 21 June 2016
We humans are bioelectric beings​. Independent sources confirm that the rapid proliferation of technology that emits artificial electromagnetic fields/radio frequency (EMF/RF) increasingly is conflicting with our natural EMF matrix and posing significant danger to health and well being of all life. Culprits include wireless computers, wireless utility “smart meters," microwave ovens, cell phones, mobile devices and associated infrastructure.

With Columbia University's Martin Blank, Ph.D., taking the lead, 220 scientists and engineers from around the globe last year petitioned the United Nations, its member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) to take action against an emerging public health crisis.

Lyme Disease: Prof. Luc Montagnier Denounces the Inefficiency of Text Protocols

Lyme disease: Prof. Montagnier denounces the inefficiency of test protocols
archyxx.com, 19 June 2016 (translated text from French by archyxx with grammatical corrections by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

Lyme disease, transmitted by tick bites, is poorly diagnosed and treated in France, due to a “great ignorance about its chronic nature,” the Nobel Prize for medicine Luc Montagnier said Sunday, at a conference in Strasbourg.

He said he made promising discoveries to better diagnose the condition.

“It is unfortunate that governments and health authorities do not have a coherent policy on Lyme disease,” denounced the co-discoverer of the AIDS virus.

“There is currently total ignorance on the subject by much of the medical community and science”, said Professor Montagnier, who was speaking during a study day devoted to this pathology, organized by “Lyme without borders”, an association of angry sick persons against the official approach of the disease.

Forced MMR Vaccination in Young Medical Student Inflicts Injury

Dr. Robert J. Rowen
Everyone should read this testimony.

Forced vaccination in young medical student inflicts injury.  She visits my office due to the injury.
by Dr. Robert J. Rowen, 23 June 2016

In light of my last post on the unvaccinated faring better in a pertussis outbreak, I have a follow up opposite report. This one details an injury to a previously MMR unvaccinated young adult by a forced MMR vaccination – in a woman I saw today in the office.

A mixed racial female, then, age 21, (I’ll call her Janet) who had already been accepted to medical school, was going to enter a (pre medical school) hospital training program. Despite a known egg allergy and a legitimate waiver from a licensed physician, she was forced to get MMR (which contains egg) vaccine.. She was threatened that her training would be forfeited if she did not comply. The medical school also would have demanded it, if she did not permit the injection from the hospital. She submitted.

You might wonder why Janet did not have the MMR as a child.

Why You Need to Stop Carrying Your Mobile Phone in Your Pocket or Bra

Why You Need to Stop Carrying Your Mobile Phone in Your Pocket or Bra
by Tony Isaacs, thetruthaboutcancer.com

If you’re a man and you carry your mobile phone in your pants pocket, or a woman who tucks her phone into her bra or bra strap… chances are you aren’t aware of the damage this practice may be causing. You’re not going to hear about it from the cell phone companies who are resisting mounting evidence about the dangers of mobile phone radiation.

Read on for some of the major areas of health concerns (including cancer!) and what cell phone studies have uncovered thus far…

Cell Phones and Infertility/Decreased Sperm Counts

California: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to Use Fitbits in Small Trial of Cancer Patients

Our comment to the article, which was immediately erased by Mobilhealthnews:
Doesn't the medical profession realize that by encouraging use of "smart" wearables such as Fitbit, they are exposing patients to radiofrequency / electromagnetic radiation, classified in 2011 as a "possible carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer? How could they possibly expose cancer patients to this type of radiation? In addition, Fitbit is facing a class action suit due to complaints from wearers of skin rashes and irritations, perhaps from allergies to nickel, but it could be the combination of the nickel and the radiation these devices emit. Read the manual! which says, "This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy" and "Substances contained in this product and/or its battery may damage the environment and/or human health if handled and disposed of improperly." Watch this 3-min. video on the 2015 International Scientist Appeal on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), explaining the major health crisis we are facing due to increasing levels of environmental pollution from growing and expanding EMF sources. https://www.emfscientist.org/

Cedars-Sinai to use Fitbits in small trial of cancer patients
by Jonah Comstock, mobilhealthnews.com, 21 January 2016

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is embarking on a small study to see if a Fitbit Charge HR can help oncologists assess whether their patients are active enough for chemotherapy.

Massachusetts: Letter: Health Effects Must Be Acknowledged


LETTER: Health effects must be acknowledged
by Pamela Steinberg, telegram.com (Worcester, MA), 
21 June 2016

I was saddened by the story of the boy, “G,” whose Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome is jeopardizing his ability to attend Fay School in Southboro. As a person who has EHS, I empathize with him. People with EHS have the right to expect a safe environment in which to live, work and study.

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) from WiFi and devices like smart meters have not been proven safe. Evidence is mounting that they are not. Industry insiders already know what we are now learning as more people experience health effects from wireless emissions: EMF’s are making us sick. In a memo dated September 3, 2010, Chairman Michael Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission wrote these chilling words to PG&E’s decision-makers, “... let anyone who wants to keep their old meter keep it, if they claim they suffer from EMF ... There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than having them become hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone.”

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

Anna Parini
"As a pediatrician, I think this may be another case where we should be careful that the lure of the digital world doesn’t take away significant experiences that can have real impacts on children’s rapidly developing brains."

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age
by Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times, 
20 June 2016

Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old-fashioned handwriting?

United States: How Much Radiation is OK in an Emergency?

“The science of radioactivity continuously demonstrates that radiation is more dangerous than we knew before,” said Daniel Hirsch, director of the Environmental and Nuclear Policy program at the University of California at Santa Cruz... [ He said] the more lax standards could be intended to benefit the nuclear industry, which could use them to postpone or avoid cleanup requirements. Relaxing regulations speaks to the desperation of the industry,.. Hirsch maintains that more lax standards and the open-ended nature of the EPA proposal are alarming.  “I know how dangerous radioactivity is,” he said... “I started thinking about Nuremberg, and how ethically a government official can possibly do this.”  In the Nuremberg trials, which took place from 1945-49, teams from the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union prosecuted Nazi leaders for crimes committed by Germans during World War II. The litigation established guidelines for what constitutes a war crime and defined ethics principles for experimentation on humans.

How much radiation is OK in an emergency?
by Rebecca Moss, The New Mexican, 18 June 2016

Photo:  A young evacuee is screened March 24, 2011, at a shelter for those affected by leaked radiation from the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new radiation guidelines to help guide local communities and state and federal officials in the event of a nuclear disaster such as the 2011 reactor meltdown at Fukushima after an earthquake-triggered tsunami. Wally Santana/Associated Press file photo

New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly increase the amount of radiation that people can ingest in the days and years following a radiological accident — levels far higher than existing limits set by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.

Watchdog groups, academics and even some EPA officials worry the change could severely compromise public health.

22 June 2016

Storyline vs. Rest-of-the-Story: Brain Cancer Incidence, Cellphone Use, and Trends Data

Storyline vs. Rest-of-the-Story:  Brain cancer incidence, cellphone use, and trends data
saferemr.com, 21 June 2016

Many countries monitor brain cancer incidence using cancer registries which document the number of new cases diagnosed each year. Although brain cancer is rare, about 25,000 cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year; the lifetime risk is between 1 in 200 and 1 in 250. Three case-control studies suggest that the risk may double after 10 years of heavy cellphone use. Only 35% of brain cancer patients survive for 5 or more years. Some scientists argue that brain cancer incidence has been stable over time so one need not worry about the findings from these controlled studies. However, the facts tell a different story.

A one-page fact sheet can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/braintrends2:
[Note:  We have reproduced the information in this fact sheet below, including the links.]

STORYLINE

Big Tech Squashes New York’s ‘Right To Repair’ Bill

Stephen Lam / Reuters
Big Tech Squashes New York’s ‘Right To Repair’ Bill
by Damon Beres, Senior Tech Editor, The Huffington Post, 17 June 2016

Companies like Apple maintain control over devices you purchase, even when they break.

Major tech companies like Apple have trampled legislation that would have helped consumers and small businesses fix broken gadgets.

New York state legislation that would have required manufacturers to provide information about how to repair devices like the iPhone failed to get a vote, ending any chance of passage this legislative session. Similar measures have met the same fate in Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and, yes, even previously in New York.

South Korea: Seoul Wants 'Smartphone Zombies' to Read Road Signs Instead

A pedestrian uses a smartphone as he crosses a road
with other morning commuters at Gwanghwamun
Square in Seoul on Aug. 28, 2015.
(SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)
Seoul wants ‘smartphone zombies’ to read road signs instead
by Max Bearak, The Washington Post, 21 June 2016

Six years ago, less than 4 percent of South Koreans owned a smartphone. Today, that number is 88 percent. That means South Koreans have the highest smartphone ownership rate in the world.

But with great distraction comes great danger. Government surveys have found that millions of South Koreans are "addicted" to smartphone usage, and many more to the Internet in general. According to Korea's Transportation Safety Authority, there were more than 1,000 smartphone-related traffic accidents in 2014, compared with 437 in 2009.

For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8

"The evidence on endocrine-disrupting chemicals or compounds that mimic hormones like estrogen is less clear... More studies are needed on this, as well as on exposure to antibiotics through the food supply, which has also been raised as a potential factor."

For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8

by Sumathi Reddy, The Wall Street Journal, 20 June 2016


Researchers find more children appearing to hit puberty earlier; higher risks associated with faster start

Photo:  The age onset of puberty appears to be moving earlier and earlier and often begins in the elementary school ages now. WSJ’s Sumathi Reddy joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to discuss the health implications for children going through puberty at an early age. Photo: Getty

When Frank Biro walks into a class of second- or third-graders these days, there are almost always a couple of girls who look different than the rest.

“There will be quite a few girls that look like they’re going into early puberty,” says Dr. Biro, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who gives talks about puberty at schools occasionally.

Microwave Radiation – Is It Frying Your Eggs?

Microwave Radiation – Is It Frying Your Eggs?
Posted by Lloyd Burrell, electricsense.com,  20 June 2016



Is microwave radiation from your gadgets frying your eggs?

Devices like laptops, cell phones and cordless phones emit a form of electromagnetic field (EMF) called microwave radiation or radio frequency radiation.

Millions of People May Be Needlessly Taking Statins Every Day

Researchers found reducing the level of 'bad' LDL
cholesterol from a 'high' to a 'moderate' level did have an
impact on heart risk.  But reducing levels from 'moderate'
to 'low' levels - roughly the level targeted by the NHS - had
no effect on patients at all
Millions of people may be needlessly taking statins every day: Study claims lowering cholesterol may NOT slash heart attack risk
by Ben Spencer, Medical Correspondent for the Daily Mail, 20 June 2016

- Study: Lowering cholesterol below a certain level doesn't cut heart risk
- Reducing level of 'bad' LDL cholesterol from a ‘high’ to a ‘moderate’ level did have an impact on heart risk, reducing heart emergencies by 13%
- But reducing levels from 'moderate' to 'low' levels - roughly the level targeted by the NHS - had no effect on patients at all


Millions of people may be needlessly taking statins every day, according to research which suggests lowering cholesterol below a certain level does nothing to reduce heart risk.

Scientists questioned the ‘blanket’ medical assumption that lowering cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems.

The researchers tracked 32,000 people with heart disease who were prescribed cholesterol-busting statins.

Study Linking College Education with Brain Tumor Risk Raises Many Questions

A study based on data from Sweden suggests people
with more advanced education may have a higher
risk of three types of brain tumors.
Getty Images/ iStock Photo
Study linking college education with brain tumor risk raises many questions
by Mary Brophy Marcus, CBS News,
21 June 2016

Usually, having a higher level of education is a good thing -- it often means a better job, salary and lifestyle. But a new study suggests a college education may also be linked to a higher risk for a serious health problem: brain cancer. Now, experts are struggling to understand why.

The observational study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, analyzed data on more than 4.3 million people born between 1911 and 1961 who lived in Sweden in 1991.

The research found that three kinds of brain tumors -- glioma, meningioma and acoustic neuroma -- were associated with more education and better jobs. Gliomas, in particular, were more common in people who had at least three years of university studies under their belt.

Men who had attended three or more years of college were 19 percent more likely to be diagnosed with glioma compared to less-educated men. Similarly, more educated women were 23 percent more likely to be diagnosed with glioma and 16 percent more likely to have meningioma.

United States: FCC to Vote on Rules for 5G Network in July

Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler
says the proposed new rules for an ultrafast wireless
network will 'identify and open up vast amounts of
[airwaves] for 5G applications.'  Photo:
Pete Marovich/Bloomberg News
FCC to Vote on Rules for 5G Network in July
by John D. McKinnon, The Wall Street Journal, 20 June 2016

Proposed wireless network could help with autonomous vehicles, extending broadband access

Federal regulators said Monday they will vote in mid-July on new regulations to lay the groundwork for an ultrafast fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network that is seen as important for new applications such as autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in prepared remarks Monday that the new rules will “identify and open up vast amounts of [airwaves] for 5G applications.”

The move will help assure that the U.S. remains a global leader in the race to develop new telecommunications technologies, he said

Among the ideas that could be advanced by 5G: autonomous vehicles, interconnected appliances, remote surgery, smart-city transportation grids, and immersive education and entertainment, Mr. Wheeler said.

Artificial Intelligence Achieves Near-Human Performance in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Artificial Intelligence Achieves Near-Human Performance in Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 
19 June 2016

Human and computer analyses together identify cancer with 99.5% accuracy

BOSTON — Pathologists have been largely diagnosing disease the same way for the past 100 years, by manually reviewing images under a microscope. But new work suggests that computers can help doctors improve accuracy and significantly change the way cancer and other diseases are diagnosed.

A research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) recently developed artificial intelligence (AI) methods aimed at training computers to interpret pathology images, with the long-term goal of building AI-powered systems to make pathologic diagnoses more accurate.

21 June 2016

Electrosensitivity: Updated Website: Canadians for Safe Technology

Canadians for Safe Technology, C4ST, the organization led by Frank Clegg, the former CEO of Microsoft Canada, updated their website and added a new page devoted exclusively to Electro-Sensiivity (ES) [also commonly called Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)] in a convenient Q&A format including studies/references. Learn more about this emerging epidemic:  View page here:  
http://c4st.org/electrosensitivity/

Electrosensitivity
c4st.org

Electromagnetic-Sensitivity (ES) is a condition in which adults and children develop intolerance to radiation from wireless technology devices and infrastructure such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, wireless utility “smart”meters and cell towers and antennas. Once they develop the condition, they experience various symptoms from tingling in the hands and pain in the head when using a cell phone to severe and disabling illness. The most common symptoms are headaches, sleep disturbances, nausea, dizziness, cognitive and memory problems, a racing heart and heart palpitations, burning sensations, nose bleeds and noise or light sensitivities. Recent research suggests that these symptoms indicate severe physiological harm including breakage of the Blood Brain Barrier, damage to the limbic system and the thalamus, oxidative stress, autoimmune damage and neurodegeneration. 

California: Petaluma: Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms

This is NOT responsible iPad use:  they should not
be used on one's lap, especially if connected to Wi-Fi.
Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms

In a Nutshell . . .

Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms, is a group of Petaluma, CA parents who are banding together to protect their children from the current use and configuration of Wireless Access Points (WAPs), iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and other wirelessly-connected devices that leads to continuous, immediate and latent toxic hazards in Petaluma City Schools District (PCSD) classrooms.

Since February, 2016, various members of our group have tried to engage the PCSD School Board Members, the PCDS Superintendent, Gary Callahan, the PCSD Director of Technology, Lori Deen, and several PCSD Principals in genuine conversations with parents to define reasonable solutions that will eliminate the PCSD's current practice of pumping a known human carcinogen into every PCSD K-12 classroom for 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Australia: Victoria: Primary School Program for Gifted Students Offers Vaccination Exemption and Urges Students to Avoid Wi-Fi in Schools

Brandon Park Primary student Jenna McIver, 9,
whose mother alerted the school to anti-vaccination
posts.  
Photo:  Vince Caligiuri
[Why don't schools offer anti-vaccination forms to ALL children and urge them to avoid Wi-Fi in schools?  Better, do NOT install Wi-Fi in schools.  All of us may be sensitive to neurotoxins from vaccines, Wi-Fi radiation, and other pollutants.]

Anti-vaccination program offered to gifted children in primary schools
by Timna Jacks, Education Reporter, theage.com,au

A school program for gifted students is offering vaccination exemption forms and urging students to avoid Wi-Fi in schools, claiming that gifted kids have "extra neurological connections" which make them more susceptible to allergic reactions.

Pat Slattery​, the founder of WiseOnes, a popular program for gifted students working in Victorian state schools, posted on her website that gifted children have "extra sensitivities to food or chemicals" and are prone to developing negative health reactions to vaccinations.

Wisconsin: Appleton Risks Lawsuit, Votes Against Cell Tower Proposal

[One neighbor fears he'll soon be staring at a cell tower
38 feet from his daughter's bedroom.]
Appleton risks lawsuit, votes against cell tower proposal
by Billy Wagness, nbc26.com, 16 June 2016

Vote praised by neighbors, goes against statute

APPLETON, WI -- In an unforeseen twist, Appleton city leaders have defied state statute in siding with neighbors in voting against a proposed cell phone tower.
The 85-foot tower, requested by Verizon Wireless, was set to be built near homes along the 2700 block of North Kesting Court.

Neighbors fighting this say they're shocked, and pleased with the vote that saw seven aldermen in favor, and four against the proposal. Now, leaders say the city risks a lawsuit since the tower technically meets state standards.

For neighbor Ryan Vissers, it's not at all about stopping economic growth.

19 June 2016

U.S. Government's Premiere Test Program Finds Cancer Risk from Cell Phone Radiation: A Game-Changing Global Wake-Up Call

"If ever there was a time to re-think our growing dependence on wireless in schools, cars, homes, and energy production, this is it. There is no other suspected cancer-causing agent to which we subject our elementary school students or place directly in front of the brain and eyes with virtual reality. It makes no sense to continue building out huge wireless systems until we have done a better job of putting the pieces of this puzzle together. This latest report from the NTP should give us all pause."


US government’s premiere test program finds cancer risk from cell phone radiation: a game-changing global wake-up call
by Devra Davis, oup.com, 19 June 2016

Have you heard that cell phones cause cancer, then they don’t, then they do? Confused enough yet? Let me break it down for you. Contrary to some claims, the new US government study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is hardly a shot in the dark or a one-off event. With this largest best-conducted animal study, we now have three different studies within the past six years where animals develop some of the same cancers from cell phone radiation as people. In the NTP study, male rats exposed to wireless radiation develop more unusual highly malignant brain tumors—gliomas—as well as very rare tumors of the nerves around and within the heart—schwannomas.

Rodent studies are the gold standard for testing chemicals. In fact, as the American Cancer Society notes, the NTP study comes from a world-renowned test program that involved twice the usual number of animals and triple the typical number of independent reviews of the pathology data. The NTP review process included blinded evaluations by statisticians and pathologists who did not even know the name of the ‘test agent’ they were examining.

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Mental Illness in Children

Relatively small increases in air pollution were associated
with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems,
the research showed.  Photo:  Alamy
Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children
by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 
13 June 2016

New research is first to establish the link and builds on other evidence that children are particularly vulnerable to even low levels of pollution

A major new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution.

The new research found that relatively small increases in air pollution were associated with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems. It is the first study to establish the link but is consistent with a growing body of evidence that air pollution can affect mental and cognitive health and that children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality.

The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal BMJ Open, examined the pollution exposure of more than 500,000 under-18s in Sweden and compared this with records of medicines prescribed for mental illnesses, ranging from sedatives to anti-psychotics.

Genetically Modified Crops in Switzerland: Study

"Almost 20 years after their introduction, genetically modified (GM) crops and their associated policies are still matter of strong controversies. As a non-European Union (EU) member state, Switzerland evolved its own regulatory processes. Both Swiss citizens and farmers expressed strong negative views in many national surveys with about 65 % of the people opposed to GM plants in the last polls... A large publically funded national research program (NRP59) consecutive of the referendum was launched to evaluate the costs and benefits of GM in the Swiss agricultural context. Both environmental and socio-economic studies were conducted in this program. The main conclusions were that GM crops commercially available at that time did not yield particular agronomical advantage to Swiss farmers and that global distaste of GM-containing food impaired chances to open a viable market for these crops."  [See Abstract and Introduction below.]

Genetically modified crops in Switzerland: implications for agrosystem sustainability evidenced by multi-criteria model
DOI: 10.1007/s13593-016-0367-9

Open Access Review Article

Abstract

Studies on Electrosensitivity (ES) and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

An invaluable source of information on studies on ES and EHS.

Studies on electrosensitivity (ES) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)
Michael Bevington, June 2016
Link to 16-page document.

There are many thousands of peer-reviewed studies relevant to ES/EHS. This very limited selection of about 200 studies and references aims to provide an indication of the wide range of studies available.  This selection does not attempt to give the earliest or most recent studies on any topic. This selection concentrates on positive studies which indicate the range of relevant evidence.

CONTENTS

1 General, reviews, Historical evidence

2 Specific ES/EHS symptoms from man-made environmental radiation

18 June 2016

Canadian Supreme Court Rules that Cities Cannot Block Location of Cell Towers

Re. Rogers vs. Chateauguay: Canadian Supreme Court rules that cities cannot block location of cell towers
by Magda Havas, via Maison du 21ème siècle, 
Read related article 17 June 2016

Feel free to circulate …

On June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that municipalities have no say in the placement of cell phone towers or antennas. It is ironic that the ruling comes just a few weeks after the release of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) research showing an increase in tumors in male rats exposed to cell phone radiation.

While health concerns were the reason the City of Chateauquay opposed the location Rogers selected for its antennas, health had nothing to do with the Supreme Court decision. The telecom industry comes under federal jurisdiction and municipalities have no rights in this matter. Land can be expropriate and it is up to Industry Canada to determine which locations are acceptable.

This is not necessarily bad news. The federal government SHOULD be protecting the rights of Canadians to live in a safe and healthy environment. If both Health Canada and Industry Canada understood how harmful this radiation is and if they simply did their job we could be living in a healthier environment.