Raise awareness of environmental health issues in order to better protect our children and future generations.

EMF Studies

31 January 2016

No, You Are Not an Hysterical Female, and This Is Not Just Anxiety

Charles Gullung via Getty Images
Testimony of a very serious emergency room error.  Moral : "Fire doctors who shame you in any way, shape, or form... Listen to your own body."

No, You Are Not an Hysterical Female, and This Is Not Just Anxiety
by Patti Digh, Author, Blogger 37days.com
The Huffington Post, 29 January 2016

"He's working with a med student shadowing him today. Do you mind being seen by her first?"

In the spirit of education, I said, "No, of course not."

She had long strawberry blond hair and big glasses. We talked. "What brought you here today?" she asked. "Well, I was seen in the ER three weeks ago for a blood clot in my leg and they told me I needed to follow up." I watched her write down "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

"It wasn't a deep vein thrombosis, but they did find a blood clot, and told me to follow up with you."

11 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12

11 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12
healthycures.org, 31 January 2016

It is common nowadays to see kids playing with handheld devices like cell phones and tablets. But scientists warn that children below 12 should not be allowed to use these gadgets.

There is no denying about the way technology has helped and changed our lives. But most of us don’t know how these gadgets are affecting our kids. You should limit how much your child uses or handles a cell phone or tablet because these devices can interfere with his/her development.

According to research, technology has been causing harm to our kids. Despite knowing this many parents continue to allow their kids to use these devices without any restrictions. Such gadgets have allowed infants, toddlers and kids access and enter the viral world where there is absence of the key factors required for development, learning and behavior.

30 January 2016

Gwyneth Paltrow Warns of Dangers of 'Toxic' Mobile Phones and Drinking Tap Water

Gwyneth consults Dr. David Carpenter,
Ann Louise Gittleman, and Devra Davis,
to help her readers 'understand the complicated
and messy world of cell phone and WiFi safety'.
Gwyneth Paltrow warns of dangers of 'toxic' mobile phones and drinking tap water in latest Goop post... but experts say she is scaremongering
by Bianca London for Mailonline, 29 January 2016

- This week, the 43-year-old A-lister has shared some invaluable advice
- She writes about brain cancer and 'electro-sensitivity'
- Also makes a case for being cautious about drinking tap water


Whether she's claiming that water has feelings or sharing her favourite healthy recipes, Gwyneth Paltrow uses her weekly Goop blog to share her innermost thoughts and prized tips for a better life.

This week, the 43-year-old A-lister has shared some invaluable advice with her readers on the dangers of mobile phones and tap water.

Writing on her blog, the mother-of-two has shared a post entitled: 'Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic?', in which she says it's almost impossible to remember a time without smartphones.

She then goes on to claim that this makes it equally easy to forget that the technology is still relatively new, with safety requirements that, for the most part, are generally untested.

She writes: 'The scientific community’s rumblings about brain cancer and the new-to-us affliction “electro-sensitivity” are worth exploring, at the very least, so we tapped three experts in the field.'

Zika Outbreak Epicenter In Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released In 2015

UPDATE (31 January 2016):  31 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in 11 states in the US and in Washington DC. (Daily Mail article 29 January.)

Zika Outbreak Epicenter In Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released In 2015
by Claire Bernish, naturalblaze.com,
29 January 2016

United States — The World Health Organization announced it will convene an Emergency Committee under International Health Regulations on Monday, February 1, concerning the Zika virus ‘explosive’ spread throughout the Americas. The virus reportedly has the potential to reach pandemic proportions — possibly around the globe. But understanding why this outbreak happened is vital to curbing it.

There have been at least 4,000 reports of babies born
 with 
microcephaly in Brazil since October.
As the WHO statement said:

“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes … is strongly suspected. [These links] have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.





“WHO is deeply concerned about this rapidly evolving situation for 4 main reasons: the possible association of infection with birth malformations and neurological syndromes; the potential for further international spread given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector; the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas; and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments, and rapid diagnostic tests […]

New Online Community "Beyond the Screens: Technology's Impact on Kids"

New Online Community "Beyond the Screens: Technology's Impact on Kids"

This new group is a space for Educators, Researchers, advocates, and parents to share the latest research and discuss The Impact of screen-based technologies on children's development.

About this community

As screen-based technologies have reshaped our world and become a constant in the lives of young people, we endeavor to examine the impact they are having on their development. Digital, cyber technologies have profoundly changed the way young people think and interact with others and the world around them. As a result, we challenge the assumption that these technologies are an unalloyed good. As parents, educators, scientists and health care professionals, we seek a robust discussion about what kind of people we would like to help our children to become. We are therefore creating this platform for members to express their views on these issues, post papers, and ask for help regarding raising children who are able to thrive in real life – beyond the screens.

Link to Online Community:
https://plus.google.com/communities/101651115161183157939

What You Need to Know About Zika And Climate Change

What You Need to Know About Zika And Climate Change
by Brian Kahn, climatecentral.org via http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/, 28 January 2016

(Photo:) Dr. Angela Rocha (L), pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital, speaks to Ivalda Caetano (R), grandmother of Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de Vasconcelos (2 months), C, who has microcephaly, on January 26, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development.

The rapid rise of the Zika virus is turning into a full-on public health crisis. The virus, transferred via specific types of mosquitoes, “is now spreading explosively” across Latin America, according to Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).

There could be up to 4 million cases right now, just eight months after the first case was reported in Brazil. There are 23 countries where the virus is active.

Devra Davis on WiFi in Schools and Limiting Its Risks

Devra Davis on WiFi in Schools and Limiting Its Risks
goop.com

Devra Davis is an epidemiologist and founder of the Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit public health organization working to keep WiFi out of schools and to educate parents about how to protect their children from its risks. For two other opinions on the same subject, look here: Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic? .

A Q&A with Devra Davis

Q
What’s the difference between WiFi and the radiation from a regular cell phone signal? Are they equally dangerous?

A
Cell phones and other wireless devices like Wi-Fi routers are two-way microwave radios that operate in the same frequency range as microwave ovens, but at a much lower power. All wireless signals—whether from cell phones, tablets, computers, or wireless routers—are microwave radiation, a type of non-ionizing radiation that is also called radio-frequency radiation. When the World Health Organization reviewed the research in 2011, they grouped all of these radiofrequency signals as a Class 2 B Carcinogen.

Ann Louise Gittleman on Protecting Yourself from Wifi & Cellphone Toxicity

Ann Louise Gittleman on Protecting Yourself from Wifi & Cellphone Toxicity
goop.com

Ann Louise Gittleman is a nutritionist and long-time advocate for integrated medicine—her book Zapped is the most comprehensive guide to electromagnetic radiation we’ve come across. Below, she explains some easy steps for limiting exposure via cellphones and WiFi signals.

A Q&A with Ann Louise Gittleman

Q
What are the possible health effects of cell phones after continued use?


A
The simple truth is that talking or texting on a cell phone uses the same kind of radiofrequency radiation you would find in a microwave. Think of electromagnetic radiation as packets of energy that can carry information, such as a phone call or other communications. It is comprised of frequencies, modulation patterns, and other characteristics that make it biologically disruptive.

29 January 2016

Reliable Disease Biomarkers Characterizing and Identifying Electrohypersensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity as Two Etiopathogenic Aspects of a Unique Pathological Disorder

The full text of this study is now available online : 
Click here.

"Our data strongly suggest that EHS and MCS can be objectively characterized and routinely diagnosed by commercially available simple tests. Both disorders appear to involve inflammation-related hyper-histaminemia, oxidative stress, autoimmune response, capsulothalamic hypoperfusion and BBB opening, and a deficit in melatonin metabolic availability; suggesting a risk of chronic neurodegenerative disease. Finally the common co-occurrence of EHS and MCS strongly suggests a common pathological mechanism."

Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder 
Rev Environ Health. 2015 Dec 1;30(4):251-71. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0027.

Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P.

Abstract

Vienna Medical Association Cautions for Mobiles Phones - Advises that Reduce Health Risks

Vienna Medical Association cautions for Mobiles - advises that reduce health risks
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 28 January 2016
(Google translation from Swedish.)

Vienna Medical Association has issued new guidelines to reduce health risks associated with mobile phone use. Association's recommendations are largely identical with the advice Radiation Protection Foundation leaves for several years.

Collapse mobile use

Fixed telephone should be used for longer phone calls at home and at work while mobile phone should only be used for urgent and short calls. The number of apps on the phones should be kept to a minimum because the mobile applications leads to higher continuous background radiation from mobiles even when they are not actively used for calls or internet access. The cell phone should also never be stored on, just around the body, for example in a trouser pocket.

Possibly carcinogenic

Many NYC Students So Tech-oriented They Can’t Even Sign Their Own Names

Photo:  Getty Images
Many NYC students so tech-oriented they can’t even sign their own names
by Kirstan Conley, nypost.com, 
27 January 2016

ALBANY — Many Big Apple students, including the children of several state lawmakers, can’t even sign their own names, it was revealed at an educational budget hearing in Albany today.

“Not only is it sad, but it’s a security issue,” said Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-SI/Brooklyn).

She told Board of Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia that students have become so tech-oriented that they never learn how to sign their John Hancock, which renders them unable to properly ink contracts, checks and credit cards.

Malliotakis said the penmanship problem was brought to her attention while helping one of her constituents fill out a voter registration form. He printed his name, and when she told him to actually sign it, he insisted that was his signature.

New Concerns about the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: American College of Pediatricians

New Concerns about the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
American College of Pediatricians – 
January 2016

The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is committed to the health and well-being of children, including prevention of disease by vaccines. It has recently come to the attention of the College that one of the recommended vaccines could possibly be associated with the very rare but serious condition of premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause. There have been two case report series (3 cases each) published since 2013 in which post-menarcheal adolescent girls developed laboratory documented POF within weeks to several years of receiving Gardasil, a four-strain human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4).1,2 Adverse events that occur after vaccines are frequently not caused by the vaccine and there has not been a noticeable rise in POF cases in the last 9 years since HPV4 vaccine has been widely used.

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

The Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 disaster
in Fukushima, in the Ehime prefecture of Japan, January 23, 2014.
(Photo: Ko Sasaki/ The New York Times)
Dahr Jamail | Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific
by Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report, 27 January 2016

The Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, in the Ehime prefecture of Japan, January 23, 2014. (Photo: Ko Sasaki / The New York Times)

"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Truthout shortly after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling system of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

While this statement might sound overdramatic, Gundersen may be right.

28 January 2016

Maine High Court Rejects Claim that Smart Meters are Unsafe

Maine high court rejects claim that smart meters are unsafe
by Darren Fishell, BDN Staff, 26 January 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled state regulators properly determined smart meters installed by Central Maine Power Co. pose no “credible threat to the health and safety” of about 615,000 customers who have them installed.

Smart meter opponent Ed Friedman and the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters took the case to the state’s top court last year, challenging the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s finding that the radio frequency-emitting smart meters don’t pose a health risk.

Friedman had argued the evidence produced during the PUC’s investigation, including testimony of 65 witnesses who reported health problems, contradicted the decision by the three-member commission. The court denied that claim.

27 January 2016

Symposium "For the Recognition of Electrosensitivity": National Assembly, Paris, 11 February 2016

UPDATED PROGRAM

Symposium "For the Recognition of Electrosensitivity"
11 February 2016 - 14:00 to 18:00

National Assembly - Salle COLBERT, 126 rue de l'Université, Paris 7e

Organized by Laurence Abeille, Member of the National Assembly and Michèle Rivasi, Member of the European Parliament

With the support of Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former 
Director-General of WHO

Free entry. Mandatory inscription before 4 February. For reasons of security, access to the National Assembly will be refused without inscribing before 4 February.

With the current deployment of the Linky smart meter, testing of 5G for mobile telephony and more and more Wi-Fi in public places, we are more than ever surrounded by a "sea of waves". At the same time, a court recognized a handicap of 80% of a woman suffering from electohypersensitivity.
This is why it seems to crucial to us to place this major public health issue on the table and in particular to address this issue to physicians and health professionals.

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones
by Swati Khandelwal, thehackernews.com, 
20 January 2016

Apple to make future iPhones compatible with a cutting-edge technology that has the capability to transmit data at 100 times the speed of WiFi, suggests the code found within the iOS firmware.

Apple may ship future iPhones with Li-Fi capabilities, a new technology that may end up replacing the widely-used Wi-Fi in the future technology.

Beginning with iOS 9.1 update, the operating system's source code makes mention of "LiFiCapability" alongside declarations to other hardware and software capabilities, hinting that Apple may be experimenting with ways to integrate Li-Fi technology with future iPhones models.

Li-Fi compatibility with Future iPhones

25 January 2016

Electrohypersensitivity: What You Need to Know about the Allergy of the 21st Century

Electrohypersensitivity: What you need to know about the allergy of the 21st century
home-biology.com (Greek website)

In the past it has been called "yuppie flu" and "microwave disease". Its symptoms include unexplained allergies, whistling in the ears, tachycardia and cardiac arrhythmias, fatigue, numbness of the head, constant headaches, etc. Are you also affected by the growing electromagnetic pollution from cell phone masts, Wi-Fi networks, cordless phones etc?

Scientists today are linking the increase of electromagnetic pollution with many unexplained symptoms that afflict more and more every day:

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Source:  M Gove/Fotolia
Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?
by Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., psychologytoday.com,
21 November 2015

The electronic fast is never the nightmare parents fear it will be.
“Doctor, my ten-year-old son, Justin, is really struggling. He comes unglued over the littlest thing, and it’s driving his friends away. He used to love school, but now he hates it. Homework time is torture, but even when he gets his work done, he forgets to turn it in. His teacher thinks he has ADHD, but I think he might be depressed—he’s so irritable! His dad and I divorced two years ago, and his dad thinks all his problems are related to that. How do we know what’s really going on?”

Did CELLRAID Do ‘Volkswagen’ to the Telecom Industry?

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry?
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 21 January 2016

updated Jan. 25, 2016 – this blog in French

Did a small Finnish company, CELLRAID, Ltd, do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry by showing lack of compliance? In this story, for the first time, are shown measurements results indicating that placing a cell phone in a pocket might cause radiation exposures higher than permitted by the current safety standards.

*****

There are very stringent exhaust limits in USA. Volkswagen cars did not meet them. So, software was added to Volkswagen cars to “help” them be “compliant” with the US EPArequirements. Discrepancy between what is doable in lab setting and what is not so easily doable in real life led Volkswagen to do what it did.

There are safety limits for radiation emission from cell phones. In cell phones used in real life and stored mostly in pockets, these safety limits would be difficult to meet. So, when the standard laboratory tests were developed for measuring radiation emissions from cell phones to assess their compliance with safety limits, a “loophole” was “somehow” introduced to the laboratory tests permitting measurements at a distance from the surface of the test dummy (= at a distance from the users body). The difference between Volkswagen software and cell phone testing loophole is that the software was illegal whereas the “loophole” is legal.

Effects of Microwave Radiation on Brain Energy Metabolism and Related Mechanisms

Effects of microwave radiation on brain energy metabolism and related mechanisms
Mil Med Res. 2015; 2: 4.
Published online 2015 Feb 17. doi: 10.1186/s40779-015-0033-6

Author information 

Full text available.

Abstract

With the rapid development of electronic technologies, anxiety regarding the potential health hazards induced by microwave radiation (MW) has been growing in recent years. The brain is one of the most sensitive target organs for microwave radiation, where mitochondrial injury occurs earlier and more severely than in other organs. Energy metabolism disorders do play an important role during the process of microwave radiation-induced brain damage. In this paper, we will review the biological effects of microwave radiation, the features of brain energy supply and consumption and the effects of microwave radiation on mitochondrial energy metabolism and potential related mechanisms.


Social Media Obsessed Teen Says 'I Can't Breathe Without WiFi'

Social Media Obsessed Teen Says 'I Can't Breathe Without WiFi'
Dr. Phil Show, The Huffington Post, 
9 October 2015

Seventeen-year-old Khloe admits that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are her best friends.

"I'm completely obsessed with social media," she says, explaining that she sleeps with her phone in her hand and starts her day at 6 am by immediately checking Facebook. "When it's not with me, I don't feel complete and I feel very scared," she says about her phone. "I can't do anything without it."

Khloe recognizes that her social media addiction has gotten out of control, and fears that she's missing out on personal relationships. "I do get panic attacks when I leave my house and there's no WiFi," she says. "It's very hard to have conversations in real life. It's so much easier to just text message or Facebook."

Awareness Campaign Against Cell Phone Radiation Hazard: Case Study Oman


"Today the question is no longer whether the waves emitted by mobile phones, computers, microwaves, cars, relay antennas are dangerous to health, but how to protect ourselves, to help people proactively manage their health and wellbeing by providing free, clear and reliable precautions about cell phone radiation risks."

Awareness Campaign Against Cell Phone Radiation Hazard: Case Study Oman
 
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 205, 9 October 2015, Pages 381–386

6th World Conference on Psychology, Counseling and Guidance (WCPCG-2015)

Open Access
Download full text in PDF

Wafa Osmen, , ,
Aneesa Ali Awadh Saar

Abstract

The fast spread of mobile phone usage is a subject of several polemics in terms of adverse health effect such as cancers, headaches and memory loss as shown by recent research. Cell phone's radiation became one of the most pervasive problems worldwide. With the aim of attracting public attention to this issue and increasing awareness in health's dangers and risks of cell phone radiation a campaign incorporating educational strategies and including a logo and poster design by a student of Dhofar University in Sultanate of Oman was initiated. At the completion of this campaign, a mobile phone's radiation influence on peoples’ health awareness program was developed and implemented through gearing it to the clinics, hospitals, doctor offices, supermarkets and schools.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042815050351

Losing Our Grip: More Students Entering School Without Fine Motor Skills

Denver Elementary School art teacher Alisa Leidish reminds
kindergartner Laiklyn Lloyd to "pinch and flip" her crayon
so that her pointed fingers - not a closed fist - shape her
writing.  
Kimberly Marselas
Concerns about physical readiness for school are growing locally and nationally... Some parents are afraid to let their children engage in physical play or cut with scissors. Others have traded in the messiness of hands-on play dough for a sterile 'educational' tablet.  'Rather than sit and color the way they used to do, our kids are part of the burst of technology.  It’s amazing to see a kid who can swipe an iPad, but you put a pair of scissors in their hand and they don’t know what to do.' "

Losing our grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills
by Kimberly Marselas, LNP Correspondent, lancasteronline.com, 26 October 2015

As art teacher Alisa Leidich sends four vertical lines marching across an oversize drawing pad in paradelike formation, 20 kindergartners put their hands to paper and try their best to mimic her.

It’s not as easy as it might seem.

Bioresonance: Healing with Waves

Bioresonance neutralizes pollutants which overload
the body and repairs the damages they cause.
© Regumed
Bioresonance : healing with waves
by André Fauteux, Maison du 21ème siècle, 
24 February 2015
(Version française d’origine : La biorésonance : guérir par les ondes)

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can harm or heal depending on their frequency, power and length of exposure, say Russian doctors who use them daily in their hospitals since the 1970s. An Ontario woman who suffered for years before discovering a bioresonance therapist in Montreal testifies to this.

Hypersensitive to the environment, Linda Nolan was seriously ill for more than two decades. A professional interior designer since 1975, the Ottawa resident suffered from Lyme disease, a severe inflammatory infection caused by bacteria transmitted by certain ticks that can carry more than one disease (referred to as co-infections). This disease seriously compromises the immune system, a condition which opens the door to many other infections. Linda constantly experienced severe joint and muscle pain and heart palpitations and had difficulty walking or even going about her daily activities. She had to adopt a strict Paleolithic diet (rich in protein and low in carbohydrates) and followed a host of other treatments, especially prescribed and administered by Dr Jennifer Armstrong, an Ottawa-based environmental physician. ‘’Dr. Armstrong is a lifeline for lyme patients and was very helpful, especially with accessing the right labs to diagnose the infections. Blood tests were even sent to the Mayo Clinic and Infectolab in Germany. My problem was that I could not tolerate the antibiotics required to fight my infections. I would take one antibiotic to beat down the lyme and another infection would try to take over. », she says.

Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Shinjyo, T. & Shinjyo, A. (2014), Signifikanter Rückgang klinischer Symptome nach Senderabbau – eine Interventionsstudie. Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 27(4), S. 294-301.

Tetsuharu Shinjyo and Akemi Shinjyo

Article history
Received: 25 September 2014
Accepted: 16 October 2014

This research was undertaken to investigate the validity of concerns about whether chronic exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted from mobile phone base station antennas could cause adverse health effects. The aim of this study was to identify possible adverse health effects among the residents of a condominium on which a mobile phone base station with sets of antennas operating at two different frequencies had been mounted. This research was conducted without outside funds in order to maintain neutrality and avoid pressures from external sources.

24 January 2016

Open Letter to the Chief Executive of the British National Health Service (NHS) on NHS Wearables

NHS Wearables Comment to the British National Health Service (NHS) 

This is a model letter for any one wishing to draw the attention of health professionals to the risks of using wireless technologies in health care.

[Background:  The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the intention to develop a small number of ‘test beds’. These sites will evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.]

Open letter to Mr Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive from Dave Ashton
24 January 2016

Dear Mr Stevens,

"Nor shall any man's entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so".

I write concerning your "NHS Innovation Test Beds" initiative, to launch remote monitoring systems via "smart" devices across England.

The article on your website notes that patients with diabetes, mental illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory disease, hypertension, the frail and the elderly, and patients with other chronic conditions, all stand to benefit through the introduction of the wireless monitoring of their health.

However, there is a major problem.

23 January 2016

Public Forum on Glyphosate and GMOs - San Diego, California, 6 March 2016


Gilles-Eric Seralini, PhD. the researcher who documented adverse health effects of Roundup (glyphosate) to speak at Public Forum on Glyphosate and GMOs in San Diego March 6, 2016




United States: Why is Cornell University Hosting a GMO Propaganda Campaign?

Here lie the bones of academic freedom and scientific
objectivity.  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Photo:
Katrina Koger via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).
"Corporations have been known to deploy outrageous messaging when their products run into trouble; examples include "DDT is good for me", "More doctors smoke Camels" and the Dutch Boy campaign to promote lead paint to children.

"A low point for chemical industry messaging was its PR campaign to paint Silent Spring author Rachel Carson (and environmentalists in general) as murderers of millions of children in Africa for raising concerns about DDT. That sort of messaging is making a comeback in the GMO debate."


Why is Cornell University hosting a GMO propaganda campaign?
by Stacy Malkan, The Ecologist, 22 January 2016

Cornell, one of the world's leading academic institutions, has abandoned scientific objectivity, writes Stacy Malkan - and instead made itself a global hub for the promotion of GM crops and food. Working with selected journalists and industry-supported academics, Cornell's so-called 'Alliance for Science' is an aggressive propaganda tool for corporate biotech and agribusiness.

The founders of Cornell University, Andrew D. White and Ezra Cornell, dreamed of creating a great university that took a radical approach to learning.

The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. Electromagnetic Waves and the Health Impacts of Wireless Devices

"A growing body of independent science shows that the issue of cell phone safety may have massive consequences on the health of our nation, especially our children. If we are to enact measures to protect against this dangerous radiation we must demand full accountability from the CDC and FCC. It is time that Americans stand up to the anti-science corporate profiteers running the show and rein in this invisible danger in our midst."

[This is an excellent article, citing references to relevant studies on EMF health issues in children, cancer/tumors, infertility, brain/neurological health.  These are listed in the original article.]

The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. Electromagnetic Waves and the Health Impacts of Wireless Devices
by Dr. Gary Null, Global Research, 22 January 2016
The Progressive Radio Network 21 January 2016

In an article published in the New York Times last week entitled “At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk”, author Danny Hakim discusses the controversy surrounding the potential health risks of using cell phones.

Hakim writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines recommending “caution in cellphone use”, due to the potentially harmful effects of radiation emitted by the wireless devices on human health. Included in the guidelines was information about reducing exposure among children. Just a few weeks after the CDC’s publication, and amid rising concerns about cell phone safety, the CDC rescinded the advisory completely.

Today, the CDC website takes an ambiguous stance on the issue, stating:

Can using a cell phone cause cancer?

There is no scientific evidence that provides a definite answer to that question. Some organizations recommend caution in cell phone use. More research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects.
(1) http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/cell_phones._faq.html

dokiWatch: A Promising Smartwatch for Children

On January 4, Doki Technologies launched its crowdfunding
campaign for Kickstarter for the dokiWatch, which at the
time of writing has raised over $150,000 with another 16
days to go.
[Another dumb and dangerous wireless device, exposing children's developing bodies to the health risks of electromagnetic radiation, classified by WHO as a "possible carcinogen".]

dokiWatch: a promising smartwatch for children
by Roland Banks, mobileindustryreview.com, 20 January 2016

Wearables come in all shapes and sizes these days. Smartwatches are still the most instantly recognisable and popular wearables among adults, but there haven’t been many products designed with children in mind.

A Hong Kong-based company called Doki Technologies recently provided a glimpse at dokiWatch, billed as the world’s most advanced and complete wearable phone and locator for kids aged 6-12 years old. It’s also one of the first 3G smartwatches for children to combine video calls, voice calls, messaging and tracking (and SOS functions) in one simple-to-use device.

21 January 2016

Electromagnetic Fields and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (2012 Article)

"Perhaps because influences like electromagnetic radiation and toxic chemicals in the environment cannot be seen or perceived, there was always certain reluctance by mainstream medicine to recognize potential health risks associated with these factors."

Electromagnetic Fields and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
alzheimer's-review,
18 November 2012

[Also refer to the clinical research of Prof. Dominique Belpomme, for example, his interview with Radio Canada in June 2014.]  

“There is a strong evidence that EMFs and radio/microwave frequencies are associated with accelerated aging (enhanced cell death and cancer) and moods, depression, suicide, anger, rage and violence, primarily through alteration of cellular calcium ions and the melatonin/serotonin balance.”

~Dr. Neil Cherry of Lincoln University, New Zealand

In the Modern World, when each household in the developed countries possesses multiple electronic devices, like cellular phones, personal computers, and other numerous electronic gadgets, the general public seems to be concerned about the potential health risks of long-term electromagnetic radiation exposure on the human health and well-being.

Research

In 1995, for the first time, the public attention was drawn to the possible link between electromagnetic radiation and risks of Alzheimer's disease development, following a landmark publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After thorough investigation, the researchers confirmed a direct substantial causal relationship between occupations, exposing individuals to higher levels of electromagnetic radiation, and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

How Wi-Fi Will Be Used to Erase Civil Liberties

How WiFi Will Be Used To Erase Civil Liberties
by Kevin Samson, linkis.com, 13 January 2016

If there is ever a perfect example of dual-use technology, it is WiFi connectivity. I’ve already covered the mounting evidence that our ubiquitous gadgets and wireless connections are doing irreparable physical harm, especially to the young and to pregnant women, but the concern about surveillance is running a parallel track.

Recent announcements in the UK and in New York City have shown that governments are working with private corporations to blanket entire cities with WiFi connectivity. Naturally they are appealing to people’s love of technology for entertainment and business to push this agenda forward.

However, beneath the surface is the development of tracking technologies that specifically use WiFi as a pervasive method of surveilling every single person who is in range – in some cases regardless of even having a connected device.

United States: Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the lead opinion in a
case that sought to curtail class action lawsuits against
corporations.  Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via
Getty Images
Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business
by Cristian Farias, Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post, 20 January 2016

Corporations won't be able to head off class action lawsuits by simply making a money offer to plaintiffs.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the first decision in a series of class action cases this term that are widely viewed as attempts by business interests to shut the courthouse door to consumers and everyday plaintiffs.

In a 6-to-3 opinion in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, a case testing the limits on federal courts considering class-action disputes, the justices ruled that businesses can't just "moot" a case by simply offering to settle it with the person who first brought it -- let alone if the person rejected the offer.

Relying on contractual principles, Ginsburg said such offers have "no force."

20 January 2016

Flu Vaccine Barely Working This Year, CDC Says

Dr. Amanda Porro delivers a flu vaccination to an infant at
Miami Children's Hospital on Jan. 7.  Joe Raedle/
Getty Images
Flu vaccine barely working this year, CDC says
by Maggie Fox, NBC News, 15 January 2016

The flu vaccine is barely protecting people this year – reducing the risk of serious disease by just 23 percent, federal health officials said Thursday.

It’s not the worst year ever for the flu vaccine – there have been years when the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective. But it’s not good news for people trying to avoid the flu.

Nonetheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should still get a flu vaccine, because it does work well against strains of flu that may not be circulating just now, but that may show up at any time.

“Right now, the effectiveness is not as good as we normally see with influenza. We want people to know that so they know to call their doctor for antivirals if they are sick,” says CDC’s Dr. Joe Bresee.

The CDC had been warning the vaccine might not work well this year. Just after drug makers started cooking up batches of flu vaccine for the 2014-2015 season, a sneaky strain of H3N2 started circulating that’s different from the strain the vaccine protects against. Flu vaccines take months to make and it was too late to change the formula for this year.

19 January 2016

India: Remove Mobile Towers Violating Radiation Norms within a Month: Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission

Remove mobile towers violating radiation norms within a month: MPHRC
by Desh Deep, timesofindia, 16 January 2016

BHOPAL: In an unprecedented move, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission has recommended to remove all the mobile towers that have been installed in violation of specific norms of minimum distance from residential areas within one month.

Commission spokesman on Saturday said that people are at the receiving end if the municipal corporation violates rules while issuing permissions for installation of these towers. "In 14 cases, people were found to be suffering from different ailments due to radiation caused by towers," commission observed.

The Government of India has specified the norms of limits of base transceiver station (BTS) to protect people from radiations, said spokesman of the commission. There should not be buildings or flats near the base station tower violating the norms of the specified distance as radiations affect the people living in those buildings the most.

India: Mobile Radiation: Study by Indian Council of Medical Research to Take Another Five Years

The study being conducted at a cost of Rs two crore (about
$295,000) per year by India Council of Medical Research
initiated in 2010 and was intended to wrap up in 5 years.
"There are seven departments of ICMR working on the study including cancer, oxi-gynaecology, neurology, biochemistry, cardiology, besides AIIMS. The study has been divided into two parts--adverse impact of radiation emitted by mobile phones and cell phone towers." 

Mobile radiation: ICMR study to take another five years
by PTI, economictimes, 17 January 2016

NEW DELHI: A study to assess the adverse effects of mobile phone radiation on human health being conducted by ICMR is stuck for the last five years, with the body yet to enroll 2,500 subjects for the research which might take another five years to conclude.

The study being conducted at a cost of Rs two crore per year by Indian Council of Medical Research was initiated in 2010 and was intended to wrap up in five years.

The Taboo Of Radiation Exposure In Japan: The Social Effects Of Fukushima

"There is absolutely no negative discussion of radiation exposure in the mainstream media, to the point where journalists risk being fired if they discuss radiation exposure in their articles, and even liberal newspapers refuse to print articles discussing this topic... The media uses the technique of claiming ‘radiophobia’ in order to make it appear that radiation poses no real threat; only an imagined one. This technique frames “any health problems caused by the crisis as the fault of the victims and antinuclear critics”, suggesting that they are suffering from ‘radiophobia’ – essentially, the irrational fear of radiation exposure. By painting this fear as ‘irrational’, it implies that there is no reason to fear radiation, and thus suggests there is nothing wrong..."

The Taboo Of Radiation Exposure In Japan: The Social Effects Of Fukushima
by Erin O’Flaherty, activistpost.com, 10 December 2015

It is understood that radiation is physically harmful to those who are exposed to it. However, it is also harmful on a social level. Those who become exposed to radiation form a new class within society, one that is discriminated against and even feared by many ordinary people. This has certainly been the case with the Fukushima nuclear incident. This discrimination is worsened by the government and mainstream media’s treatment of the incident. This essay will discuss the social effects of the Fukushima incident by comparing it with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will also explain how the media play into this discrimination and attempt to understand why Japanese society is reacting in such a way.

Massachusetts: Wi-Fi Lawsuit Against Southboro's Fay School Is Headed to Trial

Wi-Fi lawsuit against Southboro's Fay School is headed to trial
by Scott O'Connell, Worcester Telegram & Gazette Staff, 18 January 2016

S0UTHBORO - A lawsuit accusing the Fay School of failing to accommodate a student's alleged Wi-Fi sensitivity is headed to trial in August, according to court documents.

The family of “G,” a 12-year-old who attended the Southboro junior boarding school, says the boy suffers from a condition called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, which makes him feel ill when exposed to wireless Internet signals. They argue in their complaint, which they filed in August, that the Fay School ignored their pleas to find accommodations for G, who was experiencing dizziness, headaches and other symptoms in class because of the school’s Wi-Fi.

After a scheduling conference was held Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester, the case is set to go to trial on Aug. 8 before District Judge Timothy S. Hillman, according to court records. The plaintiffs are seeking $250,000.

Most Threats to Humans Come from Science and Technology, Warns Stephen Hawking

"Hawking said most of the threats humans now face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses."

Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking
by Ian Sample, Science editor, The Guardian, 
19 January 2016

Speaking ahead of his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Stephen Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth

The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence, Stephen Hawking warns.

The chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, the eminent cosmologist said, but it will take more than a century to set up colonies in space where human beings could live on among the stars.

18 January 2016

Wireless Monitoring of Newborns

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
[How safe, really, is this technology?]

Wireless monitoring of newborns
CORDIS - Community Research and Development Information Service, European Commission

An Italian SME has developed a wearable monitoring system for babies as they go through the sensitive period of the first two to four hours of life. The technology, whose market potential has been assessed with funding under Horizon 2020, will help prevent critical situations while preserving the important skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby.

ComfTech, a neologism for ‘comfortable technology’, is an Italian SME specialising in the design and production of non-invasive wearable biomedical systems with sensors integrated in clothing. In January 2015 the company was granted EU support under Phase 1 of H2020’s SME Instrument for NEWMOON (Smart Garments in Newborns and Babies Monitoring) — a non-invasive system for continuously monitoring newborns.

Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public
by Vic Bishop, Staff, Waking Times, 15 January 2016

Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.

The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media: General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.

Prostituting Science: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain: Book Review

In her book, the author "documents gross abuse of civil and human rights – including the author’s abduction and committal under an involuntary psychiatric treatment order on the grounds that 'MCS and EHS do not exist” and that “to believe in their physicality constitutes a delusion and, hence, a manifestation of psychosis.' "

Book Review:  Prostituting Science: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain
Author: Diana Crumpler Publisher: Inkling Australia Book Publication: 2014
Reviewed by Bonnie Black, vitality.com

Diana Crumpler, whose first book, Chemical Crisis, received widespread critical acclaim, wrote Prostituting Science – The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain in memory of a friend and fellow sufferer of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They shared “a wonderful 25 year long, hands-across-the-ocean friendship.” Pam lived in Ontario; Diana lives in Australia where she worked as a teacher and librarian until she retired in 1984 due to ill health.

Taking up from where Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring left off, Prostituting Science delves into the subject of non-communicable diseases plaguing society today. Based on the understanding that illnesses like ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, MCS, EHS (electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity), and CFS are more than just diseases of our civilization, Crumpler asserts they are by-products of our reliance on chemo- and electro-wizardry, and she presents credible, authoritative evidence to support her claim.

17 January 2016

The Triumphal Progress of Digitalism: Comments on the Current Situation of Electrosensitive Persons Following the Auction of New Mobile Phone Frequencies in Germany

"The persistent and ever more explicit appeal by international scientists, doctors and countless organizations dealing with the biological effects of the microwave technologies used in mobile phones, seem to make no impression at all on the dedicated community of mobile phone devotees in industry and the government."

Dear Blog readers:  Please feel free to share your experiences and comment on this excellent essay.

The triumphal progress of digitalism
Verein für Elektrosensible und Mobilfunkgeschädigte e.V.
(Association for the electrosensitive and mobile injured), August 2015

Some personal comments from Frank Berner, Deputy Chairman, on the current situation of electrosensitive persons following the auction of new mobile phone frequencies

A few weeks ago, in Germany, the newly released radio-frequencies in the 700 MHz range were auctioned off to the mobile phone operators O², Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica for 5.1 billion (€ 5,100,000,000.00) euros. The very idea of auctioning microwave frequencies highlights the special position of this technology. It is again going to mean major intrusions into people’s lives, such as the penetration of private estates, flats and houses by unsolicited radiation – the exposure of the human being in body mind and soul to radiation. The right to do this was auctioned off with the frequencies by the government, and is backed by a framework of regulations and legal powers against which we, as private citizens, can do nothing. It was approved by parliaments that can have had no clear idea about what they were voting on.

The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance

This article from 2008 is very relevant today. Section 8 of the BioInitiative Report http://www.bioinitiative.org/table-of-contents/ (and the rest of the BioInitiative Report - A rationale for biologically-based exposure standards for low-intensity electromagnetic radiation) may go a long way to explain why there is an autoimmune epidemic.

The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance
by Donna Jackson Nakazawa /Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, alternet.org, 18 March 2008

Scientists worldwide puzzle over an alarming and unexplained rise in the rates of autoimmune disease. Yet the media remain mute on this crisis.

Excerpted from The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance--and the Cutting-Edge Science that Promises Hope(Touchstone/Simon & Schuster).

Reprinted with permission. An interview with the author follows.

Most of us, at some juncture in our lives, have played out in our minds how devastating it would be to have our doctor hand down a cancer diagnosis or to warn us that we are at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Magazine articles, television dramas, and news headlines all bring such images home.

But consider an equally devastating health crisis scenario, one that you rarely hear spoken about openly, one that receives almost no media attention.

Cancer Warning: Scientist Warns Against Cell Phones In Bra, Back Pocket, Raises Tumor Chances, Infertility, Other Ailments

Cancer Warning: Scientist Warns Against Cell Phones In Bra, Back Pocket, Raises Tumor Chances, Infertility, Other Ailments
by Brad Ryder, starpulse.com,
11 January 2016

A noted scientist and women's health advocate has a stern warning about cell phones (smart phones): carrying them in your pocket or bra can cause cancer, tumors, and other debilitating conditions, according to a Sun report.

Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., MPH, is the founder and president of Wyoming-based nonprofit, Environmental Health Trust. The organization specializes in providing "basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally," according to its website.

Davis, a leading voice in oncology and epidemiology, spoke at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. There, she reiterated a long-standing warning that studies support her belief that cell phone radiation has a role in some cancer causes and chronic ill-health.
"The pattern of putting cell phones in the bra, and now there's a new device where you can actually have the phone strapped to your head, made me concerned about what we know about exposure to phones."

15 January 2016

Taiwan Bans GMOs in Schools, Mandates Strict Label Laws

Taiwan Bans GMOs in Schools, Mandates Strict Label Laws
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch,
13 January 2016

Another country is taking action on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Taiwan has banned schools across the nation from serving GMOs to students, citing health and safety concerns.

On Dec. 14, 2015, Taiwanese legislature passed amendments to the School Health Act to stamp out raw genetically modified ingredients as well as processed food containing GMOs.

The ban affects cafeterias and food stands in every elementary school, middle school and high school in Taiwan, The China Post reported. Schools have traditionally served food products such as soybeans, corn, salmon, tofu and soy milk that contain GMOs.

“Soy is a major ingredient in Taiwan’s school lunches,” said Lin Shu-fen of the Democratic Progressive Party, who advocated for the passage of the bill. “Genetically modified soy has been shown to contains toxic residue from pesticides.”

13 January 2016

Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children's Brains and Eyes - EHT Scientists Urge Google

Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children's Brains and Eyes - EHT Scientists Urge Google
sbwire.com / Environmental Health Trust, 11 January 2016

Scientific imaging shows how children absorb radiation from Smartphones in virtual reality cardboard positions

Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/11/2016 -- Environmental Health Trust (EHT) scientists are calling on Google to stop the spread into schools of wireless virtual reality system Global Expeditions Pioneer Program where middle-school children hold a cell phone encased in a cardboard box in front of their eyes to take virtual expeditions to Mars, the moon, and other special places.

"Two-way microwave radiation transceivers, in the form of Smartphones, should not be used directly in front of children's eyes and brains," cautions University of Utah Distinguished Prof. Om Gandhi, who is one of the original developers of testing to evaluate wireless radiation from cellphones and is a Senior Advisor to EHT.

Prof. Gandhi added, "We have never tested microwave radiating devices directly in front of the young developing eye. The absence of proof of harm at this point does not mean that we have evidence of safety."

"We want to know why is Google encouraging young children to employ a technology that has never been tested for their use when Samsung has a similar system that explicitly advises that no child under the age of 13 should be using it," asks Devra Davis, President of EHT, and Visiting Professor of Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School and The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center.

Thermography: The Safer, More Effective Alternative to Mammograms

"Breast thermography is the name given to thermography when it is used to screen for signs of breast cancer, as well as for determining the overall health of the breast. Unlike mammograms, breast thermography is 100% safe, and is far more accurate in detecting signs of breast cancer than mammograms are... since 1982 breast thermography has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."

Thermography:  The Safer, More Effective Alternative to Mammograms

burtongoldberg.com

Part of my mission in helping you to understand all you can and must do to most effectively prevent and treat cancer is emphasizing early detection. Simply put, the earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds are for a full and long-lasting recovery.

Today, I want to talk about one of the most effective ways women can detect breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer, early and safely using thermography. As I mentioned last time, thermography is a safe and effective alternative to mammograms. Today I will explain why this is so and why you absolutely must know about thermography in your fight to protect yourself from cancer.

What Is Thermography?

Girl, 9, Left with iPhone-Shaped Scar After Toxic Pink Glitter from Mobile's Case Burns Her Skin

Olivia Retter's leg after her phone case leaked - Toxic pink
glitter from Olivia Retter's phone case leaked onto her leg
while she was in bed, leaving her with an angry chemical
burn in the exact shape of her iPhone 5c.
The real culprit:  the case or the iPhone? Or, the interaction of the chemical substances in the case and the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the iPhone? 

Girl, 9, left with iPhone-shaped scar after toxic pink glitter from mobile's case burns her skin
by Anthony Bond, Tui Benjamin, mirror.co.uk, 12 January 2016

Olivia Retter was in bed when her phone case leaked onto her leg - leaving her with an angry chemical burn in the exact shape of her iPhone 5c

A nine-year-old girl has been left with an iPhone-shaped scar for life after toxic pink glitter from her phone case burned her skin.

Olivia Retter was in bed when her phone case leaked onto her leg - leaving her with an angry chemical burn in the exact shape of her iPhone 5c.

The youngster, from Ware, Hertfordshire, bought the £5.99 phone case - decorated with unicorns and rainbows - from a New Look store in Cambridge.

Now her shocked mum Karly Retter's post warning other parents to be aware of the danger posed by similar phone cases has gone viral, racking up nearly 13,000 Facebook shares.

Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016

Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016
by Carolanne Wright
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World, 8 January 2016

People are fed-up. And angry. We simply no longer accept that corporations have the right to ride roughshod over the environment or destroy the health of its inhabitants. We refuse to remain silent when faced with companies who contribute to poisoned rivers, people and wildlife — where the only concern is for the mighty dollar. No longer will we stand by and watch as beauty and the balance of nature is laid to waste.