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29 February 2016

Ontario High School Students Speak Out Against Wi-Fi Risk for Infertility and Cancer

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Ontario High School students speak out against Wifi Risk for Infertility and Cancer
newswire.ca, 29 February 2016

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Students in Peel District School Board will appeal to the new Liberal Government in Ottawa tonight to step in and protect students - especially females - from infertility and breast cancer.

"I did not consent to this level of risk," said Apurva Dixit a high school student in Mississauga. "The School Board has been informed that our WiFi system puts us at risk of infertility and breast cancer but it's choosing not to protect us," she said.

Dixit is part of a group of female high school students lobbying for safety standards to be tightened since microwave radiation from WiFi and cell phones is now considered a Class 2B Possible Carcinogen on the World Health Organization's Cancer watch list, and children are exposed to it daily at school.

LISD Student to Represent District at International Science Fair with Project Focusing on Electromagnetic Radiation from Cell Phones

Jazmine Cardenas, Nixon High School
sophomore, will represent LISD in the
INTEL International Engineering and
Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.  She
was also names Grand Champion of the
LISD Secondary Science Fair.
Courtesy photo/LSID
LISD student to represent district at international science fair
lmtonline.com, 28 February 2016

Special to the Times

Jazmine Cardenas’ mother has always believed that sleeping with your cellphone is bad for you.

Jazmine wasn’t convinced, so she conducted a thorough experiment for this year’s LISD Secondary Science Fair.

For her efforts, Cardenas won first place in the Biological, Medical, and Health Science Division and was named Grand Champion of the LISD Secondary Science Fair held recently at the Civic Center.

Cardenas, a sophomore at Nixon High School, will represent Nixon High School and Laredo ISD at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona from May 8-13.

She will join more than 1,700 high school students from around the world who will display their independent research.

She will be accompanied by her teacher, Itzel Hinojosa.

While in Phoenix, Cardenas will showcase her individual science project entitled, “The Repercussions of Electromagnetic Fields on the Reproductive Capacity of Drosophila Melanogaster.”

Jazmine’s project focused on the electromagnetic radiation from cellphones that cause detrimental effects on whole organisms.

Power-Frequency EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study

Power-Frequency EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study
microwavenews.com, 27 February 2016

Italians Call for a “Reevaluation of the Safety of Non-Ionizing Radiation”

Once again, power-frequency magnetic fields have been found to act as a cancer promoter.

Eighteen months ago an international team led by Elisabeth Cardis in Spain showed cancer promotion in workers exposed to chemicals and extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs. Now an Italian team has found essentially the same promotional effect in animals exposed to ionizing radiation and ELF EMFs.

Rats, which received a single low-dose of gamma radiation early in life and were exposed to magnetic fields for their entire lifetime, developed higher than expected rates of three different types of cancer: Breast cancer and leukemia/lymphoma, as well as an extremely rare and obscure tumor, called malignant schwannoma of the heart.

Microwave Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) Produce Widespread Neuropsychiatric Effects Including Depression

"In summary, then, the mechanism of action of microwave EMFs, the role of the VGCCs in the brain, the impact of non-thermal EMFs on the brain, extensive epidemiological studies performed over the past 50 years, and five criteria testing for causality, all collectively show that various non-thermal microwave EMF exposures produce diverse neuropsychiatric effects."

Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression
Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Available online 21 August 2015

Martin L. Pall

Open Access

Highlights

• Microwave EMFs activate voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs) concentrated in the brain
• Animal studies show such low level MWV EMFs have diverse high impacts in the brain
• VGCC activity causes widespread neuropsychiatric effects in humans (genetic studies)
• 26 studies have EMFs assoc. with neuropsychiatric effects; 5 criteria show causality
• MWV EMFs cause at least 13 neuropsychiatric effects including depression in humans

Abstract

28 February 2016

United States: Malignant Brain Tumors Top Cause Of Cancer Deaths Among Adolescents, Young Adults

Figures from the American Cancer Society show that
cancer of the brain and spinal cord make up about 2.2%
of all cancer-related deaths among U.S. adults and children.
(Photo: Matt Cardy)
Malignant Brain Tumors Top Cause Of Cancer Deaths Among US Adolescents, Young Adults
by Rhodi Lee, Tech Times, 
27 February 2016

Findings of a new study have found that malignant brain tumors are the number one cause of deaths related to cancer in American adolescents and young adults between 15 and 39 years old, as well as the top cancer that occurs among those in the 15 to 19 years old group.

For the research, which was published in Neuro-Oncology, researchers used data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the U.S. spanning the year 2008 up to 2012.

Health Care Must Do More To Address Environmental Sensitivities

[This is an excellent article, but the author has failed to mention electrosensitivity.]

Health Care Must Do More To Address Environmental Sensitivities

by Elvira Truglia, Communications, Public Engagement and Community Development Professional, Huff Post Canada, 
23 February 2016

It's already been 50 years since a health condition known as environmental sensitivities (ES) started to emerge. People with ES are the proverbial canaries in a coal mine -- warning the rest of the population of danger ahead, kind of like extreme weather.

It's time to start paying attention to the "canaries" -- in the medical profession, in the public health care system, in the workplace and in society at large. Ignoring them puts a big strain on the purse strings of a health care system unable to meet the complex needs of three per cent of the Canadian population (and growing).

According to a Statistics Canada survey, there are at least 850,000 people diagnosed with environmental sensitivities in Canada. This number went up by a whopping 34 per cent from 2005 to 2010.

27 February 2016

Electrosensitivity: Testimony of GP Dr. Elizabeth Evans

"One reason why conventional doctors generally overlook the possibility of electrosensitivity when diagnosing their patients' complaints is that they usually confine their questions to their patients' symptoms, not their environment. They are not trained to ask about the presence of baby monitors, Wi-Fi and cordless phones, and the use of mobiles, and they never visit their patients' homes.  Without this line of questioning, it's virtually impossible to identify whether a patient is electrosensitive." 

Electrosensitivity
wddty.com, April 2014 (Vol. 25 Issue 1)

GP Dr Elizabeth Evans turned her health around after discovering she was sensitive to electrosmog

GP Dr Elizabeth Evans turned her health around after discovering she was sensitive to electrosmog. Here's her story, as told to Guy Hudson, and what you can do to prevent or treat electrosensitivity

I had just had my fourth child, and already had three other children aged under six, when I started to notice that I couldn't sleep, felt 'wired', and was becoming more and more anxious.

After 12 weeks, when the baby started sleeping through the night, I continued to have problems sleeping.We then moved to rented accommodation and my symptoms got worse. That first night I could not get to sleep. Eventually I slept for about two hours and, when I awoke, I had a racing heart. It felt like an anxiety attack but in my body, not my head.

Is your workplace as radiation safe as you think?

Is your workplace as radiation safe as you think? The Anatomy of a low radiation workspace.
radiationprotectionservices.com, 
25 February 2016

On an average, you would be spending 8 hours in your workspace for 5 days a week. Thats 25% of your week hours in your office and that’s a lot of exposure time to unwanted electromagnetic radiations.

This post defines the office based infrastructure that create unwanted work space radiation. We categorize these as communication devices, office utilities, personal communication devices, staff facilities and others. Most of these equipment will be difficult to put away – but by putting suitable measures in place – for instance switching things off, using alternate mechanisms, increasing the distance between the employee space and the device space – it is easy to restrict the unwanted exposures.

We also list the following to-do’s to reduce expsoure at office

During 2014 Royal Society, London Press Conference, WHO Fails to Include Radiofrequency/ Electromagnetic Radiation When Announcing Global Cancer Health Crisis

RE-POSTED:  27 February 2016:   WHO Knew: The Elephant in the Room

A shocking exposé on corruption within the World Health Organization ranks, relating to scientific causality of harm from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) - Letter from Susan Foster, author of the above article.

Dear All,

My expose about the WHO's cover-up of Lennart Hardell's science and the corruption taking place at the highest levels of IARC was first published in IARC Working Group member Dariusz Leszczynski's blog, then the Radiation Research Trust website -- as this information would not have been available to us had Eileen O'Connor not sent an Advisor to the IARC press conference in London on February 3, 2014. The expose has more recently been picked up by Josh del Sol, filmmaker and creator of "Take Back Your Power" which won Transformational Film of 2013.

Please share widely as it is critically important people understand the World Health Organization is not protecting the health of the world. When you see what Lennart Hardell is telling WHO through his 5 studies published in 2013, you will understand that failure to include his urgent warning based on brilliant epidemiological science can mean only one thing. There is corruption at the World Health Organization, and we all deserve to know the truth.

26 February 2016

California: Community Meeting in Alpine Draws Hundreds Over EMF Concerns

Kylie Rowand died from neuroblastoma 18 months
after Powerlink was built.
Community Meeting in Alpine Draws Hundreds Over EMF Concerns
by Miriam Raftery, eastcountymagazine.org, 25 February 2016

"When a child could get cancer, you take action." -- Alpine resident Bree Rowand (photo, left), mother of Kylie Rowand, toddler who died of neuroblastoma.

"We're here because we'd really like to ease your minds...There is no conclusive evidence that EMFs cause health risks....You have EMFs probably everywhere you go. They are coming out of your cell phone." -- Don Parent, SDG&E, which offered to conduct free measurements for any concerned property owners.

"I'm very concerned for the health of my students and health of my staff...but right now we have having safe levels [in classrooms.]" -- Bruce Cochrane, Superintendent, Alpine Union School District, adding that campus-wide results of an independent expert will be posted Friday.

"This is a failure in our system. Regulatory agencies should be the ones monitoring...If every one of you would e-mail the president of the California Public Utilities Commission as I have and ask as I have for someone to come down here and meet with the community, maybe we will get results."


By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2016 (Alpine) – Over 230 people came to a community meeting at Alpine Elementary School Tuesday evening to learn more about electromagnetic field measurements in Alpine, ask questions of local officials and SDG&E, voice concerns and at times, shout out frustrations. (View video highlights from 10 News.)

Malignant Brain Tumors Most Common Cause of Cancer Deaths in Adolescents and Young Adults

Malignant brain tumors most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults
American Brain Tumor Association, 
24 February 2016

American Brain Tumor Association funds first comprehensive study of 15-39 year-old population

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 24, 2016 - A new report published in the journal Neuro-Oncology and funded by the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) finds that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.

The 50-page report, which utilized data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) from 2008-2012, is the first in-depth statistical analysis of brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in adolescents and young adults (AYA). Statistics are provided on tumor type, tumor location and age group (15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 and 35-39) for both malignant and non-malignant brain and CNS tumors.

Wi-Fried! Cellphones, WiFi, and EMF Health Effects

Wi-Fried! Cellphones, WiFi, and EMF Health Effects

Why you should care about EMF Exposure

The stakes are very high.

We Are Electric

Human beings are bio-electrical systems. Our hearts and brains are regulated by internal bio-electrical signals. Environmental exposures to artificial EMFs can interact with fundamental biological processes in the human body. In some cases, this may cause discomfort, or sleep disruption, or loss of wellbeing (impaired mental functioning and impaired metabolism) or sometimes, maybe it is a dread disease like cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. It may be interfering with ones’ ability to become pregnant, or carry a child to full term, or result in brain development changes that are bad for the child. It may be these exposures play a role in causing long-term impairments to normal growth and development of children, tipping the scales away from becoming productive adults. We have good evidence these exposures can damage our health, or that of children of the future who will be born to parents now immersed in wireless exposures.

Mobile Phone Usage and its Health Effects Among Adults in a Semi-Urban Area of Southern India

"Health problems like headache, earache, tinnitus, painful fingers and restlessness etc., were found to be positively associated with mobile phone usage... The prevalence of mobile phone usage was high. There was significant association between selected health problems and mobile phone usage." 

Mobile Phone Usage and its Health Effects Among Adults in a Semi-Urban Area of Southern India 
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (full paper)

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2016/16576.7074, Date of Publishing: Jan 01, 2016

P. Stalin, Sherin Billy Abraham, K. Kanimozhy, R. Vishnu Prasad, Zile Singh, Anil J. Purty

Abstract

Introduction:  Worldwide, mobile phone usage has been increased dramatically which could affect the health of the people. India has the second largest number of mobile phone users. However there are only few studies conducted in India to assess its effects on health. 

Aim:  To determine the prevalence and pattern of mobile phone usage and to assess the relationship between certain selected health problems and mobile phone usage among adults. 

24 February 2016

Sweden: Road Signs Warn Pedestrians Not to Use Smartphones

The road sign, designed by Jacob Sempler and Emil
Tiisman, in Stockholm.  Photo:  AFP
Road signs warn pedestrians not to use smartphones
by Chris Graham, The Telegraph,
4 February 2016

Swedish artists design and erect signs in Stockholm to stop people endangering themselves and others

It really is a sign of the times.

Noticing that smartphone-addicted pedestrians were putting themselves and others in danger, two Swedish artists decided to design and erect roadsigns in Stockholm urging people to stop staring at their phones while walking in the street.

"I am dependent on social media myself. And one day on my way to work I was almost run over because I was staring at my phone like a sick person," Jacob Sempler, who created the signs with his colleague Emil Tiisman, told The Local.

22 February 2016

Tech Companies Ignore Wi-Fi Dangers to Children, Babies

Tech Companies Ignore Wi-Fi Dangers to Children, Babies
by Jack O'Dwyer, odwyerpr.com, 22 February 2016

The rush to bathe the world in Wi-Fi radiation, including Google’s plan to launch thousands of Wi-Fi satellites in space,has run up against claims that such radiation is especially harmful to children, babies and fetuses.

Among those leading the battle to reduce radiation by hard-wiring as many appliances as possible are the National Assn. for Children and Safe Technology and Devra Davis, Ph.D., President, Environmental Health Trust.

NACST, which is hosting the Turn It Off 4 Kids initiative claims that “The debate is over” on the subject of whether wireless radiation, also known as RF-EMF, causes cancer.

16 Seriously Damaging Side Effects Of Your Smartphone Addiction

16 Seriously Damaging Side Effects Of Your Smartphone Addiction
by Jayne Leonard, naturallivingideas.com,
1st December 2015

Nearly two thirds of American adults now own a smartphone – up from 58% in early 2014. In fact, 61% of you reading this page right now are probably doing so on a smartphone.

Their popularity is not surprising! Smartphones are incredible little devices – they allow us to stay connected, organized and entertained. They can track what we eat, our exercise goals and our sleep patterns. They log our shopping lists, our travel details and our spending habits.

These mini computers have eliminated our need for alarm clocks, address books, notepads and cameras.

But do their perks come with a downside?

It would seem they come with several disadvantages. Read on to find out exactly what those are.

A Serious Addiction

Petition: Urgently Recognize Electro-hypersensitivity as a Disability

Please sign the petition (French text).  Persons outside France may sign.

PETITION - Urgently recognize electro-hypersensitivity as a disability

Link to the petition:
Letter to French Ministry of Health, Secretary of State for Disability (auto-translation with tweaks)

Petition started by Michèle RIVASI, Member of the European Parliament, representing South East France for Europe Écologie–The Greens, Brussels, Belgium

For the first time, environmentalist MP and MEP Laurence Abeille and Michèle Rivasi held a symposium in the National Assembly on February 11th for the recognition of electro hypersensitivity as a disability.

There is urgency to act now, because with the current deployment of connected objects, the experimentation of 5G mobile telephony, and ever more wifi in public places, we are more than ever surrounded by "electrosmog" harmful to everyone's health.

Dark Net Review: “Trapped” by Technology

Dark Net Review: “Trapped” by Technology
by Jasef Wisener, tvovermind.com, 
22 February 2016

After the spectacular first two episodes, Showtime’s Dark Net has had a couple of weaker (but still strong) entries that have left a little to be desired. Let’s take a look at this week’s new episode (Season 1, Episode 5), titled “Trapped,” to see if things are back to where they should be.

As with every episode of Dark Net, “Trapped” tells a few different stories based around a general idea. That idea here, as you can tell by the title, is the idea of being trapped by (or because of) the gigantic prevalence of technology in the word today.

The first story is about Melissa, a former pilot who suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (very similar to Jimmy/Saul’s brother on Better Call Saul). This hypersensitivity, which almost no one took seriously at first, is brought on by things like electricity and wireless signals (like WiFi), causing Melissa and her husband to live in virtual isolation in order to cope. One way that Melissa deals with her condition is through frequent pilgrimages to Green Bank, West Virginia, the only official WiFi-free zone in the United States. On average, Melissa says that she spends two weeks out of every month in Green Bank, and this knowledge helps you realize just how much of our world is connected to the internet. With Google’s plan for global connectivity, it’s easy to see that hypersensitives may soon have no relief at all.

21 February 2016

When Hacking Could Enable Murder

"The Obama administration just proposed spending $4 billion to advance the engineering of driverless cars.  How about focusing some of that money on the integrity and availability threats from that and similar technologies?"

When hacking could enable murder

by Bruce Schneier, CNN, 26 January 2016

(CNN) Cyberthreats are changing. We're worried about hackers crashing airplanes by hacking into computer networks. We're worried about hackers remotely disabling cars. We're worried about manipulated counts from electronic voting booths, remote murder through hacked medical devices and someone hacking an Internet thermostat to turn off the heat and freeze the pipes.

The traditional academic way of thinking about information security is as a triad: confidentiality, integrity and availability. For years, the security industry has been trying to prevent data theft. Stolen data is used for identity theft and other frauds. It can be embarrassing, as in the Ashley Madison breach. It can be damaging, as in the Sony data theft. It can even be a national security threat, as in the case of the Office of Personal Management data breach. These are all breaches of privacy and confidentiality.

20 February 2016

Rhode Island: North Kingston High School Teacher Advocating Halt to Wi-Fi Installation in School District Fired

The North Kingstown School Committee has voted to
terminate teacher Shelley McDonald, left.  Also
pictured is John Leidecker, NEA-RI deput executive
director.  Photo:  Michael Derr
Another infringement on freedom of expression and the rights of persons with disabilities : 

"Two years ago, McDonald, who has taught in North Kingstown for eight years [and has been diagnosed with electromagnetic hypersensitivity], had advocated to halt Wi-Fi installation in the district’s schools, offering studies, testimony and literature relating to the alleged dangers of Wi-Fi to humans."

The North Kingstown School Committee has voted to terminate teacher Shelley McDonald, left. Also pictured is John Leidecker, NEA-RI deputy executive director.

NKHS teacher to be fired for insubordination
by James Bessette Staff Writer, independentri.com, 19 February 2016

On a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, the North Kingstown School Committee voted to terminate a high school math teacher at the end of the school year, citing numerous instances of insubordination.

19 February 2016

Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer - When Will We Stop to Listen?

We know from Telstra's own research that two-thirds of
kids aged 3 to 17 own a smartphone, writes Liam Bartlett.
RE-POSTED 19 February 2016:  
Dr. John Tickell, GP, obstetrician, who survived his own brush with brain cancer, thinks Australia should follow Berkeley and take it a step further, becoming the first country to have compulsory, overt warnings about mobiles.  “We were the first to introduce compulsory seat belts, the first to introduce strict gun laws and the first to have plain packaging of cigarettes, all because we thought, why risk it? Well, why risk this for our children?”

Liam Bartlett: Mobile phones and brain cancer — when will we stop to listen?
by Liam Bartlett, PerthNow, 6 June 2015

THE City of Berkeley in San Francisco is famous for its university campus, free speech and free loving. In short, a reputation as one of the most liberal municipalities in the United States.

So probably no surprise that its council members this week unanimously voted for a “right to know ordinance”.

It’s a law about mobile phones that will make Berkeley the first city in the nation to force phone retailers to warn customers about the dangers of possible radiation exposure.

Children at Huge Risk of Brain Tumours from Mobile Phones (2010 Article)

2010 article:  Who is heeding this warning?

Children at huge risk of brain tumours from mobile phones, says expert
by Adrian Butler, mirror.co.uk, 20 June 2010

Children should be banned from using mobile phones immediately to stop them suffering brain tumours, an expert has warned.

US scientist Lloyd Morgan said cases of brain cancer could rise 25 fold in the future and predicted there would not be enough trained surgeons to help victims.

"I predict a tsunami of brain tumours," he said. "I do not think we will see the beginning of it for 10 or maybe 15 years but, once it explodes, it could be devastating.

"We could see anything between an increase of four times and 25 times. And unless we train more neurosurgeons now, a great many people will not be able to have surgery."

"Brain Cancer Kills more Australian Children and Women Under 35 Than Any Other Cancer" (2012 Article by Dr. Charlie Teo, Neurosurgeon)


Brain tumor in young girl
(white arrow)
Dr. Charlie Teo, author of the article, “What if your mobile phone is giving you brain cancer?”, published on The Punch, Australia, 7 May 2012, is a specialist in pediatric neurosurgery.  The link to the article is no longer available.

The article begins:  “There are three undisputed facts about the link between mobile phones and brain tumours. Firstly, the jury is still out. Secondly, the number of mobile phone users is increasing rapidly and currently stands at over five billion worldwide. Thirdly, IF there is a causal link between exposure to non-ionising radiation and brain tumours, then the social and financial consequences would be devastating and on a scale never before witnessed in history.”
“With over twenty one million mobile phones in use in Australia, why are we not spending the resources on finding the answer? Perhaps the answer is one that all of us would rather not imagine. Could those with a vested interest be misguiding us?”
Teo writes that as an expert on brain cancer, he witnesses every day the devastating effects that brain tumors have on families and society:  “I see 10 to 20 new patients each week and at least one third of those patients’ tumours are in the area of the brain around the ear. As a neurosurgeon I cannot ignore this fact and while I may personally believe there is a link between brain tumours and EMR exposure…

18 February 2016

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Give A Child A Smartphone Or Tablet

PLEASE:  Do not allow toddlers to
use tablets!

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards
Better Health")
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Give A Child A Smartphone Or Tablet
by Elyse Wanshel, littlethings.com

If you go to a mall, coffee shop, or even a playground nowadays, you’ll notice the youth of America staring down, almost zombie-like, at the glowing screens of tablets and smartphones.

According to research conducted by the Kaiser Foundation, children and teens use four to five times the recommended amount of technology — which sometimes leads to serious and often life-threatening consequences — such as getting into a fatal car crash while texting.

However, it’s not only driving-aged teens that are at risk.

Did you know that in tablet-owning households, seven out of 10 parents let their kids play with their tablets? And because of this, a team of researchers at University of Iowa have also discovered that by age two, 90 percent of modern children had a moderate ability to use a tablet.

“We have a lot of 2-year-olds using tablets now, and I see 3- and 4-year-olds that are already addicted,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, a Los Angeles-based child and family psychotherapist. “It’s mind-blowing and a little scary.”

Dr. Charlie Teo's Response to ABC Catalyst's Wi-Fi Program

Dr. Charlie Teo, neurosurgeon
"Rather than the Catalyst program igniting a fight between 2 camps of devoted, passionate scientists it should unite all of us to collaborate in order to find answers to this devastating, indiscriminate and universally deadly disease."

Dr Charlie Teo's response to ABC Catalyst's Wi-Fi program
Twitter, 17 February 2016

As a neurosurgeon on the front lines of treating children with brain cancer, I am saddened that we are still not close to finding a cure, or even effective treatments. The most common form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), carries a dismal prognosis with only 2% of patients surviving more than 5 years. This disease kills more children in Australia than any other disease! In actuality, until we know what causes brain cancer we can’t even make appropriate recommendations for its prevention. However, inferring from the basic and clinical sciences and our best judgement from previous cancer associations, we can make educated recommendations. If formal recommendations to the public were released only AFTER many, many people have become terminally ill from cancer, we would be doing a DISSERVICE to the community.

International Appeal : Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure

As of 10 February 2016, there are 220 signatories to the appeal.

View the Video Statement (3 min.) by Spokesperson Martin Blank, PhD: EMFscientist.org

International EMF Scientist Appeal
emfscientist.org, 11 May 2015

To: His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Honorable Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization
U.N. Member States

International Appeal
Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure


We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).

Scientific basis for our common concerns

New Study: Sperm Quality Damaged by Cellphones

Photo from Shutterstock.com
New study: Sperm quality damaged by cellphones
by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c, jewishjournal.com,
17 February 2016

A groundbreaking study carried out in Haifa suggests that regularly talking on a cellphone for more than an hour a day, and talking on the phone when it is connected to a charger, doubles the likelihood of a decrease in sperm concentration from 33.3 percent to 66.7 percent.

The study also indicates that sperm concentration decreases to an abnormal level in men who carry their phone at a distance of less than 20 inches from the groin. An abnormal concentration was found in about 47 percent of men who carry the phone at a close distance, compared with about 11 percent in the total male population.

The findings, reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, support a long-held suspicion of a link between cellphone use and male infertility caused by radio frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted from the phones.

17 February 2016

"We Are All Hopelessly Hooked": NY Times Book Review of "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age"

"As long as software engineers are able to deliver free, addictive products directly to children, parents who are themselves compulsive users have little hope of asserting control."

Following this brief review of Shelley Turkle's book, "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age" (published in 2015) is the New York Times Book Review article.

REVIEW: Digital life has become 'a closed cycle of anxiety creation and alleviation'
by Hank Berger, United for Peace of Pierce County, 
16 February 2016.

Shelley Turkle of MIT has been studying the digital revolution for some time, and her new book, Reclaiming Conversation(2015), "presents a powerful case that a new communication revolution is degrading the quality of human relationships -- with family and friends, as well as colleagues and romantic partners," Jacob Weisberg reports in a New York Review of Booksreview.[1] -- The root of the problem, she thinks, is that "young people absorbed in their devices" are "failing . . . to develop fully independent selves." -- "Because they aren’t learning how to be alone, she contends, young people are losing their ability to empathize." -- "The thing young people never do on their smartphones is actually speak to one another." -- Weisberg concludes his review of this and three other books on a pessimistic note. -- There might be solutions to mitigate the effects Turkle and others describe, Weisberg suggests, but "Aspirations for humanistic digital design have been overwhelmed so far by the imperatives of the startup economy. -- As long as software engineers are able to deliver free, addictive products directly to children, parents who are themselves compulsive users have little hope of asserting control. -- 

16 February 2016

Wi-Fi Health Concerns in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland: News Report

Fox 5 News on WiFi Health Concerns in MCPS Schools
15 February 2016

Parents are advocating for safe technology in schools because wifi is not safe. Learn more about the science at http://safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.ch/

Excellent 5-minute news report.

View also this 2-minute video of a U.S. high school student calling for answers on wireless radiation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnRGRnboXBg





Cell Phone Radiation Affects Plants, Vegetables: Research

Researchers from Kolkata's Jadavpur University have
indicated mobile-tower radiation affects plants and
vegetables (File photo)
"Our experiments only reveal plants are affected by mobile radiations. We are taking the help of biologists to find out what changes are going on inside the plants and whether these are harmful or beneficial."

Cell phone radiation affects plants, vegetables: Research
Hindustan Times, Kolkata, 15 February 2016

Researchers from Kolkata’s Jadavpur University have indicated mobile-tower radiation affects plants and vegetables, adding to a debate on the health implications of such technology as India’s telecom watchdog tries to dispel fears.

Scientists from the university’s electronics and telecommunications engineering department conducted tests on plants, fruits and vegetables by exposing them to radiation from cell phones.

“Nearly 50 chilli plants exposed to mobile radiation from the seed-stage till they grew into plants, attained more height and grew longer leaves than their counterparts not exposed to radiations. But their leaves were wrinkled and looked dull compared to normal plants,” said Bhaskar Gupta, a professor of electronics and telecommunication at Jadavpur University, who led the study.

Alarmed JU researchers have tied up with biologists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. Talks are also on with botanists of other universities, including Calcutta University.

15 February 2016

United States: FCC, DOT Establish Working Group to Assess Security of Commercial Communication Onboard Aircraft

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
FCC, DOT Establish Working Group to Assess Security of Commercial Communication Onboard Aircraft
by Juliet Van Wagenen, aviationtoday.com, 
5 February 2016

[Avionics Today 02-05-2016] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have agreed to establish a Federal Interagency Working Group to more effectively collaborate on issues, including the safe and secure use of consumer communications onboard domestic commercial aviation flights. This agreement builds on the productive, collaborative interagency coordination efforts in recent years as aviation communications safety and security concerns have emerged.

The DOT’s FAA and the FCC will co-chair the working group, with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau coordinating efforts within the FCC. The working Group’s primary mission will be to harmonize policy and regulatory activities regarding safe and secure communications onboard commercial aircraft, while maintaining the independent policy-making responsibilities of each agency.

14 February 2016

Impact of Wi-Fi Radiation on Society

"The RF radiation [from Wi-F] can easily penetrate our body and affect our internal tissues. As Wi-Fi is operating at a higher spectrum than that of other devices, it radiates much larger amounts of waves 24/7."

Impact of Wi-Fi radiations on society

pagalguy.com, 8 February 2016

Wi-Fi is a Wireless Fidelity. Ten years ago the concept of wireless network was not even heard; it was just a dream of general citizens. Now a days, Wi-Fi is found in most places in our vicinity. Offices, colleges, hostels, railway stations, shopping malls, hotels etc. usually have open Wi-Fi. Due to this easy accessibly of open Wi-Fi, most of us are addicted to it and spend our leisure time by downloading movies, videos, surfing the web, using social media like Facebook and WhatsApp.

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
Environmental Health Trust

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

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.

Smart Meters: Changes are Coming to Your Insurance Policy

Changes are coming to your insurance policy
by Norman LambeLA Home and Business Insurance Examiner, 7 February 2016

Due to the accumulation of fire related damage to homes and businesses from Smart Meter related malfunctions, Insurance Underwriting Offices across the country are contemplating new rules that will reduce the coverage available to you due to fire damage from a Smart Meter failure.

In the past, only two reasons existed for an insurance company to consider not paying for fire damage to your home or business, they were arson, and the fact the home or business sat vacant for at least 60 days or more before the fire.

Now a possible third reason can be added to that list, is the malfunction of a Smart Meter. What will most likely take place is that you will receive a notification from your Insurance Company telling you that a new limitation of coverage is now in force on your policy. When fire damage occurs to your home or business and the cause of the fire can be traced to a malfunction of your Smart Meter, then your company would not be held responsible for the financial loss.

13 February 2016

Cell Phone Litigation

Message from Ellie Marks, California Brain Tumor Association:
"This is the law firm that we (and many other families) are using. They are awesome and the cases are moving along well in the DC courts. If you or a loved one has a brain tumor or acoustic neuroma and you feel it is cell phone related please give Hunter, Kristie or Rudie a call. I have known them for 6 years now (Erin Brockovich introduced us) and I cannot say enough good things about them."

Cell Phone Litigation
lundylawlp.com

Recent research shows that prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation increases the risk of developing a brain tumor.

You may be eligible to file a cell phone radiation lawsuit if you were exposed to the dangers of cell phone radiation and have been diagnosed with one of the following:

Glioblastoma
Astrocytoma
Oligodendroglioma
Ependymoma
Acoustic Neuroma

A cell phone radiation lawsuit seeks compensation for:

Medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Lost wages
Wrongful Death
Other injuries

Wi-Fi is "Major Public Health Issue," Says French Confab

Wi-Fi is "Major Public Health Issue," Says French Confab
by Jack O'Dwyer, odwyerpr.com,
12 February 2016

A meeting of doctors and scientists on electrosensitivity at the University of Paris Feb. 11 said that "It is finally time to discuss this major public health issue."

More than 50 doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals signed a document calling for research to "better understand and recognize electro-hypersensitivity."

The meeting expressed disappointment that the disease is still not recognized by French authorities.

"This pathology is complex and multifactorial," said the declaration. "We are clueless about the victims of hypersensitivity, whose physical suffering is real. Although scientific controversy remains in some respects on the subject, such patients exist and responses must be made to alleviate their suffering."

Translating the document from the French to English was U.K. electrosensitive campaigner David Ashton. He discusses the subject in a 16-minute YouTube segment.

Symptoms in Cellphone Users

12 February 2016

Support Individuals with Electrosensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Petition to the Government of the United Kingdom

Petition to the UK Government:  Support Individuals with Electrosensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

(Please note that the petition can only be signed by UK residents, and is open until 12 August 2016)

Link to the petition:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121419

Message from Dave Ashton, creator of the petition:

A fairly long comment was prepared for this petition, but it turned out that there was a space restriction, and so I had to lose most of what we'd written. A link to the actual petition is given below, along with a copy of the longer original version that we couldn't use.

The petition includes links to documents recommending steps to be taken to deal with the urgent situation represented by EHS and MCS, as well as dealing with the wider health issues posed by wireless technologies.

There are a couple of extra links below, which tell the human side of the story for EHS and MCS sufferers.

Thank you for reading this, and for signing the petition (if you are a UK resident!)

Dave Ashton

Appeal of Doctors and Healthcare Professionals "To Better Understand and Recognize Electro-hypersensitivity" - 11 February 2016

PLEASE NOTE:  This is an unofficial translation of the Appeal and will be replaced if/when an official text in English is issued. 


APPEAL of DOCTORS and HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
michele-rivasi.eu, 11 February 2016

On the occasion of the symposium at the National Assembly on 11th February 2016, "To better understand and recognize electro-hypersensitivity"

We, doctors, scientists and health professionals,

Considering the Freiburg Appeal launched in 2002 by physicians, during our consultations, we have found in recent years a dramatic increase in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, such as:

Symptoms usually found in mobile phone use:

- Pain and / or heat in the ear
- Disorders of surface sensitivity, type dysesthesia (tingling, burning or itching) on the face, scalp or arm

Then gradually, and permanently:

France: "Unbearable" Pain and Vested Interests: Laurence Abeille Tackles Electrohypersensitivity

Laurence Abeille denounces action led by lobbys allowing the authorities
to pass laws on wireless technology. 
©Stéphane Allaman/Sipa
"Unbearable" pain and vested interests: Laurence Abeille tackles hypersensitivity to (electromagnetic) waves
by Pierre Plottu, francesoir.fr,
10 February 2016
(editorial changes of auto translation by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

MP Laurence Abeille (EELV, Val-de-Marne) and MEP Michèle Rivasi (EELV) are organizing a symposium to publicize and recognize electro-hypersensitivity, Thursday [11 February 2016] at the National Assembly. In an interview with "FranceSoir", Ms. Abeille calls for awareness of the health authorities "that the protection of populations is a priority, and to set standards."

09 February 2016

European Commission Complacent on Tobacco Industry Influence

European Commission complacent on tobacco industry influence
Corporate Europe Observatory, 
8 February 2016

In a worrying development, the European Commission has refused to act on the recommendations of the European Ombudsman regarding tobacco industry lobbying.

In October 2015, Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly slammed the Commission's failure to comply with the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as 'maladministration' and urged the Commission to publish details of all meetings with tobacco lobbyists online. Now the Commission has responded by merely repeating its bogus claim that it "complies in full" with the UN rules and restating the same unconvincing argument that its general rules in the field of transparency and ethics are sufficient.

The Commission's refusal to take specific measures to tackle tobacco industry lobbying influence reflects a worrying complacency and lack of vigilance regarding the large-scale lobbying efforts of this sector. The Commission is seriously underestimating the magnitude, sophistication and nastiness of this toxic industry's lobbying efforts and the risk of undue influence.

Maryland: Baltimore County Public Schools Used in 270 Million Dollar Tech Experiment

“The way children use screens makes them particularly vulnerable to complication,” Cindy Eckard wrote in an editorial. “They stare at them for long periods without taking significant breaks; computer work stations often don’t fit them well; and they don’t complain about blurry vision because they don’t realize it’s a problem that will just get worse.”


Baltimore County Public Schools Used in 270 Million Dollar Tech Experiment
by Emily Talmage, Save Maine Schools,
8 February 2016

As teachers in Detroit ask why their district spent 6 million dollars on a consulting contract when classrooms are overflowing and schools are in disrepair, citizens in Baltimore County are raising similar concerns over a 270 million technology initiative calledStudents and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT).

The program, which aims to bring 1:1 digital learning to all students in the district, was initiated under Superintendent S. Dallas Dance.

Dance, who was recruited to Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in 2012, has come under scrutiny before. Last spring, an administrative training company called SUPES Academy made headlines when it came to light that ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett had awarded a 20 million dollar no-bid contract to the program where she once worked.

India: Hyderabad: Doctors Caution on Hazards of Wi-Fi Use

"Doctors have expressed concern over the fact that growing number of households has been keeping Wi-Fi routers active in their houses which emits radiation. The children’s brains are delicate and the radiation affects them directly, they point out. They suggested to turn off the Wi-Fi when not in use."

Doctors caution on hazards of Wi-Fi use

by Md Nizamuddin, The Hans India, 
8 February 2016

Concern over keeping Wi-Fi routers active in houses

Hyderabad: Even as the TRS and BJP-TDP combine have promised in their manifestoes to make Hyderabad into a Wi-Fi city, the city-based doctors caution that it would contribute to increasing number of cancer cases since the devices installed throughout the city would only augment the radiation emission and causes exposure to continuous EMF (electromagnetic field).

Switzerland: Petition to the City Council of Zurich: Switch Off Wi-Fi in Schools, Kindergarten and Nurseries

Turn off Wi-Fi in schools, kindergarten and nurseries in Zurich

Petition Addressed to the City Council of Zurich - February 2016

Original text in German:  Click here

(Note:  This is a summary translation by Google.)

Since 2015 WLAN [Wi-Fi] has been forbidden in facilities for small children in Israel and France by law. In schools, it must be switched off after use to reduce the radiation exposure as much as possible. Canada is considering similar measures. Governments adopt these laws for good reason.


In Zurich, the router or access points are not switched off in kindergarten and primary schools.
In the brochure "Wi-Fi in the schools of Zurich", the tip is added: "Turn on the WLAN only when you need it"... The School and Sports Department of the City of Zurich recommends this in its pamphlet, but this is not possible with the current technical installation.  In most nurseries in Zurich, wireless devices have been installed so that they cannot be switched off.   

08 February 2016

TEDx Talk: “Wireless Wake-Up Call”

Posted on February 6, 2016 by smartgridawareness.org

A TEDxBerkeley Presentation about the Health Impacts of Wireless Technology and Proposed Solutions

On February 6th, Jeromy Johnson, an expert in mitigating the negative impacts of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure, was featured as a speaker at the TEDxBerkeley event for 2016. The title of the presentation was “Wireless Wake-Up Call.”

Jeromy Johnson acknowledges that the growth of wireless technologies in our world has provided tremendous benefits to society, but it has also created substantial health risks. Johnson explains how he became sensitive to EMF radiation in 2011 and recommends that we head toward a more wired world in the future. He particularly believes that one the best things we can do is move towards fiber optics.

05 February 2016

Wi-Fi on Swiss International Airlines Long-Distance Flights

UPDATE 18 February 2016:  Reply from Swiss:
(posted after letter)

Wi-Fi on Swiss International Airlines long-distance flights

Communication sent to the CEO of Swiss International Airlines, Mr. Harry Hohmeister, on 5 February 2016, copied to the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation.

Dear Sir:

For many years, I have been travelling between New York and Geneva, enjoying the friendly, efficient service and comfort of Swiss.

I was therefore dismayed to learn that Swiss is planning to install Wi-Fi on its long-distance fleet, especially as I am physically sensitive to Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi emits electromagnetic waves (radiofrequency / non-ionizing radiation) classified as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011. The harmful effects of Wi-Fi include heart problems and neurological troubles affecting brain function, mental stability, and cognitive capacity, even in individuals who have no medical antecedents of these disorders. Airline crew are already being exposed to ionizing radiation (during the flight) which makes them vulnerable to fertility problems and cancer. The negative health effects of Wi-Fi would be amplified by the enclosed metallic space of the cabin and would add to the cumulative effect of other systems on the aircraft which emit electromagnetic fields.

04 February 2016

Cell Phones May Damage Male Fertility, Israeli Study Finds

Illustrative:  Browsing on a phone
(Frank Franklin II/AP)
"Talking on a cellphone for over an hour a day or speaking on the device when it is being charged doubles the risk for low semen concentration, the study found."

Cellphones may damage male fertility, Israeli study finds
by Times of Israel Staff, 3 February 2016

Technion researchers see link between mobile use and drop in sperm count, recommend shorter calls and not carrying phone in pants pocket

Men using a cellular phone for more than one hour a day double the risk of their sperm count dropping to levels too low for procreation, according researchers from the Haifa Technion and the Carmel Medical Center.

A new study conducted at the two institutions, and published Tuesday in the medical journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online, brings evidence to support a long-feared link between dropping fertility rates in men and the prevalent use of cellular phones.

The quality of sperm among men in Western countries is constantly decreasing and is considered crucial in 40 percent of the cases in which couples have difficulty conceiving a child.