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EMF Studies

29 February 2016

Environmental Group Finds Traces of Glyphosate in Germany's 14 Most Popular Beers

German beer purity in question after environment group finds weed-killer traces
by Caroline Copley, Berlin, reuters.com, 
25 February 2016
(via Environmental Health News)

A German environmental group said on Thursday it has found traces of the widely used weed-killer ingredient glyphosate in Germany's 14 most popular beers, a potential blow to the country's reputation for "pure" brewing.

Industry and government immediately sought to play down the report from the Munich Environmental Institute.

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

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
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.

Are You at Risk of Being Mousejacked?

Are YOU at risk of being MOUSEJACKED? Experts warn wireless flaw could let hackers take over billions of machines and type on PC's remotely
by Mark Prigg for dailymail.co 
24 February 2016

- Security researchers warn 'billions' of PCs could be at risk
- Flaw allows hackers to take over mouse with $15 of electronics
- Most non-bluetooth wireless mice not affected
- Owners advised to check their model - some firms such as Logitech have already issued downloadable fixes


Security experts have warned of a major flaw in the wat wireless mice and keyboards work.

They say 'billions of PC's and millions of networks' are vulnerable to being hijacked.

One user has even revealed the shocking moment his machine was taken over

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

Do Kids Learn More When They Trade in Composition Books for iPads?

"A major report in 2015 showed countries that made large investments in technology for education did not see improved results on certain tests."

Do kids learn more when they trade in composition books for iPads?
by Donna St. George, The Washington Post, 25 February 2016


Photo: Arlington Public Schools is one of two D.C.-area school districts that have set out to supply students with individual laptops or tablets, including these Swanson Middle School sixth-graders, from left, Timothy Jacob, Benjamin Cabalu, Lindsey Heyn, Lauren Hartel and Guy Shoji. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

One winter morning, Spark Matsunaga Elementary School teacher Greta Fitch asks her fourth-graders to consider the world outside their door — specifically, the businesses that line their suburban streets. What sorts of stores and services and restaurants are there? Is anything missing?

On each desk is a Chromebook, a lightweight laptop that students use to search Germantown, Md., using Google Maps as if they were driving the streets. Fitch says that in coming days she will ask the students to put themselves in the shoes of the diverse town’s residents. What businesses might they want? she asks. What do they not see?

28 February 2016

Am I Addicted to My Phone?

Getty Images; Photo Illustration by Lauren Margit Jones
for TIME
Dr. David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, says many people overuse their smartphones and refers to the Internet as “the world’s largest slot machine”.

You Asked: Am I Addicted to My Phone?

by Markham Heid @markhamh, Time, 
24 February 2016

If you feel your smartphone is hurting your health or relationships, the answer may be yes.

You check it in the bathroom. You check it at the movies. You check it when you’re having dinner with your friends. But you wouldn’t say you’re addicted—and most experts would agree with you.

“Only a small percentage of people qualify as addicted,” says Dr. David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. “But many people overuse their smartphones.”

The line between overuse and addiction is gray. But Greenfield says you’re moving into addiction territory when you can’t stop using your phone even when it’s harming your life. Whether you’re in a work meeting or behind the wheel, “if you can’t help being on it even when you know you shouldn’t be, that loss of control is the hallmark of an addiction,” he says.

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.

Texting at Night Affects Teens' Sleep, Academic Performance

Research has found that students who turned off their
devices or who messaged for less than 30 minutes after
lights out performed significantly better in school than
those who messaged for more than 30 minutes after
lights out.  
Credit:  © theartofphoto / Fotolia
Texting at night affects teens' sleep, academic performance
Source:  Rutgers University, 26 January 2016

Researcher finds that instant messaging in the dark makes a difference compared to having the lights on

Summary: A new study is the first of its kind to link nighttime instant messaging habits of American teenagers to sleep health and school performance. Media use among children of all ages is increasing exponentially; studies have found that children ages 8 to 18 use electronic devices approximately seven-and-a-half hours daily.

Can't stop texting? If you're a teenager, it may be to blame for falling grades and increased yawning in school, according to a new Rutgers study.

The study, published in the Journal of Child Neurology, is the first of its kind to link nighttime instant messaging habits of American teenagers to sleep health and school performance.

"We need to be aware that teenagers are using electronic devices excessively and have a unique physiology," says study author Xue Ming, professor of neuroscience and neurology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. "They tend to go to sleep late and get up late. When we go against that natural rhythm, students become less efficient."

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

Teenage Mental-Health Crisis: Rates of Depression Have Soared in Past 25 Years

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have
increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
Illustration by Matt Murphy
[What this article fails to mention is that the emission of microwave frequency electromagnetic waves by wireless technology can produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression.  
See 2015 study by Dr. Martin L. Pall.]

Teenage mental-health crisis: Rates of depression have soared in past 25 years
by Geraldine Bedell, The Independent, 
27 February 2016

How has society managed to produce a generation of teenagers in which mental-health problems are so prevalent?

On most counts, young people's lives are improving. Drinking, smoking and drug-taking are down in the UK; teen pregnancies are at their lowest level for nearly half a century. Yet there is growing evidence that teens are in the grip of a mental-health crisis. It is as if, rather than acting out, young people are turning in on themselves.

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years. The number of children and young people turning up in A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009 and, in the past three years, hospital admissions for teenagers with eating disorders have also almost doubled. In a 2016 survey for Parent Zone, 93 per cent of teachers reported seeing increased rates of mental illness among children and teenagers and 90 per cent thought the issues were getting more severe, with 62 per cent dealing with a pupil's mental-health problem at least once a month and an additional 20 per cent doing so on a weekly or even daily basis.

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.)

European Commission Plans to Relicense Controversial Weedkiller

Bottles of pesticide containing glyphosate on sale in France,
including Monsanto's Roundup.  Photo:
Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
European commission plans to relicense controversial weedkiller
by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 
24 February 2016

Glyphosate was deemed ‘probably carcinogenic’ by WHO but draft law has been drawn up to grant new 15-year lease

The European commission plans to give a new 15-year lease to a controversial weedkiller that was deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

A draft implementing law seen by the Guardian says the commission has decided it is appropriate to renew the licence for glyphosate after a lengthy review, which sparked a scientific storm.

Glyphosate is a key ingredient in bestselling herbicides such as Monsanto’s Roundup brand and is so widely used that traces of its residues are routinely found in British breads.

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. 

Health Advocates Urge Westhampton Library to Turn Off Wi-Fi

Cecelia Doucet
Health Advocates Urge WH Library to Turn Off Wi-Fi
by Jack O'Dwyer, odwyerpr.com, 25 February 2016

Wi-Fi health advocate Cecelia Doucette is urging the Westhampton Library to quickly pull the plug on Wi-Fi, citing dangers to patrons and especially children. The newly expanded library board is resisting so far.

Not only is wired internet access safer, it is also faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi, said Doucette in an email yesterday to the library board headed by Tom Moore, husband of Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, and the six other board members.

Doucette provides links to a number of sources that support claims that Wi-Fi does not belong in a public place like a library. Especially at risk, they say, are children, babies, fetuses and senior citizens.

25 February 2016

Philips to Unveil Wireless Vital Signs Patch for General Wards

[Unsettling news for electrosensitive persons. this development suggests that ES/EHS people will need to wear some sort of identifier (e.g. wristband etc) in case they have an accident and end up in ICU.]

Philips to Unveil Wireless Vital Signs Patch for General Wards
medgadget.com, 24 February 2016

Philips has announced that the company will soon release a wireless patient monitoring patch for use in general wards when watching over at-risk patients. The device measures the heart and breathing rates, skin temperature below the patch, and we’re also guessing motion sensors to detect when someone gets out of bed or falls. The patches will regularly update their readings to a nurse’s station where every patient’s status can be seen and where alerts would be raised.

Philips hopes that continuous wireless monitoring that has previously been available for ICUs will allow hospitals to “reduce associated costly adverse events, complications, unplanned transfers back to the ICU and longer lengths of hospitalization,” according to Carla Kriwet, CEO Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at the firm.

http://www.medgadget.com/2016/02/philips-to-unveil-wireless-vital-signs-patch-for-general-wards.html

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.

23 February 2016

North Carolina: Montgomery County Schools Equip Buses With Wi-Fi

[Yet another way to increase children's exposure to the health risks of electromagnetic radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, as if being exposed in the classroom and at home were not enough...]

Montgomery County Schools Equip Buses With Wi-Fi
by Jessica Mensch, WFMY News, 12 February 2016

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- At the beginning of the school year, most students in Montgomery County didn't have access to a computer outside of school, much less an internet connection. But that's all changed.

The school district now has Wi-Fi enabled school buses and sends students home with personal laptops.

"Sometimes I don't even know they're on the bus, they're so quiet!" Bus driver Carolyn Moore exclaimed.

She has been driving buses for nearly 20 years, but no longer sees the mischief she once did.

California: County Supervisor Wants EMF Review for Sunrise Powerlink

The Powerlink is a 500,000-volt, $1.9 billion, 117-mile transmission line between San Diego and the Imperial Valley.

Jacob wants EMF review for Sunrise Powerlink

by Jeff McDonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, 
22 February 2016

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to open an investigation and conduct an independent review into the levels of low-frequency radiation emitted by the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line.

Jacob said her office has received numerous calls, emails and letters expressing concern about possible health effects of the electromagnetic field, most notably around Alpine.

“It has been reported that the measured EMF readings above the underground portion of the Sunrise Powerlink along Alpine Boulevard are significantly higher than previously recorded,” she wrote in a letter dated Feb. 17. “While I’m not aware of federal or state standards for EMF, the levels being recorded are way beyond what some experts consider safe.”

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.

The Very High Cost of Very Low Cholesterol

The very high cost of very low cholesterol
by Gregory Curfman, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications, 13 November 2015

You have probably heard about the new cholesterol-lowering drugs Praluent and Repatha, approved by the FDA within the last few weeks. Maybe you’ve even begun taking one of them yourself.

These drugs are miraculous in their ability to lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), the type that leads to heart disease. But this power comes at a great price — literally. Both drugs come at a yearly cost of around $14,600 per year.

The ripple effect of sky-high drug prices

EU Directs Employers to Protect Workers from EMFs

"Employers must be informed about workers that could be at more risk from EMF exposure, notably those who have medical devices or are pregnant."

EU directs employers to protect workers from EMFs
gsma.com, 27 January 2016

New laws that require employers to protect their workers from exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) according to minimum safety requirements of the European Union Directive 2013/35/EU (pdf) will be mandatory from 1 July 2016.

The exposure limits and regulations for workers are based on the guidelines from the International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (INCIRP) and since the Directive was passed in 2013, employers have had the last three years to prepare for the transposition into national law.

A practical guide to applying the Directive has been published by the EU to help employers understand how they need to assess the risks of EMF in their workplace.

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.

Wireless Devices: Excellent program from ABC Television, Australia

UPDATE (20 February 2016):  Pro-telecoms industry scientists have said this program should never have been aired.  It may be withdrawn.  So now industry is infringing on freedom of expression !! Watch it while you can at this link:
Click here for the program.

This is an excellent 30-minute report by Dr Maryanne Demasi presented on the program, "Catalyst", ABC television, Australia, including the transcript.

Wi-Fried?
abc.net.au, 16 February 2016

Click here for the program.

Could wifi-enabled devices be harmful to our health? You cannot see it or hear it but Wi-Fi blankets our homes, our schools and our cities. Australia's safety agency says there's no evidence of harm, but that's not the same as saying its safe. A growing number of scientists are concerned that the widespread use of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-enabled devices could be slowly making us sick. In this Catalyst investigation, Dr Maryanne Demasi explores whether our wireless devices could be putting our health at risk.

TRANSCRIPT

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
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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…

Presenter/Producer ABC's Catalyst Program: Sometimes Asking Questions Provides You With Answers That May Be Uncomfortable

Visuals Unlimited, Inc./Scientifica via Getty Images
Sometimes Asking Questions Provides You With Answers That May Be Uncomfortable
by Maryanne Demasi, Presenter/producer on ABC’s Catalyst program, The Huffington Post Australia, 19 February 2016

The claims that our program "should never have aired" should not sit well with the public. At best, it's an over-reaction. At worst, it's a form of censorship.

Sometimes in science asking questions provides you with answers that may be unsettling. Not because they are conclusive, but because they are inconclusive. It's the duty of scientists and science reporters to encourage critical thinking on issues that are still up for debate.

Several other counties around the world have more stringent radio frequency safety thresholds than Australia. Italy, China, Switzerland and Russia have wireless safety limits, which are a hundred times more stringent than our own. In France, they restrict advertising of mobile phones to children. They have also banned Wi-Fi in nurseries and day care centres.

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.”

A Message to Our Customers

A Message to Our Customers
from Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, 16 February 2016

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

The Need for Encryption

Baby Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around by Tourists Taking Selfies

The Franciscana dolphin is listed as 'vulnerable' species.  There are
only 30,000 left on the planet.  Photo credit:  Hernan Coria
Baby Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around by Tourists Taking Selfies
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 
18 February 2016

Last week, a young Franciscana dolphin was killed after beachgoers in Santa Teresita, Argentina reportedly pulled it out of the water so people could take photos with it.

These images were captured from an eye-witness named Hernan Coria, who called the situation a “pity.”

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.

ABC Catalyst Program Linking Mobile Phones to Brain Cancer 'Should Never Have Aired'

Peak health bodies have found no compelling scientific
evidence linking brain cancer to radiofrequency electro-
magnetic fields.  Photo:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters
More backlash from industry.  The average person does not realize that the "peak health bodies" have been influenced by the trillion-dollar+ telecoms industry... There are many other health risks besides cancer due to exposure from electromagnetic fields emitted by wireless technology.  

ABC Catalyst program linking mobile phones to brain cancer 'should never have aired'

Melissa Davey, The Guardian, 
17 February 2016

Public health professor Simon Chapman joins experts in criticising episode for being misleading and ignoring range of evidence about Wi-Fi and mobile phones

A science program on the ABC which suggested Wi-Fi networks and mobile phone use may be associated with brain cancer should never have gone to air, according to an eminent professor of public health.

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.

Bill Gates’ Temporary Sterilization Microchip In Beta Female Testing By End Of Year (2015 Article)

Image by Heather Callaghan
Bill Gates’ Temporary Sterilization Microchip In Beta Female Testing By End Of Year
by Heather Callaghan, activistpost.com, 
2 July 2015

Earlier this week, I wrote about a deal reached that would soon be pumping out medical microchip implants. Meet the new face of medicine that polygamously marries Big Pharma, biotech, nanotech and wireless remote technology. Maybe hooking oneself into the Internet of Things will be an additional app, although this sounds like a passive form of medicine where someone else gets to call the shots, so to speak.

The same developers who are bringing wireless remotely controlled microchip implants are actually focusing on their first flagship product: Gates Foundation-funded birth-control microchip implants. Wireless technology allows the remotely controlled chip to turn a woman’s ability to conceive off or on at will – temporary sterilization. Of course with remote technology funded by eugenics depopulation fanatics, the first questions should always be, “the ability to conceive by whose will?” This would be the complete antithesis of female empowerment or a “woman’s right to choose” – would it not?

The encryption is alleged to be so safe, that cyberhackers cannot break entry – that means you too.

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.

'Game Changing' Breakthrough Turns Contact Lenses Into Tiny Computer Screens

'Game changing' breakthrough turns contact lenses into tiny computer screens
by Hugh Langley, techradar.com, 
4 February 2016

The wearable to end all wearables

In humanity's efforts to put screens in, on and around everything, it's fair to say some ideas have made a lot more sense than others. Take this mirror, a perfect example of where the added technology could be useful in our daily lives.Google Glass, on the other hand, overestimated our desire to look like a crap Terminator.

But contact lenses make a lot more sense, and scientists at the University of South Australia's Future Industries Institute have found a way to make it happen.

Using polymer film coating that conducts electricity, researchers have found it is possible to build very small electric circuits on the lens, which would allow it to double up as a screen.

The breakthrough is the result of two years of work and a decade of wider research, explains Phys. Associate Professor Drew Evans described it as a "game "changer".

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.