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31 January 2017

Electromagnetic Radiation And Environmental Factors In Autism

Electromagnetic Radiation And Environmental Factors In Autism
by Jamie Ann Montiel, RN, BSN, eatgenius.com, 30 January 2017

Autism spectrum disorders, (collectively referred to here as autism) has increased at an alarming rate over the past several decades which has coincided with the exponential growth of man-made sources of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) (7, 8), specifically wireless technologies, exposure to which has become ubiquitous in most places inhabited by humans nowadays. It is estimated that 1 in 45 children in the US has autism (10, 27). Autism is diagnosed according to behavioral symptoms but involves systemic physiological abnormalities and therefore it is not just a neurodevelopment disorder (18). Although autism is most likely a result of a combination of many environmental and genetic factors working synergistically to cause as well as exacerbate symptoms, genetic factors cannot account for the epidemic proportions of autism cases in such a short period, therefore environmental and epi-genetic factors play a major role in autism (9). What will be focused on herein will be the environmental causes of autism, how excessive EMR exposure, which is the impetus for the disease, combined with a lack of sunlight exposure as well as environmental heavy metal exposure, work in concert to lead to system-wide dysfunction that is autism.

5G Subscriptions On Way to Half Billion in 2022

"Mobile data traffic continues to grow, driven both by increased smartphone subscriptions and a continued increase in average data volume per subscription, fueled primarily by more viewing of video content."

5G subs on way to half billion in 2022

by Enterprise Innovation editors, 30 January 2017

There will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022, according to a forecast in the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.

North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022.

Asia Pacific will be the second fastest-growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10% of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. From 2016 to 2022, Middle East and Africa will dramatically shift from a region with a majority of GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to% of all subscriptions on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE.

FCC Threatens IoT Industry With Mandatory Cybersecurity Testing

The FCC's warning should not be taken lightly.
FCC Threatens IoT Industry With Mandatory Cybersecurity Testing
by Jason Knott, securitysales.com, 
30 January 2017

The FCC has warned private industry to clean up their act, or it will do it for them.

2016 was not without its fair share of major cyber attacks. Fortunately, the government is looking to address this growing concern.

In one of the last FCC rulings under the Obama Administration, the FCC has issued a stern warning to private industry involved in the Internet of Things (IoT), saying basically, “Clean up your act or we will be forced to step in.”

The warning notes that the government will force commercial companies to institute protective procedures if action is not taken.

30 January 2017

Electrohypersensitivity Is On the Rise (Article from Spain)

Technological communities of refugees without mobile 
phones or wireless networks are starting to proliferate.
Pere Tordera
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, an unknown disorder, is on the rise
by David Bigorra, ara.ct, 13 November 2016 (Google translation with grammatical corrections.)

Wi-Fi radiation is the main cause of an impairment - a  thousand cases have already been registered at the Clínic.

At the same speed that the presence of electromagnetic waves is increasing in the environment - emitted by telephone antennas, power lines or Wi-Fi networks - so is the activity of Dr. Joaquín Fernández Solà, chronic fatigue unit coordinator at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.  Fernández Solà is one of the pioneers in the treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the State, a condition not recognized as a disease but each day affecting more people. The Clínic has already treated more than one thousand cases, 60% of which are caused by wireless networks.

29 January 2017

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

A picture taken on May 24, 2016 in Lillo near Antwerp
shows the Monsanto logo on a building at the firm 
Manufacturing Site and Operations Center.
(John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup
sacramento.cbslocal.com, 27 January 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.

California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the proposal.

Monsanto had sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization based in France.

Malaysia: Nearly 150 Illegal Telco Towers in Penang Demolished

"These towers have been opposed by residents for health reasons in many places. The Penang Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation Protection Association is at the forefront in demanding that telco towers be brought down. The group have claimed the EMF radiation from telco towers is hazardous to health and ought to be removed.  Over the past years, they had also campaigned in Penang to remove 4G transmission towers erected at schools to provide Internet coverage."

Nearly 150 illegal telco towers in Penang demolished
by Predeep Nambiarfreemalaysiatoday.com,  25 January 2017

Many have flouted state rules on telco towers and evaded permit fees before 2009, says Penang executive councillor.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang has taken down “dozens” of illegal telco towers.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said this when commenting on a report that Perak had demolished 300 illegal towers.

If Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Radiation Are Safe, Why Has Belgium's Telecomm Boss Banned Them from His Offices?

If WiFi and Cell Phone Radiation are Safe, why has Belgiums Telecomm Boss Banned them from his offices?
by Morley, liveuniverse.club, 25 January 2017

By: Lloyd Burrell

99 percent of the population continue to use WiFi and other wireless devices without a second thought, but a growing number of people are becoming increasingly concerned with the health issues surrounding the use of these technologies. Didier Bellens happens to be one of these people. What makes Mr. Bellens different is that he also runs Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium. His concern is such that not only has he chosen to do without WiFi on the 27th floor of Belgacom where his office is situated, he also chooses to do without a cell phone; only taking calls on the offices land line.

Does Mr. Bellem know something we dont?

'Global Epidemic of Blindness' on the Horizon, Experts Warn

Staring at digital screens for several hours can cause
irreversible damage to the retinas, potentially leading to
central blindness, a new study claims.
'Global epidemic of blindness' on the horizon, experts warn: Hours spent staring at screens 'will rob millions of their sight decades early'
24 January 2017

  • High energy light from digital screens is damaging our retinas, a new study says
  • Damage to the retinas - the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye - is the biggest cause of central blindness
  • Experts say it is now 'clearer than ever' that we are facing a new global epidemic
  • But using a filter over screens can prevent further damage, researchers claim

Experts warn we face a global epidemic of blindness if we continue to spend hours you spend staring at a screen.

Cell Phones and Breast Cancer

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Cell phones and breast cancer
by Leonardo L. Leonidas - @inquirerdotnet, Commentary,
4 January 2017

When a woman younger than 40 gets breast cancer, researchers swing into action to know why such an uncommon event happened. The commonly accepted scientific thinking for this to occur is when the woman inherited a gene for breast cancer. Another way may possibly be through exposure to radiation energy coming from a cell phone placed near the breast.

Case Report in Medicine (volume 2013) featured four young women found to have multifocal breast cancer. All of them did not have breast cancer genes. All were younger than 40 and had a years-old habit of keeping their cell phone in their bra.

28 January 2017

This Former Techie Owes His Fortune to Electronic Devices. Now He Thinks They're Dangerous.

Peter Sullivan in his Los Altos office.
Courtesy Peter Sullivan
This Former Techie Owes His Fortune to Electronic Devices. Now He Thinks They're Dangerous.
by Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, 
28 January 2017

Silicon Valley isn't the best place to be hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields.

Peter Sullivan and I are driving around Palo Alto, California, in his black Tesla Roadster when the clicking begins. The $2,500 German-made instrument resting in my lap is picking up electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from a nearby cell tower. As we follow a procession of BMWs and Priuses into the parking lot of Henry M. Gunn High School, the clicking crescendos into a roar of static. "I can feel it right here," Sullivan says, wincing as he massages his forehead. The last time he visited the tower, he tells me, it took him three days to recover.

25 January 2017

Samsung Investigation Reveals New Details About Note7 Battery Failures

Photo: Samsung
Samsung says its investigation involved 200,000 handsets, 30,000 standalone batteries, and 700 engineers working in a dedicated facility. Phones were tested with the back cases both on and off photo at right) and with various types of software running.  

Samsung Investigation Reveals New Details About Note7 Battery Failures

by Mike Gikas and Jerry Beilinson, consumerreports.org, 22 January 2017

Batteries for both the original and replacement Note7 smartphones, though designed differently, had dangerous flaws. Some experts ask: ‘Are phones getting too thin?'

Samsung says two different battery flaws were to blame for the fires that plagued its flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphone throughout the fall, leading to two separate recalls and, ultimately, the permanent withdrawal of the model from the market. The details are being released after an internal investigation, following weeks of speculation by reporters and analysts about what the company's report would conclude.

Baby Vital Sign Monitors 'Not the Solution' to New Parents' Anxiety

SIDS has become much less common in recent decades as
doctors have urged parents to put infants to sleep on their
(Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)
Baby vital sign monitors 'not the solution' to new parents' anxiety, pediatrician says
Thomson Reuters, 24 January 2017

Healthy babies don't need apps with sensors to monitor their vital signs, U.S. pediatrician says

Smartphone applications paired with sensors to monitor babies' vital signs may appeal to parents anxious to make sure infants sleep safely through the night, but there's no medical evidence proving these products work, a new paper suggests.

These apps linked to sensors in babies' socks, onesies, leg bands and diaper clips are marketed as tools to help parents keep tabs on things like breathing, pulse rate and oxygen levels in the blood and sound alarms when infants are in distress.

24 January 2017

Mobile Phone Radiation, an Underestimated Disease Factor: Summary of Lecture Delivered to Swiss Medical Association

Mobile phone radiation, an underestimated disease factor
www.buergerwelle.de, 18 January 2017 (translated from German by Google with grammatical corrections)

Lecture given by Peter Schlegel dipl. Ing. ETH at the special event "Electrosmog and its effects on the body" organized by the Swiss medical association SSAAMP on October 13, 2016 in Zurich. Participants were around 100 medical professionals.

The lecture was a version of 62 lecture notes supplemented by additional presentations (not presented at the event for reasons of time). For a better understanding, some slides with explanations and comments were added at the oral presentation. The presentations were based on Swiss conditions.

23 January 2017

Spain: A Lleida Court Is Deciding Whether to Grant Permanent Disability to a Woman Who Claims Electrosensitivity

Rosa CT, back to camera, affected by electrosensitivity,
talks to Dr. Carmen Valls before the Lleida court where
he has testified as as an expert in her favor at the trial
held on Thursday.  Javier Martin
[Once again, we are looking for someone who could translate this article from Spanish into better English.] 

A significant article published in a major newspaper: A Lleida court is deciding whether to grant permanent disability to a woman who claims electrosensitivity.

The supposed 'allergy' to wifi on the bench
by Inigo Dominguez, El Pais,
14  January 2016 (Auto-translation)

"A Lleida court decides whether to grant permanent disability to a woman who claims electrosensitivity, an unrecognized disease of great scientific discussion"

Wi-Fi 'allergy' is a colloquial expression for the so-called electro-hypersensitivity, with the acronym EHS, the presumed intolerance to the electromagnetic waves of the wireless connections and other apparatuses.

The issue demands even more qualification because there is not even agreement that this 'allergy' exists, that these waves produce that effect.

The vast majority of the scientific community, the World Health Organization and the committee of EU experts deny it , they say it is not proven. They treat it directly as a Chinese tale.

On the contrary, some scientists believe that this is not the case, and they handle growing documentation, while being disdained by the rest of their colleagues.

21 January 2017

The NTP Cell Phone RF Radiation Health Effects Project

The NTP Cell Phone RF Radiation Health Effects Project [Health Matters]
James C. Lin, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Published in: IEEE Microwave Magazine
( Volume: 18, Issue: 1, Jan.-Feb. 2017 )

On 26 May 2016, a U.S.-government-led project reported occurrences of two types of rare cancers in laboratory rats exposed to RF radiation used for wireless cell phone operations. This five-year project has been ongoing for more than ten years, with a currently estimated price tag of US$25 million or more of taxpayers' money (two to three times its original budget). That's huge! It is the largest health effects study ever undertaken by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Full text available.

On 26 May 2016, a U.S.-government-led project reported occurrences of two types of rare cancers in laboratory rats exposed to RF radiation used for wireless cell phone operations [1].

This five-year project has been ongoing for more than ten years, with a currently estimated price tag of US$25 million or more of taxpayers' money (two to three times its original budget). That's huge! It is the largest health effects study ever undertaken by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The Findings and their Implications

Is 5G Cellular Technology Harmful to Our Health?

Is 5G Cellular Technology Harmful to Our Health?
saferemr.com, 17 August 2016 (updated 19 August)

5G cellular technology will employ much higher frequency microwaves than current cell phone technologies: 2G, 3G, and 4G. These microwaves, known as millimeter waves, won't penetrate building materials like the current technology which is why industry may need one cell antenna base station for every 12 homes.

But millimeter waves can affect your eyes and penetrate your skin.

When the Los Angeles Times reporter contacted me for the story below, I did a quick search and found several recently published articles examining biological effects of millimeter waves (see references below). This form of microwave radiation is most likely to affect our skin and neuronal cells in the upper dermis.

Moreover, widespread adoption of 5G cellular technology in the U.S. may have profound effects on our ecosystem by altering bacteria, possibly creating harmful bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

History has proved that we cannot trust the FCC and the FDA to protect our health from microwave radiation exposure.

Brain Tumors Are Increasing in Denmark

Brain tumors are increasing in Denmark.
News release from Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 20 January 2017
From original article in Swedish.

The chart shows the development of the number of patients
(all ages) who each year are reported to have a tumor in the
brain, the meninges (including meningioma) or central
nervous system (including cranial nerves and acoustic
neuroma).  The statistics include both malignant and benign
tumors.  Nearly 1,000 more patients were registered in 2015
compared with 1990.  The graph also shows a clear trend
reversal takes place in 2003/2004 after which the growth
 rate increases.
Never before have so many new patients been diagnosed with a brain tumor in Denmark as in year 2015. The number of people diagnosed with tumors of the central nervous system (CNS, including brain tumors) in Denmark has more than doubled since 1990 according to new statistics and the largest increase has been in the last 10 years until 2015. Among young people aged 0-39 years, tumors in the CNS are the type of cancer that has increased the most.

The increase appears to have accelerated in the last ten years according to the data from the Danish Cancer Registry, analyzed by the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation. The data includes both malignant and benign brain tumors. During the same period, the use of mobile phones has increased tremendously.

In addition, the number of young patients diagnosed with a CNS tumor is on the rise. Among young people under 40 years of age in Denmark, also this age group is seeing a rise in the number of diagnosed cases. CNS tumors are also increasing among the young and are now almost as common as malignant melanoma among those aged 0-39 years. CNS tumors have increased more than any other tumor type over the past ten years in this age group. In 2006, 186 young persons aged 0-39 years were reported with a CNS tumor, but in 2015 the number had increased to 271.

20 January 2017

Electrosensitivity – an Environmental illness, an Authentic Diagnosis, not a Delusional Disorder - Letter by Dr. Andrew Tresidder

Full text:  Download


January 2017

To my Medical Colleagues, GPs, Psychiatrists, Neurologists and others:

Electrosensitivity – an Environmental illness, an Authentic Diagnosis, not a Delusional Disorder

Electrosensitivity is the symptomatic sensitivity to Electric or Magnetic Fields of any frequency, including RadioFrequency (RF or Microwave) transmissions. As a symptomatic condition, it is becoming common due to the increasing environmental pressure on human biology. The source is pollution from wireless and other EM fields. Doctors as yet rarely recognize it due to educational issues. Safety always lags technological advance. There are barriers to recognition of harms. Current UK Advisory Safety Limits are based upon the outdated and disproven myth that Non-Thermal means Non-Harmful. Society and organizations have yet to fully travel the road from ‘there isn’t a problem’, ‘there might be a problem but it’s very small’ to ‘there is a problem’. Society does not recognize humans as electromagnetic beings, as well as physical bodies needing careful nutrition to maintain health. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people suffer, often ignored or dismissed because society doesn’t yet appreciate the issue, and doctors have no answers. Electrosensitivity is soundly supported by both biology and physics.

"Electrohypersensitivity: A Functional Impairment Due to an Inaccessible Environment" by Professor Olle Johansson

"As clearly stated by the UN, there must be an end to nonchalance, lack of consideration, indifference and lack of respect on the part of society for those with disabilities."  We ask everyone to read and consider - what Professor Olle Johansson says about electrohypersensitivity.  

"Some medical doctors and a few scientists still... want EHS to be a medical/psychiatric diagnosis, i.e. with patients with an undefined disease syndrome, the latter instead being the focus of medical/psychiatric treatments (thus, no automatic accessibility measures, including shielding of the environment)...

"There is much that could be done to increase accessibility: educating architects, planners, scientists, technologists and the general public more effectively about EHS, its causes and how it can be minimized... Creating work, home and general environments that are more user-friendly for EHS sufferers so that they feel included and not excluded in the rich tapestry of life...

"Forcing people with such functional impairments out into various sanctuaries or zones is completely in opposition to the UN disability laws, the Standard Rules, and it’s Convention, and could be the beginning of a terrible trend...

"How are [electrohypersensitive persons] to be able to be a normal part of the community with complete access to council offices, post offices, means of transport, cinemas, restaurants, hospital care and other facilities when electromagnetic pollution can affect them detrimentally?...

"As clearly stated by the UN (6), there must be an end to nonchalance, lack of consideration, indifference and lack of respect on the part of society for those with disabilities for all our sakes. As moral human beings we should never accept negative discriminatory treatment or an insulting special treatment of those with impairments."

Electrohypersensitivity: a functional impairment due to an inaccessible environment 
Olle Johansson*
DOI 10.1515/reveh-2015-0018 Received July 14, 2015; accepted November 2, 2015


Full text (click on "download" at right)

Google Harvests School Kids' Web Histories for Ads

"It is disturbing to think that one of the world's most profitable corporations would try to make even more money by deceiving parents and taking advantage of Mississippi school children."

Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

by Shaun Nichols, theregister.co.uk,  
18 January 2017


Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing [PDF] for full disclosure of how the Chocolate Factory handles and markets any information it collects through the G Suite for Education service it operates for roughly half of the state's K-12 schools. K-12 is kindergarten through to twelfth grade, or children five to 18 years old.

19 January 2017

Changes in Blood-Brain Barrier, Intestinal Permeability Found in Individuals with Autism

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
Changes in blood-brain barrier, intestinal permeability found in individuals with autism
medicalexpress.com, 18 January 2017

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 1 in every 68 children born in this country diagnosed with ASD, parents are looking everywhere for answers about best treatments. Along with selective medication to treat certain symptoms, traditional treatments include intensive behavioral approaches. But with no "one-size-fits-all" treatment approach, parents often turn to diverse complementary and alternative therapies.

80% of IoT Apps Not Tested for Vulnerabilities, Report Says

Image:  iStockphoto/chombosan
80% of IoT apps not tested for vulnerabilities, report saysby Conner Forrest, techrepublic.com, 
18 January 2017

A new report from the Ponemon Institute, IBM, and Arxan claims that just 20% of IoT apps and 29% of mobile apps are actually tested for vulnerabilities, raising security concerns.

A staggering 80% of Internet of Things (IoT) applications and 71% of mobile applications are not tested for vulnerabilities, according to a new report released Wednesday. The report, issued by the Ponemon Institute, surveyed 16,450 IT and IT security professionals who worked in mobile and IoT app security at their organization.

One element that could contribute to the poor testing numbers is the lack of QA and testing methods for IoT, which 55% of respondents said was the case. Overall, 84% said that IoT apps, in general, were more difficult to secure than mobile apps, while 69% said mobile apps were more difficult.

18 January 2017

Happy Birthday, iPhone: Let's Talk about Your Dirty Environmental Secret

"The waste being generated should be of major interest to the media and everyone else – more than a billion iPhones and counting; more than 416,000 mobile devices discarded every single day in the U.S. alone."

Happy birthday, iPhone: Let’s talk about your dirty environmental secret
by Jennifer Good, Special to The Globe and Mail, 
15 January 2017

Jennifer Good is an associate professor of communication, popular culture and film at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.

It was 10 years ago last week that Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, revolutionizing personal communications for millions of people. Let’s mark the anniversary by examining a theoretical communication concept known as “symbolic annihilation.”

United Kingdom: Testimony of Electrohypersensitivity

“I would like to break through the taboo of a condition that people have little awareness of, so that anyone suffering from this receives understanding and support from those around them, and that it becomes easier to get a diagnosis.”

COUNTY NEWS: Woman’s struggle with being ‘allergic to WiFi’
by Olivia Meades, worthingherald.uk,
17 January 2017

A woman who says she is ‘allergic to WiFi’ and unable to receive NHS treatment has been forced to move out of her home because of her condition.

Rachel Hinks, 43, of Brideoake Close in Chichester, claims she suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) – meaning her immune system is severely affected by electromagnetic fields from WiFi signals, masts and mobile phones.

Rachel wants to help raise awareness for her condition, which is currently not a recognised medical diagnosis in the UK, to help other people who may be suffering with EHS.

17 January 2017

Exploding iPhone May Have Brought Down EgyptAir Flight, Killing 66 in May 2016

© Photograph by Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on September 30, 2015 shows an EgyptAir
plane on the tarmac of Cairo International Airport.
Exploding iPhone May Have Brought Down EgyptAir Flight, Killing 66
by David Z. Morris, msn.com, 16 January 2017

French investigators think the batteries in a co-pilot's iPad mini 4 or iPhone 6s may have caused the mysterious crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, which went down on May 19th of last year. All 66 people onboard were killed.

The theory-and so far, it is only a theory-was disclosed to French newspaper Le Parisien by sources within the investigation. It contradicts claims by Egyptian investigators, who had previously speculated that the plane was targeted by terrorists, based on traces of explosives found in victim's bodies.

But French investigators have said data show a fire, not an explosion, was to blame. Black box data from the plane showed that a fire broke out somewhere in or near the plane's cockpit before the plane crashed. Onboard voice recordings also indicate a fire.

« I Do Not Want to Have to Move Again » : Testimony of Electrosensitivity from Switzerland

Bea Schoch cannot tolerate electromagnetic fields of
high-frequency radiation such as mobile phones or
Wi-Fi.  Image:  Moritz Hager
« I do not want to have to move again »
by Rahel Urech, zsz.ch, 12 January2017 (Google translate with grammatical corrections)

Bea Schoch is electrosensitive and cannot sleep near mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Now a committee wants to build an antenna for faster Internet near her place of residence. Bea Schoch is desperate.

Bea Schoch's house stands alone in the midst of meadows on the Wädenswiler mountain. Bea Schoch feels quite alone at the moment. In the immediate vicinity of her place of residence, at the Schulhaus Langrüti, a committee wants to set up a mobile phone antenna near the well-known songwriter Andrew Bond. This is to create long-range Wi-Fi and accelerate the slow Internet connection of 5 Megabites per second on the Wädenswiler mountain. The Committee has been fighting for fast Internet for five years.

Long history of suffering

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population: Student Research Project

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population
sfn.afcarl.de, January 2017

A student research project at the Schülerforschungszentrum Nordhessen in Kassel

GreenTec Awards 2017

With 24% of all votes in our category, we managed to win the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award of the 2017 GreenTec Awards.  Thanks a lot for your support!

What We Are About

For many years beekeepers have been noticing a steady loss of bee population. This phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It has many causes, too many to list, yet the main reasons for the death of the bees are most likely insecticides and a certain parasite. 

16 January 2017

Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 10 January 2017

‘Science & Wireless 2016’ was hosted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on November 22, 2016. Program of the event and links to all presentations are available here.

The event consisted of two parts. The first part, the ‘RF & Alzheimer’s Disease’, focused on the possibility of developing novel medical treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by exposing patients’ brains to RF-EMF. In the second part, the ‘Radiofrequency Guidelines’, were presented a progress report on the development of ICNIRP guidelines for the exposures to RF-EMF and the time-table for the development and implementation of the 5G technology.

The full report is available here: leszczynski-report-from-science-wireless-2016

Here are the summary comments from the Report:

Wearable Biosensors Can Flag Illness, Lyme Disease, Risk for Diabetes; Low Airplane Oxygen

Smart watches and similar portable devices are commonly
used for measuring steps and physiological parameters, but
have not generally been used to detect illness, until now.
© WavebreakMediaMicro / Fotolia
Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen

Date:January 12, 2017


Summary:Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes

Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford, publishing January 12th, 2017 in PLOS Biology, indicates that this is possible.

15 January 2017

Presentation on Environmental Elements Associated with Autism: Park City, Utah, 17 January 2017

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Peter Sullivan, founder and CEO of Clear Light Ventures, will give a presentation, “Reducing the Symptoms of Autism by Treating Your Family’s Environment,” at the National Ability Center, 1000 Ability Way at Quinn’s Junction, Park City, Utah.

Presentation will cover environmental elements associated with autism
parkrecord.com, January 2017

Peter Sullivan will speak at NAC

Nearly one percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder, according to the Autism Society, a nonprofit that strives to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

That means nearly one in 48 people are on the spectrum

This is a far cry from 1978 when one in nearly 10,000 were diagnosed with the complex developmental disability that includes, but is not limited to, delays in speaking, poor motor skills and sensory sensitivities, said Peter Sullivan an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety.

Sullivan spent the last 15 years helping his two sons work through autism and sensory issues. In the same time period, he recovered from mercury poisoning and the effects of high levels of wireless and electric magnetic field (EMF) exposure.

14 January 2017

Parents, Put Down the Phone! Campaign Launched by Augsburg

Parents, put down the phone!
From Christian Rost, Augsburg, sueddeutsche.de, 11 January 2017 (Google translate with grammatical corrections)

  • More and more parents are neglecting their children because they are always occupied with their smartphones.
  • In the Augsburg area, posters are now being hung up and postcards distributed to encourage parents to stop and think - and to be a model for their children.
  • The initiative was launched by the Office for Youth and Family in the Landratsamt.

Teachers are talking about a "smart-ridden generation" that is just growing up and cannot even focus on one thing for a quarter of an hour. In schools, the use of mobile phones is therefore generally prohibited. But what contribution are parents making to a more conscious use of devices, which are already becoming prostheses and worse, at night? This question is at the center of a recent campaign launched by the district of Augsburg, initiated by adults who are critically questioning their use of the smartphone. For the sake of children.

13 January 2017

Technology Killed Steve Jobs (2011 Article)

Technology Killed Steve Jobs
emfguy, Posted on October 7, 2011

Technology Killed Steve Jobs

That’s not Steve Jobs “killed technology” or spawned “killer technology” in the awesome, sick, hot, cool product sense.

Though iTunes and Steve Jobs killed the record & CD industry. 

Rather, it was technology killed Steve Jobs in a quite literal sense.

Steve Jobs replied to my email years ago in Silicon Valley. I asked him why he’s not touting Apple’s great security. He replied he just didn’t want to draw publicity to it for fear hackers may focus on Apple products. Always a step ahead.

5G: Warning!

5G: Warning!
by Meris Michaels, Readers' Mail, Tribune de Genève,
11 January 2017 (translated from French)

5G technology will increase the levels of electrosmog in our environment. The presence of billions of connected objects will make us more stressed, vulnerable to cybercrime, disconnected, and sensitive to radiation. Health services will be put under pressure to cope with the pandemic of illnesses resulting from increased exposure. The economy will be affected through the rise in health costs and loss of productivity at work.

Although the development of new technologies is accelerating, at the same time there is a tendency to disconnect. We are treating addiction to devices. In France, laws oblige businesses to respect rest times of employees by regulating communication at any time and even limiting the exposure to radiation at work of pregnant women and workers under age 18.

Third of Breast Cancer Patients Treated Unnecessarily, Study Says

Third of breast cancer patients treated unnecessarily, study says
by Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News, edition.cnn.com,
updated January 10, 2017

One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they're essentially harmless, according to a Danish study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, which has renewed debate over the value of early detection.

The study raises the uncomfortable possibility that some women who believe their lives were saved by mammograms were actually harmed by cancer screenings that led to surgery, radiation and even chemotherapy that they didn't need, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, who wrote an accompanying editorial but was not involved in the study.
Researchers increasingly recognize that not all breast cancers pose the same risk, even if they look the same under a microscope, Brawley said. While some early tumors turn into deadly monsters, others stop growing or even shrink. But assuming that all small breast lesions have the potential to turn deadly is akin to "racial profiling," Brawley wrote in his editorial.

Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump's Proposed Vaccine Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 
Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA silentsecond.com/Flickr
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Our comment:  We know this isn't the purpose of the proposed commission, but when exploring reasons for the soaring numbers of children with autism, one should also look at exposure of pregnant women to wireless technology. This should be brought to the attention of RFK Jr. and President-elect Donald Trump.

Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump's proposed vaccine commission
by Meredith Wadman, sciencemag.org,
10 January 2017

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an outspoken vaccine critic, said today that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to chair a “vaccine safety and scientific integrity” commission. (A Trump spokesperson, however, later said that "no decisions have been made at this time" about such a commission.) Kennedy espouses discredited links between vaccines and neurological disorders, including autism. He has also been harshly critical of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends the childhood vaccine schedule. Scientists and others have fiercely disputed Kennedy’s claims.

ScienceInsider caught up with Kennedy by telephone in an airport flight lounge shortly after he met with Trump in New York City. He made it clear that CDC’s vaccine scientists and practices will be a major focus of the commission’s work. Excerpts from our interview, which have been edited for brevity and clarity, appear below.

12 January 2017

81 Studies Linking Vaccines to Autism

This article contains the abstracts of all 81 studies.  

81 Studies Linking Vaccines to Autism

Studies supporting vaccine and autism from Adventures in Autism

1. Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism

Annals of Epidemiology , Vol. 19, No. 9 ABSTRACTS (ACE), September 2009: 651-680, p. 659
CM Gallagher, MS Goodman, Graduate Program in Public
Health, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY


PURPOSE: Universal newborn immunization with hepatitis B vaccine was recommended in 1991; however, safety findings are mixed. The Vaccine Safety Datalink Workgroup reported no association between hepatitis B vaccination at birth and febrile episodes or neurological adverse events. Other studies found positive associations between hepatitis B vaccination and ear infection, pharyngitis, and chronic arthritis; as well as receipt of early intervention/special education services (EIS); in probability samples of U.S. children. Children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) comprise a growing caseload for EIS. We evaluated the association between hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and parental report of ASD.

10 January 2017

Open Letter to President Obama on the Eve of His Farewell Address to the American People

An open letter to President Obama, on the Eve of his Farewell Address to the American people in Chicago on January 10, 2017

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your service to the American people and to the world during the last eight years. You have accomplished much for many and you and your team are in a better position than anyone to understand the depth and breadth of those accomplishments. Of course, there are those who are eager to assess your “legacy” – historians, journalists, pundits, etc. and this can be interesting and important. The format is typically a summary of legislative and related accomplishments followed by a second guessing about “mistakes” or initiatives that were not fully realized. Everyone knows that perfection in a role like the President of the United States is not an option. I am writing to you to ask you to consider briefly addressing one aspect of your legacy tomorrow that you may not have had the time to fully consider.

09 January 2017

Living Inside An Electric Cage Without Knowing It?

This feature "story" comprises three excellent articles on electromagnetic fields, many side-bars of information, including testimonials of improved health, and illustrations.  Below is the part of the text of the first article.  

Living Inside An Electric Cage Without Knowing It? 
by Dr. Donna, Editor, Health Fitness Magazine, 
July/August 2016

“Everywhere I go, people are suffering and they don’t know why. They put their faith in their medical doctor who only sends them home with a new pill and no answers. Once they get home, they feel worse…It’s at epidemic proportions,” Eric Windheim told us. He’s a Certi fied Building Biology Environmental Consultant (BBEC) and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist (EMRS).  

This statement con firms what many health care practitioners are seeing in their practice as well. Chiropractors report their patients don’t hold their adjustments as long any more. Massage therapists see clients with greater amounts of pain and more trigger points. Psychologists see more patients with depression and anxiety and nothing seems to help. 

Smart Electricity Meters Can Be Dangerously Insecure

Smart meters are frequently dangerously insecure, a
security expert has warned.
Smart electricity meters can be dangerously insecure, warns expert
by Alex Hern in Hamburg, The Guardian,
29 December 2016

Hackers can cause fraud, explosions and house fires, and utility companies should do more to protect consumers, conference told

Smart electricity meters, of which there are more than 100m installed around the world, are frequently “dangerously insecure”, a security expert has said.

The lack of security in the smart utilities raises the prospect of a single line of malicious code cutting power to a home or even causing a catastrophic overload leading to exploding meters or house fires, according to Netanel Rubin, co-founder of the security firm Vaultra.

“Reclaim your home,” Rubin told a conference of hackers and security experts, “or someone else will.”

Poland: Krakow Leads the World in Responsible Control of Electromagnetic Fields

(We very much apologize for the previous photo here, which
was of Prague, not Krakow.)
Krakow’s citizens to be trained to measure exposure to EMFs

Krakow, Poland leads the world in responsible control of EMFs
by John Weigel, posted on WEEP News
7 January 2017

KRAKOW - The International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution subtitled “Right to Information for Citizens” learned Monday in the 16th Century Krakow Hall of Sessions that responsible government, professional scientific advice and citizen participation can address the runaway explosion of electromagnetic radiation that is causing disease and death to as many as 200 million worldwide.

The two major initiatives addressed the issue of inappropriate zoning issures surrounding the location of communications masts and a program where electromagnetic monitoring equipment is to be made available to citizens to allow them to measure levels of electromagnetic radiation.

08 January 2017

France: Businesses Are Going to Protect Workers from Electromagnetic Waves

Measuring electromagnetic waves© Sipa / Valinco
Businesses are going to protect workers from electromagnetic waves
by France Inter with Yann Galli, 1st January 2017 (translated by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

It is one of the latest innovations of 1 January:  Companies must now consider the issue of electromagnetic waves to which employees are exposed.

These waves are emitted mainly by wireless equipment:  Wi-Fi, cell phones, and tablets.  It took three years for this European directive to be applied in France.  A decree appearing on 6 August in the official [government] journal, relating to "protection of workers against risks from electromagnetic fields", indicates the threshholds of exposure that must not be exceeded.

The employer must evaluate the risks involved

Children with Autism Are Vulnerable to the Negative Effects of Screen Time

Children with autism may be more sensitive to EMFs (electromagnetic fields) emitted from wireless communications (e.g. WiFi and cell phone frequencies) as well as from the electronic devices themselves. At the cellular, molecular, and atomic level, the pathology seen in autism mirrors the effects demonstrated in research on the biological impacts of EMFs. Heightened sensitivity to EMFs may be due to (and may worsen) immune abnormalities and problems with barrier integrity in the gut and/or the brain.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks
by Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., psychologytoday.com, 
31 December 2016

Children with autism are vulnerable to the negative effects of screen time.
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are uniquely vulnerable to various brain-related impacts of screen time. These electronic “side effects” include hyperarousal and dysregulation—what I call Electronic Screen Syndrome—as well as technology addiction, to video games, internet, smartphones, social media, and so on.

Should Kids Have Cell Phones? Experts Pick Sides

Should Kids Have Cell Phones? Experts Pick Sidesby John S Kiernan, wallethub.com, 
6 January 2017

Becoming too connected used to be an issue kids had with stuffed animals and pacifiers. Now it’s a matter of smart phones and tablets. And whether this is a positive development remains to be seen.

Sure, growing up in the technology age has its fair share of benefits: instant access to endless educational possibilities and preparation for the jobs of the future, just to name a couple. But it also exposes young people to a host of issues far less benign than anything even the Velveteen Rabbit could throw at you. From radiation exposure and childhood obesity to cyberbullying and sex crimes, kids these days must run a gauntlet of technological issues in order to get into a good college, earn a decent wage and ultimately lead a happy, healthy, prosperous life.

06 January 2017

3G UMTS Cellphones Could Be More Carcinogenic Than 2G GSM Cellphones

3G UMTS Cellphones Could Be More Carcinogenic Than 2G GSM Cellphones
Environmental Health Trust

Newer Untested Technology May Be More Dangerous Than Older Technology
Research Analysis Prepared for the BIOEM 2016 Conference

There are solid scientific reasons why the new 5G Spectrum Frontiers technology could turn out to be more dangerous than existing technology. Simply take a look at the research that compares 2G (GSM technology) to 3G (UMTS-talk, text, and data- Smartphone technology).

People usually assume, the more power you absorb, the higher the risk. However, when scientists reviewed the first ever paper that looks at brain cancer risk by type of phone used- Second Generation (2G) or Third Generation (3G)- they found a stunning conclusion. The lower power 3G UMTS phones had a higherglioma (a type of brain cancer) risk than the higher power 2G GSM phones.

Although 3G technology has up to 1000 less power this technology shows a more than THREE TIMES RISK for glioma in comparison to 2G.

04 January 2017

French Baby Death Linked to Vitamin Dose (Uversterol D)

Uvesterol D has been on sale in France since 1990.
According to a 2013 article published by alternativesante.com (withdrawn under court order), Uversterol D contains a number of inactive substances (excipients - with "E" numbers), five of which should be avoided.  We looked up two of them:  "E310" which, although approved by the European Union, is not intended for use by infants, and "E385" which could be dangerous to young children.  Our point is that often, medicines and supplements contain excipients which carry health warnings.

The article was withdrawn from the site which published it, following a decision by the Commercial Court in Paris.  Around two years ago, the site was fined 40,000 euros for having published the article.  In 2015, the Paris court judged that the site deformed the truth for the purpose of undermining the laboratory Crinex and promoting other forms of vitamin D (natural ones).  

Uvesterol D is not sold in Switzerland, neither under its own name nor under another.

French baby death linked to vitamin dose
BBC News, 4 January 2017

France has acted to suspend the sale of a vitamin D supplement after the death of a newborn baby who suffocated hours after being given it.

The 10-day-old baby had been given a dose of Uvesterol D, widely given to French children under the age of five to prevent vitamin D deficiency.

Subjective Symptoms Related to GSM Radiation from Mobile Phone Base Stations

"Recommendations:  We subscribe to the guidelines observed by other authors in following the principle of prevention while the non-thermal effects are not considered in any official standard. This includes exposure minimisation within the limits of technical feasibility to guarantee a significant reduction in long-term radiation exposure to cellular phone towers in residential areas. Epidemiological and clinical studies should continue to observe possible health changes in the population. Finally, clear information about the correct use of newer electronic devices should be implemented."

Subjective symptoms related to GSM radiation from mobile phone base stations: a cross-sectional study 
BMJ Open, 4 January 2017
Downloaded from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/ on January 4, 2017 - Published by group.bmj.com

Claudio Gómez-Perretta,1 Enrique A Navarro,2 Jaume Segura,3 Manuel Portolés1

Full text available.


“Asbestos of the Sky” - The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup

We are posting just two excerpts from this excellent article. 

“Asbestos of the Sky” - The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup
by Sayer Ji, Founder, greenmedinfo.com, 
3 January 2017

“Asbestos of the Sky”

The aviation industry hangs its hat on air travel being "the safest way to travel." The truth, however, is that it has harbored a dark secret since its inception: it's poisoning its passengers and crew due to deeply flawed aircraft design, de-prioritizing safety in favor of profit.

In flight, every crew member and passenger relies on an air supply. The assumption, of course, is that this air is filtered if not fresh. Perhaps you have sensed (and promptly dismissed) that there may be quality control issues around cabin air. The problem goes further than that, however, and astoundingly, this is not by accident but by design.

03 January 2017

Film Review: "Rachel Carson Silent Spring"

Update 3 January 2017:
The film by PBS reviewed here is only available for purchase.  We propose this 9-minute NHD documentary which offers a brief sketch of her life and work.  Our Facebook friends have just signaled to us the 3-part series "Silent Spring" written by Rachel Carson published in 1962 by the New Yorker Magazine, links available here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

(Photo:  Alfred Eisenstaedt / Time Life Pictures)
In 2007, an inspiring documentary of Rachel Carson's life, education, career and her lasting contribution to environmental health, “Rachel Carson Silent Spring” by Neil Goodman, was shown on public television (PBS).  

As early as 1945, as a member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rachel Carson began investigating the effects of insecticides (DDT) on wildlife.  A bird sanctuary in Massachusetts was sprayed with DDT producing “a spring silent of birdsong”, from whence came the title of the book which was to make her famous.

When she first began writing articles about the toxic effects of insecticides, she was met with pervasiveness on the part of government agencies which refused to provide her with information, and with media hostility. Suburbs were being sprayed with DDT, afterwards with dieldrin, 40 times more toxic than DDT. One million acres of land was treated with dieldrin in the first year of its use to rid the area of fire ants. Everything died.

Elderly Man With EHS Abused By Hospital And Nursing Home

This is a disturbing story about how an elderly man with electrical hypersensitivity was mistreated by the medical and social system. With the use of connected devices and sensors catering to the health needs of the elderly and the presence of Wi-Fi in senior homes and hospitals, electrosensitive elderly persons everywhere are experiencing similar suffering - and no one is listening to them!  

Elderly Man With EHS Abused By Hospital And Nursing Home
emraustralia.com, 19 December 2016

Story by Lisa Bryngelson, Kalle’s friend and next door neighbor. The story was first published in the 2013/3 issue of Ljusglimten, which is a magazine from the Swedish EHS organization. This English translation is made with Lisa Bryngelson’s permission.

This is a disturbing story about how an elderly man with electrical hypersensitivity was mistreated by the medical and social system.

Elderly people with electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) who are institutionalized are made to suffer. The personnel is supposed to listen to people with disabilities and try to accommodate their needs and wishes, but who listens to someone with electrical hypersensitivity? Nobody listened to Kalle.

Radiofrequency Radiation Risks; Taking a Cue from History

"Worcester citizens, along with many thousands globally, are bringing the information to the attention of our local populations and public officials charged with protecting our interests. It’s heartening to see some have taken the time and made the effort to listen. What harm does it do to look at the evidence? What harm does it do to pursue the Precautionary Principle?"

YOUR TURN: RF radiation risks; taking a cue from history

by Contributing Writer, worcestermag.com, 29 December 2016

If the cost of doing business is people’s health — and, in fact, extends to our mortality as many respected scientists say — then it’s time we take a good hard look at questioning the wisdom of continuing to condone National Grid’s ill-advised wireless utility ”smart” meter pilot.

Marketed as Smart Energy Solutions, the Worcester pilot is dependent on an infrastructure that includes multiple WiMax (more powerful Wi-Fi) towers. The two-year experiment ends Dec. 31 in the face of credible science pointing to the health hazards of these wireless devices, which continually pulse microwave radiation in spiky bursts – some random, some periodic. Adding insult to injury, the Department of Public Utilities currently is considering a proposal to extend the pilot beyond December.

02 January 2017

Maryland: Screens in Schools Legislation

Screens in Schools Legislation Press Conference: Paula Poundstone WBAL News (23 December 2016 - 2 mn.)

(Part of near-verbatim transscript - Lacee Griffith, WBALTV News Anchor, Reporter): A group in Maryland is pushing for a bill that would create medical guidelines for the safe use of digital devices in Maryland classrooms.  It is being led by Maryland mother Cindy Eckard and comedian Paula Poundstone. Poundstone stepped on stage hours before her show to express why putting restrictions on how much screen time children get in schools is so important and personal to her and her family... She already advocates for classroom screen safety in her home state of California.

United Kingdom: Experts Call for Official Guidelines on Child Screen Use

Many parents worry about the effect of screen-based
technology on their children.  Photo:  Alamy
Psychologist and educational consultant Dr Richard House: “It’s nothing short of a scandal that policymakers have done next to nothing to address the ‘toxic childhood’ issues that Sue Palmer first flagged up in her iconic book over a decade ago. Indeed, matters are now far worse, with children’s mental health and behavioural problems at record levels. The time for pussyfooting around politicians and policymakers is over, and it’s time to shame them into doing something substantive and meaningful – or future historians will doubtless look back on the current era as one of political child abuse.”

Experts call for official guidelines on child screen use
by Sally Weale, Education correspondent, The Guardian, 25 December 2015

Educationalists, psychologists and authors also call for a minister for children to try to address ‘toxic’ nature of childhood

A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts is calling on the government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens, amid concern about the impact on children’s physical and mental health.

Electrosensitivity: "A Disability that Cannot be Dismissed"

Example of a person said to suffer from hypersensitivity
to magnetic fields.  
Electrosensitivity:  "A disability that cannot be dismissed"
by Hugo Jalinière, Sciences et Avenir,
27 August 2015 (translated by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

"Sciences et Avenir" interviewed Dr. Pierre Biboulet, the medical expert appointed by the Court of Toulouse which for the first time in France accorded an adult with disabilities allowance for reasons of hyper-electrosensitivity.

A judgement rendered by the Incapacity Dispute Court of Toulouse (TCI) accorded for the first time in France an adult with disabilities allowance to a woman, Marine Richard, attributing her disability to hyper-electrosensitivity.  She says she suffers very strong headaches and cardiac arrhythmia after several hours' exposure to electromagnetic waves.  The decision of the TCI could thus be a landmark since, scientifically, there is still no consensus on the reality of a medical condition induced by magnetic fields.  In order to learn the motivations which led to this decision, "Sciences et Avenir" interviewed the medical expert appointed by the TCI of Toulouse, Dr. Pierre Biboulet.