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

27 February 2017

California: State Continues To Refuse To Release Records On Cell Phone Radiation

ConsumerWatch: State Continues To Refuse To Release Records On Cell Phone Radiation (CBS News Report, 26 February 2017, 6 mn.)

The state of California believes that handing over the public health records on cell phone radiation would cause confusion and fear, that the harm releasing these documents would cause panic. Everyone who cares about their health should watch this news clip.

Maryland: House Ways and Means Committee to Hear Classroom Digital Device Safety Bill

Detailed information regarding the legislation
is available on the website
www.screensandkids.us
Believed to be the first of its kind, the Maryland bill also has the attention of several large health groups across the country. 

MD House Ways and Means Committee to hear classroom digital device safety bill

safetechforschoolsmaryland, 23 February 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2017 
(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) The House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly will hear legislation on Friday, February 24th at 1:00 that directs the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to craft safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in Maryland public schools.

Delegate Steven Arentz (R-District 36) has sponsored the legislation, House Bill 866, "Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices." The bill has 25 co-sponsors and broad bi-partisan support. An identical bill has been cross-filed by Senator Steve Hershey (R-District 36), co-sponsored by Senator James Brochin (D-District 42) and Senator Susan Lee (D-District 16). It has been referred to the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
HB866 aims to protect Maryland students from the health hazards that medical experts have for many years associated with daily use of digital devices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had regulations governing the use of computers for office workers since the 1990s, but schools have no medical oversight. 

Rise in Mumps Outbreaks Prompts U.S. Officials to Weigh Third Vaccine Dose

Vaccines for chickenpox (varicella) and measles, mumps and
rubella at a Kaiser Permanente East Medical office in
Denver.
(Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
"Unlike outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, which have taken place in populations with significant numbers of unvaccinated people, the mumps outbreaks have been occurring in communities with high rates of immunization and residents who often have received both recommended doses of the vaccine."

What does this tell us? Maybe the vaccine is not as effective as claimed. This 2014 article published in HuffPost Canada, cites court cases against Merck, the manufacturer of the mumps vaccine used in the United States. One case, United States v. Merck & Co., stems from claims by two former Merck scientists that Merck "fraudulently misled the government and omitted, concealed, and adulterated material information regarding the efficacy of its mumps vaccine in violation of the FCA [False Claims Act]."

Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts U.S. officials to weigh third vaccine dose
by Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, 23 February 2017

Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the United States, the most in a decade.

New Vaccines Will Permanently Alter Your DNA

ALERT: New vaccines will permanently alter your DNA 
by Jon Rappoport, 22 February 2017

(Update: Part-1 here, Part-3 here)

I reported on this stunner in my previous article, “Genetically modified people: what could go wrong?” But it deserves its own article. The information needs to be spread far and wide. Now.

The reference is the New York Times, 3/9/15, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research. Here are key quotes that illustrate the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction:

“By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.”

“’The sky’s the limit,’ said Michael Farzan, an immunologist at Scripps and lead author of the new study.”

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys: Is Cell Phone Radiation a Risk Factor for Young Boys Who Wear their Cell Phone on a Belt or in a Front Pocket?

Herebelow is a published comment to the recent study, "The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US", appearing in PLOS ONE on 24 February 2017:

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys: Is Cell Phone Radiation a Risk Factor for Young Boys Who Wear their Cell Phone on a Belt or in a Front Pocket?

by CindySage, PLOS ONE, 26 February 2017

Re: The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US
Jessica Burkhamer. David Kriebel1, and Richard Clapp
PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0172986 February 24, 2017

This highly informative paper on increasing teen cancer rates omits a potential risk factor for testicular cancer.

The authors report that testicular and thyroid cancers are the most rapidly increasing cancers among teens, yet the known risk factors for these cancers do not seem to offer explanation for their marked increase. Although ELF and RF are not 'known risk factors', they are certainly possible risk factors for testicular cancer. It seems reasonable for the authors to consider the rather substantial evidence for adverse effects of ELF and RF from cell phone radiation and other wireless RF exposures on testicular morphology and function where the evidence for pathological changes indicates another possible risk factor for testicular cancer.

26 February 2017

Health Executive Dies from Brain Tumor After Spending Six Hours a Day on His Mobile Phone

Ian Phillips, who spent six hours on his mobile phone
daily and was told he had a lemon-sized growth in his
brain, has died after a six-year battle with cancer.
Dear public, you are being warned! 
New research (Feb. 2017) suggests long-term use of cell phones is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing a brain tumor. The study shows a 33% increased risk for brain tumors for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or 1,640 or more hours in lifetime). This could be your fate if you continue to ignore these warnings:

CANCER VICTIM LOSES BATTLE
by Ellie Ross, The Sun, 20 May 2016

Health executive dies from brain tumour after spending SIX hours a day on his mobile phone

Ian Phillips vowed to beat the disease – which he believed was caused by radiation exposure

A MAN who spent six hours a day on his mobile phone has died from a brain tumour – which he believed was caused by radiation exposure.

Ian Phillips, 44, was told he had a growth the size of a lemon in his brain six years ago.

The health executive vowed to beat the disease – but tragically lost his battle after spending months campaigning about the potential dangers of mobile phones.

5G Explained: The Next-Gen Data Tech Is Coming

"Higher frequencies (and faster speeds) mean shorter distances - that in turn means antenna technology is going to have to be upgraded, and we're probably going to need more antennas too. We might see transmitters built into base stations and street furniture (like lampposts and road signs)."

5G explained: the next-gen data tech is coming
by David Nield, Dan Grabhamwww.t3.com
25 February 2017
 
Leaving 3G and 4G behind - it's the next generation data for your phone

5G is coming to a cell tower near you faster than you might think: with speeds that could eventually hit hundreds of times those of 4G, it promises to transform the way we communicate with each other and with our devices once again. Very early trials are underway, and we've more details below. We can't give you any exact statistics about 5G yet, because the standard has yet to be defined: researchers and authorities are hoping to have a 5G specification in place in the next couple of years. Radio communications experts from the 193 member countries of the United Nations will be setting down the technical requirements in 2016.

25 February 2017

Plant and Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Bats respond to very weak magnetic fields.
Animal and plants do not experience Electrophobia... This article has links to articles and studies on the electromagnetic sensitivity of plants, animals, and marine life as recent as 2016.

Science: Plant and Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity
electrosensitivity.co

Introduction

Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity long known:
Animal sensitivity to electromagnetic exposure has been known as long as human electromagnetic sensitivity. The biological effects of the electric eel were known in ancient times. From the 17th century scientists studied how electricity and magnetism affected both animals and humans. Many modern studies depend on animal or plant research to establish biological pathways before moving on to human studies to verify low-level effects of electromagnetic exposure.

Animal and plants do not experience Electrophobia:
One great advantage of animal and plant studies is that there is no likelihood of confusion between real Electromagnetic Sensitivity and psychological Electrophobia, since animals and plants cannot be conditioned by a cognitive, as opposed to a behaviorally conditioned fear, and cannot therefore suffer from a 'Nocebo' effect, although anyway studies show that the 'Nocebo' effect is not part of real human Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

Plant Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Workplace Wearables Raise New Privacy Dilemmas for Staff, Firms

Workplace wearables raise new privacy dilemmas for staff, firms
by Donal Power, Contributing Writer, readwrite.com, 
11 February 2017

With the proliferation of wearable technology, companies are increasingly finding motivation to encourage staff to don connected devices.

But on IDG’s CIO site tech writer Gary Eastwood delves into some of the worrisome privacy implications of wearbles in the workplace on employees.

Companies are increasingly pushing wearable devices on their workers. In 2013, 2,000 firms worldwide offered their employees fitness trackers, but by 2014 that number had jumped to 10,000 and continues to rise apace.

“Employees are too cavalier about the privacy implications of using corporate-provided wearables,” warns Eastwood. “Employees need to understand why this is a problem before readily accepting a company distributed wearable and whether it is a good idea.”

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?

"For decades, Americans were told things like cigarette smoke, DDT, Monsanto and other pesticides were safe, when we now know they’re linked to cancer and other health problems. So are we going to do it again — on a massive scale — with wireless without even properly studying human health impacts."

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?
by Dr. Josh Axe, draxe.com

When it comes to accessing faster wireless, it seems like a no-brainer. The faster, the better, right? And with Verizon recently announcing the company finalized its 5G radio specifications, it seems the lighting-fast data speeds are within reach. (After all, the company is already performing pre-commercial 5G field tests in New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts.) (1) But here’s the thing. We aren’t quite sure of 5G health effects.

In fact, we’re still trying to figure out how electromagnetic radiation involved with current forms of wireless technology are impacting human health. Some scientists and public health experts worry we’re rushing toward lightning-fast 5G without fully understanding 5G health effects.

What Is 5G?

The Increasing Toll of Adolescent Cancer Incidence in the United States

"For many of the most common teen cancers, known risk factors are unlikely to account for the majority of cases. Childhood cancers, including teen cancers, are often thought of as being sporadic, rising from new mutations by chance. If these cancers are truly sporadic, why would their incidence increase over time? The answer to this question is unknown but the presence of yet to be confirmed risk factors seems likely."

The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US
Jessica Burkhamer, David Kriebel, Richard Clapp

Full text available.

Plos One, Published: February 24, 2017
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172986

24 February 2017

Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Extracts of this study are posted here, including the abstract and part of the introduction.


Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Clinical Study

22 February 2017

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
"5G would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the MANDATORY IRRADIATION OF THE PUBLIC without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety." 

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds
by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D., 20 February 2017

Why Oppose 5G?

The National Toxicology Program at NIH has linked cellular radiation to cancer.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just published the “Partial Findings” of a $25 million multi-year study of the impact of cell phone radiation on human health. The NTP study found a likely causal relationship between the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones and the occurrence of malignant brain cancer (glioma) and malignant nerve tumors (schwannomas) of the heart in male rats.

Radio Frequency Technology Damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and Is Carcinogenic, New Research Reveals

Radio Frequency Technology damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and is carcinogenic, new research reveals
by Sara Vincentemaxhealth.com, 21 February 2017

Scientists revealed in a new study, the damaging effects of Radio Frequency exposure through the use of cell phones and laptops. In this experiment, researchers exposed 150 healthy dry seeds of chickpea, which were distributed in two petri plates, and each plate was placed at distances of 1 inch to cell phone and laptop for 24 and 48 h. This simple experiment revealed that all radio frequency exposure inhibits seed germination percentage.

A decrease was observed in mitotic index (M.I) and increase in abnormality index (A.I) with the increase in exposure duration and frequency in (Hz).

Researchers: Long-term Cell Phone Use May Increase Your Risk for a Brain Tumor


Major news coverage in the United States by an NBC-affiliated TV station:

Researchers: Long-term cell phone use may increase your risk for a brain tumor

by Bob Segall, wthr.com, 21 February 2017

New research suggests long-term use of cell phones is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing a brain tumor.

The study, published by researchers from India, shows a 33% increased risk for brain tumors for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or 1,640 or more hours in lifetime).

The researchers examined a dozen case-control studies conducted between 1966 and 2016, and they published their findings this month in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Neurological Sciences.

“I think this review paper provides pretty compelling evidence that cell phone use is a risk factor for increased brain tumors. The evidence has gotten much stronger over the past several years,” said Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley. “From a scientific standpoint, it’s important to look at review studies because they give you a much better picture than a single study. Individual studies have their own weaknesses. All studies have their limitations. So looking at a number of studies from different countries using varying methodology is significant. This is compelling.”

21 February 2017

A Case Against Microwave Science

"IF the microwave industry were to admit what’s been scientifically proven since the 1930s, i.e., non-thermal radiation adverse waves affect human biology (bioelectromagnetics), then their emission regulations for every ‘smart’ gadget invention would have to be revised and corrected to the point where they could not implement safety standards because it would be too costly to implement.  Consequently, the industry and its mouthpieces—industrial professional societies, e.g., IEEE, ICNIPR, etc., keep pushing smart gadgets as ‘safe’.

A Case Against Microwave Science
by Catherine Frompovichactivistpost.com, 19 February 2017

Science is the hallmark of everything—supposedly, except when it’s out to lunch in its hypotheses or when it is downright fraudulent, as is the case with vaccinology in order to protect vested Pharma interests. Even the U.S. CDC and FDA cover Big Pharma’s derriere when it comes to chanting the mantra “vaccines are safe.” So much science in the peer review realm is out there published stating totally opposite documented scientific facts, but still U.S. federal health agencies function on the ‘flat earth’ concept regarding human health safety!

Long-Term Cell Phone Use Increases Brain Tumor Risk

"We found evidence linking mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours especially in long-term users (10 or more years). Studies with higher quality showed a trend towards high risk of brain tumour, while lower quality showed a trend towards lower risk/protection."

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 20 February 2017

Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumors: a systematic review

The results of a newly published review and meta-analysis of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of brain tumors.

Overall, the study found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a 33% increased risk of a brain tumor.

The risk of a brain tumor for long-term cell phone use varied depending upon the quality of the research study with higher quality studies tending to yield greater risk estimates (see Table below). For the five highest quality studies, the estimates ranged from a 21% increased risk to 2.6 times the risk of a non-cellphone user. For five lower quality studies. the estimates ranged from a 47% reduced risk to 5.1 times the risk of a non-cellphone user.

20 February 2017

Germany is Banning the Bright-Eyed Talking Doll "Cayla" that Just Might Be a Spy

A My Friend Cayla doll in London
in 2014.  Germany is banning the
doll over privacy fears.  
Rob Stothard/Getty Images
“Hello Barbie,” an interactive doll, is sold in the United States but not in Germany, where the news media has dubbed it the “Stasi-Barbie,” a reference to the widely hated East German secret police that infiltrated the everyday lives of Germans.  Cayla is also being banned in Germany... The announcement reflects the growing concerns over “smart” products in the home that can get... too smart." 

The Bright-Eyed Talking Doll That Just Might Be a Spy
by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, The New York Times,
17 February 2017

Cayla is a blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies. She plays games and accurately answers questions about the world at large. She could also be eavesdropping on your child.

That’s the stark warning parents in Germany received on Friday from the country’s telecommunications watchdog, the Federal Network Agency, which said hackers could use the doll to steal personal data by recording private conversations over an insecure Bluetooth connection.

The watchdog said it was pulling the doll off store shelves and banning them in Germany.

“Objects that have concealed cameras or microphones that can send information endanger the private sphere,” said Jochen Homann, the agency’s president. “The Cayla doll is forbidden in Germany,” he added, citing a German telecommunications law.

18 February 2017

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

Example of a "smart" onesie.  Choice of image
by Editor, "Towards Better Health"
"Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....  There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....The makers of consumer infant physiologic monitors have avoided US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device regulation by not making claims that the devices prevent SIDS."

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

Viewpoint
JAMA, January 24/31, 2017

Christopher P. Bonafide, David T. Jamison, Elizabeth E. Foglia. The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors. JAMA. 2017;317(4):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19137

No Abstract

Excerpts

In the past 2 years, a new class of infant physiologic monitors marketed to parents for use in the home has emerged. Smartphone applications (apps) integrated with sensors built into socks, onesies, buttons, leg bands, and diaper clips have the capability to display infants’ respirations, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation, and to generate alarms for apnea, tachycardia, bradycardia, and desaturation (Table). Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....

There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits

Many consumer advocacy groups are calling for much stronger warnings about the risk of brain tumors and other injuries from cell phone radiation, indicating that manufacturers must do more to educate consumers and ensure that they are aware of the risk.


Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits
aboutlawsuits.com, Updated: February 2017

Radio frequency energy from cell phones could be linked to an increased risk of cancer, studies have shown. Holding or using the phones too close to the body has been linked to a potential risk of brain tumors, breast cancer and infertility.

STATUS OF CELL PHONE CANCER LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are continuing to review and evaluate whether financial compensation may be available through cell phone lawsuits on behalf of individuals diagnosed with brain cancer or other injuries that may be associated with significant use of mobile phones in close proximity to the body.

OVERVIEW: Cell phones are used by more than 5 billion people worldwide and there has been long debate and concerns about the potential radiation side effects from cell phones.

Americans and Cybersecurity

(jmiks/iStock.com)
Americans and Cybersecurity
by Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith, pewresearch.org,m 26 January 2017

Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives

Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic National Committee; the release of testing records of dozens of athletes conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency; and the announcement by Yahoo that hackers had accessed the private information associated with roughly 1 billion email accounts. Finally, in late 2016 and early 2017 U.S. intelligence agencies (the FBI, CIA and Department of Homeland Security) both issued statements and testified before Congress that the Russian government was involved in the hack of the DNC with the aim of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

Study on Cell Phone, EMF Dangers Ignored

Everyone should view this presentation of the partial results of the National Toxicology Program study prepared by Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of NIEHS, and delivered by Ronald Melnick PhD, retired NIH scientist who helped design the NIEHS study. This is from the 2017 Expert Forum on Wireless and Health at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 24-27 January 2017.

Study on Cell Phone, EMF Dangers Ignored
by James Spounias, americanfreepress.net
15 February 2017

For years, scientists have been warning that pollution from electro- magnetic frequencies emitted by cell phones and WiFi “likely cause” brain and heart cancers in test animals, but no one is listening. Even worse, as technology spreads around the world, no one is working on ways to help minimize exposure to these types of toxic EMF waves.

Far-sighted health advocates have warned about the dangers of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) pollution, broadly including power lines, cellular phone towers, and cellular and cordless telephones, for a long time. New technologies such as Wi-Fi and “smart meters” bring EMF closer to us—in our homes, workplaces, and many public spaces. They also make communication towers more prolific, which intensifies the problem.

A recent study on cellular telephone dangers and proposed action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went virtually under the radar.

Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No

(Photo:  Matt Slocum, AP)
Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No
by Bart Jansen , USA TODAY, 
12 February 2017

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Departmenthas received more than 7,000 comments, often punctuated with capital letters and exclamation points, that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.

The comments thundered against the prospect of voice calls that are possible through Internet services such as Skype that aren’t now governed by federal regulations, in contrast to cellular calls.

The outpouring is reminiscent of 2013, after the Federal Communications Commission considered dropping a 1991 ban against cell calls on airline flights, but abandoned the proposal amid public outrage. The ban stemmed from a concern about jamming ground-based relay stations for calls; it doesn’t cover Wi-Fi calls.

For lack of regulations governing Wi-Fi calls, then-Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx proposed requiring airlines to notify passengers if calls are allowed on flights. He also invited comments from travelers and the industry about whether the department should ban calls entirely.

Canada: Toronto: East-End Middle School Announces Cellphone Ban

East-end middle school announces cellphone ban
by Amanda Ferguson, citynews.ca
16 February 2017

An east-end middle school is making the call to ban cellphones from all of its classrooms and hallways after parents and teachers reported distractions were at an all-time high.

Earl Grey Senior Public School principal Bill Vatzolas sent a note home to parents this week, notifying them of the decision.

“This policy change is the result of conversations with our staff, parents and students as we collectively look to minimize distractions in the classroom and reduce the inappropriate uses of the devices during the school day,” Vatzolas wrote in the letter home.

The devices are allowed during the lunch hour but accessing social media, texting, or taking or viewing videos is prohibited.

17 February 2017

Could Your Fitbit Data Be Used to Deny You Health Insurance?

A log of your preexisting conditions?  
Timo Newton-Sims/timo_w2flickr, CC BY-SA
Could your Fitbit data be used to deny you health insurance?
by Andrew Boyd, theconversation.com,
17 February 2017

Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple.

Under the program, people who have certain health insurance coverage plans with United Healthcare can elect to wear a Fitbit activity tracker and share their data with the insurance company. The data would be analyzed by Qualcomm Life, a company that processes medical data from wireless sensors for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Depending on how active participants are, as measured by the Fitbit, they could earn as much as US$1,500 toward health care services each year.

Japan: Medical Associations Warn Against Children's Excessive Use of Smartphones

A poster released by the Japan Pediatric Association and Japan Medical Association warning of the dangers of excessive smartphone use. The risks are (clockwise from top left): insufficient sleep, lack of excercise resulting in weaker bones and muscle, worsening vision, loss of communication skills, worsening cognitive function, and declining academic ability.

Medical associations warn against children's excessive use of smartphones
Mainichi Japan, 16 February 2017

The Japan Pediatric Association and the Japan Medical Association on Feb. 15 unveiled a poster warning against the dangers of the excessive use of smartphones.

The poster will be sent to approximately 170,000 members of the two associations to be put up at clinics nationwide.

The poster poses the question, "What do I sacrifice with time spent on my smartphone?" and responds with the six categories of sleep, academic performance, brain function, physical strength, vision, and communication ability. The effects of smartphone use in these areas are explained using data from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and illustrations.

16 February 2017

Reykjavik Appeal on Wireless Technology in Schools

(Choice of image by Editor,
"Towards Better Health")
Reykjavik Appeal on wireless technology in schools 

We, the signers, are concerned about our children's health and development in schools with wireless technology for teaching. A vast amount of scientific studies have shown considerable medical risks with long-term exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) from wireless devices and networks well below the recommended reference levels from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). We ask the authorities to take their responsibility for our children's future health and wellbeing. 

In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at WHO classified RFR as a Group 2B carcinogen, i.e., ‘possibly’ carcinogenic to humans. Since then more scientific studies on exposure to RFR in humans, animals and biological material have strengthened the association of an increased risk for cancer, especially brain tumors. Several laboratory studies have shown mechanistic effects in carcinogenesis such as oxidative stress, down regulation of mRNA and DNA damage with single strand breaks. The IARC cancer classification includes all sources of RFR. The exposure from mobile phone base stations, WiFi access points, smart phones, laptops and tablets can be long-term, sometimes around the clock, both at home and at school. For children this risk may be accentuated because of a cumulative effect during a long lifetime use. Developing and immature cells can also be more sensitive to exposure to RFR. No safe level of this radiation has been determined by any health agency and therefore we have no safety assurances. 

15 February 2017

Helen Caldicott: The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Continues Unabated

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear
Power Plant (via ecowatch.com)
"Prime Minister Abe recently passed a law that any reporter who told the truth about the situation could be gaoled for ten years. In addition, doctors who tell their patients their disease could be radiation related will not be paid, so there is an immense cover-up in Japan as well as the global media."

HELEN CALDICOTT: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated
by Helen Caldicott, independentaustralia.net, 13 February 2017

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it's only now the damage has been photographed.

RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

14 February 2017

What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby

What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby
by Patti Wood, thegreengazette.ca, 12 February 2017

The beautiful and awe-inspiring process by which a few cells develop into a new life is truly miraculous. Through intricate and complex steps, the creation of a new life unfolds, forming delicate organs and vital systems, making billions of important connections in the brain alone.

“Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cellphones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” American Academy of Pediatrics 2013 
Photo: www.maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com, CC0 Public Domain



Scientists and medical professionals around the world are working hard to understand how a developing human life is affected by environmental exposures in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the surroundings in which we live and work.

13 February 2017

Antenna Sickness Is Everywhere Now

"The wireless antenna signals bombarding Stockholm Central are the same as those which befoul public buildings, sports arenas, schools, medical centers, cities, towns and neighborhoods of the USA."

Antenna Sickness Is Everywhere Now
(Clicking on the title will bring you to an excellent site on the health risks of mobile technology.)

Mobile communications and mobile entertainment require a human environment overflowing with disease-inducing radiation, both indoors and out. Above is a photo of the Stockholm Central Railway Station in Sweden. A 2016 study of the man-made wave pollution within this facility was conducted by the Hardell Cancer Research Group in Sweden. [4] This study is a reality check on the astronomical number of RF/microwave frequencies and modulations which simultaneously bombard our bodies everywhere we go.

Radio and Microwave Impacts on Human Health: The Role of the Family Physician

"Family physicians can adopt the approach of ‘better safe than sorry’. They can conduct an EMF exposure history for their patients and advise them to reduce exposures by increasing distance from sources, hardwiring whenever possible, and turning off Wi-Fi/ cellular/ Bluetooth functions when not needed and during sleep."

Radio and Microwave Impacts on Human Health: The Role of the Family Physician

by guest author Dr. Riina Bray, ocfp.on.ca (Ontario College of Family Physicians), January 2016

With the increasing use of cell phones and wireless devices, and in view of heterogeneous study results, there is worldwide concern and alarm among scientists and physicians about the potential health implications from chronic exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the radio and microwave range. EMFs are emitted from common items, including cell phones, cell phone towers and base stations, Wi-Fi routers and hubs, smart meters, baby monitors and microwave ovens. Cancers, neurodegenerative disorders, male infertility and neuro-behavioural abnormalities have been linked to these exposures, but not universally. [1]

Sensitivity to EMF has been termed Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). It is thought to occur in 3-20 per cent of our population and poses the greatest risk to patients with pre-existing cardiac, neurological, dermatological and immunological conditions. However, healthy individuals are often affected as well and those affected complain of sleep disturbances, headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Symptoms are reduced by avoidance measures. [2]

11 February 2017

Has Radiation from Cell Phones and Microwaves Caused Brain Tumor Cases to Double in Denmark?

Has radiation from cell phones and microwaves caused brain tumor cases to double in Denmark?
by Ethan Huff^, newstarget.com, 
10 February 2017

A new report by the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, Stralskyddsstiftelsen, has concluded that ever-increasing rates of both brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors, particularly in Denmark, may be caused by persistent exposure to radiation from mobile phones, microwaves, and other “smart” technology devices that pervade modern society.

Published on January 20, the report shows that such tumors have become increasingly more prevalent since 1990, and especially since 2004 when mobile phones really started to become popular. The data suggests that increasing rates of cancer in the brain, spinal cord cover, CNS spinal cord, and cranial nerves are directly correlated with the increasing use of radioactive devices, including in young people.

10 February 2017

Letter to Mrs. Esther Alder, Administrative Councillor, City of Geneva, on Wireless Technology

Letter to Mrs. Esther Alder, Administrative Councillor in charge of the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity, City of Geneva, from a member of the Committee, Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques (translated from French) :

7 February 2017

Madam,

I thank you for all that you are doing for the city of Geneva.  Your support for activities for seniors is particularly appreciated.

As a senior, I have often attended events organized by Cité Seniors.  The variety of activities is enriching.

We have noticed that the program for February - June 2017 offers many digital courses, which is very good.  Some of these technologies, however, especially Wi-Fi and smartphones - which emit radiofrequency radiation classified as  "possibly carcinogenic" for humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer / World Health Organization - present health risks.

09 February 2017

Did Mobile Phone Radiation Cause the Black-Out of the Driver?

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Did waves cause the black-out of the driver?
msn.com/fr-ch, 9 February 2017 (translated from French by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

A postal bus ended up hitting a tree last week in St. Gallen.  A building ecobiologist believes the accident was caused by radiation from a mobile phone antenna.

A spectacular accident occurred last week in St. Gallen.  Suffering a malaise, the driver of a postal bus lost control of his vehicle.  The bus hit a tree head-on, located in front of a building on the other side of the road.  Six passengers were slightly injured, as well as the driver who had to be cut out.

While the police are still investigating the causes of the accident, Hansueli Stettler, a building ecobiologist from St. Gallen, thinks he knows what caused the driver's malaise.  Interviewed Wednesday by the «St. Galler Tagblatt», he says the cause was "strong mobile phone radiation".  In this case, the driver's moment of weakness combined with the antenna installed on the roof of a gas station situated not far from the site of the accident, would have caused the accident.

Dizzying Increase in Video Streaming Becoming Major Source of Global Carbon Emissions

Dizzying Increase in Video Streaming Becoming Major Source of Global Carbon Emissions
by Richard Sadler, Climate News Network
31 January 2017

The Internet is fast becoming a major source of global carbon emissions—and the main cause is video demand, the increasing popularity of "real time" streamed video content.

Video streaming to Internet-enabled TVs, game consoles and mobile devices already accounts for more than 60 percent of all data traffic—and the latest forecasts suggest this will rise to more than 80 percent by 2020.

Increasingly, viewers across the world are watching films and TV series in real time through subscriptions to Netflix or Amazon, while social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are offering more and more streamed video content for free.

The Fundamental Reasons Why Laptop Computers should not be Used on Your Lap

"When it is placed on the lap, not only the heat from a laptop computer can warm men's scrotums, the electromagnetic fields generated by laptop's internal electronic circuits as well as the Wi-Fi Radiofrequency radiation hazards (in a Wi-Fi connected laptop) may decrease sperm quality." 

The Fundamental Reasons Why Laptop Computers should not be Used on Your Lap
J Biomed Phys Eng. 2016 Dec 1;6(4):279-284. eCollection 2016.

Mortazavi SA1, Taeb S2, Mortazavi SM3, Zarei S4, Haghani M2, Habibzadeh P1, Shojaei-Fard MB5.

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07 February 2017

Using a Mobile Phone While Driving Is Dangerous... Even When You're Hands-Free

Dangerous times.  Shutterstock
Why using a mobile phone while driving is so dangerous … even when you’re hands-free
by David Crundall, theconversation.com,
1st February 2017

A recent police clampdown on driving while using hand-held mobile phones caught nearly 8,000 UK drivers in a week, ostensibly reflecting a widespread disregard of a law intended to protect all. But is using a hand-held mobile phone really that dangerous when driving?

Yes. In fact, the evidence is irrefutable. Hundreds of research studies have been conducted around the world, and they all agree that use of mobile phones while driving is dangerous and pervasive. Researchers have estimated that 50 minutes’ of chatter a month leads to a five-fold increase in the likelihood of a crash.

One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat

Connected Car services become contextual to the driver's
location and lifestyle.  Credit Syda Productions
One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat
by John R. Quain, The New York Times,
13 October 2016

WHEN Bruce Wayne rolled up to his Bat Cave, a roadblock dropped automatically, the camouflaged garage door swung open, the lights flickered on and Alfred was already standing by.

It has been 50 years since that vision of Batman in his tricked-out Lincoln Futura appeared on TV. But now automakers, communications companies and technology companies want to turn every car into an interconnected Batmobile.

Everything You Need to Know About 5G

This article includes a 6-minute video explaining 5G.

Everything You Need to Know About 5G
by Amy Nordrum, Kristen Clark and IEEE Spectrum Staff, 27 January 2017

Millimeter waves, massive MIMO, full duplex, beamforming, and small cells are just a few of the technologies that could enable ultrafast 5G networks

Today’s mobile users want faster data speeds and more reliable service. The next generation of wireless networks—5G—promises to deliver that, and much more. With 5G, users should be able to download a high-definition film in under a second (a task that could take 10 minutes on 4G LTE). And wireless engineers say these networks will boost the development of other new technologies, too, such as autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things.

If all goes well, telecommunications companies hope to debut the first commercial 5G networks in the early 2020s. Right now, though, 5G is still in the planning stages, and companies and industry groups are working together to figure out exactly what it will be. But they all agree on one matter: As the number of mobile users and their demand for data rises, 5G must handle far more traffic at much higher speeds than the base stations that make up today’s cellular networks.

04 February 2017

World Health Organization - Setting the Standard for a Wireless World of Harm

Former international civil servant Olga Sheean exposes WHO's industry bias, its denial of the science on microwave radiation and its failure to protect global health.  

The full document can be freely downloaded at http://olgasheean.com/who-harm

World Health Organization - Setting the Standard for a Wireless World of Harm
by Olga Sheean, 30 January 2017

To: Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization     

Copied to: 
• Emilie van Deventer, PhD, Head of the International EMF Project, WHO
• António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
• Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special UN Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
• WHO regional offices, government agencies, MPs, investigative journalists, relevant organizations, advocacy groups and scientists worldwide

The World Health Organization is failing the Earth’s citizens in the most blatant, destructive manner. In December 2016, a VOTE of NO CONFIDENCE in WHO and its EMF Project was initiated in response to the growing concerns among the millions of global citizens being harmed by radiofrequency/microwave radiation. The petition has been signed by thousands of individuals worldwide, with more adding their vote every day as they become aware of how WHO’s denial of the proven dangers has stripped them of their health, rights, livelihood, productivity and protection from their own governments. As of today, 30 January 2017, there are 2,003 names on the list (attached), with more being added daily. Details of the voting initiative are shown in appendix 3. Recognizing the significance of this growing discontent with your wilful neglect, and heeding the urgent call to protective action, are important first steps towards addressing an epidemic that threatens all forms of life on our planet. Nothing short of full implementation of the recommendations presented herein will resolve this crisis.

'Transient Smartphone Blindness' Misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis?

'Transient Smartphone Blindness' Misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis?
by Deborah Brauser, medscape.com, 2 February 2017

Transient smartphone blindness (TSB) is a real phenomenon and may contribute to a neurologic misdiagnosis in clinical practice, a new case report suggests.

Published online January 18 in Neurology, the "Clinical/Scientific Notes" discuss a middle-aged woman who reported temporary, painless monocular visual loss after using a smartphone while lying on her side in bed.

This follows two cases reported in 2016 by UK researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of women, aged 22 and 40 years, who also had recurrent monocular vision impairment immediately after in-bed smartphone use.

The current investigators point out that their patient initially received a false diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and was advised to start a disease-modifying treatment.

03 February 2017

Cellular Deception

Cellular Deception (13 December 2016 - 8.30 mn)

As the global push to sell us faster data intensifies, cell antennas are being installed on utility poles right by our homes, often without our knowledge or consent. Science warns that the artificial electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) these microcells emit disrupts wildlife, humans, and all living cells.



02 February 2017

United Kingdom: EM Radiation Research Trust and PHIRE Comments on Extending Local Full Fibre Networks

We are posting here extracts of this excellent document, including health conditions linked to exposure to electromagnetic (EM) radiation, respect for basic human rights, risks for investors, the telecommunications industry's awareness of the risks of EM pollution, and legal rulings related to EMF exposure.

EM Radiation Research Trust and PHIRE Comments on Extending Local Full Fibre Networks submitted to the U.K. Department for Culture Media and Sport following a call for evidence. 
January 2017

Download here

Comments on Extending Local Full Fibre Networks: Call for Evidence. 

Question 4: What other changes, locally and/or nationally, are needed to reduce the cost of full fibre rollout, such as opening access to publicly and privately owned facilities, or changes to wayleaves, streetworks and other areas? What evidence is there to demonstrate the effectiveness of such changes? 

RESPONSE
More openly recognising, and publicising, the risks of standard wireless technologies can greatly help increase the appeal and adoption of full fibre rollouts, and reduce the likelihood of adverse health and environmental effects from cutting edge communications infrastructures. 

01 February 2017

Can Blue Light Make You Sick?

Can Blue Light Make You Sick?
by Nathan Walz, corporatewellnessmagazine.com
16 December 2016

One of the most overlooked health risks in today’s world is chronic exposure to blue light. This can lead to diabetes, obesity, depression and other modern day diseases.

Blue light actually looks white to the naked eye. It is emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, TVs, computer screens, eBook readers, and energy efficient fluorescent and LED lights. So if you work indoors, you are chronically exposed to high levels of blue light.