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31 March 2017

Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Reveals Popular Cell Phones Violate Radiation Exposure Guidelines when Realistically Tested

Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Reveals Popular Cell Phones Violate Radiation Exposure Guidelines when Realistically Tested
Environmental Health Trust, 28 March 2017

CBC investigation films standard cell phone testing showing high radiation exposures when phones are simulated in positions like pocket, bra or lap.

This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire

Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/28/2017 -- An independently commissioned investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) found that when cell phones were radiation tested in the ways devices are commonly used—such as in the pocket, bra or lap—the radiation detected inside the user's body surpassed the government allowable maximum level. In this week's CBC award-winning Marketplace program entitled "The secret inside your cellphone," acclaimed reporter Wendy Mesley announced results from a US government certified testing laboratory. The investigation found that three popular phone models—iPhone, Galaxy, and Samsung—are below regulated maximums for radiation when they are tested at a specified distance away from the body and head. However, the CBC program revealed that when phones are tested directly against the body, the radiation is multiplied by three to four times and exceeds government limits.

The CBC found most people are unaware that all cell phone manufacturers' instructions specify that there should be a distance between the phone and the user's body in order not to be exposed to untested levels of radiation. CBC conducted an independent survey of more than 11,000 Canadians to determine if the public knew about these instructions to distance phones from their bodies. The survey found more than 80 percent "had no clue" and 67 percent admitted they carry their phones against their bodies.

The 265 Members of Congress Who Sold You Out to ISPs and How Much It Cost to Buy Them

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them
by T.C. Sottek, theverge.com, 29 March 2017

They betrayed you for chump change

Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

Summary of Meeting of ECERI Delegation with WHO on Electromagnetic Fields, 3 March 2017

Meeting with WHO on Electromagnetic Fields, 3 March 2017
ECERI Newsletter no.5, March 2017, www.eceri-institute.org
(European Cancer and Environment Research Institute)


The meeting with WHO’s representatives and a delegation from the ECERI this month stands as a major turning point for our Institute. This opens a new opportunity for scientific collaboration on EMFs wthin the ECERI, aiming at having non-thermal effects recognized once for all by the international scientific and political community. This will require a global and collective effort from all of our members. But in the context of the fast development of more powerful and detrimental wireless technologies, particularly 5G, this has become a high priority. Christine Campagnac, General Secretary.

Meeting with WHO on electromagnetic fields, 3rd of March, 2017

Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organisation and Emilie van Deventer, Team Leader of the Radiation Programme at the WHO received on March the 3 rd , in Geneva, a scientific delegation of the ECERI, composed of Dominique Belpomme (F), Igor Belyaev (SKA), Ernesto Burgio (I), Christine Campagnac (F), David Carpenter (US), Tarmo Koppel (EE) and Lennart Hardell (SE) to discuss the health effects of EMFs.

David Carpenter introduced the talk, reminding that there are numerous significant human health hazards of concern, due to non-thermal effects of EMFs. He expressed the particular concern of the ECERI Group that a new WHO Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) document on radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMFs) is scheduled to be released in 2017, and that the members of the EHC Core Group are in denial of serious non-thermal effects of RF EMFs in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Regarding the particular vulnerability of children and their high exposure, the scientific group urges WHO to address the hazards of RF EMF.

Smartphone-Integrated Baby Monitors May Do More Harm than Good

A new report suggests that baby monitors have little
proven benefit for healthy infants and can potentially
cause more harm than good.
(UPDATE 31 March 2017:  The message that these products may cause more harm than good is not getting across to mothers.  Baby tech is now a billion-dollar industry.)

Smartphone-integrated baby monitors may do more harm than good
by Ana Sandoiu, medicalnewstoday.com,
24 January 2017

In our increasingly technological world, more and more of us choose to monitor our heart rate, blood pressure, and sleep patterns. We may even be more vigilant of our babies' well-being, as smartphone-integrated physiological baby monitors take over the market and promise to offer parents some much-needed peace of mind. But could it be that baby monitors actually do more harm than good? A new report investigates.

A new article, published in the journal JAMA, investigates the pros and cons of using a smartphone-integrated physiological baby monitor.

France : Phonegate : Interlocutory Hearing Against l'ANFR 19 April 2017 at the Administrative Court of Melun

Phonegate* : Interlocutory Hearing Against l'ANFR 19 April 2017
by Marc Arazi Publié: arazi.fr, 30 March 2017

Since 8 July 2016, the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has obstinately refused to communicate the detailed results of measurements made in 2015 on 95 cell phones.  Eighty-nine percent of these phones exceeded the threshold levels authorized when tested in contact with the skin**, and several, more than four times the norm, creating a very real health risk to users, particularly the youngest ones.

As the results came from ANFR, it is impossible for the agency to refute them.  Moreover, the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) mentioned the results in its report on Exposure to Radiofrequencies and the Health of Children.  The results contributed to the issue of precautionary recommendations by ANSES, particularly: "to ensure the respect of limit values of exposure standards in all circumstances, regardless of the mobile transmitting devices used and their conditions of use (contact with the body)."

29 March 2017

United Kingdom: Petition to Prime Minister Theresa May: We Do Not Consent to the Roll-out of Smart Meters

As of 29 March 2017, 15,927 persons have signed this petition to British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

To: Theresa May

Campaign created by JV Tolentino

Dear Theresa May, We, the undersigned request that you STOP THE ROLL-OUT OF SMART METERS IN THE UK with immediate effect.

Why is this important?

We are told that 'Smart' Meters will replace our existing water, gas and electricity metering systems and that the UK as a whole could benefit from saving up to 2% of our energy IF we change our behaviour.

What are we NOT being told..

1. There are major health concerns

Kidz Banking Mobile App Encourages Children to be Unnecessarily Exposed to Radiofrequency-EMF Radiation

[Our comment:  When we wrote to one of Switzerland's major sickness insurance companies which was promoting cell phone subscriptions for families, including children, on their Web site, drawing the company's attention, as here, to the fact that it encourages children to be more exposed to RF-EMF radiation, they called us "alarmist".  The ignorance of most businesses regarding this issue is beyond belief!]

The strangest ASA complaint we have ever seen
Staff Writermybroadband.co.za, 29 March 2017

MyBroadband regularly reports on Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) complaints, which often contain valuable rulings that guide the way the tech industry promotes its products.

The latest complaint, however, which takes aim at Standard Bank’s “Kidz Banking” mobile app, is unlike anything we have seen before.

The Kidz Banking app is an educational app that teaches children how to save and manage their pocket money.

Standard Bank has promoted the Kidz Banking app on its website, on the KFM website, and through radio advertisements on KFM.

While most people would welcome the initiative by Standard Bank, one consumer saw it as encouraging children to be unnecessarily exposed to RF-EMF radiation.

Beware of Cell Phone Use

Children have an increased risk of adverse health effects
from cell phone radiation, as cell phone radiation penetrates
much deeper into the heads of children than adults.
Ounce Of Prevention | Beware Of Cell-Phone Use
jamaica-gleaner.com, 28 March 2017

A cultural revolution called the Wireless Age has exploded worldwide. No other technology has grown on us like the mobile phone. Within three decades, this device has moved from zero to over 7.3 billion units worldwide. By 2014, there were more cell phones than people on planet Earth. Everyone seems to use one.

Question: are cell phones safe?

Cell phones - like cordless home phones, television, radio, laptops, and tablet computers - produce radiofrequency (RF) radiation. But cell phones are placed closest to the body for longer periods of time every day.

In 1993, Dr George Carlo, a public health scientist, wrote a book, Cell Phones - Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age. His studies revealed worrying trends that others dismissed. But due to the relatively recent adoption of cell phones, the long-term safety of the technology cannot be determined conclusively and caution is warranted.

United Kingdom: Brain Tumors Are the Main Cause of Cancer Deaths in Children and Young People

We are told that the latest report from this brain tumor research charity does NOT include any mention of non-ionizing radiation and worse, not one mention of the word "prevention"!

We understand the power of statistics.
braintumourresearch.org, posted on "Towards Better Health" March 2017

That's why we leave no stone unturned when it comes to the latest analyses surrounding the devastating impact of brain tumours in the UK.

The statistics we have unearthed speak for themselves. Something has to be done. 

  • Too many people are being faced with the devastating diagnosis each year – every two hours, someone is diagnosed with a brain tumour in England.

Twenty New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (27 March 2017)

Twenty new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health, courtesy of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 27, 2017

We are posting here only the titles of the studies, the authors, and links to the abstracts.

Newly Published Book

Corporate Ties That Bind: An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health.
Martin J. Walker (Ed.). New York: Skyhorse Publishing. Mar 28, 2017. 24 chapters; 592 pp.

In the 21st century, corporations have worked their way into government and, as they become increasingly more powerful, arguments about their involvement with public health have become increasingly black and white. With corporations at the center of public health and environmental issues, everything chemical or technological is good, everything natural is bad; scientists who are funded by corporations are right and those who are independent are invariably wrong. There is diminishing common ground between the two opposed sides in these arguments.

Corporate Ties that Bind is a collection of essays written by influential academic scholars, activists, and epidemiologists from around the world that scrutinize the corporate reasoning, false science and trickery involving those, like in-house epidemiologists, who mediate the scientific message of organizations who attack and censure independent voices. This book addresses how the growth of corporatism is destroying liberal democracy and personal choice.

Whether addressing asbestos, radiation, PCBs, or vaccine regulation, the essays here address the dangers of trusting corporations and uncover the lengths to which corporations put profits before health.

Foreward: David O. Carpenter

Chapter 3: Lennart Hardell. A Battleground--From Phenoxyacetic Acids, Chlorphenyls and Dioxins to Mobile Phones--Cancer Risks, Greenwashing and Vested Interests

Chapter 10: Christian Blom. Escaping Electrosensitivity.

28 March 2017

Cellphones, Wi-Fi and Cancer: Will Trump's Budget Cuts Zap Vital 'Electrosmog' Research?

High levels of 'electrosmog' detected in downtown
Manhattan, New York City.  Photo:
Martinez Zea via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)
Cellphones, wifi and cancer: Will Trump's budget cuts zap vital ‘electrosmog' research?by Paul Mobbs, The Ecologist, 27 March 2017

Just as long term research into the health impacts of the 'electrosmog' created by wifi and mobile phones is yielding its first results, it's at risk of sudden termination from President Trump's budget cuts, writes Paul Mobbs. But the cuts have little to do with saving money - and a lot to do with protecting corporate profit and economic growth from harsh truths, including evidence that electrosmog causes cancer in laboratory rats, and maybe humans too.
Amidst concern over President Trump's emasculation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and cuts to the USA's climate research, other ground-breaking areas of environmental research are being ignored.

For well-over a decade, at a cost of $25 million, a US National Toxicology Program study has been assessing the links between the use of mobile phones and rare, though increasing forms of cancer.

Unfortunately, before the results of this study are published, it may be 'lost' in the coming cuts.

Changes in the Vascular System May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease

Changes in the vascular system may trigger Alzheimer's disease
medicalxpress.com, 21 March 2017

(Image): The brain of a mouse with Alzheimer's disease is infiltrated with inflammatory cells, which light up in red when activated (left). These cells become less active when Factor XII is removed (right). Credit: Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at The Rockefeller University/Blood

As the average age of Americans increases, so too does the problem of Alzheimer's, one of the world's most common neurological diseases. In recent years, scientists have explored many new approaches to clear the plaques and tangles in the brain that characterize the condition, but the new drugs have largely turned out to be disappointing.

A team of Rockefeller scientists is now using a fresh approach to look at biological processes that occur in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Somewhat unexpectedly, they have found that a plasma component normally involved in blood clotting and inflammation may also be part of the problem in some patients.

Bad News for Global Cancer Research Agency

A butcher cuts beef at a market in Buenos Aires.  The
International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC)
work classifying things like bacon, plutonium and wood 
dust as carcinogens relies most heavily onNIH funding.
Eitan Abramovich/AFP via Getty Images
"IARC’s priorities until 2019 include reviewing the potential carcinogenicity of bisphenol A (used in plastics), the sweetener aspartame, indium tin oxide (widely used in displays, laptop screens and mobile phones) and e-cigarettes — all of which generate a lot of business."

Bad news for the bad-news agencyby Natalie Huet, politico.eu, 17 March 2017,
Updated 20 March 2017

Global cancer research agency says industry is on a drive to disparage its findings as fake news amid uncertainty about crucial US funding.

LYON, France — As President Donald Trump raises the axe on U.S. medical research funding, scientists across the Atlantic are trembling, too.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has long been a prime purveyor of bad news. Now, with big business blasting it as fake news and Republicans in total control, U.S. funding crucial for IARC’s work is under threat.

Europe Poised for Total Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides

A Carniolan honey bee (Apis Mellifera carnica) is
collecting nectar at a yellow rapeseed blossom.  Bees and
other vital food crop pollinators have been declining for
Photo: Frank Bienewald/LightRocket/
Getty Images
Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides
by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 
23 March 2017

Exclusive: Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause ‘acute risks to bees’

The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission, seen by the Guardian.

The documents are the first indication that the powerful commission wants a complete ban and cite “high acute risks to bees”. A ban could be in place this year if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states.

2.45 GHz Wi-Fi Microwave Radiation Induces DNA Damage in Ovaries and Testes of Rats

"These results give an indication of possible long term effects that may be expected on the reproductive organs in humans when exposed at similar microwave radiation for a considerable period of time."

2.45 GHz Wi-Fi Microwave Radiation Induces DNA Damage in Ovaries and Testes of Rats

Short-duration exposure to 2.45 GHz microwave radiation induces DNA damage in Sprague Dawley rat’s reproductive systems
Usikalu, M. R.1 , Obembe, O. O.2 *, Akinyemi, M. L.1 and Zhu, J.3

This published paper is about 2.45 GHZ, the same radiation frequency used in Wi-Fi.

Download the full paper here.

CellphoneCancer.com: Cell Phone Litigation

Frasier, Frasier and Hickman and cell phone litigation
nexusnewsfeed.com / EMFacts Consultancy, 28 March 2017

The legal firm Frasier, Frasier and Hickman is seeking clients who claim that their illness is caused by cell phone use.

For over 50 years of legal practice, Frasier, Frasier & Hickman had defended the rights of working people. We have a passionate belief in our clients and their causes, and never stop fighting for them…

Read more here

Excerpt from their website:

There is a concern with rising cell phone use–safety–whether cell phone use is associated with cancer. The concern is especially pointed with regard to the rise in cell phone use by children. Children have thinner bone structures and a less stable system….

For more than 60 years our firm has stood up for victims of all kinds of personal injuries and the families of wrongful death victims. Today we have dedicated a practice to focus on a helping a specific kind of victim – those who may have contracted cancer or any other health issues that may be linked to cell phone use.

27 March 2017

Australia: Councils are Rolling Out Wheelie Bins Bugged with RFID Chips

[Our comment: Just to demonstrate how motivated THEY are to spy on us. Similar situation in Geneva. The health minister refuses to include information on ways to reduce exposure to wireless technology in his health promotion and prevention strategy.  We believe one reasons is that the more these devices are used, the more info is picked up by the police and other information-gathering bodies. The Geneva State Councillor in charge of security was one of only three persons from Switzerland invited to Bilderberg in 2015 where one of the major topics was security. Geneva is home to hundreds of international organizations, NGOs, the United Nations European Headquarters... We wouldn't be surprised if OUR rubbish bins were microchipped !  Correct disposal of rubbish is also a contentious issue - and dirty disposal habits are rife.]

Councils are rolling out wheelie bins bugged with RFID chips
by Benedict Brook news.com.au, 26 March 2017

YOUR rubbish could be spying on you. As well as guarding your grime it might be disclosing your dirty habits. Your wheelie could be revealing all.

Residents in Sydney's inner west were surprised this month when the local council began replacing municipal bins, many of which in perfect working order.

They were even more surprised when it was revealed there was a hidden addition to their shiny new bin. And it was telling council about all their filthy habits.

Sydney's Inner West council has begun rolling out 35,000 new wheelie bins. Just under the rim in the new bins, away from prying eyes, is a small circular device - a Radio Frequency Identification Device, or RFID, tag.

26 March 2017

The Role of Industry in Childhood Cancers

London smog. 'The unborn child can be 1,000 times more
vulnerable than a grown man to environmental 
pollutants', writes Caroline McManus.
Photo:  Guy Bell/Alamy Stock Photo
The role of industry in childhood cancers
Letters, The Guardian, 20 March 2017

With childhood cancer being a controlling factor in tackling daily life, and having been forced to defy a very poor prognosis myself, I feel a need to respond to your letter about Brexit’s impact on children with cancer (14 March). Glenis Wilmott MEP states that 1,700 children are diagnosed with cancer, of which over 250 die, annually in the UK, and that their only chance of survival may lie with being on a clinical trial, due to lack of treatments.

Cancer treatment is dreaded by adults, but is much worse for a child, with the consequences of treatment often casting a shadow for the rest of their lives. With a 40% increase in child cancer in less than 20 years, surely we have to refocus and ask politicians at all levels to take responsibility for their decisions in allowing industries which increase risks and known causes of cancer, such as air pollution. The unborn child can be 1,000 times more vulnerable than a grown man to environmental pollutants, and yet recently activists against fracking have been deemed irresponsible.

Most Feel Compelled to Constantly Check Email, Texts and Social Media

A Saudi man explores social media on his mobile device as
he sits at a cafe in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 24, 2016.
Reuters/ Faisal Al Nasser
Most feel compelled to constantly check email, texts and social media
by Ronnie Cohen, reuters.com, 22 March 2017

(Reuters Health) - - Did your date check his email just as you were about to deliver a punch line? Did your friend reply to a text while you were describing your boss’ broadside? Is your child so engrossed in whatever she’s doing on her iPhone that you must ask her multiple times to please pass the salt?

And do you find yourself incapable of controlling an incessant urge to look at your smart phone or other electronic device?

You’ve got company.

Nearly nine out of 10 Americans report being so tethered to their digital gadgets that they constantly or often check their email, texts and social media accounts, a new poll shows.

Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools

Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools
by Katie Singer, 
www.electronicsilentspring.com, Originally posted 7 February 2017

A list of educators, physicians and researchers who join Katie Singer and the EMRadiation Policy Institute in calling for safer use of technology in education is posted after the Endnotes.

In one generation, use of electronic technologies has exploded, creating dramatic environmental and cultural changes, including in classrooms. As we read, write, research, meet and express ourselves, electronics offer extraordinary possibilities. Meanwhile, to develop self-respect, empathy, humor, awareness of themselves and others and social skills, children still depend on human contact in a real (not virtual) world.

Electronics are tools, not substitutes for human teachers or peers. Every community still needs children who are familiar with the real world around them; who learn (from other people) to think critically and ethically; who are well versed in biology, chemistry, physics, literature, music and art. Students need to create and imagine from their own minds, not to follow a computer programmer’s choices or direction. For healthy development, children need time without electronics, in nature, socializing with each other and contributing to their communities. Youth need purpose. They need to participate in person-to-person conversation about real world problems and solutions.

Parents Had Wi-Fi Switches Installed in a Finnish School

Parents had Wifi switches installed in a Finnish school
News release, 23 March 2017

In the Fiskars primary school located in Raasepori in Southern Finland parents have long struggled against Ipad and Wifi based learning.  They couldn't prevent the installation of Wifi hot spots, but their struggle had results: now in every class room there is a switch by which the radiation emitting hot spot can be turned off. 

Most parents and teacher of the Fiskars school opposed the plan of Raasepori city administration to use tablets and microwave based wireless network in the school. Their critical stand was based on the recommendations of the Council of Europe*, health risks**, pedagogy, the limitations of tablets as computers, and the desire to keep children's screen time reasonable. In spring 2016 names were collected to a petition demanding postponement of the Wifi and tablet school project. The petition was signed by 90 parents whose children are in Fiskars school now or will be in the near future. In the school there are only 60 pupils. 

Radiofrequency Pollution a Serious Safety Issue in Cars

Electric car
Alternative Energy News
We know electrosensitive persons who suffer from exposure to radiofrequency radiation in their cars. Below, are extracts from excellent information on the subject:

Radiofrequency Pollution a Serious Safety Issue in Cars

Cardiac Arrest
A number of studies show that electromagnetic radiation, including radiofrequency radiation, alters heart rate variability, blood pressure (including inducing hypertension with microwave exposure) and increases risk of arrhythmia related heart disease and heart attack. (Mahra et al 1971) (Cherry 2000) (Havas et al 2010) (Havas and Marrongelle 2013) (Havas 2013).

25 March 2017

U.S. Scientists Launch World's Biggest Solar Geoengineering Study

Scientists say the planet could be covered with a solar
shield for as little as $10bn a year.  Photo:  ISS/Nasa
Poisoning of the planet from the sky in the name of geoengineering... Of course, this has already been taking place for a number of years and may explain the rise in respiratory and other diseases, the massive die-offs of fish, birds, bees... Has anyone asked us, the public, for permission to conduct such a deadly experiment?  

Future tests could involve seeding the sky with aluminium oxide.

US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study

by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 
24 March 2017

Research programme will send aerosol injections into the earth’s upper atmosphere to study the risks and benefits of a future solar tech-fix for climate change

US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme to date, to study the potential of a future tech-fix for global warming.

The $20m (£16m) Harvard University project will launch within weeks and aims to establish whether the technology can safely simulate the atmospheric cooling effects of a volcanic eruption, if a last ditch bid to halt climate change is one day needed.

IoT and the World's First Trillionaire

IoT and the world’s first trillionaire
Opinion, nationmultimedia.com, 25 March 2017

Virtually all of the billionaires on Forbes list have one thing in common.

One way or another they are involved with the recent electronic phenomenon called METME (Maximum Efficient Transfer of Electronic Energy) and better known as the IoT (Internet of Things). The IoT has been identified as “the greatest commercial event in world history”. It is dramatically changing world commerce – and also politics. For example, all Thailand banks are reducing staff and facilities by 30 to 35 per cent as new IoT procedures take over. The same shifts can be seen in virtually all other fields, from automotives to food to construction, etc.

Bill Gates ($85.6 billion) is currently the world’s wealthiest person. But not for long! Some new guys are in town.

Major U.S. City Abandons IoT Project Citing 'Other Priorities'

Jacksonville, Florida's most populous city has opted to
ditch a pilot smart lighting installation by GE.
"It is not clear exactly what discouraged Jacksonville from proceeding and the spokesperson declined to elaborate when asked if costs or operability stymied the project.  It is possible that Jacksonville authorities were concerned with things like data protection, data ownership, privacy, and security issues associated with IoT projects, which are sometimes prone to hacking."

Major US city abandons IoT project citing ‘other priorities’
luxreview.com, 23 March 2017

A major US city has dropped an Internet of Things based lighting system, saying that they have more important things to work on.

Jacksonville, Florida’s most populous city, opted to ditch a pilot installation by GE that was set to involve equipping some of its street lights with chips and sensors that would eventually do everything from improving lighting controls and efficiency to detecting free parking spaces for motorists.

The lights would also be able to alert the public about hurricanes, weather events that are common in Florida.

24 March 2017

Pocket Dialling to Danger

That phone in your pocket could be dangerous, according to
Marketplace.  Getty
MARKETPLACE: Pocket dialling to danger
24 March 2017

Should you carry your phone in your pocket? The answer is right there, inside your phone, in a government-mandated message that says you should hold your phone 5mm to 15mm away from your body to limit exposure to radiation. It varies from phone to phone.

But a survey from CBC's Marketplace reveals that most people have never seen the message and don't use their phones that way.

So if you slip your phone in your pocket, or tuck it into your bra, you're not following the guidelines. And here's the problem: The government test cellphone makers use to assess the safety of their products are based on the assumption that you are.

Wi-Fi in Maryland Schools May Put Your Kid at Risk for Cancer

Laptops should never be used on one's lap, especially
when connected to Wi-Fi.
Wifi in Md. schools may put your kid at risk for cancer
by Devra Lee Davis, Opinion, The Baltimore Sun, 24 March 2017

Thank you, Gov. Larry Hogan, for appointing thoughtful, brave medical experts to Maryland's Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). Your next challenge is to get the Maryland school superintendents to heed the council's well-founded advice: reduce and restrict children's wireless radiation (wifi). With distinguished experts in child health, neurodevelopment and pediatrics, the council draws on the well-established public health principle that stopping harm now is always better and cheaper than trying to fix damage later.

23 March 2017

Monsanto Faces Hundreds of New Cancer Lawsuits as Debate Over Glyphosate Rages On

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at a press conference with
Baum Hedlund clients outside of the courthouse in
Fresno, California in January.  
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman
"Monsanto's newly released documents expose a culture corrupt enough to shock the company's most jaded critics," Kennedy said in a statement. "Those papers show sociopathic company officials ghostwriting scientific studies to conceal Roundup's risks from Monsanto's regulators and customers, including food consumers, farmers and the public."

Monsanto Faces Hundreds of New Cancer Lawsuits as Debate Over Glyphosate Rages On
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 22 March 2017 

Monsanto has been slapped with another slew of cancer lawsuits over its most popular pesticide as the debate over the health risks of glyphosate rages on.

5G and IoT: Total Technological Control Grid Being Rolled Out Fast

5G and IoT: Total Technological Control Grid Being Rolled Out Fast
by Makia Freeman, Contributor, Waking Times, 23 March 2017

5G is being rolled out fast right now, with Verizon testing it out in 11 US cities and ATT also conducting experiments. For those who don’t know, 5G is the latest wireless system that telecommunications companies are trying to implement to service wireless communication. It’s designed to allow faster downloads of more data. It uses the 28, 37 and 39 GHz bands, also known as millimetre wave (mmW) spectrum. 5G, which comes from the term 5th generation, is designed to work in conjunction with what former CIA head David Petraeus called the Internet of Things or IoT. The agenda is to hook every single material thing on the planet, as well as humans themselves, onto a vast planet-wide web where everything and everyone become nodes on the network – connected by microchips which are nano-size and can be inhaled (like smart dust).

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Study Subjects Needed By University Research Team

We have checked with the person responsible for this study, Dr. Pamela Gibson, who says people from any country may participate.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Study Subjects Needed By University Research Team
by Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com
20 March 2017

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or idiopathy environmental intolerance (IEI) results from exposure to electromagnetic waves (EMF/RF/ELF) due to the overwhelming explosion of ‘smart’ technology appliances and gadgets which use either microwaves or some other wave on the electromagnetic spectrum.

EHS Research Study

James Madison University Environmental Sensitivities Research Team is conducting research surveys in chemical and/or electrical sensitivities. Below is the request for participants to reply and participate, which will be extremely helpful in establishing data to document what’s called non-thermal radiation adverse health effects from EMF/RF/ELF.

21 March 2017

Robots: How They'll Disrupt Different Careers

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Robots: How they'll disrupt different careers
by Alexander Panetta, Canadian Press/ msn.com, 20 March 2017

WASHINGTON - A wrecking ball is coming for the labour market, analysts warn. As computer-processing power doubles each year and machines learn from their mistakes, sources say the upcoming federal budget will examine the potential of artificial intelligence to disrupt — industries, politics, and entire societies.

It's been mostly blue-collar workers hit so far, but white-collar jobs are next, a research project at Oxford University concluded in 2013. It said 47 per cent of jobs risk being automated.

20 March 2017

The End of Wi-Fi?

Researchers have devised a new method that relies on
central "light antennas" to beam ray of different wave-
lengths to wireless devices.  Other research teams, including
one at Boston University, have revealed similar plans
in recent months.
The end of wifi woes? Researchers reveal 'li-fi' system 100 times faster that never becomes overloaded
by Cheyenne MacDonald for Dailymail.com, 
17 March 2017

  • Method relies on central ‘light antennas’ to beam rays of different wavelengths
  • This means networks won’t get jammed by several competing devices
  • Researchers say it's 100 times faster than current systems, with bigger capacity

Wireless networks crafted from rays of infrared light could soon allow you to connect to the internet 100 times faster than current systems.

Researchers have devised a new method that relies on central ‘light antennas’ to beam rays of different wavelengths to wireless devices – meaning networks won’t get jammed by several competing devices.

A light-based system, also known as ‘Li-Fi,’ could make wireless networks much more secure, and researchers now say it could hit the stores in just five years.

19 March 2017

Addiction to Cell Phones: Are There Neurophysiological Mechanisms Involved? (2007 Paper)

Our attention has been drawn to a 2007 paper "Addiction to cell phones: are there neurophysiological mechanisms involved?". This paper was written 10 years ago. Why only now are there so many articles in the press about the issue of behavioral addiction to screens and cell phones?  

Addiction to cell phones: are there neurophysiological mechanisms involved? 
Maria Paz de la Puente, Afonso Balmori, published in Proyecto, Vol. 61: pp. 8-12, March 2007 Acknowledgments: Claudio Gómez Perretta and Paqui Bonet Translation from Spanish: Patricia Garcia


At first glance we could consider the addiction to cell phones as belonging to those addictions that are substance-free, also called psychological addictions. Yet, unlike these, cell phones emit microwaves that reach the brain, making investigators wonder if there could be a physiological base for such addictions.

The following article gives a brief overview of the studies made that analyze the effects that these radiation produce and that bring us closer to the possible addictive effect, similar to those provoked by conventional drugs. In them, the authors dare to sound the alarm of the abuse that young people, whose brains are still in the process of maturing, could be prey to the risks derived from their improper use, and consider that there should be specific education of the responsible use of cell phones.


Neurophysiological bases for addiction 

18 March 2017

We've Brought These Stupid 'Internet Of Things' Hacks Upon Ourselves

Art by Angelica Alzona
We've Brought These Stupid 'Internet Of Things' Hacks Upon Ourselves
by Thorin Klosowskilifehacker.com.au
17 March 2017

Whether it's poorly reported stories of hacked Samsung TVs, sadly hilarious tales of hacked teddy bears, or even more bizarre claims about wiretapped microwaves, real, fake and overblown accounts of all the things that can happen with the devices we choose to connect to the internet dominate the news. We've brought this stupid future on ourselves.

Over the last few years, we've been connecting anything and everything we can to the internet under the guise of simplicity. You can connect light bulbs, refrigerators, sex toys, pet feeders and a ton more. These devices are usually referred to as Internet of Things (IoT). How poorly thought out they are is already a running joke, but that isn't stopping them from coming out at an increased pace.

There are a lot of potential problems with IoT devices, but the two most prevalent and worth talking about issues are security and usability.

17 March 2017

Recent News from ARTAC

News from ARTAC (Association for Research on Treatment Against Cancer)

- Preparation of the insertion into the Statute of Rome of an amendment considering degradation of the environment and pollution as health crimes.
- Aerotoxic syndrome

Extracts from ARTAC Bulletin
no. 83, March 2017

Meeting at the European Parliament

16 March 2017

Wireless Wise Kids

Wireless Wise Kids book available - wireless safety education in a nutshell
Wireless Education, March 2017

Lyn McLean knows microwave radiation. She also knows children and the importance of keeping them safe from it. McLean was the former Deputy Chair of two committees that developed and updated the telecommunications code for Australia’s mobile phone base stations, and was a long-term member of the Australian Government’s Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group. She is also a former teacher and as such wrote a book to teach children and their families to use today’s technologies more safely.

Wireless Wise Kids: Safer ways to use mobile and wireless technology is an engaging paperback with cheerful illustrations by Janet Selby. With lots of white space and large print, children, teachers and parents alike will find it easy to read.

McLean shows how information travels through the air between wireless devices, routers and cell towers using microwave radiation. She explains that since this radiation goes through buildings, it also goes through our bodies.

World Health Organization: Smart Meters Are Making People Ill

World Health Organization: Smart Meters Are Making People Ill
by Baxter Dmitryyournewswire.com
14 March 2017

Smart meters cause a “cornucopia of health issues” for occupants of the 57 million American homes equipped with the new technology, according to the World Health Organization and Cancer.org.

The news comes after a major university study into the “smart meter scam” revealed that the new meters regularly “overcharge consumers by up to 582%” while at the same time collecting owner’s data which is then sold to third parties for further profit.

Electric utilities have embraced smart meters, pushing aggressively for the mass rollout of the wireless technology. Roughly 65 million of the devices have been installed in the United States over the last few years, with 57 million in consumer homes.

Disturbingly, the government plans to have a smart meter in every home by 2020, despite the World Health Organization and Cancer.org’s dire warnings about the meter’s negative impact on health.

Smart meters health problems

'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

The Rise of Addictive Technology and the
Business of Keeping Us Hooked
by Adam Alter
'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen
www.npr.org, 13 March 2017

Heard on Fresh Air

Could smartphones and other screens be decreasing the human attention span? Author Adam Alter thinks so.

"Ten years ago, before the iPad and iPhone were mainstream, the average person had an attention span of about 12 seconds," Alter tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. Now, he says, "research suggests that there's been a drop from 12 to eight seconds ... shorter than the attention of the average goldfish, which is nine seconds."

Alter links our diminished attention spans to the "mainstream adoption of screens." His new book, Irresistible, explores the consequences of living in an increasingly computerized world.

Alter says that technology is designed to be addictive and that the gratification it provides is similar to that of other addictive behaviors, such as drug abuse or gambling.

Are Truly Wireless Earbuds (Like AirPods) Safe?

Credit:  Apple
Dr. Devra Davis:  “The fact is that wireless earbuds still place a microwave transmitter next to the head and as a result these microwaves penetrate into your skull and brain. Yes, they are considered ‘low level’ microwaves as they do not cook your tissue, but these very low levels have been shown to cause biological effects.”

Are truly wireless earbuds (like AirPods) safe?
by James A. Martin, cio.com, 14 March 2017

Truly wireless earbuds are having a moment. But does inserting tiny transmitters in your ears pose health risks? Experts are divided.

"Truly wireless" Bluetooth earbuds, like Apple’s AirPods, are cool and convenient. AirPods are both a runaway success, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Slice Intelligence, and a runway success — check out how Kristen Stewart rocks her AirPods.

15 March 2017

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Alexandra Elliott, a high school senior, says she is a heavy
phone user and that using it for social media "really feels
Credit:  Jason Henry for The New York Times
“People are carrying around a portable dopamine pump, and kids have basically been carrying it around for the last 10 years,” said David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
by Matt Richtel, The New York Times, 
13 March 2017

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.

Letter by Dr. Andrew Tresidder on Electrohypersensitivity

Letter by Dr Andrew Tresidder MBBS MRCGP on electrohypersensitivity.
March 2017 (Extract)

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.

12 March 2017

34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects from Wi-Fi

34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects 
from Wi-Fi
Waking Times, 10 March 2017

Here is an excellent collection of scientific papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz), complied by campaign group WiFi In Schools.

The papers listed are only those where exposures were 16V/m or below. Someone using a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computer can be exposed to electromagnetic fields up to 16V/m. Papers are in alphabetical order. A file of first pages, for printing, can be found here.

If you feel like sending a copy of this collection to the local schools in your area, you can search for them here and either print out this article to post or email the link.

Wi-Fi papers

My Daughter's Story of Cell Phone Breast Cancer

Tiffany Frantz
Tiffany was only 21 when she was diagnosed with an unusual breast cancer directly under the place she carried her phone in her bra. She did not know that the manual stated she should keep the phone at a distance from her body.

Download her Powerpoint Presentation HERE.

My Daughter's Story of Cell Phone Breast Cancer
by Traci Frantz

An Open Letter

My name is Traci Frantz and I live in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. On January 4, 2012 my daughter, Tiffany, was diagnosed (in Lancaster, PA) with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in her left breast. Tiffany submitted to genetic testing and, as a family, we underwent genetic counseling. Genetic tests including BRCA1, BRCA2 and TP53 tested negative. Therefore, there is no genetic pre-disposition to breast cancer. However, Tiffany stored her cell phone in her bra (against her bare skin) for at least 5 years, every day, all day (12 hours/day) and the masses that were found lined up exactly with where she stored her cell phone.

"Cell Phone Radiation and Breast Cancer - A Reivew of the Evidence" - Slide Presentation by Dr. Devra Davis

In March 2015, Dr. Devra Davis delivered a presentation on "Cell Phone Radiation and Breast Cancer - A Review of the Evidence" during the Spring Symposium organized by the group, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert JALBCA).  

Read more about JALBCA:


JALBCA was founded by a small group of judges and lawyers who were all personally affected by breast cancer, either as survivors themselves or as family or close friends. We realized that together we could make a difference in the legal community and resolved to take action. Our first target was to increase awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment. We also began to raise money to provide critically needed services to the legal community and beyond.

10 March 2017

School Asks Parents Not to Use Mobiles at Gates

The signs are an attempt to get families talking,
the school says.
School asks parents not to use mobiles at gates
BBC News, 9 March 2017

A primary school has put up signs asking parents not to use their mobile phones when they pick up their children.

The circular notices at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Longlands, Middlesbrough, feature a figure on a phone with a red line through it.

Reading "Greet your child with a smile not a mobile", they have been placed at three entrances.

The school said it was part of a plan to get families talking.

Jade Collett, whose four-year-old son attends the nursery at St Joseph's, welcomed the idea.
'Good thing'

The Internet of Things Poses Human Health Risks: Scientists Question the Safety of Untested 5G Technology at International Conference

The Internet of Things Poses Human Health Risks: Scientists Question the Safety of Untested 5G Technology at International Conference
Environmental Health Trust, 9 March 2017

Replicated research shows that Millimeter waves – used by the Department of Defense in crowd control weapons – interacts with human skin and eyes.

Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/09/2017 -- Israeli research studies presented at an international conference reveal that the same electromagnetic frequencies used for crowd control weapons form the foundation of the latest network – branded as 5G – that will tie together more than 50 billion devices as part of the Internet of Things. Current investigations of wireless frequencies in the millimeter and submillimeter range confirm that these waves interact directly with human skin, specifically the sweat glands. Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Department of Physics, Hebrew University, Israel recently detailed how human sweat ducts act like an array of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths. Scientists cautioned that before rolling out 5G technologies that use these frequencies, research on human health effects needed to be done first to ensure the public and environment are protected.

09 March 2017

Warnings Over Children's Health as Recycled E-Waste Comes Back As Plastic Toys

A 2015 study found traces of two potentially hormone-
altering flame retardants in 43% of toys surveyed.
Photo: Alamy
Warnings over children's health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys
by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 
9 March 2017

A trend towards using plastic parts in electrical and electronic goods is causing a headache for the recycling industry
Flame retardants used in plastics in a wide range of electronic products is putting the health of children exposed to them at risk, according to a new report (pdf).

Brominated flame-retarding chemicals have been associated with lower mental, psychomotor and IQ development, poorer attention spans and decreases in memory and processing speed, according to the peer-reviewed study by the campaign group CHEM Trust.

“The brain development of future generations is at stake,” says Dr Michael Warhurst, CHEM Trust’s director. “We need EU regulators to phase out groups of chemicals of concern, rather than slowly restricting one chemical at a time. We cannot continue to gamble with our children’s health.”

The issue poses questions about recycled products that have been imported from countries with less robust recycling rules, such as China.

Sleepless Britain - BBC Documentary

Panorama - Sleepless Britain BBC Documentary 2017 (BBC, 6 March 2017 - 29 mn.)

Our children are exhausted. Britain's kids are going to bed later and sleeping less, and hospital visits triggered by poor sleep have tripled in ten years. This is playing havoc with children's health and education, causing obesity, problems for parents and teachers, and even family breakdowns.

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

Adam Alter warns that many of us - youngsters, teenagers,
adults - are addicted to modern digital products.
Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens
by Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times, 
6 March 2017

In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted.

Dr. Alter, 36, is an associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University who researches psychology and marketing. We spoke for two hours last week at the offices of The New York Times. Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity and brevity.

France: Paris to Adopt More Stringent EMF Radiation Standards

Paris to adopt more stringent EMF radiation standards
telecompaper.com, 6 March 2017

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has reached an agreement with France’s four main mobile network operators aimed at introducing stricter network radiation norms. The EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) exposure limit is to be lowered to 5V/m from the current 7V/m for indoor spaces, representing a 30 percent reduction at the frequency reference of 900 MHz.

Announcing the news, Hidalgo said that Paris was to become the most protective across all the main European cities in terms of exposure from wireless network antennas, setting a lower limit than the one adopted in Brussels (6V/m). The new agreement, expected to be approved by the municipality of Paris at the end of March, also includes plans for a new monitoring service to help measure EMF levels within buildings.

Cyprus Removes Wi-Fi from Kindergartens and Halts Wireless Deployment Into Public Elementary Schools

Cyprus Removes Wi-Fi from Kindergartens and Halts Wireless Deployment Into Public Elementary Schools
Environmental Health Trust, 6 March 2017

Cyprus Minister of Education issues new Decree to minimize wireless radiation exposure to children in schools and require parental consent

Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/06/2017 -- The Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture issued a Decree on January 31, 2017, marked "urgent" to all Directors of Kindergartens and Primary Schools, with specific measures to eliminate and minimize wireless radiation exposure to children in schools. "We have taken the decision to have the wireless network Wi-Fi disabled in all Public kindergartens in Cyprus," reads the Decree. Wireless is to be removed from all Cyprus kindergartens, and wireless installations have been halted in elementary schools and limited to administrative offices.

Here's What 7 Billion Smartphones in 10 Years Looks Like

What will Samsung do with its 4.3 million
recalled smartphones?
We're all on track to use at least 29 phones in our lifetimes.

Here's What 7 Billion Smartphones in 10 Years Looks Like

by Elizabeth Jardim, Greenpeace, 
1st March 2017

Smartphones have undeniably changed our lives—and the world—in a very short amount of time. Just 10 years ago, we took pictures with cameras, used maps to plan routes and kept in touch with friends and family using T9 text messages.

If you're among the more than 2 billion people in the world that now uses a smartphone, chances are pretty good you remember your first smartphone. You remember how your life changed when your phone suddenly became connected to the Internet and became a tool to find your way around almost anywhere instantaneously, send emails on the go, stay in touch with loved ones 24/7 and answer all your random curiosities.

Young People Are Becoming Ever More Dependent on Their Cell Phones

There are now more active mobile phones than people on
the planet, and researchers warn youngsters are becoming
more dependent than ever on their phones.
Why being separated from your mobile for just a few minutes is almost as bad as post-traumatic stress disorder
by Mark Howarth for the Daily Mail
20 February 2017


  • Children get as stressed losing their phone as they get separating from parents 
  • Those without their phones exhibit symptoms similar to those seen in PTSD 
  • Researchers warned that we are seeing the growth of a 'nascent digital culture' 

Children can get stressed or start to panic when they’re separated from their parents.

Now scientists have found the digital generation are developing similar feelings – for their phones.

07 March 2017

California Cautions Cell Phone Users: Keep Your Distance

California Cautions Cell Phone Users:  Keep Your Distance
6 March 2017

Under a court order, last week California public health officials released draft guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies, use speaker phone and limit use. The guidelines, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, advise Californians that scientific studies have linked electromagnetic radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer and other health problems.

The advice itself is not surprising. Eight years ago, EWG published a review of the science on cell phone radiation, reporting studies by the World Health Organization that linked cell phone radiation to brain cancer, and other studies that linked cell phone radiation to diminished sperm count and sperm damage. EWG also published its own Guide to Safer Cell Phone Use, which you can find here.

Screens Are “Visual Trojan Horses in Classrooms”—Kardaras

"A principal message of Kardaras is that the public has been “consciously under-informed about the negative effects of too much screen time on children and teenagers even though the research is there.” Screens are “visual Trojan Horses” that undermine education, he said."

Screens Are “Visual Trojan Horses in Classrooms”—Kardaras

by Jack O'Dwyer, odwyerpr.com, 
6 March 2017

Nicholas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids, frightened a Westhampton Library audience March 3 with graphic descriptions of the negative effects of excessive screen time on the brains of children and teenagers.

Kardaras was an amazing, knowledgeable and informative speaker, warning of the dangers of video games, social media, cellphones, etc., on everyone and especially children,” said Wendy Wax, author of books for children, who was in the audience of 17 at the noon to 2 p.m. event and covered for O'Dwyer's.