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30 June 2017

Special Issue on Ecopsychology and Environmental Sensitivities: Chemical, Electrical, and Beyond

Special Issue on Ecopsychology and Environmental Sensitivities:
Chemical, Electrical, and Beyond

Links to all articles:  http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/eco/9/2
(free until September 2017)


Introduction to the Special Issue on Environmental Sensitivities: Living on the Margins with Access Denied - Pamela Reed Gibson
Ecopsychology. Jun 2017, 9(2): 53-59.First Page | Full Text PDF or HTML | Reprints | Permissions |Download Metadata

Original Articles

The Many Faces of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Alison Johnson
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French 'PhoneGate' -- Cellphone Users Say They Are Misled on Dangers

French 'PhoneGate' -- Cellphone Users Say They Are Misled on Dangers
by Jack O'Dwyerodwyerpr.com
26 June 2017

Charges are flying in France that government safety tests on cellphone radiation failed to check where phones are mostly carried—in pants and shirt pockets. Nine of ten phones exceed safe levels in those places.

The French National Frequency Agency released the results this month as the result of a court order obtained by health advocates.

Dr. Marc Arazi, a medical doctor and radiation health activist, said “I am deeply concerned about what this means for our health and especially the health of our children. People have a right to know that when cellphones are tested in ways people commonly use them—such as in direct contact with the body—the radiation values exceed regulatory limits. This is a first victory for transparency in this industry scandal.”

Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia were among the brands tested. When held close to the body, some phones emitted radiation three hundred percent as high as the manufacturers’ reported levels.

Arazi, Devra Davis, Ph.D., founder of the Environmental Health Trust, and other health advocates have coined the phrase “PhoneGate” and are comparing it to diesel emission tests that were conducted in laboratories rather than on the road.

28 June 2017

Germany Moves to Crack Down on Vehicle Emissions

File Photo:  A Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly 
opened Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia near Poznan, 
Poland, September 9, 2016.  
Reuters/ Kacper Pempel/ File Photo
Germany moves to crack down on vehicle emissions
by Markus Wacket and Emma Thomasson | BERLIN, Reuters, 27 June 2017

Germany will discuss a national plan to cut pollution from diesel engines and set up a new organization to test vehicles to try to restore consumer confidence after Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) emissions scandal, ministers said on Tuesday.

The moves - almost two years after the Volkswagen scandal broke - come as the German government faces growing pressure ahead of national elections on Sept. 24 to reduce emissions or see some cities ban diesel cars themselves.

On Monday, Reuters reported the transport ministry was pushing carmakers to update engine management software to cut pollution in up to 12 million diesel vehicles in the country, citing people familiar with the talks.

On Tuesday, the transport ministry and the environment ministry announced the creation of a "national diesel forum" to work with the auto industry and regional governments to cut emissions, with the first meeting set for Aug. 2.

"We want emissions to fall across Germany," Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement.

PhoneGate, Explained

Although this site sells products to protect people from exposure to electromagnetic radiation, we are posting it because it is about Phonegate.

PhoneGate, Explained
shieldyourbody.com, 27 June 2017

Between 2012 and 2016, France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) tested 379 different models of cell phones for their radiation emissions. Earlier this month, compelled by a court order, ANFR released the data they had collected. The result is now being called ‘PhoneGate’ and is gaining an increasing amount of attention.


What the Report Found

The French government found that 89% of the tested phones exceeded their reported radiation emission levels— some by up to 300%. That means these phones emitted up to four times the radiation the manufacturers claimed.

The Environmental Health Trust has summarized the data thusly:

French government tests on hundreds of cell phones reveal that in 2015, 9 out of 10 phones exceed the manufacturer’s reported radiation test levels when re-tested in positions where the phone is in contact with the body. The government had refused to disclose these test results until the court order.

27 June 2017

Screentime Colorado: An Expert Forum On Children, Screens, Privacy And Health: Lectures and Videos

Screentime Colorado: An Expert Forum On Children, Screens, Privacy And Health
Environmental Health Trust, June 2017

“Screen Time in Schools: Why Parents Should Care”

“Screen use and the electromagnetic radiation emitted from these devices have been associated with health risks such as myopia, retinal damage, sleeplessness, addiction and behavioral issues. Screen use at school also brings with it information sharing and privacy issues.”

Please go to the Screentime Colorado YouTube link where you can see all the lectures and videos with highlights for each lecture.

The Screen Time Colorado event was created as a platform to inform parents, educators, lawmakers and anyone else concerned with the wellbeing of children, about the need for best practice and safety guidelines for one-to-one devices being used by children in schools. Examples of these devices include Chrome-books, laptops, virtual reality headsets, and iPads. Screen use and the electromagnetic radiation emitted from these devices has been associated with myriad health risks including myopia, retinal damage, sleeplessness, addiction and behavioral issues to name a few. The use of screens in schools also brings with it information sharing and privacy issues associated with online curricula, online assessments, and student data collection. The Screen Time Colorado event showcased five national experts in these new field of public health and information sharing.

25 June 2017

How Mobile Phones (Mis)Use Is Affecting Our Health & Social Fabric

Today, there are more than two billion cell phone users swimming in the pool of electromagnetic radiation.

How Mobile Phones (Mis)Use Is Affecting Our Health & Social Fabric
by Dr. Khursheed Ahmad Wani, kashmirobserver.net, 25 June 2017

People don’t have time to talk with their children and vice versa.

Mobile phones have become part and parcel of life to people of all ages these days. People spend hours on mobile phones to remain in contact with their relatives, colleagues and business partners. Some spend days on social networking sites like whatsapp, facebook, tinder, twitter etc. Children often take over mobile phones of their parents to play games and almost every child has a craze to do so. They have been devoting considerable time with these gadgets than with their parents and family.

People don’t have time to talk with their children and vice versa. People in their old ages have become the worst sufferers of this technology as today there is no body to listen folklores and stories because everyone in the family is busy with mobile phones in one or the other way.

Radiation Exposure Warning for Pregnant Women and Babies

Keep mobile devices away from your baby's body
Radiation exposure warning for pregnant women and babies
familiesonline.co.uk, 4 April 2017

Experts warn of risks in the home from baby monitors and mobile phones

Although you can’t see it, electromagnetic radiation is all around your baby. Not everyone is aware that, for example, a cordless baby monitor emits radiation or that a cordless phone is effectively a mast in your own home acting as a transmitter.

Ever thought about the levels of radiation your baby is exposed to?

23 June 2017

Telecoms Control Media, Block Reports of Wi-Fi Dangers, Says Flynn

Jerry Flynn
Telecoms Control Media, Block Reports of Wi-Fi Dangers, Says Flynn
by Jack O'Dwyerwww.odwyerpr.com, 23 June 2017

AT&T ($3.3B in ads), Comcast ($3B), and Verizon ($2.5B) are blocking press coverage of the dangers of Wi-Fi and other forms of radiation, says Jerry Flynn, retired Canadian Army officer.

The three are among the top five advertisers. The only company with a bigger ad budget is Procter & Gamble at $4.6B. Ford also spends $2.5B in ads.

Flynn, who supervised research on pulsed radiation for the Canadian Army for the purpose of harming enemies, made his charge June 9 in an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“North America’s mainstream news media are controlled by just a handful of multinational corporations who control what we see on TV, what we hear on the radio and what we read in newspapers,” said Flynn.

“Consequently, few people know the corruption that has taken place over the past 50 years – and is ongoing – which now literally threatens life on earth as we know it!” he said.

Wi-Fi Embrace by FCC's O’Rielly Alarms Health Advocates

Wi-Fi Embrace by FCC's O’Rielly Alarms Health Advocates
by Jack O'Dwyerodwyerpr.com, 22 June 2017

Ecstatic remarks by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly on the first “World Wi-Fi Day” June 20 have caused a bout of head shaking and alarm in the Wi-Fi health community.

O’Rielly pulled out all the stops in singing the praises of the observance, saying it “acknowledges the wonderful technology” that has been developed.

He sees a world literally bathed in wireless transmission of information.

“It’s more than likely than not that internet traffic will continue to shift to Wi-Fi for the foreseeable future and security enhancements will reverse threats of exposed consumer experiences,” he said.

“Moreover, ubiquitous Wi-Fi voice calling and a truly mesh network seem not far away. Wi-Fi incorporation into location technologies seems a guarantee especially for hard to reach areas such as building interiors,” he added.

Australian Child Health Poll: One-Third of Preschoolers Own Smartphone or Tablets

The director of the Australian Child Health Poll says the
amount of time very young children are spending on
smartphones and tablets is a "worrying" trend.
Photo:  Alamy
One-third of preschoolers own smartphones or tablets, child health poll finds
Australian Associated Press / The Guardian, 20 June 2017

Half of the children in poll using devices unsupervised and two-thirds of families report conflict related to screen time

A third of preschoolers and two-thirds of primary school-aged children own smartphones or tablets – and 50% of them are using them unsupervised, the latest Australian Child Health Poll shows.

The paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, the director of the national poll, said knowing so many very young children were spending too much time on devices was a “worrying” trend.

Rhodes said there was very little evidence to support the idea a smartphone or tablet boosted a toddler’s development. But there was plenty of evidence linking excessive use to health problems.

22 June 2017

Data Indicates Cell Phones Expose Consumers To Radiation Levels Higher Than Manufacturers Claim, Says The French Government

"Thank you, courageous and committed, Dr. Marc Arazi!  May you always be held safe from microwave and cell phone industry harms. You had the courage of heart and professional commitment to go where no one would go and, thank God, you prevailed in a court of common sense, and not like the courts, FCC and public utility commissions in the USA when it comes to vested-interest microwave technology pseudoscience! Wake up, USA!" 
- Catherine Frompovich, author of this article.

Data Indicates Cell Phones Expose Consumers To Radiation Levels Higher Than Manufacturers Claim, Says The French Government
by Catherine J. Frompovich, Activistpost.com, 20 June 2017

The Environmental Health Trust published “Cell Phone Radiation Scandal: More Exposure Than Manufacturers Claim ‘PhoneGate’ In France, government data release reveals 9 out of 10 phones tested exceed regulatory limits” [1].

The French ANFR published online on June 1, 2017, a listing of cell phone data “details of make, model and test results for each cell phone that was tested, after months of legal action by French physician Dr. Marc Arazi.”

According to Environmental Health Trust,

Popular brands such as Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia were among the cell phone models tested. When tested in contact with the body, some phones have test results as high as triple the manufacturer’s previously reported radiation levels. [1] [CJF emphasis]

How Heart Pacemakers Can Be Affected by Mobiles

How heart pacemakers can be affected by mobiles
by Richard Wilson, electronicsweekly.com/
22 June 2017

Keith Armstrong, worldwide electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards, looks at how electrical interference from mobiles and shop scanners can cause heart-rate pacemaker issues.

Keith Armstrong, worldwide electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) expert at EMC Standards, looks at how electrical interference from mobiles and shop scanners can cause heart-rate pacemaker issues.

Even everyday technology can have a dangerous effect on pacemakers and other implanted medical devices.

Research has indicated that interference may be caused by holding a mobile phone within 150mm of the implanted device, or with direct contact between the phone antenna and the user’s skin.

U.S. Crash Victim Files $95M Lawsuit against Kia Motors

The Hills are suffering from a car crashing accident
accompanying the death of their 7-year-old twin sons
John and James Hill on New Year's Eve in 2015.
(Photo Courtesy:  Herald Chronicle)
[The Hills] "claim that the electronic throttle control system and its components are highly susceptible to malfunction caused by various electronic failures, including faulty circuit boards, short circuits, software glitches and electromagnetic interference from sources outside the vehicle."

Due To Brake Defects?
US Crash Victim Files $95M Lawsuit against Kia Motors
by Jung Min-hee, 
22 June 2017

It has been found that Kia Motors was sued by the parents of twin brothers who died on December 31, 2015 from a collision occurring in Tennessee, USA, claiming for damages amounting to US$95 million.

According to Winchester-based news outlet Herald Chronicle, Aaron Hill and his wife, who reside in Coffee County, have filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee on grounds Kia Motors and its parent company Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group should be responsible for the accident on New Year’s Eve in 2015, which killed their 7-year-old twin sons John and James Hill. Claiming the car maker’s negligence caused directly and proximately their sons to death, the parents are seeking US$35 million in compensatory damages and US$60 million in punitive damages.

Are “Wi-Fi Allergies” an Impairment Covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Are “Wi-Fi Allergies” an Impairment Covered by the ADA?
by Lindsey D'Agnolonatlawreview.com, 21 June 2017

Some individuals believe that electromagnetic hypersensitivity can be caused by electromagnetic fields emitted from computers, mobile phones, cell phone towers, TVs, radios, Wi-Fi connections and other technology. Although several organizations have tested this theory over the years, there is a lack of scientific evidence to correlate electromagnetic fields to the non-specific electromagnetic hypersensitivity symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and rash. In 2004, the World Health Organization noted scientific research has not been able to support a causal relationship between electromagnetic fields and self-reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity. However, as time passes and technology develops, this may not continue to be the case.

Parents Need Information on Cell Phones, Not State Mandates

Heather Lahdenpera
Letter: Parents need information on cell phones, not state mandates
by Heather Lahdenpera, coloradoan.com, 20 June 2017

I am writing in response to the article “Hanging Up on Kids’ Smartphones.” While I understand the concerns that are meant to be addressed with the proposed bill, I do not think this is a matter for the state to decide. Whether or not a child is given a smartphone should ultimately be up to the parents.

However, let me be clear, in order for a parent to make proper and informed decisions for their children about cell phones and other devices, a parent must be aware of the potential risks. Most parents are not aware of the many dangers of cell phone use. There are warnings buried layers deep within our phones and devices. For examples of these warnings you can visit showthefineprint.org.

France : [Press Release] Phonegate* : Appeal to Agnès Buzyn and Nicolas Hulot to Take Action Concerning This Health and Industrial Scandal

[Press release] Phonegate* : Appeal to Agnès Buzyn and Nicolas Hulot to take action concerning this health and industrial scandal
 par Marc Arazi, arazi.fr, 22 juin 2017

Press release, Thursday 22 June 2017

The long electoral sequence ended last Sunday. Both Agnès Buzyn and Nicolas Hulot have been confirmed in their respective ministerial responsibilities. It is therefore time to write to them officially to inform them of the health and industrial scandal concerning all mobile phones sold both in France and Europe since 1999 and ask them to take action.

Read the letter to the Ministers.

21 June 2017

Massachusetts: Ashland Residents Meet to Discuss Potential Health Risks of Wireless Radiation

Ashland residents meet to discuss potential health risks of wireless radiation
fox25boston.com, 20 June 2017

Watch the news video with this article.

ASHLAND, Mass. - They are up against a multi-billion-dollar industry and what many view as an indispensable way of life, but Tuesday night some Ashland residents gathered to hear from a speaker who says wireless devices may be harmful to our health.

Cece Doucette organized the meeting, and said there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support the claim.

“It's not just your cell phone; it's your tablets, it's your laptops, it's your routers, it's your baby monitors,” she said.

Protecting Ourselves from Two-Way Microwave Radiation

Five legislators in the Massachusetts State government have introduced bills to address wireless radiation and public health. 

Doucette: Protecting ourselves from two-way microwave radiation

by Cece Doucette/Guest Columnist, 
metrowestdailynews.com, 20 June 2017

Some may remember back in the 1990s when the first oncologist said his patient died of unusual tumors on the side of her brain that lined up with the antennas in her cell phone. Most folks today don’t realize that all wireless devices, from cell towers to routers, cell phones to tablets, baby monitors to gaming devices and wearables, all operate off of the same two-way microwave radiation.

For years, world scientists have been researching the effects of this low-level, non-ionizing radiation. Thousands of studies have been done, with the vast majority showing biological harm in the form of cancer, infertility, autism, Alzheimer’s, cognitive impairment, behavioral and learning issues, digital addiction, insomnia, headaches, skin rashes, racing heart, ringing ears, nosebleeds and more.

Switzerland: Mobile Phone Ban for Construction Workers

At Buez, apprentices on the construction site
now have a mobile phone ban.
Mobile phone ban for Swiss construction workers
blick.ch, 27 May 2017

No more private phones: On many building sites in the country, new rules will apply this summer. However, only apprentices are affected by this.

A private call here, a whatsapp message there.   At the workplace, mobile phone distraction is omnipresent. On many Swiss construction sites, however, this should be banned.

"Many have decided to collect mobile phones and smartphones at the start of their work and to store the equipment in the building shop," says Matthias Engel, spokesperson for the Swiss Association of Architects, via "Schweiz am Wochenende". Only apprentices on the construction site are affected by the measure. The temptation to respond to SMS and Whatsapp messages during working hours is greatest among young people, "Engel explains.

Construction giant Implenia enforces ban

Smartphones Made His Kids 'Moody' and 'Withdrawn'. Now He Wants to Ban Them for Preteens

(iStock photo)
Smartphones made his kids ‘moody’ and ‘withdrawn.’ Now he wants to ban them for preteens.
by Katie Mettler, The Washington Post, 
19 June 2017

Colorado dad and Denver-area anesthesiologist Tim Farnum has always understood the intrigue of modern technology. Smartphones, tablets and unfettered Internet access connect us to faraway corners of the world and make life — and movie watching — all the more convenient.

But the father of five is not convinced these devices are beneficial for children, a conclusion he came to after his two youngest sons, ages 11 and 13, got smartphones last year.

“There were some real problems,” Farnum, 49, told The Washington Post. “If you tell them to watch the screen time, all of a sudden the fangs come out.”

New Health Concerns - and Cancer Link - Over Toxic Cabin Air Breathed by 3.5 Billion Passengers Each Year

Air on almost all commercial passenger planes is bled
through the engines to the cabin. 
Credit:  Freebird7977 - Fotolia
New health concerns - and cancer link - over toxic cabin air breathed by 3.5 billion passengers each year
by Hugh Morris, The Telegraph, 20 June 2017

Toxic cabin air breathed by passengers, pilots and cabin crew is linked to cancer, chronic fatigue and neurological problems, according to new research in a World Health Organisation (WHO) journal.

The Public Health Panorama report into so-called aerotoxic syndrome - the name given to the health effects of exposure to bleed air, used to pressurise aircraft cabins, that has been contaminated with chemicals such as engine oil - found a clear link between both short- and long-term symptoms and illnesses and toxic fume events.

It said that in 2015 more than 3.5 billion passengers and 500,000 pilots and cabin crew were exposed to low levels of engine oils in the air.

20 June 2017

Phone Batteries a Fire Hazard on Flights

Phone batteries a fire hazard on flights
by Tony Ibrahimchoice.com.au, 20 June 2017

Fires caused by smartphones have led to plane seats being redesigned.

Batteries powering everyday electronics overheated, caused smoke or caught fire on Australian aeroplanes in more than 100 instances in recent years.

Data obtained by CHOICE from the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) reveals lithium-ion batteries posed potential fire hazards on aeroplanes in 118 instances within the last five years.

Remarkably, the number of occurrences sparked by lithium-ion batteries – the kind powering smartphones, tablets, laptops and more – does not appear to be increasing. At least 17 incidents were recorded in 2016, a noteworthy drop compared to the 37 recorded in 2014; perhaps owed to the redesign of components in aeroplane cabins (see below).

California: Two Students Get Cancer; Ripon Parents Want Cell Towers Removed from Schools

2 students get cancer; Ripon parents want cell towers removed from schools
by Natalie Brunell, kcra.com, 20 June 2017

Group demands Ripon Unified School District take down cell phone towers on campuses

Emotions ran high at Ripon Unified School District board meeting Monday night.

Some families are worried about a cell phone tower at Weston Elementary School, where two students were diagnosed with cancer in the last year.

"I want them to convince the district to take it down," said Mason Ferrulli, a 6th grader who has attended Weston Elementary since kindergarten.

In January, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mason underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove the tumor and has undergone six weeks of therapy to re-learn how to eat and walk. |

Mobile Waves Thicken Blood: Study

Representational image
Mobile waves thicken blood: Study
Deccan Chronicle, 20 June 2017

Overuse of electronic gadgets decreases volume flow of blood: Study

Hyderabad: The surface tension of human blood is found to increase due to the use of mobile phones for a long period of time, according to a study carried out by Nizam’s College in Hyderabad where it was found that the volume flow rate of blood decreased when exposed to mobile phone radiation.

Healthy adults have a surface blood parameter varying from 20 to 40 degrees C. With large-scale use of electrical appliances in different life applications, there are health drawbacks which are becoming a cause of concern. The study looked into the results of electromagnetic field effects emitted from mobile phones and their biophysical parameters on human blood.

New Jersey: Officials Try to Clear the Air on Cell Tower in Little Silver

by Jenna O’Donnell, tworivertimes.com
20 June 2017

LITTLE SILVER – It was standing room only on Monday night when several hundred Little Silver residents filled a school auditorium to ask their mayor and council why they had allowed Verizon to build a cell tower right in the center of town – less than 500 feet away from Markham Place School.

As part of an agreement made with residents at last month’s borough council meeting, Mayor Robert Neff Jr. and members of the council shared an account of how and why they had agreed to build the tower with Verizon and brought in a telecommunications engineer, who showed measurements of radiofrequency waves emitted by the tower to be well within range limits. Still, most residents remained skeptical of the tower’s safety and questioned the potential impacts on health, property value and the limits established by the FCC, which is not a health organization.

One resident, Michael Goldfarb, M.D., pointed out that other things like lead, asbestos and cigarettes were once deemed safe before, only to later be proven otherwise.
“I lived in an era where smoking was good for your throat,” Goldfarb said. “I’ve lived through these other things that were supposed to be no problem. Well, they are problems.”

Massachusetts: Worcester Public Schools Votes To Post Precautionary Guidelines On Wi-Fi Radiation On Website

Worcester Massachusetts Public Schools Votes To Post Precautionary Guidelines On Wi-Fi Radiation On Website
Environmental Health Trust, ehtrust.org
May 2017

(Worcester Massachusetts) The Worcester School Committee (WSC) on May 4, 2017 voted to authorize a “Precautionary Options on Radiofrequency Exposure” document regarding reducing exposure to radiation from wireless device use to be posted on the School System’s website and to be prominently posted in all public schools within the Worcester Massachusetts school system.

The “Precauionary Options” document was developed by the Worcester School administration in response to a request from the WSC Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Teaching Supports (TLSS) to address the possible health risks of radiofrequency radiation exposure from wireless devices in the classroom. The document states, that although regulating agencies such as the EPA and the FCC have not established a link between mobile devices and cancer, “…they do offer some suggestions for those that are concerned about Radio Frequency (RF) exposure.”

Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department

Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 19 June 2017

CDPH fact sheet with draft watermark

This page will be updated periodically with further developments.
See links at the bottom of this page for media coverage.

What prevents CDPH from adopting the cell phone guidance document?

Following my successful public records lawsuit against the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), reporters have posed two key questions:

(1) “Why did the State of California suppress the CDPH cell phone radiation safety guidance document (aka "fact sheet") from 2009 to 2015?”

(2) “Why won’t the State adopt the fact sheet now since the evidence is much stronger for cell phone radiation health risks?”

United States: Colorado Ballot Initiative Would Ban Smartphone Sales To Kids

Mention of smartphones emitting electromagnetic radiation, especially harmful to children, is missing from this Forbes article. A distinction is being made between smartphones and basic cellular phones.

Colorado Ballot Initiative Would Ban Smartphone Sales To Kids
by Janet Burns, Contributor, forbes.com,
19 June 2017

See also this interview with Dr. Tim Farnum who has launched this initiative.

An Oregon dad wants to ensure that the developmental dangers of smartphones won't be so easy for children to access in future.

After witnessing tech-based reclusiveness among his own kids, Denver-based anesthesiologist Tim Farnum is taking a stand against underage cellphone acquisition in his home state. As Business Insider reported today, Farnum is on a mission to help parents help their kids avoid the antisocial, potentially mood-lowering effects of too much screen time, and has translated that mission into proposed law.

Developed by the non-profit Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS), which Farnum founded in February, Colorado ballot initiative 29 seeks to prohibit retailers in Colorado "from selling or permitting the sale of a smartphone to a person under the age of 13, or to any person who indicates that the smartphone will be wholly or partially owned by a person under the age of 13." If passed, the measure would make Colorado the first state in the nation to regulate smartphone sales based on age, or for any reason, really.

Fifteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (15 June 2017)

Fifteen 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, 15 June 2017

Thermal Modeling for the Next Generation of Radiofrequency Exposure Limits: Commentary
Foster KR, Ziskin MC, Balzano Q. Thermal Modeling for the Next Generation of Radiofrequency Exposure Limits: Commentary. Health Phys. 2017 Jul;113(1):41-53. doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000671.


This commentary evaluates two sets of guidelines for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy, focusing on the frequency range above the "transition" frequency at 3-10 GHz where the guidelines change their basic restrictions from specific absorption rate to incident power density, through the end of the RF band at 300 GHz. The analysis is based on a simple thermal model based on Pennes' bioheat equation (BHTE) (Pennes 1948) assuming purely surface heating; an Appendix provides more details about the model and its range of applicability. This analysis suggests that present limits are highly conservative relative to their stated goals of limiting temperature increase in tissue. As applied to transmitting devices used against the body, they are much more conservative than product safety standards for touch temperature for personal electronics equipment that are used in contact with the body. Provisions in the current guidelines for "averaging time" and "averaging area" are not consistent with scaling characteristics of the bioheat equation and should be refined. The authors suggest the need for additional limits on fluence for protection against brief, high intensity pulses at millimeter wave frequencies. This commentary considers only thermal hazards, which form the basis of the current guidelines, and excludes considerations of reported "non-thermal" effects of exposure that would have to be evaluated in the process of updating the guidelines.

19 June 2017

Wireless Technologies Have An Epigenetic Effect On Children

Wireless Technologies Have An Epigenetic Effect On Children
by Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com
17 May 2017

Cindy Sage and Ernesto Burgio published a new paper “Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development” on the Bioinitiative 2012 website, which ought to dispel much of the disparity about EMFs not being harmful, especially to children, and fetuses in particular, I’d like to add.

The authors talk about epigenetics affecting childhood development, something to listen up about very carefully in this day and age of neuro-developmentally-challenged children, something not widespread in former generations. According to the 2015 “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition” [1]:

[A]pproximately 15% of children in the United States ages 3 to 17 years were affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, stuttering or stammering, moderate to profound hearing loss, blindness, and other developmental delays, in 2006–2008.

Chicago Area: Allergic to Wi-Fi: Woman Helps Locals Suffering from Electromagnetic Radiation Sensitivity

Building biologist Barbara Bobbitt says her greatest worry is kids today. 

Allergic to Wi-Fi: Woman helps locals suffering from electromagnetic radiation sensitivity

by WGN WEB DESK, 5 June 2017

WGN News recently reported on a group of people who say they are allergic to Wi-Fi. Their symptoms were so bad, they upped and moved from all over the country to a small town in West Virginia.

But here in the Chicago area, some people who claim they too are allergic to Wi-Fi are determined to stay put.

One woman is helping find ways for them to live in their homes rather than leave them.

Barbara Bobbitt has made a business out of helping a group of "sensitives.” But she makes it clear: She is not a psychologist nor is she is an MD. She calls herself a "building biologist" who evaluates people's homes to see if anything inside could be making them sick.

“When I started this business 10 years ago, I would say 95% of my business was for indoor air quality,” she says. “Now I would say 98% of my calls are for electromagnetic radiation.”

The Pollution We Ignore

Paris Accord? Meh.  We ignore pollution that presents danger far beyond carbon emissions covered in that symbolic international agreement:  diesel exhaust, electromagnetic pollution, noise pollution.

The Pollution We Ignore
by Michael Braunsteinthereader.com, 5 June 2017

While the media world has its panties in a bunch over Trump deciding to ignore the Paris Climate Accord, we ignore pollution that presents danger far beyond carbon emissions covered in that symbolic international agreement. And something’s fishy when multinational corporations like Monsanto, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Intel, Microsoft, Pacific Gas & Electric, Exxon, Shell and BP offer unfettered support for the accord. That list of environmental rogues isn’t on my besties list. Even Elon Musk has lots to gain economically from the Paris Accord provisions. I’ll always be skeptical when politicians step in to “help” with anything.

So while teeth are gnashing and snowflakes are bashing, there are greater concerns being ignored. Because the media doesn’t dwell on them, these pollutants are on the short list of what I’d change right away.

Comments Submitted by EMF Scientist Appeal to the FCC Regarding 5G Deployment

This is an extremely important document. Please share widely and use in communications and efforts to oppose “small cells”.

9 June 2017

To: Federal Communications Commission
Re: Comments in opposition to FCC Docket Numbers 17-79 and 15-180

Proposed FCC rulemakings, Docket #17-79, that would accelerate wireless broadband deployment by removing barriers to infrastructure investment; and, Docket #15-180 that would revise the historic preservation review process for wireless facility deployment, will result in an increase in chronic exposure conditions from nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by wireless sources, classified by the World Health Organization as a Class 2B human carcinogen.

FCC is urging an accelerated deployment schedule for the 5th generation wireless infrastructure, to be installed pervasively throughout the United States. This is being done without public health review of the growing body of scientific evidence that includes reports of increasing rates of cancer and neurological diseases that may be caused by exposure to EMF from wireless sources.

15 June 2017

Alzheimer’s Deaths Exceed Half a Million a Year in the US

According to the article, several of the most prominent or likely culprits that can raise risk of Alzheimer’s disease are insulin resistance, vitamin D deficiency, lack of sun exposure, prion infection, environmental toxins, non-native or artificial electromagnetic fields (EMF), inactivity/lack of exercise, hypertension and heart disease, and genetic predisposition.

Alzheimer’s Deaths Exceed Half a Million a Year in the US
by Dr. Mercola, 15 June 2017

This article is accompanied by two videos about young
persons with Alzheimer's.  At age 31, Rebecca is one of he
youngest person ever to have a genetic form of Alzheimer's.
Story at-a-glance
  • Between 1999 and 2014, the death rate from Alzheimer’s increased by 55 percent, killing more than 93,500 Americans in 2014, according to a review of death certificates
  • Research published in 2014 found Alzheimer’s deaths were severely underreported on death certificates. Researchers estimate the annual death toll from Alzheimer’s actually exceeds half a million
  • Many lifestyle and environmental factors contribute to the rise in Alzheimer’s, including inappropriate diet, inactivity, insulin resistance, prion infection, lack of sun exposure and overexposure to toxic chemicals and non-native electromagnetic fields

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most serious form of dementia, eventually leads to the inability to carry out even the most basic of bodily functions, such as swallowing or walking. It is ultimately fatal, as conventional treatment options are few and universally ineffective.

14 June 2017

Giving Your Child a Smartphone is Like Giving Them a Gram of Cocaine, Says Top Addiction Expert

Ofcom figures suggest more than four in ten parents of
12-15 year-olds find it hard to control their children's
screen time.  Getty Images
Giving your child a smartphone is like giving them a gram of cocaine, says top addiction expert
by Rachael Pells Education Correspondent,
independent.co.uk, 7 June 2017

Harley Street clinic director Mandy Saligari says many of her patients are 13-year-old girls who see sexting as 'normal'

Giving your child a smartphone is like “giving them a gram of cocaine”, a top addiction therapist has warned.

Time spent messaging friends on Snapchat and Instagram can be just as dangerously addictive for teenagers as drugs and alcohol, and should be treated as such, school leaders and teachers were told at an education conference in London.

Put Down the Phone! Camera Flashes on Selfies May Cause Epileptic Seizures

Put down the phone! Camera flashes on selfies may cause epileptic seizures, study claims
A teenage girl had seizure-like spikes in her brain activity after taking a selfie
14 June 2017

(Photo):  A Canadian teenage girl (file photo) had seizure-like spikes in her brain activity after taking a selfie. Doctors called the phenomenon 'selfie-epilepsy' and said it may cause seizures for people who have photosensitivity epilepsy

  • A teenage girl had seizure-like spikes in her brain activity after taking a selfie
  • Doctors determined she had a photosensitivity response to these photos
  • They called the phenomenon 'selfie-epilepsy' and said it may cause seizures
  • In the past, experts claimed selfies can cause wrinkles and self-image issues

13 June 2017

34 Years Later, Monsanto's Mysterious Mouse Tumor Study Resurfaces

Tissue slides from long-dead lab mice could play a pivotal
role in hearings against Monsanto.  
Jan Philip Oeven / Flickr
34 Years Later, Monsanto's Mysterious Mouse Tumor Study Resurfaces
by Carey Gillam, Environmental Health News, 9 June 2017

Call it the case of the mysterious mouse tumor.

It's been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company's best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. Now, that study is once again under the microscope, emerging as a potentially pivotal piece of evidence in litigation brought by hundreds of people who claim Monsanto's weed killer gave them cancer.

This week, tissue slides from long-dead mice in that long-ago research study are being scrutinized by fresh eyes as an expert pathologist employed by lawyers for cancer victims looks for evidence the lawyers hope will help prove a cover-up of the dangers of the weed killer called glyphosate.

12 June 2017

Cell Phone Safety: What the FCC Didn't Test

Eric Van Den Brulle / Getty Images
Cell Phone Safety: What the FCC Didn't Test
by Michael Scherer, Time, 26 October 2010 

FCC guidelines on the safety of cell phones assumed that there would be a buffer between the device and your body. Gulp

We are a nation grown numb to the seemingly endless fine print that accompanies our purchases. But every now and then a product is sold with a warning that should command attention. Consider the little-noticed bit of legalese that comes in the safety manual for Apple's iPhone 4: "When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body," the warning reads.

WHO/IARC Position On Wireless And Health

WHO/IARC Position On Wireless And Health
Environmental Health Trust, ehtrust.org

World Health Organization International Agency For The Research On Cancer’s Position On Wireless And Health

Please watch these videos of World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on Cancer’s Position on Wireless and Health. 
[See original article.]

What Is The World Health Organization (WHO) Position on Wireless and Health?
1. Wireless radiation is classified as a “Possible Human Carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization(WHO).

2. The Class 2B classification includes wireless radiation from any transmitting source such as cellphones, baby monitors, tablets, cell towers, radar, other wifi, etc. 

It applies to RF-EMF in the range of 30 KHz to 300 GHz emitted from any device. This fact is detailed in The Lancet article and in the related press release in 2011. All wireless electronic devices emit RF-EMF (wireless radiation). It does not matter what type of device is the source. While cell phone use at the head results in highest exposures to the brain, many other devices emit lower levels of exposures that can have a cumulative effect on the whole body.

Study Shows Physical Proof of Internet Addiction

Study Shows Physical Proof of Internet Addiction
by Rick Nauert PhD, psychcentral.com, 2 June 2017

European researchers have discovered that among some people, high use of the internet is associated with elevated heart rate and increased blood pressure.

In the study, scientists and clinicians from Swansea and Milan Universities followed 144 participants, aged 18 to 33 years, monitoring heart rate and blood pressure levels before and after a brief internet session. Additionally, participant’s anxiety and self-reported internet-addiction were assessed.

Investigators discovered increases in physiological arousal on terminating the internet session for those who self-reported internet-addiction (problematically-high internet usage). These increases in heart rate and blood pressure were mirrored by increased feelings of anxiety. However, there were no such changes for participants who reported no internet-usage problems.

The study, which researchers say is the first controlled-experimental demonstration of physiological changes as a result of internet exposure, appears in the international peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE.

State of California Investigation Links Cell Phone Use to Cancer

State of California Investigation Links Cell Phone Use to Cancer
by Jackie Jalley, Associate, Wexler Wallace LLP, wexlerwallace.com, 6 June 2017

n 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) prepared a public guidance document warning exposure to EMFs (a type of radiation) emitted by cell phones could lead to brain cancer and other health problems. It was never publicly released. When Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, learned of the document’s existence, he took action. He asked the CDPH three times between January 2014 and January 2015 for a copy under the California Public Records Act. Each time the CDPH replied the guidance document was waiting to be “finalized” but then Moskowitz’s request was ultimately denied. After learning of Dr. Moskowitz’s failed attempts, a New York Times reporter also requested a copy. That too was denied.

The Looming Health Risks of 5G Technology

The Looming Health Risks of 5G Technology
cellphonecancer.com, Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP

In early March, the passage of the Mobile Now Act suggests that the United States government, including both the Senate and Federal Communications Commission, plans to expand 5G mobile broadband throughout the country. While many parties are focused on the potential advantages that 5G speed will provide for technology and communications, there are many experts who already beginning to predict that the implementation of 5G technology throughout the country will pose greater health risks than wireless technology already does.

New York University Study

In 2015, analysts at New York University argued in a report for revised safety metrics based on body temperature opposed to standard power density. 5G networks, however, will be built around standard power density, which threatens both individual health and the environment. Because future devices using 5G will operate on a spectrum with different qualities than today’s wireless broadband, researchers behind the study also express the dire need for the Federal Communications Commission to review and adjust its policies accordingly. One of the rules that researchers articulated must be updated is that the current Federal Communications Commission standards do not specify limits above 100 GHz, which wireless networks will inevitably use as technology continues to improve.

Massey University Study

10 June 2017

International EMF Expert Group to Counter ICNIRP

International EMF Expert Group to Counter ICNIRP
ECERI Newsletter. No. 6, June 2017

"Following a recent meeting with WHO representatives in Geneva, members of this ECERI group have decided to publish their own data in the form of a scientific consensus paper on the effects of non-thermal EMFs on behalf of the ECERI. Finally, since several ECERI scientists believe that environmental pollution may in fact be a cause of cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer disease and autism, ECERI has proposed to create another international group comprising scientists and jurists to discuss the possibility that intentional massive pollution could be recognized by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a true crime against health. This proposal will be discussed at the next ECERI Executive Committee and General Assembly in Brussels.

Following the meeting with WHO in Geneva on March, the 3rd, it was proposed to create an ECERI-related working group to oppose ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection), that might be termed “International commission of scientific expertise on non-thermal radiation effects (ICSENTRE). The members of this group so far are: Dominique Belpomme (France), Igor Belyaev (Slovakia), Ernesto Burgio (Italy), David Carpenter (USA), Lennart Hardell (Sweden), Magda Havas (Canada), SMJ Mortazavi (Iran), André Vander Vorst (Belgium) and Gérard Ledoigt (France). If you wish to join this group, please contact Christine Campagnac (sg.eceri@gmail.com)."

ECERI – European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Square de Meeus 38-40, 1000 Brussels; Tél :0032 24 01 87 75 or 0033 sg.eceri@gmail.com

(shared from Electromagnetic Radiation Safety):

Wearables Reveal the Secret Lives of Farm Animals

    [Our comment: Looking at how IoT will damage the health of humans, this seems like cruelty to animals!]
      Tracking devices, worn around this chicken's ankles,
      track its movement through a cage-free aviary, where
      food, nesting, and perching sites are located on
      different levels.  
      Christina Rufener

    Wearables Reveal the Secret Lives of Farm Animals
by Megan Molteni, wired.com, 1st June 2017

THE INTERNET OF Animals has arrived. No, not like cat-stalking zucchini gifs and skateboarding bulldog snaps (those are so 2015). Across the country, farmers are building actual connected networks of cows, pigs, and chickens. Using everything from microphones, accelerometers, and GPS trackers to temperature, glucose, and skin conductivity sensors, farmers can now track and monitor their flocks and herds with the flick of a finger.

Over decades of agricultural industrialization, technology has enabled farmers to raise thousands of animals together, increasing scale and profitability. Even as global demand for animal products increases (by as much as 40 percent in the next 15 years!) the number of farmers raising animals continues to fall. And with 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050, industrial ag is here to stay—along with the cameras, microphones, and body sensors that will serve as a farmer’s eyes and ears.

09 June 2017

Smart Meter Radiation and Health - Why Are We Neglecting Non-Toxic Alternatives?

Display from a BG smart meter.  Just too bad about all
the electromagnetic smog it generates.  Photo:
athriftmrs.com via Flickr (CC BY-SA).
Smart meter radiation and health - why are we neglecting non-toxic alternatives?
by Lynne Wycherley, theecologist.org
6 June 2017

With growing evidence of harm to physical and mental health caused by continuous pulsed em radiation from 'smart' electricity meters, Lynne Wycherley asks: have we underestimated risks to heart function and the nervous system? And of interference with embedded medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers? It's time to switch to over-wire or fibre communications to bring the 'smart green grid' of the future to electrosmog-free reality.

It is striking that the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called for a moratorium on smart meters (2012) and continues to veto them today.

Based on their literature reviews and clinical experience, they advised no smart meters should be located in or next to the homes of those with cardiac or neurological conditions, including Parkinson's or dementia; or electrosensitivity; or cancer.

U.S. Court Ruling Supports Public Right to Know about Cell Phone Risks

U.S. Court ruling supports public right to know about cell phone risks
WHSC (Workers Health and Safety Centre, Ontario, Canada), 8 June 2017

A recent U.S. Court of Appeal ruling upheld a Berkeley, California Ordinance calling on cell phone retailers to clearly display safety information relating to radiation exposure.

“The City of Berkeley simply required that hidden information about tested distances be made publicly accessible,” commented Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Lawrence Lessig who defended the Ordinance on behalf of the city as the cell phone industry trade group attempted to block it in court. “The manufacturers themselves advise consumers to not keep phones next to their skin. Most people are not aware of that, and we were just arguing that the public has a right to know this when they purchase the cell phone.”

06 June 2017

A Public Health Revolution Can Reduce the Growing Cancer Burden or the Young

© Getty
A public health revolution can reduce the growing cancer burden for the young
by Devra Davis, Opinion Contributor, The Hill, 6 June 2017

As national debate swirls about whether health plans should cover pre-existing conditions, we need to ask how we can reduce the demand for health care in the first place. Every administration since President Carter has recognized the undeniably high and continuing costs of dealing with lead in drinking water and the residues of the tobacco epidemic make clear the value of preventing or curbing toxic exposures.

For those dangers, only after irrefutable evidence that people had become sick and died were steps taken to reduce dangerous conditions. But when it comes to curtailing other avoidable environmental health threats, U.S. authorities seem to be taking a show me the bodies approach.

No where is that more evident than when it comes to how we are treating cellphones and wireless radiation and our children today. Spurred by growing independent scientific reports linking wireless microwave radiation to a range of health problems, policies to reduce exposures especially for children are moving forward in France, Israel, Argentina, India and Taiwan. In contrast in the U.S. we are caught up in a well-financed national push for more and more wireless in more and more places, making it faster and easier to download virtual reality porn, videos, and apps for infants, toddlers, and elementary school children.

Without EU Regulations on Chemicals, the United Kingdom Will Be a Toxic Dumping Ground

'The direct impact will be to place UK residents and 
ecosystems at greater risk of the environmental and 
health effects of toxic chemicals."  
Illustration:  Jasper Rietman
Without EU regulations on chemicals, the UK will be a toxic dumping ground
by Bruce Lourie, Opinion, The Guardian, 
1st June 2017

Companies looking to flog products containing disease-causing substances will face few obstacles in Brexit Britain

How safe will it be to bring up your kids in Britain after Brexit? I’m not talking about crime, or abuse, or drugs, but something less visible. EU citizens are arguably the safest people on the planet when it comes to exposure to suspected cancer-causing or otherwise harmful toxins. This is because of Reach – the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals scheme.

After Brexit, will we see an increased use of the chemicals used to make non-stick frying pans that end up in drinking water – chemicals that contribute to childhood obesity, testicular cancer and thyroid disease? These are the same chemicals that make clothes breathable and waterproof. They are called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, and the EU is set to restrict the use of the most harmful among them.