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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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Risks to Babies Exposed to Radiofrequency Radiation from Wireless Technologies

Do not use a cell phone near a baby's head!
Risks to babies exposed to radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies

On 28 June 2017, we sent this message to the person responsible for the mid-wife team at Geneva’s University Hospital (HUG) and to the Swiss Federation of Mid-Wives. The information comes from articles published recently on the subject in French (media, health sites, consumer associations). For the English translation, we have added recommendations and resources.

Risks to babies exposed to radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies

Dear Madam,

We have read with interest the article « Quand le smartphone fait de l’ombre au bébé » [“When the smartphone overshadows the baby” – about the use of smartphones in delivery rooms], published by the Tribune de Genève on 15 June 2017.

We encourage mid-wives to raise awareness of young parents of the risks of exposure of their babies to electromagnetic (EM) radiation emitted by wireless technologies (cell phones, tablets, baby monitors, Wi-Fi, connected toys, smart meters…) not only during the mother and newborn’s stay at the hospital but also afterwards at home. This radiation was classified in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. The awareness-raising could take place at the maternity hospital during the stay of the mother and newborn and in the form of a brochure including risks during pregnancy and after the birth of the child. It could recommend precautionary measures to reduce exposure of babies and young children to EM radiation.

Information and recommendations :

Monsanto’s Foes Are Branching Out

Monsanto’s Foes Are Branching Out
by Tiffany Steckerbna.com, 29 June 2017

From Daily Environment Report™

Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...

Call it the anti-Roundup dream team.

A coalition of attorneys, invigorated by their lawsuit representing cancer victims against Monsanto Co., is tackling the world’s most popular weedkiller on multiple fronts.

They are veteran environmental attorney and political scion Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Aimee Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff LP in Lakewood, Colo.; Michael Miller of the Miller Firm LLC in Orange, Va.; Michael Baum and Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman PC in Los Angeles; and Robin Greenwald of Weitz & Luxenberg PC in New York.

Their weapon? A glimpse at decades of Monsanto’s internal deliberations on glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide. The attorneys have spent the last several months poring over hundreds of confidential documents they say show that the company actively worked to downplay the cancer risk for glyphosate. The plaintiffs in the high profile multi-district litigation (MDL), being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, allege that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a relatively common cancer of the blood.

California to List Herbicide as Cancer-Causing; Monsanto Vows Fight

Monsanto Co's Roundup is shown for sale in Encinitas,
Californis, U.S., June 26, 2017.  
Reuters/Mike Blake
California to list herbicide as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight
by Karl Plume, Reuters, 27 June 2017

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's (MON.N) popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.

Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision "unwarranted on the basis of science and the law."

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.

Health Exemption for Firefighters sends a Message to the World

UPDATE (6 July 2017): View this ABC News clip "LA Firefighters Halt Cell Towers on Fire Stations Due to Radiation Concerns"

Guest Blog: ‘Health Exemption for Firefighters sends a Message to the World’ by Susan Foster
posted on Between a Rock and a Hard Place,
26 June 2017

Below is the next in a series of Guest Blogs on BRHP. The opinions expressed in this Guest Blog are of Susan Foster herself. Publication of these opinions in BRHP does not imply that BRHP automatically agrees with or endorses these opinions. Publication of this, and other guest blogs, facilitates an open debate and free exchange of opinions on wireless technology and health.

Susan Foster is a medical writer who has worked with firefighters on health, safety and policy with respect to cell towers on their stations since 2000. She organized a brain study of California firefighters in 2004 and was the original author of Resolution 15 passed by the IAFF in 2004. She is an Honorary Firefighters with the San Diego Fire Department.

This Guest Blog is longer than usual blogs on BRHP. Comments box and social media buttons are at the end of the post


by Susan Foster

Trends often start in California, spread across the U.S. and frequently around the world. And so it is with wireless technology and the policy advancing the now unchecked expansion of wireless infrastructure throughout our communities. The next few days may signal a policy shift tipping point from which there is no return, and firefighters – forever on the front lines when it comes to health and safety – have a message for all of us through their proactive stance.

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.

1 in 2 Canadians Will Get Cancer, 1 in 4 Will Die of Disease

A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms
for breast cancer.  
The Canadian Press/AP/
Damian Dovarganes
Do not believe the hype that the increase in cancer cases is due to a growing and aging population.  Too many cancers are caused by exposure to our polluted environment.

1 in 2 Canadians will get cancer, 1 in 4 will die of disease: Cancer Society
by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press, 
20 June 2017

Almost one in every two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four Canadians will die from the disease, a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society predicts.

In 2017, an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with some form of cancer and an estimated 80,800 will succumb to their malignancy – making cancer the leading cause of death in Canada, the charitable organization said Tuesday in its annual cancer statistics report.

Latest Diesel Car Models Remain Highly Polluting, Tests Show

The Land Rover Discovery was one of the most polluting
of the new 2017 models when tested in real-world driving.
Photo:  Gisela Schober/Getty Images
Latest diesel car models remain highly polluting, tests show
by Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor, The Guardian, 23 June 2017

Six new vehicles including Land Rover and Suzuki are adding to air pollution crisis, despite stricter rules coming in months

The latest diesel car models are failing to meet pollution limits when on the road, just three months ahead of stricter new tests, independent tests have found. Results show that none of six new 2017 diesel cars met the EU standard for toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution in real-world driving.

The updated Equa Index, produced by the testing firm Emissions Analytics, shows that 86% of all diesel models put on to the British market since the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal failed to meet the official limit on the road, with 15% producing at least eight times more NOx emissions.

Air Pollution More Harmful to Children in Cars than Outside, Warns Top Scientist

Mention should also be made of children's exposure to electromagnetic radiation when cell phones are used in cars.  The waves are reflected by the metallic structure and concentrated in a small space, increasing their strength.  The phone emits more powerfully, searching for the nearest antenna.

Children are at risk due to fans sucking fresh exhaust fumes
into the back of the car, says asthma expert Stephen Holgate.
Photo: Mecky/Getty Images
Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist
by Damian Carrington, Environment editor, The Guardian, 12 June 2017

Exclusive: Walking or cycling to school is better for children’s health as cars are ‘boxes collecting toxic gases’ says David King

Opinion: Smoking in cars is banned. But children still inhale toxic fumes in backseats

Children are at risk of dangerous levels of air pollution in cars because exposure to toxic air is often far higher inside than outside vehicles, a former government chief scientific adviser has warned.

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?

The New Furby Review: Absolute Horror

Small LCD screens are giving toys like Teddy Ruxpin,
Furby and Ultimate Lightning McQueen a highly
expressive makeover.  
Photo/video:  Drew Evans/
The Wall Street Journal
Two articles on Furby-type toys, one from 2012 and one from June 2017 where Furby now has digital eyes.  Our poor children!

Toys Now Have Digital Eyes—Some Cool, Some Creepy
by Michael Hsu, WSJ, 22 June 2017

[Don't bother watching the accompanying video which makes a sales-pitch for these toys.  The full WSJ article is only available to subscribers.]

With the help of small LCD screens, digitally animated eyes are giving once-stoic toys—from race cars to Cabbage Patch Kids—a highly expressive makeover

IN HUMANKIND’S seemingly never-ending quest to give life to toys, we’ve reached a major milestone: digitally animated eyes, rendered with small LCD screens. With these enhancements, no longer do dolls need to stare blankly into the distance. Now playthings can appear to glance around the room or scrutinize you directly. Some can even alter their expression.


[Read this article instead.]

The New Furby Review: Absolute Horror
by Sam Biddlegizmodo.com, 24 August 2012

The Furby materialized on American shelves in 1998, after a brief warp-trip from some ethereal hell-domain. It drove parents insane. Their children wanted one, insanely badly. They sold out, insanely quickly. Now, the Furby is back, and it is insanity incarnate.

Snapchat's New Map Feature Raises Fears of Stalking and Bullying

With Snap Maps, users plot their snaps onto a map others
can see where they are and what they are doing.
Photo: imageBroker/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo
Snapchat's new map feature raises fears of stalking and bullying
by Olivia Solon in San Francisco, 
The Guardian, 23 June 2017

Snap Maps lets users track each other’s movements in real time, but child safety groups are cautioning young people against sharing their location

Snapchat has introduced a map feature that lets users track other people’s location in real time, raising concerns among safety and privacy advocates.

Snap Maps, launched this week, plots users and their snaps onto a map so friends and other Snapchatters can see where they are and what they are doing.

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.

Massachusetts: Update on Hearings on Two Bills on Electromagnetic Radiation in the State Legislature

Update from Cece Doucette on two bills on electromagnetic radiation being considered by Massachusetts legislators:  no-fee smart meter choice and safe use of handheld devices by children.  See also the MA EMF Bills page of Cece's research repository.

The Massachusetts legislators heard two EMF bills yesterday
[20 June 2017]. The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy was assigned to S. 1864 for no-fee smart meter choice. The committee was also hearing testimony on climate change/carbon pricing so the largest auditorium in our State House was full. With gratitude to Patricia Burke and Helen Walker, we had a dozen folks prepared to testify. Since there were more people who wanted to testify than there were hours in the day, we were asked to limit the number of speakers for each bill. Dr. Martin Pall was coincidentally in Boston this week so he testified on the science and local residents spoke to the flaws in the utility smart grid program being piloted by National Grid in Worcester, electrical sensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity and building biology.

Members of the audience, and the legislators, were hearing many of these perspectives for the first time and there was genuine interest.

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

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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.

Cell Tower Activist's Home Raided by South African Police

Cell Tower Activist's Home Raided by South African Police
Press statement from Andre van Rooyen
emfsa.co.za, 19 June 2017

My name is Andre van Rooyen, I am a resident of Durban and have recently been an extremely active opponent to the plan by cellphone company MTN with regard to their massive and illegal rollout of cell towers in Durban. I have five cell towers within a 500 metre radius of my house – none of which have planning permission.

On the night of Wednesday 14th June my house was raided by the South African police. The complainant was an anonymous person from MTN. The allegation was that I was a suspect in the vandalising of MTN cell masts, and they were looking for evidence. They removed my cellphone, computers, clothing, and various bottles of flammable liquids that I keep for home repairs.
The loss of my work computer is a real blow, as on this computer I keep all the files and photographs I need to do my work as an insurance assessor.

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.

North Carolina: Disconnect HB 310 to Prevent Health Risks

Some fear that mobile phone transmission devices can pose
health issues, but a bill in the North Carolina House will
allow more of the devices near single-family homes, schools,
day care centers, and recreation centers.  
Jeff Roberson AP
Disconnect HB 310 to prevent health risks
by Laura Combs, Op-Ed, newsobserver.com,
8 June 2017

As a private citizen, I have been fortunate to participate for a few weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly, trying to make representatives and senators of both parties aware of several issues that will harm the public both inside and outside of their homes and schools. My experience at the General Assembly has shown me that now, more than ever, elected officials of both parties are often ignoring their constituents.

House Bill 310 will allow fifth generation mobile systems, known as 5G facilities, to be placed within feet of single-family homes and on multifamily homes, schools, day care centers, recreation centers and more. These facilities can cause adverse health effects ranging from cancer to debilitating headaches to insomnia, infertility and more. According to three international experts who wrote to the General Assembly to voice their concerns and urge the defeat of this bill, the adverse health effects from 5G facilities will almost certainly be worse than those of cell phones. Yet the House largely rejected their expertise and risked public health by promoting the telecommunications industry and 5G technology in such a way that everyone must accept it. Nobody can say no if the Senate approves it.

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

French Warned to Avoid More than 1,000 'Worrying' High Street Cosmetic Products

Photo:  AFP
French warned to avoid more than 1,000 'worrying' high street cosmetic products
by Evie Burrows-Taylor, the, local.fr,
8 June 2017

You can CLICK HERE for the full list.

A leading French consumers group has again sounded the alarm on high street cosmetic products, telling the public some 1,000 of them should be avoided and 23 should be pulled off the shelves immediately, due to the "undesirable" or even illegal substances they contain. Items by popular brands such as L'Oréal and Head&Shoulders are among those on on the black list.

The list, published by the French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir features everything from perfumes, make-up products, shower gels, deodorants, tooth pastes, creams and pretty much every product you could find in your bathroom.

It was originally published in February 2016 and regularly updated. It has increased from 400 to 1017 in the last three months with the help of consumers.

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