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29 September 2017

Swiss Department Of Public Instruction Implements “Precautionary Principle” Regarding Wi-Fi And Other Smart Tech Devices

Great to get feedback on this recent directive, which has also been posted on the site of the Environmental Health Trust.

Swiss Dept. Of Public Instruction Implements “Precautionary Principle” Regarding Wi-Fi And Other Smart Tech Devices
by Catherine J. Frompovich
naturalblaze.com, 9 September 2017

In July of 2017, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Department of Public Instruction, Culture and Sport, Office for Children and Youth, Child and Youth Health Service of Switzerland did something rather unusual, but extremely proactive, to enforce the “Precautionary Principle.”

The Swiss Department of Public Instruction “issued a note on the risks of digital technology to health, which must be transmitted to all teachers at the start of the school year. The Service reminds us that screens also affect sleep and eyesight, and favor the development of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The note briefly mentions electromagnetic radiation (in the context of cancer risk and the precautionary recommendations by the Federal Office for Public Health regarding use of Wi-Fi-WLAN). It is our hope that this note will also be sent to all physicians, especially pediatricians,” as per translation by the Editor of “Towards Better Health.” [2]

The information put forth by the Swiss Department of Public Instruction [1] borders on “dire” regarding the health problems no one in the microwave industry or its professional associations apparently wants to divulge to the public, since knowing such information rightfully would QUESTION the ‘universal’ acceptance and reliance upon harmful electromagnetic-radiation-emitting ‘smart’ technologies!

Research Evidence That Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Cancer - Lecture by Dr. Anthony Miller, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 31 July 2017

Research Evidence That Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Cancer Dr. Anthony Miller
(21 September 2017 - 8 mn)

Environmental Health Trust

Dr. Anthony Miller is a long time World Health Advisor and presented his updated opinion that cell phone wireless radiation met criteria to be classified as a human carcinogen in July 2017 at an expert forum. Learn more at https://ehtrust.org

Screens, Cell Phones, Wireless and Children's Health: Lecture by Theodora Scarato, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 31 July 2017

Screens, Cell Phones, Wireless and Children's Health: Policy Update 6/2017 Lecture 
(23 September 2017 - 9 mn.)

Environmental Health Trust

Jackson Hole Wyoming Symposium 2017, Theodora Scarato MSW presented as part of a panel presentation with World Health advisors  Dr. Anthony Miller and Dr. Annie Sasco. Slides and full panel presentation series https://ehtrust.org

International Agency for Research on Cancer Classification of Cell Phones - Lecture by Dr. Annie Sasco, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 31 July 2017

International Agency for The Research on Cancer Classification of Cell Phones Dr. Annie Sasco
(21 September 2017 - 11 mn)

Environmental Health Trust

Dr. Sasco gave this expert lecture on July 31, 2017 at an expert symposium in Jackson, Wyoming alongside other international experts in the field. Watch full lecture online at https://ehtrust.org

Dr. Devra Davis Introduces Panel of Speakers at "Dialogue with the Doctors", Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 31 July 2017

Devra Davis Introduces Panel of Speakers at "Dialogue with the Doctors" 
(25 August 2017 - 8 mn.)

Environmental Health Trust

Dr. Devra Davis introduces the panel of speakers at a July 31, 2017 event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming - "Dialogue with the Doctors about Cell Phones, Wireless and Your Health: A Scientific Update with Practical Recommendations"

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Recently, it was Mesothelioma Awareness Day (26 September).  We are sharing with you this site from the United States which has comprehensive information on mesothelioma, including the latest treatment options:

Trump's administration is giving asbestos a second look. This carcinogen is banned by 58 nations and linked to the cancer deaths of nearly 63,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014.  The Obama administration moved to ban asbestos. But Scott Pruitt, the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in his written testimony to the Senate, indicated he wasn’t ready to follow suit.

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds
by Rebecca Hersher, npr.org, 11 April 2017

Amianthus, a variety of asbestos.  Exposure to fibers can cause
mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the
chest and abdomen.  
DEA Picture Library/Getty Images/DeAgostini
People are still dying of cancer linked to asbestos, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, despite decades of regulations meant to limit dangerous exposure.

Starting in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulated how much asbestos workers can be exposed to, because it contains tiny fibers that can cause lung disease or cancer if they are swallowed or inhaled.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulates asbestos too, setting requirements for inspecting, demolishing and renovating buildings that contain materials made with asbestos, like insulation, vinyl tiles, roofing, shingles and paint.

28 September 2017

Rhode Island: Students' Request for Screen-Free Time Included in Cumberland Schools' New Strategic Plan

Students’ request for screen-free time included in Cumberland schools’ new strategic plan
by Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze Managing Editor, 20 September 2017

CUMBERLAND – Cumberland High School students, tired of spending too much time looking at electronic screens, are asking for “screen-free days” in the future, and school officials say they’re inclined to oblige.

The request from students is a key takeaway from a new three-year strategic plan unanimously approved by the School Committee last week, a “working draft” that school officials say is designed to improve Cumberland schools over the next three years.

The focus statement for the 2017-2020 strategic plan is “We believe. No excuses. Only results.”

Everyone in the local school community rallied around the “We believe” statement in particular, said Supt. Bob Mitchell.

According to Mitchell, the strategic plan calls for the Cumberland School Department to be a “top five” district in Rhode Island across all levels within three years. Local schools are “knocking at the door already on a couple of levels,” he said.

Nigeria: Making Telecoms Masts Safer Around People

Telecoms Mast
All towers sited within residential areas must conform to the provisions stipulated in the Guidelines to mitigate the effect of heat, smoke and noise pollution arising from generating sets. But the issue of concern goes beyond heat, smoke and noise pollution. It is rather that of radiations from telecoms masts and the attendant dire health implications. 

Making telecoms masts safer around people 
vanguardngr.com, 27 September 2017

The debate on whether radiations from telecommunication masts are dangerous to human health was recently rekindled by the National Environmental Standard, Regulatory and Enforcement Agency, NESREA, Director General, Dr Lawence Anukam. In a television interview, he had, while citing a World Health Organisation, WHO, report cautioned against unregulated siting of telecoms masts in residential areas and warned against undue human exposure to them. 

Canada: Victoria: Transition to Cellphone-Free Classrooms Smooth

Central Middle School
Photo by Google Street View
Transition to cellphone-free classrooms smooth: principal
by Jeff Bell, Times Colonist, 
26 September 2017

A virtual ban on cellphone use at Central Middle School — a first in the Greater Victoria School District — has already had an effect.

“It’s sort of surreal — you come into the building and there are no phones around,” said Central principal Topher Macintosh, noting only two phones have had to confiscated since the policy kicked in in September, although some students might have cellphones stashed in their backpacks.

A small number of Central students needing to use cellphones to contact family after school are allowed to keep them in the office during the day, but otherwise there is a ban at the 580-student facility.

“It’s gone very well in a lot of ways,” Macintosh said. “We knew we wanted that change, but we didn’t think it was going to be that challenging to implement in the building, and it really hasn’t been.

26 September 2017

Li-Fi Eyes Opportunity as France Bans Wi-Fi in Schools

To find out more about how Li-Fi works click here.

Li-Fi eyes opportunity as France bans Wi-Fi in schools
by  Robert Leemingluxreview.com, 23 May 2017

Wi-Fi has been banned by the French state in an attempt to protect 
young people from 'possibly carcinogenic' electromagnetic waves.
The French government has moved to outlaw Wi-Fi in nurseries, schools and childcare centres that cater for children under six. The move is offering inspiration to the creators of Li-Fi, a system that uses light to provide internet access.

Wi-Fi has been banned by the French state in an attempt to protect young people from ‘possibly carcinogenic’ effects of the transmissions.

Li-Fi, by contrast, uses visible light from LED luminaires to transmit information and escapes the ban.

With U.S. Research and Regulation Nearly Nonexistent, We Must Look Abroad for Information on Dangers of Cell Phone Use

Stock photo:  Fotolia
With U.S. research and regulation nearly nonexistent, we must look abroad for information on dangers of cell phone use
by Greg Blassriverheadlocal.com
25 September 2017

Is the way we use cell phones actually dangerous? Do other countries know far more about the health risks of chronic use of cell phones than we do? Why is that? What’s the health impact of wireless phones and iPads on the developing brains of teenagers, toddlers and infants? And are there simple precautions when using wireless telephones — precautions that most of us know nothing about?

Ever since the U.S. Navy started using radar, sailors aboard cold, windswept decks found refuge by standing in front of the ship’s radar screens. They found this a warm and comfortable reprieve, while the chocolate, gum, etc. in their pockets melted. Thus the accidental discovery of the fast-cooking properties of radar waves. But private industry had to market this cooking technology more attractively to homemakers. They gave it a more suitable, culinary name than radar-wave cooking, favoring us with the now-ubiquitous “microwave” oven.

New Apple Watch Reignites Concerns Over Radiation

Apple's new Watch has reignited debate over the risks of
exposure to radio frequency radiation.
New Apple Watch reignites concerns over radiation
by Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle,
25 September 2017

The newly released Apple Watch — with its added feature of cellular connectivity — is reigniting concerns among some public health researchers and medical experts over the potential health risks of longterm exposure to radiation from cell phones.

There is no definitive data from federal health regulators showing a direct link between cell phone radiation — also known as radio frequency radiation — and health problems in humans. But recent research indicates that exposure to cell phone radiation is the likely cause of malignant growths in the brains and hearts of male rats, and can cause neurological damage in rats born to mothers that were exposed to the radiation during pregnancy.

25 September 2017

Twelve New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (22 September 2017)

Twelve 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, 22 September 2017

NTP Cell Phone Radiation Study

Evaluation of Genotoxicity of Cell Phone Radiation in Male & Female Rats & Mice Following Subchronic Exposure

Smith-Roe SL, Wyde, ME, Stout MD, Winters JW, Hobbs CA, Shepard KG, Green AS, Kissing GA, Tice RR, Bucher JR, Witt KL. Evaluation of the Genotoxicity of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Male and Female Rats and Mice Following Subchronic Exposure. Presentation at at annual meeting of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society held in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 9-13, 2017.

Teens and Parents in Japan and US Agree - Mobile Devices Are an Ever-Present Distraction

Parents and teens in the high-tech societies of Japan and the U.S. find it hard to imagine life without mobile phones and tablets... A professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication reports that 69% of parents, and 78% of teens check their phones at least hourly, and 27% of parents and 50% of teens feel addicted to their phones.

Teens and parents in Japan and US agree – mobile devices are an ever-present distraction
by Willow Bay, Dean and Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 
theonversation.com, 25 September 2017

How does technology affect family relationships?
Syda Productions/ Shutterstock.com
Family life in Japan. As part of that work, we compared our results from Japan to studies asking similar questions of U.S. families, conducted by our collaborator Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization focusing on children and technology. We found Japanese and U.S. families struggling in very similar ways with the impact of technology on their lives, their relationships and each other.

Parents and teens in both societies use online media for long periods every day, which at times causes family stress and arguments. Some feel addicted to their devices, and many worry about family members’ apparent addictions to technology. And in both countries, there are children who feel their parents neglect them in favor of digital devices.
Shared feelings of anxiety

We polled 1,200 Japanese parents and teens to find out how the saturation of cellphones and other devices in family life is playing out in homes and child-parent relationships. We compared their answers to Common Sense’s existing research on U.S. teens and parents.

Watch CNN's "Vital Signs" on Electrosensitivity

Hi Everyone,

Now available for viewing:  Vital Signs (Sanjay Gupta) - on electro-sensitivity.

As of 25 September 2017,  it is on the CNN Website, divided into 3 videos:

Part 1: Welcome to the National Quiet Zone - with Diane Schou and Prof. David Carpenter.

Part 2: Reducing Wireless Exposure - With Dr. Joel Moskowitz; Melissa Chalmers; Kevin Mottus; Dafna Tachover; and Dr. Hillert from the Karolinska Institute.

Part 3: Living in the National Quiet Zone - with Leo Haleply from Turkey

24 September 2017

The Real Dangers of Electronic Devices and Electromagnetic Fields

The Real Dangers of Electronic Devices and EMFs
by Dr. Mercola, 24 September 2017

Story at-a-glance

  • Exposure to microwave radiation from cellphones, routers, cordless phones, smart meters, baby monitors and other wireless devices causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage
  • Excessive free radicals triggered by low-frequency microwave exposure from wireless technologies have been linked to cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s, infertility and more
  • In addition to remediating obvious EMF exposures, strategies that may help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs include optimizing your magnesium level, eating Nrf2-boosting foods and pulsing molecular hydrogen

I was recently interviewed by Dave Asprey when I visited his Bulletproof lab on Vancouver Island.1 In it, I review the real dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by electronic devices. I will also do a more comprehensive lecture on this topic at Asprey's Bulletproof Conference October 13 through 15 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

23 September 2017

Canada: C4ST Submission to the Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Public Consultation on 5G

C4ST Submission to the Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) public consultation on 5G
c4st.org, 15 September 2017

Click here to download pdf version of this letter

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ottawa, ON
September 15, 2017

To: ic.spectrumauctions-encheresduspectre.ic@canada.ca

RE: Canada Gazette, Part I, June, 2017, “Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G”, notice

reference number (SLPB- 001-17).

Dear Sir or Madame:

This submission is regarding the Canada Gazette, Part I, June, 2017, “Consultation on Releasing Millimetre Wave Spectrum to Support 5G”, notice reference number (SLPB- 001-17). Specifically question 7-2.

Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) is aware that Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has adopted Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 guidelines as its standard for safe exposure of people to wireless radiation of the frequency bands under the proposed licensing. From past experiences, we know that Health Canada has been slow to act on other public health issues e.g. cigarette smoking, thalidomide and asbestos.

21 September 2017

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer
saferemr.com, 12 September 2017 - updated 20 September 2017

Scientists from the National Toxicology Program presented their data on the genotoxicity of cell phone radiation in rats and mice at the annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society held in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 9-13, 2017.

Male and female rats and mice were exposed to 2G cell phone radiation, either CDMA or GSM, for 18 hours per day in 10 minute intervals. The rats were exposed to cell phone radiation at 1.5, 3, or 6 W/kg specific absorption rate (SAR) for 19 weeks from gestation day 5. The mice were exposed to radiation at 2.5, 5, or 10 W/kg SAR for 13 weeks from postnatal day 5.

DNA damage was assessed in three brain regions, in liver cells and in blood leukocytes using the comet assay. Chromosomal damage was assessed in peripheral blood erythrocytes using the micronucleus assay. 

DNA damage was significantly increased:

18 September 2017

California: 5G Opponents Launch Statewide Media Campaign

"Trying to eliminate local control over the placement of powerful wireless antennas shows that the industry is fully aware of the public health problems associated with wireless radiation," said Reinette Senum, a City Council member and former Mayor of Nevada City. "If there was nothing to worry about, why would they be so opposed to any local control?"

5G opponents launch statewide media campaign
by Christian Hargrave, Assignment Editorappdevelopermagazine.com, 17 September 2017

A coalition of California environmental, health and community groups, "California Alliance for Safer Technology," announces the launch of a radio and social media campaign to raise awareness of pending legislation eliminating local control over placement of wireless antennas in communities throughout California. The campaign, in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, is based on mounting evidence that exposure to wireless radiation is associated with an increased risk of cancer and neurological and reproductive problems.

"This is a basic issue of involuntary exposure and the right of citizens to protect their own health and safety," says Ellen Marks, founder of the California Brain Tumor Association. "We're not against technology, but 5G has not been proven safe. People should have a right to decide if they want a powerful radiation-spewing antenna in front of their home or not."

17 September 2017

EasyJet to Filter Cabin Air Over Links to 'Aerotoxic Syndrome'

EasyJet is the first airline in the world to plan to flight test the new Pall Aerospace total cabin air filtration system. The system will be presented this week, at the 2017 Aircraft Cabin Air Conference.

The Aircraft Cabin Air Conference, September 19 and 20th at Imperial College London, will see over 30 leading speakers from around the world discuss their research, findings and thoughts on the on-going contaminated air issue in aircraft.

Tickets, press and media accreditation can be obtained here:

Source:  Global Cabin Air Quality Executive Press Release

EasyJet's move to fit cabin filters has been welcomed by
industry experts.
EasyJet to filter cabin air over links to ‘aerotoxic syndrome’
by Andrew Gilligan, The Times, 
17 September 2017

EasyJet is to fit filters to stop toxic fumes entering its passenger cabins and cockpits in a move seen as the industry’s first acknowledgment of “aerotoxic syndrome”.

The condition, long denied by airlines, is feared to be responsible for several deaths of pilots and crew and hundreds of incidents where pilots have fallen ill, sometimes at the controls. Frequent flyers and young children could also be affected, it is claimed.

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease... "Consumer tech has conditioned us to seek out distraction, using a number of clever neuroscientific techniques that coerce us into complicity. If we want to reclaim our lives, we need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things companies tell us we do," writes the author.

The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

by Robert H. Lustig (Author), Amazon, published 2017

"Explores how industry has manipulated our most deep-seated survival instincts."—David Perlmutter, MD, Author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Maker

The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease.

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover.

Want to Stop Letting Silicon Valley Control Our Lives? Refuse to Buy the New iPhones

Want to stop letting Silicon Valley control our lives? Refuse to buy the new iPhones
by Robert H. LustigAuthor, "The Hacking of the American Mind", qz.com,12 September 2017

We need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things
companies tell us we do.  (Reuters/China Daily)
Today marks the debut of Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X—the latter a $1,000 piece of equipment rumored to deliver a stunning augmented reality experience. As a technological feat, the phone’s augmented-reality capabilities may well be extraordinary. But they also signify a troubling assumption that powers much of today’s consumer technology: that daily human life is so painful, so boring, that we are all desperate for any possible means of escape.

As I explain in my new book, The Hacking of the American Mind, many of us may not hate reality as much as tech companies want us to think we do. Rather, consumer tech has conditioned us to seek out distraction, using a number of clever neuroscientific techniques that coerce us into complicity. If we want to reclaim our lives, we need to stop Silicon Valley from convincing us that we want the things companies tell us we do.

AirGig: Carrying 5G Millimeter Wave Internet Signals Along Power Lines

AT&T AirGig and 5g
whatis5g.info, September 2017

AT&T’s project AirGig, where 5G millimeter wave Internet signals are carried along power lines, is in the test phases right now. 

 If AT&T launches this, it means that if you work or live anywhere near a power line integrated with AT&T 5G, you will be exposed to the 5G mm wave radiation constantly. So it‘s not just the 5G small cells placed every few houses apart that would be radiating the mm wave radiation, but the entire power line!!!

16 September 2017

Firefighters Exempt Selves from California Bill to Save Others

Susan Foster
Firefighters Exempt Selves from Calif. Bill to Save Others
by Susan Fosterodwyerpr.com, 13 September 2017

California firefighters are used to saving lives, and if SB 649 passes through the California Legislature this week, it looks like the lives they may be saving are their own.

For the first time in U.S. history, a health exemption has been granted to firefighters for their stations in California. The state’s firefighters have a history dating back to the late 1990s of fighting to get cell towers off their stations, and in a preemptive move the firefighters asked for and the legislators granted an exemption from SB 649.

This legislation, the “Wireless telecommunications facilities” bill, is essentially a telecom takeover giving wireless carriers the right to force cities and counties to lease available lampposts, the right-of-way and public buildings – with the exception of fire stations.

If Bill Passes, as Expected, Veto Needed

15 September 2017

Brain Tumor Association Condemns California Cellphone Tower Bill

Ellen Marks, Executive Director,
California Brain Tumor Association
Brain Tumor Assn. Condemns Calif. Cellphone Tower Bill
by Jack O'Dwyerodwyerpr.com, 15 September 2017

The Calif. Brain Tumor Assn. condemned passage of a bill Sept. 14 that allows proliferation of cell towers for the new 4G and 5G cellphone transmitting devices.

The Calif. Assembly voted 46-16 with 17 abstentions and the Senate voted 22-10 with 18 abstentions for a bill that forces local communities to lease their land to telecom companies for the new generation of cell towers that are needed every 5-10 houses according to some estimates. It now goes before Gov. Jerry Brown who could veto or not veto it.

CBTA said, "The burning question Gov. Brown should be asking himself as he makes a decision that could change California forever is this: If we exempt fire stations to protect firefighters, why are we allowing cell towers throughout neighborhoods, in front of preschools, schools, hidden in church steeples, on lampposts, utility poles and on most public buildings if these are too dangerous for fire stations?"

Electrosmog Suspected in Traffic Accidents

(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards Better Health")
Traffic accidents: Electrosmog suspected
by Andreas Gossweiler, Editor gesundheitstipp.ch, 12 September 2017
(partial access to document only) - translation

Researchers have found that where power lines cross the motorway, more accidents occur. They suspect that electrosmog can lead to brief unconsciousness in drivers.

It happened on the Kantonsstrasse between Reigoldswil and Ziefen BL: A brand-new bus from Autobus AG Liestal went off the road in the summer of 2009, passed a stream bed and came to a halt on a forest edge. The passengers were not injured, but the chauffeur suffered a bleeding wound on his head. The police said the accident had occurred because the chauffeur had "lost consciousness" for a short time.

14 September 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Are Being Spread All Over the World in Animal Feed, Scientists Discover

A Government-commissioned report estimated the rise of '
superbugs' could kill as many as 10 million people a year
worldwide by 2050.  Rex
Antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread all over the world in animal feed, scientists discover
by Ian Johnston Science Correspondent, Independent, 30 August 2017

Ten million people could die every year by 2050 if the rise of superbugs is not checked, experts have warned

Antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread around the world in animal feed, according to new research that adds to fears humanity could lose one of our most important medicines.

A Government-commissioned report last year estimated 10 million people a year could die worldwide by 2050 because of the rise of “superbugs”, prompting the then Prime Minister David Cameron to announce a crackdown on over-prescribing by GPs and lead efforts to tackle the problem at the United Nations.

Airline Staff Fume Over Toxic Air on Planes

Cabin air is tapped from the plane's engine
Airline staff fume over toxic air on planes
dw.com/en, 11 September 2017

A growing number of flight attendants and pilots want answers from airlines about what they say is toxic air on board flights. They argue this is causing serious health damage. Andreas Becker investigated their claims.

Flight attendant Kerstin Konrad still remembers her first "fume event" - as the industry calls air inside the aircraft that is possibly contaminated.

"On the flight, passengers were asking for headache tablets," Konrad told DW.

Passengers had noticed a peculiar smell at the back of the plane and the captain asked her to check it out, she says. "I went back and sniffed the air nozzle."

"I immediately got a headache and a tingling sensation in my limbs that spread like numbness." She says she then became dazed and so confused she could not perform even the simplest task. "I could not sort the juices on the trolley anymore, which sounds crazy."

Study Prompts Call to Examine Flu Vaccine and Miscarriage

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage 
by Mike Stobbe, AP, 13 September 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor’s group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC officials said.

Male Infertility Crisis in U.S. Has Experts Baffled

"Environmental Castration":...  Obesity, physical inactivity, stress, drug use, climate change... "Some scientists have theorized that electromagnetic fields from devices like cellphones could degrade semen quality, leading to weak and immobile sperm." Major article published by Newsweek on the male infertility crisis in the U.S.

by BRYAN WALSH, Newsweek, 12 September 2017

Hagai Levine doesn’t scare easily. The Hebrew University public health researcher is the former chief epidemiologist for the Israel Defense Forces, which means he’s acquainted with danger and risk in a way most of his academic counterparts aren’t. So when he raises doubts about the future of the human race, it’s worth listening. Together with Shanna Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Levine authored a major new analysis that tracked male sperm levels over the past few decades, and what he found frightened him. “Reproduction may be the most important function of any species,” says Levine. “Something is very wrong with men.”

13 September 2017

Canadian Study Confirms Asbestos Exposure Comes at a Very High Price

Canadian Study Confirms Asbestos Exposure Comes at a Very High Price
by Rory O'Neillcancerhazards.org, 25 August 2017

(Image):  According to national data, asbestos in Canada has been labelled as the single largest factor contributing to deaths on the job. In 2013, about 368 deaths reported were because of asbestos, which puts the fatality rate much higher than that caused from chemical exposures, highway accidents and fires combined.  Source:  "Asbestos - To Remove or Not Remove":  2015 article published by torontoism.com)

 Asbestos isn’t just the biggest industrial killer of all time, it is also a massive drain on the economy, new research has confirmed.

Canadian researchers estimated the lifetime cost of newly diagnosed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases associated with occupational and para-occupational [typically exposed family members] asbestos exposure for the calendar year 2011, including healthcare, productivity and output, and quality of life costs. In the year there were 427 cases of newly diagnosed mesothelioma cases and 1,904 lung cancer cases attributable to asbestos exposure.

The researchers estimated the economic burden at $C831 million (£515m) in direct and indirect costs for the total 2,331 newly identified cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer and $C1.5 billion (£0.93bn) in quality of life costs. The calculation is based on a value of $C100,000 (£62,000) per quality-adjusted life year. This amounts to $C356,429 (£221,000) and $C652,369 (£404,000) per case, respectively.

French Polynesia Launches Major Public Awareness Campaign to Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones, Wi-Fi and Other Electromagnetic Radiation Sources

French Polynesia Launches Major Public Awareness Campaign To Reduce Exposure To Cell Phones, Wi-Fi and Other Electromagnetic Radiation Sources

Prohibition placed on advertising cell phones to children under 14 and wireless internet banned from nursery school.

This information is From the Environmental Health Trust Press Release

French Polynesia has launched a major public awareness campaign to raise awareness about how to reduce exposure to the electromagnetic radiation from electronics, cell phones, and wireless devices as part of the country’s new law to reduce citizens’ exposures to electromagnetic radiation exposure. Legislation the country adopted in 2016 prohibits advertising of cell phones to children under 14, prohibits advertising cell phones without showing how to minimize radiation exposure to the head, prohibits wireless in nursery schools, limits wireless in primary schools and reduces exposures to workers.

Yet Another Reason Not to Hold Your Cellphone

Yet Another Reason Not to Hold Your Cellphone
by Dr. Mercola, 9 September 2017

Story at-a-glance

  • The popularity of cellphones makes this technology the most quickly accepted device in the history of consumer technology, leading to overuse, addictive behavior and increasing your risk of illness or disease
  • Recent research has identified over 20 different bacterial species on phones of secondary school students; other studies demonstrate proximity to cellphones increases your exposure to EMF radiation
  • Cellphone addiction increases your risk of exposure to radiation, triggering mitochondrial damage that may result in diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart attack and inflammatory bowel disease to name just a few

Wireless Industry Brochures Lead The Public To Misinterpret That Wireless Is Safe

An example of the "Wireless Industry Playbook"
Wireless Industry Brochures Lead The Public To Misinterpret That Wireless Is Safe
ehtrust.org, posted here on 13 September 2017

Wireless Industry Creates “Communication Materials” And Propaganda: When The Public Misinterprets It As Cell Phones And Wireless Being Safe, Industry Does Not Clarify

Just as the Tobacco Industry created a “Playbook” to defend cigarettes and manufacture doubt about the health effects of cigarettes, the Wireless Industry seems to have a fine-tuned “Playbook” of advertising, public relations and industry-funded science to defend wireless products and falsely reassure the public that cell phones and wireless products are safe.

Cell phones and wireless were never adequately tested for human health effects. Wireless devices were not premarket tested for long term safety. Research has accumulated indicating that wireless “radiofrequency” radiation has serious biological effects. Despite this reality, the wireless industry has and is currently heavily funding a public relations effort that propagates the myth that cell phones and wireless “are safe”. This webpage is an educational resource documenting materials used for the wireless industry “Playbook”.


11 September 2017

Documentary "Dust to Dust - the Health Effects of 9/11"

“Dust to Dust”, a 58-minute documentary produced by Bruce Kennedy and Heidi Dehncke-Fisher, is a tribute to the first responders of 9/11.  It describes their very serious health problems following clean-up of the toxic wreckage of the World Trade Center and the cover-up by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the extreme hazardous contamination in the days immediately following the attacks “in order to get Wall Street – and the economy – up and running”.  Attention, the film shows the towers on fire and collapsing.  (The film is available on You Tube).)

A Chicken in Every Pot and a Cell Tower on Every Garage

5G cells being proposed to blanket CA 
(Image by whatis5G.info)
"A lot more people will be flooding into doctors' offices and emergency rooms, looking for the unknown cause of the terrible headaches, confusion, ear ringing, seizures, nose bleeds, chest pain, heart palpitations, severe insomnia, and numerous other symptoms that people have reported as result of massive exposure to wireless radiation... The doctors may or may not be able to properly diagnose them and the treatments are few and far between, other than avoidance of wireless radiation."

A Chicken in Every Pot and a Cell Tower on Every Garage
by Jenny Miller, OpEdNews Op Eds, 
9 September 2017

In 1928, when Herbert Hoover was running for President, the slogan of the Republican National Committee was "a chicken every pot and a car in every garage." Times have changed. Many millennials are turning to vegetarianism, and cars are not the necessary status symbol for them that they were for previous generations. However there is one thing that all age groups can agree on in 2017. We need wireless connectivity, the more the better. Smart meters, smart phones, wireless printers, smart refrigerators, smart toothbrushes, smart bras, smart condoms, smart diapers, smart dolls, smart watches, driverless cars, a whole universe of wirelessly connected objects to make our lives effortless and allegedly less wasteful of natural resources. What could go wrong?

Canada: No More Social Media: B.C. School District Restricts Wi-Fi Access

High school students who live in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
will no longer be able to access several social media sites
while on school internet.  (Shutterstock)
No more social media: B.C. school district restricts Wi-Fi access
by Tamara Rahmani, CBC News
9 September 2017

District 42 blocks access to Netflix, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram

High schools in Maple-Ridge and Pitt Meadows are cutting off students from one of their favourite things: social media.

School District 42 has re-configured its school Wi-Fi networks to block access to popular sites such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Netflix.

Irena Pochop, the senior manager of communications for the district, said the changes come at the request of the secondary school principals.

"They were concerned that certain social media platforms were a distraction in the classroom, so they came to the district to see what we can provide at the district level," Pochop said.

Education tool or distraction?

10 September 2017

Can Fitness Trackers Cause Cancer?

Can Fitness Trackers Cause Cancer?
by Jeanine Barone, berkeleywellness.com, 8 September 2017

Q: Can fitness trackers, like Fitbit, cause cancer or other health problems?

A: There’s no conclusive evidence that wearable technology devices, which emit low-powered, non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) energy, are either safe or risky. Typically worn all day and sometimes at night, the devices use low-powered Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, or a 3G/4G connection to send data (such as the number of steps you take) to your smart phone, computer, or cloud storage. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets limits for how much RF energy the devices can emit.

Proponents of the devices maintain that the level of RF energy emitted is too low to be of concern. But some experts, including Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, believe that biological effects could occur even at low RF levels because of interference with the normal electrical fields generated by processes within body cells, particularly those involving proteins and genes.

Switzerland: Life Under High Voltage

Concerned:  Hans-Ulrich Jakob is anything but 
enthusiastic about his results in Aspi.
Image:  Nicole Philipp
Life under high voltage
by Nikola Stosic, bernerzeitung.ch
7 September 2017- Google translation

Residential houses in Aspi near Seedorf are directly below the high-voltage line. Swissgrid plans to strengthen this. But how do the residents deal with the permanent influence of electrosmog?

We can neither see nor feel electric and magnetic fields. Nevertheless, they are ubiquitous. For example, when switching on coffee machines, on the train and around our electricity lines. This fact makes many people insecure. But Swiss households need electricity - a lot of electricity. This must be somehow transported.

If there is more electricity, the line capacities must be increased. In order to avoid bottlenecks, the Swiss electricity grid is therefore constantly being modernized and expanded. This includes, for example, the planned expansion of the line between Bassecourt JU and the Bernese Mühlenberg.

In Aspi near Seedorf this line runs directly over the roofs of the village. But what does it mean to live under a high-voltage line?

08 September 2017

No Risk Factors in Quarter of Heart Attacks

Comment to the following article posted 

Emerging risk factors need to be investigated. Massively increased human exposure to wireless radiation (microwave/radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation) over the last couple of decades (over a million fold!) is likely contributor as there is evidence of MW/RF-EMR implication in heart disease. Low intensity MW/RF-EMR alters voltage-gated ion channels such as Ca2+ channels and also induce oxidative stress - plausible mechanisms of biological effects. Here's a demonstration of a cordless phone influencing the heart:https://www.youtube.com/wat...

No Risk Factors in Quarter of Heart Attacks
MEGAN HAGGANajp.com.au, 29 August 2017

A growing number of heart attack patients don’t have any standard risk factors

Risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being diabetic, or cigarette smoking, have long been used as predictors of developing heart disease.

However, a recent study by Heart Research Australia’s Professor Gemma Figtree, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, has found that there is an increasing proportion of heart attack patients without any standard risk factors, such as high cholesterol.

Municipal Fiber Optic Networks Are the Fuaure, Home Automation Expert Says

Timothy Schoechle : "We don’t need all these 5G wireless networks because they are much more expensive than fiber. And that’s why utilities and the telecom industry want to build them: to make a profit. They have to do this every 10-20 years — reinvent new generations of technology — to be successful, otherwise they go out business. It’s called planned obsolescence: your old phone doesn’t work with the new technology because they want sell you new phones."

Municipal fiber optic networks are the future, home automation expert says
by André Fauteux, Editor La Maison du 21e siecle magazine, maisonsaine.ca/english25 May 2017

Smart meters are not useful for
much but they allow utilities to cut
operating costs, says home automation
expert Timothy Schoechle
A pioneer in home automation since 1983 and founder of CyberLYNX Gateway Corp, Timothy Schoechle has been in the communications and computer engineering fields since the mid-1970s and engaged in standardization since the early 1980s in a variety of both expert and leadership roles. Dr. Schoechle played pioneering roles in such technologies as microprocessors, home networks, barcodes, Radiofrequency identification (RFID), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and energy systems. His main activity is as a consultant, advising governments, organizations, and law firms on standards policy and patent issues.

He has a PhD in Communication Policy and is active in various international standards educational and research initiatives including the biennial SIIT conference (Standardization and Innovation in IT) and an international journal on standards research.

The Harmful Effects of Electromagnetic Fields Explained

The Harmful Effects of Electromagnetic Fields Explained
by Dr. Mercola, 3 September 2017

Story at-a-glance

  • Exposure to microwave EMFs, like cellphones, causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction due to damage done by free radicals from peroxynitrite that also cause single and double stranded breaks in your DNA
  • Excessive free radicals triggered by low-frequency microwave exposure from cellphones and Wi-Fi networks have been linked to chronic diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s and infertility
  • Excessive calcium signaling produced by EMF exposures also has important roles in producing pathophysiological effects of EMFs including each of the effects listed above
  • Strategies that may help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs include optimizing your magnesium level, certain Nrf2-boosting foods, exercise, calorie restriction and strategies that boost nitric oxide signaling (which acts, in turn, by raising Nrf2)

I’ve often noted that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a pernicious, hidden health risk. But exactly how does this kind of microwave radiation damage your health? Martin Pall, Ph.D., has identified and published research describing the likely molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.1,2 ,3,4

Radiation Dangers Spelled Out to Canadian Officials

Justin Trudeau
Flynn's letter "should be required reading in schools, libraries and other public and private institutions."

Radiation Dangers Spelled Out to Canadian Officials
by Jack O'Dwyerodwyerpr.com, 7 September 2017

Retired Canadian Army Captain Jerry Flynn has spelled out the dangers of microwave radiation in a 1,300-word letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Health Ginette Taylor.

Flynn, who worked on the use of electromagnetic radiation for national defense, sent his letters Aug. 6. He has long sought to bring the issue to government and health officials in Canada and the U.S. without success.

“Inconceivably, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada want to, yet again, follow the lead of the notoriously corrupt Federal Communications Commission, a pawn of the broad communications and electronics industries, the very organizations FCC are supposed to regulate!” he wrote. “Like FCC in the USA, HC and ISEDC are drooling at the prospect of bringing unproven, untested (for 'safety,' both biologic and health effects on humans) "5G" technology to an unsuspecting, trusting, already wirelessly-addicted, and utterly defenseless Canadian population, who don't seem to have a clue what is happening to them!”

Over 2,000 Peer-Reviewed Studies Show a Big Problem with Your and Your Children's Favourite Gadgets

[How mobile phone radiation penetrates the brain.]
Over 2,000 Peer-Reviewed Studies Show a Big Problem with Your and Your Children's Favourite Gadgets
by ARJUN WALIAcollective-evolution.com
6 September 2017

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

As societies industrialize and the technological revolution continues, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources. These sources include video display units (VDUs) associated with computers, mobile phones and their base stations. While these devices have made our life richer, safer and easier, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks due to their EMF emissions.

European Union 5G Appeal - Scientists Warn of Potential Serious Health Effects of 5G

Scientists and Doctors Demand Moratorium on 5G
via saferemr.org, 13 September 2017

The declaration and list of signatories can be found here:

Increased radiation from cell towers poses potential risks, say scientists from around the world.

(Örebro, Sweden) Over 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries sent a declaration to officials of the European Commission today demanding a moratorium on the increase of cell antennas for planned 5G expansion. Concerns over health effects from higher radiation exposure include potential neurological impacts, infertility, and cancer.

“The wireless industry is trying to deploy technology that may have some very real unintended harmful consequences,” explains one of the organizers of the letter, Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. “Scientific studies from years ago along with many new studies are consistently identifying harmful human health impacts when wireless products are tested properly using conditions that reflect actual exposures. With hazards at those exposures, we are very concerned that the added exposure to 5G radiation could result in tragic, irreversible harm.”

07 September 2017

That Smartphone Can Wait Until 8th Grade

Please join us in waiting until at least 8th grade. Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. 

That smartphone can Wait Until 8th

by Brooke Shannon, commercialfreechildhood.org
6 September 2017

Recently a group of parents and I started to discuss the mounting pressure to give our children their own smartphones at an early age.

We questioned why so many young children at school, sports, and parties are glued constantly to their smartphones. We wondered why on earth a first grader needed the latest iPhone 7. We agreed that the average age a child receives a smartphone—10 years old—is too young considering all the risks the device poses.

Smartphones are extremely distractive and addictive. The unrestricted access to the internet exposes them to sexting, cyber-bullying, and sexual predators. Plus, children are not emotionally equipped to navigate tricky social media waters. Viewing someone else’s highlight reel on social media often leads youth to think they are missing out or are not enough compared with their peers.

Many moms and dads said they wanted to wait as long as they could but knew it would be an uphill battle. So many parents we knew wished they had waited, but gave their child a smartphone because they did not want their child to be socially isolated without one. Social pressure was the number one reason parents caved on the issue.

Safety Calls for Removing Wireless Technology from Schools

Catherine Kleiber: Safety calls for removing wireless technology from schools
by Catherine Kleiber | local guest columnist, host.madison.com, 31 August 2017

(Photo): Use of cellphones and other wireless devices is now so pervasive that it's impossible to avoid exposure to RF radiation. But researchers are continuing to find that such exposure has detrimental effects on health. BEBETO MATTHEWS — Associated Press

Wireless technology must be removed from schools, libraries, and other public buildings because it is carcinogenic, is an endocrine disrupter, and causes other detrimental biological effects.

Wireless technology — used by cellphones and other devices — works by sending messages encoded in radiofrequency (RF) radiation, often in the microwave range. For instance, Wi-Fi operates at the same frequency as microwave ovens.

The Federal Communications Commission based its safety standard for RF exposure on the amount of tissue heating, but evidence shows that tissue heating is not the only mechanism by which RF radiation can cause harm.

When Screens Harm Our Children

"You've been playing on this tablet for 2 hours.  Now, you
are going to watch TV in your bedroom!"
When Screens Harm Our Children
by Sophie Davaris, ABO+, Tribune de Genève, 26 August 2017 - translation

See also the previous post, « Uses of Digital Technology : Risks to Health »

Health: Exposure to tablets, TV, and smartphones alter the development of toddlers. In Geneva, doctors and teachers are sounding the alarm

By age 7, a child will have spent an entire year of his life in front of a screen. At age 18, three whole years. The British Medical Journal’s 2012 report sends shivers up the spine. Since spring, voices are raising to denounce the dangers of TV, smartphones, tablets and other consoles for babies and young children. Dazzled by these devices which sometimes even captivate us, we have under-estimated their negative effects on our offspring.

At the end of May, Le Monde published a warning from twelve professionals. Pediatricians and child psychiatrists, psychologists, speech and language pathologists raised a “major public health issue”. Overexposure to digital technology causes a host of ailments. Whatever the social environment, these specialists describe children who are not developing normally: they do not speak, they do not communicate, they are very agitated or, conversely, they are passive. According to the authors, these disorders are similar to the symptoms of autism, with the major difference that they disappear when screens are removed.

Geneva doctors are concerned

Switzerland: Note Issued by the Child and Youth Health Service of Geneva on the Health Risks of Use of Digital Technology

In July 2017, the Child and Youth Service of the Department of Public Instruction, Geneva canton, issued a note on the risks of digital technology to health which must be transmitted to all teachers at the start of the school year. The Service reminds us that screens also affect sleep and eyesight, and favor the development of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The note briefly mentions electromagnetic radiation (in the context of cancer risk and the precautionary recommendations by the Federal Office for Public Health regarding use of Wi-Fi- WLAN). It is our hope that this note will also be sent to all physicians, especially pediatricians.

Republic and Canton of Geneva
Department of Public Instruction, Culture and Sport
Office for Children and Youth
Child and Youth Health Service

Uses of Digital Technology: Health Risks
July 2017 - Translation by the Editor of "Towards Better Health"


In the course of the last two decades, the use of MITIC (media, images and information and communication technologies) has grown tremendously and children’s access to screens, limited up until now to television, has considerably developed. Today, young children are already exposed to these technological devices. The concerns of the medical and educational world about the possible effects on the health and development of children are the subject of more and more studies and publications.

The use of digital technology for educational purposes and in teaching is gaining momentum. It is important to know the health effects of MITIC and to take into account that the use of these devices for entertainment purposes is also increasing. Most of the problems described below are all the more important as the use of screens comes early and is prolonged. The introduction of digital technology in school is also an opportunity to communicate preventive messages to children and young people for an optimal use of these devices.

02 September 2017

Cell Phone, Wireless Radiation Classified 'Group 1 Carcinogenic to Humans'

Cell phone, wireless radiation classified ‘group 1 carcinogenic to humans’
by Peter Oluka, The Guardian Nigeria,  01 September 2017

(Photo):  A scientific view by an expert cancer researcher and advisor to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) has classified radio frequency (RF) radiation from any source – such as the signals emitted by cell phones, other wireless and cordless and sensor devices, and wireless networks

A scientific view by an expert cancer researcher and advisor to the World Health Organisation International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) has classified radio frequency (RF) radiation from any source – such as the signals emitted by cell phones, other wireless and cordless and sensor devices, and wireless networks – fully meets criteria to be classified as a “Group 1 carcinogenic to humans” agent.

01 September 2017

Update on National Toxicology Program Results of Experiments Regarding Cell Phones

Cell Phones
ntp.niehs.nih.gov, 29 August 2017

The National Toxicology Program has been conducting experiments in rats and mice on potential health hazards from cell phone radiofrequency radiation. NTP released a report on some important study findings on May 27, 2016. The complete results from all the rat and mice studies will be available for peer review and public comment by early 2018.

The report, “Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure),” is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/055699.

The findings in this report were reviewed by expert peer reviewers selected by NTP and the National Institutes of Health. These reviews and responses to comments are included as appendices to this report, and revisions to the current document have incorporated and addressed these comments.

Here are some key points about the cell phone study: