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

EMF Studies

27 March 2017

Trump Presidency 'Opens Door' to Planet-Hacking Geoengineer Experiments

A ring around the sun, is seen over Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
Friday, May 17, 2002.  The halo is a rare effect on the
sun caused by a layer of ice crystals in the atmosphere
refracting light from the sun.  
Photo: Lou Toman/AP
Trump presidency 'opens door' to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments
by Martin Lukacs, The Guardian,
27 March 2017

As geoengineer advocates enter Trump administration, plans advance to spray sun-reflecting chemicals into atmosphere

Harvard engineers who launched the world’s biggest solar geoengineering research program may get a dangerous boost from Donald Trump, environmental organizations are warning.

Under the Trump administration, enthusiasm appears to be growing for the controversial technology of solar geo-engineering, which aims to spray sulphate particles into the atmosphere to reflect the sun’s radiation back to space and decrease the temperature of Earth.

Sometime in 2018, Harvard engineers David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to test spraying from a high-altitude balloon over Arizona, in order to assess the risks and benefits of deployment on a larger scale.

26 March 2017

The Role of Industry in Childhood Cancers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’ve got company.

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

Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools

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

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

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

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

Parents Had Wi-Fi Switches Installed in a Finnish School

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

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

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

Radiofrequency Pollution a Serious Safety Issue in Cars

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

Radiofrequency Pollution a Serious Safety Issue in Cars
www.electricalpollution.com

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

25 March 2017

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

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

Future tests could involve seeding the sky with aluminium oxide.

US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study

by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 
24 March 2017

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

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

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

Digital Transformation - Including Wearables, IoT - a $20 Trillion Market

"IoT apps and devices, for instance, are projected to soar to $1.3 billion by 2020 with the fastest growth industries being healthcare, insurance, consumer and retail."

Digital transformation - including wearables, IoT - a $20 trillion market, says IDC
by Tom Sullivanmobihealthnews.com
23 March 2017

DX: Hospital executives and IT pros might as well get used to those initials, which analyst house IDC and some others use to refer to "digital transformation."

While DX is not an entirely new concept, IDC just projected that the overall DX market will blast off toward $20 trillion in short order, representing more than 20 percent of GDP. Global GDP, that is.

IoT and the World's First Trillionaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 March 2017

Pocket Dialling to Danger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Study Subjects Needed By University Research Team

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

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

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

EHS Research Study

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

Japan Court Shocks Nuclear Industry with Liability Ruling

Map of Japan's nuclear plants.  Photo:  Japan
Atomic Industries Forum Inc, 2016
A more comprehensive article on the liability ruling on the Fukushima accident.

Japan court shocks nuclear industry with liability ruling
by Shaun Burnie, atimes.com, 20 March 2017

Court sends a shockwave through Japan's nuclear establishment with ruling on Fukushima accident.

Japan’s atomic power establishment is in shock following the court ruling on Friday that found the state and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant liable for failing to take preventive measures against the tsunami that crippled the facility.

The reason for the shock is the ruling has wide-ranging implications for Japan’s entire nuclear power industry and the efforts to restart reactors throughout the country.

Struggling With Japan’s Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster

Tanks for contaminated water, with Reactors 1 and 2 in
the background.  
Credit: Ko Sasaki for The New
York Times
- -400 tons of contaminated water per day
- 3,519 containers of radioactive sludge
- 64,700 cubic meters of discarded protective clothing
- 200,400 cubic meters of radioactive rubble
- 3.5 billion gallons of soil
- 1,573 nuclear fuel rods...

Struggling With Japan’s Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster
by Motoko Rich, The New York Times, 
11 March 2017

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION — Six years after the largest nuclear disaster in a quarter-century, Japanese officials have still not solved a basic problem: what to do with an ever-growing pile of radioactive waste. Each form of waste at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011, presents its own challenges.

400 Tons of Contaminated Water Per Day

Is 'Junk Journalism' Complaining about 'Junk Science' in The Baltimore Sun?

Is ‘junk journalism’ complaining about ‘junk science’ in The Baltimore Sun?
by Dariusz Leszczynski, betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com, 12 March 2017

this post is open for comments
(see original article)

The most efficient way to mislead an inexperienced reader is to write a story with a pinch of truth, a pinch of ambiguity and a dose of falsehoods or misrepresentations.

This is the way how Alex Berezow and Josh Bloom, of the ‘American Council on Science and Health’, wrote a recent story for The Baltimore Sun: Recommendation to limit Md. School Wi-Fi based on ‘junk science’.

The story was written in context of the recent developments in the area of the use of wi-fi in schools:

“…The Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC), an agency within Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has recommended that schools reduce or eliminate students’ exposure to Wi-Fi because it believes wireless signals might cause cancer…”.

Expert Testimony on Smart Meters/Grid: “Retain Analog Systems to the Extent Possible.”

Expert Testimony on Smart Meters/Grid: “Retain analog systems to the extent possible.”
by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions,
smartgridawareness.org, 12 March 2017

Cynthia Ayers is a national security threat analyst, currently working as an independent consultant within the Mission Control and Cyber Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. She is also serving as Deputy to the Executive Director of the Congressionally sponsored Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

On March 7, 2017, Ayers presented testimony before the Michigan House Committee on Energy Policy. Her testimony included an analysis of how smart meters introduce safety and security threats to the electric grid and to civilization itself. Excerpts from the written testimony [1] include the following:

“My testimony will concentrate on the possibility of a catastrophic cyber attack to the systems we depend on for the delivery of electricity – the lifeblood of our modern civilization. …

Robots Delivering Pizza and House Viewing by VR: Is 5G Really the Future?

"The proportion of mobile-phone owners that own smartphones – which has driven the data and video explosion – has surged from a little over 20% in 2011 to 75% last year. Data usage per phone user rocketed from an average of 0.11Gb to 1.26Gb between 2011 and 2016, as gaming and video streaming services such as Netflix took off on mobiles."

[We have a question: Is providing individuals with faster gaming and video streaming services on mobile phones via 5G technology worth the health and environmental consequences that will result?]

A robot that utilises 5G technology on Deutsche Telekom's
stand at this month's Mobile World Congress.
Photo:  Paul Hanna/Reuters
Robots delivering pizza and house viewing by VR: is 5G really the future?
Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 11 March 2017

The blazingly fast next-generation mobile data network is not far away – but not everyone is convinced that we really need it

Philip Hammond says he wants the UK to become a “world leader” in 5G, the next-generation mobile technology that proponents say is the key to an internet-connected world of driverless cars, smart home appliances, delivery drones and lightning-fast video on the go.

Letter to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent on Wi-Fi in Public Schools

"I am concerned, not only for my own child, but for all children, especially those who may suffer from a variety of pre-existing stressors – socioeconomic, racial, nutritional, environmental, etc. – thus making them more prone to adverse health reactions and consequent learning disorders, due to the toxic effects of radio-frequency radiation."

Letter to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, Doctor Larry Nyland on WiFi in Public Schools
Posted by Jordancommunichi.org, 13 March 2017

Dear Dr. Nyland,

I am excited that my daughter will be attending a Seattle public school next year. I was particularly impressed by Principal Wiley’s introduction at a recent open house at Franklin High School. I am a strong believer in public education.

However, I am concerned about the health effects of WiFi, particularly for children whose cellular metabolism is more rapid than adults, and who are thus more vulnerable to molecular and DNA damage due to the intense and continuous exposure that radio-frequency radiation presents.

5G's Rise Must Coincide with Sustainability

Too often, ICT infrastructure is created without sufficient
importance being placed on the sustainability of these
energy-guzzling elements.  5G will radically increase the
demands placed on this infrastructure.
"Data centres already account for 5% of global CO2 omissions – as much as the aviation industry."

5G’s rise must coincide with sustainability
by Nick IsmailOpinioninformation-age.com, 15 March 2017

The advent of 5G must coincide with an even stronger focus on sustainability to avoid escalation in ICT carbon footprint

Whilst 5G is set to bring a range of benefits to business consumers, it will also increase the capacity to create and transfer more data than ever, and without a more significant move to sustainable practise there will be a large increase in the carbon footprint of data centres across the world.

22 March 2017

Are Your Children Playing "Blue Whale Challenge"? Police Warning After Hundreds of Suicides

Hundreds of teenagers in Russia have committed suicide.
(One of the tasks is to carve a whale into the skin.)
Are YOUR children playing Blue Whale challenge? Police warning after hundreds of suicides
by Sofia Petkar, Express, 11 March 2017

Police warning after hundreds of suicides

POLICE in Britain are warning parents about the dangers of a new social media ‘game’ that’s believed to be responsible for hundreds of teenage suicides in Russia.

Hundreds of teenagers in Russia have committed suicide

The ‘Blue Whale challenge’ encourages vulnerable teenagers to take part in a series of disturbing tasks - like cutting themselves - each day for 50 days.

According to Russian reports, one of the tasks involved teenagers cutting the shape of a whale on their body, using a sharp knife or razor.

On the final day of the challenge - they are told to kill themselves.

Apple iPhones Should Carry Warning After Man Is Electrocuted in Bath, Says Coroner

Reuters/ Stefan Wermuth
Apple iPhones should carry warning after man is electrocuted in bath, says coroner
by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Independent, 20 March 2017

‘These seem like innocuous devices but they can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom’

A coroner has called for iPhones to carry safety warnings after a man was electrocuted and died when trying to charge his smartphone in the bath.

Richard Bull, 32, died in his home in Ealing, west London, when his charger made contact with his bathwater on 11 December.

Assistant coroner Dr Sean Cummings said at Mr Bull’s inquest: “[iPhones] seem like innocuous devices but they can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom.

“They should attach warnings.”

Dr Cummings said he will write a prevention of future death report to send to Apple.

Japan Court Rules Government Liable Over Fukushima

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) logo is seen on a 
uniform of an employee at the company's Fukushima 
Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima,
Japan.  February 23, 2017,
Reuters/ Tomohiro Ohsumi/ Pool
Japan court rules government liable over Fukushima: media
Reuters, 17 March 2017

A court in Japan on Friday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and the government are liable for negligence in a case involving compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the first time the judiciary has ruled the state has liability, Japanese media reported.

The district court in Maebashi, north of Tokyo, ruled in favor of 137 evacuees seeking damages for the emotional distress of fleeing their homes as radiation spread from the meltdowns at Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi plant after an earthquake and tsunami six years ago, the Mainichi newspaper and other media reported.

While courts have ruled in favor of plaintiffs and awarded damages arising from the disaster, it was the first time a court has recognized that the government was liable, the Mainichi said.

Fatal Forecast: Lyme Disease Will Plague America

Fatal Forecast: Lyme Disease Will Plague America
by Dr. Mercola, 22 March 2017

National surveillance for Lyme disease began in 1982 and since then the number of reported cases have grown over 25-fold.1 Between 1990 and 2015, the number of reported cases in the U.S. doubled.2 The disease has also spread geographically.3

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the U.S.4

The CDC reports the disease, and the ticks that carry the disease, are concentrated in the northeast and upper Midwest.5 Ticks carry more than Lyme disease, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and human babesiosis, a rare microscopic parasite that infects red blood cells.

Each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC.6However, this number does not reflect all cases diagnosed in the U.S. Following two studies by the CDC, researchers estimate 10 times that number are infected with Lyme disease each year, for a total ranging between 296,000 and 376,000 cases.

U.S. and U.K. Ban Laptops and Other Devices on Flights from Middle East

U.S. and U.K. ban laptops and other devices on flights from Middle East
by Jon Ostrower, Charles Riley and Mark Thompson, CNN, 21 March 2017

The U.S. and U.K. on Tuesday banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.

New security restrictions from the Trump administration require nine airlines based in the region to prevent people flying from eight countries from bringing any device bigger than a smartphone on board. Those devices will have to be checked into the luggage hold.

The U.S. ban will affect more than 50 flights a day from 10 airports in the mainly Muslim countries, including major hubs such as Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials. The nine airlines affected were notified of the procedures by the U.S. at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday and must comply within 96 hours.

21 March 2017

Robots: How They'll Disrupt Different Careers

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

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

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

NTP Paper on DNA Breaks Delayed, Will Be Included in Final RF Report

NTP Paper on DNA Breaks Delayed, Will Be Included in Final RF Report
microwavenews.com, 21 March 2017

Peer Reviewers Had Sought More Information;
Cell Phone-Cancer Report Due in December


The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has changed course and will not —at least for the time being— publish its findings of increased DNA breaks among rats exposed to cell phone radiation as a stand-alone paper.

The DNA study, which is part of NTP’s landmark experiment showing that RF radiation can lead to tumors in the brains and hearts of laboratory animals, will now be incorporated in NTP’s Technical Report on the $25 million project, the NTP has told Microwave News.

Screen Time in Schools: Forum: 20 April 2017 - Denver, Colorado

Screen Time in Schools - 
Why Parents Should Care

SCREEN TIME Colorado presents an expert forum of presenters to speak at the Field House in Denver on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 6:30-8:30p. A happy hour will start at 5:30 and an audience Q&A will follow the presentations.

"We're honored to present this vital information to anyone with responsibility for the care of children, or concerned with the adequacy and efficacy of children's education."
-----Heather Lahdenpera & Christine Zipps, event co-sponsors

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), today's children are spending an average of SEVEN hours per day on electronic devices! 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & to REGISTER:
www.screentimecolorado.com

Purpose

20 March 2017

Twenty Questions to the Maryland State Department of Education About the Unsafe Use of Digital Devices in Classrooms

Example of inappropriate position using laptop/tablet.
For one, this child is too young to be using it.  It should
never be held next to the body, but instead, upright on a
table with the head - and eyes - some distance from the
screen.  
Following are the 20 questions asked by a Maryland parent in a letter sent to the Maryland Department of Education Superintendent on unsafe use of digital devices.  View the entire text on Scribd - it contains information on this issue from all over the world.

Twenty Questions to the Maryland State Department of Education About the Unsafe Use of Digital Devices in Classrooms
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Letter to Maryland Department o fEducation Superintendent on Unsafe Use of Digital Devices by Safe Tech For Schools on Scribd

1.Why are you not taking immediate action to ensure safety in classrooms by instructing students and teachers as to keep all electronics off laps?

2.Why are not acting to remove wireless transmitters and wireless devices from the classrooms as the Advisory Council has recommended schools use wired networks.

3.Parents should not be waiting for a Bill to pass before children are protected. Why are you not taking immediate action to ensure safety in classrooms by consulting with medical doctors and developing health and safety guidelines for screen use in a transparent process whereby the science on which such guidance is based on is shared?

Australia Becomes World’s Most Microchipped Nation

["Fashion for sheep" who are ignorant about health and privacy risks?  “Along with the potential risks to health, there is a real risk to freedom and privacy... numbering people is very dehumanizing. It turns you into a barcode on the package of meat that’s get tracked like inventory,” said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, an RFID microchip and consumer privacy expert. In 2007 Albrecht and Associated Press Reporter Todd Lewan revealed to the public studies that showed microchips cause cancer when they are implanted into laboratory animals. “In our research we found that between one and ten percent of laboratory animals implanted with radio frequency microchips developed cancer adjacent to and even surrounding the microchips,” Albrecht said. Ref. "Human Microchipping Poses Dangers to Health, Privacy", 2014 article.]

Australia Becomes World’s Most Microchipped Nation
by Baxter Dmitry, yournewswire.com, 3 March 2017

Australia has become the first widely microchipped nation, with Australians readily parting with $150 of their own money to pay for “fashionable” microchips under their skin – without stopping to think of the consequences.

Mainstream media in the US has been waging a propaganda campaign trying to normalize the idea of microchips for humans, airing reports claiming that children will be microchipped “sooner rather than later” and that Americans will accept this because it will make their children “safer.“

The End of Wi-Fi?

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

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

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

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

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

Should We Ban Ibuprofen?

Should We Ban Ibuprofen?
by Joe Graedon, People's Pharmacy, 
19 March 2017

People in pain take huge quantities of NSAIDs like ibuprofen. A new Danish study links NSAIDS to cardiac arrest. Should the FDA ban ibuprofen from OTC sale?

A study published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (April, 2017) reports that ibuprofen is associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Now some people are asking whether regulators should ban ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) from over-the-counter sale.

By the way, aspirin has not been linked to heart attacks or cardiac arrest. If anything, aspirin seems to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

UCB's Joel Moscowitz Spring Suppressed Cell Phone Health Guidance Prepared by Cal Dept of Public Health

UCB’s Joel Moskowitz springs suppressed cell phone health guidance prepared by Cal Dept of Public Health
Submitted by sglantztobacco.ucsf.edu,
19 March 2017

I have been following the evidence that cell phone radiation can have adverse health effects for several years and think that the evidence for adverse health effects of cell phones is about where it was in the early 1960s for cigarettes. (I use several studies showing damage to sperm as examples in my textbook Primer of Biostatistics.) I have also been impressed at how, like Big Tobacco and global warming deniers, the cell phone industry has tried to keep people in the dark about the emerging evidence.

I have also worked for decades with the California Department of Public Health and come to respect the high quality of the work they do. So I was interested to read in the newspaper a few weeks ago that in 2010 they had prepared a “guidance document” on the health effects of cell phone radiation that had been buried. The 2010 CDPH document summarized the science regarding health risks from cell phone radiation, and offered consumers precautionary recommendations.

It took seven years and a lawsuit in Superior Court brought by my colleague Joel Moskowitz from UC Berkeley (who used to work on tobacco) to force its release.

19 March 2017

BPA-Free? Substitutions Mimic Hormones in Breast Cancer Cells

BPA-free? Substitutions mimic hormones in breast cancer cells
by Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News, 16 March 2017

Six popular BPA alternatives all mimic estrogen in breast cancer cells; three of them more so than BPA itself, according to new research.

Three chemicals used as BPA alternatives mimic estrogen and promote breast cancer cell growth more than the controversial compound they’re designed to replace, according to new research.

The study, preprinted online before it goes through the peer-review process, is the first study to test these six bisphenol-A (BPA) alternatives in various breast cancer cells and compare their level of estrogen mimicking against one another.

The findings suggest that “BPA-free” may mean very little for consumers trying to protect their health from endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Resist the Internet

Emilio Morenatti/Associated press
"There are... excellent reasons to think that online life breeds narcissim, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence on the politically-engaged, and that it takes more than it gives from creativity and deep thought." 

Resist the Internet
by Ross Douthat, The New York Times, 
11 March 2017

So far, in my ongoing series of columns making the case for implausible ideas, I’ve fixed race relations and solved the problem of a workless working class. So now it’s time to turn to the real threat to the human future: the one in your pocket or on your desk, the one you might be reading this column on right now.

Thirteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (13 March 2017)

Thirteen 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, 13 March 2017

Mobile phone use and risk for intracranial tumors and salivary gland tumors - A meta-analysis

Bortkiewicz A, Gadzicka E, Szymczak W. Mobile phone use and risk for intracranial tumors and salivary gland tumors - A meta-analysis. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2017 Feb 21;30(1):27-43. doi: 10.13075/ijomeh.1896.00802. Epub 2017 Feb 13.

Abstract

Results of epidemiological studies on the association between use of mobile phone and brain cancer are ambiguous, as well as the results of 5 meta-analysis studies published to date. Since the last meta-analysis (2009), new case-control studies have been published, which theoretically could affect the conclusions on this relationship. Therefore, we decided to perform a new meta-analysis. We conducted a systematic review of multiple electronic data bases for relevant publications. The inclusion criteria were: original papers, case-control studies, published till the end of March 2014, measures of association (point estimates as odds ratio and confidence interval of the effect measured), data on individual exposure. Twenty four studies (26 846 cases, 50 013 controls) were included into the meta-analysis. A significantly higher risk of an intracranial tumor (all types) was noted for the period of mobile phone use over 10 years (odds ratio (OR) = 1.324, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.028-1.704), and for the ipsilateral location (OR = 1.249, 95% CI: 1.022-1.526). The results support the hypothesis that long-term use of mobile phone increases risk of intracranial tumors, especially in the case of ipsilateral exposure. Further studies are needed to confirm this relationship.

Conclusions

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

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

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

Extracts

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

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

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Neurophysiological bases for addiction 

18 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

17 March 2017

Recent News from ARTAC

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

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


Extracts from ARTAC Bulletin
no. 83, March 2017

Meeting at the European Parliament

Researchers Use $5 Speaker to Hack IoT Devices, Smartphones,Automobiles

Image:  Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering
Researchers use $5 speaker to hack IoT devices, smartphones, automobiles
by Conner Forresttechrepublic.com
15 March 2017

Cybersecurity researchers from the University of Michigan used sound waves to trick accelerometers and gain backdoor access into systems.

University of Michigan researchers were able to successfully hack into sensors in smartphones, automobiles, medical devices, and IoT products, the university announced Tuesday. Using only a simple $5 speaker, the researchers were able to outwit accelerometers and gain additional access to the system, a press release said.

Court Orders California Public Health Department to Release Cellphone Radiation Safety Document

Court orders California Public Health Dept. to Release Cellphone Radiation Safety Document
saferemr.com, 15 March 2017

The Sacramento Superior Court has ordered the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to release the Department's cell phone use guidance document without superimposed markings.

This cell phone radiation safety document, originally prepared in 2010 by health professionals in the CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch, has been suppressed by political appointees over the years.

On March 13, Judge Shelleyanne Chang re-issued the tentative ruling she made prior to the hearing:





And she appended the following section to the Court's final ruling:

16 March 2017

Older Women on Statins at Greatly Increased Risk of Diabetes

Maybe time to think about de-prescribing statins for
older women supplied
Older women on statins at greatly increased risk of diabetes
by Jill Margo, afr.com, 16 March 2017

Older Australian women who take statins to control their cholesterol are putting themselves at significantly higher risk of developing diabetes type 2.

A new Queensland study shows they have a 33 to 50 per cent increased chance of developing diabetes, depending on the dose.

The authors say the "dose effect" is most concerning and these women should not be exposed to high doses.

​Statins have been in wide use for more than 25 years but in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration advised their use may increase the risk of diabetes type 2.

Disney Invention Could Power Up to 320 Mobile Devices

The quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), uses magnetic
fields to transmit power to mobile devices.  It was
developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Disney's
research lab.
Question to readers: Is this technology safe, as Disney claims: "The currents are safe to humans because they are channeled through specialized conductors which soak up any harmful electrical fields...  The Disney team found this room was safe, even for people with pacemakers and other implanted electronics."

The room that charges your gadgets using THIN AIR: Disney invention could power up to 320 mobile devices

  • Disney Research has developed a method similar to Wi-Fi to transmit power 
  • The method, called quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), uses magnetic fields
  • Researchers at Pittsburgh lab charged 10 batteries inside 5-by-5ft room
  • Claim that at maximum capability, technology could wirelessly charge up to 320 devices at a time
  • Neither humans nor furniture would be affected by the power currents

It may be best known for its children's films, but Disney is trying its hand at wireless charging technology.

The firm is working on technology similar to Wi-Fi that can power upmobile devices without the need for wires.

Wireless Wise Kids

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

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

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

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

California Tries to Cover Up Cellphone Hazards

California Tries to Cover Up Cellphone Hazards
by Dr. Mercola, 15 March 2017

Cellphones have become commonplace. Users are able to call, text and use the Internet, all from the convenience of a piece of equipment that fits in a pocket. According to Pew Research Center, 91 percent of adults in the U.S. have one.1

Pew found the number of people embracing the use of cellphones have made this device the most quickly accepted consumer technology in history. The latest survey found those over 65, living in rural areas and women, are less likely to own a cellphone, although this pattern has not been evident in previous surveys.

Pew attributes the quick rise in popularity of the device to the development of smartphones. Unfortunately, this connection to technology places you in danger of disconnecting from what's real and really important. Use and overuse may lead to addiction. The New York Times observes:2

"The near-universal access to digital technology, starting at ever younger ages, is transforming modern society in ways that can have negative effects on physical and mental health, neurological development and personal relationships, not to mention safety on our roads and sidewalks.

Vaccine Overload Disorder Is Sweeping the Nation

Vaccine overload disorder is sweeping the nation while MDs are calling it anything but what it really isby S.D. Wellsnaturalnews.com, 7 March 29017

(Natural News) The accumulation of toxins in the human body has never been tested by the FDA, CDC or AMA. From heavy metal poisons to chemical pesticides, time is our greatest enemy as Americans pour on, consume and inject more and more chemicals every year, adding to the already chaotic overload of GMOs, fluoridated water, flu shots and the “recommended” CDC boatload of vaccines that have never been proven safe or effective.

Are you experiencing brain fog, migraine headaches, severe allergies to foods, central nervous system disorders, anxiety, muscle spasms, immune system malfunctions, chronic inflammation or fibromyalgia? What you may really have is called Vaccine Overload Disorder, but no MD in America is allowed to speak of it, for fear of losing their license to practice medicine.

You should fear today’s vaccines more than you do infectious diseases – here’s why

Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

"A sad and discouraging commentary on our inability to control corporate greed."

Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children

by Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association, 9 March 2017

“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Dr. Jane Goodall

Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body of evidence, accumulated over more than half a century, that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.

Both reports issue scathing indictments of U.S. and global regulatory systems that collude with chemical companies to hide the truth from the public, while they fill their coffers with ill-gotten profits.

According to the World Health Organization, whose report focused on a range of environmental risks, the cost of a polluted environment adds up to the deaths of 1.7 million children every year.

A report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, focused more narrowly on agricultural chemicals. The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto—the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world—is a myth. And a catastrophic one at that.

World Health Organization: Smart Meters Are Making People Ill

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

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

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

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

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

Smart meters health problems

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

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

Heard on Fresh Air

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

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

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

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

Are Truly Wireless Earbuds (Like AirPods) Safe?

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

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

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

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