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30 June 2018

Wi-Fi Radiation in Schools

Can You See It Now?
by Deb Mayer, paaoregon.org, 27 June 2018

Artist rendition of typical house showing WiFi radiation
Over the past few weeks, Oregonians have been asking questions and seeking answers as to the safety of WiFi radiation -- especially in schools. Nearly 500 people from Ashland, Eugene, and Portland attended events to find out more about health risks. They also are demanding information about smart meters on their homes and the roll-out of the new 5G technology. Communities around the state are making decisions on how to address the problem. On Monday, June 11th, I delivered testimony to the Portland Public School Committee on Teaching and Learning about the harmful health effects of WiFi radiation in schools -- especially on young children. This is what I packed into my three minute time allotment:

Switzerland: Mobile Telephony: War of the Waves

UPDATE:  30 June 2018:   Current video "Radiation from 5G antennas - a health risk?" from DW.com, with the participation of Dr. Carlos Quinto, member of the Federation of Swiss Doctors, one of the very few doctors to mention the NTP cell phone radiation studies in early March.

Dr. Carlos Beat Quinto, member of the central committee
of the Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) - which
has some 30,000 members
On March 5, 2018, the Council of States, Swiss Parliament, voted once again on revision of the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation (ORNI). By a vote of 22 to 21 with 2 abstentions, the Council said “no” to the Motion,“Avoiding the collapse of mobile networks and securing the country's digital future" and thus rejected an increase in the limit values for mobile phone antennas.

A number of associations concerned about the effects of radiofrequency radiation on people and the environment were against the motion: Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, Federation of Swiss Doctors, Union of Swiss Farmers, HabitatDurable, Swiss Federation of Patients. and advocacy groups. During the debate prior to the vote, some of the deputies mentioned having received several hundred letters and copies of scientific studies from people concerned about health, including electrosensitive persons.

The following article appeared in Migros Magazine, which has a readership of over 700,000 persons.

29 June 2018

Press Release: Appeal for the Withdrawal of More than 250 Mobile Phone Models in France, Europe and Internationally

This press release contains links to the list of the 250 mobile phones to be withdrawn or updated, and the composition of the Scientific Committee of the association.

Appeal for the withdrawal of more than 250 mobile phone models in France, Europe and internationally
phonegatealert.org, 29 June 2018

Our press briefing was held Thursday 28 June 2018 in Paris. Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the NGO, Phonegate Alert, together with two members of the scientific committee, Dr. Devra Davis (USA), President of the NGO, the Environmental Health Trust, and Dr. Annie Sasco, former chief of a research unit, at IARC-WHO, called for the withdrawal of millions of mobile phones that present a risk to health, particularly of children.

Dr. Arazi briefly recalled the important steps marking the alert launched in July 2016. He then presented the association that was recently created on his initiative in March 2018, its international purpose and the composition of the scientific committee, which includes some of the internationally renowned personalities who are studying the potential links between electromagnetic waves and health.

28 June 2018

Ireland: Proposed Legislation Looks to Tackle Phone Use in School

Proposed legislation looks to tackle phone use in school
by Joe Leogue, irishexaminer.com, 28 June 2018

Children may be compelled to hand over their mobile phones to their teachers at the start of each school day if proposed legislation introduced in the Seanad is passed.

The bill, if implemented, would see repeat offenders, if they are caught with their phone in class on a number of occasions, lose their device for the whole school term.

The Education (Digital Devices in Schools) Bill, was proposed by Independent senators Gerard Craughwell, Victor Boyhan, and Billy Lawless.

It would empower the education minister to create a standardised code of behaviour on digital devices in schools, in conjunction with the National Educational Welfare Board.

It would then be sent to the board of management of schools across the country, who will consult with school staff and parents on implementation of the code of behaviour.

U.S. Epidemiologist Dr. Devra Davis: 'Genes Give us the Gun, Environment Pulls the Trigger' in Cancer

US epidemiologist: 'Genes give us the gun, environment pulls the trigger' in cancer
by YIANNIS ELAFROekathimerini.com, 27 June 2018

“Genes give us the gun, while the environment pulls the trigger,” the prominent US epidemiologist Devra Davis told Kathimerini in an exclusive interview ahead of her speech at a conference titled “Dramatic Changes on the Planet and the Greek Roots of Ecological Ethics,” which took place at the University of Patra in southwestern Greece between June 17- 20.

Davis emphasizes that awareness and prevention regrading unhealthy factors in our environment, including information on the use of cell phones, is a fundamental human right. Davis is president of the Environmental Health Trust and visiting professor at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem and Ondokuz Mayis Medical School in Samsun, Turkey.

You underline that the war on cancer since the 1970s has focused on the wrong enemies with the wrong weapons. What do you mean by that?

The search for a cure for cancer has driven the effort against the disease for more than a century. The war focused on treating cancer, not on preventing it. The enemy was seen as the disease, but not the things that caused it. And the weapons became a series of drugs, some of which could cure the cancer but also killed the patient.

Switzerland: Federal Administrative Court Supports Victim of Burnout

The case demonstrates when an employer can be prosecuted
for the burnout of an employee.
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RE-POSTED JUNE 2018:  Today, we are reading more and more about burnout affecting employees in different kinds of professions.  How many have filed a complaint before the court - do they have any chance of winning?

Federal administrative court supports victim of burnout
by Rachel Walser, srf.ch, 6 September 2017 -

The fact that an employer is sued for stress has so far rarely occurred in Switzerland. This could change.

This case went to the Federal Administrative Court

  • A lawyer had to assess asylum applications at the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and communicate many negative decisions. The work had been "enormously burdensome."
  • Despite the high burden, she was left alone by the employer and suffered a stress-induced burnout. Today she is unable to work and receives a dull disability pension.
  • She now claims damages of 360,000 and a satisfaction of 20,000 francs.

Council of Europe: Draft Guidelines to Promote, Protect and Fulfil Children's Rights in the Digital Environment Make No Mention of Children's Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation

RE-POSTED JUNE 2018:    To date, we cannot find a finalized version of this document.  The right to health and well-being is a fundamental right for all human beings. It seems to be neglected in this draft document, in the context of exposure to radiofrequency radiation.  Children, with their smaller bodies, are more vulnerable  to the dangers of this type of radiation and must especially be protected.

The Council of Europe has issued a draft document, comments due by 4 September 2017: "Guidelines to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment", applying to all children under the age of 18 in the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe. It seems to cover subjects such as child sexual abuse, bullying, protection of personal data, etc. and to promote digital education. After a quick perusal of the document, we see no mention of the mental and physical risks of exposing children to the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by digital technology. The right to health and well-being is a fundamental human right that seems to be neglected in this document, in the context of EMR exposure.

Young Kids With Cellphones Face a Hidden Risk

Today, in 2018, more and more countries are considering banning cell phones in schools.  Some of the reasons include distraction and cyberbullying.

Young Kids With Cellphones Face a Hidden Risk
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter, 
15 September 2017

Study finds elementary school children with phones are more likely to be cyberbullied

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) --
Cyberbullying starts early, and 8- and 9-year-olds with cellphones are especially vulnerable, new research finds.

"Parents often cite the benefits of giving their child a cellphone, but our research suggests that giving young children these devices may have unforeseen risks as well," said study researcher Elizabeth Englander, a professor of psychology at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

She and her colleagues surveyed nearly 4,600 students in third, fourth and fifth grades between 2014 and 2016.

Overall, about 10 percent said they'd been victims of a cyberbully. However, younger students with phones were much more likely to report electronic abuse, the study showed.

Switzerland: Sunrise Activates First 5G Antenna

Sunrise activates first 5G antenna in Switzerland, demonstrates '5G for People' with Huawei
telecompaper.com, 27 June 2018

The latest 5G technology - it's in the box in the middle left
on a Sunrise antenna, photographed at the Sunrise HQ
in Zurich-Oerlikon.
Photo: Keystone/PPR/Aladin Klieber (from ats article)
Swiss operator Sunrise has put the first Swiss 5G antenna into operation, only six months after setting a world record under laboratory conditions. The operator also demonstrated '5G for People' with a Huawei Wi-Fi hotspot device.

For the demonstration, Huawei provided its latest 5G New Radio equipment and CPE, which enables Sunrise to be one of their first customers in Europe that can show the public the potential of 5G in an end-to-end environment, said Wang Haitao, CEO Huawei Switzerland.

Sunrise has demonstrated the benefits of high-bandwidth connections, up to 1 Gbps, which will be available for both business and private customers as early as 2020, even without a fibre connection, said Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise.

27 June 2018

No Cell Phones in School!

Opinion published 27 June 2018 by the Swiss newspaper "24heures" on cell phones in schools and Phonegate. (translation)

No cell phones in school!

Re. article entitled "Schools are looking for a tool to replace WhatsApp" (24heures, 23 June 2018)

From the start of the 2018 school year in France, the use of cell phones will be banned for students in primary and secondary schools. This is a commendable decision also taken by the Government of Rwanda; and the United Kingdom and New South Wales in Australia, are considering a ban because cell phones are a source of distraction and cyberbullying.

According to the new European regulation on data protection, the age limit for using of WhatsApp has been raised from 13 to 16. This regulation governs Switzerland, as does another on the measurement of SAR (the amount of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) received by users of mobile devices) which has reduced the measuring distance between the device and the body. The measurements of the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) have revealed that many mobile phones exceed the limit values for the SAR trunk when tested in contact and thus, the Agency has begun to have phones withdrawn from the market or requested updates. These phones emit too much RFR when they are used or kept (in a pants pocket or bra) in contact with the skin.

26 June 2018

Massachusetts: Family Appeals Ruling in Fay School WiFi Sickness Case

Family appeals ruling in Fay School WiFi sickness case 
by Scott O’Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 25 June 2018

WORCESTER – The parents who lost their lawsuit against a Southboro private school whose wireless internet they alleged sickened their son have appealed the decision, federal court records show.

The plaintiffs, identified only as “Mother” and “Father” and their son “G” in the original complaint, lost their civil action against the Fay School two weeks ago when a U.S. District Court judge rejected their last remaining claim of retaliation in the case.

The family submitted a notice of appeal of that decision, as well as a previous court ruling against their case, in U.S. District Court in Worcester on Friday, according to the docket for the case.

25 June 2018

United Kingdom: Secondary Schools Are Introducing Strict New Bans on Mobile Phones

Secondary schools are introducing strict new bans on mobile phones
by Charles Hymas, The Telegraph, 24 June 2018

Secondary schools are introducing strict new bans on mobile phones where all pupils aged up to 16 have to lock them away for the entire day after evidence that it makes children more sociable, alert and active.

From September pupils aged 11 to 16 who own phones at the schools will be required either to hand them in or put them in their lockers when they arrive for registration and only get them back when they leave in the afternoon.

The sea-change in approach coincides with an appeal last week by culture secretary Matthew Hancock in The Daily Telegraph for schools to ban smart phones during the school day. It comes as this newspaper campaigns for a legal duty of care to protect children from digital harms.

Typical is Latymer Upper school in west London where its ban on phones is to be extended to all children up to the end of their GCSE years after its success in restricting access to younger pupils.

The independent school said its ban on mobile phones for pupils aged 11 to 13 had been “incredibly positive” with an increase in children playing outside, attending clubs and societies and socialising with each other.

24 June 2018

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse
By Nellie Bowles, The New York Times, 23 June 2018

(Photo): In training sessions on domestic violence and technology, people have started asking about how to handle the use of connected home devices in abuse situations, said Erica Olsen, director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.CreditTony Luong for The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.

One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front door changed every day and she could not figure out why. Still another told an abuse help line that she kept hearing the doorbell ring, but no one was there.

Cell Phone Radiation

Article published November 17, 2011. Since 2011, the results of more epidemiological experimental studies have provided further evidence of carcinogenicity. Today, experts are calling for a reclassification of radiofrequency radiation from group 2B "possibly carcinogenic to humans" to 2A "probably carcinogenic" or even to group 1 "carcinogenic to humans".

Cell Phone Radiation

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23 June 2018

The Guardian View on Mobile Phones: Schools Are Better without Them:

The Guardian view on mobile phones: schools are better without them 

'Some games are so overwhelmingly attractive when they
first appear that unhappy children can be entirely swept
away in them.'
Photo:  Alamy
The call to ban phones from the playground is rightly popular.  But schools will need resources to do it properly
22 June 2018

When a minister in this government stumbles on a policy that is both popular and good, it’s newsworthy. Matt Hancock, the digital minister, has suggested that schools ban the use of mobile phones by their pupils. Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, agrees. In France, the Macron government has put forward legislation that will ban the use of phones in all primary and middle schools. This removes the matter from the discretion of headteachers. Those who have already purged their playgrounds of screens report few problems. The measure seems entirely straightforward and sensible.

FDA Approves First Continuous Glucose Monitoring System with a Fully Implantable Glucose Sensor and Compatible Mobile App for Adults with Diabetes

Highlights of the press release announcing the
new system:

- Every five minutes, measurements are sent to a compatible mobile device (e.g., smart phone or tablet) that is running a device-specific mobile app.

- This implant was approved based on clinical study data from only 125 individuals.

- The FDA evaluated clinical study data from 125 individuals aged 18 and older with diabetes

- Potential adverse effects related to insertion, removal and wear of the sensor include allergic reaction to adhesives, bleeding, bruising, infection, pain or discomfort, scarring or skin discoloration, sensor fracture during removal, skin inflammation, thinning, discoloration or redness. Other risks associated with use of the CGM system may include hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in cases where information provided by the device is inaccurate or where alerts are missed.

FDA approves first continuous glucose monitoring system with a fully implantable glucose sensor and compatible mobile app for adults with diabetes
fda.gov, 21 June 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Eversense Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system for use in people 18 years of age and older with diabetes. This is the first FDA-approved CGM system to include a fully implantable sensor to detect glucose, which can be worn for up to 90 days.

Cell Phones in Pockets Kill Sperm

No Bones About It. Cell Phones in Pockets Kill Sperm and More.
By B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 17 June 2018

Boys and men of all ages may not feel any heat or sensation from a carrying a cell phone in their pants’ pockets. That doesn’t mean their private parts aren’t being exposed to harmful radiation.

Dr. Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. of University of California, Berkeley (SaferEMR.com) provided a great picture along with research confirming that cell phone radiation can harm sperm

EHTrust.org has also provided dozens of references to research confirming this on their website.

Lloyd Burrell of Electricsense also highlighted and detailed many studies which confirm this as well.

If you’ve ever wondered how much radiation is being emitted from your cell phone, here’s an Acoustimeter measuring radiation from a “smart” phone. [See original article.]

As you can see, anyone carrying a cell phone in his pocket is experiencing one heck of a weenie roast even if he doesn’t feel or smell it.

World Health Organization Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' As Mental Health Condition

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition
By Susan Scutti, CNN, 18 June 2018

Story highlights

  • Characteristics include a loss of control and escalation despite negative consequences
  • Gaming disorder is not prevalent; only a small proportion of gamers fit the criteria
  • "It's a little bit premature to label this as a diagnosis," one expert says

(CNN)Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.
Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday.

Australia: 'Massively Overdue' Smartphone Review to Tackle Predators, Cyberbullies

'Massively overdue' smartphone review to tackle predators, cyberbullies
By Jordan Baker, smh.com.au, 21 June 2018

Tackling predators and cyber bullying will be the priority for a review of phones in NSW schools, and a recommendation to ban smartphones in primary school is on the cards, says the psychologist heading the review, Michael Carr-Gregg.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes called Dr Carr-Gregg on Wednesday to ask him to head the review, which will be the first in Australia.

The terms of reference have not yet been drawn up, no panel has been chosen and no deadline has been decided.

Dr Carr-Gregg said he would look at global research into smartphones in schools, and what schools are doing around the world. He would invite submissions and report back to the minister with suggestions for smartphone guidelines in schools.

Pennsylvania: Group of Concerned Hempfield Residents Sue School District Over Cell Towers

Group of concerned Hempfield residents sue school district over cell towers
by ALEX GELI, Staff Writer, lancasteronline.com, 23 June 2018

A "no trespassing" sign on the Rohrerstown cell tower
construction site displays warnings for potential
radiofrequency radiation.
A yearlong battle over cellphone towers on school district property in East Hempfield Township has been revitalized thanks to a lawsuit filed against Hempfield School District.

Hempfield Citizens for Safe Schools Inc., an 85-member nonprofit founded after the Hempfield school board voted in January to give Verizon final approval to build its tower behind an elementary school, is suing the school district over leasing land “for a private party’s benefit.”

The complaint, filed on May 7 by attorneys Aaron Marines and Brandon Harter of Russell, Krafft & Gruber LLP, alleges the school district is violating Pennsylvania’s Donated or Dedicated Property Act, which restricts the conversion of public land to private use.

United Kingdom: Drivers Who Cause Death While Using Their Mobile Phones Will Now Face Life Sentence

Drivers who kill will now face life sentence
by Michael Savage, and Dulcie Lee, The Guardian, 15 October 2017

Government to toughen sentences after consultation

The change to the law comes after a consultation that
received 9,000 submissions. 
Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA
Dangerous drivers who cause death while using their mobile phones or speeding will face life in prison, ministers have confirmed. The decision to go ahead with a major extension of sentences comes after a campaign by families and a cross-party group of MPs.

Drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs will also face a life sentence. And there will be a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving, as part of renewed efforts to improve road safety.

The new measures mean such drivers could face the same length of sentence as those convicted of manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life.

United Kingdom: Could There Be a Classroom Ban on Mobile Phones?

More headteachers are being encouraged to ban mobile
phones from schools
Are mobile phones allowed in schools, could there be a classroom ban and what are the arguments for and against them?

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is encouraging headteachers to ban mobile phones from schools
By Neal Baker, thesun.co.uk, 21 June 2018

MORE schools could be encouraged to ban pupils from bringing mobile phones to class.

Culture and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock said evidence showed removing phones improves behaviour and learning.

Are mobile phones allowed in UK schools?
It is up to individual schools to ban mobile phones from classrooms.

Why We Must Ban Phones in School Now by Jan Moir for the Daily Mail

JAN MOIR: Why we must ban phones in school now...whatever the demanding little wretches might say
By JAN MOIR FOR THE DAILY MAIL, 21 June 2018, updated 22 June 2018

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says that all pupils'
mobile phones should be confiscated at the start of the
school day.   
Stock picture
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says that all pupils’ mobile phones should be confiscated at the start of the school day because they have a ‘real impact’ on academic achievement.

When you stop to think about it, just for one second, what is truly remarkable is that this doesn’t happen already.

Meanwhile, the Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman has given her full backing to schools that ban phones completely.

She believes the arguments for having them in schools are ‘dubious at best’ and that they make life miserable for staff trying to teach and pupils trying to learn.

Indeed. How could phones in classrooms not be anything except the most corrosive, endless distraction for all concerned?

United Kingdom: Bristol University Suicides Were Not a Failure in Care, Says Academic

Our comment:  The city of Bristol has been running the first public trials of 5G technology since March this year.  Is there a connection between exposure to this new technology and the abnormally high number of suicides at Bristol University?  The university is conducting research on 5G technology. 

James Thomson, 20 took his life in his second year at
Bristol University.  SWNS
Bristol University suicides were not a failure in care, says academic
Jack Malvern, The Times, 22 June 2018

A spate of student suicides has been caused by a “cluster effect” rather than failings in pastoral care, an academic at Bristol University has said.

David Gunnell, professor of epidemiology at the university and a leading authority on suicide research, said that it was his instinct that the link between the ten deaths since October 2016 was the result of a phenomenon in which one death in a community can influence another.

Parents of students who killed themselves while studying at the university reacted to the suggestion with anger and distress. They argue that Bristol’s response to the deaths, including plans to spend £1 million on a programme to improve its provision of pastoral care, highlight current shortcomings.

New Wireless Electric Vehicle Technology Will Threaten Driver and Passenger Health

NEW wireless electric vehicle technology will threaten driver and passenger health
Posted by: Lori Alton, staff writer, naturalhealth365.com, 20 June 2018

(Naturalhealth365) With most electric vehicles requiring charging every 100 to 250 miles, engineers are scrambling to find a more ‘convenient’ wireless charging options. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a method of “on the go” wireless charging – in which charging plates would be installed in roadways, while a start-up technology company outside Philadelphia is focusing on stationary wireless charging.

Radiation from wireless systems and cell phones has already been associated with many health problems like, multiple sclerosis, cancer, infertility and cognitive problems. Natural health experts are very concerned that the high frequencies involved in wireless car charging will only add to the problem – posing a real and present danger to human health and the environment.

Wireless WARNING: “Electric highways” will greatly increase the risk of disease

Natural Resources Defense Council Takes Action Against FCC Regarding 5G Small Cell Tower Installation

Natural Resources Defense Council Takes Action Against FCC Regarding 5G Small Cell Tower Installation — Requesting Statements From Concerned Citizens.
By B.N. Frank, activistpost.com, 19 June 2018

The NRDC is challenging the legality of the March 30, 2018 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order exempting “small wireless facilities” from environmental review.

According to Arthur Firstenburg from the Cell Tower Task Force, The NRDC is requesting statements be sent to them about biological and environmental harm caused by 5G and other wireless infrastructure.

These statements are necessary to sue the FCC in court and invalidate the FCC’s recent action.

Statements should be emailed by July 2, 2018 to nrdcinfo@nrdc.org with “Reference Case No. 18-1135” in the subject line.

In September 2017, 180 scientists and doctors demanded a moratorium on the installation of 5G small cell tower infrastructure due to biological and environmental risks.

Insurance Companies Are Not Covering Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure Health Issues

Did You Know That Insurance Companies Are Not Covering Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure Health Issues? How Lloyd’s of London and Others Figure In.
By B.N. Frank, activistpost.com, 22 June 2018

This isn’t breaking news:

High Risk Insurer, Lloyd’s of London, won’t cover any-wireless radiation hazards. This includes cell phones, cell towers, digital and wireless utility “Smart” Meters, and other wireless devicesand infrastructure. Click here to review their policy.

Insurance firms are also refusing to cover cell phone manufacturers and wireless carriers. They are predicting more claims and costs. 60% won’t insure purveyors against future lawsuits.

School officials who refuse to replace WiFi with wired Internet may eventually be held liable for harm caused to students and staff.

Swiss RE warns of large liability losses and classified EMF-related health issues in the highest impact category. Other technology issues they discussed included cyber attacks, power blackouts, workplace safety and Big Data – all of which are worsened by digital and wireless “Smart” Meters.

21 June 2018

Marketers Risk a Consumer Backlash Linked to Mobile-Tech Addiction

In addition to a potential public health issue, brands could be faced with a massive backlash, impacting consumer trust and ultimately sales.

Marketers risk a consumer backlash linked to mobile-tech addiction
BY JEFF BEERfastcompany.com, 20 June 2018

Amid the attention industry at Cannes Lions, former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris and Hearts & Science CEO Scott Hagedorn delivered a warning.

[Photo: rawpixel]
We spend an average of five hours every day on mobile apps. We interact with apps about 88 times per day. That’s compared to an average of 1.4 hours of TV. We’re addicted to our phones. We need to post. We want the “likes.” And it’s all altering our brains in ways we might not be very comfortable with.

In a packed session at Cannes Lions on Tuesday called “Addicted to Likes,” Omnicom’s Hearts & Science CEO Scott Hagedorn and former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris delivered a pretty dire warning to the advertising agencies, marketers, brands, tech companies, and social platforms gathered in the south of France.

20 June 2018

Spain: Scientific Conferences Stop 5G in Segovia: the Negative Impact on Health of Future Telecommunications Networks

Scientific Conferences Stop 5G in Segovia: the negative impact on health of future telecommunications networks
By Electro and Chemical Sensitive for the Right to Health (EQSDS) (translation)

Experts predict an increase in health problems associated with increased electromagnetic pollution

Society is still not aware of the health impact of technological development models at the service of industrial interests.

This weekend, June 16 and 17, the 1st Scientific Conference on 5G and Health took place in Segovia. In coordination with the Stop 5G Platform, the Electro and Chemical Sensitive Association for the Right to Health organized the event. During the morning, at the former Faculty of Education, in front of some 200 people from different places, experts in electromagnetic fields and health sciences gave an overview of the implications of the excessive development of radiofrequency transmission technologies. Among the speakers were Dr. Annie Sasco, former director of epidemiology at IARC and Ceferino Maestu, director of the Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In the afternoon, a Human Chain was formed in the center of the city that ended with the reading of a Manifesto in the Plaza Mayor. The Human Chain wore a woven scarf 300 meters long symbolizing the balance between the traditional and the modern through the safe use of technology. At the end of the tour, shoes were placed on the ground as a reminder of those affected who for health or economic reasons could not attend.

Michigan House Energy Policy Testimony by Dafna Tachover on 5G - 29 May 2018

Dafna Tachover Michigan House Energy Policy Testimony 05/29/18 5G - 38 mn.

Outstanding testimony on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation and 5G by attorney Dafna Tachover, founder of We Are the Evidence. The association intends to expose the suppressed epidemic of sickness, suffering and human rights crisis created by wireless technology radiation; elevate the voice of those injured; defend and secure their rights and compel society and governments to take corrective actions and inform the public of the harm, through education, lobbying and legal action.

Interview with Neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Kruse by Nicolas Pineault on How the New 5G EMFs Will Make Us Sick

Exactly How The New "5G" EMFs Will Make Us Sick with Dr. Jack Kruse (Electrosmog Rx free preview) - by Nick Pineault - 14 June 2018 - 76 mn.

This interview is part of a bonus interview series that are available to paid members of the Electrosmog Rx EMF course for health practitioners I've put together in collaboration with amazing pioneers in health. See http://electrosmogrx.com/ to learn how to add EMFs to your functional medicine practice. 

United Kingdom: Matt Hancock, Culture Secretary: Schools Across the UK Should Ban Mobile Phones

Hancock told the Guardian last week that he does not allow his children to have their own phones or to use social media, but dismissed the idea of legislating to stop their use in schools.

Matt Hancock: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones
by Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian, 20 June2018

The culture secretary who heads up the digital brief says tech makes parenting harder

Matt Hancock believes schools can do more to stop pupils
being distracted by their phones.  Photo:  PA
The culture secretary has called on more schools to ban mobile phones.

Matt Hancock said he admired those headteachers who did not allow their use during the school day and linked social media use with the problem of bullying among young children.

Hancock told the Guardian last week that he does not allow his children to have their own phones or to use social media, but dismissed the idea of legislating to stop their use in schools.

And, he returned to the subject in an article for Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph, in which he put the onus on headteachers.

19 June 2018

Rwandan Government Outlaws Use of Cell Phones in Schools

Government outlaws use of cell phones in schools
By  Elisee Mpirwam, newtimes.co.rw, 15 June 2018, updated 16 June 2018

The Ministry of Education says that no more primary and secondary schools students will be allowed to own or use a mobile telephone at school, citing distraction.

Pupils in class at Rusheshe Primary School in Masaka,
Kicukiro District. File.
The measure was announced Thursday in a post-cabinet press conference held at the Prime Minister’s office in Kimihurura, that discussed the need for improvement in the use of ICT devices in primary and secondary schools putting emphasis on banning cell phones and developing mechanisms to ensure compliance.

Education minister Dr Eugène Mutimura noted that students should only concentrate on their education and observe discipline while in school.

“Mobile telephones distract students and can tempt them into lead them to various consequences,” said Mutimura during the press briefing.

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.
Edmon de Haro

Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle—that it almost seems easier to list the things they don’t mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices.

Even so, emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents.

Millenials Face Greater Health Risks from Cancers, Diabetes and Heart Disease than Their Parents

Add to the mix, a lifestyle of overuse of digital technology... 

Millennials face greater health risks from cancers, diabetes and heart disease than their parents due to the rise of insecure work arrangements, a report claims

People in their 20s and 30s will be at greater risk of 'lifestyle'
illnesses such as cancers, diabetes and heart disease in
30 years' time.
  • People in their 20s and 30s at greater risk of 'lifestyle' illnesses such as cancers
  • Young people face greater long-term stress, anxiety and depression due to rise of insecure work 
  • Report by the Health Foundation links poor health to rise in gig economy 

Millennials are set to become the first generation with worse health than their parents, a study has warned.

People in their 20s and 30s will be at greater risk of ‘lifestyle’ illnesses such as cancers, diabetes and heart disease in 30 years’ time.

18 June 2018

First Glyphosate Trial, of Thousands, Begins as Plaintiff Fights for His Life

First Glyphosate Trial, of Thousands, Begins as Plaintiff Fights for His Life
by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch, 18 June 2018

A field worker sprays glyphosate. Plaintiff Dewayne
Johnson used the chemical 20 to 30 times per year.
Natural News screen shot / Vimeo
Monsanto may have dropped its name, but it can't drop the thousands of cases being brought against it by cancer sufferers claiming its weed-killer Roundup gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the first of which goes to trial Monday, CNN reported.

The first plaintiff to get his day in court is Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old Bay-area father of two, but for Johnson that is a dubious honor. Johnson is being granted an expedited trial because his doctors say he is nearing death, and California law facilitates speedier trials in such cases.

Johnson worked doing pest management for a county school system and used Roundup 20 to 30 times per year in the line of duty. Now, he has days when lesions cover 80 percent of his body and he is too ill to speak.

Thousands of People in Sweden Are Embedding Microchips Under Their Skin to Replace ID Cards

Thousands of people in Sweden are embedding microchips under their skin to replace ID cards
by Alexandra Mauk.businessinsider.com,14 May 2018

An X-ray of a hand with a microchip between the person's
thumb and index finger.  Mark Gasson
  • About 3,000 Swedish people have inserted a microchip into their bodies to make their daily lives easier.
  • People with the implants can wave their hand near a machine to unlock their office or gym, rather than taking out a key card.
  • So-called biohacking is on the rise as more people depend on wearable technology and interconnected devices.
  • Many microchip users are not concerned with hacking or surveillance at this point.

Thousands of Swedes are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they don't need to carry key cards, IDs, and even train tickets.

17 June 2018

Fitbit Was Recalled Due to Mysterious EMF Wi-Fi Symptoms, Complaints Mounting

Fitbit was recalled due to mysterious EMF wifi symptoms, complaints mounting
Posted by Erin Elizabethhealthnutnews.com, 28 May 2018

Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Judging by the ubiquity of Fitbits – those faceless watches nearly every woman wears today, with or without their active wear – this activity tracker has got to be the most popular fitness item. It uses WiFi (radiation) to track people’s every step and movement, how many calories burned, miles walked, and even tells time. This information also beams out to a personal account where the user can log-in and add more health stats in order to watch goal progression.


Despite Recalls and Reported Side Effects in Adults, Fitbit Launches Wearables for Kids

Despite Recalls and Reported Side Effects in Adults, Fitbit Launches Wearables for Kids
By B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 15 June 2018

Who cares if there have already been formal recalls on Fitbits based on rashes in adults and other side effects have been reported by users.

The Fitbit Ace has been designed for kids of 8 and up:

Fitbit said the Ace will motivate with customizable step, active minute and sleep goals, celebratory messages and badges, and challenges for the family, as well as for the child.

With the Fitbit app and a family account, parents will be able to review activity, and so control and manage who their children connect with and what information they see.


The stats are also age appropriate, with no highlighted calorie intake, weight and body fat/BMI or public social features.

The company said it launched the device to help combat rising obesity rates, with the idea of making it fun to be fit.

Will We Ever Start Using “The Precautionary Principle” With WiFi Technology –Even With Our Kids?

Will We Ever Start Using “The Precautionary Principle” With WiFi Technology –Even With Our Kids?
By B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 16 June 2018

Ian Phillips was a business executive whose job required he spend many hours on a mobile phone. After learning he had a lemon-sized tumor on his brain, he started campaigning to raise awareness about the risks of using cell phones, especially by children.

Some noteworthy statements made by Ian before his passing:

"My ear would be red when I left work at the end of the day. I didn’t think what it was doing to my brain.

"I tell people that I am convinced my cancer was caused by using my mobile up to six hours a day.

"Even my doctors won’t argue with me when I tell them how much time I was spending on it at work."

Decades of research has already proven that cell phone and WiFi radiation as well as other sources of electrical pollution (Electrosmog) is harmful to health. We have been warned about this off and on over the years.

Many of us don’t think about getting sick until it happens to us or the ones we love.

Monsanto Has Quietly, Deceitfully Changed Its Name

Monsanto Has Quietly, Deceitfully Changed Its Name
by Sean Adl-Tabatabaiyournewswire.com, 6 June 2018

Agricultural giant Monsanto is a serial killer. Since they began developing the carcinogenic glyphosate-based herbicide ‘Roundup’ in the 1970’s and GMO seeds in the 1980’s – millions of people around the world have died as a direct result of their toxic products.

Following an avalanche of lawsuits and criticism from world leaders, the agricultural giant decided to quietly change its name in an attempt to fool consumers into thinking they are no longer being exposed to their dangerous products.

On Thursday, German drugmaker and chemical company Bayer finalized its $66 billion deal to acquire Monsanto and rebrand (in name only).

Businessinsider.com reports: In a statement on Monday, Bayer said it planned to drop Monsanto’s 117-year-old title and would henceforth be known only as Bayer.

Yes, We Can Teach Our Children about Technology, But Let's Just Ban Phones in School

Yes, we can teach our children about technology, but let’s just ban phones in school
by Sonia Sodha, Opinion, The Guardian, 17 June 2018

We need to provide safe spaces where kids can learn positive online behaviours

Banning smartphone use in schools has been found to 
boost results.  LSE researchers estimate it as equivalent
to providing an extra five days of school.  
Photo:  Alamy Stock Photo
When I heard that Eton now requires its year 7s to hand in their mobile phones at bedtime, my immediate thought was I quite like the idea of a check-in, zone-out service that would confiscate my smartphone as the Love Island credits start to roll and return it in time for the 8am news bulletin. But if Eton expects its 13-year-old boarders to hand in their phones overnight, where are they the rest of the time? And why are older boys allowed to keep their phones overnight?

On schools and smartphones, I’m an enthusiastic proponent of the nanny state. After Emmanuel Macron made it a key pledge in his presidential campaign, the French government is banning mobile phones in schools altogether after September. In the UK, the decision is left to headteachers: some ban them, others take a more permissive approach.

Simon Cowell Hasn't Used His Mobile Phone for 10 Months, Says It's 'So Good for My Mental Health'

Simon Cowell hasn't used his mobile phone for 10 months, says it's 'so good for my mental health'
Michelle Castillo | @mishcastillo, cnbc.com, 3 June 2018

  • Television producer and reality show judge Simon Cowell said he hasn't used a cell phone in 10 months, he told The Daily Mail.
  • The act of unplugging has made him more focused on what's around him, Cowell said.

Simon Cowell, Getty Images
Television producer and reality TV show judge Simon Cowell hasn't used his mobile phone in almost a year — and he told a U.K.-based publication that it's "absolutely made me happier."

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Cowell — known for his work on "American Idol" and "X Factor" and his notorious on-air insults — said he used to get irritated when he had a meeting, and everyone was their phone.

"I literally have not been on my phone for ten months," the TV mogul told The Mail.

Spain : A Human Chain Demands Transparency in the Deployment of 5G in Segovia

Thank you to EMFSA for the translation into English.

A human chain demands transparency in the deployment of 5G in Segovia
By GONZALO AYUSO HIJOSA, eladelantado.com / emfsa.co.za, 16 June 2018

International experts at a scientific conference held in the city warn about the risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields for people and the environment.

The participants in the human chain passed through the arches of the
Aqueduct in a protest act that ended in Plaza Mayor. / KAMARERO
A human chain formed by dozens of people carrying posters and a scarf of 300 meters of virgin wool dyed with natural dyes, yesterday in Segovia requested transparency in the implementation process of 5G in the city, which has been chosen by Telefónica, next to Talavera de la Reina, to pioneer services with this new communications technology.

The participants started in the Plaza de Día Sanz, next to the Aqueduct, and they went in and out through the arches of the monument, demanding clarity from both Telefónica and the City Council in the deployment of the 5G. Then they marched to the Plaza Mayor where the protesters deposited shoes as a symbol of all those who are suffering due to exposure to electromagnetic fields and who have not been able to participate in this act of protest.

IQ Scores Are Falling and Have Been for Decades, New Study Finds

"It's something to do with the environment"... These environmental factors could include changes in the education system and media environment, nutrition, reading less and being online more, Rogeberg said.

IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds
by Rory Smith, CNN, 14 June 2018

Story highlights:
  • The research suggests that genes aren't what's driving the decline in IQ scores
  • "It's not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people," researcher says

(CNN)IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.

The research suggests that genes aren't what's driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday.

Wi-Fi Is an Important Threat to Human Health by Martin L. Pall

Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health
Martin L. Pall,
Washington State University, 638 NE 41st Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-3312, USA

Received 22 September 2017, Revised 20 January 2018, Accepted 23 January 2018, Available online 21 March 2018.


• 7 effects have each been repeatedly reported following Wi-Fi & other EMF exposures.
• Established Wi-Fi effects, include apoptosis, oxidat. stress &:
• testis/sperm dysfunct; Neuropsych; DNA impact; hormone change; Ca2+ rise.
• Wi-Fi is thought to act via voltage-gated calcium channel activation.
• One claim of no Wi-Fi effects was found to be deeply flawed.


Too Much Screen Time Is Taking a Toll on Kids' Health

Too much screen time is taking a toll on kids’ health
by Rujuta Diwekar, The Times of India

A few years ago, my partner and I were looking for a centrally located hotel in Manhattan that wouldn’t cost us the world. Travel websites directed us to one right in the middle of the city with just one con — a noisy lobby as it was a popular night stay option for school trips. Ah! Kids screaming across hallways is no disturbance for us Indians, so we promptly booked it.

The next day we walked into a hotel lobby packed with more than 100 school kids and a handful of teachers. As I walked towards the elevators, I felt something amiss. And then it struck me — there was no noise. There were 100-odd kids but they weren’t talking to each other, much less screaming or running around. They were all slouching on various chairs and sofas, or against the wall, backs rounded, heads down and eyes zeroed in on their phone screens.

Why Digital Devices Are Dope

Why digital devices are dope
The Times of India, 2 June 2018

Can’t stop checking in? Tech is designed to distract you and sap your will. TOI kicks off a series on digital wellness to help you log off

It's now a familiar sight at most dinner tables - every member of the party texting or reading, lost in a digital world instead of having real-world conversations. Staring at the screen isn't just rude, it stops you from savouring the meal. And constantly checking your smartphone isn't just distracting, it could actually have an effect on your health, both mental and physical.

Most Indians are tied to their screens though they probably don't see the extent of their dependence. About 45 per cent of respondents to a recent survey by TOI said they spent more than four hours a day on their phones. If you take away seven hours of sleep and seven hours at a job, that's almost 40 per cent of your free time spent on a phone. As many as 76 per cent say their phone is the last thing they check just before they go to bed. It's also the first thing 53 per cent of respondents look at in the morning, even before they use the toilet or brush their teeth. Close to 55,000 readers participated in the TOI survey conducted online.

16 June 2018

Obituary: Leading EMF expert Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D

Obituary: Leading EMF expert Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D 

Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D, who made many lasting contributions to the scientific community, has passed away of natural causes at the age of 85. As a leading expert on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation, Dr. Blank was a strong advocate for the use of science to create a better and healthier world.

Throughout his lengthy career, Dr. Blank published over 200 papers and reviews, authored numerous books, held appointments at 11 leading universities around the world and the US Office of Naval Research. He also organized and led many meetings, including two World Congresses on Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine, and he started the Gordon Research Conferences on Bioelectrochemistry. He has been Chairman of the Organic and Biological Division of the Electrochemical Society, President of the Bioelectrochemical Society, President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and has been on editorial boards of Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, Electromagnetic Medicine and Biology. In 2014 his book, “Overpowered” (7 Stories Press), which summarized his findings regarding the potential dangers of electromagnetic radiation, was published.

15 June 2018

Commercials Feature Unsafe Use of Technology

Screenshot of Ariel ad (see first 1.07 min.)
We have seen several ads (for Kinder and Ariel) recently on French TV - TF1 - showing young children holding cell phones against their ears. In his comments on the new draft decrees on Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) of mobile phones proposed by the French Ministry of Health, Dr. Marc Arazi, President of Phonegate quotes ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) which recommends “discouraging the use by children of all mobile communications devices, for example, extending regulations regarding these devices to banning advertising whose direct purpose is to promote the sale, availability, and use of mobile phones to children under age 14”.  This should also be the case in Switzerland, which seems to have restrictions on tobacco and alcohol concerning children but not on mobile devices.

Commercial for Asthma Medication Features Unsafe Use of Technology. Respiratory Health Is Affected by Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation and Electrical Pollution (Electrosmog).
by B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 8 June 2018

Respiratory health issues are not to be taken lightly. In this new commercial for asthma medication, most of the actors are using or exposed to digital and/or wireless technology. At the 47 second mark, there is woman using a laptop on her lap which is a no-no even according to 20+ year old outdated FCC safety standards.

Unfortunately it’s not unusual to see ads, TV programs, and films which feature actors using technology in ways that are not safe because most people in real life do this as well. Art imitates life. It’s especially unfortunate though when this is depicted in marketing campaigns for medications.