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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

Eversense
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
SCHOOLS PHONE BAN 
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
by ERIKA CHRISTAKIS, theatlantic.comJULY/AUGUST 2018 ISSUE

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
By MILES DILWORTH FOR THE DAILY MAIL, 18 June 2018

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.



A COMPELLING ARTICLE LINKS MYSTERIOUS EMF-RELATED SYMPTOMS LIKE RASHES, ERRATIC PULSE, NAUSEA, PAIN, HEADACHES AND DIZZINESS TO FITBIT.

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.


Download PDF

Highlights

• 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.

Abstract

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.

Research On Industry Influence On Electromagnetic Fields

Research On Industry Influence On EMFs
Environmental Health Trust

Research Studies on Industry Influence and Involvement in the Science of EMFs

Scientific analyses show industry funding can and does influence research on radiofrequency radiation. Please take the time to review each of these studies and to review the documentation provided by experts. We also hope you will read the Harvard Press Book “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates” by Norm Alster on the financial ties between the US federal government’s Federal communications Commission (FCC) and how, as a result, the wireless industry has bought inordinate access to—and power over—a major US regulatory agency. Read that here.

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“Any study in my country which is funded by private industry, I am not going to accept it.” 
- Dr. R S Sharma, Indian government Senior Scientist, Deputy Director General & Scientist of the Indian Council of Medical Research

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Hardell, Lennart. “World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health – a hard nut to crack (Review).” International Journal of Oncology, vol. 51, no. 2, 2017, pp. 405-13.

United Kingdom: EDF Energy to Pay £350,000 Smart-Meter Penalty

EDF Energy to pay £350,000 smart-meter penalty
Adam Vaughan, The Guardian, 15 June 2018

Company fails to meet annual target of fitting smart meters in customers’ homes

The government wants all households to be offered a smart
meter by 2020.  Photo:  Alamy
EDF Energy has agreed to pay out £350,000 for failing to fit enough smart meters in customers’ houses, the first time an energy supplier has been penalised for missing domestic smart meter targets.

Every large energy supplier has an annual target for rolling out smart meters, which provide consumers with real-time electricity usage data and automate readings, with a government goal of all households being offered one by the end of 2020.

Having missed its target last year, EDF Energy agreed with the energy regulator, Ofgem, to pay £350,000 for consumer redress.

The French state-owned company said it was disappointed it missed the target but had since caught up and was on track to hit this year’s target.

The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life - Book Review

Special thanks to Jennifer for this excellent review of Arthur Firstenberg's book.

The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life - Book Review by Jennifer Wood
envirosagainstwar.org, posted June 2018

The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life, by Arthur Firstenberg, is not only a marvelous opus. It is one of those once-in-a-millennium books that turn into classics.
Easy to read, hard to put down, sublimely poetic and scientifically rigorous, with a bibliography almost one-third the size of the book itself, this is a history of electricity which has never been told. It's not only that it has been written from an environmental and biological point of view; nor that it's mostly unspoken reverence for life is so understated that its power is hard to resist.

In the end, the power of this book lies in the meticulous care with which the author has done his research, corroborated his data and revealed his stunning findings.

We rediscover not only the ancient Chinese Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine but western doctors and scientists from the 1700s to the present day: what they've had to say about electricity, how it has been harnessed, and which direction it has taken in the west and in the east.
We meet Yuri Grigoriev, first assigned to research the biological effects of atomic weapons at the Institute of Biophysics in the former Soviet Union before going on to write a book about the dangers of microwave radiation from cell phone use; Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtalnd, three-time Prime Minister of Norway and former head of the World Health Organization who banned cell phones from her office for health reasons; and Dr. Samuel Milham, who showed that rural electrification caused a shocking increase in cancer rates during the 1950s.

14 June 2018

Volkswagen Fined $1.17 Billion in Germany in Emissions-Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen Fined $1.17 Billion in Germany in Emissions-Cheating Scandal
by  William Boston, wsj.com, 13 June 2018

The auto maker said it wouldn’t appeal the penalty

Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal has cost it
billions. 
Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
BERLIN—German prosecutors Wednesday imposed a €1 billion ($1.17 billion) fine on Volkswagen AG in connection with its emissions-cheating scandal, describing the penalty as one of the highest ever levied on a German company.

Volkswagen said it wouldn’t appeal the fine, for dereliction of management oversight, which could pave the way to the resolution of remaining criminal investigations in Europe.


The fine, the first imposed against Volkswagen in Europe, comes nearly three years after the German auto maker admitted to rigging nearly 11 million diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. Dieselgate, as the scandal has been called, has cost Volkswagen tens of billions of dollars.

Fifteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (11 June 2018)

Fifteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health, courtesy of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 11 June 2018

Recent Papers

I have been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since August, 2016. Several hundred scientists around the world receive these updates.

Since I have received numerous requests to post the abstracts on my EMR Safety website, I compiled the collection into a document which which now contains more than 400 abstracts (including the papers below). To see the latest studies or download the document go to the following web page:

Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields

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Database of bio-effects from non-ionizing radiation

Leach V, Weller S, Redmayne M. A novel database of bio-effects from non-ionizing radiation. Rev Environ Health. 2018 Jun 6. pii: /j/reveh.ahead-of-print/reveh-2018-0017/reveh-2018-0017.xml. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2018-0017/

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Canada: Mississauga Mom Demands Catholic School Board Accommodate Son's Wi-Fi Injury

"Ostrich with its head in the sand": Mississauga mom demands Catholic school board accommodate son's Wi-Fi injury
by Marta Marychuk, Mississauga News, 13 June 2018

“It’s a bigger problem than people realize,” said Paulette Rende.

(Photo): Alex Rende and his mother Paulette Rende outside the Dufferin Peel Catholic Separate School Board offices on Matheson Boulevard West. The Rendes are contending that Wi-Fi signals in the schools are causing issues with his health. Jun 6, 2018. - Bryon Johnson/Metroland

A Mississauga mother says she is protesting the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) so her son can go to school.

Paulette Rende’s goal is to raise awareness about electro-hypersensitivity (otherwise known as Wi-Fi injury) and the need for digital device safety in Ontario schools.

Phonegate Alert Comments on Peer Review of NTP’s Draft Technical Reports on Cellphone Radiation

Phonegate Alert Comments on Peer Review of NTP’s Draft Technical Reports on Cellphone Radiation
phonegatealert.org, 14 June 2018

Phonegate Alert comments to NTP 20 June meeting

Phonegate Alert submits new comments on the peer review of the National Toxicology Program’s draft technical reports on cellphone radio-frequency radiation. In March 2018, the external peer scientists reviewers strengthened the conclusions of the NTP reports that found clear evidence of health harm from exposure to cellphone radiation in rats. The scientific knowledge of the potential impacts of cellphone radiation on our health and the health of our children should no longer be ignored. Especially in the context of a complete bankruptcy of the international regulatory system at the origin of the Phonegate health and industrial scandal.

https://www.phonegatealert.org/2018/06/14/phonegate-alert-comments-on-peer-review-of-ntps-draft-technical-reports-on-cellphone-radiation/

13 June 2018

Do Cancer Research Fundraisers Know That The WHO Classified Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation as “Possibly Carcinogenic” in 2011?

Do Cancer Research Fundraisers Know That The WHO Classified Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation as “Possibly Carcinogenic” in 2011 and Some Scientists Say That’s Too Low?
by B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 12 June 2018

I think most of us are glad that there are people trying to solve or at least reduce all of the world’s problems.

Cancer is one of those problems. Research has determined that people and animals get cancer for many different reasons.

Decades before it was finally publicized, there was plenty of research that had proven smoking caused cancer and other health issues. However, “Big Tobacco” paid for research that said it didn’t. Many people – including scientists, medical professionals, elected officials, and government employees – went along with this for decades.

In 2011, The World Health Organization stated that research had proven all sources of cell phone and WiFi radiation are Possibly Carcinogenic. Many scientists claim that research has proven it is actually Carcinogenic.

Massachusetts: Despite Judgment, Lawyer Believes Fay School Case Is a Win for Wi-Fi Safety Advocates

Despite judgment, lawyer believes Fay School case is a win for WiFi safety advocates
by Scott O’Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 12 June 2018

WORCESTER – While disappointed in a federal judge’s ruling against his clients last week, the attorney representing a family who sued a Southboro private school over its WiFi practices said on Tuesday the case still represents a legal step forward for people wary of electromagnetic radiation.

John Markham also said his clients haven’t ruled out an appeal in their case, which ended Friday when District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman submitted a judgment in favor of the Fay School, a day and boarding school.

“We were hoping to go to trial, and looking forward to it. We’re disappointed we didn’t get that trial,” Mr. Markham said Tuesday. But the judge also made some rulings in the case, he added, that “really advances the ball for parents concerned about their kids being subjected to WiFi radiation seven hours a day ... this (issue) is not over at all.”

Opinion “The Phonegate Scandal Prey to Business Secrecy” Published by Mediapart

Opinion “The Phonegate scandal prey to business secrecy” published by Mediapart
phonegatealert.org, 13 June 2018

Today, June 12, 2018, the confidentiality clause was established at European level, included in Directive 2014/53/EU for all mobile devices at risk to human health (mobile phones, tablets, laptops and connected toys for children…). This has taken place at the same time as the European directive on business secrecy is in the process of being adopted by the French National Assembly and the Senate despite exceptional citizen mobilization.

To mark this black day, Dr. Marc Arazi, President of Phonegate Alert, and Mr. Jérôme Karsenti, lawyer at the Paris Bar, cosigned this opinion piece, published on the guest blog of Mediapart on 11 June 2018.

Read the article and please relay widely to those around you.

The Phonegate scandal prey to business secrecy

Marc Arazi and Jérôme Karsenti denounce the entry into force of the confidentiality clause of the European directive which allows « the manufacturers of mobile devices to benefit from total confidentiality for products they will place on the European market that may be a risk to human health ».

12 June 2018

Massachusetts: Judge Rules in Favor of Southboro School in WiFi Sickness Case

Judge rules in favor of Southboro school in WiFi sickness case
by Scott O’Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 11 June 2018

WORCESTER – A federal judge has issued a final decision in the case of a family who claim their son was sickened by the WiFi signal in his classroom, ruling on the side of the Southboro boarding school that was targeted in their lawsuit.

In a previous ruling nearly a year ago, District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman rejected the majority of the family’s case alleging that the Fay School was culpable for not doing enough to accommodate the student, who they said suffers from a controversial condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome. In his latest order, issued Friday, Judge Hillman dismissed the last remaining count, which alleged the school had retaliated against the family, according to court records.

The Internet of Things Is Built to Leak

The internet of things is built to leak 
BY GILAD ROSNER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, thehill.com, 8 June 2018

© Getty Images
Much has been made of the security risks inherent to the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, the vast (and growing) universe of connected products ranging from fitness trackers and smart TVs to self-driving vehicles and virtual assistants. Last week, news broke that an Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation and sent the audio to someone in their contacts list. Other headlines have told of hackers illegally accessing data from “smart” teddy bears, baby monitors, cardiac implants and other devices; last month, the governments of the United States and Britain issued an ominous joint warning that Russian hackers could use the IoT to siphon data from individuals and organizations alike.

11 June 2018

France Has Banned Mobile Phones in Schools and It's Time We Did the Same in the UK

OPINION - France has banned mobile phones in schools and it’s time we did the same in the UK 
by Joe Bispham, teacher at Forest Gate Community School. He featured in Channel Four’s ‘Educating The East End’, metro.co.uk, 9 June 2018

Phones can be incredibly disruptive (Picture: Getty)
I admire the French. Not simply for their fantastic food, their joie de vivre or their working conditions but for their no nonsense attitude to government policy. Never has this admiration been greater felt than when I heard they had banned mobile phones in school; and I hate mobile phones.

Mobile phones are the bane of teachers’ lives. They have been proven to distract people who are simply sitting near them, allow secret communication that enables bullying and gets in the way of so much of the good work that can be achieved in schools. I must admit that there is a tinge of hypocrisy here. I find it exceptionally hard to pry myself away from my phone. Whether it’s WhatsApp, instant news or the social media car crashes that populate my Twitter feed, I am an addict. But isn’t this precisely the point? If us adults cannot focus with our phones so readily available to provide distractions from otherwise interesting or important matters, then how can we expect teenagers to? I am lucky to work in a school where they are banned in the building so I don’t have these distractions preventing the students from making the best use of their time at school. Others do, and this adds to the list of things making their jobs far too difficult.

Switzerland: Open Letter to the Federal Council and TTC Members on Raising of Limit Values for Mobile Telephony Antennas and 5G

"52% of the Swiss population or more than 4.3 million people consider mobile phone antennas to be rather dangerous or dangerous. 12% or 960'000 people even very dangerous... 

Open letter to the Federal Council and TTC members
by gigaherz.ch, 7 June 2018 (translation)

The Commission for Transport and Telecommunications (TTC) of the National Council has taken the upcoming detailed consultation on the revision of the Telecommunications Act as an opportunity to start a large-scale assault again on the existing radiation protection limits for mobile stations. Over the last 16 months, this has already failed twice with the "NO" of the Council of States. The Commission has held consultations with business associations, such as ASUT [Swiss Telecommunications Association], the leading association of the Swiss telecommunications industry, and now wants to write a letter to the Federal Council to receive detailed advice on the new FM law in July.

Contrary to all democratic practices, the Commission did not consider it necessary to hear organizations interested in electrosmog. Gigaherz also wrote a letter to the Federal Council, [extracts of which] can be read below.

U.S. Diplomats Evacuated in China as Medical Mystery Grows

U.S. Diplomats Evacuated in China as Medical Mystery Grows
By Steven Lee Myers and Jane Perlez, The New York Times, 6 June 2018

(Photo): Americans working at the United States Consulate in Guangzhou, China, developed unexplained ailments after hearing strange sounds in at least two apartment complexes, including The Canton Place apartments, above. CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

GUANGZHOU, China — A crisis over a mysterious ailment sickening American diplomats and their families — which began in Cuba and recently appeared in China — has widened as the State Department evacuated at least two more Americans from China on Wednesday.

The Americans who were evacuated worked at the American Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou, and their colleagues and family members are being tested by a State Department medical team, officials said. It is unclear how many of them are exhibiting symptoms, but a State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday evening that “a number of individuals” had been sent to the United States for further testing.