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19 July 2018

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings
BY RONNIE COHEN, Newsweek, 19 July 2018

Tiffany Frantz got her first cellphone when she was 16.

She loved that flip phone. Every morning, on her way out the door, she’d slip it into the left cup of her bra. When she was 21, while watching television one night with her parents in their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, living room, she felt a lump the size of a pea in her left breast, just beneath her phone. Tests later showed four cancerous tumors. “How in the world did this happen?” her mother asked.

Dr. John West believes he knows. In 2013, the Southern California breast cancer surgeon and five other doctors wrote in the journal Case Reports in Medicineabout Frantz’s tumors and those of three other young women. Each of them regularly carried a cellphone in her bra. “I am absolutely convinced,” West tells Newsweek, “that there is a relationship between exposure to cellphones and breast cancer in young women who are frequent users.”

Mobile Phone Radiation May Affect Memory Performance in Adolescents - Press Release - Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Breaking News: Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Message received this evening, 19 July 2018, from Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California, Berkeley via the CHE EMF Working Group:

Note: The press release for this new peer-reviewed study appears below. Although the link to the paper is currently inactive, the paper is not embargoed... According to Science Daily, the paper will be published online on 23 July 2018.

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Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, EurekAlert, Jul 19, 2018

The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily life. The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head. Several studies have been conducted to identify potential health effects related to RF-EMF, though results have remained inconclusive.

Are Teens Giving Themselves ADHD?

Are teens giving themselves ADHD?
by Catherine Martinko, treehugger.com 18 July 2018

A new study from California has found that teens with high levels of media use are more likely to show ADHD symptoms.

The way teens spend their time has changed drastically over the past ten years. Now most own a smartphone and spend considerable time on it, sharing photos on social media, communicating with friends via text, and watching videos on YouTube every day. While the technology has advanced rapidly, research into its effects on teenage psychological development has not. Much remains unknown about what all this time spent doing these activities actually does to the brain.

A new study explores this. Led by researchers from California and recently published in JAMA, it is the first study to look at the association between modern digital media and risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The two-year study followed 2,587 tenth-graders in Los Angeles County, none of whom had any ADHD symptoms at the beginning of the study. The researchers followed up with participants every six months, at which point each reported on how often he or she texted, used social media, and streamed videos or music.

The results were alarming. From NPR's writeup on the study:

Mobile Phone Radiation Diminishes Mental Performance of Adolescents - Study

Mobile phone radiation diminishes mental performance of adolescents - study
telecompaper.com, 19 July 2018

(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards Better Health")
Radio frequency electromagnetic fields can be detrimental to the development of mental performances in certain regions of the brain when using mobile phones. This was the result of a study of almost 700 adolescents, reported Inside-IT.ch.

The most important source of high frequency electromagnetic field (HF-EMF) exposure to the brain is the use of a mobile phone near the head. So far, studies that analysed the health effects of such fields have so far failed to produce clear results, according to a statement from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).

Mobile Phone Radiation Can Weaken Brain Performance

Mobile phone radiation can weaken brain performance
swissinfo.ch, 19 July 2018

Scientists recommend using headsets or loudspeakers to
minimize the impact of high-frequency radiation.
(Keystone)
Swiss researchers have confirmed the potentially damaging impact of the frequent use of mobile phones among adolescents.

A study found that the so called figural memory performance – the ability to remember abstract forms – can deteriorate if the brain is often subjected to high frequency electromagnetic fields, according to the Tropical and Public Health Institute.

The research included more than 700 teenagers from German-speaking Switzerland over 12 months for the first large-scale study of its kind, the institute said in a statement on Thursday.

The results are in line with findings from a 2015 study among more than 400 teenagers, the scientists say.

18 July 2018

"Bad Luck" Cannot Explain More Cancers in Young Adults and Teens

We believe that this article has been inspired in part by Cece Doucette's very effective advocacy work in the state of Massachusetts.  See her recent presentation on wireless radiation before the Board of Health of the city of Ashland, MA.

"Bad Luck" Cannot Explain More Cancers in Young Adults and Teens
by Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder & President of Environmental Health Trust & Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University, thriveglobal.com, 17 July 2018

States advise reducing cell phone radiation 

Is it just bad luck that a young man who has been using his phone for hours a day since age 8 is diagnosed with deadly brain cancer at age 23? Or that a 21-year old young woman suddenly develops multiple breast cancers directly under the antennas of the phone she had stored in her bra? Or that a 24-year-old develops rectal cancer close to his blue-jeans back pocket now stamped with his phone’s faded outline?

Reflecting growing scientific indications of damage from microwave-radiating cell phones, bills before the Massachusetts legislature could reduce the contribution that cell phone radiation to these unexplained cancers in young adults. Educating about why and how to reduce phone radiation exposures has become a critical public health concern around the world. In advanced countries like Israel, France, and Belgium, phones must be sold with headsets and information about keeping phones away from the brain and body.

17 July 2018

Canada: No Proof B.C. Boy's Migraines Caused by Wi-Fi, Tribunal Rules

No proof B.C. boy's migraines caused by Wi-Fi, tribunal rules
by Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, 17 Jully 2018

There is no scientific evidence linking Wi-Fi to a cluster of
non-specific symptoms known as EHS.  (Nathan Lambrecht/
Canadian Press)
Family had asked for an order designating 25% of Saanich school as Wi-Fi free

By the time class let out for the summer in 2016, a Vancouver Island preteen was spending almost all of every school day alone in an empty room, away from his friends.

The arrangement left the Grade 6 student feeling "upset, frustrated and angry," his grandmother told the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

But the reason the boy was isolated was that his mother and grandmother insisted he needed to be kept away from the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by Wi-Fi, cellphones and other electronics.

Cellphones at Schools - Should They Be Banned?

"If a child pulls out a phone to check the time or to check a
message from a parent, is this tantamoung to a violation?
Does she deserve detention for this?" Image: Flickr 
"... schools have very compelling reasons for banning cellphones. They are dealing with really serious issues relating to cellphones that are not just detrimental to the learning and teaching process, but also pose a risk to children’s physical, emotional and mental health - risks that come from spending too much of time slouched in front of a tiny screen. Let’s face it: this is not a French problem, but a problem of global proportions, affecting every country and every culture."



Cellphones at schools - should they be banned?
by BILAL KATHRADA, Opinion, iol.co.za, 16 July 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced a nationwide ban of cellphones at schools. Was this a wise move? Is this a well-thought-out strategy?

Our Phones and Gadgets Are Now Endangering the Planet

Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet
byJohn Harris, Opinion, The Guardian, 17 July 2018

The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry

Illustration: Andrej Krauze 
It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World Cup match, as the 4G signal came and went, and Great Western Railway’s onboard wifi proved to be maddeningly erratic. The trebly chatter of headphone leakage was constant. And thousands of miles and a few time zones away in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the world’s largest concentrations of computing power was playing its part in keeping everything I saw ticking over, as data from around the world passed back and forth from its vast buildings.

Phonegate Alert's Petition "Protect the Health of Millions of Mobile Phone Users" Is Now in Seven Languages

The Phonegate Alert Association has launched their petition in English to allow a greater number of persons to sign.  Thanks to Change.org the petition is linked to other language versions and thus does not risk being signed twice.

The petition now exists in 7 languages, all fused so that you can only sign once.

Spanish / French / Italian / Hebrew / Croatian Greek 

Please share the petition widely in the different languages.  Thank you.

Protect the health of millions of mobile phone users

Alerte Phonegate started this petition to Ms. Elżbieta Bieńkowska and 4 others

Dear Friend,

The Phonegate Alert team has just written to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Mr. Nicholas Hulot, the Minister for Solidarity and Health, Mrs. Agnès Buzyn, and the Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, to give them formal notice to act urgently to protect the health and safety of millions of mobile phone users in France and to put an end to the law of silence that the lobbies of this very powerful industry want to impose on us with the complicity of the European authorities.

We are asking the Ministers to recall more than 250 of the best-selling mobile phone models on the French and European market, which must either be withdrawn from the sector through a free exchange procedure, or be the subject of a free software or hardware update by the manufacturer.



16 July 2018

Swiss Minister Doris Leuthard Appointed to 'Digital' UN Panel

Swiss minister appointed to ‘digital’ UN panel
swissinfo.ch, 13 juillet 2018

Doris Leuthard
Communications Minister Doris Leuthard has been invited to join the new United Nations High-Level Panel on digital cooperation issues. Its job is to draw up proposals for improving global governance of digitalisation.

UN Secretary-General António Guterresexternal link decided to appoint an independent panel on digital co-operationexternal link, made up of 22 international leaders from government, the private sector, academic and civil society, Leuthard’s ministry said in a statementexternal link on Thursday.

“Through the participation of Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard in this High-Level Panel, Switzerland can bring to bear its experience in the sphere of digital governance and strengthen its role as a reliable and constructive participant in this area,” the statement continued.

15 July 2018

EMF&RF Update: Presentation by Cece Doucette before the Ashland, MA, Board of Health - 26 June 2018

Excellent presentation!   She is a gifted speaker.  (See the very pertinent comment below from one of our Facebook groups.)

Cece Doucette: Ashland, MA Board of Health EMF/RF Update June 26, 2018 (24 min.)





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TA_rB3qC4M&feature=youtu.be



"Please watch this amazing video presentation by Cece Doucette to the Board of Health in Ashland, MA.

What’s extraordinary is not only Cece's clarity of thought and extremely well sequenced presentation, but more, it's her calm and respectful demeanor that invites receptivity to the information she is sharing.

Cece understands that the Board members are not bad people... they just need better information.

With her calm manner, Cece has raised public awareness in MA and is currently escorting 8 EMF bills through the state legislature.

Canada: British Columbia Argues Tobacco Firms Should Be Compelled to Help Pay the Cost of Treating Smoking-Related Diseases

OUR COMMENT: A friend of said I am too naïve, that this is not the way to do things.  Court cases are costly and take a long time.  People will still be buying cigarettes and getting sick, adding to medical costs. We should have these products removed from the market, just as the Association Phonegate Alert is trying to do with cellphones emitting high levels of energy that cause people to absorb more radiofrequency radiation into their bodies.  I thank my friend for this wisdom.

B.C. was the first province to start the litigation process, but every other province has since launched similar cost-recovery cases against the tobacco industry. New Brunswick's case will go to trial in 2019... Collectively, the provinces are seeking about $120 billion.... "The objective of the tobacco industry is to delay the start of this trial. They don't want to have to pay tens of billions of dollars in damages," Rob Cunningham, a lawyer with the Canadian Cancer Society said.  "It is really important that provinces move aggressively to bring their cases to trial. It has taken too long."

Supreme Court rules B.C. doesn't have to disclose health records to cigarette maker
by Catharine Tunney, CBC News, 13 July 2018

Province argues tobacco firms should be compelled to help pay the cost of treating smoking-related diseases

British Columbia's battle with the tobacco industry
stretches back to the late 19902, when it first filed a
lawsuit against nearly a dozen companies (CBC)
British Columbia does not have to hand over the detailed health-care records of millions of people to tobacco company Philip Morris International, says Canada's top court.

Friday morning's unanimous Supreme Court decision clears a hurdle in the province's quest to sue cigarette companies for billions of dollars in health-care costs.

Writing for the court, Justice Russell Brown found the health care databases Philip Morris wanted contained information about individuals whose privacy the province is obligated to protect.

Why You Need to Stop Carrying Your Mobile Phone in Your Pocket or Bra

RE-POSTED 15 July 2018:  Why do such warnings get so little attention?  The authorities which are supposed to protect our health and industry are doing a great job hiding the truth about the risks of wireless radiation.  We, as adults, must do our own research and take precautionary measures to limit exposure, and especially, protect our children who are much more vulnerable to microwave radiation.

Why You Need to Stop Carrying Your Mobile Phone in Your Pocket or Bra
by Tony Isaacs, thetruthaboutcancer.com

If you’re a man and you carry your mobile phone in your pants pocket, or a woman who tucks her phone into her bra or bra strap… chances are you aren’t aware of the damage this practice may be causing. You’re not going to hear about it from the cell phone companies who are resisting mounting evidence about the dangers of mobile phone radiation.

Read on for some of the major areas of health concerns (including cancer!) and what cell phone studies have uncovered thus far…

Cell Phones and Infertility/Decreased Sperm Counts

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - An Increasing Challenge to the Medical Profession

"It seems necessary to give an International Classification of Diseases to EHS to get it accepted as EMF-related health problems. The increasing exposure to RF-EMF in schools is of great concern and needs better attention. Longer-term health effects are unknown. Parents, teachers, and school boards have the responsibility to protect children from unnecessary exposure."


Electromagnetic hypersensitivity - an increasing challenge to the medical profession
Rev Environ Health. 2015 Sep 15. pii: /j/reveh.ahead-of-print/reveh-2015-0012/reveh-2015-0012.xml. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0012. [Epub ahead of print]

Hedendahl L, Carlberg M, Hardell L.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:
In 1970, a report from the former Soviet Union described the "microwave syndrome" among military personnel, working with radio and radar equipment, who showed symptoms that included fatigue, dizziness, headaches, problems with concentration and memory, and sleep disturbances. Similar symptoms were found in the 1980s among Swedes working in front of cathode ray tube monitors, with symptoms such as flushing, burning, and tingling of the skin, especially on the face, but also headaches, dizziness, tiredness, and photosensitivity. The same symptoms are reported in Finns, with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) being attributed to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). Of special concern is involuntary exposure to radiofrequency (RF)-EMF from different sources. Most people are unaware of this type of exposure, which has no smell, color, or visibility. There is an increasing concern that wireless use of laptops and iPads in Swedish schools, where some have even abandoned textbooks, will exacerbate the exposure to EMF.

Effects of Acute Exposure to WIFI Signals (2.45 GHz) on Heart Variability and Blood Pressure in Albinos Rabbit

"These results suggest for the first time, as far as we know, that exposure to WIFI affect heart rhythm, blood pressure, and catecholamines efficacy on cardiovascular system; indicating that radiofrequency can act directly and/or indirectly on cardiovascular system."

Effects of Acute Exposure to WIFI Signals (2.45 GHz) on Heart Variability and Blood Pressure in Albinos Rabbit
Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology. 40(2):600-605. September 2015. doi:10.1016/j.etap.2015.08.01.

Saili, Hanini, Smirani, et al.

Highlights

• ECG and arterial pressure measurements were studied under acute exposures to WIFI.
• Acute exposure of rabbits to WIFI increased heart frequency and arterial blood pressure.
• WIFI affect catecholamines (dopamine, epinephrine) efficacy on cardiovascular system.
• Radiofrequency can act directly and/or indirectly on cardiovascular system.

Abstract

Electrocardiogram and arterial pressure measurements were studied under acute exposures to WIFI (2.45 GHz) during one hour in adult male rabbits. Antennas of WIFI were placed at 25 cm at the right side near the heart.

From Electromagnetic Smog to Electromagnetic Chaos

From Electromagnetic Smog to Electromagnetic Chaos. 
To Evaluating the Hazards of Mobile Communication for Health of the Population 

Medical Radiology and Radiation Safety. 2018. Vol. 63. No. 3. P. 28-33 DOI: 10.12737/article_5b168a752d92b1.01176625

Yu.G. Grigoriev
A.I. Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center, Moscow, Russia.

Yu.G. Grigoriev - Leading Researcher, Dr. Sc. Med., Prof., the Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Council on Radiobiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Russian National Committee on Protection from Non-Ionizing Radiation, Member of the WHO Advisory Committee on the International Program «EMF and Public Health», a Member of the International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES)

Abstract 

Over the past 25 years, there has been a global change in the electromagnetic environment on the Earth, associated with the widest use of wireless communications by the population, which significantly changed the situation of artificial electromagnetic pollution of the external environment and the methodology for assessing the health risks of all population groups.

Health Canada Ordered to Release Confidential Drug Company Data on HPV Vaccines

We salute all those persons who fight for justice and have the courage to take government/ national agencies/ corporations... to court to demand release of documents and information vital to public health.
Health Canada ordered to release confidential drug company data on HPV vaccines
by Mairin Prentiss, CBC, 13 July 2018

Federal government insisted drug companies' clinical trial data is 'confidential business information'

(Photo):  Researchers have been fighting Health Canada for access to industry data without the restriction of confidentiality agreements for years. On July 9, a Federal Court judge ruled in favour of a Maryland-based researcher. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

A Federal Court judge has ordered Health Canada to release reams of pharmaceutical clinical trial data on five medications to an American researcher, undercutting the federal government's attempts to keep the information confidential.

14 July 2018

The Inconvenient Truth about Cancer and Mobile Phones by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones
by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, The Guardian, 14 July 2018

Hot spot: could the radiation from your phone have long-
term side-effects? Photo: VOISIN/ Getty Images/Canopy
We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?

On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.

Eleven independent scientists spent three days at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, discussing the study, which was done by the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services and ranks among the largest conducted of the health effects of mobile phone radiation. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure.

Cell Phones: A Major Health Risk: Three-Part Video News Report

Three Part News Report: Cell Phones: A Major Health Risk
Environmental Health Trust, 13 July 2018

RT reporter Dan Cohen featured cell phone radiation and health in a three part series airing in July 2018.

Part 1: Cellphones: A Major Health Risk? Cancer Health Risks and Outdated Regulations

Correspondent Dan Cohen interviews Dr. Devra Davis on health risks of cell phone radiation and features the “clear evidence of cancer” found in the National Toxicology Program, the corroborating findings in the Ramazzini Institute study and the outdated FCC limits. Cohen also interviewed successful businessman Gerald Mitchell who was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma after heavy cell phone use. “ I just don’t understand how the cell phone companies won’t stand up and bear some level of responsibility…”

Part 2: Cellphones: A Major Health Risk? The French Cell Phone Tests #Phonegate Document that Phones Exceed Cell Phone Radiation Limits at Body Contact

Be Aware of Technology-Related Health Threats

Be aware of technology-related health threats
By ANDREW PALMER, Guest Columnist, journalpatriot.com (North Wilkesboro, NC), 
13 July 2018

I am writing this as a result of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s June 15 article, “Wilkesboro prepares for 5G technology with new rules.” Although it risks possibly sounding “weird,” I’m comfortable saying I have concerns about the safety of many commonly used communication and electrical technologies.

I haven’t carried a cell phone in four years, I don’t use wireless Internet in my house and when given the choice, I limit time spent around things that emit a lot of energy - cell phone towers, high voltage power lines, etc.

There are other specific things involving electro-pollution and its possible health effects, but I’ll skip that because it goes beyond my scope here.

Over the past few years, I’ve spent much time researching the safety and possible health risks associated with such technology and it seems concise information to base decisions on is lacking. One must also have faith in the studies and who is paying for them to accept their findings. I encourage everyone to do a little research and come to their own conclusions on this subject. Get informed and make your own decisions.

13 July 2018

Environmental Health Trust Monthly Newsletter for July 2018

Henceforth, we will be providing links to some of the articles featured in the monthly newsletter of the Environmental Health Trust.  Here is the newsletter for July 2018:
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/US-Supreme-Court--Our-Cell-Phone-Right-To-Know-and-Your-Health-.html?soid=1116515520935&aid=t8sLiXoRZtI

The Berkeley Cell Phone “Right To Know” Ordinance

The Berkeley Cell Phone Right To Know city ordinance requires sellers to inform customers that keeping a device in a pocket or bra could lead to radiation exposure that exceeds federal guidelines. For years, cell-phone manufacturers have vigorously resisted state and local government attempts to require warning signs about radiation exposure even though their own user manuals advise caution about carrying or holding the phone close to your body while it’s transmitting. These warnings are buried deep in the tiny print of cell phone manuals.

New York City: Stray Electric Current Causing Costly Pipe Leaks in Queens

Corroded copper pipe
Comment from Dr. Jack Kruse: "NYC now showing signs of the coming 5G nightmare. No one seems to realize how jump conduction works in wireless. These neighborhoods in New York City... are very close to both 5G airports in the city. The symptoms have begun. Stray electric current has been found to be causing copper pipe corrosion on very short timescales. Since bone uses two copper atoms as dopants to keep calcium and appatite on the collagen backbone what do you think the effect of jump conduction will be on people's bones living in these neighborhoods? What will be the effect of calcium flows in the melanopsin/retinol mechanism controlled by calcium? What will happen to mitochondria which uses calcium as a second messenger to control the type and amount of free radicals the mitochondrial matrix makes? These are a few of the collateral effects coming to many cities in the USA in the next 2 years. Be ready for it."

7 On Your Side: Stray electric current causing costly pipe leaks in Queens
By Nina Pinedaabc7ny.com, 11 July 2018

QUEENS, New York (WABC) --Scores of Queens homeowners were suddenly faced with a gusher of costly problems related to leaky pipes in front of their homes -- and now residents want someone to take responsibility.

The frustrated homeowners from Jamaica Estates, Rosedale and Flushing have spent tens of thousands replacing the copper pipes that carry water from the water main in the street to their homes.

12 July 2018

Russian Asbestos Company Puts Trump's Face, Seal of Approval, on Pallets of Its Products

Russian Asbestos Company Puts Trump's Face, Seal of Approval, on Pallets of Its Products
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 11 July 2018

The seal on the Russian company's pallets of asbestos
products reads, "Approved by Donald Trump, 45th
President of the United States."
(Photo:
Uralasbest/Facebook)
"Helping Putin and Russian oligarchs amass fortunes by selling a product that kills thousands each year should never be the role of a U.S. president or the EPA, but this is the Trump administration," says EWG's Ken Cook

"Donald is on our side!" declared a Facebook post from the Russian mining company Uralasbest, which put U.S. President Donald Trump's face and a seal that reads "Approved by Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States," on pallets of its chrysotile asbestos products.

Praising the Trump administration's new asbestos policies, which were announced last month, the company's post thanked the president for supporting recently-resigned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, "who declared that his agency would no longer deal with matters related to side effects potentially caused by asbestos," according to a translation by Guardian.

United Kingdom: Top Secondary School in French-Style Ban on Mobile Phones

Top secondary school in French-style ban on mobile phones
By Richard Osleycamdennewjournal.com, 12 July 2018

Camden School for Girls raise concerns over teenage use of social media and need for screen breaks

ONE of London’s leading secondary schools is banning mobile phones amid concerns that pupils need a break from their screens and social media.

Parents and carers at Camden School for Girls said the move to confiscate any handsets spotted by teachers would come into effect at the start of the next academic year. While policies on phones varies from school to school, many allow pupils to use them on the premises in break times and lunch hours.

The move to ban their use at the school in Sandall Road, Camden Town, echoes a total ban introduced in France at the end of last year and follows a debate in education ­circles about how long teenagers spend glued to their screens.

Monsanto to Get Flooded with Thousands of Cancer-Related Lawsuits

Monsanto to get flooded with thousands of cancer-related lawsuits
By Jade Scipionifoxbusiness.com, 11 July 2018

Christine Sheppard, retired coffee-bean farmer
Monsanto faced a major setback on Tuesday, as a federal judge ruled to allow three expert witnesses to testify that its controversial weed killer Roundup causes cancer, opening up a floodgate for thousands of lawsuits to come.

The agrochemical company, which is now a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion takeover that concluded in June, has been engulfed in a trial with 46-year-old Dwayne “Lee” Johnson in recent weeks.

Johnson claims he became sick with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for more than two years as a groundkeeper for a school district outside of San Francisco.

Johnson is the first of a long list of about 4,000 people looking to sue the weed and seed maker for similar allegations.

Could Mental Health Apps Lead to Overdiagnosis?

Could mental health apps lead to overdiagnosis?
sydney.edu.au, 10 July 2018

Emphasis on personal responsibility problematic, researchers warn
Mental health app marketing commonly presents mental health problems as ubiquitous and individuals as responsible for mental wellbeing; overdiagnosis and denial of the social factors related to mental health could result.

There are tens of thousands of commercially available mental health apps on the market, many hugely popular. But how do these apps portray mental health and how does this suggest mental health problems should be managed?

11 July 2018

Should Cell Phone Providers Warn Customers of Health Risks?

THIS IS NO "FALSE ALARM" ! as Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola and others would lead us to believe. The dangers of exposing ourselves to microwave radiation day in and day out are very real and precautions regarding use can be taken to reduce exposure. As Dr. Oleg Gregoriev, Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection says, we should "put a warning sticker on each [cell] phone, like a pack of cigarettes".

Should cell phone providers warn customers of health risks? Berkeley says yes
BY LYNNE PEEPLES, FairWarning.org,
11 July 2018

The scientific community has not reached consensus on
the risks of cellular phone use, but the California health
department said research suggests long-term extensive
use may affect health.
Few people know that there are federal safety limits for exposure to the weak radiation emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices. There often is language about this embedded right in our phones, but finding it requires knowing where to look, wading through several steps and then making sense of the technical jargon.

Concerned about the lack of public awareness, Berkeley, California passed a law in 2015 calling for cellphone stores to post warning signs. The signs caution that if you carry a phone in a pocket or tucked into a bra when the device is on, “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure’’ to radio-frequency radiation.

Monsanto 'Bullied Scientists' and Hid Weedkiller Cancer Risk, Lawyer Tells Court

Monsanto 'bullied scientists' and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court
by Sam Levin in San Francisco, The Guardian, 10 July 2018

DeWayne Johnson looks on at the start of the Monsanto
trial in San Francisco.
Photo: Pool/Reuters
As ill California man’s landmark case begins, attorney attacks Roundup maker’s response to researchers’ findings

Monsanto has long worked to “bully scientists” and suppress evidence of the cancer risks of its popular weedkiller, a lawyer argued on Monday in a landmark lawsuit against the global chemical corporation.

“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers,” said the attorney Brent Wisner, who presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products. “They fought science.”

Alert: Virtual Assistant Radiation Exposure Linked To Cancer, Headaches, Memory And Other Unhealthy Impacts

Re-POSTED: 11 JULY 2018:  These types of smart objects should be withdrawn from the market. Not only do they negatively affect a child's behavior, but also they are assaulting these kids's bodies with a 2B "possibly carcinogenic" substance, microwave radiation. 

Alert: Virtual Assistant Radiation Exposure Linked To Cancer, Headaches, Memory And Other Unhealthy Impacts
ehtrust.org

Alert: Virtual Assistants Expose Kids To Untested Levels Of Microwave Radiation

Low Levels of Microwave Radiation linked to Cancer, Sperm Damage and Headaches


(Washington)—Wireless virtual assistants expose children to untested levels of microwave radiofrequency radiation- the same radiation emitted by cell phones. Before coming on the market, radiation exposures for virtual assistants are compliance tested with an 8 inch separation between the device and a large adult male body phantom. Radiation levels are not tested at body contact. Health organizations are issuing an alert that children who sing and play close to these devices are exposed to radiofrequency microwave radiation levels that could greatly exceed these tested government radiation limits.

Alexa: Don’t Let My 2-Year-Old Talk to You That Way

Alexa: Don’t Let My 2-Year-Old Talk to You That Way
By Sue Shellenbarger, wsj.com, 10 July 2018

Mark Matcho
Children are using voice-activated technology at far younger ages than other devices, but some parents worry they’re picking up rude habits

Parents, your child may have a new secret friend: your smart speaker.

Drawn by the devices’ voice-activated interfaces and warm, playful tone, children as young as 1 are interacting with Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant or Apple ’s Siri long before they can type or swipe, new research shows.

10 July 2018

FCC Asks DC Circuit To Pause Small-Cell Rule Challenges

FCC Asks DC Circ. To Pause Small-Cell Rule Challenges
by Adam Lidgett, Law360, July 3, 2018

Law360 (July 3, 2018, 4:39 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission asked the D.C. Circuit to put on hold combined challenges from Native American tribes and environmentalists to an agency rule exempting from environmental and historic reviews small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks.

The FCC on Monday asked the court to hold in abeyance the consolidated cases challenging a decision to exclude various small wireless fixtures from reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. The agency said it received petitions from various entities asking it to administratively rethink the decision at issue, and that an action on reconsideration might be able to “narrow or further crystallize the scope of the issues that the court will need to review.”

Yet Another Reason for Your Kids to Unplug? Health Risks from Cellphone Radiation

Yet Another Reason for Your Kids to Unplug? Health Risks from Cellphone Radiation
by Olga Naidenko Ph.D., Environmental Working Group, July 11, 2018

Most Americans, including children, use electronic devices like cellphones, tablets and smartwatches, for hours every day – and many have developed symptoms that look like addictive behavior. In 2017, children ages 8 and younger spent, on average, 48 minutes on mobile devices daily, and 42 percent of children 8 and younger have their own tablet devices, according to Common Sense Media.

But frequent use of electronic devices may pose health risks beyond addiction.

So far, the issue of children’s exposure to radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices has been missing from the debate about children’s screen time. Research from the National Toxicology Program reveals troubling evidence that cellphone radiation could cause brain and heart cancer.

Switzerland: Now We Are Finally Moving Forward with 5G

This article received 680 on-line comments before the function was closed. Many warn against the dangers of 5G technology.

Now we are finally moving forward with 5G
by R. Knecht, 20min.ch, 6 July 2018 - translation

Today, the Confederation is opening the race for the coveted 5G frequencies. The Swiss telecom companies are ready to fight.

Download a 2 gigabyte file over the mobile data network
in less than a second.  The mobile standard 5G should
make this possible.
Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom have been waiting eagerly for this day: Today, the Federal Communications Commission (Comcom) will give information about the call for tenders for the 5G radio frequencies.

What sounds technical has enormous significance for Swiss network operators: in order to send 5G signals via these radio frequencies, they need a federal license. Only if they get this, are they allowed to use the new technology commercially.

The companies will now compete for the limited number of frequency bands. The more you can get, the more stable your network will be, especially with regard to 5G.

"It could go fast with 5G"

A Father Speaks About Wi-Fi in Schools and His Children's Health

This father, Rodney Palmer, describes what happened after wireless internet was installed in his child's elementary school. Children got headaches, suffered heart irregularities and more. He describes how he went to the school administrators and even offered to pay for safe technology. This comes from a September 2011 talk with several speakers including Dr. Havas which you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwmaf...


A Father Speaks About Wifi in Schools and His Children's Health (20 min. - September 2011




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv6kikjBzug

Despite Health Concerns, FCC and States Clear the Way for Next-Generation Wireless Networks

Despite Health Concerns, FCC and States Clear the Way for Next-Generation Wireless Networks

Despite Health Concerns, FCC and States Clear the Way for Next-Generation Wireless Networks
By Kaitlyn Mensing, Legal Intern and David Andrews, Ph.D., Senior ScientistEnvironmental Working Group, 9 July 2018

The wireless communications industry is rushing to blanket the nation with next-generation networks whose health effects are unknown. Despite studies linking radiation from existing networks to cancer in lab animals, the Federal Communications Commission and state legislators are bowing to industry lobbyists and clearing the way for the new networks.

The FCC recently voted to exclude base stations for new 5G wireless networks from review under federal environmental and historic preservation laws. Meanwhile, almost two dozen states have passed laws, pushed by wireless lobby groups, to override local ordinances that would regulate the siting of these new base stations, which could be installed on nearly every telephone pole in the U.S. Other states are considering similar legislation.

09 July 2018

Incidence of Deadly Brain Tumours in England Doubled Between 1995 and 2015

Incidence of deadly brain tumours in England doubled between 1995 and 2015
powerwatch.org.uk, 9 July 2018

Alasdair Philips, Graham Lamburn (of Powerwatch), with Professor Emeritus Denis Henshaw and Professor Emeritus Mike O'Carroll, have published an open access paper in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, which demonstrates a very clear and persistent increase in the incidence of the most deadly form of brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Typical survival after diagnosis is only about 12 months. There is a Supplementary file containing additional relevant data.

We have also expanded on the paper with an invited Letter to the Editor. This contains some important extra information, including a discussion of some preliminary analysis of what we believe are misleading USA data. There is some further commentary on risk factors without promoting any single factor as the most likely cause. The incidence rate has doubled in England between 1995 and 2015, with new cases each year rising dramatically from 983 to 2,531 cases. The increase is largely hidden in overall brain tumour incidence data because, until recently, lower grade less-aggressive tumours have been decreasing by a similar rate.

Phonegate: The French Public Authorities Recognize the Urgent Need to Better Protect the Health of Mobile Phone Users

The French public authorities recognize the urgent need to better protect the health of mobile phone users
phonegatealert.org, 9 July 2018

Two years, day for day, after the revelation of the scandal, Phonegate Alert has just, not without difficulty, obtained new incontestable proof confirming that the European and French regulations governing the placing on the market of mobile phones does not effectively protect the health of users.

On 27 June 2018, our association was able to obtain from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) the mission letter entrusted to it on 30 October 2017 by the Director General for Risk Prevention (DGPR) and the Director General for Health (DGS). This letter was given to us by Mr. Olivier Merckel, Head of the Physical Agents, New Technologies and Major Developments Unit, whom we thank. For six months, we had been asking Ministers Nicolas Hulot and Angès Buzyn, in vain, for a copy of this extremely important document.

Oleg Grigoriev: PhoneGate Confirms Our Worst Fears Regarding Cell Phones

Closer to the body
by Alla Astakhovaalla-astakhova.ru, 8 July 2018 - translation*

Oleg Grigoriev: PhoneGate confirms our worst fears regarding cellular phones

Dr. Oleg Grigoriev
In France, an unprecedented scandal is erupting. Recently, the French consumer association Alert PhoneGate [announced the removel of] 250 potentially dangerous cell phone models from the market. Reasons? The results of tests conducted by the French National Frequencies Agency, which were made public at the request of Alert PhoneGate. It turned out that for every nine out of ten mobile phones sold in France (common models that are popular all over the world), the levels of electromagnetic radiation with close proximity to the human body far exceed the maximum permissible values. This happens when we carry a cell phone in the pocket of a shirt or trousers, and also applies to the ear during a conversation. Activists Alert PhoneGate warn: it's not safe. "Our health is at stake," says the head of the association, Dr. Marc Arazi . Are there any grounds for such statements? I asked Oleg Grigoriev, Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and member of the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee on the program "Electromagnetic Fields and Health" .

08 July 2018

United Kingdom: Boycott Amid Fears of Dangerous Radiation Levels at Dartington Primary School

Unluckiest school in Britain: Boycott amid fears of DANGEROUS radiation levels
By CAMILLA TOMINEYexpress.co.uk, 8 July 2018

PARENTS have withdrawn their children from a new £7million school after it was rebuilt – amid fears it is still too dangerous. Dartington primary, dubbed Britain’s unluckiest school, was billed as “zero carbon” and “visionary” when it originally opened in 2010.

£7m 'eco-school' had to be demolished
But it was soon closed after water started leaking into the buildings. Teachers and 300 pupils were forced to have lessons in temporary accommodation.

Then in 2016 diggers and dumper trucks turned the school into rubble – and started building again.

The school reopened a few months ago, but parents recently staged a one-day boycott over the siting of a new mobile phone mast 50 yards from the classrooms.

07 July 2018

Activism Against 5G In Europe Sets Examples For Others To Follow

"One of the colleagues I network with emailed a detailed synopsis of what’s been going on in the EU, which apparently is not being covered nor journalistically reported by the mainstream media in the USA."

Activism Against 5G In Europe Sets Examples For Others To Follow

Technology, especially microwave-produced radiofrequencies that will operate in the millimeter wave ranges—possibly above 6 GHz (Gigahertz: one GHz is one BILLION frequency oscillations per SECOND), experiences serious consumer opposition being undertaken, and publicly demonstrated, in numerous cities in various countries in Europe.

One of the colleagues I network with emailed a detailed synopsis of what’s been going on in the EU, which apparently is not being covered nor journalistically reported by the mainstream media in the USA.

Since the information I cite below came on an email string, I assume it is to be considered open access and in that open access spirit I want to inform my readers about what’s going on but, more importantly, to take note of it.

PhoneGate: The Cell Phone Industry’s Biggest Coup?

PhoneGate: The Cell Phone Industry’s Biggest Coup?
By Catherine J. Frompovichnaturalblaze.com, 6 July 2018

If you are one of the two billion people worldwide [2016] who use the latest in cell phone technology—by the way, I’m not one!—you need to take seriously what’s going on to prevent you, the consumer, from knowing the real dangers from cell phones and “your right to information on the acute and chronic overexposure suffered from having been exposed to the radiation of our mobile phones for more than 20 years, the consequences to our health, in particular that of children, and our ability to continue our work of investigation and counter-information without risking lawsuits, and perhaps worse, huge fines,” as stated on the website Support PhoneGate Alert by signing our petition and making a donation.

Within that website is a working link * to sign our petition* toward the bottom, which you may want to sign, and which I did.

Scientists Recommend Stronger Indications of RF Causing Tumors in Rats

Scientists Recommend Stronger Indications of RF Causing Tumors in Rats
rrmediagroup.com, 6 July 2018

Scientific experts recommended that some National Toxicology Program (NTP) conclusions be changed to indicate stronger levels of evidence that cellphone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) caused tumors in rats. The experts met to review the conclusions of research released in February on the health effect of high RF exposure.

A panel of external scientific experts met March 26 – 28 and agreed with NTP conclusions that there was little indication of RFR-related health problems in mice. The studies, one in rats and one in mice, covered 10 years and $25 million.

The experts recommended that tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, called malignant schwannomas, be reclassified from some evidence to clear evidence of carcinogenic activity. In female rats, they recommended reclassification of malignant schwannomas from no evidence to equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity. The panel agreed that there were unusual patterns of cardiomyopathy, or damage to heart tissue, in exposed male and female rats.

06 July 2018

The National Toxicology Program Releases Peer Review Report From Cell Phone Radio-Frequency Radiation Study

Please note:  This post contains a link to the NTP Peer Review Report documenting the proceedings and recommendations of the peer reviewers at the NTP Peer Review of the draft technical reports on the cell phone radiofrequency radiation study, March 26.28, 2018.

National Toxicology Program Peer Review Report From Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study Peer Review March 26–28, 2018
posted by Environmental Health Trust

The National Toxicology Program Releases Peer Review Report From Cell Phone Radio-Frequency Radiation Study

The National Toxicology Program has released the Peer Review Report documenting the proceedings and recommendations of the peer reviewers at the National Toxicology Program Peer Review Meeting of the Draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation held March 26–28, 2018 at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Research Triangle Park, NC.


United States: EPA Announces It Will Not Evaluate Health Rsks of Asbestos Already in the Environment

Fifty-five countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Israel and Japan have completely banned asbestos use.  The United States is not one of these countries.

DONALD TRUMP CALLED ASBESTOS POISONING A MOB-LED CONSPIRACY, NOW HIS EPA WON’T EVALUATE ASBESTOS ALREADY IN HOMES
BY NICOLE GOODKIND, Newsweek, 6 July 2018

(Photo): Delegates of union hold a demonstration for the inclusion of chrysotile, a mineral also known as white asbestos which health experts say causes cancer, on the list of hazardous materials of the UN Rotterdam Convention, on April 28, 2017, in Geneva.FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The Environmental Protection Agency will not consider the health risks and impacts of asbestos already in the environment when evaluating the dangers associated with the chemical compound, Scott Pruitt, the agency's head, quietly announced last week. That means asbestos used in tiles, piping and adhesives throughout homes and businesses in the United States will remain largely unchecked and unaccounted for. Nearly 15,000 Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases, but President Donald Trump has called the substance "100 percent safe, once applied."

In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump argued that the association of the chemical with health risks was part of a mob-created conspiracy. “I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented,” he wrote.

Samsung Phones Are Sending Pictures Without User’s Knowledge


ATTENTION!  34 Samsung models are among the 250 mobile phones tested by ANFR in contact with the skin or at 5mm where the results show that the SAR regulatory limits for the trunk have been exceeded, presenting  a risk to the health of users.  See: 
"Check if your mobile phone presents a risk to your health"

Samsung Phones Are Sending Pictures Without User’s Knowledge

By Athina Mallischannelnews.com.au, 4 July 2018

A handful of Samsung phones have a bug which has been sending all of a user’s camera roll to their contacts without the user’s knowledge.

These phantom messages are being sent through the Samsung messaging app through MMS not SMS.

Complaints have emerged on Reddit and Samsung forums with one user saying their Galaxy S9+ sent all of their photos to his girlfriend and didn’t show on their message thread.

Radiation from Cell Phones Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

The other day, a young man confided to us that he was experiencing erectile dysfunction. He kept his cell phone in his pocket. Please read this article on the subject.

Radiation from cell phones linked to erectile dysfunction
byTony Isaacs, naturalnews.com, 2 April 2014


(NaturalNews) As reported in the Environmental Health Trust's latest newsletter, cell phones have now been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED). While numerous studies have shown that cell phone radiation leads to human sperm death and damage and decreased fertility, the new report of increased erectile dysfunction is sending shock waves through the men's health community.

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to attain or maintain a penile erection sufficient for successful sexual intercourse and is a very common clinical condition that can affect up to 50% of men over 40 years old. Among the known risk factors for ED are diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity and hypercholesterolemia.

The damning results of the preliminary study

04 July 2018

ITU Says Strict Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure Limits May Negatively Impact 5G Roll-Out

ITU says strict electromagnetic radiation exposure limits may negatively impact 5G roll-out
telecompaper.com, 2 July 2018

Radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure limits have become a critical concern for further deployment of wireless networks, especially in certain countries, regions and even specific cities, according to the ITU document 'The impact of RF-EMF exposure limits stricter than the ICNIRP or IEEE guidelines on 4G and 5G mobile network deployment'. This problem affects countries such as China, India, Poland, Russia, Italy and Switzerland, regions like Brussels and cities like Paris.

The document refers to an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group of the unfavourable effects of different EMF exposure limits on network roll-out, i.e. deployment of spectrum, technology and sites, which have been simulated in Poland and can also serve as an illustrative example for other countries with power density limits stricter than the ICNIRP or IEEE guidelines, e.g., Russia, India, China, Italy, Switzerland, Paris and regions of Belgium.

Goodbye, Privacy? How New EdTech Is Turning Students Into Lab Rats

Through the school and the corporate vendor, the government is probing thoughts and feelings that even children should be entitled to keep private.

The Nation’s Pulse
Goodbye, Privacy? How New EdTech Is Turning Students Into Lab Rats
by KAREN EFFREM, JANE ROBBINSspectator.org, 29 June 2018

Even school bus drivers are participating in the psychological evaluation of their young charges.

Our children are being groomed to have no expectation of privacy, ever, and to accept constant surveillance as simply how things are. Schools and corporate vendors are playing a major role in stamping out the individual liberty and autonomy that should be our inheritance as Americans.

A major tool in this effort is “social emotional learning” (SEL), which schools are being urged to elevate over academic instruction to assess and manipulate students’ mindsets and emotions. A recent Education Week article reported on how technology is facilitating this transformation from education to therapy. One company highlighted in the article is a San Francisco-based startup called Emote, founded by a millennial CEO named Julian Golder.

03 July 2018

Check If Your Mobile Phone Presents a Risk to Your Health

(In order see the lists in full, please see the original article .)

Check if your mobile phone presents a risk to your health
phonegatealert.org, 3 July 2018

During our press conference on Thursday 28 June, Phonegate Alert launched an appeal for the withdrawal from the market and from service in France, Europe and internationally of hundreds of millions of mobile phones that we believe are potentially dangerous to the health of users, particularly that of children. As a result of this appeal, many people have written us on our Facebook page and our Internet site. 

We are publishing the names of the brands and models concerned. In order to facilitate reading, we have organized them into three lists, simpler to understand and immediately highlighting the essential elements, including above all, the real level of exposure measured during the tests carried out by the National Frequencies Agency (ANFR). (The test date is specified.)

02 July 2018

Now There's a Fitbit for the Stomach

Now there's a Fitbit for the STOMACH: Scientists create pill that tracks how you are digesting food when you eat, sleep and deal with stress
By MATTHEW WRIGHT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM, 1st July 2018 

As the pill dissolves, a thin strip latches onto the
stomach lining.
  • Canan Dagdeviren, head of the 'Conformable Decoders' team at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has made 'a Fitbit for the Stomach' 
  • The 'conformable decoders' are stored inside pills that are then swallowed by the patient
  • As the pill dissolves, a thin strip latches onto the stomach lining
  • That device will transmit messages about how the stomach responds to stress, eating and/or sleeping

Soon you will have an even better understanding of what your body is trying to tell you, thanks to a new device said to be 'a Fitbit for the Stomach.'