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

20 August 2018

Cancer in Children and Young People - International Scientific and Medical Conference 2018 12th-14th September 2018, Westminster, London

Cancer in Children and Young People - 
International Scientific and Medical Conference 2018
12th-14th September 2018, Westminster, London

Cancer in Children and Young People
International Scientific and Medical Conference 201812th-14th September 2018, 
Westminster, London

a landmark conference examining the way we understand cancer,
exploring the way forward within the full US NIH definition of Precision MedicinePreventing Cancer - Improving Treatment - Reducing suffering - Saving Lives - Saving Money
attend for as little as £60 (see Registration)

Speakers include Dr. Annie Sasco, Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi, Dr. Kurt Straif, Prof Denis Henshaw, Alasdair Philips

Cell Phones in Schools? France Says No, San Francisco Educators Urge Caution

CELL PHONES IN SCHOOLS? FRANCE SAYS NO, SAN FRANCISCO EDUCATORS URGE CAUTION
By Olga Naidenko Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Children's Environmental Health,
20 August 2018

As the school year begins, the movement to exercise caution in students’ use of cell phones and other wireless devices is gaining international momentum.

The French Parliament voted last month to ban cell phones in nursery, elementary and middle schools. More than 5,000 miles away, San Francisco educators are urging the school district to make sure that students and teachers know about the state of California’s guidelines for safer use of cell phones.

The French restriction on wireless devices in schools was a campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron, who was swept into the office with a wave of popular support in 2017. It is primarily concerned with battling students’ “screen addiction.”

136 Studies Showing Health Effects from WiFi Radio Frequency Radiation

Over 100 studies on Health Effects of Wi-Fi, Oct 16 2016 (via Mobilfunk/Omega Group)

Attached is a list of over 100 scientific studies on health effects of wi-fi put together by Kevin Mottus (California Brain Tumor Association).

WiFi and Device Studies-Final.pdf

Click here to access the 73-page document:

https://app.box.com/s/va22tdhyafgr1y8evpv92nvin4714s0x

Studies that show WiFiand Devices Health Effects
Table of Contents
136 Studies Showing Health Effects from WiFi Radio Frequency Radiation


18 August 2018

Phonegate Alert Press Book

by Meris Michaels, 18 August 2018 - revised text

Please have a look at and share Phonegate Alert's Press Book, now updated with several hundred articles/interviews/radio and TV broadcasts over the last 18 months in a number of languages. The Press Book was posted last week in the Weekly Buzz on EMF Radiation issued by the Environmental Illness Network Minnesota to which we contribute articles.  There are also nearly 100 articles on this blog in English and on "Mieux Prévenir" in French on the Phonegate issue.


17 August 2018

Mobile Phones Do Pose a Danger

Letters: mobile phones do pose a danger
Opinion, The Guardian, 22 July 2018

People are oblivious to problems they cannot see. They need to be alerted

'Wireless radiation has many potential consequences for
health.'
Photo:  Toby Melville/ Reuters
Thank you for the piece on wireless radiation and health (“Mobiles, cancer and inconvenient truths”, the New Review).

This has been of great concern to me for some years. I seek to operate my laptop as much as possible with a wired internet connection and keep my mobile in aeroplane mode for much of the time to minimise exposure, but of course I am surrounded by many sources of radiation in daily life.

It seems that most of the population are unaware or oblivious to the problem because the radiation is not seen, heard or readily evident. Thus, if I raise the issue with others, my concerns are generally dismissed. Wireless radiation has many potential consequences for health – brain tumours, for instance, are increasingly prevalent in a population saturated with waves from mobile and cordless phones, wifi, bluetooth, “smart” meters etc.

New Blog Feature (Under Construction): Articles on EHS and EMF in German and Italian

Dear Readers,

We will be adding a new feature to this blog which will include articles on electrosensitivity and electromagnetic pollution in two of the other official languages of Switzerland, German and Italian.  You will only have to click at the top of the blog, next to "Home" to access these articles.

For articles and information in French, please see our separate blog, "Mieux Prévenir".

Thank you for your patience.

16 August 2018

Girl, 13, 'Addicted to her iPhone' Researched 'Suicide Methods' and Wrote about Funeral Before Hanging Herself

This is very sad and not the first time this has happened.  Society must wake up to the dangers of cell phone addiction and to exposure to microwave radiation emitted by mobile devices.

Girl, 13, 'addicted to iPhone' researched 'suicide methods' and wrote about funeral before hanging herself
By Nick Irving, mirror.co.uk, 9 August 2018
Ellie Phillips was addicted to her iPhone, her mum told
the inquest (
Image iStock Editorial)

Ellie Phillips, from Devon, had researched online how to kill herself and written about her own funeral on her iPhone

A 13-year-old schoolgirl who became 'addicted to her iPhone' suffered self image and friendship issues before killing herself, an inquest heard.

Tragic Ellie Phillips researched suicide methods online and wrote about her own funeral.

The inquest was told that the star hockey player had issues with her school and friendship groups in her year.

German Lifeguards Warn Children Are Drowning as Parents Increasingly Distracted by Their Mobile Phones

German lifeguards warn children are drowning as parents increasingly distracted by their mobile phones
by Justin Hugglertelegraph.co.uk, 5 August 2018

The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has linked a
series of recent drownings to parents who were too busy
with their mobile phones.
Credit: Fabian Bimmer/
Reuters
Children are being endangered by their parents’ obssession with smartphones, lifeguards in Germany have warned.

The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has linked a series of recent drownings to parents who were too busy with their mobile phones to keep proper watch over the children.

“Not enough parents and grandparents follow the advice: when your children and grandchildren are in the water, put your smartphone away,” Achim Wiese, a spokesman for the DLRG, said.

This summer has seen an alarming spike in drownings in Germany, as adults and children take to the country’s lakes, rivers and beaches to escape the heatwave.

More than 300 people have drowned so far this year, including 20 children under the age of 15 and 40 young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

Austria: 5G: Physicians Call for More Research on Mobile Phone Radiation

With the 5G expansion, the number of 
mobile radio antennas will increase sharply.
However, these are micro-antennas in small 
boxes with low transmission power.
(Photo: MEV)
5G: Physicians call for more research on mobile phone radiation
meinbezirk.at, 14 August 2018 - translation

The mobile industry and doctors are arguing whether cell phone radiation is harmful to health. In the run-up to the 5G expansion, scientists are indicating more research is needed.

AUSTRIA. The government has set itself the goal of making the next generation of mobile telephony, 5G, available throughout the country by 2025. This is what the 5G Strategy published by the Ministry of Infrastructure in April states. "The nationwide 5G supply is crucial for future economic development," it says in the paper.

Many new antennas

The expansion of the 5G infrastructure also means more antennas. "The total number of antennas can only be speculated," says Gregor Gradnig, spokesman for the Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications GmbH (RTR), Regional Media Austria (RMA).  The estimate is tens of thousands of new antennas. The locations of the current mobile radio and broadcasting stations in Austria are listed in the transmission register.

Old fears

15 August 2018

CDC Finds Brain, Liver And Thyroid Cancers Increasing Among U.S. Children 2001-2014

CDC Finds Brain, Liver And Thyroid Cancers Increasing Among US Children 2001-2014
Environmental Health Trust, 2018

The CDC presented new findings of increasing rates of brain cancer, renal cancer, hepatic (liver) cancer, and thyroid cancer among individuals under 20 years old in the USA after analyzing 2001–2014 US National Cancer statistics tumor data from 48 states (covering 98% of the US population).

These findings of increased nervous system rates were presented at the 2018 American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference in May, 2018 and also at the 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 16–19, 2018.

"Rates of brain, renal, hepatic, and thyroid cancers increased…"  US CDC 2018).

See selected excerpts from the 2018 CDC presentations below (including PDF).

2018 American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference

Cell Phone Radiation Associated Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising: Scientific Documentation

Cell Phone Radiation Associated Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising: Scientific Documentation
Environmental Health Trust, 2018

Cell Phone Associated Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising

There is evidence that the numbers of people diagnosed with the type of brain tumor linked to cell phone use- glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is increasing as documented in some US and international cancer registries. Brain, renal, liver and thyroid cancers are rising in US children.

Glioblastomas (the type of brain cancer linked to cell phone radiation) and central nervous system tumors are increasing in young Americans, in precisely the areas of the brain that absorb most of the microwave radiation emitted or received by phones.

On this page we are maintaining a list of the scientific documentation of these cancer increases as well as the science linking cell phones to brain cancer. (Scroll down for scientific citations).

Concern Over IoT Security Grew for Most Black Hat USA Attendees in Past Year, Reveals Survey

Concern Over IoT Security Grew for Most BHUSA Attendees in Past Year, Reveals Survey
by RAY LAPENAtripwire.com, 10 August 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the greatest forces driving technology today. According to Statista, the number of IoT devices is expected to reach 1.2 billion by the end of 2018. That number will grow to over 20 billion by 2020, per Gartner’s estimates, with more than 65 percent of enterprises deploying IoT products at that time.

Such growth in IoT poses a risk to organizations. More devices means potentially more vulnerable products that digital attackers can infect with malware like Mirai and enlist in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In total, Gartner predicts that a quarter of all identified attacks against enterprises will involve IoT by 2020.

With security obviously a major consideration with the Internet of Things, Tripwire decided to survey 167 Black Hat USA (BHUSA) attendees to determine how they felt about IoT security.

United States: Schools Can Now Get Facial Recognition Tech for Free. Should They?

SCHOOLS CAN NOW GET FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH FOR FREE. SHOULD THEY?
by Issie Lapowskywired.com, 17 July 2018

Chris Ryan/ Getty Images
LIKE MANY PARENTS in the United States, Rob Glaser has been thinking a lot lately about how to keep his kids from getting shot in school. Specifically, he’s been thinking of what he can do that doesn’t involve getting into a nasty and endless battle over what he calls “the g-word.”

It’s not that Glaser opposes gun control. A steady Democratic donor, Glaser founded the online streaming giant RealNetworks back in the 1990s as a vehicle for broadcasting left-leaning political views. It’s just that any conversation about curbing gun rights in America tends to lead more to gridlock and finger-pointing than it does to action. “I know my personal opinions aren’t going to carry the day in this current political environment,” Glaser says.

United States: San Francisco Educators Pass Resolution Calling for Safer Technology Standards

Resolution On Reducing Exposure To Radiofrequency Radiation
Environmental Health Trust, August 2018

SAN FRANCISCO EDUCATORS PASS RESOLUTION CALLING FOR SAFER TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOLS

The United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) has approved going forward with a resolution for safer technology next semester at a joint health committee with the San Francisco Unified School District.

The resolution became official as of May 23rd, 2018 and the Resolution and press release be found on UESF website.

(SAN FRANCISCO) – San Francisco educators closed the school year with the passage of a safer technology resolution that aims to provide simple steps to reduce exposure to radio frequency (RF) wireless energy for children, adolescents and educators in San Francisco schools.

While the science pertaining to technology safety is still evolving, a 2018 RF study by the US National Toxicology Program found exposed rodents developed malignant gliomas, a type of brain cancer, as well as heart tumors and DNA damage. This raises concern regarding long-term exposure to wireless technology and high use of cell phones.

14 August 2018

Mobile Phone Ban Is Unthinkable in Swiss Schools

We are ashamed with Switzerland for allowing children's use of cell phones in the classroom for "learning" purposes. Children receive "media education" but this sounds like it only goes as far as dealing with social media: fake news, photos, cyberbullying.  Little is taught about safe ways to reduce exposure to the microwave radiation emitted by these devices which could potentially cause physiological harm.


(Photo): Swiss schools deliberately use smartphones as a didactic tool for group work. GETTY IMAGES
It is also used in the classroom. The fact that cell phones are banned at school, as in France, is impossible in Switzerland. Here the smartphone serves as a learning tool.

Mobile phone ban is unthinkable in Swiss schools
by Christiane Binder, blick.ch, August 2018 -
translation

Smartphones interfere with the classroom, foster bullying, make people stupid and anti-social - these are the arguments of opponents of smartphones in the school. France has just passed a general ban on smartphones in its schools.

France Takes on Cellphone Addiction with a Ban in Schools

France Takes On Cellphone Addiction With a Ban in Schools

‘Children don’t have the maturity’ for smartphones, a French mother says. ‘Some adults don’t either.’

France Takes On Cellphone Addiction With a Ban in Schools

‘Children don’t have the maturity’ for smartphones, a French mother says. ‘Some adults don’t either.’

"These devices are not just addictive, but negatively affect health, especially the health of children. Radiation devices should not be used by children, and do not belong in schools! Radiation is NOT a toy or a learning device. It's been proven that kids do not retain much information while on a wireless device, and they lose fine motor coordination. On top of that, pulsed microwave radiation affects every cell and organ of their bodies, including their thyroid, eyes, heart and brain. It also affects fertility of both girls and boys. (Remember that girls are born with all of their ova, so the radiation affects their reproductive organs even before puberty)." (comment from a Facebook friend)

We are ashamed of certain Swiss media that have not reported on the study by one of their own citizens on the damage cell phone radiation can do to teenagers' memory, although the results of this important study have been reported globally.  We also cannot understand why Switzerland will still allow the use of cell phones in classrooms "for learning purposes" while studies have reported the negative effects of mobile device use on learning.  Use of cell phones in schools will only add to the risk of addiction to these devices, since children also use these for many hours at home.  
France Takes on Cellphone Addiction with a Ban in Schools
By Sam Schechner, wsj.com, 13 August 2018 

'Children don't have the maturity' for smartphones, a French mother says. 'Some adults don't either'.

(Photo): A new French law will ban students ranging from ages 3 to 15 from using smartphones anywhere on school grounds, with only narrow exceptions. Above, visitors at the Eiffel Tower. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

PARIS—Solal Paroux’s friends all have smartphones, and the 12-year-old Parisian has been needling his parents to get him one too. But his parents are resisting.

And now they have the law on their side.

When school starts up in September, a new French law will ban students ranging from ages 3 to 15 from using smartphones anywhere on school grounds, with only narrow exceptions.

12 August 2018

Hacked Satellite Systems Could Launch Microwave-Like Attacks, Expert Warns

Hacked satellite systems could launch microwave-like attacks, expert warns
by Alex Hern in Las Vegas, The Guardian, 9 August 2018 - US news blog

At Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, researcher says theoretical threat to ships, planes and military is ‘no longer theoretical’

The satellite communications that ships, planes and the military use to connect to the internet are vulnerable to hackers that, in the worst-case scenario, could carry out “cyber-physical attacks”, turning satellite antennas into weapons that operate, essentially, like microwave ovens.

According to research presented at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, a number of popular satellite communication systems are vulnerable to the attacks, which could also leak information and hack connected devices. The attacks, which are merely a nuisance for the aviation sector, could pose a safety risk for military and maritime users, the research claims.

Head of British Government Communications HQ Fears Chinese Spies Will Hijack Superfast 5G Mobile Services

It is worrying that Huawei already has cooperation agreements in Switzerland with Swisscom, Sunrise and Schindler. The Swiss communications minister visited Huawei recently in China to see what benefits implementation of 5G would bring to her country.

GCHQ fears Chinese spies will hijack superfast 5G mobile services
by Tommy Stubbington | The Sunday Times, 11 August 2018

GCHQ has warned of security concerns over the 5G mobile
broadband technologies likely to come from China.
China’s dominance of the technology that will power the next generation of super-fast mobile broadband threatens to leave Britain vulnerable to Chinese espionage, Britain’s top spy has warned.

Jeremy Fleming, head of GCHQ [Government Communications HQ], said “fifth generation” mobile services (5G) — which are expected to be launched in Britain next year and could eventually underpin everything from driverless cars to energy-saving “smart cities” — are among a host of new technologies that risk making “us more vulnerable to terrorists, hostile states and serious criminals”.

11 August 2018

Study Finds Cell Tower Radiation Is Linked To Type Of Damage In Human Blood That Predicts Cancer

Study Finds Cell Tower Radiation Is Linked To Type Of Damage In Human Blood That Predicts Cancer
ehtrust.org, posted August 2018

A newly published study comparing people living close (within 80 meters) and far (over 300 meters) from a cellular antennas found that the people living closer to the cellular antennas had statistically significant effects- increases in blood damage considered biomarkers predictive of cancer. Researchers measured the radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposures to the two groups and found that although the levels were within government limits, the people living closer to the cellular antennas had a much higher RF exposure.

The study entitled, “Impact of radiofrequency radiation on DNA damage and antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base station” (Zothansiama et al, 2017) was published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.

Through blood tests, researchers found statistically significant findings in people living closer to mobile base stations – who had higher RF levels in their bedrooms than the control group.

Switzerland: Doris Leuthard: "Our Economy Needs the Technologies Made Possible by 5G"

What Doris Leuthard, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, says here is very disturbing.  In order to implement 5G technology in Switzerland, she is talking of amending the Ordinance on non-ionizing radiation protection so that the limit values in Switzerland are the same as in the European Union [they are currently ten times stricter in Switzerland than in Europe], even if it means bypassing parliament.

Switzerland: Doris Leuthard: "Our economy needs the technologies made possible by 5G"
by Julie Zaugg, letemps.ch, 10 August 2018 - translation

The Federal Councilor made a quick two-day visit to Shenzhen and Hong Kong.  She looked at the latest innovations in the Middle Kingdom.

The Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard arrived Thursday in China, staying two days. She paid a visit to the tech giants Tencent and Huawei, visited a smart neighborhood and discovered innovations related to the development of mobile phone networks based on 5G.  She was even more convinced of the importance of rapidly deploying this technology on Swiss soil.  We met her in Hong Kong.


Le Temps: You visited several Chinese technology groups in Shenzhen.  What was your purpose?

Doris Leuthard: This fall, the Federal Council will vote on the country's new digital strategy.  We need to know where we stand with regard to information and communication technology.  I therefore chose to visit one of the most advanced countries in this respect, where these solutions have already been implemented and marketed.

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in World's First Roundup Cancer Trial

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial
by Tina Bellonreuters.com, 11 August 2018

(Reuters) - A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

FILE PHOTO:  Monsanto Co's Roundup is shown
for sale in Encinitas, California, U.S., June 26, 2017.
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo.
The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States.

The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.

It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.

Blue Light Causes The Human Eye to Attack Itself, And Now We Know Why

Blue Light Causes The Human Eye to Attack Itself, And Now We Know Why
by MIKE MCRAE, sciencealert.com, 9 August 2018

Link to full text of study published in Nature:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-28254-8

(Mikhail Korochkin/istock)
Toxic glow.

Excessive exposure to blue light isn't great for our eyes, contributing to a slow loss of vision over the course of a lifetime.

Scientists from the University of Toledo in the US now understand precisely how this toxic effect works, which could be good news for anybody at risk of degenerative eye conditions.

For the rest of us, it's just one more reason to give serious thought to limiting our exposure to the cool glow of a screen long after the Sun goes down.

"It's no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye's retina," says chemist and senior researcher Ajith Karunarathne.

10 August 2018

Prof. Olle Johansson: "Wireless Radiation - the Biggest Full-Scale Biomedical Experiment Ever Done to Life on Earth"

Associate professor: Wireless radiation – the biggest full-scale biomedical experiment ever done on Earth
Av Skribentnewsvoice.se, 5 August 2018

Olle Johansson KI - Foto: NASMS A. Mcdowell
DEBATE. “For whom the Doomsday Clock tolls”. On January 25, 2018, SVT News reported – in the Swedish public service television programme “Morgonstudion” – about the so-called “Doomsday Clock” in the United States, which indicates how close we are to a nuclear war with the ensuing end to humanity, as well as to most other animals, plants and bacteria.

In addition, they spoke in the same broadcast about the ever faster spread of antibiotic resistance which will lead to two times more such cases in Sweden in 2030, and four times more such cases in 2050. Already today, an excess of 25,000 Europeans die prematurely in Europe, and SVT News pointed out that by 2050 the corresponding annual premature deaths worldwide will amount to approx. 10,000,000 people (other animal species not included).

Blue Light from Phone Screens Accelerates Blindness, Study Finds

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds
Press Association / The Guardian, 9 August 2018

Blue light affected retinal, the molecule that makes photo-
receptor cells in the eye sense light. 
Photo: tommaso79/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.

Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s light-sensitive cells that can cause macular degeneration – an incurable condition that affects the middle part of vision.

Blue light, which has a shorter wavelength and more energy compared with other colours, can gradually cause damage to the eyes.

U.S. Lawmakers Focus on Tech and Kids, to the Tune of $95 Million

"The need for this type of research is at an all-time high."

“Without good research, we are performing an unprecedented experiment on our kids.”

“We need to use data to project forward what can create the healthiest and safest environment in which we are raising kids and interacting with each other.”

Lawmakers focus on tech and kids, to the tune of $95 million
by Jessica Ivinswebsafety.com, 30 July 2018

Technology is a force that will not be denied – one that continues to become more influential and prevalent in our lives and the lives of our children. We already know that too much time in front of a screen can lead to long-term mental, social and emotional issues, but do we understand to what extent?

Just how much damage is all the social media, texting, streaming and gaming doing to our youth?

While some research has been done, several members of congress are not willing to wait around for more conclusive results. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bold proposal that would allot $95 million to the National Institutes of Health with the express purpose of learning more about technology’s effect on infants, children and adolescents.

U.S. Congress Has a $95 Million Proposal to Study Tech's Effect on Kids

CONGRESS HAS A $95 MILLION PROPOSAL TO STUDY TECH’S EFFECT ON KIDS
by BBIE GONZALEZwired.com, 27 July 2018

Lluis Gene/Getty Images
LIKE A LOT of people, you probably spend a fair bit of time worrying about how much time you spend on your phone. Who doesn't these days? But what really concerns you is the youth. What is all that swiping and snapping and gramming doing to their still-developing brains? Surely somebody's studied this—the effect of all this screen time. So what have they found?

Well, to be honest: nothing conclusive. At least not yet.

On Thursday, Colorado senator Michael Bennet introduced legislation that would give the National Institutes of Health $95 million1 to investigate technology's impact on infants, children, and adolescents. Called the Children and Media Research Advancement Act, or CAMRA for short, the bill would see that money distributed over the next five years, to researchers studying how things like mobile devices, social media, and virtual reality affect the way kids think, grow, and socialize.

09 August 2018

5G Wireless Roll-out Brings Opportunities, Concerns, Calls for Moratorium

"Because 5G delivery will require extensive use of cell towers and small cells, critics says, it will be nearly impossible to escape wireless radiation. The number of reported cases of electromagnetic-sensitivity and connected device usage, already necessitating more treatment and care facilities, is expected to increase as a result."

5G Wireless Roll-out Brings Opportunities, Concerns, Calls for Moratorium
BY: LEE RICKWOOD, whatsyourtech.ca, 3 August 2018

(Photo): 5G capable smartphones, when they arrive, will be packed with features – including as many as sixteen antennas to help transmit lots of data on both legacy and new wireless networks. Provided image.

Tech industry plans for the roll-out of 5G wireless transmission technologies are bringing new business opportunities, marketplace concerns and even calls for a complete moratorium on delivery due to concerns for human health.

The 5G (the fifth generation of wireless technologies) platform is said to be faster and more capable than current systems. It will support new business services and enhanced consumer experiences like IoT-connected gadgets, driverless cars, immersive 4K video, augmented and virtual reality, and more. But that increased capability comes with increased risk of electromagnetic radiation exposure, impact and possible illness.

Outstanding Presentation by Dr. Devra Davis on Cell Phone Radiation

This recent presentation by Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust,  is outstanding. Everyone should view it and listen to what she has to say about cell phone radiation. Please share widely.

Wait, Wait Dont Tell Me: What Air Pollution, Cancer control and Wireless Technology have in common (30 July 2018 - 76 min.)




Devra Davis presents a range of recent and long-suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Cell phone radiation, wifi, and EMFs are a national emergency. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, and break down the brain's defenses while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable. And half of the world's four billion cell phone users are under twenty.
 

Geoengineering: Reflecting Sun's Rays Would Cause Crops to Fail, Scientists Warn

Reflecting sun's rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn
by Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, The Guardian, 8 August 2018

Research shows geoengineering method intended to combat climate change would have adverse effect on agriculture

(Photo): Spraying or injecting tiny airborne particles into the stratosphere has been regarded as one of the prime possibilities for geoengineering, by reflecting some of the sun’s rays back into space before they can warm the Earth. Photograph: ISS/NASA

Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out any benefits to farming from the reduction in warming, according to new research.

By examining the effects of volcanic eruptions on agriculture – which has a similar effect to proposed artificial methods of scattering solar radiation through aerosols – scientists have concluded that such methods could have unintended consequences.

Phones at All Major U.S. Carriers Filled with Vulnerabilities, Say Researchers

Phones at all major US carriers filled with vulnerabilities, say researchers
by JENNIFER BISSETcnet.com, 7 August 2018

Getty Images
Manufacturers are building in flaws that could expose your data to hackers, according to research backed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Major US phone carriers may have a major problem.

Researchers funded by the Department of Homeland Security discovered security vulnerabilities in mobile devices used by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and more, DHS program manager Vincent Sritapan told Fifth Domain at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The flaws are built into phones by manufacturers before they're bought, including a loophole that hackers could potentially exploit to access your data, emails and text messages without you knowing.

The flaws would "escalate privileges and take over the device," Sritapan said, and researchers don't know if hackers have exploited them yet.

5G is NG (No Good)!

5G is NG (No Good)!
by Debbie Persampire, 
creationsmagazine.com, 17 July 2018

Our nation has a new and very serious issue that will compromise our precious health. It is spreading quickly and quietly because few people are aware and no one is speaking up about it.

Unfortunately, it has already begun on Long Island. In 2016, the Town of Huntington and the Town of Oyster Bay approved deals with Crown Castle (on behalf of Verizon Wireless) to add distributed antenna systems to their towns. So far, there are 160 of these antennas in the Town of Huntington, with hundreds more coming. This same thing is happening in the Town of Oyster Bay. They are being placed on new and existing utility poles within brown cylinders, and they can be found directly outside resident homes on right-of-ways.

Scientific Evidence of Harm from Cell Phone Radiation: Two Years of Research

Scientific Evidence of Harm from Cell Phone Radiation: Two Years of Research
saferemr.com, 8 August 2018

An annotated bibliography which contains 92 papers published in scientific journals during the last two years that report evidence of harm from cell phone radiation exposure can be downloaded from:
http://bit.ly/cellphoneharm0816-0718

Statistical summary of papers included in the annotated bibliography.


08 August 2018

Social Media is Making Children Regress to Mentality of Three-Year-Olds, Says Stop Brain Scientist

Social media is making children regress to mentality of three-year-olds, says top brain scientist
by Charles Hymastelegraph.co.uk, 6 August 2018

Children's use of social media is affecting their
social skills, according to Baroness Susan Greenfield.
Social media and video games are creating a generation of children with the mental and emotional immaturity of three-year-olds, one of Britain’s most eminent brain scientists has warned.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Oxford University and former director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, said she was concerned children were losing their ability to think for themselves, empathise and communicate with each other.

Instead, they were being bombarded with instant gratification through social media and gaming which meant that like three-year-olds they would need “something every moment to distract them so they can’t have their own inner narrative, their own inner thought process.”

“What I predict is that people are going to be like three-year-olds: emotional, risk-taking, poor social skills, weak self-identity and short attention spans,” said Baroness Greenfield, who was one of the first academics to warn four years ago that social media and video gaming were re-wiring children’s brains.

"The Secret Inside Your Cellphone": Excellent Program on Cellphones from CBC News - 2017

RE-POSTED 8 August 2018:  This video is even more pertinent today, given the developments of the industrial and health scandal of Phonegate. This post comes with the full transcript of the video.

The secret inside your cellphone (CBC Marketplace) - CBC News - 24 March 2017 - 22 mn.

Excellent documentary from Canada. All three popular phones exceeded the safety limit when tested next to the body. Featuring Berkeley's Right-To-Know ordinance, Devra Davis and former Microsoft Canada CEO Frank Clegg.




As new science fuels the debate about cellphone safety, we take a closer look at a little known message inside your cellphone's settings and manual telling you to keep the device 5 to 15 mm away from your body. We ask why this message exists, why it's so hidden, and whether Health Canada is doing enough to protect us.

07 August 2018

TOXIC SHOCK: The U.S. Environmental "Protection" Agency is Now Allowing Asbestos Back into Manufacturing

TOXIC SHOCK
EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing

by SYDNEY FRANKLIN , archpaper.com, 6 August 2018

(Photo): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has enacted a SNUR (Significant New Rule) allowing companies to use new asbestos-containing products on a case-by-case basis. (Courtesy Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center)

One of the most dangerous construction-related carcinogens is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) which allows new products containing asbestos to be created on a case-by-case basis.

According to environmental advocates, this new rule gives chemical companies the upper hand in creating new uses for harmful products in the United States. In May, the EPA released a report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances. The report states that the agency will no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.

Fifteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (6 August 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, 6 August 2018

Message from Dr. Moscowitz: 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 EMF 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 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 News

Ten Reasons Middle Schoolers Don't Need Social Media

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood adds an import #11:
Social media isn't designed for users, but for advertisers! Social media platforms serve kids unfair ads while also collecting kids' sensitive data, which is then used to serve them even more unfair ads.


Ten Reasons Middle Schoolers Don't Need Social Media
by by Melanie Hempe, RN, original story published in psychologytoday.com, 26 March 2017

1. Social media was not designed for children.
A tween's underdeveloped frontal cortex can’t manage the distraction nor the temptations that come with social media use.

2. You can not teach the maturity that social media requires.
I hear parents say that they want to teach their child to use social media appropriately, but their midbrains are not developed yet. Like trying to make clothes fit that are way too big, children will use social media inappropriately until they are older and it fits them better.

05 August 2018

5G - "A Health Hazard Waiting to Explode"

5G is already linked to rising health problems… concerns about “health calamity” on the rise
By Vicki Battsnewstarget.com, 31 July 2018

Fifth generation technology for mobile networks, known as 5G, is set to make its big debut in Sacremento, CA this summer — but faster internet speeds aren’t all this new technology is known for. Concerns about the effects of the new cell service are mounting, especially with the growing body of research tying cell phone radiation to cancer and other adverse health outcomes. Outside the lab, firefighters and others exposed to 5G devices say that they are already experiencing negative cognitive effects, including confusion and memory issues.

Britons Check Their Phones Every 12 Minutes - Report

Britons check their phones every 12 minutes - report
By PRESS ASSOCIATION / dailymail.co.uk, 2 August 2018

A fifth of British adults now spend more than 40 hours a week online and most say they are dependent on their digital devices, according to Ofcom findings.

A decade of technological revolution has transformed the behaviour of Britons, who now need constant connection to the internet and check their smartphones on average every 12 minutes of the waking day, the regulator’s annual Communications Market Report said.

In contrast to just 10 years ago, most people now say they need and expect a constant internet connection wherever they go, with 64% of adults describing it as an essential part of their life.


Change in device take-up. (Ofcom)

Ready, Aim, Hire a ‘Fortnite’ Coach: Parents Enlist Videogame Tutors for Their Children

Ready, Aim, Hire a ‘Fortnite’ Coach: Parents Enlist Videogame Tutors for Their Children
By Sarah E. Needleman, wsj.com, Updated July 31, 2018

It’s not the violence or the addiction of the hit game that bothers mom and dad—it’s the losing

Ally Hicks fretted over her 10-year-old son playing the hugely popular shoot-em-up videogame “Fortnite.”
The Robertson family won a game of 'Fortnite' 
Photo: Euan Robertson

It wasn’t the violence or the amount of time she was worried about. It was the result. He wasn’t winning.

So she hired him a coach. For about $50, Ms. Hicks purchased four hours of online lessons from a player she found through a freelance labor website.

For many children, “Fortnite” has become a social proving ground. More than 125 million people play it world-wide, according to its maker, mostly in a free mode pitting 100 combatants against each other until one person or team is left standing.

03 August 2018

Adults Now Spend 11 Hours Each Day Checking Their Social Media Apps, Watching TV, or Playing Video Games

Adults now spend 11 hours each day checking their social media apps, watching TV, or playing video games
By PHOEBE WESTON FOR MAILONLINE, 1st August 2018

From the last quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018,
daily time spent on TV-connected devices increased by
five minutes to around 40 minutes every day.
  • Almost six hours a day alone is spent watching video, researchers found
  • Overall time spent using media has increased significantly in the last year
  • New platforms such as TV-connected devices are credited with the increase

US adults now spend almost half of their waking hours interacting with social media, watching television, or playing video games, according to a new report.

This amounts to a shocking 11 hours spent looking at a screen every day.

According to the report by New York City-based data analytics firm Nielson, the overall time spent using media has increased significantly in the past year.

The prevalence of TV-connected devices, including set-top boxes like Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, are blamed for the latest increase.

In total, US adults watched almost six hours a day during the first quarter of 2018.

Cellphones in Classrooms Contribute to Failing Grades

Cellphones in classrooms contribute to failing grades: Study
By DR. KEVIN RIUTZEL, abcnews.go.com, 27 July 2018

Students in class using a tablet.
Cellphones and laptops can be distracting for students in classrooms, and new research also shows that using electronic devices can even lower students’ grades.

Scientists who studied the effects of divided attention in people know that when attention is divided between two tasks, fewer items regarding those tasks may be recalled later -- a concept called “retention” in psychology.

Additional research on electronic devices shows that smart phones can reduce the ability to think to a person’s full potential, and additional research from Stanford University reveals that intense multitasking decreases the efficiency of completing a given task.

American Cancer Society Chief Officer Calls Cell Phone Radiation Study a “Game Changer.” So When Will ACS Update Warnings About Harm From Phones, Smart Meters, etc.?

This article contains lots of good references and videos on the subject.

American Cancer Society Chief Officer Calls Cell Phone Radiation Study a “Game Changer.” So When Will ACS Update Warnings About Harm From Phones, Smart Meters, etc.?
By B.N. Frankactivistpost.com, 1st August 2018

It’s worth noting that The Telecom Industry has never said that cell phones are safe.

The Federal Communications Commission (which is not a health organization) simply provides safety guidelines which are outdated, misleading, and don’t protect the public.

Recently Newsweek reported that Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, referred to results from a U.S. government study on cell phone radiation as a “game changer.”

This is even though just a few months earlier, Otis said we shouldn’t be alarmed by results from that same study:

Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society, said that the new evidence should not alarm wireless phone users.

Well –everybody makes mistakes. Otis still has his job.

Unfortunately, regardless of Otis’s recent statement, the ACS doesn’t seem to be publicizing this “game changer” – at least on its website.

Silent Killers: Cordless Phones Show Dangerously High Radiation Readings

Silent killers: Cordless phones show dangerously high radiation readings
by Ralph Flores, radiation.news, 11 July 2018

The idea of taking in a killer is unthinkable. But that’s what most of us are doing every time we plug in our cordless phones. In a video, Neil from EMF Safety Zone demonstrated first-hand the danger that people are exposed to when cordless phones are present in the house.

In the video, a high frequency (HF) analyzer and the radio frequency (RF) meter were used to determine the amount of electromagnetic field (EMF) present before and after a cordless phone was plugged in and turned on. When the phone was turned on, the reading from the HF analyzer recorded average exposure values of more than 2,000 microwatts per square meter (µW/m2), which indicates elevated non-thermal radiation levels. In terms of signal strength, the RF meter noted a peak value of six volts per meter (V/m). In a report by the BioInitiative Working Group, the safety limit for power density, or the amount of energy in a given space, should not exceed 0.04 V/m.

Health Exemption for Firefighters sends a Message to the World

RE-POSTED 3 August 2018

UPDATE (6 July 2017): View this ABC News clip "LA Firefighters Halt Cell Towers on Fire Stations Due to Radiation Concerns"

Guest Blog: ‘Health Exemption for Firefighters sends a Message to the World’ by Susan Foster
posted on Between a Rock and a Hard Place,
26 June 2017

Below is the next in a series of Guest Blogs on BRHP. The opinions expressed in this Guest Blog are of Susan Foster herself. Publication of these opinions in BRHP does not imply that BRHP automatically agrees with or endorses these opinions. Publication of this, and other guest blogs, facilitates an open debate and free exchange of opinions on wireless technology and health.

Susan Foster is a medical writer who has worked with firefighters on health, safety and policy with respect to cell towers on their stations since 2000. She organized a brain study of California firefighters in 2004 and was the original author of Resolution 15 passed by the IAFF in 2004. She is an Honorary Firefighters with the San Diego Fire Department.

This Guest Blog is longer than usual blogs on BRHP. Comments box and social media buttons are at the end of the post

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HEALTH EXEMPTION FOR FIREFIGHTERS SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
by Susan Foster

Trends often start in California, spread across the U.S. and frequently around the world. And so it is with wireless technology and the policy advancing the now unchecked expansion of wireless infrastructure throughout our communities. The next few days may signal a policy shift tipping point from which there is no return, and firefighters – forever on the front lines when it comes to health and safety – have a message for all of us through their proactive stance.

The 10 Detrimental Health Effects of Wireless Devices

RE-POSTED 3 August 2018
This is a guest article by Juhana Harju, a Finnish non-fiction author and nutrition expert. Besides nutrition, he is also interested in the salutary effects of nature and adverse effects of technology.

The 10 detrimental health effects of wireless devices
by Juhana Harju, sateileeko.wordpress.com, posted 13 July 2017

Children spend too much time fiddling and game-playing with smart-
phones, taking them away from physical activity and being outdoors.

Almost everyone nowadays has a smartphone. We use them so much every day that it is a good idea to consider their possible detrimental effects on health. The observed detrimental effects and risks of smartphone use will henceforth be discussed.

1. The use of smartphones and tablets weakens eyesight

The use of smartphones and tablets has significantly increased myopia or short-sightedness. According to ophthalmologists this is caused by two factors. Too much time is spent viewing at close distance and not enough time is spent outdoors during daylight hours.

Thomas Rau, M.D. of Paracelsus Clinic on Biological and Health Risks from Wireless Technologies

THOMAS RAU, MD OF PARACELSUS CLINIC ON BIOLOGICAL & HEALTH RISKS FROM WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES

Please enjoy this informative video with Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland, cautioning about the biological influences of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from wireless technologies.

Paracelsus Clinic sees patients from all over the world who are not getting well with conventional medical strategies. They practice what is called ‘Biological Medicine’ which focuses on the terrain of the body or ‘milieu’, looking for what is interfering with proper functioning of the regulation systems, and supporting the body as indicated to remove the impediments.

Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE)

RE-POSTED:  3 August 2018

Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) -
Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe's site
http://phiremedical.org/

Vulnerability in Children

Brain tumours have overtaken leukaemia as the leading cause of cancer deaths in children (both are associated with EMR exposure). Children today have an unprecedented exposure that is higher than that experienced any generation before them and they have been shown to absorb more radiation than adults.

  • A five year old can absorb sixty percent more microwave radiation than an adult and exposures in bone marrow can be up to ten times greater. Overall, they are more likely to suffer greater biological effects from EMR exposure because:
  • Children’s thinner skulls, and smaller bones allow greater absorption into bone and deeper tissues
  • Children’s brains (especially neonates) can have higher water content and so absorb more radiation
  • Children are smaller (a relatively higher proportion of their tissues may be closer to a point source)
  • Children have more vulnerable developing systems (e.g. neurological/reproductive)
  • Children have a longer time ahead for latent effects to manifest.

There is evidence that genetic damage caused by exposure within current guidelines may not only damage the exposed child, but also their offspring.

02 August 2018

France Bans Smartphones in School

France bans smartphones in school
By Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 31 July 2018

A student takes a photo on a smartphone after reading his
exam results at a school in Paris.
(Eric Feferberg/ AFP/
Getty Images)
When French students return to school in September, they’ll have to leave one of their most prized possessions at home — their smartphone.

French lawmakers on Monday passed legislation banning students as old as 15 from bringing smartphones and tablets to school, or at least requiring that they be turned off, according to the Agence France-Presse. Officials in support of the new rule described the policy as a way to shield children from addictive habits and to safeguard the sanctity of the classroom.

“We know today that there is a phenomenon of screen addiction, the phenomenon of bad mobile-phone use,” education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told French news channel BFMTV, according to CNN. “Our main role is to protect children and adolescents. It is a fundamental role of education, and this law allows it.”

01 August 2018

Phonegate Scandal Goes Unreported in Canadian Media

(RE-POSTED 1st August 2018):  The Canadian media should be reporting on this story: The Government of Canada has just banned the distribution of the mobile phone Alcatel U50 for having exceeded its radiation emission (SAR) regulatory thresholds. An article published on the site, Android Headlines, "Radiation Concerns Prompt Canada To Halt Alcatel U50 Sales", has even mentioned the new Swiss study showing that there could be a correlation between exposure to cell phone radiation and reduced cognitive abilities among teenagers. We have not noticed the publication of a single article on this study in the mainstream Canadian media, news that has nevertheless been reported globally.

Thank you to Sean Arthur Joyce, Canadian journalist and writer, for this excellent article on Phonegate.  
See also Part 2:  Phonegate Interview with Dr. Marc Arazi.


Phonegate scandal goes unreported in Canadian media
by seanarthurjoyce, chameleonfire1.wordpress.com, 18 January 2018

Smart phones aren't quite so smart
when you actually consider the
health risks.
You may have heard of Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, where the company was caught out misreporting for decades their vehicles’ carbon emissions levels. While that made global headlines, a similar new scandal, ‘Phonegate,’ has only managed to penetrate European headlines. The advocate heading up the campaign to raise awareness of this debacle is French physician Dr. Marc Arazi.

"Details were revealed in July 2016 in a scientific report published by the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), entitled, ‘Exposure to Radiofrequencies and Child Health,’ reports Dr. Arazi on his blog. “The ANSES Report highlighted the results of the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) 2015 measurement tests of 95 mobile phones tested in body contact positions – meaning with no separation distance. ANSES announced that 9 out of 10 mobile phones tested in contact with the skin exceeded the regulatory threshold of 2 W/kg, some of them more than three times. No one paid attention to this information.”[1] Dr. Arazi has established a ‘Taskforce Phonegate’ Facebook page in the hopes of forcing health and safety regulators to re-examine and revise their microwave radiation exposure standards.