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25 September 2018

United Kingdom: Informed Parents are Withdrawing Students From School Due To WiFi / Phone Mast

Informed Parents are Withdrawing Students From School Due To WiFi / Phone Mast
Take Back Your Power, 24 September 2018

The community of Dartington, UK, set an example in caring for the health and safety of their young ones. This is also happening in Australia (see here) and elsewhere. We join the call for parents and teachers everywhere to organize and protect the children. -TBYP

Read the full original article on Devon Online here. Video originally posted on YouTube here and here.

Parents and students at a Devon primary school are planning a mass walk-out in protest of a controversial mobile phone mast.

The 10m high structure is located just 50 metres away from Dartington Primary School, Totnes, which has worried parents over suggested radiation readings at the school which apparently show the highest reading of ‘excessive radiation.’

5G: Are People Speaking Out about Health Effects Being Threatened?


(UPDATE 25 September 2018):  On August 23rd, John C. Dvorak, PC MAGAZINE journalist for over 36 years wrote the article below against 5G titled: "THE PROBLEM WITH 5G" in which he discussed the health effects associated with 5G and the intense but unjustified and harmful infrastructure it requires. HE WAS FIRED and the ARTICLE REMOVED.
(Ref. PC Mag puts Apple gadfly John Dvorak out to pasture).

Recently, Susanne Small was detained against her will at a mental health facility in Surrey, UK.
Richie Allen spoke to Susanne, who alleged that she was sectioned after she spoke to her doctor about a new mobile phone mast that had been erected near her home. Susanne told her doctor that she began to feel unwell around about the time that the mast was erected. She also presented her doctor with evidence that radiation from mobile phone masts is harmful and that 5G is going to be devastating to our health. Speaking to Richie from the hospital where she was being evaluated at the time, Susanne said that she believed that her doctor recommended that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Susanne said she was then taken to the hospital against her will. (Ref. Richie Allen interview with Susanne Small.)  She has since been released from the hospital.


The Problem With 5G
BY JOHN C. DVORAK, uk.pcmag.com,  22 AUG 2018

The technology might be the problem, but even worse for the companies behind it is the perception that 5G is already unsafe before they even get it on a single pole.

United States: Grassroots Coalition Asks FCC to Slow 5G Expansion Over Health Concerns

Grassroots coalition asks FCC to slow 5G expansion over health concerns
by Jason Plautzsmartcitiesdive.com, 24 September 2018

Dive Brief:

A coalition of 52 grassroots organizations is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay deployment of 5G infrastructure pending more health studies, citing "emerging science linking exposure to RF microwave radiation with serious biological harm." 

In a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the group — Americans for Responsible Technology (ART) — says the agency "lacks both the ability and the authority to undertake a rigorous scientific review" of studies linking exposure to microwave radiation to adverse health impacts. Among the concerns, they say, are development of cancer, inhibition of brain development in fetuses, heart abnormalities and neurological and cognitive problems.

24 September 2018

Switzerland: Government Plans Changes to Mobile Network Radiation Limits to Prepare for 5G

Swiss govt plans changes to mobile network radiation limits to prepare for 5G
telecompaper.com, 24 September 2018

The Swiss government is preparing changes to the country's limits on electromagnetic radiation from mobile networks, in order to prepare the way for 5G networks. The new regulation is expected to be adopted by spring 2019. In addition, the government set up a working group under the federal environment office to make recommendations on the matter for the longer term.

International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

If you are a scientist, doctor, building biologist, or related professional or consultant, or if you represent an environmental, health, or medical organization, please sign the Appeal.

Link to the 5G Space Appeal:
https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/



To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors and environmental organizations from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.

Executive summary

Association Alert PhoneGate invited to 3rd International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution - Krakow, 24 September 2018

Alert PhoneGate invited to 3rd Krakow International Forum 
Press release, phonegatealert.org, 21 September 2018

We do want to heartily thank Krakow City Mayor for his official invitation to take part in 3rd International Forum: “Environment Protection from EMF Pollution – Safety limits”. This event will take place on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Krakow City Hall in Poland. 

During this event, our President-founder, Dr. Marc Arazi, M.D., will give a lecture about “PhoneGate Alert, a Global Public Health issue for cell phone users.” He will paint a general picture of progress made since the alert was raised in July 2016. But simultaneously and above all, he will insist on the necessary measures to be taken by Public Authorities and industry to protect the health of billion users of cell phones and other connected devices. 

23 September 2018

France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?

France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?
By Alissa J. Rubin and Elian Peltier, The New York Times, 20 September 2018

Imane Belaroussi, from left, Grace Blahourou and
Zoélinh Masson on their phones after school in Paris,
Credit Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times
PARIS — The eighth-grade girls already know what to expect from France’s new smartphone ban in all primary and middle schools because their school voluntarily instituted one last year.

“Annoying,” was the assessment of Zoélinh Masson, 12, as her friend Grace Blahourou, 13, agreed.

Still, they said that with no smartphones, students did talk to one another more.

France’s education ministry hopes that its smartphone ban, which took effect at the beginning of September and applies to students from first through ninth grades, will get schoolchildren to pay more attention in class and interact more, and several studies suggest such correlations.

Some experts are skeptical that the ban can be enforced, and some teachers question the merits of insulating children from the internet-dominated world they will face outside school. But the French government believes that without minimizing distractions, children will never learn the basics.

22 September 2018

United States: Berkeley City Council Moves Forward with Cellphone 'Right to Know' Ordinance

Berkeley City Council moves forward with cellphone ‘right to know’ ordinance
BY SABINA MAHAVNI | STAFF, dailycal.org, 22 September 2018

(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards Better Health")
Berkeley City Council decided to move forward with a case regarding the city’s cellphone “right to know” ordinance Thursday after a public comment session about a potential repeal of the ordinance.

CTIA — The Wireless Association, a trade association representing wireless companies, filed a lawsuit in June 2015 against the city of Berkeley for its “right to know” ordinance, which requires cellphone retailers to disclose to their customers that carrying cellphones close to their bodies can expose them to levels of radiofrequency, or RF, radiation that exceeds federal guidelines.

CTIA’s case against Berkeley is based on the claim that the ordinance violates the First Amendment by forcing retailers to declare a controversial message. According to the Federal Communications Commission, phones certified by CTIA must provide required information to consumers about RF radiation in the phones’ instruction manuals. The city of Berkeley claims the “right to know” ordinance simply reinforces this message.

Commentary on the utility of the National Toxicology Program study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation data for assessing human health risks despite unfounded criticisms aimed at minimizing the findings of adverse health effects

Commentary on the utility of the National Toxicology Program study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation data for assessing human health risks despite unfounded criticisms aimed at minimizing the findings of adverse health effects

Ronald L.Melnick
Ron Melnick Consulting, LLC, 274E 2280N, #B, North Logan, UT 84341, USA

Environmental Research Volume 168, January 2019, Pages 1-6

Received 16 January 2018, Revised 20 March 2018, Accepted 7 September 2018, Available online 
20 September 2018.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.09.010

FULL TEXT PDF

Highlights

• NTP study on cell phone radiation shows the null hypothesis has been disproved. 
• Proliferative effects were observed in the heart (Schwann cells) and brain (glial cells). 
• Tumors of the same cell types have been reported in human studies of cell phone users. 
• DNA damage was increased in brains of exposed rats and mice. 
• The animal data are relevant and useful for assessment of human health risks.

Abstract

Apple No Longer Informs User to Carry iPhone at Least 5mm Away from Body to Ensure Exposure Levels Remain at or Below As-Tested Levels

Apple has changed the text they post online regarding RF exposure.

Apple iPhone 7
Apple no longer informs you with a text that says something like-- if you keep the iPhone closer you can exceed levels. For example, this statement is removed--"Carry iPhone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels." Such statements are no longer on the online webpage, despite the fact that we understand that such statements were online in previous years as shown by the internet archive wayback machine.

On the way back machine website (https://archive.org/web/, you can look up websites saved online from past years and find what they stated at that time) to look up Apple 7 fine print in 2016. Here is what the site states in 2016:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161029010119/http://www.apple.com/legal/rfexposure/iphone9,3/en/

iPhone 7 RF Exposure information  (2016)
iPhone has been tested and meets applicable limits for radio frequency (RF) exposure.

21 September 2018

5G Faces its Biggest Obstacle: Health Impacts

5G Faces its Biggest Obstacle: Health Impacts
NEWS PROVIDED BYGrassroots Environmental Education, 20 September 2018

Hundreds of Independent Peer-Reviewed Studies Show Positive Correlation Between RF Microwave Radiation Exposure and Biological Damage

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national coalition of grassroots organizations is today calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop the fast-track rollout of 5G infrastructure, which they say will result in the involuntary exposure of millions of Americans to dangerous levels of RF microwave radiation without their knowledge or consent. Representatives of the coalition, Americans for Responsible Technology, have recently delivered to key congressional legislators a selected digest of 147 recent studies showing a positive link between exposure to microwave radiation and damage to biological systems.

Poland: Krakow: Discussing EMF Pollution, 24 September 2018

Photo: pixabay.com
Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the Phonegate Alert Association, has received an official invitation from mayor of the city of Krakow, Poland, to deliver a presentation on 24 September at the 3rd International Forum on Environment Protection from EMF Pollution. Safe Limits. Dr. Arazi will speak on the theme: "PhoneGate Alert: a global public health issue for mobile phone users", providing an overview of the progress made since the alert was launched in July 2016. Above all, the presentation will insist on the necessary measures to be taken by public authorities and industrialists to protect the health of billions of users of mobile phones and other connected objects. 

Discussing the EMF Pollution
krakow.pl, 20 September 2018

We all profit from the possibilities offered by mobile devices and not always realize that their extensive use at home, at work or in public transport increases EMF levels in our natural environment.

The Krakow authorities have long been engaged in actions aimed at sustainable growth of digitalization and have repeatedly appealed to the government in this matter. Recently, the Krakow Council caused development of base stations map and purchase of EMF spectrum analyzer allowing to identify level, source and type of EFM pollution. The City Council also offers free rental of personal exposimeters available to residents who can take their own 24 hour measurements.

20 September 2018

Switzerland: Testimony of Electrohypersensitivity and Comments from MfE and FOEN

We are posting a summary and part of this recent article published in a Swiss newspaper in order to contribute to the understanding of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and also share what both the Association of Doctors for the Protection of the Environment (MfE) and the Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN) say about this condition, 5G and electrosmog in general.  

Jürg Baumann, Head of the Non-Ionising Radiation Section at the The Federal Office for the Environment says that the most important source of non-ionizing radiation is often the mobile phone.  The distance between the source of radiation and the human body is crucial. "It is suspected that heavy use of mobile phones could cause brain cancer..."

As for the measures taken by the Confederation to protect the population from the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields, "with regard to scientifically proven effects, safeguards have been put in place" but this seems to apply mainly to antennas and mentions only "heating of tissues of the body".

[Our comment:  Switzerland often does not take into account international studies conducted by researchers outside the country, such as the studies of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and does not have a nation-wide campaign to educate the public in the proper use of wireless technologies to reduce exposure to electrosmog.]


Summary of news article "The nightmare of a luthier sensitive to waves" ("Le cauchemar du luthier sensible aux ondes"), published 13 September 2018 in Le Quotidien Jurassien
par Céline Lo Ricco Châtelain.

Pierre Louis (Photo on front page of Le Quotidien Jurassien)
A year ago, Pierre Louis, luthier by profession, began to experience headaches day and night, and insomnia.  He consulted doctors who could find nothing wrong. One day, walking in the forest, there were moments when he felt well and others when he did not. He was holding his cell phone and noticed these changes were linked to the presence of a network.  Over the coming weeks, one of his customers told him he suffered from the same symptoms due to exposure to electromagnetic fields.


Pierre asked a specialist to come to his home to measure non-ionizing radiation.  The specialist found it "conformed perfectly to the standards". On the brink of exhaustion, he decided to leave his home and live with his parents where he set up his workshop. The location, in a hollow behind a large rock, blocked the radiation.  Pierre was persuaded he was suffering from electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Since he has been living there, his headaches have disappeared, he can sleep, and he has recovered his energy.  But when he goes to the village, he has to protect his head with a veil made of silver thread.  If he stays in a heavily exposed place for two hours, it takes him two days to recover.

17 September 2018

India: Supreme Court Admits Pleas Against Mobile Tower Radiation

SC admits pleas against mobile tower radiation
by MAITRI PORECHAthehindubusinessline.com, 14 September 2018

Apex court to hear petitions of actor Juhi Chawla, five others in Nov

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14
The Supreme Court on Friday accepted actor Juhi Chawla’s plea demanding tighter norms governing cell phone tower radiation. The court will hear the petition in November, along with the pleas of five others.

“Unfettered and unregulated installation of towers/antennae pose hazardous health risks and impinge upon the right to health, environment, and life with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution,” Chawla’s petition states.

All the petitions pertain to issues arising from rampant illegal installation of the towers and antennae, and the absence of adequate laws and regulatory norms.

“A few of the petitioners and their relatives are victims of and continue to suffer from varying degrees of health-related issues. There is a direct correlation between the rising clusters of towers/antennae installed all over the country, especially with the advent of 3G and 4G, and the deteriorating health of those persons who are directly exposed to these towers at long stretches of time,” states the petition.

15 September 2018

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?

"What is the role of the medical community (particularly radiation oncology) in this arena? Are we to remain silent while focusing only on optimizing care of our immediate patients, or do we have a responsibility to utilize our clinical knowledge of radiation safety and efficacy to aid in preventing corporate profit from being the primary determinant of acceptable radiation exposure from wireless networks?"

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?


McClelland S, Jaboin JJ.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology. 101(5):1274-1275. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.04.051

The Radiation Safety of 5G Wi-Fi: Reassuring or Russian Roulette?

To the Editor: The impending rollout of fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi in mobile phones, augmenting the current fourth-generation (4G) technology toward making global interconnectivity between devices a reality, has been touted as a significant improvement of speed compared to current and previous wireless signaling (1). Less well explored are the potential consequences associated with this need for speed: namely, the substantial increase in biologic exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from the 1900- 2100 MHz associated with 4G to the 3500 MHz estimated median bandwidth of 5G (2).

iPhone XS and XR: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure

Have we forgotten about Phonegate where in 2017 the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) disclosed that most cell phones (SAR levels) exceed government radiation limits when tested the way they are used, next to the body. Articles like these should not only mention the FCC standard of 1.6 W/kg applying to 19 countries, including the United States and Canada, but also the ICNIRP standard of 2.0 W/kg applying to the rest of the world (150 countries). People the world over are using or keeping mobile phones and other devices such as tablets and smart watches against their bodies, exposing them to the potentially damaging health effects of radiofrequency radiation.  See phonegatealert.org.

iPhone XS and XR: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 13 September 2018

What are the SAR values for iPhone’s new smart phones?
How should consumers use this information?

Be sure to read Consumer Reports safety warnings  about cell phone use.
Also see: "Do iPhones emit more radiation than Samsung Galaxy phones?"

Extracts of post:


According to test reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for the iPhone XS Models A1920, A2099, and A2100 (FCC #BCG-E3218A) for cellular transmission is 0.90 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at the head, and 0.99 w/kg when worn on the body. The hotspot/Airplay SAR is 0.99 w/kg. The SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular plus Wi-Fi) is 1.35 w/kg at the head, 1.53 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.53 w/kg when used as a hotspot. (1a)

The SAR for the iPhone XS Max Models A1921, A2103, and A2104 (BCG-E3219A) for cellular transmission is 1.00 watts per kilogram (w/kg) at the head, and 1.00 w/kg when worn on the body. The hotspot/Airplay SAR is 1.00 w/kg. The SAR for simultaneous transmission (cellular plus Wi-Fi) is 1.39 w/kg at the head, 1.52 w/kg when worn on the body, and 1.52 w/kg when used as a hotspot. (1b)

...

What do SAR values mean to the consumer?

14 September 2018

Kids Are Starting a Revolution to Get Their Parents to Put Down Their Phones

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
Kids are starting a revolution to get their parents to put down their phones
By Jenny Anderson & Jill Petzingerqz.com, 11 September 2018   

"Play with ME, not your cell phones!"
Like many seven-year-olds, Emil Rustige gets ticked off when his parents pay attention to their phones instead of him. But unlike other kids, Emil decided to take the issue to the streets.

With the help of his parents, Rustige organized a demonstration on Sept. 8th in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, with 150 people joining him to encourage parents to put down their phones.

The slogan for the demonstration: ”Play with ME, not with your cell phones!”

Ouch.

Cancers 'Rising Around the World'

Cancers 'rising around the world'
By Smitha Mundasad, Global health correspondent, BBC News, 12 September 2018

Science Photo Library
There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts.

The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population.

The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the disease in their lifetime.

And as countries become wealthier, more people get cancers related to lifestyle rather than those linked to poverty.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides regular snapshots of the scale of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries.

United States: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on FCC’s Order Proposing to Usurp Local Property Rights
By Sara Durrusmayors.org, 10 September 2018|

Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on recent FCC proposals diminishing local government ownership rights over local rights-of-way and other public property:

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes recent proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to grant communications service providers subsidized access to local public property and to dictate how local governments manage their own local rights-of-ways and public property. This unprecedented federal intrusion into local (and state) government property rights will have substantial adverse impacts on cities and their taxpayers, including reduced funding for essential local government services, as well as an increased risk of right-of-way and other public safety hazards.

Mobile Radiation: Indian Council of Medical Research Study's Initial Findings Indicate Biological Changes

Mobile radiation: ICMR study's initial findings indicate biological changes
by Dhirendra Kumar , millenniumpost.in/, 13 September 2018


New Delhi: Wait for 2-3 years more to be sure whether the cellphone besides the pillow can cause brain cancer, long usage ENT impairment or infertility when kept in pant pocket as the initial findings of a study that is being conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) indicates possibility of biological changes in the body due to radio frequency radiation.

The startling revelation came to light during an interaction with Radhe Shyam Sharma, who is heading a study being conducted by ICMR on the impact of radio frequency radiations on humans.

According to Sharma, the initial findings of the study point out certain biological changes in both humans and animals due to radiations.

California: Mill Valley Blocks 5G Cell Tower Implementation Over Claims that it Can Cause Cancer

City Blocks 5G Cell Tower Implementation Over Claims that it Can Cause Cancer
By Matt Agoristthefreethoughtproject.com, 12 September 2018

Citing concerns of cancer and other health risks a city in California has moved to block the installation of 5G cell phone technology.

Mill Valley, CA — As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. One city in California—reacting to an overwhelming outpouring of concern—has taken an extreme step and blocked the technology from being implemented.

This week, the city of Mill Valley, CA, a wealthy city just north of San Francisco, voted unanimously to effectively halt the installation of new small cell towers which carry the 5G technology.

The city enacted an “urgency ordinance” after it received over a hundred letters from concerned citizens expressing their worries over the new 5G towers.

12 September 2018

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

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

Dr. Moscowitz has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once a month since August, 2016. Since he has received numerous requests to post the abstracts on his EMR Safety website, he has 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 Papers

Diplomats' mystery illness and pulsed radiofrequency/microwave radiation

Golomb B. Diplomats' mystery illness and pulsed radiofrequency/microwave radiation. Neural Comput. 2018 Sep 5. doi: 10.1162/neco_a_01133.

Abstract

11 September 2018

Cancer Alert - Sharpened Cell Phone Science is a Wake-up Call

Subject: Cancer Alert - Sharpened Cell Phone Science is a Wake-up Call

Leading Canadian Cancer Epidemiologist Says Growing Research Shows that Radiation from Wireless Devices Causes Cancer

Prevent Cancer Now calls for Precautionary Actions, Least-Toxic Tech, and Review of Canadian Standards

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10th, 2018

Ottawa. The science linking radiation from wireless devices to cancer is now sharper, with a comprehensive review published September 6th, 2018 in Environmental Research. Lead author Canadian epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Miller stated, “With the epidemiological studies of humans over many years and the recent findings of the US National Toxicology Program and Ramazzini Institute animal studies, we now have enough evidence to classify Radiofrequency Radiation as carcinogenic to humans.”

Top 20 Facts On 5G: What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless And “Small” Cells

Top 20 Facts On 5G: What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless And “Small” Cells
Environmental Health Trust, September 2018

What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless And “Small” Cells
20 Facts About 5G


Download a PDF of this information on a two page EHT Factsheet on 5G and Health. The factsheet is hyperlinked (blue text) to research and sources. It is a great resource for policymakers.

Nationwide, communities are being told by wireless companies that it is necessary to build “small cell” wireless facilities in neighborhoods on streetlight and utility poles in order to offer 5G, a new technology that will connect the Internet of Things (IoT). At the local, state, and federal level, new legislation and new zoning aim to streamline the installation of these 5G “small cell” antennas in public rights-of-way.

1. 5G “small cell antennas are to be placed in neighborhoods everywhere.

10 September 2018

Canada: The Time Has Come to Ban Cellphones in the Classroom

OPINION
The time has come to ban cellphones in the classroom
by GARY MASON, NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, theglobeandmail.com, 7 September 2018

In the early 1970s, a team of researchers embarked on what is now regarded as one of the most intense and consequential investigations into human development ever undertaken.

The group began collecting comprehensive data on more than 1,000 people in New Zealand from birth onward. Known as the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, the information collected as participants aged and moved through various stages of their life has provided fodder for hundreds of academic papers and has led to some of most important insights in behaviourial science in the last 50 years.

As their subjects navigated elementary school, one of the areas the researchers tested was the students' ability to pay attention and ignore distractions. Years later, they compared those results against where the students ended up in their early 30s. What they discovered was a child’s self-control, including his or her ability to concentrate, was the strongest predictor of future success – more important, even, than IQ and the socio-economic status of the child’s family.

Germany: Elementary School Students Demonstrate in Hamburg against their Cell Phone Parents

Elementary school students demonstrate in Hamburg against their cell phone parents
swr3.de

Only children spending time on their smartphone? Haha, the reproach can also be returned.


Around 70 children in Hamburg have the motto "Play with me! Not with your cell phones!" Protests against the mobile phone consumption of their parents. They want parents to be less concerned with their cell phones and pay more attention to their children.

With homemade posters, they went through St. Pauli on Saturday, chanting: "We are here, we are loud, because you are looking at your cell phones". Also: "Please abstain from using your cell phone at the sandbox".

Seven-year-old Emil Rustige from Eppendorf called for the demonstration, and his parents registered the demonstration for him with the police.

'Cell Phone Addiction Causes Hearing Loss, Cancer, Others': An Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon Speaks Up

‘Cell phone addiction causes hearing loss, cancer, others’ 
vanguardngr.com (Nigeria), 9 September 2018

Prof. Titus Ibekwe, Consultant Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has warned that cell phone addiction causes noise induced hearing loss.

Ibekwe gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Abuja. Similarly, he warned that the spill of noise from cell phones could aggravate cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and stroke as well as cancer in later years.   He noted that this adverse effect was common especially among young persons. Ibekwe, who is also the National Secretary of Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria, noted that often time youths use the gadget to play music using ear piece for a very prolong time.

California: Mill Valley Joins Effort to Constrain 5G Proliferation

Mill Valley joins effort to constrain 5G proliferation
By ADRIAN RODRIGUEZ, Marin Independent Journal, 9 September 2018

The city of Mill Valley has enacted an urgency ordinance to regulate “small cell” towers amid concerns that cellphone companies want to grow their 5G networks and install new equipment in Marin.

“We do intend to do more work and studies to craft a permanent ordinance within the next year,” Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters said Friday. “The urgency ordinance has standards to limit and prohibit the installations of devices in residential neighborhoods, but there is more that we can do.”

The decision came on a unanimous vote by the City Council on Thursday, after residents from across Marin packed the council chambers as part of a campaign urging local officials to block cellphone companies from attempting to build 5G towers in the county. No proposals for 5G towers have been submitted to Mill Valley, staff said.

09 September 2018

France: Cell Phone Ban Takes Effect As Kids Return to School without Devices

A new law has come into effect in France which outlaws phone use by students up to the age of 15 in schools. The legislation also banishes tablets and smart watches.

France cellphone ban takes effect as kids return to school without devices
by Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY 5 September 2018

Young people use their mobile phones in Nice, southern
France. The French government has banned mobile phones
and related devices in schools.  EPA-EFE
French children are saying “bonjour” to the new academic year — and “au revoir” to their cellphones during school hours.

That’s because a new law has come into effect which outlaws phone use by students up to the age of 15. The legislation, which follows a campaign promise by French President Emmanuel Macron, also banishes tablets and smart watches.

The ban is also in place at break times, with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children, the French Education Ministry said in a statement. In emergencies, students can ask their teachers or supervisors for permission to use their phones. Meanwhile, high schools can voluntarily implement the measure.

07 September 2018

New Review Paper: Scientists Publish That Mobile Phone Radiation Can Cause Cancer Based On Updated Accumulation Of Research Evidence

New Review Paper: Scientists Publish That Mobile Phone Radiation Can Cause Cancer Based On Updated Accumulation Of Research Evidence
Environmental Health Trust, 6 September 2018

“Cancer Epidemiology Update, following the 2011 IARC Evaluation of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (Monograph 102)”

Authors: Anthony B. Miller, L. Lloyd Morgan, Iris Udasin and Devra Lee Davis

Journal: Environmental Research

(9/6/2018) A review paper to be published in Environmental Research concludes that the current scientific evidence supports the conclusion that mobile phone and wireless radiofrequency radiation (RFR) is cancer-causing. This paper is a review and summary of animal experimental evidence and human epidemiology studies (case-control, cohort, time trend, and case studies) published after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorized radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emissions from mobile phones and other wireless devices as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B) in 2011. The authors conclude that the current scientific evidence strengthens and supports an upgraded classification that RFR should now be categorized as carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 1).

Cancer epidemiology update, following the 2011 IARC evaluation of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (Monograph 102)

UPDATE:  We have added the synthesis and conclusions of the study.

"Based on the evidence reviewed it is our opinion that IARC's current categorization of RFR as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B) should be upgraded to Carcinogenic to Humans (Group 1)."

(We had access to the full text, but the person who posted the link on Facebook took it down.)

Cancer epidemiology update, following the 2011 IARC evaluation of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (Monograph 102)
Anthony B. Miller a, L. Lloyd  Morgan b, Iris Udasin c, Devra Lee Davis d, e

a Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada 
b Environmental Health Trust, Berkeley, CA, United States
c Rutgers University School of Public Health, United States
d Environmental Health Trust, Teton Village, WY, United States
e Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Environmental Research, available online 6 September 2018, in press, corrected proof
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.06.043

Highlights

• Increased risk of brain, vestibular nerve and salivary gland tumors are associated with mobile phone use.
• Nine studies (2011–2017) report increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phone use. 
• Four case-control studies (3 in 2013, 1 in 2014) report increased risk of vestibular nerve tumors.  
• Concern for other cancers: breast (male & female), testis, leukemia, and thyroid. 
• Based on the evidence reviewed it is our opinion that IARC's current categorization of RFR as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B) should be upgraded to Carcinogenic to Humans (Group 1).

Abstract

06 September 2018

New Paper: US Scientist Sets The Record Straight On The US National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Radiation Study

The paper entitled, “Commentary on the Utility of the National Toxicology Program Study on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Data for Assessing Human Health Risks Despite Unfounded Criticisms Aimed at Minimizing the Findings of Adverse Health Effects” is to be published September 6, 2018 online at Environmental Research.


New Paper: US Scientist Sets The Record Straight On The US National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Radiation Study
Environmental Health Trust, 6 September 2018

Microwaves Linked to Brain Damage in US Diplomats Also Cause Cancer and Brain Damage in Large Laboratory Study

In a new article to be published today in Environmental Research, Ronald L Melnick, PhD, the senior US toxicologist who led the design of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) study on cell phone radiation, explains that the NTP found “clear evidence” of increased cancers (gliomas in the brain and Schwannomas in the heart) in animals and why this is directly relevant to evaluating human risks from cell phone radiation. In addition, Melnick explains how widely circulated criticisms of the NTP study are mistaken and “unfounded.”

05 September 2018

Intolerance to Electromagnetic Waves: Letter Addressed to Cardiologists in Geneva

Letter addressed to cardiologists in Geneva
June/July 2018 - translation from French

Dear Madam/Sir:

Allow me to introduce a subject which is largely neglected by the medical establishment - intolerance to electromagnetic waves.  It is estimated that 5% of the Swiss population is intolerant, and with the increasing installation of wireless technologies in our environment, this number will grow.

I am an active member of an association which raises awareness of the population of the health risks of wireless technologies, ARA (Association Romande Alerte).  I am writing this letter because recently, in the office of a cardiologist in Geneva which has powerful Wi-Fi, my heart troubles worsened.  I am intolerant to electromagnetic waves, especially Wi-Fi.  I talked to the doctor and to the persons at the reception, but they did not want to know anything about this and even said that the only way to access the Internet is through Wi-Fi.  This is a widespread message from the telecommunications industry, but it is false.  Indeed, one can have wired access to the Internet, as well as corded phones, which protect users' health.

04 September 2018

United States: Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data

Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data
BY JAMIE WILLIAMS, eff.org, 21 August 2018

The Seventh Circuit just handed down a landmark opinion, ruling 3-0 that the Fourth Amendment protects energy-consumption data collected by smart meters. Smart meters collect energy usage data at high frequencies—typically every 5, 15, or 30 minutes—and therefore know exactly how much electricity is being used, and when, in any given household. The court recognized that data from these devices reveals intimate details about what’s going on inside the home that would otherwise be unavailable to the government without a physical search. The court held that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy in this data and that the government’s access of it constitutes a “search.”

Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation on the Environment and Wildlife

Physicians for Safe Technology (PST) just completed an extremely comprehensive section of their website on Environmental and Wildlife Effects. This also includes what may be the most extensive bibliography on the impacts of EMFs on wildlife to date.

Environment and Wildlife Effects
Physicians for Safe Technology, posted September 2018

This Scientific Literature Page is organized in sections. Scroll past the summary to view.

Sections are ordered as follows: Review Articles, Books, Amphibians, Bacteria, Bats, Bees and Insects, Birds, Cell Towers, Fish, Government Letters and Papers, Magneto-reception, Mammals, Non-Thermal Effects, Plants and Seeds, Trees.

Animal Life and the Earth’s Magnetic Field

A diverse array of animal life relies upon the earth’s magnetic field for navigation, breeding, feeding, migration and survival. Biologists have discovered that wireless electromagnetic radiation disturbs internal magneto-receptors used for navigation, as well as disrupting other complex cellular and biologic processes in mammals, birds, fish, insects, trees, plants, seeds and bacteria with profound impacts on the natural environment. Different species have different interactions with radiofrequency radiation (RFR) and differ in their toxic effect. These effects may not be immediately apparent with a slow decline in the health of wildlife seen over time with cumulative exposure.

03 September 2018

Trump's 5G Network Raises Concerns for Public Health and the Environment

Trump's 5G Network Raises Concerns for Public Health and the Environment
by Sabine El GemayelTruthout, 2 September 2018

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The Trump administration is considering proposals for a national 5G wireless infrastructure in order to counter China’s position in global technology markets, despite the many uncertainties and potential dangers of this technology for human health and the environment.

According to a PowerPoint deck produced by a senior National Security Council official, the United States has to build superfast 5G wireless technology quickly because “China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure,” and “China is the dominant malicious actor in the Information Domain.” Trump has argued that, unlike a privately created 5G network, a government-run 5G network would be more secure against a threat of Chinese operatives and hackers that want to carry out cyber-espionage.

“We want to build a network so the Chinese can’t listen to your calls,” the senior official told Reuters.

02 September 2018

'An Embarrassment': U.S. Health Care Far from the Top in Global Study

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"The United States scores an 80 on the index, which is at the bottom of the second decile and puts it on par with Estonia and Montenegro. The U.S. measures well for diseases preventable by vaccines, such as diphtheria and measles, but it gets almost failing grades for nine other conditions that can lead to death. These are lower respiratory infections, neonatal disorders, non-melanoma skin cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ischemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the adverse effects of medical treatment itself."

‘An embarrassment’: U.S. health care far from the top in global study
By Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post, 18 May 2017

Americans grumble all the time about the quality of our health-care system, but when we're dealing with serious issues, such as injuries from an auto accident or cancer, we often count our blessings that we live in a wealthy country that has well-trained doctors with access to the latest medical technology.

Yet those factors don't always correlate with staying alive. That's the distressing finding from a global study of what researchers call “amenable mortality,” or deaths that theoretically could have been avoided by timely and effective medical care.

Christopher Murray, a researcher at the University of Washington, and his collaborators looked at 32 causes of death in 195 countries from 1990 to 2015 to create a health-care quality index they used for rankings. Murray described the findings as “disturbing.”

Rhode Island’s “Surprising” Geoengineering Act Of 2017

Rhode Island’s “Surprising” Geoengineering Act Of 2017
by Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com,
21 May 2017

After reading what the State of Rhode Island is doing about handling and/or dealing with “geoengineering,” everyone may want to move there, I would imagine. However, the other recourse is for everyone to have the same type of bill/legislation introduced in to their respective states by numerous members, preferably bi-partisan sponsorship, of their state legislature.

One well-informed Rhode Island state legislator, Representative Justin Price, introduced “The Geoengineering Act of 2017” [H6011] to be amended on to Title 23 of the General Laws titled “Health and Safety.”

The legislative intent of the bill is

(a) “Geoengineering” is defined herein as the intentional manipulation of the environment, involving nuclear, biological, chemical, electromagnetic and/or other physical-agent activities that effect changes to earth’s atmosphere and/or surface.

Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers

We trust that readers will understand that the microwaves discussed here are also a form of electromagnetic radiation, which is used in wireless technology - cell phones, etc. and that studies reveal that these waves can cause brain damage.  Everyone should reduce their exposure to this type of radiation as much as possible.

"Microwaves are ubiquitous in modern life. The short radio waves power radars, cook foods, relay messages and link cellphones to antenna towers. They’re a form of electromagnetic radiation on the same spectrum as light and X-rays, only at the opposite end.

"While radio broadcasting can employ waves a mile or more in length, microwaves range in size from roughly a foot to a tiny fraction of an inch. They’re seen as harmless in such everyday uses as microwaving foods. But their diminutive size also enables tight focusing, as when dish antennas turn disorganized rays into concentrated beams.

"The dimensions of the human head, scientists say, make it a fairly good antenna for picking up microwave signals.

Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers
by William J. Broad, The New York Times, 1st September 2018

Doctors and scientists say microwave strikes may have caused sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members.

(Photo):  U.S. Marines outside the embassy in Havana in February. Diplomats working here reported strange noises and mysterious symptoms that doctors and scientists say may have resulted from strikes with microwave weapons. Credit Adalberto Roque/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

During the Cold War, Washington feared that Moscow was seeking to turn microwave radiation into covert weapons of mind control.