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30 November 2018

United Kingdom: South Hampstead School Asks Parents to Sign Pledge Curbing Phone Use at Home

South Hampstead High School asks parents to sign pledge curbing phone use at home
by Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor, The Times, 30 November 2018

Millions of parents admit they are struggling to cope with
screen-obsessed children/ ALAMY
A leading girls’ independent school has asked its pupils and their parents to sign a contract promising to reduce smartphone use at home.

The school said that it wanted to help families to reset digital habits by requesting them to ban phones during mealtimes and to use commuting time to “read, listen to a book or talk”. The terms of the voluntary contract include a promise to implement a phone-free weekend or a digital holiday.

The two-page “Family Phone Pledge” was sent to parents of pupils at South Hampstead High School, whose alumnae include Helena Bonham Carter and Rabbi Julia Neuberger. It was endorsed by Victoria Bingham, the head teacher, but drawn up by sixth-form pupils studying psychology who said that they were alarmed by their dependence on smartphones.

Effects of Wireless Technology on Health


Wireless Warfare Exposed. Includes ways to protect your family. (76 min. - 28 October 2018)

This is one of the best videos we've seen on this subject. As one person commented: "Solid research and extremely informative. Everyone needs to watch this!" Over 260,000 views and 12,000 likes.



Includes: Dr. George Carlo, Dr. Henry Lai, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Magda Havas, Dr. David Carpenter , Prof. Olle Johansson... and mention of the latest scientific studies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bdU_uw2Dc

29 November 2018

Good that Rajinikanth’s 2.0 Talks of Birds and Cellphones But We Need More Studies: Experts

Good that Rajinikanth’s 2.0 talks of birds and cellphones but we need more studies: Experts
By Rajat Ghaidowntoearth.org.in, 29 November 2018

A poster of '2.0'. Credit: Wikipedia
Do birds disappear due to electromagnetic radiation caused by mobile phones? Ornithologists think the issue needs more research

As Superstar Rajinikanth's next release, 2.0, gets set to hit the screens on November 29, its unusual theme of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) harming birds has already generated curiosity and even some controversy. Mobile telephonic service providers have raised objections, based on the film's trailer. But what do experts think? Well, some of them were impressed that a mainstream movie chose such a topic. But they advised caution.

2.0 is directed by S Shankar and stars Tamil superstar Rajinikanth alongside Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar as well as actress Amy Jackson. It is the sequel to 2010 hit “Enthiran” and will have Rajini reprising the roles of Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitti.

27 November 2018

Subject: Electromagnetic Fields: Telecoms Industry Censorship: TV and Movies: France and India


Gilles Brégant, ANFR, and Olivier Merckel, ANSES
After the "rejection" of the participation of Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the Phonegate Alert Association,  in the France 5 program, "La Quotidienne" - "The dangers of waves: what is the telecoms industry hiding from us?", an Indian telecoms association filed a complaint against filmmakers for a movie “falsely depicting mobile phones and mobile towers as harmful to living creatures and the environment including birds and human beings.” 

Dr. Arazi had been invited to participate in the France 5 program, by one of the journalists who stated in an Email to Dr. Arazi, "I would like to propose Dr. Marc Arazi to participate in the discussion on this subject in order to highlight in our program the Phonegate Alert Association's fight and to give advice to our TV audience on how to avoid waves and change daily habits."
See Phonegate Alert's press release in French:

We watched the France 5 program where Olivier Merckel, Department of Risk Assessment, ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) said, "We don't have proof that exposure to waves has an effect on health" and Gilles Brégant, Director-General of the French Frequencies Agency (ANFR) said 5G will lower exposure. One of the program presenters also mentioned, after a short presentation by Pr Belpomme, that a complaint had been brought against the professor by the Order of Physicians related to "shortcomings" ("manquements") regarding his diagnosis of electrohypersensitivity. 

Rajinikanth-Shankar's 2.0 in trouble; Cellular operators association files complaint against filmmakers
CE Features, 27 November 2018

Akshay plays a crazed ornithologist who blames EMF emissions from mobile phones for the death of animals and birds, and the cellular operators have taken exception to this

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has filed a complaint against the makers of Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 for 'promoting anti-scientific attitudes towards mobile phones and cellular networks'.

26 November 2018

"Deploying 5G is Like Conducting Experiments on Humans and Nature."

"Deploying 5G is like conducting experiments on humans and nature."
by Christian Rappaz, Illustré, 25 November 2018 - translation *

© Magali Girardin
One hundred seventy scientists from 37 countries, including two Swiss, a physician from Zurich and Doctor of Biology, Daniel Favre, from canton Vaud, signed an appeal asking the United Nations to act to stop the deployment of 5G (1) for health reasons. Dr. Favre explains:

Dr. Favre, why did you sign this appeal for a moratorium against 5G in May 2015 (2)?

You will understand from the summary:
"We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from many 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."

The Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) also opposes the operators' request to increase the power of base stations in our country. Can we say that there is a real outcry from the health sector against this new technology?

25 November 2018

Indian Council of Medical Research Warns: 'Keep Mobile Phones Away from Your Body'

ICMR warns: ‘Keep mobile phones away from your body’
By Sreya Deb, republished from The Patriot, 25 November 2018

The country’s apex biomedical research is asking us to "use our phones on the basis of need and not as a hobby.”

The buzz surrounding EMF radiation and its adverse effects on human health have been cited by many activists and social welfare organisations, and in some cases, even endorsed by Bollywood celebrities. But given the innate human psyche of treating our cell phones as an extension of our body, we tend to ignore these findings, simply so that we can “stay connected” with the rest of the world.

Stepping in to clear the air about the ill-effects of EMF radiation is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world—the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). In an exclusive conversation with its head Dr Radhey Shyam Sharma, we find that radio waves travelling from cell phone towers to your handset contain tiny doses of radiation that could be damaging to various aspects of your health. Recent findings have also proved that high levels of radioactivity can adversely affect the health of anybody living within a square kilometre of a cell phone tower.

Finland's Digital-Based Curriculum Impedes Learning, Researcher Finds

Finland’s digital-based curriculum impedes learning, researcher finds
yle.fi, 19 November 2018, updated 22 November 2018
File photo of pupils using tablets in classroom.

A Helsinki University researcher says Finland's current digital and 'phenomenon-based' learning methods used in schools may not be suitable for all students.

Finland's new digital and phenomenon-based curriculum programmes hinders student learning, according to a new study from Helsinki University.

The psychology researcher behind the study, Aino Saarinen, told Yle's Swedish news service that one of the reasons behind the recent decline in Finland's ranking on Pisa education lists is an increase in the use of digital learning materials. The researcher's findings were first reported by Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).

For some time now - thanks to regular top placement in the international Pisa education rankings - Finland has been touted as having the best education system in the world. And to improve on this, policymakers made the decision to bring digital tools to the forefront of classrooms.

Earth Matters: Small Cells, Big Problems: the Reality of 5G

Patti Wood
Earth Matters: Small cells, big problems: the reality of 5G
By The Island Now, Opinion by Patti Wood, 20 November 2018

There has been a lot of buzz recently about the next generation of wireless technology, known as “5G.”

Wireless companies gush about how this new technology will revolutionize the way we live, work and play, and in neighborhoods across Long Island, crews are busy installing new “small cell” wireless antennas on telephone poles and lamp posts in anticipation of the big rollout.

But there’s another side to the 5G story, and it’s one everyone needs to know about.

What is 5G, you might ask, and how is it different? 5G uses the existing 3G and 4G wireless network and adds a new layer of radiofrequency microwave radiation to transmit large amounts of data.

24 November 2018

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Video and Summary of Presentation by Dr. Marc Arazi

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

View the video of the lecture given by Dr. Marc Arazi in Krakow on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHU_idsU6t8

Dr. Marc Arazi
(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Dr. Marc Arazi, President, Phonegate Alert Association, France.

Dr. Marc Arazi is a medical doctor and radiation health activist. His 2016 enquiries and subsequent legal action led to the release of French government documents in 2017 which list cell phones that generate radiation levels in excess of legal thresholds. The radiation levels noted by the government in 2015 revealed that radiation levels from nine out of 10 cell phone manufacturers were as much as three times statutory guidelines.

21 November 2018

Mother of U.S. Diplomat Hurt in 'Health Attack' Speaks Out

Mother of U.S. diplomat hurt in 'health attack' speaks out
By Josh Lederman and Andrea Mitchell, nbcnews.com, 20 November 2018

Catherine Werner adopted dogs began experiencing
strange symptoms, too.  NBC News
"I do not believe that our military, our diplomats around the world or here at home are safe," Laura Hughes told Andrea Mitchell in an exclusive interview.

WASHINGTON — The mother of a U.S. diplomat who fell ill after suspected "health attacks" in China is speaking out, sharing her family's harrowing story publicly in hopes of raising awareness about the potential danger facing American diplomats and other workers around the world.

Laura Hughes, an Air Force veteran, says her daughter Catherine Werner is struggling with the effects of traumatic brain injury after experiencing strange sounds and sensations at her apartment in Guangzhou, where Werner was a foreign trade officer until being medevaced out earlier this year.

She's calling on the State Department to do more to solve the mystery that has eluded investigators since U.S. diplomats and spies starting getting sick in Cuba in late 2016.

"I do not believe that our military, our diplomats around the world or here at home are safe," Hughes says in an interview with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell. "Because this this weapon system is creating havoc."

20 November 2018

Our Letter to the Editor on the Final U.S. NTP Report on Rats and Mice Exposed to Cell Phone Radiation

(Choice of image by Editor, "Towards
Better Health"
Two places where the Suisse Romande press mentions the final report of U.S. National Toxicology Program study on rats and mice exposed to cell phone radiation, (issued on 1 November 2018): our Letter to the Editor published in the Tribune de Genève and the current issue of Illustré : interview with Dr. Daniel Favre, President of ARA, on 5G.  See our Facebook page.

Translation

Back Pain

Letter to the Editor, Tribune de Genève, 14 November 2018*

We were shocked by the RTS report on back pain in young children and adolescents. According to one study, one in three children has suffered from back pain in the past 12 months, the main cause being screen abuse. The BBC reports that surgical students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity to sew up patients. The blue light emitted by screens is particularly harmful to children's eyes. Do we heed these warnings? We would like the Geneva authorities to launch an awareness campaign, but they are distracted by the chaos reigning in the government.

Defending the Indefensible - Deconstructing a “New York Times” Headline on the NTP final report

Defending the Indefensible - Deconstructing a “New York Times” Headlinemicrowavenews.com, 20 November 2018

How does a New York Times reporter justify a grossly misleading headline on a story of major importance?

Usually we could only speculate, but in one recent case, thanks to a health advocate’s persistence, we have a peek at the rationalizations and distortions in play.

This is the Times headline at issue:


It sits at the top of a story by William Broad, a staff writer, reporting the release of the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) final report on its $30 million, ten-year animal study of the cancer risks associated with cell phone radiation.

The quotation marks are important. They indicate that “some evidence” is a term of art and they imply that the study fell short of providing definitive evidence of a cancer risk. If that had been the case, the term “clear evidence” would have applied.

But that was the finding. The NTP saw clear evidence that cell phone radiation causes cancer and said so in its press release.

For the First Time, Researchers Say Facebook Can Cause Depression

For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression
By BRETT ARENDS, COLUMNIST, marketwatch.com, 18 November 2018

The findings are published in the December Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

(Photo): Many of those who began with moderate clinical depression finished just a few weeks later with very mild symptoms after drastically cutting down on their social-media use, a new study says.

Spending too much time on “social media” sites like Facebook is making people more than just miserable. It may also be making them depressed.

A new study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown — for the first time — a causal link between time spent on social media and depression and loneliness, the researchers said.

It concluded that those who drastically cut back their use of sites like Facebook, Instagram FB, -3.31% and Snapchat SNAP, -3.47% often saw a marked improvement in their mood and in how they felt about their lives.

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Summary of Presentation by Prof. Olle Johansson

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Prof. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist, formerly of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden:

Due in large part to the relentless work of Johansson and the Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive, Sweden is the only country in the world to recognize electrosensitivity as a functional impairment.

Krakow, Poland: Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution: Summary of Presentation by Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi

Krakow hears of heart cancers and corruption while the U.N. promotes wireless technology and the White House weighs tax cuts and less red tape for 5G
by John Weigel, emfcommunity.com 24 October 2018

You may view Dr. Belpoggi's presentation here.

Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi at
Krakow Forum
(Krakow, Poland) At the Third International Forum on Protection from Electromagnetic Environmental Pollution [24 September 2018] three scientists speaking the city’s Hall of Sessions told the international audience of the threat posed by modern microwave based technology to human life amide and environment of political and corporate corruption. Krakow remains the only municipality on the planet to protect it’s citizens from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Following is an extract from the article on the presentation by Dott.ssa Fiorella Belpoggi (Italy), director, Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, Ramazzini Institute, Bologna, Italy:

Collegium Ramazzini is an independent, international academy with 180 invited members from more than 30 countries. It was founded in 1982 by American-born Dr. Irving Selikoff who made the definitive link between asbestos and lung disease.

It was named after 16th Century Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini. The Collegium Ramazzini’s brief is to investigate occupational and environmental health issues. As head of research, Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi conducts her scientific studies at the Collegium’s Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy.

18 November 2018

College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food

College students choose smartphones over food
November 16, 2018 by Ellen Goldbaum, University at Buffalo

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
University at Buffalo researchers have found that college students prefer food deprivation over smartphone deprivation, according to results from a paper in Addictive Behaviors.

Sara O'Donnell, lead author on the paper and clinical psychology doctoral student in the Department of Pediatrics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, said the results suggest that smartphones can be more reinforcing than food for college students.

"In this study, we provide evidence for the first time that smartphones are reinforcing," she said. O'Donnell is co-author with Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor and director of the behavioral medicine division in the Department of Pediatrics.

FCC Tells SpaceX It Can Deploy Up to 11,943 Broadband Satellites

FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites
by JON BRODKIN,  arstechnica.com, 15 November 2018

Initial launch of 4,425 satellites to be followed by 7,518 closer to the ground.

SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago.

Getty Images/ Olena_T
The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that these will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. That amounts to 11,943 satellites in total for SpaceX's Starlink broadband service.

SpaceX "proposes to add a very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) NGSO [non-geostationary satellite orbit] constellation, consisting of 7,518 satellites operating at altitudes from 335km to 346km," the FCC said in the draft of the order that it approved unanimously today. The newly approved satellites would use frequencies between 37.5 and 42GHz for space-to-Earth transmissions and frequencies between 47.2 and 51.4GHz for Earth-to-space transmissions, the FCC said.

17 November 2018

California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage

There is something a lot more sinister going on here...

California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage
By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis, The New York Times, 14 November 2018

(Photo):  Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Camp Fire, which has killed at least 56 people. Many fires in recent years have been caused by downed power lines serving California’s utilities.CreditCreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times

As wildfires ravage large swaths of California for a second year, one of the state’s biggest utilities has declared that it faces billions of dollars in potential liability — far more than its insurance would cover.

The potential losses could leave the company’s customers on the hook to pay the bill, exposing businesses and consumers to higher costs. The utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, could even face bankruptcy, putting pressure on the state for a bailout.

How High-tech Is Your “Smart Car”?

How High-tech Is Your “Smart Car”?
By Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com, 15 November 2018

Thanks to Andrew Michrowski, PhD, President of the Planetary Association for Clean Energy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, for sharing the following information with me, which I truly appreciate.

The “Smart Car” is destined to become an integral part of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will operate on 5G bandwidths. It’s known as “Car-to-Car Communication.”











Already so for [U.S.] FCC car rules @ 2200 X higher power at 3 metres [9 feet] away than European Council EMF guidelines (giving exposure of 220 µW/cm2 for drivers).
… Federal Register 2012/08/13/2012-19732

5G Car Microwaves (~24 GHz and ~77 GHz)

The Facebook Dilemma

The Facebook Dilemma
by Dr. Joseph Mercola, 17 November 2018

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • As of the third quarter of 2018, 2.27 billion people actively used Facebook, the world’s largest social media site, up from 1 billion in 2012
  • Facebook is unique in its ability to monetize the time people spend on its platform. During the third quarter of 2018, the site generated more than $6 per user
  • Ninety-eight percent of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising, which totaled $39.9 billion in 2017
  • The addition of the “Like” button in 2009 revolutionized the company’s ability to gather personal data — information about your preferences that can then be sold
  • The significant danger with giving out personal data is that you’re opening yourself up to be a target of manipulation — whether you’re being manipulated to buy something you don’t need or believe something that isn’t true

CDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing

CDC: Suicide Rate Among U.S. Workers Increasing
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 16 November 2018

Suicide rates are highest for males in construction and
extraction; females in arts, design, entertainment, sports and
media, the CDC found.
Michellaurence/ Flickr/ CC BY 2.0
From 2000 to 2016, the suicide rate among American workers has increased 34 percent, up 12.9 per 100,000 working persons to 17.3, according to a worrisome new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs, the U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

The CDC study does not explain why more U.S. workers appear to be taking their own lives. But by breaking down suicide rates by occupation, this can help doctors and lawmakers support the workers who may be most at risk of suicide.

California Judge Orders Next Monsanto Weed-Killer Cancer Trial for March

California judge orders next Monsanto weed-killer cancer trial for March
by Tina Bellonreuters.com, 15 November 2018

File Photo: A woman uses a Monsanto's Roundup
weedkiller spray without glyphosate in a garden
in Ercuis near Paris, France, May 6, 2018.
Reuters/Benoit Tessier/File Photo
(Reuters) - A California judge on Thursday granted an expedited trial in the case of a California couple suffering from cancer who sued Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit, alleging the company’s glyphosate-containing weed killer Roundup caused their disease.

The order by Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou in Oakland, California, comes on the heels of a $289 million verdict in the first glyphosate trial in San Francisco, in which a jury found Monsanto liable for causing a school groundskeeper’s cancer.

Damages were later reduced to $78 million, and Bayer, which denies the allegations, said it would appeal the decision.

Its share price, however, has dropped nearly 30 percent since the Aug. 10 jury verdict and the company faces some 9,300 U.S. glyphosate lawsuits.

Your Habit Of Buying A New Smartphone Every 2 Years Is Killing The Planet

Your Habit Of Buying A New Smartphone Every 2 Years Is Killing The Planet
By Daniel Tencerhuffingtonpost.ca, 14 November 2018

Canadian researchers blame telecoms and phone makers for creating an unsustainable business model.

Caiaimage/Tomorrow via Getty Images
The common practice of buying a new smartphone every two years is taking a toll on the planet and threatens to undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian researchers have found.

In a research paper published earlier this year, McMaster University associate professor Lotfi Belkhir, along with recent graduate Ahmed Elmeligi of the faculty of engineering concluded that the global information and communications tech sector — including consumer devices — is in the midst of a rapid explosion in its carbon footprint.

While the entire sector accounted for just 1 to 1.6 per cent of global carbon emissions in 2007, by 2040, it will account for 14 per cent of emissions, the researchers projected. That's the equivalent of half the transportation sector's emissions.

What Brain and Sperm Share and Why Care - TEDx Talk on Cell Phone Radiation by Dr. Devra Davis

Please view and share this very informative video on cell phone radiation.

Rapid Fire - What Brain and Sperm Share and Why Care | Dr. Devra Davis | TEDxJacksonHole
 (9 November 2018 - 14 min.)




16 November 2018

Tech Impairs Children’s Health and Development

Tech Impairs Children’s Health and Development
allusanewshub.com, 12 November 2018

The latest report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) should set off alarms bell in the heads of parents around the world. Unfortunately, most of them are as distracted as their children by the very same cause for concern: digital technology.

The WCRF explained that too much screen time fuels childhood obesity. In turn, obesity puts children at greater risk of developing at least 12 deadly cancers. Increasing interaction with smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles is one the primary drivers of long-term weight gain, because those products promote a sedentary lifestyle at a time when children should be engaging in physical activity.

California: PG&E Outlook Ominous If Utility Is Found Responsible for California's Worst Wildfire

"What kind of fire decimates houses and melts cars but doesn't burn trees (or even leaves in some cases)?" (see photo at end of this post).
"The cause of California's most destructive and deadly wildfire has not yet been determined. But PG&E said a transmission line in the area went offline 15 minutes before the fire was first reported, and the company found a damaged transmission tower near where investigators said the fire began. The fire has killed at least 48 people and destroyed more than 7,000 homes."

PG&E outlook ominous if utility is found responsible for California's worst wildfire
By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Los Angeles Times, 15 November 2018

(Photo:) © Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS Outside of Pulga, Calif., on the North Fork of the Feather River, the Camp Fire continues to burn on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. It has already burned more than 200,000 square miles. The Woosley Fire has claimed the most lives, and is inching in on destruction of acreage as the deadliest and worst fire California has seen in human history. From the start of the destructive fire, firefighters struggled to contrain the flames.This blaze came on the heels of one of the hottest summers on record for the region, after years of drought that left the woodlands in the Santa Monica Mountains bone dry. Once the Santa Ana winds began blowing more as the night went on, combined with low visibility from the smoke, limited the reach of aerial attacks.

Maryland: Montgomery County to Sue FCC Over Radio Frequency Emission Standards for Small Cell Antennas

County To Sue FCC Over Radio Frequency Emission Standards for Small Cell Antennas
BY DAN SCHERE , Bethesda Magazine, 15 November 2018

Exposure limit is currently 580 microwatts per square centimeter

Flickr
The Montgomery County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett are planning to sue the Federal Communications Commission with the goal of forcing the agency to update its radio frequency emissions standards for small cell antennas.

The council has hired attorney Albert Catalano of the Washington, D.C., firm Keller and Heckman LLP, according to a Nov. 6 memo from County Attorney Marc Hansen to council President Hans Riemer.

15 November 2018

Eighteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (14 November 2018)

Eighteen 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, 14 November 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. Several hundred EMF scientists around the world receive these updates. The complete collection including the papers below now contains more than 500 abstracts.

To see the latest studies or download the 358-page document go to the following web page:

Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields

Recent News

NTP Cell Phone Radiation Study: Final Reports

The U.S. National Toxicology Program published the final reports for its $30 million study of the long-term effects of cell phone radiation on rats and mice. The NTP found "clear evidence" of increased cancer risk in male rats from low level (i.e., nonthermal) exposures (c.f., heart schwannoma) and "some evidence" for increased risk of glioma.

More information: https://www.saferemr.com/2018/11/NTP-final-reports31.html

BERENIS (Swiss Expert Group on EM Fields and Non-Ionizing Radiation): Evaluation of NTP and Ramazzini Studies


BERENIS (Swiss expert group on EM fields and non-ionizing radiation) Newsletter, 13 November 2018,  on evaluation of NTP and Ramazzini studies: (click on "November newsletter") in this link:


Extract:
Conclusions

The NTP and Ramazzini studies are most comprehensive animal studies with regard to cancer and exposure to mobile phone and base station signals that have been conducted to date. The scientific quality and standard of laboratory techniques are high, especially in the NTP study. Compared to earlier studies with laboratory animals that evaluated carcinogenicity or co-carcinogenicity of RF EMF, these studies are novel in that the animals were exposed roaming freely in their cages instead of being placed in narrow tubes for exposure. This reduced the stress caused by confinement and allowed for longer daily exposures.

14 November 2018

The Phonegate Scandal

Image from Pierre Le Hir's article in Le Monde.
We note that people are amending the French Wikipedia entry on "Phonegate".  We question the current title suggested for the entry:  "Marketing of non-compliant mobile phones" ("Commercialisation de téléphones portables non conformes").  To us, it says little about this serious public health and industrial scandal.  If the reason for eliminating "Phonegate" is that it has never been "read" or "heard" by people then that is false. The term was coined by the journalist Pierre le Hir in his article published in one of the most important and widely respected newspapers in the world, Le Monde, on 23 December 2016, « Soupçons sur les ondes des téléphones portables » (English translation: "Suspicions about Mobile Phones").  We would wish  the term, "Phonegate" to become commonly known.

We remind people that this is a very serious public health issue, affecting hundreds of millions of mobile phone users worldwide, who have been overexposed for more than 20 years to the radiation from their mobile phones.  This especially concerns children, pregnant women, an estimated 300 million persons suffering from microwave sickness and others who are more vulnerable to this type of radiation.

How Microsoft's Big Bet on 5G May Be Bad for Your Health

How Microsoft's big bet on 5G may be bad for your health
by JASON WARDwindowscentral.comm 12 November 2018
(for videos, see original article)

Microsoft is betting big on the 5G promise to transform computing as we know it despite a growing outcry that it poses serious health and environmental dangers.

5G, the next evolution of mobile networks, promises to transform the way we experience technology. 1G brought voice to a mobile platform. 2G introduced text. 3G delivered higher speeds and enabled music and video streaming. 4G or LTE brought up to 10-times higher speeds than 3G. 5G has been described as an evolution of mobile computing due to the many new computing scenarios it is expected to enable such as connected cars, advanced A.I., remote healthcare, advanced augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and much more.

7 Things Every Health Practitioner Needs to Know About EMFs

7 Things Every Health Practitioner Needs to Know About EMFs
Posted on: Monday, November 12th 2018
Written By: Nicolas Pineault

This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2018
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Despite the increasing reports of people who report feeling symptoms of “electro-sensitivity” from cell phones, wifi routers, Bluetooth devices and other sources of microwave radiation, mainstream medicine continues to bury its head in the sand and ignore the issue

On the other hand, most of the top functional medicine practitioners in the world — include Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Zach Bush, Dr. Dan Pompa, Dr. Ben Lynch and Dr. Tom O’Bryan each claim that “EMF removal is essential for proper healing”.

Who’s right?

Let’s look at 7 important facts most health practitioners do not know about EMFs:

Fact #1: Our EMF Safety Standards Are Based On Heating Effects, NOT Biological Effects

There's a Clear Cell Phone-Cancer Link, but FDA Is Downplaying It

There's a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it
BY RONALD MELNICK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, 13 November 2018

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

© Getty Images
A recent study by the National Toxicology Program/National Institutes of Health (NTP/NIH) shows clear evidence of a causal link between cancer and exposure to wireless cell phone signals. Results from the $30 million NTP studies demonstrated that cell phone radiation caused Schwann cell cancers of the heart and brain gliomas in rats, as well as DNA damage in the brain.

In NIH’s news release, NTP senior scientist John Bucher said, “We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real and the external experts agreed.” But, amazingly, the FDA says it disagrees with this carefully conducted, peer-reviewed study’s finding of clear evidence of carcinogenicity.

13 November 2018

Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked to Thyroid Cancer

Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked to Thyroid Cancer
saferemr.com, 13 November 2018

The first case-control study examining the association between cell phone use and thyroid cancer found elevated risks of thyroid cancer among heavier, long-term cell phone users.

From:  Carlberg et al. 2016 (see abstract below)
At greater risk of thyroid cancer were individuals who used a cell phone for more than 15 years, for more than two hours per day, or for a greater number of lifetime hours. Also, those who made the most cell phone calls in their lifetime were at increased risk.

Men who used cell phones for more than 15 years had over twice the risk of thyroid cancer as compared to non-cell phone users after controlling for other factors. Women who used cell phones for more than two hours per day had a 52% greater risk of thyroid cancer as compared to non-cell phone users.

Kenya: Danger in the Growing Digital Garbage

With the lifespan of gadgets shortening and our population surging, the digital junkyards are swelling with waste at a worrying pace.  Collectively, the world generates about 40 million tonnes of e-waste every year — equivalent to throwing out nearly 60,000 laptops every time you blink.

Danger in the growing digital garbage
By SAM WAMBUGU, nation.co.ke, 11 November 2018

Heaps of unusable computers. Recycling is the best way to
dispose of e-waste.
Photo/ File/ Nation Media Group
In Summary
  • The human scavengers are exposed to intractable health challenges: burns, septic wounds, eye damage and a plethora of respiratory problems.
  • Parliament must create policies on how to recycle e-waste, and enforce and incentivise people to use them.

In just two decades, mobile phones and laptops have grown from oddity to ubiquity, and so are many other home electronics.

Similarly, heaps of cracked computers, unusable mobile phones, electric cables, dead television sets and defective fridges contribute to a growing menace of electronic waste.

E-waste – as it is commonly known – is the most rapidly growing waste problem in the world. Collectively, the world generates about 40 million tonnes of e-waste every year — equivalent to throwing out nearly 60,000 laptops every time you blink.

New York: Brooklyn Students Hold Walkout in Protest of Facebook-Designed Online Program

Nearly 100 students walked out of classes at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope last week in revolt against “Summit Learning,” a web-based curriculum designed by Facebook engineers, and bankrolled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.

Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program
By Susan Edelmannypost.com, 10 November 2018

Students from the Secondary School for Journalism
during the protest.
Brooklyn teens are protesting their high school’s adoption of an online program spawned by Facebook, saying it forces them to stare at computers for hours and “teach ourselves.”

Nearly 100 students walked out of classes at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope last week in revolt against “Summit Learning,” a web-based curriculum designed by Facebook engineers, and bankrolled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.

“It’s annoying to just sit there staring at one screen for so long,” said freshman Mitchel Storman, 14, who spends close to five hours a day on Summit classes in algebra, biology, English, world history, and physics. “You have to teach yourself.”

Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin

This is the same company, Biohax, that wants to implant UK employees with microchips.

Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin
By MADDY SAVAGE, npr.org, 22 October 2018

Osterlund implants a chip into a man in Stockholm. More 
than 4,000 Swedes have adopted the technology.
Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
Technology continues to get closer and closer to our bodies, from the phones in our pockets to the smartwatches on our wrists. Now, for some people, it’s getting under their skin.

In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands.

The chips are designed to speed up users’ daily routines and make their lives more convenient — accessing their homes, offices and gyms is as easy as swiping their hands against digital readers.

Alarm Over Talks to Implant UK Employees with Microchips

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips
by Julia Kollewe, The Guardian, 11 November 2018

Jowan Osterlund from Biohax holds a microchip implant
the size of a grain of rice between his thumb and
forefinger.  Photo:  James Brooks/AP
Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanage

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.

UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Thailand: NBTC Asks WHO for Clarity on Telecom Base Health Risks

NBTC asks WHO for clarity on telecom base health risks
NEWSPAPER SECTION: BUSINESS | WRITER: KOMSAN TORTERMVASANA AND ONLINE REPORTERSbangkokpost.com, 13 November 2018

The telecom regulator is urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to clarify whether radio-frequency electromagnetic fields emitted by telecom base stations have any effect on public health.

(Photo): Takorn Tantasith (inset) secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) wants to know from the World Health Organisation if telecom towers and base stations like these in Bangkok's Sai Mai district post a health threat. The WHO can't tell him. (File photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)


The move aims to address concerns and complaints made against base stations and lodged against mobile operators, the regulator and local governments for the past decade.

Can Listening to Bees Help Save Them - and Us?

"Bees are in trouble, but we're not quite sure why.  It could be the overuse of insecticides; air pollution; warming temperatures; the varroa destructor mite; or even interference from electromagnetic radiation."

Can listening to bees help save them - and us?
By Tim Bowler, Business reporter, BBC News, 12 November 2018

There are 20,000 species of bee, but many are under
threat around the world.
Can artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning help save the world's bees? That's the hope of scientists who are scrambling to reverse the dramatic declines in bee populations.

Bees are in trouble, but we're not quite sure why.

It could be the overuse of insecticides; air pollution; warming temperatures; the varroa destructor mite; or even interference from electromagnetic radiation.

Or it could be a combination of all these factors. But until we have more data, we won't know for sure.

12 November 2018

10 Tips to Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation from Your Cell Phone and Wi-Fi

10 tips to reduce electromagnetic radiation from your cell phone and wifi
electrosante.fr

Today, many new wireless technologies are used in homes. Scientific research shows that radiation from wifi and mobile phones pose health risks. Therefore it is wise to minimize radiation exposure.

Below are 10 tips for reducing your exposure to electromagnetic radiation:

1. Preferably use a hardwired Internet connection and wired telephone.

2. Use your smartphone as little as possible and when calling use the speakerphone or use air-tube earphones. Airtube headsets avoid directing radiation toward the head via metal wires. Have your calls diverted to your landline when you are at home, so you can turn off your mobile phone without missing a call.

3. “Distance is your friend”. Wear your smartphone in a bag or put it on your table when possible. Do not wear the phone on your body all day. The modern smartphone emits both high-frequency radiation (2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) and a low-frequency magnetic field.

Surgery Students 'Losing Dexterity to Stitch Patients'

Surgery students 'losing dexterity to stitch patients'
By Sean Coughlan, BBC News education and family correspondent, 30 October 2018

A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.

Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young people have so little experience of craft skills that they struggle with anything practical.

"It is important and an increasingly urgent issue," says Prof Kneebone, who warns medical students might have high academic grades but cannot cut or sew.

10 November 2018

Resistance to 5G: Roadblock to a High Tech Future or Warning of a Serious Health Risk?

Resistance to 5G: Roadblock to a High Tech Future or Warning of a Serious Health Risk?
BY CONAN MILNER, EPOCH TIMES, 9 November 2018

I
(Gian Cescon/Unsplash)
n just a few years, we’ve been granted several fantastic abilities: the power to download videos, send pictures, search the internet, and talk to anyone we want from wherever we are, all from a small wireless device.

But an even more sophisticated wireless world is just over the horizon. The network needed to bring it to life is called 5G, and telecommunications companies want to install it as fast as possible.

The G stands for Generation, and each one is a chapter in the wireless revolution. The first (1G), allowed us to talk on a cellphone. 2G gave us talk and text. With 3G we could also send and receive a little data, and 4G gave us the power to transmit a lot more.

09 November 2018

How NTP Controlled Coverage of Cell Phone Cancer Story

How NTP Controlled Coverage of Cell Phone Cancer Story

Did New York Times Have an Inside Track?

microwavenews.com, 9 November 2018

Much of the press coverage of the final NTP cell phone/cancer report was lousy. This time, the NTP seems to have wanted it that way.

Reporters were given very little notice to join the NTP teleconference on the release of the report. Nor was there much time to prepare a story for publication.

I received an email at 10:45 am on October 31 for a teleconference at 2 pm that same day. Many reporters missed the advisory and the call. Editors had little time to assign the story.

Attendance on the teleconference was spotty. Most of the major media outlets were missing. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, CBS News, Bloomberg, Associated Press and Science were all absent. Most of them had been on the last two calls on NTP’s cell phone/cancer study.

08 November 2018

United States: Six Lawsuits against FCC's 5G Idiocy – that $2bn Windfall for Telcos – is Bundled into One Appeals Court Sueball

Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball
By Kieren McCarthy in San Franciscotheregister.co.uk 7 November 2018

Tenth Circuit wins lawsuit lottery over terrible policy

Six lawsuits filed against controversial new 5G rules drawn up by America's communications watchdog have been bundled into one, and will be heard at the Tenth Circuit of Appeals.

A lottery held late last week selected the appeals court that covers the middle of the country – Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, etc – and the appellants, who range from West Coast cities to East Coast telco operators – have been told this week to migrate their cases accordingly.

At the heart of the mass challenge is the FCC's recent decision to override state and local governments and insist there be a single flat-fee for installing new 5G cell nodes, as well as standardized national processes and contracts for approving new sites.

Parents' Outrage As New £l,500 Baby Cot Comes with Its Own IPAD - to Help Babies "Fall Asleep"

YOU'VE TOT TO BE KIDDING - Parents’ outrage as new £1,500 baby cot comes with its own IPAD – to help babies ‘fall asleep’
By Brittany Vonow, thesun.co.uk, 7 November 2018

A baby looks at the screen built into the cot, designed by
Birmingham-based furniture company Babeek
Critics have blasted the cot, made by Birmingham-based firm Babeek, saying children shouldn't be exposed to technology at such a young age

PARENTS have been left outraged after a new £1,500 baby cot was released - complete with its own iPad.

The cot, designed by Birmingham-based furniture company Babeek, was created to hold the technology so parents can play white nose and help babies go to sleep.

But Dr Gary Allen, a chartered educational psychologist, described the creation as "outrageous".

07 November 2018

Recycling Is Not The Answer To The E-Waste Crisis

Mass Consumerism and Planned Obsolescence Outpace Recycling Efforts

Recycling Is Not The Answer To The E-Waste Crisis

par Vianney Vaute, Contributor, forbes.com, 29 October 2018

Time to go beyond recycling. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski
on UNSPLASH
People feel good about recycling, maybe even more so when it comes to electronics. Remembering to take your computer or smartphone and dropping it off to be recycled feels like an accomplishment in itself.

But while electronics recycling isn’t bad — making it a panacea for the e-waste problem we currently have certainly is. Unfortunately, that’s how we tend to frame recycling — and companies are eager to jump on that bandwagon to appear more “green”.

Case in point: Apple. In 2016 there was a lot of fanfare around the unveiling of Liam, a robot capable of dismantling an iPhone in just 11 seconds; an ultra-efficient way to recycle 1.2 million units a year. That sounds impressive until you take into account the fact that Apple had actually sold 231 million new iPhones the year before.

Brain Cancer #1 for Children 15-19 yrs While FDA Minimizes Risk From Conclusive NIH Study - US Brain Tumor Association.com

Brain Cancer #1 for Children 15-19 yrs While FDA Minimizes Risk From Conclusive NIH Study - US Brain Tumor Association.com

NTP architect insists the FDA is misleading the public-Risk of Brain Tumors is Real

NEWS PROVIDED BY US Brain Tumor Association, 5 November 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American Brain Tumor Study finds brain cancer to be the #1 cancer for children 15-19 years old; meanwhile, FDA releases statement distorting and minimizing the significance of a landmark study $30 Million NIH National Toxicology Program Study which found Clear Evidence that wireless nonionizing radiation causes brain cancer, heart cancer and DNA damage non-thermally below current FCC safety guidelines.

"What most people do not understand is that THE FDA DOES NOT DO SAFETY TESTING OF WIRELESS DEVICES BEFORE THEY ARE RELEASED ONTO THE MARKET EXPOSING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. The FDA does not do post market safety surveying to see how heavy users are developing more cancer and neurological disorders like they do with drugs and medical devices. We are seeing a dramatic increase in brain tumors in the three areas of the brain that get the most radiation from cell phones: frontal lobe, temporal lobe, and cerebellum. The Italian Supreme court has already ruled that cell phones can cause brain cancer. In essence without premarket safety testing, we have become the lab rats in a massive human experiment of nonionizing radiation health effects," insists President of US Brain Tumor Association Kevin Mottus.

Cell Phone Radiation Linked to Brain Cancer in Rats

Cell phone radiation linked to brain cancer in rats
By Amy Martynconsumeraffairs.com, 5 November 2018

Some rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed brain tumors, compared to zero percent in the control group

Photo (c) SIphotography - Getty Images
A study and review that were decades in the making suggest that cell phone radiation can increase the risk of brain tumors, according to researchers at the National Toxicology Program, an agency that is part of the United States Health and Human Services Administration.

The idea that cell phone use may cause brain cancer is controversial and heavily contested by the cell phone and electronics industries. Researchers at the National Toxicology Program began looking into the issue back when Bill Clinton was still president. In the past several years, expert panels in the agency have released conflicting opinions about the conclusions of their own data.

GMO Potato Creator Now Fears Its Impact on Human Health

GMO Potato Creator Now Fears Its Impact on Human Health
by Ken Roseboroecowatch.com, 5 November 2018

Of all the genetic engineers who have renounced the technology—Arpad Pusztai, Belinda Martineau, Thierry Vrain, John Fagan and Michael Antoniou, among others—because of its shortsighted approach and ability to produce unintended and potentially toxic consequences, Caius Rommens' story may be the most compelling.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013 where he led development of the company's genetically engineered Innate potato. But over time, Rommens started to have serious doubts about his work and worried about potential health risks from eating the GMO potatoes, which are now sold in 4,000 supermarkets in the U.S.

Rommens' concerns about the GMO potato led him to write a book, Pandora's Potatoes, which was recently published. The book is a case study on how a scientist's initial enthusiasm about genetic engineering turns to doubt and fear as he realizes the hazards the technology can create.

06 November 2018

5G Corporate Grail

Excellent article on 5G from The Watershed Sentinel, Western Canada's award-winning environmental news magazine.

5G Corporate Grail
by Joyce Nelson, watershedsentinel.ca/, 5 November 2018

Smart cities/dumb people?

Photo by Alan Levine CC, cropped from original
There’s a lot of hype about 5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology that is being rolled out in various “5G test beds” in major cities including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, and Los Angeles. But it’s hard to see why we should be excited. Proponents talk about the facilitation of driverless vehicles and car-to-car “talk,” better Virtual Reality equipment, and, of course, “The Internet of Things” (IoT) – the holy grail of Big Tech that is just vague enough to sound sort of promising.

But when it comes to specifics, there seems to be a lot of hot air in the IoT bag.

FDA ‘Ignoring The Evidence’ on Cellphones & Cancer (Video)


FDA ‘Ignoring The Evidence’ on Cellphones & Cancer (2 November 2018 - 5 min.)




A $25 million study on the effects of cellphone radiation on rats found clear evidence of tumors. But the Food and Drug Administration, which had requested the study in the first place, is casting doubt on its conclusions. RT America’s Dan Cohen has the details.

American Cancer Society Executive Resigns Amid Upset Over Corporate Partnerships

Cancer Society Executive Resigns Amid Upset Over Corporate Partnerships
By Sheila Kaplan, The New York Times, 5 November 2018

Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American
Cancer Society, until last week.   
Credit Max Ortiz/
The Detroit News, via Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A top official of the American Cancer Society has resigned in part because of concern over some of the organization’s fund-raising partnerships.

The official, Dr. Otis W. Brawley, an executive vice president and chief medical officer, resigned his post late last week after 11 years at the society. His departure was largely attributed to his dismay over some commercial partnerships, including with Herbalife International, the controversial supplements company, people close to him said.

While he would not comment publicly, others said that he had become uncomfortable with the society’s growing reliance on donations from businesses with questionable health credentials that he and others suspect are seeking to burnish their images.