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

20 October 2019

Switzerland: Opponents of 5G Technology Are Preparing Several Federal Initiatives

Opponents of 5G technology are preparing several federal initiatives
by Gabriel Sassoon, 24heures.ch, ABO+, 15 October 2019 - translation

Voting: A group of 5G opponents launched an initiative on Tuesday. At least four other texts are in the making. Does the cacophony threaten the revolt?


The Chancellery has given the green light to the federal
initiative "For a health conscious and energy-efficient
mobile communications".
Image AFP
5G is under attack from all sides. While operators face many oppositions in their deployment of technology, the revolt takes on a new dimension. On Tuesday, a group of opponents launched the hostilities with the first of a list of popular initiatives. At least four other texts on the same subject are under preparation, according to our information.

Tuesday morning marked the launch of the initiative "For a health conscious and energy-efficient mobile communications". The collection of signatures runs until April 2021. Validated by the Chancellery, this text comes from a group of German-speaking critics gathered around Ursula Niggli, philosopher and author of a book on radiation.

19 October 2019

5G, the Swiss love it... and hate it

5G, the Swiss love it... and hate it
by Amélie Charnay, 01net.com, October 17, 2019 - translation

Switzerland's paradox is that it is the first European country to have launched 5G and at the same time to have the greatest opposition to this new standard.

During an anti-5G demonstration in Switzerland
Frequencia Association
On October 15, Huawei opened its annual Global Mobile Broadband Forum telecom event in Zurich. On the same day, the Swiss Chancellery approved a federal popular initiative to limit the extension of the 5G network. Its defenders have until April 25 to collect 100,000 signatures. That is a perfect summary of the country's contradictions. Technologically at the forefront at the European and even global level, it must face the heightened fears of its population towards the new standard.

Switzerland has three operators: the long-established Swisscom, the challenger Sunrise and the "troublemaker" Salt, the latest on the market, which belongs to Xavier Niel's personal holding company. They all obtained 5G frequencies, but only the first two have opened a commercial service since the spring. The battle is therefore between Swisscom, equipped by Ericsson, and Sunrise, which uses Huawei equipment. "We currently have about 200 antennas in operation in 120 localities," a Swisscom spokesperson told us. Sunrise is doing better with 262 localities covered with at least 80% of the eligible population. But both actors face a problem they had absolutely not seen coming: a strong opposition of the inhabitants to 5G that began a few months ago.

18 October 2019

We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe

We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe
Opinion by Joel M. Moskowitzblogs.scientificamerican.com, October 17, 2019

The technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks

Credit: Bill Oxford Getty Images
The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of "fear mongering" over the advent of wireless technology's 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from wireless radiation.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in rats exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to RFR exposure.

17 October 2019

Climate, Biodiversity and Health at Risk - Interview with MEP Klaus Buchner (ÖDP) on 5G

Climate, Biodiversity and Health at Risk - Interview with MEP Klaus Buchner (ÖDP) on 5G
diagnose-funk.org, 14 October 2019 - translation

Photo: Simone Lettenmayer
Prof. Klaus Buchner, Member of the European Parliament, worked at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, where he received his doctorate in physics, and at the European Research Centre CERN in Geneva. He spent several years abroad and did research at the University of Kyoto (Japan) and at the University of Chandigarh (India). From 1973 until his retirement in 2006 he was a lecturer and professor at the mathematical faculty of the TU Munich. He has been a member of the Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti in Messina since 1979 and was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit of the University of Wroclaw in 1992. He joined the Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP) in 1983. As its federal chairman from 2003 to 2010, one of his main concerns was the networking of the ÖDP with local citizens' initiatives. He currently gives lectures on 5G almost weekly.

diagnose:funk: Prof. Buchner: As an MEP you mainly work on trade agreements and export restrictions for surveillance technology. Why are you involved against 5G?

16 October 2019

Switzerland: Text of federal popular initiative “For a health conscious and energy-efficient mobile communications”

Text of federal popular initiative “For a health conscious and energy-efficient mobile communications” - 15 October 2019 - unofficial translation

The proponents of the initiative have until April 15, 2021 to collect the 100,000 signatures needed to force a nationwide vote.

Text:
Published in the Federal Gazette on October 15, 2019. The undersigned Swiss citizens with the right to vote request, pursuant to Articles 34, 136, 139 and 194 of the Federal Constitution and in accordance with the Federal Act of 17 December 1976 on political rights (arts. 68 et seq.), that the Constitution is amended as follows:

Art. 118, al. 2, let. d  It [Confederation] legislates on:
d. protection against non-ionizing radiation; the law regulates the following in relation to the influence of mobile telephony and microwave radiation: 

1. the limit values of the installation set out in the Ordinance of 23 December 1999 on protection against non-ionizing radiation, which are between 4 and 6 volts per meter, should not be measured, not even due to new measurement methods,

2. mobile telephony and Internet services must be divided into outdoor and indoor space; the power and consequently, the electricity consumption of mobile phone transmitters and wireless local area networks must be lowered so that the emissions no longer pass through the damping of the building; inside buildings, the data must be transmitted by fiber-optic or coaxial cables, not by electromagnetic waves,

Europe: Help Us to Find Out If These Unsafe Mobile Phone Models Are Still Available in Your country

Europe: Help us to find out if these unsafe mobile phone models are still available in your country
Equipe Phonegate 16 Oct 2019

Following our alert launched in France in 2016 by Dr. Marc Arazi, we obtained the publication of the test reports of hundreds of control tests carried out since 2012 by our National Frequencies Agency (ANFR).

As a result, we have requested the removal or update of more than 250 of the most popular models.

Since April 2018, 18 different models have been withdrawn from the French market, banned or updated. We have reported this situation to national agencies, such as in Switzerland, Germany and most recently to the European Parliament.

Development of a collaborative database

15 October 2019

Switzerland: Popular Initiative Launched Against 5G

Popular initiative launched against 5G

Telephony: The Chancellery has given the go-ahead for the federal initiative "For a healthy and energy-efficient mobile telephony".

ats/nxp / 24heures.ch, 15 October 2019 - translation

The federal initiative "For a healthy and energy-efficient
mobile telephony" is launched. 
Image: archive/illustrative
photo/Keystone
The introduction of 5G mobile communication technology in Switzerland raises many concerns. Its opponents have launched a popular initiative limiting the expansion of the network. They have until 15 April 2021 to collect the necessary 100,000 signatures.

The text of the initiative calls for the limit values set by the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionising Radiation not to be raised, not even because of new measurement methods.

Mobile telephony and Internet services would be separated between outdoor and indoor space. Thus, the power of the transmitters would need to be lowered so that emissions do not enter a building. Inside, the data would be transmitted by fiber optic or coaxial cables, not by electromagnetic waves.


13 October 2019

EU Warns of 5G Risks Amid Scrutiny of Huawei

EU Warns of 5G Risks Amid Scrutiny of Huawei

European Union analysis cites new security risks related to telecom infrastructure and suppliers

By  Anna Isaac and  Parmy Olson, wsj.com, 11 October 2019

A Huawei display at a technology exhibition in Dubai this
month.
Photo: Ali Haider/Shutterstock
LONDON—The European Union has identified a series of specific security threats posed by foreign vendors of telecommunications equipment, significantly heightening the bloc’s scrutiny of suppliers like Huawei Technologies Co., according to officials familiar with the matter and a privately circulated risk assessment prepared by European governments.

Earlier in the week, the EU released a public report warning that hostile states or state-backed actors posed a security threat to new 5G mobile networks being rolled out around the world. 5G promises faster connection speeds and the ability to link lots of devices—from cars to pacemakers—to the internet.

Phonegate Alert invited to the International conference Stop 5G at the Italian Parliament

Phonegate Alert invited to the International conference Stop 5G at the Italian Parliament
Equipe Phonegate 12 Oct 2019

At the invitation of the Italian Alliance Stop 5G and the European Alliance Stop5G and its main animator, Maurizio Martucci, we will be present on Tuesday November 5, 2019 in Rome to participate in this international conference which will be held at the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Our President, Dr. Marc Arazi, will speak to the ongoing international, industrial and health scandal of the Phonegate and warn of the disloyalty of mobile phone manufacturers who have overexposed all mobile phone users well beyond levels that pose a risk to our health and safety. This new case will be ten times more important than the dieselgate scandal (Volkswagen case).

12 October 2019

E-cigarettes: Time to Realign our Approach?

See also this recent article published on EcoWatch: 
"E-Cig Vaping Led to Lung Cancer in Mice: What Does This Mean for Humans?"

E-cigarettes: time to realign our approach?
The Lancet
EDITORIAL| VOLUME 394, ISSUE 10206, P1297, OCTOBER 12, 2019

Published:October 12, 2019 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32277-9

A multistate, US outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use has affected at least 1080 people and caused 18 deaths as of Oct 1, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number looks set to grow as more cases are discovered and reported. 80% of the patients affected are younger than 35 years, and all report using e-cigarettes, many with tetrahydrocannabinol. The specific exposure is unknown, with no single product or substance associated with the outbreak. Many US e-cigarettes have an uncertain provenance, containing a mix of ingredients, which might be illicit or altered, meaning the cause of the outbreak is difficult to trace. As new data emerge, national bodies must re-analyse the evidence on e-cigarettes and ask: how different are e-cigarettes from combustible cigarettes?

11 October 2019

Phonegate: [Press release] The flaws in the control of mobile phones by European and international authorities

[Press release] The flaws in the control of mobile phones by European and international authorities
Equipe Phonegate 11 Oct 2019

In a press release published on October 4, 2019 on its website, the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) announced the withdrawal from the market and the recall of the ECHO Horizon Lite phone following measures to control the specific absorption rate (SAR) “trunk” which revealed that the authorized regulatory limit had been exceeded.

ANFR also sanctioned the French distribution company MODELABS MOBILES, which markets this model, with an administrative fine of €7,500. The SAR “trunk” of the Echo Horizon Lite was measured at 2.38W/kg in May 2018 and at a higher level of 2.84 W/kg after ANFR requested the update of this phone. To our knowledge, this is the first time that a company has been financially sanctioned for this reason.

Since we issued the alert, this is the eighteenth smartphone model pinned in France by ANFR for exceeding the SAR “trunk” or “head”.

10 October 2019

Web giants 'cashing in' on misery of children, says NHS boss, amid surge in treatment for gaming addiction

Web giants 'cashing in' on misery of children, says NHS boss, amid surge in treatment for gaming addiction
by Laura Donnelly, health editor, telegraph.co.uk, 8 October 2019

Psychiatric staff will treat young patients with severe
and complex addiction.
Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
The head of the health service has accused internet firms of "cashing in" on addiction, as he announced NHS plans to treat children with disorders caused by gaming and social media.

Simon Stevens said the service had been left "picking up the pieces" of young lives wrecked by obsessions fuelled by technology, as he attacked giants for failing to behave responsibly.

Health chiefs highlighted other countries who have banned under 16s from online gaming after midnight, as they announced plans for the first centre to treat children with such addictions.

08 October 2019

Phonegate: Dr. Arazi’s Presentation at the International Scientific Conference in Mainz, Germany

"We had three days of high quality scientific exchanges and debates in Mainz. We would like to thank the organizers for their hospitality and the hundreds of people present who greeted Dr. Marc Arazi's closing presentation with a standing ovation. A great acknowledgement for the work of the entire team." - Phonegate Alert Association

Dr Arazi’s presentation at the International Scientific Conference in Mainz, Germany
Equipe Phonegate 7 Oct 2019

Several hundred people were present from 3 to 6 October 2019 at the International Scientific Conference in Mainz, Germany, to listen to the speeches of some of the leading independent experts who had come to report on their work on the health, technological and legal risks associated with mobile phone waves.

At a time when the industry in the sector was determined to develop 5G on a massive scale, they all called on political decision-makers to apply the precautionary principle and to put in place a moratorium before any deployment.

06 October 2019

Mobile Phone Induced Cognitive and Neurochemical Consequences: New Study

Important new study: 

"Exposure of microwave radiation frequency showed significant alterations in cholinesterase activity, muscular strength, learning ability and anxiety. MWR exposure was also associated with significant alteration in the oxidative defense system and hippocampus degeneration. Histopathological observations clearly depicted the neural degeneration. Thus, it can be concluded that MWR significantly affects the central nervous system and may lead to many severe illnesses."


Mobile phone induced cognitive and neurochemical consequences.
J Chem Neuroanat. 2019 Sep 22;102:101684. 
doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2019.101684. [Epub ahead of print]
Sharma A1, Sharma S2, Shrivastava S2, Singhal PK3, Shukla S2.

Author information
1UNESCO-Trace Element Satellite Centre, School of Studies in Zoology, Jiwaji University, 474011 Gwalior, M.P., India. Electronic address: anjali.noida11@gmail.com.2UNESCO-Trace Element Satellite Centre, School of Studies in Zoology, Jiwaji University, 474011 Gwalior, M.P., India.3Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, 474005 Gwalior, M.P., India.

Abstract

05 October 2019

Switzerland: Geneva: Speech at 4 October Protest Organized by "4G Bien Assez!"

Olivier Pahud, 4G BIEN ASSEZ, 4 Octrober 2019 - translation

It was a beautiful night! On September 26, "Grand Genève" turned off its lights to better see the stars. 152 municipalities in Geneva, France and even in this foreign canton, Vaud, took part in this event to raise awareness of the problem of "light pollution" which not only prevents us from seeing the stars, but also has an impact on the fauna, flora and well-being of us as humans. As we know, light pollution is a nightmare...

02 October 2019

Phonegate: Dr. Arazi’s Alert Launched at the European Parliament

Phonegate: Dr Arazi’s alert launched at the European Parliament
Equipe Phonegate, 2 Oct 2019

We would like to thank MEPs Philippe Lamberts, Michèle Rivasi and Klaus Buchner of the Greens/EFA for this remarkable event organised on 1 October 2019 at the European Parliament. This allowed our President to launch an alert to the European authorities asking them to take all appropriate measures to protect mobile phone users from the health and industrial risks associated with the international Phonegate scandal, particularly at the time of the announced launch of 5G.

01 October 2019

Biological Effects of Wireless Technology - International Public Symposium, Mainz, 4-6 October 2019

Speakers include: Prof. Dr. Klaus Buchner, Prof. Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, Prof. Dr. Martin Pall, Prof. Dr. med. Wilhelm Mosgöller, Prof. em. Prof. Dr. med. habil. Karl Hecht, Dr. Devra Davis, Prof. Dr. med. Michael Kundi, Peter Hensinger M.A., Prof. Dr. Gertraud Teuchert-Noodt, Prof. Dr. med. Dominique Belpomme, Prof. Dr. med. Lennart Hardell, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Kühling, Richter a.D. Bernd I. Budzinski, Dr. med. Marc Arazi, Dr. George L. Carlo
(Click on "Flyer" for full program: https://kompetenzinitiative.com/en/veranstaltungen/#main)


BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY – 
International Public Symposium, Mainz, Germany, 4-6 October 2019

Cell Phones, Smartphones, Tablets, Smart Home, Smart City, Internet of Things… The digital transformation of our society is expected to continue with the new 5G standard, largely through mobile and wireless communication. As a result, radiation exposure due to mobile and wireless communication technologies, their infrastructure and applications will increase enormously.

What health risks are involved? What are the possible consequences for particular groups at risk, especially children and adolescents?

NTP Turns to Mechanisms: DNA Breaks, Oxidative Stress and Gene Expression Are on the Agenda

NTP Turns to Mechanisms

DNA Breaks, Oxidative Stress and
Gene Expression Are on the Agenda

microwavenews.com, 17 September 2019

The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) will soon embark on a new phase of its long-running RF project. Last year, the NTP concluded that RF radiation causes cancer; now it will begin a systematic search for mechanisms to explain how and why the tumors developed. Work is expected to begin by the end of the year.

The research plan is wide-ranging. It includes studies on gene expression, oxidative stress and DNA damage and repair, as well as the possible role played by heat. Other priorities on the NTP agenda are studies on behavior and stress.

We’re “optimistic” that we can detect changes in gene expression and identify biomarkers of RF effects, NTP’s Michael Wyde told Microwave News. Wyde is leading the new project. He will continue to work with John Bucher, the former NTP associate director, who ran its $30 million animal study, which showed “clear evidence” that RF radiation can lead to malignant tumors in male rats.

28 September 2019

Is Cell Phone Radiation Actually Dangerous? We Asked Some Experts

This article was originally published in April 2015. It has been updated.  We are posting only the text of the update.  To read the full article, click here.

Is cell phone radiation actually dangerous? We asked some experts
by Simon Hill, digitaltrends.com, 25 September 2019

Four years on – September 2019 update

Jolygon/Getty Images
A lot has changed in the last four years, but the argument over the potential for cell phone radiation to cause harm to humans continues. The National Toxicology Program released its final reports in November 2018, from a series of studies that cost $30 million and took more than 10 years to complete. It concluded that “there is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones developed cancerous heart tumors.”

There was also some evidence of DNA damage and glioma. Unfortunately, precisely what that means for humans is not clear.

Switzerland : "Swisscom to switch on 5G nationwide by 1 October 2019"

Obsolete 3G systems from Tuesday?
Media release: "Swisscom to switch on 5G nationwide by 1 October 2019" 

schutz-vor-strahlung.ch, 28 September 2019 - translation

As of Tuesday, 1 October 2019, Swisscom intends to connect the 5G network throughout Switzerland. With a software change for thousands of 3G antennas, these will now be usable for 5G devices. Swisscom is thus ignoring the will of the population and pretending to have a "super-fast mobile network", even though only the slow 3G antennas are being reused.

Swisscom's 3G network works with slower 900 MHz and slightly faster 2,100 MHz bands. This is now a thing of the past. From 1 October 2019, Swisscom intends to switch the faster 3G bands to 5G. It has thus found a way of avoiding all licensing procedures when introducing 5G. In return, the existing 3G network will lose a great deal of quality and become slower.

Working Meeting in Paris with Professor Belpomme, Dr. Pri Bandara and Dr. Marc Arazi

Working meeting in Paris with Professor Belpomme and Dr Pri Bandara
Equipe Phonegate, 28 Sep 2019

Dr Pri Bandara, member of the Phonegate Alert Scientific board, came especially from Poland where she participated in a scientific conference organized by the City Hall of Krakow, to come to Paris to discuss with Professor Dominique Belpomme (ARTAC) and our President, Dr Marc Arazi. She then resumed a flight to Sydney in the evening to return to Australia where she resides.

We would like to thank both of them for this time of high quality scientific exchange around electrohypersensitivity (EHS) studies, which we hope will open up new opportunities for international collaboration, especially with the Oceania Region (ORSAA).

https://www.phonegatealert.org/en/working-meeting-in-paris-with-professor-belpomme-and-dr-pri-bandara

20 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (26 September 2019)

20 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (26 September 2019)
saferemr.com, 26 September 2019

Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California Berkeley, has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once or twice a month since August, 2016. These updates are sent to several hundred EMF scientists around the world.

The latest additions appear below (title only).

To see abstracts for the most recent papers or to download the entire 541-page document (pdf) go to: http://bit.ly/saferemr190926

Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields


News

BfS childhood leukemia workshop

27 September 2019

[Event] European Parliament: Phonegate Alert invited to speak at a Press Conference on 5G

[Event] European Parliament: Phonegate Alert invited to speak at a Press Conference on 5G
Equipe Phonegate, phonegatealert.org,  27 Sep 2019

We would like to thank MEPs Philippe Lamberts, Michèle Rivasi and Klaus Buchner of the Greens/EFA for their invitation to participate in the Press Conference organised on October 1st 2019 at the European Parliament. This will be an opportunity for our President, Dr. Marc Arazi, to ask the European authorities to take all appropriate measures to protect mobile phone users from the health and industrial risks associated with the international Phonegate scandal, particularly at the time of the announced launch of 5G.

We welcome the presence of US Professor Martin Pall and Italian journalist Maurizio Martucci, both on the front line to ensure that the precautionary principle and a moratorium are applied before any massive deployment of 5G.

&&&&&&&&&&&

Philippe Lamberts, Michele Rivasi and Klaus Buchner, MEPs from the Greens/EFA
invite you to a Press Conference on

5G, Health Risks and Precautionary Principle : A New Rationale
Tuesday 1st October 2019, 11h30 – European Parliament, Brussels,
(EN / FR / DE on request)

25 September 2019

United States: KCCI Investigates: Lawsuit Filed Over Cellphone Radiation

KCCI Investigates: Lawsuit filed over cellphone radiation (24 Sept. 2019, 2 min.)





West Des Moines, Iowa, attorney Bart Goplerud files lawsuit over cell phone radiation (one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the class action complaints filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California - San Jose and San Francisco Divisions)

24 September 2019

Switzerland: Thousands take to the streets protesting against 5G amid fears the electromagnetic technology could damage people's health

Thousands take to the streets of Switzerland protesting against 5G mobile phones signals amid fears the electromagnetic technology could damage people's health
By JACK NEWMAN FOR MAILONLINE, 22 September 2019

Thousands of people protested in the Swiss capital Bern Saturday over
the roll-out of a 5G wireless technology
  • The protesters gathered in front of the Swiss parliament in Bern yesterday
  • Critics say 5G's electromagnetic radiation poses health and environmental risks
  • Several studies on the health impacts of the new technology are underway

Thousands of people have protested in the Swiss capital Bern over the roll-out of a 5G wireless technology across the country, which they fear could damage people's health.

The protesters, many carrying placards, gathered in front of the Swiss parliament building yesterday in a bid to stop the construction of more 5G-compatible antennae.

Phonegate Alert Enters the ANSES Radio Frequencies and Health Dialogue Committee

Phonegate Alert enters the ANSES Radio Frequencies and Health Dialogue Committee
Equipe Phonegate 24 Sep 2019

The Director General of the French National Health Security Agency (ANSES), Mr Roger Genet, officially informed us on September, 12 of the integration of our association into the “Radio frequencies & health” dialogue committee.

In agreement with our Scientific board, it is our President, Dr Marc Arazi, who will represent our organization in a constructive and vigilant way.

We will participate alongside several representatives of French organizations listed below:

Institutions / Collectivités Territoriales / Elus

22 September 2019

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones

Hello!  Is anyone listening?  This study dates from 2017.

“If we consider this study in light of the test results just released from the French government that found the majority of cell phones exceed regulatory limits for cell phone radiation when tested against the body, then we can expect that the radiation levels in children’s brains far exceed regulatory limits when parents hold the phone directly up to the toddler’s head. Urgent action is needed,” stated Dr. Devra Davis, President and founder of the Environmental Health Trust.

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones
EHtrust.org, 30 November 2017

IT Experts Reveal That Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones
First Study To Evaluate Cell Phone Radiation Exposures With Realistic Head Models

In a newly published paper in IEEE Access, cell phone modeling experts reveal that toddlers receive far greater microwave radiation from cell phones than previous research models assumed. The maximum SAR values, a measure of cellphone radiation, in young children’s head tissues were up to 78% higher than SAR values measured in the adult model. The IT researchers call for lower cell phone radiation regulatory limits to account for young children’s exposures, echoing recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the US government to update cell phone regulations to protect children.

Researchers from the University of Queensland Australia School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering compared cell phone microwave radiation exposures of adults to infants and toddlers who are three months to three years old. The experts evaluated various scenarios where parents might hold a phone up to a child’s head and computed the cell phone radiation exposures into the child’s skin and brain tissues. Confirming earlier studies by experts at the University of Porto Alegre and Environmental Health Trust (EHT), they found that cell phone radiation reaches further into younger children’s brains than previously estimated.

21 September 2019

U.S. Congressional Representatives DeFazio and Suozzi Letter to FCC on Chicago Tribune Investigation

In March 2018, Dr. Marc Arazi, President of the Phonegate Alert Association, and Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust, jointly addressed a letter to the FCC, asking for a revision of the 1996 standards, taking into account the documentation from France and Europe on SAR standards and users’ overexposure to radiofrequency fields emitted by cell phones, and recommending measures to better protect users’ health, especially children. The current SAR test system protocols do not take into account the unique physiology of children, who have smaller heads and thinner skulls than adults, allowing RF energy to penetrate more deeply into their brains. The letter also stressed the importance of developing and implementing public health campaigns and recommendations to reduce exposure directed primarily at parents, children, pregnant women and medically sensitive populations. The FCC has not replied to this letter.

DeFazio and Suozzi Letter to FCC on Chicago Tribune Study – 9.13.19
BY CHRISTINEcitizensfor5gawareness.org, 16 September 2019

Citizens for 5G Awareness applauds Congressmen Suozzi and DeFazio for writing a letter demanding transparency and honesty of our federal government. Citing the recent study in the Chicago Tribune as evidence that the cell phone manufacturers are NOT complying with FCC limitations and that these limits are outdated this letter boldly demands that the FCC start to understand that the public is NOT happy and believes that the FCC takes its orders from industry NOT the people! Thank you!

Click here to view this wonderful letter! Suozzi and Defazio to the FCC

19 September 2019

5G Technology Could Come with Health Risks, Critics Say

Interview with Dr. Martin Pall.  Click on title to enter original article and video.

5G technology could come with health risks, critics say
by Sharyl Attkisson, abcnews4.com, 15 September 2019

Critics say 5G technology may come with health risks.
(Full Measure)
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Super cool 5G technology is being implemented across the U.S., particularly in big cities. It promises to make our smartphones better and faster. The wireless industry calls it “4-G on steroids.” "It’s going to be data that's faster and more of it, but it also enables the connection of more devices to the network,” says Jonathan Adelstein of the Wireless Infrastructure Association.

But some scientists and consumers say the same magic that makes 5G so special also makes it more dangerous to our health.

17 September 2019

Phonegate: On-going International Collective Actions

Please note that in the United States there are two class actions in progress against Apple and Samsung:  
The first class action was filed in the San Jose division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple and Samsung on August 23, 2019, comprising 11 plaintiffs (Case No. 5:19-cv-05322). The second was filed by Andrus Anderson LLP in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, representing 16 plaintiffs (Case No. 3:19-cv-05707).

Phonegate: On-going international Collective Actions
phonegatealert.org, 17 September 2019

Within the framework of Phonegate, following is the list of legal actions in progress against mobile phone companies:

France

Xiaomi – Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2S mobile phones


On April 15, 2019, the first criminal complaint within the framework of Phonegate was filed with the Paris Public Prosecutor against the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi by Attorney Elias Bourran of the Paris Bar and a class action lawsuit launched against the company on the platform “V pour Verdict”.

This action concerns the Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2S mobile phones. Control tests by the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) revealed that the SAR (specific absorption rate) exceeded the European regulatory limit of 2.0 W/kg for the head in the case of the Redmi Note 5 and for the trunk in the case of the Mi Mix 2S.

Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate

Latest developments in the Phonegate scandal, included in the 5 September revised text:

- French ministerial decree announces recall and ban on placing on the market and putting into service of two new smartphones
- FCC proposes to maintain current radiofrequency exposure standards for handheld devices, dating from 1996, this rule also applying to 5G phones and infrastructure
- Italy launches awareness campaign on the environmental and health impacts of mobile phone use in answer to the January 2019 court decision
- Chicago Tribune investigation of testing of popular cell phones for radiofrequency radiation
- Launch of class action lawsuits against Apple and Samsung in the United States and in Montreal, Canada. (*updated 17 September 2019)


Time to Wake Up to the Global Public Health Issue of Phonegate
by Meris Michaels, 23 May 2019 - Revised 17 September 2019 

Phonegate Press Book
For over 20 years, cell phone users have been knowingly misled about their true levels of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) waves under real conditions of use in contact with the body. Consumers have been doubly misled by not having been informed by the public authorities to keep the phone away from the body.

This issue concerns all of us and those we love. Most of us have cell phones. We hold them against our heads, keep them switched on in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked in a bra. Many of us are unaware that cell phone manufacturers are testing phones at a certain distance from the body, not in the ways that most of us use them, touching the body. These same manufacturers warn us to keep the phone at a distance from the body.

The authorities have been lax in implementing public health campaigns and recommendations to reduce RF exposure, especially regarding children, pregnant women and medically sensitive populations who are more vulnerable to these waves.

United States: Cellphone Users Sue Apple and Samsung Over Radiation Exposure

This is a new class action lawsuit filed by Andrus Anderson LLP in San Francisco on 10 September 2019, representing 16 plaintiffs against Apple and Samsung in a controversy some in the medical and scientific community are allegedly calling “Phone Gate.” (Case 3:19-cv-05707)

Cellphone Users Sue Apple and Samsung Over Radiation Exposure
by Alaina Lancasterlaw.com, 11 September 2019

San Francisco’s Andrus Anderson represents a class action of phone owners who say they would not have purchased or paid top dollar for their cells if they had known about the risks of contact with radiofrequency radiation.

iPhone 10
Andrus Anderson in San Francisco is representing 16 plaintiffs against Apple and Samsung in a controversy some in the medical and scientific community are allegedly calling “Phone Gate.”

The complaint, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, claims that members of the class action would not have purchased their phones had they known their Apple and Samsung devices exposed them to radiofrequency radiation exceeding the regulatory limits.

16 September 2019

Swiss Population Brings About a De Facto 5G Moratorium

High speed without guard rails
Media release: "Swiss population brings about a de facto 5G moratorium"
schutz-vor-strahlung.ch, 12 September 2019 - auto-translation

Zurich, 12 September 2019 The discussion on the new 5G mobile communications technology has reached a new dimension. This is no coincidence: the three mobile operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt, have submitted more than three hundred building applications for 5G antennas in the past three months. Meanwhile, resistance to 5G is growing strongly in all regions of the country, and so are the objections to 5G building applications. The association "Schutz vor Strahlung" has now created a building law department to support the population in their objections.

The iPhone 7 May Be More Dangerous than Announced by Apple

The iPhone 7 may be more dangerous than announced by Apple
by Antoine Sillières, Le Lanceur, 6 September 2019 - translation

According to independent analyses by an American reporter of the Chicago Tribune, the iPhone 7 emits more waves than Apple says. Several other competing devices, such as Samsung and Motorola, exceed radiation standards when tested in real-life conditions.

Illustrative photo of danger of waves - cell phone
©  Tim Douet
While not a tabloid, the Chicago Tribune has nailed several international stars this summer, true global stars named iPhone 7, Samsung S8 and Motorola E5... which shine too brightly. Reporter Sam Roe, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for an investigation into the dangers of certain toys, investigated for a year the human body's exposure to the waves emitted by our dear smartphones. He had several flagship models tested in a certified and independent laboratory. The results of the measurements, published in an article dated 21 August (read here), differ from those obtained by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the authority in charge of control in the United States. These results are also different from those presented by the National Frequencies Agency (ANFR), its French counterpart, as pointed out by Marc Arazi, whistleblower, who has been investigating the subject since 2016.

13 September 2019

Switzerland: 5G Opponents Block 320 of 326 Antennas

5G opponents block 320 of 326 antennas
by P. Michel, 20min.ch, 13 September 2019 - auto-translation

5G opponents have raised objections against almost all building applications for antennas. The suppliers deny this number.

The expansion of 5G antennas by Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt is coming to a standstill: radiation opponents have filed objections to 320 of 326 building applications for the new antennas. These figures have been compiled by the "Schutz vor Strahlung" association. "We are absolutely overwhelmed", says Rebekka Meier to 20 minutes.

In this way, the population shows that "it can also implement a 5G moratorium itself, and it will maintain it in the near future". A total of 20,000 people, united in local groups, had signed the objections. For Meier, the flood of objections is tantamount to a "de facto 5G moratorium".

"Citizens recognize the dangers"

Phonegate: [Updated Press release] Will the original reports of the mobile phone tests remain secret?

Message from Phonegate Alert: 13 September 2019:
"We have updated this article with the report by the attorney Laurent Goldman of the Public Rapporteur's positions at the hearing held yesterday morning before the Council of State. If these conclusions are accepted, we will not be able to access the original and complete documents of the mobile phone test reports audited by the National Frequencies Agency (ANFR)!"

[Updated Press release] Will the original reports of the mobile phone tests remain secret?
Equipe Phonegate, phonegatealert.org, 6 Sep 2019

Article updated on 12 September 2019 following the public hearing before the Council of State.

Attached is the report of attorney Laurent Goldman who represents Dr. Arazi.

At this morning’s hearing, the public rapporteur, as announced, concluded that the appeal was inadmissible.

At this morning’s hearing, the public rapporteur, as announced, concluded that the appeal was inadmissible.
First, it noted that article L. 124-1 of the Environmental Code referred to access to “information” relating to the environment, and not to “documents”. It therefore concludes that the communication of the original reports is not required by this text.
On the completeness of the data posted by ANFR, the public rapporteur hid behind the court’s assessment that the content of the reports had not been modified. It considered that this assessment was sovereign, i.e. it was beyond the control of the Court of Cassation.
Finally, the public rapporteur considered that it was also sovereign that the court decided whether or not to order the production of the original reports for comparison with the data published online.

We are preparing a post-hearing submission to argue the public rapporteur’s positions. The decision of the Council of State should be rendered within 3 weeks and we will then know whether or not our appeal will be considered.

12 September 2019

24 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (11 September 2019)

Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields
saferemr.com, 11 September 2019

Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California Berkeley, has been circulating abstracts of newly-published scientific papers on wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) about once or twice a month since August, 2016. These updates are sent to several hundred EMF scientists around the world.

The latest additions appear below (title only).  For abstracts: 
https://www.saferemr.com/2019/07/recent-research.html

The complete collection of abstracts now covers more than 750 scientific papers. This 527-page document (pdf) can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
http://bit.ly/190911EMF

Note: This link will change when new abstracts are added to the collection.

News

International Symposium: “Biological Effects of Wireless Technology”

10 September 2019

The Cell Phone Radiation Scandal: Top Brands are Lying About Safety

The Cell Phone Radiation Scandal: Top Brands are Lying About Safety
By Ty & Charlene Bollinger, thetruthaboutcancer.com, 23 August 2019

As the controversy over 5G networks and cell phone radiation continues, it turns out that manufacturers aren’t playing fair. In a groundbreaking expose by the Chicago Tribune, popular phones by Apple, Samsung, and Motorola were found to produce radiation that exceeds federal limits. The new data has forced the FCC to investigate – and could be a major blow to the industry.

The question has been asked about as long as mobile phones have existed: “Are they safe?”

Manufacturers and service providers have assured us time and time again that radiofrequency radiation is nothing to worry about, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did eventually set limits.

For a cell phone to be approved for sale, it must undergo FCC-approved testing to determine the amount of radiofrequency radiation that will be absorbed by organic matter. This gives us an idea of just how much radiation users will experience, day in and day out. The current limit for cell phone radiation is 1.6 watts per kilogram.

1.6 W/kg. Keep that number in mind as we continue…

Journalists at the Tribune wanted to know if this threshold was truly being observed by manufacturers, so they funded their own testing to find out. They began with Apple’s iPhone 7. The test was conducted at a lab accredited by the FCC to perform the tests according to federal guidelines.

To conduct the tests, phones were placed under a tub containing liquid that simulates human tissue. The phone was then powered on and a call was placed so that it was operating at full power. For the next 18 minutes, a robotic sensor took over 275 measurements.

The phone was tested twice, once at 5 millimeters away from the liquid and once at 2mm away. The second test, they explained, was to simulate a phone being stored in clothing, like pockets. They measured this by cutting out pieces of dress shirts, T-shirts, jeans, track pants, and undergarments and using them to find the appropriate distance.

The iPhone 7 was tested in August of 2018, followed by 11 more phones in October: 2 more iPhone 7s, an iPhone 8, an iPhone X, an iPhone 8 Plus, a Galaxy S9, a Galaxy S8, a Galaxy J3, a Moto e5 Play, a Moto g6 Play and a Vivo 5 Mini.

The Tribune reports that the results of the first iPhone 7 test were so high that they wanted to test two more to be sure.

The results were staggering.












With a federal limit of 1.6 W/kg, nearly half of the phones failed the test at 5mm. At 2mm, representing a phone kept in your clothing, all but one failed. If the tests are accurate, this would be a catastrophic failure of FCC oversight, and severe ineptitude or diabolical deceit by the manufacturers (except Vivo, who was well within guidelines).

09 September 2019

Apple’s iPhone: Widespread Deception Over the Real SAR Levels

Apple’s iPhone: widespread deception over the real SAR levels
Equipe Phonegate, phonegatealert.org, 9 Sep 2019

We asked Dr. Arazi, President of Phonegate Alert, to review in detail the revelations made on August 21, 2019 by journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Roe in the Chicago Tribune and to place them in the overall context of the international Phonegate scandal. We start with the results of Apple’s iPhones, then in a next article we will discuss the results of the Korean manufacturer Samsung.

When and how did the contact with the journalist Sam Roe come about?

It is now more than a year and a half ago. I received an email in January 2018 from Sam Roe of the Chicago Tribune asking me for an interview. He had heard of the results of the specific absorption rate (SAR) tests carried out on hundreds of mobile phones by the National Frequencies Agency (ANFR), of which we had obtained a first publication in June 2017.

08 September 2019

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

Full text of the article that made the front page of the Chicago Tribune on 21 August 2019.

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.
By SAM ROE, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 21 August 2019 |

The Apple iPhone 7 was set to operate at full power and secured below a tub of clear liquid, specially formulated to simulate human tissue.

With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action, sending a pencil-thin probe dipping into the tub. For 18 minutes, it repeatedly measured the amount of radiofrequency radiation the liquid was absorbing from the cellphone.

This test, which was paid for by the Tribune and conducted according to federal guidelines at an accredited lab, produced a surprising result: Radiofrequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 — one of the most popular smartphones ever sold — measured over the legal safety limit and more than double what Apple reported to federal regulators from its own testing.

The Federal Communications Commission, which is responsible for regulating phones, states on its website that if a cellphone has been approved for sale, the device “will never exceed” the maximum allowable exposure limit. But this phone, in an independent lab inspection, had done exactly that.

07 September 2019

The FCC Needs to Update Its Cellphone Tests for Radiofrequency Radiation: Commentary by Dr. Devra Davis

Thank you to Jean Hudon in Québec for the full text of this commentary which ties the Chicago Tribune cell phone testing to the testing of cell phones in France (Phonegate).  The article has links to excellent references.

Commentary: The FCC needs to update its cellphone tests for radiofrequency radiation
by Devra Davis, Chicago Tribune, 26 August 2019

The Chicago Tribune recently published test results indicating that some cellphones can emit radiation causing exposure up to five times higher than current limits allow. This shocking data comes on the heels of the government of France’s revelations that phones emit radiation between four and 11 times their allowable limits.

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Photo: Lead technical engineer Jay Moulton places a cellphone in the testing position at the RF Exposure Lab in San Marcos, California, on Oct. 25, 2018. Test results indicate that some cellphones can emit radiation causing exposure up to five times higher than current limits allow. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

For more than a decade, the Federal Communications Commission has knowingly relied on unrealistic test methods to evaluate radiofrequency radiation from a single phone selected for testing by major manufacturers. Repeated submissions and presentations to the FCC have documented numerous deficiencies in the current protocol, as noted in 2012 by the Government Accountability Office in a report mandated by Congress.

06 September 2019

A Dangerous Connection: Scientists Have Proven the Harmfulness of Mobile Phones for Children

A dangerous connection: scientists have proven the harmfulness of mobile phones for children - A unique study of the effects of electromagnetic radiation on students lasted 14
(Опасная связь: ученые доказали вредность мобильных телефонов для детей)

by Anna Urmantseva, iz.ru, 4 Sept. 2019 - translation of extract from article

Penetration depth

Photo: Izvestia / Alexander Kazakov
The authors of the study are sure: changes in the psychophysiological parameters of children - users of mobile phones, convincingly prove that the chronic effect of electromagnetic radiation adversely affects the child. Children are at risk because their skull is thinner than that of adults, they have less brain mass - because of this, more vital structures can be exposed to radiation from gadgets.

According to scientists, the question of the specifics of the distribution of fields and the amount of energy absorbed by the brain of a child has been discussed in recent years in almost all international forums. In 1996, a scientific work was published on the calculations of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation by brain structures by American researchers (Gandhi, O., Lazzi G., Furse C).

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents are Pushing Back.

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.

Schools spent millions of dollars on devices and programs; some question how much it’s helping

Schools pushed for tech in every classroom. Now parents are pushing back.
by Betsy Morris and  Tawnell D. Hobbs, wsj.com, Sept. 3, 2019 **

Teachers at an elementary school in Montgomery County,
Md.  
Photo: Greg Kahn for the Wall Street Journal
When Baltimore County, Md., public schools began going digital five years ago, textbooks disappeared from classrooms and paper and pencils were no longer encouraged. All students from kindergarten to 12th grade would eventually get a laptop, helping the district reach the “one-to-one” ratio of one for each child that has become coveted around the country. Teaching apps and digital courses took the place of flashcards and notebooks.

Despite the investment, academic results have mostly slipped in the district of about 115,000 students.

Over the last decade, American schools embraced technology, spending millions of dollars on devices and apps, believing its disruptive power would help many children learn faster, stay in school and be more prepared for a competitive economy. Now many parents and teachers are starting to wonder if all the disruption was a good idea.

Phones Buzz in Class—With Texts From Mom and Dad

Phones Buzz in Class—With Texts From Mom and Dad - Schools are instituting phone bans to cut down on classroom distractions; ‘My mother texts me all the time’
By Julie Jargon, wsj.com, Updated 3 Sept. 2019 - extracts from article

Illustration: Veronica Grech
Cellphone usage in class is getting so out of control that some schools are locking up students’ phones during the day. Here’s a notification for you parents: You’re partly to blame.

Students, teachers and administrators say parents light up their kids’ phones throughout the day with text messages. Students tell me they feel obligated to reply to their parents quickly, even if the text isn’t urgent.

“Out of all people, you’d think your parents don’t want you on your phone,” said Darya Iranmanesh, a 16-year-old in Lexington, Mass. “My mother texts me all the time.”

Cell Phone Testing in the U.S. and Europe: Electromagnetic Radiation: Frying More than Promised...

Electromagnetic radiation:
Frying more than promised...
by Nicolas Bérard, Journal l'Age de faire, no.144, 5 September 2019

In both the United States and Europe, a large number of mobile phones are being launched as they emit radiation that exceeds regulatory values.

The Chicago Tribune conducted the investigation. Alerted to the "Phonegate" case, this major American daily newspaper had an independent laboratory carry out SAR (specific absorption rate, depending on the waves emitted) measurements on eleven of the most popular phones on the market. Although the measurement system is not exactly the same on the other side of the Atlantic, one of the main problems is the same as in our country: regulatory measurements are made 10 or even 15 mm from the skin when, in reality, users tend to stick their mobile phones to their ears and keep them in their pockets, less than 2 mm from the body.

05 September 2019

EMF Studies: Industry Funding Sways Findings

See excerpt from Dr. Carpenter's study at end of this post.

EMF Studies: Industry Funding Sways Findings
Power Line-Cancer Links Show Consistency, Not Contradictions

microwavenews.com, 4 September 2019

Industry-funded studies have promoted false doubts about EMF cancer risks and led to the failure of the public health community to reduce exposures, argues David Carpenter in a paper published last week in Environmental Research.

Carpenter, the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany in upstate New York, shows that, over the last 20 years, findings on the link between power line (ELF) EMFs and childhood leukemia have been heavily influenced by their source of funding. Government or independently sponsored studies have “consistently” shown that higher exposures lead to the greater cancer risks, while those supported by electrical utilities “consistently” have not.

These superficial contradictions have led to unwarranted doubt and inaction, according to Carpenter: “The public is confused and many times the press declares that results are ‘inconsistent’ when in fact they are very consistent if one does not consider the results of industry-funded studies.”

FCC to Investigate Cellphone Radiation Exposure:

28-min. conversation with Sam Roe, former investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune who wrote the article on cellphone testing in the U.S. (click here for link to article and radio broadcast).

FCC to Investigate Cellphone Radiation Exposure
by Michael Krasnykqed.org, 28 August 2019

The Chicago Tribune tested 11 brand-new cellphone models
from four companies.
(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A Chicago Tribune investigation tested the amount of radiation exposure from cell phones and found many phones exceeded the legal safety allowed limit. The Tribune funded lab tests on various cell phone models and found the popular iPhone 7 measured more than double the radiation Apple officially reported to federal regulators. In response, the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates cell phones, says it will now conduct its own testing. Forum discusses the investigation and whether we should worry about radiation exposure.

Read the Chicago Tribune's radiation exposure test here.

Guests:
Samuel Roe, regional investigative director, Gannett

https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101873014/fcc-to-investigate-cellphone-radiation-exposure