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

31 October 2016

Australia: ABC's Catalyst Staff to be Sacked and Weekly TV Show Format Scrapped

What happened to freedom of speech?!

ABC's Catalyst staff to be sacked and weekly TV show format scrapped

by Amanda Meade, The Guardian/ msn.com, 
31 October 2016

The ABC’s Catalyst program is to lose its weekly slot and its 11 staff – including the suspended presenter Maryanne Demasi – made redundant under a radical plan which has been approved by the ABC board.

Under the plan the in-house magazine-style program will be replaced by 17 one-hour science specials, mainly from the independent production sector.

But senior ABC program makers have warned that ditching the weekly half-hour program and disbanding the science unit would lead to a dumbing down of science programming and effectively kill off Australian science on television.

27 October 2016

Banning Tablets Is Best for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended
that children ages 2 to 5 be limited to an hour a day of
screen time.  
Photo:  Getty Images
[And, a tablet should never be used on one's lap, especially
if connected to Wi-Fi.]
“One of the more troubling things I see as a pediatrician is a child getting an immunization and being handed an iPad or an iPhone to try to comfort them afterward,” says Dr. Christakis. “It often works, but think about what’s being displaced there—what they need is a hug, not an iPhone.”

Banning Tablets Is Best for Children
by Christopher Mims, The Wall Street Journal, 23 October 2016

Latest guidelines recommend just one hour of screen time a day of ‘high quality programming’

A funny thing happened when I banned tablets in my house on weekdays and curtailed their use on weekends. My children, ages 6 and 4, became less cantankerous. They also became happier, more responsive and engaged in more imaginative play. They rediscovered their toys. Outside the home, they became less demanding and better at self-regulating.

Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics validated my experiment, recommending that children younger than 18 months get zero screen time, and those ages 2 to 5 be limited to one hour a day—half of its prior recommendation. The group recommended that the hour be “high quality programming” that parents watch with their children.

24 October 2016

Brain Cancer Top Killer in Kids: Are Cellphones a Factor?

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Brain Cancer Top Killer in Kids: Are Cellphones a Factor?
by Sylvia Booth Hubbard, newsmax.com, 19 September 2016  

Brain cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths in children, according to a new study. Researchers say a chief reason is that new treatments for leukemia — long the No. 1 killer of kids — have knocked it from the top spot in recent years.

But some studies and experts suggest brain cancer rates in kids may be, in part, tied to the increasing use of cellphones by children and teens, and the rates of brain cancer may increase — perhaps drastically — when they become adults.

"I think that there will be a significant, if not enormous increase in primary brain tumors among young people, but perhaps not until they reach the age of late twenties or even thirties," neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock tells Newsmax Health.

23 October 2016

American Academy of Pediatrics urges Caution Following Cell Phone Radiation Study

Healthy Kids: AAP urges caution following cell phone radiation study
by Amanda Butt, nbc16.com, 16 October 2016

EUGENE, Ore. - For years, people have wondered if too much time spent on cell phones could be dangerous to our health. Recently, the National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released partial findings from a two-year study that exposed rats to the types of radio frequency radiation that cell phones give off. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hoping parents will listen closely to the findings—and take precautions.

Dr. Pilar Bradshaw, with Eugene Pediatric Associates, treats hundreds of kids each year in her practice. She’s troubled by the recent study that found a dangerous connection between cell phone radiation and cancer.

“The cancers that we’re talking about have shown to be very malignant, very dangerous, very hard to treat cancers in lab rats that were exposed to cell phone radiation similar to what we’re exposed to if we are using our phone while it’s placed against our ear,” Bradshaw explained.

United States: Mobile Phone Makers Score Big Win in Radiation Suit

"The suits here were filed as far back as 2001 in the District of Columbia Superior Court and named as defendants Motorola Inc., Verizon Wireless Inc., AT&T Inc., Cingular Wireless LLC, and others. The plaintiffs or their representatives (many of the plaintiffs have since died) allege that their use of hand-held mobile phones caused brain cancer, tumors, and other types of illness and injury."

Mobile Phone Makers Score Big Win in Radiation Suit
by Bruce Kaufman, bna.com, 21 October 2016

From Toxics Law Reporter
Martina Barash in Washington

Oct. 20 — The mobile phone industry scored a major victory in litigation tying the use of mobile phones to brain tumors as Washington, D.C.'s top court adopted a new test that could bar almost all of the plaintiffs’ scientific evidence (Motorola, Inc. v. Murray , 2016 BL 348817, D.C. en banc, No. 14-CV-1350, 10/20/16 ).

The viability of at least 13 suits over the dangers of long-term exposure to mobile-phone radiation is seriously jeopardized by the court’s Oct. 20 decision to abandon its century-old test for evaluating scientific testimony in favor of the much more widely adopted federal rule.

The case has been closely watched by a broad array of business and medical groups, which tried to steer the ruling in their favor.

21 October 2016

United States: Lawsuit Over Cellphones and Cancer Hits a Stumbling Block

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Photo:  Agnostic Preacher's Kid
Lawsuit Over Cellphones and Cancer Hits a Stumbling Block
by Ryan Knutson, Wall Street Journal,
20 October 2016

(See comment below article here.)

Appeals court says a different legal standard for evidence should have been used

An appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday dealt a setback to a long-running lawsuit against the wireless industry over health concerns surrounding cellphones, deciding that a different legal standard for evidence should have been applied.

The decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will further prolong the litigation, initially filed in 2001, as plaintiffs must now produce arguments on why previously submitted evidence should continue to be included under the new standard.Jeffrey Morganroth, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said they wouldn’t back down, and that the ruling may even help get new testimony included.

Easy Jet Pilot France Aerotoxic Syndrome Litigation

Easy Jet Pilot France Aerotoxic Syndrome Litigation
(article from Aviation Travel Writer)
by John Hoyte, aerotoxic.org, 17 October 2016

The airline pilots, the disease of the cockpits:
( Pilotes de ligne, la maladie des cockpits )

For the first time in France, a pilot removal complaint against his company. He believes that the air circulating in the aircraft would cause a “aérotoxique syndrome“.

Collectives of seafarers and passengers have given a name to their combat: The “aérotoxique syndrome”. (Sipa Press)

Can flying a plane be dangerous to your health? Monday, Eric B., Captain among EasyJet, will file a complaint against the airline for involuntary violations of physical integrity, endangering the lives of others and… deception on the quality of the air”. He is convinced to have been “poisoned due to small fire” in his cockpit. He is 53 years old, which makes him one of the most senior pilots at the low-cost airline that he has integrated into since February 2002. After the end of the year 2009, he began suffering from a number of disorders including (nausea, gastrointestinal, fatigue, hyperventilation, etc. ) which have led to a chain of neurological and mental judgment diseases. In 2012, his state of health has deteriorated, as well as its relations with his employer. The center of expertise of Aviation Medicine of Toulouse-Blagnac issued to him a “medical incapacity Temporary” in June 2015. The former Airbus Instructor then lost his license to fly and was later nailed to the ground, no longer allowed to fly. He now seeks an explanation to his health problems.

19 October 2016

AirPods: Clear Sound, Sleek Styling, and Microwave Radiation

Clear Sound, Sleek Styling, and Microwave Radiation
by Katia Savchuk, alumni.berkeley.edu
18 October 2016

The release of AirPods, those sleek wireless earbuds from Apple, is again spurring debate over the safety of radiation-emitting devices—including cell phones, WiFi routers, and wireless headsets. While U.S. regulatory agencies and some scientists believe the risk from these devices is either low or unproven, there are experts, including a UC Berkeley public health researcher, concerned about their safety.

Joel Moskowitz, who directs the Center for Family and Community Health at the School of Public Health, warns that radiation from the Bluetooth technology in the AirPods (and other headsets) poses health risks.

More than a dozen studies have shown that low-intensity microwave radiation similar to that emitted by Bluetooth can open up the blood-brain barrier, a layer of cells that block pathogens and toxins in the body from reaching the brain. That could lead to conditions such as autism, dementia, and brain cancer, Moskowitz says.

14 October 2016

What Is Killing Bees Most Of All?

What Is Killing Bees Most Of All?
by Makia Freeman, naturalblaze.com, 
17 April 2016

You may already be aware how humanity is killing bees through a variety of methods. In an earlier article The Top 4 Reasons for the Bees Dying Off, I discussed how neonicotinoid pesticides, GMOs, EMFs (electromagnetic fields) and geoengineering were all contributing to disrupting and killing bees, through phenomena like CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Mankind is gravely endangering its own survival on the planet by injuring the bees like this, since we are all dependent on bees for pollination and our food supply. Einstein famously said that humanity would only survive for 4 years if the bees were wiped out. There may well be more than 4 ways in which humanity is killing bees, but a recent interview with Gabe Cruz (a former cell phone industry worker who has become a kind of whistleblower and interspecies communicator) reveals that one of these threats may be the greatest of all.

Is EMF Killing Bees Most of All?

08 October 2016

Do Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Fields Harm Our Body? - Interview with Dr. Martin Blank

Dr. Martin Blank:  "... Protect the children. The children are most vulnerable. They are the ones that are going to suffer the most, especially with this push to do so under the guise of good education.  I think the introduction of Wi-Fi in schools is sinful. It’s criminal. Good education doesn’t need this. There are ways to bring these programs in without this technology... There’s absolutely no need to have children sit there with this exposure for however many hours they keep it on. They could bring in the programs by cables, or books, but they don’t need Wi-Fi. I think children are going to succumb to this in larger numbers, and we’re going to see a higher incidence among children of things like brain cancer. It’s not high yet, but I think it’s going to get much higher."

(Sergey Novikov/Shutterstock)
Do Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Fields Harm Our Body?
by Conan Milner, Epoch Times
7 October 2016 

Extract - We are reproducing below the Epoch Times interview with Dr. Martin Blank.

... One of the contributing authors to the BioInitiative Report is Dr. Martin Blank, a scientist, lecturer, and retired professor from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has investigated the cellular and biological effects of EMFs. The New York-born Blank now lives in Victoria, Canada, and has PhDs in both physical chemistry and colloid science. Epoch Times talked to Blank about why there is so much controversy among scientists over the safety of EMFs, and why children are most at risk. Answers are edited for clarity and brevity.

06 October 2016

Eco-WiFi: The Low Radiation WiFi Router Is Now A Reality

The author of this article, Lloyd Burrell, says "Eco-WiFi" is "a step in the right direction", however "the safest way to connect to the Internet is via a hardwired Ethernet connection. That’s to say no WiFi.  Why? Because WiFi devices introduce radio frequency microwave radiation into your environment. The solution I’m reviewing here allows you to reduce your radiation exposures by a factor of 20.  But it’s still only a step in the right direction because you’re still exposing yourself to WiFi."

Eco-WiFi: The Low Radiation WiFi Router Is Now A Reality
Posted by Lloyd Burrell, electricsense.com, 
3 October 2016

What if I told you, you could enjoy the exact same WiFi performance as you do now but with a fraction of the radiation exposures?

That you could stream, watch movies, listen to music, connect multiple devices all with a greatly reduced exposure to WiFi radiation?

Low radiation WiFi is now a reality.

But how low radiation? How does it work? Is it really safer?

05 October 2016

Letter Addressed to the Geneva Department of Public Instruction on Digital Technology in Schools

Following is the letter addressed to Mrs. Marie-Claude Sawerschel, Secretary-General, Department of Public Instruction, Culture and Sport, from Association Romande Alerte, concerning the introduction of digital technology into primary and secondary schools in Geneva.

Click here for the original letter in French.

Morges, 3 October 2016

Dear Madam,

We are dismayed to learn from the Press that your Department intends to introduce tablets into primary schools and encourage pupils to bring their own devices in secondary schools. This plan is all the more shocking in that it will require the installation of Wi-Fi in classrooms, in flagrant contradiction of the precautionary principle to protect the health of our children.

In 2011, WHO declared that radiofrequencies, including Wi-Fi, are "possibly carcinogenic" to humans. No scientific study has yet established the safety of this radiation, while thousands of studies show alarming biological effects.  The body of a child is developing and consequently, more vulnerable to waves.  You claim that "school aims to offer each child the scholastic environment most suitable to allow maximizing of potential".  Currently, no study shows the assumed benefits of new technologies.  And if a child becomes ill following exposure to waves?  And what about teachers, especially pregnant women, are they not equally exposed?