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29 June 2012

News from Geneva: Massive Lay-Offs at Merck Serono - Part 2



The story of the closing of the biotech company Merck Serono and elimination of its 1,250 posts in Geneva by the parent company Merck demonstrates the ruthlessness of the German pharmaceutical giant.

Between 24 April 2012, the date of the announcement of the lay-offs by Merck, and the present, concerned employees have obtained little progress in having their rights considered and respected.



On 19 June, management addressed a message to all employees at Merck Serono forbidding them to demonstrate inside the building. Security guards from the Swiss company Securitas as well as from a German service were hired to ensure that “employees who have chosen to continue to work might be able to do so under normal conditions.”

Women's College Hospital in Toronto is First to Recognize Symptoms from Wireless Radiation


This article appeared on the Canada News Wire on 18 June 2012.  The Women’s College Hospital in Toronto says that family doctors must learn to detect the symptoms of exposure to wireless radiation.  The hospital's Environmental Health Clinic has begun holding educational workshops on the subject for doctors.  Hospitals in other countries should adopt similar programs in order to ensure that the biological suffering of electrohypersensitive persons is recognized and treated.  For further information:  www.womenscollegehospital.ca

Women's College Hospital says family doctors must learn to detect the symptoms of exposure to wireless radiation. The hospital released a statement saying the symptoms include disrupted sleep, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory problems, and skin rashes. These symptoms are now labelled Electro-magnetic Hyper-sensitivity, or "EMS". 

"Health-care practitioners need to better understand EMS so they can help their patients," said Dr. Riina Bray, medical director of the hospital's Environmental Health Clinic. Dr. Bray says the world is becoming dominated by wireless internet, cell phones and cell towers, and there can be a broad range of health impacts.

The hospital's Environmental Health Clinic has begun holding educational workshops on the subject for doctors.

Last year the World Health Organization placed microwave radiation from wireless internet and cell phones on an official Cancer watch-list. Since then several schools have removed their wifi systems and the Catholic teacher's union in Ontario has called for a moratorium on wifi installations in classrooms.

28 June 2012

Electrohypersensitive Persons Speak Out: Part III: Dafna Tachover (Radio Interview)

Catskill Mountains
Following is the interview, translated from Hebrew, of Dafna Tachover's experience of electrohypersensitivity which took place on Israel's no.1 rated radio show, “Osim Tyohoraim” on 18 June 2012.  Following the interview, dozens of people called the radio station.  Shocked by the outpouring of responses and acknowledging her duty as a journalist to expose this hidden condition, Yael Dan, the host of the radio program, has decided to start a national campaign in Israel about this issue.   “Many people called us to tell us that they also suffer from this condition and we are taking it upon ourselves to learn about the condition, to investigate it and to present the stories of these people as we should.”


Here is the full transcript of the interview. See also the article on Dafna's blog:  "Breakthrough for EHS in Israel".



Transcript of Interview of Yael Dan with Dafna Tachover:

Yael:   Apparently, more than a few people are suffering from sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. While the number of people who suffer from it is uncertain, those who are suffering from it are forced to live in isolation, far away from antennas, cell phones, laptops or wireless Internet because they are all causing severe and intolerable symptoms. Attorney Dafna Tachover lives in an isolated house in the mountains of a natural reserve in northern NY, and we are waking her up in the middle of the night, but she would wake up at any time that we ask her because it is important to her that people become aware of the condition, and that society accommodates those people who suffer from it, allowing them to live. Smadar Shir presented her story in the weekend issue of Yediot Aharonot.

Electrohypersensitive Persons Speak Out: Part II: Dafna Tachover


After years of avid use of wireless technology and disregard for the adverse effects of uncontrolled radiofrequency/microwave radiation, Dafna Tachover, an attorney, started suffering from severe EHS symptoms when she acquired a new MacBook in July 2009. “My life had changed dramatically and now, the sole purpose of my life is to help people who suffer from EHS and to fight this criminal disregard to their existence, needs and rights.”  Dafna lives in an isolated house in a natural reserve in the Catskill Mountains north of New York City, far away from antennas and cell phones, laptops and Wi-Fi.  

The experience of her EHS appeared in the article, “Radiation Victim” written by senior reporter Smadar Shir with photographer Nadav Neuhaus, published in the weekend edition of Yediot Aharonot, a leading Israeli newspaper, on 15 June 2012.  Dafna was subsequently interviewed by Israel’s no.1 rated radio show, “Osim Tyohoraim” on 18 June 2012, after the newspaper article solicited an unprecedented response about EHS.  Following the interview, dozens of people called the radio station.  Shocked by the outpouring of responses and acknowledging her duty as a journalist to expose this hidden condition, Yael Dan, the host of the radio program, has decided to start a national campaign in Israel about this issue.   “Many people called us to tell us that they also suffer from this condition and we are taking it upon ourselves to learn about the condition, to investigate it and to present the stories of these people as we should.”

Dafna’s message to everyone who wishes to advance the EHS cause is “to be bold, stand up and speak up, empower yourselves and others. Most people know that there is something wrong with this technology and they listen. Many people have symptoms that they do not understand and will want to know. No one has the right to take away our rights; science and justice is on our side.”   Dafna has an excellent blog, "EHS Fights Back."

Following is the article about Dafna, "Radiation Victim".

Electrohypersensitive Persons Speak Out: Part l: Hannah Metcalfe

Hannah Metcalfe
The next three posts are testimonies of two women who are electrohypersensitive.  Hannah Metcalfe’s sensitivity to electromagnetic waves emitted by modern technology is so severe that she lives a rural life in the countryside in the United Kingdom where mobiles are banned, cordless phones are forbidden and Wi-Fi is not an option. She suffered a miscarriage in November 2010 that she believes was triggered by sitting beneath fluorescent lights at work.  Hannah is now 11 weeks pregnant.  After having a scare just a week ago, she is concerned that her sensitivity to electromagnetic waves could be affecting more than just her. "I had some very bad bleeding and I was sure I had miscarried again because of what happened the last time but thankfully the baby is fine," she said. "A few days prior to that I had gone to my midwife appointment and there was Wi-Fi in the clinic. I was pretty ill that day and when I came home I started bleeding."  Her testimony appeared in an article by Jill Reilly in the DailyMail online on 12 June 2012.  The article has so far solicited over 80 comments from readers.

After years of avid use of wireless technology and disregard for the adverse effects of uncontrolled radiofrequency/microwave radiation, Dafna Tachover, an attorney, started suffering from severe EHS symptoms when she acquired a new MacBook in July 2009. “My life had changed dramatically and now, the sole purpose of my life is to help people who suffer from EHS and to fight this criminal disregard to their existence, needs and rights.”  Dafna lives in an isolated house in a natural reserve in the Catskill Mountains north of New York City, far away from antennas and cell phones, laptops and Wi-Fi.  Both the article about Dafna, “Radiation Victim”, which recently appeared in the leading Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, and her interview on Israel’s no.1 rated radio show, “Osim Tyohoraim” will be the subject of the next two posts.

This is a call for more persons to share their experiences of this serious medical condition and to salute the courage of those who do so.  More and more individuals, health professionals and government authorities should be made aware of this condition which affects so many aspects of the lives of these electrohypersensitive persons.

Following is the article about Hannah Metcalfe.


13 June 2012

The Scandal of Quebec Academics' Initiative to Discredit Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields and the Physiological Suffering of Electrohypersensitive Persons


SMART METERS -
A serious public health threat
In order to convince the provincial, national and international populations to accept smart meters, an open letter has been addressed by 60 Quebec academics, almost all professors from McGill University and the Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, to the Quebec population.  In the wake of the letter, a project will be set up to offer free radiofrequency measurements to people in their homes and, in collaboration with cardiologist Dr. David Langleben of the Montreal Jewish Hospital, invite those who call themselves hypersensitive to electromagnetic (EM) waves to undergo tests to determine “whether the discomfort they feel is of a psychosomatic nature or actually caused by the waves.”   

The funding behind this initiative comes from Lorne Trottier.  McGill University has received very large sums of money from Trottier who is the owner of Matrox, a large manufacturer of Wifi-enabled motherboards and graphic chips for mobile internet devices. Trottier has set up multiple websites, including emfandhealth.com which serve to suppress the science pointing to the adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation.  Emfandhealth is co-written by Michel Plante who is employed by cell phone companies and Hydro-Quebec, which foresees deployment of 3.8 million wireless smart meters across the province by 2017.

This initiative is very similar to the national clinical study on hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMF) launched by the French Government in February 2012.  The 44-month « independent » study is evaluating the psychological and social aspects of suffering of electrosensitive persons.   Professor Dominique Belpomme, who is one of the leading researchers on electrohypersensitivity,  commented :  The “starting point of the study a priori is that there is no causal link between 'hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields' as we observe it clinically, and electromagnetic fields;  in other words, it is affirmed that the patients are hypochondriacs and fall within the realm of psychiatry… The study has been ordered by the public authorities …with a view to demonstrating the harmlessness of electromagnetic fields with regard to health…” 

The persons who organize such initiatives are criminals.  These initiatives are irresponsible and serve only to disprove the link between EM fields and physiological health effects in order to allow the wireless industries, including those promoting smart meters such as Hydro-Quebec, to further enrich themselves with profits. This is blatant discrimination against electrohypersensitive persons who are already struggling with the severe handicap of their illness, a number of whom find it impossible to lead a normal professional and social life. 

Dr. George Carlo's 2007 Presentation at Westminster on the Mechanism of Harm from Non-Thermal Information-Carrying Radiowaves Emitted by Wireless Technology

This 1 hour 26 minute-video is a must-view:  Dr. George Carlo's intervention at Westminster in February 2007 addressing Members of Parliament and concerned citizens regarding electromagnetic radiation.  Especially watch the first 45 or so minutes where he explains very clearly the mechanism of harm from non-thermal information-carrying radiowaves such as emitted by mobile phones, mobile phone masts and wi-fi.  He was paid by Motorola to conduct a 6-year study on this subject.  Motorola was not happy with the outcome of the research.  In his conclusion and throughout the presentation, Dr. Carlo emphasizes the need for clinical intervention programs because the medical problems related to exposure to this non-ionizing radiation are being neither addressed nor solved by scientific research. "We must focus on the doctors," he says.  "This is a medical problem... we cannot wait for research results..."  Children are of particular concern.  "Wi-fi in schools is not an experiment we should be conducting."  


Click here to watch the video:
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-1901160431224023345&q=george+carlo&ei=mV9oSN2mHYiCiwLD67nLDw&hl=nl



(Thank you to Arjen Witzel for sending me this video.)

10 June 2012

Wi-Fi is a Huge Health Risk: Testimony by Swedish Police Commander

The following article was written by Roger Carlström, Police Commander in southern Sweden in a reply to Adam Lagerqvist NT debate, 5/5 (thank you to Mona Nilsson and WEEP News).  He has suffered serious health problems from wireless networks. “My advice is not to install wireless networks, whether at home, in schools or at workplaces,” he said. “Use fixed cable connected internet connections. You will have a more stable and faster connection.  To argue as the Swedish Radiation Protection authority that the levels are so low from the wireless network that they do not affect human health, is to ignore the facts. Already, both students and teachers experience severe symptoms at schools where education is carried out through wireless networks and computers / ipads with. In addition, the studies the authorities refer to are only made to see immediate effects, not damage at the long term, or biological damage.

 Wireless networks a major health risk

To argue as the Swedish Radiation Protection authority that the levels are so low from the wireless network that they do not affect human health, is to ignore the facts. This was written by Roger Carlstrom, Police commander in Southern Sweden in a reply to Adam Lagerqvist, NT debate, 5/5.

My name is Roger Carlstrom. I am 47 years old and am an external officer at the police in southern Sweden. I'll tell you about my experience with wireless networks.

09 June 2012

Killer Cell Phones: Why Honeybees Are Dying Worldwide


 “What would happen if honeybees became extinct? … Honeybees play a critical role in the world's food chain: they pollinate 75 percent of all the crops consumed by humans, many of which are also consumed by animals. Thus the extinction of honeybees would precipitate a global food crisis of almost unthinkable proportions… Human survival is dependent on the survival of honeybees.”

Justin Soutar, the author of “Killer Cell Phones: Why Honeybees Are Dying Worldwide” (published on opednews.com 4 October 2011 - following is a shortened version) discusses the suspected causes of the unprecedented global honeybee die-off:  pests, predators, disease, pesticide sprays, climate change, and mobile phones.  He concludes that mobile phones play an important role in the death of bees.

07 June 2012

The Dangers of iPads

The following news about the dangers of iPads provided by safeinschool.org was published recently by the  WEEP Initiative.  iPads are also being purchased for schools in Europe.  A private school in Geneva, Switzerland, is already using these in classrooms.

In addition to the videos listed below, view this one from March 2013, "iPad with WiFi Radiation..." which shows the measuring of WiFi radiation with the wireless router switched on.

“I would like to bring to your attention that Wi-Fi-enabled iPads (which are used in direct contact with chidren's bodies - hands, lap, abdomen etc.) represent a health hazard comparable to cellphones, to our younger generation.

"An average smartphone uses 35 times the bandwidth of a regular cellphone", "tablet uses up to 121 times the bandwidth." 
http://goo.gl/QHYpS

“In Canada, parents and schools are spending thousands and thousands of dollars purchasing iPads for use in homes and classrooms (even though they are 3 times the price of a netbook which can be wired). Toddlers are given iPads as toys and I was horrified to hear that a parent put an iPad next to a young child's pillow for bedtime stories and music. Parents need to be warned.

05 June 2012

Electrosensitivity (ES, EHS) Physiologically Explained by Professor Dominique Belpomme

The following article is a more detailed explanation by Professor Dominique Belpomme of the Electromagnetic Fields Intolerance Syndrome, or electrosensitivity.  Prof. Belpomme had delivered a presentation of this subject at the 8th National Congress on Electrosmog which took place in Berne, Switzerland, on 30 April 2011.  The article was published in the Canadian magazine, “Maison du 21ème siècle” on 13 January 2012 by André Fauteux and translated into English by Emilie Paniagua, Robin des Toits.

Wi-Fi, EMFs:  Electrosensitivity (ES, EHS) At Last Physiologically Explained 

In 2007, a number of library employees in Paris complained about headaches, nausea... right after massive installation of Wi-Fi emitters in their offices. This led to a fight between Paris city hall and worker unions (giving way to the setting up of a citizen conference on proliferation of EMFs in Paris).

At the French National Library BNF, and more recently in the Paris subway transport company RATP, the debate takes place in the same deleterious conditions between unions and corporations concerning questions about health implications at work relating to the proliferation of these new wireless technologies in businesses. Everyone now has access for the first time to an answer regarding intolerance to EMFs published in the Canadian newspaper  "La Maison du 21ème Siècle".


French researchers have just shown that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) notably modify blood and brain physiology in electrosensitive (ES) people, and that the impact on those biological markers rises and falls with intensity of the exposure. "We do know with certainty that electrohypersensitivity is not psychosomatic", oncologist Professor Dominique Belpomme tells us in a telephone interview. "EMFs do trigger major effects in the brain. The most important effect is the opening of the blood-brain barrier. This allows mercury, organochlorates and other toxics to pervade the brain, where they cause diverse ailments and neurodegenerative diseases." Prof. Belpomme records 20 new patients per week.

04 June 2012

Thousands of Animals Could be Killed Uselessly to Test New "Light" Tobacco Products

More than 8 million of the 47 million U.S. adult cigarette smokers have a serious illness caused by smoking.  Tobacco costs the economy $96 billion a year for medical care. To counter the bad press, the tobacco industry has created new “light” tobacco products they claim are less harmful. In order to make that claim, the law requires the products to be tested on thousands of animals.
“Tobacco – light or not – poses serious risks to the user’s health and to the health of others. Wasting countless more animal lives to prove the safety of an inherently harmful product…would be grossly counterproductive for human health,” says Bingxuan Wang, a researcher with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
“In some of the horrendous tobacco tests conducted, rats would be forced to breathe tobacco smoke for as long as six hours a day for months at a time by jamming the animals into tiny canisters and pumping concentrated cigarette smoke directly into their noses. The animals would then be killed and their bodies dissected.”
Belgium, Germany and the U.K. have banned animal testing for tobacco products and Canada uses non-animal methods.  In April 2012, India banned using live animals in university and hospital research.   
The following article by Sharon Seltzer was published by Care2 on 30 May 2012.