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31 October 2012

Do Cell Phones and Tablets Affect Communication and Concentration in Hospitals and Doctors' Offices?

Courtesy of Thinkstock
“A resident observing the surgery takes a call on his cell phone. The scrub nurse flips through images of wedding dresses on her smartphone. The operating surgeon’s assistant steps in to ask a question about another patient. The anesthesiologist taps his foot in time to the beat of the music in his earbud. It’s just another day in the OR (operating room).” (From a doctors’ discussion on how distractions in the operating room threaten patient safety, article appearing in the journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.) 

A commentary by Peter J. Papadakos, MD, anesthesiologist and director of critical care at the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York, first published in Anesthesiology News, focused on his concerns that the non-medical use of wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, would be distracting. He also related his anecdotal experience of seeing OR staff surfing the Internet during a surgery. The New York Times later picked up and expanded upon this issue. 

Hospitals and doctors’ offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information... , however the wealth of data on the screen — the “iPatient” — sometimes gets all the attention.

“You walk around the hospital, and what you see is not funny,” said Dr. Peter J. Papadakos, who added that he had seen nurses, doctors and other staff members glued to their phones, computers and iPads.   “You justify carrying devices around the hospital to do medical records,” he said. “But you can surf the Internet or do Facebook, and sometimes, for whatever reason, Facebook is more tempting...

“My gut feeling is lives are in danger.”

Japan Drops Plans to Phase Out Nuclear Power By 2040

Anti-nuclear protest in Fukui, Japan.
Photograph:  Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images
There does not seem to have been much press coverage about the Japanese Government abandoning its commitment to end reliance on nuclear power by 2040. Japanese business and industry leaders fear the phase-out would force companies to shift production overseas due to the high price of imported oil and gas. 

Two nuclear plants under construction have been given permission to restart; the 40-year limit on the lifetime of nuclear reactors means those plants could remain in operation until the early 2050s. Before the Fukushima nuclear accident, 30% of Japan’s electricity was generated by nuclear power. The country had plans to increase its share to 50%. The Deputy Prime Minister, Katsuya Okada, said ditching the 2030s deadline did not mean the government had abandoned its goal of a nuclear-free future. 

Japan drops plans to phase out nuclear power by 2040
by Justin McCurry, guardian.co.uk, 19 September 2012 

Cabinet fails to commit to no-nuclear option by agreed deadline amid pressure from business lobby

Japan has effectively abandoned a commitment to end its reliance on nuclear power by 2040 amid pressure from the country's business lobby, dropping a deadline recommended by a cabinet panel only days ago.

30 October 2012

Electrosmog and Colony Collapse Disorder


Governments and the scientific community are “too quick to dismiss a link between colony collapse disorder (CCD) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from mobile phones and other sources.” The following article from the Alliance for Natural Health calls for readers to write to their MEPs (Members of the European Parliament), urging them to table questions in the European Parliament, asking why no research is being funded into links between EMRs and CCD. 


Electrosmog and Colony Collapse Disorder
by Adam Smith, Science and Communications Officer, Alliance for Natural Health, 24 October 2012
(Thank you to In These New Times for posting this article.)
Pesticides are a major contributor to bee colony collapse disorder (CCD), according to governments and the scientific community. But are they too quick to dismiss a link between CCD and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from mobile phones and other sources?

CCD and the threat to our food supply

Bee populations worldwide face an ongoing threat from CCD. Because human agriculture relies so heavily on bees for pollination, the world’s food supply looks increasingly insecure. Finding the cause and remedy for CCD is, therefore, an urgent priority.

29 October 2012

Le Landeron, Switzerland, Regulates Installation of Mobile Phone Antennas

Here is a very good example of the recommendation of the Canadian Member of Parliament, Terence Young, regarding local regulation of mobile phone tower installations – from Switzerland. All parties of the Conseil général of the town of Le Landeron (canton Neuchâtel) have unanimously supported a motion to halt uncontrolled installation of mobile phone antennas everywhere on the territory of the commune.  Other communes are also in the process of establishing similar regulation on their territories. 

ARA (Association romande alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques – www.alerte.ch) sent this good news.

Le Landeron regulates its antennas

Thursday, 25 October 2012, the « Conseil général » of Le Landeron voted in favor of a motion aimed at better planning of the installation of mobile phone antennas on its territory.

The good news comes from our colleagues at « Association Stop Antennes » (ASA). This association already made the news with its opposition to an Sunrise antenna near homes. 

28 October 2012

More Than One Trillion Animals Are Killed Every Year for Food

More and more persons throughout the world embrace meat-eating, without thought given to the suffering and exploitation of animals. More than one trillion animals are killed every year around the world for food. Read the following and view the non-graphic video, "Pigs Fly", from Animals Australia about its campaign to end factory farming practices. Australia’s leading supermarket chain, Coles, and others are moving to phase out use of factory farms. 


Zoe Weil, President of the Institute for Humane Education, has worked for 25 years to end the oppression and exploitation of animals.  She has written an excellent article on how we treat animals, “Including Animals in Our Circle of Concern”, published 29 April 2011 on Common Dreams.

“It is my fervent hope,” wrote Weil, “that all [those] concerned with human rights and environmental preservation will embrace a more expansive ethic that includes other species, and that we’ll come to acknowledge that treating everyone with respect and care – humans, nonhumans, and the environment – is part and parcel of creating a just and healthy world. We can begin by assessing the ways in which our daily choices - what we eat, wear, and buy - can be an expression of justice and compassion toward people, animals and the environment.”

Dr. Olle Johansson's Letter on the Safety and Use of Wi-Fi in Schools Addressed to the Greater Victoria School District

Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, has addressed a letter concerning the safety of Wi-Fi and its use in schools to the Board of Education Trustees of the Greater Victoria School District 61 in Victoria, British Columbia. The Board will very soon make a public announcement on this issue. The 5 October 2012 letter in full is available here.

“According to Article 24 of the UNICEF’s Child Convention ‘children have the right to … a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy’. We must all ensure that this article never is violated. This is about our social responsibility, and is very much a public health issue,” Dr. Johansson writes. “Many WiFi systems are close to beds, kitchens, playrooms, schoolrooms, and similar locations. These wireless systems are never off, and the exposure is not voluntary. They are being forced on citizens and their children everywhere…”

Following are several extracts from the letter regarding proof of health effects, reporting, need for independent research, involuntary exposure:

“NO PROOF OF HEALTH EFFECTS” 

One often hears about "safe levels" of exposure and that there is "no proof of health effects", but my personal response to these seemingly reassuring statements is that it is very important to realize, from a consumer's point of view, that "no accepted proof for health effects" is not the same as "no risk". Too many times, 'experts' have claimed to be experts in fields where actually the only expert comment should have been: "I/we just do not know". Such fields were e.g. the DDT, X-ray, radioactivity, smoking, asbestos, BSE, heavy metal exposure, depleted uranium, etc., etc., etc., where the "no risk"-flag was raised before true knowledge came around. Later on, the same flag had to be quickly lowered, many times after enormous economic costs and suffering of many human beings. 

27 October 2012

National Awareness Campaign Launched in Switzerland Against Cyber-Bullying

A nationwide “Stop Cyber-Mobbing” campaign will be conducted  in all Swiss schools via billboards, television adverts, a Facebook page and information sessions. The next school campaign should be one on the health risks of cell phones and precautionary measures to take when using them. More Swiss probably remain ignorant of cell phone dangers for children than of cyber-bullying (half the population does not know what cyber-bullying is ). 

Cyber-bullying pulled out of the shadows
swissinfo.ch and agencies, 22 October 2012

The [Swiss] youth organisation Pro Juventute has found that that one in five teens has been bullied online and most don’t know where to turn to for help. Bullying-related calls to its hotline have also jumped, prompting a national awareness campaign.

Pro Juventute’s emergency “147” telephone hotline, designed to serve young people in need, has reported a significant increase in calls from troubled teens who have become the targets of name-calling, teasing and verbal abuse via the internet.

Cyber-bullying is particularly threatening to teens because it continues away from school, is not monitored by adults and can often be conducted anonymously.

26 October 2012

Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games

Mobile apps are a new, popular and unregulated way to market candy and soft drinks to children. U.S. food companies are reaching children by embedding their products in simple and enticing games for touch-screen phones and tablets. A recent survey by research firm NPD Group found that 37% of 4- and 5-year-old Americans were using such mobile devices. Jennifer Harris, who directs research of marketing practices at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, says "If children have their phone with them, they can be playing these games that are basically advertisements in school and basically 24/7." 

One of the first food-branded mobile games sprang out of a 2009 brainstorming session at a small design firm in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Teresa Kiplinger, a partner at the firm, impulsively licked her iPhone. The screen responded. Within weeks, Ms. Kiplinger and her partner had a pitch for a longtime client, Dum Dum Pops maker Spangler Candy Co. of Bryan, Ohio. The app, "Dum Dums Lick-A-Pop," would let players ingest a virtual Dum Dum lollipop by licking their smartphone before a clock ran out. Spangler signed off, but Apple rejected the app, saying licking could damage the devices. Developers replaced licking with a vertical finger swipe and the result was "Dum Dums Flick-A-Pop." 

(My thanks to Public Citizen for the recent articles posted here.  Consumer advocate, Ralph Nader has written, "Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism" which points the way to many such excellent consumer and activist sites.)

Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games
by ANTON TROIANOVSKI, Wall Street Journal, 17 September 2012

'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games on Smartphones Target Children

iPhone application "Puff Puff Pass" - Players pretend to smoke a
cigarette and then pass it to their friends.
Public health researchers at the University of Sydney found 107 applications on iPhones and Androids with pro-smoking messages, including 36 so-called smoking simulators. Many of the applications may be downloaded for free and target children. At least 6 million users downloaded the 10 Android simulators by February 2012.  At the same time, the University of Geneva has developed a smartphone application (“Stop-tabac”) to help persons stop smoking. 

Addictive’ Cigarette Smoking Games on Smartphones Target Kids.
by Michaeleen Doucleff, NPR, 23 October 2012 

You can do just about anything with your phone these days. Take an electrocardiogram. Confess your sins. Even smoke a cigarette

Yup, you read that correctly. Android and Apple offer apps that let you light and smoke a virtual cigarette. You simply blow into the microphone, or onto the screen, and an image of a cigarette glows red and "burns."

Some apps time how long it takes to puff the whole fag, while others have a virtual ashtray that pops up messages like, "Would be even better with a beer in your hand!" 

25 October 2012

The Great Smart Meters "Hoax". Electromagnetic Fields Are Real and Dangerous to Our Health

Thank you to Wake Up World for this excellent article on smart meters, which includes a trailer for the film, “Take Back Your Power” and a 43-minute talk by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Founder of the American Academy of Neural Therapy, Medical Director of the Institute of Neurobiology, and lead clinician at the Comprehensive Medical Center, all located in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Klinghardt explains the implications of wireless technologies (including cordless DECT phones, Wi-Fi, and smart meters), how they can affect our health, and what the safe alternatives are. 

The Great Smart Meters “Hoax”. Electromagnetic Fields Are Real and Dangerous to Our Health
by Raluca SchachterContributing Writer for Wake Up World, 23 October 2012 

Just when you thought modern technology in the wrong hands of profit driven companies can’t possibly destroy your health, soil, air, food and water any worse than it already does…something even more monstrous is cooking in their “money making oven”!

This time it is called SMART METER!

The only “smart” thing about it is that the utility providers found a dirty way to measure (and in the future control) your use of gas, electricity and water, by ensuring bigger profits, more control and power for them and a high cost for you.

The reality is that this action caused a large number of people reporting health effects, privacy violations, safety and security dangers, environmental damage and much bigger bills.

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners from Major U.S. Airports

Backscanner (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been removing its X-ray scanners (backscanners) from major U.S. airports and replacing them with millimeter-wave scanners which rely on low-energy radio waves similar to those used in cell phones. Are the latter a health risk? Millimeter-wave scanners emit terahertz waves that could damage human DNA, says a 2010 article from Natural News



TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners from Major Airports
by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 19 October 2012

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports. It means, though, that far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation because the X-ray scanners are being moved to smaller airports.

The backscatters, as the X-ray scanners are known, were swapped out at Boston Logan International Airport in early October. Similar replacements have occurred at Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Orlando and John F. Kennedy in New York, the TSA confirmed Thursday.

The X-ray scanners have faced a barrage of criticism since the TSA began rolling them out nationwide after the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day 2009. One reason is that they emit a small dose of ionizing radiation, which at higher levels has been linked to cancer.

23 October 2012

At Fukushima, the Lessons of Chernobyl Are Being Ignored

Dr. Michel Fernex
In September 2012, 18 months after the Fukushima catastrophe, Japan announced the progressive abandonment of nuclear power. All possible measures will be taken to cease production of nuclear energy during the 2030 decade. It has taken a terrible nuclear disaster for a government and a nation to wake up to the truth of the very serious impact on people’s health and the environment for generations to come. Yet the facts are still being covered up with silence and lies, and the lessons learned from Chernobyl, ignored.

Dr. Michel Fernex, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel and member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recently made a ten-day trip to Japan. During his visit, he met with members of the Faculty of Medicine in Fukushima who were unaware of the medical conditions linked to radioactive contamination. These doctors were “surprised” to be finding cases of myocardial infarction, diabetes and eye disease among young patients, the same pathologies that were being seen among people affected by Chernobyl.   On his return, Dr. Fernex denounced the cover-up regarding contamination caused by the nuclear disaster, including at the University of Fukushima, which was told “not to mention nuclear issues”. Only one young ecology professor, who has received threats, is attempting to carry out studies on the effects of the disaster on children.

At Fukushima, the Lessons of Chernobyl Are Being Ignored
Interview by Elisabeth Schulthess  with Dr. Michel Fernex, and published 24/07/2012 in L’Alsace 
http://www.lalsace.fr/ (translated from French) 

22 October 2012

Interview with Gary Hirschberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farms and Founder of the "Just Label It" Campaign Endorsing Labeling of Genetically Modified Food in California

The following video is an interview by Bill Maher with Gary Hirschberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farms.  The company is an organic yoghurt business which "helps support hundreds of family farms and keeps over 200,000 agricultural acres free of persistent pesticides and other chemicals commonly used on non-organic farms and known to contaminate soil, drinking water, air and food."  Hirschberg is also founder of the “Just Label It” campaign endorsing a “yes” vote on California’s Proposition 37 – labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  It is a dash of humor added to a very serious issue.  On a scale of evil from 1 to 10, Monsanto would be 11.

Some 527 million pounds of pesticides have been used on GM crops (corn, soy, canola, sugar beets …) since their introduction in 1996.  Due to growing weed resistance, the herbicide 2 4-D, “which is 50% Agent Orange”, is now being sprayed on GM crops.  The increased use of these pesticides and cultivation of GM crops (which provide part of the food that we eat and feed for animals) could explain the growth in allergies and other health problems.  In the near future in the United States, 1 in 3 children will have type 2 diabetes, 1 in 2 will be obese, and 4 in 10 persons will be diagnosed with cancer.

Here is a link to the video:  
http://www.causes.com/causes/62120-stop-monsanto/actions/1694964?recruiter_id=55391562&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb





21 October 2012

North America's First Fully Digital Hospital: "Wireless Technology Everywhere to Enhance the Care Delivery Process"


North America’s first digital hospital, equipped with smart beds … wireless technology everywhere to “enhance the care delivery process.” Is this the first hospital built to harm patients?  Read this excerpt from the article on Toronto’s Humber River Regional Hospital: “Breaking Ground on North America’s First Fully Digital Hospital”, published in H News on 6 February 2012


Breaking Ground on North America's First Fully Digital Hospital

Toronto’s Humber River Regional Hospital (HRRH) is breaking ground on a new approach to patient-centred care; empowering patients and using state-of-the-art technology to enhance the care delivery process...

One of the main goals for the new hospital is to streamline the communications allowing for the integration of biomedical equipment; patient care systems; building; administration and operational systems, providing staff and patients with instant access to information. The opportunity to make immediate connections and the ability to make these connections through a variety of mobile communication methods will facilitate patient care.

Canadian Member of Parliament Suggests New Cell Phone Tower Regulations

These practices should be regulated!  Cell phone tower
disguised as a flag pole, located directly in front of
a home for seniors, Oakville, Ontario.
Here is an example that cities and towns might wish to consider regarding placement of cell phone towers, as suggested in a letter to constituents, written by Canadian Member of Parliament for Oakville, Ontario, Terence Young. (See here for full text of the 14 May letter.) 

Six cellular suppliers want to establish a high grade of service in the GTA which will require many more cellular towers. The suppliers claim they wish to provide cell phone service in Oakville. “It is really about building a much more comprehensive network so that consumers can watch TV shows on hand held devices, which will require broadcasting stronger radio frequency everywhere, reaching even the basements of our homes…”

Canadian Member of Parliament, Terence Young, goes on to say that although there is “no broadly based consensus regarding proof that electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) from cellular antennae on towers is a serious health risk,” the precautionary principle should be applied when it comes to health.

“The current safety standard, the model Industry Canada uses to identify health concerns from cellular towers, is in my view both inadequate and outdated. It measures only how much radio frequency (EMR) heats up body tissue over six minutes. It does not properly address recent concerns over the risk of cancer and EMR, or those persons who have sensitivity to EMR.

19 October 2012

If Cell Phone and Cell Phone Tower Radiation Really is Safe, Why is India Legislating to Protect Consumers and Wildlife?

While other articles have been posted on India's legislation to protect consumers and even wildlife (bees and birds) from the effect of radiation emitted by mobile phones and mobile phone towers, this article by Lloyd Burrell provides an excellent summary.  Other nations need to pay attention and introduce legislation to protect consumers worldwide.


If cell phone and cell phone tower radiation really is safe, why is India legislating to protect consumers? 
by Lloyd Burrell, published in NaturalNews, 4 October 2012 

Once a third world economy, India is now leading the rest of the world when it comes to protecting consumers from the effects of radiation emanating from cell phones and cell phone towers.

When it comes to cell phones, the plan is simple and to the point: India, as of September 1, has decreased the acceptable amount of radio frequencies (RF) to 1/10 of the previous limits.

SARs, a measure of the rate at which RF energy is absorbed by the body, must now be embossed and displayed on cell handsets where they can be easily seen and have an impact on consumer decisions.

Genetically Modified Vaccines Are Being Administered to American Infants, Children, and Adults

The Gates Foundation has pledged $10 billion
 to Big Pharma to distribute and administer
vaccines to children around the world
Genetically modified (GM) vaccines are being produced and some are even on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule (Hepatitis B – injected into newborn infants, HPV and Rotavirus). We do not know what portion of the GM DNA can be inserted into the human genome and inherited by our children. We do not know the effect of GM DNA on the immune system. The companies, such as Monsanto and the Swiss firm Syngenta, which use genetic engineering to produce vaccines, are also primarily responsible for the introduction of genetic engineering into the food supply. 

Two of the wealthiest advocates for genetic engineering and vaccines are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The Gates Foundation pledged $10 billion to pharmaceutical companies to distribute and administer multiple vaccines to children around the world. “What children living in poverty in developing countries need most is healthy, plentiful food, clean water, better sanitation and improved living conditions. These are the keys to preventing the spread of infectious disease,” comments Dr. Mercola. The Gates Foundation is also promoting the use of GM crops in Africa in collaboration with Monsanto and other biotech companies.

Following are verbatim extracts from the article by Dr. Mercola, published 2 October 2012

Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?

Interview With Investigative Reporter Arnold Mann, Author of "They're Poisoning Us"


"I can only imagine what it is like to have one’s life taken away by a toxic exposure and then to have doctors turn their backs on you while government and industry conspire to suppress the science that is your only hope," says Arnold Mann, author of "They're Poisoning Us".

This article first appeared at Ability Maine, a website created by people who are disabled and friends of the disability community in Maine. It is a look at multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) in the United States, from the Gulf War illness to the toxic effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Countries in Europe now recognize MCS as a physical disability. There are parallels to electro-hypersensitivity (EHS); the two disabilities are inter-related. Both are often perceived wrongly as psychosomatic by a medical profession that is dominated by industry interests. People with MCS and EHS tend to isolate themselves because they are regarded by slackers and hypochondriacs by fellow workers, family and friends. Scientists who choose to do research on MCS and EHS are often discredited and in danger of losing their funding. 

Investigative health and science reporter Arnold Mann has written a book about MCS, "They Are Poisoning Us". He is interviewed here by Sharon Wachsler from Ability Maine.


“How Do They Sleep at Night?”
Author and Investigative Reporter, Arnold Mann, on Corporate Malice and Government Coverups -
Interview by Sharon Wachsler, posted on 16 March 2012 (near complete text. See here for full text.) 

More and More U.S. Children Being Prescribed ADHD Drugs to Boost Academic Performance

State-based prevalence data of ADHD
diagnosis 2007-2008, CDC
What are we doing to our children?! Doctors are prescribing drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to low-income children, even though they may not be suffering from this condition, to boost their academic performance because “it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment… we have to modify the kid”. These drugs are particularly addictive and carry dangerous side-effects such as growth suppression, increased blood pressure and, in rare cases, psychotic episodes. U.S. society is “unwilling to invest in effective nonpharmaceutical intervention” for these children. About 9.5 percent of Americans ages 4 to 17 were judged to have ADHD in 2007, or about 5.4 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Click here for full article from the New York Times.)

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School
by Alan Schwarz, New York Times, 9 October 2012 

CANTON, Ga. — When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.

18 October 2012

Google Data Centers Act as Beating Heart of the Digital Age

The Dales, Oregon Google Data Center.  The cables are
organized by their specific color.
“Google’s data centers run hundreds of thousands of machines… Its need for so many computers has turned the company into a major electricity user, although management says it's constantly looking for ways to reduce power consumption to protect the environment and lower its expenses…” Thank you to my Facebook friends for this article, which offers virtual tours of one of its data centers and colorful photos (click here).



Google reveals ‘top secret’ data centres that act as beating heart of the digital age
from AP, News Limited Network, published in Perth Now, 18 October 2012 

· Inside glimpse of data centers powering Google
· Search engine indexes 20 billion web pages a day 
· Handles more than 3 billion daily search queries 

GOOGLE has opened a fascinating virtual window into its secretive data centres, where a maze of computers process internet search requests, distribute Gmail and show YouTube video clips for billions of people.

The unprecedented peek inside the most powerful server network on Earth is being provided through a new Google's updated Data Centres website.

17 October 2012

The Meningitis Catastrophe and Compounding Pharmacies

Update: 2 November 2012 (source: People’s Pharmacy):  At last count, close to 400 people have been infected with fungal meningitis and more than two dozen have died. Others have developed infections in their shoulders, elbows, knees and hips because of steroid injections into such joints. The New England Compounding Center of Massachusetts responsible for the contaminated vials of methylprednisolone has been closed and is now under investigation.

This entire tragic event has led to closer scrutiny of large compounding pharmacies. A sister company of the New England Compounding Center, Ameridose, has also been closed for inspection. In addition, Massachusetts authorities have shut down an unrelated pharmacy called Infusion Resource because of concerns about sterility. Florida regulators have suspended operations at a compounding pharmacy in their state as well because of a number of violations.

At the time of publication of this post, as many as 14,000 patients may have been exposed to spinal steroid injections (methylprednisolone) containing the fungi aspergillus and exserohilum which has caused a terrible meningitis outbreak in the United States.  Sixteen persons have died and the toll is likely to rise over the next several weeks. Over 17,000 vials of the spinal steroid were shipped to doctors' offices, clinics and surgical centers in 23 states. Following are extracts from this article, published on 8 October 2012 by the People’s Pharmacy, which is a balanced and very informative site on pharmaceutical medications and other, more natural, health remedies. The article raises the issue of oversight of the compounding industry. The U.S. Supreme Court has restricted the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to monitor compounding pharmacies, leaving the door open to catastrophes such as this one. 

The Meningitis Catastrophe and Compounding


Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate United States Presidential Election Campaign

Shell has delayed Arctic oil drilling until 2013

With the United States presidential election less than three weeks away, there is need to raise awareness of the aggressive efforts of the fossil fuel and other polluting industries to defeat President Obama and all hopes of initiating environmentally friendly policies. If the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, becomes President, environmental degradation will greatly increase and the health of the U.S. population will further decline. (Following is the first part of the New York Times article written by Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss, published 13 September 2012. Read the article in full here.) 

Regarding campaign contributions, a recent newspaper article published in the Tribune de Genève says that the American elections will generate $6 billion in donations for both parties. Two Swiss banks, Credit Suisse and UBS, figure among the 15 largest donators for Romney’s campaign. Swiss industries are also contributing to the Republican Party: Novartis and Syngenta. The latter firm produces the toxic pesticide atrazine which is used widely on crops in the United States but has been banned in Switzerland for many years. 


The Energy Rush
Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign
WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global warming

16 October 2012

Dr. David O. Carpenter Expresses Growing Concern for the Wi-Fi Radiation Impact on Children

NEVER let your child use a Wi-Fi -
connected laptop on his/her lap !
Following is a declaration authored by Dr. David O. Carpenter, public health physician, on the impact of Wi-Fi on children in schools. It was prepared as a court filing on electromagnetic radiation in December 2011. (Article published on DefenderPad, 1 October 2012) 


Growing Concern of the Wi-Fi Radiation Impact on Children  - Dr. David O. Carpenter, M.D. Worries About the Biological Effects of Wireless Technology in Schools
 
Dr. David O. Carpenter, M.D is a subject matter expert and contributing author on Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs), also known as Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) in Safe Schools 2012, released by wifiinschools.org.uk. He shares his understanding about the health impacts on children from WiFi, a Radio Frequency (RF) exposure as well as Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) emissions through this and many other publications. In December 2011, Dr. Carpenter authored a declaration, richly filled with information on the biological effects of wireless technologies and his concerns about the safety of wireless devices in schools. He recommends wired solutions, as opposed to WiFi, as a way to safeguard children and maximized learning. 

Cell Phones Ring in Death Knell for Plants

A new study from India reveals that the increasing electromagnetic pollution is having a harmful effect on plants.  Carbohydrates such as cellulose and starch, as well as sugar and protein content, decreased with long-term exposure.

Cellphones ring in death knell for plants: Study
by Prashant Rupera, The Times of India, 7 October 2012 

VADODARA: Even as Union government has rolled out new norms to reduce impact of cellphone radiation on people, a new study has revealed that the increasing electromagnetic wave energy (EMWE) pollution is adversely impacting even plant issues.

EMWE pollution is caused due to mobile towers, power plants, high voltage towers and diagnostic tools which use electromagnetic waves of different frequencies in radio wave spectrum.

A group of scientists of Gujarat after studying the impact of EMWE on tulsi and spinach have concluded that the electromagnetic waves leave behind harmful effect even on plants.

15 October 2012

Former Microsoft President, Canada, Says the Federal Government Has a Duty to Inform Canadians About Safety Concerns Related to Wireless Technology


Clegg is supporting Wendy Hoy's  walk to Ottawa, the
 purpose of which is to bring attention to people who
suffer from electro-hypersensitivity linked to
cellphone tower signals.
"There is and will always be a use for technology in our lives, period. At the same time, I think we are learning more and more and more that you have to be careful...you have to use it safely," the former President of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg says.   Cellphone manufacturers BlackBerry and Apple both feature fine print warnings in user manuals that advise users to keep all devices at least 15 mm away from the body during use. But Clegg says the Canadian Government should put obvious warning labels on wireless devices because most people don't read the fine print.  Clegg has established an organization (http://www.c4st.org/)  which provides consumer safety tips and scientific information about technology including cell towers, cellular phones and wireless Internet.

Government should tell Canadians about wireless safety: former Microsoft Canada president
by Kristy Kirkup, Sun News, 11 October 2012

OTTAWA — The former president of Microsoft Canada says the federal government has a duty to inform Canadians about safety concerns related to wireless technology.

"We have a responsibility as adults, as parents, as legislators to inform people so they can make intelligent decisions," Frank Clegg said in an interview with QMI Agency.

U.S. Military Reports Alarming Breast Cancer Rates Among Troops

One military woman participated in the Scar Project
 in order for people to actually "see" breast cancer and
"really think why this is happening to so many young
women."  (Note this is not the woman quoted.)
"Military people [both women and men] are at a significantly greater risk for contracting breast cancer," states Dr. Richard Clapp, a top cancer expert at Boston University. 
  

Officials are not sure exactly why military women face a greater risk of breast cancer than their civilian counterparts, but it’s no secret that military service brings with it a number of risk factors associated with the deadly disease. Among them:

• Radio emissions. A slew of studies have linked breast cancer with men and women working as radio operators, electricians, telephone repair people and other jobs involving exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

• Chemicals. Army enlisted women younger than under 35 who worked regularly with at least one volatile organic compound — such as solvents, paints and exhaust — were 48 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn’t, according to a 2005 military study.

14 October 2012

News from Geneva : Final Chapter in the Saga of the Laying Off of Merck Serono's 1,250 Employees?



On 24 April 2012, the pharmaceutical giant Merck, the parent company of Merck Serono, "brutally" announced the elimination of 1,250 posts and closure of the firm in Geneva.   Following is the fate of 510 of its former employees;  750 others still remain without work.  (See also my previous two posts:  "Massive Lay-Offs:  Merck Serono" and "Part 2" .)



Merck Serono provides details of the fate of 500 of its former employees
by Roland Rossler, Tribune de Genève, 29-30 September 2012

What has become of the 1,250 employees brutally thanked last April by the German group, Merck Serono?  In a communiqué, the pharmaceutical company assured that the “professional prospects of more than 500 employees have today been clarified.”

The company has provided details of the fate of 510 of its former employees.  260 of them have accepted the offer of transfer to another site of the group:  170 in Switzerland and 90 abroad.  170 have found a job in another company, including 16 through the assistance program comprising an envelope of 30 million euros.  The company Quintiles, a partner of Merck Serono, “has proposed 40 employment contracts”.  Finally, 80 employees are benefiting from early retirement.

ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity Research Institute: New Low-EMF Housing Project in Colorado



The following information was sent by one of my EMF contacts. It sounds somewhat like an experiment, however, I am posting it in good faith - that this low EMF environment and research institute would genuinely aid persons with electromagnetic sensitivities.  Comments from my readers would be very welcome.

The ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity Research Institute is looking for researchers (engineers, biochemists, etc.), medical people, support personnel (accountant, architect, nurses, etc.), sensitives who would like to live in a low EMF environment, and investors. People with any interest in being involved with EMSRI should send an email to gjohnson3712@sbcglobal.net More info. on: http://www.emsri.org .

Following is a brief description of the Institute from its Website:

The concept of the ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity Research Institute (EMSRI) originated in early 2012. The sensitivity of Dr. Gary Johnson to cell phones and wireless became worse so he started searching for a place where the electric fields were relatively small. Several lots became available on foreclosure in Rockvale, Colorado, (located between Florence and Cañon City) and he was able to buy 59 acres. The land contains a box canyon (or gulch). The bottom of the gulch is shielded from electromagnetic waves from three sides by the topography. Development of the concept is proceeding on three fronts:

12 October 2012

A Tribute to the Publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"


Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in the United States 50 years ago on 27 September 1962.  
Following are tributes to this remarkable and courageous environmentalist.  (I have also reposted my summary of the excellent documentary "Rachel Carson Silent Spring".  Only a 5-minute review of the film is available on YouTube.)

From Greenpeace blog, “Rachel Carson – And the birth of modern environmentalism”, post by Rex Weyler, 27 September 2012: 

Rachel Carson reminded the world: 

“For each of us, as for the robin in Michigan, or the salmon in the Miramichi, this is a problem of ecology, of interrelationships, of interdependence. We poison the caddis flies in the stream and the salmon runs dwindle … We spray our elms and following springs are silent of robin song, not because we sprayed the robins directly but because the poison traveled, step by step, through the now familiar elm-leaf-earthworm-robin cycle. These are matters of record, observable, part of the visible world around us. They reflect the web of life-or-death that scientists know as ecology.” 





Biologist and author Rachel Carson at home with pet cat Moppet on 24 September 1962. Photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty Image 
(photo source: The Guardian – “What is the Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring?”




Essay by environmentalist Sandra Steingraber on Rachel Carson, woven into Steingraber’s account of the environmental catastrophe of fracking that is currently occurring in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. (Published in Orion Magazine, Sept/Oct 2012 issue.)


Pesticide Giants Contribute Millions of Dollars Towards Campaign to Defeat California's Proposition 37 for Labeling of Genetically Modified Food

A recent survey shows that people in California are in favor by at least two to one of Proposition 37 for labeling of genetically modified food (proposition to be voted on in November 2012). The world’s largest pesticide companies  - Monsanto, Dupont, BASF, Dow Agrosciences, Bayer and Syngenta - have spent nearly $20 million to defeat this proposition because genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a boon for the pesticide industry. The use of pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup has exploded since the planting of GMO crops. This MapLight analysis of California Secretary of State data says it all. (See full article posted on Common Dreams, 4 October 2012.) 



Wi-Fi and Cell Phones Pose a Much Greater Danger Than Most People Realize

Thank you to Wake Up World for posting this article from educate-yourself.org on the risks of Wi-Fi and cell phones. In it, the author mentions that people may experience calcification of organ and muscular tissue cell walls due to excessive exposure to high intensity microwave energy fields, such as those found in a home with a WiFi router, WiFi printer, WiFi mouse, Smart Meters, near cell phone towers, etc.

Find Out the Facts – WiFi and Cell Phones Pose a Much Greater Danger Than Most People Realize
by Ken Adachi - educate-yourself.org

I’ve posted a few articles in prior years (links at the bottom) on the dangers of cell phone usage and the damaging health effects from microwave energy fields, but the two videos seen below add powerful evidence that holding a cell phone against your ear while talking is the dumbest thing you could possible do.

The damage to children, especially very young children, is exponentially greater than that of adults. If you care about your kids living a normal life span, do NOT give them a cell phone – ever.

Other microwave electronic devices such as Smart Meters and WiFi computer components, are adding a tremendous burden of toxic, microwave EMF pollution to the body that is having a cumulative–and disastrous–effect.

11 October 2012

Pharmaceutical Companies Continue Drug Experiments in Third World Countries for Profit

A 1996 Pfizer drug trial in Nigeria
 was blamed for the deaths of 11 children

Another dark side to pharmaceutical companies: using third world people as guinea pigs for experimental drugs without regard for their health or even their very lives. It is not only underdeveloped countries that are being used as testing grounds for experimental drug and vaccine trials (see "Babies Under the Age of One Recruited for Vaccine Trials", where vaccines were tested on babies in Argentina). 




Pharmaceutical Companies Continue Drug Experiments in Underdeveloped Nations for Profit 
by Susanne Posel, 23 June 2012, Occupy Corporatism

Pharmaceutical corporations, like Novo Nordisk, have been using underdeveloped countries as testing grounds for experimental drug trials. Doctors are beginning to speak out against this practice, citing that it has more to do with increasing profits and less to do with scientific research.

02 October 2012

Adverse Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment


This is being re-posted as October is breast cancer awareness month.  It is a summary of the event held at Geneva's University Hospital (HUG) on the adverse effects of breast cancer treatment, a subject that is sometimes not openly discussed in a forum of caregivers, patients and members of advocacy and support groups.  The event was the first of its kind held in Geneva.

On 10 October 2011, an entire day devoted to the adverse effects of breast cancer treatment in the French-speaking part of Switzerland was organized at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) by the Breast Cancer Network:  “Survive and Live”.  It is the first time that such an event, focusing on the adverse effects of breast cancer treatment, was held in Geneva.  More such events should be organized, also for other cancers and diseases, because an open discussion which includes care-givers, patients and members of support groups can add to the understanding and compassion of all parties concerned.



The day was organized around themes concerning adverse effects, with moving testimonies of persons who have suffered these effects, presentations by experts, a discussion panel comprised of doctors, care-givers and members of support groups, and interaction with the public.  Mrs. Isabelle Moncada, journalist and producer of the Suisse Romande Television health program,“36.9”, led the discussions.  Themes included:  physical integrity and identity, functional capacity, dental and oral side effects, sexuality and fertility, depression, fatigue, vitality, and problems of memory and concentration.  There were also presentations on treatment possibilities with complementary medicine, projects for readapting cancer treatment to address side effects, the « Wilsdorf Logbook” (Carnet de Bord), source of the statistics cited in the presentations.  A public lecture was held in the evening:  “An oncology for maintaining quality of life ».