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31 May 2015

Beau Biden, U.S. Vice President's Son, Dies at 46 of Brain Cancer

Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Beau.
(Towards Better Health's choice of photo)
Beau Biden, vice president’s son, dies at 46 of brain cancer
by Paul Kane, The Washington Post,
30 May 2015

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years.

Biden, 46, the oldest son of the vice president and the rising star of a family dynasty, had been admitted recently to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda as he fought the cancer, a battle that his father largely kept private in the last weeks as his son clung to his life.

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us — especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter,” Vice President Biden said in a statement that was released Saturday night.

Reflections on the Use of Wireless Technology

Reflections on the Use of Wireless Technology
by Meris Michaels, 7 April 2013, re-posted 31 May 2015

With cell phones and wireless technology, we are probably where our relationship with tobacco was 50 years ago.

Look at this brief history of the tobacco industry:

- 1964 - Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health links smoking and lung cancer and other diseases.  (Note that this is the first official announcement of a link between smoking and lung cancer in the United States.  In 1956, the British Medical Journal published the results of a British doctors study started in 1951 that gave irrefutable evidence that tobacco smoking increased the risk of lung cancer.)
- 1965 – first warning labels placed on cigarette packs
- 1971 – tobacco ads banned on TV
- 1986 – Surgeon General reports on dangers of secondhand smoke – ban of smoking in public places begins
- 1998 – an agreement forces the tobacco industry to acknowledge the harm it has done
- 2009 – through the Family Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authority to regulate manufacturing and sale of tobacco products.

But the tobacco industry does not give up. In 2008, it spent $10 billion on marketing cigarettes in the United States, targeting especially African Americans and low-income groups.

So, where are we with wireless technology? The U.S. health authorities have not yet recognized the link between cancer and other diseases and electromagnetic radiation EMR) emitted by wireless technology. Once again, we are not learning the lessons from the tobacco scourge in terms of high health costs and human suffering.

30 May 2015

Top Ten Facts about Wi-Fi in School

Children are more vulnerable to microwave radiation
than adults.
Top Ten Facts about Wi-Fi in School
Safe Tech for Schools Maryland, 29 May 2015

Every Parent Needs To Know the Facts
We might assume that Wi-Fi is safe ? Nope.
Regulations and codes may be met, but that doesn't mean it is "safe".
Not a single medical organization states that Wi-Fi is "safe".

Just because it is legal to put in a classroom, doesn't make it right.
Wi-Fi in the classroom could be a serious health hazard for students.

1. Worldwide Schools are Removing Wi-Fi.

Private schools in the United States are removing wireless networks due to health and safety issues.

France has banned constant Wi-Fi in elementary schools and over a dozen countries and have enacted policies to reduce wireless radiation in the classroom.

2. Children are More Vulnerable than Adults.

28 May 2015

Swiss Re SONAR: New Emerging Risk Insights for 2015

De-globalisation, super natural catastrophes, financial repression and the challenges posed by the "internet of things" are some of the risks discussed in Swiss Re's 2015 SONAR. They are also the risks with the highest potential impact.  (See article.)   Following are two extracts:  "Challenges of the Internet of Things" (high risk) and "The Dangers of LED Light" (low risk).

Swiss Re SONAR:   New Emerging Risk Insights for 2015
May 2015 (Document available here.)

Challenges of the Internet of Things (p.11)

Description: 
The Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionise consumer experience and behaviour as well as the management of organisations and societies. By 2025, it is estimated that a family of four could have more than 100 connected devices while individuals may be in daily contact with 3000–5000 connected things.

All I Really Need to Know About EMF I Learned After My Wife Got Sick: A Brief History of Electrosmog

All I Really Need to Know About EMF I Learned After My Wife Got Sick
A Brief History of Electrosmog

by Jonathan Mirin, spiritofchange.org, 
26 May 2015

"Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy." — Tobacco executive internal memo, 1969

"There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone." — Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey in an email to Pacific Gas & Electric's Brian Cherry seized by California authorities, 2010.

History was never my favorite subject. I preferred English, theatre, religion — subjects where the imagination seemed unrestricted by the weight of historical facts. Of course, I had heard the truism about not being able to understand the present without knowing the past. I appreciated the idea intellectually. But it wasn't until my wife Godeliève Richard, a Swiss dancer/choreographer and visual artist, became sick in the spring of 2010 and we came to understand, after three torturous years, that the root of her suffering was her sensitivity to RF (radio frequency) wireless radiation of the sort emitted by cell towers, cell phones, computers trying to pick up Wifi, Wifi enabled routers, cordless phones, tablets, our electric meter, etc., etc., etc., that I became an avid student of history.

27 May 2015

Cell Phones and Blood-Brain Barrier: Chinese Scientists Confirm Findings of Swedish Salford Group

(Image selected by Editor of "Towards
Better Health")
Cell Phones and Blood-Brain Barrier: Chinese scientists confirm findings of Swedish Salford group
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 18 May 2015

Chinese scientists, from the group of Gang Zhu, apparently confirmed, and expanded on, findings of Swedish group of Leif Salford but… nobody is talking about it…

Leif Salford, neurosurgeon at Lund University Hospital in Sweden, and his research team published several studies showing that exposure of rats to cell phone radiation causes leakage of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and impairs cognition:

Increased blood-brain barrier permeability in mammalian brain 7 days after exposure to the radiation from a GSM-900 mobile phone. Nittby H, Brun A, Eberhardt J, Malmgren L, Persson BR, Salford LG. Pathophysiology. 2009 Aug;16(2-3):103-12.

Cognitive impairment in rats after long-term exposure to GSM-900 mobile phone radiation. Nittby H, Grafström G, Tian DP, Malmgren L, Brun A, Persson BR, Salford LG, Eberhardt J. Bioelectromagnetics. 2008 Apr;29(3):219-32.

United States: New House Bill H.R. 2232 Designed to Force Vaccines onto the American Population

New house bill H.R.2232 designed to force vaccines onto the American population
Posted by Allison Reed, staff writer, naturalhealth365.com, 24 May 2015

(NaturalHealth365) Vaccines are at the core of a contentious debate in the United States – one that rages between people who dare to question the ingredients in mass-produced big pharma immunizations and those who believe dangerous chemicals are the foundation of good health. Today’s parents are bombarded with facts, opinions and downright lies about vaccine dangers from friends, family, media and even physicians.

However, it is the right and duty of all parents to sift through all the talk about vaccines and make an informed decision about whether to refuse immunizations for their own children. But, is that right going to be stripped away by controlling government interests?

United States: MCS and EHS Included in New National Council on Disability Transportation Report

MCS and EHS Included in New National Council on Disability Transportation Report
Seriously Sensitive to Pollution, 27 May 2015

Press Release from National Center for Environmental Health Strategies
~ Mary Lamielle
… excerpts …

National Council on Disability Transportation Report Addresses Chemical and Electrical Sensitivities; Recommends Changes in Policies and Practices to Improve Access

The document recommends that the Justice Department “develop standards and guidance on the access requirements for people with chemical or electrical sensitivities.” This recommendation for “people with MCS” was previously made in the June 13, 2005 transportation report, “The Current State of Transportation for People with Disabilities in the United States.

The 2015 report also suggests that transit agencies eliminate environmental barriers such as fragranced products and avoid nonessential chemical and electromagnetic exposures. It encourages transit agencies to ask employees to avoid smoking and the use of fragrances and scented personal care products. The final recommendation urges transit agencies to “encourage passengers to avoid using fragrances and scented personal care products, and to accommodate people who are negatively affected by environmental exposures upon request.”

Apple Inc. Watch Causes Skin Rashes For Some

Because of the rashes coming from wearing Fitbits, 14 users have decided to file a joint lawsuit against Fitbit. (See "100s Report Rashes from Smartwatch, Lawsuits Filed".)  Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to investigate the rash reports.  Wearers of the Apple Watch are also complaining that the band of the smartwatch is causing skin rashes.

Apple Inc. Watch Causes Skin Rashes For Some (AAPL)
smarteranalyst.com, 5 May 2015

Complaints about the recently released Apple Inc.Watch are continuing to roll in. First some were complaining that the sensors don’t work properly on tattooed skin or with long sleeves. Now others are complaining that the band of the smartwatch has caused skin rashes.

Apple Watch band causing rashes

Ispazio, an Italian-language website, was the first to report complaints about the skin rashes. An Apple Watch owner sent in photos showing red splotches around their wrist where the band touches the skin. There’s a space where the face of the watch would be on the arm, indicating clearly that it’s the band which is causing the skin rash.

25 May 2015

Netherlands Bans Monsanto's Roundup to Protect Citizens from Carcinogenic Glyphosate

Netherlands bans Monsanto's Roundup to protect citizens from carcinogenic glyphosate
by Jennifer Lilley, Natural News, 24 May 2015

(NaturalNews) In the Netherlands, people who have been spraying their lawns and gardens with Roundup will have to find another way to protect their land from pests. Late last year, the Dutch parliament voted to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties. The ban, under which agricultural use is excluded, was initially proposed several years ago. However, it is thought that Monsanto influence prevented it from taking place at the time.

A large factor in the vote is thought to be the Party for Animals, a political party in the Netherlands that places an emphasis on animal rights and welfare and aims to influence and guide political decisions. Their involvement in various matters makes it difficult for parliament to turn a blind eye towards environmental matters such as glyphosate use; this, coupled with an increasing number of citizens who have expressed concerns about health as it pertains to the chemical, led to the decision to ban it towards the end of 2015.

24 May 2015

India: Recent Studies Demonstrating the Relationship Between EMF Radiation and Health Problems

From the WHO EMF Project website - recent studies from India demonstrating the relationship between EMF Radiation and health problems for the attention of the government, presented by Dr. Sharma from the Indian Council of Medical Research.  Dr. Sharma is one of the 200 scientists who signed the EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations and WHO.  You may view here his recent presentation on radiofrequency radiations and human health to the WHO/IAC Meeting, 4-6 May 2015.

Short report on the national activities on EMF
Dr. R. S. Sharma, Sr. Deputy Director General & Scientist - G Indian Council of Medical Research Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029, India.

General research activities in India related to EMF health –

i. Shahin S, Mishra V, Singh SP, Chaturvedi CM. 2.45-GHz microwave irradiation adversely affects reproductive function in male mouse, Mus musculus by inducing oxidative and nitrosative stress. Free Radic Res. 2014; 48(5):511-25. 

23 May 2015

Fukushima Children Face 6,000 % Increase of Thyroid Cancer

Fukushima prefectural government announced they found malignant or possible malignant thyroid tumor from 127 children so far.  Among 127 children, they confirmed 103 children cases are thyroid cancer.  Before 3/11, pediatric thyroid cancer was found only in one of 1 million children. The population of Fukushima prefecture is approx. 2 million in 2012.  They have tested only 0.4 million children so far.  Also, Fukushima health investigative committee announced in the press conference that the thyroid tumor inspector, Suzuki, professor from Fukushima medical university resigned “in order to focus on the medical treatment of thyroid cancer”. (Article from Fukushima Diary, 18 May 2015)

Fukushima children face 6,000 % increase of thyroid cancer
Source: Pravda.Ru, 21 May 2015

The Japanese children have been hit with thyroid cancer.

The drastic 6,000 % increase of cases has been observed. 16 new cases were detected between January and March, according to the Fukushima authorities. The total number of young people with the disease came up to 103.

Canada: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Considers the Duty to Accommodate Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

"Although EHS [electromagnetic hypersensitivity] has not yet been widely accepted by the medical and scientific communities as an illness or identifiable condition, individuals suffering from EHS may be able to establish that they have a disability within the meaning of the Human Rights Code."


HRTO considers the duty to accommodate electromagnetic hypersensitivity
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Canada, 19 May 2015

As employers implement wireless and electrical technologies that find their way into every corner of the workplace, employees are starting to submit accommodation requests in order to avoid the invisible forces emitted by those technologies. For example, employees are beginning to request that they be located away from wireless routers and computer closets. There are currently only a few decisions that address the issue of accommodating electromagnetic sensitivities, including a decision issued by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) in Thompson v PUC Distribution Inc., 2015 HRTO 407.

Background

PUC Distribution Inc. (“PUC Distribution”) delivered electricity to Michael’s Thompson’s home through a system of underground cables.

Michael Thompson claimed that he suffered from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (“EHS”), and as a result, he could not tolerate the level of electromagnetic fields (the “EMF”) generated by the cables underneath his home. According to Mr. Thompson, the EMF caused neurological changes including, headaches, stomach pain, and chest pain. He also claimed that he could not sleep well in most rooms of his house due to the EMF.

20 May 2015

5th Paris Appeal: Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: What Role for Electromagnetic Fields and Chemicals?

More news from this conference will be shared with  readers.  The abstracts of the presentations are available on-line in English.

5th Paris Appeal Congress, 18th of May, 2015 Royal Academy of Medicine, Belgium 

IDIOPATHIC ENVIRONMENTAL INTOLERANCE: WHAT ROLE FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND CHEMICALS?

Introductive Conference
Lennart Hardell, Epidemiologist, Professor at Örebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden

Some persons experience side effects from electrical and wireless equipment with symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, skin problems such as itching, pricking and heating, heart arrhythmias, concentration, memory and sleep problems, aches in muscles and joints and so on. The symptoms may depend on the frequency of the electromagnetic field (EMF), and also be very individual depending on sensibility and weakness. The intensity of the symptoms can vary from weak to strong within seconds and last from minutes to several days and make life very disabling.

19 May 2015

Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good, Says Expert

Antidepressant tablets.  Photo:  Jonathan Nourok/
Getty Images
Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, says more than half a million people over the age of 65 die as a result of the use of psychiatric drugs every year in the western world.

Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good, says expert
by Sarah Boseley, Health editor, The Guardian, 12 May 2015

Peter Gøtzsche argues that most prescriptions could be stopped without causing harm, but other experts strongly disagree

Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good and the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be virtually stopped without causing harm, an expert on clinical trials argues in a leading medical journal.

The views expressed in a British Medical Journal debate by Peter Gøtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, are strongly opposed by many experts in mental health. However, others say the debate around the use of psychiatric drugs is important and acknowledge that there has been overuse of antipsychotics to quieten aggressive patients with dementia.

16 May 2015

Insurers Grapple with Wearable Big Data ‘Revolution’

Wearables can monitor bodily functions like heart rate
and even detect illness (AFP)
"Data is getting so large that executives from reinsurance giant Swiss Re believe it could be impossible to get life cover without a wearable device in the next five to 10 years... New devices are springing up all the time that can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns and a variety of other health benchmarks.  Some can detect illnesses, such as glaucoma or diabetes, or help monitor the progress of patients already suffering from these conditions.  Insurers are queuing up to find a way of tapping into this mass of personal health data. This could enable them to offer personalised policies, some with discounts for those leading healthier lifestyles..."

[Our comment:  "Healthier lifestyles?"  It seems contradictory: Swiss Re has rated the "unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields" [which wearable technologies emit] as "high risk - more than 10 years"...  Excerpt from recent Swiss Re document on the unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields (page 11)   Don't insurance companies realize that wearable devices could be a health risk and NOT a means to leading a healthier lifestyle?!]

Insurers grapple with wearable big data ‘revolution’
by Matthew Allen, swissinfo.com, 22 April 2015

Big data is getting so large that executives from reinsurance giant Swiss Re believe it could be impossible to get life cover without a wearable device in the next five to 10 years. Big data may transform the industry, despite privacy issues and potential flaws in the technology.

Request to NGOs worldwide to support the International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations

Request to NGOs worldwide to support the International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations

Announcement from the International EMF Alliance
iemfa.org, 11 May 2015

The International Electromagnetic Field Alliance (IEMFA) has received a statement of support for the International EMF Scientist Appeal submitted to the United Nations on May 11, 2015, from 70 NGOs in 14 countries. See the Appeal at: EMFscientist.org

To date, 198 scientists from 39 nations have signed the Appeal. Each has published peer-reviewed research on biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, including extremely low frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity or radio frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications.

15 May 2015

United States: The Real Nuclear Threats In Your "Backyard"

Interesting article on the U.S.'s 99 nuclear reactors currently operating in 30 states.

The Real Nuclear Threats In Your "Backyard"
by Miriam GermanOriginally published on Counterpunch, 22 April 2015

With Fukushima's multi-core meltdown still smoldering in Japan, how safe are our nuclear power plants? Are the real nuclear threats closer than we think?

In the dark days of March in the year 2015, four years and two weeks after the start of the worst man-made ecological disaster on Earth, a name seemingly forbidden to be spoken by anyone in the greatest malignant Corporate Media Circus, Fukushima-Daiichi melts and smolders in the land of Mordor in the constant shadow of the United States government while John Kerry and Ernest Moniz pretend to give a damn about what happens in a world far away from our Pacific shores of California, Oregon and Washington, far from the homeland of ninety-nine leaking, splitting, cracking, steaming, freezing, coughing and sputtering nuclear power plants which are killing Americans daily, to a bell tolling only to the ears of the spirits already gone from the Valley of Death.

13 May 2015

Selected Quotations from Scientists Who Signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal

We asked some experts to provide us with a statement in response to the following question:
“What do you want the world to know about the importance of this appeal?”

emfscientist.org,

View full text here.

SELECTED QUOTATIONS FROM SCIENTISTS WHO SIGNED THE INTERNATIONAL EMF SCIENTIST APPEAL
(Alphabetical, by country)

Some extracts:

Yury Grigoryev
Russian Federation

“It is immoral that the regulatory standards electromagnetic fields (EMF) used in cellular communication are inadequate and pose a serious health risk. The amount of harm from radio frequency EMF exposure to the brain is inestimable.Children are at higher risk, than professional workers.’

Professor Yury Grigoryev, MD, Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection; Member, International Advisory Committee for the WHO "EMF and Health" Program. Moscow, Russia.
(not presently available for media inquiries)

Dominique Belpomme
France

Phone Radiation: Scientists Appeal to UN to Protect Against Danger of Wireless Devices [Video]

Phone radiation: Scientists appeal to UN to protect against danger of wireless devices [Video]
by Adam Justice, ibtimes.co.uk, 12 May 2015

Nearly 200 scientists submitted an appeal to the United Nations (UN) on Monday (11 May) requesting it to adopt guidelines to protect against the electromagnetic radiation that emit from cell phones, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices.

"They are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely," said Martin Blank, a retired special lecturer in the effects of electromagnetic radiation on cells at Columbia University Medical Center.

"Cell towers are blanketing our neighbourhoods with radiation. It's particularly frightening that radiation from our telecommunication and power line technology is damaging the DNA in our cells. It is clear to many biologists that this can account for the rising cancer rates."

The constant electromagnetic radiation from communication towers could lead to cancer and also cause neurological, cardiac and respiratory disorders, scientists say.

"As cell biologists, we can understand what the cells are saying and it's quite clear," said Blank.

California: Berkeley Adopts Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance on Unanimous Vote

Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance
saferemr.com, 12 May 2015

Berkeley Adopts Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance on Unanimous Vote

This evening the Berkeley City Council adopted the cell phone "right to know" ordinance on a unanimous vote of 9-0. Berkeley is the first city in the nation to pass a cell phone radiation ordinance since San Francisco disbanded its ordinance after a two-year court battle with the CTIA

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig helped draft the ordinance and presented it to the Council on behalf of city staff.

The only opposition to the ordinance came from the CTIA--The Wireless Association. The CTIA claims that consumers would be scared if they were directed to read the information that the FCC requires they provide to consumers.

11 May 2015

International Scientists Appeal to the United Nations to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology

Dr. Martin Blank
Video Statement (3 min.) by Spokesperson Martin Blank, PhD: EMFscientist.org

International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology
businesswire.com, 11 May 2015

WHO’s conflicting stance on risk needs strengthening, says 190 scientists

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.

The “International EMF Scientist Appeal” asks the Secretary General and UN affiliated bodies to encourage precautionary measures, to limit EMF exposures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women.

The Appeal highlights WHO’s conflicting positions about EMF risk. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Radiofrequency radiation as a Group 2B “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011, and Extremely Low Frequency fields in 2001. Nonetheless, WHO continues to ignore its own agency’s recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines, developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders, have long been criticized as non-protective.

10 May 2015

My Daughter's Story of Cell Phone Breast Cancer

Tiffany Frantz
Tiffany was only 21 when she was diagnosed with an unusual breast cancer directly under the place she carried her phone in her bra. She did not know that the manual stated she should keep the phone at a distance from her body.

My Daughter's Story of Cell Phone Breast Cancer
by Traci Frantz

An Open Letter

My name is Traci Frantz and I live in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. On January 4, 2012 my daughter, Tiffany, was diagnosed (in Lancaster, PA) with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in her left breast. Tiffany submitted to genetic testing and, as a family, we underwent genetic counseling. Genetic tests including BRCA1, BRCA2 and TP53 tested negative. Therefore, there is no genetic pre-disposition to breast cancer. However, Tiffany stored her cell phone in her bra (against her bare skin) for at least 5 years, every day, all day (12 hours/day) and the masses that were found lined up exactly with where she stored her cell phone.

08 May 2015

Electrohypersensitivity – In January 2015, How Far from January 1945 Were We?

"The functional impairment electrohypersensitivity actually works as a mirror into which our so-called democracy and it’s representatives reflect themselves. And the image that comes back at us is not flattering for our society, not at all. In Luke 23:34 you can read “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. Maybe it is time to rewrite the Bible and instead have “Father, do not forgive them, for they know exactly what they are doing”…?"


Electrohypersensitivity – In January 2015, how far from January 1945 were we?
by Olle Johansson, associate professor in neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, newsvoice.se, 24 February 2015

I will always remember January 2015. That month we all commemorated the terrifying atrocities performed by the Nazis in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau; it was then 70 years after the camp had been liberated by the Allied forces. It is with an enormous sense of shame and guilt one watches the films and written documents describing what happened then, and the role certain medical doctors had in the horrible experiments and brutal killings of Jews, Romani, Slavs, communists, and the functionally impaired persons.

The parallels between January 2015 and January 1945 are present and real. In January 2015, we could witness in Sweden a huge mass media-based attack launched against persons with the functional impairment called electrohypersensitivity. They were accused of not having a proper diagnosis, no proofs to back their claims of ill health when exposed to the moderns society’s artifical electrosmog, and so it was meant that they obviously should not be entitled to any economic support from the Swedish state.

Medical doctors (including the head of the Swedish Medical Association, Dr. Heidi Stensmyren!), journalists, reporters, news anchors, and newspaper editors, all participated in this witch-hunt, and views such as:

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Health: Radiofrequency Radiation: 28 April 2015: Presentation by Dr. Riina Bray

"We see EHS in people who have predisposing stressors such as cardiac arrhythmias, neurological problems, physical and mental exhaustion, previous prolonged exposures as with teachers and technicians working in wireless institutions, the airline industry, computer and information technology, and health professionals in institutions where wireless technology is used for monitoring.

In my opinion... those at highest risk for EHS include the fetus, children, the elderly, the infirm, those with predisposing morbidities—usually cardiac and neurological—and those with a toxic overload. They are all at risk for adverse health effects from this insufficiently regulated, poorly studied, man-made environmental health hazard—the radio and microwaves ranging from 10 kilohertz to 10 gigahertz to hundreds of gigahertz." : Dr. Riina Bray

Parliament of Canada
Standing Committee on Health: Radiofrequency Radiation - EVIDENCE - 28 April 2015


Dr. Riina Bray (Medical Director, Environmental Health Clinic, Women’s College Hospital, As an Individual):

 Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Riina Bray. I have a degree in chemical engineering and a master's in pharmacology in the area of addictions and toxicology. I studied medicine at the University of Toronto and did a specialty in family practice. I have a master's in health sciences, public health, in family and community medicine.

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Health: Minutes on Wireless Radiation, 23 April 2015: Presentation by Dr. Magda Havas

"Schools that have installed Wi-Fi, the telecommunications industry that installs antennas on hospitals and in residential communities, and provincial and municipal governments that do not have expertise in this area, all hide behind Health Canada's Safety Code 6, with the false perception that they are being protected. What they don't realize is that this guideline was designed to protect military personnel from heating of tissue averaged over a six-minute period. It was not intended to protect the infant in the crib lying next to a wireless baby monitor that emits microwave radiation for 12 hours a day":  Dr. Magda Havas 


Parliament of Canada
H.E.S.A. committee minutes on wireless radiation, Standing Committee on Health, 23 April 2015


Dr. Magda Havas (Professor, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University, As an Individual):

Thank you very much for the invitation to address you today. My name is Dr. Magda Havas and I'm an associate professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

For the past 25 years I have been teaching university students about the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation, which are collectively referred to as “electrosmog”. It is my belief that electrosmog is the emerging public health issue, due largely but not entirely to the rapid proliferation of wireless technology. Concern among health care practitioners and the public is growing as chronic illness increases and health care costs rise.

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Health: Minutes on Wireless Radiation, 23 April 2015: Presentation by Mr. Frank Clegg

"We're asking the committee to take three decisive steps.  First, conduct a national campaign to educate Canadians about methods to minimize exposure to RF radiation, ban Wi-Fi in day care centres and preschools, and ban the marketing of wireless devices to children.  Second, protect individuals who are sensitive to RF radiation by accommodating them with safer levels of wireless exposure in federal workplaces and federal areas of responsibility.  Third, and finally, create an adverse reporting system for Canadians and a publicly available database to collect improved data regarding potential links between health effects and exposure to RF radiation":  Frank Clegg

Parliament of Canada
H.E.S.A. committee minutes on wireless radiation, Standing Committee on Health, 23 April 2015

Mr. Frank Clegg (Chief Executive Officer, C4ST, Canadians For Safe Technology):

Mr. Chair and committee members, I'd like to thank you for the invitation to speak with you this afternoon and for deciding to invest committee time on Safety Code 6.

When I ran the Canadian operations for Microsoft, I learned that it is critical to focus on process. Today, as a board member for Indigo Books and Music, my role has shifted more towards governance and oversight. In both roles, process is critical to success. Government is the largest corporation of all, so process is of paramount importance. As someone who regularly examines success and failure, I believe I can explain why the Safety Code 6 process is a failure by all metrics and has left Canadians unprotected.

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Health: Minutes on Wireless Radiation, 23 April 2015: Presentation by Dr. Anthony Miller

"These studies, we believe, reinforce the evidence that radio frequency fields are not just a possible human carcinogen but a probable human carcinogen, putting it in the category 2A. It would be impossible to ignore such a hazard in regulatory approaches" : Dr. Anthony Miller

Parliament of Canada
H.E.S.A. committee minutes on wireless radiation, Standing Committee on Health, 23 April 2015

Dr. Anthony Miller (Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, As an Individual):

 Mr. Chair, members of the committee, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to present on Health Canada's review of the evidence for Safety Code 6, which I believe has led to unsafe conclusions.

I am a physician and epidemiologist specializing in cancer etiology, prevention, and screening. I have performed research on ionizing radiation and cancer, electromagnetic fields and cancer, and other aspects of cancer causation. I have served on many committees assessing the carcinogenicity of various exposures, including working groups of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, commonly known as IARC, of which Canada is a member. I was the first Canadian member of their scientific council.

05 May 2015

Is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Real?

Olle Johansson is the Associate Professor of Neuroscience
 at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.  He places the number
of electrosensitive people in Sweden at about 250,000.
Australia does not recognise electromagnetic hypersensitivy (EHS) as a condition or disability.  In 2002, Sweden became the first country to formally recognise EHS as a physical impairment.

Allergic to TV and mobile phones: Is 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity' real?
by Abbie O'Brien, sbs.com.au,
23 April 2015

A growing number of people are blaming their health problems on mobile phones and television, saying they are allergic to electromagnetic fields. But is it all in their heads?

"Every single aspect of my life has been destroyed. Every single aspect."

Bruce Evans has been living with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) since 2007. While there is no medical diagnosis for the condition, it is characterised by a range of symptoms which sufferers attribute to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), particularly those caused by broadcasting devices. The most common symptoms include dermatological symptoms, nausea, headaches, and tinnitus.

"No one understands our condition or the situation we're in," he said. "It's an invisible sort of thing. You can't see what’s happening to us - you can only see our reaction to it.”

Canada: 7th Grade Student Conducts Experiment: Do Cell Phones Inhibit Growth?


Lucas Brenninkmeijer is a grade 7 student at Oakville Christian School who recently tied for first place in their Science Fair competition. In his project , Do Cell Phones Inhibit Growth?, Lucas conducted an experiment to determine what would happen to the growth of seeds if they were exposed to a cell phone. The experiment compared the growth of seeds on a tray with a cell phone in the middle and on a tray without a phone. The results of the experiment consistently showed that the seeds grown on the tray with the cell phone were shorter and less dense than the seeds grown on the tray with no phone. Lucas will be going to the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) in Hamilton in March to present his project.

Source: Terence Young
Member of Parliament, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Australia: The Facts About Brain Cancer

"No risk factors have been identified" [for brain cancer]. This is not true! What about cell-phone use? Would readers kindly educate the Cancer Council of Victoria which made this statement about environmental risk factors?

Partnership... Carrie Bickmore's husband Greg Lange died
of brain cancer in 2010.  Photo:  News Corp
Australia.  Source:  News Limited
Logies 2015: What you need to know about brain cancer after Carrie Bickmore’s speech
news.com.au, 5 May 2015

IN her beanie-clad Gold Logie acceptance speech, Carrie Bickmore spoke about brain cancer — the illness that claimed the life of her husband.

“Everyone thinks it’s this rare form of cancer, it is not,” The Project co-host said onstage, clutching her gold statute.

“It kills more people under 40 (than any other cancer) — and that’s a lot of you in this room.

“It kills more kids than any other disease.”

Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper described Bickmore’s words as “incredibly significant”.

04 May 2015

Switzerland: Review of Electrosmog Norms : Letter to Members of the Parliament (National Council)

Cell phone antennas in Switzerland
(Image selected by the Editor of Towards Better Health)
Challenging the Electrosmog Norms for Switzerland 
Press document, Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques (ARA) , Morges,
4 May 2015 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

Morges, 4 May 2015 - Recently, ARA (Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques) sent to each one of the 200 members of the Swiss National Council an information file on the risks of electromagnetic pollution.  This file consists of a brochure entitled "Electromagnetic Waves - They have been causing headaches for nearly 100 years" by Pierre Dubochet, the DVD "Microwaves, Science and Lies" by the Septième Factory [1], and a covering letter in French and German.

This summer, the National Council will be debating solutions relating to the saturation of the mobile phone network, due to increasing demand.  In spite of the many scientific studies showing that electromagnetic fields, even at low levels, have biological effects, our members of Parliament remain ill-informed of the health issues.  A large majority of them believe they are protected by the norms of ORNI (Ordinance on protection from non-ionizing radiation) without knowing that these norms are solely based on thermal effects.

03 May 2015

The Problem With Keeping Your Cell Phone in Your Bra

There is only one mention of the carcinogenic link to keeping cell phones in bras in this article:  "I think it unlikely that mobile phones cause cancer, all things considered. But using your breasts as a storage area for an outside-chance carcinogenic thing is like laughing at fate."   We would like Dr. Devra Davis to educate the Norwegian Prime Minister.

The problem with keeping your phone in your bra
by Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 27 April 2015

Erna Solberg, the Norwegian PM, slipped her mobile into a bra while watching a football match. Has she considered the consequences?

“It is neither a common nor long-lasting place for me to keep my phone,” the Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg told reporters, after the video footage emerged. There she is, watching a game of football. “Tsk. Annoying mobile phones. Where is a lady supposed to keep it?” says her face, whereupon she slips it into her bra.

The eight immediate problems with the tactic are as follows:

02 May 2015

Cordless DECT Phones: Even More Dangerous Than Cell Phones

Your cordless phone is bombarding you with microwave radiation
by Dena Schmidt, staff writer in EMF Pollution, naturalhealth365.com, 29 April 2015

(NaturalHealth365) With all of the focus on the dangers of cell phones and EMF pollution, not as much has been discussed about the significant dangers posed by cordless phones. However, when it comes to microwave radiation, cordless DECT phones (DECT = Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) are actually even more dangerous than cell phones.

We, at NaturalHealth365, have been highlighting the dangers of EMF pollution – for some time now. But, the problem remains, most people find this information hard to ‘digest’, especially when you consider that it’s an invisible threat. (Unlike toxic pesticides in our food supply)

When you double the microwave radiation, you double the cancer risk

Not only does a cordless DECT phone transmit electromagnetic radiation while you’re using it; it’s also continually emitting microwave radiation from its base even when not in use. (Cell phones transmit harmful radiation while not in use as well). When not in use, cordless DECT phones are emitting radiation from both the handset and the base on a continual basis in your home.