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

EMF Studies

30 September 2016

Personal Testimony of the Health Effects of Chemtrails/ Geo-Engineering

"I'm repeatedly seeing patterns with apparent geo-engineering activity however, when excessive microwave exposure from wi-fi, cordless phones transmitters etc and other factors can be ruled out. It's difficult to not come to the conclusion that it's having a frustratingly profound influence on my health. What has the world come to when working and living outdoors becomes a serious health hazard?!"

Personal Testimony of the Health Effects of Chemtrails/ Geo-Engineering
posted 30 September 2016

An electrohypersensitive person has provided this testimony.  Such testimonies on the health effects of chemtrails are rare.  We deeply thank him for sharing his story and speaking out about this issue.  

Thursday was a lovely day, with predominantly cumulus clouds and little to no persistent plane trails / artificial clouds and a much deeper blue than is all too usual. Natural, crisp sunlight and other natural frequencies were allowed through and by Thurs eve (likely in significant part due my cells having a chance to detox), I was feeling much better and mentally sharper than usual with my electro-sensitivity in much better check than the norm. Despite sleeping in the van cab, I slept relatively well on Thurs night and woke without a headache and with energy which is so rare, joyed to see the deep blue and cumulus clouds that greeted me above.

The skies changed quickly on Friday, with persistent plane trails beginning to form sections of cirrus cloud above the cumulus which continued through the day and eve, with much plane traffic and the blue dimmed progressively until there was total whiteout... Last night I began to feel progressively more rough....fatigued, dizzy, nauseous, cognitively challenged, headache built and electro-sensitivity ever increasing with some intense peaks of signals.

Snowstorms and Raging Wildfires in the Same Region on the Same Day: Welcome to Geoengineering!

"Climate engineering is nothing short of a covert weapon to control populations at the expense of the entire web of life. If we are to salvage what is left of the planet’s life support systems, the climate engineering insanity must be exposed and halted. Help us in this most critical battle, make your voice heard." 

Snowstorms and Raging Wildfires in the Same Region on the Same Day: Welcome to Geoengineering!
by Dane Wigington, Guest writer for Wake Up World,
24 September 2016 - Extracts of article

The total disruption of Earth's normal and natural cyclical
pattern is shockingly visible.
Climate engineers are increasingly desperate to hide the accelerating planetary meltdown with short term chemically nucleated cool-downs. Engineered cool-downs have been a major component of the climate engineering assault for many decades. The chemical cool-downs create the headlines the power structure needs to continue the population’s confusion and division in regard to the true state of the climate. Yellowstone National Park is the latest example of chemically ice nucleated deception. (The photo above was taken in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, September 12, 2016.)

Now the iPhone 7 Is Exploding

Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding

by Zach Epstein, bgr.com, 29 September 2016

The world’s leading smartphone makers just can’t stop copying each other. While the company has certainly improved its image over the past few years, Samsung is likely most famous for being an Apple copycat. After all, the company was sued repeatedly by Apple for stealing its technology and designs. And as we all learned, things got so crazy at one point that Samsung even created a 132-page internal document to help its engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. Of course, Apple ishardly innocent in all this. The iPhone maker has aped plenty of features from Android in recent years, and it probably never would have made iPhones with large displays if Samsung hadn’t paved the way.

But now, things have gone way too far…

Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in California Cell-Phone Warning Case

(D3Damon/iStockphoto)
Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in CA Cell-Phone Warning Case
publicnewsservice.org, 29 September 2016

Allegations of potential judicial conflict of interest have surfaced in a cell-phone warning case. 

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allegations have surfaced that a judge in the case against Berkeley's cell phone warning ordinance has ties to the wireless industry.

CTIA, the wireless industry trade group (formerly the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), is challenging a law that requires stores to post information on proper cell phone use so that radiation exposure doesn’t exceed federal guidelines.

The case was heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in mid-September by a three-member panel that included Judge Michelle Friedland, whose husband, Daniel Kelly, is allegedly an engineer with wireless company Tarana.

Recognition of Electrohypersensitivity as a Functional Impairment (Disability)

We felt that these comments from Professor Olle Johansson in response to a post on Dave Ashton's blog ("Being Electrosensitive") merited being placed here.  Professor Johansson reminds us that electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a functional impairment (disability).  It is the environment that is sick - "inferior and potentially toxic", not EHS persons.  "The whole environment must be accessibility-adapted... People with functional impairments should have full access to the entire society... EHS persons should be protected under the UN 22 Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities/The UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Functional Impairments."  Sadly, this is not the case in most countries and there are attempts to move EHS from the functional impairment paradigm to the patient/disease one.

Comments from Professor Olle Johansson

Being Electrosensitive, 29 September 2016

The comments from Professor Olle Johansson below are in response to Stephanie Dickerson's post on 14th August 2016, entitled "A Story of Ehs, and Accepting Loss".
https://beingelectrosensitive.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/a-story-of-ehs-and-accepting-loss.html

29 September 2016

Doctors Disagree With Charges Against California Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, Assert Vaccine Safety Is A Concern

Some very brave California doctors have come forward to voice their concerns about the attack on the license of pediatrician Bob Sears over his issuing a medical waiver for vaccines in a state that has recently enacted a mandatory vaccination law.

Doctors Disagree With Charges Against Dr. Bob Sears, Assert Vaccine Safety Is A Concern
by Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., resetme, 27 September 2016

On September 2, 2016, the Medical Board of California filed an accusation against Dr. Robert Sears, a Capistrano Beach pediatrician and author of several books, including a comprehensive guide to vaccines.

(Photo: All 3 of Cammy Benton, M.D.'s daughters had adverse reactions to childhood vaccines. Genetic testing revealed that the girls were methylation compromised, making it harder for their bodies to detoxify. Benton says the Medical Board's allegation of "gross negligence" against Dr. Robert Sears is completely unfounded.  

Dr. Benton says her two older daughters who are fully vaccinated have ongoing health problems, including learning challenges, gastrointestinal issues, and allergies, which were caused by vaccines. She and her husband stopped vaccinating their youngest daughter when she was four months old. She has not had any vaccines since. Benton says that, unlike her sisters, the three-year-old has never needed an antibiotic and rarely gets sick.

Photo credit: Kinston Photography.)

The Medical Board of California claimed Sears “was grossly negligent in his care and treatment of J.G., a minor, who he saw for six office visits between April 2014 and May 2015.”

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone
Environmental Health Trust

Our family has transitioned from wireless to wired. Here’s how how to hardwire your iPad, iPod, and iPhone and other favorite devices safely to the Ethernet.

Transitioning from wireless to wired has been more of a journey than a decision. Our home was not wired for Ethernet, thus we had to learn to live with the inconvenience of cables running throughout the house. I wouldn’t trade the peace of mind, however, and my three teens have adapted well. Especially once we corded their favorite devices!

With a little ingenuity and a few supplies, you’ll be able to enjoy your devices without the added burden of wireless frequencies.

‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care

Credit:  Sonny Figueroa/
The New York Times
"Medical care is considerably more than data management or even disease management. A whole world of comfort, counseling, talk and touch counters Dr. Topol’s vision of patient as data spreadsheet."

Patient, Heal Thyself - ‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care
by Abigail Zuger, M.D. , The New York times, 5 January 2015

Dr. Eric Topol and I appear to practice medicine on two different planets. This fact makes it difficult for me to comment sensibly on his books, let alone critique them. Instead, I read along with mouth slightly agape, marveling at this missive from a far-off place whose atmosphere, physical laws and inhabitants bear no resemblance to the ones I know.

Dr. Topol is a cardiologist who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and also serves as editor in chief of the website Medscape. His title at Scripps, “Professor of Innovative Medicine,” says it all: Like a fundamentalist preacher heralding the apocalypse, he preaches the end of medicine as we know it and the dawn of rigorous, digitally perfected, accurate and cost-effective care.

More on How Cellphones Are Linked to Brain Cancer

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
More on how cellphones are linked to brain cancer
by Ronald Melnick, Opinion, jhnewsandguide.com,
28 September 2016

Contrary to what Bob Culver asserts in his commentary in the Jackson Hole News&Guide on Sept. 21 (“Phones haven’t been proven to cause cancer”), there is a substantial and growing body of independent scientific evidence indicating that non-ionizing microwave radiation from cellphones — RFR — can be damaging to human health.

In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer carried out an extensive review of the world’s literature and classified RFR as a “possible human carcinogen” (published in volume 102 of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, 2013). The section on cancer in humans lists more than 130 references.

28 September 2016

Dangerous and Addictive

The use of Ritalin has increased.  According to Swissmedic,
in 10 years, the quantity of the drug sold in Switzerland
has tripled, passing from 140 kilos in 2005 to 346 in 2014.
Image: Keystone
Our latest opinion piece, published in the Swiss newspaper, 24 heures.

Dangerous and Addictive
23 September 2016

Re article, « Ritalin among employees and students », 26 August 2016

In Switzerland, more and more employees and students are taking Ritalin in order to improve their performance.  A dangerous and addictive drug is being prescribed to children and adults in order to treat attention deficit disorder.  We are ignoring the causes of these problems such as overuse of mobile devices which can decrease concentration and performance.

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers

"In Britain, an escalation of problems associated with tablet use among pre-school children has been reported by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. These include developmental delays in attention span, motor skills and dexterity, speaking and socialisation — as well as an increase in aggressive and antisocial behaviour, obesity and tiredness. A growing number of young children are beginning school without enough dexterity to pick up and play with building blocks."

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers
by Susan L.M. Goldberg, pjmedia.com, 19 September 2016

The other week my very tech-savvy in-laws once again brought up the idea of buying a toy tablet for my toddler. They see how interested he is in pushing buttons and rightfully associate his curiosity with all things electronic with his father’s similar nature. There is one key generational difference between my husband and my son, though: My husband’s first experience with computers didn’t happen until he was close to 10 years old. My son, on the other hand, has been born into the digital age.

United States: Some Cities Are Taking Another Look at LED Lighting After AMA Warning

An LED fixture, bottom, is displayed next to an older 
streetlight, top, in Las Vegas, Nev. on Aug. 3, 2011.
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning
by Michael Ollove, The Washington Post, 
25 September 2016

If people are sleepless in Seattle, it may not be only because they have broken hearts.

The American Medical Association issued a warning in June that high-intensity LED streetlights — such as those in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and elsewhere — emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The AMA also cautioned that those light-emitting-diode lights can impair nighttime driving vision.

Similar concerns have been raised over the past few years, but the AMA report adds credence to the issue and is likely to prompt cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of LED lights they install.

'A Deadly Wandering' by Matt Richtel: Book Review

A driver can remain distracted for up
to 15 seconds after sending a text.
Credit: Mike Blake/ Reuters
In 2014 in the United States, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (Ref: distraction.gvt)

Attention Must Be Paid
'A Deadly Wandering,' by Matt Richtel

by Robert Kolkersept, The New York Times, 25 September 2014

Reggie Shaw is the man responsible for the most moving portion of “From One Second to the Next,” the director Werner Herzog’s excruciating (even by Werner Herzog standards) 35-minute public service announcement, released last year as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign against texting and driving. In the film, Shaw, now in his 20s, recounts the rainy morning in September 2006 that he crossed the line of a Utah highway, knocking into a car containing two scientists, James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, who were heading to work nearby. Both men were killed. Shaw says he was ­texting a girlfriend at the time, adding in unmistakable anguish that he can’t even ­remember what he was texting about. He is next seen taking part in something almost inconceivable: He enters the scene where one of the dead men’s daughters is being interviewed, and receives from that woman a warm, earnest, tearful, cathartic hug.

Health of More Than 90% of World's Population Affected by Air Pollution 'Emergency', WHO Says

On the WHO map, green represents areas of clean air with
pollution increasing from yellow to red.  WHO
Health of more than 90% of world’s population affected by air pollution ‘emergency’, WHO says
by Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent,
Independent, 27 September 2016

‘Air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, and affects economies and people’s quality of life – it is a public health emergency’

More than nine out of every 10 people on the planet live in areas whereair pollution breaches official safety limits – and millions of people are dying as a result, according to new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

An interactive map produced by WHO shows vast areas of the world are bathed in tiny particles from pollutants such as sulphate, nitrates and black carbon, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and beyond, leading to an array of deadly diseases. China, India, eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are among the worst affected regions.

"We Are The Evidence" Testimony to the Federal Communications Commission

"We Are the Evidence" (W.A.T.E.) is an advocacy group established to expose the suppressed epidemic of sickness, suffering and human rights crisis created by wireless technology radiation; elevate the voice of those injured; defend and secure their rights and compel society and governments to take corrective actions and inform the public of the harm. W.A.T.E. works through education, lobbying and legal action.

Recently, its CEO, attorney Dafna Tachover, spent time in Washington DC working to expose the epidemic of sickness from wireless technology.  

On 22 September 2016, Dafna Tachover testified before the Federal Communications Commission Disability Advisory Committee.  The Committee was established to make recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission, and to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.

Here is her speech. (6 mn.):


27 September 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Are Overheating, Reports Say

Samsung recalled 2.5 million Note 7 phones after reports
of potentially dangerous overheating.
Credit:  Ariel Gonzalez/ YouTube
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phones are overheating, reports say
by Cara McGoogan, The Telegraph, 
26 September 2016

Samsung's replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones have been overheating and suffering from battery problems, according to reports, fueling concerns that the fixed "exploding" phones could still be unsafe.

Some customers have reported that the updated Note 7 phone, which Samsung began issuing last week after a global recall of the smartphones at the beginning of the month, have been losing power quickly, even when charging, and becoming unexpectedly hot.

The Korean electronics giant acknowledged that some customers in South Korea had complained about the replacement non-removable batteries, according to the Wall Street Journal.

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"
Environmental Health TrustReleaseWire
26 September 2016

Nation's largest group of children’s doctors responds to new government study linking cell phone radiation to cancer

Teton Village, WY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/26/2016 --In response to the U.S. National Toxicology Program study results finding exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices.

"They're not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer," said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee in the AAPs press release on the NTP Study Results.

25 September 2016

When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin

Electronic RFID tags that go under the
skin are being used to store personal
information and give users access to
secure areas.  Photo: Henrik Andree/
Telefonica Basecamp/Digiwell.com
When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin
by Nina Adam and William Wilkes, The Wall Street Journal,
18 September 2016

Tiny implants can replace keys, store business cards and medical data—and eventually a lot more

Patrick Paumen doesn’t have to worry about forgetting his keys and being locked out of his apartment. That is because he doesn’t need a key anymore—he simply unlocks the door with a wave of his hand.

The 32-year-old IT expert from the Dutch city of Heerlen is one of a growing number of people with electronic implants under their skin, mostly to use as keys or for identification.

Mr. Paumen has several such implants, or tags, embedded in the fatty tissue of his hands and his lower arm. He uses separate tags to unlock not only his apartment door, but also his office and the gate to a secure parking lot at work. Another stores information he would otherwise put on a business card—name and contact details—and yet another holds similar information for nonbusiness encounters.

The implants can be activated and scanned by readers that use radio frequency identification technology, or RFID. Those include ordinary smartphones and readers already installed in office buildings to allow entrance with a common ID card.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.

A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
20 September 2016

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.

Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don’t They?

Rafa Alvarez
Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don’t They?
by Matt Richtel, The New York Times, 
24 September 2016

The court filings paint a grisly picture: As Ashley Kubiak sped down a Texas highway in her Dodge Ram truck, she checked her iPhone for messages. Distracted, she crashed into a sport utility vehicle, killing its driver and a passenger and leaving a child paralyzed.

With driving fatalities rising at levels not seen in 50 years, the growing incidence of distracted driving is getting part of the blame. Now a lawsuit related to that 2013 Texas crash is raising a question: Does Apple — or any cellphone maker or wireless company — have a responsibility to prevent devices from being used by drivers in illegal and dangerous ways?

The product liability lawsuit, filed against Apple by families of the victims, contends that Apple knew its phones would be used for texting and did not prevent Ms. Kubiak from texting dangerously. The suit is unlikely to succeed, legal experts said, and a Texas magistrate in August preliminarily recommended the case’s dismissal on grounds that it was unlikely that lawyers could prove that the use of the iPhone caused the fatal accident.

Ms. Kubiak was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to five years on probation. Her lawyer, Jason Cassel, said she now keeps her phone in the back seat.

International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12 -16 October 2016

The first international and citizens' tribunal will be held at The Hague in October 2016. Members of the Steering Committee include:

Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Marie-Monique Robin, Olivier de Schutter, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Hans Herren.



International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12th -16th of October 2016

For an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming.

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. These products include:

Is There Any Hope for Learning?: College Students Addicted to Texts and Tech

And their eyes glazed over
Joelle Renstrom, eon.co, 12 September 2016

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?

I have a rule about cellphones in class: if one disrupts us by ringing, vibrating or sounding an alarm, the owner has to sing a song or bust some dance moves in front of the class. At first, this provision in the syllabus elicits snickers, but it’s no laughing matter. You need to be able to turn off your phones and pay attention, I say. On the first day of class, they shut off their phones. But it doesn’t stay that way.

The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New iPhone 7

iPhone Digital / CC BY-SA 2.0
The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New 
iPhone 7
Posted by Donald Kaufman, truthdig.com,
20 September 2016

New product releases from Apple often are a time for analysis, comparison and celebration. But the arrival of the iPhone 7 has brought unwanted attention to the company’s darker side of globalization, oppression and greed.

In a report from The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty says that Apple oppresses Chinese workers, does not pay its fair share of taxes and deprives Americans of high-paying jobs while making enormous profits.

Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"?

[Consider cell phone and internet addictions when reading this article.]

Is addiction a “brain disease”?
by Michael Bierer, MD, Contributor, health.harvard.edu, 11 March 2016

There are many good reasons to emphasize the biological underpinnings of substance use disorders. Perhaps most important, the biologic basis of this chronic disease is a strong argument for parity: that is, treating (and funding treatment for) addiction on par with other “biologic” diseases.

The stigma and shame of addiction has much to do with the perception that people with substance use disorders are weak, immoral, or simply out for a good time at society’s expense. Understanding that addiction impairs the brain in many important ways may reduce such stigma. What’s more, the specific type of brain dysfunction may help identify a range of effective interventions and preventions. For example, during adolescence, the brain is at its most plastic — and vulnerable. This is a time when caution and intervention may prove most valuable. The earlier the drug exposure or trauma to the brain, the greater the damage.

13-Year-Old Was a Week Away from Death After Delays in Diagnosing Brain Tumour

Campaign:  Lita with mum Emma.
[While we do not know the origin of Lita's brain tumor, we warn everyone - especially children and teenagers - to limit their use of cell phones and use wired headsets when making calls.  Never hold a cell phone directly to the ear:  the user manuals all recommend holding the phone at a certain distance from the head and body.]

13-year-old was a week away from death after delays in diagnosing brain tumour
by Dave_Knapper, stokesentinel.co.uk, 
29 August 2016

SCHOOLGIRL Lita Ruskin was just a week away from death – after delays in diagnosis meant a tumour took over almost half her brain.

Her worried family took Lita to see her GP and optician and even called 999 after she was violently sick and complained of blurred vision.

But the huge mass measuring 10cm by 8cm was discovered nine months after her symptoms began when an specialist discovered her optical nerve was being squashed by the pressure.

Now, as 13-year-old Lita continues her remarkable recovery, her parents are highlighting a campaign to raise awareness of holdups in diagnosing brain tumours in children and particularly girls.

Brain Tumor Risk Linked with Higher Education, Study Finds

Credit:  Peter Titmuss / Shutterstock.com
[Our comment:  Could it be that people with higher levels of education also have jobs which require more frequent use of cell phones? ]

Brain Tumor Risk Linked with Higher Education, Study Finds

by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer, livescience.com, 20 June 2016

People with higher levels of education may be more likely to develop certain types of brain tumors, a new study from Sweden suggests.
Researchers found that women who completed at least three years of university courses were 23 percent more likely to develop a type of cancerous brain tumor called glioma, compared with women who only completed up to nine years of mandatory education and did not go to a university. And men who completed at least three years of university courses were 19 percent more likely to develop the same type of tumor, compared with men who did not go to a university.

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
by Kaveh Waddell, Atlantic, 24 August 2016

It can even be trained to read your lips.

City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals. Homes, streets, businesses, and office buildings are constantly blasting wireless signals every which way for the benefit of nearby phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and other connected paraphernalia.

When those devices connect to a router, they send requests for information—a weather forecast, the latest sports scores, a news article—and, in turn, receive that data, all over the air. As it communicates with the devices, the router is also gathering information about how its signals are traveling through the air, and whether they’re being disrupted by obstacles or interference. With that data, the router can make small adjustments to communicate more reliably with the devices it’s connected to.

How to Think about the Risks of Mobile Phones and Wi-Fi

The U.K. government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir William Stewart, at the tail end of the Mad Cow Disease (BSE) outbreak, told a parliamentary committee [Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones] that, after BSE, ‘Never again will any scientific committee say that there is no risk.’ His group took seriously the uncertainties surrounding mobile phone risks and saw people’s concerns as legitimate ones. He recommended that children should be advised not to use mobile phones, that phones should carry labels with their Specific Absorption Rates (a measure of how much energy is absorbed by body tissue over a certain time) and that mobile phone networks should be more careful with how they place their masts. He demanded that industry and government fund more research to fill gaps in knowledge on things like electrosensitivity. Following the Stewart report in 2000, the UK officially became more uncertain about the risks of EMFs.

How to think about the risks of mobile phones and Wi-Fi
by Jack Stilgoe, The Guardian, 17 August 2016

Experts need to talk about uncertainty as well as simple fact. The rise and fall of the controversy over the safety of mobile phones offers some useful lessons

24 September 2016

Transgenic Wars - How GMOs Impact Livestock and Human Health Around the Globe

The producers of "Transgenic Wars" at Java Films are allowing a full and FREE viewing through 30 September 2016.  
Click on article.

Transgenic Wars — How GMOs Impact Livestock and Human Health Around the Globe
by Dr. Mercola, 24 September 2016

Story at-a-glance

  • “Transgenic Wars” journeys through Europe and Latin America, looking at the effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops on livestock and human health
  • A Danish pig farmer traced a mystery swine illness to herbicide-laced GE soy from Argentina. In Argentina, a GE farmer admits he will not feed the GE soy to his animals, as chickens fed GE soy produce inedible eggs
  • People living near GE fields in Argentina have 350 percent higher rates of birth defects than the national average; cancer rates have also risen by as much as 250 percent in just one year in some areas

23 September 2016

How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Manipulates the Media

Credit:  Sébastien Thibault
How the FDA Manipulates the Media
by Charles Seife | Scientific American October 2016 Issue

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
It was a faustian bargain—and it certainly made editors at National Public Radio squirm.

The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR's reporter could and couldn't interview.

“My editors are uncomfortable with the condition that we cannot seek reaction,” NPR reporter Rob Stein wrote back to the government officials offering the deal. Stein asked for a little bit of leeway to do some independent reporting but was turned down flat. Take the deal or leave it.

Samsung Note 2 Mobile Phone 'Catches Fire' on Indigo Flight 6E-054 Passenger Jet from Singapore to India

A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone is believed to have
emitted smoke on board a passenger jet from
Singapore to India this morning.
[Our comment:  We are posting many articles on "exploding" Samsung cell phones in the hope that users will take heed.  But they think it won't happen to them, just as they think they will never one day become ill or electrosensitive from exposure to wireless technology.]

Samsung Note 2 mobile phone 'catches fire' on Indigo flight 6E-054 passenger jet from Singapore to India
by Gareth Davies for Mailonline,
23 September 2016

  • Samsung Note 2 'caught fire' on IndiGo flight from Singapore to Chennai
  • Phone was in overhead luggage storage as plane was preparing to land 
  • Indian government have ordered Samsung officials to attend meeting
  • It's the latest in a string of 'exploding' Samsung phone incidents reported

A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone is believed to have emitted smoke on board a passenger jet from Singapore to India this morning.

The handset was on board the Indigo airlines flight 6E-054 going to Chennai airport.

Nokia's Technology Director, Matti Niemelä: Mobile Radiation Destroyed My Health

We thank this Facebook group, Vi som vill bo tillsammans i ett område med lägre strålning, for having posted this article.

See also this article posted on the blog of Dariusz Leszczynski ("Between a Rock and a Hard Place"):

- Former Nokia CTO's Multiple Sclerosis and... Nokia's Patents to Prevent It?

Nokia's technology director, Matti Niemelä: Mobile Radiation destroyed my health

vaken.se, 30 May 2016 (Google translation with grammatical corrections)

Matti Niemelä is one of Nokia's former technical directors, and has been involved in the development of many of the early mobile phones for Nokia. Matti became seriously ill from mobile industry microwave radiation. In addition, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that radiation can increase the risk of MS.

Niemelä believes that we have been silent for too long about the risks. He is particularly worried about children. But the Vice President of Nokia claims: "All Nokia products fulfill international requirements and limits."

For Tampere-based Matti Niemelä, 44, life was like a movie when he was young.  He was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man advanced rapidly to become Nokia's chief technology officer in less than ten years and was involved in the development of mobile phones, access memories, and WLAN Wi-Fi solutions.

In 2007, Niemelä's career came to a halt when his health failed. Today he can only move with the help of a walker. Niemelä refuses to use a wheelchair.

22 September 2016

California: Study Finds Rising Infant Death Rates Attributable to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
The article documents “a remarkable and statistically-significant 28% overall increase in infant mortality rates in the coastal strip group relative to the inland control group.”

Study finds Rising Infant Death Rates Attributable to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
prweb.com, 19 September 2016

Peer-reviewed study documents rising infant mortality rates over the past 25 years in zip codes surrounding Diablo Canyon

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Today, the World Business Academy announced the publication of a scientific study that it commissioned to closely examine recent public health data showing abnormally high levels of infant deaths near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

This study by Dr. Christopher Busby appears in the peer-reviewed Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (See attached copies of “Article Summary” and of full article, “Is there evidence of adverse health effects near US nuclear installations? Infant mortality in coastal communities near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station in California, 1989-2012”) [See link below].

Lucibel and pure LiFi Bring Industrial-Grade LiFi to Market

Lucibel and pureLiFi bring industrial-grade LiFi to market
by Julien Happich, electronics-eetimes.com, 22 September 2016

French luminaire manufacturer Lucibel has launched what the company claims to be the world's first industrialized LiFi luminaire, enabling Internet access through light.

The luminaires support bidirectional data transfers at up to 42Mbps. A USB LiFi module that plugs into the user's PC receives the data and communicates back to the luminaire. The LiFi luminaires require to be connected to an Internet server via a RJ45 cable and compliment Wifi in places where it is not available or badly deployed. The LiFi luminaire and USB key co-developed by Lucibel and pureLifi will be exclusively manufactured by Lucibel in France. LiFi networks cannot be hacked without a line of sight, making them very secure. The absence of electromagnetic waves makes them suitable in hospitals, nursery, schools, and they can accommodate a high density of users in co-working spaces, airports, hotels, or meeting rooms.

Visit Lucibel at www.lucibel.com

Man's Shock as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes 'Like a Firework' Next to His Bed While He Slept

Darren Healy's damaged Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 phone
Man's shock as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone explodes 'like a firework' next to his bed while he slept
manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 22 September 2016

The smartphone began hissing then exploded, before the room filled with smoke

A man had the shock of his life when he jolted awake to the terrifying sound of his phone EXPLODING next to his bed.

Darren Healy, from Longsight, was sleeping soundly next to partner Kian at about 11.45pm last night, when he awoke to see his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blowing up ‘like a firework’ on his bedside table.

He said: “I went to bed and next thing I know, I was in a nightmare. I heard this hissing sound – my phone looked like a firework going off and the room was filled with smoke.

Electromagnetic Frequency Standards Unsatisfactory

["Untold millions suffer from EMF sensitivity" - and there will be
millions more if measures are not taken to protect the health of
populations.] 
Electromagnetic frequency standards unsatisfactory
by Karen Simmons, Opinion,
cowichanvalleycitizen.com
(British Columbia),
20 September 2016

Re: “New transmitters prompt health worries for Chemainus family” (Citizen, Sept. 14).

Indeed it should. The growing minority who recognize and understand the health ramifications of wireless exposure are justifiably concerned.

Phone Masts 35 Metres from Our Windows

Phone masts 35 metres from our windows
by Michelle, michellesblog.co.uk, 
21 September 2016

I have often written about electrosensitivity and mobile phone radiation on this blog – but I never thought I would find myself opposing an installation on the roof of our next door neighbours!!

Those many of you who have visited Lawn Road will recognise No 5 on the left of the picture and will also recognise the small block of flats, Troyes Court, which is our next door neighbour.

Troyes Court was built in the 1950s after a bomb had destroyed the two pairs of houses at the end of the road and it belongs to Camden Council. Although a few of the 24 flats have been sold off, the majority are still lived in by council tenants, many of whom would class as ‘vulnerable’ – elderly, ill or disabled in some way.

Canada: The Increase of Brain Tumours in Adolescents

The Increase of Brain Tumours in Adolescents
c4st.org, 2016

In March of this year, Prevent Cancer Now posted a blog on their website called “Brain tumours now the most frequent form of cancer in U.S. adolescents: Ground-breaking American study.” It is a piece that depicts the staggering rate at which brain tumours are now affecting America’s youth. Not only are these brain tumours increasing in Americans but Canadians as well. Canadian adolescents and young adults are finding increased rates of brain cancer in line with the US findings.

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), which is a form of non-ionizing radiation. Cell phone use in Canada has become unprecedented with 28.8 million currently in use. Canada also has the 4th heaviest mobile data users in the world. The amount of radiation from these devices Canadians are being exposed to, has and continues to grow exponentially as these wireless devices are now being brought to school, being kept under pillows, and being used to watch streaming content.

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked

Excellent article from the Environmental Health Trust:  Four myths cited below.  

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked
ehtrust.org

The public relations strategy of manufacturing doubt has often been used to delay policies to control or reduce environmental hazards, whether tobacco, climate change, asbestos, vinyl chloride, cell phone radiation or other agents. Here we identify and debunk erroneous statements that appear in the media in response to scientific results suggesting that cell phone radiation could be hazardous.

MYTH: “No research has found evidence of a link between regular cell phone use and glioma.”

FACT: In fact, multiple research studies of humans indicate that long-term cell phone use could increase a person’s risk for brain tumors. The latest animal study conducted by the U.S. government finds increases in the same types of tumors found to be increased in humans who used phones regularly for a decade or longer. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) in 2011, based on epidemiological research showing an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer , associated with long term wireless phone use. These research studies also show an even higher risk for persons who start using cell phones at a young age.

United States: Maternal Mortality Rate Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
"The increase in recent years has been driven by heart problems and other chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, which has increased sharply in the population. Researchers have theorized that an increase in obesity — particularly acute among poor black women, who have much higher rates of maternal mortality than whites — may be contributing to the problem.  'People may think this is happening because the U.S. has more minorities and poor people, but even if you limit the analysis to whites, we would still rank behind all other industrialized countries.' "

Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds
by Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, 21 September 2016

WASHINGTON — One of the biggest worldwide public health triumphs in recent years has been maternal mortality. Global death rates fell by more than a third from 2000 to 2015. The United States, however, is one of the few countries in the world that have gone against the grain, new data show. Its maternal mortality rate has risen despite improvements in health care and an overwhelming global trend in the other direction.

Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health Sues Dow Over Pesticide Used in California

[The state of California believes Telone, used on
strawberries and other crops, poses an increased risk
of developing cancer in humans.]
Group says it has sued Dow over pesticide used in California
by Scott Smith, Associated Press,
21 September 2016

Read also:   "California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk"

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in California - applied to strawberry fields, almond orchards, vineyards and other crops.

The chemical kills pests in the soil and dissipates before crops are planted, so health advocates say harmful residue is not found in food. Rather, they say the fumes released when it is first applied can potentially cause health issues.

Air Pollution Is Linked to a Diabetes Marker

Air Pollution Is Linked to a Diabetes Marker
by Nicholas Bakalarsept, The New York Times, 21 September 2016

Exposure to air pollution, a new study finds, may increase glucose intolerance, a precursor of diabetes.

German researchers found the effect particularly strong in people who are already considered prediabetic because of abnormally high blood sugar levels.

The study, in Diabetes, used data on 2,944 people in and around Augsburg, Germany, tracking their glucose levels and other metabolic measures along with levels of air pollutants — particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide — where they lived.

New Jersey Education Association: Minimize health risks from electronic devices

New Jersey Education Association: Minimize health risks from electronic devices

Minimize health risks from electronic devices
by Adrienne Markowitz and Eileen Senn
Published in the September 2016 NJEA Review

Desktops, laptops, tablets, eBook readers, printers, projectors, smart boards, smart TVs, cellphones, cordless phones and wireless networks (WiFi) have become ubiquitous in schools. At their best, they are powerful tools for education. At their worst, they threaten the physical and mental health of teachers, paraeducators, secretaries, librarians and other school staff members and students who spend numerous hours using the devices.

Physical health risks from electronic devices include pain and tingling from repetitive strain injuries to the hands and wrists; pain in the neck, shoulders and back; dry, burning, itchy eyes, blurred vision and headaches; altered sleep patterns and next-day fatigue from exposure to blue screen light; distracted driving; and various health problems from exposure to radiation.

Mental health risks arise from stress due to raised expectations for multitasking, productivity and proficiency with devices; dealing with malfunctioning devices; student and colleague distraction from and addiction to devices; and intrusion of devices into nonwork time.

WiFi devices emit radiation

21 September 2016

Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study

Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study
by Maureen Salamon, HealthDay Reporter, 20 September 2016

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says.

Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people in 16 prior studies, the researchers also found that for those who stopped smoking, most genes "recovered" within five years of quitting.

"Although this emphasizes the long-term residual effects of smoking, the good news is the sooner you can stop smoking, the better off you are," said study author Dr. Stephanie London. She is deputy chief of the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Even so, London's team found that some genetic changes remained, even 30 years after quitting smoking.

20 September 2016

Samsung to Cripple Recalled Galaxy Note7 Smartphones, Preventing Their Batteries from Charging

Samsung to cripple recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones, preventing their batteries from charging
by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, News Corp Australia Network, 20 September 2016

SAMSUNG will tomorrow force software to install on recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones in Australia, crippling the handsets and preventing their batteries from fully recharging.

The South Korean tech giant issued a warning about the unprecedented “mandatory” update today, revealing the software would “automatically download and install” itself on old Note7 smartphones and would stop its battery from charging more than 60 per cent.

Australians still using the smartphones, recalled due to faulty batteries and a risk of fire, will receive a warning message about the update, and will then be told “for safety concerns related to the battery, the maximum charge will be limited to 60 per cent from now on”.

Hissing Sound in Apple iPhone 7 Causes Panic Among Users

Hissing Sound In Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 7 Causes Panic Among Usersby Ken Bock, thecountrycaller.com, 19 September 2016

Numerous iPhone 7 are reportedly producing a hissing sound after intense usage

Earlier, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) landed itself in deep water after numerous reports regarding iPhone 7 and 7 Plus creating a particular hissing sound after intense usage. This has created a significant dilemma for owners, especially after the recent reports regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 malfunctioning and ultimately exploding. Fortunately for the Cupertino-based tech giant, there have been no reports so far regarding any models exploding but such an unusual hissing sound should not be ignored by Apple or customers.

Chromium-6: 'Erin Brockovich' Chemical Threatens Two-thirds of Americans

More than two-thirds of Americans' drinking water supply
has more chromium than the level that California 
scientists say is safe, according to a new report.
Photo:  Jessica Lewis/ Getty Images
Chromium-6: 'Erin Brockovich' chemical threatens two-thirds of Americans
by Tafline Laylin, The Guardian,
20 September 2016

‘We simply can’t continue to survive with toxic drinking water,’ says Erin Brockovich, as a new report finds 200 million people exposed to chromium-6

In the 2000 biographical film about a legal clerk who brings a major utility company to its knees for poisoning residents of Hinkley, California, Erin Brockovich ended on a Hollywood high note with a $333m settlement from PG&E. But chromium-6 contamination of America’s drinking water is an ongoing battle the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is losing.

Nearly 200 million Americans across all 50 states are exposed to unsafe levels of chromium-6 or hexavalent chromium, a heavy metal known to cause cancer in animals and humans, according to a new report released Tuesday by the nonprofit research and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Today, Brockovich says Hinkley wasn’t an isolated event.

Animal Rights Activists Outraged over New Wearable for Dogs

[Our comment:  The new wearable can function as what’s more commonly known as a shock collar, and it can work remotely.  It is also spraying dogs with harmful electromagnetic radiation.  Animal rights activists are outraged, but why aren't more human rights activists outraged over mankind being assaulted by EM radiation worldwide?]

Animal rights activists outraged over Garmin’s new wearable for dogs
by Marko Maslakovic, gadgetsandwearables.com, 16 September 2016

Garmin’s new activity tracker and training device has animal rights activists up in arms.

Delta Smart, as its called, is a small durable module that comes with three attachment bands to fit almost any dog collar. The device allows you to train your pooch by monitoring its activity and giving training corrections over the smartphone app.

Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in the United States

Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in US
sustainablepulse.com, 18 September 2016

According to new research from University of Virginia in the U.S., widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to serious environmental damage.

Economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide use to date, alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University and GianCarlo Moschini of Iowa State University. The four economists studied annual data from more than 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011, far exceeding previous studies that have been limited to one or two years of data.

International Criminal Court Widens Remit to Include Environmental Destruction Cases

A case lodged with the ICC alleges mass rights violations
by Cambodian authorities related to land-grabbing.
Photo:  Omar Havana/ Getty Images
The new ICC focus could also open the door to prosecutions over climate change.

ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases
by John Vidal and Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 15 September 2016

In change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as landgrabs
Environmental destruction and landgrabs could lead to governments and individuals being prosecuted for crimes against humanity by the international criminal court following a decision to expand its remit.

The UN-backed court, which sits in The Hague, has mostly ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. It has been criticised for its reluctance to investigate major environmental and cultural crimes, which often happen in peacetime.

In a change of focus, the ICC said on Thursday it would also prioritise crimes that result in the “destruction of the environment”, “exploitation of natural resources” and the “illegal dispossession” of land. It also included an explicit reference to land-grabbing.

19 September 2016

11 Hours a Day in Front of a Screen. This is What It's Doing to Your Eyes

Our bodies and eyes aren't designed for modern digital
lifestyles and workplaces. 
Image: Reuters/ Michael Dalder
"Technology has irreversibly changed how people live and work. But vision health has lagged dangerously behind. For today’s digital workforce, awareness of dangers - and solutions - is critical. Technology may be evolving rapidly, but we still only get one set of eyes."

11 hours a day in front of a screen. This is what it's doing to your eyes
by Roy Hessel, President and CEO, Coastal, weforum.org, 1st September 2016

Your mom warned you sitting too close to the TV wasn’t a good idea. It turns out she wasn’t entirely off the mark.

Digital eye strain” is now a real condition, defined as the physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. As screen time increases - at home and in the office - so do symptoms like blurred vision, burning eyes, headaches and disrupted sleep. In total, nearly two thirds of American adults now experience symptoms of digital eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices like computers, tablets and cell phones.