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26 April 2017

Statement By Dr. Devra Davis On The Landmark California Court Ruling Upholding The Berkeley Cell Phone Ordinance

Statement By Dr. Devra Davis On The Landmark California Court Ruling Upholding The Berkeley Cell Phone Ordinance
ehtrust.org, 22 April 2017

In a clear victory for the public right to know with a landmark court decision, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the City of Berkeley’s ordinance requiring phone sellers make public typically hidden advice about distances used for cell phone testing. In an April 21, 2017 filing, the Court decisively rejected the industry argument that making that advice public deprived them of their First Amendment rights.

Phone sellers in Berkeley are required to post this notice:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

Massachusetts: Worcester Schools Draft Warning on Wireless Devices

The new guidelines, which still must be approved by the full School Committee at its meeting Thursday, encourage technology users to avoid keeping cellphones, tablets and laptops close to their body, and to turn off the wireless connectivity on those devices when not using the internet... 
“We don’t want, 10 years from now, to find out there was something we should have done.”

Worcester schools draft warning on wireless devices
by Scott O’Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 25 April 2017

WORCESTER – The school district could soon warn families to take precautions against exposure to wireless Internet radiation, after a school standing committee this week approved a set of recommendations developed by the administration.

The new guidelines, which still must be approved by the full School Committee at its meeting Thursday, encourage technology users to avoid keeping cellphones, tablets and laptops close to their body, and to turn off the wireless connectivity on those devices when not using the internet.

EU Parliament Wants Free Wi-Fi for Everybody

[What a tragedy for electrosensitive persons!]

EU Parliament wants free Wi-Fi for everybody
by Dan Alexe, Contributing Editor, New Europe, 
25 April 2017

The European Parliament’s industry committee announced today it is backing a plan to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares and public buildings everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU.

The initiative, which was launched by the European Commission under the heading ‘WiFi4Eu – Free Wi-Fi for Europeans’, aims at bringing high-quality wireless internet access to at least 6000-8000 local communities and has a total planned budget of €120m until 2020. It will provide internet access for locals, visitors and tourists in parks, squares, libraries or public buildings.

Tribeca 2017: ‘Sensitives’ Documentary as Hyper-aware as Its Subjects

Drew Xanthopoulos
Tribeca 2017: ‘Sensitives’ Documentary as Hyper-aware as Its Subjects
by Hailey Nuthals, Editor-in-Chief, 
nyunews.com, 25 April 2017

“The Sensitives” follows the lives of people with chemical and electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where victims can have debilitating reactions to exposure to even the slightest artificial fragrance or electromagnetic radiation. The documentary required extensive precautions to preserve the health of the victims.

Complaints about cellphones have become ubiquitous of late — millennials purportedly won’t put them down, they’re ruining our love lives and some even argue that they’re interfering with our health care. In a world where it’s nearly impossible to operate as an independent adult without a phone, the devices are held with as much disdain as they are praise.

But for some people, the problems don’t end — or don’t even begin — with the way cell phones affect our interactions. For some, cell phones and any other device that emits electromagnetic waves, like laptops or digital cameras, make them physically ill. 

California Bill SB 649 Would Force Transmitters Outside Your Home

CA Bill SB 649 Would Force Transmitters Outside Your Home
by Josh Hartstopsmartmeters.org, 19 April 2017

Tell California State Senators: “NO” on SB 649- NO Small Cell Invasion

California pending legislation SB649 would streamline placement of ​5G ​small cell Distributed Antenna System​s​ (DAS) on electric and light poles in front of businesses and residences. This bill eliminates local control and jurisdiction with regard to DAS ​placement ​throughout the state of California. Read more about the bill and take action at the Scientists for Wired Tech site.

Ellen Marks of the California Brain Tumor Association says:

“PLEASE WRITE TO (YOUR LEGISLATORS) NOW(AND ASK THEM TO VOTE NO ON SB 649)- DO NOT WAIT FOR THESE MILLIMETER MICROWAVE ANTENNAS TO BE INSTALLED OUTSIDE YOUR HOMES.”

California: Ninth Circuit Upholds Berkeley Ordinance Requiring Cell Phone Retail Disclosures

"Berkeley’s compelled disclosure does no more than to alert consumers to the safety disclosures that the FCC requires, and to direct consumers to federally compelled instructions in their user manuals providing specific information about how to avoid excessive exposure. Far from conflicting with federal law and policy, the Berkeley ordinance complements and reinforces it."

Ninth Circuit Upholds Berkeley Ordinance Requiring Cell Phone Retail Disclosures
by Ruthann Robsonlawprofessors.typepad.com, 21 April 2017

In its opinion in CTIA - The Wireless Ass'n v. City of Berkeley, a panel of the Ninth Circuit rejected First Amendment and preemption challenges to an ordinance requiring retailers to provide notices to consumers about their cell phone purchase. The notice, to be on a poster or handout, with the seal of the city, must read:

The City of Berkeley requires that you be provided the following notice:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

Is 'Li-Fi' Set to Replace Wi-Fi?

Engineering professor Maite Brandt-Pearce's Li-Fi
technology could offer an alternative to Wi-Fi networks.
Courtesy University of Virginia
Is 'Li-Fi' set to replace Wi-Fi?
6 April 2017

VLNComm looks to LED technology to provide better network

University Engineering Prof. Maite Brandt-Pearce and her former graduate student, Mohammad Noshad, have found a new alternative to wireless networks like Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. Their new technology “Li-Fi” instead uses LED lights to provide network connectivity.

In wireless networks like Wi-Fi, a wireless adapter converts data into radio signals and transmits it using an antenna. A wireless router then receives and decodes the signal, sending the information to the internet with a physical, wired connection.

A Curious Case of Depression



"Suffice it to say, it is not enough to address depression in young people solely with conventional psychotherapy and perhaps an antidepressant. Even if screen-time is not the primary cause, it is virtually always a contributing factor, and often a clean break can provide the missing link in treatment."


A Curious Case of Depression

by Victoria L. Dunckley M.D.psychologytoday.com, 29 October 2015

The face of depression in today's screen-bound world is changing.

Dan was a twenty-year-old young man with mild social anxiety and attention deficit disorder who — despite a genius-level IQ — was failing out of college. His social life had gone from being fairly active to nonexistent, his sleep-wake pattern was almost completely reversed, and he rarely left his room. Although not actively suicidal, Dan reported he often felt he ’d be “better off dead” and didn’t “see much point to life.” What was happening?

Upon graduating from high school, Dan had continued living at home with parents. But without the eight-hour school days and no job to go to, he suddenly found himself with a lot of extra time on his hands. His electronics’ use skyrocketed.

About to Get an Earfull

Holten: About to get an earfull
by Kevin Holten, Opinion,
 thedickinsonpress.com, 21 April 2015

In the end you’ll thank me. Why? It’s because this article might just save your life.

Two weeks ago I was in California visiting my son and his fiancé. While there, I also visited my former doctor for some basic medical maintenance and learned about a few of the dangers of everyday life. One of which is your cellphone. As it turns out, it’s a killer.

Oh, I know, you’re addicted to it, use it a million times a day and couldn’t possibly live without it. But that’s not the point, is it? The real point is you might not be able live with it.

In the past five years, the amount of radiation emanating from cellphones has increased dramatically. And, as it turns out, holding it to your ear too much each day is a great way to develop brain cancer and other diseases.

Tower Roulette

Tower Roulette
by Ron Gordon, watershedsentinel.ca,
12 January 2017

As the wireless industry rapidly unleashes new technologies, should we be concerned?

In June of 2015 Renee Adams* of Maple Ridge, British Columbia was awakened by the sound of heavy trucks and workers affixing microcell broadcast antennas to a telephone pole 100 feet from her front door.

Surprised by the lack of warning and concerned about possible health effects, the single mother of two autistic boys asked for an explanation, but was told by workers that it was “none of her business” and ordered out of the construction zone. Finding no government department at any level willing to listen to her concerns, she appealed to city council. Council, however, was unaware of the plan to deploy the antennas, confused about responsibilities, and uncertain of dangers.

24 April 2017

Interview with Chernobyl Cleanup Survivor, Natalia Manzurova

REPOSTED 24 April 2017 on the occasion of the Grand Vigil of IndependentWHO taking place on 26 April in Geneva in front of WHO.

IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THE NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS AT FUKUSHIMA AND CHERNOBYL:

Natalia Manzurova, shown here in 1988 in the "dead zone"
of Pripyat, is one of the relatively few survivors among
those directly involved in the cleanup of Chernobyl.


Shortly after the Fukushima nuclear accident occurred in March 2011, Natalia Manzurova granted this interview with aol.com. She is one of the few survivors among those directly involved in the cleanup of Chernobyl. Just after the nuclear catastrophe, the 35-year-old engineer was told to report to the wrecked plant in northern Ukraine. She spent 4 1/2 years helping clean the abandoned town of Pripyat, which was less than two miles from the Chernobyl reactors. Several years after working there, she developed a benign thyroid tumor. Half the thyroid was removed. Around the time of the operation, the government passed a law saying the liquidators had to work for exactly 4 1/2 years to get their pension and retire. The law concerning benefits kept changing because the government did not want to admit to what extent the liquidators were being affected. It would have looked bad for the industry. “The nuclear industry is dangerous. They want to deny the dangers.” Manzurova became disabled at age 43. Today she is an advocate for radiation victims worldwide.

Chernobyl Cleanup Survivor's Message for Japan: 'Run Away as Quickly as Possible'
by Dana Kennedy, aol.com, 22 March 2011

Natalia Manzurova, one of the few survivors among those directly involved in the long cleanup of Chernobyl, was a 35-year-old engineer at a nuclear plant in Ozersk, Russia, in April 1986 when she and 13 other scientists were told to report to the wrecked, burning plant in the northern Ukraine.

23 April 2017

Sheryl Crow's Kids Are Limited To 30 Minutes Of Screen Time A Day & For Good Reason

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
Entertainment/Getty Images
"Too much screen time can have detrimental effects on kids as they grow up, including dulled empathy, difficulty reading social cues and concentrating, disrupted sleep schedules, and even an increased risk of developing a chronic illness — and, yes, digital addiction."

Sheryl Crow's Kids Are Limited To 30 Minutes Of Screen Time A Day & For Good Reason
by Andrea Frazierromper.com, 14 April 2017

She's won nine Grammys and has another album on the way, but, mostly, she's dedicated to being there for every moments of her sons' childhoods. So, it's really no surprise that Sheryl Crow limits her kids' screen time to 30 minutes per day, as she recently told People magazine. Six-year-old and Levi and 9-year-old Wyatt probably aren't bored, though: Crow said she recorded the entirety of Be Myself, out April 21, during their school hours so that she could be home every night for dinner. And no one would argue that playing endless games of Candy Crush is a better way to spend time than hanging out with family (except maybe kids themselves, but still).

Electronic Weapons, Radio Frequency Radiation, Remote Manipulation of the Human Nervous System: Open Letter to the European Commission

Electronic Weapons,  Radio Frequency Radiation, Remote Manipulation of the Human Nervous System

New World Order Weapon Ban. Open Letter to the European Commission
by Mojmir Babacek, Global Research, 13 April 2017

OPEN LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

We are missing a legislation which would ban the purposeful remote manipulation of the human nervous system and organism including remote killing of people.

Secretariat-General
European Commission
Rue de la Loi 200/ Wetstraat 200
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
Belgium

In mid March 2016 the Polish defense minister Antoni Macierewicz visited the University of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk to participate in the discussion on problems of contemporary politics, armed conflicts and terrorism. One of the listeners asked him, whether Poland has got a strategy, how to solve illegal experiments with electromagnetic weapons on unwitting Polish citizens. Antoni Macieriwicz replied that his ministry is conducting an analysis on this subject and that he is going to establish a commission, which will investigate the complaints of Polish citizens.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgVs4-m0lNY#t=33

Are You Hooked on Screens? Here’s Why You Can’t Look Away

Interview with Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible" - the rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked.

Are You Hooked on Screens? Here’s Why You Can’t Look Away
by Lisa Tolin, nbcnews.com, 18 April 2017

If you're finding yourself spending more and more time staring at your phone, that's no accident.

In his new book "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," NYU marketing professor Adam Alter warns that internet addiction is on the rise — and that it's partly because addiction is good for business.

He presents some sobering statistics: The average millennial looks at his phone more than 150 times a day, and some studies suggest as much as 40 percent of the population suffers from some kind of Internet addiction, whether to gaming, pornography — or just email.

22 April 2017

Italy: The Court of Ivrea: "Misuse of the Cell Phone Caused a Tumor"

Detailed reporting of the court case by an Italian newspaper.

THE JUDGMENT - "BENIGN TUMOR BUT DISABLING"

The Court of Ivrea: "The misuse of the cell phone caused a tumor"
by Elisa Solacorriere.it, 17 April 2017
Google translation with grammatical corrections by the Editor of "Towards Better Health".  


Inail ordered to pay an annuity for an occupational disease to the company employee who was diagnosed with a tumor after 15 years of cell phone use for more than three hours a day without protection.

The prolonged and continuous use of the cell phone, without headsets or a hands-free kit, has been recognized by the Ivrea Judge Laura Fadda as a possible cause of the onset of a tumor. The victim, who appealed against Inail [National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work], is a technician in the Turin office of a large Italian telecoms company. His name is Roberto Romeo, 57 years old, and just a few years' short of retirement. The biological damage has been recognized at 23 percent.

The sentence

Landmark Italian Court Ruling Recognizes Causal Link Between Cellphone Use And Brain Tumor

Landmark Italian Court Ruling Recognizes Causal Link Between Cellphone Use And Brain Tumor
ehtrust.org, 21 April 2017

The Italian Court of Ivrea rules telecom employee to be paid lifetimes damages for brain tumor developed after heavy cell phone use.

The Italian Court of Ivrea is the first Court in the world to recognize a causal link between cellphone use and brain tumors in an April 11, 2017 ruling which awarded a Telecom employee, Roberto Romeo, lifetime damages of 500 euros a month after he developed a brain tumor from fifteen years of cell phone use. The ruling which has made international headlines as the court’s expert refused to accept telecom industry funded studies as evidence.

“Judgment recognizes the causal link between a Brain tumor and the use of a cell phone”. This is quoted from the verdict issued by Judge Luca Fadda of the Court of Ivrea. The state social security agency must pay Romeo for the damages from the brain tumor which resulted in loss of hearing in one ear. He had used the company cellphone for three hours a day for 15 years.

“I had no choice but to use my mobile to talk to colleagues and organise work — for 15 years I was calling all the time, from home, in the car,” states Romeo as quoted in The Guardian, “I started to have the feeling of my right ear being blocked all the time and the tumour was diagnosed in 2010. Happily, it was benign but I can no longer hear anything because they had to remove my acoustic nerve.”

Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance

Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance
saferemr.com, 21 April 2017

To see media coverage about the Berkeley cell phone "right to know" ordinance
and the CTIA's lawsuit: http://bit.ly/berkeleymedia


Today the city of Berkeley won a major decision in a federal appeals court. The court denied a request by the CTIA-The Wireless Association to block Berkeley’s landmark cell phone “right to know” ordinance.

Berkeley’s ordinance which has been in effect since March 21 of last year requires cellphone retailers in the city to provide consumers with the following notification:

“To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

United States: Mobile Industry Loses Its Bid to Stop Berkeley's Cellphone Warning Law

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED —

Mobile industry loses its bid to stop Berkeley’s cellphone warning law
by Cyrus Farivar, arstechnica.com
21 April 2017

9th Circuit: Local law actually “complements and reinforces” federal law, policy.

On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the City of Berkeley, allowing the city to keep its law that requires radiation warning signs in all cellphone stores within the city limits.

The CTIA, the cellphone industry trade group, sued the city to stop the law from taking effect by asking a lower court to impose a preliminary injunction. The group argued that forcing retailers to display the warning (pictured below) constituted compelled speech, which violates the First Amendment. After the district court didn't impose the injunction, the CTIA appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 9th Circuit concluded that Berkeley's disclosure "did no more than alert consumers" to FCC safety disclosures.

21 April 2017

Bill Gates Forbid His Kids from Having Cell Phones Until Age 14

Photo: Seth Wenig, Associated Press
Bill Gates forbid his kids from having cell phones until age 14
by Amy Graff, SFGATE, 20 April 2017

American businessman Bill Gates' Microsoft designed some of the world's most exciting technology, but he put strict limits on his own children from using it.

Bill Gates is a visionary who co-founded one of the world's best-known tech companies that made him the richest man in the world.

Gates led the world into the digital world, making computers accessible to everyday people with his Microsoft PC software.

You would think his kids would have been some of the first students at school to show up with cell phones.

Not so. Gates and his wife Melinda banned their three children from owning cell phones until age 14, even though their kids often protested and said their friends all owned them.

Italian Court Finds Link Between Cell Phone Use and Tumor

"The Codacons consumer protection agency says it is considering a class-action based on the Romeo decision to have cellphones carry health warnings in Italy, and also to have the health risks associated with cellphone use recognized generally by Italy’s social security agency."

Italian Court Finds Link Between Cell Phone Use and Tumor
by Colleen Barry, AP, courthousenews.com
20 April 2017

MILAN (AP) — A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone.

Lawyer Stefano Bertone said Thursday that it was the first trial court verdict of which he was aware in the world “to recognize a link between cellphone use and the development of brain tumor.”

Bertone said one factor that appeared to have contributed to the verdict was the refusal by the court’s expert to accept into evidence studies that were funded by the telecom industry.

Italian Court Rules Mobile Phone Use Caused Brain Tumor

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use
of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign
brain tumour.  Photo:  Alamy
Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour
Agence France Presse / The Guardian, 
21 April 2017

Court awards pension to employee who claimed work-related use of a mobile led to him developing a benign tumour

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

In what could become a landmark ruling, the court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension.

The judgment, which was handed own on 11 April but only made public on Thursday, is subject to a possible appeal.

Roberto Romeo, 57, had testified that his work duties obliged him to use his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years.

20 April 2017

Italian Court Finds Link Between Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumor

Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor
by Associated Press, 20 April 2017

MILAN (AP) - A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone.

Lawyer Stefano Bertone said Thursday that it was the first trial court verdict of which he was aware “to recognize a link between cellphone use and the development of brain tumor.”

Bertone says the employee, Roberto Romeo, used the company cellphone for three hours a day for 15 years without taking any precautions, resulting in the non-cancerous tumor and the subsequent loss of hearing in one ear.

Romeo sued the state social security agency, not Telecom Italia, where he still works.

Under last month’s ruling, Romeo will receive between 6,000 and 7,000 euros ($6,000-$7,500) a year.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/20/italian-court-finds-link-between-cell-phone-use-an/

Westgate Family Statement – 13th April 2017

"We have a message to the airline industry. The airlines cannot categorically say that air in these aircraft is safe. They refuse to monitor and test for toxins, so of course they have no evidence because they will not look for it! The longer they deny there is a problem, the harder and more costly its going to be when they are proved wrong. Just like the tobacco industry in the fifties refusing to admit smoking causes cancer, the airline industry has its head in the sand. The inconvenient truth for the Airlines is that low doses of toxins in cabin air, over hundreds of hours can hurt some people. The airline industry should be ashamed of itself. My Son suffered so much unnecessarily, and they have done nothing to protect people. The longer you leave it, the harder its going to be, so we just expect those responsible do the right thing."

Westgate Family Statement – 13th April 2017
aerotoxic.org/news, 14 April 2017

Westgate Family Statement
After the Inquest Verdict of the death of Richard Westgate
Read by Judy Westgate (76 years old), Richard’s mother.

Richard Westgate loved life and had so much to live for.

He found his calling as a pilot, both in paragliding and flying passenger jets – Something he considered a privilege.

How This Sign Put Berkeley in the Center of the Cellphone Safety Debate

How this sign put Berkeley in the center of the cellphone safety debate
by Natalie Brunell, kcra.com, updated:
10 April 2017

City of Berkeley becomes the first to require cellphone retailers to display warnings about radiation
|
BERKELEY, Calif. (KCRA) —
If you’re in the market for a cellphone or tablet in the City of Berkeley, you will probably notice a sign displayed near the register of a cellphone retailer, or on store shelves.

It’s a flier alerting customers of possible radiation exposure from mobile devices.

“Berkeley is the first city in the country to get stores to post warnings. It’s a small step, but it’s an important step,” said Joel Moskowitz, PhD, director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health at the University’s School of Public Health.

India: Jadavpur University Researchers Take Up Mobile Radiation Study

Jadavpur University researchers take up mobile radiation study
timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 13 April 2017

KOLKATA: Doctoral students in the electronics department at Jadavpur University have taken up research on cellphone radiation, a field that few dare to tread fearing the powerful cellular lobby.

Academics dealing with electromagnetic radiation have long held the view that intensity of radiation from cellular tow-ers in India needs to be lowered to levels in other developed cou-ntries to reduce potential health hazards. But in the absence of long-term research data, the cellular industry has challenged the arguments and rubbished their claims.

That may well change with PhD students of JU studying various facets of electromagnetic radiation and cell towers. Though most of the studies are at a nascent stage, they have already thrown up some disturbing findings.

Monsanto Tribunal Delivers Legal Opinion: Does Monsanto Abuse Human Rights, Is It Guilty of Ecocide?

Monsanto Tribunal Delivers Legal Opinion: Does Monsanto Abuse Human Rights, Is It Guilty of Ecocide?
te,lesurtv.net, 18 April 2017

Photo:  (L-R) Judges Orellana, Lamm, Shrybman, Tulkens, Dior Fall Sow and Fernandez Souza present the legal opinion on Monsanto's crimes. 

The tribunal found the multinational guilty of a number of environmental and human rights abuses.

The legal findings of a civil society trial on whether Monsanto is guilty of ecocide, subsequently fostering human rights abuses, were delivered in the Hague Tuesday.

Initial hearings of the international tribunal occurred on October 15 and 16 in 2016 at the Institute of Social Studies, ISS. Over the past months, five internationally renowned judges heard 30 witnesses and experts from five continents speak on the subject.

Greece: Athens Medical Association Recommends Reducing Electromagnetic Wireless Radiation To Protect Public Health

Athens Medical Association Recommends Reducing Electromagnetic Wireless Radiation To Protect Public Health
ehtrust.org, April 2017

Athens Medical Association Issues Recommendations To Reduce Wireless Exposure After Scientific Seminar On Non-ionizing Radiation

Seminar focused on public health risks from exposure to elevated indoor and outdoor electromagnetic radiation emissions.

On April 1st the Athens Medical Association (AMA) held a Scientific Conference on “Non-Ionizing Radiation and Its Effects on Human Health” at the Athens Medical Association Building, Athens, Greece. Scientific lectures were followed by a discussion, then the Athens Medical Association decision to issue 16 recommendations to reduce human exposure to wireless radiation.

16 RULES FOR SAFER USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

17 April 2017

Screen Time in Schools: Forum: 20 April 2017 - Denver, Colorado

Screen Time in Schools - 
Why Parents Should Care

SCREEN TIME Colorado presents an expert forum of presenters to speak at the Field House in Denver on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 6:30-8:30p. A happy hour will start at 5:30 and an audience Q&A will follow the presentations.

"We're honored to present this vital information to anyone with responsibility for the care of children, or concerned with the adequacy and efficacy of children's education."
-----Heather Lahdenpera & Christine Zipps, event co-sponsors

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), today's children are spending an average of SEVEN hours per day on electronic devices! Screen use and the electromagnetic radiation emitted from these devices have been associated with health risks such as myopia, retinal damage, sleeplessness, addiction and behavioral issues. Screen use at school also brings with it information sharing and privacy issues.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & to REGISTER:
www.screentimecolorado.com

Purpose

Woman a Prisoner in Own Home for Life

Amelia needs emergency care but she cannot go to the
hospital.  Photo / GoFundMe

Woman a prisoner in own home for life
m.nzherald.co.nz, 10 April 2017

A woman is forced to live in a single sealed, toxin-free room and sleep on the bathroom floor as she is allergic to almost everything in the outside world.

Amelia Hill, nicknamed "woman in a bubble", lives as a prisoner in her own Adelaide home and is struggling to survive as her health worsens.

The 41-year-old says she suffers disabling 'allergic' type reactions that can last from hours to weeks ever since she was exposed to termite spray when she was 15 years old.

She says she sometimes experiences 24-hour non-stop loops of 'symptomatic mayhem' that causes her immense physical pain, rashes, fatigue and can leave her unconscious.

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Amianthus, a variety of asbestos.  Exposure to fibers can cause
mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the
chest and abdomen.  
DEA Picture Library/Getty Images/DeAgostini
Trump's administration is giving asbestos a second look. This carcinogen is banned by 58 nations and linked to the cancer deaths of nearly 63,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014.  The Obama administration moved to ban asbestos. But Scott Pruitt, the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in his written testimony to the Senate, indicated he wasn’t ready to follow suit.

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds
by Rebecca Hersher, npr.org, 11 April 2017

People are still dying of cancer linked to asbestos, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, despite decades of regulations meant to limit dangerous exposure.

Starting in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulated how much asbestos workers can be exposed to, because it contains tiny fibers that can cause lung disease or cancer if they are swallowed or inhaled.

Could Phones Change the Way Our Spines Curve?

Dr. Jason Cuellar says that people often look down when
using their smartphones. Photo/ 123RF
Could phones change the way our spines curve?
by Reuters, 15 April 2017

Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report.

Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn't yet have back and neck issues, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the study authors write in The Spine Journal.

"In an X-ray, the neck typically curves backward, and what we're seeing is that the curve is being reversed as people look down at their phones for hours each day," said study coauthor Dr. Todd Lanman, a spinal neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reports Daily Mail.

"By the time patients get to me, they're already in bad pain and have disc issues," he told Reuters Health.

Cancer Link to Cell Towers? Studies Show It's 50:50 Call

Image used for representation (Thinkstock
photos/Getty Images)
The Swiss minister for communication says WHO "has never considered mobile antennas as a health risk and there is no indication that this position would evolve in their disfavor".  Dr. Robert Baan, the officer in charge of the 2011 IARC monograph classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as "possibly carcinogenic", has stated that this classification "holds for all types of radiation within the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including the radiation emitted by base-station antennas, radio/TV towers, radar, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc."  He adds, "an important point is the radiation level. The exposure from cellular phones (personal exposure) is substantially higher and much more focused (usually on the brain) than exposures from radio/tv towers, antennas, or Wi-Fi."

Cancer link to cell towers? Studies show it’s 50:50 callby Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN, 13 April 2017

NEW DELHI: Is the radiation emitted by a mobile phone tower a health hazard? Telecom operators have long denied the possibility, but the global scientific community now strongly thinks it is — though there is no consensus on the duration and distance of exposure at which diseases can be triggered.

California: SB18 Bill Will Allow Authorities To Enter Unvaccinated Kids Homes

SB18 Bill Will Allow Authorities To Enter Unvaccinated Kids Homes
by Sean Adl-Tabatabaiyournewswire.com
29 March 2017

California has passed the controversial SB18 bill, allowing state authorities to enter unvaccinated children’s homes in order to assess the child’s safety.

SB18 is a law that forces parents to adhere to and comply with the government’s definition of what is “appropriate” practice when it comes to raising children. Failure to comply with “appropriate” practises, including going against “evidence-based” medical recommendations, can put parents at risk of losing their children.

Healthimpactnews.com reports:

At first blush, the amendments’ defining details of SB18 — which is being pushed by Big Pharma whipping boy Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) — appear altruistic in nature, utilizing language that attempts to swaddle political overreach in soothing terms like “child bill of rights.” However when taking a closer look, the amendments contain strangely redundant policy that seems to be seeking laws for innocuous rights that already exist, which begs the question, what is the real purpose for this legislation?

Green Bank, West Virginia: An American Town Without Wi-Fi or Mobile Phones

An American Town without Wi-Fi or Mobile Phones
learningenglish.voanews.com, 15 April 2017

You might think people all over the United States have wireless internet service and mobile phones. But there is no such service in Green Bank, West Virginia, a tiny town four hours from the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.

Fewer than 150 people live in Green Bank, which has two churches, an elementary school and a public library. It also is home to the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world.

There is a ban on Wi-Fi -- wireless internet service -- in Green Bank, along with anything else that can create electromagnetic waves. Officials say the waves could interfere with signals the telescope receives.

For many Americans, a visit to Green Bank is a little like returning to the 1950s. To get there, you must read road signs -- because there is no GPS service in the town. People can connect with the internet through telephones or Ethernet cables, but wireless service is not permitted.

Recorded Childhood Cancers Rise by 13% Worldwide

A third of cancer cases involving children under the age of
15 related to leukaemia, the study found.  Photo:
Ed Reschke/Getty Images
"Experts say it is vital to collect better data from all over the world to establish all the causes, which could include infections and environmental pollutants."

Recorded childhood cancers rise by 13% worldwide, study finds
by Sarah Boseley Health editor, The Guardian, 11 April 2017

Survival rates improve across the globe, as increase in cases over 20 years attributed largely to better detection and recording

Childhood cancers have risen across the globe by 13% over 20 years, according to data from the World Health Organization’s cancer section.

Pupils As Young As Four Having Panic Attacks, Say Teachers

This survey should have included asking teachers whether their schools have Wi-Fi in classrooms and how many hours a day these troubled children are using wireless gadgets. According to a 2015 study by Martin Pall, electromagnetic fields cause at least 13 neuropsychiatric effects including depression in humans.

Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers
by Hannah Richardson, BBC News education reporter, 14 April 2017

Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems such as panic attacks, anxiety and depression, says a teachers' union.

Almost all of the 2,000 who responded to an NASUWT survey said they had come into contact with mentally ill pupils.

Members of the teachers' union suggest schools are struggling to access enough support to deal with the issue.

The Department for Education said it was investing £1.4bn to ensure all children get the help they need.

Family of a BA Pilot Who Believed He Suffered from Cockpit Air Poisoning Say the Industry 'Has Its Head in the Sand'

Family of a BA pilot who believed he suffered from cockpit air poisoning say the industry 'has its head in the sand' over the risks as a coroner rules he died from an accidental overdose
by Anthony Joseph for Mailonline, 13 April 2017

  • Richard Westgate said ill health was caused by toxic fumes filtering into cockpit 
  • The 43-year-old had a number of health issues but grew 'angry frustrated and disillusioned' when British medical professionals were unable to cure him
  • Suffered severe headaches, sight problems and insomnia before he died in 2012 
  • But the coroner ruled that the British Airways pilot's death was accidental 

The family of a British Airways pilot, who believed he suffered from toxic fumes in the cockpit, said the industry 'has its head in the sand' after a coroner ruled he died from an accidental overdose.

Richard Westgate, 43, had a number of health issues but grew 'angry, frustrated and disillusioned' when British medical professionals were unable to cure him.

The pilot, who 'lived for flying', then grounded himself from piloting planes when bosses refused to permanently sign him off.

Cell Phone and Cordless Phone Use Causes Brain Cancer: New Review

Cell phone and cordless phone use causes brain cancer: New review
saferemr.com, 13 April 2017

Evaluation of Mobile Phone and Cordless Phone Use and Glioma Risk 
Using the Bradford Hill Viewpoints from 1965 on Association or Causation

"The nine Bradford Hill viewpoints on association or causation regarding RF radiation and glioma risk  seem to be fulfilled in this review.

Based on that we conclude that glioma is caused by RF radiation. Revision of current guidelines  for exposure to RF radiation is needed."


This review paper by Michael Carlberg and Lennart Hardell evaluates the strength of the scientific evidence to determine whether there is a causal relationship between a risk factor and an associated disease -- namely, wireless (cellphone and cordless) phone use and glioma, the most common brain cancer. The paper applies the nine perspectives developed by Sir Austin Bradford Hill to the peer-reviewed data pertaining to this health risk.

Pharmaceutical Giant 'Plotted to Destroy Cancer Drugs to Drive Prices Up 4,000%'


A loophole allows drug companies to change the price of
medicines if they are no longer branded with the same
name.  Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pharmaceutical giant 'plotted to destroy cancer drugs to drive prices up 4,000%'
by Katie Forster Health Correspondent, independent.co.uk
15 April 2017

Price rises for generic cancer drugs are estimated to cost the NHS in England around £380m a year

Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies calling for “celebration” over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed.

Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in 2014.

After purchasing five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company tried to sell the medicines in Europe for up to 40 times their previous price, reported The Times.

India: Health Bomb Ticks, But Experts Fail to Connect on Cancer Trigger from Electromagnetic Fields

"City doctors recommend people not expose themselves too much to radiation either from cell phone or cell phone towers. They also suggest that pregnant women and small children be kept away from gadgets that emit high doses of radiation even if they are nonionizing in nature."

Health bomb ticks, but experts fail to connect on cancer trigger from electromagnetic fields

by Syed Akbar, TNN, 13 April 2017

HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court's order on closure of a cell phone tower has kicked off a debate among health experts in Hyderabad on the impact of electromagnetic radiation on the health of people, animals and plants. Like their counterparts around the world, city doctors are also divided on whether or not cell phone towers cause cancers and other health issues.

Scientific data on the matter is inconclusive as no fullfledged study -covering a large section of people spread over a vast area -has been conducted. There are a number of research studies, including half a dozen from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but their data is limited to a small area and a small population.

Nevertheless, electromagnetic radiation is known to affect the health of people, animals, birds and even flora.There are also research reports that mobile phones cause more damage to an indi vidual's health than the mobile phone base station. In case of mobile phones the electromagnetic radiation is concentrated on a particular area like the head, chest and waist.

Your WiFi Could Be Harming Your Health

Your WiFi Could Be Harming Your Health
by Susan Pattersonyournewswire.com
16 April 2017

I work on the Internet all day long and have not really ever considered the health implications of doing so. I have exercised caution with other electronics; for example, I am careful with my cellphone and I don’t have a microwave in the home. And yet, I have not ever thought that my WiFi could make me sick.

Health effects of WiFi

WiFi was introduced in 1997 — I remember this well. It is a technology that utilizes radio waves to provide network connectivity. Since it was first introduced, there have been numerous studies conducted that have demonstrated that this amazing innovation could actually be harming overall health — brain health in particular, especially in children. Here are the facts:

It may cause insomnia

16 April 2017

Ipads Could Hinder Babies' Sleep and Brain Development

Use of touch screens could harm babies sleep and
subsequent development, the research suggests.
Credit:  Getty
The research "found that some toddlers aged 12 to 18 months were spending as much as five hours a day on touch screen devices. Even babies less than a year old were found to be spending as much as two and a half hours on such gadgets." [Babies and toddlers are too young to be using touchscreen devices!!]

Ipads could hinder babies' sleep and brain development, study suggests
by Laura Donnelly, health editor, The Telegraph, 13 April 2017

Babies' sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by use of ipads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests.

The British study found that every hour infants spent on such devices was linked to a 16 minutes less sleep.

The research on more than 700 families is the first to look at the link between touchscreen devices and sleep in babies and toddlers.

12 April 2017

FDA, Industry Fear Wave of Medical-Device Hacks

© Getty Images
FDA, industry fear wave of medical-device hacks
by Casey Harper, The Hill Extra, 
10 April 2017

Regulators and medical-device-makers are bracing for an expected barrage of hacking attacks even as legal and technical uncertainties leave them in uncharted territory.

Tens of millions of electronic health records have been compromised in recent years, a number that is growing and, some say, underreported.

High-profile attacks have hit hospitals and health insurers, and now attention is turning to a new vulnerability: medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps.

Smart Meters and Cell Damage from Pulsed Electromagnetic Radiation - Our Health Risk?

Smart meters and cell damage from pulsed em radiation - our health at risk?
by Lynne Wycherley, theecologist.org, 11 April 2017

'Smart meters' looked like a great idea, writes Lynne Wycherley, giving us more control over our energy use. The downside? They emit as many as 14,000 short bursts of intense microwave radiation a day, disrupting cellular electrochemistry and causing health symptoms from migraine to tinnitus, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, chest pain, palpitations and memory loss. Now a growing number of 'electro-sensitives' have had enough!

As early as 2012, environmental health Professor David Carpenter, founder of Albany School of Public Health, and author of 370 peer-reviewed publications, issued a public letter on the plausible toxic risks of intensive, pulsed-microwave smart metering.

How Love Stopped the Cell Tower Next Door

How Love Stopped the Cell Tower Next Door
8 April 2017

What would you do if you heard a giant cell tower was going to be installed on the property next door?

With good old-fashioned neighbourly love, a Colorado mother successfully got her neighbourhood and the local church to refuse cell antenna installation.

Instead of Verizon’s deployment plan, it was a neighbourhood resolution that had the final say.

Watch the 15-minute convo that may change how you see activism:
[See original article.]

Make it real

“We made our decision based on love for our neighbors.”
- Craig Hasselbach, Lead Pastor, LifePointe Church, Ft. Collins, Colorado

Twenty New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (11 April 2017)

Twenty new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health, courtesy of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 11 April 2017

Except for three studies, we are posting here only the titles of the studies, the authors, and links to the abstracts.

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Absorption of millimeter waves by human beings and its biological implications
A classic paper that has implications for 5G wireless technology

Gandhi OP, Riazi A. Absorption of millimeter waves by human beings and its biological implications. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. MTT-34(2):228-235. 1986. http://bit.ly/2oS3rKD

Also see: http://www.saferemr.com/2016/08/is-5g-cellular-technology-harmful-to.html

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Prospects for Millimeter-Wave Compliance Measurement Technologies

Is Electromagnetism One of the Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder? A Work Plan for Testing This Hypothesis

Is electromagnetism one of the causes of the CCD? A work plan for testing this hypothesis
Marie-Claire Cammaerts*
University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

J Behav 2(1): 1006 (2017)
Submitted: 02 January 2017; Accepted: 6 February 2017; Published: 28 March 2017
Perspective


*Corresponding author: Marie-Claire Cammaerts, 27 square du Castel Fleuri, 1170 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: +32-322-673-4969; Email: mccammaerts@gmail.com
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ABSTRACT

India: Man Claims Cell Tower Gave Him Cancer, Supreme Court Shuts It Down

The tower will be the 1st to be closed on an individual’s petition alleging harmful radiation.

Man claims cell tower gave him cancer, Supreme Court shuts it down
by Dhananjay Mahapatra,TNN, 
12 April 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A 42-year-old domestic help moved the SC complaining that a BSNL tower illegally installed on a neighbour’s rooftop had exposed him to harmful radiation for 14 yrs.
  • The bench in its order said, “We direct that the particular mobile tower shall be deactivated by BSNL within 7 days from today.”
  • The tower will be the 1st to be closed on an individual’s petition alleging harmful radiation.


NEW DELHI: A 42-year-old domestic help will go down in history as the man who persuaded the Supreme Court to shut down a mobile phone tower on the ground that its electromagnetic radiation+ afflicted him with cancer.

11 April 2017

United States: The FCC Is Reversing Its Proposal to Allow Cellphone Use on Planes

(Mudflap DC/Flickr)
The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow cellphone use on planes
by Brian Fung, The Washington Post, 
10 April 2017

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.

The proposal — introduced in 2013 by then-chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler — sought to roll back a long-standing regulation that banned the use of cellphones on planes over concerns that cellular signals could interfere with pilot radios. New advances in in-flight communications have minimized those concerns, Wheeler argued at the time, a trend that meant the ban could be lifted.

Under the proposal, passengers would still have been required to keep their phones turned off or on airplane mode during takeoff and landing, but they could have switched on their connections at cruising altitude.

Are There Reasons Not To Follow Your Doctor’s Orders?

UPDATED 21 April 2017:  This is an excellent article.  People in the French-speaking part of Switzerland usually follow doctors' orders.  I do not, if I believe it is harming my health. At the end of the article, you will find my comment posted to the People's Pharmacy. There is too much "over-medicalization" and too many "overworked" doctors in Geneva.  The over-prescribing of drugs and procedures is pushing up the cost of medical insurance, a serious issue here.  Many people must now choose between paying their medical insurance premiums or buying food.

See my comment at the end of the article.  NEVER consult the specialist mentioned!  His treatment cost $1,000, of which 20% paid out of pocket and which made me very sick. The experience has been reported to the consumer groups in Geneva.  Who is keeping an eye on medical practice?!

Are There Reasons Not To Follow Your Doctor’s Orders?

by Joe Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy, 10 April 2017

Should you always follow doctor's orders? What if you don't tolerate a statin or start coughing on a blood pressure medicine? Are you noncompliant or smart?

The phrase “doctor’s orders” often means doing something because a physician says to do it. These days that usually that means swallow a certain pill.

Everyone is Doing it: Injecting Micro-Chips: The CIA Likes This Plan

The CIA likes this plan:  "All  new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community... With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.  “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters...

"It is actually too bad that we don’t get to enjoy any cool technology because we know the government is just going to exploit it to spy on us." 

Everyone is Doing it: Injecting Micro-Chips is Cool!

by The Daily Bell Staff , 10 April 2017

The government isn’t quite ready to force microchip injections on citizens. But if you want to do it on your own, it just makes tracking you and your data that much easier!

You can be just like the cool kids who are having microchips injected in their hands in order to open locked doors and store payment information. A wave of the hand is all it will take to start your car, buy a latte, or share all your data with governments and corporations.

California: Cancer Worries Over Common Weedkiller: 10 Million Pounds of Glyphosate Applied Each Year in California

A crop duster over the San Joaquin Valley.
Credit: JimWilson/The New York Times
California Today: Cancer Worries Over a Common Weedkiller
by Mike McPhate, California Today,
10 April 2017

Good morning.

It’s sprayed on home gardens, Little League Baseball fields and, most heavily, the corn, soybean and other crops of the Central Valley.

More than 10 million pounds of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup, are applied in California each year, according to government figures.

Now, after a yearlong legal battle, California’s environmental health agency has announced that it will list it as a known carcinogen.