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22 March 2018

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland

Telecommunications: 5G is coming to Switzerland
By Celia Luterbacherswissinfo.ch, 18 March 2018

Following a successful pilot project, Swiss telecom group Swisscom is ready to deploy 5G – shorthand for fifth generation wireless systems – at selected sites this year.

(Photo): Swisscom says customers can expect to be able to download the equivalent of a full HD movie in a matter of seconds by 2020 — but only if certain regulatory changes are made.(Keystone)

In a press release earlier this month, Swisscom said that it anticipates 5G coverage “throughout the Swiss territory” in 2020, adding that 5G-ready phones are expected to appear on the global market in early 2019.

20 March 2018

France: The EASYTIS Catalogue, Specialist in Connected Objects for Educational Use, Violates French Law

This child is holding the Blue-Bot radio-
frequency radiating connected toy.
Following is a summary translation of the open letter of Robin des Toits regarding the promotion of connected objects for educational purposes by EASYTIS.  We have looked into these toys and found that, as stated in its users' guide, the robot "Blue-Bot", for children aged 3 and up, "generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy."  A teacher's guide exists describing how to use the Blue-Bot as part of the National Curriculum for Computing to support children in learning computing skills and applying computational thinking. As the president of Robin des Toits states in the letter, children are the new target of choice for connected objects at a time when the adult market is saturated.  The publication of the EASYTIS catalogue, targeting very young children, violates French law.


Subject:  EASYTIS SAS: The specialist of connected objects for educational use
robindestoits.org, 20 March 2018

On 20 March 2018, the French national association Robin des Toits, whose purpose is to assist and unite people and associations fighting for public health security related to exposure to new wireless telecommunications technologies, addressed an open letter to the Director-General of Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and the President of the Professional Advertising Regulation Authority (ARPP).

National Toxicology Program: Peer & Public Review of Cell Phone Radiation Study Reports

UPDATE (21 March 2018):  
All comments to the NTP studies are now posted on the NTP website.

National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study reports
saferemr.com, March 16, 2018 (Updated March 19)

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has requested public comments about the two draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation.

Because there is a lag between when these comments are submitted and posted to the NTP website, I am posting links to selected comments about the NTP studies:


Joel Moskowitz, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Michael Carlberg, MSc, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Lena Hedendahl, MD, The Environment and Cancer Research Foundation

Magda Havas, PhD, Trent University

Ronald Kostoff, PhD


Association Alerte Phonegate (Dr. Marc Arazi)

Environmental Working Group

Arizona: An Uber Robot Car Kills a Pedestrian: Will It Slow Driverless Tests?

An Uber robot car kills a pedestrian in Arizona. Will it slow driverless tests?
By RUSS MITCHELL, latimes.com, 19 March 2018

An Uber driverless car is parked in a garage in
San Francisco in 2016.
(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)
A woman walking across an Arizona road was hit and killed by a self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. on Sunday — probably the first pedestrian fatality for the fast-growing movement toward driverless vehicles.

Tempe police said Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck by an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous mode. In response, Uber halted its driverless operations in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area and said it is assisting in the investigation. "Our hearts go out to the victim's family," the company said in a statement.

The death is likely to slow the deployment of driverless vehicles in Arizona, one of the most welcoming states for the industry, and elsewhere as policymakers monitor the investigation and assess public reaction. Driverless vehicle regulations have been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives but are stalled in the Senate over safety concerns.

19 March 2018

My Advice After a Year without Tech: Rewild Yourself

'When you're connected to wifi you're disconnected from
Photo:  Re-Shutterstock
"People regularly tell me that 7.3 billion humans can’t live as I do. On this I agree. But 7.3 billion humans can’t continue living as the mass of people do now, either. I don’t claim that this way of life is a solution for all the world’s people, for the simple reason that I don’t think there is some magical panacea to the convergence of crises our culture is bringing on itself. People won’t voluntarily go back to wilder times or cottage economies, yet “progressing” forwards probably means techno-dystopia followed by ecological meltdown."

My advice after a year without tech: rewild yourself
by Mark Boyle, The Guardian, 19 March 2018

We can’t all go and live in the woods, of course. But if we resist debt, resist gadgets, and reconnect with nature, the world might just change

Having once been an early adopter of tech, I was an unlikely early rejector. But it has now been over a year since I have phoned my family or friends, logged on to antisocial media, sent a text message, checked email, browsed online, took a photograph or listened to electronic music. Living and working on a smallholding without electricity, fossil fuels or running water, the last year has taught me much about the natural world, society, the state of our shared culture, and what it means to be human in a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

18 March 2018

Trumping the Truth About Cell-Phone Induced Cancers

Trumping the Truth About Cell-Phone Induced Cancers
by André Fauteux, Editor, maisonsaine.ca, 16 March 2018

A historical animal study funded and run by a U.S. government agency has reproduced what epidemiology observes in humans: rats exposed to high doses of radiofrequency (RF) radiation from a cell phone had an abnormally high incidence of rare forms of cancers of the brain and peripheral nerves.

Source:  www.arazi.fr
But the Trump government is misleading the public and the media about the impact of this study on humans, charge independent researchers. Medpage Today wrote Cell Phone Radiation Unlikely to Cause Cancer – Rare cancer in rats likely not an issue for humans and Popular Science even assured its readers that they could stick their cell phones to their heads with duct tape!

Groundbreaking rodent studies

The ten-year, $25 million U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) project was the most comprehensive and rigorous study ever done on the biological effects of RF in animals. It consists of two separate studies – one on rats, the other on mice – which took place in three U.S. states as well as in Switzerland. To obtain robust results, the researchers used nearly 3,000 animals, double what is required, and invited three panels of experts to analyze the tumors discovered. The two technical reports and the draft conclusions drawn by the researchers were released last February 2nd by the NTP, a program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). An independent review meeting will be held at the end of March before the two studies are summarized in a scientific journal. (Read the comments here.)

Screen Time at Close Range Could Lead to 'Tsunami of Myopia' and Eyesight Issues

Screen time at close range could lead to 'tsunami of myopia' and eyesight issues
by Jesse ThompsonABC Radio Darwin, 12 March 2018

Watching something on your phone?  Why not hold the
screen out at elbow's length. 
ABC Radio Darwin:
Jesse Thompson
Many people will remember being told not to sit too close to the television in the lounge rooms of their childhoods.

But today's parents would do well to warn their children not to position themselves too close to small screens, according to optometrist Helen Summers.

She warned that the use of the screens at close range for long periods of time could be leading to a generation of eyesight problems.

"We're actually facing a tsunami of myopia — short-sightedness," she told ABC Radio Darwin's Joel Spry.

"We have 4 million short-sighted people in Australia at the moment, but by the year 2050 we're looking at 22 million."

Silicon Valley - Better Parental Controls Needed, Especially on Smartphones

Silicon Valley — better parental controls needed, especially on smartphonesby Julie Paul, Opinion, sfchronicle.com, 22 February 2018

Kids as business executives using smartphone while
sitting on table. 
Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS
Raising kids in this digital age is a tricky game, and we often feel like we have a devil and an angel on our shoulders. Our job as parents is to watch over our children’s health and well-being and, while the effects of screen time on developing brains are still largely unknown, we’ve all seen the correlation between cranky behavior and excessive device use.

And yet, we are also tasked with preparing our kids for life in the 21st century, which means developing strong technology and communication skills for future science and technology careers. While we all want to help our kids develop healthy digital habits, we totally lack the tools to navigate through these distinctions.

More Kids Are Going to Emergency Rooms with Severe Allergies

More kids are going to emergency rooms with severe allergies
by Maggie Fox, nbcnews.com, 13 March 2018

Food allergies account for the most serious cases

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by
Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe
allergy sufferers are seen in Washington. Aug. 24
Jim Bourg / Reuters File
More U.S. kids are being taken to emergency rooms with serious allergic reactions, new insurance data shows.

The number of children treated in emergency departments for anaphylaxis went up 150 percent between 2010 and 2016, the report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield finds.

Most of the life-threatening reactions are to foods such as peanuts and tree nuts, according to the claims data.

It might be because parents are more aware, said Dr. Trent Haywood, chief medical officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

“Parents are recognizing symptoms, calling their pediatricians and coming to the ER a lot quicker,” Haywood said in a statement.

"The big question is why and that's what we in the medical community need to find out,” he added. “We know that food allergies are tied to both genetics and the environment — and we know that something has changed for it to have gone up so drastically.”

16 March 2018

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

"Article 4 section 51 of the Michigan Constitution States: 'the public health and the general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be a matter of primary public concern. The legislature shall pass suitable laws for the protection and promotion of public health.'

Despite the convenience and the enormous economic growth potential associated with the Internet of Things our primary concern as legislators is not convenience, nor economic growth. As much as I love technology as per our Michigan constitution the public health and the general welfare of the people of our state are supposed to be our primary concern."

-Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck

Colbeck cites health as reason to slow ‘small cell’ rush (7 mn. - 15 March 2018)

13 March 2018

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids

"What none of these parents understand is that their children’s and teens’ destructive obsession with technology is the predictable consequence of a virtually unrecognized merger between the tech industry and psychology. This alliance pairs the consumer tech industry’s immense wealth with the most sophisticated psychological research, making it possible to develop social media, video games, and phones with drug-like power to seduce young users."

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids
by Richard Freedmedium.com, 11 March 2018

Child and adolescent psychologist, and the author of “Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age”

How psychology — a discipline that we associate with healing — is being used as a weapon against children

“We called the police because she wrecked her room and hit her mom… all because we took her phone,” Kelly’s father explained. He said that when the police arrived that evening, Kelly was distraught and told an officer that she wanted to kill herself. So, an ambulance was called, the 15-year-old was strapped to a gurney, taken to a psychiatric hospital, and monitored for safety before being released. Days after being hospitalized, Kelly was brought to my office by her parents who wanted to get help for their troubled girl...

Schwarzenegger Planning to Sue Oil Companies for 'Knowingly Killing People All Over the World'

Schwarzenegger planning to sue oil companies for 'knowingly killing people all over the world’
by Rebecca Savransky, msn.com / The Hill, 12 March 2018

© Provided by The Hill
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is planning to sue oil companies, alleging they are "knowingly killing people all over the world."

Schwarzenegger said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast that he is still working on the timing for his push, but he is now speaking with private law firms.

"This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that," Schwarzenegger, a global environmental activist, said.

12 March 2018

Maryland: Residents Worried about Small Cell Safety Have Been Waiting Years for Federal Guidance

Residents worried about small cell safety have been waiting years for federal guidance
By Ryan Barwickpublicintegrity.org, 2 March 2018

Residents voice their strong opposition to 5G small cells at
a heated October 2016 public meeting in Montgomery
County, Maryland
Cities ask the government for guidance on radio-frequency exposure — with no answer in sight.

In town halls and city council chambers across the country, local officials are facing the wrath of residents fearful of the next wave of wireless communications soon to sweep the nation.

They worry that the new technology — which will require hundreds of thousands of so-called small-cell antennas placed throughout neighborhoods — could cause adverse health effects because the antennas, located sometimes just a couple dozen feet from houses, will bathe their communities in round-the-clock radio frequencies.

11 March 2018

Switzerland: The Digital Revolution Is Being Threatened

The Digital Revolution in Switzerland is Being Threatened
by Anouch Seydtaghia, Le Temps, 9 March 2018 (translation)

The Council of States has refused to relax an ordinance on radiation emitted by mobile phone antennas, jeopardizing the launch, in 2020, of 5G.  The telecoms operators are furious, but health groups are calling for caution.

Only one vote was needed.  By 22 votes to 21, the Council of States refused Monday [5 March] to relax the regulations on mobile phone antennas.  Switzerland will thus keep an ordinance fixing the maximum values of non-ionizing radiation that are ten times lower than in the European Union.  This vote of seemingly little importance could have major consequences on the digitization of the country, warns the telecoms operators for whom the deployment of the 5G network is now jeopardized.  Their opponents state that the health of the population must take precedence.

10 March 2018

Switzerland: How the Daughter of National Councilor Maximilian Reimann is Fighting against Swisscom for Her Survival

Copper cables radiate in the garden.  Evelyn Reimann can
hardly bear her father's house in Gipf-Oberfrick, Aargau
(7 February 2018).  Photo: Kilian J. Kessler
How the Daughter of Maximilian Reimann, National Councilor UDC , is Fighting against Swisscom for Her Survival
by Marco Metzler, nzz.ch, 4 March 2018 (translation)

Evelyn Reimann has been suffering from the radiation of copper cables since Swisscom is has been using them for high debit Internet transmission.  Today, the family is defending themselves legally and is ready to resort to litigation proceedings.

"I am being tortured," says Evelyn Reimann at the kitchen table of the one-family home of her father, National Councilor Maximilian Reimann.  This 38-year-old woman is in bad shape.  According to the family doctor, she is suffering from electrosensitivity.  Since November 2015, she is hardly able to stay in Gipf-Oberfrick, Aargau.  Swisscom is responsible for this.

Before the meeting, she asks us to only make calls in the case of an emergency.  There, we place all devices in airplane mode.  In the corridor, there is an unplugged cross-trainer.  After a short stay at home, her condition worsened.  "I have headaches, tachycardia and difficulties breathing.  After two nights, I was exhausted," she said.  "It was severe on the fixed phone.  Then, I realized for the first time that something else wasn't right."

Switzerland: Mobile Telephony: War of the Waves

Dr. Carlos Beat Quinto, member of the central committee
of the Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) - which
has some 30,000 members
On March 5, 2018, the Council of States, Swiss Parliament, voted once again on revision of the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation (ORNI). By a vote of 22 to 21 with 2 abstentions, the Council said “no” to the Motion,“Avoiding the collapse of mobile networks and securing the country's digital future" and thus rejected an increase in the limit values for mobile phone antennas.

A number of associations concerned about the effects of radiofrequency radiation on people and the environment were against the motion: Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, Federation of Swiss Doctors, Union of Swiss Farmers, HabitatDurable, Swiss Federation of Patients. and advocacy groups. During the debate prior to the vote, some of the deputies mentioned having received several hundred letters and copies of scientific studies from people concerned about health, including electrosensitive persons.

The following article appeared in Migros Magazine, which has a readership of over 700,000 persons.

Mobile Telephony:  War of the Waves
by Alain Portnermigrosmagazine.ch, 2 March 2018 (translation)

The Parliament is going to discuss a motion on the increase in the power of mobile phone antennas.  The Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) is against this.

09 March 2018

United States: Congress Took $101 Million in Donations from the Telecommunications Industry

More than 100 million dollars in contributions from mobile phone manufacturers went to U.S. election campaigns between 1989 and 2017. The article shows the amounts contributed per candidate in the U.S. Congress.  Be sure to look at the charts and tables.  Which campaign received the most money? - that of Senator John McCain:


Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and others spread their money far and wide to influence your government

The FCC is about to give massive internet service providers the power to divide the internet. It is at risk of becoming unrecognizable. A vital global utility that has been a boon to creative and economic freedom for people around the world may be turned into a twisted land of tolls and corporate control.

The stakes are high. The internet now touches every town, every city, and every single one of us — whether we use it or not. Those who control the network control the future.

[Press Release] Phonegate : A new victory in our fight for transparency against ANFR

[Press Release] Phonegate : A new victory in our fight for transparency against ANFR
by Marc Arazi, arazi.fr, 9 March 2018

The National Frequencies Agency (ANFR), in a press release appearing March 8, 2018, announced the publication on its site data.anfr.fr the complete reports of controls conducted on 442 mobile phones tested between 2012 and 2017.

In the fight for transparency, it is a new victory against ANFR which, using multiple arguments, has repeatedly refused to make public these data that are essential to the health and safety of mobile phone users. For Dr. Marc Arazi who launched the alert on this new health and industrial scandal: “This is an important major victory but now the French and European people must be fully informed and governments must take measures of protection, in particular, ordering the removal of mobile phones that exceed the thresholds in contact with the body. The inertia of Ministers Nicolas Hulot and Agnès Buzyn is no longer acceptable. »

08 March 2018

Arizona: Your Doctor's Practice Disrupted by APS Who Threatened to Place Me in Jail for Refusal of "Smart Meters"

by Dr Deborah L Dykema, The Wellness Center, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2018

Dear Patients

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, at approximately 10:00 am Arizona Public Service (APS) came to my office without warning while I was seeing patients and threatened to have me placed in jail if I did not allow them to immediately install a cluster of 3 “smart meters” in very close proximity to where I work and see patients 14 hours daily 5-6 days per week. APS called the police when I refused installation and 2 police officers including a sergeant arrived and threatened to arrest me under statute 40-431.

I repeatedly asked the APS supervisor that this matter be discussed at a time that would not keep my sick patients waiting, and they refused, which stopped my ability to see patients with scheduled appointments for nearly 90 minutes. I had several patients that waited 90 minutes and several patients who left the office unable to be seen due to their disruption.

04 March 2018

Radiofrequency Exposure Limits: FCC's Ongoing Proceedings Addressing Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields

This is the third entry of three regarding the FCC’s ongoing proceedings to address human exposure to radio-frequency (RF) fields. Below are links to Parts One and Two.

RF Exposure Limits–Signs of the Times—Part One

RF Signs of the Times—Part Two

Osure RF Signs of the Times—Part Three
by Michael T. N. Fitch, Senior Counsel, natlawreview.com, 1st March 2018

This third entry on the FCC’s ongoing review of RF exposure limits highlights the Notice of Inquiry that focuses on possible changes to the current RF exposure limits.

The NOI reiterates that the current exposure limits were adopted in 1996 and while expressing confidence in these limits, the NOI observes that intervening research studies, the ubiquity of device adoption, advances in technology, and developments in international standards support updating the record on RF exposure limits. Accordingly, the NOI seeks comment on whether the current exposure limits should be changed, and the costs and benefits of any suggested changes. The FCC explains its “intent is to adequately protect the public without imposing an undue burden on industry.” It adds that its goal “is to open a science-based examination of the efficacy, currency, and adequacy of the Commission’s exposure limits for RF electromagnetic fields.”

5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes?

5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes?
By ALLAN HOLMES, The New York Times, 2 March 2018

WASHINGTON — The future of cellular service is coming to a neighborhood near you.

But who gets to decide when, where and how it gets delivered is still a heated fight.

(Photo):  A concept design, left, and two other designs showing how streetlights and utility poles can be modified with equipment, often accompanied by a container on the ground that can be disguised as a mailbox, to deliver 5G cellular signals. CreditFrom left: Crown Castle International; Scientists for Wired Technology; City of Lincoln, Neb.

The new technology, known as 5G, delivers wireless internet at far faster speeds than existing cellular connections. But it also requires different hardware to deliver the signals.

Instead of relying on large towers placed far apart, the new signals will come from smaller equipment placed an average of 500 feet apart in neighborhoods and business districts. Much of the equipment will be on streetlights or utility poles, often accompanied by containers the size of refrigerators on the ground. More than 300,000 cell stations now provide wireless connections, and 5G will bring hundreds of thousands — perhaps millions — more.

California: Judge Says Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning Label

Judge Says Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning Label
POSTED BY ZEN HONEYCUTT, momsacrossamerica.com, 27 February 2018

CA Judge OKs Glyphosate Prop 65 Listing But Decides Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning Label on our Food and Products

February 27, 2018-- Today a CA Federal Judge ruled that the public does not need a warning label to inform us that cancer-causing and harmful chemicals in glyphosate herbicides are in our food or products, temporarily relieving manufacturers from the responsibility of being honest with their customers. At a time when more and more American families are struggling with diseases and their high cost, one man decided that it was an injustice to the chemical companies to have to tell us about the presence of their chemicals.

Senior United States District Judge William B. Shubb released his ruling regarding the case of Wheat Growers and Monsanto against the California Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the CA Attorney General to remove glyphosate, the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, from the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list, a law approved by California voters by ballot initiative in 1986.

Do I Need to Worry About Radiation From WiFi and Bluetooth Devices?

Do I Need to Worry About Radiation From WiFi and Bluetooth Devices?
by Catherine Roberts, consumerreports.org, 1st March 2018

What’s known about the potential risk from routers and wireless headphones

Recent research has resurfaced concerns among scientists about a potential link between cell-phone radiation and cancer. But that research—a 10-year, $25 million government study in rodents—left a lot of key questions unanswered. That includes how relevant the findings are to newer wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi that have become widespread since the study was designed in the early 2000s.

Like cell phones, routers use radio frequency (RF) energy—a form of electromagnetic radiation—to bring wireless internet to your computer, TV, and other devices. Bluetooth headphones and speakers also rely on RF signals to play music. Smartwatches use RF to connect to your phone. And any WiFi-connected smart devices in your home also receive and transmit data using this type of energy. Do you need to worry about any of that?

03 March 2018

Switzerland: "Do Not Prematurely Increase Limit Values": Commentary by "Beobachter" Editor-in-Chief, Andres Büchi

"Switzerland has often distinguished itself by being a
little more cautious and thoughtful than other countries." -
Observer editor-in-chief Andres Büchi. 
Photo: Paul Seewer
"Do not prematurely increase limit values"
BY ANDRES BÜCHI, beobachter.ch
Updated 1st March 2018 (translation)

On March 5, the Council of States decides on a requested increase in precautionary limits for mobile communications.  It should set a clear signal against these plans. A commentary by Andres Büchi.

In Switzerland, strict precautionary limits for mobile phone radiation apply today to places with particularly sensitive use (OMEN) in international comparison. The economy, telecom companies and the Federal Council now recommend easing these so-called investment limits in order to create more capacity and to enable the 5G mobile communications standard for the "Internet of Things".

This is easily possible without endangering the population, it is argued. Finally, the significantly higher WHO emission limit values, which must be adhered to absolutely and everywhere for health reasons, still apply.

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

RE-POSTED (3 March 2018)
As an epidemiologist who has done a great deal of work on breast cancer, one of the most concerning factors that have come to light is a series of case reports, starting with some reports from California... In all, there are now seven case reports of women who developed unusual breast cancers in the exact position where they kept cellphones in their bras. These are unusual tumours. They're multifocal, which means they occur in several places. They seem to mirror where the cellphone was being kept. The radiation from the cellphone seems to have increased in these women the risk, which they presumably already had, of developing breast cancer. They were all relatively young women. This is a most unusual occurrence that must concern us greatly. : 
Dr. Anthony Miller

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

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

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

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

02 March 2018

Which Smartphones Emit The Most Radiation? [Infographic]

Our comment: The amount of radiation emitted by smartphones (SAR or Specific Absorption Rate) claimed by manufacturers and even authorities like the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection is not a realistic measure of safety.  Manufacturers test their phones at a certain distance from the body, NOT the actual way in which we use them:  held next to the skin, in the hand, in a pocket or bra. A French physician, Dr. Marc Arazi, has uncovered this serious industrial and health scandal, explained in our previous post.  See also under the label "Phonegate" on this blog.

Which Smartphones Emit The Most Radiation? [Infographic]
by Niall McCarthy, Contributor, Forbes, 1st March 2018

Today, people are never far from their smartphones, whether it's in their hand during their commute, lying in their pocket at work, pressed to their ear to make a call or resting on their bedside table at night. Questions have been raised about whether our close proximity to smartphones might be damaging our health. While there is no conclusive scientific research yet on the impact of cellphone radiation, people who want to weigh up the possible risks should take a glance at the following infographic.

From Dieselgate to Phonegate

From Dieselgate to Phonegate
2 March 2018 - See also arazi.fr

The Tribune de Genève recently published an article on banning diesel cars in cities in Germany.  Pollution prematurely kills 13,000 persons in Germany.  Health priority:  Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich affirm that they have no other choice.  In the city of BMW, the ban of motors not having the Euro 6 standard, that is, 300,000 vehicles, is foreseen.  "I see no other alternative.  The level of pollution is becoming terrifying", says the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter.  "The health of citizens takes precedence."

Many media, particularly in Switzerland, continue to ignore Phonegate, an industrial and health scandal similar to that of Dieselgate.  When will the sale of mobile phones whose SAR values exceed the European regulatory standard of 2 W/kg be banned?  These are not being tested at 0 mm distance from the body.  Most consumers use or keep mobile phones against the skin (in the hand, in a pocket or bra).  When will the use of mobile phones by young children be banned?  When will the public health authorities issue stricter warnings about cell phone risks?

Scientist Believes the Human Microchip Will Become “Not Optional”

Scientist Believes the Human Microchip Will Become “Not Optional”
by visnu priyaunseen-pedia.com, 24 January 2018

Technologies designed specifically to track and monitor human beings have been in development for at least two decades.

In the virtual realm, software programs are now capable of watching us in real time, going so far as to make predictions about our future behaviors and sending alerts to the appropriate monitoring station depending on how a computer algorithm flags your activities. That is in and of itself a scary proposition.

What may be even scarier, however, is what’s happening in the physical realm. According to researches working on human-embedded microchips it’s only a matter of time before these systems achieve widespread acceptance.

“Chances are you’re carrying a couple of RFID microchips now. And if you are, they’re sending out a 15-digit number that identifies you. That number can be picked up by what’s called an ISO compliant scanner. And they’re everywhere, too. […]

“It’s not possible to interact with society in a meaningful way by not having a mobile phone. I think human implants are likely to go along a very similar route. It would be such a disadvantage to not have the implant that it essentially becomes not optional.”

United Kingdom: Chief Medical Officer: Access to Smartphones Should Be Limited

Access to smartphones should be limited, Dame
Sally said. 
Credit: Chris Radburn/PA
This article concerns all types of pollution and does not mention electromagnetic pollution but does includes certain health risks of mobile phones: impact on spine and neck, eyes, sperm, skin, mental health.

Switch off smartphones and computers at bedtime to limit pollution risks says chief doctor
by Laura Donnelly, health editor, The Telegraph, 
2 March 2018

Families should switch off all gadgets at night to prevent potentially deadly risks from light pollution, the Chief Medical Officer has warned.

Dame Sally Davies said exposure to a “daily cocktail of pollutants” – including poor air, light, noise and chemicals – is fuelling tens of thousands of cancer, lung and heart deaths.

And she said a “horrifying” lack of awareness of the dangers meant families were putting themselves at risk on a daily basis.

01 March 2018

National Toxicology Program: Extracts from Transcript of Telephone Press Conference Given by NTP Scientist Dr. John Bucher on 2 February 2018

National Toxicology Program (NTP) Draft Conclusions for Radiofrequency Radiation Studies in Rats and Mice
Extracts from Transcript of Telephone Press Conference given by Dr. John Bucher, 2 February 2018

Maggie Fox (NBC): I’m wondering if you can characterize if there’s much new that you’ve learned since 2016. I remember the last time we asked you if you in particular had changed your cellphone use and I would like to ask you that again. Have you changed your cellphone use or what you recommend to your family based on these findings? Thanks.

John Bucher: So in finishing these studies, we have evaluated the entirety of the tissues. We have come up with a number of what we were terming equivocal findings but in general, the only positive finding that we’d really been able to have confidence in I think is the malignant schwannomas in the heart, which is what we described in the 2016 report. I think that it’s important to be able to put all of the content or all of the findings in the report in the context of understanding what happened across the entire body of animals throughout the experiment. So we’ve done that. We’re reasonably sure we understand what’s going on in these studies at this point and the reports that you can see on the web outline the full findings. That said, I think that the reports don’t go much further than what we have reported earlier and I have not changed the way I use the cellphone, no.

Ryan Knutson (Wall Street Journal):  Great. Thanks. Just quickly, just a follow up on that previous reporter’s question. Did you recommend anything for your family whether that’s change...

John Bucher: So the first question was have I recommended changes to my children? No, I have not recommended changes to my children in the way that you… 

Ryan Knutson: Changes like tell them to use the headset or anything like that or just you don’t tell them to do anything? 

John Bucher: I have not really addressed that issue with them.

High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats: NIEHS News Release on NTP Study

High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats
News Release, NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), 2 February 2018

RE-POSTED With links to audio recording and transcript of telephone press conference given by NTP senior scientist, Dr. John Bucher on 2 February 2018.

See next post for extracts from the transcript.

High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The exposure levels used in the studies were equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today. Cell phones typically emit lower levels of RFR than the maximum level allowed. NTP’s draft conclusions were released today as two technical reports, one for rat studies and one for mouse studies. NTP will hold an external expert review of its complete findings from these rodent studies March 26-28.

Switzerland: 5G Health Risk?

5G Health Risk?
by Helwi Braunmiller, srf.ch, 23 February 2018 (Translation)

Troubling mobile phone antennas. Is easing the radiation limits toying with the health of the population?

Surf faster than before, completely open up new technological possibilities: 5G is the promise of salvation that is supposed to protect against overloading the mobile networks. But the current mobile infrastructure in Switzerland is not enough for this. In other words, in order to meet the increasing demands, transmission towers must be allowed to emit more radiation than before - and therefore the applicable limit values ​​would have to be relaxed.

A technological leap forward - but with risks and undesirable effects for the population?

Visible enemy - the mobile phone antenna

When it comes to electromagnetic radiation, the fears are widespread - especially as far as mobile phone antennas are concerned. The large, visible systems disconcert us more than the small smartphones that most of us have in our pockets. Wrong: "If the connection is of poor quality, the mobile phone held to the ear radiates the body locally up to 100,000 times more than is typically done by antennas," says environmental epidemiologist Martin Röösli from Basel. 90 to 95 percent of our radiation exposure is generated by cell phones or tablets, only five to ten percent comes from so-called environmental radiation. Everybody is in control of most radiation exposure. The rule of thumb is: Mobile devices as far away from the body as possible.

Ambiguous study situation plus 5G as a new unknown

28 February 2018

Switzerland: Press Release from Doctors for the Protection of the Environment: Easing of Radiation Protection for Mobile Phone Installations

Press release from Doctors for the Protection of the Environment (MfE)
22 February 2018 

Easing of radiation protection for mobile phone installations
Health concerns and no technical need

One year ago, the Council of States refused, for reasons of health concerns, a motion for raising limit values of mobile phone installations.  The Parliament must once again vote on a motion relating to revision of the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation (ORNI).  The easing of ORNI, requested in a motion is not without health concerns and is not necessary for the expansion of mobile telephony and the guarantee of digitization.  The association, Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, and physicians in Parliament are recommending once again  to the Parliament to refuse the motion.  The  Swiss Farmers' Union (USP), l'HabitatDurable Suisse and the Swiss Federation of Patients endorse this request.

27 February 2018

New Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Heart and Brain Tumors

Good article by Dr. Mercola on the NTP draft study results.

"The animals in these studies were exposed to cellphone radiation for nine hours a day for two years (basically the full life span of a rat). According to the researchers, this level of exposure is far greater than what humans are exposed to, making it difficult to extrapolate the impact cellphone radiation might have on humans.

"Personally, I disagree with this view, as many people, especially the younger generation, have their cellphones turned on and near their body 24/7. Many are literally sleeping with their phone beneath their pillow. Unless your phone is in a faraday bag, airplane mode or turned off completely, it is still emitting radiation, so you’re still exposing yourself to microwave radiation even when you’re not talking on the phone. I believe the fact that this reality is completely ignored is a serious oversight."

New Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Heart and Brain Tumors

by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Contributing writer for Wake Up World, 24 February 2018

Mounting evidence suggests electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from cellphones can trigger abnormal cell growth and cancer.1,2 As early as 2011, the evidence was strong enough for the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, to declare cellphones a Group 2B “possible carcinogen.”3 Now, two government-funded studies4 bring renewed attention to this link.5,6,7,8

Diesel Ban Approved for German Cities to Cut Pollution

The ruling sets a precedent for all German cities
Diesel ban approved for German cities to cut pollution
bbc.com, 27 February 2018

German cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles from some areas following a landmark court ruling.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf could legally ban older, more polluting diesel cars from zones worst affected by pollution.

The ruling sets a precedent for other cities and analysts said it could lead to similar action across Europe.

The government, which had opposed the bans, said they could still be avoided.

The ruling by a top federal court came after German states had appealed against bans imposed by local courts in Stuttgart and Duesseldorf.

Maryland Bill Proposed: Health and Safety Guidelines for Digital Devices"

Maryland Bill Proposed: Health and Safety Guidelines for Digital Devices"
safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.ch, 27 February 2018

Press Release
February 22, 2018


HB1110: "Public Schools - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices" directs the Maryland State Department of Education, consulting with the Maryland Department of Health to convene a group of medical experts and stakeholders to develop health and safety guidelines for the schools' technology equipment.

Sponsored by Delegate Steven Arentz (R-District 36, Eastern Shore) and 32 co-sponsors - representing statewide bipartisan support - the legislation is in response to the mounting scientific data that underscores the need to protect children from visual, physical and mental health risks posed by the unsafe use of classroom devices.

Delegate Arentz reports, "The research just continues to mount - our kids need to be protected, while they learn how to compete in the world today."

Power-Frequency EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study

Re-POSTED 27 February 2018 - interesting 2016 article from Microwave News on studies of animals exposed to non-ionizing radiation.  Re-posted here in view of the recent results of the two draft reports from the NTP and the soon-to-be published study by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy. 

Power-Frequency EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study
microwavenews.com, 27 February 2016

Italians Call for a “Reevaluation of the Safety of Non-Ionizing Radiation”

Once again, power-frequency magnetic fields have been found to act as a cancer promoter.

Eighteen months ago an international team led by Elisabeth Cardis in Spain showed cancer promotion in workers exposed to chemicals and extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs. Now an Italian team has found essentially the same promotional effect in animals exposed to ionizing radiation and ELF EMFs.

Rats, which received a single low-dose of gamma radiation early in life and were exposed to magnetic fields for their entire lifetime, developed higher than expected rates of three different types of cancer: Breast cancer and leukemia/lymphoma, as well as an extremely rare and obscure tumor, called malignant schwannoma of the heart.

Sixteen New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (23 February 2018)

Sixteen 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, 23 February 2018


National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Cancer Studies

The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has recently released two draft technical reports about its mobile phone radiation cancer risk studies of rats and mice.

I encourage you to submit public comments by March 12, 2018 using the NTP submission form.
For more information about these studies, see my post: National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer.

To review the NTP technical reports, supplemental materials, and public comments that have been submitted: http://bit.ly/NTPreports.

For information about attendance at the peer review meeting to be held March 26-28, the webcast of the meeting, and submission of comments in writing or in person: http://bit.ly/NTPmeeting.

26 February 2018

Cancer and Cell Phones: "Let's Distinguish Between Truth and Falsehood!"

"Cancer: Let's Distinguish Between Truth and Falsehood!"

We do not wish to place the text of this misleading article on cancer here: "Cancer: Let's Distinguish Between Truth and Falsehood!"  http://www.illustre.ch/magazine/cancer-distinguons-le-vrai-du-faux

The Swiss neuro-oncologist Andreas Hottinger replies to the most commonly asked questions:

Does use of the cell phone increase the risk of cancer?

Dr. Andréas Hottinger
"No.  The latest studies clearly show that use of the cell phone has no effect on the increase in the number of brain cancers.  This is mainly due to aging of the population.  Given that cell phones were democratized towards the end of the 1990's, one can say today that there is no risk since we have been using them for more than 20 years."

Our comment

We are very angry that these so-called "specialists" continue to downplay the risks of radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones and other wireless technology. thus misleading users, letting them believe that there is no reason the take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to waves.

Indiana: New Bill Could Rob Asbestos Disease Victims of Rights to Seek Justice

Blayne Kinart, a 58-year-old Canadian and former
chemical worker in Sarnia, Ontario, died in 2004
from mesothelioma, a cancer associated with 
asbestos exposure.
(Choice of photo by Editor,"Towards Better Health")
The new Indiana bill seeks to undue the Supreme Court ruling in the Myers case and again impose that cutoff, or what in legal terms is called a statute of repose. That means no one could sue a manufacturer if more than 10 years had passed since the person first became exposed to asbestos.  The problem is, mesothelioma and other diseases caused from exposure to asbestos can take decades to present itself, sometimes as many as 50 years, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Asbestos disease is rarely diagnosed within 10 years of exposure.

'Tragic consequences': new bill could rob asbestos disease victims of rights to seek justice
by Sarah Bowman, sarah.bowman@indystar.com, 
25 February 2018

Maria Adams of Morgantown talks about the husband she lost to mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, and her desire to drop legislation that would make it harder for Hoosiers to take legal action. Robert Scheer/IndyStar

Children Struggle to Hold Pencils Due to Too Much Tech, Doctors Say

An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing
children's finger muscles from developing sufficiently.
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say
by Amelia Hill, The Guardian, 
25 February 2018

Children need opportunities to develop hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils

Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior paediatric doctors have warned.

An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently to enable them to hold a pencil correctly, they say.

Switzerland: What Interests Does Martin Röösli Represent? Corruption at the Level of the Swiss Federal Council?

Martin Röösli
What interests does Martin Röösli represent?
funkstrahlung.ch, posted 26 February 2018 (Translation)

On the one hand, experts recommend protective measures against excessive radiation exposure, but claim that the applicable limit values ​​would offer sufficient protection. Why do they make such recommendations when everything is okay? 

Why does Professor Martin Röösli in particular argue that there are supposedly no indications of health effects below the limit values? He is well aware of the many industry-independent studies that prove just the opposite. Does he simply ignore them because they do not fit into the concept? Does he rather refer to studies that are influenced by the industry and give the all-clear as desired?

It pays to have a closer look behind the person of Martin Röösli.

22 February 2018

Swisscom's Aggressive Marketing Campaign

UPDATE (22 février 2018):  Swisscom has announced it will install the first test 5G antenna in Ittigen in March and if all goes well, the Swisscom mobile network will be connected to 5G at the end of 2018. No mobile phone, however, in Switzerland will be equipped with this technology which is expected to arrive on the market only in 2019. Installation of 5G technology will greatly increase the harm being done to the health of the population from exposure to radiofrequency radiaiton.

Limit values for mobile phone antennas must be raised to accommodate 5G. There is great resistance from the Swiss population, however parliamentarians say they do not want to receive any more letters from individuals with regard to this issue. The next vote on the increase of limit values will take place in early March by the National Councillors, members of the Committee on Transport and Communications. Do we have a hope of a vote in our favor? The Confederation has the majority of shares in Swisscom and most likely, once again, money will take precedence over health.

Swisscom's Aggressive Marketing Campaign
1st April 2017

California: New Cell Towers Get Bad Reception

New Cell Towers Get Bad Reception
By Gary Walker, The Argonaut, 21 February

A small cell phone tower suddenly appeared right outside
Rennee Salvestrini's balcony.
Del Rey residents say small ones keep popping up right outside their homes

Once characterized by light industrial uses and relegated to “Marina-adjacent” status, the Los Angeles neighborhood of Del Rey is rapidly filling in with new housing and office space.

This evolution has brought with it a deluge of new cell phone towers, infuriating many residents who believe they have little choice about where telecom companies install them. And to a large extent, they’re right.

“The reality is that as our state and federal laws are written, they are allowed to build these [towers],” said Matt Wershing, a member of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and the chairman of its land use and planning committee.

21 February 2018

GENERATION ZAPPED Is A Five Alarm Wake-Up Call About The Radiation In Our Midst

"This documentary is not a diatribe or a political polemic but a balanced and intelligent clarion call for awareness and action."

BWW Review: GENERATION ZAPPED Is A Five Alarm Wake-Up Call About The Radiation In Our Midst

by Herbert Paine broadwayworld.com
20 February 2018

We are under attack! We are exposed! Not speaking here of the usual suspects, but of invisible and potentially harmful, if not deadly waves of radiation that are invading our bodies, our brains and our organs, with potentially devastating effects. This is the essence of Sabine El Gemayel's documentary wake-up call, GENERATION ZAPPED.

If, by the conclusion of seventy-four minutes of compelling evidence and riveting interviews, you are not ready to enroll in a crusade against the unrestrained proliferation in our environment of the instruments of wireless technology, you may at the very least have serious second thoughts about the safety of your smartphones and modems and laptops and, most certainly, about the future health and well-being of all our children.

That's how engaging and consciousness raising is this dramatic exploration of the explosion of radiation in our midst.

Be sure that this documentary is not a diatribe or a political polemic but a balanced and intelligent clarion call for awareness and action.

Noise Levels Dialled Up As School's Total Phone Ban Gets Kids Talking

McKinnon students Xavier Verdnik (16), Catherine
Braniska (14) and Louisa D'Ambra (13) have to lock
their phones away in their lockers. 
Photo:  Joe Armao
"Schools should be teaching students how to use the devices correctly."

Noise levels dialled up as school's total phone ban gets kids talking
by Henrietta Cook, theage.com.au
20 February 2018

McKinnon Secondary College’s decision to ban mobile phones had an unexpected side effect.

The schoolyard became much louder during recess and lunch.

"I hadn’t anticipated the level of noise," principal Pitsa Binnion said.

"There was laughter, people were actually interacting and socialising."

While many schools have banned mobile phones during class time, the high-performing state school in Melbourne’s south-east decided to go one step further.

'Banning Mobile Phones in Swedish Schools Is As Obvious As Banning Smoking'

Pupils at a Swedish school handing in their mobile phones.
Photo:  Anders Wiklund/TT
'Banning mobile phones in Swedish schools is as obvious as banning smoking'
thelocal.se, 20 February 2018

Mobile phone usage in schools is hurting the health and relationships of children, so it's time to ban them during class time, argue three Swedish child health experts.

When the first reports of the risks of smoking came in the 1960s and 70s they were dismissed with scorn. Having smoking areas in schools was natural. Today smoking in school is unthinkable.

Some may consider a ban on using smartphones in schools to be excessive, but the growing dependency of children on digital media points towards a different attitude within a couple of decades.

An important cause for concern is that the brain's development can be negatively affected.

Silicon Valley Parents Are Raising Their Kids Tech-Free

Kids at Brightworks School use power tools instead of
digital ones. 
"Former employees at major tech companies, some of them high-level executives, have gone public to condemn the companies' intense focus on building addictive tech products. The discussions have triggered further research from the psychology community, all of which has gradually convinced many parents that a child's palm is no place for devices so potent.

" 'The tech companies do know that the sooner you get kids, adolescents, or teenagers used to your platform, the easier it is to become a lifelong habit,' Koduri.  It's no coincidence, he said, that Google has made a push into schools with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and the learning management suite Google Classroom.

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag
by Chris Welleruk.businessinsider.com, 18 February 2018

  • Silicon Valley parents can see firsthand, either through living or working in the Bay Area, that technology is potentially harmful to kid
  • Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children.
  • The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech executives who have set limits for their own children for years.
  • This is an installment of Business Insider's "Your Brain on Apps" series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior.

United Kingdom: MPs Set to Investigate the Harmful Effects of Excessive Use of Smartphones and Social Media Amid Fears for Children's Mental Health

Experts fear that social media may be conditioning kids to
become dependant on 'Likes'.
MPs set to investigate the harmful effects of excessive use of smartphones and social media amid fears for children’s mental health

By Lynn Davidson, Whitehall Correspondent,
thesun.co.uk, 21 February 2018

MPs are probing the possibility that excessive smartphone and social media use may be harmful to kids, conditioning them to depend on likes and attention online

A PROBE on excessive use of smart phones and social media is launched by MPs today amid fears of youngsters’ wellbeing.