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31 January 2016

11 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12

11 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned For Children Under The Age Of 12
healthycures.org, 31 January 2016

It is common nowadays to see kids playing with handheld devices like cell phones and tablets. But scientists warn that children below 12 should not be allowed to use these gadgets.

There is no denying about the way technology has helped and changed our lives. But most of us don’t know how these gadgets are affecting our kids. You should limit how much your child uses or handles a cell phone or tablet because these devices can interfere with his/her development.

According to research, technology has been causing harm to our kids. Despite knowing this many parents continue to allow their kids to use these devices without any restrictions. Such gadgets have allowed infants, toddlers and kids access and enter the viral world where there is absence of the key factors required for development, learning and behavior.

30 January 2016

Gwyneth Paltrow Warns of Dangers of 'Toxic' Mobile Phones and Drinking Tap Water

Gwyneth consults Dr. David Carpenter,
Ann Louise Gittleman, and Devra Davis,
to help her readers 'understand the complicated
and messy world of cell phone and WiFi safety'.
Gwyneth Paltrow warns of dangers of 'toxic' mobile phones and drinking tap water in latest Goop post... but experts say she is scaremongering
by Bianca London for Mailonline, 29 January 2016

- This week, the 43-year-old A-lister has shared some invaluable advice
- She writes about brain cancer and 'electro-sensitivity'
- Also makes a case for being cautious about drinking tap water


Whether she's claiming that water has feelings or sharing her favourite healthy recipes, Gwyneth Paltrow uses her weekly Goop blog to share her innermost thoughts and prized tips for a better life.

This week, the 43-year-old A-lister has shared some invaluable advice with her readers on the dangers of mobile phones and tap water.

Writing on her blog, the mother-of-two has shared a post entitled: 'Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic?', in which she says it's almost impossible to remember a time without smartphones.

She then goes on to claim that this makes it equally easy to forget that the technology is still relatively new, with safety requirements that, for the most part, are generally untested.

She writes: 'The scientific community’s rumblings about brain cancer and the new-to-us affliction “electro-sensitivity” are worth exploring, at the very least, so we tapped three experts in the field.'

Devra Davis on WiFi in Schools and Limiting Its Risks

Devra Davis on WiFi in Schools and Limiting Its Risks
goop.com

Devra Davis is an epidemiologist and founder of the Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit public health organization working to keep WiFi out of schools and to educate parents about how to protect their children from its risks. For two other opinions on the same subject, look here: Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic? .

A Q&A with Devra Davis

Q
What’s the difference between WiFi and the radiation from a regular cell phone signal? Are they equally dangerous?

A
Cell phones and other wireless devices like Wi-Fi routers are two-way microwave radios that operate in the same frequency range as microwave ovens, but at a much lower power. All wireless signals—whether from cell phones, tablets, computers, or wireless routers—are microwave radiation, a type of non-ionizing radiation that is also called radio-frequency radiation. When the World Health Organization reviewed the research in 2011, they grouped all of these radiofrequency signals as a Class 2 B Carcinogen.

29 January 2016

Reliable Disease Biomarkers Characterizing and Identifying Electrohypersensitivity and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity as Two Etiopathogenic Aspects of a Unique Pathological Disorder

The full text of this study is now available online : 
Click here.

"Our data strongly suggest that EHS and MCS can be objectively characterized and routinely diagnosed by commercially available simple tests. Both disorders appear to involve inflammation-related hyper-histaminemia, oxidative stress, autoimmune response, capsulothalamic hypoperfusion and BBB opening, and a deficit in melatonin metabolic availability; suggesting a risk of chronic neurodegenerative disease. Finally the common co-occurrence of EHS and MCS strongly suggests a common pathological mechanism."

Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder 
Rev Environ Health. 2015 Dec 1;30(4):251-71. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0027.

Belpomme D, Campagnac C, Irigaray P.

Abstract

Vienna Medical Association Cautions for Mobiles Phones - Advises that Reduce Health Risks

Vienna Medical Association cautions for Mobiles - advises that reduce health risks
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 28 January 2016
(Google translation from Swedish.)

Vienna Medical Association has issued new guidelines to reduce health risks associated with mobile phone use. Association's recommendations are largely identical with the advice Radiation Protection Foundation leaves for several years.

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Fixed telephone should be used for longer phone calls at home and at work while mobile phone should only be used for urgent and short calls. The number of apps on the phones should be kept to a minimum because the mobile applications leads to higher continuous background radiation from mobiles even when they are not actively used for calls or internet access. The cell phone should also never be stored on, just around the body, for example in a trouser pocket.

Possibly carcinogenic

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

The Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 disaster
in Fukushima, in the Ehime prefecture of Japan, January 23, 2014.
(Photo: Ko Sasaki/ The New York Times)
Dahr Jamail | Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific
by Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report, 27 January 2016

The Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, in the Ehime prefecture of Japan, January 23, 2014. (Photo: Ko Sasaki / The New York Times)

"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Truthout shortly after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling system of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

While this statement might sound overdramatic, Gundersen may be right.

28 January 2016

Maine High Court Rejects Claim that Smart Meters are Unsafe

Maine high court rejects claim that smart meters are unsafe
by Darren Fishell, BDN Staff, 26 January 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled state regulators properly determined smart meters installed by Central Maine Power Co. pose no “credible threat to the health and safety” of about 615,000 customers who have them installed.

Smart meter opponent Ed Friedman and the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters took the case to the state’s top court last year, challenging the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s finding that the radio frequency-emitting smart meters don’t pose a health risk.

Friedman had argued the evidence produced during the PUC’s investigation, including testimony of 65 witnesses who reported health problems, contradicted the decision by the three-member commission. The court denied that claim.

27 January 2016

Symposium "For the Recognition of Electrosensitivity": National Assembly, Paris, 11 February 2016

UPDATED PROGRAM

Symposium "For the Recognition of Electrosensitivity"
11 February 2016 - 14:00 to 18:00

National Assembly - Salle COLBERT, 126 rue de l'Université, Paris 7e

Organized by Laurence Abeille, Member of the National Assembly and Michèle Rivasi, Member of the European Parliament

With the support of Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former 
Director-General of WHO

Free entry. Mandatory inscription before 4 February. For reasons of security, access to the National Assembly will be refused without inscribing before 4 February.

With the current deployment of the Linky smart meter, testing of 5G for mobile telephony and more and more Wi-Fi in public places, we are more than ever surrounded by a "sea of waves". At the same time, a court recognized a handicap of 80% of a woman suffering from electohypersensitivity.
This is why it seems to crucial to us to place this major public health issue on the table and in particular to address this issue to physicians and health professionals.

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones

Apple testing Ultra-Fast Li-Fi Wireless Technology for Future iPhones
by Swati Khandelwal, thehackernews.com, 
20 January 2016

Apple to make future iPhones compatible with a cutting-edge technology that has the capability to transmit data at 100 times the speed of WiFi, suggests the code found within the iOS firmware.

Apple may ship future iPhones with Li-Fi capabilities, a new technology that may end up replacing the widely-used Wi-Fi in the future technology.

Beginning with iOS 9.1 update, the operating system's source code makes mention of "LiFiCapability" alongside declarations to other hardware and software capabilities, hinting that Apple may be experimenting with ways to integrate Li-Fi technology with future iPhones models.

Li-Fi compatibility with Future iPhones

25 January 2016

Electrohypersensitivity: What You Need to Know about the Allergy of the 21st Century

Electrohypersensitivity: What you need to know about the allergy of the 21st century
home-biology.com (Greek website)

In the past it has been called "yuppie flu" and "microwave disease". Its symptoms include unexplained allergies, whistling in the ears, tachycardia and cardiac arrhythmias, fatigue, numbness of the head, constant headaches, etc. Are you also affected by the growing electromagnetic pollution from cell phone masts, Wi-Fi networks, cordless phones etc?

Scientists today are linking the increase of electromagnetic pollution with many unexplained symptoms that afflict more and more every day:

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Source:  M Gove/Fotolia
Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?
by Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., psychologytoday.com,
21 November 2015

The electronic fast is never the nightmare parents fear it will be.
“Doctor, my ten-year-old son, Justin, is really struggling. He comes unglued over the littlest thing, and it’s driving his friends away. He used to love school, but now he hates it. Homework time is torture, but even when he gets his work done, he forgets to turn it in. His teacher thinks he has ADHD, but I think he might be depressed—he’s so irritable! His dad and I divorced two years ago, and his dad thinks all his problems are related to that. How do we know what’s really going on?”

Did CELLRAID Do ‘Volkswagen’ to the Telecom Industry?

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry?
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 21 January 2016

updated Jan. 25, 2016 – this blog in French

Did a small Finnish company, CELLRAID, Ltd, do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry by showing lack of compliance? In this story, for the first time, are shown measurements results indicating that placing a cell phone in a pocket might cause radiation exposures higher than permitted by the current safety standards.

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There are very stringent exhaust limits in USA. Volkswagen cars did not meet them. So, software was added to Volkswagen cars to “help” them be “compliant” with the US EPArequirements. Discrepancy between what is doable in lab setting and what is not so easily doable in real life led Volkswagen to do what it did.

There are safety limits for radiation emission from cell phones. In cell phones used in real life and stored mostly in pockets, these safety limits would be difficult to meet. So, when the standard laboratory tests were developed for measuring radiation emissions from cell phones to assess their compliance with safety limits, a “loophole” was “somehow” introduced to the laboratory tests permitting measurements at a distance from the surface of the test dummy (= at a distance from the users body). The difference between Volkswagen software and cell phone testing loophole is that the software was illegal whereas the “loophole” is legal.

Effects of Microwave Radiation on Brain Energy Metabolism and Related Mechanisms

Effects of microwave radiation on brain energy metabolism and related mechanisms
Mil Med Res. 2015; 2: 4.
Published online 2015 Feb 17. doi: 10.1186/s40779-015-0033-6

Author information 

Full text available.

Abstract

With the rapid development of electronic technologies, anxiety regarding the potential health hazards induced by microwave radiation (MW) has been growing in recent years. The brain is one of the most sensitive target organs for microwave radiation, where mitochondrial injury occurs earlier and more severely than in other organs. Energy metabolism disorders do play an important role during the process of microwave radiation-induced brain damage. In this paper, we will review the biological effects of microwave radiation, the features of brain energy supply and consumption and the effects of microwave radiation on mitochondrial energy metabolism and potential related mechanisms.


Social Media Obsessed Teen Says 'I Can't Breathe Without WiFi'

Social Media Obsessed Teen Says 'I Can't Breathe Without WiFi'
Dr. Phil Show, The Huffington Post, 
9 October 2015

Seventeen-year-old Khloe admits that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are her best friends.

"I'm completely obsessed with social media," she says, explaining that she sleeps with her phone in her hand and starts her day at 6 am by immediately checking Facebook. "When it's not with me, I don't feel complete and I feel very scared," she says about her phone. "I can't do anything without it."

Khloe recognizes that her social media addiction has gotten out of control, and fears that she's missing out on personal relationships. "I do get panic attacks when I leave my house and there's no WiFi," she says. "It's very hard to have conversations in real life. It's so much easier to just text message or Facebook."

Awareness Campaign Against Cell Phone Radiation Hazard: Case Study Oman


"Today the question is no longer whether the waves emitted by mobile phones, computers, microwaves, cars, relay antennas are dangerous to health, but how to protect ourselves, to help people proactively manage their health and wellbeing by providing free, clear and reliable precautions about cell phone radiation risks."

Awareness Campaign Against Cell Phone Radiation Hazard: Case Study Oman
 
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 205, 9 October 2015, Pages 381–386

6th World Conference on Psychology, Counseling and Guidance (WCPCG-2015)

Open Access
Download full text in PDF

Wafa Osmen, , ,
Aneesa Ali Awadh Saar

Abstract

The fast spread of mobile phone usage is a subject of several polemics in terms of adverse health effect such as cancers, headaches and memory loss as shown by recent research. Cell phone's radiation became one of the most pervasive problems worldwide. With the aim of attracting public attention to this issue and increasing awareness in health's dangers and risks of cell phone radiation a campaign incorporating educational strategies and including a logo and poster design by a student of Dhofar University in Sultanate of Oman was initiated. At the completion of this campaign, a mobile phone's radiation influence on peoples’ health awareness program was developed and implemented through gearing it to the clinics, hospitals, doctor offices, supermarkets and schools.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042815050351

Losing Our Grip: More Students Entering School Without Fine Motor Skills

Denver Elementary School art teacher Alisa Leidish reminds
kindergartner Laiklyn Lloyd to "pinch and flip" her crayon
so that her pointed fingers - not a closed fist - shape her
writing.  
Kimberly Marselas
Concerns about physical readiness for school are growing locally and nationally... Some parents are afraid to let their children engage in physical play or cut with scissors. Others have traded in the messiness of hands-on play dough for a sterile 'educational' tablet.  'Rather than sit and color the way they used to do, our kids are part of the burst of technology.  It’s amazing to see a kid who can swipe an iPad, but you put a pair of scissors in their hand and they don’t know what to do.' "

Losing our grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills
by Kimberly Marselas, LNP Correspondent, lancasteronline.com, 26 October 2015

As art teacher Alisa Leidich sends four vertical lines marching across an oversize drawing pad in paradelike formation, 20 kindergartners put their hands to paper and try their best to mimic her.

It’s not as easy as it might seem.

Bioresonance: Healing with Waves

Bioresonance neutralizes pollutants which overload
the body and repairs the damages they cause.
© Regumed
Bioresonance : healing with waves
by André Fauteux, Maison du 21ème siècle, 
24 February 2015
(Version française d’origine : La biorésonance : guérir par les ondes)

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can harm or heal depending on their frequency, power and length of exposure, say Russian doctors who use them daily in their hospitals since the 1970s. An Ontario woman who suffered for years before discovering a bioresonance therapist in Montreal testifies to this.

Hypersensitive to the environment, Linda Nolan was seriously ill for more than two decades. A professional interior designer since 1975, the Ottawa resident suffered from Lyme disease, a severe inflammatory infection caused by bacteria transmitted by certain ticks that can carry more than one disease (referred to as co-infections). This disease seriously compromises the immune system, a condition which opens the door to many other infections. Linda constantly experienced severe joint and muscle pain and heart palpitations and had difficulty walking or even going about her daily activities. She had to adopt a strict Paleolithic diet (rich in protein and low in carbohydrates) and followed a host of other treatments, especially prescribed and administered by Dr Jennifer Armstrong, an Ottawa-based environmental physician. ‘’Dr. Armstrong is a lifeline for lyme patients and was very helpful, especially with accessing the right labs to diagnose the infections. Blood tests were even sent to the Mayo Clinic and Infectolab in Germany. My problem was that I could not tolerate the antibiotics required to fight my infections. I would take one antibiotic to beat down the lyme and another infection would try to take over. », she says.

Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Shinjyo, T. & Shinjyo, A. (2014), Signifikanter Rückgang klinischer Symptome nach Senderabbau – eine Interventionsstudie. Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 27(4), S. 294-301.

Tetsuharu Shinjyo and Akemi Shinjyo

Article history
Received: 25 September 2014
Accepted: 16 October 2014

This research was undertaken to investigate the validity of concerns about whether chronic exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted from mobile phone base station antennas could cause adverse health effects. The aim of this study was to identify possible adverse health effects among the residents of a condominium on which a mobile phone base station with sets of antennas operating at two different frequencies had been mounted. This research was conducted without outside funds in order to maintain neutrality and avoid pressures from external sources.

24 January 2016

Open Letter to the Chief Executive of the British National Health Service (NHS) on NHS Wearables

NHS Wearables Comment to the British National Health Service (NHS) 

This is a model letter for any one wishing to draw the attention of health professionals to the risks of using wireless technologies in health care.

[Background:  The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the intention to develop a small number of ‘test beds’. These sites will evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.]

Open letter to Mr Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive from Dave Ashton
24 January 2016

Dear Mr Stevens,

"Nor shall any man's entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so".

I write concerning your "NHS Innovation Test Beds" initiative, to launch remote monitoring systems via "smart" devices across England.

The article on your website notes that patients with diabetes, mental illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory disease, hypertension, the frail and the elderly, and patients with other chronic conditions, all stand to benefit through the introduction of the wireless monitoring of their health.

However, there is a major problem.

23 January 2016

Public Forum on Glyphosate and GMOs - San Diego, California, 6 March 2016


Gilles-Eric Seralini, PhD. the researcher who documented adverse health effects of Roundup (glyphosate) to speak at Public Forum on Glyphosate and GMOs in San Diego March 6, 2016




The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. Electromagnetic Waves and the Health Impacts of Wireless Devices

"A growing body of independent science shows that the issue of cell phone safety may have massive consequences on the health of our nation, especially our children. If we are to enact measures to protect against this dangerous radiation we must demand full accountability from the CDC and FCC. It is time that Americans stand up to the anti-science corporate profiteers running the show and rein in this invisible danger in our midst."

[This is an excellent article, citing references to relevant studies on EMF health issues in children, cancer/tumors, infertility, brain/neurological health.  These are listed in the original article.]

The Frightening Science and Politics of Cell Phone Safety. Electromagnetic Waves and the Health Impacts of Wireless Devices
by Dr. Gary Null, Global Research, 22 January 2016
The Progressive Radio Network 21 January 2016

In an article published in the New York Times last week entitled “At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk”, author Danny Hakim discusses the controversy surrounding the potential health risks of using cell phones.

Hakim writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines recommending “caution in cellphone use”, due to the potentially harmful effects of radiation emitted by the wireless devices on human health. Included in the guidelines was information about reducing exposure among children. Just a few weeks after the CDC’s publication, and amid rising concerns about cell phone safety, the CDC rescinded the advisory completely.

Today, the CDC website takes an ambiguous stance on the issue, stating:

Can using a cell phone cause cancer?

There is no scientific evidence that provides a definite answer to that question. Some organizations recommend caution in cell phone use. More research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects.
(1) http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/cell_phones._faq.html

dokiWatch: A Promising Smartwatch for Children

On January 4, Doki Technologies launched its crowdfunding
campaign for Kickstarter for the dokiWatch, which at the
time of writing has raised over $150,000 with another 16
days to go.
[Another dumb and dangerous wireless device, exposing children's developing bodies to the health risks of electromagnetic radiation, classified by WHO as a "possible carcinogen".]

dokiWatch: a promising smartwatch for children
by Roland Banks, mobileindustryreview.com, 20 January 2016

Wearables come in all shapes and sizes these days. Smartwatches are still the most instantly recognisable and popular wearables among adults, but there haven’t been many products designed with children in mind.

A Hong Kong-based company called Doki Technologies recently provided a glimpse at dokiWatch, billed as the world’s most advanced and complete wearable phone and locator for kids aged 6-12 years old. It’s also one of the first 3G smartwatches for children to combine video calls, voice calls, messaging and tracking (and SOS functions) in one simple-to-use device.

21 January 2016

Electromagnetic Fields and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (2012 Article)

"Perhaps because influences like electromagnetic radiation and toxic chemicals in the environment cannot be seen or perceived, there was always certain reluctance by mainstream medicine to recognize potential health risks associated with these factors."

Electromagnetic Fields and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
alzheimer's-review,
18 November 2012

[Also refer to the clinical research of Prof. Dominique Belpomme, for example, his interview with Radio Canada in June 2014.]  

“There is a strong evidence that EMFs and radio/microwave frequencies are associated with accelerated aging (enhanced cell death and cancer) and moods, depression, suicide, anger, rage and violence, primarily through alteration of cellular calcium ions and the melatonin/serotonin balance.”

~Dr. Neil Cherry of Lincoln University, New Zealand

In the Modern World, when each household in the developed countries possesses multiple electronic devices, like cellular phones, personal computers, and other numerous electronic gadgets, the general public seems to be concerned about the potential health risks of long-term electromagnetic radiation exposure on the human health and well-being.

Research

In 1995, for the first time, the public attention was drawn to the possible link between electromagnetic radiation and risks of Alzheimer's disease development, following a landmark publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After thorough investigation, the researchers confirmed a direct substantial causal relationship between occupations, exposing individuals to higher levels of electromagnetic radiation, and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

How Wi-Fi Will Be Used to Erase Civil Liberties

How WiFi Will Be Used To Erase Civil Liberties
by Kevin Samson, linkis.com, 13 January 2016

If there is ever a perfect example of dual-use technology, it is WiFi connectivity. I’ve already covered the mounting evidence that our ubiquitous gadgets and wireless connections are doing irreparable physical harm, especially to the young and to pregnant women, but the concern about surveillance is running a parallel track.

Recent announcements in the UK and in New York City have shown that governments are working with private corporations to blanket entire cities with WiFi connectivity. Naturally they are appealing to people’s love of technology for entertainment and business to push this agenda forward.

However, beneath the surface is the development of tracking technologies that specifically use WiFi as a pervasive method of surveilling every single person who is in range – in some cases regardless of even having a connected device.

20 January 2016

Flu Vaccine Barely Working This Year, CDC Says

Dr. Amanda Porro delivers a flu vaccination to an infant at
Miami Children's Hospital on Jan. 7.  Joe Raedle/
Getty Images
Flu vaccine barely working this year, CDC says
by Maggie Fox, NBC News, 15 January 2016

The flu vaccine is barely protecting people this year – reducing the risk of serious disease by just 23 percent, federal health officials said Thursday.

It’s not the worst year ever for the flu vaccine – there have been years when the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective. But it’s not good news for people trying to avoid the flu.

Nonetheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should still get a flu vaccine, because it does work well against strains of flu that may not be circulating just now, but that may show up at any time.

“Right now, the effectiveness is not as good as we normally see with influenza. We want people to know that so they know to call their doctor for antivirals if they are sick,” says CDC’s Dr. Joe Bresee.

The CDC had been warning the vaccine might not work well this year. Just after drug makers started cooking up batches of flu vaccine for the 2014-2015 season, a sneaky strain of H3N2 started circulating that’s different from the strain the vaccine protects against. Flu vaccines take months to make and it was too late to change the formula for this year.

19 January 2016

India: Mobile Radiation: Study by Indian Council of Medical Research to Take Another Five Years

The study being conducted at a cost of Rs two crore (about
$295,000) per year by India Council of Medical Research
initiated in 2010 and was intended to wrap up in 5 years.
"There are seven departments of ICMR working on the study including cancer, oxi-gynaecology, neurology, biochemistry, cardiology, besides AIIMS. The study has been divided into two parts--adverse impact of radiation emitted by mobile phones and cell phone towers." 

Mobile radiation: ICMR study to take another five years
by PTI, economictimes, 17 January 2016

NEW DELHI: A study to assess the adverse effects of mobile phone radiation on human health being conducted by ICMR is stuck for the last five years, with the body yet to enroll 2,500 subjects for the research which might take another five years to conclude.

The study being conducted at a cost of Rs two crore per year by Indian Council of Medical Research was initiated in 2010 and was intended to wrap up in five years.

Massachusetts: Wi-Fi Lawsuit Against Southboro's Fay School Is Headed to Trial

Wi-Fi lawsuit against Southboro's Fay School is headed to trial
by Scott O'Connell, Worcester Telegram & Gazette Staff, 18 January 2016

S0UTHBORO - A lawsuit accusing the Fay School of failing to accommodate a student's alleged Wi-Fi sensitivity is headed to trial in August, according to court documents.

The family of “G,” a 12-year-old who attended the Southboro junior boarding school, says the boy suffers from a condition called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, which makes him feel ill when exposed to wireless Internet signals. They argue in their complaint, which they filed in August, that the Fay School ignored their pleas to find accommodations for G, who was experiencing dizziness, headaches and other symptoms in class because of the school’s Wi-Fi.

After a scheduling conference was held Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester, the case is set to go to trial on Aug. 8 before District Judge Timothy S. Hillman, according to court records. The plaintiffs are seeking $250,000.

18 January 2016

Wireless Monitoring of Newborns

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
[How safe, really, is this technology?]

Wireless monitoring of newborns
CORDIS - Community Research and Development Information Service, European Commission

An Italian SME has developed a wearable monitoring system for babies as they go through the sensitive period of the first two to four hours of life. The technology, whose market potential has been assessed with funding under Horizon 2020, will help prevent critical situations while preserving the important skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby.

ComfTech, a neologism for ‘comfortable technology’, is an Italian SME specialising in the design and production of non-invasive wearable biomedical systems with sensors integrated in clothing. In January 2015 the company was granted EU support under Phase 1 of H2020’s SME Instrument for NEWMOON (Smart Garments in Newborns and Babies Monitoring) — a non-invasive system for continuously monitoring newborns.

Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public
by Vic Bishop, Staff, Waking Times, 15 January 2016

Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.

The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media: General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.

Prostituting Science: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain: Book Review

In her book, the author "documents gross abuse of civil and human rights – including the author’s abduction and committal under an involuntary psychiatric treatment order on the grounds that 'MCS and EHS do not exist” and that “to believe in their physicality constitutes a delusion and, hence, a manifestation of psychosis.' "

Book Review:  Prostituting Science: The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain
Author: Diana Crumpler Publisher: Inkling Australia Book Publication: 2014
Reviewed by Bonnie Black, vitality.com

Diana Crumpler, whose first book, Chemical Crisis, received widespread critical acclaim, wrote Prostituting Science – The Psychologisation of MCS, CFS and EHS for Political Gain in memory of a friend and fellow sufferer of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). They shared “a wonderful 25 year long, hands-across-the-ocean friendship.” Pam lived in Ontario; Diana lives in Australia where she worked as a teacher and librarian until she retired in 1984 due to ill health.

Taking up from where Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring left off, Prostituting Science delves into the subject of non-communicable diseases plaguing society today. Based on the understanding that illnesses like ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, MCS, EHS (electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity), and CFS are more than just diseases of our civilization, Crumpler asserts they are by-products of our reliance on chemo- and electro-wizardry, and she presents credible, authoritative evidence to support her claim.

17 January 2016

The Triumphal Progress of Digitalism: Comments on the Current Situation of Electrosensitive Persons Following the Auction of New Mobile Phone Frequencies in Germany

"The persistent and ever more explicit appeal by international scientists, doctors and countless organizations dealing with the biological effects of the microwave technologies used in mobile phones, seem to make no impression at all on the dedicated community of mobile phone devotees in industry and the government."

Dear Blog readers:  Please feel free to share your experiences and comment on this excellent essay.

The triumphal progress of digitalism
Verein für Elektrosensible und Mobilfunkgeschädigte e.V.
(Association for the electrosensitive and mobile injured), August 2015

Some personal comments from Frank Berner, Deputy Chairman, on the current situation of electrosensitive persons following the auction of new mobile phone frequencies

A few weeks ago, in Germany, the newly released radio-frequencies in the 700 MHz range were auctioned off to the mobile phone operators O², Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica for 5.1 billion (€ 5,100,000,000.00) euros. The very idea of auctioning microwave frequencies highlights the special position of this technology. It is again going to mean major intrusions into people’s lives, such as the penetration of private estates, flats and houses by unsolicited radiation – the exposure of the human being in body mind and soul to radiation. The right to do this was auctioned off with the frequencies by the government, and is backed by a framework of regulations and legal powers against which we, as private citizens, can do nothing. It was approved by parliaments that can have had no clear idea about what they were voting on.

Cancer Warning: Scientist Warns Against Cell Phones In Bra, Back Pocket, Raises Tumor Chances, Infertility, Other Ailments

Cancer Warning: Scientist Warns Against Cell Phones In Bra, Back Pocket, Raises Tumor Chances, Infertility, Other Ailments
by Brad Ryder, starpulse.com,
11 January 2016

A noted scientist and women's health advocate has a stern warning about cell phones (smart phones): carrying them in your pocket or bra can cause cancer, tumors, and other debilitating conditions, according to a Sun report.

Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., MPH, is the founder and president of Wyoming-based nonprofit, Environmental Health Trust. The organization specializes in providing "basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally," according to its website.

Davis, a leading voice in oncology and epidemiology, spoke at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. There, she reiterated a long-standing warning that studies support her belief that cell phone radiation has a role in some cancer causes and chronic ill-health.
"The pattern of putting cell phones in the bra, and now there's a new device where you can actually have the phone strapped to your head, made me concerned about what we know about exposure to phones."

13 January 2016

Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children's Brains and Eyes - EHT Scientists Urge Google

Stop Untested Microwave Radiation of Children's Brains and Eyes - EHT Scientists Urge Google
sbwire.com / Environmental Health Trust, 11 January 2016

Scientific imaging shows how children absorb radiation from Smartphones in virtual reality cardboard positions

Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/11/2016 -- Environmental Health Trust (EHT) scientists are calling on Google to stop the spread into schools of wireless virtual reality system Global Expeditions Pioneer Program where middle-school children hold a cell phone encased in a cardboard box in front of their eyes to take virtual expeditions to Mars, the moon, and other special places.

"Two-way microwave radiation transceivers, in the form of Smartphones, should not be used directly in front of children's eyes and brains," cautions University of Utah Distinguished Prof. Om Gandhi, who is one of the original developers of testing to evaluate wireless radiation from cellphones and is a Senior Advisor to EHT.

Prof. Gandhi added, "We have never tested microwave radiating devices directly in front of the young developing eye. The absence of proof of harm at this point does not mean that we have evidence of safety."

"We want to know why is Google encouraging young children to employ a technology that has never been tested for their use when Samsung has a similar system that explicitly advises that no child under the age of 13 should be using it," asks Devra Davis, President of EHT, and Visiting Professor of Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School and The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center.

Thermography: The Safer, More Effective Alternative to Mammograms

"Breast thermography is the name given to thermography when it is used to screen for signs of breast cancer, as well as for determining the overall health of the breast. Unlike mammograms, breast thermography is 100% safe, and is far more accurate in detecting signs of breast cancer than mammograms are... since 1982 breast thermography has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."

Thermography:  The Safer, More Effective Alternative to Mammograms

burtongoldberg.com

Part of my mission in helping you to understand all you can and must do to most effectively prevent and treat cancer is emphasizing early detection. Simply put, the earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds are for a full and long-lasting recovery.

Today, I want to talk about one of the most effective ways women can detect breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer, early and safely using thermography. As I mentioned last time, thermography is a safe and effective alternative to mammograms. Today I will explain why this is so and why you absolutely must know about thermography in your fight to protect yourself from cancer.

What Is Thermography?

11 January 2016

EHS Documentary: "Electric Malady" - Aconite Productions

"Inspired by her own experiences of Electro-sensitivity, Marie’s exploration into the condition comes at a time when there are few places in the world to escape electricity; and when sufferers consider suicide as one of the only ways to cure their pain."

EHS documentary - Electric Malady, Aconite Productions

Aconite Productions, 14 June 2015
After returning from Sheffield Doc/Fest where our team was busy pitching our latest projects, watching inspiring documentaries and enjoying the company of great friends and colleagues, we are now getting ready to pitch at the Edinburgh Pitch.

Our project ‘Electric Malady’ by talented artist Marie Liden is one of the projects selected to pitch there this year.

The Edinburgh Pitch is running alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival (17-28 June). Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries are pitching their projects in front of an international panel on Tuesday 16th June.

ELECTRIC MALADY is a feature documentary and interactive website that explores the illness electrosensitivity. This is an illness where the sufferer becomes hypersensitive to electro-magnetic fields. This is a very personal project to filmmaker Marie Liden as her mother developed a severe version of this illness when Marie was little and because of that she had to grow up more or less without electricity.

European Parliament: 2009 Resolution on Health Concerns Associated with Electromagnetic Fields

Resolution on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
European Parliament/ Legislative Observatory, 2 April 2009 

2008/2211(INI) - 02/04/2009 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading

The European Parliament adopted by 559 votes to 22, with 8 abstentions, a resolution on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

The resolution recalls that wireless technology (mobile phones, Wi-Fi/WiMAX, Bluetooth, DECT landline telephones) emits EMFs that may have adverse effects on human health. Most European citizens, especially young people aged from 10 to 20, use a mobile phone, while there are continuing uncertainties about the possible health risks, particularly to young people whose brains are still developing.

The dispute within the scientific community regarding the potential health risks arising from EMFs has intensified since 12 July 1999, when exposure limits for fields in the 0 Hz to 300 GHz range were laid down in Recommendation 1999/519/EC. Among the scientific projects arousing both interest and controversy is the Interphone epidemiological study, financed by an EU contribution of EUR 3.8 million, primarily under the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the findings of which have been awaited since 2006. The purpose is to establish whether there is a link between use of mobile phones and certain types of cancer, including brain, auditory nerve, and parotid gland tumours.

Acoustic Sound Engineer Hanged Himself After Fearing He Would Lose His Job When He Developed Chronic Tinnitus

The inquest at Reading Town Hall, pictured, heard Dr. Bedford had
become 'extremely anxious' about the ringing in his ears and refused
to take medication for anxiety in case it made his condition worse.
Acoustic sound engineer hanged himself after fearing he would lose his job when he developed chronic tinnitus by Joseph Curtis for Mailonline,
15 December 2015

- Dr Mark Lawson, 43, of Reading, found hanged at Cardinal Clinic, Windsor
- He visited specialist unit for treatment for anxiety due to hearing condition
- Inquest in Reading told he feared tinnitus was 'cause of everything wrong'
- Friends described him as 'very intelligent, clever and caring man'


An accomplished acoustic sound engineer hanged himself after fearing he would lose his job after he developed chronic tinnitus, an inquest heard.

Dr Mark Lawson, who had a PhD in acoustics, felt 'desperate' after developing the condition and feared he would have hearing problems 'for life.'

Electrohypersensitivity in Switzerland

Everyday life for electrohypersensitive persons is a real
ordeal in our hyperconnected society.  Cédric Sandoz
Waves, this treacherous enemy
by Gregory Balmat, lacote.ch, 30 September 2015 (translation from French by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

Inquiry:  Electrohypersensitivity can make life nearly impossible.  The phenomenon is given far too little recognition in Switzerland.

Migraine headaches, skin burns, joint pains, sharp stinging sensations, this is just a small sample of the physical suffering experienced daily by electrohypersensitive persons when they are exposed to electromagnetic fields or electrosmog.

Ills that are sufficiently painful to completely upset living.  The status of this disorder remains unclear in many countries, including Switzerland.

In August, in France, the disability of a woman was recognized by the Incapacity Dispute Court of Toulouse because of her electrohypersensitivity (EHS).  In evaluating her functional disability at 85%, the French court allowed her to receive an allowance as a handicapped adult, a first in the Hexagone which could set a judicial precedent and also radically transform the status of French electrohypersensitive persons.

10 January 2016

WiFi is Killing Millions Says Electronic Warfare Expert – Dr. Barrie Trower

WiFi is Killing Millions Says Electronic Warfare Expert – Dr. Barrie Trower
by Jim Fetzer, thelibertybeacon.com,
9 January 2016

Today I conducted one of the most disturbing radio interviews of my life as host of “The Real Deal”, with a British physicist and electronic warfare expert, Barrie Trower.

By the time he had finished his service in the military, Barrie had acquired a great deal of expertise in the microwave field and he extended his research to common electronic systems, including cell phones, iPods, computer games and microwave ovens.

He was appalled to discover that microwave radiation is ubiquitous and extremely hazardous, especially to pregnant women and young children. The risks are so great that the use of WiFi, which is enormously popular, can lead to permanent genetic damage to your children and your children’s children. Here is his personal warning in his own words:

08 January 2016

Cancer Risk from Exposure to Power Lines and Electrical Appliances

Cancer risk from exposure to power lines and electrical appliances
saferemr.com, 28 December 2015

Meta-analysis of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and cancer risk:
a pooled analysis of epidemiologic studies


Zhang Y, Lai J, Ruan G, Chen C, Wang DW.

Environ Int. 2015 Dec 15;88:36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.12.012.

Highlights

• A significant association between ELF-EMF exposure and cancer risk was identified.
• Subgroup analysis revealed increased risk only in North America, especially in United States.
• However, the data from individual European country was contradicted with each other.
• Increased risk was only observed in residential exposure or interview-based surveys.
• Device measured studies obtained no significant association in overall effects.

Abstract

Morphological and Antioxidant Impairments in the Spinal Cord of Male Offspring Rats Following Exposure to a Continuous 900MHz Electromagnetic Field during Early and Mid-Adolescence

"The study results show that biochemical alterations and pathological changes may occur in the spinal cords of male rats following exposure to 900MHz EMF for 1h a day on PD 21-46."

Morphological and antioxidant impairments in the spinal cord of male offspring rats following exposure to a continuous 900MHz electromagnetic field during early and mid-adolescence.
J Chem Neuroanat. 2015 Dec 17. pii: S0891-0618(15)00096-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2015.11.006. [Epub ahead of print]

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06 January 2016

Consumers File Class Action Against Fitbit, Inc. Alleging That Fitbit Charge HR and Surge Heart Rate Monitors Do Not Accurately Track Users’ Heart Rates

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Fitbit, the tracker of choice for the President of the United States and invasive college fitness programs alike, already claims 79 percent of the fitness tracker market according to the NPD Group with 30 million devices sold to date.


Consumers File Class Action Against Fitbit, Inc. Alleging That Fitbit Charge HR and Surge Heart Rate Monitors Do Not Accurately Track Users’ Heart Rates
by Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP,
5 January 2016

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Consumers from California, Colorado, and Wisconsin today filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Fitbit, Inc. (FIT) alleging that Fitbit’s wrist-based “Charge HR” and “Surge” heart rate monitors do not and cannot consistently record accurate heart rates during the intense physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets the devices in widespread advertising. The suit contends—and expert testing confirms—that the Heart Rate Monitors consistently mis-record heart rates by a significant margin, particularly during intense exercise. Not only are accurate heart readings important for those engaging in fitness, they can be critical to the health and well-being of people whose medical conditions require them to maintain (or not exceed) a certain heart rate.

05 January 2016

The Basics of EMF Emissions

Children using mobile phones before age 20 are found to
have a five-fold elevated risk in malignant brain tumors,
according to a Swedish study by Hardell.
The Basics of EMF Emissions
by Claudia Anrig, DC, dynamicchiropractic.com

Since the industrial revolution began around 1750, we have become more and more reliant on machines. Cars, televisions and coffee makers graduated to computers and cellular devices. With these electronics has come an increase in EMF emissions, and while their perceived danger is open for debate, their existence is not, making it an important topic to understand more about and discuss with your patients.

What Are EMF Emissions?

Depending upon the source, EMF can represent either "electromagnetic fields" or "electrical and magnetic forces"; however, when discussing EMF emissions, the World Health Organization (WHO) relies on the former – electromagnetic fields.1 It's important to note these fields exist everywhere in nature. It is the Earth's magnetic field that causes a compass needle to always point north and helps birds fly south for the winter. However, an EMF can also be man-made, created when an electrical current flows, for example. The greater the current, the stronger the magnetic field.1

03 January 2016

The Digital Revolution: Eight Technologies That Will Change Health and Care


             Smart drug delivery
The smartphone, at-home or portable diagnostics, smart or implantable drug delivery mechanisms, digital therpeutics, genome sequencing, machine learning, blockchain, and the connected community...

The digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and care
by Cosima Gretton, Matthew Honeyman, kingsfund.org.uk, 
1st January 2016

The past decade has seen rapid development and adoption of technologies that change the way we live. But which technologies will have a similarly transformative impact on health and care?

The King’s Fund has looked at some examples of innovative technology-enabled care that are already being deployed in the NHS and internationally to transform care. Now, we examine the technologies most likely to change health and care over the next few years.

Some of the technologies we discuss are on the horizon – others are already in our pockets, our local surgeries and hospitals. But none are systematically deployed in our health and care system. Each could represent an opportunity to achieve better outcomes or more efficient care.

EpiCast Report: Brain Cancer – Epidemiology Forecast To Grow At CAGR Of 1.30% To 2024

"The US will have the highest number of five-year diagnosed prevalent cases of brain cancer in 2014 and 2024, at 42,104 cases and 46,401 cases, respectively."

EpiCast Report: Brain Cancer – Epidemiology Forecast To Grow At CAGR Of 1.30% To 2024

medgadget.com, 30 December 2015

MarketResearchReports.Biz provide you pharmaceutical market research report “EpiCast Report: Brain Cancer – Epidemiology Forecast to 2024

Summary

Primary brain cancer is defined as a malignant neoplasm that originates in the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain and spinal cord, including the brain stem (NCI, 2015). The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) reports that there are over 120 different types of malignant and benign brain tumors, (ABTA, 2014). The type and severity of a brain tumor is defined by the cells from which the tumor originated, as well as by the proliferative potential of the abnormal growth, and only those tumors that are malignant are designated as cancer (NCI, 2015). Primary brain tumors are those that start in the brain and may, in time, migrate elsewhere in the body, while metastatic brain tumors are those that start elsewhere in the body and migrate to the brain or other parts of the CNS.

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw
by Keith Naughton, bloomberg.com, 
18 December 2015

- Accident rates are twice as high as for regular vehicles
- Most mishaps are fender benders caused by inattentive drivers

The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that’s supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers.

The glitch?

They obey the law all the time, as in, without exception. This may sound like the right way to program a robot to drive a car, but good luck trying to merge onto a chaotic, jam-packed highway with traffic flying along well above the speed limit. It tends not to work out well. As the accidents have piled up -- all minor scrape-ups for now -- the arguments among programmers at places like Google Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University are heating up: Should they teach the cars how to commit infractions from time to time to stay out of trouble?