Microwave - and other forms of electromagnetic - radiation are major (but conveniently disregarded, ignored, and overlooked) factors in many modern unexplained disease states. Insomnia, anxiety, vision problems, swollen lymph, headaches, extreme thirst, night sweats, fatigue, memory and concentration problems, muscle pain, weakened immunity, allergies, heart problems, and intestinal disturbances are all symptoms found in a disease process the Russians described in the 70's as Microwave Sickness.
UN Ruling on public participation on environmental issues has implications for the smart meter rollout in Europe
Article 7 of the UN Aarhus Convention requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process and achieve justice on environmental matters. As of 2 April 2013, there were 46 Parties to the Convention. This takes in most of Western Europe and many of the former Eastern European former Soviet bloc nations.
Considering that the UK and Ireland are two of the signatories to this convention, while smart meters are being rolled out in these countries with no consultation or input from the public, perhaps this could also be considered a violation of Article 7? Australia is not a signatory to the convention but at least it can be said that the current Victorian forced smart meter rollout is in contravention with a UN Convention on human rights.
Two TV stations and one newspaper reported yestrday and today, about eight Bezeq (national communication company) workers out of 40, who have got thyroid cancer within 2.5 years. They worked on the same floor, at the same area, with distance of less than 2-3 meters from each other, in the Azrieli building. (One of these building towers, a major business and shopping center, has 800- 840 base stations inside, as was published several years ago in a 'by the way' comment). Seven years ago, 40 Bezeq workers worked on the same 13 floor, but two years later they were distributed in several floors for reorganization. One worker said that this issue occupies the workers all day. Bezeq hired an expert and the conclusion is that it is coincidence only. Radiation levels* were not exceeding, the reports say. The expert, Dr. Udi Frishman did not know that equipment was removed by Bezeq from the same place during the last two years.
Dr. Frishman said there was no equipment that produced ionizing radiation, a known risk factor of thyroid cancer.
Did the Newly Appointed FCC Chair Subvert Research Showing Harm From Cell Phone Radiation?
From Joel M. Moskowitz
The Senate just confirmed Tom Wheeler’s nomination to be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Hence, my press release from May 28th of this year about Mr. Wheeler has greater import now.
The press release cites allegations of misbehavior made by a major wireless industry publication about Mr. Wheeler when he was president of the industry association, the CTIA, from 1992 to 2004. More specifically, it alleged that he suppressed and biased the research from the nation’s largest mobile phone health research project.
The appointment of Mr. Wheeler at this time is particularly troubling because the FCC is under pressure from the industry to change the cell phone radiation limits in the U.S. to the international limits which provide less protection to cell phone users. However, the toxicologic and epidemiologic research now strongly suggests that the current radiation limits are inadequate and must be strengthened, not weakened.
We've all seen people turn into hot messes when they're
separated from their cell phones -- but did you know the time with your phone
is really taking a toll?
No, your phone can't kill you, but it can hurt you. Sure you love Candy Crush, but did you know
playing it could also crushing your wrist and fingers? Something called "text claw" can
cause soreness and cramping, and exacerbate conditions like tendonitis
You phone my only weigh a few ounces, but that too is taking
a toll on the human body. There is a syndrome called i-posture. It happens when
you tilt your head forward to use your phone. Apparently, you actually put
extra pressure on your spine, causing aches and pains in your shoulder neck or
Feel like your phone was vibrating when it wasn't? Cell
phones have been known to cause something called phantom vibration syndrome.
This is where you feel like your phone is buzzing when it really isn't. A study
reported 9 out of 10 undergrads experience this.
Also the world health organization considers cell phone
radiation to be possibly carcinogenic. This is a scary thought when you realize
chloroform, lead, and the pesticide all fall under the same classification.
And finally if you are a germ-a-phobe, get ready to
cringe. A study found coliform. the same
bacteria you find in a bathroom, is all over cell phones!
On The Air This Week, We're Exploring Digital Childhood
by ELISE HU
October 28, 2013 7:01 AM
This week, we'll explore the touch-screen generation.
We are really excited to start a new team-centered,
theme-driven reporting effort. ("We" refers to your NPR tech
reporting team — Steve Henn and Laura Sydell out in the Bay Area, and me, here
at NPR's headquarters in Washington.)
As much as we can, we will craft our tech and culture
coverage around a certain theme each week, meaning each of us will report one
story as part of the theme and you'll hear those stories on our flagship shows.
At the conclusion of each week, they'll get mashed into a whimsical podcast you
Raising Digital Natives: Technology And Our Kids
For our first attempt at a theme week, we chose
"raising digital natives," or, more simply, technology and our kids.
It's especially good timing — the American Academy of Pediatrics this
morningreleased new guidelines on whether parents should allow screen time,
updating previous rules for the touch screen generation.
And the nonprofit Common Sense Media is out with new numbers
showing that among children under age 2, 38 percent had used mobile devices
like iPhones and tablets. For children 8 and under, the average amount of time
they spend using mobile devices has tripled since a similar survey two years
The comedian Louis C.K.'s rant about parents, kids and
cellphones hits on some of the struggles:
Louis C.K.'s rant against kids and cellphones.
What struck us was how well Louis C.K. expressed his fears
about what all this technology was doing to his kids. So many of us are trying to
help kids navigate this stuff. So this week, we want to have a conversation
with you through our stories on the air and here on the blog.
If you're a parent or a kid, or a friend of a parent or a
kid or were a kid once — we are going on a ride through a digital childhood. On
the air, I'll be reporting on babies and screen time — how early is too early?
Steve Henn will explore the complex design thinking behind your kid's favorite
video games, and Laura Sydell takes a closer look at ask.fm, which critics fear
is making it easier for teens to be bullied online.
But we want to hear from you: What's your approach to
technology and your children? What do you want to learn more about when it
comes to the way children and teens are coming of age in our tech-obsessed
There's likely much more material to be mined, so help us
shape what our reporting will look like. Email me, leave a message in the
comments or tweet us @NPRAllTech.
On a Wednesday evening, just a few weeks before the November 2012 election, Oakland City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed while on his way home from a local neighborhood meeting. Kalb's campaign platform had centered in part on reducing crime in his North Oakland district, and as he drove home from the Golden Gate Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council meeting, he slipped a white iPhone earbud into his ear to receive a call from a voter. Minutes later, at 8:35 p.m., Kalb got out of his vehicle a half-block from his Temescal house, and, still distracted by the phone call, opened the trunk of his car to retrieve some campaign pamphlets. Someone poked him in the ribs from behind.
"I thought it was a neighbor saying, 'hi,'" Kalb recalled. "But it was a guy with a gun. I dropped everything, including the phone. It all happened in less than a minute."
Kalb tried to bargain with the thief, offering him the money from his wallet, but the man was focused on Kalb's iPhone 4S. After spotting the phone amid the scattered papers that Kalb had dropped on the pavement, the thief snatched it and jumped into a car and fled. He was gone long before the police arrived ten minutes later.
The armed robbery inspired a flurry of media reports. News crews and reporters came to Kalb's house. "Kind of ironic, isn't it?" he told them. "It can happen to anybody."
In fact, it's been happening to a lot of people, not only in Kalb's North Oakland district, but throughout the city. Over the past few years, Oakland has become known as the robbery capital of America. And this year, the number of robberies has leapt higher still — even as all other major violent crime categories have dropped in Oakland. As of last week, robberies were up 24 percent in the city compared to the same period in 2012, and armed robberies have soared by 45 percent.
The robbery surge has not only deepened Oakland's reputation for being a crime-ridden city, but it also has put longtime residents on edge. A recent poll commissioned by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce found that 55 percent of respondents said they now feel "less safe." In fact, several neighborhoods throughout the city have decided in recent weeks to hire private security companies to patrol their areas in an effort to stop the robbery epidemic from spreading.
"Every robbery requires an element of force or fear — there's an overwhelming sense of vulnerability that comes with the crime," noted Oakland police Lieutenant Chris Bolton, who works in the department's geographic Area 2, which includes the city's Temescal district. "People are feeling victimized in their own neighborhoods. These types of crimes are toxic to the feeling of safety."
According to law enforcement experts, the driving force behind the robbery outbreak nationwide is the expanding global market for stolen electronics — including cellphones, tablets, and laptops. Oakland police officials say that some criminal street gangs have gone so far as to abandon the illegal drug trade in favor of the more lucrative stolen electronics market.
According to OPD estimates, 75 percent of street robberies in Oakland now involve a cellphone. In San Francisco, nearly 50 percent of all robberies include a smartphone. And in New York City, smartphone thefts now account for more than 40 percent of all robberies (a 40 percent increase from 2011), inspiring the police force to coin the term "apple picking" to refer to iPhone theft. Consumer Reports estimated that 1.6 million Americans were victims of cellphone robbery last year.
In Oakland, city officials, including Kalb — who won election last November — have come under increasing criticism for not doing more to address crime. But many law enforcement experts say the most effective way to combat the robbery epidemic is by eliminating the incentive for thieves to steal smartphones in the first place.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have been arguing for more than a year that the number of robberies nationwide will plummet if smartphone manufacturers install so-called "kill switches" in their devices. These hardware fixes would render smartphones inoperable when stolen — and thus worthless. "I cannot over-emphasize that thousands of people are being affected by this," Gascón said of smartphone robberies. "There are homicides related to this."
Until recently, smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft resisted installing kill switches in their products. The companies declined to say why — but critics have noted that the stolen smartphone industry has been a financial windfall for these corporations. When a smartphone is stolen, the victim usually then buys a new device at a cost of $500 or more. Lookout, a smartphone security company, estimated that lost and stolen cellphones cost consumers $30 billion last year. The smartphone industry in its entirety is worth $69 billion, according to the International Data Corporation, a technology-focused research firm.
Over the past year, Gascón and Schneiderman have led a national campaign to raise awareness about the need for kill switches. They contend that the most effective solution would be a hardware switch that would be impossible to hack. "The reality behind a software application is that as soon as someone can hack through it, it's useless," Gascón said. "A hardware solution is part of the phone and cannot be easily hacked through, and although hardware isn't 100 percent hack-proof, it's much better and more secure. Even if you wipe the phone clean, it's secure."
I, too, am electro-hyper-sensitive and share some of the symptoms that Benita Schluschen describes.
Tinnitus, foggy brain, sudden dizziness, headaches, nausea, clogged sinuses are facts of life for me and have been since 1997, when I was mercury poisoned.
When I'm in an 'EMR-clean' environment, I feel good and tinnitus becomes quieter. Let me walk under a wifi router and my scalp itches, sinuses thicken and brain fogs within moments. Leave me there and I become nauseated, and dizzy shortly afterwards.
Blurred vision rarely goes away now and driving past cell towers can be challenging if my passenger has an active cell phone: which car am I following? Is that a double or triple line? Turn off the phone and my vision clears. Scary at 80 km/h. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt says "electrosensitive" is a misnomer: everyone experiences the same blood-cell changes within seconds of exposure to microwave radiation. Most people either don't feel it or aren't aware of what they're feeling.
Dr. Klinghardt says those who do are "electro-allergic," some worse than others.
Allergies can be deadly - think nuts or penicillin. You could say the canaries who died after inhaling methane gas were allergic to methane, but so were the men who stayed in the coal mine a few seconds too long.
We might be canaries but you're all in the coal mine with us.
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, had held up the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
The vote came after Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, lifted a hold earlier in the day on the nomination of Tom Wheeler as chairman, with Mr. Cruz saying he had received assurances from him that the commission would not immediately pursue changes for political advertising on television.
Mr. Wheeler was confirmed along with Michael O’Rielly as a commissioner, filling the two F.C.C. seats that have been empty since the previous chairman and a Republican member announced their resignations in March.
Mr. Cruz had blocked consideration of Mr. Wheeler’s nomination two weeks ago, saying he was worried that Mr. Wheeler would push the F.C.C. to expand disclosure requirements for political advertisements on television.
That became an issue in the 2012 elections after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions could make unlimited donations to political groups. The F.C.C.’s regulations on political advertising imply that such disclosure is required, but the F.C.C. has not forced the issue. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of West Virginia, and chairman of the Commerce Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was a crucial time for the commission, with the F.C.C. “facing decisions that will shape the future of our nation’s telephone network, and the wireless, broadband and video industries.”
Before the vote, Mr. Cruz said that Mr. Wheeler had “stated that he had heard the unambiguous message” that Congress, rather than the F.C.C., should decide on requiring full disclosure in political advertising. At a confirmation hearing in June, Mr. Cruz warned Mr. Wheeler that the issue “has the potential to derail your nomination.”
Mr. Wheeler referred any questions concerning his nomination to the White House. A Democratic official with knowledge of Mr. Wheeler’s meeting with Mr. Cruz said the nominee discussed his priorities with the senator and said that the issue required more study.
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, also removed another roadblock in the way of the F.C.C. nominations on Tuesday.
Mr. Graham had said he would prevent any confirmation votes until the Obama administration allowed survivors of last year’s attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, to testify before Congress. But Mr. Graham issued a statement on Tuesday saying that he would not block the F.C.C. nominees because the nominations predated his hold related to Libya.
Although Mr. Cruz’s action cleared the way for the nominations to go through, it also appeared to stymie some Democrats’ efforts to get the commission, under Mr. Wheeler’s direction, to use its regulatory power to do what the Senate has failed to do. In 2012, Democrats fell a single vote short of passing the Disclose Act, which would have required the public disclosure of contributors to so-called super PACs, the anonymously financed lobbying groups that can engage in unlimited political spending independent of any candidate’s campaign.
At his nomination hearing in June, Mr. Wheeler dodged a question from Mr. Cruz about whether the F.C.C. had the authority to regulate political speech. “That’s an issue that I look forward to learning more about,” Mr. Wheeler said.
Critics of unlimited political donations have pushed the commission to fill in the blanks left by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. F.C.C. regulations require that a television station “fully and fairly disclose the true identity of the person or persons or corporation, committee, associate or other unincorporated group or entity” that sponsors a political ad, and that the station post that information online.
But the F.C.C. has not said whether the requirement goes beyond the “I approved this message” tagline or the tiny gray type that appears on-screen at the end of most political ads.
In April 2012, the F.C.C. approved new regulations that required broadcast television stations to make their public service requirement files available online. Those files include information on the buyers of political advertising. Previously, stations were required only to maintain the files at their office and make them available for public inspection.
Some Democrats pushed for the commission to require more disclosure. But critics of the idea noted that the F.C.C. had authority only over broadcast channels — not cable stations, websites, newspapers or other media commonly used for political advertising.
The confirmations of Mr. Wheeler and Mr. O’Rielly bring the agency back to its full strength of five commissioners — three of them Democrats and two Republicans — and will allow the commission to get to work on several pressing issues that have not moved forward since the former chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced his resignation in March.
Those issues include the structuring of so-called spectrum incentive auctions, in which the commission would sell licenses to mobile phone and broadband companies allowing them to use newly available bands of the public airwaves to transmit phone and data traffic.
Unlike previous F.C.C. auctions of airwaves, these auctions have several moving parts. The F.C.C. first has to persuade the current license holders to use the airwave bands — mostly television broadcast stations — to either give up their spots or agree to move to another location in the electromagnetic field over which radio signals travel.
As an incentive to get those television stations to cooperate, Congress gave the F.C.C. permission to offer to share some of the proceeds of the auctions with the stations. Most of the remainder of the proceeds are designated for use in building a new nationwide public safety network for use by first responders.
How to Protect Ourselves and Our Growing Children From Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)
NY Open Center –Friday, November 15th, 7-10 pm
Attention parents, teachers, and school administrators: an important NYC children’s health event is coming up on Nov. 15.
The NY Open Center will host a program on cell phone and wireless risks, with a special emphasis on children, and a focus onhow to minimize these risks.
Leading experts from across the U.S. will address 1) the science behind EMFs, 2) health and clinical implications, 3) important concerns for children, fetuses, and fertility and 4) EMF assessment methods and remediation possibilities.
Columbia University’s Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D. will discuss the DNA implications of blanketing ourselves and our children 24/7 in the wireless fields emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, wireless tablets and computers, and neighborhood antennas.
Children’s mental health, learning capacity, biology, physical health, and genetic material are being impacted by the widespread presence of electromagnetic fields from cell phones, routers, tablets, wireless computers, neighborhood antennas, and other electronics in our environment.
Join us at the NY Open Center on Friday, November 15th from 7-10 pm to learn how to create electromagnetically clean environments that support the health of your family.
Quotes from Leading Environmentally Aware Physicians & Scientists:
“Unlike chemical exposures or mold, with electromagnetic fields there is nothing to see or smell to warn a person there may be harm. Learning to measure electromagnetic fields and to remediate are essential for patients. I am encouraging my patients to attend The Open Center event November 15, 2013 so they can learn ways to create EMF-free home environments and minimize ‘2nd hand’ wireless radiation exposures.”
Morton Teich, MD Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Immunology and Environmental Medicine New York, NY
Electromagnetic fields from cell phones and wireless technologies create disharmony in the body and mind, and should be minimized by people seeking wellness. The radiation is a stressor. The erratic nature of the various frequencies is biologically disruptive, interfering with the natural processes that maintain balance and efficient cellular communication. Diseases and health challenges of many kinds have been linked to the radiation. The constant stimuli of non-stop online communication is also leading to technology addictions, underdeveloped interpersonal skills, shallow and disjointed experiences of life, and even brain damage, such as the stunning new condition, “digital dementia’’, in children. I recommend health conscious New Yorkers attend the Open Center’s program November 15, 2013 to learn how to minimize these exposures.”
“The human brain is especially susceptible to numerous environmental insults that can produce irreversible damage during critical periods of nervous system development between conception and full maturity. A number of peer-reviewed studies reported changes in the nervous systems of rats, mice and humans following exposure to cell phone radiation. These include diminished learning, diminished reaction time, decreased motor function, reduced memory accuracy, hyperactivity and diminished cognition.”
Hugh Taylor, MD Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology And Reproductive Sciences Yale University
“Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century. It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant”
William J. Rea, M.D.Founder and Director, Environmental Health Center Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine Dallas, TX
“Electromagnetic pollution is one of the most important health issues of our day, causing acute and chronic health problems in more and more people. Doctors in the NY metropolitan area should attend the upcoming program at the NY Open Center, and learn from experts about this emerging public health issue.”
Amy Dean, DO, FAAEMPresident, American Academy of Environmental Medicine
The American Academy of Pediatrics “urges the FCC to adopt radiation standards" that 1) protect children's health and well-being from radiation emitted by cell phones and other wireless devices; 2) reflect how people actually use their cell phones; and 3) provide sufficient information that enables consumers to make informed decisions when they purchase mobile phones.
“Cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals. The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response. The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to power lines, cell phones and the like, or risk the known consequences. The science is very strong and we should sit up and pay attention.”
Martin Blank, PhD Columbia University Special Lecturer and Retired Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; Researcher in Bioelectromagnetics; Author of the BioInitiative Report’s section on Stress Proteins, Editor of the special issue of the journalPathophysiology on electromagnetic fields, and past President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.
“The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women...The weight of the evidence supports stronger precautionary regulation by the federal government…The cellular industry should take immediate steps to reduce emission of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from phones and avoid marketing their products to children.”
John Wargo, PhD Professor, Environmental Risk and Policy Yale University
“There is no question EMFs have a major effect on neurological functioning. They slow our brain waves and affect our long-term mental clarity. We should minimize exposures as much as possible to optimize neurotransmitter levels and prevent deterioration of health”.
Eric Braverman, MD Brain researcher, Author of The Edge Effect and Director, Path Medical, New York, NY
“Our recent 4-year monitoring of effects from cell phone radiation on children, demonstrates an increase in phonemic perception disorders, abatement of efficiency, reduced indicators for the arbitrary and semantic memory, and increased fatigue. Over the four-year monitoring of 196 children ages 7-12 who were users of mobile communication devices, a steady decline in these parameters from high values to bottom standards, compared to controls, was observed.
Professor Yury Grigoriev Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a member of the WHO’s International Advisory Committee on "EMF and Health”
“The number of children being diagnosed with autism doubles every 5 years now. We have an epidemic of chronic infections and chronic neurological illnesses, like Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, autism, learning disabilities in children, behavioral problems in children—its all exploding exponentially and the only thing that parallels this growth is growth in exposures to cell phone radiation, the tetra network police are using, the new radiating smart meters and the wide range of wireless devices in the home today, such as wireless computers, portable phones and tablets, but also home appliances. We are making ourselves sick by ignorantly blanketed ourselves in this radiation, at the expense of both individual and societal health. It is time to take stock of the mistakes being made and courageously change course."
Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD Sophia Health Institute Seattle, WA
“Current US and ICNIRP standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They never were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.” Watch full Seletun Scientific Statement by Dr. Johansson here.
Olle Johansson, PhD Department of Neuroscience Karolinska Institute Sweden
“Research we reviewed and subsequent research both strongly suggest that the current standards for cell phone radiation are not adequate to protect us from health risks associated with exposure to cell phone radiation… A 31-member group of experts convened by the World Health Organization agreed with our conclusions and classified cell phone radiation a “possible carcinogen”…We need more research that is independent of the wireless industry’s influence. The Federal government needs to sponsor a major research initiative on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation.”
Joel Moskowitz, PhD Center for Family and Community Health University of California, Berkeley