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Cancer from Electrical Pollution – how safe is your child at school?

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:  For the past 5 years, I have urged our local school board members to understand the health risks of electrical pollution but have been given in response to all the scientific data I offered, a stonewall of silence.  Here is my most recent good faith effort to alert the school board members to the risk they are exposing kids to in school…

Greetings (name withheld for the time being),

In your elected capacity on the school board, it is my earnest hope that you are paying attention to this problem of electrical pollution which is endangering those for whom you are responsible
1) students
2) teacher (especially those in the most toxic electrically polluted rooms as identified by Ana Weeks’ report a few years ago) and those teaching in the computer lab)
3) staff 
I have yet to get any response from you on my emails.
Please rio me the courtesy of acknowledging that you have received this one.
 
More info for your consideration:
 
1. MOBILE PHONES BANNED FOR SALE TO CHILDREN IN BELGIUM UNDER AGE OF SEVEN 
2. ISREALI CELL PHONE COMPANY COMPENSATES CUSTOMER WHO CONTRACTED CANCER FROM CELL PHONE USE
3. EHS LEGALLY RECOGNIZED AND COMPENSATED IN AUSTRALIA
4. HEALTH CANADA ADMITS SAFETY CODE 6 GUIDELINE FOR MICROWAVE RADIATION IS BASED ONLY ON THERMAL EFFECTS!
5. ISRAELI SCIENTISTS FIND POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN EMR AND THYROID CANCER.
6. AUSTRALIA`S RADIATION WATCHDOG AGENCY ISSUES NEW WARNINGS FOR LIMITING CHILDREN`S CELL PHONE USE
7. NEW STUDIES SHOW BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WIFI AND CELL PHONE RADIATION
8. NEUROSURGEON SHOWS HOW LOW LEVELS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION CAUSE THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER TO LEAK
9. CANCERS CAN BE DETECTED AND AFFECTED BY ELECTRIC SIGNALS
10. BELGACOM INFORMS ITS CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES AND ENCOURAGES RESPONSIBLE USE
11. LA TEACHER`S UNION PASSES RESOLUTION TO ENSURE SAFETY FROM HAZARDS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS (EMF) IN SCHOOLS INCLUDING EMF EMISSIONS FROM WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
 

Mobile phones to be banned for children

Mobile phones to be banned for childrenThe Belgian government has announced measures to restrict the use of mobile phones by young children.

Public Health Mobile phones to be banned for childrenminister Laurette Onkelinx has announced that sales of mobile phones to children under 7 years will be banned in shops and also on the internet.Adverts for mobile phones during children’s programmes on TV radio and the internet will also be banned.

Research shows than in Belgium every two out of three children under 10 years have a mobile phone. At 12 years they nearly all have one.

The minister has highlighted the radiation risk from cell phones which is higher for young children than adults.

 

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Israeli cell phone company to compensate customer who contracted cancer

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the name Orange, will pay NIS 400,000 to a customer who contracted cancer in his ear.
 
By Hila Raz and Amitai Ziv | 15:00 03.03.13 |  1

 

Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the Orange brand name, has reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using one of their devices.

 

News Flash – Legal acknowledgement of the condition of EHS and compensation in Australia

In Melbourne, and for the first time in Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of the Australian Federal Court has provided legal recognition of the health effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) also known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).

In a workplace compensation case, handed down on 28 February 2013, the Tribunal found that Dr Alexander McDonald, suffered a workplace injury of a worsening of his sensitivity to EMR, as a result of him being required, by his employer (CSIRO), to trial the use of electronic equipment.

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HEALTH CANADA ADMITS SAFETY CODE 6 GUIDELINE FOR MICROWAVE RADIATION IS BASED ONLY ON THERMAL EFFECTS!

James McNameeFebruary 20, 2013.  I just returned from a hearing in Montreal in front of the Superior Court of Quebec where Health Canada scientist, James McNamee, admitted that the Safety Code 6 guideline for microwave radiation (which includes radiation from most of the devices we are concerned about like mobile phones, cell phone antennas, Wi-Fi, wireless toys and baby monitors, smart meters etc.) is based ONLY on preventing a heating effect!

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Let me state that again.  Health Canada admits that Safety Code 6 for frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz are based ONLY on heating.

Why is this so important?

For years Health Canada has stated that Safety Code 6 takes into consideration and protects the public from both thermal and non-thermal effects.  They made this statement to groups concerned about Wi-Fi in schools and to those concerned about smart meters and cell towers coming into their neighborhoods.  While they are technically correct in their statement, they mislead the public by what they failed to mention.  What Health Canada failed to mention is that the “non-thermal” effects are considered ONLY for frequencies between 3 and 100 kHz.  For frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz ONLY thermal effects are considered and cell towers fall within this “thermal range.”

That is not the only thing that was novel and refreshing at this hearing.

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This is the first time a provincial court (Superior Court of Quebec) has challenged the right of municipal governments to address health concerns expressed by citizens regarding federally regulated radio frequency radiation.

Let me explain what this hearing is about.  It is a story concerning Rogers and the City of Chateauguay.

Rogers wanted to erect a monopole tower (35 meters tall) with multiple antennas in a residential section of the City of Chateauguay in Quebec within15 meters of the nearest property line.  We have regulations in Canada that for towers taller than 15 meters, the wireless provider has to hold a public meeting.  The meeting was held and those who lived nearby expressed their concerns about health effects associated with the radiation from this proposed tower.

Mayor Chateauguay, Nathalie SimonThe Mayor of Chateauguay, Nathalie Simon, took these concerns seriously and asked city planners to find an alternative site for the tower.  They did and they contacted Industry Canada, who needs to approve the tower location as they provide the license to the operator, and Industry Canada accepted the new location.  City planners also contacted Rogers who agreed this location would work but it was not their first choice.  In order to facilitate the erection of this tower, the City of Chateauguay expropriated the land so the tower could be built.

But then things began to fall apart.  Rogers decided they did not want to go ahead with this new location and the case ended up in court, in front of the Superior Court of Quebec.

I was called as an expert witness for the City of Chateauguay and the hearing was scheduled for November 2011.  Just prior to the hearing, Rogers tried to get my testimony and anything to do with “health” thrown out of court because health of radio frequency radiation comes under federal jurisdiction (Health Canada & Industry Canada) and neither a municipality nor a province may question Health Canada’s jurisdiction in this matter.  [More about this later.] Up until now, each court has agreed with Rogers and health could not be discussed when it came to the siting of cell phone base stations. Or, if it was discussed, it did not influence the final decision made by Industry Canada.

Justice Perrault, Quebec JudgeBut Quebec is different.  The judge, Madam Justice Perrault, stated that she would allow health to be discussed because it was health that the citizens were concerned about and she wanted to know if their concerns had any scientific merit.

Nikolas Blanchette, lawyer for Rogers

The law firm representing Rogers Communications Inc. and their attorney, Nikolas Blanchette, suddenly found themselves in an awkward position.   Rogers’ attorneys were so certain the court would rule in their favor that they neglected to hire an expert witness to testify on Rogers’ behalf!

The hearing was moved to February 2012 and Roger’s Subpoenaed, James McNamee, a Health Canada scientist to testify.   Dr. McNamee, came to court with three massive binders of documents.   This was unusual as Dr. McNamee was sworn in as a witness, and not as an “expert” witness.

The major difference between an “expert witness” and a “witness” is that the expert witness may provide his/her opinion on issues related to their expertise.  In other words they are able to interpret the facts, while a witness can only provide facts.

Patrice Gladu, lawyer for ChateauguayPatrice Gladu (from the law firm Dunton Rainville S.E.N.C.R.L.), the lawyer representing the City of Chateauguay, objected and argued that the information in those binders should be inadmissible as Dr. McNamee was not being considered as an expert witness in front of this court.  After both sides presented their arguments, Justice Perrault took a short recess to consider her decision.  She returned siding with Mr. Gladu and said that according to law, as Dr. McNamee was not sworn in as an expert witness he could testify only to those  documents that were Health Canada documents and he was unable to express his opinion about the other documents except as they pertained to Health Canada’s decision regarding Safety Code 6.

Fasken Martineau, the law firm representing Rogers, objected to this ruling and asked to take their case to the Court of Appeal.  Justice Perrault granted that appeal.  Months later the ruling came out that upheld Justice Perrault’s decision and the hearing resumed.

It is now February 2013.  Dr McNamee returned to present his testimony and to be cross examined.  He went through every document in the 3 binders and was asked the same question each time by his lawyer.

“What is this document and what role did it play in establishing Safety Code 6?”

Each time Dr. McNamee gave a short answer.

For documents that Health Canada did NOT consider Dr. McNamee’s response was . . .

  • “Does not support non-specific health symptoms, not considered in Safety Code 6 2009.”
  • “Non-support for conclusions, did not review document for Safety Code 6.”
  • “Levitt and Lai, was not considered in 2009.  Their opinion is contrary to Health Canada’s opinion and they don’t take same approach of health agencies.”

For documents that Health Canada DID consider, Dr. McNamee stated . . .

  • “Helped to reinforce our own assessment of the literature.”
  • [This was a] “reference document that supports our conclusions.”
  • “‘Document supported Health Canada’s decision.”

Dr. McNamee went further and stated that most studies dealing with non-thermal effects were poorly conducted and were rejected by Health Canada. McNamee states that a large number of studies show an adverse effect; a large number of studies don’t show effects, and that the better studies are the ones that show “no effect.”

I have two points to make here.

The first is that Health Canada is cherry picking the studies they include for the Safety Code 6 decisions. They include ONLY studies that support their own conclusions.  This is NOT how science is conducted. Obviously, Dr. McNamee and his fellow scientists at Health Canada are unfamiliar with the work of Dr. Karl Popper on falsification.

Popper, who was one of the preeminent 20th century philosophers of science stated that one does not test an hypothesis by pointing out each time an observation supports it.  The proper scientific method to test an hypothesis is through falsification, by trying to find a situation where it is not supported by observation.

The example Popper gives is the statement that, “all swans are white.”  You may count as many white swans as you like but that does not prove that all swans are white.  What you need to do is look for a black swan.  Once you find a black swan you may state that, “not all swans are white” and as such you have falsified your original hypothesis.  This is the proper scientific method.

What the Health Canada scientists are doing is “cherry picking” or counting white swans and as such are not conducting science properly.  Click here for video on this topic.  

The second point is that Dr. McNamee is demonstrating bias when he states that better studies are the ones that show “no effect.”  What is that statement based on?  Where is the document that identifies which studies Health Canada considered and which ones were ignored?  Where is the document identifying flaws  in peer-reviewed scientific studies?

Whenever IARC or any other agency evaluates the scientific literature for the purpose of policy setting, it is customary for them to provide a monograph documenting the studies that were included and how they were weighed, and the studies not included with justification for their omission.  Health Canada, to my knowledge, has NOT produced such a document for non-ionizing radiation.  There is no disclosure about the processes Health Canada uses to assess scientific studies.  When Dr. McNamee was asked how Health Canada conducts the “weight of evidence” he was unable to provide a clear, comprehensive answer and referred instead to references from other organizations.

In the 1999 version of Health Canada Safety Code a very important statement on page 11 of that report  that was omitted from the 2009 version of SC6.  That statements reads as follows:

“Certain members of the general public may be more susceptible to harm from RF and microwave exposure.“

According to Dr. McNamee, what this statement referred to is that among the public there is “a wide range of body sizes, health status, and different thermal regulation properties” and that Health Canada is acknowledging ONLY a thermal effect by the term “susceptible” and that “Health Canada does not acknowledge electroshypersensitivity.”

What does a country do when the leading federal health authority, Health Canada, is not doing its job properly?  What role do provincial and municipal governments play in this regard?  Do these governments not also have the ability to protect the health of their citizens?  Isn’t that why we have provincial Ministries of Health and Municipal Health Authorities.  Weren’t municipal governments responsible for bringing bylaws forward about toxic chemicals used in lawn care despite the fact that Health Canada has federal jurisdiction over the toxic chemicals that were involved?

One very interesting statement in the Preface of Safety Code 6 (2009) is the following (page 3):

The purpose of this code is to establish safety limits for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy in the frequency range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz. The safety limits in this code apply to all individuals working at, or visiting, federally regulated sites. These guidelines may also be adopted by the provinces, industry or other interested parties.

If I understand this correctly, Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 does NOT automatically apply to provinces, industry, or other interested parties.  So the much reduced guideline proposed by the Board of Health for the City of Toronto originally in 1999 (Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela Basrur) and reaffirmed in 2007 can be applied to the City of Toronto!

At that time, Toronto wanted the federal guidelines reduced to 1/100th of the current guidelines to be more in line with Russia and other countries with much more protective guidelines.  In the 2007 document from Toronto Board of Health (click here for this document), the Federal guidelines were correctly identified as being based on an “acute thermal effect” with “acute” referring to short-term, high exposure.

table 1 Toronto Board of Health 2007

Since the guidelines have not changed and with Dr. McNamee finally admitting that the guidelines in question regarding cell towers are based ONLY on preventing a thermal effect, it is accurate to say that Canada does not have a guideline to protect Canadians from long-term exposure to “non-thermal” levels of microwave radiation!

Justice Perrault has six months (end of August 2013) to complete her deliberations regarding where this tower will be erected.  The outcome could be precedent setting in Quebec and in Canada.

http://www.magdahavas.com/health-canada-admits-safety-code-6-guideline-for-microwave-radiation-is-based-only-on-thermal-effects/

 

Israeli scientists find possible link between cellphone use, thyroid cancer

Findings are ‘first evidence of changes in thyroid cells in response to electromagnetic radiation’ says researcher, ‘but drawing sweeping conclusions … is still far off.’

By  | Mar.06, 2013 | 3:55 AM

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Illustration: Cell phone. Photo by Dan Keinan

Israeli scientists have reported preliminary findings of a possible link between the radiation from cellphones and thyroid cancer. There has been a steep rise in rates of thyroid cancer in recent years in Western countries.

The Israeli research, conducted at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and at Tel Aviv University, identified evidence for the first time of the possible connection between the rise in thyroid cancer cases to the increased exposure to radiation emitted by cellphones.

In one experiment, human thyroid cells collected from healthy patients were subjected to radiation with a device, designed for the study, that simulates the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones. The irradiated thyroid cells proliferated at a much higher, statistically significant rate than non-irradiated cells in the control group

A second experiment, using different methods and materials, gave similar results.

The research was conducted in the Felsenstein Medical Research Center, part of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and the Rabin Medical Center. Prof. Raphael Feinmesser, head of Beilinson’s Ear, Nose and Throat Department was the lead researcher.

The findings will be presented for the first time this weekend at the annual conference of the Israeli Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, in Eilat.

“The findings are the first evidence of changes in thyroid cells in response to electromagnetic radiation,” said Feinmesser. “But drawing sweeping conclusions as to a connection between cellphone radiation and thyroid cancer is still far off.”

The scientific community is divided as to the connection between cellular radiation and cancer. One opinion is that because cellular radiation is non-ionizing and incapable of causing changes in cellular DNA, it cannot cause cancer. But in recent years evidence has mounted from epidemiological studies indicating a relationship between increased exposure to cellular radiation and cancerous growths, especially in the brain and the salivary glands.

“The thyroid gland is located in the neck, but the area is located the same distance from the ear as the regions of the brain where [cancerous] growths have been diagnosed as being related to the use of the [cellular] devices. This is a region that is not far from the center of the device’s radiation,” said Feinmesser.

The incidence of thyroid cancer has been on the rise in Israel for more than a decade, which matches the rise in the use of cellphones.

Thyroid cancer is three times more common in women than men. It is the fourth most common form of cancer among Jewish women in Israel, at 16.6 cases per 100,000 people. The three most common forms of cancer for women are cancer of the breast, colon and cervix.

Among Israeli Arab women the rate of thyroid cancer is 11.6 cases per 100,000, and it is the third most common cancer.

From 1990 to 2007 there was a 67-percent rise in thyroid cancer rates among Jewish women, and a 250 percent increase among Arab women, Health Ministry figures show. For men, the rise from 2000 is more moderate, but still shows a 41 percent increase in thyroid cancer rates for Jewish men.

“One of the explanations is that the rise is related to better technical methods of early detection of these growths, which have been developed in recent years. But other research shows that even after neutralizing this influence a rise in these growths still remains,” said Feinmesser.

Just this week it was reported that mobile operator Partner Communications (Orange ) reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using the company’s cellphones. The customer, who is in his 50s, sued Partner in May, claiming that intensive use of the device resulted in an aggressive lymphoma near his left ear. Partner agreed to pay NIS 400,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

 

Parents urged to limit children’s use of mobiles, cordless phone under new health warnings

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  • by:Natasha Bita, National Social Editor 
  • From:News Limited Network 
  • March 03, 2013 9:00pm

At least 75 per cent of high school students own a mobile phone, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.

PARENTS should limit kids’ use of mobile and cordless phones, Australia’s radiation watchdog recommends in new health advice.

The Federal Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) also suggests that baby monitors be kept a metre away from cots, to minimise any electromagnetic emissions.

“Due to the lack of scientific evidence on mobile and cordless phone use by children, ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure,” the agency states in its first “fact sheet” for consumers to reduce exposure from wireless devices including mobile phones.

“One way to exercise caution is to reduce unnecessary exposure from your handset and to encourage your children to do this.

“Remember, it doesn’t have to be done for every phone call and in an emergency there are better things to worry about.”

 


Nearly one in four of Australia’s nine-year-olds and at least 75 per cent of high school students own a mobile phone, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.

Doctors yesterday agreed with the regulator’s advice, in light of children’s fixation with tablets and smartphones.

Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said that while the health risks were low, it was best that children did not hold mobile phones directly to their ears.

“With children’s growing brains, you do want to reduce exposure,” he said.”Even putting your thumb between your ear and the phone can reduce radiation.” 

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. 

The ARPANSA fact sheet states that wireless technology is so new that “it’s impossible to be completely sure there isn’t some risk.”

“This is particularly true for children where there is little research evidence,” it says.

ARPANSA says baby monitors, Wi-Fi computer networks and wireless security cameras also emit radiofrequency electromagnetic energy.

It says exposure can be reduced by “keeping them at a distance” – such as placing the wireless router away from where people spend time, or reducing the time spent online.

The agency suggests using an old-fashioned wired-in landline phone instead of cordless phones, many of which “are continually transmitting low-level signals”.

In response to questions from News Limited yesterday, ARPANSA said keeping baby monitors a metre from cots could result in a “useful reduction in exposure”.

“Given the priority we give to children’s and babies’ health, and the small amount of research specifically relating to children’s exposure to (emissions) it would seem wise to err on the side of caution and keep the baby monitor only as close to the baby as is necessary for it to serve its purpose,” a spokesman said.

ARPANSA said it recommended that schools “give some priority to locating Wi-Fi access points so they are not unnecessarily close to some children” – although it did not specify a distance.

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association spokesman Randal Markey yesterday said phone companies “don’t claim to be scientific experts so we’d listen to what ARPANSA says”.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/technology/parents-urged-to-limit-childrens-use-of-mobiles-cordless-phone-under-new-health-warnings/story-fn7bsj10-1226589473040

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013

New Studies Published in January 2013
Show Biological Effects of Wifi & Cellphone Radiation

 
The followings are new studies published in the month of January 2013 which show biological effects of electromagnetic radiation at cellphone, WiFi, powerline intensities. 
ALL these biological effects are being denied by Health Canada’s and US FCC’soutdated “safety” standard because they claim that if the radiation doesn’t heat up one’s body, nothing else happens! They use a plastic head called S.A.M. (Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin) filled with fluid to do their “heating” test. It is only tested for 6 minutes, not chronic exposure as in real life, and the test has no provision for any biological change except temperature change. 
 
The S.A.M. head is sized for a 220 lb and 6’2″ American soldier. 
Sokolovic D, Djordjevic B, Kocic G, Babovic P, Ristic G, Stanojkovic Z, Sokolovic DM, Veljkovic A, Jankovic A, Radovanovic Z (2012), Bratisl Lek Listy 113 (5): 265 – 269
“The authors conclude that microwave exposure could cause a body mass decrease and anxiety related behavior. ”
28.01.13: Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis in radio and TV broadcasting stations workers.
Bortkiewicz A, Gadzicka E, Szymczak W, Zmyslony M (2012), Int J Occup Med Environ Health: in press
“The authors concluded that exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may affect the neurovegetative  regulation of the cardiovascular system. ”
28.01.13: The effects of a 1.8 GHz continuous electromagnetic fields on mucociliary transport of human nasal mucosa.
In SM, Kim HJ, Park RW, Kim W, Gimm YM, Park I, Hong S, Hong JJ, Oh JH, Kahng H, Park EY (2012), Laryngoscope: in press
“The authors summarize that exposure to a 1.8 GHz electromagnetic field may inhibit the ciliary beat frequency via an “novel protein kinase C” dependent mechanism…”.
23.01.13: Case-control study of paternal occupation and childhood leukaemia in Great Britain, 1962-2006.
Keegan TJ, Bunch KJ, Vincent TJ, King JC, O’Neill KA, Kendall GM, Maccarthy A, Fear NT, Mfg M (2012), Br J Cancer 107 (9): 1652 – 1659
“The authors concluded that the results show some support for a positive association between childhood leukemia risk and paternal occupation involving [electromagnetic] social contact. Additionally, the study provided additional evidence for higher occupational [electromagnetic] social class being a risk factor for childhood leukemia. ”
22.01.13: Oxidative stress induced by 1.8 GHz radio frequency electromagnetic radiation and effects of garlic extract in rats.
Avci B, Akar A, Bilgici B, Tuncel OK (2012), Int J Radiat Biol 88 (11): 799 – 805
The authors summarize that the exposure to a radiofrequency electromagnetic field at 1.8 GHz … led to protein oxidation in the brain tissue and an increase in serum nitric oxide level. “
17.01.13: Electromagnetic fields at 2.45 GHz trigger changes in heat shock proteins 90 and 70 without altering apoptotic activity in rat thyroid gland.
Misa Agustino MJ, Leiro JM, Jorge Mora MT, Rodriguez-Gonzalez JA, Jorge Barreiro FJ, Ares-Pena FJ, Lopez-Martin E (2012), Biol Open 1 (9): 831 – 838
The results suggest that exposure to a 2.45 GHz electromagnetic field may alter levels of cellular stress in rat thyroid gland.
15.01.13: Melatonin modulates wireless (2.45 GHz)-induced oxidative injury through TRPM2 and voltage gated Ca(2+) channels in brain and dorsal root ganglion in rat.
Naziroglu M, Celik O, Ozgul C, Cig B, Dogan S, Bal R, Gumral N, Rodriguez AB, Pariente JA (2012), Physiol Behav 105 (3): 683 – 692
“The authors conclude that exposure to a wireless device of 2.45 GHz could induce oxidative stress in the dorsal root ganglion [a nodule on the dorsal root of the spine that contains nerve cells] … ”.
 
07.01.13: Neurodevelopmental anomalies of the hippocampus in rats exposed to weak intensity complex magnetic fields throughout gestation.
Fournier NM, Mach QH, Whissell PD, Persinger MA (2012), Int J Dev Neurosci 30 (6): 427 – 433
“These findings suggest that prenatal exposure to complex magnetic fields of a narrow intensity window during development could result in subtle but permanent alterations in hippocampal structure and function. ”
 
Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure  (Cell Tower, Wi-Fi, Wireless Laptop and ‘Smart’ Meter RF Intensities) * Click on the image or the link to access all pages.

 
http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativeReport-RF-Color-Charts.pdf

 
 

Neurosurgeon and researcher Dr. Leif Salford has conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain. Dr. Salford called the potential implications of some of his research “terrifying.” Some of the most concerning conclusions result from the fact that the weakest exposure levels to wireless radiation caused the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak. 

Since he began his line of research in 1988, Dr. Leif Salford and his colleagues at Lund University Hospital in Sweden has exposed over 1,600 experimental animals to low-level radiation. Their results were consistent and worrisome: radiation, including that from cell phones, caused the blood-brain barrier–the brain’s first line of 
defense against infections and toxic chemicals–to leak. 

Researchers in 13 other laboratories in 6 different countries had reported the same effect, but no one had proven whether it would lead to any damage in the long term. In a study published June 2003 in Environmental Health Perspectives,Salford’s team repeated the experiment on 32 additional animals, but this time waited eight weeks before sacrificing them and examining their brains. In those animals that had been exposed to a cell phone, up to two percent of the neurons in all areas of the brain were shrunken and degenerated. 

Salford, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at his institution, called the potential implications “terrifying.” “We have good reason to believe,” he said, “that what happens in rats’ brains also happens in humans.” Referring to today’s teenagers, the study’s authors wrote that “a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects, perhaps as early as in middle age.” 

 

Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnect” explains the science of cell phone radiation in a very comprehensive way. For example she shows photos of two cells, one whose DNA has been damaged by “gamma” radiation (which is what was emitted in Hiroshima) and another cell damaged by low level pulsing non ionizing radiation (from a cell phone). Both cells look very damaged compared to a normal cell; but she even goes on to say the DNA from the cell exposed to the cell phone radiation looks worse. She also discusses the campaign to discredit reputable scientists and their studies–some of these reputable studies having been around since 1972 (Frey). 

 

In May of 2011, the World Health Organization official recognized that wireless radiation such as emitted by “smart meters” is a possible carcinogen. After decades of corporately-funded, biased research being held up as “industry-standard”, there are hundreds of independent peer-reviewed scientific studies now showing there is a clear health hazard with technology emitting wireless radiation in the range that “smart meters” do. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people with a “smart meter” installed, have contracted illness, insomnia, rashes, headaches, and worse. And many have been forced to leave their homes entirely, due to health effects. What’s more, in apartment buildings where 30+ “smart meters” are installed in a single electrical room, the dangers are even higher. There have been no long-term health studies done on this high level of Electromagnetic Radiation. 

 

PBS Interview with Dr. Keith Black (neurosurgeon) regarding WHO’s classification of RF Elecctromagnetic radiation as a 2b possible carcinogen. “We haven’t had any good studies in the pediatric population. A child’s skull is much thinner. . . .and the amount of radiation that goes into the pediatric brain is much higher than in an adult. So we should be cautious with how we allow our children to use a cell phone. They’re going to be the ones that not only are going to use it at a much younger age but at a much longer duration.” 

 

Let’s start connecting the dots and end this madness to our health and the health of future generations. 

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

 
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The body electric: Early cancers can be detected and affected by bioelectric signals, study shows

Monday, February 25, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

 
 
(NaturalNews) Could it be possible to not only identify the presence of cancer cells inside the body long before they have the chance to develop into malignant tumors, but also to alter their course and prevent the onset of full-blown cancer? One new study set to be published in the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms suggests so, having found that the electromagnetic field naturally produced by cells and bodily tissue may hold the key to changing and even halting the growth of malignant tumors.Biologists from the Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences recently made this fascinating discovery after evaluating how the electrical charges constantly sent across cell membranes affect cancer cells specifically. As it turns out, the bioelectric signals produced throughout the body have a direct effect on whether or not cancerous cells have the chance to grow and proliferate, and altering these signals can mean the life or death of cancer cells. Additionally, cancer cells themselves also have a unique bioelectric signature that is capable of being altered as well.

“The news here is that we’ve established a bioelectric basis for the early detection of cancer,” explains Brook Chernet, a doctoral student at Tufts and one of the study’s authors, about the findings. In short, Chernet and her team have gained a more thorough understanding of how bioelectric signals work, and how they regulate the growth and proliferation of cells, both benign and malignant.

Altering bioelectric signals to promote healthy cells

Previous research conducted at Tufts has already revealed that bioelectric signal manipulation can influence how cells behave and even form, affecting their rate of spread, migration, physical shape in vivo (in an actual living organism), and how effectively and efficiently they are able to repair organs and appendages. Now, researchers have uncovered more of the logistics behind how these same signals influence cancer cells, which the body is designed to naturally offset when in a healthy, vibrant state, but that can become disrupted due to various factors.

After injecting frog embryos with messenger RNA material that induced the development of tumor-like growths, the Tufts research team observed that the tumor sites had “unique depolarized membrane voltage” that differentiated them from surrounding tissues. And upon further investigation, it was discovered that altering this polarization effectively suppressed abnormal cell growth, which implies that simple modifications to the bioelectric code of both cancerous and noncancerous cells may be able to effectively eradicate them before they can cause harm.

“We hypothesized that the appearance of oncogene-induced tumors can be inhibited by alteration of membrane voltage, and we were right,” adds Dr. Michael Levin, professor of biology and director of the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, a co-author of the study. “We’ve shown that electric events tell the cells what to do. The voltage changes are not merely a sign of cancer. They control and direct whether the cancer occurs or not.”

Sources for this article include:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/tu-bsc013113.php

 

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039251_bioelectric_signals_healthy_cells_cancer.html#ixzz2N00sXW1E 

Since 2008, Belgacom informs its customers about the electromagnetic waves of mobile phones, and promotes responsible use

26-02-2013

  

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As part of its CSR commitment, the Belgacom Group aims to provide transparent communication to its customers. For this reason, since 2008 already Belgacom has been indicating the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) value of the mobile phones in its shops and on its website. In addition, Belgacom offers its customers tips on its website regarding the safe use of mobile phones, along with an e-learning course on electromagnetic radiation. 

Following recent statements in the press, there is growing concern among customers about the effects on health of electromagnetic waves and fields emitted by mobile phones. The Belgacom Group anticipated this concern by taking the initiative to indicate the SAR value and thus provide clear information to customers when they purchase a new mobile phone. All mobile phones sold by Belgacom meet EU guidelines and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Indicating the SAR value is just one of the many ways Belgacom tries to improve its communication about mobile phones and electromagnetic waves. For instance, on its website (belgacom.com), Belgacom offers an e-learning course to help the public understand the way mobile networks work and the regulations in force, along with tips on responsible use and links to scientific research. 

Belgacom has also developed a space on its website devoted to parents, where they can obtain advice on creating a safe environment for their children, as well as tips for reducing exposure to mobile phone radiation and for blocking charged-for SMS messages and unwanted content.

In the mobile phone catalog, customers can obtain clear technical information on the devices, as well as the SAR value. All they have to do is click “SAR” to obtain information on responsible use. All useful information can be found in the points of sales.

Philip Neyt, Vice President Communication & CSR recommends certain precautions for children: “Wearing an earpiece, texting rather than calling, and using the mobile phone in areas with good reception. Today, more than 90% of mobile phones sold in our shops come with an earpiece.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 7, 2013:

LA Teacher’s Union Passes Resolution to Ensure Safety from Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in Schools including EMF Emissions from Wireless Technology
 

“The National Education Association believes that all educational facilities must have healthy indoor air quality, be smoke-free, be safe from environmental and chemical hazards, AND BE SAFE FROM HAZARDOUS ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS.” p. 43


United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), representing over 40,000 teachers and other workers in LAUSD, passed the following motion by a sweeping majority last night at 9 PM (Motion for the new UTLA Resolution transcribed from attendee, Shane Gregory’s transcripts):
Health and Human Services Committee 3-6-13 #1: Moved by Kevin Mottus, seconded by John Cabrera.

“I move that UTLA will abide by current National NEA Policy for Environmentally Safe Schools which states that all employees and stakeholders should be informed when there are changes in their exposure to environmental hazards including electromagnetic radiation and that all stakeholders and the public should be notified of any actual and potential hazards. UTLA will advocate for technological solutions that maintain technology upgrades while not increasing employees exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

The National Education Association believes that all educational facilities must have healthy indoor air quality, be smoke-free, and be safe from environmental and chemical hazards, and from hazardous electromagnetic fields…

The Association further believes that school districts must inform all stakeholders when changes in their exposure to electromagnetic radiation occur. Additional health hazards should not be created when facilities are altered or repaired.

The Association believes that school districts must post MSDS and OSHA standards. Students and/or their parents/guardians, education employees, and the public should be notified of actual and potential hazards. All stakeholders should be involved in developing a plan for corrective action. The Association also believes in the development and enforcement of health and safety standards specifically for children. (1989, 2004).”

In May of 2011 based on the latest research, The World Health Organization classified electromagnetic fields as a Class 2B Carcinogen along with Lead and DDT. Current FCC guidelines for electromagnetic radiation explicitly do not cover children or pregnant women. According to NEA Policy our employees have the right to know about changes in their environment which may have adverse health effects.”

This is NEA’s National Policy Resolution C-19 Environmentally Safe Schools from their website:

C-19. Environmentally Safe Schools Cited from 2013 NEA Resolutions www.nea.org/assets/docs/nea-resolutions-2012-13.pdf

The National Education Association believes that all educational facilities must have healthy indoor air quality, be smoke-free, be safe from environmental and chemical hazards, and be safe from hazardous electromagnetic fields.

School districts should conduct periodic testing for harmful water and airborne particles/agents that are detrimental to the health of students and education employees and shall report the results publicly. Further, school districts must complete corrective actions to eliminate the problems and report results in a timely manner.

The Association also believes that it is incumbent on local education providers to be forthcoming with information regarding mold infestation and other indoor environmental hazards in school facilities.

The Association also believes in the establishment and enforcement of standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including temperature and humidity recommendations, to ensure health and safety. The Association further believes that pesticide use should be minimized and, if used, advance notice given of location and date of application.

The Association supports ongoing training and certification of education employees who work in potentially hazardous situations. This training must include proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and instruction on Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Additional health hazards should not be created when facilities are altered or repaired.

The Association believes that school districts must post MSDS and OSHA standards. Students and/or their parents/guardians, education employees, and the public should be notified of actual and potential hazards. All stakeholders should be involved in developing a plan for corrective action. The Association also believes in the development and enforcement of health and safety standards specifically for children. (1989, 2009) ”

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