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16 December 2017

Stop Sleeping with Your Cell Phone: Anything Closer than Arm's Length Could Cause Cancer and Infertility, Health Officials Warn

Stop sleeping with your cell phone: Anything closer than arm's length could cause cancer and infertility, health officials warn
by Natalie Rahhal for Dailymail.com, 15 December 2017

(Photo): New guidance from the California Department of Health warns that cell phones should be kept several feet away from the body when not in use to avoid risks of cancer and infertility


  • The California Department of Health released advice to minimize cell phone radiation exposure 
  • Radiation from the devices has been linked to cancer and infertility
  • Children's developing brains may be particularly vulnerable
  • Exposure risks are highest when cell phones have fewer bars of service or are downloading or streaming media



The California Department of Health warned that people need to keep their cell phones several feet away from them to reduce radiation exposure and health risks.

California released guidance for reducing exposure to cell phone radiation on Thursday, amid mounting evidence that cell phone use may be linked to cancer, attention, mental health and reproductive health issues.

California's New Cell Phone Warnings Make National News

California's new cell phone warnings make national news tonight
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 15 December 2017

Link to CBS Evening News report.

Link to document from California Department of Public Health

Tonight CBS Evening News will run a story on California's new cell phone warnings.

Although California's new cell phone warnings underplay the state of the science, many people consider this action by the largest state public health department to be a significant development in response to the efforts of wireless safety advocates to pressure our government to notify the public about the health risks from exposure to cell phone radiation.

The Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control in CDPH originally drafted these warnings in 2009, but despite the consensus of the Division to publish the warnings that year, CDPH refused to release them. The Division updated the warnings several times over the next eight years, but CDPH continued to suppress them until now.


15 December 2017

[Press release] Phonegate : Warnings from the California Department of Public Health

[Press release] Phonegate: Warnings from the California Department of Public Health
by Marc Arazi, arazi.fr, 15 December 2017

Another fight for transparency of the health risks associated with the use of the cell phone has been waged since 2009 on the other side of the Atlantic, in California, the world’s sixth economic power. This battle has obliged the California Department of Public Health to make public through a press release a series of important recommendations for all users of smartphones. 
(Read the San Francisco Chronicle article explaining the actions led by Dr. Joel Moscowitz.)

Hulot can do better…

These recommendations which come a few days after the announcement in France of a campaign for the six proper uses of cell phones launched by Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the ban on cell phones in schools and colleges by Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister for National Education, show to what extent this subject is important, particularly for young persons and children.

14 December 2017

Electronic Waste Study Finds $65 Billion in Raw Materials Discarded in Just One Year

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Electronic Waste Study Finds $65 Billion in Raw Materials Discarded in Just One Year
by David Leestma, EcoWatch, 
14 December 2017

The amount of electronic waste around the world grew to a record 45 million tons in 2016, according to a United Nations-backed study released on Wednesday.

To put that in perspective, the weight of last year's e-waste was equivalent to about 4,500 Eiffel Towers, according to the study by the UN university, the International Telecommunication Union and the International Solid Waste Association. The amount of e-waste—defined as anything with a plug or a battery—rose by eight percent since 2014, the time of the last assessment.

The study also found that raw materials thrown out as e-waste—metals such as gold, silver, copper, platinum and palladium— were worth $64.61 billion in 2016. But despite this economic incentive, only 8.9 million tons of e-waste were recovered.

Wi-Fi and Cellphones Increase Pregnant Women's Risk of a Miscarriage by Nearly 50%

Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of a miscarriage by nearly 50%, study reveals
Wi-Fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of
suffering a miscarriage (stock)
by Alexandra Thompson, Health Reporter for Mailonline, 14 December 2017

  • Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation is also given off by power lines
  • Pregnant women exposed to the highest levels are 48% more likely to miscarry
  • Some 24.2% of such women miscarry versus 10.4% with the lowest exposure
  • MF radiation, which everyone is exposed to, has previously been linked to cancer
  • Miscarriages affect between 15 and 20 percent of pregnancies in the US 

Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent, new research reveals.

Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is also given off by power lines and cell towers, has been found in past studies to put a stress on the body, leading to genetic damage that can cause pregnant women to miscarry.

Study Links Health Risks to Electromagnetic Field Exposure

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
"A study of real-world exposure to non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields in pregnant women found a significantly higher rate of miscarriage, providing new evidence regarding their potential health risks." 

Study links health risks to electromagnetic field exposure
medicalxpress.com, 13 December 2017

A study of real-world exposure to non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields in pregnant women found a significantly higher rate of miscarriage, providing new evidence regarding their potential health risks. The Kaiser Permanente study was published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

France Is Banning Mobile Phones in Schools

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France is banning mobile phones in schools
by Jennifer Anderson. Quartz / weforum.org, 12 December 2017

France is banning students from having mobile phones at school,
encouraging pupils to play instead.  Image:  Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
On Sunday, France’s education minister announced that mobile phones will be banned from primary, junior, and middle schools, calling it a matter of “public health.” While phones are already prohibited in classrooms in France, starting in September 2018 students won’t be allowed to use them on breaks, at lunch, or between lessons either.
“These days, the children don’t play at break time anymore,” Jean-Michel Blanquer said, according to the Local, an English-language publication. “They are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view, that’s a problem.”

California Department of Public Health Issues Guidelines on How to Reduce Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy from Cell Phones

Excerpt from cell phone warning document
issued by California Dept. of Public Health
on 13 December 2017.
CDPH Issues Guidelines on How to Reduce Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy from Cell Phones
Date: December 13, 2017
Number: 17-086

Contact: Corey Egel | 916.440.7259 | CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov
Link to Guidelines

SACRAMENTO – As smartphone use continues to increase in the U.S., especially among children, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today issued guidance for individuals and families who want to decrease their exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones. Although the scientific community has not reached a consensus on the risks of cell phone use, research suggests long-term, high use may impact human health.

"Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults."

Cell phones emit radio frequency energy when they send and receive signals to and from cell towers, and some scientists and public health officials believe this energy may impact human health.

Meanwhile, cell phone use in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years. About 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and 12 percent rely on their smartphones for everyday Internet access. In addition, the average age when children get their first phone is now just 10 years old, and a majority of young people keep their phones on or near them most of the day and while they sleep.


13 December 2017

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones

New Study Finds Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones
EHtrust.org, 30 November 2017

IT Experts Reveal That Infant And Toddler Brains Absorb More Microwave Radiation From Wireless Phones

First Study To Evaluate Cell Phone Radiation Exposures With Realistic Head Models

In a newly published paper in IEEE Access, cell phone modeling experts reveal that toddlers receive far greater microwave radiation from cell phones than previous research models assumed. The maximum SAR values, a measure of cellphone radiation, in young children’s head tissues were up to 78% higher than SAR values measured in the adult model. The IT researchers call for lower cell phone radiation regulatory limits to account for young children’s exposures, echoing recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the US government to update cell phone regulations to protect children.

Researchers from the University of Queensland Australia School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering compared cell phone microwave radiation exposures of adults to infants and toddlers who are three months to three years old. The experts evaluated various scenarios where parents might hold a phone up to a child’s head and computed the cell phone radiation exposures into the child’s skin and brain tissues. Confirming earlier studies by experts at the University of Porto Alegre and Environmental Health Trust (EHT), they found that cell phone radiation reaches further into younger children’s brains than previously estimated.

12 December 2017

France to Impose Total Ban on Mobile Phones in Schools

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer at
the Elysee palace in Paris. 
Credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP
"For the education minister the issue of mobile phones and tablets is a matter of 'public health'. "It's important that children under the age of seven are not in front of these screens," he added." 

France to impose total ban on mobile phones in schools
by Henry Samuel, Paris, The Telegraph,
11 December 2017

France is to impose a total ban on pupils using mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting in September 2018, its education minister has confirmed.

Phones are already forbidden in French classrooms but starting next school year, pupils will be barred from taking them out at breaks, lunch times and between lessons.

Teachers and parents are divided over a total ban, however, with some saying children must be able to "live in their time". In France, some 93 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds own mobile phones.

"These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view that's a problem," said Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister.