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27 December 2015

Suspects Mobile Phones Cause Cancer

Christian Blom lives most of the year in the country to avoid mobile phone
radiation.  This device measures radiation from the nearest base station.
This is a summary of the Google translation.  Christian Blom talks about his electro-hypersensitivy and subsequent cancer in the neck and throat from 10 years of cell phone use.  His doctors did not question him about cell phone use and did not want to know anything about it.  Afterwards, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic and became scared he would be classified as a madman.

Suspects mobile phones cause cancer
by Elin Von Wright, Helsinki, svenska.yle.fi/,  26 September 2014

Christian Blom was electrosensitive two days before midsummer 2003. He slowly began to feel worse and worse until he developed the disease six years later.

- I reacted to street dust and mold in our workplace and it had already been going on for a while. But it just got worse and worse. When connected, I realized how bad I was feeling by the time I used the phone several hours each day.

A Paper on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity by Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe

A paper on electromagnetic hypersensitivity by Dr. Mallery-Blythe
by Katherine Smith, naturalmedicine.net.nz, 25 December 2015 

British physician Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe has written an excellent resource on electromagnetic hypersensitivity (also know as electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and electrosensitivity (ES).)

You can read this document at this link: http://www.iemfa.org/wp-content/pdf/Mallery-Blythe-v1-EESC.pdf

[Following is the Introduction and the first part of the paper on electrohypersensitivity (EHS)]

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity 
A Summary by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe 
December 2014 
WORKING DRAFT Version 1

26 December 2015

Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers

This is an extremely important 12-page document prepared by the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters giving evidence of the insurance and liability of wireless communication carriers.  Following are extracts of documents from Lloyds of London, SwissRe, and Vodafone.

PUC Docket 2011.262 Friedman on Remand Intervenor DW et al
Evidence 9 Insurability; Insurance and Liability of Wireless  Communication Carriers 
Updates filing dates, links, and typos April 8, 2013 Item 464  

Evidence 9 Insurability 
9.0 Insurance and Liability of Wireless Communication Carriers 

This category contains information about whether wireless companies can get insurance for claims made based on adverse effects on users’ health caused by their devices. The evidence is strong enough that the WHO, which tends to be a conservative organization, placed RF/EMF in the “possibly carcinogenic” category.  And plaintiffs claiming their health was harmed by exposure have won recent court cases. In addition, awareness about the issue of RF from cell phones causing adverse health effects is getting better, so insurance companies are watching. Of course, as more people have adverse effects  and identify them, awareness will naturally be increased. The 2011 categorization of RF as a possible carcinogen increases the concern as well. 

21 December 2015

Google's Project Loon a Health and Environmental Disaster

"The gigahertz RF frequencies Google is using are close to terahertz frequencies, known to “unzip” DNA. These are very powerful frequencies. This will affect all living beings. The most vulnerable to DNA damage will be babies in utero, children and teenagers, who are going through rapid developmental changes at the cellular level."

Nina Beety: Google’s Project Loon a health and environmental disaster

by Nina Beety, Guest commentary, montereyherald.com, 19 December 2015

Google’s secretive Project Loon has a launch on Jan. 1 across the U.S. These will be cell towers in the sky across America. There have been no public hearings, and very little public awareness except in the tech world. No local or state permits have been granted. Most seriously, there has been no discussion on health impacts from this universal and increased radiation exposure, and there is no informed consent from the public.

United Kingdom: All NHS Buildings Are to Get Free Wi-Fi

The NHS is expected to go "digital and paperless" by
2020.  Rex Features
Jeremy Hunt announces all NHS buildings are to get free Wi-Fi
by Serina Sandhu, independent.co.uk, 
21 December 2015

'It will give patients and staff the ability to access the services they need as well as freeing up clinical time and reducing overall costs,' says health secretary
All NHS buildings are to be provided with free Wi-Fi, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

It is hoped the provision, which is being made possible thanks to a £1 billion technology fund, will improve the treatment and experience patients receive.

Update On Lawsuit For Student With Wi-Fi Sensitivity in Massachusetts School ADA Complaint

12/2015 Update On Lawsuit For Student With Wi-Fi Sensitivity in Massachusetts School ADA Complaint
safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot.ca, 20 December 2015

Update: A NEW amended complaint has been filed in the case of the boy who developed a debilitating sensitivity to the Wi-Fi networks in a private Massachusetts school.

"Instead of working with the parents in a constructive way to solve the problem caused by its Wi-Fi emissions and the resulting symptoms suffered by G at Fay, Fay has engaged is a series of hostile actions toward G and his parents. Fay has refused to make any meaningful accommodations for or provide any meaningful assistance to G."

Background

After more robust School Wi-Fi was installed in Spring 2013, a 12 year old boy started to experience troubling symptoms, which he reported to his parents when he came home from school. These included severe headaches, itchy skin, and rashes. The school nurse indicated that various children in the same classes were reporting increased headaches, dizziness, nausea and chest pressure. The symptoms were present whenever he was at school. In August 2015 the parents filed a federal complaint stating that the school has failed to provide reasonable accommodations for the child as required by the ADA. Read more about the initial complaint here.

17 December 2015

Finnish Education Professor's Warning: Wireless Technology in Schools May Lead to a Global Epidemic of Brain Damages

"The worst scenario is when many tablets are in use at the same time and in the same room, as in schools, because they continually search to connect to the same wifi-modem. It’s like every iPad is shouting at the same time to the modem and this electromagnetic smog just gets louder and louder. That’s when it becomes particularly harmful. How would kids know if their teachers do not understand the risks?"

Finnish education professor’s warning: Wireless technology in schools may lead to a global epidemic of brain damages.
posted by EMFacts, 17 December 2015

From Agenta Jonsson who has been in contact with Finnish professor Rainer Nyberg. The following is a current update from a Jan 14, 2014 interview with Professor Rainer Nyberg

Finnish education professor’s warning: Wireless technology in schools may lead to a global epidemic of brain damages.

“We must protect children and youth more than we do today.”

Yle Arenan. Yle Nyheter, Finland Jan. 24, 2014
http://arenan.yle.fi/tv/2145669
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzxSm04L9Z0

Translated by Agneta Jonsson
Revised by Rainer Nyberg. Nov. 27, 2015

Professor Rainer Nyberg changed his opinion of wireless technology in March 2013. At that time he had been lecturing in Finland and Sweden for many years and had written books about the uses and benefits of online learning. In this interview, for TV-Finland’s Channel, he explains how he found out about the health risks directly linked to wireless emissions from the technology he had assumed would only have positive effects.

15 December 2015

15-Year-Old Schoolgirl Found Hanged After Developing an Allergic Reaction to Wi-Fi in Her School

15–year-old schoolgirl found hanged after developing an allergic reaction to WiFi in her school
Posted by: Lloyd Burrell, naturalhealth365.com, 11 December 2015

(NaturalHealth365) 15-year-old Jenny Fry was found hanged in woodland in June this year. According to her parents she suffered from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), which caused her to suffer diverse symptoms including tiredness, headaches and bladder problems.

An allergic reaction to WiFi in her school made living miserable

An inquest heard that it was her allergic reaction to her school’s WiFi that made her life a misery. Her mother Debra told the hearing that Jenny was severely affected by the wireless internet connectionsat Chipping Norton School in Oxfordshire, England, where she was a pupil.

After becoming increasingly distressed by her symptoms, which were never investigated by a doctor, Jenny Fry was found hanged in Brooke Woods, near her home on June 11 this year.

14 December 2015

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert on Autism

Welcome to My Website
marthaherbert.org

I am a pediatric neurologist and a brain development researcher. For nearly two decades my main clinical, research and advocacy focus was on autism. I produced the general audience-oriented book The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications/Random House, 2012) and continue to pursue autism brain and infancy research at the interface of metabolism and electrophysiology.

My approach to autism has been rooted in my own research findings, in my clinical work, and in several decades of study prominently featuring systems theory and other wide-ranging interdisciplinary approaches.

Why Dr. Devra Davis Wants the World to Hang Up and Take Notice

Devra Davis uses an old-school handset
to get her message across.
Photo:  Nic Walker
Dr. Devra Davis is particularly horrified by the enrolment of infants in their parents' gadgets. "There is no reason whatsoever that anybody should be giving a cell phone to an infant in the crib, yet there are thousands of apps for babies in cribs," she observes. "If you must give a cell phone to a toddler, at least make sure it is in flight mode."

Why Devra Davis wants the world to hang up and take notice
by Ian Cuthbertson, Sydney Morning Herald, 
12 December 2015

American scientist Devra Davis has an impressive record in public health, helping to expose the dangers of tobacco, asbestos and passive smoking. Next on her list? The always-on, every-present mobile phone.

When I meet Devra Davis in the foyer of a waterfront hotel in Sydney's Woolloomooloo, there's a moment when her siege mentality shows. The tireless American campaigner on the dangers of mobile phone radiation, who believes they should be used at all times as far from the body as possible, is posing for photographs with clunky retro handsets. She always carries three types with her in her handbag, including these comically colourful old-school models. Asked by the photographer to hold one to each ear, she baulks. "Don't make me look like Mickey Mouse," she says. "I don't want to look like a quack."

11 December 2015

Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: Abstracts of Papers Published in December 2015 Issue of "Reviews on Environmental Health"

UPDATE (April 2016):  Please note, the "EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses" has been retracted.  We are in touch with the principal author who will alert us to its re-publishing.

We would like to draw the attention of readers to the special December 2015 issue (Volume 30, Issue 4) of "Reviews on Environmental Health" on idiopathic environmental intolerance (Editor: Dr. David O. Carpenter).   Abstracts are available by clicking on the titles of the reviews below.

Editorial

David O. Carpenter* and Dominique Belpomme

This issue of Reviews on Environmental Health consists of invited papers on several syndromes of uncertain etiology but ones that pose serious and severe debilification and interference with quality of life for those affected.  Often in aggregate called “idiopathic environmental intolerance” they include electromagnetic hypersensitivity, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic  fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness and likely some others less well defined.  All have in common fatigue, pain (especially headaches and joint and muscle pain), often altered cognitive function, cardiac problems, and impaired mobility and balance.  Often, but not always, some specific event or exposure triggers the initiation of the syndrome.  Because the symptoms are relatively non-specific, patients may unfortunately be referred to psychiatric rather than medical care.  There are few effective treatments other than reducing exposure to triggering environmental factors.  There is increasing world-wide awareness that these are real diseases that affect a significant percentage of the population, but still attract significant controversy.  We hope that these peer-reviewed publications will not only stimulate awareness of the problem but also stimulate science-based research on treatment regimes for symptomatic relief and reversal of the disease processes.  All of these pathologic disorders should be recognized by the scientific and medical communities and international health institutions.  This issue presents state-of-the-art reviews of the scientific advances in the pathophysiologic understanding of these disorders for medical practitioners and research scientists.
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*Corresponding author: David O. Carpenter, Institute for Health and the Environment, University of Albany, University at Albany, 5 University Pl., Rm. A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA, E-mail: dcarpenter@albany.eda

Dominique Belpomme: European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Brussels, Belgium
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09 December 2015

Wireless Technology & Public Health Forum: Mountain View, CA, 10 October 2015: Videotaped Presentations

Wireless Technology & Public Health Forum
saferemr.com, 8 December 2015

On October 10, 2015, the Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance Foundation sponsored a forum, "Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World," at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View, California.

The event brought together leading experts from various disciplines who presented current scientific research regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, Wi Fi and other electronic devices on biological systems.The experts presented the science and personal stories behind the recent call for safer wireless radiation standards by over 200 international scientists. Links to autism, cancer, infertility, adverse effects on wildlife, cell phone safety and Wi Fi precautions were discussed.

The forum was videotaped and can be viewed online. See links below.

07 December 2015

Welcome to the Home of the Electrosensitive

"No one took me seriously."  This building saved the life of
Christian Schifferle.  Photo:  Jean Revillard/Rezo
Welcome to the home of the electrosensitive
by Patrick Baumann, illustre.ch, 
1st December 2015

In Zurich, an apartment building, the first of its kind in Europe, accommodates persons suffering from electromagnetic or chemical allergies. Report on a true five-story Faraday cage.

At first sight, nothing distinguishes this apartment building with a sable-colored exterior, located in a rural neighborhood, from another building. We are on the heights of Leimbach, 15 minutes from downtown Zurich. Christian Schifferle awaits us in front of the first anti-allergy building in Europe, reserved for persons suffering multiple chemical hypersensitivity (MCS) and electrosensitivity. "Come dressed in the most natural clothing possible, no perfume and of course, switch off your cell phone," he tells us. He keeps his mask on, even inside the building. Our odors are disturbing, he explains, even the battery of the Jean Revillard's camera emits a slight electromagnetic field. A strange object of plastic and steel placed on the table confirms it. "The guardian", he smiles. A dosimeter, a sort of Big Brother of waves which tracks the least suspect volt. Very useful to all the residents of this very special building.

Permanently tired
At 59, Christian Schifferle is president of the foundation at the origin of the building of this unique place in Switzerland. He does not recall a single day when he did not suffer from allergies. Everything assaulted this man with fine features: paint, perfume, cleaning products, cigarettes. Spending half an hour in a department store rife with Wi-Fi terminals is for him hell on earth. "I even thought of suicide", he confessed, unfolding his long legs. Being electrosensitive, or MCS, in a modern world saturated with waves that are more and more powerful and invasive, is like being permanently dead. And misunderstood by his entourage. "This building symbolizes our release from invisibility", he says. This true five-story Faraday cage completed in December 2013 cost 6 million. The quality of the air, the absence of antennas and the proximity of Uetilberg Mountain played a key role in the selection of its location.

06 December 2015

Cell Phones and Breast Cancer - Bras: The No Phone Zone

Dr. June Chen, a Los Angeles radiologist, was diagnosing more and more of her young patients with cancer.  "It's very unusual for women in their 20s and 30s to have breast cancer, period, let alone such extensive breast cancer, and these women are vehemently telling us that they wore their cell phones over the area, directly over the area, where they subsequently developed this extensive breast cancer, and they're telling us they wore these on a routine and regular basis." 

Cell phones & breast cancer - bras:  the no phone zone

thescienceofeating.com, 15 February 2015

The talk about cell phones and cancer connection has been discussed for years now, but most still wonder if there's a real association and concern. One possibility does appear to exist, at least among certain women, and it all depends on where they carry their cell phone.

Thousands, of not millions of women - especially young ones, choose to keep their cell phones in their bra. This seems like the most convenient solution, because it allows women to ditch their purse and become hands-free.

Causing more need for storage is the fact that many womens' clothes come without pockets, so if you don't have a purse, the bra is an obvious choice. Also in noisy environments, it's harder to hear cell phone ring tones, so women like placing their cell phones on vibrate mode and placing it in their bras to continue receiving calls.

A recent survey reveals 40% of college females put their cell phone in their bra at least some time during the day, and 3% report doing it for more than 10 hours a day. However, Dr. John West, a Los Angeles breast surgeon, said women need to stop this practice stating, "We must make the bra a no phone zone," he said.

Cell Phone Dangers: Public Deception Trumps Public Health (Part 1)

Thorner:  Cell phone dangers:  public deception trumps public health (Part 1)
by Nancy Thorner, Illinois Reivew, 
2 December 2015

When trying to promote the safety of a product, industry will often compare the safety of their new product to other products already considered safe. Such is the case with ‘smart meters’, often compared to cell phones, despite much evidence that smart meters pose a risk to health, invade one’s privacy, and are potential fire hazards. Might cell phones, those ubiquitous, beloved objects of necessity in today's society be anything other than safe?

"Cell phones cause cancer" declared attorney Jimmy Gonzalez, in front of the Pembroke Pines, Florida City Council. "It should become crystal clear that cell phones do cause cancer and that the American people are not being properly warned about cell phones."

Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: The Role of Cell Phone & Cordless Phone Use

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: The Role of Cell Phone & Cordless Phone Use
saferemr.com, 23 November 2015

One in 161 Americans (0.62%) will be diagnosed with brain or other central nervous system (CNS) cancer during their lifetime according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.

The risk is greater for males (1 in 144 or 0.69%) than females (1 in 182 or 0.55%): About three out of four people (74%) who develop brain or CNS cancer will die from this disease.

The risk of being diagnosed with a non-malignant (i.e., non-cancerous) brain or CNS tumor is about twice as great (14.75 vs. 7.23 per 100,000 per year).

05 December 2015

New Concerns Over Kids and Electronics

Dr. Carl Lauryssen, neurosurgeon, says children's "skulls are much much thinner than adult skulls are, so the amount of exposure that they're going to get is significantly more than we do." Radiation exposure over time is his biggest concern. He suggests, when using a device, avoid a WiFi connection as much as possible... Distance is also important.  Dr. Lauryssen recommends parents try to keep the device as far away from the child's face as possible.  Even using headphones helps so they won't hold it up to their ear to listen. Your best bet is no device at all.

New concerns over kids and electronics
by Shannon Murray, kvue.com, 3 December 2015

AUSTIN - A recent study says 31 million kids spend four hours a day on their cells phones, and there are concerns over what that time is doing to their brains.

New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows more children are using mobile devices, whether it is a cell phone, tablet or even a laptop. By age four, a majority of the kids have their own device. While doctors advise parents look elsewhere to entertain their kids, there are things you can do to curb the risks.

Are You Allergic to Wi-Fi? Modern Syndrome Could Be the Silent Killer

UPDATE:  
Please view and share this report from ITV News, UK:  Jenny's mother talking about her daughter's death:  
"School wi-fi led to death of my daughter, says mother" [Click on title]

A mother from Oxfordshire is calling for all wireless technology to be taken out of schools following the death of her 15-year-old daughter.

Are you allergic to WIFi? Modern syndrome could be the silent killer
by Becky Fletcher, express.co.uk,
3 December 2015

IT’S the condition that a mother claims took the life of her young daughter. But what exactly is electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome – the condition making you allergic to wifi?

Jenny Fry, 15, was found hanging in Chadlington, Oxfordshire after she began suffering from an allergic reaction to wifi, or electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS).

03 December 2015

"Compass" Biocare Mattress Built with an Electromagnetic Shield

Ning posing on the new Getha Compass Biocare mattress.
For a good night’s sleep
by Ruby Lim, thestar.com, 3 December 2015

LIVING in today’s technological society, exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is inevitable.

What is EMF? It is the electrical or magnetic forces that come from electronic or wireless devices such mobile phones, laptops, television and microwaves, which can pose a health threat.

Research points that sleeping on a metal-based mattress, commonly known as a spring mattress, shows strong links of body exposure to EMF as the spring attracts electromagnetic energy flows, local bedding company Getha said in a statement.

It is said our body becomes vulnerable to EMF when we are asleep, and continuous radiation can interrupt the human DNA regenerate capacity, affecting quality of sleep.

Based on this knowledge, Getha launched the country’s first Biocare mattress “Compass”, built with a Biocare electromagnetic shield comprising a magnetic barrier with nano technologic yarns to ward off electromagnetic radiation.

02 December 2015

Parents of British Teenager Who Committed Suicide Say 'Wi-Fi' Allergy Is To Blame in Death

Jenny Fry, 15, killed herself after developing
electro-hypersensitivity from Wi-Fi, according
to her parents.  She hanged herself in June
complaining of exhaustion, headaches and
bladder problems that stemmed from the
wireless signals at her school.
Parents of British teenager who committed suicide say ‘Wi-Fi allergy’ is to blame in death
by Jacqueline Cutler, New York Daily News,
30 November 2015

A British mother says her daughter committed suicide after suffering an “allergy” to Wi-Fi.

Jennifer Fry was just 15 last spring, when she hanged herself in the woods in Oxfordshire — and her parents Debra Fry and Charles Newman blame wireless signals inside her school.

The parents claim the signals caused Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, with severe headaches, nausea and fatigue as symptoms.

"I intend to carry on my campaign to highlight the dangers of Wi-Fi," she told an Australian news site. "I am not against a bit of technology but I do feel schools should be aware that some children are going to be sensitive to it and reduce its use."

They want Wi-Fi removed from preschools and schools and urge the government to research the syndrome.

Fry admitted she didn’t take Jenny to the doctor, fearful that she would have been institutionalized or given drugs that the mother was suspicious of because the family knew a boy who had committed suicide after being on antidepressants, according to the Mirror, a British publication.

01 December 2015

Safe Baby Monitors

One monitor highly recomend if you are are 
considering the health effects of the baby monitor
 is the Blue Angel approved
 Hartig and Helling MBF 3333 
baby monitor.
Safe Baby Monitors
magdahavas.com, 24 November 2015

November 24, 2015. Are you an expectant mother or a friend that would like to purchase a present for a baby shower? Perhaps you are a grandparent that is aware of the problems associated with wireless products and are looking for something that is safe to use for a baby. SAFE Baby monitors are high on the list of items that are needed for the over worked stressed out parent. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there on “New Parenting” websites that attempt to provide high tech solutions in complete disregard to the health effects from wireless monitoring systems.

High Tech Parenting is Harming the Children

Radiofrequency Exposure in Young and Old: Different Sensitivities in Light of Age-Relevant Natural Differences

"We conclude that age-dependent RF-EMR study results, when considered in the context of developmental stage, indicate increased specific vulnerabilities in the young (fetus to adolescent), the elderly, and those with cancer. There appears to be at least one mechanism other than the known thermal mechanism causing different responses to RF-EMR depending upon the exposure parameters, the cell/physiological process involved, and according to age and health status. As well as personal health and quality-of-life impacts, an ageing population means there are economic implications for public health and policy."

Radiofrequency exposure in young and old: different sensitivities in light of age-relevant natural differences
Rev Environ Health. 2015 Dec 1;30(4):323-35. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0030.

Redmayne M, Johansson O.

Abstract

Mother Claims Wi-Fi Allergy Killed Her Daughter and Accuses School of Failing to Safeguard Children

The inquest heard Jenny Fry had been suffering from the
rare condition electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).
Photo: © Facebook/Newsteam

Mother claims wifi allergy killed her daughter and accuses school of failing to safeguard children
by Lucy Clarke-Billings, The Telegraph,
30 November 2015

Jenny Fry, 15, was found in woodland near her home in Chadlington

A mother claims a Wi-Fi allergy killed her daughter and is accusing an Oxfordshire school of failing to safeguard children against the physical effects of wireless technology, an inquest has heard.

Jenny Fry, 15, was found in woodland near her home in Chadlington, on June 11 this year after texting a friend telling her she would not be going to school and intended to kill herself.

An inquest heard the teenager was intelligent and organised but that her life had been made a misery due to the prolonged effects of a condition known as electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).