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30 September 2016

Personal Testimony of the Health Effects of Chemtrails/ Geo-Engineering

"I'm repeatedly seeing patterns with apparent geo-engineering activity however, when excessive microwave exposure from wi-fi, cordless phones transmitters etc and other factors can be ruled out. It's difficult to not come to the conclusion that it's having a frustratingly profound influence on my health. What has the world come to when working and living outdoors becomes a serious health hazard?!"

Personal Testimony of the Health Effects of Chemtrails/ Geo-Engineering
posted 30 September 2016

An electrohypersensitive person has provided this testimony.  Such testimonies on the health effects of chemtrails are rare.  We deeply thank him for sharing his story and speaking out about this issue.  

Thursday was a lovely day, with predominantly cumulus clouds and little to no persistent plane trails / artificial clouds and a much deeper blue than is all too usual. Natural, crisp sunlight and other natural frequencies were allowed through and by Thurs eve (likely in significant part due my cells having a chance to detox), I was feeling much better and mentally sharper than usual with my electro-sensitivity in much better check than the norm. Despite sleeping in the van cab, I slept relatively well on Thurs night and woke without a headache and with energy which is so rare, joyed to see the deep blue and cumulus clouds that greeted me above.

The skies changed quickly on Friday, with persistent plane trails beginning to form sections of cirrus cloud above the cumulus which continued through the day and eve, with much plane traffic and the blue dimmed progressively until there was total whiteout... Last night I began to feel progressively more rough....fatigued, dizzy, nauseous, cognitively challenged, headache built and electro-sensitivity ever increasing with some intense peaks of signals.

Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in California Cell-Phone Warning Case

Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in CA Cell-Phone Warning Case
publicnewsservice.org, 29 September 2016

Allegations of potential judicial conflict of interest have surfaced in a cell-phone warning case. 

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allegations have surfaced that a judge in the case against Berkeley's cell phone warning ordinance has ties to the wireless industry.

CTIA, the wireless industry trade group (formerly the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), is challenging a law that requires stores to post information on proper cell phone use so that radiation exposure doesn’t exceed federal guidelines.

The case was heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in mid-September by a three-member panel that included Judge Michelle Friedland, whose husband, Daniel Kelly, is allegedly an engineer with wireless company Tarana.

Recognition of Electrohypersensitivity as a Functional Impairment (Disability)

We felt that these comments from Professor Olle Johansson in response to a post on Dave Ashton's blog ("Being Electrosensitive") merited being placed here.  Professor Johansson reminds us that electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a functional impairment (disability).  It is the environment that is sick - "inferior and potentially toxic", not EHS persons.  "The whole environment must be accessibility-adapted... People with functional impairments should have full access to the entire society... EHS persons should be protected under the UN 22 Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities/The UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Functional Impairments."  Sadly, this is not the case in most countries and there are attempts to move EHS from the functional impairment paradigm to the patient/disease one.

Comments from Professor Olle Johansson

Being Electrosensitive, 29 September 2016

The comments from Professor Olle Johansson below are in response to Stephanie Dickerson's post on 14th August 2016, entitled "A Story of Ehs, and Accepting Loss".

29 September 2016

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone
Environmental Health Trust

Our family has transitioned from wireless to wired. Here’s how how to hardwire your iPad, iPod, and iPhone and other favorite devices safely to the Ethernet.

Transitioning from wireless to wired has been more of a journey than a decision. Our home was not wired for Ethernet, thus we had to learn to live with the inconvenience of cables running throughout the house. I wouldn’t trade the peace of mind, however, and my three teens have adapted well. Especially once we corded their favorite devices!

With a little ingenuity and a few supplies, you’ll be able to enjoy your devices without the added burden of wireless frequencies.

‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care

Credit:  Sonny Figueroa/
The New York Times
"Medical care is considerably more than data management or even disease management. A whole world of comfort, counseling, talk and touch counters Dr. Topol’s vision of patient as data spreadsheet."

Patient, Heal Thyself - ‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care
by Abigail Zuger, M.D. , The New York times, 5 January 2015

Dr. Eric Topol and I appear to practice medicine on two different planets. This fact makes it difficult for me to comment sensibly on his books, let alone critique them. Instead, I read along with mouth slightly agape, marveling at this missive from a far-off place whose atmosphere, physical laws and inhabitants bear no resemblance to the ones I know.

Dr. Topol is a cardiologist who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and also serves as editor in chief of the website Medscape. His title at Scripps, “Professor of Innovative Medicine,” says it all: Like a fundamentalist preacher heralding the apocalypse, he preaches the end of medicine as we know it and the dawn of rigorous, digitally perfected, accurate and cost-effective care.

More on How Cellphones Are Linked to Brain Cancer

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
More on how cellphones are linked to brain cancer
by Ronald Melnick, Opinion, jhnewsandguide.com,
28 September 2016

Contrary to what Bob Culver asserts in his commentary in the Jackson Hole News&Guide on Sept. 21 (“Phones haven’t been proven to cause cancer”), there is a substantial and growing body of independent scientific evidence indicating that non-ionizing microwave radiation from cellphones — RFR — can be damaging to human health.

In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer carried out an extensive review of the world’s literature and classified RFR as a “possible human carcinogen” (published in volume 102 of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, 2013). The section on cancer in humans lists more than 130 references.

28 September 2016

Dangerous and Addictive

The use of Ritalin has increased.  According to Swissmedic,
in 10 years, the quantity of the drug sold in Switzerland
has tripled, passing from 140 kilos in 2005 to 346 in 2014.
Image: Keystone
Our latest opinion piece, published in the Swiss newspaper, 24 heures.

Dangerous and Addictive
23 September 2016

Re article, « Ritalin among employees and students », 26 August 2016

In Switzerland, more and more employees and students are taking Ritalin in order to improve their performance.  A dangerous and addictive drug is being prescribed to children and adults in order to treat attention deficit disorder.  We are ignoring the causes of these problems such as overuse of mobile devices which can decrease concentration and performance.

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers

"In Britain, an escalation of problems associated with tablet use among pre-school children has been reported by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. These include developmental delays in attention span, motor skills and dexterity, speaking and socialisation — as well as an increase in aggressive and antisocial behaviour, obesity and tiredness. A growing number of young children are beginning school without enough dexterity to pick up and play with building blocks."

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers
by Susan L.M. Goldberg, pjmedia.com, 19 September 2016

The other week my very tech-savvy in-laws once again brought up the idea of buying a toy tablet for my toddler. They see how interested he is in pushing buttons and rightfully associate his curiosity with all things electronic with his father’s similar nature. There is one key generational difference between my husband and my son, though: My husband’s first experience with computers didn’t happen until he was close to 10 years old. My son, on the other hand, has been born into the digital age.

'A Deadly Wandering' by Matt Richtel: Book Review

A driver can remain distracted for up
to 15 seconds after sending a text.
Credit: Mike Blake/ Reuters
In 2014 in the United States, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (Ref: distraction.gvt)

Attention Must Be Paid
'A Deadly Wandering,' by Matt Richtel

by Robert Kolkersept, The New York Times, 25 September 2014

Reggie Shaw is the man responsible for the most moving portion of “From One Second to the Next,” the director Werner Herzog’s excruciating (even by Werner Herzog standards) 35-minute public service announcement, released last year as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign against texting and driving. In the film, Shaw, now in his 20s, recounts the rainy morning in September 2006 that he crossed the line of a Utah highway, knocking into a car containing two scientists, James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, who were heading to work nearby. Both men were killed. Shaw says he was ­texting a girlfriend at the time, adding in unmistakable anguish that he can’t even ­remember what he was texting about. He is next seen taking part in something almost inconceivable: He enters the scene where one of the dead men’s daughters is being interviewed, and receives from that woman a warm, earnest, tearful, cathartic hug.

"We Are The Evidence" Testimony to the Federal Communications Commission

"We Are the Evidence" (W.A.T.E.) is an advocacy group established to expose the suppressed epidemic of sickness, suffering and human rights crisis created by wireless technology radiation; elevate the voice of those injured; defend and secure their rights and compel society and governments to take corrective actions and inform the public of the harm. W.A.T.E. works through education, lobbying and legal action.

Recently, its CEO, attorney Dafna Tachover, spent time in Washington DC working to expose the epidemic of sickness from wireless technology.  

On 22 September 2016, Dafna Tachover testified before the Federal Communications Commission Disability Advisory Committee.  The Committee was established to make recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission, and to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.

Here is her speech. (6 mn.):

27 September 2016

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"
Environmental Health TrustReleaseWire
26 September 2016

Nation's largest group of children’s doctors responds to new government study linking cell phone radiation to cancer

Teton Village, WY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/26/2016 --In response to the U.S. National Toxicology Program study results finding exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices.

"They're not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer," said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee in the AAPs press release on the NTP Study Results.

25 September 2016

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.

A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
20 September 2016

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.

International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12 -16 October 2016

The first international and citizens' tribunal will be held at The Hague in October 2016. Members of the Steering Committee include:

Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Marie-Monique Robin, Olivier de Schutter, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Hans Herren.

International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague –12th -16th of October 2016

For an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming.

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto, a US-based company, has developed a number of highly toxic products, which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. These products include:

The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New iPhone 7

iPhone Digital / CC BY-SA 2.0
The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New 
iPhone 7
Posted by Donald Kaufman, truthdig.com,
20 September 2016

New product releases from Apple often are a time for analysis, comparison and celebration. But the arrival of the iPhone 7 has brought unwanted attention to the company’s darker side of globalization, oppression and greed.

In a report from The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty says that Apple oppresses Chinese workers, does not pay its fair share of taxes and deprives Americans of high-paying jobs while making enormous profits.

Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"?

[Consider cell phone and internet addictions when reading this article.]

Is addiction a “brain disease”?
by Michael Bierer, MD, Contributor, health.harvard.edu, 11 March 2016

There are many good reasons to emphasize the biological underpinnings of substance use disorders. Perhaps most important, the biologic basis of this chronic disease is a strong argument for parity: that is, treating (and funding treatment for) addiction on par with other “biologic” diseases.

The stigma and shame of addiction has much to do with the perception that people with substance use disorders are weak, immoral, or simply out for a good time at society’s expense. Understanding that addiction impairs the brain in many important ways may reduce such stigma. What’s more, the specific type of brain dysfunction may help identify a range of effective interventions and preventions. For example, during adolescence, the brain is at its most plastic — and vulnerable. This is a time when caution and intervention may prove most valuable. The earlier the drug exposure or trauma to the brain, the greater the damage.

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
by Kaveh Waddell, Atlantic, 24 August 2016

It can even be trained to read your lips.

City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals. Homes, streets, businesses, and office buildings are constantly blasting wireless signals every which way for the benefit of nearby phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and other connected paraphernalia.

When those devices connect to a router, they send requests for information—a weather forecast, the latest sports scores, a news article—and, in turn, receive that data, all over the air. As it communicates with the devices, the router is also gathering information about how its signals are traveling through the air, and whether they’re being disrupted by obstacles or interference. With that data, the router can make small adjustments to communicate more reliably with the devices it’s connected to.

How to Think about the Risks of Mobile Phones and Wi-Fi

The U.K. government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir William Stewart, at the tail end of the Mad Cow Disease (BSE) outbreak, told a parliamentary committee [Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones] that, after BSE, ‘Never again will any scientific committee say that there is no risk.’ His group took seriously the uncertainties surrounding mobile phone risks and saw people’s concerns as legitimate ones. He recommended that children should be advised not to use mobile phones, that phones should carry labels with their Specific Absorption Rates (a measure of how much energy is absorbed by body tissue over a certain time) and that mobile phone networks should be more careful with how they place their masts. He demanded that industry and government fund more research to fill gaps in knowledge on things like electrosensitivity. Following the Stewart report in 2000, the UK officially became more uncertain about the risks of EMFs.

How to think about the risks of mobile phones and Wi-Fi
by Jack Stilgoe, The Guardian, 17 August 2016

Experts need to talk about uncertainty as well as simple fact. The rise and fall of the controversy over the safety of mobile phones offers some useful lessons

24 September 2016

Transgenic Wars - How GMOs Impact Livestock and Human Health Around the Globe

The producers of "Transgenic Wars" at Java Films are allowing a full and FREE viewing through 30 September 2016.  
Click on article.

Transgenic Wars — How GMOs Impact Livestock and Human Health Around the Globe
by Dr. Mercola, 24 September 2016

Story at-a-glance

  • “Transgenic Wars” journeys through Europe and Latin America, looking at the effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops on livestock and human health
  • A Danish pig farmer traced a mystery swine illness to herbicide-laced GE soy from Argentina. In Argentina, a GE farmer admits he will not feed the GE soy to his animals, as chickens fed GE soy produce inedible eggs
  • People living near GE fields in Argentina have 350 percent higher rates of birth defects than the national average; cancer rates have also risen by as much as 250 percent in just one year in some areas

23 September 2016

How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Manipulates the Media

Credit:  Sébastien Thibault
How the FDA Manipulates the Media
by Charles Seife | Scientific American October 2016 Issue

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
It was a faustian bargain—and it certainly made editors at National Public Radio squirm.

The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR's reporter could and couldn't interview.

“My editors are uncomfortable with the condition that we cannot seek reaction,” NPR reporter Rob Stein wrote back to the government officials offering the deal. Stein asked for a little bit of leeway to do some independent reporting but was turned down flat. Take the deal or leave it.

Nokia's Technology Director, Matti Niemelä: Mobile Radiation Destroyed My Health

We thank this Facebook group, Vi som vill bo tillsammans i ett område med lägre strålning, for having posted this article.

See also this article posted on the blog of Dariusz Leszczynski ("Between a Rock and a Hard Place"):

- Former Nokia CTO's Multiple Sclerosis and... Nokia's Patents to Prevent It?

Nokia's technology director, Matti Niemelä: Mobile Radiation destroyed my health

vaken.se, 30 May 2016 (Google translation with grammatical corrections)

Matti Niemelä is one of Nokia's former technical directors, and has been involved in the development of many of the early mobile phones for Nokia. Matti became seriously ill from mobile industry microwave radiation. In addition, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that radiation can increase the risk of MS.

Niemelä believes that we have been silent for too long about the risks. He is particularly worried about children. But the Vice President of Nokia claims: "All Nokia products fulfill international requirements and limits."

For Tampere-based Matti Niemelä, 44, life was like a movie when he was young.  He was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man advanced rapidly to become Nokia's chief technology officer in less than ten years and was involved in the development of mobile phones, access memories, and WLAN Wi-Fi solutions.

In 2007, Niemelä's career came to a halt when his health failed. Today he can only move with the help of a walker. Niemelä refuses to use a wheelchair.

22 September 2016

Lucibel and pure LiFi Bring Industrial-Grade LiFi to Market

Lucibel and pureLiFi bring industrial-grade LiFi to market
by Julien Happich, electronics-eetimes.com, 22 September 2016

French luminaire manufacturer Lucibel has launched what the company claims to be the world's first industrialized LiFi luminaire, enabling Internet access through light.

The luminaires support bidirectional data transfers at up to 42Mbps. A USB LiFi module that plugs into the user's PC receives the data and communicates back to the luminaire. The LiFi luminaires require to be connected to an Internet server via a RJ45 cable and compliment Wifi in places where it is not available or badly deployed. The LiFi luminaire and USB key co-developed by Lucibel and pureLifi will be exclusively manufactured by Lucibel in France. LiFi networks cannot be hacked without a line of sight, making them very secure. The absence of electromagnetic waves makes them suitable in hospitals, nursery, schools, and they can accommodate a high density of users in co-working spaces, airports, hotels, or meeting rooms.

Visit Lucibel at www.lucibel.com

Electromagnetic Frequency Standards Unsatisfactory

["Untold millions suffer from EMF sensitivity" - and there will be
millions more if measures are not taken to protect the health of
Electromagnetic frequency standards unsatisfactory
by Karen Simmons, Opinion,
(British Columbia),
20 September 2016

Re: “New transmitters prompt health worries for Chemainus family” (Citizen, Sept. 14).

Indeed it should. The growing minority who recognize and understand the health ramifications of wireless exposure are justifiably concerned.

Canada: The Increase of Brain Tumours in Adolescents

The Increase of Brain Tumours in Adolescents
c4st.org, 2016

In March of this year, Prevent Cancer Now posted a blog on their website called “Brain tumours now the most frequent form of cancer in U.S. adolescents: Ground-breaking American study.” It is a piece that depicts the staggering rate at which brain tumours are now affecting America’s youth. Not only are these brain tumours increasing in Americans but Canadians as well. Canadian adolescents and young adults are finding increased rates of brain cancer in line with the US findings.

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), which is a form of non-ionizing radiation. Cell phone use in Canada has become unprecedented with 28.8 million currently in use. Canada also has the 4th heaviest mobile data users in the world. The amount of radiation from these devices Canadians are being exposed to, has and continues to grow exponentially as these wireless devices are now being brought to school, being kept under pillows, and being used to watch streaming content.

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked

Excellent article from the Environmental Health Trust:  Four myths cited below.  

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked

The public relations strategy of manufacturing doubt has often been used to delay policies to control or reduce environmental hazards, whether tobacco, climate change, asbestos, vinyl chloride, cell phone radiation or other agents. Here we identify and debunk erroneous statements that appear in the media in response to scientific results suggesting that cell phone radiation could be hazardous.

MYTH: “No research has found evidence of a link between regular cell phone use and glioma.”

FACT: In fact, multiple research studies of humans indicate that long-term cell phone use could increase a person’s risk for brain tumors. The latest animal study conducted by the U.S. government finds increases in the same types of tumors found to be increased in humans who used phones regularly for a decade or longer. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) in 2011, based on epidemiological research showing an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer , associated with long term wireless phone use. These research studies also show an even higher risk for persons who start using cell phones at a young age.

New Jersey Education Association: Minimize health risks from electronic devices

New Jersey Education Association: Minimize health risks from electronic devices

Minimize health risks from electronic devices
by Adrienne Markowitz and Eileen Senn
Published in the September 2016 NJEA Review

Desktops, laptops, tablets, eBook readers, printers, projectors, smart boards, smart TVs, cellphones, cordless phones and wireless networks (WiFi) have become ubiquitous in schools. At their best, they are powerful tools for education. At their worst, they threaten the physical and mental health of teachers, paraeducators, secretaries, librarians and other school staff members and students who spend numerous hours using the devices.

Physical health risks from electronic devices include pain and tingling from repetitive strain injuries to the hands and wrists; pain in the neck, shoulders and back; dry, burning, itchy eyes, blurred vision and headaches; altered sleep patterns and next-day fatigue from exposure to blue screen light; distracted driving; and various health problems from exposure to radiation.

Mental health risks arise from stress due to raised expectations for multitasking, productivity and proficiency with devices; dealing with malfunctioning devices; student and colleague distraction from and addiction to devices; and intrusion of devices into nonwork time.

WiFi devices emit radiation

20 September 2016

Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in the United States

Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in US
sustainablepulse.com, 18 September 2016

According to new research from University of Virginia in the U.S., widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to serious environmental damage.

Economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide use to date, alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University and GianCarlo Moschini of Iowa State University. The four economists studied annual data from more than 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011, far exceeding previous studies that have been limited to one or two years of data.

International Criminal Court Widens Remit to Include Environmental Destruction Cases

A case lodged with the ICC alleges mass rights violations
by Cambodian authorities related to land-grabbing.
Photo:  Omar Havana/ Getty Images
The new ICC focus could also open the door to prosecutions over climate change.

ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases
by John Vidal and Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 15 September 2016

In change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as landgrabs
Environmental destruction and landgrabs could lead to governments and individuals being prosecuted for crimes against humanity by the international criminal court following a decision to expand its remit.

The UN-backed court, which sits in The Hague, has mostly ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. It has been criticised for its reluctance to investigate major environmental and cultural crimes, which often happen in peacetime.

In a change of focus, the ICC said on Thursday it would also prioritise crimes that result in the “destruction of the environment”, “exploitation of natural resources” and the “illegal dispossession” of land. It also included an explicit reference to land-grabbing.

19 September 2016

11 Hours a Day in Front of a Screen. This is What It's Doing to Your Eyes

Our bodies and eyes aren't designed for modern digital
lifestyles and workplaces. 
Image: Reuters/ Michael Dalder
"Technology has irreversibly changed how people live and work. But vision health has lagged dangerously behind. For today’s digital workforce, awareness of dangers - and solutions - is critical. Technology may be evolving rapidly, but we still only get one set of eyes."

11 hours a day in front of a screen. This is what it's doing to your eyes
by Roy Hessel, President and CEO, Coastal, weforum.org, 1st September 2016

Your mom warned you sitting too close to the TV wasn’t a good idea. It turns out she wasn’t entirely off the mark.

Digital eye strain” is now a real condition, defined as the physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. As screen time increases - at home and in the office - so do symptoms like blurred vision, burning eyes, headaches and disrupted sleep. In total, nearly two thirds of American adults now experience symptoms of digital eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices like computers, tablets and cell phones.

18 September 2016

Apple Unveils iPhone 7 Without Headphone Jack

If you want to use your favorite wired headphones with
the iPhone 7, you must connect them through the
included adaptor.
Apple is trying to push consumers to cut the cord with their headphones and make the leap into what it envisions as a “wireless future.” As part of the transition, Apple also is introducing wireless “AirPods” that will sell for $160.

But Joel Moskowitz from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health had some concerns about the bluetooth earbuds.  “Why would one want to put a microwave emitting devices next to one’s brain?” asked Moskowitz.

Apple Unveils iPhone 7 Without Headphone Jack, Updated Smartwatch
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com, 7 September 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Apple’s latest iPhone may be more notable for what’s missing from previous models than what’s being added. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus unveiled Wednesday won’t have an analog headphone jack — a longtime staple in just about every consumer electronics device that can play audio.

17 September 2016

How to Protect Your Kids from Harmful EMF Radiation

[Keep laptops offf children's laps!]

How to Protect Your Kids from Harmful EMF Radiation
by Phil Anderson, jbanews.com, 14 July 2016

How times have changed. When I was a child the only screen we had in my house was the TV. Now screens are ubiquitous. It’s becoming the norm to see children, even toddlers with laptops and tablets on their laps, or clutching on to smartphones.

The kids are happy because they can play games, watch cartoons, surf the Internet, message their friends, and do their homework. Parents and grandparents are happy because it keeps the kids occupied so that they can get on with doing other things. But are these technologies safe… or are our children being exposed to potentially harmful EMF radiation from phones, tablets, and laptops?


ATHEM-2 Project on the Investigation of Nonthermal Effects of Electromagnetic Fields in the Cell Phone Frequency Range

The joint project of the Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (AUVA) and the Medical University of Vienna has released its second report ATHEM-2 on Nonthermal Effects of Electromagnetic Fields in the Cell Phone Frequency Range. The official English translation of the report will become available this fall.

Below is an English translation of the abstract by Katharina Gustavs (www.katharinaconsulting.com)

Research Report ATHEM-2

Investigation of Nonthermal Effects of Electromagnetic Fields in the Cell Phone Frequency Range

A Joint Project of the Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (AUVA – Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt) and the Medical University of Vienna (MUW – Medizinische Universität Wien)

WiFi Radiation In Planes – What You Need To Know To Fly Low EMF

WiFi Radiation In Planes – What You Need To Know To Fly Low EMF
Posted by Lloyd Burrell, electricsense.com, 20 August 2016

Air travel is already stressful enough on your body. To make matters worse many airlines are rolling out WiFi in planes. So how can you fly low EMF?

Radiation and Flying

Firstly, airline travel subjects you to significant levels of cosmic rays or ‘cosmic radiation’. When I say cosmic radiation I’m referring to a collection of different types of radiation from many different of sources – the most important being cosmic background microwave radiation.

This is quite different to the EMFs I usually I talk about.

The Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation on Sperm Function

The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on sperm function. 
Reproduction. 2016 Sep 6. pii: REP-16-0126. [Epub ahead of print].

Houston B, Nixon B, King BV, De Iuliis G, Aitken RJ


Mobile phone usage has become an integral part of our lives. However, the effects of the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by these devices on biological systems and specifically the reproductive systems are currently under active debate. A fundamental hindrance to the current debate is that there is no clear mechanism of how such non-ionising radiation influences biological systems. Therefore, we explored the documented impacts of RF-EMR on the male reproductive system and considered any common observations that could provide insights on a potential mechanism.

Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's flagship
herbicide Roundup, has been found in vaccines.
Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines
by Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America / EcoWatch, 10 September 2016

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screeningresults from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, which showed:

  • MMR II (Merk) vaccine had 2.671 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate
  • DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb of glyphosate
  • Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb of glyphosate
  • HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 ppb of glyphosate
  • Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23 (Merk) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate

The MMR II vaccine had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines. Following our test,additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels. The tests were conducted using the ELISA method.

Indonesia: Children's Cellphone Usage Needs to be Controlled: Minister

Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection
Yohana Yembise (Antara / Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
This article concerns children accessing pornographic sites through their cell phones.

Children`s cellphone usage needs to be controlled: Minister
antaranews.com, Jumat, 16 September 2016

Magelang, C Java (ANTARA News) - Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise has urged parents and teachers to control the use of cell phones among children, as the device can easily allow them to access adult sites.

"According to a report released by a trusted organization that compiles data through satellites, around 25 thousand images of children emerge on the internet every day," she said in Magelang on Thursday.

Minister Yohana made the statement after the declaration of the Child Friendly Rukun Warga (Community Association) in Magelang.

United States: Brain Cancer Is Now The Deadliest Form Of Cancer For Children

Xavier Bonghi via Getty Images
Brain Cancer Is Now The Deadliest Form Of Cancer For Children
by David Beasley, The Huffington Post, 
16 September 2016

Scientists have made huge strides creating treatments for leukemia, which used to be the most fatal pediatric cancer.

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Brain cancer is now the deadliest form of childhood cancer in the United States, surpassing leukemia as treatment advances have allowed doctors to cure many blood-related cancers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

16 September 2016

United States: Brain Cancer Now Top Cause of Cancer Death in Children

"During 1999–2014, brain cancer replaced leukemia as the most common cancer causing death among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years, accounting for 3 out of 10 cancer deaths in 2014."

Declines in Cancer Death Rates Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 1999–2014
NCHS Data Brief No. 257, September 2016

PDF Version (325 KB)

Sally C. Curtin, M.A., Arialdi M. Miniño, M.P.H., and Robert N. Anderson, Ph.D.

Key findings

  • Data from the National Vital Statistics System
  • During 1999–2014, the cancer death rate for children and adolescents aged 1–19 years in the United States declined 20%, from 2.85 to 2.28 per 100,000 population.
  • The cancer death rate for males aged 1–19 years in 2014 was 30% higher than for females.
  • Declines in cancer death rates during 1999–2014 were experienced among both white and black persons aged 1–19 years and for all 5-year age groups.
  • During 1999–2014, brain cancer replaced leukemia as the most common cancer causing death among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years, accounting for 3 out of 10 cancer deaths in 2014.

15 September 2016

A Preventable Cancer Due to Microwave Radiation

A preventable cancer due to microwave radiation
by Devra Davis, jhnewsandguide.com,
14 September 2016

With the demise last month of jazz musician, composer and performer Keith Phillips, a brilliant light has gone out of this valley. This event is made all the more sad by the fact that it could well have been prevented.

When he was diagnosed with brain cancer six years ago, Keith was stunned. So was everyone around him. He and his talented, composer-conductor-performer wife Pam Drews Phillips had left their work under the Broadway lights to build a life full of good friends, good health, good music and many students.

Statins: "The Harsh Reality Is that the Side Effects Are Real and Relatively Common"

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Why I disagree GPs have been 'misled' about statins
by dr kailash chand, pulsetoday.co.uk, 
13 September 2016

On Friday the media aided and abetted an epidemic of misinformation by promoting a new review of statin data in The Lancet, without ascertaining crucial facts. To start with, it is not an independent review. As BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee said this is a review by the ‘trialists marking their own homework’ of the benefits of statins and rare side effects from industry sponsored studies. But the harsh reality is that the side effects are real and relatively common.

I have been a GP for over 30 years and have written tens of thousands of statin prescriptions in my career. I too started taking statins in my late 50s and I’m Asian, so I ticked various boxes for being at raised risk of heart disease. It seemed the sensible thing to do. Within two weeks, however, I started experiencing pains in my back and legs unlike anything I had suffered before. Mostly it was a dull ache, but for a couple of days a week the pain was crippling and I had to take painkillers. This went on for two years and I had to give up badminton, my favourite form of exercise.

14 September 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation in Our Parks

Geneva's parks merit this statue, with 15,000 mobile phone antennas and 568 public Wi-Fi access points in the canton, including in its parks.  

Source:  Wendy walks for ES - Wendy walks to Ottawa for electrosensitive people.

The Church and the Urgent Protection of Life Against Electromagnetic Pollution: Letter from Civil Society Organizations to Pope Francis

The Church and the urgent protection of life against electromagnetic pollution. 

A desperate cry from Laudato Si' 

(Letter from civil society organizations to the Pope Francis, in favour of a precautionary regulation of the electromagnetic pollution, World Youth Day, Krakow, 26-31 July 2016)

- Extracts

Dear Holy Father, Francis:

We write to You to communicate to you our heavy concerns about the degradation of the environment and of health which results from exposure to artificial electromagnetic fields.

We turn to You as members of various associations and citizen’s platforms i concerned about environmental exposure to electromagnetic fields (neighbourhood associations , environmentalists, consumers, parents, people affected by environmental diseases of central sensitization as electrosensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity, health advocacy against electromagnetic pollution, ...) in many countries. Our groups tend to be non-confessional, coming together in them both non-believers and believers of different religions. We deeply respect each other. We are part of the human family. We focus on sensitivity to the environment and respect for life manifested in the defence of our "common home" of your Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’.

iPhone 7 Models: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure

"To ensure that the cell phone does not exceed the legal limit, consumers should never keep their cell phone in their pockets or next to their skin."

iPhone 7 Models: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure
saferemr.com, 7 September 2016

What are the SAR values for iPhone’s new smart phones? How should consumers use this information?

Be sure to read the latest Consumer Reports safety warnings about cell phone use.

Note: I recommend the use corded headsets or hands-free use of cell phones, not wireless ear buds. Moreover, one should never keep a cell phone next to your body, especially during a phone call, but also whenever the phone is powered on. For more information see my AirPods post.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parents Should Limit Use of Cell Phones by Children and Teens"

AAP responds to study showing link between cell phone radiation, tumors in rats
by Melissa Jenco, News content editor, AAP,
27 May 2016

Some rats developed tumors after being exposed to cell phone radiation, according to preliminary results of a study released Thursday.

In light of the findings, the Academy continues to reinforce its recommendation that parents should limit use of cell phones by children and teens.

“They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee.

12 September 2016

Men Should Never Put Their Phone in Their Pocket: Study Shows How Prolonged Exposure to Radiation Steadily Destroys Sperm

Danger:  A review of years of evidence shows men are
putting themselves at risk by storing their phones in
their front pockets.
Why men should NEVER put their phone in their pocket: Study shows how prolonged exposure to radiation steadily destroys sperm
9 September 2016

  • New review of 21 studies found link between phones and sperm count
  • Public health are hesitant to say phones definitely harm sperm - there is currently no way to prove exactly how radiation and sperm count are tied
  • But experts warn this review provides compelling enough evidence that men should not keep their cell phones in their pockets 

Despite all the fears about cell phones and radiation, most of us still put our phones in our jean pockets.

It's easy, convenient, and any bad effects are impossible to see.

Caring for Patients with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivities, Dr Riina Bray, University of Toronto

Dr. Riina Bray
Caring for Patients with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivities, Dr Riina Bray, University of Toronto (original English video and PDF)
André Fauteux, maisonsaine.ca, 8 September 2016

Trials and Trends in Caring for Patients with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivities at Ontario’s Environmental Health Clinic, with Dr Riina Bray, Medical Director, Ontario Environmental Health Clinic, University of Toronto

(original English version with French introduction and question period – download Dr Bray’s PDF here)

View Dr. Bray's presentation in English here

Visionner la version avec traduction simultanée en français ici

Over the past 15 years the number of patients seen at the EHC has risen dramatically. It has been noted that these patients have health vulnerabilities and intrinsic and extrinsic predisposing factors that leave them at risk to the effects of radio/microwave exposures. Common symptoms, diagnostic testing challenges and mitigating measures will be reviewed in this talk. Biomarkers of exposure and limitations in this field will also be reviewed. There are gaps in knowledge in the medical community and general public, as well as large gaps in research regarding this medical phenomenon. Environmental assessments both at home and at work need to be interpreted and acted upon appropriately, so guidance from experts and support groups is essential. Cost of mitigation can also be a large hurdle and therefore pearls to reduce exposures are discussed. Finally, future research, public health initiatives and what health care providers can do, will be addressed.

Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy

A MammaPrint microarray of two tumor biopsies:  low
risk (top) and high risk (bottom).  Active genes, including
many that help tumors grow and spread show up red, and
inactive ones green.  Credit: Agendia
About five years ago, such a test was conducted on a friend of mine in the decision whether to treat her with chemotherapy for breast cancer.  The test found chemotherapy unnecessary in her case.  She remains cancer-free.  Such tests spare patients needless chemotherapy and suffering.  

Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says
by Denise Grady, The New York Times,  
24 August 2016

When is it safe for a woman with breast cancer to skip chemotherapy?

A new study helps answer that question, based on a test of gene activity in tumors. It found that nearly half of women with early-stage breast cancer who would traditionally receive chemo can avoid it, with little risk of the cancer coming back or spreading in the next five years.

The so-called genomic test measures the activity of genes that control the growth and spread of cancer, and can identify women with a low risk of recurrence and therefore little to gain from chemo.

“More and more evidence is mounting that there is a substantial number of women with breast cancer who will not need chemotherapy to do well,” said Dr. Rachel A. Freedman, a breast cancer oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She was not involved in the study.

11 September 2016

A Call for Better Treatment of First Responders Exposed to the Toxic Wreckage of the World Trade Center.

UPDATE 9 September 2016 :
Read Newsweek's featured article, "9/11-Related Cancer Is Surging", 7 September 2016.

Our post was written in September 2011.

This post is in commemoration of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11 2001.

Our thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones, friends and colleagues in the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center and related events which occurred 10 years ago, on 11 September 2001.

10 September 2016

9/11 Health Crisis: Death Toll from Illness Nears Number Killed on Day of Attacks

[From the film, "Dust to Dust":  Officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency time and again declared that the site of the area of the wreckage was “not a health hazard”. The agency had only taken 10 air samples in the first few days and certain toxins were not tested. It was later established, however, that the ruins contained over 2,500 contaminants, including:

- Over 400 tons of asbestos
- 90,000 liters of jet fuel containing benzene
- Mercury from over half a million fluorescent lights
- 200,000 pounds of lead and cadmium from personal computers
- Up to 2 million pounds of PAH from diesel-fueled fires
- 130,000 gallons of transformer oil containing PCBs
- Crystalline silica from 420,000 tons of concrete, sheetrock and glass]

Twisted beams and other remains from the attacks at the
World Trade Center sit in JFK airport in 2011.
Richard Drew/AP
9/11 health crisis: death toll from illness nears number killed on day of attacks
by Joanna Walters in New York, The Guardian, 11 September 2016

At least 1,000 people have died from illnesses tied to exposure to debris

Number poised to exceed initial death toll ‘within five years’, expert says

The death toll among those sickened by the toxic dust and ash of Ground Zero will within as little as five years exceed the number of people killed on the day of the 9/11 attacks, experts say.

As those who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and on Flight 93 gather for Sunday’s 15th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed almost 3,000 people, a post-9/11 health crisis is growing.

09 September 2016

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

"Every child who is having problems in school is sent to see a pediatrician, who then claims it’s ADHD and prescribes Ritalin. 'In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis'."

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

by Carolanne Wright, Contributing writer for Wake Up World, 9 September 2016

Viewed by academics as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, Jerome Kagan ranked above Carl Jung (the founder of analytical psychology) and Ivan Pavlov (who discovered the Pavlovian reflex) in a 2002 American Psychological Association ranking of the eminent psychologists. He is well-known for his pioneering work in developmental psychology at Harvard University, where he has spent decades documenting how babies and small children grow, and is an exceptional and highly-regarded researcher.

“Overcast” Documentary Exposes What’s Really Behind Airplane Contrails

“Overcast” Documentary Exposes What’s Really Behind Airplane Contrails
by Carolanne Wright, Contributing writer for Wake Up World, 1st September 2016

As the debate continues to rage about whether or not chemtrails/geoengineering are in fact occurring, the impact of contrails (normal exhaust from aircraft that create a trail of water vapor, ice and soot) on the environment and weather is often overlooked. While the theory of covert chemical spraying operations takes center stage, are we missing a key piece of the puzzle?

Maybe the focus shouldn’t be: Is the military secretly spraying toxic chemicals into the atmosphere? But rather, if contrails from standard air traffic are the real culprit damaging the environment and human health. A concerned filmmaker set out to find the answer.

Following the (Toxic) Trail

“Putting all speculations aside, I wanted a convincing answer.” ~ Matthias Hancke, director of “Overcast”

08 September 2016

Apple Eliminates Headphone Jack from iPhone 7: Harmful to Your Health?

No place to plug in a wired headset!  This will have a severe impact on the health of users of the new iPhone 7.

Apple eliminates headphone jack from iPhone 7: Harmful to your health?
by Ben Tinker, CNN, 8 September 2016

(CNN) Apple's new iPhone 7 will ditch the ubiquitous headphone jack, senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller announced Wednesday at the company's keynote event in San Francisco.

Many tech writers are touting the positive implications of this seismic shift for cell phones: better sound quality, a thinner design and superior water resistance, to name a few.

But the new wireless AirPods (which will be available for purchase as a premium accessory) will effectively put radio transceivers in your ears, a decision that could impact your health.

"I think it's unfortunate, because Apple themselves acknowledges in their fine print -- often hidden -- that you need to keep cell phones ... away from the ear, and most people don't do that," says Dr. Anthony Miller, senior adviser to the Environmental Health Trust, an activist group that studies radiation and cell phone usage.

Most people talk on their cell phones while holding them directly in contact with their ear, and Apple does make warnings regarding radio frequency (RF) exposure available to consumers, but it's buried in the legal section of the company's website. You can also find it on your iOS by going to Settings -> General -> About -> Legal -> RF Exposure.

NTP Study: Cell Phone RF Breaks DNA

A paper on the DNA findings has been submitted for publication and is currently under peer review, according to the NTP press office. Michael Wyde, who runs the NTP RF project day-to-day, presented some preliminary results at the BioEM2016
meeting in Ghent, Belgium, in June and later that month at the NTP Board of Counselors meeting. (His slides are here; and a video of his talk at the board meeting is here.)

Note that in August 2016, the Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (AUVA) published the ATHEM report II "Investigation of athermal effects of electromagnetic fields in mobile communications", conducted at the Medical University of Vienna. The project focused on laboratory testing for the cellular mechanism of possible genotoxic effects. The report confirms:
- Phone radiation damages the genetic material (DNA)
- The damage mechanism is oxidative cellular stress
- The lesions are athermal effects
(Ref. article in German: https://www.diagnose-funk.org/publikationen/artikel/detail?newsid=1115)

NTP: Cell Phone RF Breaks DNA - Consistent with Higher Tumor Counts,
20 Years After Landmark Lai-Singh Study

microwavenews.com, 6 September 2016

In May, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) announced that male rats exposed to cell phone radiation developed higher rates of cancer. Soon, the NTP will explain how that might have happened.

The same RF/microwave radiation that led male rats to develop brain tumors also caused DNA breaks in their brains. Female rats —which did not have significant elevated tumor counts— had fewer DNA breaks.

All these findings are part of the same $25 million NTP project.