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27 February 2017

California: State Continues To Refuse To Release Records On Cell Phone Radiation

ConsumerWatch: State Continues To Refuse To Release Records On Cell Phone Radiation (CBS News Report, 26 February 2017, 6 mn.)

The state of California believes that handing over the public health records on cell phone radiation would cause confusion and fear, that the harm releasing these documents would cause panic. Everyone who cares about their health should watch this news clip.

Maryland: House Ways and Means Committee to Hear Classroom Digital Device Safety Bill

Detailed information regarding the legislation
is available on the website
Believed to be the first of its kind, the Maryland bill also has the attention of several large health groups across the country. 

MD House Ways and Means Committee to hear classroom digital device safety bill

safetechforschoolsmaryland, 23 February 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2017 
(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) The House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly will hear legislation on Friday, February 24th at 1:00 that directs the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to craft safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in Maryland public schools.

Delegate Steven Arentz (R-District 36) has sponsored the legislation, House Bill 866, "Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices." The bill has 25 co-sponsors and broad bi-partisan support. An identical bill has been cross-filed by Senator Steve Hershey (R-District 36), co-sponsored by Senator James Brochin (D-District 42) and Senator Susan Lee (D-District 16). It has been referred to the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
HB866 aims to protect Maryland students from the health hazards that medical experts have for many years associated with daily use of digital devices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had regulations governing the use of computers for office workers since the 1990s, but schools have no medical oversight. 

Rise in Mumps Outbreaks Prompts U.S. Officials to Weigh Third Vaccine Dose

Vaccines for chickenpox (varicella) and measles, mumps and
rubella at a Kaiser Permanente East Medical office in
(Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
"Unlike outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, which have taken place in populations with significant numbers of unvaccinated people, the mumps outbreaks have been occurring in communities with high rates of immunization and residents who often have received both recommended doses of the vaccine."

What does this tell us? Maybe the vaccine is not as effective as claimed. This 2014 article published in HuffPost Canada, cites court cases against Merck, the manufacturer of the mumps vaccine used in the United States. One case, United States v. Merck & Co., stems from claims by two former Merck scientists that Merck "fraudulently misled the government and omitted, concealed, and adulterated material information regarding the efficacy of its mumps vaccine in violation of the FCA [False Claims Act]."

Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts U.S. officials to weigh third vaccine dose
by Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, 23 February 2017

Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the United States, the most in a decade.

New Vaccines Will Permanently Alter Your DNA

ALERT: New vaccines will permanently alter your DNA 
by Jon Rappoport, 22 February 2017

(Update: Part-1 here, Part-3 here)

I reported on this stunner in my previous article, “Genetically modified people: what could go wrong?” But it deserves its own article. The information needs to be spread far and wide. Now.

The reference is the New York Times, 3/9/15, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research. Here are key quotes that illustrate the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction:

“By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.”

“’The sky’s the limit,’ said Michael Farzan, an immunologist at Scripps and lead author of the new study.”

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys: Is Cell Phone Radiation a Risk Factor for Young Boys Who Wear their Cell Phone on a Belt or in a Front Pocket?

Herebelow is a published comment to the recent study, "The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US", appearing in PLOS ONE on 24 February 2017:

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys: Is Cell Phone Radiation a Risk Factor for Young Boys Who Wear their Cell Phone on a Belt or in a Front Pocket?

by CindySage, PLOS ONE, 26 February 2017

Re: The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US
Jessica Burkhamer. David Kriebel1, and Richard Clapp
PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0172986 February 24, 2017

This highly informative paper on increasing teen cancer rates omits a potential risk factor for testicular cancer.

The authors report that testicular and thyroid cancers are the most rapidly increasing cancers among teens, yet the known risk factors for these cancers do not seem to offer explanation for their marked increase. Although ELF and RF are not 'known risk factors', they are certainly possible risk factors for testicular cancer. It seems reasonable for the authors to consider the rather substantial evidence for adverse effects of ELF and RF from cell phone radiation and other wireless RF exposures on testicular morphology and function where the evidence for pathological changes indicates another possible risk factor for testicular cancer.

26 February 2017

Health Executive Dies from Brain Tumor After Spending Six Hours a Day on His Mobile Phone

Ian Phillips, who spent six hours on his mobile phone
daily and was told he had a lemon-sized growth in his
brain, has died after a six-year battle with cancer.
Dear public, you are being warned! 
New research (Feb. 2017) suggests long-term use of cell phones is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing a brain tumor. The study shows a 33% increased risk for brain tumors for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or 1,640 or more hours in lifetime). This could be your fate if you continue to ignore these warnings:

by Ellie Ross, The Sun, 20 May 2016

Health executive dies from brain tumour after spending SIX hours a day on his mobile phone

Ian Phillips vowed to beat the disease – which he believed was caused by radiation exposure

A MAN who spent six hours a day on his mobile phone has died from a brain tumour – which he believed was caused by radiation exposure.

Ian Phillips, 44, was told he had a growth the size of a lemon in his brain six years ago.

The health executive vowed to beat the disease – but tragically lost his battle after spending months campaigning about the potential dangers of mobile phones.

5G Explained: The Next-Gen Data Tech Is Coming

"Higher frequencies (and faster speeds) mean shorter distances - that in turn means antenna technology is going to have to be upgraded, and we're probably going to need more antennas too. We might see transmitters built into base stations and street furniture (like lampposts and road signs)."

5G explained: the next-gen data tech is coming
by David Nield, Dan Grabhamwww.t3.com
25 February 2017
Leaving 3G and 4G behind - it's the next generation data for your phone

5G is coming to a cell tower near you faster than you might think: with speeds that could eventually hit hundreds of times those of 4G, it promises to transform the way we communicate with each other and with our devices once again. Very early trials are underway, and we've more details below. We can't give you any exact statistics about 5G yet, because the standard has yet to be defined: researchers and authorities are hoping to have a 5G specification in place in the next couple of years. Radio communications experts from the 193 member countries of the United Nations will be setting down the technical requirements in 2016.

What Will Happen When They Know?

"What will happen the day when Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, reads the American Academy of Pediatrics latest recommendations to reduce wireless exposure for children?"  

She and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, have pledged $3 billion to fighting disease... Sean Parker, who was president of Facebook when the company was still a start-up, said he would give $250 million to six cancer centers nationwide.  (See 2016 New York Times article.)

What Will Happen When They Know?
clearlightventures.com, 22 February 2017

What happens when a false belief collides with reality? This is the question of our time. Do you shift course and change or double down or continue on as though nothing has happened? Does wealth and power allow you to change the laws of physics or biology? What happens when the majority of people have accepted a reality and you are now not only wrong, but in the minority? What happens when denial is no longer an option?

It’s easy to point to politicians and business leaders who are challenged by reality. It’s much harder when this situation appears in your own life. What happens when a reality undermines your identity in the world? Will you listen, even when the answer is something you don’t want to hear? Will you be able to change your mind, even though you have invested your time and money? Will you take a stand to prevent others from being harmed? Will you resist change even when harm to yourself is inevitable? Or have you even lost the capacity to change at all?

Apple to Investigate iPhone that 'Blew Up'

Image:  Courtesy of Brianna Olivas
"High capacity lithium ion batteries, like those used in smartphones, can be prone to catching fire if they are damaged or have defective components. Again, we don't know if that's what happened in this particular instance, but it's not the first time an iPhone has reportedly caught fire."

Apple to investigate iPhone 7 that 'blew up'by Karissa Bell, mashable.com, 
23 February 2017

A dramatic video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus is really freaking Twitter out.

Brianna Olivas says her rose gold iPhone 7 Plus exploded and began smoking Wednesday morning when her boyfriend grabbed his phone and began recording. The video, which Olivas shared on Twitter later that day, shows smoke pouring out of one side of the phone and the iPhone's case melting away.

25 February 2017

Plant and Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Bats respond to very weak magnetic fields.
Animal and plants do not experience Electrophobia... This article has links to articles and studies on the electromagnetic sensitivity of plants, animals, and marine life as recent as 2016.

Science: Plant and Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity


Animal Electromagnetic Sensitivity long known:
Animal sensitivity to electromagnetic exposure has been known as long as human electromagnetic sensitivity. The biological effects of the electric eel were known in ancient times. From the 17th century scientists studied how electricity and magnetism affected both animals and humans. Many modern studies depend on animal or plant research to establish biological pathways before moving on to human studies to verify low-level effects of electromagnetic exposure.

Animal and plants do not experience Electrophobia:
One great advantage of animal and plant studies is that there is no likelihood of confusion between real Electromagnetic Sensitivity and psychological Electrophobia, since animals and plants cannot be conditioned by a cognitive, as opposed to a behaviorally conditioned fear, and cannot therefore suffer from a 'Nocebo' effect, although anyway studies show that the 'Nocebo' effect is not part of real human Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

Plant Electromagnetic Sensitivity

Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders

Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., EcoWatch, 
8 February 2017

A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.

Analyzing five years' worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.

This new study, which raises important questions about whether over-vaccination may be triggering immune and neurological damage in a subset of vulnerable children (something parents of children with autism have been saying for years), was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jan. 19.

Workplace Wearables Raise New Privacy Dilemmas for Staff, Firms

Workplace wearables raise new privacy dilemmas for staff, firms
by Donal Power, Contributing Writer, readwrite.com, 
11 February 2017

With the proliferation of wearable technology, companies are increasingly finding motivation to encourage staff to don connected devices.

But on IDG’s CIO site tech writer Gary Eastwood delves into some of the worrisome privacy implications of wearbles in the workplace on employees.

Companies are increasingly pushing wearable devices on their workers. In 2013, 2,000 firms worldwide offered their employees fitness trackers, but by 2014 that number had jumped to 10,000 and continues to rise apace.

“Employees are too cavalier about the privacy implications of using corporate-provided wearables,” warns Eastwood. “Employees need to understand why this is a problem before readily accepting a company distributed wearable and whether it is a good idea.”

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?

"For decades, Americans were told things like cigarette smoke, DDT, Monsanto and other pesticides were safe, when we now know they’re linked to cancer and other health problems. So are we going to do it again — on a massive scale — with wireless without even properly studying human health impacts."

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?
by Dr. Josh Axe, draxe.com

When it comes to accessing faster wireless, it seems like a no-brainer. The faster, the better, right? And with Verizon recently announcing the company finalized its 5G radio specifications, it seems the lighting-fast data speeds are within reach. (After all, the company is already performing pre-commercial 5G field tests in New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts.) (1) But here’s the thing. We aren’t quite sure of 5G health effects.

In fact, we’re still trying to figure out how electromagnetic radiation involved with current forms of wireless technology are impacting human health. Some scientists and public health experts worry we’re rushing toward lightning-fast 5G without fully understanding 5G health effects.

What Is 5G?

The Increasing Toll of Adolescent Cancer Incidence in the United States

"For many of the most common teen cancers, known risk factors are unlikely to account for the majority of cases. Childhood cancers, including teen cancers, are often thought of as being sporadic, rising from new mutations by chance. If these cancers are truly sporadic, why would their incidence increase over time? The answer to this question is unknown but the presence of yet to be confirmed risk factors seems likely."

The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US
Jessica Burkhamer, David Kriebel, Richard Clapp

Full text available.

Plos One, Published: February 24, 2017

24 February 2017

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

Giulio Bonasera, special to ProPublica
Excellent, major article published by ProPublica on the "epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful medical treatment".

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes
by David Epstein, ProPublica, 
22 February 2017
This story was co-published with The Atlantic.

Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.


When you visit a doctor, you probably assume the treatment you receive is backed by evidence from medical research. Surely, the drug you’re prescribed or the surgery you’ll undergo wouldn’t be so common if it didn’t work, right?

For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine — imaging technologies that enable precision surgery, routine organ transplants, care that transforms premature infants into perfectly healthy kids, and remarkable chemotherapy treatments, to name a few — it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. Sometimes doctors simply haven’t kept up with the science. Other times doctors know the state of play perfectly well but continue to deliver these treatments because it’s profitable — or even because they’re popular and patients demand them. Some procedures are implemented based on studies that did not prove whether they really worked in the first place. Others were initially supported by evidence but then were contradicted by better evidence, and yet these procedures have remained the standards of care for years, or decades.

Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Extracts of this study are posted here, including the abstract and part of the introduction.

Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Clinical Study

22 February 2017

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
"5G would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the MANDATORY IRRADIATION OF THE PUBLIC without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety." 

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds
by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D., 20 February 2017

Why Oppose 5G?

The National Toxicology Program at NIH has linked cellular radiation to cancer.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just published the “Partial Findings” of a $25 million multi-year study of the impact of cell phone radiation on human health. The NTP study found a likely causal relationship between the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones and the occurrence of malignant brain cancer (glioma) and malignant nerve tumors (schwannomas) of the heart in male rats.

Radio Frequency Technology Damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and Is Carcinogenic, New Research Reveals

Radio Frequency Technology damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and is carcinogenic, new research reveals
by Sara Vincentemaxhealth.com, 21 February 2017

Scientists revealed in a new study, the damaging effects of Radio Frequency exposure through the use of cell phones and laptops. In this experiment, researchers exposed 150 healthy dry seeds of chickpea, which were distributed in two petri plates, and each plate was placed at distances of 1 inch to cell phone and laptop for 24 and 48 h. This simple experiment revealed that all radio frequency exposure inhibits seed germination percentage.

A decrease was observed in mitotic index (M.I) and increase in abnormality index (A.I) with the increase in exposure duration and frequency in (Hz).

Researchers: Long-term Cell Phone Use May Increase Your Risk for a Brain Tumor

Major news coverage in the United States by an NBC-affiliated TV station:

Researchers: Long-term cell phone use may increase your risk for a brain tumor

by Bob Segall, wthr.com, 21 February 2017

New research suggests long-term use of cell phones is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing a brain tumor.

The study, published by researchers from India, shows a 33% increased risk for brain tumors for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or 1,640 or more hours in lifetime).

The researchers examined a dozen case-control studies conducted between 1966 and 2016, and they published their findings this month in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Neurological Sciences.

“I think this review paper provides pretty compelling evidence that cell phone use is a risk factor for increased brain tumors. The evidence has gotten much stronger over the past several years,” said Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley. “From a scientific standpoint, it’s important to look at review studies because they give you a much better picture than a single study. Individual studies have their own weaknesses. All studies have their limitations. So looking at a number of studies from different countries using varying methodology is significant. This is compelling.”

21 February 2017

A Case Against Microwave Science

"IF the microwave industry were to admit what’s been scientifically proven since the 1930s, i.e., non-thermal radiation adverse waves affect human biology (bioelectromagnetics), then their emission regulations for every ‘smart’ gadget invention would have to be revised and corrected to the point where they could not implement safety standards because it would be too costly to implement.  Consequently, the industry and its mouthpieces—industrial professional societies, e.g., IEEE, ICNIPR, etc., keep pushing smart gadgets as ‘safe’.

A Case Against Microwave Science
by Catherine Frompovichactivistpost.com, 19 February 2017

Science is the hallmark of everything—supposedly, except when it’s out to lunch in its hypotheses or when it is downright fraudulent, as is the case with vaccinology in order to protect vested Pharma interests. Even the U.S. CDC and FDA cover Big Pharma’s derriere when it comes to chanting the mantra “vaccines are safe.” So much science in the peer review realm is out there published stating totally opposite documented scientific facts, but still U.S. federal health agencies function on the ‘flat earth’ concept regarding human health safety!

Long-Term Cell Phone Use Increases Brain Tumor Risk

"We found evidence linking mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours especially in long-term users (10 or more years). Studies with higher quality showed a trend towards high risk of brain tumour, while lower quality showed a trend towards lower risk/protection."

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, 20 February 2017

Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumors: a systematic review

The results of a newly published review and meta-analysis of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of brain tumors.

Overall, the study found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a 33% increased risk of a brain tumor.

The risk of a brain tumor for long-term cell phone use varied depending upon the quality of the research study with higher quality studies tending to yield greater risk estimates (see Table below). For the five highest quality studies, the estimates ranged from a 21% increased risk to 2.6 times the risk of a non-cellphone user. For five lower quality studies. the estimates ranged from a 47% reduced risk to 5.1 times the risk of a non-cellphone user.

20 February 2017

Germany is Banning the Bright-Eyed Talking Doll "Cayla" that Just Might Be a Spy

A My Friend Cayla doll in London
in 2014.  Germany is banning the
doll over privacy fears.  
Rob Stothard/Getty Images
“Hello Barbie,” an interactive doll, is sold in the United States but not in Germany, where the news media has dubbed it the “Stasi-Barbie,” a reference to the widely hated East German secret police that infiltrated the everyday lives of Germans.  Cayla is also being banned in Germany... The announcement reflects the growing concerns over “smart” products in the home that can get... too smart." 

The Bright-Eyed Talking Doll That Just Might Be a Spy
by Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, The New York Times,
17 February 2017

Cayla is a blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies. She plays games and accurately answers questions about the world at large. She could also be eavesdropping on your child.

That’s the stark warning parents in Germany received on Friday from the country’s telecommunications watchdog, the Federal Network Agency, which said hackers could use the doll to steal personal data by recording private conversations over an insecure Bluetooth connection.

The watchdog said it was pulling the doll off store shelves and banning them in Germany.

“Objects that have concealed cameras or microphones that can send information endanger the private sphere,” said Jochen Homann, the agency’s president. “The Cayla doll is forbidden in Germany,” he added, citing a German telecommunications law.

19 February 2017

Dad Finds Vile Messages in Popular Game on Son's iPad

Mr. Morrison says he was propositioned in a water-
themed room in the game [Roblox].  
Source: Roblox
This article comes with a video on cyber safety for parents and children.

Dad horrified to find vile messages in popular game on son's iPad
kidspot.com, 16 February 2017

The former rugby league star said the disturbing messages in the virtual world “turned his stomach”.

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game – aimed at children - which allows strangers to contact and communicate with young kids.

Roblox, which markets itself as a gaming site for kids and teens, invites children into a virtual world to “create adventures, play games, role play and learn with their friends”.

It has more than 30 million unique monthly users - predominantly kids.

Dad Iain Morrison wants the chat facility on the site removed as it allows strangers to message kids directly.

18 February 2017

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

Example of a "smart" onesie.  Choice of image
by Editor, "Towards Better Health"
"Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....  There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....The makers of consumer infant physiologic monitors have avoided US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device regulation by not making claims that the devices prevent SIDS."

The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors

JAMA, January 24/31, 2017

Christopher P. Bonafide, David T. Jamison, Elizabeth E. Foglia. The Emerging Market of Smartphone-Integrated Infant Physiologic Monitors. JAMA. 2017;317(4):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19137

No Abstract


In the past 2 years, a new class of infant physiologic monitors marketed to parents for use in the home has emerged. Smartphone applications (apps) integrated with sensors built into socks, onesies, buttons, leg bands, and diaper clips have the capability to display infants’ respirations, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation, and to generate alarms for apnea, tachycardia, bradycardia, and desaturation (Table). Despite the lack of publicly available evidence supporting the safety, accuracy, effectiveness, or role of these monitors in the care of well infants, sales of these products are brisk and the market is expanding....

There are no medical indications for monitoring healthy infants at home ....

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits

Many consumer advocacy groups are calling for much stronger warnings about the risk of brain tumors and other injuries from cell phone radiation, indicating that manufacturers must do more to educate consumers and ensure that they are aware of the risk.

Cell Phone Radiation Lawsuits
aboutlawsuits.com, Updated: February 2017

Radio frequency energy from cell phones could be linked to an increased risk of cancer, studies have shown. Holding or using the phones too close to the body has been linked to a potential risk of brain tumors, breast cancer and infertility.

STATUS OF CELL PHONE CANCER LAWSUITS: Product liability lawyers are continuing to review and evaluate whether financial compensation may be available through cell phone lawsuits on behalf of individuals diagnosed with brain cancer or other injuries that may be associated with significant use of mobile phones in close proximity to the body.

OVERVIEW: Cell phones are used by more than 5 billion people worldwide and there has been long debate and concerns about the potential radiation side effects from cell phones.

Americans and Cybersecurity

Americans and Cybersecurity
by Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith, pewresearch.org,m 26 January 2017

Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives

Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic National Committee; the release of testing records of dozens of athletes conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency; and the announcement by Yahoo that hackers had accessed the private information associated with roughly 1 billion email accounts. Finally, in late 2016 and early 2017 U.S. intelligence agencies (the FBI, CIA and Department of Homeland Security) both issued statements and testified before Congress that the Russian government was involved in the hack of the DNC with the aim of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

Study on Cell Phone, EMF Dangers Ignored

Everyone should view this presentation of the partial results of the National Toxicology Program study prepared by Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of NIEHS, and delivered by Ronald Melnick PhD, retired NIH scientist who helped design the NIEHS study. This is from the 2017 Expert Forum on Wireless and Health at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 24-27 January 2017.

Study on Cell Phone, EMF Dangers Ignored
by James Spounias, americanfreepress.net
15 February 2017

For years, scientists have been warning that pollution from electro- magnetic frequencies emitted by cell phones and WiFi “likely cause” brain and heart cancers in test animals, but no one is listening. Even worse, as technology spreads around the world, no one is working on ways to help minimize exposure to these types of toxic EMF waves.

Far-sighted health advocates have warned about the dangers of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) pollution, broadly including power lines, cellular phone towers, and cellular and cordless telephones, for a long time. New technologies such as Wi-Fi and “smart meters” bring EMF closer to us—in our homes, workplaces, and many public spaces. They also make communication towers more prolific, which intensifies the problem.

A recent study on cellular telephone dangers and proposed action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went virtually under the radar.

Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No

(Photo:  Matt Slocum, AP)
Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No
by Bart Jansen , USA TODAY, 
12 February 2017

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Departmenthas received more than 7,000 comments, often punctuated with capital letters and exclamation points, that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.

The comments thundered against the prospect of voice calls that are possible through Internet services such as Skype that aren’t now governed by federal regulations, in contrast to cellular calls.

The outpouring is reminiscent of 2013, after the Federal Communications Commission considered dropping a 1991 ban against cell calls on airline flights, but abandoned the proposal amid public outrage. The ban stemmed from a concern about jamming ground-based relay stations for calls; it doesn’t cover Wi-Fi calls.

For lack of regulations governing Wi-Fi calls, then-Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx proposed requiring airlines to notify passengers if calls are allowed on flights. He also invited comments from travelers and the industry about whether the department should ban calls entirely.

Canada: Toronto: East-End Middle School Announces Cellphone Ban

East-end middle school announces cellphone ban
by Amanda Ferguson, citynews.ca
16 February 2017

An east-end middle school is making the call to ban cellphones from all of its classrooms and hallways after parents and teachers reported distractions were at an all-time high.

Earl Grey Senior Public School principal Bill Vatzolas sent a note home to parents this week, notifying them of the decision.

“This policy change is the result of conversations with our staff, parents and students as we collectively look to minimize distractions in the classroom and reduce the inappropriate uses of the devices during the school day,” Vatzolas wrote in the letter home.

The devices are allowed during the lunch hour but accessing social media, texting, or taking or viewing videos is prohibited.

17 February 2017

Could Your Fitbit Data Be Used to Deny You Health Insurance?

A log of your preexisting conditions?  
Timo Newton-Sims/timo_w2flickr, CC BY-SA
Could your Fitbit data be used to deny you health insurance?
by Andrew Boyd, theconversation.com,
17 February 2017

Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple.

Under the program, people who have certain health insurance coverage plans with United Healthcare can elect to wear a Fitbit activity tracker and share their data with the insurance company. The data would be analyzed by Qualcomm Life, a company that processes medical data from wireless sensors for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Depending on how active participants are, as measured by the Fitbit, they could earn as much as US$1,500 toward health care services each year.

Japan: Medical Associations Warn Against Children's Excessive Use of Smartphones

A poster released by the Japan Pediatric Association and Japan Medical Association warning of the dangers of excessive smartphone use. The risks are (clockwise from top left): insufficient sleep, lack of excercise resulting in weaker bones and muscle, worsening vision, loss of communication skills, worsening cognitive function, and declining academic ability.

Medical associations warn against children's excessive use of smartphones
Mainichi Japan, 16 February 2017

The Japan Pediatric Association and the Japan Medical Association on Feb. 15 unveiled a poster warning against the dangers of the excessive use of smartphones.

The poster will be sent to approximately 170,000 members of the two associations to be put up at clinics nationwide.

The poster poses the question, "What do I sacrifice with time spent on my smartphone?" and responds with the six categories of sleep, academic performance, brain function, physical strength, vision, and communication ability. The effects of smartphone use in these areas are explained using data from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and illustrations.

16 February 2017

Reykjavik Appeal on Wireless Technology in Schools

(Choice of image by Editor,
"Towards Better Health")
Reykjavik Appeal on wireless technology in schools 

We, the signers, are concerned about our children's health and development in schools with wireless technology for teaching. A vast amount of scientific studies have shown considerable medical risks with long-term exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) from wireless devices and networks well below the recommended reference levels from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). We ask the authorities to take their responsibility for our children's future health and wellbeing. 

In May 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at WHO classified RFR as a Group 2B carcinogen, i.e., ‘possibly’ carcinogenic to humans. Since then more scientific studies on exposure to RFR in humans, animals and biological material have strengthened the association of an increased risk for cancer, especially brain tumors. Several laboratory studies have shown mechanistic effects in carcinogenesis such as oxidative stress, down regulation of mRNA and DNA damage with single strand breaks. The IARC cancer classification includes all sources of RFR. The exposure from mobile phone base stations, WiFi access points, smart phones, laptops and tablets can be long-term, sometimes around the clock, both at home and at school. For children this risk may be accentuated because of a cumulative effect during a long lifetime use. Developing and immature cells can also be more sensitive to exposure to RFR. No safe level of this radiation has been determined by any health agency and therefore we have no safety assurances. 

Over 170 Million Exposed IoT Devices in Major U.S. Cities

Researchers discover over 170 million exposed IoT devices in major US cities
by Charlie Osborne for Zero Day, 15 February 2017 

Webcams, medical devices, routers and databases are only some of the devices on show.

Researchers have discovered more than 178 million Internet of Things (IoT) devices visible to attackers in the ten largest US cities.

On Wednesday, researchers Numaan Huq and Stephen Hilt from Trend Micro revealed at the RSA conference in San Francisco, California, that many IoT devices are lacking basic security and are visible using services such as the Shodan search engine, which is used to discover devices which are accessible from the Internet.

15 February 2017

Helen Caldicott: The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Continues Unabated

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear
Power Plant (via ecowatch.com)
"Prime Minister Abe recently passed a law that any reporter who told the truth about the situation could be gaoled for ten years. In addition, doctors who tell their patients their disease could be radiation related will not be paid, so there is an immense cover-up in Japan as well as the global media."

HELEN CALDICOTT: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated
by Helen Caldicott, independentaustralia.net, 13 February 2017

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it's only now the damage has been photographed.

RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

Japan: Suit Opens in Tokyo Court Over Cervical Cancer Vaccine Side Effects

Plaintiffs suing the government and drugmakers over
health problems allegedly caused by cervical cancer
vaccines head to the Tokyo District Court on Monday
for the opening of their trial.  / KYODO
Suit opens in Tokyo court over cervical cancer vaccine side effects
by Mizuho Aoki, Staff Writer, japantimes.co,
13 February 2017

Twenty-eight girls and women suffering what they say are side effects from cervical cancer vaccines that were recommended by the government demanded compensation from the state and drugmakers Monday as their trial opened at the Tokyo District Court.

The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 15 to 22, said they have experienced a wide range of health problems, including pain all over their bodies and impaired mobility, after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines between 2010 and 2013.

Each is demanding ¥15 million [US$131,000] in damages.

Cancer Is a Product of Policies on Energy, Buildings, Food, and Manufacturing

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"The global cancer industry spends $107 billion per year, nearly half in the U.S., with a great deal of those funds going directly to costly drugs and their administration."

Cancer is a product of policies on energy, buildings, food, and manufacturing
by Devra Lee Davis, Opinion Contributor, 
The Hill, 14 February 2017

Forty-five years ago President Richard Nixon declared that “the time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering cancer.”

Some four decades and more than $120 billion later Republicans have added more money to the National Cancer Institute budget than requested by President Obama to fund another Cancer Moonshot — bringing the total to more than $5 billion this year.

It might be a good idea to ask what have we won so far? We have made tremendous progress in treating relatively rare cancers of children. Breast and colon cancer are now often chronic diseases.

United States: Municipalities Warn FCC Against 5G Infrastructure Mandate

(Choice of image by Editor,
"Towards Better Health")
No mention here of health implications.

Municipalities Warn FCC Against 5G Infrastructure Mandate
by Jenna Ebersole, Law360, Washington, 10 February 2017

Several city and town leaders from across the country have urged the Federal Communications Commission against a broad federal mandate to clear the way for infrastructure for next-generation wireless technology at the local level, citing existing staffing and other challenges.

Local officials from Massachusetts, Georgia and Minnesota, as well as the National League of Cities, cautioned FCC staff at the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau on the issue, as the agency takes comments on how to streamline infrastructure installation for 5G.

Next-generation 5G wireless, based on very high-frequency waves that can carry significant amounts of data, would rely heavily on small cells packed closely together because the millimeter wave spectrum cannot carry data very far. That means that siting more infrastructure, including in localities across the U.S., will be a key component of deploying 5G.

14 February 2017

United States: Smart Utility Meter Opt Out Bills Opt To Protect Consumer Rights

Legislators in several states have filed bills giving customers the right to opt out of wireless smart utility meters, emphasizing privacy and customer choice.

Smart Utility Meter Opt Out Bills Opt To Protect Consumer Rights

by Patricia Burke, activistpost.com, 
12 February 2017

Note: The compilation of state smart meter opt out bills listed below does not constitute endorsement of the bills. In some cases, the bills do not provide protection from surcharges for opting out; in some cases, they allow for the installation of a different kind of transmitting meter that is linked with adverse health effects. In many states, AMR meters have already been rolled out and are transmitting 24/7 without the knowledge and consent of residents who are not aware of their increased RF exposures, and the bills only address the future installation of smart meters. States rolling out new AMR meters are claiming that the meters are not smart, misleading citizens. An analog meter with no radio transmitter would be required to address both the privacy and health complaints.

What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby

What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby
by Patti Wood, thegreengazette.ca, 12 February 2017

The beautiful and awe-inspiring process by which a few cells develop into a new life is truly miraculous. Through intricate and complex steps, the creation of a new life unfolds, forming delicate organs and vital systems, making billions of important connections in the brain alone.

“Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cellphones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” American Academy of Pediatrics 2013 
Photo: www.maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com, CC0 Public Domain

Scientists and medical professionals around the world are working hard to understand how a developing human life is affected by environmental exposures in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the surroundings in which we live and work.

13 February 2017

Antenna Sickness Is Everywhere Now

"The wireless antenna signals bombarding Stockholm Central are the same as those which befoul public buildings, sports arenas, schools, medical centers, cities, towns and neighborhoods of the USA."

Antenna Sickness Is Everywhere Now
(Clicking on the title will bring you to an excellent site on the health risks of mobile technology.)

Mobile communications and mobile entertainment require a human environment overflowing with disease-inducing radiation, both indoors and out. Above is a photo of the Stockholm Central Railway Station in Sweden. A 2016 study of the man-made wave pollution within this facility was conducted by the Hardell Cancer Research Group in Sweden. [4] This study is a reality check on the astronomical number of RF/microwave frequencies and modulations which simultaneously bombard our bodies everywhere we go.

Radio and Microwave Impacts on Human Health: The Role of the Family Physician

"Family physicians can adopt the approach of ‘better safe than sorry’. They can conduct an EMF exposure history for their patients and advise them to reduce exposures by increasing distance from sources, hardwiring whenever possible, and turning off Wi-Fi/ cellular/ Bluetooth functions when not needed and during sleep."

Radio and Microwave Impacts on Human Health: The Role of the Family Physician

by guest author Dr. Riina Bray, ocfp.on.ca (Ontario College of Family Physicians), January 2016

With the increasing use of cell phones and wireless devices, and in view of heterogeneous study results, there is worldwide concern and alarm among scientists and physicians about the potential health implications from chronic exposures to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the radio and microwave range. EMFs are emitted from common items, including cell phones, cell phone towers and base stations, Wi-Fi routers and hubs, smart meters, baby monitors and microwave ovens. Cancers, neurodegenerative disorders, male infertility and neuro-behavioural abnormalities have been linked to these exposures, but not universally. [1]

Sensitivity to EMF has been termed Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). It is thought to occur in 3-20 per cent of our population and poses the greatest risk to patients with pre-existing cardiac, neurological, dermatological and immunological conditions. However, healthy individuals are often affected as well and those affected complain of sleep disturbances, headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Symptoms are reduced by avoidance measures. [2]

12 February 2017

14 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (7 February 2017)

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health (sent via Email on 25 January 2017 to the CHE-EMF working group by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley). saferemr.com.

To keep this post short, we are including abstracts and excerpts for only a few of the studies.

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, Feb 7, 2017

ELF exposure from mobile and cordless phones for the epidemiological MOBI-Kids study


Also see: http://www.saferemr.com/2013/05/mobi-kids-childhood-brain-tumor-risk.html

United States: Nuclear Officials Killed Study on Whether Reactors Posed Cancer Risk to Nearby Residents

This Jan. 23, 2017 staff bile photo shows the
shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station
in San Clemente.
Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange
County Register/SCNG/File
"In 2012, the French Institute of Health and Medical Research found that kids living within 3 miles of nuclear power plants had double the risk of developing acute leukemia as those living farther away. The peak impact was on children between the ages of 2 and 4, and the findings echoed those of a German study."

Nuclear officials killed study on whether reactors posed cancer risk to nearby residents
by Teri Sforza, tsforza@scng.com, dailynews.com,
4 February 2017

Federal regulators killed a rigorous examination of cancer in millions of Americans living near nuclear plants because they were convinced the study couldn’t link reactors to disease and would be too costly, newly released records show.

Do Doctors Spend Too Much Time with Computers?

Do doctors spend too much time with computers?
by Lisa Rapaport, in.reuters.com, 
31 January 2017

(Reuters Health) - For every hour that some doctors devote to direct patient care they may spend about five hours on other tasks, often because they’re tied up with computer work, a Swiss study suggests.

The results are based on observations of just 36 doctors-in-training at one hospital in Switzerland. But research dating back more than half a century has documented physicians dedicating a similar amount of their workdays to direct patient care, said Dr. Nathalie Wenger, lead author of the current study.

“It has not really changed in 50 years,” Wenger, a researcher at the University Hospital of Lausanne, said by email.

During the study period, the doctors spent an average of 1.7 hours per shift with patients, 5.2 hours using computers and 13 minutes doing both, Wenger and colleagues report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

11 February 2017

Has Radiation from Cell Phones and Microwaves Caused Brain Tumor Cases to Double in Denmark?

Has radiation from cell phones and microwaves caused brain tumor cases to double in Denmark?
by Ethan Huff^, newstarget.com, 
10 February 2017

A new report by the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, Stralskyddsstiftelsen, has concluded that ever-increasing rates of both brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors, particularly in Denmark, may be caused by persistent exposure to radiation from mobile phones, microwaves, and other “smart” technology devices that pervade modern society.

Published on January 20, the report shows that such tumors have become increasingly more prevalent since 1990, and especially since 2004 when mobile phones really started to become popular. The data suggests that increasing rates of cancer in the brain, spinal cord cover, CNS spinal cord, and cranial nerves are directly correlated with the increasing use of radioactive devices, including in young people.

10 February 2017

Letter to Mrs. Esther Alder, Administrative Councillor, City of Geneva, on Wireless Technology

Letter to Mrs. Esther Alder, Administrative Councillor in charge of the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity, City of Geneva, from a member of the Committee, Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques (translated from French) :

7 February 2017


I thank you for all that you are doing for the city of Geneva.  Your support for activities for seniors is particularly appreciated.

As a senior, I have often attended events organized by Cité Seniors.  The variety of activities is enriching.

We have noticed that the program for February - June 2017 offers many digital courses, which is very good.  Some of these technologies, however, especially Wi-Fi and smartphones - which emit radiofrequency radiation classified as  "possibly carcinogenic" for humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer / World Health Organization - present health risks.

09 February 2017

Did Mobile Phone Radiation Cause the Black-Out of the Driver?

© Provided by 20 minute
Did waves cause the black-out of the driver?
msn.com/fr-ch, 9 February 2017 (translated from French by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

A postal bus ended up hitting a tree last week in St. Gallen.  A building ecobiologist believes the accident was caused by radiation from a mobile phone antenna.

A spectacular accident occurred last week in St. Gallen.  Suffering a malaise, the driver of a postal bus lost control of his vehicle.  The bus hit a tree head-on, located in front of a building on the other side of the road.  Six passengers were slightly injured, as well as the driver who had to be cut out.

While the police are still investigating the causes of the accident, Hansueli Stettler, a building ecobiologist from St. Gallen, thinks he knows what caused the driver's malaise.  Interviewed Wednesday by the «St. Galler Tagblatt», he says the cause was "strong mobile phone radiation".  In this case, the driver's moment of weakness combined with the antenna installed on the roof of a gas station situated not far from the site of the accident, would have caused the accident.

Dizzying Increase in Video Streaming Becoming Major Source of Global Carbon Emissions

Dizzying Increase in Video Streaming Becoming Major Source of Global Carbon Emissions
by Richard Sadler, Climate News Network
31 January 2017

The Internet is fast becoming a major source of global carbon emissions—and the main cause is video demand, the increasing popularity of "real time" streamed video content.

Video streaming to Internet-enabled TVs, game consoles and mobile devices already accounts for more than 60 percent of all data traffic—and the latest forecasts suggest this will rise to more than 80 percent by 2020.

Increasingly, viewers across the world are watching films and TV series in real time through subscriptions to Netflix or Amazon, while social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are offering more and more streamed video content for free.

The Fundamental Reasons Why Laptop Computers should not be Used on Your Lap

"When it is placed on the lap, not only the heat from a laptop computer can warm men's scrotums, the electromagnetic fields generated by laptop's internal electronic circuits as well as the Wi-Fi Radiofrequency radiation hazards (in a Wi-Fi connected laptop) may decrease sperm quality." 

The Fundamental Reasons Why Laptop Computers should not be Used on Your Lap
J Biomed Phys Eng. 2016 Dec 1;6(4):279-284. eCollection 2016.

Mortazavi SA1, Taeb S2, Mortazavi SM3, Zarei S4, Haghani M2, Habibzadeh P1, Shojaei-Fard MB5.

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Radioactive Plume from Fukushima Makes Landfall on America's West Coast

A sockeye salmon from Okanagan Lake in British
Columbia tested positive for cesium 134.
"Medical science and epidemiological studies have demonstrated time and again that there is no safe amount of radiation for a living organism to be subjected to."

It’s Finally Here: Radioactive Plume From Fukushima Makes Landfall on America’s West Coast
EnviroNews Oregon, 12 December 2016

Tillamook County, Oregon — Seaborne cesium 134, the so-called “fingerprint of Fukushima,” has been detected on US shores for the first time researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said this month.

WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project, that has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to America’s west coast, from the demolished Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan.

The seawater samples were taken from the shores of Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, and were actually obtained in January and February of 2016 and tested later in the year.

07 February 2017

Using a Mobile Phone While Driving Is Dangerous... Even When You're Hands-Free

Dangerous times.  Shutterstock
Why using a mobile phone while driving is so dangerous … even when you’re hands-free
by David Crundall, theconversation.com,
1st February 2017

A recent police clampdown on driving while using hand-held mobile phones caught nearly 8,000 UK drivers in a week, ostensibly reflecting a widespread disregard of a law intended to protect all. But is using a hand-held mobile phone really that dangerous when driving?

Yes. In fact, the evidence is irrefutable. Hundreds of research studies have been conducted around the world, and they all agree that use of mobile phones while driving is dangerous and pervasive. Researchers have estimated that 50 minutes’ of chatter a month leads to a five-fold increase in the likelihood of a crash.

Cyber Attacks on Japan’s Critical Infrastructure Touches 128 Billion Mark

Cyber Attacks on Japan’s Critical Infrastructure touches 128 billion mark
Posted By Naveen Goud, cybersecurity-insiders.com, 6 February 2017

Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry of Japan has disclosed that the cyber attacks made on their nation’s critical infrastructure touched the mark of 128 billion- a 2.4 fold increase from the previous year. And the Ministry added in their announcement that half of the attacks were launched from China.

Initially, the primary targets of the hackers were Internet of Things (IoT) related devices, such as webcams and routers meant for home use. Then from mid-2016, their focus shifted on public utility systems which include government websites and power grids.

As Internet of Things has less protection against cyber threats such as viruses, we can come to a conclusion that IoT appliances are acting as stepping stones for infecting government’s critical IT infrastructure.

Smart TVs, CCTV cameras on a public network, Smart Phones, and Computer PCs topped the list of IoT which were targeted by hackers.

One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat

Connected Car services become contextual to the driver's
location and lifestyle.  Credit Syda Productions
One Day, Cars Will Connect With Your Fridge and Your Heartbeat
by John R. Quain, The New York Times,
13 October 2016

WHEN Bruce Wayne rolled up to his Bat Cave, a roadblock dropped automatically, the camouflaged garage door swung open, the lights flickered on and Alfred was already standing by.

It has been 50 years since that vision of Batman in his tricked-out Lincoln Futura appeared on TV. But now automakers, communications companies and technology companies want to turn every car into an interconnected Batmobile.