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Before the bubble bursts... Book by Örjan Hallberg
Sweden Created: 24 May 2015
With this book, the author wants to pay attention to how public health suddenly deteriorated from 1955, and became even worse after 1997. Despite these clear signs, expert authorities seem to be extremely reluctant to try to find out the cause, since large economic interests can be threatened. But now sickness figures pile up to form clear and more disagreeable patterns. The book addresses a number of public health problems, but the clearest warning signal we see today in the rapidly growing skin cancer statistics. In the long run, you will not be able to hide the truth behind thick layers of sunscreen. You just have to hold your breath until the bubble bursts...

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Source: Örjan Hallberg Independent Research, March 2015

Not just you, cell tower radiation killing birds
India Created: 22 May 2015
INDORE: Ever wondered about vanishing house sparrows, declining number of peacocks and other birds in city?.

A study 'A possible impact of communication tower on wildlife birds and bees'-- conducted by expert committee of Union ministry of environment and forest-- attributes the drop in number of birds in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain and other cities to increase in use of mobile phones and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitting from communication towers.

"The number of mobile users in India is expected to rise to one billion in next few years. Such a rise will multiply mobile towers, which dot the country in a haphazard way," said Asad Rahmani, head of the committee. Concerned over increasing number of mobile towers in city, a city-based animal activist Sudhir Khetawat has written a letter to Animal Welfare Board, urging it to take necessary action in the matter.

"It is dangerous for birds and even forest department, in its letter dated May 5, 2015 and May 12, 2015, has accepted that mobile-tower radiation is effecting health of birds and peacock in particular," said Khetawat. Girish Kumar from electrical engineering department of IIT-Mumbai, who had done extensive work on harmful effects of mobile towers radiation on human, birds and animals, said birds, including sparrows, honey bees and peacocks are severely affected by cell-tower radiation as their surface area is more (so radiation absorbed is more) as compared to their body weight.

"When cell-tower radiation impinges on the human body or birds, molecules in the blood, fluid, water vibrate at a speed of 900 millions per second for GSM900 and 1,800 millions per second for GSM1800. These vibrations cause DNA damage and also produce heat, which is the principle of microwave heating," said Kumar.

He added that effects on peacocks is much more pronounced as its wings/feather occupy more surface area resulting in large absorption of radiation, and hence, creating more health hazards leading to various ailments and even death.
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Source: Times of India, Bagish Jha, 22 May 2015

Berkeley Votes to Warn Cellphone Buyers of Health Risks
USA Created: 21 May 2015
The City Council of Berkeley, California last night unanimously voted to require electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with radio-frequency (RF) radiation emitted by cellphones, setting itself up to become the first city in the country to implement a cellphone “right to know” law.

“If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation,” the notice, which must be posted in stores that sell cellphones, reads in part. “This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”
The industry claims the law is unconstitutional “because it would compel wireless retailers to disseminate speech with which they disagree.”

The ordinance is widely expected to face a robust court challenge from the Cellular Telephone Industries Association, the wireless industry’s trade group. The law “violates the First Amendment because it would compel wireless retailers to disseminate speech with which they disagree,” Gerard Keegan, CITA’s senior director of state legislative affairs, said yesterday in a letter to the council members. “The forced speech is misleading and alarmist because it would cause consumers to take away the message that cell phones are dangerous and can cause breast, testicular, or other cancers.”

Cellphones emit non-ionizing radiation in the form of electromagnetic fields (EMF) that can penetrate human tissues. Although ionizing radiation, the kind used in x-rays, is known to cause cancer, the National Cancer Institute says there is no evidence that non-ionizing radiation increases cancer risk. The American Cancer Society calls the evidence for a cellphone-cancer link “uncertain.” The federal Centers for Disease Control maintains that “we do not have the science to link health problems to cell phone use.”
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Source: UK Progressive, 19 May 2015

ICNIRP will debate ‘Thresholds of thermal damage’
Finland Created: 21 May 2015
On May 26 – 28, 2015, ICNIRP will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, to revisit its own old ideas on thermal and non-thermal effects of cell phone radiation. According to the ICNIRP’s announcement, the scope of the meeting on “Thresholds of thermal damage” is as follows:

“In view of updating the guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency (HF) fields, ICNIRP will review the current scientific knowledge on the thresholds of thermal damage. The current workshop will revisit the ICNIRP 1998 concept, namely that the health relevant increase of body core temperature is approximately 1° C and a whole-body exposure with an average SAR of 4 W/kg result in a core temperature increase of less than 1°C within 30 min. Details of this concept as well as thresholds for partial/local body exposures are subjects to review.”

Closer look at the program gives an impression that the aim of the meeting is to re-confirm that exposures, causing increases of tissue temperature by less than 1 degree Celsius, are harmless.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 21 May 2015

Cancer charities' $187 million in donations paid for luxuries and fundraisers, feds say
USA Created: 21 May 2015
50 states, FTC file fraud suit, accusing four cancer charities of cheating consumers out of $187 million.

The pitch was simple, and played on the images of a devastating disease to tug on heartstrings and open pocketbooks.

One of the websites featured pictures of smiling children, some of them in hospital beds, one in a tutu and a scarf covering her bare head.

The money, people were told, would go directly to helping women and children sick with cancer, paying for wigs, pain medications, and transportation to chemotherapy appointments.

All of those claims were “outright lies,” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In reality, officials say, millions of dollars raised by four “sham charities” lined the pockets of the groups’ founders and their family members, paying for cars, luxury cruises, and all-expense paid trips to Disney World for charity board members.

The 148-page fraud lawsuit accuses the charities of ripping off donors nationwide to the tune of $187 million from 2008 to 2012 in a scheme one federal official called “egregious” and “appalling.”

The charities — Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society — were incorporated nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a lawsuit naming the charities and their top executives as defendants.

According to the FTC, the charities engaged in deceptive fundraising by mail and phone in the name of cancer patients, billing themselves as legitimate charities that helped provide direct relief to suffering patients.

“Cancer is a debilitating disease that impacts millions of Americans and their families every year,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The defendants’ egregious scheme effectively deprived legitimate cancer charities and cancer patients of much-needed funds and support.”

The charities were founded and controlled by James Reynolds Sr., who is from Tennessee, according to the Associated Press, and two of his family members, the joint complaint says. Reynolds served as president of Cancer Fund of America, dating to 1987, and Cancer Support Services. His ex-wife, Rose Perkins, worked for the charities for nearly two decades before becoming executive director of the Children’s Cancer Fund of America in 2005.

James Reynolds II, Reynolds’ son and executive director of the Breast Cancer Society, began working in the family businesses at 16 and “learned the cancer business from his father,” the complaint alleges.

The Reynolds family and their charities were the subject of a 2013 investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. Two of the groups named in Tuesday’s lawsuit were labeled among the top 10 “worst charities” in America, according to the report.

Most of the $187 million the groups raised went to pay professional fundraisers, who took as much as 90 cents of each dollar contributed, the complaint says. Much of what was left went to pay the salary of Reynolds and a network of at least two dozen extended family members and close friends of top executives.

In the end, less than 3% of the donations were used for goods and cash distributed to the patients they claimed to serve, the complaint says. In 2012, the Children's Cancer Fund of America spent just $45,000 -- or 0.71% of donations that year -- to provide cash assistance to the families of children with cancer. That same year, the group paid Perkins $231,672.

The groups “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation,” lacking any controls “any bona fide charity would have adopted,” according to the joint complaint.

Board members were hand-picked by the charities’ directors, the complaint alleges, and “rubber-stamped” many of their decisions without questioning them.

Among the allegations is that Perkins gave 10% across-the-board bonuses twice a year to employees, regardless of performance, and was allowed to set her own salary and bonuses up to a limit without the approval of board members. In 2010, when donations to the Breast Cancer Society were declining, Reynolds II’s salary ballooned from $257,642 to $370,951, according to the complaint.

Donations were also allegedly used to pay for Perkins’ daughter-in-law’s college tuition, and gym memberships, jet ski outings, meals at Hooters and Victoria’s Secret purchases and two trips to Disney World for “board trainings,” including the use of a babysitter during the trip.

Meanwhile, the little “support” the charities actually provided to cancer patients came in the form of “cancer boxes” of “seemingly random items,” the complaint says.

The packages, packed by volunteers and sent to cancer patients, included sample-size soaps and shampoos, small amounts of Carnation Instant Breakfast drink, adult briefs and bed pads, disposable plates, iPod covers, batteries, blank greeting cards, and Little Debbie snack cakes, according to the complaint.

The Little Debbie cakes were provided, Reynolds Sr. said, because “they make people happy,” according to the complaint. At one point, the charities switched to purchasing Moon Pies instead, because Reynolds said they “make you happier.”

For a small number of patients who lived in Alaska and Hawaii, about 100 people over five years, the charities sent cash assistance in the form of $50 checks.

The scam charities bought many of the items they provided at steep discounts, paying as little as 2% to 5% of the products’ retail value, the complaint says. They would later claim the full retail value of the donations they distributed, according to the complaint, exaggerating the amount they spent on in-kind donations and making it look as though a larger share of donations were going toward helping cancer patients than was actually the case. At one point, the Cancer Fund of America reported $2.65 million in expenses for items they paid $314,000 to buy.

James Reynolds II and Perkins, along with their charities, have agreed to settle, the FTC said. No settlement has been reached with James Reynolds Sr., the Cancer Fund of America or Cancer Support Services, and the lawsuit against them will continue, the FTC said.

Websites for the Breast Cancer Society and the Children’s Cancer Fund of America had been taken down as of Tuesday afternoon, and websites for the Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services were listed as in “maintenance mode,” and “temporarily unavailable.”

In a letter that appeared Tuesday on the Breast Cancer Society website before it went down, James Reynolds II addressed the allegations.

“Charities -- including some of the world’s best-known and reputable organizations -- are increasingly facing the scrutiny of government regulators in the U.S. The Breast Cancer Society is no exception,” Reynolds wrote. “While the organization, its officers and directors have not been found guilty of any allegations of wrong doing, and the government has not proven otherwise, our Board of Directors has decided that it does not help those who we seek to serve, and those who remain in need, for us to engage in a highly publicized, expensive, and distracting legal battle around our fundraising practices.”

Under the terms of the proposed settlements, the Breast Cancer Society and the Children’s Cancer Fund of America are shutting down and will be responsible for $65.6 million and $30.1 million in judgments, respectively, the amount both charities raised from 2008 to 2012.

Kyle Effler, the former president and chief financial officer of Cancer Support Services, has also agreed to a $41.2-million settlement. All three will be banned from fundraising or managing or overseeing charities in the future, the FTC says.

Calls to Reynolds Sr., Perkins, Reynolds Jr. and Effler were not returned Tuesday, and The Times’ attempts to reach the charities were unsuccessful.

It’s unlikely the FTC and state governments will recover a significant amount of the donations -- much of the money has already been spent, Rich said at a news conference Tuesday.

She declined to say whether a criminal investigation was pending, the Associated Press reported, and said only that the regulatory agency does not have the authority to open one.

The younger Reynolds’ settlement will be suspended when he pays $75,000, the FTC says, and Perkins’ settlement will be suspended entirely “based on her inability to pay,” unless authorities discover they lied about their assets. Effler’s will be suspended after he pays $60,000.

According to Rich, any money recovered after liquidating the two charities’ assets will be distributed to pay for the costs of investigating the scam, and part of it will also be set aside for legitimate cancer charities that assist patients.
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Source: LA Times, Christine Mai-Duc, 19 May 2015

Blood-Brain-Barrier damage from 900 MHz confirmed and explained by Chinese Scientists
China Created: 19 May 2015
Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields activates the mkp-1/ERK pathway and causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats.


With the rapid increase in the number of mobile phone users, the potential adverse effects of the electromagnetic field radiation emitted by a mobile phone has become a serious concern. This study demonstrated, for the first time, the blood-brain barrier and cognitive changes in rats exposed to 900 MHz electromagnetic field (EMF) and aims to elucidate the potential molecular pathway underlying these changes.

A total of 108 male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to a 900 MHz, 1 mW/cm(2) EMF or sham (unexposed) for 14 or 28 days (3h per day). The specific energy absorption rate (SAR) varied between 0.016 (whole body) and 2 W/kg (locally in the head). In addition, the Morris water maze test was used to examine spatial memory performance determination.

Morphological changes were investigated by examining ultrastructural changes in the hippocampus and cortex, and the Evans Blue assay was used to assess blood brain barrier (BBB) damage. Immunostaining was performed to identify heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-positive neurons and albumin extravasation detection. Western blot was used to determine HO-1 expression, phosphorylated ERK expression and the upstream mediator, mkp-1 expression.

We found that the frequency of crossing platforms and the percentage of time spent in the target quadrant were lower in rats exposed to EMF for 28 days than in rats exposed to EMF for 14 days and unexposed rats. Moreover, 28 days of EMF exposure induced cellular edema and neuronal cell organelle degeneration in the rat. In addition, damaged BBB permeability, which resulted in albumin and HO-1 extravasation were observed in the hippocampus and cortex.

Thus, for the first time, we found that EMF exposure for 28 days induced the expression of mkp-1, resulting in ERK dephosphorylation. Taken together, these results demonstrated that exposure to 900 MHz EMF radiation for 28 days can significantly impair spatial memory and damage BBB permeability in rat by activating the mkp-1/ERK pathway.

Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Blood brain barrier; Electromagnetic field; albumin extravasation; mkp-1/ERK pathway; spatial memory
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Source: Pubmed, Tang et al., 19 Mar 2015

Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results'
United Kingdom Created: 19 May 2015
Banning mobile phones from schools has the effect of giving pupils an extra week's education over the course of an academic year, researchers say.

The study, published by the London School of Economics, looked at schools in four English cities and found test scores increased by more than 6% in those which banned phones.

Low-achieving and low-income students improved the most, researchers claim.

More than 90% of British teenagers own a mobile phone.

Report authors Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy say despite the benefits of new mobile technology phones cause distractions, reduce productivity and are detrimental to learning.
'Reduce inequality'

"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low income students gained the most," the economists said.

"We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

The report surveyed the test scores of secondary schools in Birmingham, Leicester, London and Manchester before and after phone bans were introduced.

Since April 2007, teachers have had the legal right to confiscate items from pupils but there is no UK government policy about mobile phone use in England with individual schools making their own policy.

In March, New York mayor Bill De Blasio lifted a 10-year ban on phones on school premises saying it would reduce inequality.

But the report authors disagree.

"The results suggest that low achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy," the study says.

"Schools could significantly reduce the education gap by prohibiting mobile phone use, and so by allowing phones, New York may unintentionally increase the inequalities of outcomes."
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Source: BBC News, 17 May 2015

Over 100 Experts Warn UN Of The Health Hazards Associated With Wireless Technology
USA Created: 15 May 2015
One hundred and ninety concerned scientists from 39 different nations filed a global appeal on May 11 to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), requesting a review of the current guidelines about wireless technology and electromagnetic fields (EMF). Their goal is the creation of appropriate protective measures against the electromagnetic radiation that greatly affects humans and the environment.

A team of experts came up with the appeal after cooperatively filing approximately 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiation on human bodies. Based on the data of the scientists, the EMF emission is posing a widespread threat to human health and has developed into a significant environmental pollutant all over the planet.

The now viral "International EMF Scientist Appeal" requests the UN associated bodies, Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to boost precautionary actions to reduce EMF exposures as well as inform the general public about the health risks of EMF radiation, especially to pregnant women and children.

"WHO continues to ignore its own agency's recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines, developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders, have long been criticized as non-protective," one of the concerned scientists said in a statement.

Martin Blank, scientist with over 30 years of experience on EMF research at Columbia University, mentioned that international exposure procedures for EMFs must be reinforced to reveal the truth of their effects on the human bodies, particularly on the cellular DNA.

The scientists who signed the appeal are sincerely requesting that the United Nations and UN Member States defend the global wildlife and human population from EMF emissions.

While the most acute exposures to harmful levels of electromagnetic radiation are immediately realized as burns, the health effects due to chronic or occupational exposure may not manifest effects for months or years.

The effect of cellular phone radiation on human health has been a subject of study and interest, as an outcome of the continuing massive surge in mobile phone subscriptions all around the planet. As of November 2011, there were more than six billion consumers worldwide. Cellular phones use electromagnetic radiation similar to the microwave range. Some digital wireless systems, like the ones in data communication networks, generate similar radiation.

Some international agencies have concluded that no available data collected that would warrant a recommendation to limit usage of mobile phones and that they will continue to recommend a reduction of call time by using hands-free devices or loudspeaker options or by using texting functions.
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Source: Tech Times, 14 May 2015

190 intl. scientists appeal to UN: Protect Humans and Wildlife from EMF and Wireless Tech.
USA Created: 11 May 2015
Today 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.

The “International EMF Scientist Appeal” asks the Secretary General and UN affiliated bodies to encourage precautionary measures, to limit EMF exposures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women.

The Appeal highlights WHO’s conflicting positions about EMF risk. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Radiofrequency radiation as a Group 2B “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011, and Extremely Low Frequency fields in 2001. Nonetheless, WHO continues to ignore its own agency’s recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines, developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders, have long been criticized as non-protective.

The Appeal calls on the UN to strengthen its advisories on EMF risk for humans and to assess the potential impact on wildlife and other living organisms under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme, in line with the science demonstrating risk, thereby resolving this inconsistency.

Martin Blank, PhD, of Columbia University, says, “International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA. The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. We must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines.”

Joel Moskowitz, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley, says, “ICNIRP guidelines set exposure standards for high-intensity, short-term, tissue-heating thresholds. These do not protect us from the low-intensity, chronic exposures common today. Scientists signing the Appeal request that the UN and member nations protect the global human population and wildlife from EMF exposures.”

International EMF Scientist Appeal:

Video Statement (3 min.) by Spokesperson Martin Blank, PhD:

Elizabeth Kelley, MA, Director

Joel Moskowitz, PhD
School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
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Source: EMFScientist, Martin Blank PhD, 11 May 2015

Leading doctor says mobile phone radiation a hotline to brain cancer
Australia Created: 11 May 2015
RADIATION from mobile phones and towers is contributing to a rise in brain cancer in Australia, according to a leading physician.

Dr John Tickell, who has fought his own brain cancer battle, believes that radiation is a significant contributing factor to the increasing rate of malignant brain tumours.

“There is a million times more radiation today than there was 50 years ago,” he said. “The World Health Organisation has upgraded cell phone radiation to B2 category, which means possibly ­carcinogenic.

“The telco-funded studies say they’re safe but the FCC (US Federal Communications Commission) has not done any tests on radiation from phones in 20 years.”

The doctor and author has backed Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore’s call for greater funding and awareness of brain cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death for young people in Australia.

According to government figures, 35 people are diagnosed with brain cancer every week with four in five sufferers dying within the first five years.

Dr Tickell has celebrated five years of brain cancer ­remission after having intensive chemotherapy treatment.

He believes that the more funding a cancer category receives, the higher the survival rate: “Leukaemia was once the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia for under 40s but it now has a five-year survival rate of over 80 per cent. Breast cancer is around 90 cent compared to brain cancer which is around 20 per cent.”

Dr Tickell also hit out at ­celebrity health gurus, including My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans and I Quit Sugar author Sarah Wilson, whom he says have little in the way of qualifications or expertise. “If I quit sugar, I would be dead and as for the paleo diet, the longest living people on earth eat grains three times a day.”

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has rejected claims that radiation from mobile phones, towers and Wi-Fi has any ­detrimental health effects.
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Source: Herald Sun, Rita Panahi, 10 May 2015

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