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BioEM2015: Plenary session on EHS
Finland Created: 3 Jul 2015
One of the plenary sessions at the BioEM2015 in Asilomar presented two views on EHS. Invited speakers were Kjell Hansson Mild and Gunnhild Oftedal.

To me the session was a big disappointment. It indicated a stagnation in EHS research and a lack of new ideas to resolve the problem of causality.

Kjell Hansson Mild reviewed the history of EHS research. There were no new ideas for further research. Talk showed a stagnation in research, focused on asking the volunteers “how they feel” and “what they feel” instead of devising studies that would objectively look at the differences in physiology of EHS sufferers. Kjell Hansson Mild arrived at the conclusion that EHS symptoms “fit” the already known Da Costa’s syndrome. By “definition”, Da Costa’s syndrome is exceptionally unspecific and the majority of human population “has it”. Thus is not the way to demonstrate that EMF causes EHS.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 03 Jul 2015

Cellphone usage before bedtime is really bad for your sleep
USA Created: 2 Jul 2015
If you’re one who checks Facebook or Instagram notifications just before bed, you may just be chipping away at your beauty sleep without even realizing it. What’s one more game of Candy Crush or Plants vs. Zombies going to do?

A study published by medical journal BMJ Open looked at 9,846 Norwegian teenagers between the ages of 16-19, with the main focus on the type of electronic devices used before bedtime, as well as hours of screen-time during leisure.

The study indicated that those spending time on their cellphones just before bedtime resulted in a feeling of more sleepiness versus those who avoided looking at their cellphone or laptop screens at least one hour before going to sleep.

“Daytime and bedtime use of electronic devices were both related to sleep measures, with an increased risk of short sleep duration, long sleep onset latency and increased sleep deficiency.

“A dose–response relationship emerged between sleep duration and use of electronic devices, exemplified by the association between PC use and risk of less than 5 h of, and comparable lower odds for 7–8 h of sleep.”

To cut a long story short, they found that cellphone usage just before bed actually tricked the brain into taking longer to fall asleep. Maybe browsing that one additional BuzzFeed article wasn’t good for you after all!

Why is this happening though? According to the researchers, multiple issues may be responsible for our inability to mesh with technology.

“Bright light may impact sleep in two ways: by delaying the circadian rhythm when exposure takes place in the evening and also by causing an immediate activation in itself. According to the aforementioned model, sleep may also be negatively impacted by electromagnetic radiation.

“Another proposed mechanism by which electronic media may impair sleep relates to physical discomfort, such as muscular pain and headache, which can be caused by prolonged media use (e.g. computer games). Furthermore, repeated use of electronic media in bed or in the bedroom can reduce the sleep inducing properties of the latter two, as the bed and bedroom become associated with electronic media use.”

If you find yourself going to bed at a reasonable time and still feel tired in the morning, maybe it’s time to put down your phones just before and get some actual rest instead. It’s recommended that we ditch our devices at least an hour before bed time.

If you’re a fan of reading, there are always e-Ink readers which don’t give off any glare or generate as much electromagnetic energy as a cellphone or tablet. Of course you can go completely tech-free and read an actual physical book instead.

I’m sure the rest of your Instagram Likes of your drunken party photos can wait till the morning?

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Source: TryModern, Bradley Wint, 07 Jul 2015

Taiwan restricts childrens time spent with electronic devices
Taiwan Created: 2 Jul 2015
TAIPEI - Taiwanese parents are now obliged by law to stop their children from spending too much time on electronic devices, the island's media has reported.

Lawmakers passed a revision to the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act on Friday to expand existing regulations that ban children aged under 18 from smoking, drinking, chewing betel nut and using drugs to cover the use of electronic devices, Central News Agency reported.

The new regulation stipulates that juveniles "may not constantly use electronic products for a period of time that is not reasonable," according to the amendment.

Parents and legal guardians can be fined up to NT$50,000 (S$2,150) if they are found to have allowed their children to use electronic products to an extent that causes them to become ill, either physically or mentally, the amendment said.

The new regulation, however, does not define what is considered a "reasonable" amount of time.

The revision was proposed by ruling Kuomintang lawmaker Lu Shiow-yen, who said it is aimed at protecting juveniles, CNA reported.

Lu's proposal, however, sparked immediate debate on the definition of "a long period of time" during a preliminary review. The clause was shelved pending inter-party negotiations as a result.

The existing child protection act also bans children and youths from watching, reading, listening to, or using any content that depicts violence, sex or obscenity.
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Source: SPH Digital News, Lee Seok Hwai, 24 Jan 2015

Are Wi-Fi Signals Making You Sick?
USA Created: 2 Jul 2015
Wi-Fi is all around us—at home, at work and across our neighborhoods — so, why are some people saying it’s making them sick, and how concerned should we be about this? CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey talks with a woman who suffers from something called electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

“It just always felt like I was drained and never getting enough sleep,” said local woman Jennifer Froemel.

Besides her fatigue, Froemel says she has had unexpected weight gain in her mid-section and her brain felt foggy.

“I can tell when something is just not right.”

Froemel says she spent months taking herbal supplements and talking to her doctor. Then, a nutritionist friend asked her if anything had changed.

“I said ‘no, I haven’t gotten anything new,” she said, “and then I said ‘oh, I got my iPhone’—and I said ‘for the first time ever I charge my phone next to my bed at night.’”

Jennifer then called building biologist Barbara Bobbit to test the level of radio frequency waves in her home. Sure enough, between the new iPhone, the new wireless router and the cordless phone, Jennifer’s home was within safe limits, but still had high levels of radiofrequency waves.

“Her house is very typical,” said Bobbitt, owner of Environmental Adaptations. “Most people have smart phones, most people have Wi-Fi routers [and] most people have a microwave.”

Anything with an electrical charge emits electromagnetic fields; that include cell phone towers, smart meters and even outlets.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not new; there is just not much research on it.

“I think we’ll just have to wait and see,” said Dr. Raphael Lee, a professor at the University of Chicago. “As we understand it right now, there’s really no solid evidence that this hypersensitivity problem exists.”

But some experts disagree on that.

“It’s strong evidence that this is a real syndrome that causes real harm to real people,” said environmental scientist Dr. David Carpenter.

A school board in California also took it seriously and agreed to turn off the Wi-Fi in a teacher’s classroom to help her feel better throughout her work day.

Froemel, who tells doubters of electromagnetic hypersensitivity that it is real, says she now uses a corded phone, regularly puts her iPhone on airplane mode and turns her Wi-Fi off at home when she is not using it.

“I know it sounds crazy,” Froemel said. “I know it doesn’t sound right because you’re so used to doing things this way, but try it for a week; see what happens.”

Estimates are that anywhere from 2 to 10 percent of the population may suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. The World Health Organization is now studying it.
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Source: CBS Local Chicago, Marissa Bailey, 01 Jul 2015

EMR-Aware July Newsletter
Australia Created: 1 Jul 2015
In our June issue, it was announced this publication would change from monthly to quarterly. However, some readers expressed a desire to remain current with emerging events and trends. Consequently, we have decided to adopt a periodic approach and send out a newsletter whenever sufficient content has been compiled. As always, the purpose is to help promote in the public interest a fair and balanced discussion of the topics at hand. Everyone is invited to send by email new material for inclusion in the next edition.

Readers may be interested to know that our mailing list includes nearly 100 researchers and organisations that might be considered "unsympathetic" to certain EMR concerns. So far, only one has unsubscribed. Maybe a few of them are reading this page with you right now.

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Source: EMR-Aware, 01 Jul 2015

FCC: ‘Prime Example of Institutional Corruption’
USA Created: 29 Jun 2015
In a new publication just released from Harvard University, Norm Alster examines how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates.
“The FCC‘s network of corruption doesn‘t just shield industry from needed scrutiny and regulation on matters of public health and safety. Sometimes it just puts its hand directly into the public pocket and redistributes that cash to industry supplicants.”
“The General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued several reports citing fraud, waste and mismanagement, along with inadequate FCC oversight of the subsidy program. Bribery, kickbacks and false documentation can perhaps be expected in a handout program mandated by Congress and only indirectly supervised by the FCC. But the scope of fraud has been impressive.”
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“Captured Agency, How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates”
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Source: Don Maish/ Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Powerwatch Science Update
United Kingdom Created: 28 Jun 2015
The following is a quick summary of another twenty papers that have come out over the last few months related to effects of electromagnetic radiation. All papers with a green background are highlighted as being particularly important or relevant.
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Source: Powerwatch UK, 28 Jun 2015

Electrohypersensitivity conference debunks ‘nocebo effect’ theory
Canada Created: 27 Jun 2015
José Lévesque installed commercial wireless telephone stations from 2001 to 2009 - The resident of Saint-Colomban (Quebec) says in late 2005 he suddenly developed an intolerance to the radiofrequency (RF) microwaves emitted by these devices. « At first it pinched in my ear when I phoned. Even though I used a good headset, I was dizzy and my ears were ringing. Then I woke up one morning and walked as if I was drunk and heard a tone, like a smoke detector in my ear. »

Lévesque finally quit his job in 2009 when his so-called electrohypersensitivity (EHS) worsened. « Today, my face goes numb, my head aches and if I continue to expose myself to RFs, I even get nose bleeds or blood vessels burst in my eyes. It happened to me in a hospital with wireless phone and Wi-Fi antennas! We used to laugh about it at work: I could tell my colleagues when their cell phone was about to ring because the entering signal hurt my head. » But it is no laughing matter: « Since smart meters were installed in my neighbourhood in January 2013, my headaches are constant. »

In today’s wireless world, about 3% of Canadians have received the controversial diagnosis of environmental sensitivity — EHS and/or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) — « and many more are somewhat sensitive to traces of chemicals and/or electromagnetic phenomena in the environment », wrote the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) in the report Medical Perspectives on Environmental Sensitivities, published in 2007. EHS is a controversial condition characterized by various non specific symptoms believed to be triggered in some people by very low exposures to electromagnetic fields most of us tolerate. Despite the lack of medical consensus around it, CHRC also adopted a policy aiming to stop discrimination against the environmentally hypersensitive, as many of them lose their job and are referred to psychologists, when they are not sent to psychiatry.

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Source: La Maison, André Fauteux, 25 Jun 2015

Video and Slides from Brussels EHS/MCS conference
Belgium Created: 27 Jun 2015
Video and powerpoint slides from the conference in Brussels, 18th May 2015, have been released.

Go to the source link below and click "video" and "powerpoint" links under the speaker inages.
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Source: Appel De Paris, 16 Jun 2015

BT aims to shut down traditional phone network to help it battle US tech giants
United Kingdom Created: 27 Jun 2015
Call on Ofcom to slash red tape and recognise new technology as part of Openreach overhaul
BT is calling on the communications watchdog to let it scrap the traditional telephone network, as part of a campaign to loosen regulations that it says will help telecoms companies compete better with US internet companies such as Apple and Facebook.

The telecoms giant is planning to move all domestic and business customers to internet-based voice calls within a decade, but under current Ofcom rules must continue to provide a traditional phone service.

BT is now urging the regulator to lift the obligation, a move that it says will have no impact on the majority of customers who are already using internet phones and allow it to invest more in broadband upgrades.

Mark Shurmer, BT’s group director of regulatory affairs, said: “We believe obsolete regulation should be rolled back, rather than clinging on until the last user dies.

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Source: Margaret White/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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