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Health risk from wireless? The debate is over.
Norway Created: 31 Oct 2014
The debate on health risks from mobiles, wireless LANs, baby calls and other wireless equipment based on microwaves, is, in fact, over – at least from a professional health and biophysics perspective.

Medical science libraries are stuffed with research reports showing awareness of the health risks for a long time – for many decades, in fact. One example of many is The Effect of Microwaves on the Central Nervous System by W. Bergman, translated from German for the Ford Motor Company research lab in 1965, equipped with references largely from the inter-war period:
Bergman revealed all we need to conclude that radiowaves in the centimeter band influence blood circulation, respiration, temperature control, water balance, albumin and sugar concentration in the cerebro-spinal fluid, and so on. The dosages Bergman considered are significantly below today's maximum exposure standards. Even electromagnetic fields (EMF) at levels of only 1/100,000th of what we are regularly exposed to from mobiles, are found to disturb complex electrical operations taking place at cellular levels, and to cause damage to DNA, proteins, neurons and oxidation processes.

Many other lab studies and surveys of large population samples show similar results. The spectrum of possible health problems arising is extraordinarily wide – from brain tumors and leukemia to exhaustion and just feeling uncomfortable - while the causal chains are inevitably complex and contain scores of variable components. Hence, governmental radiation protection offices and the information and communications technology (ICT) business may well claim that the causal chains have not been convincingly mapped, and that, accordingly, there is no need or basis for a revision of the the old elevated thresholds. The findings imply, however, that government and big business have already lost.

The debate is over, and the conclusion is clear: We are enveloped by "electrosmog" which contributes to increased sickness rates. Let us roughly suggest that EMF is responsible for two percent of health expenditure in most industrialized countries. In the case of the small country of Norway (population 5 million, with a high incidence of mobile, ICT and wireless net use), that would equal just below $1 billion US a year.

Today's maximum exposure standards are set 1,000,000,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times higher than Nature's background radiation on Earth’s surface to which life on earth has adapted. If we were to establish new exposure limits based on public health, Nature’s background levels are most likely what we should aim for. Now, the EU, the European Council, the WHO's cancer panel, and numerous medical conferences - all put on pressure to lower the limits. As recently as 7 Feb. 2014,
the Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a harsh letter to the FCC, USA's regulatory body, with the message to get the limits so far down that the health of migratory birds and other wildlife should not be endangered. Lower radiation limits have been studied and proposed in several cities – viz Vienna, Austria, and in Brussels, Belgium. In Salzburg, Austria, a proposition has been launched to lower the exposure limit outdoors to one millionth of today's levels, and one ten-millionth indoors.

Politicians should now take a look at how to get rid of the old "avoid getting burnt" paradigm that still reigns with the authorities engaged in radiation protection ("How long may you stand or sit in front of a radar before getting burned?"), and replace it with limits based on public health ("How far down may we bring the limits before paralyzing vital societal functions?").

Governments should take a look on how to follow up such a shift to minimal limits. Surely, there will be a lot of regulations to revise, and much food for lawyers.

Academia should look for new areas of knowledge and development: How to "de-develop" wireless society? Incrementally but rapidly, we would presume. What technologies should take over? Or should we communicate less electronically and more in person?

The ICT business should investigate its social responsibility, towards its employees as well as its customers. Questions in this regard might include:

• Which business opportunities seem to open up?
• More optical fiber?
• A renaissance for the old copper wires?
• Open air optical communication systems?
• Any new products and services that might address new demands?

It may be possible to manage these adjustments incrementally, step by step e.g., eliminate wireless technology in schools, classrooms and work facilities; standardize Ethernet connectors on notepads and on mobile phones; phase out WiFi/WLAN in apartment blocks, and oblige the use of wires for household electricity and broadband. Higher placement density, thus reduced output effect of base stations? We think much can be easily done, e.g., that the output power of base stations could be lowered to one millionth the current without substantial consequences for society. Our days will probably not be the same without the wireless world to which we have all got accustomed. The alternative means we all have to pay more and more by sharing in society's expenses on health. That is why health improvements, reduced budgets and business opportunities are waiting at the other end.

Unrealistic? Yes, of course. So was the idea of living without DDT, PCB and asbestos.

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Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Karolinska Institute, Olle Johansson & Einar Flydal, 25 Apr 2014

Dangers Lurking: Rochester's Tower Situation Signals Several Concerns...
USA Created: 31 Oct 2014
In 1996 the federal government stripped us of our right to protect our health when it passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This dreadful act by the federal government allows giant telecom corporations to place their microwave radiation-spewing cell and wifi towers anywhere in our communities, with no regard for the adverse health effects of this toxic radiation.

Microwave radiation is classified, by the World Health Organization, as a Class 2B carcinogen. It is used in war for weapons and radar. At this point, with thousands of studies which prove biological harm from microwave radiation, all claims that microwave radiation is safe are lies. Think about it this way... DDT and engine exhaust are in the same Class 2B carcinogen category as microwave radiation. Should DDT or engine exhaust be piped into schools, homes, neighborhoods and the environment 24/7, non-stop?

What gives the telecom and utility industries the right to force this toxic exposure on us from their cell towers, wifi towers and digital utility meters?

The answer is that all federal funding investigating the biological harm from microwave radiation, that had been taking place prior to the 1996 Telecom Act, was stopped.

Why would that be? Because the telecom and utility industries are some of the biggest and richest corporations in the world, and they have influenced our elected officials and in turn our government agencies.

With the telecom and utility industries pushing the use of more and more microwave radiation transmitting technology, it would be a good time for us to start keeping track of our health.

The symptoms from microwave radiation exposure include headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart problems, anxiety, buzzing in the ears, thyroid problems, recurrences of and worsening of already existing diseases including cancer, MS and Parkinson's Disease.

We may be up against some of the biggest industries in the world, but because of their complete disregard for human health and the environment, these giants may be faced with some of the biggest lawsuits the world has ever seen.

If you are already suffering from microwave radiation exposure symptoms, contact the NY State Health Department, the NYS Public Service Commission and your elected officials.

If we don't speak up we won't be heard.
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Source: Shawangunk Journal, Michele Hertz, 30 Oct 2014

Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe
Italy Created: 27 Oct 2014
(Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy.

Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free.

"We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said.

"Free Wi-Fi would have a big cultural impact and help the economy recover, starting from industries such as tourism."

The proposal, filed this week, has the support of more than 100 members of parliament and would earmark 5 million euros ($6.3 million) over three years as a contribution to buying equipment. The proposers aim to bring the bill before parliament by mid-2015.

According to a report this month by Milan's Politecnico university, high prices and the lack of access infrastructure are the main barriers to households using the Internet.

Data in the study showed penetration of broadband services with a speed exceeding 30 Megabits per second in Italy is lower than 1 percent, well below the European average of 6 percent.
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Source: Reuters, Danilo Masoni; Editing by Louise Ireland, 25 Oct 2014

€1bn smart meter project in jeopardy
Ireland Created: 25 Oct 2014
IRELAND – THE future of a €1bn project to install electricity and gas smart meters in all homes and most businesses by 2020 could be in doubt after a recent cost-benefit analysis indicated savings, if any, would be minimal.

The report commissioned by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) — which is overseeing the planned rollout of the National Smart Metering Programme to more than 2m households — said the results were “marginally negative”.

It estimated that the project would result in the net loss of €54m in the most likely scenario. However, consultancy firm PwC, which carried out the analysis, said its findings should be interpreted as “broadly neutral” given the overall scale of the project and the significant uncertainty about many of the main cost assumptions.

But the latest results will come as a disappointment to the CER as a similar earlier study was largely positive about the combined benefit of smart meters for electricity and gas over a 20-year period. The updated review suggests the cost of the project could outweigh any benefit in all but the most optimistic scenario. The net losses could even be as high as €140m, according to the report.

The figures will also cause some unease for the government which has faced a barrage of criticism over the cost and implementation of the programme for water meters and which will be anxious to avoid a similar controversy in future.

Although there will be no upfront costs for consumers to have smart meters fitted in their homes, a CER spokesman said it was anticipated that the cost would be incorporated in distribution charges set by electricity and gas suppliers.

The energy regulator claims smart meters will result in cheaper energy bills for electricity and gas, more information on energy consumption and greater customer choice as well as reducing Ireland’s CO2 emissions and creating greater efficiencies for utility companies. The programme is designed to reduce electricity and gas consumption during the peak period of 5pm-7pm by encouraging consumers to avail of lower tariffs at other periods.

The recent cost-benefit analysis estimated the average residential household would achieve savings of €16.20 on their annual electricity bill and €18.52 on their gas bill. The CER stated further savings would be derived from electricity and gas suppliers not having to visit homes to read meters which should also be passed on to consumers.

The national rollout of smart meters had been originally scheduled to begin in 2015 but is unlikely to commence before 2018.

It is estimated it will be 2021 before all homes are fitted with smart meters.

A CER spokesman said the programme would proceed to its third stage which would involve a further cost-benefit analysis scheduled for autumn 2016 before any final decision is made with regard to smart metering.

A spokesman for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said it was not in a position to comment on the latest figures for the smart metering project.

A spokesman for ESB Networks also declined to comment.
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Source: Sunday Times (via TakeBackYourPower,net), Seán McCárthaigh, 19 Oct. 2014

Registration deadline is 29 oct. for EU open hearing on EHS
Belgium Created: 25 Oct 2014
Dear all, I receive from Beperk de Straling and I forward to you this important news:.

Hearing on EHS in Brussels: "Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is causing distress and loss of quality of life to a growing number of Europeans and according to new estimates, between 3 % and 5% of the population are electro-sensitive. The most common sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) pollution are mobile phone masts, cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers installed in the homes. All these emit microwaves permanently (24/7) in the places where they are installed.

This event will gather all relevant stakeholders from a broad range of European civil society for a debate on how to deal with this issue at EU level and to give input for the future EESC's opinion that is scheduled for adoption in January 2015.

http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-electromagnetic-hypersensitivity

Deadline for registration: 29/10/2014

Which organisations/persons are coming to Brussels for this hearing?
It could be interesting to have an (informal) meeting afterwards so
that we can get to know each other and exchange some information?
Please let us know who would be interested in this!

Best regards,

Francesca Romana Orlando
Vice President of A.M.I.C.A.
Association for Chronic Toxic and Environmental Injury
Email: francescaromana.amica @ gmail.com
Website: www.infoamica.it


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Oct 2014, Belgium: Public hearing on Electromagnetic hypersensitivity at the European Economic and Social Committee
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Source: A.M.I.C.A & Beperk de Straling, via email from Iris Atzmon, 25 oct 2014

Public hearing on Electromagnetic hypersensitivity at the European Economic and Social Committee
Belgium Created: 24 Oct 2014
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is causing distress and loss of quality of life to a growing number of Europeans and according to new estimates, between 3 % and 5% of the population are electro-sensitive. The most common sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) pollution are mobile phone masts, cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers installed in the homes. All these emit microwaves permanently (24/7) in the places where they are installed.

This event will gather all relevant stakeholders from a broad range of European civil society for a debate on how to deal with this issues at EU level and to give input for the future EESC's opinion that is scheduled for adoption in January 2015.

Public Hearing, 04 November 2014 - EESC, Room JDE52 - Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Source: European Economic and Social Committee, 24 Oct 2014

Former Nokia CTO’s multiple sclerosis and… Nokia’s patents to prevent it?
Finland Created: 22 Oct 2014
In my previous blog posting “Former Nokia Technology Chief: Mobile phones wrecked my health“, the story written by Anne Nikka in Finnish newspaper Satakunnan kansa, former Nokia CTO Matti Niemelä is quoted saying about his illness – multiple sclerosis (MS):.

“I am a layman, not a doctor. MS is certainly caused by a number of factors, not just mobile-phone radiation. The radiation does, however, increase my MS symptoms.”

The jury is still out on whether cell phone radiation might contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis. Too few studies have been done to confirm or to dismiss the claim of causal link. However, I found an interesting twist to the story of Matti Niemelä, Nokia and multiple sclerosis.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 20 Oct 2014

Bombshell: Cellular Phone Task Force
USA Created: 21 Oct 2014
A court challenge to the safety of wireless communications against the Federal Communications Commission will be heard In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

The Cellular Phone Taskforce, representing thousands of individuals who suffer from electrical sensitivity alleges that digital wireless facilities are causing illness, disability and death and is suing to have the current "safety rules" set aside, sections of the 1996 Telecommunications Act declared unconstitutional and that a nationwide moratorium declared on new sources of radiofrequency radiation.
The Communication Workers of America has joined 16 other citizens groups and 3 public officials in the lawsuit
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Source: Agnes/Robert Riedlinger

Sharp increase in patients treated for brain tumors with "unclear diagnosis" in Sweden
Sweden Created: 20 Oct 2014
An increasing number of patients are treated for brain tumor ”of unknown nature” in Sweden since 2008, but the increase is not reflected in the national cancer registry. – It is serious if the statistics on new cases of brain tumors is incorrect because the brain tumor statistics is widely being used as an argument that cell phones do not increase the risk of cancer and brain tumors, says Mona Nilsson, Chairman of Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation.

Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation has compiled statistics from the Swedish Health Board registry’s database on the number of patients treated for brain tumors in Sweden as well as from the cancer registry and cause of death registry, during the last decade. The number of people receiving treatment fora brain tumor”of unknown nature” increased by almost 30% only between 2008 and 2012. At the same time, the number of patients with a confirmed brain tumor diagnosis remained at a relatively stable level.

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Source: Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 20 Oct 2014

100 Candidates for School Trustee Question the Safety of Wi-Fi in Ontario Schools
Canada Created: 20 Oct 2014
A survey published today shows that a hundred candidates running for school Trustee in next week's election say school Boards must reassess the safety of Wi-Fi.

The survey, published by Canadians For Safe Technology has revealed that the safety of Wi-Fi in schools is strongly on the radar of parents and teachers across Ontario.

"Wireless technology is being adopted in our schools faster than our understanding of its possible side effects," said Howard Kaplan, Toronto District School Board Trustee for York Centre.

"There are enough teachers unions asking for caution that it's clear we must slow down and examine the safety of so many wireless devices in our schools," he said.

Kaplan is part of the Toronto Board's Learning Technology Workforce, and is also Chair of the Health and Mental Well Being Committee for Toronto schools.

"I sit at the intersection of technology and health and there are enough warnings that we can't ignore them any more," he said.

In 2011 the World Health Organization declared microwave radiation from Wi-Fi and cell phones to be a possible carcinogen, placing it on the official Class 2b list.

Since then several private schools in Ontario and two school districts in British Columbia have reduced or eliminated their use of Wi-Fi. However large public Boards continue to install it.

Last year the American Academy of Environmental Medicine warned that school Boards should not install Wi-Fi systems as they are not safe for children.

The new trend toward caution by Trustee candidates is celebrated by Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology, and former President of Microsoft Canada.

"We applaud these visionary candidates who are placing child safety ahead of wireless marketing," said Clegg. "Dozens of doctors and scientists have declared that Health Canada's microwave safety standards are out of date and do not protect children in schools," he said.

Among the suggestions from candidates is that teachers be allowed to turn off a Wi-Fi router when not in use, and that students be told about the fine-print health warnings that come with most wireless devices installed in their schools.

More info: www.C4ST.org

For Interviews email: media@C4ST.org Phone: 705-444-9662

Interviews:
Howard Kaplan TDSB Trustee York Centre.
Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST

SOURCE C4ST: Canadians For Safe Technology
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Source: Sys-Con, PR Newswire, 20 Oct 2014

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