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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.

*SNIP* read the entire article (incl. data and graphs) via the source link below...
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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

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house or enjoy any modern pleasures inside
Wales Created: 19 Oct 2014
The 42-year-old says he is desperate to be housed in an isolated wooden hut because virtually every aspect of modern life causes him pain.

He can’t use mains electricity for heating or lighting and washes with water heated on a gas cooker.

He has no electric gadgets, cannot watch TV, listen to a CD, access the internet or use a telephone.

Visitors have to leave mobile phones and watches outside because they would cause a severe reaction.

And he is unable to go out because of the likelihood of encountering someone with a mobile phone, a passing car, a power drill or a wifi zone.

These extraordinary living conditions are because Peter Lloyd, 42, suffers from a rare and cruel condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

In his case, it has progressed to the unbearable point where he is confined to a reclining sofa in his kitchen, unable to walk.

The 42-year-old man living on the outskirts of Cardiff now says he wants to be rehoused in an isolated wooden hut because he suffers serious pain whenever he comes into contact with electricity.

When Mr Lloyd moved to his current home in St Fagans in 2009, he had to be wheeled up the Taff Trail at night to minimise the chance of contact with electricity sources.

To pass the time, he reads around 100 books a year by the light of organic candles when it gets dark.

When we went to photograph Mr Lloyd, we couldn’t take an electronic camera near him.

We bought a disposable camera from a supermarket in order to be able to photograph him.

But we had to capture video footage, which features his dog Iggy Pop, from the other side of the road.

At present, Mr Lloyd is suffering from extra stress because next Tuesday he is due to be evicted from his home.

His landlady, who lives in London, is unhappy that the house isn’t being heated and has got a possession order against him.

So far, Cardiff council, which will have a legal responsibility to rehouse him, has not come up with an offer of accommodation he and his lawyers and medical advisers regard as suitable.

He is likely to end up in hospital – an outcome that fills him with dread because of the severe ill-effects he knows he will suffer from proximity to medical machines.

An articulate and intelligent man who worked as a personal fitness and nutrition trainer before he became too ill, Mr Lloyd said: “I first began to experience what I now know were early symptoms when I was in my mid twenties. I would get a foggy feeling in the head after looking at a computer screen, and had an inability to think straight. I had difficulty in talking – what I called ‘thought block’.

“One day I remember being in the St David’s Centre in Cardiff and messing up six cheques at a nutrition shop.

“I had an early brick-type mobile phone linked to a network called GSM that affected me.

“As time went on I realised I was becoming sensitised to more and different frequencies and devices. My natural reaction was to believe I could cope, but the situation just got worse. I would get intense headaches in the front of my head.”

As a keen reader, he regularly looked at magazines like New Scientist and Scientific American.

“I came across some articles that described my symptoms and I found out as much as I could about electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” he said.

After a three-year spell living in Spain, Mr Lloyd returned to Cardiff, where he eventually lost the ability to walk.

He is supported by his brother, Stephen, who together with Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan has been helping his campaign to be rehoused in a purpose-built hut in an isolated location.

We have seen a medical report that confirms Mr Lloyd’s diagnosis.

Cardiff council said it did not discuss individual cases.

What is electromagnetic hypersensitivity?

The term "electrical hypersensitivity" was first used in 1989, while "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" - EHS for short - was coined in 1994 to reflect sufferers' sensitivity to magnetic as well as electric fields.

As early as the 1930s, however, EHS symptoms were observed in people working with radio and electricity, and with military radar in the 1940s.

Environmental EHS appeared in the general population from the 1970s with computers.

It increased in the 1980s with mobile and cordless phones, and with wifi from 2000.

Thousands of people are now linked with EHS support groups in 30 countries.

The first started in Sweden in 1989; the UK group began in 2003.

Sweden recognised EHS as a functional disability in 2002. The Canadian Human Rights Commission did likewise in 2007.

In 2009, the European Parliament voted for persons with EHS to be recognised as disabled.

Despite having official recognition, many doctors still know little or nothing about the condition.

Peter Lloyd has an extreme form of it.
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Source: Wales Online, Martin Shipton, 16 Oct 2014

BREAKING: Former Nokia Boss: Mobile-Phones wrecked my health
Finland Created: 18 Oct 2014
Nokia’s former Technology Chief, Matti Niemelä, was involved in the development the world’s first mobile phones, but fell seriously ill himself from mobile-phone microwave radiation.

In addition, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Some studies suggest that radiation may increase the risk of even MS.

For Tampere-based Matti Niemelä, age 44, life was like in the movies when he as a young man was recruited to work for Nokia in 1997. The brilliant young man quickly advanced to become Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer for ten years, and was involved in developing the world’s first mobile phones, memory sticks and WLAN [Wi-Fi] connections.

In 2007, Niemelä’s career hit a brick wall as his health finally failed. Today, he is only able to move using a walker. Niemelä refuses to use a wheelchair.

– The irony of this is that I’m no longer able to use any of those devices that I had been developing, Niemelä says with a smile.

Niemelä is one of the unfortunate who have experienced severe symptoms of radiation.

– Traveling around the world with a communicator [early model smart-phone] in hand, exposure to radiation was very strong from morning to night, and even at night.

Few people have had such an overload of radiation than me, says Niemelä.

The first symptoms appeared already within a year of his employment at Nokia.

– I was playing badminton, and I could no longer hit the the ball during a serve, even though I’d played badminton for a while.

At first Niemelä didn’t dare go to the doctor, mainly because of the fear of brain cancer.

The symptoms got worse year by year.

– I couldn’t walk around while talking on the mobile-phone, because it caused coordination problems. The more intense the exposure, the more his speech slurred.

Also my ear felt hot when I talked on the phone for a longer times. I struggled on, using the phone until I could no longer feel my own skin. Then I had to go to the doctor, Niemelä explains.

In 2001, MRI images, and cerebrospinal fluid samples revealed the brutal truth: multiple sclerosis.

– I was kind of relieved, because one can cope with MS, but not so with brain cancer.

According to Niemelä, medical representatives aren’t willing to take a position on whether mobile phone radiation caused the MS. Preliminary results, however, show that radiation increases the risk of multiple sclerosis.

– 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.

Also, symptoms of the disease may easily be confused with the mobile-phone radiation symptoms, Niemelä explains. During the interview, Niemelä’s voice begins to slur, badly.

A sign in the hallway asks you to switch off the mobile phone. Even a small radiation exposure is too much.

– I can no longer go to the cinema or stay in public areas with lots of radiation for long. I have not been anywhere for a long time says Niemelä who in his forties, must accept that the four walls of his home are now a prison.

Although Niemelä has lost his health, career and more recently his marriage, he does not blame anyone.

– I’m not bitter, it was my own choice to work for Nokia.

He also doesn’t want to scare too many about cell phone dangers.

– A healthy person can use a mobile phone responsibly.

Niemelä, admits that going public with his story carries a big risk.

– I’m scared to talk about this in public, because I do not want to be labeled as crazy.

Niemelä explains that the subject of mobile phone radiation has always been kept silent at Nokia.

– You couldn’t talk about it within the company. Yet, among the staff, it was speculated whether the radiation could cause damage. However, no one dared to bring it up, because it could get them fired.

Niemelä says he brought up the matter with the doctor for the first time in 2006.

– The doctor told me about a number of patients who are suffering from the same symptoms as me, Niemelä reveals.

Niemelä is particularly concerned about the children and their mobile phone use, because the continuous exposure to the ear and head does not do any good.

– These things have been kept silent for too long. I hope it will become possible to discuss the symptoms openly, and without fear.

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Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and Microsoft’s current Senior Vice President Tom Kuuppelomäki assures that all products meet the requirements set by international health bodies and standards.

– Product safety is of paramount importance both for Nokia and Microsoft.

With plenty of Nokia employees using mobile-phones during the past decades, wouldn’t it have been evident if the radiation was causing symptoms?

– The World Health Organization’s has looked at a number of studies, from the last two decades, with the aim to determine whether mobile-phones pose a potential health risk.

Kuuppelomäki insists that to date, studies have not demonstrated adverse health effects from mobile-phone use.

What kind of studies on radiation has Nokia done and commissioned since the late 1980s?

– Nokia and Microsoft are now participating in the MMF (Mobile Manufacturers Forum) research funding.

Mainly in conjunction with governmental organizations and other industry representatives of the funded research programs and projects can be found in the MMF‘s Web site.

– We believe that nonpartisan research will produce the best consumer information on equipment safety.

How will the health effects be studied in the future?

- WHO has made recommendations for further research on electromagnetic fields to enable a thorough risk assessment.

[English translation Henrik Eiriksson]
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Source: Satakunnan kansa, Anne Nikka, 18 Oct 2014

Help electrically sensitive programmer Joel get a shielded computer
Jamaica Created: 17 Oct 2014
Let's Build A Low Radiation Computer for Joel Dean, The Electrosensitive Man.

My name is Joel Dean and I’m a 21 year old electrically sensitive software engineer who needs your help to build a low radiation computer so that I can work and communicate again.

Help raise funds for a low-radiation computer here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/low-radiation-computer-for-joel-dean

Who Am I?
Graduate - of Northern Caribbean University, class of 2013, Bachelors in Computer Science Cum Laude (3.61 GPA).

How Did I Become Allergic To Technology?

Last June I borrowed a 4G modem from a friend. One night I fell asleep with it on, right beside me. The next morning when I woke up I experienced some unusual symptoms; notably a tingling, prickly sensation on my skin. I soon realized that I only felt this way when I was close to the 4G modem. After my initial denial, I researched my symptoms online and learned that these symptoms are often attributed to a condition called electrical sensitivity. The responses I got from doctors and close friends led me to believe that this condition was non-existent and purely psychological. So I continued my life, using cell phones, Wi-Fi, and computers until one day in December the unthinkable occurred- the symptoms came back. This time I knew electrical hypersensitivity was real. I started doing in-depth research and was startled by my findings. Buried in forums and new archives were the cries of thousands who had become sensitive and were experiencing these unusual symptoms. Before I could seek any help I fell terribly ill, had to quit my job, and had to leave my home, friends, gadgets- my whole life behind to get away from all the technology that was making me sick. Since then I have been all over Jamaica seeking relief and now am at a remote location in Guts River, Manchester which is relatively safe.

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Source: Indiegogo, Joel Dean / Dwayne Samuels, 22 Sep 2014

Ärzte kritisieren Tablets und WLAN in Schulen
Germany Created: 17 Oct 2014
Der Ärztearbeitskreis Digitale Medien Stuttgart, dem 20 Mediziner aus Baden-Württemberg angehören, kritisiert aktuell die Einführung von Tablets, Smartphones und WLAN an Schulen. In einem Offenen Brief an die baden – württembergische Sozialministerin Altpeter und Kultusminister Stoch bemängeln die Ärzte, dass die aus der Wissenschaft und Medizin vorgebrachten Bedenken zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Schulen nicht beachtet würden,

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Source: Äerzte und mobilfunk, 01 Oct 2014

Electric blues - Rare allergy drives tech guru into seclusion
Jamaica Created: 15 Oct 2014
IF TWO years ago this young lad, who lived for computers and application creation, was told he would become extremely sick from being around everyday gadgets, Wi-Fi and cell towers, he probably would have had a hearty laugh and thought, 'oh, that's a good one' - But what he may have thought was a joke, is now his reality.

Twenty-one-year-old Joel Dean, a trained software engineer, had to move from urban living nine months ago to being ensconced in a hut by the river after being diagnosed with electrical sensitivity.

Electrical sensitivity is as an extreme allergic reaction to electromagnetic forces from mobile phones, computers and other wireless appliances. One may experience symptoms of headaches, burning or tingling sensation in the face or body and a rash while in the presence of these gadgets.

Dean first noticed this allergic reaction to technology last year after borrowing a 4G modem from a friend and fell asleep with it on. He woke up with unusual tingling sensations on his skin. He immediately researched the symptoms online.

Purely psychological

"At first, the doctors I visited and my close friends thought it was purely psychological and I went on using cell phones, Wi-Fi and my computer, but in December of last year my life changed forever when the symptoms reappeared," Dean told Rural Xpress.

He fell ill and was forced to quit his job, leave his family and friends, and take several trips with his father, Herve, across the island to find an environment conducive for his well-being.

"My father has an electromagnetic field metre that helps to tell us where electromagnetic forces are present and absent, and in February of last year, we found this location - Guts River."

The former user of all social media networks and owner of several pieces of gadgets is now reduced to using fishing, swimming and playing with reptiles as means of entertainment, and writing letters (mostly to his girlfriend) as means of communication.

"Having graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, won the Digital Jam 2.0 mobile app competition for creating a pothole positioning system, worked with Grikly - a business partnership with Microsoft, being sent to Chile as a delegate and developed the Aerion student management system for Northern Caribbean University, it's hard to be reduced to this life, to just simply leave my passion, but I am convinced there are better days ahead," a hopeful Dean told Rural Xpress.

Dean's sister, Danielle, who along with some of his friends collect the handwritten letters with information for social media posts and for keeping people informed, says it is no easy task.

Faith in God

"I felt sad knowing my brother with whom I'm so close had this unexpected turn after doing so well, but I have faith in God, and I'm leaning on His faith that things will get better," Danielle said.

With the ability to still read his programming books and write down ideas for future coding, Dean is still firm in the notion that he will be able to have a normal life if he receives a low radiation computer.

"There is someone in Hawaii by the name of Richard Conrad who makes these special computers and these computers are basically a system with little or no electromagnetic fields. They consist of an electromagnetic field mouse, keyboard, shielding, monitor and projector," stated Dean.

"If I had one of these, I would be a software engineer again. I would first create a 'thank you' app. I would be empowered with the tools needed to be an ambassador for electrical sensitivity and lobby proper guidelines for wireless distribution because about 2.5 per cent of the population has this illness, but I need your help," he added.

With a minimum cost of US$10,000 (J$1.1 million) to build and ship this special computer, Dean had his family and friends launch a campaign where donations can be made and more information on his status be received. Persons may go to electrosensitiveman.com to make contributions or email electrosensitiveman @ gmail.com for other details.
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Source: Jamaica Gleaner, Tamara Bailey, 11 Oct 2014

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