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500 million citizens are relying on SCENIHR: Is Science Being Hidden from the Public?
United Kingdom Created: 9 Apr 2014
The European Commission in collaboration with the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) under the auspices of the EU Council Greek Presidency organised a major workshop in Athens on EMF electromagnetic fields and health effects with a focus on public awareness, conciliating scientific findings and uncertainties in policy making. The event took place on 27th & 28 March 2014 at Cotsen Hall, Athens, Greece and included presenters from various parties from the European Commission, WHO, public authorities,
industry, operators, environmental and consumer associations and academia.

The goal of the conference was to reach a common approach for the future in order to respond to public concerns about electromagnetic fields, to enhance information dissemination and discuss new studies and scientific evidence in relation to EMF, and to identify knowledge gaps needed for sound policy making. In this context, the new SCENIHR draft opinion on EMF and potential health effects was presented.

SCENIHR, the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, has been charged with providing reports for the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament which may be relied upon by all participating governments.
Eileen O’Connor was invited as a representative for the UK Radiation Research Trust charity and was joined by Sissel Halmøy
representing International EMF Alliance.

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Source: Radiation Research Trust, Eileen O'Connor, 09 Apr 2014

HTC posts bigger than expected Q1 loss on poor flagship phone sales
Taiwan Created: 9 Apr 2014
The Taiwanese phone maker reported worse results than analysts expected after losing ground to competitors and rivals.

HTC has reported a bigger-than-expected loss for its fiscal first quarter as it continues to struggle against its major rivals in the smartphone space.

The company reported a loss of about $62 million, compared to an $85 million profit in the same quarter a year ago, despite its flagship smartphone line being critically acclaimed by reviewers.

Analysts were expecting a loss of $52 million.

HTC said it generated $1.09 billion in revenue for the January-March quarter, a decline of 22 percent in the year-ago quarter.

The company, which was once third-place behind Apple and Samsung, now has two percent of the global smartphone share, down from more than 11 percent in 2011.

In efforts to stem the financial bleeding, HTC's chief executive Peter Chou offloaded more of his responsibility with the company's chairwoman and co-founder, Cher Wang, late last year.

Earlier this month, the company launched the latest iteration of its flagship phone, the revamped HTC One (M8), which it hopes will resonate with its customer base away from Apple and Samsung.

ZDNet's sister-site CNET gave the smartphone a 4 out of 5 rating — one of the highest ever given for a device — describing it as a "truly great phone all on its own — one worthy of anyone's investment."

Any successes the new flagship phone has will be reported in the company's fiscal second quarter earnings, expected in early May.
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Source: ZDNet, Zack Whittaker, 07 Apr 2014

Association between mobile phone use and semen quality: a systemic review and meta-analysis
China Created: 8 Apr 2014
Summary: Possible hazardous health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiations emitted from mobile phone on the reproductive system have raised public concern in recent years.

This systemic review and meta-analysis was prepared following standard procedures of the Cochrane Collaboration and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement and checklist.

Relevant studies published up to May 2013 were identified from five major international and Chinese literature databases: Medline/PubMed, EMBASE, CNKI, the VIP database and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials in the Cochrane Library. Eighteen studies with 3947 men and 186 rats were included in the systemic review, of which 12 studies (four human studies, four in vitro studies and four animal studies) with 1533 men and 97 rats were used in the meta-analyses.

Systemic review showed that results of most of the human studies and in vitro laboratory studies indicated mobile phone use or radiofrequency exposure had negative effects on the various semen parameters studied.

However, meta-analysis indicated that mobile phone use had no adverse effects on semen parameters in human studies. In the in vitro studies, meta-analysis indicated that radiofrequency radiation had detrimental effect on sperm motility and viability in vitro [pooled mean difference (MDs) (95% CI): −4.11 (−8.08, −0.13), −3.82 (−7.00, −0.65) for sperm motility and viability respectively]. As for animal studies, radiofrequency exposure had harmful effects on sperm concentration and motility [pooled MDs (95% CI): −8.75 (−17.37, −0.12), −17.72 (−32.79, −2.65) for sperm concentration and motility respectively].

Evidence from current studies suggests potential harmful effects of mobile phone use on semen parameters.

A further multicentred and standardized study is needed to assess the risk of mobile phone use on the reproductive system.
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Source: Wiley Online Library / Andrology, Liu K. et al, 03 Apr 2014

The risk of subjective symptoms in mobile phone users in Poland - An epidemiological study
Poland Created: 8 Apr 2014
OBJECTIVES: To assess the type and incidence of subjective symptoms related to the use of mobile phones in Polish users.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:
The study was conducted in 2005 using a questionnaire survey. Although it has been quite a long time, up to now, no such data have been published for Poland. The questionnaire consisted of 53 questions concerning sex, age, education, general health, characteristics of a mobile phone (hand-held, loud-speaking unit) as well as the habits associated with its use (frequency and duration of calls, text messages, etc.) and complaints associated with using a mobile phone.

RESULTS:
As many as 1800 questionnaires were sent. The response was obtained from 587 subjects aged 32.6±11.3 (48.9% women, 51.1% men); the age did not differ significantly between men and women. The subjects owned a cell phone for an average of 3 years. Majority of the respondents used the phone intensively, i.e. daily (74%) or almost daily (20%). Headaches were reported significantly more often by the people who talked frequently and long in comparison with other users (63.2% of the subjects, p = 0.0029), just like the symptoms of fatigue (45%, p = 0.013). Also, the feeling of warmth around the ear and directly to the auricle was reported significantly more frequently by the intensive mobile phone users, compared with other mobile phone users (47.3%, p = 0.00004 vs. 44.6%, p = 0.00063, respectively). Most symptoms appeared during or immediately after a call and disappeared within 2 h after the call. Continuous headache, persisting for longer than 6 h since the end of a call, was reported by 26% of the subjects.

CONCLUSIONS:
Our results show that the mobile phone users may experience subjective symptoms, the intensity of which depends on the intensity of use of mobile phones.
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Source: PubMed / Int J Occup Med Environ Health, Szyjkowska A et al, 01 Apr 2014

Govt. phone data retention is against human-rights - top EU court rules
Belgium Created: 8 Apr 2014
(Reuters) - The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that an EU directive requiring telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years was invalid.

"The Court of Justice declares the Data Retention Directive to be invalid," the court said in a statement.

The data-retention directive was introduced in March 2006 after bombings on public transport in Madrid and London. The aim was to give the authorities better tools to investigate and prosecute organized crime and terrorism.

It required telecoms service providers to keep traffic and location data as well as other information needed to identify the user, but not the content of the communication. The records were to be kept from six to 24 months.

Austrian and Irish courts asked the European Court of Justice to rule if the law was in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The law also caused a public outcry in Germany.

"It entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary," the court said.

"The Court takes the view that, by requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data," it said.

"Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance," it said.
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Source: Reuters, Pawel Kopczynski, 08 Apr 2014

The Swiss flats where smoking, painting and mobile phones are banned
Switzerland Created: 8 Apr 2014
Years ago (in 2006) we had a case history by Charles Cavanaugh, which is a front-runner to this case, only Charles NEVER got ANY Help from anyone!, so I suppose he still lives in his car, in the woods and the mountains, as best he can!
First Low then High Frequency

But now the Swiss have at least started to wake up to the the on-coming catastrofic health effects of EMR!
Block of flats has been built in Zurich for people who claim to suffer from hypersensitivity to chemicals and electromagnetic radiation
No smoking, no perfume and no mobile phone use – the list of rules at one newly built block of flats in Zurich is so long it is a wonder anyone chooses to live there.
But for those who do, there is good reason.
The 15 apartments have been designed specially for people who claim to have a condition known as “multiple chemical sensitivity”.
Sufferers fall ill when exposed to the slightest waft of perfume or whiff of cleaning products.
Most of the residents in the building in Switzerland's Leimbach say they also become weak and sick when near mobile phones or other wireless devices that emit radio waves or electromagnetic radiation.

While few doctors recognise the affliction, The Healthy Life and Living Foundation, which campaigns for greater recognition for MCS sufferers, convinced the Zurich authorities to provide land for the £4.1 million building.

Christian Schifferle, 59, the head of the foundation, said he had suffered from MCS since being exposed to toxic fumes in his parents’ furniture factory as a young child. He has spent most of his adult life camped in a trailer in the pure air of the Swiss Alps. “All my life it has been like I was only half alive,” he said.

Mr Schifferle said he only realised he was not alone at the age of 35, when he discovered an American book on MCS. “It makes me weak, anxious, I can’t breathe, my lungs hurt, and I get dizzy.”

Swiss officials say the building, which opened in December, is the first of its kind in Europe. They estimate that about 5,000 people suffer from MCS in Switzerland. Many become isolated and say they cannot function in the modern workplace.

Lydia Trueb, a Zurich housing office spokeswoman, said: “We wanted to help these people to have a calm home where they hopefully will be less sick.”

People entering the building are asked to switch off their mobile phones, although they do not work anyway, as the apartments have a built-in shield against electromagnetic radiation which blocks mobile reception. There is no wi-fi, but there are landlines and Internet connections. The few cleaning and personal hygiene products allowed are on display in the lobby.

The block has odourless plaster on the walls, and construction workers were banned from smoking or using aftershave. Even so, Mr Schifferle spends only a few days a week in his flat, as he says he can still smell traces left by the builders.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Conclusions of the Canadian report confirm that EHS research, and its review, are polluted by the bad science
Finland Created: 7 Apr 2014
Recent publication of the Canadian report on Safety Code 6 (RF-EMF and health) brought again to limelight the problem of electromagnetic hypersensitivity – EHS.

Yet again, scientists and lay audiences were fed with the standard mantra in the Canadian report: “The symptoms are real, but what causes them is a mystery”. The same mantra is propagated by WHO, ICNIRP and numerous expert committees.

I have the feeling that this mantra was introduced to the EMF research area few years ago for the sole purpose to “get the EHS people off our backs”. Designers of this mantra assumed that by showing compassion for the suffering of EHS people they will alleviate tensions that exist between EHS sufferers and decision-makers.

They were mistaken. The mantra did not alleviate tensions and EHS sufferers more and more forcefully demand solution to their problem. Simple admission that their symptoms and suffering are real is not enough. What is needed is both, precautionary approach and a serious research effort to find out what and how causes EHS.

Unfortunately the arena of EHS research is polluted with bad science. Badly designed studies waste money and produce bad conclusions. This status quo is perpetuated and new funding is granted for new badly designed studies. Are scientists gone mad? Don’t they understand what they are doing?

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Lesczcynski, 06 Apr 2014

The Difference Between Science and the Law
Canada Created: 6 Apr 2014
I would like to point out that there is a difference between science and the law. Even if 50% of the scientific studies failed to show any biological effect from non-ionizing radiation, under U.S. law (and probably Canadian law, as well) citizens have a legal right not to be forcibly exposed.

There is a huge legal difference between consensual exposure (such as the voluntary use of a cell phone or wifi) versus non-consensual exposure (i.e. from the Smart Grid, cell phone towers (masts), police and military installations, involuntary ambient wifi, etc.). The difference in legal terms can be referred to as contributory negligence or volenti no fit injuria, meaning that the injured party willingly participated in causing his or her own injury. It can also encompass legal theories of unclean hands, since the cell phone or wifi user knowingly exposed others when he or she chose to use the radiation-emitting device.

Battery laws protect persons against non-consensual, harmful or offensive contact, including radiation and other airborne exposures. A substance that causes headaches, insomnia, skin rashes, tinnitus, sinus and lung congestion, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, etc. is most certainly offensive, if not harmful.

Negligence is the failure to exercise due care of a reasonably prudent person. Would a reasonably prudent person expose others to a substance that 50% of the scientific studies have proven to cause harm, while the other 50% of the scientific studies have been inconclusive? Under the law, just one scientific study proving harm is enough, regardless of how many studies are inconclusive. This is not an election, nor is it a popularity contest. This is the public health, a precious resource that must be safeguarded.

The public policy debate is held to different standards than the scientific debate. The public policy objective is to protect the public health from unnecessary risk. Since we have had and can have safe wired telephone, internet, electricity, cable TV, etc, the risk of exposing billions of people to non-ionizing radiation for the sake of these utilities is entirely unnecessary. Even if all of the studies were inconclusive and none of the studies proved any biological effects, the risk would still be unnecessary. The current scenario is more compelling, whereby 70% of the independent (non-industry funded) studies prove a biological effect (according to Dr. Henry Lai). To allow this entirely unnecessary exposure is unconscionable criminal negligence.

While further research may be desirable, we do not need to wait for any further research to be conducted. We must take action now to protect the public health. We must dismantle the Smart Grid and restore the safe analog grid. We must remove all wifi and restore safe wired internet connections. We must disconnect all cell phone towers (masts) and restore safe wired telephone service. We must take down all television and radio transmitters and satellites giving preference to safe cable conduits. Prudent public policy demands this.

I hope this helps to clarify the legal and public policy perspective.

Celeste
Source: OmegaNews, via email, 06 Apr 2014

Wi-Fi Radiation Induces “Diabetic-Like Status” in Rats
Tunisia Created: 6 Apr 2014
In a recent study published in the journal of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, an investigation was performed to study the effects of exposing rats to radiofrequency (RF) radiation from Wi-Fi devices and to further study the possible protective role of administering an olive leaf extract to reduce the damage in liver and kidney cells of the exposed rats.

According to the article, there has been “considerable interest in finding natural antioxidants from plant materials in order to repair several diseases caused by endogenous or environmental factors such as artificial EMF.” It was further stated that olive leaf extracts have been shown to have “anti-oxidative” properties.

As a part of the study, rats were exposed to RF radiation from Wi-Fi devices broadcasting with a signal at 2.45 GHz. Rats were exposed for only one (1) hour per day for a total of 21 consecutive days. This type of exposure was referred to as “sub-chronic.” Control rats were tested under the same conditions but there were no RF emissions from the Wi-Fi devices.

A principal finding of the study was that “RF exposure induced a diabetes-like status through alteration of oxidative response” and that “RF exposure could decrease body weight between the first and the last day.” In addition, it was found that administration of the “olive leaves extract was able to correct glucose metabolism disorder by minimizing oxidative stress induced by RF in rat tissues.”

Here is another selected quotation from the published article:

“Indeed, RF radiation induced glucose metabolism disorders. … The disorders in glucose metabolic could be explained by alteration in function, structure, and/or secretion of insulin after RF exposure. … Furthermore, RF radiation could affect the glucose uptake by peripheral tissues.”

In the figure shown below, slide A shows normal liver cells with “well preserved cytoplasm, nucleus, nucleolus.” However, in the case of RF exposed rats, slide B shows liver cells that “were hypertrophied with clear cytoplasm” and that “have a vegetal cell shape, the enclaves were optically empty represent[ing] the steatosis [fatty cells] which defined hepatic lesions.”

The results summarized above appear quite stunning, and the implications are clear; RF radiation induces adverse biological effects upon cell structures and the functioning of those cells. Use of antioxidant agents, in this case olive leaf extracts, may be able to provide a protective role against damage caused by RF radiation exposure.

The “highlights” of the published article as summarized at the ScienceDirect website are:

- The exposition to the radio frequencies (2.45 GHz) induced metabolic disorders.
- The exposition to the radio frequencies (2.45 GHz) induced a diabetic-like status.
- The exposition to the radio frequencies (2.45 GHz) induced oxidative stress.
- Olive leaves extract prevented against metabolic alterations.
- Olive leaves extract enhanced antioxidant responses.

[1] “Effects of Olive Leave Extract on Metabolic Disorders and Oxidative Stress Induced by 2.45GHz WIFI Signals,” by Salah, et. al., Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, Volume 36, Issue 3, November 2013, pages 826–834.
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Source: ScienceDirect, Salah MB et al, 03 Aug 2013

'Unequivocal' cell phones cause cancer!
United Kingdom Created: 6 Apr 2014
Proof from Germany
Please All Take the Time to Look and Listen to this video from Burgerwelle in Germany.
'Unequivocal' cell phones cause cancer!
http://www.buergerwelle.de:8080/helma/twoday/bwnews/stories/5568/
Kind regards,
John Weigel
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Source: John Weigel/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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