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French draft report on EHS : nocebo effect is NOT the cause of 1st symptoms experienced by EHS subjects
France Created: 3 Sep 2016
Excerpt from p 201 (Google translation): Alongside these challenge studies, the contribution of Dieudonne (2016) is important because it shows that in most cases, the nocebo effect is not the cause of the first symptoms experienced by EHS subjects, but does not exclude that this effect plays a role in the persistence of symptoms.

Source :
ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
English article : ANSES organises a public consultation for its report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity :

Link to the pre-final expert assessment report (PDF, in French only):

Informant: Andre Fauteux
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Source: Omega News, via email, 03 Sep 2016

ANSES organises a public consultation for its report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity
France Created: 2 Sep 2016
Today ANSES launches a public consultation of its draft report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields. Members of the scientific community, physicians and interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on the pre-final report through an on-line public consultation which will be open through 30 September 2016. The Agency's objective is to gather additional scientific comments and data that can be taken into account in the final version of the expert assessment report.

Population exposure to radiofrequency waves has been a topic of concern for a number of years both in France and worldwide. Because of this, and in response to requests by its supervisory ministries, the Agency published collective expert assessment opinions and reports in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and most recently, one in 2016 on exposure to radiofrequency waves and child health.

With the development and deployment of new technologies in communications and connected objects within the last twenty years, a growing number of systems and applications use electromagnetic waves in the radiofrequency range (from 8.3 kHz to 300 GHz): mobile telephones, tablets, connected objects, etc. Despite measures implemented to regulate and monitorexposure levels to electromagnetic fields, a certain number of individuals have reported problems that they claim are caused by exposure to these fields.

Within this context, ANSES has issued a formal internal request in order to conduct a specific, in-depth expert assessment of the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF).The goal of this assessment is to better comprehend the complex EHS phenomenon and to characterise it in order to understand the mechanisms which cause the various symptoms encountered by subjects claiming to suffer from EHS, and to suggest preferential lines of research.

Launch of a public consultation on the pre-final report

ANSES is launching a public consultation today for the pre-final report on this work. The objective of the consultation is to gather additional scientific comments and data that can be taken into account for the final version of the expert assessment report. All the comments received, as well as the Agency’s responses, will be published in an annex to the final report.

The expert assessment presented in the pre-final report is mainly based on a review of the scientific literature, with over 300 publications selected. Due to the complexity of the subject, the limitations of scientific articles, the lack of studies on certain topics and the scientific controversies that result from all of these difficulties, the working group also examined testimony by hospital physicians and general practitioners, researchers, associations, and groups of citizens and elected officials. In all, it heard the testimonies of over twenty individuals and organisation representatives in order to round out its understanding of the subject and more effectively identify the characteristics and specificities of the symptoms of EHS sufferers.

ANSES invites members of the scientific community, physicians and all interested stakeholders to submit their comments regarding this draft report by 30 September 2016 via our online comment form (only in French).
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Source: ANSES, 27 Aug 2016

BT tests speed limits in the Outer Hebrides with rural broadband trial
United Kingdom Created: 20 Aug 2016
BT has begun public trials in the Outer Hebrides of technology it claims can help deliver a new legal minimum broadband speeds to rural Britons at low cost.
In North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis the company is testing systems designed to boost the internet speeds achievable over traditional copper telephone lines that stretch more than two miles from roadside cabinets to remote properties.
BT claims the technology, developed in its own labs and called Long Reach VDSL, is capable of delivering the incoming minimum standard of 10 megabits per second to most of the more than one million households that are currently stuck with lower speeds.
The threshold is due to be introduced under the Digital Economy Bill currently making its way through Parliament. Ofcom has said 10 megabits per second is the minimum broadband speed required for a family to browse the web, make video calls and watch streaming television at the same time.
Homes linked to BT’s network by a long telephone line suffer slow broadband speeds because the quality of the signal degrades over distance, even if there is a fibre-optic connection to the roadside cabinet. Long Reach VDSL uses more frequencies and higher power to increase the range of the signal over copper.
Clive Selley, chief executive of BT’s network division Openreach, said: “We believe we can reach those homes without the need for taxpayers money should BT receive regulatory support in a couple of areas which would help it to recoup some of its costs.”
Improving broadband speeds for remote communities has been considered commercially unattractive because there are typically few customers to justify the investment. An Ofcom consultation on the new minimum broadband speed this week reported that there was little appetite among infrastructure-owning BT rivals such as Virgin Media to deliver it.
BT warned that Long Reach VDSL will not be suitable for the most remote communities where telephone lines can stretch beyond 2.5 miles. They are likely to have to rely on satellite broadband.
On shorter copper lines in more densely populated regions, BT is also preparing to launch technology called G.fast, which it says can deliver hundreds of megabits per second allowing multiple streams of ultra-HD video.
Rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have criticised the plans however, calling for traditional telephone lines to be replaced with more reliable fibre optics that can carry even more data.

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Canadian Safety Code 6 inadequacies highlighted in new report
Canada Created: 19 Aug 2016
Report of the Standing Committee on Health: HESA 2015 Recommendations on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians.

On Tuesday June 9th, 2015 the Standing Committee on Health, whose mandate is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada, unanimously adopted the final report into their study of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6. During three full days of hearings spread over two months, the ten MP member panel heard from both sides of the issue including leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Health Canada and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. (Full testimony and recaps can be found further down on this page)

On June 17th, 2015, the Chair of the HESA panel MP Ben Lobb read and tabled the below final 12 HESA recommendations into the House of Commons, requesting that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report. As the current Government goes on summer break on June 19th, 2015, followed by the federal election in October, it will be the new Government that is elected that will be responding to this HESA report.

CMAJ – Scientists Decry Canada’s Outdated Safety Rules
CMAJ – Parliamentary Report Calls For Action on Wi-Fi
Whats Your Tech – Awareness Campaign Needed on Cellphone Use, Wi-Fi Radiation Risks amid Conflicting Government

HESA Recommendations

That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.

That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.

That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.

That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated.

That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.

That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.

That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices.

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.

Full report is 42 pages:
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Source: EMFacts, Don Maisch PhD, 19 Aug 2016

Do mobile phones cause brain tumours? We don't know yet, The jury is still out.
United Kingdom Created: 15 Aug 2016
Four years ago, the soul singer John Newman had a brain tumour removed. This year, it returned.
He tells Nick Duerden why he is upbeat, despite the diagnosis

Four years ago, as he was enjoying his first taste of chart success, John Newman began to suffer problems with his sight. "1 was getting dizzy and starting to go blind,"
he recalls. Newman, from North Yorkshire, reacted the way he believes anyone from his part of the world would. "I was like: I'm fine, I'm okay." Increasingly, however, it became apparent that he was neither.

"So I went to the optician. The optician rushed me straight to the eye hospital, the eye hospital sent me to a neurotherapist" - and the neurotherapist diagnosed a brain tmour, likely benign but sufficiently big and dramatic-seeming, he'says, "that it was going to start causing some really bad shit", unless they did something about it straight away.

The tumour - or most of it, at any rate - was swiftly excised, thereby allowing him to return to the business of becoming a pop star. Over the next few years, he underwent
a succession of routine MRI scans , but at his last check-up his doctors confirmed what he had feared: the tumour had returned with the constant anxiousness
and worry. My doctors are monitoring the situation.

Brain tumours command some pretty unpleasant statistics. Some 16,000 people are diagnosed with one every year in the UK, and more children - and adults under 40 - die from this type of cancer than any other. It has one of the lowest survival rates, in fact, and for those that do survive, quality of life can often be reduced.

"There also happens to be more than 120 different kinds," says Geoffrey Pilkington, professor of cellular and molecular neurooncology at the University of Portsmouth, and one of the most experienced researchers in his field, having specialised in the area
since 1971.

He says that unlike most cancers, the threat of which tends to increase with age, brain
tumours can affect us right the way through life. They can arise at any age from childhood to old age; indeed they may even be detected in-utero, before birth.

Brain tumours constitute 2 per cent of all cancers in the UK but receive less than 1 per cent of the national cancer spend, and statistics suggest that cases are growing year-on-year.
The illness is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms ­ blindness, problems with hearing, headaches and seizures - are also symptomatic of many other conditions. Consequently, says Professor Pilkington, they can be diagnosed late. "And when they do finally become symptomatic, they have often spread.

"Not all are malignant, but because of the area in which they grow- already compromised terms of available space- they are always serious."
John Newman's first tumour wasn't diagnosed as benign, he points out, until after his operation. "But then there isn't just one cup on the table full of benign, and one full of cancer'," he says. "It's just a mess on the table.
There is no wall to separate one from the other. They cross over."

Even after treatment, it is unlikely that every last cell, cancerous or otherwise, will have been removed. And so they can, and often do, return.

Survival rates for the most malignant form is just shy of 15 months, and they can strike at any time, either due to a genetic disposition or external causes.

What those external causes might include is much discussed, the most hotly debated of which is the mobile phone,

"A question we often get is: do mobile phones cause brain tumours?" says Dr Kieran
Breen, director of Brain Tumour Research. "And the answer is: we don't know yet. There is not enough data. The jury is still out.

Should it prove that the essential component of' 21st-century living does indeed cause a dreadful, and often fatal, disease then it could prove a plague of biblical proportions. So medical professionals are duty-bound to err on the side of caution recommending the use of hands- free technology, for instance.

Further .research into the possible threat brought by smartphones is one reason for the need for more funding.
Another is to better deal with the different kinds of tumour on a bespoke basis. Though fatality rates can be disproportionately high, it is also, true that many people recover, and fully.
Some survivors will suffer educational deficits, hormonal problems, and both physical and neurological ones, but there are now means by which to test people in order to put them into different subgroups, and then treat them appropriately.

"At the moment, cancer patients tend to be effectively treated by a regimen of therapy which is highly toxic, yet it is this very toxicity that can damage them, albeit while potentially curing them," says Professor Pilkington. "But we are now looking into therapies that can be custom-built according to different subgroups of the kind of tumour they have, which will help improve survival rates and also facilitate a much better quality of life."

The individual's mindset, meanwhile, might also help the long-term outcome. His own tumour aside, John Newman is a strapping young man of extraordinary drive. He
enjoys being an internationally successful singer.

He says: "People have suggested I take a break from music, but I can't do it. I have to keep making music in order to stay happy; if I don't, I'm a mess."

Doctors are planning to operate on him at some point next year. “My prognosis is good, so I'm lucky," he says. "I'm one of the lucky ones”

MRI scanners are used to detect brain tumours, one of the most dangerous forms of cancer

Scanned from The Independent newspaper “i” 150816
Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

US Presidential candiate Jill Stein is against WI-FI in schools
USA Created: 9 Aug 2016
"We Should Not Be Subjecting Children's Brains To Wi-Fi Screens In Schools. It's Not OK " says Jill Stein, US Green Party presidential candidate and Harvard-educated physician.

Watch the short clip on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IGQjaSJP2Xg
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Source: Safe Tech For Schools, 06 Mar 2016

Legal expert: Mast law ‘will not work’
United Kingdom Created: 9 Aug 2016
Operator-backed changes to the Electronic Communications Code have come under fire from representatives of landowners affected by the deal. The new Code aims to provide operators with the legal right to access sites and the ability to use the courts to purchase certain sites.

However, lawyers representing landowners in relation to mobile phone mast sites have criticised the Code, arguing that the new measures will not improve rural coverage and were hastily constructed, repeating the same mistakes.

Speaking exclusively to Mobile Luke Maidens, associate, property litigation at Shullmans LLP, which has represented a large number of landowners with mobile masts, explained why he and his clients were unhappy: ‘These Code amendments seem to envisage that money saved on key revenue-making urban sites will be voluntarily reinvested in building and running loss-making sites in the countryside, rather than in enhancing profits. The cynic in me says that appears naïve. Why not just properly subsidise these last rural sites and leave the market to deal with the rest?

‘The whole thing has been rushed through generally, last year they tried to put through changes to the Code under the radar in ahasty amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, which was subsequently withdrawn, following a backlash.

‘This time, they appear to be replicating many of the issues with the old Code – unnecessarily complex and convoluted, and provisions which simply don’t or will not work in practice. The government needs to take a step back and think this through.

‘Where there still remains a lack of rural coverage, that is almost certainly because a site in that location is not economic to build and run.’

Responding to Maidens’ criticisms, a spokesperson for O2 argued that the new Code was a step in the right direction to bring mobile in line with fixed line operators’ access rights, and also stated: ‘The proposed ECC Bill sets us on the right path but we all need to work together to deliver the country’s digital infrastructure and secure an economic future for everyone.’

A Three spokesperson echoed the words of its rival, describing the new code as a fair balance between landowners and the operators: ‘Changes to the ECC are welcome and long overdue. When implemented they will make network extension and improvements both easier and more efficient. They also strike a fair balance between operators and landowners and lay a firm foundation to improve rural coverage.’

A Vodafone UK spokesperson also praised the changes: ‘We welcome the government’s Digital Economy Bill. We have been calling for changes to property law to help us roll out mobile networks more sustainably for a long time, so it is good to see those reforms published.’

An EE spokesperson agreed: ‘The new Code better reflects the importance of mobile communications to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The Code will help operators upgrade equipment and expand coverage, and gain access to sites to ensure service continuity. We expect to continue to have normal commercial conversations with landlords, but welcome the new rights as a backstop against extraordinary rent demands, which put current and future mobile services at risk.’
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Source: Mobile Today, Zak Garner-Purkis, 08 Aug 2016

A bar owner in the UK has built a Faraday cage to stop customers using their phones
United Kingdom Created: 7 Aug 2016
The owner of a cocktail bar in the UK has turned to physics in an attempt to force his customers to actually talk to other instead of just staring at social media all night.

Steve Tyler, who owns the Gin Tub in East Sussex, has built his very own Faraday cage around the establishment to block mobile phone signals from entering the building.

It's a pretty ingenious (but controversial) move that involves installing metal mesh in the walls and ceiling of the bar to essentially filter out electromagnetic signals before they enter the building.

This effect was first discovered back in 1836 by physicist Michael Faraday, and it works in a similar way to noise-cancelling headphones, which block out noise by emitting the opposite wavelengths of sound.

So, when electromagnetic radiation - such as a phone signal - hits the outside of a Faraday cage, it causes electrons in the metal to move and create an electromagnetic field that exactly opposes and cancels out that wavelength of radiation.

You most likely have a type of Faraday cage in your house right now in the form of your microwave. That metal mesh you can see in between the glass in the door is there to stop microwaves from escaping.

Many wallets these days also have mini Faraday cages built into them to stop thieves from getting your credit card details. They can do that by using a device that sends out a radio frequency pulse, similar to one sent out by a paywave machine, telling the contactless chip in your credit card to send back data - such as your credit card number and its expiry date.

Tyler told the BBC that he built his Faraday cage out of silver foil and copper mesh - and you can learn to build your own here (it's surprisingly simple).

"It's not the perfect system, it's not military grade," Tyler explained. "I just wanted people to enjoy a night out in my bar, without being interrupted by their phones."

"Rather than asking them not to use their phones, I stopped the phones working," he added.

Faraday cages are different from electronic jamming devices, which work by actively blasting out an electromagnetic signal that stops someone from receiving radio waves.

Those jamming devices are illegal, but Faraday cages don't break the law, seeing as they passively filter out phone signals - although you can imagine that blocking all phone reception at the pub isn't something that would go down particularly well.

There's also no word on whether Tyler's Faraday blocks Wi-Fi signals in addition to mobile phone signals, which have shorter wavelengths, so there's a chance people could get around his barrier by connecting to the Internet instead of the cellular network.

But, either way, it's a pretty ingenious idea.

Tyler's not the only one to use science to solve a social problem, either. In parts of Germany and San Francisco, local councils have started painting walls with hydrophobic paint, so that anyone who decides to urinate on them will have it splash right back at them.

As is usually the case, if you've got a problem, science probably has a solution. And that's one of the reasons we love it so much.

Check out the Physics Girl video below to see how a Faraday cage stops your microwave from leaking... or not, as it turns out:
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Source: Science Alert, FIONA MACDONALD, 04 aug 2016

BBC 'Holby City' takes on EHS, seriously!
United Kingdom Created: 5 Aug 2016
Hi all - Please Use 10 minutes of your time to view this clip from this weeks BBC's "Holby City" that has been posted on Youtube.


If you ask me far to many of us will recognize this as this shows EHS when it is at its worst..
Best regards.

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

High-Court sides with EHS Telecom Engineer in disability case
Spain Created: 2 Aug 2016
[From google-translate]: A telecommunications engineer who worked at Ericsson and suffers electrohypersensitivty, a neurological syndrome that is triggered when exposed to computers, wifis, mobile phones and spaces in general with high electrical and electromagnetic activity, has gained the recognition from ​​the High Court of Madrid that he can not continue to exercise his profession without becoming ill and therefore is entitled to a disability benefit. The National Institute of Social Security (INSS) denied him two years ago, citing the difficulty in proving the existence of this syndrome.

"This is the first time we have achieved total disability due exclusively to this syndrome," says attorney Jaume Cortés, the Col-lectiu Ronda. The INSS considered it impossible to determine the resulting functional limitations of this syndrome, electrosensitivity, based on reports from the World Health Organization on "the heterogeneity and vagueness of its symptoms."

"Using a mobile phone caused me tinnitus and headache in less than a minute. But besides that, the ear flushed from mobile exposure, I could barely sleep, I turned aggressive and to even cause accidents, was sunk and my brain function was getting slower. I came to forget the name of lifelong friends. All this together increased depression, anxiety..." explains Ricardo de Francisco, telecommunications engineer 47 for whom all wireless exposure leads to large and increasingly diverse suffering. At first he thought it was a mental health problem, but experts dismissed it. "But my thyroid was normal as was a month without work, and so did other parts of my body."

In Ericsson -after a period of declines in this syndrome is not recognized, "it does not exist, my doctor told me at the medical service" - ran out precisely by laying off electrosensitivity. There was no place free from exposure in the company or data communications tasks that could reduce the risk of liability of the company's health.

He turned to the unemployment and inability office and asked: "Where I can go to work where there are no [wireless] routers?". They first denied the application which has now been achieved through the courts. I can not work. Nor can I use public transportation, among other reasons, because awareness is expanding to chemicals. "Study people they can move, but has given them to put wifi in the streets."

She lives in Madrid and down the street looking antennas. At home a landline and a mobile GSM, with far fewer megahertz than [smart]phones that do everything. "It's not easy to find that information. In stores they get confused when you ask them about the SAR". Your phone uses a lower frequency and takes you off all possible wireless connections. Use with earpiece because they reduce exposure and you may further reduce the effect with some extension cords that use air tubes, "but it is hard to find."

In the case of Madrid teleco, the key favorable judgment has been to have a report of public health, on this occasion, a scholar internist hospital theme of Guadalajara. "It is the history of all these diseases, they don't exist until those affected claim and a judge recognizes and it become news, "says attorney Col-lectiu Ronda. It happened with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue - "today we have about 300 disabilities recognized by this cause" - with multiple chemical sensitivity, "some 50 won". Now it's up to electrosensitivity.
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Source: LavanGuardia, Ana Macpherson, 02 Aug 2016

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