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UBIQUITY - new film about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
Netherlands Created: 7 Jun 2018
The internet is closing in on us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. But some people cannot stand the electromagnetic radiation from the wireless networks that surround us. They feel the pulse of the wireless world on their bodies. Are they the canaries in the coal mine?

Ubiquity is a feature documentary by Bregtje van der Haak and had its World premiere in the official competition of HotDocs 2018.

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Source: BALDR Films, 07 Jun 2018

The People Who Claim They're Allergic to Wifi
Netherlands Created: 28 Jan 2018
I spent a day with sufferers of "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" – individuals who say they suffer a range of physical symptoms when they're exposed to electronic radiation.

Part of the modern human condition is to be on the internet all day and get physically uncomfortable and stressed out about everything you see and read. However, there's a significant group of people whose stress levels go into overdrive before they've even read a word online – people who claim that the fact the internet simply exists has a negative impact on their health. These people are dealing with a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), meaning, they say, that they suffer from a range of physical symptoms when exposed to electromagnetic fields from things like wifi routers, mobile phones and TV sets.

Not everyone in the medical community is convinced that EHS is an actual medical condition. A 2007 study by the University of Essex found that participants claiming to have EHS only experienced symptoms when they were told that a phone mast nearby was "switched on". When participants didn't know whether the mast was on or not, the signals had seemingly no effect on their health.

Still, that doesn't take away from the fact that around 5 percent of the UK population think they're affected by EHS. If the condition sounds familiar, that's probably because it's prominently featured in the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, in which Saul's brother Chuck hides away in his own home to protect himself from all the electromagnetic signals the world sends his way.

Since I cannot imagine living in a civilised world without internet, I'm interested to find out what it's like when you believe it actually makes you feel physically ill. To find out, I contacted two women dealing with EHS – Nanny and Martine – who invited me to spend the day with them in their wifi-free bunkers.

Martine picks me up at the train station in Steensel, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. As soon as I get in her car, she politely asks me to turn off my phone – or, at the very least, put it on flight mode. Since I don't want to make her feel sick and I'm here for the full experience, I do what she asks.

Martine, who's in her forties, used to work in the legal department of a high-profile refugee support organisation in Amsterdam. That was until she started feeling the need to get away from what she considered an overdose of wifi and radiation, and flee the city.

"I was completely burned out," Martine tells me. "You sort of force yourself to just keep going until something breaks inside you."

Martine says she is one of the few people in the Netherlands who have been granted unemployment benefits based on her symptoms – though the authorities which granted it haven't officially declared electromagnetic radiation to be the cause of her symptoms. Today, she provides legal aid to others with EHS. It hasn’t been easy – many researchers in the field believe EHS to be a psychological issue, with some specialists believing it's the fear of radiation itself that could be unhealthy. Martine pushes back at this notion, pointing me to other studies she says prove the harmfulness of radiation.

We arrive at Martine’s home – a wooden house built right next to her parent’s place. Her dad, a scientist, also claims to have EHS, and considers himself an expert on blocking out radiation. Martine’s friend, Nanny, who's in her fifties, has been staying with her the last few days to get a break from the electromagnetic fields in her own home. She runs the website EHS Zichtbaar, which she hopes will raise awareness of what she thinks are the unhealthy effects of the ever-present wifi in our daily lives. Her husband helps run the website, though his love for gadgets often gets the better of him. "John loves his smartwatch," Nanny says. "but it makes me so ill it has to live in a drawer for now." Nanny doesn’t hate technology – but she wants to see wifi replaced with something healthier.

Nanny never goes outside without wearing her protective headgear, which looks like a beekeeper's hat made out of silver wiring. Just ordering the outfit alone was a huge ordeal – Nanny can’t use a computer or talk on the phone without falling sick for the rest of the day.

Nanny takes me for a walk around the woods behind Martine's home, and explains why she thinks radiation might be the new asbestos. "A lot of people just assume it’s safe and tested, or don’t even want to think about it at all," she says. "There are so many terrible things happening in the world, I can understand why people just want to get on with their lives without having to worry about radiation pollution. Being afraid all the time isn’t healthy either."

Back at the house, the three of us enjoy a light lunch and an intense discussion about the negative impact of society’s obsession with social media. Halfway through, Nanny starts to get very nervous and takes out a small device to check the room’s radiation level.

In turn, I get uncomfortable as the equipment’s long antennae lingers over my laptop. "Just taking a quick look to be certain," Nanny says, in an attempt to reassure me. Luckily, it’s a false alarm. I ask if I can test the device to see if it really works. Martine gives me the go-ahead to switch my phone on for a few seconds.

When I turn off flight mode, messages from the outside world start flooding my phone. Soon after, the radiation meter starts squeaking hysterically, with alarm lights flashing bright red. Embarrassed, I turn off my 4G and the detector falls silent. A few seconds later, I secretly turn my phone back on to be sure the meter isn't being manually operated by Nanny or Martine. But just as before, it screams and flickers, detecting my phone’s electromagnetic field.

Nanny normally lives with her family in Geldrop, a town about half an hour's drive away. But every so often, when she finds the electromagnetic radiation around her overwhelming, Nanny visits Martine and her dad for a few days to recover. She is returning home today after five days with her friend, and has invited me to come along. As Martine drives us both out, I’m struck by how uncomfortable Nanny must be, leaving the relative safety of the woods to return to an environment she's convinced is making her sick. We mainly stick to country roads to stay as far clear of transmission towers as we can. "At a certain point, you start seeing them everywhere," Martine says.

Nanny's husband John, her two teenage daughters, her visiting mother-in-law and the family dog are all there to welcome her back. "Nanny, don’t sit there," her mother-in-law warns her soon after she walks in. "John and I measured earlier and that’s the worst spot in the entire house."

On my tour of their home, Nanny tells me the walls are plastered with special anti-radiation paint and that the kitchen is covered in tin foil to keep out the neighbours' wifi. Nanny says that's still not enough to rid the house of radiation completely, because "there is an electromagnetic field in the fuse box". So Nanny lives in a caravan in the garden, but comes inside for dinner.

"It was fun in the beginning," she explains. "It felt like being on holiday. But now I’d love to be able to permanently move back inside the house."

As fascinating as I’ve found Nanny and Martine's wifi-less worlds, I achingly miss my own normal existence, however much radiation might be swirling around it. Just as I'm about to leave, Nanny brings out her line of novelty T-shirts, which she created with her husband and sells on their website. The shirts have anti-radiation slogans printed on them, like "Want kids? Don’t fuck with your phone", and "Feeling Blue-tooth?".

After I say my goodbyes, Nanny asks her daughters to escort me to the nearest bus stop. I ask them how they feel about their mum being away so often. "It was nice to have wifi for a few days," they tell me, "but in the end, it’s better to have your mum around."

This article originally appeared on VICE NL.
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Source: VICE, Tim Fraanje, 27 Jan 2018

On the difference between Man-made and Natural Electromagnetic Fields/Radiation, in regard to Biological Activity
Netherlands Created: 6 Apr 2017
Dear all - For your information the link to a new tutorial/article I wrote last week...

For those who are interested I hope it will not be too heavy and that it will improve your knowledge.
I further hope that this tutorial will help to prevent further distribution of the incorrect statement that polarization makes the key difference between man-made and natural electromagnetic fields/radiation.
This, and annoyance that such statements have appeared in scientific literature, were the reasons for me to write the tutorial.

Some more background.
As you know there are many charlatans in our field who sell often expensive gadgets and have invented their own pseudo-scientific language with impressive sounding words which have no meaning. They have websites and write stories on facebook. I have been approached by several to put their things on my website. One was very persistent and I had to be rather blunt to get rid of him.
I have seen two of these charlatans in main TV programmes. They stories had no content, but far out most people watching TV don’t have any knowledge in this field, so this is not so important, but their gadgets were taken apart in the programmes. In the first case sand came pouring out after opening and holding it upside down. In the second case (last year), the gadget, a beautifully shining rod with nice ends was shows to be provided inside with one condensor, one resistor and something I have forgotten. In both cases the charlatans and their gadgets were ridiculed by a professor (who happened to be in the programme) and along EHS was ridiculed as well.
So my conclusion is that we have to fight pseudo-science if possible.

On a different level similar things happen. It happens that scientists who have a name in their own field start writing outside their field and when the two fields are too much apart the result is usually a disaster. Unfortunately this has happened in our field. After the first paper in 2015 I gave my comments in private, but recently a second paper appeared with the same wrong conclusion and the same false statement was made in a recent report. So there is the danger of the parrot effect. Something sounds nice, so one repeats it, without understanding, and someone else repeats it and so on. And at the end someone from the other side comes and says: hey all the EHS guys (scientists) think that polarized light is dangerous. So you should throw away you sun glasses if they are of the polaroid type, and don’t sit next to a swimming pool with the sun on the other side, because the reflected light has a high degree of polarization (reflection from Brewster angle).

I realize that I am rather blunt now. I am sorry, but from the past it is my experience this is the best and sometimes the only way to bring over a message and that is what I want. And about the first paper it is not only the polarization statement which is wrong, the physics with the many formulae in it is not physics at all.

Best regards,
Leendert Vriens

PS. I forgot to say, my tutorial is of course open for discussion and for suggestions to make it more readably for non-specialists. And for those who might be interested in my background, I have been a research physicist and manager of physics research for 38 years. After retirement I gave advanced physics courses for seven years.
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Source: StopUMTS, Dr. Leendert Vriens, 04 Apr 2017

Dutch Government health study inconclusive on long-term wireless effect
Netherlands Created: 11 Feb 2016
The Dutch national health institute RIVM has published the results of a study into the possible long-term effects of electromagnetic radiation on the health of workers. According to the researchers, the latest studies do not offer any clear answer to the question whether there is a link between the radiation and health.

There are signs of a possible connection between (low-frequency) electromagnetic fields and the extent the nervous disease ALS occurs. However it is not clear whether the fields are the actual cause of the illness or other factors in the workplace are at play, such as chemical materials or electrical shocks. As for other diseases, such as dementia, MS or nervous conditions, various studies contradict each other on the possible impact of electromagnetic radiation, or there has been too little research to draw conclusions. This also applies for various forms of cancer.

The Dutch social affairs ministry commissioned the study in preparation for new legislation on labour conditions and an EU directive on electromagnetic radiation in the workplace. The directive focuses on limiting the immediate effects of the radiation on workers, given the inconclusive research on the long-term effects.
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Source: Telecompaper, 10 Feb 2016

A properly functioning mobile network is feasible with much lower radiation levels in homes.
Netherlands Created: 29 Aug 2015
Website 'Safe mobile network' - soon offline
But who cares? so it is shutting down!
the website will soon go offline, check it out while you still can!

A properly functioning mobile network is feasible with much lower radiation levels in homes. The levels could be lowered to such an extent that no-one living in the vicinity of mobile phone masts needs to suffer from neurological effects such as headaches and migraine. This is (probably) also true for the higher cancer incidence around mobile phone masts, which has been found in several studies. In the present - polarized - public debate regarding the public health effects of phone masts, this fact is largely ignored.
We propose here to adopt such a more modern mobile phone network (see safe network), as is already functioning in a number of regions in Europe.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir/

Short-term 3G phone radiation has significant effect on brain electrical activity: study
Netherlands Created: 13 Jul 2015
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a 15-minute placement of a 3G dialling mobile phone causes direct changes in EEG activity compared to the placement of a sham phone.
Furthermore, it was investigated whether placement of the mobile phone on the ear or the heart would result in different outcomes.

Thirty-one healthy females participated. All subjects were measured twice: on one of the two days the mobile phone was attached to the ear, the other day to the chest.

In this single-blind, cross-over design, assessments in the sham phone condition were conducted directly preceding and following the mobile phone exposure.

During each assessment, EEG activity and radiofrequency radiation were recorded jointly. Delta, theta, alpha, slowbeta, fastbeta, and gamma activity was computed. The association between radiation exposure and the EEG was tested using multilevel random regression analyses with radiation as predictor of main interest.

Significant radiation effects were found for the alpha, slowbeta, fastbeta, and gamma bands.
When analyzed separately, ear location of the phone was associated with significant results, while chest placement was not. The results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement. Further studies are required to demonstrate the physiological relevance of these findings.

Related news:
Feb 2011, USA: Cell Phone Radiation Changes Brain Metabolism
Sep 2013, China: 4G Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity in Cell Phone Users
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Source: PLoS One, Roggeveen et al., 08 Jun 2015

NL Health Board inconclusive about mobile radiation effects
Netherlands Created: 16 Jun 2013
More and more long term research is needed to investigate the link between electromagnetic fields and the occurrence of certain brain tumors, the Health Advisory Board wrote on 3 June, when submitting their conclusions to the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and the environment.
The board has looked into the matter, with the participation of professors and researchers.
A meta study of available epidemiological studies have yielded no clear evidence of an actual link.
Very weak and inconsistent evidence was found only for gliomas (malignant brain tumors), in association with the prolonged use of a mobile phone.
But no correlation was found when looking at data covering the Dutch population.
At present, data only covers a usage period of up to 13 years.
Tumors can have a longer latency period. The Health Board will publish more on a literature study looking at the effects of electromagnetic radiation in animals.
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Source: Sylvie/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

International Symposium on tree damage by Electromagnetic Radiation
Netherlands Created: 19 Jul 2012
Currently, trees growing in urban environments in many different countries are suffering from malformations of unknown origin. About 35% of all broadleaf trees is affected. Research has shown that dead cells occur at the outer layers of the tree trunk.

Many believe that the ever increasing electromagnetic fields are the cause of these new tree diseases. There are different studies that prove that these fields have a negative influence on trees. More investigation is needed on this topic.

See the video of this symposium
(in dutch but with english subtitles)


From Beperk de Straling: Organised in The Netherlands, February 2011 - Unknown tree damage by electromagnetic radiation.
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Source: Beperk de Straling / EMFacts, Jul 18

Ziek van je mobieltje - Sick of your Mobile Phone
Netherlands Created: 29 Jun 2012
Ziek van je mobieltje - Sick of your Mobile Phone
Dutch public television documentary with Google subtitles on the subject of wireless technologies and health.
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Source: Sylvie/Agnes INgvarsdottir.

English: Radiation cell phone risky for children: Dutch: Straling mobiele telefoon riskant voor kinderen!
Netherlands Created: 13 Jun 2012
Radiation cell phone risky for children

Children are at greater health risks through the use of mobile phones than adults. This is because the radiation from the phone, deeper into the skull of a child than in the skull of an adult. So says the Belgian kinderoncoloog Stefaan van Gool in ZEMBLA episode "Sick of your mobile '.

Watch the video: Sick of your cell phone:

Video George Carlo, where the people warn of the biological effects of current wireless devices.
He does this after a 6-year study to have done for Motorola Paid by Motorola and said were not happy with the outcome of this research. And then start to train it to recharge mobile phone go through.
While the opinion of this scientist, "Stop first and see if anything can be done"
The result is now globally visible. Despite his signed oath of secrecy about the outcome of his research
is he still the world's population to warn.

Straling mobiele telefoon riskant voor kinderen
Kinderen lopen grotere gezondheidsrisico’s door het gebruik van een mobiele telefoon dan volwassenen. Dat komt doordat de straling, afkomstig van de telefoon, dieper doordringt in de schedel van een kind dan in de schedel van een volwassene. Dat zegt de Belgische kinderoncoloog Stefaan van Gool in de ZEMBLA-aflevering ‘Ziek van je mobieltje’.

Bekijk nu de video : Ziek van je mobieltje:

Video waar George Carlo de bevolking waarschuwen voor de biologische effecten van huidige draadloze apparaten.
HIj doet dit na een 6 jarig onderzoek te hebben gedaan voor Motorola, Betaald door Motorola en zei niet blij waren met de uitkomst van dit onderzoek. En om de toen startende mobile telefoon trein toch te laden door gaan.
Terwijl het advies van deze wetenschapper was; "Stoppen en eerst kijken of er wat aan gedaan kan worden"
Het gevolg is nu wereldwijd goed zichtbaar. Ondanks zijn ondertekende zwijgplicht omtrent de uitkomst van zijn onderzoek
is hij nu toch de wereld bevolking aan het waarschuwen.
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Source: Arjen Witzel/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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