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WATCH: Debate raging on link between 5G technology, coronavirus pandemic
South Africa Created: 26 Mar 2020
Dr Thomas Cowan hypothesises that the coronavirus may be history repeating itself and caused by 5G at the Health And Human Rights Summit in Tucson, Arizona.

Cape Town – Claims that 5G technology played a role in spreading the coronavirus worldwide would have further alarmed residents concerned about the impact of its roll-out in Cape Town.

China was reportedly the first country to have more than 100 000 5G towers, with Wuhan being the first to contract the new coronavirus.

It has been claimed that Wuhan was the first city to introduce blanketed 5G, with Iran, cruise ships and Italy being among other places where 5G was introduced.

In a video recorded at the Health And Human Rights Summit in Tucson, Arizona, on March 12, doctor and anthroposophist Thomas Cowan says every time a fundamentally new electrical technology is introduced, we see a pandemic.

"A biological shock wave occurs, because our organism does not know what to do with the stressful new situation. Many people die and the rest survive, but with an excited biology," Cowan said.

This happened in 1918 with the Spanish flu, which occurred with the worldwide introduction of radio traffic.

Cowan says when they asked renowned anthrophosist Rudolf Steiner about the millions of victims of the Spanish flu in 1918, he replied: "Viruses have nothing to do with it. Viruses are reactions of the poisoned cell that, in defence against the poison itself, secretes the viruses to allow the cell to survive.

"Viruses are therefore waste products of the human cells and therefore do nothing themselves.”

Considering the numerous ways in which people are poisoned by antibiotics, radiation, insecticides, radioactivity, medicines, junk food, polluted water and air, and other harmful substances, Cohen says their resistance and their cells are destroyed. The cells themselves secrete the viruses as a defence response.

One version of 5G, called millimeter wave, runs on very high-frequency radio waves. Those signals can't travel long distances, which requires towers to be placed close together and installed in more locations.

That has reignited worries that the 5G radio waves – emanating from land and in space – could produce harmful radiation, causing brain cancer, reduced fertility, headaches and other illnesses.

5G will supposedly be 600 times faster than the current speed of 4G mobile networks, and 10 times faster than the fastest fibre-optic connection in South Africa.

More than 4 000 people have signed a petition on to "Stop 5G rollout in Cape Town, South Africa. and while we're at it, the world".

The petition motivation says: "Our health may be under threat on many levels (depending on proximity). Wireless technologies (microwaves) have been shown in countless peer reviewed studies (links below) to have negative effects on cell health, be they minor and debilitating, or severe.

"5G now poses an even more poorly controlled potential threat with extremely high frequency, short range antennas almost everywhere.

"The roll-out has started around the globe with a suspicious urgency on the part of the corporations responsible. To the point of legal immunity from appeals from concerned communities. However, some have succeeded in the USA and hopefully will have an easier time elsewhere…

"It is not enough for local authorities to say that they follow the guidelines for safety, as new standards are desperately needed, tested on actual living cells, drawing from all the research done over the past 20 years.

"It has been shown many times over now, that not only ionizing radiation/heating has a noteworthy effect on cells and that non-ionizing radiation has plenty of effects."

Hout Bay local Angie Curtis has also organised a Facebook group opposed to 5G technology.

“If we allow the 5G Trojan Horse to enter our cities, we will be condemning ourselves to a future of ever-escalating exposure to harmful wireless radiation that will accompany 5G and beyond,” Curtis says.

However, Professor Antoine Bagula, head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape, told the Weekend Argus in November last year: “What is different with 5G compared to other technology is that it’s using high frequencies. It will be much more powerful radiation.

"But the good news is that when you look at the electromagnetic spectrum, there is ionising and non-ionising radiation.

“The ionising is like X-rays and gamma rays – these are the ones which are dangerous to health, which can produce cancer. But 5G is deployed in non-ionising frequencies.”

The 5G claims were also debunked by FullFact, a UK fact checker.

"As we’ve written about before, there is no evidence that 5G is harmful to humans. 5G is the next generation of wireless network technology, following on from 4G.

"Like 4G, 3G and 2G before it, 5G mobile data is transmitted over radio waves – a small part of the whole electromagnetic spectrum (which includes microwaves, visible light and X-rays).

"These radio waves are non-ionising, meaning they don’t damage the DNA inside cells.

"Public Health England has said that there’s no 'convincing evidence' that exposure below the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation guidelines can cause adverse health effects.

"These guidelines go up to 300GHz, whereas the maximum for 5G will probably only be in the tens of GHz.

"And regardless, the claimed symptoms of 5G exposure shown don’t match the symptoms of the new coronavirus.

"The post claims that symptoms of 5G exposure include nausea, hair loss and bone marrow damage but the symptoms of Covid-19 include fever and coughing.

"Other symptoms include shortness of breath, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea."

Keri Hilson, an American singer with 4.2 million followers on Twitter, on Sunday sent several tweets that attempted to link the coronavirus to 5G.

"People have been trying to warn us about 5G for YEARS. Petitions, organizations, studies... what we're going thru is the affects (sic) of radiation. 5G launched in CHINA. Nov 1, 2019. People dropped dead."

The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Communication Commission in the US insist there is nothing to be worried about. Most studies haven't found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease, the agencies say.

But because 5G is so new, there's no definitive way to know if it will cause long-term health problems.
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Source: IOL, 18 Mar 2020

Cellphone mast removed from Chatsworth school
South Africa Created: 22 Mar 2019
Durban - A six month battle between residents of Arena Park residents and Crestview Primary School to remove a cell phone mast has come to an end.

On Thursday, the cell phone mast that was erected on the Chatsworth school premises was removed.

Selvan Moodley, Arena Park Civic Association spokesperson, said they had been fighting tooth and nail with the principal of the school and the school governing body(SGB) to have the cellphone mast removed.

"A new SGB was elected in March and from there on we took them on. We gathered petitions and objections to the project. The community owns the school and not the principal. He had not consulted with anyone when he signed off on the deal to erect the mast. They walk all over the community but this time we stood together. The eThekwini municipality also failed us. We had several meetings and through this tiring process triumphed. Together we can make Chatsworth better if we all stand together,"

Tracey-Lee Dorny, the chairwoman of the Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of SA, told Independent Media that there are thousands of papers showing possible links to cancer, and now increasing incidents of attention-deficit disorder, Alzheimer’s and diabetes from cellphone radiation and health effects of electromagnetic fields emitted by cellular base stations.
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Source: IOL, ZAINUL DAWOOD, 22 Mar 2019

BREAKING: South African Judge orders Mast powered down on health reasons
South Africa Created: 17 Dec 2018
From James Lech in South Africa:
The positive and negative health effects from non-native electromagnetic field (nnEMF) effects are real. This includes cell towers. The data has been published, numerous Nobel Prize Awards to explain it, however, the understanding of nnEMF and health in medicine is a cross-pollinating exercise between disciplines in connecting the dots. Most allopathic medicine lacks training in dealing with mitochondrial-related diseases. nnEMF diseases for medical practitioners have several problems. Firstly, they don’t understand the linkage between their pathology and biochemistry books, to what is seen clinically in the world today. Secondly, if one tries to understand the nnEMF issue purely from a biological platform, doctors will be wholly unsuccessful. Physicians need to approach from a biophysics angle. Unfortunately, most allopathic doctors do not have a big physics background.

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Source: SuperDads, James Lech, 16 Dec 2018

MTN faces court challenge to illegal roll-out of cell masts
South Africa Created: 16 Aug 2018
The filing of the papers follows almost two years of public outrage against these illegal cell towers.

THE Durban Anti-Cell Mast Alliance (DACMA), a residents lobby group created in 2017 to protest the illegal roll-out of MTN cell masts across Durban, lodged papers on Friday in the Durban High Court, asking for a review of the ‘secret deal’ that cellular company MTN concluded with the eThekwini Municipality in April 2016.

According to DACMA spokesperson Niki Moore, in terms of this deal, eThekwini Head of Disaster Management Vincent Ngubane absolved MTN from any regulatory processes when they put up their infrastructure across the city.

The filing of the papers follows almost two years of public outrage against these illegal cell towers. Despite numerous newspaper reports, community activism, council questions, applications via PAIA, legal correspondence and public meetings, neither eThekwini municipality nor MTN have done anything to explain how this situation came about, or whether they intend to rectify it.

Moore said in court papers, a group of applicants asked for an urgent High Court review of this ‘secret deal’. She said MTN and eThekwini Metro are accused of disregarding by-laws, disregarding town planning schemes, contravening national legislation such as NEMA, health and safety guidelines and the Civil Aviation Act, contravening Section 33 of the Constitution, contravening PAIA, contravening PAJA, contravening the Municipal Systems Act, and committing fraud.

“We have been forced to go to court because both MTN and eThekwini Municipality have consistently lied about this secret arrangement. This infrastructure roll-out was completely unprocedural and secret, with the result that MTN put up cell masts, hundreds of them, next to creches, schools, old age homes, on people’s pavements, in play parks, right outside their homes – with absolutely no consultation, no site planning, no permissions, no scoping, no public process,” said Moore.

She said the research the group had done had shown that the roll-out was completely unnecessary, as none of the masts increased cellular connectivity in areas where it was actually required.

“MTN has done the cellular telephone industry no favours. By proceeding illegally and unprocedurally, they have raised huge concerns about their industry in the minds of the public. Now people are really talking about cell masts, and the effects they are having on property prices, the environment, and people’s health.”

While DACMA is not against the need for reliable communication technologies, they believe there are better ways to go about it. At the moment, the impact of long-term high-frequency microwaves on humans and the environment is relatively unresearched – and the research that does exist is causing alarm amongst scientists.

“The cell companies hide behind the fact that they abide by so-called ‘international limits’, but they suppress the fact that these limits have been unchanged since 1998, are based on discredited science, and do not take into account the massive changes in technology in the last ten years. We know that cell masts are unsightly, and that no-one wants to live near one, but we still don’t know what they are doing to us and our environment,” said Moore.

She said it was nonsense that municipalities, who make money out of cell mast rental can dismiss any community concerns about the unverified effects of cell masts from the people who are forced to live right next to them.

“We are hoping that this court case will make both municipalities and mobile telephone companies stop and think about their reckless actions.”

Councillor Chris Pappas also recently reported that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini would continue to vote against the erection of cell towers unless reasonable and unbiased information was provided by the municipality regarding health effects on residents and impact on property values.

Pappas said the DA wants the City to conduct an independent study into the health effects of cell towers and the impacts of cell towers on property values, as well as to provide an updated and comprehensive policy on telecommunications infrastructure in the city. This came after a Town Planning Appeals Committee meeting recently, which was attended by an assembly of mobile network operators (cell phone companies) and companies who build cell masts and then rent out the space.

“The public should be aware that the City of eThekwini will not be considering health effects of any particular mast when adjudicating appeals and objections. So if your chief concern in objecting to a cell mast is the health concern you will be wasting your R5 000 appeal fee. However, it is residents’ constitutional right to appeal and the decision will rest with individuals whether to appeal or not,” he said.

Pappas said there were other very relevant issues on which residents can appeal, and these appeals must be based on scientifically proven facts or justified town planning reasons.

The illegal MTN roll-out in Durban sparked concerns about the sudden proliferation of cell masts across the country. As a result of public concern, citizens across South Africa founded a national lobby group National Alliance Against Cell Masts (NAACM). The aim of this group is to assist people to combat unwanted and unnecessary cell masts in South Africa, to pressure the South African government into revising microwave radiation limits from cell masts, and to lobby for communication technologies that are less potentially harmful.

Contact 031 205 8331 or 071 932 8925 or email
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Source: Berea Mail, Lauren Walford, 09 AUg 2018

Glenwood residents feel effects of cell mast transmissions
South Africa Created: 11 Feb 2017
THE effects of cellphone masts on the immediate environment is under the spotlight once again - Residents living in proximity to a mast that has been erected in Rick Turner Road raised the alarm after they became aware of symptoms they believe could be attributed to the electromagnetic waves emitted by the mast which was switched on in December.

Resident, Andre van Rooyen, said he has always been sensitive to electromagnetic waves and in early December started to show specific symptoms which he eventually realised he had been exhibiting since the mast started transmitting.

“I really was not feeling myself and was feeling exhausted at night. Usually I work until about 11pm on paperwork, but by 9pm I was asleep on the couch in front of the TV. I was then having restless nights, waking up at 2am and feeling exhausted in the morning. I also noticed my wife was tossing and turning in her sleep. We were also arguing a lot and my wife was experiencing lower back pain and unexplained weight gain,” he said.

After speaking to other residents in the neighbourhood, van Rooyen realised he was not the only one experiencing similar symptoms as neighbours confirmed they were experiencing the same thing.

“I spoke to a woman living over the road who said she had also gained a lot of weight and said her hormone levels had also increased. My wife went to the doctor and a test confirmed her hormone levels had gone stupid! Another resident said her hands had started swelling, and those people who were usually home during the day said all they did was sleep, as they felt so run down,” he said. Van Rooyen said it all became apparent after he went to the Transkei on holiday in December, and had felt perfectly fine again, and his sleep patterns returned to normal while he was away.

It was not only Van Rooyen and his wife who exhibited unusual behaviour and symptoms, Van Rooyen added that his dogs had also started to act strangely one dog, a maltese poodle which had always had a good temperament had suddenly become noticeably agitated.

“My son’s dog is his best friend, but the dog bit him recently, and when my friend visited with his daughter, the dog bit her. I noticed our dogs were also off their food and my neighbour’s dog also stopped eating,” he said.

Once the pieces of the puzzle started to fall together in Van Rooyen’s mind, he went down to the mast and confirmed with a technician on site that the mast was transmitting to a dish on the top of the Pastoral Centre nearby. He mapped the transmission in a straight line over the residential properties to the centre. What he noticed was that the tops of the trees, which fell in the line of the transmission, were all dying. Investigating further, Van Rooyen said after making enquiries with residents living on properties which fell in line with the transmission they all confirmed they were being affected in some way while those living on properties effectively blocked by other houses or situated on the periphery of the transmission, showed no signs of being affected.

When the mast caught fire towards the end of December and had to be switched off, Van Rooyen said residents noted that they no longer exhibited the symptoms and even their pets had returned to normal and were eating again.

Another resident, an educational psychologist, Sylvia Shepherd, said: “I cannot tell you how terrible you feel. They are beaming this transmission straight at us – we are in the direct line of this. You can absolutely tell the mast is not working at the moment. Radiation from these masts stops the functioning of the lymphatics system which affects the glands, and this is probably why residents have started to gain weight. The effects of this is so much greater for children than adults, as their skulls are thinner. That is why in the UK they don’t allow masts in close proximity to schools. In articles on the internet, doctors have stated categorically that there will be an impact on children, and that is why they have taken this problem so seriously in Europe. I am concerned as there are so many schools nearby.”

Shepherd said, as far as she was aware, this was the first time a mast had transmitted so low in a suburb, that it was being beamed at homes.

“There have to be by-laws to protect us from this. This has been foisted upon us, we were given no opportunity to object and as ratepayers, the municipality works for us. It is unacceptable that these masts are so close to houses and schools,” she said.

Van Rooyen said he had approached a technician from a local cellphone company who confirmed that when he worked near these towers his body temperature increased.

“It’s like a microwave and the body temperature increases by a couple of degrees. If there is no scientific proof that these towers don’t cause damage to people living nearby, why is it that this technician has to shut down the tower if he is working within three meters of it?” he asked.

Van Rooyen said he had called on a herbalist at a local shopping centre to for medication to help him sleep and while he was there had spoken to other customers. He was told by another resident that he had been experiencing the same symptoms, but that he didn’t live in the same area.

“I did a drive around and mapped out the masts and cellphone transmitters in the area. I noticed there was an antennae on the top of a nearby building which pointed straight at his house. Another resident living in this same road approached me last week and was shocked when I showed him the antennae, which he hadn’t noticed before,” he said.

Van Rooyen said he had done a lot of research on the topic, and discovered a multitude of articles on this issue. “Something needs to be done to protect the people, especially children, living in the area,” he said.

What the experts say:

In correspondence with Berea Mail, Dr Lauraine Vivian, a medical anthropologist from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, said there was abundant evidence of increasing numbers of people affected by EMR from cell masts who suffered with symptoms of electro-hypersensitivity which was what these residents were describing.

“Currently, because of monetary gain and poor regulations, the industry and government is able to implement the technology with no regard to people’s distress. It would seem that the practice is that complaints will go away as residents acclimatise to the new environment,” she said.

Dr Vivian said numbers of ‘reports of harm’ or ‘fear of harm’ are needed for action to be taken. “The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection make their estimations by searching publications and conclude no harm, but as we know people feel stigmatised and afraid to come forward and if they do their claims are dismissed as hysterical. It is important to report this issue so people can understand their symptoms and secondly, it breaks the stigma that prevents them from speaking up,” she said.

Tracey-Lee Dorny from the Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of South Africa highlighted an article in the Ecologist, 12 January 2017, entitled Krakow’s bold step to curb electromagnetic pollution reflects growing evidence of harm, by Lynne Wycherley, which mentioned newly published papers in the UK which showed DNA or organ damage to WiFi-exposed animals, raising questions about people’s habitual close exposure to routers and boosters.

The article confirmed Van Rooyen’s opinion that trees in the line of transmission were being affected, as it mentioned a landmark study in Germany in September which revealed progressive harm to trees from the growing microwave radiation.

The article claims that other 2016 peer-reviewed studies on cell towers found genetic effects in nearby residents. The article confirmed Sylvia Shepherd’s statement about the effects on children, and stated that around the world, research showing children’s cell-phone radiation absorption was higher than adults’, especially in the brain and bone marrow, which is continually being overlooked.

An article published on on 28 August 2015, discussed a cross-sectional case control study on genetic damage in individuals residing in the vicinity of a mobile phone base station.

It revealed that the continuously emitting radiations from these stations had raised health concerns. The article said that in a study conducted, participants comprised 63 people with residences near a mobile phone tower, and 28 healthy controls. The results showed the genetic damage parameters of DNA migration length, damage frequency and damage index were significantly elevated in the sample group compared to respective values in healthy controls.

In response to queries by Berea Mail, eThekwini Municipality said: “As a caring City, eThekwini Municipality prioritises the well-being and health of its citizens. The matter was referred to the relevant Unit for urgent investigation, the outcome of the investigation will determine the necessary action to be taken.”

A health survey has been developed to record numbers of people suffering with EHS or cancer.

“It is important that people in South Africa know about it,” said Dr Vivian.
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Source: Berea Mail, Lauren Walford, 10 Feb 2017

EMR action-day today
South Africa Created: 23 Apr 2016
Worldwide EMR Action Day aligns with Earth Day to protect the biological integrity of the natural world and all its inhabitants against unnatural Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). With this endeavour, people from around the planet join together to reduce harm from EMR and create a healthier life for all.

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Source: EMR Action-day, 23 Apr 2016

Space Race 2.0: Avanti claims headstart in bringing Africa online (editor comments below article)
South Africa Created: 14 Jul 2015
Avanti Communications has already made it into orbit in its mission to improve global internet coverage, the company's chief executive tells Sophie Curtis
The second great space race is underway. This time, rather than putting a man on the moon, the aim is to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world that are not yet connected.
The primary target is Africa, a continent with a land mass the size of the USA, China, India and Europe put together, but with a population of 1.1bn – less than India alone. The dispersed population means that traditional methods of internet delivery, such as laying fibre cables in the ground, are often expensive and impractical.
Satellite broadband provides a more economical solution because, although it is expensive to build and launch satellites, once they are in orbit they can provide internet access over vast areas, and rather than digging up the ground or erecting masts, a satellite dish is all that is required to receive a signal.
Several companies have caught onto this idea. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced his intention to bring internet to parts of the world that are currently unconnected as part of his initiative.
Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson is supporting WorldVu's OneWeb project, which aims to put 648 micro-satellites into low Earth orbit to provide high-speed internet and telephone services, and Google has teamed up with SpaceX, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, which has a similar plan to provide internet access from space.
However, one British company is way ahead of the game. Avanti Communications, a London-based satellite operator, already has a satellite in space covering large parts of Africa – including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi – known as Hylas 2.
Another satellite, Hylas 3, will be live for commercial service in 2016, and Hylas 4 will launch in 2017, completing Avanti’s coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa.
“From the outset, Avanti’s business model was about Africa. The reason for that is the economics, the teledensity, the demographics of Africa strongly favour satellite,” said David Williams, chief executive and co-founder of Avanti.
“You also have a rapidly-growing middle class with the emergence of revenues from offshore oil and gas production, and growing demand for mining products. There’s plenty of capital in Africa now, so we think we’re in the right place.”
Mr Williams was interested in space from a young age. In 1969, aged just three months, he sat in front of the TV at home in Wales and watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon.
He went on to study economics at Leeds University, and after a two-year stint as the frontman of a rock band called The Watchmen, Mr Williams ended up moving to London and getting a job in the City, working for JPMorgan Chase. He was still keen to pursue his musical dream, but found he had no time to form a band.
“It was around that time that some kids I was at school with became famous. They were called Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, and I watched Blur become the biggest band in the world thinking, I wish I’d done that,” said Mr Williams. “So I had this latent need to do something a bit more rock-and-roll than banking.”
For the Daily Telegraph by Sophie Curtis.
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Comments by editor: Agnes
Hi all.
This is truly bone chilling, they (Telecommunications Industry) are being "Handed/Given" our Planet and the space which surrounds it for free!
Since when did the earth/air/space we all share become the "Property"! of Capital Exploiters?
And, Just as Important, WHO has given the go ahead which allows them to use our Environment and surrounding space in such a way??
Ask yourself who, but please don´t stop there, ask the "People In Power" ie our Governments, councilors, MP´s and all in power.
I cannot recall having been asked, I bet you cannot either, But, very Importantly: We are the Inhabitants here! Its Our PLANET AND OUR NEAR ATMOSPHERE SPACE, someone is giving to the Capital Exploiters!
This will mean Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation radiating on us, not just from the Huge Structures of the phone masts but also from above!
There will be No Respite Anywhere!
I include here a link to a You Tube demonstration of the sounds of Wi-Fi which goes on to demonstrate sounds of Other Wireless EMR´s which are now a part of the EMR SOUP, which we call "Airwaves" and where we all need to live our lives.

This is powerful stuff!
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

'Cellphones fry young brains'
South Africa Created: 12 Dec 2014
The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) has issued a stern warning: giving children cellphones and other wireless technology devices carries enormous risks.

"Their skulls and brains are still developing and the radiation from cellphones practically 'cooks' their brains," said Professor Michael Herbst, head of health at Cansa.

A child's brain is cased in a thinner skull and absorbs more radiation than that of an adult.

Dr Devra Davis, president of Environmental Health Trust, a group of global epidemiologists, said: "Retailers are going all out to make devices affordable, and parents are clamouring to buy them. But the standards are based on old models and old assumptions about how we use them."

Studies in Europe found the bone marrow of a child's head absorbs 10 times more radiation than that of an adult, while the brain tissue absorbs twice as much.

"These warnings from [the health trust] are supported by Cansa," says Herbst, "The South African public is totally involved with technology but do not seem to be aware of the inherent dangers."

iPads, for example, contain radiating antennae that should not be held directly on the body, but children's arms are not long enough to create the distance. Babies play with cellphones, and mothers speak on the devices while breastfeeding.

Because of the lag between exposure and disease, said Herbst and Davis, the risks are not taken seriously enough.

"We may definitely see an increase in the incidence of brain disease in the future," said Herbst.
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Source: Times Live, Tanya Farber, 11 Dec 2014

The Painful Side Of Technology
South Africa Created: 4 Jun 2013
While hundreds of millions of people around the world cannot live without their mobile phones, South African Alwyn Lewies simply cannot live with his.
Lewies suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), a disorder which prevents the sufferer from being around electromagnetic fields for extended periods of time.
Those who suffer from EHS generally experience severe pain or skin outbreaks when surrounded by electromagnetic fields, which include cellphone signals.
With technology growing by the day, along with its electromagnetic fields, Lewies is forced to seek refuge on the outskirts of Cape Town, where the signals are weaker than in the city itself.
Lewies has been sleeping in his car for the past 13 years in a bid to keep his disorder under control, moving around to where he feels more comfortable whenever needed.
Click through the gallery to see Lewies in his bakkie, the only place which allows him to live a 'normal' life...
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Source: Sylvie/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Cellphones and Wi-Fi drove me to a life on the run
South Africa Created: 4 Jun 2013
An agonising aversion to electromagnetic frequencies has plunged one man into a invinsible hell, writes Oliver Roberts
AT 8PM every night, Alwyn Lewies knows it is time. He tells his two young children that he is leaving. At the front door, standing half in light, half in darkness, he kisses his wife, Adri, goodbye and tells her that he will see her in the morning. Then he gets into his double cab and sets off for a farm 47km away. It is the only place where he can sleep.
When he is on the road, he can feel them pursuing him. When he passes some spots, he senses their presence edging closer, then they fade from him. Coming, going, coming, going. He looks for them in his rear-view mirror, but it is pointless. For 13 years they have been shadowing him, yet he has never seen them.
"The only way I can explain it is like putting clothes pegs on your ears and keeping them there," he said of his elusive huntsmen.
"I feel like I can't breathe sometimes. I get heart palpitations. "
The thing is that they are everywhere. They are with you right now coming out of your cellphone, TV, light fittings except that you do not feel them. Not like Alwyn Lewies.
Since 2000, when he lived in Pretoria, he noticed he could detect the strength of cellphone signals like some kind of human radiation device. Later, he would come to know the exact moment anyone within reasonable distance of him switched on their Wi-Fi
He was in constant pain. He could not sleep. His skin tingled. He heard buzzing sometimes inside his burning head. He had tests done, scans. Nothing. They gave him antidepressants. The symptoms got worse.
Lewies, 39, began to monitor his pain. Soon he realised his headaches and extreme discomfort existed only when he was on his cellphone, near a television or electric motor, and especially near Wi-Fi.
In 2004, after seeing more than 100 doctors, he was finally diagnosed as having electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS. Basically, he has an allergy to electromagnetic fields, exacerbated by heavy-metal poisoning, the result of working with petrol for many years.
EHS currently has no diagnostic criteria, so it is not regarded as a medical condition. However, it is estimated to occur in about 5% of the world's population. In 2004 the World Health Organisation held the first of several seminars devoted to EHS, at which the biological and health effects of electromagnetic frequencies were discussed.
Lewies ' s "diagnosis " assured him that he was not mad or touched by demons.
He had to leave his job at a construction company because he could not work near cellphone towers. He and his wife had to sell their house and move in with his parents. The only spot in the house where the pain subsided was a small area on the dining-room floor. He lived and slept there for weeks, like an animal chained to a block.
There was an opportunity to stay on a sheep farm in the Karoo. His wife and young daughter settled in Cape Town. His son was born. On the farm, the pain subsided, but he had no family.
"I had to get closer to them," he said, "but I couldn't move back to the radiation."
So he went back to Cape Town. In an attempt to be normal, he put up with the pain during the day, disappearing at night to drive around alone, searching for concealed pockets of respite so that he could get some sleep. But vagrants came with weapons and torches. One night a drunk driver crashed a few metres away from him while he was dreaming.
The family moved into a small cottage in Gordon's Bay in 2007. Lewies had to sleep on the kitchen floor, but at least the radiation was fairly low. Two years later, in the manner of a medium discerning a paranormal entity, he felt a new signal in the area. It was strong. His head, his whole body, might explode.
"I had to leave my family again. My two small kids were too young to understand why I was abandoning them.
"The idea of me having to sleep in my car once more was unthinkable. I didn't know which pain was worse the burning sensation in my head or the heartache."
And so the wicked pact continued. If Lewies could detect an opening, a hole that the electromagnetic waves had not yet filled, he would be able to sleep.
Next, Wuppertal in the Cederberg. No cellphone reception there. His family lived 400km away and travelled every second weekend along a dangerous dirt road to see him.
But then the waves returned, tugging at his ears. He imported special radiation-blocking steel mesh. He built a cage in the garden of his Somerset West home. It failed. The waves somehow got in. He had no job. His wife was battling for money.
Back to Pretoria. He found a farm close to Polokwane with no signal. For nearly a year he lived in a tent and saw his family sometimes. His mattress and belongings, were flooded by summer thunderstorms.
Today he is back in Somerset West, still jobless.
He has a bed in his double cab where he still sleeps every night on a farm in Hangklip. He guesses that he has spent more than a thousand nights on that mattress. He wakes up drowsy for lack of air; he dare not sleep with his windows open.
The farm belongs to a psychologist who is allowing Lewies to use it for the time being. "I don't know what I'm going to do when he tells me I can't sleep there."
Not knowing what to do. This is nothing new, nothing daunting. At one low point during all of this, Lewies slept underneath some protective wire mesh, on a section of rocks, in a cold, dark crack of the Hermanus coastline.
At his home in Somerset West, he took out a piece of paper and a pen. On the coffee table, he started scribbling his next solution: an underground bunker.
When he is at home, almost all the electricity is permanently kept off. It is switched on only to cook food. When night falls, only low-wattage lamps are permitted.
He said he knew of at least 100 other people who suffered from EHS, some with even worse symptoms than him, and almost all of them are divorced.
He and his wife have been married for 10 years and he estimated that only three of those have been spent sleeping by his wife's side.
"Life is tricky," said Adri. "For us it's becoming normal, but when we're in a conversation with someone and they're talking about the braai or the school play they went to, we realise we ' re not normal.
"It's a miracle that our marriage has survived. There are times when we fight because he's frustrated or I'm frustrated. I expect certain things from him, but I know I'm not allowed to expect normal things because he's not a normal man."
Lewies has many times considered suicide. But his faith in God has maintained him.
In the garden, he pointed out the small, shallow hole that he has dug in preparation for the bunker, the last resort.
He has experimented. He has put a cellphone in the hole and covered the opening with an aluminium sheet. No reception. Impenetrable. They cannot get in.
"I think this is how hell is going to be," he said, recounting the despairing years spent roaming the countryside for a place to lay his head, for a place to feel normal.
"In hell, you're not going to find a place to rest. You'll just keep going, and going, and going."
By Oliver Roberts
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