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Electrical Sensitivity: Arthur Firstenberg and Susan Molloy
USA Created: 13 Mar 2006
Electrical Sensitivity: Arthur Firstenberg and Susan Molloy
The founder and director of the Cellular Phone Taskforce (Firstenberg) and cofounder of the Environmental Health Network (Molloy) provide a concise, referenced article on this emerging condition. (From Latitudes, Volume 5 #4)
What Americans Need to Know about Radiation (or EMR) from Wireless Communications: Margaret Meade Glaser
The author contends that Europeons and Russians know more than Americans about this important issue—and she tells you where you can find the facts you need.
Consumer Reports on Cell Phone safety: February 2003 issue
One of the first mainstream publications to question cell phone safety.

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Electrical Sensitivity
Arthur Firstenberg and Susan Molloy
The 750,000-watt Doppler weather radar at Fort Dix, New Jersey, overlooks the Township of Brick. Why is that of interest to anyone but meteorologists? It’s not, except that eight out of every 1000 children born in Brick since the radar station was built in 1994 are autistic.
The Brick Township Autism Investigation (1), conducted in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncovered 60 cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children aged three through ten in this town of 77,000 residents. As in much of the rest of the world, autism is increasing here. But the prevalence of both ASD and classic autism in Brick Township were found to be dramatically higher than normal in the 3-to-5-year-old age group, i.e., those born since 1994.
Forward-thinking educators and parents have done a good job in recent years of tackling the difficult issues involved in protecting sensitive children from chemical contaminants, dyes, preservatives, and allergens in their food, medications, classrooms, and homes. However, an additional burden has been overlooked and even ridiculed as untenable as a factor in many children’s profound neurological and behavioral problems. Some readers may react with disbelief to our suggestion that the Fort Dix Doppler might qualify for a place on the “radar screen” of those scientists who are puzzled by the local epidemic of autism. (2)
The authors of this article are adults who are made extremely sick, sometimes incapacitated, from exposure to “normal” amounts of electromagnetic energy. We’ve seen some children respond as we do, as their well-meaning parents and teachers equip them with newer, faster, more powerful “safety” and communication devices, oblivious to the potential consequences for their children’s health and development. We’re not oblivious to these consequences because we ourselves respond directly and immediately, with debilitating pain, confusion, and neurological symptoms, to cell phones, cordless phones, computers, televisions, and other normal elements of today’s home, work and school environments. And we are in increasingly good company.
Gro Harlem Brundtland is director-general of the World Health Organization. A medical doctor with a master’s degree in public health, as well as former prime minister of Norway, she has recently been speaking in public about her own sensitivity to computers, cordless phones and cell phones. Not only has she warned parents against allowing their children to use cell phones or microwave ovens, but she said that she herself has become so sensitive to the radiation that she does not allow anyone to enter her office with a cell phone turned on. “If you enter my office, you are invited by me. No one who is invited would like to give me headaches,” she said at a news conference in Oslo on July 1, 2002, where she was attending an international conference on cancer.
Awakening to the potential of electricity to affect children’s health and development can be initially disheartening, because electromagnetic pollution is so inescapable, and its sources so often are “conveniences” for which we’ve eagerly expended considerable resources. It can also be empowering, because it gives parents and practitioners an additional tool and offers a new range of potential factors that may be influencing seemingly intractable health or behavior problems.
Both of us went to school and were graduated from college before personal computers, cell phones, the Internet, and everything that goes along with them even existed. As environmentally sensitive people, we feel lucky to have grown up before today’s conditions became the norm.
What Can We Do?
Computers in the classroom are practically unquestioned now, and that is fine for the durable. However, our society should provide computer-free classrooms for those vulnerable children for whom this is a necessary and effective accommodation.
In schools where wireless computers—or regular computers with wireless keyboards/mice—are installed, even a computer-free classroom will not be an effective intervention for a child whose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is triggered or exacerbated by electromagnetic radiation. This is because the microwave frequencies used by these technologies, identical to the frequencies used in a microwave oven, pass through walls and do not respect the boundaries of classrooms.
What we suggest runs counter to the prevailing educational trend, which is to throw more and more computer-enabled devices at physically and developmentally disabled children in an effort to improve their functioning, without any consideration of the potential effects of the extra radiation on their developing nervous systems. When adult populations were sampled within the last year for the prevalence of electrical sensitivity, estimates by researchers varied from 1.5% (Stockholm, Sweden) to 3.3% (state of California) to 7% (Marin County, California) of the population. One patient group in Germany puts the number as high as 15% of the German population. Nobody knows exactly, because this is an isolating, disabling, and ridiculed problem that is still in the public health “closet,” along with most of its victims. Children are the most vulnerable segment of the population. They are also the most unaware of the potential effects of this invisible and largely unacknowledged pollutant coming from equipment that is so fervently sought by their peers and esteemed by their parents and teachers.
Medical facilities, also, are sites of electronics’ proliferation. The growing field of medical telemetry uses wireless technology to monitor the vital signs of hospital patients. But also, in hospitals, nursing homes, day care and elder care facilities, mental health institutions and group homes, remote monitoring of patients is in increasing use, not only for medical purposes, but simply to cut back on personnel costs.
New automobiles have much larger electromagnetic fields than they had ten or twenty years ago. This is due to multiple computer-controlled operating systems, GPS satellite-tracking devices, digital dashboard displays, and, commonly, a cell phone constantly charging in the car.
The situation is not hopeless.
At home, every parent can easily do the following experiment: tonight, before your family goes to bed, unplug all of these items you may have in your home: the TV, the computer, the base unit of the cordless phone, the entertainment center, and the baby monitor. Notice the quality of everyone’s sleep, how you feel in the morning on awakening, and note whether you and your child seem calmer. Appliances should be completely unplugged, not just turned off at a surge protector (which itself may be a source of electromagnetic fields).
If your child has a motorized wheelchair, don’t plug it in overnight next to his or her bed. Often these children are especially vulnerable as they may already have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or other mobility-impairing conditions.
Electric floor or ceiling heaters, fluorescent lights, dimmer switches, and electronic security systems can all produce problematic electromagnetic fields. Finding all the sources and eliminating or avoiding them requires patience and may be time-consuming but is not necessarily difficult or expensive. Your basic measuring tools are a $40 magnetic field meter, or “gaussmeter,” and a cheap (poorer quality is better for this purpose) battery-operated AM radio. When the gaussmeter reads 0.2 milligauss or less, and the radio, when tuned between stations, remains silent (does not buzz or give loud static), you have a relatively calm environment—especially important in the sleeping area. These two measuring devices will not detect the very high frequency radiation produced by cordless phones, wireless computers, baby monitors, remote controls for appliances, radio-controlled toys, and other wireless equipment. We recommend eliminating wireless technology from the environment altogether.
Many homes will have ambient magnetic fields that cannot be reduced to 0.2 milligauss because of factors outside your control, most commonly nearby power lines and transformers. Neighbors’ activities may also be a factor. But reducing exposures to the extent possible within the home may still have a significant effect, especially on neurological or behavioral problems in developing children. Exposures outside our own control, such as from the street, a radar station or cell tower, at school, or in hospitals and medical facilities, can be dealt with effectively only on a societal level. We have a long way to go before these problems are given the serious attention they deserve.
Ironically, some of our societal problems, such as school violence and kidnappings of children—even before 9/11 added to our worries—are being used as reasons to attach more cell phones to our kids for their safety and our peace of mind. But these very devices, and the millions of towers and antennas that make their use possible, expose all of us to a level of radiation that we know (from studies and painful firsthand experience) can contribute to the anxiety, depression, irritability, impulsivity, confusion, and general unrest that feed the very concerns which led to the need for all those cell phones in the first place. This can begin to change as more of us turn them off and experience the difference.
1. Bertrand, J. et al., Prevalence of Autism in a United States Population: The Brick Township, New Jersey Investigation, Pediatrics 108:1155-1161 (2001).
2. The Doppler appears to be the latest addition to a number of radar facilities in the area. McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix Military Reservation, and Lakehurst Naval Air Warfare Center are all located west of Brick. Military jets from those bases, equipped with powerful radars of their own, also fly over Brick on their way out to sea.
George Carlo, Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, Carroll & Graf, New York, 2001.
Jane M. Healy, Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds—and What We Can Do About It, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1998.
B. Blake Levit, ed., Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? Or Environmental Hazard?, New Century Publishing, Sheffield, MA, 2000.
Lucinda Grant, The Electrical Sensitivity Handbook, Weldon Publishing, Prescott, AZ, 1995.
Robert O. Becker and Gary Selden, The Body Electric: Electro-magnetism and the Foundation of Life, William Morrow, New York, 1985.
** Electromagnetic field (EMF) meters may be obtained from Alpha Lab, 1280 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (800)-769-3754 Less EMF, Inc., 26 Valley View Lane, Ghent, NY 12075, (888) LESS-EMF.
About the authors:
Arthur Firstenberg is founder and director of the Cellular Phone Taskforce, a nonprofit organization that disseminates information about electromagnetic radiation and
advocates for electrically sensitive people. He is editor of the Taskforce’s publication, No Place to Hide, and the author of Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1971 with a B.A. in mathematics, he went to medical school from 1978 to 1982. Injury by x-ray overdose cut short his career. Firstenberg explains that after receiving about 50 diagnostic x-rays during extensive dental work, he became sensitive to high-powered equipment in the hospitals where he worked. “I could literally feel the radiation from the equipment; it made me weak and dizzy, but I kept working. After several months I collapsed. I was 31 and no one knew the cause of my illness. I was bedridden for about three months and at first I was not sure if I would survive.”
Firstenberg’s symptoms included a slow heartbeat, chest pain, extreme shortness of breath on exertion, and weight loss. By reading Eastern European literature on the subject, he eventually discovered that he had the symptoms of radio wave sickness. He later learned that any type of electromagnetic field may provoke similar illness in sensitive people, which commonly manifests with nausea, dizziness, headache, irritability, insomnia, and difficulty with memory and concentration. He also gradually became chemically hypersensitive.
His therapeutic approach is strict avoidance. At home, he has no computer, no television, no wireless equipment, no microwave, and uses only incandescent lighting. He moved cross-country to Mendocino, California which has minimal electrical pollution, and he is symptom-free as long as he avoids exposure.
As is often the case in advocacy organizations, Firstenberg’s personal experience led him to study the condition that plagued him. He is now an international spokesperson and advisor on the subject of electrical sensitivity (ES). He can be contacted by phone at (707) 937-3990 or mail: P.O. Box 1337, Mendocino, CA 95460.
Susan Molloy has an MA in disability policy and provides referrals and troubleshooting for people with symptoms provoked by environmental exposures. She is cofounder of the Environmental Health Network (EHN) of California and edited EHN’s newsletter for 11 years. She served as chair of the Independent Living Council in Arizona and works at New Horizons Independent Living Center in Prescott Valley. She works from home due to her inability to withstand electromagnetic exposure, and uses a custom-shielded computer provided by Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Molloy has a history of allergies since childhood and was hospitalized with chemical sensitivities at age 31. ES symptoms emerged shortly after this. “When I go under power lines or fluorescent lights it feels like a blow to the top of my head,” she explains. Asked if she could run errands, Molloy explains, “I can go into stores and other buildings. It’s getting back out that’s the problem. I tend to lose coordination and would often be stumbling if I didn’t use a wheelchair. I get disoriented and my speech is also affected.”
Professional-grade ear protectors help soften the impact of auditory hypersensitivity to motor noises. She feels that living in the desert, where she keeps appliances to a minimum, has given her more stamina.
“I’d like to think that Arthur and I are just special cases, that people can stand back and distance themselves from our difficulties. I’d like to think that others won’t suffer similar problems. But we know better. The numbers are growing, and no one is listening.”
She can be reached at (928) 536-4625 or
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Source: James B. Beal EMF Interface Consulting

How wireless technology may impact child development
USA Created: 12 Mar 2006
How wireless technology may impact child development and central nervous system functioning.

Some of you may have already seen this compilation of articles and personal experiences. I get so much useful information from many of you.

Some of the latest info on this issue of EHS is contained in my paper given last year at the Whole Person Healing Conference in Bethesda MD. This complete paper, plus about 30 mb of other papers, research, references and resources, are in my CD with a partial list of contents on my website...probably one of the most complete compilations of info available from my 45 yrs of networking, collecting and sharing data about artificial and rare-event natural effects on human body, mind and spirit conditions.......

Please check out my website for further details on the healing and harmful bioeffects of long-term EMF/EMR exposures.

For those of you in Canada, please check out the website. My wife, art therapist Roberta, and I, are presenting a joint paper there in early May: "Evolving the Paradigm to Include the Environment, Electromagnetic Fields and Human "Canaries" in Studies of Body, Emotions, Mind and Spirit"......we are open to further presentations in the Ottawa/Toronto area after May 15th.

James B. Beal
EMF Interface Consulting

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ByJames Beal, EMF Interface Consulting, Wimberley, TX

Assisted by Marcus Barnes, P.E., Aerodyne Laboratories, Austin, TX &
Charles Wallach, Ph.D., Behavioral Research Associates, Canoga Park, CA.

Proposed presentation and poster board exhibit at the Whole Person Health Summit 2005, in the Science Arena Special Thematic Program “Electromagnetic, Acoustic, and Optical Healing”, Washington, D.C., April 14-17, 2005.


It will be proposed that Precambrian earth may have supplied intense electric and magnetic fields, as environmental factors and catalytic energy sources, for the beginning and subsequent evolution of living systems

Life cannot exist without evolution of the environmental energy detection, storage and transmission capabilities of the living cell, which contains a variety of biological liquid crystal (LC) forms. The lipid molecules of all biological membranes exist in various LC states, providing a matrix for information storage and environmental sensing. LCs may provide fundamental support and detection mechanisms for electric and magnetic fields. This includes sound and light, and may explain quantum-level sensitivity in some cases.

Hypotheses will be presented for several complementary, interacting mechanisms, which tend to support the development of LC electric and magnetic field detection and transmitting capabilities in all living systems.

The healing and hazardous aspects of electric and magnetic fields will also be briefly discussed.


1. To propose that the origins of terrestrial biological life may have required:

a. The presence of EMF flux of different waveforms and intensities [79] Figure 1

b. The prevalence and interaction, within the living cell, of a variety of biological liquid crystal (LC) forms, which provide fundamental support and/or detection mechanisms for quantum-level sensitivity.
To present hypotheses for several mechanisms which appear to support the evolution of ultra-sensitive, probably interacting, EMF detection mechanisms.

3. To present a brief overview about effects of EMFs on and from biosystems with an emphasis on the existence and increase of the human Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS)
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Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues
USA Created: 12 Mar 2006
Imagine a world identical to our own with one exception--everyone is deaf. There is no radio and television remains at the level of the silent movie.
Telephone communication is visual but beyond that the world is very much like our own.

What would such a world be like?
It would probably be very noisy, since there would be no need for noise control and no regulations to limit noise. Car engines would still roar, perhaps louder
than they do now, tires would squeal, birds would sing, and thunder would rumble across the sky but we would not be able to hear any of this.

Now, imagine that some people in this world can hear. They don't realize they are any different except in a few subtle ways. They can predict the coming of storms. They claim to "hear" thunder at a distance. They have difficulty sleeping. In the middle of the night they hear roaring engines, squealing tires, horns blaring and other things that are silent to the rest of us. Because of their poor sleep, they are tired during the day. They become anxious and worried. The noise frightens them but only they can hear it so they begin to question their sanity.

One sufferer, John, confides in a friend who is sympathetic and tells him to visit his family doctor. But the doctor doesn't know what to make of this.
The sleeping pills and tranquilizers she prescribes don't stop the noise during the day. Another, less sympathetic doctor recommends a psychiatrist for mental problems. But John doesn't think he's crazy, or is he?

Now, instead of noise, imagine a world where people can't sense radio frequency energy. That is the world we live in. We hear radio frequencies only when they are converted to sound by our radios, televisions, or telephones. If we could hear them this would be a very noisy planet. In the middle of a street in any major city you would hear thousands of simultaneous telephone conversations, hundreds of radio and television stations. It would probably drive most of us
Fortunately most of us can't "hear" radio frequencies, but some people can sense them. And just like in our make believe world of the deaf,
the few individuals who can sense these frequencies can't sleep, develop headaches, and are under constant stress.

The syndrome is called "Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity" and some people are gravely affected. Those who see their doctor are often dismissed, given sleeping pills or sent to a psychiatrist. These people are not crazy. They just happen to be more sensitive than the rest of us to the electromagnetic noise pollution generated by our technological advances.
Below is a quote from a man in Abbotsford, B.C. who has some of the classic symptoms of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome.

"We live one property away from a cell phone tower and have another a half mile down the road...I have been having strange unexplained health
issues for three or four years that conventional medical tests cannot solve. Along with these I developed cancer on my right breast when a
brown spot that had been there for 35 years suddenly went bad. The following are symptoms that have been occurring over a period of time
since these towers were installed and have had no relief to date: headaches, nausea, unsteadiness, pressure in head over eyes, ears,
cheeks and back of head. Sometimes blurred vision. General feeling of fatigue and aches for no apparent reason. Have undergone complete
blood workup, X-ray, CT Scan. Have tried various alternative medical practices, chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal remedies, exercise,
watching diet closer, lose weight and drinking plenty of water. Nothing seems to work. Don't know if the towers are responsible for
the above mentioned but I do feel somewhat better when I leave the area for a period of time."

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has not yet been accepted by our medical professionals. Just like chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical hypersensitivity, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) it will take some time and many complaining patients before that changes. In the meantime, those suffering need to reduce their exposure to radio frequency radiation not a simple thing to do in our highly technical society.

Our government can play a vital role by restricting the installation of antennas for cell phones on high rise buildings and by increasing
the distance of cell phone and broadcast antennas on towers near built
up areas. We need "cell phone restricted" areas on trains, buses, and in buildings that have regular phone lines. The levels allowed for radio frequency radiation need to be reduced. Our guidelines are among the worst in the world, along with Great Britain, the U.S.A., Germany and Japan. The more we come to rely on the cell phone, the more antennas that are needed for their use. We have more than 300 transmitting antennas in the City of Peterborough. In Toronto, the number exceeds 10,000 and most were erected since 1980. There is some evidence to suggest that as our exposure to electromagnetic energy increases so will our sensitivity.
Sweden recognizes this disorder and has a Web site to provide suffers with information. If you think you are sensitive to electromagnetic energy, please contact me for more information.

Magda Havas is an associate professor at Trent University in the Environmental and Resource Studies program. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 705 748-1011 x 1232.
Source: by Magda Havas. from the Peterborough Examiner.

Brain and Eye Tumors on the Rise
USA Created: 10 Mar 2006
Brain and Eye Tumors From Cell Phone Use on the Rise.

Last year there were 30,000 cases of brain and eye tumors reported as a direct result of cell phone use. 2006 will see about 50-75,000 new cases of brain and eye tumors and estimates are that by 2010 there will be 300,000 to 500,000 cases of tumors. These numbers are based on an adult averaging 500 minutes per month. Adults do not use their phones as much as children ages 12-17 whose brain tissues are still developing and use an average of 1,000 minutes per month now. These numbers come from Dr. George Carlo who headed the wireless industry research team in the early 90`s and discovered definitively that cell phone use does cause cancer. The cell industry distanced themselves from Dr. Carlo`s research (they paid for it - $28 million dollars) when the results came in. Dr. Carlo authored a book called Cell phones-Invisible Hazards of the Wireless Age in the mid 90`s. He recently founded the non-profit organization -- Safe Wireless Initiative -- to bring this information to the public.
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Source: Dr. George Carlo

Doctor finds wireless threat a myth
USA Created: 10 Mar 2006
Doctor finds wireless threat a myth

N.Y. anesthesiologist finds cell phones' threat to hospital equipment more hangup than fact.

In an era when cell phones are ubiquitous and physicians rely on telemedicine for updates on medical advances, is it realistic to ban cell phones in hospitals? Can a cell phone conversation kill a person on a ventilator or send a patient with a pacemaker into cardiac arrest?

Those questions weighed on Dr. Roy Soto, an anesthesiologist at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island, N.Y., whose hunch was, no, to all of the above.

Policies at many hospitals around the world -- including those at the institution where Soto is on staff -- ban use of wireless devices, fearing disruption of vital medical equipment. Soto searched the scientific literature to find why anti-mobile phone warnings are so pervasive. He found no basis for prohibition.

"All these stories of interference were unfounded," said Soto, who referred to them as urban legends.

Like any legend, those involving cell phone use in hospitals are based on a kernel of truth. Hospital administrators have prohibited mobile phones because of concerns about electromagnetic interference. But Soto found the only genuine problem involved using a phone behind a ventilator. If answered near the breathing machine's on-off switch, the ventilator shuts off.

Pagers remain the communication device of choice in hospitals, Soto said, because "pagers are passive receptive devices. They don't put out any power, whereas your cell phone, when you hit the send button or answer button, emits energy, and that's electromagnetic energy.

"But it's crazy when you think about this urban myth of cell phones harming people with pacemakers. Guess what? There are a lot of people with pacemakers walking around talking on cell phones."

He decided to conduct a study to develop a sense of how doctors themselves communicate in hospitals, and whether older communication systems are more likely to result in errors.
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Cell phone health-related lawsuits sent back to state courts
USA Created: 6 Mar 2006
US: Cell phone health-related lawsuits sent back to state courts
WASHINGTON—Major mobile-phone carriers and manufacturers have petitioned U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake to reconsider her decision last week to have two health-related lawsuits sent back to state courts in California ..."
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Aircraft mobile ban ought to stay - study
USA Created: 2 Mar 2006
A study by a US university has concluded that mobile phones and other portable electronic devices are liable to interfere with the operation of critical aircraft components.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found the effects of mobile transmissions of devices such as Global Positioning System receivers were worse than previously thought, after monitoring transmissions on a number of short-haul US flights. They tracked radio emissions via a broadband antenna attached to a compact portable spectrum analyzer held in a carry-on bag (which we trust didn't itself generate emissions).

The researchers found that on average one to four cell phone calls were made during commercial flights in the north-east US. Some of these calls are made during critical flight stages such as the climb after take-off, or on final approach, potentially placing an aircraft in danger.
The study focused mainly on in-flight mobile use but it also unearthed evidence that the use of devices such as laptops and DVD players, especially during critical flight stages, were also a potential hazard.
"We found that the risk posed by these portable devices is higher than previously believed," said Bill Strauss, an expert in aircraft electromagnetic compatibility at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, and a recent doctoral graduate from Carnegie Mellon.
"These devices can disrupt normal operation of key cockpit instruments, especially Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, which are increasingly vital for safe landings."
The study comes as the US Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting the ban on the use of mobile phones during flights. Granger Morgan, head of the EPP Department at Carnegie Mellon, reckons this is a bad move.
"We feel that passenger use of portable electronic devices on aircraft should continue to be limited for the safety of all concerned," said Morgan.
Although use of mobile phones, much less electronic devices, have never been linked to an aircraft accident the Carnegie Mellon boffins reckon the risk is all too real. Researchers behind the study advise the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Authority begin to coordinate electronic emission standards. They also recommend routine monitoring of on-board radio emissions by flight data recorders. The study will be featured in an article due to appear in the March issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine.

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Source: The Register, John Leyden, 2 mar, 2006

Mobiles disturb Avionics equipment
USA Created: 1 Mar 2006
American study shows that particularly signals from mobiles disturb avionic equipment - and airlines still want to install basestations in planes!.

The flight attendant closes the door, and we all turn off our cell phones, right? Wrong. People use cell phones on airlines quite a bit, even when they're not supposed to, a new study shows. Because the signals given off by phones and other electronic devices can interfere with a plane's navigation, the researchers argue that steps should be taken to reduce any potential threats before passengers are allowed to use cell phones routinely on flights.
Avionic equipment has trouble deciphering navigation signals when a crowd of personal electronic gadgets creates background noise. Still, the actual risk to a flight is low, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) simulations on the ground and in laboratories. But no one has monitored what goes on during an actual flight.
So aviation safety researcher Bill Strauss, now at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, and colleagues decided to find out. First they scoured the Aviation Safety Reporting System database, which logs about 15% to 20% of safety problems noticed by crews. They found that the U.S. fleet experiences some sort of electronic interference about 2 to 3 times a month. The interference ranges from minor glitches to potentially disastrous anomalies. In 1996, for example, a tower radioed the pilot of a commercial jet, telling him he was 30 degrees off course. The problem disappeared when a passenger turned off his DVD player.
Next, the team decided to take some trips. Boarding 37 commercial flights from three cooperating airlines during 1 month, the researchers placed recording equipment in overhead bins to measure electronic signals emitted in the cabin. Not only did team members see people using their cell phones while flying, the recordings picked up between 1 and 4 signals in the cell phone range per flight. In addition, the team identified signals in the same frequency range as that used by some airlines' GPS navigational equipment. Although the researchers did not evaluate the GPS navigation during flight, the signals coming from the passengers have the potential to cloud the navigation device, says Strauss, especially if 200 people suddenly feel the need to phone home.
"We all kind of knew that people used cell phones on flights, but Strauss has the data," says electromagnetics researcher Jay Ely of the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. "If [airline] policies become more accepting of these devices, more people will use them, and odds are that will make it more likely we'll see effects." He adds that better coordination between regulatory agencies, policy makers, and device manufacturers will help prevent the use of frequencies that overpower airliner systems.
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Source: ScienceNOW Daily News, Mary Beckman, 24 feb. 2006

Would you stick your head in a microwave oven? Well would you? Of course not.
USA Created: 23 Feb 2006
Would you put your head in a Microwave Oven

About the Book

Would you stick your head in a microwave oven? Well would you? Of course not.

Technology has transformed this planet into an open microwave system with its satellite transmissions. This book examines what the health consequences are. This book simply points out that the gradual rise in illness across broad geographic areas are an early indicator of microwave illness, independently of what the experts lead you to believe. The handwriting is already on the wall and most of know that something is wrong. This book discusses in simple terms the effects of microwave radiation on the human body. I utilize dosimetry studies done by the US Air Force, which outline in clear terms what organs of the body are most vulnerable to cumulative microwave exposure. I outline the mechanisms by which slow exposure is masquerading as various illnesses across this country.
We are on the verge of a health care crisis which threatens to bankrupt our society and health care system. Whether we like to consider it or not the planet that we are living on

has been transformed into an open microwave system.

In this book I examine the common link between microwave radiation and seemingly unrelated illnesses. The book demonstrates that the rising incidence of certain illnesses and cancers across broad geographic regions parallels the increasing rise in exposure and use of microwave radiation.
This book is a common sense approach to the subject which is presented in a clear language that the laymen can understand. Also it is liberally referenced from the scientific literature. The book is designed to be generally informative as well as a reference source for the average reader. Additionally I have provided a wealth of resources that have been shown to be beneficial to offset the consequences of excess microwave exposure.

About the Author

I am a medical internist with over 30 years of clinical experience. Additionally I have been researching the biomedical literature from a traditional and holistic perspective for the last 15 years. I have training in herbology, Chinese medicine, nutritional approaches to health and other modalities. I have done extensive research on the causality of disease and its relationship to environmental factors as will as researching approaches to deal with these issues. I have been a radio show host involved in sharing information with the public on alternative health issues and perspectives in the NYC area for the past 5 years and have been actively involved with a nutritional pharmacy.
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This manuscript was written to present the data to the average reader so that they could judge the issue for themselves.

The health consequences from continuous low level exposure from microwave radiation can be catastrophic. The transmission of microwave transmission can be handled in a safe and effective manner to provide for global communication without affecting the overall health of our planet.

The book starts by examining dosimetry which shows which parts of the body are most sensitive to microwave radiation based on studies done by our Armed Forces. Dosimetry is also predictive of the pattern of injury that one would expect to find.

The second chapter explains how microwave radiation produces disease. It examines the mechanisms of disease production in living systems. It also explains how microwave injury manifests as specific organ system dysfunction, be it neurological, behavioral, immune, cancer etc.

The third chapter links the rise of radiation against the simultaneous rise of certain illnesses in society. It demonstrates through the use of graphs that the parallel and symmetrical rise of certain illnesses across broad geographic areas reflects common force acting equally on all these regions. The graphs also demonstrate that it is the rate of increase not the absolute number of cases in a given region that is important. It is important to emphasize that microwave radiation is not the only cause of disease. It is potentially one of the few common links that unite large segments of our population to recreate and produce similar patterns of illness in widely separated geographic locations.

Microwave injury can also contribute to other patterns of illness. In the fourth chapter, under medical equivalents, I have grouped the common names that are attributed to illnesses by organ systems. If common illnesses are examined from the perspective of simultaneous parallel geographic increase than the influence of microwave injury can be discerned.

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ISBN: 1425904807
Price: $15.70
Gerald Goldberg, MD
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How to kill RFID tags with a cell phone
USA Created: 19 Feb 2006
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags -- tiny wireless circuits that derive their power from radio waves and cost just pennies to make -- have quickly found their way into identification badges, shipping containers, even ordinary store products. Because, unlike barcodes, the tags can be read surreptitiously, a number of groups have raised privacy concerns. To address these concerns, leading RFID makers have created so-called 'Gen 2' chips that will divulge their data only after a reader transmits the correct password. The new chips can also be triggered by a different password to silently self-destruct, for example as a customer leaves a store. Encryption protects the password transmission. But renowned cryptographer Adi Shamir of Weizmann University claims to have found a way to bypass the encryption scheme and obtain the self-destruct password using technology no more sophisticated than that in a common cell phone...
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Source: San Francisco IndyMedia 02/15/06

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