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Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain
USA Created: 26 Feb 2019
My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem.

And if you’re anything like me — and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphones are concerned — you have one, too.

I don’t love referring to what we have as an “addiction.” That seems too sterile and clinical to describe what’s happening to our brains in the smartphone era. Unlike alcohol or opioids, phones aren’t an addictive substance so much as a species-level environmental shock. We might someday evolve the correct biological hardware to live in harmony with portable supercomputers that satisfy our every need and connect us to infinite amounts of stimulation. But for most of us, it hasn’t happened yet.

I’ve been a heavy phone user for my entire adult life. But sometime last year, I crossed the invisible line into problem territory. My symptoms were all the typical ones: I found myself incapable of reading books, watching full-length movies or having long uninterrupted conversations. Social media made me angry and anxious, and even the digital spaces I once found soothing (group texts, podcasts, YouTube k-holes) weren’t helping. I tried various tricks to curb my usage, like deleting Twitter every weekend, turning my screen grayscale and installing app-blockers. But I always relapsed.

Eventually, in late December, I decided that enough was enough. I called Catherine Price, a science journalist and the author of “How to Break Up With Your Phone,” a 30-day guide to eliminating bad phone habits. And I begged her for help.

Mercifully, she agreed to be my phone coach for the month of January, and walk me through her plan, step by step. Together, we would build a healthy relationship with my phone, and try to unbreak my brain.

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Source: New York Times, Kevin Roose, 23 Feb 2019

The race to 5G technology needs to take public health into account
USA Created: 25 Feb 2019
Regarding the Feb 20 Economy & Business article “U.S. has strong start in race for 5G, report says”:

The telecom industry touts 5G’s future benefits, most of which are still speculative, while ignoring its significant costs. Not everyone in Congress agrees that rapid deployment of 5G is a national imperative. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) first want proof that it’s safe.

It’s unlikely they’ll get any, because the Federal Communications Commission has protected its pet industry for years. It prohibits objections to wireless devices on health grounds as long as they comply with radio-frequency radiation guidelines adopted in 1996 and never updated for newer technology. It rejected the first national study done since then, which found clear evidence linking 2G and 3G to cancer in rats, as irrelevant to humans. And it only considers effects caused by heating, ignoring the serious nonthermal effects. Up until now, most of the public’s exposure to radio-frequency radiation has come from handheld devices. Upon deployment of the dense networks of small cells planned for 5G, which will also have 4G antennas to fill in bandwidth gaps, public exposure will reach a whole new level of magnitude. Thousands of independent scientific studies have shown that the electromagnetic radio waves that transmit wireless signals seriously damage living tissues — in humans, animals, even plants.

Ironically, other countries have responded by adopting far stricter RF exposure standards than the United States — including China.

Linnea Warren, Washington
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Source: Washington Post, Linnea Warren, 24 Feb 2019

Motorola’s 5G phone will have proximity shutoff sensors to limit exposure to millimeter waves
USA Created: 19 Feb 2019
Last August, Motorola announced what might still wind up being the world’s first true 5G phone — the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 with an optional 5G Moto Mod. It’s a snap-on module that the company promised would give you an insanely fast 5Gbps cellular connection, faster than most landlines these days. But Moto Z3 buyers had to take the company’s word for that, because the 5G Mod wouldn’t be available until “early 2019,” when Verizon’s 5G NR network is due to launch in the United States.

Well, the 5G Moto Mod just crossed the FCC today, and it came with a surprise in tow — a document that has more details about how it’ll work than I thought the company would ever publicly reveal.

And one of those details is sure to surprise some people, even if it’s not necessarily something anyone should actually worry about. Namely, the 5G Moto Mod will feature proximity sensors that shut off any of its four millimeter wave 5G antennas if your fingers get too close.

Here’s a portion of Motorola’s description:

As mentioned in the device description, capacitive and proximity sensors are used to disable transmission from a given mm-wave antenna array module when a user may be located in close proximity to the module and in a direction in which the module may transmit. The control mechanism is a simple one in which, if proximity detectors indicate the potential presence of the user within a roughly conical region in front of the module where power density may approach the MPE limit, that module is disabled from use by the modem. This terminates and prevents transmission from the module in question until the condition is cleared.

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Source: The Verge, Sean Hollister, 16 Feb 2019

Headaches from Apple wireless 'AirPod' earphones
USA Created: 31 Jan 2019
Thousands of people have been reporting headaches after using their new Apple AirPods. The increase in complaints on sites like Reddit and the Apple support forums might be in part due to the increasing popularity of the item as well as the hundreds of thousands of pairs that people were gifted for Christmas 2018.

However, that doesn’t answer the question of why so many people are complaining about headaches from the device.

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Source: EMF Academy, Christian, 9 Jan 2019

Homeowners cite health risks for unwanted cell antennas (video)
USA Created: 28 Jan 2019
News clip from News12 Long Island.

http://longisland.news12.com/clip/14745958/homeowners-cite-health-risks-for-unwanted-cell-antennas
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Source: News12 Long Island, 28 Jan 2019

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?
USA Created: 18 Jan 2019
A California health activist says the Massachusetts Department of Public Health may be withholding information about possible health risks posed by cellphones and other wireless technologies.

Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley, said the state agency is refusing to release fact sheets about the health effects of electromagnetic fields, or EMF, that it began drafting two years ago.

“The higher-ups are very nervous about letting any of this information out to the public,” said Moskowitz. In California, Moskowitz fought a successful seven-year court battle to force that state to release guidelines for consumers on safe cellphone use.

Ann Scales, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts agency, said the DPH plans to release the guidelines within six months.

Moskowitz and some other activists assert that exposure to EMF, the energy given off by countless modern devices, causes a variety of health problems, ranging from sleep loss to brain cancer. They say state and federal agencies have a duty to warn the public to reduce their exposure to EMF.

But both the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that evidence of health risks from EMF is inconclusive.

Moskowitz has joined forces with Cecelia Doucette, an Ashland resident and EMF activist who persuaded her town’s school district to set limits on student exposure to Wi-Fi radio waves. Doucette said she worked with Mass. DPH officials in 2016 to develop a fact sheet showing people how to shield themselves from Wi-Fi waves, as well as electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, cell towers, and high-voltage electric power lines.

But more than two years later, the fact sheet has yet to be released. “I don’t know why,” Doucette said. “They have not given me a reason aside from the fact that it is still under review.”

Moskowitz filed a public records request for the fact sheets with the Mass. DPH, but it was denied. Public records liaison Carolyn Wagner wrote that the document in question is exempt from the state’s disclosure law because it’s still in draft form.

Scales said that until the DPH releases its guidelines, consumers can find out about safe cellphone use from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, which has a Web page devoted to the subject.

Many scientists agree that EMF exposure may pose a health hazard. They’re especially concerned about cellphones, because of their position so close to the user’s head, thereby increasing the brain’s exposure to the phone’s electromagnetic field.

“The evidence that prolonged use of cellphones increases the risk of brain cancer is extremely strong,” said David Carpenter, professor of environmental health sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Carpenter pointed to recent large-scale studies in the United States and Italy that found that exposure to cellphone radio waves caused brain tumors in rats, as well as earlier studies that found evidence of increased cancer rates among heavy cellphone users.

“The degree of risk is debatable,” Carpenter said. “However, that there is a risk is really pretty clear.”

Richard Clapp, professor emeritus at Boston University’s School of Public Health, agreed. He recommended that consumers use wired earbuds to make calls instead of holding the handset to their ears.

“There’s good reason for being cautious,” Clapp said. “If you don’t have to expose yourself or you can reduce your exposure, do that.”

 The World Health Organization states on its website that “to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.” Yet the WHO also lists electromagnetic fields as a “possible carcinogen.”

The controversy is likely to intensify in the years ahead with the deployment of next-generation 5G wireless systems, which operate at higher frequencies than today’s cellular systems and will require a far more transmitters.

“5G is going to put an antenna every several hundred yards in cities,” Moskowitz said. “The exposure will be substantial.”

The nation’s wireless companies plan to spend billions on 5G networks, and the Trump administration considers quick deployment of the technology a matter of national security. But Markowitz and other health activists want a moratorium on 5G technology pending more research on health risks.
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Source: Boston Globe, Hiawatha Bray, 17 Jan 2019

Studies suggest the harm of wireless radiation
USA Created: 14 Jan 2019
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents reduce their children’s exposure.

We all know that smoking is harmful to our health. Even smokers understand the risks.

But there was a time when smoking was glamorous and recommended for healthy social pleasures.

Then in 1964, the Surgeon General shocked Americans with a landmark report revealing smoking cigarettes was linked with lung cancer and heart disease.

We've come a long way in understanding how a once-simple pleasure actually kills people.

Some now believe that cellphones, wireless devices and smart meters are the modern-day equivalent of cigarettes.

Everyone uses them, but very few consumers recognize any potential health risks.

Apple iPhone users might be surprised that the manufacturer posts a warning right on the device.

But it's not obvious; it's buried deep within the phone. To find it, select “settings,” then “general” and then “about.” Next, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on “legal” and then “RF Exposure.”

The almost too-hidden warning basically recommends users not hold the phone next to their head, but opt for hands-free options to reduce exposure to radio frequency, or RF, energy.
Dangers of exposure

Mark Proudfoot, Wyomissing, is passionate about spreading the message of the dangers of exposure to radio frequencies, especially for children. He has publicly addressed the Wyomissing School Board several times with his concerns.

“Schools have been dodging the issue, waiting for clear-cut proof that wireless is damaging to heath,” Proudfoot said. “The proof is in, but there is no interest in action to protect our children without government regulations to force it.”

Proudfoot predicts that there will be a tragedy in the next decade with thousands being mortally sick from wireless exposure.

“The data is in, and it is clear that wireless causes cancer, premature aging, sleep disorders, infertility, concentration problems, DNA damage and is quite possibly a significant contributor to the autism explosion,” he said. “The mechanisms for damage have been proven, and FCC guidelines do not even consider these risks.”

“Theresa,” 52, Oley Township, has not been able to live in her home for the past month because of electro-hyper sensitivity and the mandated installation of a smart meter on her house.

Theresa did not wish to be identified with her real name in order to protect her family.

“I was fortunate that my doctor at the Cleveland Clinic educated me on the importance of reducing exposures,” Theresa said. “I am very grateful as that helped me have a better long-term outcome. I cannot live in my house right now for reasons outside of my control.”
Reduce exposure

Theresa is a pediatric physical therapist and functional medicine health coach who educates parents in wellness strategies, including recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents reduce their children's wireless exposure.

“This recommendation was made after the release of the National Toxicology Program study results,” Theresa said. “This was a large study on (the link between) cellphones and cancer.”

Theresa said she has found when parents reduce their children's wireless exposures, infants and toddlers progress better in therapy.

Annmarie Cantrell, 48, Union Township, said she too has significant sensitivity when being around wireless devices.

“I began to notice brain fog, an increase in anxiety, heart palpitations and nausea, and started to notice a pattern of symptoms in front of computers or in stores which offer wireless.”

“Shelly,” 55, Reading, who also did not wish to use her real name, said when she is in certain environments, within hours she can experience nausea, headaches, sweats, dizziness, heart palpitations and the inability to concentrate.

“I began to notice patterns and realized it happened when I was around wireless,” Shelly said. “There are thousands of studies which have not been spoken about in the media. People don't want to believe this because they feel they need their gadgets: It's a factor of addiction.”

In the first three seasons of the Netflix original series “Better Call Saul,” a main character played by Michael McKeon is afflicted with electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Portrayed as mental illness

But much of his affliction is portrayed as being a mental illness.

Marsha Green, a professor of psychology at Albright College, said that is often the diagnosis, but an unfair assessment, of people afflicted with the symptoms.

“I want to make it clear that people with symptoms are not imagining this,” Green said. “There is pretty clear evidence that microwave frequencies definitely have an effect on the nervous system.

“Electrosensitivity is classified as a disability, but there is so much resistance from this multibillion-dollar industry,” she said. “People are addicted to technology and don't want to hear this.”

A Dec. 19 press release issued by Pennsylvanians for Safe Technology states that the “plight of Pennsylvanians with disabilities requires the immediate action of the Pennsylvania legislature or the Public Utility Commission.

“These cases demonstrate the harm done to vulnerable Pennsylvanians by the Public Utilities Commission and electric utilities, the lack of consumer protections and lack of accommodations for ADA accepted diagnoses of disability,” the press release states. “Pennsylvania stands alone as the only state with a PUC which refuses to acknowledge the issue of smart meter harm to residential customers. Every other state utility commission has granted accommodations to their customers with disabilities.”
Neuropathy risk

Dr. Sharon Goldberg, who had a private medical practice in Miami and is now establishing one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, said that in 2014 she experienced neuropathy when holding a cellphone.

“That's when I got interested in wireless radiation and started reading research and networking with other physicians,” Goldberg said. “The real problem here is that there is no informed consent. No one tells you what the potential risks are with this technology.”

Goldberg said there is sufficient evidence to prove there are very serious health risks with wireless technology, but many doctors do not address it because they are being kept in the dark.

“Doctors do what they are paid to do and often do not have time to read the studies,” she said. “There has been a lot of false information put out by the wireless industry. If physicians take time to read the studies, they would all come to the same solution that remediation in the home is a way to improve patients' overall health.”

Proudfoot said no one is opposed to technology, but that there are solutions to drastically reduce exposure.

Shelly said you should turn off cellular data and turn off all routers in your home during the night.

Theresa recommended hard-wiring devices.

“I feel we are lucky because we know about this and mitigate our exposures,” Theresa said.

“Another thing is that you should never put your phone next to your body,” Proudfoot said. “I always keep it 3 or 4 feet away from me.”

Peter Beck, 70, who lives near Robesonia, is a concerned citizen trying to make people aware of the dangers.

He recommends purchasing an RF meter, available for about $150 on Amazon, to keep you aware of when the frequencies become unsafe.

“RF meters make those invisible things in your home visible,” Beck said.
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Source: Reading Eagle, David A. Kostival, 04 Jan 2019

City Hall: Feds say health concerns not valid reason to stand in the way of 5G internet
USA Created: 6 Dec 2018
Questions about the health impacts of placing small cell towers throughout Sioux Falls have been raised as the nation's top telecommunication companies aggressively push for fifth generation wireless internet speeds known as 5G.

But, according to federal rules, health concerns about radiation and radio frequency emissions aren't a valid reason for local governments to stand in the way of the expansion of 5G technology.

5G health impacts get brought up during public input at City Council meetings, the topic litters the email inboxes of city and media leaders, and Mayor Paul TenHaken even raised the question earlier this year during a U.S. Senate Field Hearing on the new technology.

The Federal Communications Commission, though, says early indications are the technology poses no risk to the public, though there are no definitive studies due to 5G being in its infancy.

And while claims that 5G technology is unsafe don't ring true for TenHaken, his deputy chief of staff T.J. Nelson said even if they did the city couldn't prohibit 5G expansion if it wanted.

"Part of 1996 Telecommunications Act ... preempts local government from regulating wireless communications on the basis of environmental effects of radio frequency emissions," he said.

Nelson is referring to a decades-old law that says no state or local government authority can stand in the way of expanded "personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions" as long as those wireless providers are meeting the FCC's own emissions regulations.

Nelson said the FCC also dictates how much local governments can charge for processing 5G applications.

"Other cities are trying to profit off of it, which is why the FCC has intervened," he said. "We don't want to price gouge, but we still have soft expenses with staff time and we need to be sure we cover our expenses."

That's why City Hall is moving ahead with an ordinance proposal to establish licensing and fee requirements for companies like Verizon Wireless that want to install 5G towers in public right of ways that are in line with FCC guidelines.
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Source: Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Joe Sneve, 28 Nov 2018

Senator Blumenthal wants FCC to prove 5G wireless technology is safe
USA Created: 6 Dec 2018
Washington – US Senator Richard Blumenthal is leading a campaign to determine whether new “5G” wireless technology is safe and is asking the federal government for proof the cutting edge radiofrequency does not pose health risks – including cancer.

On Monday, Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., wrote to Federal Communications Commission Brendan Carr seeking information on how his agency has determined 5G technology is safe.

“We need to know whether the radio frequencies can cause cancer,” Blumenthal said at a press conference in Hartford on Monday.

The FCC did not have an immediate response to the letter.

Blumenthal said 5G technology “is a vast improvement” over the 2G and 3G radio waves that allow wireless devices like cell phones and computers to operate. He said the new technology “offers the tremendous promise of higher speeds and reliability.

“But there is also a peril of health hazards associated with radiofrequency that is higher and requires more transmitters and antennas,” he said.

The issue of whether 5G technology is safe was raised by Paul TenHaken, the mayor of Sioux Falls, S.D., at a Commerce Committee field hearing last month.

At that hearing, TenHaken asked Carr for “clear direction” and studies that show 5G towers, which would be placed near schools, libraries and homes, would not pose a risk to his constituents.

Carr replied that “federal law … says that state and local governments can’t take (radiofrequency) concerns into account given how much work has gone into this issue at the federal level…”

“Both at the FCC and other expert health agencies in Washington, they stay very much up to speed on these issues and have reached the determination that these are safe,” Carr told TenHaken.

Blumenthal wants proof. In his letter to Carr, the senator said “most of our current regulations regarding radiofrequency safety were adopted in 1996 and have not yet been updated for next generation equipment and devices.”

Blumenthal also cited a study released this month by the National Toxicology Program, an inter-agency program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, that showed evidence of cancerous heart tumors, as well as some evidence of cancerous brain tumors, in male rats exposed to exposed to high levels of radiofrequency radiation like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones.

The study, begun in 1999, did not address 4G and 5G technologies.

“The stark, simple fact is that health hazards are unknown and unstudied,” Blumenthal said at his press conference. “That is a sign of neglect and disregard at the Federal Communications Commission that is unacceptable. We need to know whether the technology can cause cancer and other diseases.

Communications workers and environmentalists are also concerned about the impacts of 5G technology.

David Weidlich, head of the Connecticut local of the Communication Workers of America, said the AT&T workers he represents have radiofrequency monitors when they work at the cell towers. However, Weidlich said at the Hartford press conference, the microtowers that would be used to transmit 5G frequencies would be installed on individual telephone poles where “there is no consistent safety mechanisms.”

Blumenthal and Eshoo gave Carr a Dec. 17 deadline to comply with their request for information.
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Source: CT Mirror, Ana Radelat, 03 Dec 2018

Wireless Technology Disrupts Your Biology
USA Created: 6 Dec 2018
Martin Pall, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, discusses the cell physiology that’s disrupted by the electromagnetic fields from wireless technologies.

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Source: KPFA, Your Own Health and Fitness, 27 Nov 2018

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