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24 November 2017

Switzerland: Open Letter to the Health Care Team at the Lancy Medical Center, Geneva, on Wireless Technology

Open Letter to the Health Care Team at the Lancy Medical Center, Geneva, on Wireless Technology
by Meris Michaels, 24 November 2017 (translation)

The Lancy Medical Center includes seven physicians specializing in internal medicine, 21 psychiatrists/psychologists, one specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, and a number of therapists (https://cmlancy.ch/).

Recently opened, the Center did not have Wi-Fi in the second-floor waiting room (internal medicine) up until now. The personnel at the reception, including a number of young women, are being saturated with electrosmog (cordless phones, Wi-Fi, smartphones…). On several occasions, I talked to my doctor who is director of internal medicine at the Center, and to the personnel about this.

Imagine my disappointment recently to find Wi-Fi in the waiting room ! Being sensitive to Wi-Fi, I experience pressure in my head. My doctor is skeptical that the radiofrequency (RF) radiation emitted by wireless technologies can produce health risks. He said to me that the Centre would lose “customers” if there was no Wi-Fi in the waiting room.

Denial of the risks of radiation for health is a sign of unhealthy collusion among the medical personnel. Almost no physician in Geneva has the courage to admit there is a risk. Do they know better than the 246 scientists from 41 countries who signed the International Appeal requesting effective protection against exposure to electromagnetic waves?

23 November 2017

Sperm, Ova and Fertility: Effects from Mobile Phone and Laptop Exposure

"There is far less research on effects of microwaves (WiFi or other) on women’s fertility, but some recent animal studies have found a severe reduction of ovarian follicles (cellular structures each containing an egg) in pre-pubertal animals whose mothers were exposed. NOTE – implies that if you use carry or use a transmitting device near the abdomen during pregnancy it could affect the fertility of your daughter."

WhyFi at school and home: Part 6
REDMAYNE REPORTS, 11 October 2017

Sperm, Ova and Fertility Researchers have expressed concern about effects on fertility from mobile phone and laptop exposure – especially from carrying a phone in a trouser pocket and from using a laptop on the lap. This sort of carriage and use is very common by students in schools and at tertiary institutions, as well as when relaxing at home.

The Monsanto Papers, Part 1 — Operation: Intoxication

The Monsanto Papers, Part 1 — Operation: Intoxication
Stéphane Horel, Stéphane Foucart, Le Monde, 20 November 2017 translation


In order to save glyphosate, the Monsanto corporation has undertaken an effort to destroy the United Nations' cancer agency by any means possible. Here is the part one of an investigation from Le Monde.


Editors Note: This month Le Monde won the Prix Varenne Presse quotidienne nationale (Varenne Award for the national daily press) for their Monsanto Papers series, an investigation on the worldwide war the Monsanto corporation has started in order to save glyphosate, originally published in June.

Below is part one, originally published June 1, 2017, translated by GM Watch and the Health and Environment Alliance.


"We have been attacked in the past, we have faced smear campaigns, but this time we are the target of an orchestrated campaign of an unseen scale and duration." Christopher Wild's smile quickly faded. Through the window of the high rise where the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is headquartered, the rooftops of Lyon, France, spread out behind his tall figure.

Christopher Wild is the director of the agency so he weighed every word—speaking with a seriousness appropriate for the situation. For the past two years, a blazing onslaught has targeted the institution he is running: the credibility and integrity of IARC's work are being challenged, its experts are being denigrated and harassed by lawyers, and its finances weakened.

Continue reading:
http://www.ehn.org/monsanto-glyphosate-cancer-smear-campaign-2509710888.html

How Evil Is Tech?

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
How Evil Is Tech?
by David Brooks, Opinion, The New York Times, 20 November 2017

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

Surely the people in tech — who generally want to make the world a better place — don’t want to go down this road. It will be interesting to see if they can take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs.

There are three main critiques of big tech.

The first is that it is destroying the young. Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.

Measurements of Radiofrequency Radiation with a Body-Borne Exposimeter in Swedish Schools with Wi-Fi

Measurements of Radiofrequency Radiation with a Body-Borne Exposimeter in Swedish Schools with Wi-Fi
lennarthardellenglish.wordpress.com, 23 November 2017

Our research group published recently a study on radiofrequency (RF) radiation in schools using an exposimeter. RF emissions in the classroom were measured by the teachers in order to approximate the children’s exposure. Teachers in grades 7–12 carried a body-borne exposimeter, EME-Spy 200, in school during 1–4 days of work. Eighteen teachers from seven schools participated. The mean exposure to RF radiation ranged from 1.1 to 66.1 μW/m2. The highest mean level, 396.6 μW/m2, occurred during 5 min of a lesson when the teacher let the students stream and watch YouTube videos. Maximum peaks went up to 82,857 μW/m2 from mobile phone uplink. The exposure levels varied between the different Wi-Fi systems, and if the students were allowed to use their own smartphones on the school’s Wi-Fi network or if they were connected to GSM/3G/4G base stations outside the school. An access point over the teacher’s head gave higher exposure compared with a school with a wired Internet connection for the teacher in the classroom. All values were far below International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection’s reference values, but most mean levels measured were above the precautionary target level of 3–6 μW/m2 as proposed by the Bioinitiative Report. The length of time wireless devices are used is an essential determinant in overall exposure. Measures to minimize children’s exposure to RF radiation in school would include preferring wired connections, allowing laptops, tablets and mobile phones only in flight mode and deactivating Wi-Fi access points, when not used for learning purposes.

BioInitiative Report: Medical Concerns Intensify Over Deadly Brain Tumors from Cell Phone Use

BioInitiative Report: Medical concerns intensify over deadly brain tumors from cell phone use / Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden/November 17, 2017

A new update from the the BioInitiative Working Group 2017 shows the evidence has strengthened for brain cancers related to wireless phone use. The Group has released an update analyzing scientific results of case-control studies published between 2010 and 2017 on cancers of the brain. 

For glioma, a malignant brain cancer with a very poor survival rate especially for high-grade glioma, there is nearly a doubling of the risk overall if the cell phone is used for 1,640 hours or more. If the cell phone is used primarily on the same side of the head however, the odds of getting a tumor on that side of the head increase to more than two and a half times compared to those with no wireless phone exposure. 

Survival time after brain tumor diagnosis is also shorter with wireless phone use in patients with glioblastoma multiforme, compared to patients with no use. 

22 November 2017

Fresno Man Says His iPhone Ignited, Now He's Suing Apple

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the plaintiffs’ injuries, lost work, medical expenses and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages.

FRESNO MAN SAYS HIS IPHONE IGNITED. NOW HE’S SUING APPLE
by David Castellon, thebusinessjournal.com, 20 November 2017

Nwabueze Umeh has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming
his iPhone 6 exploded and injured him in May.
A Fresno man is the latest plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against cell phone giant Apple, Inc. and some of its vendors after his iPhone 6 reportedly ignited and injured him.

The lawsuit was filed Oct. 11 by lawyers representing Nwabueze Umeh in Fresno County Superior Court, seeking actual and punitive damages for injuries and mental anguish suffered when the phone exploded on May 20.

Also named as a defendant is Airtouch Cellular, Inc., which reportedly sold Umeh the phone.

His lawsuit is the latest of five lawsuits filed by Gustafson Nicolai, pc, a Los Angeles-based law firm representing people around the country whom they say were injured when their older-model iPhones ignite.

Three of the other plaintiffs are adults from Harvest, Ala.; Prussia, Pa.; and Manhattan Beach, Calif., along with a minor from Pineville, La.

Smartphones Are Damaging This Generation's Mental Health

Smartphones are damaging this generation's mental healthby 
Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University, weforum.org, 17 November 2017

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

Even if online time doesn't directly harm mental health, it could still
adversely affect it in indirect ways. 
Image:  Reuters/Edgar Su
In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

21 November 2017

Russian Nuclear Facility Denies It Is Source of High Radioactivity Levels

Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels
by Shaun Walker in Moscow and Hannah Devlin, The Guardian, 21 November 2017

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological service confirmed levels several hundred times the norm were found in several locations in the country during tests in late September.

Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak 
posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment.
Photo:  Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace has called for an investigation into a potential cover-up of a nuclear accident after Russia’s nuclear agency had denied European reports of increased ruthenium-106 levels. Rosgidromet, the weather monitoring service, released test data on Monday that showed levels were indeed much higher than normal. The most potent site was Argayash in the south Urals, where levels were 986 times the norm.

Argayash is about 20 miles from Mayak, a facility that reprocesses spent nuclear fuel. The plant facility issued a denial on Tuesday. “The contamination of the atmosphere with ruthenium-106 isotope registered by Rosgidromet is not linked to the activity of Mayak,” a statement said.

How Facebook and Google Threaten Public Health - and Democracy


'Substance cannot compete with sensation, which must be
amplified constantly, lest consumers get distracted and
move on.'  Photo: Anadolu Agency/ Getta Images
How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy
by Roger McNamee, Opinion, The Guardian, 
11 November 2017

The sad truth is that Facebook and Google have behaved irresponsibly in the pursuit of massive profits. And this has come at a cost to our health

In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and expressed regret at the damage being inflicted on children.

This admission, by one of the architects of Facebook, comes on the heels of last week’s hearings by Congressional committees about Russian interference in the 2016 election, where the general counsels of Facebook, Alphabet (parent of Google and YouTube), and Twitter attempted to deflect responsibility for manipulation of their platforms.