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EMF Studies

23 September 2012

The Beauty of Pollination

The beauty of this video clip from "Ted" reminds us that we must do all we can to protect our pollinators - birds, bees, bats ...

22 September 2012

Apple: Champion of Programmed Obsolescence

With iPhone 5, 4S would become obsolete
(Itsuo Inouye/SIPA)
The dark side of the new iPhone 5 : the programmed obsolescence of this device which has a disastrous impact on the planet. 

Apple’s iPhone 5: We Demand a Law Against Programmed Obsolescence of This Device 
by Martine Laplante, President of “Amis de la Terre” (Friends of the Earth), Le Plus du Nouvel Observateur, 13 September 2012. Edited by Lisa Beaujour working with Henri Rouillier. Translated from French.

LE PLUS. Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5 Wednesday evening during a Keynote. Yet another model, sighs the association “Amis de la Terre”, which is alarmed by the disastrous consequences for the planet of products which are everthing but lasting. 

HIGH-TECH. 13.3 million smartphones, 3.4 million tablets sold in France just in 2012! Appearing less than 5 years ago, these devices have imposed themselves on the market and into our lives. Advertised and marketed as indispensable, these electronic gadgets have an environmental impact that is inversely proportional to their size. Gold, silver, cobalt, tantalum or rare earths are necessary for their production. 

21 September 2012

Indian Government Recognizes that Radiation from Mobile Towers May Affect Wildlife

The Indian Government is aware of the negative impact on wildlife, especially birds and bees, of the electro-magnetic radiation emitted from mobile phone towers.  (The 80-second video on bird decline  in southern India, suspected to be caused by mobile tower radiation, follows the article.)

Radiation from Mobile Towers May Affect Wildlife
Zeenews.com – 10 August 2012

New Delhi: Radiation from mobile towers may have varying negative impact on wildlife especially birds and bees, according to the Environment Ministry.

Amid concerns over health hazards and impact on wildlife due to mobile tower radiation, the Environment Ministry has issued an advisory asking the Department of Telecommunications not to permit new mobile towers within a one-km radius of the existing ones.

In Baltimore Area, Church Bell Towers Are Also Cell Towers

Cell towers on steeple of Episcopal Church
(Baltimore Sun photo)
Three cell phone companies have placed antennas on a church steeple in Maryland to meet a growing demand for smartphones, iPads and other gadgets. The antennas bring a steady stream of income to help cover maintenance costs for the 91-year-old church, freeing up money for feeding the hungry, reaching out to the community and supporting overseas mission work. Although the leases have drawn fire from communities worried about health effects and property values, experts predict such deals will become increasingly common as the need for data speed and capacity grows. 

In Baltimore area, churches' bell towers also cell towers 
Wireless carriers increasingly leasing steeple space from churches 

by Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun, 24 July 2012 

Cell towers are mounted on the steeple of the Episcopal Church… (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina…) 
The stone marker in Catonsville Presbyterian Church's steeple tower is dated 1921, dedicated "to the Glory of God." 

Next to it is a black ladder with caution signs tied to its rungs, warning of radio frequency fields in the narrow space above. In the steeple overlooking Frederick Road, three cell phone companies have placed antennas, serving a growing demand for smartphones, iPads and other gadgets.

19 September 2012

New GMO Study: Rats Fed Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn Grow Tumors, 70% of Females Die Early

Reactions of researchers to GMO study:
“This research shows an extraordinary number of tumors developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts.” – Dr Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist, King’s College London.

“We can expect that the consumption of GM maize and the herbicide Roundup, impacts seriously on human health.” – Dr Antoniou.

“This is the first time that a long-term animal feeding trial has examined the impact of feeding GM corn or the herbicide Roundup, or a combination of both and the results are extremely serious.” – Patrick Holden, Director, Sustainable Food Trust.

New GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow tumors, 70% of females die early
by Mike Adams, naturalnews.com, 19 September 2012

Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto’s Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study [published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology] that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. 

Tumors developed by rats after consuming Monsanto's
genetically modified corn

Recent Studies Reveal BPA May Affect Future Generations (and It's Used in Cell Phone, iPad and Laptop Computer Casings)

POST REPUBLISHED due to latest findings connecting obesity to BPA:

The following article was published as an Alert from the People’s Pharmacy on 15 June 2012. Exposure to BPA may affect not only the next generation but possible future generations as well. The chemical substance may also predispose one to breast cancer. Among many other products, BPA is used in the plastic casings of laptop computers and cell phones to make the plastic durable and shatter-proof.  For example, one iPad case, while reducing 3G transmission power by up to 75% and thus users' exposure to electromagnetic (EM) radiation, is made of Lexan which contains BPA. So, the choice is either exposure to EM radiation or BPA!  (Ref: Printage: "BPA in Pong Cell Phones and iPad Cases") . Refer also to the page on BPA from the site, "EverydayExposures" which defines BPA and its effects on the human body.) 

15 September 2012

The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods

It is significant that Dr. Mercola has posted his latest article about genetically modified (GM) foods on 15 September 2012, the day of The Meal, a world-wide sharing of locally-grown natural food to support rural farmers worldwide, to plead for food sovereignty and give natives access to natural resources, soil, water, forests and seeds.
Jeffrey Smith, one of the world’s leading authorities on the health risks of genetically engineered (GE) food, has produced a new documentary, “Genetic Roulette:  The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods” that is available only until 22 September 2012 (after which it must be purchased).  You are invited to view the film through Dr. Mercola’s article “How Can the Wealthiest Industralized Nation be the Sickest?”  I have summarized below some of the points made in the film.
In his article, Dr. Mercola says, “Americans get sick more often than Europeans or people from any other industrialized nation. [Europe has mostly banned GMOs.  Switzerland will likely extend the moratorium on GMOs despite a government report which basically says they are safe.]  Since the mid-1990s, the number of Americans suffering from at least three chronic illnesses nearly doubled. Life expectancy has decreased and infant mortality has increased. Illnesses once rare are now common, with some approaching epidemic levels. For example:

Living with Electrosensitivity

Recently, an award-winning investigative Canadian journalist, Kim Goldberg, invited EHS persons to share their experiences living with this condition.  She is specifically interested in strategies for reducing electromagnetic radiation in one's life and home to protect one's health.  I decided to share my experience as someone who is becoming electrosensitive because I believe our experiences should also be heard. I have written about this in other posts and apologize for repetition.   (Contact:  Kim Goldberg at goldberg@ncf.ca)

Living with Electrosensitivity
I live in Geneva, Switzerland, where Wi-Fi is found in many of the cities’ parks, libraries and hospitals (even in rooms in the children’s hospital).  The city is saturated with mobile phone antennas.  Two of the major mobile operators are planning to install at least 700 new antennas across Switzerland, to meet the demands of smartphone users, avid for access to ever more data at faster speeds, and to prevent saturation of the networks.  There is talk of making Wi-Fi available on public transport in Geneva, as is the case in other major Swiss cities.  Wi-Fi exists on many postal buses and will soon be installed in trains.  Most of the major hotels in alpine resorts have Wi-Fi.

11 September 2012

Wi-Fi Risks in Schools: Letter Addressed by Barry Trower to U.K. Minister for Schools

Read this excellent letter about Wi-Fi risks in schools, written by Barry Trower, microwave expert, addressed to the Minister for Schools, United Kingdom, 13 October 2011.  

Mr Gibb, Minister For Schools.
Date: 13/10/2011
Wi-Fi Risk in Schools.


Following our discussion last Friday, please find enclosed the letter requested.

By 1976, thousands of Government research documents existed highlighting the health dangers of below-thermal (Wi-Fi) microwave irradiation. In this year, the U.S Government advised Western Governments to... 'not enforce stringent exposure standards as this would become unfavourable for industrial output.'

This directive exists today. The U.S Government listed both physiological and neuropathological illnesses from low-level microwave irradiation.

Concerning the above radiation:

Children are more vulnerable than adults due to immature immune systems, soft bones, the blood-brain-barrier being under-developed, damage to ovarian follicles and their size ( they absorb more radiation).

10 September 2012

Mobile Phones May Trigger Alzheimer's: 2003 Study by Professor Leif Salford

Already in 2003, Swedish researcher Professor Leif Salford was saying that mobile phones “may trigger Alzheimer’s”. The researchers concluded: "We cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use, a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects maybe already in their middle age."   Article from BBC News, 5 February 2003. 

When brain cells degenerate and die, the brain markedly shrinks in some regions.  This image shows that a person
 with Alzheimer's disease has less brain tissue (right) than a person who does not have the disease (left).
This shrinkage will continue over time, affecting how the brain functions. (source: ASPSYC1010 Wiki)

Mobile phones may trigger Alzheimer's

Mobile phones damage key brain cells and could trigger the early onset of Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests.

Researchers in Sweden have found that radiation from mobile phone handsets damages areas of the brain associated with learning, memory and movement.

09 September 2012

McDonald's Wants Your Child's Personal Data - UPDATE

happymeal.com's game "McWorld"
UPDATE:  26 October 2012:   A victory! 

McDonald’s said it has removed social networking features in some of its online games after a privacy advocacy group complained to federal regulators that the restaurant chain was violating child online privacy laws.

In a complaint filed last August to the Federal Trade Commission, the Center for Digital Democracy said McDonald’s was using a “tell-a-friend” feature on games and other functions of HappyMeal.com and McWorld.com that asked children to upload photos and videos onto the site and then pass along that information to friends. McDonald’s also asked for children to list the e-mail addresses of friends, without gathering parental consent for that information.  
The practice, CDD said, was a form of deceptive viral marketing that violates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (Thank you to Public Citizen for this information.)

Original post:
Another sinister use of the Web targeting children: collecting personal information about children under age 13. McDonald’s, General Mills and other companies are being accused of collecting data from children after they play a brand-name related game on companies’ websites. The data are the Emails of friends who are then encouraged to play this game. This amounts to direct marketing of foods high in fat and sugar to young children. (Article by Kristina Chew, Care2.com, 22 August 2012.)