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Similar symptoms of ill health are reported worldwide by people of all ages who are exposed to wireless technologies.  These include cell phones and cell towers, wireless internet (Wi-Fi), portable home telephones, Wi-Max, utility "Smart" meters, microwave ovens, lighting fixtures, CFL light bulbs and other home and business devices and appliances.




Aug 21
2014

Abstract

"Although autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) are defined behaviorally, they also involve multileveled disturbances of underlying biology that find striking parallels in the physiological impacts of electromagnetic frequency and radiofrequency exposures (EMF/RFR). Part I of this paper will review the critical contributions pathophysiology may make to the etiology, pathogenesis and ongoing generation of core features of ASCs. We will review pathophysiological damage to core cellular processes that are associated both with ASCs and with biological effects of EMF/RFR exposures that contribute to chronically disrupted homeostasis. Many studies of people with ASCs have identified oxidative stress and evidence of free radical damage, cellular stress proteins, and deficiencies of antioxidants such as glutathione. Elevated intracellular calcium in ASCs may be due to genetics or may be downstream of inflammation or environmental exposures. Cell membrane lipids may be peroxidized, mitochondria may be dysfunctional, and various kinds of immune system disturbances are common. Brain oxidative stress and inflammation as well as measures consistent with blood-brain barrier and brain perfusion compromise have been documented. . . .

"Various vital but vulnerable mechanisms such as calcium channels my be disrupted by environmental agents, various genes associated with autism or the interaction of both. With dramatic increases in reported ASCs that are coincident in time with the deployment of wireless technologies, we need aggressive investigation of potential ASC - EMF/RFR links. The evidence is sufficient to warrant new public exposure standards benchmarked to low-intensity (non-thermal) exposure levels now known to be biologically disruptive, and strong, interim precautionary practices are advocated. . . .

Introduction
Physiological pathogenesis and mechanisms of autism spectrum conditions
Parallels in pathophysiology
References




Aug 18
2014

" . . . Any person, scientist or non-scientist, before claiming that there is no risk from cell phone radiation and dismissing the science as bogus, should remember that it is necessary to study all possible options of effects before making such statements - option of co-effects of cell phone radiation and chemicals was not studied yet.

"In conclusion, I consider that currently the scientific evidence is sufficient to classify cell phone radiation as a probable human carcinogen - 2A category in IARC scale. Time will show whether 'the probable' will change into' the certain'. However, it will take tens of years before issue is really resolved. In the mean time we should implement the Precautionary Principle. There is a serious reason for doing so."




Aug 16
2014

Free Public Wi-Fi in Parks, Schools, Hospitals? (Toronto, Ontario)

Letter from Dr. Hugh Scully to Toronto's Government Management Committee

" . . . As a physician leader in Canada with a great commitment to the health of Canadians, I am very concerned about the increasing evidence internationally that EMR is creating increasing health problems in our population as its use increases exponentially. This is particularly true among children and young Canadians, and teachers [and nurses] who are continuously exposed to wi-fi routers in schools [and hospitals].

"As a cardiac specialist, I am concerned that - 20%of people have detrimental cardiac rhythm sensitivity to EMR. . . .




Councillor Josh Matlow's letter proposing that Toronto implement free Wi-Fi in parks, public spaces and Business Improvement Areas (BIA's).




Aug 16
2014

Electromagnetic Interference with pacemakers from walkie-talkies and cell phones

Experimental Study: Electromagnetic interference of external pacemakers by walkie-talkies and digital cellular phones

" . . . This experimental study shows a potential risk of interference of external pacemakers by walkie-talkies and cellular digital phones . . .




Aug 12
2014

Relevant Scientific Studies (140) Omitted by Health Canada (C4ST)

with regards to Scientific Review of Draft Safety Code 6 (2014), Canada's Safety Guidelines for Safe Exposure to Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation (submitted by Margaret Friesen M.Sc.)

" . . . At least 140 studies are missing from Health Canada's rationale document and literature review, as well as the report from the Royal Society of Canada and the largest, most recent European review. Of these 140 studies, 103 studies (74%) were submitted by C4ST to Health Canada in 2013, yet were still omitted.

"The scientific basis of Safety Code 6 is clearly in disarray. Meanwhile, C4ST regularly hears from Canadians who report being sickened and disabled by exposures to radiofrequency/microwave radiation. The immediate response should be to take measures to ensure that exposures are recognized, and As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). This involves public education, training of medical personnel, minimization of use of wireless technologies in schools and workplaces, safe areas for those with EHS (and to prevent development of EHS), safer technological advancements and more. We present some preliminary recommendations to accomplish this. . . .




Aug 8
2014

Building Access Handbook 2007 (B.C.)

Illustrated Commentary on Access Requirements in the 2006 British Columbia Building Code


People with ES / EHS are currently prevented/hindered from accessing certain buildings and public areas.

From the Office of Housing and Construction Standards

INTRODUCTION

"It is important for users of the B.C. Building Code to be reminded that the presence and participation of persons with disabilities in our communities is significant. The percentage of persons with disabilities of all ages will increase, especially over the next few decades. This growth will include persons with all types of disabilities, each type having their own specific design needs.

"The roles of persons with disabilities in society are ever expanding and need to be recognized. Not only are persons with disabilities receivers of services, they are also providers. For example, they are students and educators, employees and employers, shoppers and merchants, spectators and athletes, residents of buildings and designers of buildings, to name a few. They participate in all aspects of community life and in doing so, utilize all types of buildings. Users of the code, specifically the sections dealing with building requirements for persons with disabilities, must be aware of the strong impact that proper application of the code has on the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities. Accessibility is paramount. Thoughtful and careful use of this handbook in applying the building requirements for persons with disabilities will benefit all members of the community. . .

Definitions
"1.1.3. . . . Access or accessible means that a person with disabilities is, without assistance, able to approach, enter, pass to and from, and make use of an area and its facilities, or either of them. . . .




Aug 4
2014

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

L. Lloyd Morgan, Santosh Kesan and Devra Lee Davis - Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure

Highlights

  • Children absorb more microwave radiation (MWR) than adults. 
  • MWR is a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen. 
  • The fetus is in greater danger than children from exposure to MWR.  
  • The legal exposure limits have remained unchanged for decades.  
  • Cellphone manuals warnings and the 20 cm rule for tablets/laptops violate the "normal operating position" regulation.
Abstract

Computer simulation using MRI scans of children is the only possible way to determine the microwave radiation (MWR) absorbed in specific tissues in children. Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR. MWR exposure can result in degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons. MWR-emitting toys are being sold for use by young infants and toddlers. Digital dementia has been reported in school age children. A case study has shown when cellphones are placed in teenage girls' bras multiple primary breast cancer develop beneath where the phones are placed. MWR exposure limits have remained unchanged for 19 years. All manufacturers of smartphones have warnings which describe the minimum distance at which phone must be kept away from users in order to not exceed the present legal limits for exposure to MWR. The exposure limit for laptop computers and tablets is set when devices are tested 20 cm away from the body. Belgium, France, India and other technologically sophisticated governments are passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children's use of wireless devices . . .




Aug 1
2014

EMF Reduction for Autism

Article includes links to references, resources, autism survey and videos

"The question to ask in not can children recover, but what are the most simple and effective protocols for recovery? Families with autistic childrenare already overburdened and overloaded on all levels. They need something simple and effective that they can try for free.

"That protocol now exists and most children who try it improve. After everything I've done over the the last 15 years, this was the most effective, and in retrospect, if I had known about it at the beginning, I would have started with this protocol. The protocol is fairly simple and can be taught to children. The hard part is believing that it will work and changing a long held assumption that electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation are completely safe. This is something that I truly believed as an engineer and designer in Silicon Valley. It took me several years to release this tightly held assumption. . . .

Autism Survey




Aug 1
2014

Understanding Autism

Autism and EMF: The connection between autism and EMF, RF and wireless devices

This is a simple overview of the most suspect environmental factors in autism and an update of a program to systematically eliminate them. All the prime suspects are man-made. Since we created the problem, we can "un-create" it and roll back the epidemic.



Constant Wireless Exposure demonstration  Wi-Fi and Cordless Phones
Wireless Baby Monitor 




Jul 30
2014

Declaration: Doctors call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

letter signed by renowned scientists and physicians urging Health Canada to stop denying that evidence exists that shows harm.

Also Declaration: SCIENTISTS call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline is fundamentally flawed.

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is based on an obsolete account and analysis of RFR research and has disregarded or minimized certain recent studies, such as cancer, DNA damage, protein synthesis, stress response, and detrimental biological and health effects in humans that occur at RFR intensities below the existing Code 6 Guideline. . . .


Our urgent call for public health protection.

The public's health and the health of the environment are threatened by ever-evolving RF emitting technologies, without due consideration for what the potential cumulative impacts on biological systems are likely to be in the future.  

We urgently call upon Health Canada . . .

i) to intervene in what we view as an emerging public health crisis;

ii) to establish guidelines based on the best available scientific data including studies on cancer and DNA damage, stress response, cognitive and neurological disorders, impaired reproduction, developmental effects, learning and behavioural problems among children and youth, and the broad range of symptoms classified as EHS; and

iii) To advise Canadians to limit their exposure and especially the exposure of children. . . .




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