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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.




Sep 26
2014

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines

For Diagnosing and Treating Patients With Electrohypersensitivity - Includes link to Consensus paper of the Austrian Medical Association's EMF Working Group

" . . . If you think you are responding adversely to electromagnetic radiation, it is important that you share this document with your doctor/health care professional. EHS is an emerging illness that has not been taught in most medical schools, especially in North America. However, it is increasing at an alarming rate and now children as well as adults are adversely affected by this radiation.

"According to Hallberg and Oberfeld (2006) the prevalence of EHS is increasing and by 2017, 50% of the population is likely to be electrically hypersensitive . . .

"Excerpts from the Austrian Medical Association document Guideline."

How to proceed if EMR-related health problems are suspected . . .




Sep 26
2014

Moving To Learn is a new website specifically for parents who are struggling with what to do with their kids' use/exposure to high tech wireless technology. Lots of excellent articles and a must for schools and parents concerned about the unintended consequences of our growing addiction (dare I say enslavement) to new technology. A much needed site!

Excerpts from the website:

  • Arousal Addictions - The final frontier for families 
  • Ten reasons to NOT use technology in schools for children under the age of 12 years 
  • From Real to Virtual - The alarming trend toward transhuman behavior in children . . .




Sep 26
2014

Killing Fields

Electromagnetic Fields - Arthur Firstenberg / in The Ecologist

Please take a moment to read about this egregious violation of our basic human rights--unethical, involuntary, often 24/7 exposure to wireless, pulse modulated microwave radiation from cell towers, WiFi, etc. Please understand what this exposure is doing to our population . . . lives ruined, health destroyed, potential lost, irreparable damage to mitochondrial DNA. Then ask yourself (if you're not sick already) how long will it be before you develop symptoms, too? Or your kids? Or your spouse? Or another family member? And where exactly will you go to escape? None of us (sick or not) can afford to sit on the sidelines re. this issue . . .

 " . . . Having stumbled upon an obviously well-kept secret, I researched the world literature on bioelectromagnetics, (or the biological effects of electromagnetism), and made myself an expert. I learned that electro-cautery machines, used in every modern surgical operation to cut through tissue and to stop bleeding, expose surgeons to much higher levels of radio frequency radiation than is permitted for workers in any industry. I learned that there was a disease thoroughly described in the Russian and Eastern European medical literature called radiowave sickness, the existence of which was usually denied by western authorities. This description made me remember my `unknown illness', the one that had derailed my medical career. Bradycardia, or a slow heart rate, was said, in these texts, to be a grave sign.

"Because there are virtually no workplaces without computers any more, I have not held a job since 1990. I had resigned myself to living on Social Security Disability, and learned, together with other members of a support group I had found, how best to live with my disability. This mostly meant learning to avoid exposure to electromagnetic fields. But in July 1996, to my dismay, I learned that an innovation was coming to my city, which threatened to make it impossible to avoid exposure any more.

"At that time, cell phones were still a luxury item that only worked in some locations. People were not accustomed to staying connected whenever they left their home, and even at home most still had a cord, not an antenna, attached to their telephone. Most were not accustomed to holding devices that emit microwave radiation next to their brain. In 1996, the telecommunications industry began a marketing campaign designed to change all that. For Christmas that year, all over the country, digital cell phones were going to be on a lot of shopping lists. And to make them more practical, tens of thousands of antennae were going to be erected on towers, buildings, church steeples and lampposts all over the country before Christmas, and hundreds of thousands more during the next few years. . . .




Sep 25
2014

Cris Rowan is an occupational therapist and child development expert living in Sechelt, British Columbia. She is the founder of Zone'In Inc.

"Working with families who overuse or are addicted to technology, has been an eye opener into a world of child deprivation, isolation, and neglect. Mom's obsessed with Facebook, and Pinterest, and Dad's immersed in video games and porn, are leaving children on their own to fend for themselves. Seemingly safe and happy hiding behind screens, today's tech families are actually sliding down a slippery slope toward addictions without a care in the world. Thinking they are preparing their young child for the future by handing them a device, today's parents appear oblivious to the damage their deprivation and neglect wreaks on their children. Gone are family outings, regular meal times, naps, and anything that even resembles meaningful conversation. Children are getting lost in the fray of tablets, phones, and endless devices which separate them from the love and attention that determines their very existence.

"Drifting deeper and deeper into the abyss of arousal addictions, the art of parenting is now only an afterthought, if that. Parents either have forgotten what it means to parent, or simply don't care anymore, and their neglected children are falling through an increasingly widening chasm into the abyss. The consequences of child neglect are harsh, both for the family and society in general, and in many cases, are irreversible. Schools plead for more support as they struggle to manage severe behaviours associated with not only neglect, but also prolonged exposure to violent and fast paced media content. As humanity's desensitization to sexual and physical violence intensifies, cyberbullying, fights, swearing, rapes, and violent crimes committed by children escalate. Prolific and unrestricted technology use by today's family has resulted in whole family arousal addictions, indicating we may have reached the final frontier in family dysfunction. . . .




Sep 25
2014

Detachment Disorder - Let's call it what it is

Cris Rowan of Zone'in Inc - Article posted in Moving to Learn (Exploring the Effects of Technology on Children)

"A distressed colleague recently told me that social media is being used to allure and capture young children, pulling them into cartels who then traffic these children for the sex trade. How can this happen, and where are these children's parents? Every time a child is handed a device and not supervised, they are at great risk for online corruption. Violent video games, pornography, bullying, and sexual exploitation are happening to our most vulnerable with precision and increasing frequency. Parents wouldn't hand 2 year old a knife, yet without a second thought, hand them a far more harmful and extremely addictive device. While parents worry about gluten or too much sugar, their children are spending the majority of their waking hours lost in a virtual world devoid of all critical factors for development, behavior and learning.  

"Lacking necessary movement, touch, human connection, and nature, these "detached" children are increasingly referred to physicians for consequent problematic behaviours. Cut loose from their primary attachment figures, the parents, these children are drifting about on a sea of uncertainty, parental neglect, and no rules or structure needed to become socialized and self-reliant beings. Characterised by aggression and poor self-regulation, these often anti-social and developmentally delayed children are increasingly at risk for receiving mental health diagnoses such adhd, aspergers, autism, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Many are placed on dangerous psychotropic medication, resulting in risk of explosive violence or suicide. As parents and teachers struggle to manage these children, health, education, and social governments face funding shortfalls and impending financial crisis. This article profiles how parental technology obsession and addiction, and consequent neglect and detachment from children, is threatening 21st century child sustainability.




Sep 21
2014

Dr. McDonald is a scientist, mathematical modeller who investigates the impacts of various human and natural forces on ecosystems. He uses mathematics and statistics to build electronic models to show what might happen at various trophic levels in the ecosystems that are affected.





Sep 21
2014

EHS Refuge in Australia: People Needed

Kim Goldberg's post on Refugium

"Bruce Evans is man on a mission. And he is looking for other people with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity to join him in creating an EHS refuge in southeast Australia, on land outside of Wangaratta, Victoria in the King Valley.

"The land is available for occupancy right now for anyone who can come with a van, tent or caravan. Those who arrive first may be able to have one of the bedrooms in Bruce's cottage.

"People who want to visit the land for a temporary "holiday" from wireless radiation are welcome. But Bruce is also looking for electrosensitive people who want to stay long-term, build their own cottages on his family's land, participate in the farm and help create a community safe from electropollution. . . .




Sep 19
2014

Abstract: Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) include every- thing from cosmic rays through visible light to the electric and magnetic fields associated with electricity. While the high frequency fields have sufficient energy to cause can- cer, the question of whether there are human health haz- ards associated with communication radiofrequency (RF) EMFs and those associated with use of electricity remains controversial. The issue is more important than ever given the rapid increase in the use of cell phones and other wire- less devices. This review summarizes the evidence stating that excessive exposure to magnetic fields from power lines and other sources of electric current increases the risk of development of some cancers and neurodegenera- tive diseases, and that excessive exposure to RF radiation increases risk of cancer, male infertility, and neurobehav- ioral abnormalities. The relative impact of various sources of exposure, the great range of standards for EMF expo- sure, and the costs of doing nothing are also discussed.  

  • Health effects of ELFs 
  • Health effects of microwaves and other RF EMFs  
  • Electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) 
  • Effects on brain and behavior 
  • Mechanisms by which RF EMFs 
  • Characteristics of EMFs responsible for adverse health effects 
  • Specific sources of exposure to RF EMFs
  • Standards and regulation of EMFs
  • The cost of doing nothing 
  • References




Sep 19
2014

Human Rights Tribunal does not accept evidence that EHS exists (British Columbia)

Electroyperensitivity (EHS) has been rejected as a disability by the Human Rights Tribunal of BC (September 18, 2014)

Sad news.  CSTS Human Rights case was dismissed by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. This was a class action on behalf of people with EHS, whose doctors said that they should avoid RF and not have smart meters.

Even though EHS is a recognized by the Human Rights Commission in Canada, the Americans with Disabilities in the US, and as a disability in other countries, the Tribunal chose not to accept evidence but rather to base its decision in large part on the evidence the BCUC accepted in the Fortis application.

Fortis BC paid a company (Exponent) to defend the smart meter. Exponent is a "product defense company" and has defended some of the most dangerous products in the world - pesticides, agent orange, asbestos, etc and now microwave radiation. They buy scientists who will produce reports saying anything is safe. One of their people said that our bodies emit more radiation than does a smart meter and the BCUC accepted that, while rejecting testimony from world renowned experts like Dr. Martin Blank, Dr. Isaac Jamieson and Dr. Meg Sears.

It's a sad day when the government is allowed, by the Human Rights tribunal, to come between a patient and his/her physician, but this is what has happened. Here is the decision for you to read.

This makes it more urgent for us to fight this re. fires, fee discrimination, and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The other class action lawsuit against BC Hydro over smart meters is still ongoing. That one represents all customers of BC Hydro (residential and business) who are unhappy about any aspect of the smart meter program (i.e., getting one if you didn't want it, getting one and later deciding you don't want it, being harassed and bullied for refusing to get one), whether or not you currently have a smart meter.

Join the Class Action HERE for residential customers.
Join the Class Action HERE for commercial customers.

News Coverage and Poll:  Tribunal ends Anti-Smart Meter case (24 Hours Vancouver) 

NB the poll results for "Do Smart Meters Pose a Health Risk" at time of this posting are

728 votes - 85% YES, 4% NO, 11% I DON'T KNOW but I don't trust BC Hydro assurances




Sep 13
2014

Introduction

  • Austria (Salzburg and Styria) 
  • Bulgaria 
  • People's Republic of China 
  • India 
  • The Russian Federation 
Spectrum Use, Exposure Risk and Best Practice
  • 60 GHz Radiation 
  • Terahertz Radiation - T-Rays 
Managing Risk
  • United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 
  • Council of Europe 
  • European Environment Agency 
Creating a Sustainable Future through Intelligent Risk Management

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