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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.




Dec 16
2014

A Talk about Electrosensitivity - Barrie Trower

The impact on health and wellbeing -Patcham Memorial Hall, Brighton

Published on Dec 11, 2014

Talk by former MI5 agent Dr Barry Trower, a physicist who worked for British intelligence. He explains Electrosensitivity and the dangers of Microwave and Wifi Radiation.



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Dec 16
2014

CMA Code of Ethics

Canadian Medical Association's 54 Fundamental Responsibilities for Canadian physicians, including residents, and medical students - Last reviewed March 2014: Still relevant

This Code has been prepared by the Canadian Medical Association as an ethical guide for Canadian physicians, including residents, and medical students. Its focus is the core activities of medicine - such as health promotion, advocacy, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, palliation, education and research. It is based on the fundamental principles and values of medical ethics, especially compassion, beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for persons, justice and accountability. The Code, together with CMA policies on specific topics, constitutes a compilation of guidelines that can provide a common ethical framework for Canadian physicians.

Physicians should be aware of the legal and regulatory requirements that govern medical practice in their jurisdictions.

Physicians may experience tension between different ethical principles, between ethical and legal or regulatory requirements, or between their own ethical convictions and the demands of other parties. Training in ethical analysis and decision-making during undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education is recommended for physicians to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to deal with these conflicts. Consultation with colleagues, regulatory authorities, ethicists, ethics committees or others who have relevant expertise is also recommended.

Fundamental Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities to the Patient 
  • General Responsibilities 
  • Initiating and Dissolving a Patient-Physician Relationship 
  • Communication, Decision Making and Consent 
  • Privacy and Confidentiality 
  • Research 
Responsibilities to Society
Responsibilities to the Profession
Responsibilities to Oneself




Dec 12
2014

To Dr B. Henry, BC's Deputy Public Health Officer

re Non-Thermal Radio Frequency Radiation - from Jerry Flynn

" . . . it is not obligatory for any province or territory in Canada to adhere to Safety Code 6. Health Canada's own website makes that perfectly clear! British Columbia, like other jurisdictions, has the latitude and authority to establish whatever radiation Exposure Limits it deems necessary in order to protect its people. Look, for example, at what the City of Toronto has done. It is my understanding that they have obliged cell phone companies to reduce the effective radiated power of cell phone towers to levels that are 100 times lower than those recommended by Safety Code 6! . . .




Dec 7
2014

EMF Health Effects Harmful Health Effects of ElectroMagnetic Radiation

Martin Blank, PhD Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics - Columbia University (EM WATCH)

Health Effects of EMF: Focus on DNA


" . . . if you watched this video, you know there IS something to worry about concerning EMF.

"Exactly WHAT are these potential health dangers? Well, let's start by talking about some of the diseases that some studies have shown can be caused by electromagnetic radiation:

Summary of Electromagnetic Health Effects

Life-threatening Diseases

  • Alzheimer's Disease 
  • Brain cancer (adult and child) 
  • Breast cancer (male and female) 
  • Depression (also leading to suicide) 
  • Heart disease 
  • Leukemia (adult and child) 
  • Miscarriage 
Other Conditions and Symptoms
  • Allergies 
  • Asthma 
  • Autism 
  • Blood pressure (raised) 
  • Concentration difficulties 
  • Depression 
  • Electro-sensitivity 
  • Fatigue 
  • Frequent infections 
  • Headaches 
  • Hormone changes 
  • Immune system damage 
  • Nerve damage 
  • Sleep disturbance 
  • Skin complaints 
  • Sperm abnormalities 
  • Tinnitus




Dec 7
2014

Harmful Health Effects of ElectroMagnetic Radiation - FOCUS ON DNA

Martin Blank, PhD Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics - Columbia University (EM WATCH)

Health Effects of EMF: Focus on DNA



" . . . if you watched this video, you know there IS something to worry about concerning EMF.

"Exactly WHAT are these potential health dangers? Well, let's start by talking about some of the diseases that some studies have shown can be caused by electromagnetic radiation:

Summary of Electromagnetic Health Effects

Life-threatening Diseases

  • Alzheimer's Disease 
  • Brain cancer (adult and child) 
  • Breast cancer (male and female) 
  • Depression (also leading to suicide) 
  • Heart disease 
  • Leukemia (adult and child) 
  • Miscarriage 
Other Conditions and Symptoms
  • Allergies 
  • Asthma 
  • Autism 
  • Blood pressure (raised) 
  • Concentration difficulties 
  • Depression 
  • Electro-sensitivity 
  • Fatigue 
  • Frequent infections 
  • Headaches 
  • Hormone changes 
  • Immune system damage 
  • Nerve damage 
  • Sleep disturbance 
  • Skin complaints 
  • Sperm abnormalities 
  • Tinnitus
EM WATCH




Dec 3
2014

Influence of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation on the Platelet Aggregation

International Journal of Biomedicine - Gulzoda M. Khamidova, MD

Abstract: "The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) on platelet aggregation (PA) in individuals working for a long time under a direct and continuous RF-EMF exposure. We examined 119 persons aged from 22 to 65 years. In individuals working under the direct and constant exposure to RF-EMFs, the various changes of PA with a predominance of hyperaggregation are detected. The dependence of the changes in the indicators of PA on length of work in conditions of RF-EMF exposure is determined. . . .

Conclusion:  "The results of our study confirm the deleterious effect RF-EMF both on the blood cells and on blood rheology. In individuals working under the direct and constant exposure to RF-EMFs, the various changes of PA with a predominance of hyperaggregation are detected. The dependence of the changes in the indicators of PA on length of work in conditions of RFEMF exposure is determined."




Dec 3
2014

Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe - Electromagnetic Radiation, Health and Children 2014

founder of PHIRE (Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment)



Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe presented an outstanding talk recently on electromagnetic fields and their possible effects at a meeting of the Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE). In this talk she discussed the difficulty of assessing exposure accurately, the various known mechanistic effects of electromagnetic fields, and the varied susceptibility of human beings to different exposures of various kind. This is one of the best you'll find anywhere at the moment to learn about some of the possible effects of mobile phones, cordless phones, WiFi and tablets, and it's freely available online.

SSITAorgUK Safe Schools Information Technology Alliance 




Dec 3
2014

It's Always Something - iPads influence Pacemakers and ICD's

Journal of the American Heart Association - April 2014

" . . . Magnets have been associated with pacemaker and implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD) therapy since the beginnings of both therapies. Before sophisticated software‐based device programmers, magnets were used check the battery life and output of pacemakers and were also used to test ICD charge times, reform the capacitors, and inactivate and reactivate them around surgical procedures. Magnets play less of a role in our day‐to‐day practice of device follow‐up, but are still occasionally taped over devices during surgery to prevent sensing of electromagnetic interference from cautery and delivering inappropriate shocks.

"The study of Kozik et al.1 evaluated the risk involved in placing the popular iPad®, which have numerous magnets in their covers, over an ICD in the chest while the patient is supine and using the device to play games, read, surf the Web, watch movies, and so on. These are now common activities that did not exist 10 years ago when people fell asleep reading a book or watching a television set that was across the room.

"Although their study was small--27 patients--and did not include all device manufacturers, they did, in fact, show that, in a significant number of patients studied, the devices were affected by the magnets on the iPad. Nine (33%) devices were inhibited from sensing and treating life‐threatening arrhythmias. What's more, the devices that still had the "magnet turn‐off" function were completely turned off and would be nonfunctional not just for the duration of contact with the magnet, but potentially until the next formal device interrogation discovered the programming change. In that circumstance, the device could be nonfunctional for months.

"This study was performed in adults. If children with ICDs had been included, the numbers of affected devices may have been even higher because there are still abdominally placed devices in that population. With iPad commonly used by young people for online movie services, gaming, and schoolwork, one could expect significant contact between the magnetic cover and their ICD.

"Verrier and Josephson reviewed the effect of sleep on arrhythmogenesis2 and showed the nonuniform nighttime distribution of nocturnal sudden cardiac death. A Figure from their review shows the prevalence and distribution of noctural sudden cardiac death events. With rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, there are surges of sympathetic activity that affect heart rate, vasomotor tone, and even platelet aggregation. Similarly, patients with sleep disordered breathing have issues with nocturnal ischemia, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, complex ventricular ectopy, and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia. Asystole and atrioventricular block is not uncommon during sleep in healthy individuals, but these changes in cycle length may not be benign in patients on potassium‐lowering diuretics or QT‐prolonging antiarrhythmic agents or in patients with LQT 2, LQT 3, or Brugada syndrome."




Nov 23
2014

The influence of direct mobile phone radiation on sperm quality

Key Words: sperm motility, DNA fragmentation, mobile phones, electromagnetic radiation

"It is impossible to imagine a modern socially-active man who does not use mobile devices and/or computers with Wi-Fi function.  The effect of mobile phone radiation on male fertility is the subject of recent interest and investigations, The aim of this study was to investigate the direct in vitro influence of mobile phone radiation on sperm DNA fragmentation and motility parameters in healthy subjects with normozoospermia. . . . 

CONCLUSIONS

1. Long-term semen exposure in the area of mobile phone RF-EMR leads to a significant decrease in the number of sperm with progressive movement and an increase in those with non-progressive movement.

2. Prolonged direct mobile phone exposure may bring about sperm DNA fragmentation

3. For men readying themselves for fatherhood, es- pecially when registered fertility problems exist, it would be better to avoid holding a mobile phone in a trouser pocket for long periods of time. . . .




Nov 20
2014

Family Takes Refuge from Wi-Fi

Boutet - Salmon Arm Observer


" . . . "The right to have a clean environment is being taken away from us and we can't really realize it."  

Boutet took her convictions to a recent all-candidates meeting on microwave radiation, where she was asked to speak of her experiences.  

Her family moved away from the Lower Mainland to escape all the pollution from cell phone towers and Wi-Fi that spills nearly everywhere because of the density there. Her husband had to stay, though, in order to make a living.

After several moves, Boutet's family is living in the Shuswap. She was pleasantly surprised to find people here who take the issue seriously and whose homes are accessible and welcoming.  

"This is a better place for us as we have people who understand."




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