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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 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 Right 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.




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

References




Sep 2
2014

Mommy, Pretend I'm Playing a Game on my iPad!

Development expert notes alarming trend toward transhuman behavior in children.

This month's guest post is by Cris Rowan, a pediatric occupational therapist and child development expert based in British Columbia. She is the founder of Zone'In Inc.

Published on June 19, 2014 by Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. in Mental Wealth Envisioning the future has proven to be an effective technique for those children who are obsessed with present pursuits, such as playing video games every waking minute. So, as a pediatric occupational therapist working with these young warriors, I regularly ask them "What do you want to be when you grow up?" A few years back, the response was "I want to design video games"; today, it's "I want to be ________ (a video game character)." The further and further children become immersed in the virtual world, the harder it is for them to cope with the problems and challenges of real life. Everyday life for today's child is fraught with meaningless activity, endless challenges, and people who don't do what they want. Video games are predictable, controllable, and they're an instant star. TV offers them opportunity to pretend they're someone else, seconded by Facebook, texts, and tweets. Google offers an endless stream of facts, just enough to impress attention deficit adults. The result? The desire to escape from the real world to the virtual gets stronger and stronger, as does the desire to become the false image created on Facebook, to become the TV, sports, or gaming character, to become the device, to become transhuman. Meaning "beyond human", transhuman desires are increasingly detected in children who overuse technology, and indicate a need to understand and possibly restrict technology access. When a child prefers a device to a human, there is something gravely wrong and if not addressed, will only get worse. . . .

You can read more of Cris Rowan's articles regarding how technology impacts development at www.movingtolearn.ca/articles




Sep 1
2014

Medical Advisory: Wi-Fi and Children's Health

Two-sided, one-page online flyer with links (first published April, 2013)

Links are provided under the headings: 

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) 
  • Workers Compensation Act Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 
  • Health Canada 
  • The Council of Europe (47 Countries) Adopted Resolution 1815 (2011) 
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - 60,000 Pediatricians and Pediatric Surgeons 
  • The Austrian Medical Chamber (Osterreichische Arztekammer, OAK ) - 40,000 doctors 
  • Swiss Physicians for the Environment (MfE) 
  • The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) 
  • International Society (17 countries) of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) and Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) recommendations
  • Interdisciplinary Society for Environmental Medicine Germany
  • Israel's Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman
  • BCCPAC - The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
  • 2012 AGM Resolutions adopted for Parent Choice and Precaution
  • United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) 40,000 teachers and staff 2013 Resolution 
  • BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) - 40,000 teachers 2013 Resolution




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).




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