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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

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 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 1
2014

EMR Awareness Month - EVENT PLANNING KIT

Issued in May 2014 - Applicable to any time of any year . . .

Index

  • Awareness Month May 2014 
  • How to Promote Awareness 
  • Governor Proclamations 
  • Awareness in Schools 
  • Health Provider Education 
  • Awareness in the Library 
  • At the State Capitol 
  • Issuing a Press Release 
  • Media Coverage 
  • Fact Sheet
MCS International Coalition of Allied Groups and Organizations (MICAGO)




Jul 30
2014

[Note: This includes-but is not limited to-radiofrequency radiation-emitting devices, such as cell phones and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters and baby monitors.]

We are scientists engaged in the study of electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiofrequency radiation (RFR) health and safety. We have serious concerns regarding Health Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline. . . .

Also: Declaration: DOCTORS Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation




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. . . .




Jul 19
2014

Doctor's Information Package

Addressed to Medical Professionals. Useful to all. Updated July 19, 2014

The following package is for those who wish to approach their doctors with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiation.  It contains links organized into specific health effect categories.  These links can be printed out according to personal areas of need or concern, and used to start a dialogue with doctors who may not as yet have associated certain health conditions with EMF or RF exposure.  

The introductory letter on pages 1 and 2 contains a link to the entire list, and may be useful to your doctor as a reference tool. 


"Dear Medical Professional:

"Your patient has asked us for support in providing you with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, recently reclassified by the WHO/IARC as a Class 2B, possible human carcinogen.

"This WHO risk category also includes lead, DDT, chloroform, and dioxane, and is relevant to all wireless devices emitting radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, including cordless phones, cell phones, IPads, Wi-Fi routers, wireless games, baby monitors, and smart meters . . .

"Many doctors have already given medical advice to their patients by way of a medical letter or note on a prescription form stating that the patient should avoid, for medical reasons, living in a residence or residential complex at which a wireless meter is operating in order to maintain their health or avoid aggravating a medical condition. This medical advice stating the health condition and advising the patient that they should avoid ongoing exposure to wireless radiofrequency and smart meter emissions will allow your patient to participate in the Human Rights Action currently underway. We are hopeful that the individual's right to protect their health as advised by their medical doctor will be upheld by the Human Rights Tribunal, and this forced exposure within their own home to undesirable microwave radiofrequency emissions will be replaced with reasonable and respectful accommodation by BC Hydro . . . "

Information categories contained in this package: 

  1. Microwave Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation - General 
  2. Smart Meters
  3. Interference with medical devices / Smart Meter Risk
  4. Children
  5. EHS/ES - Electrosensitivity
  6. Diabetes
  7. Heart
  8. Tinnitus / Microwave Hearing / Dental Effects
  9. Sleep and Insomnia
  10. Infertility / Sperm Damage
  11. Cell Towers - Applicable to constant low-level exposures
  12. Cell Phones
  13. Published Articles
  14. BEES - This section included due to potential impacts on human health from loss of bees and pollination
  15. Lawsuits, Scientific Statements and Letters
  16. Cancer
  17. Brain Function / Epilepsy / Alzheimer's / ALS
Also available:

Open Letter to GP and Other Medical Colleagues  January, 2012
Guidelines for Doctors
AAEM calls for Caution (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)




Jul 17
2014

Prevent Cancer Now Submission to Health Canada

Submission to Health Canada regarding Safety Code 6 Draft

"Prevent Cancer Now is a Canadian National group with over 5000 followers, working to eliminate preventable causes of cancer.

"Prevent Cancer Now sees that today's science indicates a high level of certainty that radiofrequency radiation from communication devices contributes to tumours. Sufficient evidence exists linking radiation from wireless communications devices to cancer, to justify Health Canada reducing the exposure standards under Safety Code 6, and taking steps to minimize exposures of the young and most vulnerable. Based on our analysis of missing information and shortcomings of the human epidemiology information relied upon by Health Canada, we make the following recommendations, addressing both Safety Code 6 and ancillary actions for the consideration of Health Canada: . . .

  • Scientific Review
  • Precaution
  • Recent cancer research
  • Comments on the evidence regarding carcinogenicity presented in support of draft Safety Code 6 "status quo"
  • The Interphone Study
  • The IARC 2011 review
  • The Danish Cohort study
  • Incidence of brain tumours 
  • References
  • Minimize Exposure to Radiation from wireless communications
  • Background
  • References
  • Internal resources, and groups working for safer technologies
CHART Safer Use of Wireless Communications





Jul 1
2014

OECTA - A position regarding Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation (2012)

includes Wi-Fi in the Workplace: Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) Provincial Health and Safety Committee

A position regarding the use of Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, including WiFi, in the Workplace Researched and presented by the OECTA Provincial Health and Safety Committee January 2012

There are growing health and safety concerns regarding the widespread use of technology, such as cellular phones and wireless computer networking (Wi-Fi), which produce non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. It is estimated that at least 3 per cent of the population has an environmental sensitivity to the radiation that is emitted by these devices and, as a result, experience serious immediate physical/biological effects when exposed.

As has been the case with other known societal health and safety issues, such as exposure to cigarette smoke or asbestos, the health effects of unprecedented long term exposure to this radiation may not be known for some time. Widespread use of, or exposure to, wireless communication devices and WiFi technology in Ontario schools, can be positioned as a potential workplace hazard.

This paper examines what is currently known about the impact of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, reviews the implications it can have for Ontario schools, including OECTA members, and makes recommendations to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association on the issue.

Table of Contents 

  • Introduction
  • What is Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation?
  • Health Canada's Position
  • The World Health Organization and Other Jurisdictions
  • Exposure Increases with Use
  • Effects From Exposure
  • Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
  • Environmental Sensitivity is a Disability
  • Role of the Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Hazard Control and Prudent Avoidance
  • Summary
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix - Occupational Health and Safety Act





Apr 27
2014

BioInitiative Working Group's Final Letter to SCENIHR (April 2014)

Suggested revisions to SCENIHR re their "Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)" 2013

SCENIHR = Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks 

The Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Safety Code 6 (SC6) report to Health Canada failed to recommend significant changes to SC6 guidelines of exposure of the public to radiofrequency/microwave radiation.

Attached is a page numbered copy of the BioInitative Working Group Comments (April 16, 2014 - 365 pages) 




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