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Sep 15

Legal & Public Health Problems of the Wireless Age

Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Guest Post by Deborah Kopald


" The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. "An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi", which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.

"Some people who lived too close to TV broadcast and radar towers developed symptoms of Microwave Sickness, a condition observed in military and industrial occupational settings during the Cold War. The next wave of microwave-emitting infrastructure, cell towers, lived up to the billing of their military and industry-owned cousins with subsequent studies (none were commissioned in the United States) showing elevated numbers of people within 1,500 feet experiencing symptoms of Microwave Sickness. . . 

" . . . The current proposal by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to turn 7,500 payphones in New York City and 2,500 additional locations into high-powered wireless hotspots would cause the city to engage in systemic violations of its own code. The New York City Human Rights Law offers reasonable accommodation to persons with many medical conditions including pregnant women (as of January, 2014). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued recommendations in 2012 stating that people with most medical conditions would benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation exposure, and epidemiologist Devra Davis stated that pregnant women should avoid proximity to wireless routers at a press conference in New York City in June, 2014. Today, pregnant women and people with many medical conditions can assert reasonable accommodation by getting routers turned off indoors; once the hotspots, which are much higher powered than a router, are rolled out, the sidewalks will become inaccessible to some; others will not be able to follow doctors' orders if they must go to the city of New York and simply walk on a street."

[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]

Aug 28

" . . . According to the NTSA, installing V2V transmitted in automobiles could cost only $350 by 2020, and the system could save thousands of lives by alerting drivers of up-to-the-second actions of other people on the road, like those who may be running red lights or driving at dangerous speeds.

"That type of data collection wouldn't be anything new for some cars, however, with RT having reported previously that 96 percent of the cars mass-produced during the last year were manufactured with small "black box" surveillance devices that log immense details every time an engine is turned on.

"There's not so much privacy concerns as actual threats to privacy," Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center told CBS News last year. "These machines collect lots of data, and right now there are no federal laws that safeguard this information. And so what happens is there is an increasing market for this information. Law enforcement wants to see this information. Insurance companies, as well as private citizens involved in litigation."

"Even auto execs have acknowledged as much, with one Ford senior executive having to apologize earlier this year after boasting at an industry trade show: "We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing." . . . 

Aug 16

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 . . .

Jul 2

Our city stopped Neptune smart water meters two years ago, one of the first cities in the country to do so. We did all the normal things (packed city council meetings, emails and phone calls to council members, online blog, large public meetings, online petition, paper petition, cost analysis showing they cost more, etc.). But the two real keys were:

1. Scientifically developing a technically workable alternative system (in our case fiber optic), and

2. Keeping careful track of everything the Muni government did (remarks made, etc.), then 'respectfully' making the mayor and council look bad in the print media by use of that information. They care about getting elected and their public image more than city issues. It is vital to understand this.

So, focus on going after their image, but without going too far. It is very vital to do so in a way that is not too overtly hostile or intense. If you go too far with opposition TONE and LANGUAGE, it creates the opposite effect, the public will sympathize with the politicians being attacked instead of with you. Some significant 'edge' is necessary, you have to go after them, but don't go too far with emotion. Let the facts speak for themselves. You don't have to convince everyone, just a sufficient percentage. . . .

Jun 5

Four moms talk about their decision to avoid wireless radiation from cell phones and wireless networks during pregnancy, and Dr. Hugh Taylor from Yale University talks about his study linking exposure to wireless radiation to neurological and behavioral problems including symptoms resembling attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Learn more about wireless radiation and pregnancy at www.babysafeproject.org and join the conversation on Twitter at #KnowYourExposure.

ALSO: Baby Safe Project Video Newschannel 3  June 4, 2014

Jun 4

Wireless Devices Linked to Poor Brain Development

The Baby Safe Project presents: The Science of Exposure


"An international group of doctors and scientific experts is joining with non-profit organizations today to urge pregnant women to limit their exposure to wireless radiation from cellphones and other devices by taking simple steps to protect themselves and their unborn children. The national public awareness campaign, called the BabySafe Project, is being coordinated by Grassroots Environmental Education and Environmental Health Trust, and is based on independent scientific research linking exposure to wireless radiation from cellphones during pregnancy to neurological and behavioral problems in offspring that resemble Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. The BabySafe Project is promoting ten simple steps women can take to limit their exposure to wireless radiation: . . .

"A Joint Statement on Pregnancy and Wireless Radiation advocating precaution and research has been endorsed by scientists and medical professionals from around the world. The statement calls for women to be informed about the risks of exposure to wireless radiation, and to take precautionary steps while more research is conducted."

An extensive social media campaign including web videos is being launched using the hashtag #KnowYourExposure.

May 10

Radio Frequency Radiation

This is what we already know, but a good reminder, from Neil Cohen - EMF Safety and Remediation

Radio Frequency Radiation.

Here is an interesting article for those people out there that cannot find the source of their health issues.


Radio Frequency Radiation, even when devices are off, is an unknown, unseen cause of health problems.  from Neil Cohen

Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR), even when devices are off, is an unbeknownst and unseen cause of health problems.  

"Friends, a quick update. I am just amazed once again. Our modern wireless technology seems to be successful at amazing me constantly with its toxicity and insidious nature, even when I thought I understood most of it!

"I have been feeling on edge and dizzy in my head, inside my office/apartment for a week or so, and have been measuring a very high "spike" of radio frequency radiation shooting through my office/apartment every few minutes. I could not track it down, and even went so far as to ask my neighbor if I could check her house. She was very open and kind about it, being curious as well.

"Between the constant spraying of chemtrails here in Shasta, and these high frequency spikes coming through my house, even in my own small way, I have really come to understand how people, more RF exposed than myself, are being pushed to the very edges of what their bodies and minds can handle almost every day. I don't know how anyone in larger cities or corporate work environments is coping these days?

"Anyway, I spent the better part of 2 hours today, measuring in all directions around my apartment, outside my apartment, toward each of the neighbors, looking for the origin of these high frequency radiation spikes. Now on one hand, I am a little embarrassed to tell you what I found. And on the other hand, my education is continuing and I am offering you a further education as well.

"When I was syncing some music on my ipod (always done with a cord adapter, never wirelessly), the device needed to be "restored" to factory settings in the process. So I followed instructions and did this. Turned it off and put it back into my living room where I use it to play music. My ipad, which holds my personal and business contacts, and which I never use wirelessly, had to be restored to factory setting as well when I downloaded an acupuncture point app into itunes and I was trying to sync it.

'Both these devices were TURNED OFF in my home. I will repeat this once again. Both these insidious but useful little devices were TURNED OFF. Do you know what? When they were reset to factory settings, the "wireless function (WiFi) was turned back on. Now I know perfectly well to keep the wireless function off on my kindle, ipad and ipod. I almost never use them wirelessly. But the wireless function on both the ipod and ipad were turned back on after the factory settings were restored. But the devices were totally off! TURNED OFF! And they were still spiking out dangerous levels of RF radiation through my apartment and I did not even know it was those devices.

"I turned the wireless and bluetooth options off on both devices. And then turned the devices off. I turned on my RF meter and nothing. No more spikes of radiation. I am embarrassed because I could not figure out where this radiation was coming from. I am irritated at the insidious nature of this technology. I am relieved to not be having my blood/brain barrier penetrated by this toxic radiation. And I am blown away, in total amazement, at what we are doing to ourselves with the technology we are using. I never knew devices such as these could radiate RF spikes when they were TURNED OFF.

"This makes me wonder what cell phones are doing even when they are "off"? And who knows what else!

"The owner of a local crystal store here in Shasta asked me to track any potential radiation in his store because he was not feeling good in there. I did not feel good in there either. I used my most sensitive meter trying to find what was bothering him. He told me he had all wireless devices turned off in his store. I traced the location of the radiation spikes to an area where he had his video camera system set up for viewing the various rooms in his store on a computer screen. I figured it had some sort of wireless transmission that he did not know how to turn off. 

"He spoke to the people who installed the system and they did not know anything. I went back the next day determined to find an answer, laying some radio frequency shielding material over the video system and still measured the radiation spikes. So it was not his video system. Then I looked at a tiny little laptop they had in their front counter area and I said is the wireless function off on this computer? The answer came back, "oh yes, everything is off, nothing wireless in here." I clicked one switch on the computer for the wireless radio, TURNED IT OFF, and my meter stopped registering the radiation spikes. He said he instantly felt better. He had no idea that this was the source of the radiation. And all this radiation was from one little laptop that had the wireless radio function on, without even being used wirelessly! 

"Moral of the story: How many sources of wireless radiation do most of us have around without even knowing it? Cordless phones, wireless computer mouse, wireless keyboards, wireless function turned on on our computers even if we are using an ethernet cord, wireless modems, smart phones.


Neil Cohen
EMF Assessment and Remediation  (Mount Shasta, California)
EMF Safety Zone YouTube Channel  cell phone demonstration

May 2

Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics

Stay tuned for a full-length film later this year.

Published on Mar 4, 2014

This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation. Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West's favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases or worse, leukemia, by the age of 25.

May 1

Electrosmog in the Environment (Switzerland)

Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL) June 2005

"Electricity supply systems, electrical appliances and a wide range of transmitters for various wireless applications generate non-ionising radiation (commonly referred to as "electrosmog")  that can be harmful to our health, depending on its intensity. With its Ordinance relating to Protection from Non-Ionising Radiation, the Federal Council introduced a legal instrument to protect the population against the harmful effects of electrosmog. 

"This publication describes the main sources of electrosmog, assesses the associated risks, identifies existing gaps in research and suggests ways in which we can reduce our own level of exposure." 

Apr 30

The health effects of electrical pollution

The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine

" . . . Of particular concern is the high-frequency current created by computers and other electronic devices, which is often called "dirty current." This current is created by numerous devices and is conducted nearly everywhere. The wiring in buildings then acts as antennae for the current, silently and insidiously assaulting those who play and work nearby.

"In other words, the wires that deliver electricity have also become conduits for deadly high-frequency radiation, a form of electrical pollution that has largely escaped attention by the medical community.

"The increased prevalence of this radiofrequency current has coincided with an alarming increase in the prevalence of ailments such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, diabetes and asthma . . .

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