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An audio conversation with Cindy Sage and Dr. Martha Herbert, presented by the Collaborative for Health and the Environment - December 10, 2013
BACKGROUND INFORMATION and LINKS on CHE EMF WORKING GROUP WEBSITE
Cindy Sage is co-founder, with Michael Lerner, of the EMF working group. She is one of the foremost researchers in the area of EMF in this country and in the world.
Harvard's Dr. Martha Herbert is an extraordinary resource and expert on Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and a pioneer of the new model of autism research and treatment.
Cindy Sage 04:17
Martha Herbert 12:30
Comments and Q and A c36:00
Part One - Martha Herbert and Cindy Sage (Keywords: Autism; EMF/RFR; Cellular stress; Oxidative stress; Mitochondrial dysfunction; Oscillatory synchronization; Environment; Radiofrequency; Wireless; Children; Fetus)
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.
Part II of this paper will review how behaviors in ASCs may emerge from alterations of electrophysiological oscillatory synchronization, how EMF/RFR could contribute to these by de-tuning the organism, and policy implications of these vulnerabilities. Changes in brain and autonomic nervous system electrophysiological function and sensory processing predominate, seizures are common, and sleep disruption is close to universal. All of these phenomena also occur with EMF/RFR exposure that can add to system overload ('allostatic load') in ASCs by increasing risk, and worsening challenging biological problems and symptoms; conversely, reducing exposure might ameliorate symptoms of ASCs by reducing obstruction of physiological repair. Various vital but vulnerable mechanisms such as calcium channels may 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. . . .
New York Times: By GINA KOLATA
"In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the computerized defibrillator implanted in his chest.
For former Vice President Dick Cheney, it was all too realistic.
"Mr. Cheney, who had heart disease for decades before receiving a transplant last year, had such an implant to regulate his heart rate and shock his heart back into life, if necessary. The defibrillator could be reprogrammed wirelessly from a short distance away. In 2007, he had the wireless feature disabled. About the "Homeland" scenario, Mr. Cheney said on the Oct. 20 episode of "60 Minutes": "I found it credible. It was an accurate portrayal of what was possible."
"But was it really? Medical experts say the answers are surprisingly complicated. "Mr. Cheney's cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University, said in the "60 Minutes" interview that he agreed with his patient. . . .
New York (News & Politics)
"Last week, Apple released an iOS 7 fix, addressing user complaints that the mobile operating system was making them queasy. ("Note to self: get Dramamine," Mia Farrow tweeted.) It's not the only tech-induced ailment; office drones and teen phone addicts alike are coming down with illnesses as trendy as the devices that inflict them. According to recent research, that hunchback you're developing might really be your cell phone's fault. . . .
Former US vice president turned off wireless function of implanted defibrillator so it could not be hacked to kill him.
Dick Cheney, the former US vice president, said he disabled the wireless function of his heart defibrillator because he feared terrorists would hack it to give him a heart attack.
"Cheney, George W Bush's right-hand-man in the so-called "war on terror", said the device's function was disabled by his cardiologist Jonathan Reiner in 2007, in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.
"The scenario is similar to a plot line in the television programme, Homeland, where a renegade US soldier helps hack a device in the body of the US vice-president to give him a fatal shock.
"Cheney, who disabled his device before Homeland was broadcast, told CBS's 60 Minutes programme he thought the plot line was "credible".
"I was aware of the danger that existed... I found it credible. I know from the experience we had, and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible.''
"The CBS interview is broadcast in America on Sunday.
"Cheney has had five heart attacks, the first of which happened when he was 37. He underwent a heart transplant nearly two years ago aged 71.
"An internal defibrillator can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts. Its wireless function allows medical staff to monitor a patient's condition."
RELATED : OF FACT, FICTION and DEFIBRILLATORS
(documentary film) by James Russell
Comment: This may be one of the most important documentaries ever made. You will need almost 90 minutes to watch the entire film, but it is time well spent. Anyone using wireless devices should watch this film.
RESONANCE is an eye opening documentary which reveals the harm we are doing by existing in an ocean of man made wireless frequencies.
Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in.
By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend.
Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing.
Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn't exist for more than a second.
This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically.
Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth's natural resonance.
To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the effects of which we are just starting to see and feel.
Mast Sanity: http://www.mastsanity.org/
Case Reports and Discussion - Multifocal Breast Cancer in Young Women with Prolonged Contact between Their Breasts and Their Cellular Phones
"Breast cancer occurring in women under the age of 40 is uncommon in the absence of family history or genetic predisposition, and prompts the exploration of other possible exposures or environmental risks. We report a case series of four young women--ages from 21 to 39--with multifocal invasive breast cancer that raises the concern of a possible association with nonionizing radiation of electromagnetic field exposures from cellular phones. All patients regularly carried their smartphones directly against their breasts in their brassieres for up to 10 hours a day, for several years, and developed tumors in areas of their breasts immediately underlying the phones. All patients had no family history of breast cancer, tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2, and had no other known breast cancer risks. Their breast imaging is reviewed, showing clustering of multiple tumor foci in the breast directly under the area of phone contact. Pathology of all four cases shows striking similarity; all tumors are hormone-positive, low-intermediate grade, having an extensive intraductal component, and all tumors have near identical morphology. These cases raise awareness to the lack of safety data of prolonged direct contact with cellular phones. . . .
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Interference between Active Implanted Medical Devices and Electromagnetic Field Emitting Devices is Rare but Real: Results of an Incidence Study in a Population of Physicians in France
PACE Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Background and Objective
Assessing the behavior of active implanted medical devices (AIMDs) in response to electromagnetic field (EMF) transmitters is a current issue of great importance. Given the numerous telecommunication systems and our lack of knowledge as to the impact of electromagnetic effects, this study investigated the reality of possible AIMD disturbance by EMFs by interviewing health professionals.
A self-administered postal questionnaire was sent to almost 5,000 physicians in five specialties: cardiology; endocrinology; ears, nose, and throat; urology; and neurology. It collected data on the existence and annual number of incidents observed and the conditions under which they occurred, the EMF sources involved, and the means of managing the malfunctions.
A total of 1,188 physicians agreed to participate. Sixteen percent of participants reported cases of implant failure, three-quarters of whom, mainly in cardiology, reported rates of at least one incident per year--amounting to more than 100 incidents per year in all. Severity appeared to be moderate (discomfort or transient symptoms), but frequently required resetting or, more rarely, replacing the device. Some serious incidents were, however, reported. The sources implicated were basically of two types: electronic security systems (antitheft and airport gates) and medical electromagnetic radiation devices. These incidents were poorly reported within the public health system, preventing follow-up and effective performance of alert and surveillance functions.
Although minor, the risk of interference between EMF sources and AIMDs is real and calls for vigilance. It particularly concerns antitheft and airport security gates, though other sources may also cause incidents. . . .
Japan estimates that more than 500,000 school-age kids are pathologically addicted to the Internet. Could gadget-free camps help them?
"According to a recent government-funded study in Japan, 518,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 are "pathologically" addicted to the Internet. The study, conducted by Nihon University, surveyed 100,000 students, finding 8.1 percent to be in a suspected state of Internet addiction.
"Of those who demonstrated symptoms of Internet addiction -- including increasing absorption in and obsession with online activities at all hours of the day; symptoms of depression; decreasing school performance; and deep vein thrombosis -- 23 percent also had trouble sleeping, and 15 percent woke often in the night.
"To combat this, Japan's Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry is planning further research, as well as Internet-free camps that will separate children from their computers, smartphones, and portable gaming consoles.
"These camps, which the government plans to implement in the next fiscal year, will focus on outdoor activity, as well as group activities to emphasize the value of face-to-face communication. . . .
Heavensfield Retreat Center, near Seattle, is offering a 45-day detox program to help those who are hopelessly addicted to the Web or gaming.
"When stars need to wean their bodies off an excess of alcohol or drugs, they waft off to the Betty Ford "Center or the Priory in London.
"Now those who have allowed gaming or the Web to take over their lives have their own place of salvation in the United States.
"Heavensfield Retreat Center in the kindly named Fall City, near Seattle, claims to have the first Internet addiction detox program in the States. Called ReStart, it essentially offers a 45-day detox from the need to socially network and game until your mind and fingers are more numb than a Jonas Brothers fan after a concert.
"For $14,500, you can be saved from yourself and your virtual world. However, the criteria that the center uses to define Internet addiction make for interesting reading. . . .
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