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C4ST - Held for Canadian Medical Doctors and Health Care Practitioners Presented by C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto - September 12, 2014
C4ST Symposium information
Dr. Devra Davis
Founder and President Environmental Trust Fund; former Professor, Department of Epidemiology and founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Cancer Institute.
Dr. Hugh Taylor
Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine
Dr. Anthony Miller
Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Mr. Frank Clegg
Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology.
Dr. Magda Havas
Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University
A Call for Best Practices with Wireless Radiation from Authorities Across the World
This document contains some really good questions and answers that might be useful at parent-teacher, or trustee meetings.
C4ST Press Release
Ten reasons not to use technology for learning in grade school
Refuse to Use is a world-wide Movement by responsible and futuristic thinking parents and teachers to ban all school-based technology for children under 12 years of age, and bring back tried and true methods of teaching. The 0-12 years are formative for brain and body development, and are a fragile time when deprivation and damage can be permanent.
Four critical factors for enhancing child development, behaviour, and learning are movement, touch, connection, and nature. Technology stops children from engagement in these critical factors. Technology is sedentary, isolating, overstimulating, and results in child neglect, causing delays in child development, problematic and difficult to manage behaviours, as well as limited attention and learning ability. Teachers teach, not technology.
Join the Refuse to Use Movement by reading "Ten reasons to NOT use technology in schools for children under the age of 12 years", and signing the petition to show your support. . . .
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
re: Public consultation on Revision of Safety Code 6
Permission given to share the author's name, Girl Power Camp in Salt Spring.
From: Oona McOuat
Sent: July 14, 2014
Subject: Submission re: Public consultation on Revision of Safety Code 6
Dear Health Canada,
We may be children, but because the guidelines you set for EMF safety and protection today may greatly affect our tomorrow, please accept our submission to the review process of your revision of Safety Code 6.
We have just spent a week studying exposure to EMF - surveying community members on their exposure levels to and experiences with EMF, and conducting an experiment on how direct WIFI exposure affects cress plants.
Most importantly, we examined how EMF exposure affects us personally - we listened to our bodies and shared with one another. We discovered that we are all listless and lacking in energy when we spend more than a few hours at a time on our digital devices. We noticed that some of us were physically and emotionally addicted to our cell phones - staying up late into the night talking and texting - and that when we slept with powered-on devices near our beds, we awoke tired, cranky, and un-refreshed. We wondered what the long-term effects of almost constant exposure to WIFI, cell phones, smart meters, microwaves, cell phone towers, and more, would be to our health and well-being. We learned there is no conclusive evidence that tells us we have nothing to worry about. We decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
We are concerned that Health Canada bases its guidelines for RF exposure on levels established by ICNIRP, an organization who, according to a 2011 parliamentary report by the Council of Europe is an: "NGO whose origin and structure are none too clear and which is furthermore suspected of having rather close links with the industries whose expansion is shaped by recommendations for maximum threshold values for the different frequencies of electromagnetic fields."
We are also noticed that on your website you claim: "Health Canada scientists have concluded (and the Royal Society of Canada has agreed) on the basis of current scientific data, that no adverse health effects will occur from exposure to RF fields at the levels permitted by Safety Code 6", and yet, only 16 of the 64 references used in the bibliography of the 2013 Safety Code Revision have been published since 2009 when the code was last revised. Some of the materials listed in the bibliography date back as far as 1982!
We ask you to look beyond the paradigm that claims that EMF has only a thermal - or heating - effect on the body, and to please recognize that our personal experiences and the attached experiment tell us that there is much more that needs to be learned before we truly know what safe levels of EMF exposure are.
With Best Regards,
Oona McOuat & the Participants of Girl Power Camp 2014
includes links and background and information on Stephen Clarke
"International experts are increasingly warning about the impacts of wireless radiation exposure to all of us, especially children.
"Stephen Clarke protested Wi-Fi in his children's school in Northern Ireland. It was a peaceful protest to raise awareness to this issue.
"For doing that, he was incarcerated at a psychiatric hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is being forcibly medicated. He has been held there for over 11 weeks.
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Also REFUGIUM report
Two-sided, one-page online flyer with links (first published April, 2013)
Links are provided under the headings:
Green Gazette (April 2014)
"Most parents don't know that children should keep their iPads away from the body and that antennas in the iPad should be turned off for children's use.
"In the past few years, iPad has become many adults' best friend and children's babysitter. It is used as a computer, eBook reader, camera, video/music player, word processor, communication device, drawing tool, game pad, and more.
"iPad contains radio transmitters and receivers. When on, iPad sends and receives radio frequency (RF) energy through its antenna. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas are located behind the screen to the left of the Home button, and behind the Apple logo... A cellular antenna is located at the top edge of iPad Wi-Fi+3G, when oriented with the Home button at the bottom."
"When ifixit.com dissected a Wi-Fi+3G iPad, they discovered not three but five antennas, including the frame of the LCD screen being a giant antenna. . . .
". . . to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: Orient the device in portrait mode with the Home button at the bottom of the display, or in landscape mode with the cellular antenna (located under the black edge at the top of the device) away from your body or other objects..."
"This means if you don't handle the iPad exactly as instructed, the RF radiation can exceed governments' limits for human exposure. Unfortunately, most parents and teachers have no idea about this, and have never communicated the manufacturer's instructions to children who are using iPads. . . .
issued December 2013
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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