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30 June 2016

26 Days After the NIH's National Toxicology Program Reported that Cell Phone Radiation Definitively Causes Cancer

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[Our comment:  Although this article is specific to North America, we'd like to add that on 16 June, the Swiss National Council of Parliament voted by a very small margin to raise limit values of cell phone antennas and to ease regulations for their installation - despite (limited) reporting of the NTP study in the Swiss media, issue of a press release by the 1500+ members of Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, and messages sent to Deputies mentioning the study.] 

26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer
by Katie Singer, opednews.com, 29 June 2016

www.electronicsilentspring.com

26 days after the NIH's National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding. On June 20, Wheeler said that 5G "is a national priority.... 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells...(that will) open up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized networks." Mr. Wheeler said that "we" will "stay out of the way of technological development.... Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum... Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future."

FCC Commissioners will vote on Mr. Wheeler's proposal on July 14, 2016 without any public input or discussion.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Virginia Anderlini /right) was the first private client to try
out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the
elderly, and says she's eager to see more.  Kim's handful of
programs are still at the demo stage.  Kara Platoni/KQED
This is considered "treatment"?!  Using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets is dangerous to health, especially that of children and the elderly.  The technology risks disconnecting the elderly from reality, just as does excessive use of tablets and smartphones.  It is no substitute for the presence of and communication with fellow human beings.  VR headsets encase smartphones which are held very close to the eyes and brain.  This is exposing the user to radiofrequency radiation, classified by WHO as "possibly carcinogenic".  The manual for the Gear VR (Galaxy S6) headset states that the elderly should consult a doctor before using it and if one has vision problems or suffers from a heart condition or other serious disorder.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans
npr.org, 29 June 2016

Virginia Anderlini is 103 years old, and she is about to take her sixth trip into virtual reality.

In real life, she is sitting on the sofa in the bay window of her San Francisco assisted-living facility. Next to her, Dr. Sonya Kim gently tugs the straps that anchor the headset over Anderlini's eyes.

29 June 2016

Switzerland: This Vote Sends the Wrong Signal

This vote sends the wrong signal
by Meris Michaels, Readers' Mail, 24 heures,
28 June 2016

Re article entitled: 
"Towards stronger mobile antennas"

The vote of the National Council on modernization of the mobile phone network was very close: 96 against 89 with 3 abstentions. It sends a message that nearly half of the population does not want modernization which could mean an increase in limit values of mobile phone antennas. Inversely, this vote sends the wrong signal to the world which takes Switzerland for a model of application of the precautionary principle by adopting lower limit values than other countries.

Did the minister responsible for communication, Doris Leuthard, influence the vote by saying that only high frequency radiation is possibly carcinogenic, and not that of mobile phone installations? According to Dr. Robert Baan, responsible for the IARC/WHO monograph establishing this classification, it is the same for all types of radiofrequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum: high frequency radiation emitted by antennas, cell phones, Wi-Fi etc.

Asbestos-Related Cancer Costs Canadians Billions

[Let this be a warning:  Some say that the toll of electromagnetic radiation will be worse than that of asbestos and tobacco combined.]

Asbestos-related cancer costs Canadians billions

by Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail, 26 June 2016

A first-ever estimate of the toll of asbestos-related cancers on society pegs the cost of new cases at $1.7-billion per year in Canada, and notes that is likely an under-estimate.

The economic burden of lung cancer and mesothelioma from work-related asbestos exposure in Canada amounts to an average of $818,000 per case, according to a team led by health economist and senior scientist Dr. Emile Tompa at the Institute for Work & Health, a research organization, whose calculation includes costs related to health care and lost productivity and quality of life.

27 June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation: Scientific Fact Versus Political Spin and Misinformation: Extracts from Letter to the Mayor of Vancouver

Olga Sheean's letter to the Mayor of Vancouver, "No Safe Place"
 contains so much good information on the issue of electromagnetic radiation that we are producing some of it in separate posts.

Scientific fact versus political spin and misinformation 

SPIN: Non-ionizing Wi-Fi radiation does not generate enough heat to do damage and, therefore, this non-thermal form of radiation is not harmful to humans. 

FACT: Scientific studies—and the telecommunications industry itself—confirm that non-thermal radiation is harmful to the human body.4 

• “Weak non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation in the environment can be linked to more ‘modern illnesses’ than even the pessimists thought possible,” says Dr Andrew Goldsworthy. “Modern science can now begin to explain how.” (For details, see: http://bit.ly/1taEDi3.)

• The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that: “epidemiological studies demonstrate that significant harmful biological effects occur from nonthermal RF exposure” (http://bit.ly/24XtIpS).

• A Swisscom patent application clearly states that non-thermal wireless radiation “has a genotoxic effect … elicited via a non-thermal pathway” and that “when human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material [DNA] has been demonstrated [with] indications of an increased cancer risk.” The international patent (http://bit.ly/1OQbG4V), filed in 2003, was for technology to reduce the ‘electrosmog’ from wireless local networks, intended to reduce the cancer risks associated with non-thermal exposure to microwave radiation. (For more details, see: http://bit.ly/1BCVa0W.)

Electrical Sensitivity And Autism – Different Sides Of The Same Coin?

Peter Sullivan, founder of Clear Light Ventures
Electrical Sensitivity And Autism – Different Sides Of The Same Coin?
by Lloyd Burrell , electricsense.com, 25 June 2016

In 1999 Jack was at pre-school. One day Peter and his wife were informed by the school that because of Jack’s behavior they wouldn’t be able to continue schooling him.

The teacher suggested they have Jack undergo a psychological evaluation.

So they contacted the Children’s Health Council. Jack was diagnosed with sensory dysfunction, which is at the low end of the autism spectrum.

This was really hard for Peter and his wife to hear.

They started working on therapies to reduce his sensory load, to make the environment softer end de-stress it.

Wi-Fi: The Fatal Attraction

Wi-Fi: The Fatal Attraction
by Olga Sheean @olgasheean, eligiblemagazine.com, 26 June 2016

What do fried gonads, brain buzz and scary ‘senior moments’ have in common? Here’s a clue: it’s that thing in your hand/pocket/backpack, on your desk or beside your pillow—the cell phone or wireless device that seems to have become a permanent extension of your body, an integral part of every moment of your existence, and a tool that feels essential to life itself.

Yet that wonderful gadget, connecting you to so many fascinating facts, people, news items, apps, gossip and image-defining feedback, may be surreptitiously, progressively chipping away at your health, hormones, sexual performance, brain function and longevity. It may feel like your lifeline, but what if it’s actually causing serious problems that you’re blaming on something else? What if you’re taking sleeping pills, painkillers, anti-seizure drugs, anti-inflammatories or other pharmaceuticals to address something that’s being caused by your wireless wonder-phone? It is, after all, emitting a powerful signal that extends for 20–40 feet in all directions around you. Invisible and intangible (to most), yet capable of penetrating cement, metal, plastic, rubber, clothing and human bodies, this radiation is the ultimate silent, stealthy, insidious invader. You’ll never see it coming, and it will be the last thing you’ll ever think of blaming if you’re sick, exhausted, have cancer, become infertile, suffer loss of libido, have ADD/autism, lose your hearing or develop any kind of neurological condition.

Checking Your Phone at Night in the Dark Can Cause Temporary Blindness

(Ana Blazic Pavlovic/iStock)
Checking your phone at night in the dark can cause temporary blindness
by Maria Cheng, Associated Press /
The Washington Post, 26 June 2016

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.

The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in the dark.

In Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of the two women, ages 22 and 40, who experienced “transient smartphone blindness” for months.

The women complained of recurring episodes of temporary vision loss for up to 15 minutes. They initially were subjected to a variety of medical exams, MRI scans and heart tests. Yet doctors couldn’t find anything to explain the problem.

Science Says Wi-Fi Allergies are Fake - but People Are Still Sick

This excellent article includes a 10-minute video from Australia on electromagentic hypersensitivity.

Science Says Wi-Fi Allergies are Fake - but People Are Still Sick
by Chris Stokel-Walker, europe.newsweek.com, 26 June 2016

Science says electromagnetic hypersensitivity doesn't exist, but that's cold comfort for those debilitated by its symptoms.

(Photo): A woman visiting Green Bank, West Virginia—a town inside the National Radio Quiet Zone—lies down inside a guest cabin after feeling the effects of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). Someone in a nearby cabin had set up a wireless router that was causing her EHS symptoms.JIM MCAULEY

Nearly a year to the day 15-year-old Jenny Fry took her own life, her mother, Debra, brought tulips and a sunflower to lay at her grave.

“In the early days, I came every day,” Fry, a dental nurse, says over the phone from her home in Oxfordshire, England, before she left with her husband, Charles, for the cemetery. “Then it went to every other day. Generally, now it’s every three days; five days at the most.”

She sighs. She sounds drained, unsurprising for a mother still coming to terms with the loss of her middle child. But her exhaustion is not just because of grief. In the year since her family lost their daughter, Fry has devoted her life to battling what she says was the direct cause of Jenny’s death: the onward march of technology. In doing so, she’s thrust herself into a deeply polarized scientific debate over how best to define an illness on the frontier of science today.

26 June 2016

Switzerland: Cell Phone Radiation Changed Blood Values of Cows (2015 Article)

(Keystone)
Cell phone radiation changed blood values ​​of cows
argauerzeitung.ch, 10 May 2015 (summary of Google translation from German)

Whether electromagnetic fields make humans and animals sick, has been studied for decades. Now a new study shows that cell phone radiation has effects on cows.

Michael Hässig1, veterinarian at the animal hospital of the University of Zurich, found evidence of this.

The researchers exposed ten cows for a long period to mobile phone radiation at a strength that is common in the vicinity of mobile phone masts.

Before, immediately after, and one month later, they examined the cows's blood. The results indicated that the radiation influenced the activity of enzymes that regulate the pH in the blood. "The blood values ​​changed 10 percent of the normal range during irradiation," says Hässig.  A pH in the normal range is important for all metabolic processes.

On the question of whether one can infer by the results that this is a threat to humans, Hässig replies: "In principle, yes."

No Safe Place: Letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

No Safe Place - shattered lives, healthcare set to crash − you can’t fix this fast enough

A letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson by Olga Sheean, 15 June 2016

Click here to read the letter:  (click again on "download").

Also sent to: • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau • David Eby, MLA • Hedi Fry, MP • Elizabeth May, MP • Joyce Murray, MP • The David Suzuki Foundation • Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, PHIRE/Radiation Research Trust • Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, the Klinghardt Academy • Elizabeth Kelley, Director, EMFscientist.org • Dr Joel Moskowitz, Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, saferemr.com • The Vancouver Sun • Metro News • The Globe and Mail • The Tyee

Dear Mr. Robertson,

In 2003, when I worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, the Director General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned because cell phone radiation was making her ill. Along with countless other doctors, researchers and scientists, Brundtland has stated that “research shows deleterious effects” from the use of cell phones and other devices emitting radiation. “This is not an innocent technology,”1 she says. It’s an inconvenient truth that we ignore because we’re so far down the rabbit hole of wireless living.

Your campaign to bombard the city with harmful radiation (benignly referred to as Wi-Fi) clearly demonstrates that you are uninformed about the scientifically proven harmful effects of nonionizing/non-thermal Wi-Fi and other electromagnetic radiation (EMR). It also shows that, as an elected public servant, you have failed to do your own due diligence. In promoting free Wi-Fi as a positive enhancement to the community, you have led people to believe that there is no danger involved and that they can use their various electronic gadgets to their hearts’ content—with no regard for others (babies, children, transit passengers, neighbours etc) affected by them doing so.

National PTA Executive Director Removes Safe Technology Advocacy Organization From PTA Convention

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
This is worse than our experiences in Geneva where an association of pediatricians does not reply to our letters regarding the risks of children using wireless technology, where there seems to be a collusion among members of the medical profession to avoid this issue altogether.

National PTA Executive Director Removes Safe Technology Advocacy Organization From PTA Convention

Safe Tech for Schools Maryland. 25 June 2016

The National PTA has banned an Oregon based health non- profit Wireless Education Action from exhibiting at the 2016 Annual National PTA Convention.

National PTA Executive Director Nathan Monell wrote that:

“The National PTA hereby revokes Wireless Education Action as an exhibitor at the Convention. Neither the Wireless Education Action nor any of its members, representatives, and, or agents, including yourself, shall be allowed to exhibit, attend, or in any other way participate in the convention.”
Click here to read the June 20 2016 letter.

Without a vote from the voting body of the National PTA, the Executive Director issued a statement that- advocacy to protect children from the health risks of wireless radiation is not in accordance with the Mission of the National PTA.

Canada: Ontario: New Ad Campaign Makes Distracted Drivers Think Twice

According to the  Ontario ministry of transportation, deaths caused by distracted driving collisions have more than doubled since 2000, making them the leading cause of death on the province's roads. Statistics from the Ontario Provincial Police show 69 people died last year in collisions where distracted driving played a role. 

New ad campaign makes distracted drivers think twice
by Taylor Simmons, CBC News, 16 June 2016

One person is injured in a distracted-driving collision every 30 minutes, Ontario government says



#PutDownThePhone (:60) - 1 mn. - 15 June 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcc3VG1TeaU

Ethical Dilemma on Four Wheels: How to Decide When Your Self-Driving Car Should Kill You

Would you get into this car if you knew it would kill you
to avoid mowing down a group of pedestrians?
(AP Photo/ Tony Avelar, File)
Ethical dilemma on four wheels: How to decide when your self-driving car should kill you
by Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, 23 June 2016

Self-driving cars have a lot of learning to do before they can replace the roughly 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads today. They need to know how to navigate when their pre-programmed maps are out of date. They need to know how to visualize the lane dividers on a street that’s covered with snow.

And, if the situation arises, they’ll need to know whether it’s better to mow down a group of pedestrians or spare their lives by steering off the road, killing all passengers onboard.

This isn’t a purely hypothetical question. Once self-driving cars are logging serious miles, they’re sure to find themselves in situations where an accident is unavoidable. At that point, they’ll have to know how to pick the lesser of two evils.

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks

Electric car 
(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health" - from
Alternative Energy News )
The original of this article contains summaries and links to several studies and news articles on the topic. 

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks
saferemr.com, 24 June 2016

Hybrid and electric cars may be cancer-causing as they emit extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or magnetic fields. Recent studies of the levels of EMR emitted by these automobiles have claimed either that they pose acancer risk for the vehicles' occupants or they are safe.

Unfortunately, the little research conducted on this issue has been industry-funded by companies with vested interests on one side of the issue or the other which makes it difficult to know which studies are trustworthy.

25 June 2016

A Study in Journalistic Skepticism: Cell Phones and Cancer

“It was as if they didn’t want to hear that their cell phones might not be as safe as they had long been told.”

A Study in Journalistic Skepticism: Cell Phones and Cancer
by Paul Raeburn, undark.org, 24 June 2016

A study finding links between cell phone radiation and cancer in rats was rightly covered with skepticism — but reporters should keep open minds.

A FEW WEEKS AGO, the federal government’s National Toxicology Program released data suggesting that radiation from cell phones might increase the risk that certain rats will develop certain tumors.

The NTP, an inter-agency program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found occurrences of two tumor types — malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart — in male laboratory rats exposed to radio-frequency radiation. While they noted that the new results represented only “partial findings” in an ongoing study, the government scientists also said that the results “should be considered of particular interest, as those same cells showed alteration in earlier phone radiation studies.”

24 June 2016

Connected Controversies: The NTP Cell Phone Study and Wireless Electric Meters

Connected controversies: The NTP cell phone study and wireless electric meters
by Contributor, worcestermag.com, 
23 June 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently announced preliminary results of a study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and other wireless devices, such as National Grid’s smart meters. Researchers exposed an unprecedented number of rodents to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation.

The results provide some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure – weak exposure that does not heat human tissue – is associated with the formation of certain cancers in rats.

Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment

Institute for Basic Science/Seoul National University
Attention!  These devices operate wirelessly and use nanotechnology and materials.  How safe are they for our health?

Wearable Biosensors Studied for Clinical Monitoring and Treatment
by Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. Published online 23 June 2016 doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6240

Pricking a finger multiple times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels often proves overwhelming for patients with diabetes. Many simply won’t follow their physician’s recommendation to test so frequently, making it harder to manage their condition.

“It’s a lot of stress,” said Dae-Hyeong Kim, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea. “Many patients don’t want to do it every day so they will do it once a week or once a month, and that will aggravate their diabetes.”

American Medical Association CEO Is Concerned about the Rapid Proliferation of New Health Apps and Devices

[Photo: Everett Collection via Shutterstock]
Is It Fair To Call Digital Health Apps Today's "Snake Oil"?
by Christina Farr, fastcompany.com,
21 June 2016

American Medical Association CEO James Madara is concerned about the rapid proliferation of new health apps and devices.

Back in the middle of the 19th century, the American Medical Association declared war on the so-called "snake oil elixirs" that were all the rage. Today, it has identified a new target: digital health apps.

In a speech delivered at the AMA's recent annual meeting, CEO James Madara described the digital health industry as peddling apps and devices that "impede care, confuse patients, and waste our time." Without naming names, he referenced ineffective electronic medical records, direct-to-consumer digital health products, and apps of "mixed quality."

23 June 2016

'The Precautionary Principle' and EMF

'The precautionary principle' and EMF
by Leslie Saffer, telegram.com (Worcester, MA), 21 June 2016
We humans are bioelectric beings​. Independent sources confirm that the rapid proliferation of technology that emits artificial electromagnetic fields/radio frequency (EMF/RF) increasingly is conflicting with our natural EMF matrix and posing significant danger to health and well being of all life. Culprits include wireless computers, wireless utility “smart meters," microwave ovens, cell phones, mobile devices and associated infrastructure.

With Columbia University's Martin Blank, Ph.D., taking the lead, 220 scientists and engineers from around the globe last year petitioned the United Nations, its member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) to take action against an emerging public health crisis.

Lyme Disease: Prof. Luc Montagnier Denounces the Inefficiency of Text Protocols

Lyme disease: Prof. Montagnier denounces the inefficiency of test protocols
archyxx.com, 19 June 2016 (translated text from French by archyxx with grammatical corrections by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

Lyme disease, transmitted by tick bites, is poorly diagnosed and treated in France, due to a “great ignorance about its chronic nature,” the Nobel Prize for medicine Luc Montagnier said Sunday, at a conference in Strasbourg.

He said he made promising discoveries to better diagnose the condition.

“It is unfortunate that governments and health authorities do not have a coherent policy on Lyme disease,” denounced the co-discoverer of the AIDS virus.

“There is currently total ignorance on the subject by much of the medical community and science”, said Professor Montagnier, who was speaking during a study day devoted to this pathology, organized by “Lyme without borders”, an association of angry sick persons against the official approach of the disease.

22 June 2016

Storyline vs. Rest-of-the-Story: Brain Cancer Incidence, Cellphone Use, and Trends Data

Storyline vs. Rest-of-the-Story:  Brain cancer incidence, cellphone use, and trends data
saferemr.com, 21 June 2016

Many countries monitor brain cancer incidence using cancer registries which document the number of new cases diagnosed each year. Although brain cancer is rare, about 25,000 cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year; the lifetime risk is between 1 in 200 and 1 in 250. Three case-control studies suggest that the risk may double after 10 years of heavy cellphone use. Only 35% of brain cancer patients survive for 5 or more years. Some scientists argue that brain cancer incidence has been stable over time so one need not worry about the findings from these controlled studies. However, the facts tell a different story.

A one-page fact sheet can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/braintrends2:
[Note:  We have reproduced the information in this fact sheet below, including the links.]

STORYLINE

Microwave Radiation – Is It Frying Your Eggs?

Microwave Radiation – Is It Frying Your Eggs?
Posted by Lloyd Burrell, electricsense.com,  20 June 2016



Is microwave radiation from your gadgets frying your eggs?

Devices like laptops, cell phones and cordless phones emit a form of electromagnetic field (EMF) called microwave radiation or radio frequency radiation.

Study Linking College Education with Brain Tumor Risk Raises Many Questions

A study based on data from Sweden suggests people
with more advanced education may have a higher
risk of three types of brain tumors.
Getty Images/ iStock Photo
Study linking college education with brain tumor risk raises many questions
by Mary Brophy Marcus, CBS News,
21 June 2016

Usually, having a higher level of education is a good thing -- it often means a better job, salary and lifestyle. But a new study suggests a college education may also be linked to a higher risk for a serious health problem: brain cancer. Now, experts are struggling to understand why.

The observational study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, analyzed data on more than 4.3 million people born between 1911 and 1961 who lived in Sweden in 1991.

The research found that three kinds of brain tumors -- glioma, meningioma and acoustic neuroma -- were associated with more education and better jobs. Gliomas, in particular, were more common in people who had at least three years of university studies under their belt.

Men who had attended three or more years of college were 19 percent more likely to be diagnosed with glioma compared to less-educated men. Similarly, more educated women were 23 percent more likely to be diagnosed with glioma and 16 percent more likely to have meningioma.

Artificial Intelligence Achieves Near-Human Performance in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Artificial Intelligence Achieves Near-Human Performance in Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 
19 June 2016

Human and computer analyses together identify cancer with 99.5% accuracy

BOSTON — Pathologists have been largely diagnosing disease the same way for the past 100 years, by manually reviewing images under a microscope. But new work suggests that computers can help doctors improve accuracy and significantly change the way cancer and other diseases are diagnosed.

A research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) recently developed artificial intelligence (AI) methods aimed at training computers to interpret pathology images, with the long-term goal of building AI-powered systems to make pathologic diagnoses more accurate.

21 June 2016

Electrosensitivity: Updated Website: Canadians for Safe Technology

Canadians for Safe Technology, C4ST, the organization led by Frank Clegg, the former CEO of Microsoft Canada, updated their website and added a new page devoted exclusively to Electro-Sensiivity (ES) [also commonly called Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)] in a convenient Q&A format including studies/references. Learn more about this emerging epidemic:  View page here:  
http://c4st.org/electrosensitivity/

Electrosensitivity
c4st.org

Electromagnetic-Sensitivity (ES) is a condition in which adults and children develop intolerance to radiation from wireless technology devices and infrastructure such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, wireless utility “smart”meters and cell towers and antennas. Once they develop the condition, they experience various symptoms from tingling in the hands and pain in the head when using a cell phone to severe and disabling illness. The most common symptoms are headaches, sleep disturbances, nausea, dizziness, cognitive and memory problems, a racing heart and heart palpitations, burning sensations, nose bleeds and noise or light sensitivities. Recent research suggests that these symptoms indicate severe physiological harm including breakage of the Blood Brain Barrier, damage to the limbic system and the thalamus, oxidative stress, autoimmune damage and neurodegeneration. 

California: Petaluma: Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms

This is NOT responsible iPad use:  they should not
be used on one's lap, especially if connected to Wi-Fi.
Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms

In a Nutshell . . .

Responsible IPad Use in Classrooms, is a group of Petaluma, CA parents who are banding together to protect their children from the current use and configuration of Wireless Access Points (WAPs), iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and other wirelessly-connected devices that leads to continuous, immediate and latent toxic hazards in Petaluma City Schools District (PCSD) classrooms.

Since February, 2016, various members of our group have tried to engage the PCSD School Board Members, the PCDS Superintendent, Gary Callahan, the PCSD Director of Technology, Lori Deen, and several PCSD Principals in genuine conversations with parents to define reasonable solutions that will eliminate the PCSD's current practice of pumping a known human carcinogen into every PCSD K-12 classroom for 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Australia: Victoria: Primary School Program for Gifted Students Offers Vaccination Exemption and Urges Students to Avoid Wi-Fi in Schools

Brandon Park Primary student Jenna McIver, 9,
whose mother alerted the school to anti-vaccination
posts.  
Photo:  Vince Caligiuri
[Why don't schools offer anti-vaccination forms to ALL children and urge them to avoid Wi-Fi in schools?  Better, do NOT install Wi-Fi in schools.  All of us may be sensitive to neurotoxins from vaccines, Wi-Fi radiation, and other pollutants.]

Anti-vaccination program offered to gifted children in primary schools
by Timna Jacks, Education Reporter, theage.com,au

A school program for gifted students is offering vaccination exemption forms and urging students to avoid Wi-Fi in schools, claiming that gifted kids have "extra neurological connections" which make them more susceptible to allergic reactions.

Pat Slattery​, the founder of WiseOnes, a popular program for gifted students working in Victorian state schools, posted on her website that gifted children have "extra sensitivities to food or chemicals" and are prone to developing negative health reactions to vaccinations.

19 June 2016

U.S. Government's Premiere Test Program Finds Cancer Risk from Cell Phone Radiation: A Game-Changing Global Wake-Up Call

"If ever there was a time to re-think our growing dependence on wireless in schools, cars, homes, and energy production, this is it. There is no other suspected cancer-causing agent to which we subject our elementary school students or place directly in front of the brain and eyes with virtual reality. It makes no sense to continue building out huge wireless systems until we have done a better job of putting the pieces of this puzzle together. This latest report from the NTP should give us all pause."


US government’s premiere test program finds cancer risk from cell phone radiation: a game-changing global wake-up call
by Devra Davis, oup.com, 19 June 2016

Have you heard that cell phones cause cancer, then they don’t, then they do? Confused enough yet? Let me break it down for you. Contrary to some claims, the new US government study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is hardly a shot in the dark or a one-off event. With this largest best-conducted animal study, we now have three different studies within the past six years where animals develop some of the same cancers from cell phone radiation as people. In the NTP study, male rats exposed to wireless radiation develop more unusual highly malignant brain tumors—gliomas—as well as very rare tumors of the nerves around and within the heart—schwannomas.

Rodent studies are the gold standard for testing chemicals. In fact, as the American Cancer Society notes, the NTP study comes from a world-renowned test program that involved twice the usual number of animals and triple the typical number of independent reviews of the pathology data. The NTP review process included blinded evaluations by statisticians and pathologists who did not even know the name of the ‘test agent’ they were examining.

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Mental Illness in Children

Relatively small increases in air pollution were associated
with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems,
the research showed.  Photo:  Alamy
Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children
by Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 
13 June 2016

New research is first to establish the link and builds on other evidence that children are particularly vulnerable to even low levels of pollution

A major new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution.

The new research found that relatively small increases in air pollution were associated with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems. It is the first study to establish the link but is consistent with a growing body of evidence that air pollution can affect mental and cognitive health and that children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality.

The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal BMJ Open, examined the pollution exposure of more than 500,000 under-18s in Sweden and compared this with records of medicines prescribed for mental illnesses, ranging from sedatives to anti-psychotics.

Genetically Modified Crops in Switzerland: Study

"Almost 20 years after their introduction, genetically modified (GM) crops and their associated policies are still matter of strong controversies. As a non-European Union (EU) member state, Switzerland evolved its own regulatory processes. Both Swiss citizens and farmers expressed strong negative views in many national surveys with about 65 % of the people opposed to GM plants in the last polls... A large publically funded national research program (NRP59) consecutive of the referendum was launched to evaluate the costs and benefits of GM in the Swiss agricultural context. Both environmental and socio-economic studies were conducted in this program. The main conclusions were that GM crops commercially available at that time did not yield particular agronomical advantage to Swiss farmers and that global distaste of GM-containing food impaired chances to open a viable market for these crops."  [See Abstract and Introduction below.]

Genetically modified crops in Switzerland: implications for agrosystem sustainability evidenced by multi-criteria model
DOI: 10.1007/s13593-016-0367-9

Open Access Review Article

Abstract

Studies on Electrosensitivity (ES) and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

An invaluable source of information on studies on ES and EHS.

Studies on electrosensitivity (ES) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)
Michael Bevington, June 2016
Link to 16-page document.

There are many thousands of peer-reviewed studies relevant to ES/EHS. This very limited selection of about 200 studies and references aims to provide an indication of the wide range of studies available.  This selection does not attempt to give the earliest or most recent studies on any topic. This selection concentrates on positive studies which indicate the range of relevant evidence.

CONTENTS

1 General, reviews, Historical evidence

2 Specific ES/EHS symptoms from man-made environmental radiation

18 June 2016

Bloomberg Gets It Wrong On The $25 Million Dollar Cell Phone Cancer Study

"10K Reports from wireless companies such as AT&T,Verizon and Microsoft have, for years, indicated that they face financial liability from potential health damages from radio frequency electromagnetic exposures. This new study makes it clear this liability is real."

Bloomberg Gets It Wrong On The $25 Million Dollar Cell Phone Cancer Study

Environmental Health Trust, 10 June 2016

In a June 2, 2016 Bloomberg interview Faye Flam was brought on to comment on the National Toxicology Program Study where she said it was like “the studies that showed coffee was good or bad.” Bloomberg also ran an earlier piece by Faye Flam entitled, “Cell Phones and the Anatomy of a Cancer Scare.” Faye Flam is a columnist who focuses on sex and evolution. In response, Dr. Devra Davis wrote a letter to Bloomberg. See the letter below.

June 10, 2016 Letter to Bloomberg

Contrary to Faye Flams’ comments in Bloomberg’s May 27, 2016 article, the National Toxicology Cell Phone Radiation Rodent study is not “just another study” with “just a few rats.” It is the world’s largest study of its kind to date. The results are not, as Flam stated, “hard to interpret.”

16 June 2016

Switzerland: Norms Eased for Antennas

A somewhat different article.  
Our comment:  The commerce minister does not know what she is talking about:  "According to WHO, only high frequency radiation is possibly carcinogenic, replied Doris Leuthard: This is not the case for mobile phone installations."  Mobile phone antennas also emit high frequency radiation!  Once again, the evening news on Suisse Romande's main TV station did not report the results of this legislation, just as it did not report on the NTP study.  It only reported on "sexting".

On the bright side, the 46-member Council of States still must give a ruling.  The Federal Council will have to take into consideration the fact that almost half of the Swiss population, as expressed in the very close vote of the National Council, will not tolerate an increase in limit values.

Norms eased for antennas
by Caroline Zuercher, 24heures, 16 June 2016
(translated by the Editor of this blog)

Mobile telephony:  The National Council accepted Thursday to raise limit values for the installations which power our cell phones.

The National Council wants to improve the mobile phone network.  By 96 votes against 89 and three abstentions, it supported a motion which foresees raising limit values for antenna radiation in spite of health fears expressed by some.  The Council of States must still give a ruling.

Many other countries have much higher limit values, emphasized Manfred Bühler (UDC/BE).  Speaking on behalf of the committee, he said, "If we want to optimize the network and align it with the needs of consumers and the economy, we must either build a great number of new antennas, or raise the authorized limit values."  Doris Leuthard, minister in charge of the affair, added that the quantities of data are increasing monthly which makes the actual installations obsolete.

Health at stake

Could There Be a Connection: RF-EMF and Alzheimer's?

Could there be a connection: RF-EMF and Alzheimer’s?
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place,  16 June 2016

Just published study by Kumar et al. “Amyloid-β peptide protects against microbial infection in mouse and worm models of Alzheimer’s disease.” in the Science Translational Medicine proposes a new explanation for the Alzheimer’s disease. The authors suggest that the disease would be a defensive mechanism against the bacteria and viruses invading the brain. Of course, as every scientific study, also this one has its critics.

However, the hypothesis of brain defending itself against bacteria and viruses by generating plaques that “imprison” the invaders sounds interesting and should be explored in more detail.

Switzerland: Soon More Powerful Mobile Phone Antennas?

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards
Better Health")
Our comment: Switzerland has just set a deplorable example for the world.  By increasing electrosmog in the environment, these decisions will have a devastating impact on the health of the population and in the long run, will be very costly for the economy of the Confederation:  medical care, absence from work.  Vulnerable persons:  children, pregnant women, the electrosensitive will suffer enormously.

Soon More Powerful Mobile Phone Antennas?
ats/nxp, 16 June 2016 (translated by the Editor of this blog)

Switzerland:  The National Council wants to ease protection against non-ionizing radiation in order to develop the mobile network.

In order to modernize more rapidly mobile phone networks, the protection against non-ionizing radiation must be decreased.  The National Council approved Thursday 96 votes for, 89 against and three abstentions, a committee motion in this direction.

The development of the mobile network is held back in Switzerland by very strict conditions regarding protection against non-ionizing radiation.  "With a reasonable adaptation of the limit values, the network could be expanded and modernized without resorting to new installations," Kurt Fluri (PLR/SO) pointed out.

Wireless Education: Safe Schools, Healthy Workplaces

"Wireless Education" has created a number of friendly, online training courses, providing the information one needs to make wireless devices safer to use.  http://www.wirelesseducation.org/

Wireless Education:  Safe Schools, Healthy Workplaces

by Brett West, Director, Education Services, Wireless Education, June 2016

The benefits of wireless technology are immense and in order to utilise it safely, risk management should be the focus.

Wireless Education is the education portal of Wireless Tech Safety. Our team are all technology specialists, who used to think that Wireless technology is harmless, until we did the research...

Families are often not aware of the dangers of wireless technology. Many times when you think of a wireless device you think of a mobile phone, however, there are other devices in the home that emit radiation. Modern homes will have cordless phones, smart phones, electronic tablets, smart meters and even wireless baby monitors. All these devices are constantly searching for a signal and emitting radiation pulses that can have an effect on you and your family.

So we created a number of friendly, online training courses. These quickly provide you with all the information you need to make your wireless devices safer to use.

No Cell Phones for Babies

"People are adults and informed of the risks."  The article, "Cell phones under scrutiny: an American study revives concerns. In Switzerland, the risk is considered minor."  (Tribune de Genève, 7 June 2016) does not mention the risks of cell phones to children's health.  Here is our critique :

No Cell Phones for Babies
by Meris Michaels, Readers' Mail, Tribune de Genève, 11-12 June 2016

The article, "Cell Phones Under Scrutiny" mentions that 97% of the population over age 16 uses a cell phone.

What about children under 16?  The other day, I saw a 3-year-old playing with a smartphone in the tram.  Her mother had no idea of the health risk from the radiation of this device.  A young child cannot read such articles or manuals warning of dangers.

We are going to develop virtual reality (VR) headsets for children where smartphones are found very close to the brain and eyes.  All manuals warn that a cell phone should not be held near the body.  Certain VR headsets should not be used by children under age 13.  Their skull, not yet fully developed, allows radiation, classified "possibly carcinogenic" by WHO, to penetrate deeply into the brain.

"Human beings are ready to take other risks," comments Dr. Christian Hess.  We are talking here of adults : young children do not smoke, do not drink, but they use cell phones.  They are incapable of judging the risks.  Many parents are not aware of risks.

We must inform the whole population now of the health issues of cell phones and their use to reduce radiation.  The risks are far from minor!

15 June 2016

Setting the Record Straight on NTP Cell Phone Cancer Study

[ A child this young should NOT be using a cell phone! ]
Robert Melnick:  "In my view, a pediatrician would be acting irresponsibly if he or she knew and understood the implications of the human and animal cancer data on cell phone radiation and did not offer precautionary advice to the parents of his or her patients."

Setting the Record Straight on NTP Cell Phone Cancer Study

microwavenews.com, 10 June 2016

Ron Melnick Corrects ‘Misinformation,’ Rebuffed by the New York Times

On May 31, the New York Times ran a piece in what it calls “The Upshot” on the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) cell phone animal study. The column is a regular feature in theTimes that seeks to give readers context for stories in the news. This one was titled “Why It’s Not Time to Panic About Cell Phones and Cancer.” It was written by Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Carroll outlined reasons for his skepticism over the cancer results, calling the $25 million NTP study “imperfect.” This prompted a response from Ron Melnick, who led the study’s design team before he retired in 2009. In an eight-point rebuttal, Melnick corrected what he called “numerous and misleading statements.” The full text of his letter is reprinted below.

14 June 2016

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Probably, but it's Complicated

"Bottom Line:  Cellphones probably cause cancer if the exposure is close enough, long enough, and in sufficient magnitude. We don’t yet know the risk for a given level of exposure in humans. We need more data in this area, not only for cellphones, but for bluetooth devices, wifi and all the other RF-EMF devices out there. Until then, reduce your exposure whenever possible."

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Probably, but it's Complicated
by Christopher J. Portier, Wendy L. Leonard, Scientific American Blog, 13 June 2016

The degree of risk almost certainly depends on the length and strength of exposure—but we still don't know how significant the actual danger is

Before you trash your cellphones (or rather, responsibly recycle and dispose of them), a careful review of the data—and the real life human implications—is needed. Here are the facts:

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) just concluded a massive 2-year study investigating the potential health hazards of cellphone use on rats and mice – most notably including the specific radio frequencies and modulations (RF-EMF) currently used in our U.S. telecommunications industry.

The NTP have chosen to publish their preliminary findings in rats, rather than wait. This study found that cellphone exposure increases the incidence of malignant gliomas of the brain, i.e., brain cancer, and schwannomas (also called neuromas) of the heart in the male rats. While schwannomas are not cancers, they are tumors and can profoundly impact the protective sheathing of the peripheral nerves, which can lead to severe pain and disability.

13 June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation: Children and Adolescents Are Particularly Vulnerable

Wireless radio networks such as Wi-Fi: health problems
in the long run cannot be excluded.
Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable
Friends of the Earth (BUND), Germany
(Google translation)

More and more different electronic devices such as televisions, clock radios, PCs, computer games on WLAN or Bluetooth are finding their way into children's bedrooms. The users are getting younger. Wireless networks are set up in schools. Wireless baby monitors and toys are around for the little ones.

Parents wrongly assume  that legislative thresholds for electromagnetic fields provide sufficient protection against ill health.  Advertising shows happy families and suggests that the use of baby monitors, smartphones, cordless telephones (DECT), mobile Internet sticks, wireless-based stereos and similar equipment is completely safe and harmless. 

Switzerland: Limit Values for Mobile Phone Installations

Press Release
Doctors for the Protection of the Environment
7 June 2016

(Unofficial translation from French by the Editor of this blog.)

Limit values for mobile phone installations

Prevention or concern a posteriori?

An American study published in the last few days shows more cancers in animals in response to long-term irradiation from mobile phones.  At the same time, on 16 June, the Parliament is going to decide whether the limit values of mobile phone installations should be increased (motion 16.3007).  This means that people and animals would be exposed to a greater intensity of radiation.  Doctors for the Protection of the Environment (MfE) is asking the Parliament to reject the motion.  The Swiss Farmers' Union is requesting the same thing.  The Swiss Landowners' Association and HabitatDurable Suisse also reject the motion.

12 June 2016

WHO Environmental Health Criteria: A Brief Update

WHO Environmental Health Criteria: A brief update
by Dariusz Lezczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 12 June 2016

At the BioEM2016, I had a brief discussion with Eric van Rongen, about the status of the Environmental Health Criteria (EHC). This is what I learned:

Task Group to evaluate science: recruitment is ongoing. The group will consist of some 25 – 30 experts. Process is slow because broader expertise is required as compared with IARC 2011, where only cancer was evaluated. The EHC will evaluate all possible health risks. The process is also slow because declarations of interest, submitted by the invited experts, need to be examined and approved by the legal office at the WHO. The first meeting of the EHC was planned for September 2016, but there might be a delay. If it happens, the whole process might be delayed and the EHC document might be published only in early 2017.

10 June 2016

Massachusetts: Ashland Public Schools Will Consider 100% Hardwiring Classrooms and Eliminating the Wi-Fi

Ashland Public Schools Will Consider 100% Hardwiring Classrooms and Eliminating the Wi-Fi
safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot, 10 June 2016

Watch Cecelia Doucette's testimony to the Ashland School Committee Meeting on 6/8/16 where she updates the School Committee and discusses her upcoming meetings that will include lookng at hardwiring solutions for the classroom.
The Ashland Public School District is reducing wireless radiation exposures to children by instituting district wide "best practices for mobile devices". Spurred by parent Cecelia Doucette's concerns about the lack of safety data on Wi-Fi and children, the district investigated the issue and developed a policy to substantially reduce wireless exposures to students and staff. Doucette not only brought the issue to the district's attention, but then also worked with state legislatures who introduced two bills concerning electromagnetic radiation this session. The Environmental Health Trust submitted written testimony on MA Senate Bill 1222 after expert scientists presented information on wireless health risks at a briefing at the Massachusetts State House in June 2015.

Read more about the Ashland Technology Best Practices by clicking here.
Watch the Boston Statehouse briefing here.
Watch the Framingham Presentation here. 

Is Constant Wi-Fi Exposure Impacting Your Heart Disease Risk?

We are using more and more wireless gadgets to monitor our health, increasing our exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Electrical impulses are what trigger the heart to beat. This internal electrical system is vulnerable to outside electromagnetic fields. Cardiac conditions including  angina,  arrhythmia, hypertension, and tachycardia have been linked to exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Is Constant WiFi Exposure Impacting Your Heart Disease Risk?
Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro, healthcentral.com, 13 February 2012

Heart disease is a lifestyle disease. Yes, there are genetic or hereditary factors that play a role, but how you choose to live has a major impact. By lifestyle this makes me automatically think diet choices and activity level, but there are other factors that fall under "lifestyle".

Phone App that Can Detect Heart Attack a Week Out Considered by NHS

Smartphone apps could revolutionise personalised
healthcare.  Credit:  Telegraph
Phone app that can detect heart attack a week out considered by NHS
by Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph, 9 June 2016

A smartphone app that can tell if users are in danger of having a heart attack by the tone of their voice is being considered for use by the NHS.

Clinical trials of the software showed it accurately predicted admission to hospital for people with congestive cardiac failure one week before they were taken gravely ill.

The app is one of a wealth of gadgets and systems under review by the health service with the aim of revolutionising personalised healthcare.

Others include peak flow meters that can be plugged into a smartphone so asthma sufferers can keep track of their condition, and wifi-connected wrist bands that can measure blood pressure 200,000 times a day.

09 June 2016

Industry Hides Truth about Cell Phone Dangers

This appropriate warning came from Dr. Carlo:
“When you put the science together, we come to the irrefutable conclusion that there is a major health crisis coming, probably already underway. Not just cancer, but also learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and psychological and behavioral problems—all mediated by the same mechanism (RFR).”

Industry hides truth about Cell Phone Dangers: brain tumors did develop in all 5 engineers who tested cell phones

by Nancy J. Thorner (Open Post), patch.com, 
13 January 2016

Think before using your cell phone for extended periods. It is thought that Beau Biden found this out the hard way through his death.

The public has been intentionally misled by industry and utility propaganda to believe that smart meters are safe because cell phones are safe. The usual defensive comment is that a smart meter will emit less Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) than a cell phone call. So why should we worry?

Compared with adults, research on children shows that microwave radiation is absorbed twice as much into their brain, up to triple in their brain’s hippocampus and hypothalamus and up to ten times as much into the bone marrow of the skull. Frightening is that half of the world’s four billion cell phone users are under twenty.

Scientists Raise Concerns about Google's Project Loon

Scientists raise concerns about Google's Project Loon
by Lizzy Keen, independentaustralia.net, 
7 June 2016

Google's Project Loon designed to connect the world to the internet via global wireless is reaping praise from technology buffs, but concerns are growing about the potential impact on public health. Lizzy Keen explains.

FOR THE most part, Google’s Project Loon is a moonshot in blues skies, reaping praise from technology buffs and telecom experts around the world.

But according to a growing number of scientists and community activists, there are storm clouds gathering around the multimillion dollar project’s potential impact on public health.

Project Loon is a network of helium balloons designed by Google X to deliver global wireless internet, and has run test-flights in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, the United States and most recently Sri Lanka.

Like Wi-Fi on steroids, Loon’s twelve-by-fifteen metre solar-powered ‘envelopes’ can transmit high-speed LTE connection to practically anywhere on earth, giving internet to the world’s “disconnected” 4.3 billion people.

Iconic Rubber Duck Goes Digital

Yui Matusmoto, 4, plays with
Edwin the Duck, a digital 
duck toy. 
(Yuri Kageyama, AP)
A toy which incites children to yet more screen use.

Iconic rubber duck goes digital
news24.com, 8 June 2016

Tokyo - The iconic rubber duck has gone digital - but maybe it doesn't need to.

Billed as the world's first "smart duck", the $100 Edwin the Duck is yellow, cute and waterproof, just like the good old rubber ducky floating in many bathtubs for generations. But Edwin also reads and plays music. He quacks, rather than squeaks like the traditional ducky, thanks to internal electronics. Motion sensors turn Edwin into a controller for games.

Yet Edwin feels like a work in progress, a collection of miscellaneous functions that are mildly duck-related, without the features that would truly make him smart. For instance, he doesn't converse with kids using computer-generated responses, as other smart toys do. And most of his wizardry merely directs a child's attention right back to screens.

"Smart" Watches for Children Dumb and Dangerous?

Parents program reminders on their smartphones that
will pop up on the watch at certain times.
Our comment:  Here is another "smart" watch being commercialized for children ages 3 to 8.  Since campaigning for funding is still on-going, we could find no instruction manual on its site, but we suspect such a manual would list precautions similar to those for Re-Vibe anti-distraction wrist wear.  Such devices encourage greater use of cell phones.  We are not at all happy about such developments.  Everyone wants to get on the bandwagon and profit from the sale of "smart" devices, while giving little or no thought to increasing exposure of young children to microwave radiofrequency radiation.

Octopus, icon-based watch that kids can read & understand!
by Joy

The first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. It's a watch, it's a scheduler, it's an assistant.

Scientists Attempting to Harvest Human Organs in Pigs Create Human-Pig Embryo

Human stem cells in a tube on the right, being injected
into a pig embryo to create a chimera.  
Photo: Pablo Ross/UC Davis
Scientists attempting to harvest human organs in pigs create human-pig embryo
by Nicola Davis and Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian, 6 June 2016

Researchers in California have been trying to grow human organs inside pigs in attempt to tackle donor shortage

Scientists trying to grow human organs inside pigs in an attempt to tackle a shortage of donors have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis combined human stem cells and pig DNA and allowed the embryos to mature for 28 days, before terminating the experiment and analysing the tissue.

They believe the animals, which if they had been carried to term would have developed a human internal organ, but would have looked and behaved like any other pig. The goal is that in the future, similar animals could potentially act as a ready source of organs for life-saving transplants.

What It's Like Living with EHS

What it’s like living with EHS
by Richard Kimberley, BeyondTheVan, 8 June 2016

What’s it like for Electro Hypersensitive (EHS) people to live? Well basically, it’s like we’re on the run. Avoiding going near people (they all carry phones emitting radiation 24/7), avoiding public places and shops (free wi-fry… cordless phones… mobile phones… everywhere), avoiding most beautiful places because of the phone masts. Everywhere you turn there’s microwave radiation which makes us extremely poorly, within minutes.

It’s an extremely solitary life. Friends vanish rapidly, some try to understand but quite simply don’t get it. Some even think you’ve lost the plot. Most just don’t give a damn. Once you no longer have a mobile phone, you’re out of their digital lives which means to many of them, you’re basically dead. Family may do their best to understand, some of us are lucky enough to get support from our families, many EHS people aren’t so fortunate. New people who come into our lives may look at us like we’re complete idiots because they don’t understand. Some will try and make light of it and some will try and turn it into a joke. A life with EHS is no joke, I can assure you.