• 24 NOV 22

    No biological science behind mobile phone safety testing

    Excerpt: From Joel M. Moskowitz:
    A leading expert, Professor Om Gandhi, blames the inadequacies of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) safety standard and the Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM) model used to test cell phones on industry and military engineers who dominated the IEEE standard setting meetings. He discusses the dangers of 5G radiation.

    Meet the man whose research inspired the SAM campaign. Om P. Gandhi, Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Utah, taught courses on biological effects of antennas, RF and microwave electromagnetic fields for over 50 years.

    Prof. Om P. Gandhi is a world expert on how mobile phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Once a consultant to major cell phone companies, Gandhi now refuses to work with them.  SNIP…….

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    • 11 NOV 22

    How the FCC Shields Cellphone Companies From Safety Concerns

    Excerpts from this major exposé of the FCC’s negligence and complicity with the telecom industry
     
    “Orsi and the Pittsfield board decided to try to do something about Verizon’s tower. They quickly discovered that they would get no help from federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission, which has responsibility for protecting Americans from potential radiation hazards generated by wireless transmitters and cellphones, has repeatedly sided with the telecom industry in denying the possibility of virtually any human harm.”
     
    “But it was a signal of a growing fear — other cities have fought cell sites only to be forced to back down — and evidence of a striking shoulder-to-shoulder partnership between a federal agency and the industry it is supposed to regulate. The build-out of a new generation of wireless networks, known as 5G, is amping up the stakes of this conflict for localities across America. It will require an estimated 800,000 new base stations, including both towers and densely spaced “small cell” transmitters mounted on rooftops and street poles. That means nearly tripling the current number of transmitters, and many of them will be placed close to houses and apartments.”…SNIP
     

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    • 27 SEP 22

    The New Hampshire State House Subcommittee of the Science, Technology, and Energy Committee has voted for further policy action regarding the issue of radio-frequency radiation. (WiFi) 

    Excerpt: New Hampshire lawmakers voted to recommend action on the issue of wireless radio-frequency (RF) radiation. This is a historic action by New Hampshire legislatures and will result in the proposal of new statewide legislation addressing cell towers and wireless networks….. “The majority of animal and cell studies have found non-ionizing RFR can induce oxidative stress- a key characteristic of human carcinogens and a way that RFR can initiate or promote tumor development as well as play a role in the development of other diseases.  DNA damage and cancer in these state of the art studies signal the need for the public to reduce exposures to RFR now.”…SNIP

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    • 12 AUG 22

    Dramatic results after school’s mobile phone ban

    Excerpt: There has been a dramatic decrease in behavioural issues, and a boost in physical activity among students at a Sydney High School after mobile phones were banned. Every day students in years 7 to 10 at Davidson High School put their phone in a pouch that, once closed, cannot be opened without breaking the lock. “Classrooms have effectively become phone free and this has allowed staff to focus on educating students,” principal David Rule said in a school newsletter. “In eight weeks of the policy there has been a 90 per cent reduction in behavioural issues related to phones in the school.” SNIP…

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    • 11 MAY 22

    Teenage smart phone addiction (Washington Post)

    Excerpt:

    “I’ll never buy a smartphone for any of my children,” she says.

    It’s a personal stance born of professional experiences. Stacey is a psychiatrist who works primarily with high school and college students in Fayetteville, Ark., and in her practice she routinely asks new patients to swipe open their phones and show her how much screen time they’re clocking per day. …Stacey is a hard-liner in a war being waged in homes everywhere as grown-ups attempt to limit smartphone use that they believe can be harmful to kids, even as they struggle to establish healthy habits with their own phones. And, big surprise, the parents aren’t winning. Because it’s not just their children they’re up against, but also a tech industry pushing products that insiders say are designed to be addictive and a society that has largely capitulated to the norms and urges and expectations all those phones and apps have created.

    Even when it comes to kids. Fifty-three percent of American children have a smartphone of their own by age 11, according to a 2019 report by Common Sense Media. By the time they’re 16, 89 percent of kids have one. An earlier report by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teenagers felt addicted to their smartphones and that 59 percent of their parents thought that was the case. All of this has coincided with a startling increase in mental health challenges among adolescents, which some psychologists believe might be tied to the adverse effects of social media use.

    As Stacey sits with young patients who are grappling with anxiety or depression or lack of focus and can’t fathom cutting back their smartphone use, a single thought tends to run through her head: “This is so stupid, that these little devices are controlling these kids.” SNIP

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    • 11 JAN 22

    Abandoning Inconvenient Science How RF Research on the Blood-Brain Barrier Was Shut Down

    Excerpt

    From Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News:

    I  often write about why microwave health research rarely moves forward and nothing much ever gets resolved. Today, I offer yet another example.

    When I first started following the field in the late 1970s, everyone was talking about the apparent ability of microwaves to cause substances to leak through the blood-brain barrier, first demonstrated by Allan Frey. Today, 50 years later, the issue remains unsettled.

    The cover-up started back in the 1970s, resumed in the 2000s, and continues today. All the usual suspects played a role: the U.S. military, the telecoms and, of course, ICNIRP…..SNIP

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    • 03 FEB 21

    China just issued a full ban on phones in schools

    EXCERPT: Effective immediately, China’s Ministry of Education said the ban would apply to all school children.

    Chinese authorities have banned cellphones in classrooms and school grounds effective immediately in an effort to protect students from digital addiction and save their eyesight.

    The ban will apply to all schoolchildren across the country.

    Chinese students will only be allowed to bring a mobile device to school only under special circumstances. However, during class, all devices would be surrendered to the teachers, said the ministry on its website on Monday.

    Aimed at “protecting the students’ eyesight and making them focus on study,” the ministry’s new rule strived to prevent student addiction to the internet while enhancing their physical and psychological development, the directive detailed….SNIP

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    • 08 OCT 19

    The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection are calling for the release of new EMF hazard warning signs for wireless users of mobile phones and other EMF sources

    The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection are calling for the release of new EMF hazard warning signs for wireless users of mobile phones and other EMF sources, following the release of a published paper by Professor Oleg Grigoriev and ex-deputy minister of communication, Dr Prof Yuri Zubarev. The paper was published in September, 2019 in the oldest Russian journal of communication industry.The EM Radiation Research Trust would like to thank Professor Oleg Grigoriev for providing this important information and call on Government officials to follow this example. The public should be alerted and hazard warning signs should be made mandatory for the safety of users to allow the public to make informed decisions…SNIP

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    • 12 JUN 19

    GBM Rising in Denmark, Much as in England True Increases or Artifacts?

    From Microwave News
    Excerpt:
    New government data, released in May by a member of the Danish Parliament, show a near doubling of glioblastoma (GBM), a usually fatal brain tumor, in Denmark since the year 2000.Equally provocative: The trend is very similar to what was reported in England last year.Take a look at some graphs and decide for yourself whether these trends are worth talking about. The RF establishment would have me believe this isn’t real. I need to be convinced…SNIP

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    • 07 JUN 19

    Colorectal Cancer Soaring in Young Adults; Are Smartphones in the Mix? Epidemiologist De-Kun Li Wants To Know

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News June 3, 2019
    Excerpt: Americans in their 20s are getting more colon and rectal cancer. Those born in 1990 now face four times the risk of developing rectal cancer and twice the risk of colon cancer, compared to those born around 1950, according to the American Cancer Society. Similar patterns are being seen in many other countries. Known risk factors for colorectal cancer include obesity, an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity. But De-Kun Li, an epidemiologist and veteran EMF researcher, doesn’t think they explain what’s going on. Li offers a different hypothesis: Young people’s habit of carrying their cell phones in the front or back pockets of their jeans. “When placed in trouser pockets, the phones are in the vicinity of the rectum and the distal colon and these are the sites of the largest increases in cancer,” he says…SNIP

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    • 29 MAY 19

    It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

    From the Washington Post (Consumer Tech section) by Geoffrey Fowler
    Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week.

    It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing? (Links removed)Mine has been alarmingly busy. Even though the screen is off and I’m snoring, apps are beaming out lots of information about me to companies I’ve never heard of. Your iPhone probably is doing the same — and Apple could be doing more to stop it.On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with.And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.Our data has a secret life in many of the devices we use every day, from talking Alexa speakers to smart TVs. But we’ve got a giant blind spot when it comes to the data companies probing our phones.You might assume you can count on Apple to sweat all the privacy details. After all, it touted in a recent ad, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” My investigation suggests otherwise…SNIP

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    • 21 FEB 19

    Row over Cancer, Cell Phone Review A Request That It Be Withdrawn (Microwave News)

    Excerpt
    Last month, a major review of cell phone cancer risks appeared in the Annual Review of Public Health. The authors would have us believe that cell phones do not present a cancer risk. In the course of digging into the text and supporting documents, I came across some striking contradictions, as well as some serious omissions. They give me pause about the paper’s conclusions and the motives at work. I believe that a major objective of the review is to cast doubt on IARC’s classification of RF as a possible human carcinogen, and by extension empower the WHO and ICNIRP to sidestep precaution.

    Please read:
    The Precarious Case Against Precaution, my detailed look at one of the central arguments used to dismiss precaution: If there were a cancer link, we would be seeing an increase in the number of brain tumors reported to national cancer registries. As I was finishing this article, I received some e-mail traffic that raises questions about the peer review process that the paper went through —or more correctly, about the lack of a conventional peer review.

    My companion piece:
    Row over Cancer, Cell Phone Review
    Louis Slesin, PhD
    Editor, Microwave News

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    • 28 JAN 19

    Svenska Dagbladet’s science writer Emma Frans: “science evangelist” for whom?

    Excerpt: Following up on the last message “Incorrect information about wireless phones and the risk for brain tumours…” about an article written by Emma Frans in the Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet, I received further information below from the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation.

    According to the Wikipedia entry for Dr. Emma Frans, among other things, she is a science communicator who “examines the correctness and scientific accuracy of sensational news and popular science articles”. She has also been referred to as a “mythbuster” and “science evangelist”. After checking out her qualifications I think Rodney Croft should invite her to be an associate at ACEBR. After all, with her spin on science, she would be right at home with those folks…….SNIP.

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    • 27 JAN 19

    Incorrect information about wireless phones and the risk for brain tumours in a Swedish newspaper

    Incorrect information about wireless phones and the risk for brain tumours in a Swedish newspaper from Lennart Hardell’s blog

    The well known Swedish daily newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet, has published an article that does not give correct information on the risk for brain tumours from use of wireless phones. The newspaper has refused to publish our rebuttal. It is now published in the medical journal, Medicinsk Access (only in Swedish).

    Google translation of the rebuttal letter follows: SNIP…

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    • 14 NOV 18

    There’s a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it

    Excerpts: Ronald Melnick, Opinion Contributor, The Hill, Nov 13, 2018
    A recent study by the National Toxicology Program/National Institutes of Health (NTP/NIH) shows clear evidence of a causal link between cancer and exposure to wireless cell phone signals. Results from the $30 million NTP studies demonstrated that cell phone radiation caused Schwann cell cancers of the heart and brain gliomas in rats, as well as DNA damage in the brain….Exposure levels in the brains of rats in the NTP study were similar to or only slightly higher than the FCC’s limit for maximum permissible exposure to local tissue exposures from cell phones held next to the head. This point is most important because, when an individual uses a cell phone, body tissues located nearest to the cell phone antenna receive much higher exposures than parts of the body that are located distant from the antenna….The FDA needs to fulfill the intent of their nomination to the NTP and conduct a quantitative risk assessment so that the FCC can develop health-protective exposure standards…. Also, health concerns for children may be greater than that for adults due to increased penetration of cell phone radiation within the brains of children. Simply ignoring the cancer data from the NTP studies is not in the interest of public health. Because of the widespread use of cell phones among the general public, even a small increase in cancer risk would have a serious public health impact.

    An important lesson that should be learned from the NTP studies is that we can no longer assume that any current or future wireless technology, including 5G, is safe without adequate testing. SNIP

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    • 02 NOV 18

    Cell Phone Radiation Leads to Cancer, Says U.S. NTP in Final Report Cancer Link Was Once Thought Impossible

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:

    Excerpt:
    November 1, 2018

    “We believe that the link between radiofrequency (RF) radiation and tumors in male rats is real,” says John Bucher, the former associate director of the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP).

    The announcement accompanies this morning’s release of the NTP final reports of studies on cancer in rats and mice exposed to cell phone radiation. Bucher’s project, the largest in NTP history, cost $30 million and took more than ten years to complete….SNIP

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    • 01 NOV 18

    Aggressive Brain Tumors Tell a Story

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:
    Location, Location, Location, Aggressive Brain Tumors Tell a Story
    GBM Rise Only in Frontal and Temporal Lobes

    This one is important.

    A U.K. epidemiologist has confirmed that glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive type of brain tumor, is on the rise in England. Frank de Vocht of the University of Bristol is reporting that he sees a significant and consistent increase in GBM in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain over the last 20-30 years.

    Alasdair Philips, an independent researcher based in Scotland, first documented the increase last March.

    But when it comes to the cause, they see things differently. De Vocht says it can’t be cell phones. Philips can’t think what else it could be. To make his case, Philips sent me a graph of GBM by location in the brain in England over the last 20 years.

    Please take a look. I think you’ll agree: It looks like we have a public health problem on our hands.

    Louis Slesin

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    • 20 JUL 18

    Newsweek just published a major article on cell phone research

    Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals ‘Stunningly Important’ Findings
    By Ronnie Cohen On 7/19/18 at 6:30 AM
    Excerpt:

    Tiffany Frantz got her first cellphone when she was 16. She loved that flip phone. Every morning, on her way out the door, she’d slip it into the left cup of her bra. When she was 21, while watching television one night with her parents in their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, living room, she felt a lump the size of a pea in her left breast, just beneath her phone. Tests later showed four cancerous tumors. “How in the world did this happen?” her mother asked.

    Dr. John West believes he knows. In 2013, the Southern California breast cancer surgeon and five other doctors wrote in the journal Case Reports in Medicine about Frantz’s tumors and those of three other young women. Each of them regularly carried a cellphone in her bra. “I am absolutely convinced,” West tells Newsweek, “that there is a relationship between exposure to cellphones and breast cancer in young women who are frequent users.” … SNIP.

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    • 15 JUL 18

    The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

    The Guardian

    Excerpt:

    We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?.
    Eleven independent scientists spent three days at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, discussing the study, which was done by the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services and ranks among the largest conducted of the health effects of mobile phone radiation. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure. The peer review scientists repeatedly upgraded the confidence levels the NTP’s scientists and staff had attached to the study, fuelling critics’ suspicions that the NTP’s leadership had tried to downplay the findings. Thus the peer review also found “some evidence” – one step below “clear evidence” – of cancer in the brain and adrenal glands.

    Not one major news organisation in the US or Europe reported this scientific news. But then, news coverage of mobile phone safety has long reflected the outlook of the wireless industry. For a quarter of a century now, the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation. Indeed, big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. And like their tobacco and oil counterparts, wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children. SNIP…

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    • 02 JUL 18

    Remediation Tips From an EMF Expert (Alasdair Philips)

    From the Dr. Mercola site:

    Excerpt
    Story at-a-glance

    One of the most pernicious toxins we are exposed to isn’t something you can taste, see, hear or feel; it’s invisible electromagnetic fields (EMF) from electrical wiring and wireless technologies such as your cellphone and Wi-Fi
    There are basically three types of EMF: radio frequencies, microwaves and electromagnetic (electric and magnetic) fields. Low frequency magnetic fields, in particular, affect biological systems, but all forms of EMFs appear to be harmful
    One mechanism of action involves intracellular calcium. EMFs activate voltage-gated calcium channels in the plasma membranes of your cells, which then open up, allowing a tremendous influx of calcium ions
    Cells also start to malfunction due to excessive charges, which alter cellular activity
    A number of remediation strategies are reviewed, from simply keeping your cellphone in airplane mode when not in use, to more expensive strategies such as installing shielded wiring when building a new home… SNIP

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