• 29 MAY 13

    The Impact Of Screen Media On Children: A Eurovision For Parliament

    by Dr Aric Sigman
    Health Education Lecturer, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Associate Fellow of the British
    Psychological Society.

    The EU discusses many aspects of its citizens’ lives. Yet the main waking activity of Europeans – watching screen media – has never been thought of as an issue requiring parliamentary consideration. Over the course of childhood, children spend more time watching TV than they do in school (Zimmerman et al 2007a). The average seven-year-old will have already watched screen media for more than one full year of 24-hour days. By age 18 the average European young person will have spent a full 4 years of 24-hour days in front of a screen. But screen time is no longer merely a cultural issue about how children spend their leisure time. Screen time has now become a medical issue. Research published in the world’s most reputable medical and scientific journals shows that the sheer amount of time children spend watching TV, DVDs, computers and the internet is linked with significant measurable biological changes in their bodies and brains that may have significant medical consequences.Given that children undergoing key stages of development are spending increasingly large parts of their lives watching screen media, the EU must take a serious interest and establish a view on the matter. The following will provide the reasons why.

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    • 26 MAY 13

    Neurosurgeon Vini Khurana on brain tumour incidence

    Statement from Australian neurosurgeon Gautam (Vini) Khurana:

    “I believe that in the present decade, a significant increase in primary brain tumor incidence will be detected internationally. The first indication of this phenomenon may be the plethora of high-profile individuals diagnosed with primary brain tumors in the last few to several years: Senator Ted Kennedy, professional golfer Seve Ballesteros, Cable television host Eleanor Mondale, director and producer Dan Curtis, broadcaster Stan Zemanek, high profile attorney Johnnie Cochran, celebrated pilot Dennis E. Fitch, inventor Robert Moog, political pundit Robert Novak, US Senator Arlen Specter, renowned cancer surgeon Professor Chris O’Brien, baseball pro Gary Carter, journalist David Shaw, Stock broker Rene Rivkin, actress Elizabeth Taylor, actor Mark Ruffalo, actor and musician Martin Kemp, singer Sheryl Crow, rock star Doc Neeson, corporate leader Holly Ann Norwick (partner of Chris Gardner, who was played by Will Smith in film The Pursuit of Happyness), actor / model Rona Newton-John (sister of singer and Grease star Olivia Newton-John), actress Valerie Harper (star of the Mary Tyler Moore Show),…

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    • 18 MAY 13

    Interesting and new and innovative science with plants

    A group of 5 girls have carried out a science experiment at Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark that saw garden cress seeds placed in 12 tubs and split into two batches. Both batches were placed in different rooms that remained the same temperature, and were given the same amount of water and sunlight over the course of 12 days. …. The girls’ experiment was geared towards testing the potential impact of phone radiation on surrounding objects. They didn’t have phones to use though, so decided the routers were a good alternative.

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    • 17 MAY 13

    Swedish Review Strengthens Grounds for Concluding that Radiation from Cellular and Cordless Phone s is a Probable Human Carcinogen

    With 5.9 billion devices in use, mobile phones constitute a new, ubiquitous and rapidly growing exposure worldwide. Mobile phones are two-way microwave radios that also emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation. Inconsistent results have been published on potential risks of brain tumours tied with mobile phone use as a result of important methodological differences in study design and statistical power. Some studies have examined mobile phone users for periods of time that are too short to detect an increased risk of brain cancer, while others have misclassified exposures by placing those with exposures to microwave radiation from cordless phones in the control group, or failing to attribute such exposures in the cases.

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    • 14 MAY 13

    New report: Brain diseases such as dementia affecting more people under 55 than ever before

    Professor Colin Pritchard’s latest research published in Public Health Journal has found that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer – the rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such conditions, and what is really alarming, it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years.

    Professor Pritchard said, “These rises in neurological deaths, with the earlier onset of the dementias, are devastating for families and pose a considerable public health problem. It is NOT that we have more old people but rather more old people have more brain disease than ever before, including Alzheimer’s. For example there are two new British charities, The Young Parkinson’s Society and Young Dementia UK, which are a grass-roots response to these rises. The need for such charities would have been inconceivable a little more than 30 years ago.”

    “This has to be speculative but it cannot be genetic because the period is too short. Whilst there will be some influence of more elderly people, it does not account for the earlier onset; the differences between countries nor the fact that more women have been affected, as their lives have changed more than men’s over the period, all indicates multiple environmental factors. Considering the changes over the last 30 years – the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionising radiation- PC’s, micro waves, TV’s, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food etc.

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    • 14 MAY 13

    EU institutions agree on new rules to protect workers from electromagnetic fields – but are they protective enough?

    [ NOTE: Due to a change in servers there were problems sending out two postings. They are now being re-posted.]

    The following EU agreement, on the face of it, reads like a real breakthrough. However note the qualifying statement: “not to unduly hamper the use and development of industrial and medical activities”. My reading of this indicates that ICNIRP”s rational for health protection (short term/ acute exposure protection) will likely remain the basis for this new directive.

    Will the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) be happy with these new rules? The ETUC has previously opposed the draft EU agreement because it followed the ICNIRP limits which “only considers short-term effects of exposure and disregards the long-term impacts on workers’ health”. The ETUC have called for binding legislation needed to protect worker’s health from EMF exposure risks.

    The question is: Are these new rules still just a rehashing of ICNIRP’s industry friendly limitations?


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    • 03 MAY 13

    Touchy feeley cell phone underpants

    We’ve all heard of the underpants bomber who in Dec. 2009 unsuccessfully tried to set off an al-Qaeda fundamentalist inspired underwear bomb on a Northwest Airline plane. Perhaps inspired by this ingenious new concept for underwear, Durex has taken the fundamentalist doctrine to a whole new level with its Fundawear range where you too can also set off a ‘charge’ in someone’s (or your own) underwear.

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    • 15 APR 13

    Leszczynski: FCC, IEEE and ICNIRP should tighten safety standards

    HELSINKI, Finland, April 9, 2013 – Current safety standards for the radiation emissions from cell phones are old. FCC standard is from 1996 and ICNIRP from 1998. Since that time, a large number of research studies have been published, some of which pointed towards the possible health risk of exposures to cell phone radiation.

    In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer invited 30 experts to evaluate scientific evidence concerning the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation.

    As a result of nearly 2 weeks of deliberations, IARC experts voted to classify the cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen, a class 2B carcinogen. In everyday language it means that although we do not have ultimate proof that cell phone radiation is carcinogenic, we have enough scientific evidence to suspect such possibility and be cautious when using these devices.

    The classification of cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen came as a great surprise to the scientific community and to the industry alike. Those who disagreed, called the classification flawed and a variety of second-hand “spin” stories were published in the news media denouncing the classification.

    Saying that the IARC classification is flawed is incorrect for the following reasons:

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    • 30 MAR 13

    Two Reports on FCC RF Safety Proceedings

    From the EMR Policy Institute, http://www.EMRPolicy.org

    For Distribution –

    March 29, 2013 – FCC Releases the first report and order, further notice of proposed rulemaking, and notice of inquiry adopted March 27 and released today in ET dockets 13-84 and 03-137 found at:

    From Louis Slesin at Microwave News:

    Late today, the FCC issued a package of rules and information requests
    related to RF health and safety. The document is long and complex.
    Learn more about it in our latest Short Take:

    From Paul Kirby at TR Daily:

    The FCC this afternoon released its long-awaited item opening a proceeding to explore whether it should modify its radio frequency exposure standards. The review will be the first time the FCC has considered whether to reexamine its RF standards since they were adopted in 1996.


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    • 08 MAR 13

    Top Liability Expert A. M. Best Identifies Radofrequency Radiation as a risk for insurers

    Top Liability Expert A. M. Best Identifies Radofrequency Radiation with Emerging Technologies That “Pose Significant Risks with Possible Long-Tail Losses”

    Radiofrequency Radiation heads A.M. Best list that includes Cyber Risk, Fracking, and Nanotechnology.

    Why take note of A.M. Best’s opinion? From its website www.ambest.com :

    The largest and longest-established company devoted to issuing in-depth reports and financial strength ratings about insurance organizations.
    Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is a full-service credit rating organization dedicated to serving the insurance industry. Policyholders refer to Best’s ratings and analysis as a means of assessing the financial strength and creditworthiness of risk-bearing entities and investment vehicles.
    From A.M. Best’s February 14, 2013 Best’s Briefing –
    An exposure which may present only insignificant insured losses at present, may bring future unprecedented losses . . .

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    • 19 FEB 13

    SPECIAL REPORT: Cellphone use may soon be allowed on U.S. flights

    Cellphone use on planes could become reality

    KTVU, Feb 17, 2013

    OAKLAND, Calif. – A new change to the ban against using a cellphone when flying could be coming soon, but there are some emerging controversies over cellphone use on planes, including a possible health risk.

    Some European and Middle East airlines now allow personal cellphone use while flying outside United States airspace. Onboard equipment solves navigation interference problems, but in the United States the Federal Aviation Administration requires passengers to turn off their cellphone for take-off and landing, only allowing for airplane mode at altitude. Regulators are poised to allow regular, in-flight cellphone use on domestic airline flights. This has polarized some experts and passengers.

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    • 17 FEB 13

    Genetic Roulette: An important documentary on genetic modified foods

    Narrated by Lisa Oz
    A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology

    Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

    When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

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    • 20 DEC 12

    Off topic but a truly inspiring upcoming documentary: Landfill Harmonic

    Imagine the disconnected life for young people living in a slum built on a landfill site in Paraguay with no smart phones or other wi-fi gadgetry to occupy their time. Or perhaps it is us who have become disconnected from creativity?

    Keep watch out for Landfill Harmonic, an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians who live in a landfill slum play instruments made from trash. To view the trailer of the film, please visit…

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    • 18 NOV 12

    Microsoft Canada’s former president compares wireless to tobacco, urges one million Canadians to demand stricter safety standards

    From Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada:

    Introducing Citizens For Safe Technology (C4ST)

    As many of you are aware, I have been investing my time understanding the potential health effects associated with electromagnetic radiation. Issues such as emissions from cell towers, Wi-Fi in schools and smart meters. I have spoken to several experts, read numerous studies, attended presentations by Health Canada and Industry Canada and become involved in situations in Oakville, Grand Bend, Barrie and Uxbridge. I have concluded that Health Canada’s methods are out of date and safety limits are too weak to protect Canadians.

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    • 31 OCT 12

    Book Review: Seeds of Deception By Jeffrey M. Smith

    When eminent scientist Arpad Pusztai went public about his accidental discovery that genetically modified (GM) potatoes severely damage the immune system and organs of rats, he was suspended from the prestigious Scottish research institute where he had worked for thirty-five years. He was silenced with threats of a lawsuit while the Institute denied or distorted his findings.

    In the ensuing war over public opinion, biotech advocates tried to spin the science in favor of GM foods, but were thwarted at each attempt by leaked documents and compelling evidence. Pusztai, who describes this chapter as “the most thorough and accurate report on the topic,” was ultimately vindicated when his potato study was published in the Lancet. His remains the only independent safety assessment in a peer-reviewed journal.

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    • 26 OCT 12

    Raytheon, Boeing and the US Airforce’s flying microwave oven – guaranteed to cook your microchips

    The missile launched from the wing pylon of a B-52 heavy bomber and streaked over the desert of western Utah. At pre-set coordinates, a microwave emitter installed in the winged, jet-propelled cruise missile blasted a target building. But there was no big bang, no billowing clouds of dust and debris. Instead, the building was struck with disruptive, high-frequency microwaves. The goal of the test on the morning of Oct. 16 was “to render … electronic and data systems useless,” according to Boeing, the lead contractor for the three-year, $40-million Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, initiated in 2009.

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    • 18 SEP 12

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Corporate interests to usurp national sovereignty

    From Avaaz.org:

    *The deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is a pact that the United States is negotiating with 8 other countries including Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Labelled as a “free trade” agreement, much of it is written to protect investors from government regulation, even if that regulation is passed in the public interest. You can read more about it here: https://en.avaaz.org/760/tpp-secret-talks-free-trade-agreement


    Right now, behind closed doors, bureaucrats backed by corporate interests are putting together a new free trade agreement that would slap regulations on everything from our internet to land usage to health and environmental regulations.

    The specifics of the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), are largely unknown thanks to the veil of secrecy surrounding the negotiations. But details on what is being called the biggest free trade pact since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) are leaking – and a people-powered movement is stepping up to challenge it.

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    • 24 AUG 12

    Another dismissive RF review by Anders Ahlbom and Co. backs ICNIRP RF guidelines

    Anders Ahlbom, former consultant to the tobacco industry and a director of Gunnar Ahlbom AB, a telecom PR firm specializing in environmental and energy regulations (which resulted in Ahlbom being kicked off the IARC panel for this huge and undeclared conflict of interest) -Also see this link- is lead author of a new report that

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    • 14 AUG 12

    Study Finds Chemotherapy Makes Cancer Far Worse

    Woops! Study Accidentally Finds Chemotherapy Makes Cancer Far Worse Anthony Gucciardi NaturalSociety August 6, 2012 http://naturalsociety.com/chemotherapy-makes-cancer-far-worse/ A team of researchers looking into why cancer cells are so resilient accidentally stumbled upon a far more important discovery. While conducting their research, the team discovered that chemotherapy actually heavily damages healthy cells and subsequently triggers them to

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    • 11 AUG 12

    The knight who said no: health hazards in the workplace

    The knight who said no. Annie Thébaud-Mony refused France’s top honor Credit: Annie Thébaud-Mony http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/08/french-researcher-snubs-high-sta.html A French public health researcher and advocate has refused to accept one of the highest honors bestowed by the French government to protest what she says is a lax attitude toward health hazards in the workplace. Annie Thébaud-Mony, a semiretired

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