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EMF Studies

17 January 2017

« I Do Not Want to Have to Move Again » : Testimony of Electrosensitivy from Switzerland

Bea Schoch cannot tolerate electromagnetic fields of
high-frequency radiation such as mobile phones or
Wi-Fi.  Image:  Moritz Hager
« I do not want to have to move again »
by Rahel Urech, zsz.ch, 12 January2017 (Google translate with grammatical corrections)

Bea Schoch is electrosensitive and cannot sleep near mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Now a committee wants to build an antenna for faster Internet near her place of residence. Bea Schoch is desperate.

Bea Schoch's house stands alone in the midst of meadows on the Wädenswiler mountain. Bea Schoch feels quite alone at the moment. In the immediate vicinity of her place of residence, at the Schulhaus Langrüti, a committee wants to set up a mobile phone antenna near the well-known songwriter Andrew Bond. This is to create long-range Wi-Fi and accelerate the slow Internet connection of 5 Megabites per second on the Wädenswiler mountain. The Committee has been fighting for fast Internet for five years.

Long history of suffering

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population: Student Research Project

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population
sfn.afcarl.de, January 2017

A student research project at the Schülerforschungszentrum Nordhessen in Kassel

GreenTec Awards 2017

With 24% of all votes in our category, we managed to win the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award of the 2017 GreenTec Awards.  Thanks a lot for your support!

What We Are About

For many years beekeepers have been noticing a steady loss of bee population. This phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It has many causes, too many to list, yet the main reasons for the death of the bees are most likely insecticides and a certain parasite. 

16 January 2017

Where’s Your Phone? A Survey of Where Women Aged 15-40 Carry Their Smartphone and Related Risk Perception: A Survey and Pilot Study


"More than three quarters of participants had carried their phone in a skirt or trouser pocket, which places the phone adjacent to the skin of the lower abdomen or buttock sitting over or near the colon and near reproductive organs, and a quarter of them had carried it tucked into clothing against the breast. Overall, there was not a perception of risk from exposure to RF-EMFs generally..."

Where’s Your Phone? A Survey of Where Women Aged 15-40 Carry Their Smartphone and Related Risk Perception: A Survey and Pilot Study 
Mary Redmayne, plos.org, Published: January 6, 2017

Minnesota: Le Sueur City Council to Remove Electric Meter Resident Says Is Causing Her Pain

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
City to remove electric meter resident says is causing her pain
by Ben Farniok, bfarniok@lesueurnews-herald.com, 9 January 2017

The Le Sueur City Council chose to remove an electricity meter from the home of a woman who claims it is causing her and her daughter pain.

Nancy Halbmaier stepped up to the microphone during the public comment portion of the Jan. 9 meeting and said the city’s new electricity meters were causing her pain. The City Council listened to her pleas and gave staff direction to remove the meter from the outside of her home and send it to be tested.

Halbmaier said the pain originated from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where electromagnetic radiation causes an array of symptoms. Across the country and in Canada, claims of EM-hypersensitivity have sprouted up, with symptoms ranging from nausea to headaches to tinnitus. The existence of the condition has been debated, but it is hard to prove if symptoms are caused by electromagnetic waves or other sources.

Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia


Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 10 January 2017

‘Science & Wireless 2016’ was hosted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on November 22, 2016. Program of the event and links to all presentations are available here.

The event consisted of two parts. The first part, the ‘RF & Alzheimer’s Disease’, focused on the possibility of developing novel medical treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by exposing patients’ brains to RF-EMF. In the second part, the ‘Radiofrequency Guidelines’, were presented a progress report on the development of ICNIRP guidelines for the exposures to RF-EMF and the time-table for the development and implementation of the 5G technology.

The full report is available here: leszczynski-report-from-science-wireless-2016

Here are the summary comments from the Report:

Wearable Biosensors Can Flag Illness, Lyme Disease, Risk for Diabetes; Low Airplane Oxygen

Smart watches and similar portable devices are commonly
used for measuring steps and physiological parameters, but
have not generally been used to detect illness, until now.
Credit:  
© WavebreakMediaMicro / Fotolia
Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen
sciencedaily.com

Date:January 12, 2017

Source:PLOS

Summary:Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes

Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford, publishing January 12th, 2017 in PLOS Biology, indicates that this is possible.

Will a Judge's Failure to Recuse Silence Berkeley's "Right to Know"?

BREAKING NEWS by Susan Foster on Conflict of Interest in the Berkeley’s “right to know”
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 14 January 2017

This is the next in a series of the Guest Blogs on BRHP. The opinions expressed in it are of Susan Foster herself (photo). Publication of these opinions in BRHP does not imply that BRHP automatically agrees with or endorses these opinions. Publication of this, and other Guest Blogs, is an attempt to start an open debate and free exchange of opinions on RF and health.

WILL A JUDGE’S FAILURE TO RECUSE SILENCE BERKELEY’S “RIGHT TO KNOW”?

The long battle over cell phone consumer labels, with a hidden twist of legal super heroes and questions about a Ninth Circuit Court judge’s failure to recuse herself.

A battle over free speech in Berkeley, California has pitted the city of Berkeley against the mighty telecommunications trade group, CTIA – The Wireless Association. Berkeley stands on the First Amendment argument they have a right to inform consumers of certain precautions the FCC already requires in the back of cell phone user’s manuals.

Late Use of Electronic Media and Its Association with Sleep, Depression, and Suicidality among Korean Adolescents

"Our results suggest that adolescents might benefit from the restricted use of electronic media after bedtime in terms of their mood and sleep. Moreover, education regarding media use at night might be helpful in preventing youth suicide."

Late use of electronic media and its association with sleep, depression, and suicidality among Korean adolescents.
Sleep Med. 2016 Aug 23. pii: S1389-9457(16)30114-9. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.06.022. 
[Epub ahead of print]

Seo JH1, Kim JH2, Yang KI3, Hong SB4.

Author information

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
The aim of this study was to investigate the association of adolescents' last electronic media use time with their sleep and mood disturbances, including depression and suicidality. We also examined whether sleep disturbances and duration mediated the relationship between last media use time and mood disturbances.

14 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health (sent via Email to the CHE-EMF working group by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley).  Dr. Moscowitz has included a review paper from 2013 because 5G will employ millimeter wave technology and relatively little biologic or health research has been conducted on millimeter waves.
saferemr.com

State of knowledge on biological effects at 40–60 GHz

Yves Le Dréan, Yonis Soubere Mahamoud, Yann Le Page, Denis Habauzit, Catherine Le Quément, Maxim Zhadobov, Ronan Sauleau. State of knowledge on biological effects at 40–60 GHz. Comptes Rendus Physique, 14(5):402-411. 2013.

Abstract

Millimetre waves correspond to the range of frequencies located between 30 and 300 GHz. Many applications exist and are emerging in this band, including wireless telecommunications, imaging and monitoring systems. In addition, some of these frequencies are used in therapy in Eastern Europe, suggesting that interactions with the human body are possible. This review aims to summarise current knowledge on interactions between millimetre waves and living matter. Several representative examples from the scientific literature are presented. Then, possible mechanisms of interactions between millimetre waves and biological systems are discussed.

Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32

Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32
Levi Felix founded Digital
Detox "to create more mindful,
meaningful, and balanced lives,
both online and off."  
Credit:
Daniel N. Johnson
by Christopher Melejan, The New York Times, 12 January 2017

Levi Felix, who championed the virtues of unplugging from smartphones and other technology and co-founded Digital Detox, which sponsored retreats and camps to help people reconnect in real life, died on Wednesday in Pismo Beach, Calif. He was 32.

Adam S. Poswolsky, a longtime friend who worked as a counselor at one of the camps, confirmed Mr. Felix’s death. He said Mr. Felix had a brain tumor.

Mr. Felix sought to bring balance to people’s lives by disconnecting them for stretches of time from the clutches of their phones and from social media.

He knew the hazards firsthand.

Mr. Felix worked 70-hour weeks for a tech start-up, and his lifestyle became a high-tech cliché of late-night Thai food and sleeping with his laptop under his pillow. In 2008, he was hospitalized after suffering an esophageal tear from exhaustion.