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EMF Studies

23 August 2017

Can Wireless Devices Affect Your Health?

Photo credit Matthew Kane on Unsplash.com
"This is clearly an area where the scientists alone cannot help protect public health. The rest of the society needs to get involved in the discussion and take the best possible action to ensure health and wellbeing of the public, particularly the more vulnerable children."

Can Wireless Devices Affect Your Health?
by Dr. Priyanka (Pri) Bandara
Researcher/consultant/educator - environmental health, linkedin.com,
19 August 2017

There is an intense scientific debate about the health risks of currently permitted wireless radiation. Technically speaking, we are talking about low-intensity microwave/radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (MW/RF-EMR). Your mobile/cordless phone, WiFi-enabled computers and a range of personal wireless devices, including baby monitors and gaming consoles emit microwave RF-EMR exposing you and others around to this invisible environmental pollutant. It is the same man-made microwave EMR that is used in microwave ovens at high intensity to cook food. It has been long claimed by the industry and regulatory bodies (without any safety testing for health effects) that at low intensities, RF-EMR exposure is unlikely to cause any harm if that does not cause tissue heating. However, we now have irrefutable scientific evidence showing a range of biological effects and health effects to be associated with everyday typical exposures.

Health authorities have so far responded very poorly to this scientific evidence of biological/health effects. Scientists around the globe are frustrated about this inaction.

UK Condemned Over 'Shocking' Export of Deadly Weedkiller to Poorer Countries

The Swiss headquarters of Syngenta, the agribusiness that
produces thousands of tonnes of a pesticide not authorised 
for use in the EU at an industrial plant in Huddersfield.
Photo:  Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries
by Alice Ross, The Guardian, 22 August 2017

UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world

A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory.

Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007.

But Swiss pesticide manufacturer Syngenta is exporting thousands of tonnes of the substance to other parts of the world from an industrial plant in Huddersfield.

22 August 2017

Is This What You Want Outside Your Bedroom Window?

Is This What You Want Outside Your Bedroom Window?
By Catherine J. Frompovichactivistpost.com, 21 August 2017

5G is creating an environmental nightmare in more ways than technology addicts even can imagine!

Since 5G waves don’t travel very far, innovative ‘cell towers’ of all shapes, types and sizes—including that of a refrigerator size—most likely will be ‘planted’ on a pole of some sort outside most buildings, including your home!

5G cell towers are noisy suckers, too, as they contain fans to keep them cool! Another fire hazard like AMI Smart Meters? Just imagine “whirl, whirl, whirl” all night long outside your bedroom window sending EMF radiation along with that constant droning noise! And you can’t stop it!

More Green Time and Less Screen Time

Here is one physician who surely asks about and talks to his patients about screen time.
"Screen-time, especially among younger people, is an important issue because it can be habit-forming and early overexposure increases the likelihood of overuse in later life."

More Green Time and Less Screen Time
by Dr. Paul Preston, 
wawa-news.com, August 2017

As a family physician, I’m often asked by parents: “How much screen time is too much screen time? Well parents, this summer I want you to think about upping your child’s “green-time” and dropping their “screen-time.”

In fact, if they are younger than 2 years of age, the Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend any screen time at all. If they’re between two and five years of age, then it’s one hour a day. That’s right, one hour.

My work as VP of Clinical with the North East LHIN, includes often meeting with other primary care providers to talk about best practices. Screen-time, especially among younger people, is an important issue because it can be habit-forming and early overexposure increases the likelihood of overuse in later life.

Children Being Increasingly Diagnosed with Hypertension

Image Credit:  Indypendenz / Shutterstock
Are we again ignoring "the elephant in the room?"  How many pediatricians ask parents and children about wireless technology use? 

"Dr. Flynn spoke about the likely cause of this almost two to three fold rise saying that the age groups affected determine the most likely cause of this new trend. He said that while in infants and very young kids the cause is more likely to be diseased kidneys, among older children and teenagers, there may be no apparent cause."

Children being increasingly diagnosed with hypertensionby Dr Ananya Mandal, MD, news-medical.netm, 21 August 2017

According to the latest set of guidelines released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more and more children and adolescents who visit their pediatricians annually for routine health checkups are likely to be diagnosed with abnormal blood pressure making them vulnerable to developing hypertension.

21 August 2017

Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France's Farmers

Marie Le Guelvout at the farm in the Brittany region of
Frence where her brother Jean-Pierre killed himself in
December.  
Credit Pierre Terdjman for The New York Times.
In January 2017, Radio/TV Switzerland  presented a documentary on"Temps Présent" on suicides among Swiss farmers:  in 2016, eight in the canton of Vaud. Unsustainable working conditions, collapsing food prices, stricter production standards, debt... (Documentary in French)

Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France's Farmers
by PAMÉLA ROUGERIE, The New York Times, 20 August 2017

KERLÉGO, France — A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in southern Brittany. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts, depression and worries about his health in middle age became too much to bear.

Just 46, Mr. Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold December day last year. “It was a place that he loved, near the fields that he loved,” explained his sister Marie, who said she was “very close” to him but did not see his suicide coming.

The death of Ms. Le Guelvout’s brother was part of a quiet epidemic of suicide among French farmers with which stoical rural families, the authorities, public health officials and researchers are trying to grapple.

6 Ways that Your Smart Phone May be Impacting Your Health

6 Ways that Your Smart Phone May be Impacting Your Health
by Lily Singhagoodmenproject.com , 
4 August 2017

How can your smart phone empower, rather than erode, your health?

The number of worldwide mobile phone users as reported by Ericsson is predicted to reach 6.1 billion by 2020.

However, just like any other technology even the mobile technology has some drawbacks associated with it which have different ill effects on our mind and body.

6 Ways that your smart phone may be impacting your health:

1. Mobile Phone Can Cause Hearing Impairment-  In a study conducted by the American Academy of Otolaryngology the electromagnetic waves emitted by the phone can lead to hearing loss… not necessarily caused by high volume. It has been suggested that using hands free option or speaker will help protect the ears from the possible damage. It can also reduce the bad impact of intervening sounds when you listen to the phone on your ears.

Why Firefighters Are Pleading With Cell Phone Users About Chargers - The 1 Hidden Danger

Newton NH Fire Department
Why Firefighters Are Pleading With Cell Phone Users About Chargers - The 1 Hidden Danger
by Katie Mooney, lifeaspire.com
2 August 2017

No matter where you are, who you're around, or what time of day it is - chances are, someone nearby is on a cell phone. We use these handy little devices to tweet, surf, text, upload, connect...and yes, sometimes even talk.

Technology has certainly become a standard part of our everyday lives, as we become more and more dependent on it - especially our cell phones and tablets. But unfortunately, as with most things, there are hidden risks that users must be aware of...

The Newton, New Hampshire Fire Department recently created a post on their Facebook page regarding cell phone charging related dangers - and the images are quite alarming and disturbing.

In an attempt to raise awareness, the fire department posted information about charging mobile devices while in bed, and about the potential consequences of doing so.

IoT Security for Healthcare Is in Critical Condition

IoT security for healthcare is in critical condition
by Jon Gold, Senior Writer, Network World, 
3 August 2017

Medical devices lack many features and capabilities that help protect other network-attached devices from attack

IoT security is a headache, a mess and several other flavors of annoying for any enterprise, but in healthcare, it can be literally life and death.

Compromising any connected device has two main consequences – one is to enlist devices into a botnet, like the security camera-capturing Mirai, and the other is to offer a passage deeper into any infrastructure the device is connected to.

But medical IoT poses additional security risks. For one thing, connected records systems and anything that contains personal information are attractive targets for identity thieves – your Social Security number is all over your medical records. Compromising a medical IoT device and pivoting to other targets on the network could result in a breach of these records, researchers have found.

Under certain circumstances, an attacker could exercise direct control over medical equipment, with potentially fatal consequences – witness the infamous hacked insulin pump, which first made headlines all the way back in 2011.

Australia: 5G Phone Network: Expert Concerned by Lack of Understanding of Potential Health Effects

There are concerns about a lack of understanding about
the health effects of 5G
(Picjumbo,com)
5G phone network: Expert concerned by lack of understanding of potential health effects
by Isobel Roe, abc.net.au, 18 August 2017

More research is needed into the potential health effects of new 5G mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.

The high-speed mobile phone network could be operational in Australia from 2020, offering up to 50 times the bandwidth currently available on 4G networks, allowing users to download the equivalent of three television episodes in a second.

Telstra announced last year it would run a world-first test of the technology for visitors to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

International radio frequency expert Professor Dariusz Leszczynski, from the University of Helsinki, told a public lecture at Griffith University in Brisbane on Thursday night there was a concerning lack of understanding about the health effects.

"We know only that this radiation penetrates skin deep," Professor Leszczynski said.

"We don't have the faintest idea how normal-functioning skin will be affected."