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EMF Studies

30 November 2013

The Story Behind the Plan to Retract Gilles-Eric Séralini's Study on Rats Fed GMO and non-GMO Corn Treated with Monsanto's Roundup

Richard E. Goodman
by Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham, PhD, Independent Science News, 20 May 2013

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. On another occasion, Smith was challenged to publish an issue of the BMJ exclusively comprising papers that had failed peer review and see if anybody noticed. He replied, “How do you know I haven’t already done it?”

As Smith’s stories show, journal editors have a lot of power in science – power that provides opportunities for abuse. The life science industry knows this, and has increasingly moved to influence and control science publishing.

Denmark: Citizen Initiative for Protection Against Radiation from Wireless Technologies

This Committee, established by a group of Danes, aims, in cooperation with human rights lawyer Christian Harlang, to clarify whether there is a breach of the Nuremberg Code - including experimentation on humans without informed consent;  whether the United Nations children's convention is violated. (Articles 3, 17, 24, 25 and Article 32);  and establish who is legally liable for the possible consequences of the exposure of the public and any violations of the Conventions.

Committee on Radiation Protection:
A Citizen initiative for protection against radiation from wireless technologies.
www.radiation.dk/en/ (site in English)

The Committee was established by a group of Danes who are concerned about the expedient and uncritical rollout of wireless technology in Denmark. The committee members are acting independently of political views or affiliations.

Paper Tying Rat Cancer to Monsanto Herbicide is Retracted

Rats in Seralini's study, showing tumors.  These rats
were fed GMO corn (J), GMO corn treated with
Roundup (K) or non-GMO corn treated with Roundup (L).

The scientific journal, « Food and Chemical Toxicology », has decided to retract the paper by  Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini that showed that genetically modified corn and Monsanto's herbicide Roundup can cause cancer and premature death in rats.  The new associate editor for biotechnologies of this journal, Richard E. Goodman, is a former employee of Monsanto, where he worked from 1997 to 2004. The following article from The New York Times fails to mention this fact.

Paper Tying Rat Cancer to Herbicide Is Retracted
by Andrew Pollack, The New York Times, 28 November 2013

A food safety journal has decided to retract a paper that seemed to show that genetically modified corn and the herbicide Roundup can cause cancer and premature death in rats.

The editor of the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, said in a letter to the paper’s main author that the study’s results, while not incorrect or fraudulent, were “inconclusive, and therefore do not reach the threshold of publication.”

29 November 2013

Shhh Apple Doesn't Really Want You to Know This About iPads

iPads are not toys but people unknowingly give them to children as if they are. It is important that people are made aware of the fact that an iPad's peak radiation level is much higher than that of a cellphone. iPads should not be placed on the body because of the multiple antennas located inside; nor should they be used for hours because the longer the exposure to radio frequency radiation the more damage that can occur.

Schools throughout the United States and other countries are giving children iPads in classrooms without adhering to these instructions. 

Shhh Apple doesn't really want you to know this about iPads

Center for Safer Wireless, 27 November 2013

Have you read the instructions that came with your iPad? If you haven't, you are not alone. Most people including school administrators and teachers don't read the tiny words that are written on the instruction booklet. Not wanting to sound suspicious - well maybe just a little - but Apple isn't doing its best to provide you with the information you need to use the iPad safely. IPads must be held a certain way or they exceed the FCC regulations. Read the information below that is in the booklet.

From Digital Media to Digital Dementia

A recent article in a Swiss newspaper on e-courses shows
children using laptops on their laps, exposing sensitive
parts of their bodies to electromagnetic radiation.

Experts warn that digital media is detrimental to learning and can cause insomnia, depression, addiction, and many physical illnesses concerning the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system (lack of exercise, incorrect sitting posture), up to dementia.  Switzerland is moving towards providing school children with tablets and organizing courses on digital media for parents, children and educators, with little mention of health risks.

The too frequent use of digital media reduces the mental capacity of our children

by Dr Rudolf Hänsel, qualified psychologist, Lindau/Germany, Current Concerns, no. 46,
5 November 2012 (www.currentconcerns.ch)

Psychiatrist and brain researcher Manfred Spitzer warns parents and educators

The neuroscientist and medical director of the Psychiatric University Hospital Ulm, Professor Manfred Spitzer, met with intense press coverage about his new best-seller “Digitale Demenz. Wie wir uns und unsere Kinder um den Verstand bringen” (Digital dementia. How we drive us and our children mad) and his trenchant theses. Referring to many neurological findings and supplementing new findings Spitzer reinforces in his book previous research of reputable media experts saying that the too frequent use of the Internet can make people dumb. He never denigrated juvenile and adult Internet users however. Reacting to the spiteful attacks by the press, he said in an interview: “I do not pathologize but I state: Where there are effects there are also risks and side effects.”1 However, Spitzer does not just express warnings; he also shows what parents, teachers and politicians can do to protect our youth.

28 November 2013

Treat the Earth and All That Dwell Thereon with Respect

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.

Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.

Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
Let us greet the dawn of a new day
when all can live as one with nature
and peace reigns everywhere.

from the Native Commandments - 
Jasper Saunkeah, Cherokee


27 November 2013

19 Signs You Need to Unplug From Your Smartphone

Text claw
19 Signs You Need To Unplug From Your Smartphone
by Lindsay Holmes, The Huffington Post,
23 November 2013

Are you attached to your digital devices? If the thought of being disconnected makes you sweat, you're not alone. Americans are spending more time than ever with their screens, logging an average of more than five hours per day.

So how do you curb your addiction? Whether you're addicted to Facebook ("That status only got eight likes?!") or you can't stop scrolling during dinner ("Did you see Kim Kardashian's tweet?") there comes a time when you need to take a smartphone sabbatical. Below find the 19 telltale signs you need to unplug.

26 November 2013

Fukushima Fallout Damaged Thyroid Glands of California Babies

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies
by Chris Busby, The Ecologist,
19 November 2013

A new study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

The Fukushima catastrophe has been dismissed as a potential cause of health effects even in Japan, let alone as far away as California.

A new study of the effects of tiny quantities of radioactive fallout from Fukushima on the health of babies born in California shows a significant excess of hypothyroidism caused by the radioactive contamination travelling 5,000 miles across the Pacific. The article will be published next week in the peer-reviewed journal Open Journal of Pediatrics.

Congenital hypothyroidism is a rare but serious condition normally affecting about one child in 2,000, and one that demands clinical intervention - the growth of children suffering from the condition is affected if they are left untreated. All babies born in California are monitored at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels in blood, since high levels indicate hypothyroidism.

Switzerland: Is Wi-Fi in Schools Making Children Sick?

Is Wi-Fi in schools making children sick?
by Hannes von Wyl, 20min.ch, 21 November 2013  (Translated from German by Google and the Editor of this blog)
From 2015, elementary school students will already be working with mobile phones and tablets - over WLAN (Wi-Fi)  connected to the Internet. Critics warn of health problems and even leukemia and tumors.

(Photo: Tablets and mobile phones in the classroom: from 2015/16 this should be the standard. Because the devices can only be connected wirelessly to the Internet, the schools will be equipped with Wi-Fi. According to critics, irradiation from the radio waves results in lack of concentration and more cases of ADHD and cancer.)

According to Curriculum 21, which should be implemented in all German-speaking schools in Switzerland from the school year 2015/2016, children will learn how to use new media technologies in kindergarten and in primary school. Due to the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, not only computers and notebooks, but also "small mobile devices", will be taken into account.

"Children are especially sensitive"

Swiss Re on "Unforeseen Consequences of Electromagnetic Fields"

Excerpt from recent Swiss Re document on the unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields (page 11).  (Swiss Re is one of the world's largest reinsurance companies.)

Swiss Re Sonar – Emerging Risk Insights
July 2013

Unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields
(high risk - more than 10 years)

The ubiquity of electromagnetic fields (EMF) raises concerns about potential implications for human health, in particular with regard to the use of mobile phones, power lines or antennas for broadcasting. Over the last decade, the spread of wireless devices has accelerated enormously. The convergence of mobile phones with computer technology has led to the proliferation of new and emerging technologies.  This development has increased exposure to electromagnetic fields, the health impacts of which remain unknown.

Anxiety over the potential risks related to EMF has risen. Studies are difficult to conduct, since time trend studies are inconsistent due to the still rather recent proliferation of wireless technology. The WHO has classified extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as radition emitted by cell phones, as potentially carcinogenic to humans (Class 2B carcinogen). Furthermore, a recent ruling by an Italian court suggested a link between mobile phone radiation and human health impairment. Overall, however, scientific studies are still inconclusive regarding possible adverse health effects of EMF.

If a direct link between EMF and human health problems were established, it would open doors for new claims and could ultimately lead to large losses under product liability covers. Liability rates would likely rise.

24 November 2013

Interview with the Author of « Big Pharma, An All-powerful Industry that Toys with Our Health »

I am currently reading "Big Pharma", a very revealing book about the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry is toying with our health.  The Nouvel Observateur interviewed the author, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, on the parts of the book about the drug "misinformation" on the Internet and environmental pollution of medications. (The book is not yet available in English.)

"For information on health, the Internet is completely unreliable"
by Anne Crignon , Nouvel Observateur , 29 September 2013 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen publishes "Big Pharma". Interview.

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, 20 July, at his home in Paris, the day he finished "Big Pharma". Born in 1951 of Danish parents, MIKKEL BORCH-JACOBSEN grew up in Strasbourg and studied philosophy in France, where he defended his doctoral thesis before a jury which included Derrida, Levinas and Lacoue-Labarthe. He left for the United States in 1986, where he currently teaches literature at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In "Big Pharma", Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen… has asked a group of Anglo-Saxon authors to refine his study of a milieu that he has been scrutinizing for the past ten years: the pharmaceutical industry.

BibliObs: There is a debate in France. Some believe that we are now in an era of medical misinformation or manipulation by prescribers, scientific knowledge being "in the hands of” drug manufacturers; and those who complain are often perceived as Manichaean accusers. Has medical knowledge been corrupted?

23 November 2013

Texting Becoming a Pain in the Neck

This child is too young to be using
a cell phone!
Youngsters may face a 'healthcare time bomb' of neck and back pain linked to the use of computers, video games and smartphones.

Texting Becoming a Pain in the Neck
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC),
26 February 2013

Dr. Chris Cornett, orthopedic surgeon, spine specialist says excessive leaning head forward and down, while looking at a phone or other mobile device could result in what some people call “text neck.”

Newswise — In today’s technology-thirsty society, it’s rare to not see someone with their head down texting on their cell phone or reading the latest status updates on Facebook.

However, too much texting and tilting your head down can become a pain in the neck for some people. An excessive amount of leaning your head forward and down, while looking at a phone or other mobile device could result in what some people call “text neck.”People get so focused on these devices that they end up holding their neck and upper back in abnormal positions for a long period of time; enough that other people coined the phrase ‘text neck,’ which is essentially referring to postural pain,” said Chris Cornett, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and spine specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

22 November 2013

New Guidelines for Cholesterol Treatments Represent "Huge Change"

One of the reasons behind the new guidelines may be the fact that all but one of the currently approved statins have come off patent, so the cost of the medications has plummeted; a three-month supply can cost as little as $10.  Drug companies thus need to maintain their revenues by other means.  Following this article from Time, there is a partial list of pharmaceutical and other companies which contribute to the American Heart Association.  The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has just published an article entitled, "Majority of panelists on controversial new cholesterol guideline have current or recent ties to drug manufacturers", summary available here.

New Guidelines for Cholesterol Treatments Represent “Huge Change”
by Alice Park @aliceparkny, Time.com, 12 November 2013

New guidelines would double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN wondered on Twitter whether we are “waving the white flag” when it comes to helping Americans avoid heart disease. Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and chief academic officer of Scripps Health, tweeted that the doubling of patients on statins, which can lower cholesterol by up to 50%, was “not good.”

But the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology remained convinced that the 2002 federal recommendations for when to start people on the drugs needed to be updated. About 33% of U. S. adults have high cholesterol, and less than half are receiving proper treatment, despite the fact that elevated cholesterol levels double the risk of heart disease, the number one killer of adults in the U.S.

20 November 2013

Major Swiss Department Store Advertises "Toxic" Tablets for Children from Age 3 in Their Christmas Catalog : Letter to Manor and Their Reply

We have now received a reply from Manor which does not exactly address the points raised in our letter. Swiss law, unlike the Belgian laws to come into effect in March 2014, allows advertising tablets and cell phones to very young children, under 7 years old. We doubt that all parents responsibly read and adhere to the safety instructions in the manuals. We also have some doubts about working conditions in certain factories in China, for example, we are still reading that conditions have not improved that much in some of the factories contracted by Apple. Finally, the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health continues to deny that use of wireless technologies, especially by young children, carries health risks.

Reply from Manor (translated from French by the Editor of this blog.)

Dear Madam,

Your letter dated 6 November 2013 has received our full attention. We would ask you to take note of our position, set out below.

Tablets for children are provided for personalization by parents. It is thus recommended to block certain Internet content, to introduce a time limit on use, etc. Thanks to these different measures which are easy to program, parents can ensure that their children respect their will and safety instructions.

19 November 2013

Using a Tablet Can Cause Toddlers Long-Term Health Problems

Research commissioned by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board suggests youngsters face a 'healthcare time bomb' of neck and back pain linked to the use of computers, video games and smartphones.

New guidelines from the American Academy of Paediatrics state children should not be allowed more than two hours screen time a day. They also say children under the age of two should not spend any time in front of a screen. Finally, the guidelines suggest televisions, tablets and computers should be kept out of children’s rooms.

Using a Tablet Can Cause Toddlers Long-Term Health Problems
by Emma Innes, Daily Mail, 18 November 2013

Toddlers who use tablets or smartphones may develop long-term problems with their hands and fingers, experts warn

When children use touchscreens they are not building up muscles needed for writing - which means they suffer from decreased muscle strength

As touchscreens are new, no one knows what health consequences will be

New guidelines suggest toddlers should not be allowed to use them at all

Parents who let their toddlers play with iPads could be damaging their hands and fingers, an expert has warned.

17 November 2013

French Documentary Reveals How the Mobile Industry Manufactures Doubt

“[Electrosmog] will probably be the next big public health scandal because everyone is exposed. It is important that each user takes precautions to be taught to young people to use these technologies with sense.”

French Documentary Film Reveals How the Mobile Industry Manufactures DoubtPosted by SkyVision Solutions,
12 November 2013

With their documentary “Ondes, Science et Manigances” [or "Waves, Science and Shenanigans (Intrigue)"], the journalist Nancy Meritens and film director Jean Hèches show how the mobile industry creates doubt about harmful radiofrequency waves.

Faced with the construction of a telephone relay antenna in front of their homes and anxious to know if they were at risk for their health, these two people have traveled Europe to understand the environmental issues presented by this technology.

Through interviews with several whistleblowers, including citizens, journalists, and scientists, this film reveals how, like the tobacco industry, the lobby of the mobile phone industry has built a strategy of “product defense” by artificially creating a scientific doubt about the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves.

16 November 2013

Digital Dementia: Guidelines for Educators Regarding Technology Use in School Settings

"Continued use of non-evidenced-based technologies in school settings could be considered an unprecedented experiment of epic proportion, one which may result in pervasive illiteracy in a whole generation of children... Families with technology addictions are already seeking professional help, as soon will be whole schools." 

This article is excellent.

Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school settings
by Cris Rowan, movingtolearn.ca, 10 September 2013

Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social wellbeing, and academic performance, suggesting a cautionary approach toward the use of technology in school settings. As rates of technology addiction soar, children and youth are presenting with problematic behaviours and disorders that are not well understood by health and education professionals. Obesity, developmental delay, sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, aggression, social phobia, and inability to pay attention or learn, are all associated with technology overuse bringing into question “Are the ways in which we are educating and raising children with technology sustainable”? This article will profile recent research on the impact of education technology on attention and learning, review technology evaluation and screening tools, and propose school-based technology guidelines and interventions to achieve Balanced Technology Management in education settings.

Cholesterol Lowering Statins Found to Damage Peripheral Nerves

Extract from Abstract of study published in Journal of Diabetes, June 2013: “Peripheral neuropathy is a serious complication of diabetes and several conditions that may lead to the loss of lower extremity function and even amputations. Since the introduction of statins, their use has increased markedly. Recent reports suggest a role for statins in the development of peripheral neuropathy.”

Cholesterol Lowing Statins Found To Damage Peripheral Nerves
by Sayer Ji, Founder, greenmedinfo.com,
15 November 2012

Have the nerve-damaging properties of statin drugs now been confirmed? There are over 300 adverse health effects associated with the use of this chemical class of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, with myotoxicity (muscle-damaging) and neurotoxicity (nerve-damaging) top on the list. When will the FDA step in and warn the public, as proof of the problem in the biomedical literature reaches an alarming level of clarity?

The neurotoxicity of statin drugs are back in the news. Following on the heels of the FDA decision earlier this year to require statin drugs manufacturers to add "memory loss" as a side effect of this chemical class, a new study in published in the Journal of Diabetes reveals a clear association between statin use and peripheral neuropathy in a US population 40 years of age and older.

07 November 2013

Electrosensitivity Finally Recognized as a Disease?

Electrosensitivity finally recognized as a disease ?
by Philippe Samzun, lanouvellerepublique.fr, 5 November 2013 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog)

Electrosensitive for more than 10 years, a person from the Touraine region has just been acknowledged as a disabled worker. Testimony.

A graphics designer in Tours, Véronika has just been acknowledged as a disabled worker by the Departmental Home for Handicapped Persons (MDPH) because of her electrosensitivity. “A first in Indre-et-Loire and without doubt in the Central Region,” says Emmanual Denis, departmental delegate for the association Robin des Toits.

Aged 56, this person from the Touraine region has been able to avail herself of a medical certificate dating from last April, issued by a physician in Nantes, specialized in professional and environmental pathologies.

An impaired social and professional life

Dr. Dominique Dupas indicates that Véronika “presents a clinical picture wholly characteristic of an idiopathic environmental intolerance to electromagnetic fields.” He adds that this condition, which belongs to the group of medically unexplained diseases, is very disabling for social and professional life. “Patients with this condition present difficulties of access to or keeping a job such that they justify in my view the attribution of handicapped worker,” concludes the physician.

04 November 2013

France: A Zone without Waves for the Electrohypersensitive

The Chartreuse of Durbon, site which could be a future white zone.
Michèle Rivasi is in the center of the photo, in red.
A Space without Waves for the Electrohypersensitive
by Véronique Oury, ledauphine.com, 31 October 2013 (translated from French by the Editor of this blog.)

« Conditions are not completely perfect, but are quite ideal and very favorable for setting up something.” Pierre Le Ruz, President of Criirem (Center for Independent Research and Information on Electromagnetic Radiation), is quite satisfied. Since Tuesday, he has made a number of measurements on the site of Durbon where the Euro-Deputy (Europe Ecology The Greens) Michèle Rivasi wished to establish a white zone destined for electrohypersensitive persons (EHS). “It is a very important project. No white zone exists in France, or even in Europe, while where are more and more EHS persons,” the Euro-Deputy explained yesterday during a press conference to present the project.

« Persons with great suffering »

02 November 2013

United States: Fracking Boom Transforms Rural Communities into Modern Versions of Wild West Mining Towns

Traffic generated by fracking in Watford City, North Dakota
(Photo:  Matthew Staver)
Food & Water Watch, a consumer rights group, studied fracking counties to determine some of the other, more social downsides to inviting gas companies into their backyards.  The group concluded that “the fracking boom has transformed some rural communities into modern versions of Wild West mining towns.”  The downsides include: housing crises, greater reliance on public assistance, traffic jams, truck accidents, alcoholism, and increased crime, sexual assault, and sexually transmitted diseases.

8 More Problems with Fracking (Aside from the Obvious)
by Kevin Mathews, care2.com, 27 September 2013

By now, we’ve all heard about the pitfalls of fracking: it hurts the environment, it ruins the water supply, it damages the health of local residents. Though those reasons should be enough to stop the practice, local communities continue to permit natural gas companies to drill on their land.

01 November 2013

The One-Billion Euro Human Brain Project Relocates to Geneva

Plans to build dedicated premises in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the prestigious Human Brain Project (HBP) have been scrapped, and the research is to be headquartered in an already existing building in Geneva… The HBP brings together over 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world, and in January was awarded one of the European Union’s Flagship grants, worth more than €1 billion ($1.35 billion) over the next ten years. Half of the money will come from the EU, and the rest from the countries to which the research institutions belong as well as from business… The HBP aims to build a working computer model of the human brain by 2023. Once it has mapped the brain, it will simulate drugs and treatments for neurological diseases and related ailments... Some scientists have reservations about the project;  one comments that we do not know enough about brain processes or structures to produce models of this sort.

Neuroscientists count on technology evolution
by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch, 28 October 2013

The Human Brain Project (HBP) – a bold international venture to build a working computer model of the human brain by 2023 – was launched in Lausanne this month amid much pomp. What has to be done in order for the ambitious goals to be met?

With over 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world on board, hundreds of scientists from a myriad of fields more rapidly being recruited and a budget of €1.2 billion (CHF1.2 billion) - half funded by the European Union - the HBP and its research teams are up and running with big ambitions.