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Aug 1

The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking

Health-Science - international and historical perspectives

"Over 90% of American homes have microwave ovens used for meal preparation. Because microwave ovens are so convenient and energy efficient, as compared to conventional ovens, very few homes or restaurants are without them. In general, people believe that whatever a microwave oven does to foods cooked in it doesn't have any negative effect on either the food or them. Of course, if microwave ovens were really harmful, our government would never allow them on the market, would they? Would they? Regardless of what has been "officially" released concerning microwave ovens, we have personally stopped using ours based on the research facts outlined in this article. . . "

Jul 31

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars': study

CTV News / Steele on Your Side (2015)

According to the European think tank IDATE, over 420 million connected vehicles will be produced by 2018.


"Virtually all "connected cars" on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a U.S. senator said Monday. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity and Internet access available on the vehicles opens up security gaps that could be exploited for malicious purposes.

"The study found these security weaknesses in "nearly 100 percent of cars on the market" and noted that most automobile manufacturers were unaware of or unable to report on past hacking incidents.

"The senator's staff, which collected data from 16 major auto manufacturers, cited earlier studies on some vehicles which showed how hackers can get into the controls of some popular vehicles, causing them to suddenly accelerate, turn, de-activate brakes, activate the horn, control headlights, and modify the speedometer and gas gauge readings.

"The report also noted that many of these connected cars collect data on driving that could be kept in violation of privacy.

"It said that the "alarmingly inconsistent and incomplete state of industry security and privacy practices" raises questions about the need for new U.S. rules from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or other federal agencies.

"Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions," Markey said in a statement.

"Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected."

"The report said the manufacturers appeared to take little or no action following disclosures from researchers in 2013 and 2014 about these vulnerabilities. . . .

Jun 25

Sleepless in America

How Digital Devices Keep Us Up All Night

" . . . The problem? Those electronic devices may be contributing to our sleep-deprived society. Eight-five percent of American adults tell the Better Sleep Council they have trouble sleeping at night. One in ten suffers from more serious chronic insomnia, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Since lack of sleep is linked to obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the CDC declared sleep deprivation a "public health epidemic" in 2014. . .

"So what can you do to boost your chances of getting a good night's rest? . . .

Jun 12

FRAMINGHAM - At a forum Wednesday night, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, former president of Microsoft Canada and other experts warned of the dangers of wireless radiation to children.  

"The panelists told an audience at Plymouth Church that children's brains absorb more radiation than in adults, and research shows that surrounding kids with technology devices is causing harm. Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust, said children today have toys that radiate energy, from the digital "iPotty" to a plastic teething rattle iPhone case. . . .  

"Unlike some environmental problems, like global warming, this is something you can fix tomorrow," Davis said.

"Cities and towns can pass cell phone right-to-know laws that require public postings that tell users of devices how to use them safely, Davis said. . . . .

" . . .children today are gazing into a screen 7 to 11 hours a day, more than any other activity in their life, and one out of seven sets of parents allow their infants and toddlers to have screen time for up to four hours a day. .......She called it the "Magic of the iPad," but said those devices are neurological stimulants and society needs to stop denying the ramifications.  

"Adults may joke they are "so addicted" to their smartphones, yet they give children the same devices and are really psychologically dependent, Steiner-Adair said.  

"They function in our lives like little blankies do for children," she said.

"In children, the devices are causing deficits in language development and their capacity for frustration and self-soothing, she said. . . .

Jun 12

Scientists petition UN for better radiation exposure standards

Cindy Sage, co-author of Bioinitiative Report. (Important links included)

An important article regarding the Paris Appeal and the efforts of industry, in collusion with major organizations like the BC Cancer Society, to block efforts to educate the public and to reduce exposures to RF radiation. Please share widely.

Our cancer institutes have colluded with the industry to downplay the sharp rise in brain tumours and other cancers since the introduction of these technologies, especially in those under age 40. According to Eileen O'Connor of Powerwatch UK, one study has shown over a 700 percent increase in brain tumours in young adults compared to other cancers.

"Do you use a cell phone? Wifi? An iPad? Do you have a 'smart' meter on your home? A baby monitor or DECT (cordless) phone? You should be aware these are all serious health hazards that have been covered up by the multi-billion dollar telecommunications industry. Scientists who have been raising warnings about exposure to microwave frequency radiation (the spectrum used by wireless devices) have been marginalized, and in some cases their careers ruined by telecom corporations. Now they are raising the alarm with the UN and World Health Organization (WHO). "The health effects (of electromagnetic exposure) are now inarguable," said Cindy Sage, co-author of the Bioinitiative Report on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) research. "What we need--now--are biologically-based standards for public health." Tragically, the mainstream media are ignoring this important scientists' petition . . .

Apr 14

Your cellphone is killing you: What people don't want you to know about electromagnetic fields

Dr. Martin Blank - Excerpted from "Overpowered: What Science Tells Us About the Dangers of Cell Phones and Other Wifi-age Devices"

The industry doesn't want to admit it, but the science is becoming clearer: Sustained EMF exposure is dangerous. MARTIN BLANK

" . . . My message is not to abandon gadgets--like most people, I too love and utilize EMF-generating gadgets. Instead, I want you to realize that EMF poses a real risk to living creatures and that industrial and product safety standards must and can be reconsidered. The solutions I suggest are not prohibitive. I recommend that as individuals we adopt the notion of "prudent avoidance," minimizing our personal EMF exposure and maximizing the distance between us and EMF sources when those devices are in use. Just as you use a car with seat belts and air bags to increase the safety of the inherently dangerous activity of driving your car at a relatively high speed, you should consider similar risk-mitigating techniques for your personal EMF exposure.  

"On a broader social level, adoption of the Precautionary Principle in establishing new, biologically based safety standards for EMF exposure for the general public would be, I believe, the best approach. Just as the United States became the first nation in the world to regulate the production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) when science indicated the threat to earth's ozone layer--long before there was definitive proof of such a link--our governments should respond to the significant public health threat of EMF exposure. If EMF levels were regulated just as automobile carbon emissions are regulated, this would force manufacturers to design, create, and sell devices that generate much lower levels of EMF.  

"No one wants to return to the dark ages, but there are smarter and safer ways to approach our relationship--as individuals and across society--with the technology that exposes us to electromagnetic radiation."

Apr 12

"Healthy at 100"

Excerpt from John Robbins' Book Healthy at 110 dealing with electric and magnetic fields in our society

Excerpt from John Robbins' recent Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2006 talk about his new book, "Healthy at 100." This is a book aimed at baby boomers which looks at studies of 4 cultures where people regularly live to 100, and determine what these cultures have in common that is responsible for longevity and good health.

Apr 10

Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. 

A 7 minute talk worth watching. As you do, think about how these "obstacles and barriers" apply to the smart meter problem, cell towers and the proliferation of other wireless infrastructure in our communities.  The government is making it impossible to get information, is refusing to allow input, is lying and misrepresenting, is allowing no choice. If we, as a growing number of concerned citizens, all continue to work together as we have now for many years, we can knock down the obstacles and garner support and active participation. Together, we need to figure out how to do this in effective ways, regardless of governmental bureaucracy, BC Hydro and an uncooperative media.

Mar 24

Wearable Tech: New Expert Study Confirms NY Times Questions

SYS-CON MEDIA - New studies demonstrate that microwave radiation from cellphones and other devices constitutes a (Group 2A) probable human carcinogen

Here is an up-to-the-minute review of where we are now with risk classification. Good article to share with skeptics.

From Environmental Health Trust

"TETON VILLAGE, Wyo., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wearable technology is raising health concerns worldwide. A recent New York Times article by Nick Bilton is raising important and unanswered questions about the safety of wearable tech, according to the non-profit research group, Environmental Health Trust (EHT). EHT believes, that in response to the article, several national media outlets such as Slate, Wired, and Medscape rushed to dismiss concerns raised by the NY Times piece and have each failed to report on growing evidence of harms linked with cell phones and other devices.

"EHT President and Founder Dr. Devra Davis notes that, "Wearable tech has never been tested for safety. Period. No one can say it is safe, because there have been no long-term studies into the health effects of these devices. Quite to the contrary, wireless wearables operate with the same microwave radiation as cell phones--that have been tied with many poor health outcomes including cancer. Our new website www.showthefineprint.org includes specific manufacturers' warnings that advise keeping phones away from the body. It makes absolutely no sense to assume that wireless wearables (that are often used in tandem with cellphones) are safe." Davis and other EHT scientists with ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new updated analysis of the increased cancer risks of cell phones. The International Journal of Oncology just published their conclusion that radiofrequency (wireless) radiation from cellphones and other devices constitutes a (Group 2A) probable human carcinogen. Quickly changing technologies and intensive uses of radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) emitting phones pose "a challenge to public health" according to the authors. . . .

Mar 19

The Electromagnetic Assault on Our Brains and Bodies

James Spounias - American Free Press

"Just how bad is electromagnetic pollution to our health and well-being? Don't ask authorities who have their heads in the sand or corporate interests who are aligned with the military-industrial complex.

"The establishment, with few exceptions, dismisses concerns about electromagnetic pollution as paranoia from conspiracy believers. The derisive charge of "tin foil hatted" stems from those who made aluminum foil hats to shield their brains from direct electromagnetic assault. But are those people crazy? Informed Americans know where there's smoke, there's fire.

"As far back as 1972, information appeared in the mainstream press about how the U.S. Navy was testing microwaves on sailors: "Medical reports link rays to cataracts, damage to male reproductive organs, cardiovascular changes and even psychological problems. Except for cataracts, however, the health damage is uncertain and unexplored. The Navy's research project, using human guinea pigs, is intended to find out how dangerous microwaves really are."

"The column noted that the Soviet Union "set a limit 1,000 times smaller than the 10 milliwatts per square centimeter permitted by our own Defense Department," hinting to even the most skeptical reader that microwave radiation posed a serious threat to health. Ironically, our government, unlike our then sworn enemy, the "evil" Soviet Union, cared little about the health of sailors and eventually the rest of us. . . .

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