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Jun 25
2015

Parliamentary report calls for action on Wi-Fi

CMAJ - Medical knowledge that matters

" . . . Dr. Anthony Miller, a University of Toronto professor emeritus who served as scientific secretary on a scientific review completed in May 2011 by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which concluded that cellphones and other wireless devices such as cordless phones and Wi-Fi transmitters are possibly -- although not probably -- carcinogenic said he was "very pleased with the outcome," of the committee review. .

"It will be interesting to see if Health Canada does anything," added Miller, who argued while testifying before the committee that new research overlooked by Health Canada "reinforces the evidence that radio frequency fields are not just a possible human carcinogen, but a probable human carcinogen."  

"Health Canada spokesman André Gagnon said "the Department thanks the committee members for their work and is currently reviewing the report. The Government of Canada will respond to the Committee's report in due course."

HESA report of the Standing Committee on Health June 17, 2015




Jun 25
2015

Electrosmog Awareness - 2-sided Handout

Links, FAQ, updates, ElectroSENSITIVITY reported symptoms

This is a generic double-sided card that can be distributed as needed.

They can be handed out as is, but there is a small white space to write shareable personal contact information (e-mail or phone number) if desired/useful.




Jun 21
2015

Letter from Frank Clegg of C4ST to Vancouver Sun

RE article: Parliamentary Report Warns Cell Phones, Wi-Fi a Serious Health Issue. June 19, 2015

"I would like to call your attention to the falsehoods, errors and omissions published in the above article. Segments of your coverage were correct in reporting that Canada's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health (HESA) has carefully examined the science showing cell phones, Wi-Fi and other wireless devices are potentially harmful. Critical apects of your coverage are blatantly wrong. . . .

"Canada's Health Committee exhaustively studied this issue. The investigation was introduced by Dr. Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP from Vancouver Centre who is also a physician. The scientific evidence was so convincing that the Report was unanimously supported by all Parties on the Committee in a rare non partisan decision.

"Your story did not mention this phenomenon. It quoted none of the Members of Parliament who examined the evidence, and none of the scientists who provided it. It appears that instead you sought out a wireless industry microwave researcher, who contradicted her research sponsor's health warnings, and gave your readers a dangerously false impression about the safety of their wireless devices. Such disservice to your readership is extraordinary.

"C4ST is a national organization concerned with correcting the outdated microwave thresholds of Canada's Safety Code 6 and bringing them into the 21st Century. We appreciate that you paid attention to this story, but in future we expect a more professional approach to the facts.  

"We believe it is your responsiblity to review the testimony that the Parliamentary Committee heard, investigate all the evidence that is available and provide a truly balanced representation of the facts."




Jun 20
2015

TIME SENSITIVE: Commonwealth Club - Children's Health Expert Forum San Francisco

Risks from Cell Phones & Wireless Technologies, Monday 6/22 at 11:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks with a special focus on risks to children and other vulnerable populations will be held at the Commonwealth Club of California on Monday, June 22nd, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust, leading U.S. advocacy, research and policy organizations, the program will be of interest to parents, teachers, schools and government officials and policymakers. It will feature scientists, physicians, a psychiatrist and public health experts, including EMF experts visiting from the U.K., Turkey and Australia. . . .




Jun 12
2015

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
2015

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 . . .




Jun 9
2015

Published on Jun 11, 2015

This extract from S6 E143 of TV show Dr. Oz discusses the potential harmful effects of cell phone radiation in kids in this segment subtitled Dr. Oz Alert - Why Cell Phones Could Cause Cancer in Kids







May 21
2015

Is Wi-Fi Making You Sick?

Wireless technology has mad elife easier, but there could be a downside. CBS New York


Video Clip

The Wi-Fi Alliance refused to comment: The Wi-Fi Alliance owns and controls the "Wi-Fi Certified" logo, a registered trademark. They are making billions of dollars off this unregulated technology that has never been tested for safety.




May 18
2015

Is Wi-Fi making your child ill? (UK)

Canadian media have responded to wireless industry directives to remove this article from circulation

Places in Canada where the article has been removed. There is a concerted effort to stifle this article.

Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Province
Canada.com
Montreal Gazette
Edmonton Journal
Ottawa Citizen
Windsor Star
Leader-Post





May 14
2015

Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues

View from Trent - Magda Havas

"Imagine a world identical to our own with one exception everyone is deaf. There is no radio and television remains at the level of the silent movie. Telephone communication is visual but beyond that the world is very much like our own.

"What would such a world be like?

 "It would probably be very noisy, since there would be no need for noise control and no regulations to limit noise. Car engines would still roar, perhaps louder than they do now, tires would squeal, birds would sing, and thunder would rumble across the sky but we would not be able to hear any of this.

"Now, imagine that some people in this world can hear. They don't realize they are any different except in a few subtle ways. They can predict the coming of storms. They claim to "hear" thunder at a distance. They have difficulty sleeping. In the middle of the night they hear roaring engines, squealing tires, horns blaring and other things that are silent to the rest of us. Because of their poor sleep, they are tired during the day. They become anxious and worried. The noise frightens them but only they can hear it so they begin to question their sanity. . . .

"Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has not yet been accepted by our medical professionals. Just like chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical hypersensitivity, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) it will take some time and many complaining patients before that changes. In the meantime, those suffering need to reduce their exposure to radio frequency radiation not a simple thing to do in our highly technical society . . .

 "Our government can play a vital role. . .




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