Sunday, August 17, 2014

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17 August 2014

 
 

Court Allows Expert Testimony in Litigation Alleging Cell Phone-Linked Tumors According to Consumers' Legal Team

A Washington D.C. superior court ruled that five scientific expert witnesses can testify for consumers suffering from brain tumours allegedly caused or promoted by cell phone use Ashcraft & Gerel LLP Morganroth and Morganroth PLLC Lundy Lundy Soileau & South L.L.P. and co-counsel said today.

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg who is presiding over 13 consolidated lawsuits against the telecom industry ruled that experts met the Dyas/Frye legal standards and can offer testimony related to injury causation and health effects. The court held evidentiary hearings in December 2013 and January 2014 and reviewed hundreds of exhibits.
 
 
 
 
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Twenty-nine high-profile lawsuits brought by people whose brain tumors
were caused by their cell phones are finally moving toward trial. Six of
these cases were originally filed in 2001 and 2002. Many of the
plaintiffs are no longer alive.

On Friday, Judge Frederick H. Weisberg, in the D.C. Superior Court,
admitted the testimony of five expert witness for the plaintiffs, and
the 12- and 13-year-old cases will now move into the discovery phase.
Each of the plaintiffs is asking for more than $100,000,000. There are
46 defendants including Motorola, Nokia, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Cellular
One, Cingular Wireless, SBC Communications, Verizon, Vodafone, the
Telecommunications Industry Association, the IEEE, ANSI, the CTIA, and
the FCC. The plaintiffs are represented by Jeffrey B. Morganroth of
Morganroth & Morganroth, a law firm in Birmingham, Michigan.

For over a decade the industry and the plaintiffs have played tug-of-war
with the oldest cases, sending them back and forth between federal and
state courts, and fighting over whether the plaintiff's claims were
preempted by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

In 2009 the D.C. Court of Appeals, in Murray v. Motorola (982 A. 2d
764), ruled that the telecommunications companies could not be sued over
brain tumors caused by cell phones manufactured after 1996. But since
all of these plaintiffs had used pre-1996 phones, their lawsuits were
allowed to go forward. They were also allowed to go forward on their
claims that the defendants made false and misleading statements and
failed to disclose information about the dangers of cell phones.  These
claims were brought under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

In December 2013 and January 2014, testimony was heard from:

DR. SHIRA KRAMER, a Maryland epidemiologist;

DR. MICHAEL KUNDI, professor of epidemiology and occupational health at
the Medical University of Vienna;

DR. VINI KHURANA, a neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at the
Australian National University in Canberra;

DR. IGOR BELYAEV, head research scientist at the Cancer Research
institute at the Slovak Academy of Science in Bratislava, Slovakia;

DR. WILHELM MOSGOELLER, professor and medical doctor at the University
of Vienna Medical School's Institute for Cancer Research;

DR. DIMITRIS PANAGAPOULOUS, founder of the Radiation Biophysics
Laboratory at the University of Athens;

DR. ABRAHAM LIBOFF, professor emeritus of physics at Oakland University
in Rochester, Michigan; and

DR. LAURA PLUNKETT, pharmacologist and toxicologist in Houston.

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the testimony of Drs. Kramer, Khurana, and
Panagopoulos was disallowed. But the testimony of Drs. Kundi, Belyaev,
Mosgoeller, Liboff, and Plunkett was admitted. They will testify at
trial about "general causation," i.e. that cell phones can cause brain
tumors.

The lawsuits now move into the discovery phase, in which each side is
compelled to produce documents and answer questions. This is the first
time that the industry has had to turn over data. There will then be a
fight over the admission of the testimony of witnesses on "specific
causation," i.e. doctors and others who will testify that these specific
cell phones caused these specific tumors.

Friday's decision by Judge Weisberg allowed 13 of the cases, which have
been consolidated in one action, to go forward.  The other 16 cases are
being tried separately, but the parties in those cases agreed to be
bound by Friday's decision. 

In allowing the experts to testify, Judge Weisberg wrote:

"Federal law is the supreme law of the land, but there is no
constitutional provision that says federal facts are the supreme facts
of the land. Federal law can preempt state law, but it cannot preempt
scientific fact. The scientific truth, whatever it may be, lies outside
of the FCC's regulations about what is "safe" or "unsafe."

Arthur Firstenberg

Cellular Phone Task Force
info@cellphonetaskforce.org
 
 
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European Parliament Written Declaration
 
MCS / EHS recognized
 
 
Catherine
 
 
 
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Invitation for MDs to attend EMF Health Symposium
 
Friday September 12, Toronto, Ontario.
 
 
C4ST
 
 
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Neighbours want to prevent research on Electrosenstiivity in residential neighbourhood

Dr. Magda Havas needs help to keep doing research in a clean environment to help people who have EHS.

The linked article appeared in the Peterborough Examiner and is called "Neighbours battle plan for lab in basement of researcher's house."

People can vote on this issue so the more people who go on the site the better.  Here is the link.  


Voting in anonymous and open to anyone.

The Examiner put this Poll on their site and it opens it up to a wider audience than the immediate neighbourhood.  

 
 
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Calming Behavior in Children with Autism and ADHD

I've just posted "Calming Behavior in Children with Autism and ADHD: The Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)-Lowering Protocol (That Has No Cost or Side Effects)."

http://bit.ly/1n4hmE3

The paper features Toril Jelter, MD, a Bay Area pediatrician who has offered this two-week protocol to families and seen significant changes in children's behavior; UK biologist Andrew Goldsworthy; software designer Peter Sullivan, whose two sons displayed symptoms of autism as toddlers, and now, as teenagers, do not display autistic behaviors; and BioInitiative Co-editor Cindy Sage, who offers advice to parents for reducing EMR exposure.

Also, as a project of the EMR Policy Institute, I recently posted a list of cell tower fires and collapses.

http://bit.ly/1uPIIaA

This list was compiled by Dr. David Stupin, retired physicist from the Los Alamos National Lab. It was used to help defeat the permit of a proposed cell tower at a gas station in Santa Fe, NM.

Please share these remarkable reports with concerned citizens everywhere.

Thanks for your participation,

Katie Singer

www.electronicsilentspring.com


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SaskPower CEO and president Robert Watson responds to concerns over how smart meter removal will be paid,
 
 
 
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However, smart meters have been linked to 23 incidents reported to Ontario's Fire Marshal from 2011 to 2013.

"I can tell you 10 of those were smart meter failures attributed to internal faults, and 13 were small fires attributed to high-resistance heating," said spokeswoman Carol Gravelle.

 
 
 
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Smart meter fire fears reach Ontario
 
 
 
 
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Ontario Fire Meters
 
"The Ontario Energy Board said Thursday that nearly HALF of the 77 electricity distributors in Ontario 
have installed smart meters made by North Carolina-based SENSUS, 
a company whose equipment has been linked to nine fires in Saskatchewan."
http://www.am980.ca/2014/08/08/london-hydro-calms-smart-meter-safety-concerns/


Brands of Smart Meters Used in Ontario (scroll down)
 
 
 
Ontario does use the GE I-220 meter, the same one used in California,

in Guelph Ontario!  see all the updates here :
 
Smart Meters used in Ontario
 
GotEMF
 
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"They complain about doubling and even tripling the usual amount of the bill," said Marie-Michelle Poisson of Refusons les compteurs, part of a growing movement refusing to make the switch to smart meters.  

Unlike the old meters, she says the digital meters are unreadable so customers can't monitor their energy consumption and compare it to their bills.

 
 
 
 
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Washington Lawyer Harmed by Smart Meter
Sleeps in trailer to avoid the adverse effects of microwave radiation.
 
Klaus,
EMF-Omega-News
 
 
 
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Swedish Neuroscientist Olle Johannson Warns Arizona s Health Authorities About Smart Meter *Poisonous Snake*
He blasts those who dismiss scientific research showing harm from wireless technologies, saying essentially that it only takes one poisonous snake to bite you, and there are thousands of studies now showing changes in biology- many harmful- from microwave radiation exposures- even at a relatively small dose.  That makes the ubiquitous and high powered wireless pulses from smart meters particularly worrying.  Johansson says:
 
 
 
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Smart Meter
Emissions and the Antenna Effect

An RF engineer's technical report confirms that smart meters cause an antenna effect when connected to electrical distribution systems, resulting in RF exposures that are significantly higher than those reported in isolated laboratory testing

http://www.emfacts.com/2014/06/smart-meter-emissions-and-the-antenna-effect/

Jean
 
 
 
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Not only can the smart meters be attacked, but the servers at the utility that controls the smart meters can also serve as an attack vector.
 
 
 
 
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War on the phone masts

A mobile phone company has been banned from erecting a mast because of health fears.

The decision is the first of its kind by Government planning inspectors.

They rejected an application by Orange to erect a 30ft mast in a residential area because of the 'serious harm' it could cause to those living nearby.

 
Colin
 
 
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Recall of Security System Smoke Detectors Affected by Radio Frequencies
 

Hazard identified

Radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to become non-responsive to smoke.

Number sold

There were about 13,000 products sold in Canada, and about 141,000 units sold in the United States.

Time period sold

These products were sold to professional fire and security contractors and installers from March 2013 to February 2014.


Barb
 
 
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Scientific Misconduct
 
This particular case did not involved EMF research but it does seem to parallell EMF industry research.
 
 
 
 
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EHS Documentary
 
My name is Gemma Barendse and I work as a research assistant for filmmaker Marie Lidén in Glasgow.

We're working on a documentary and a webplatform about electrosensitivity. We would like to get in contact with people who are electrosensitive and would like to share their experiences. We're also interested in hearing from journalists, activists and researchers.

If this is something you'd be interested in, please contact me at gemmabarendse@gmail.com
 
All the best and thank you,

Gemma

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

WEEP News / Germany - Important Court Victory for EHS victim / Smart meters time bomb / Apple Carcinogenic Keyboard and mouse / Healing is Voltage / Neurophysiologic Effects / crisis in mental health

 

 
W.E.E.P. News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

24 July 2014

 
 
 
Germany - Important Court Victory for Electro Hyper Sensitivity Victim

EHS of a former German Army Radar-mechanic acknowledged as occupational disease by the court of appeal for administrative litigation in German state Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holsteinisches Oberverwaltungsgericht)
3 LB 21/11, September 13, 2012

The plaintiff worked for the German army (Bundeswehr) from 1970 to 1992 as a mechanic for Radar systems. While working he was exposed to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Since 1973 the plaintiff suffered from inflammation, infectious diseases and palpitations. From 1976 he also suffered from agitation, sleep disorders, fatigue, lack of concentration and extreme forgetfulness, extreme headaches, disorder of the immune system, food allergies and other allergic symptoms, non-functioning eyesight, sweats, exhaustion until mid 90ies.

The plaintiff was diagnosed with EHS and treated in two clinics in 1993. In 1994 the Federal Republic of Germany as his employer rejected to acknowledge his illness as an occupational disease claiming there is no proof that his symptoms are caused by the exposure. In 1994, the plaintiff was pensioned off.

The plaintiff filed a law-suit against the Federal Republic as his former employer to the court for administrative litigation in Schleswig to get this acknowledgement. He gave the court several reports of experts who examined his or other Radar-Mechanics conditions. As the court granted the plaintiff´s suit the defendant filed an appeal to the higher court, arguing that committees and experts- the WHO, the ICNIRP and the German committee for the protection of radiation (Strahlenschutzkommission – SSK) are of the opinion that EMF-exposure below standards does not cause any physical harm.

The plaintiff sent the court Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Karl Hecht´s study from 2001 on „Effects of EMF" as well as a report by medicine physicist Dr. rer nat Lebrecht von Klitzing on the biological effects of pulsed high frequency waves below standards as well as a synopsis by Prof. Hecht from 2005 that explained that the majority of personnel exposed to radiation suffered from the symptoms of what is called the „microwave syndrom". The court appointed another expert who reported in 2005 and 2006 that the plaintiff´s symptoms are not caused by ionizing or non-ionizing radiation or a combination of both. After hearing several other expert witnesses – among them Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Hecht and Dr. rer. nat. Lebrecht von Klitzing – the court appointed another expert and – after another hearing – obliged the defendant to acknowledge the plaintiffs request in a verdict from August 20th, 2008.

On appeal, the highest federal court in administrative matters (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) declared that the decision violated federal law as the court had not taken enough efforts to research the facts. The court of appeal than appointed a third expert who stated that it was possible to proof the causation of the plaintiff´s exposure and his disease. The court ruled again in favor of the plaintiff and also ruled that another appeal is not permitted. The defendant´s complaint against this to the highest federal court was not successful. In consequence, the acknowledgement is now legally binding.

 

Note that the Court rejected the Gov expert opinion including the reliance on ICNIRP & the WHO and their claim that... there is no proof of biological harms and instead accepted Prof. Hecht and Prof. Von-Klitzing testimony.

N.B. Just note the big legal difference between Germany (EHS = occupational disease) and Sweden (EHS = functional impairment [with it's symptoms classified as an occupationally-related symptom-based diagnosis (code ICD-10) by the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2000. DIVS: 2000:839; ISBN: 92-893-0559-2 http://www.nordclass.uu.se/verksam/yrke_s.htm]).

Olle

The EHS debate has now evolved into a different league and EHS has been accepted as an 'occupational disease' at the highest court of appeal in Germany.   

Dr Von Klitzing's protocol for diagnosing EHS is based on cardiac rhythm disturbance and micro circulation as being key indicators of EHS.
 
Sarah
 
 
 
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Smart meters are a "time bomb" for utilities, warns insurance expert
 

For instance, a Puerto Rican utility estimates it lost $400 million in one year after criminals hacked into smart meters to under-report electricity usage. A report from the University of Cambridge confirmed that smart meters raised "several serious security issues" such as:

·      Manipulated meter readings

·      Misuse of private customer data

·      Power outages from a cyber attack

 

And that article has a link in it to:
 

Smart Meters Pose New Risks for Energy Industry

 
"The risk is being underestimated outside of the industry," Oehler said.
 

Barb

 
 
 
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For Sale - Apple Carcinogenic Keyboard
 

"Original Apple Wireless Keyboard (UK) - WARNING: Class 2B Carcinogen" http://r.ebay.com/MoQeki

 
For sale is my once liked and now hated RF/microwave-emitting Apple keyboard (I have switched to a wired alternative).

According to the WHO, the radiation given off by wireless gadgets like these are categorised as a Class 2B carcinogen (since May 2011).  This means that they can potentially cause significant harm to you and your loved ones.

If in doubt, take a look at this study by Conrado Avendaño which showed that the use of a wireless laptop connected through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation.  http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(11)02678-1/abstract.

Also see Prof Martin Pall's presentation on how wireless radiation causes voltage-gated calcium channels to leak, causing oxidative stress and free-radical production - leading to cancer. (http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/internationally-acclaimed-biochemist-calls-for-action-against-smart-meters-wifi-in-schools-baby-monitors/)

You could read the Ecolog Institute's (covered up) study into wireless harm (funded by T-Mobile) which showed wireless radiation causes "clear damage to hereditary [DNA] material". http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/papers/ecolog2000.pdf

Whilst this keyboard connects via Bluetooth, the frequency used is almost exactly the same as WiFi.

BE WARNED.  Whilst this device is in full working order and very clean condition, I do NOT recommend using it for anything other than an expensive ornament, door stop or fly swat.

Also see my wireless mouse advert here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271552319997

(I'll be selling my old iPad soon if you're in the market for a shiny chopping board)
 
 
 

Item 2:

"Apple Wireless 'Magic' Mouse - WARNING: Class 2B Carcinogen"  

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271552319997

 

 

Barb
 
 
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Book - Healing is Voltage
 
 
 
 
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Neurophysiologic Effects of Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation


A classic paper published in 1979 by W. Ross Adey, M.D., one of the pioneers in microwave radiation health effects research.

We knew long before the FCC and ICNIRP adopted thermal-based regulatory standards that non-thermal microwave radiation had significant effects on the brain. The EPA and other agencies also knew this but governments chose to ignore this research.

 
 
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Colleges face up to crisis in mental health

The country's third level counsellors' association says its members are encountering a "tsunami of students presenting with mental health problems", at NUI Galway and GMIT.
 
 
 
 
In the past SIX months alone there have been 33 suicides at one college in the west

GALWAY residents took to the streets on Sunday to protest at what they claim is the Government's inaction over an 'epidemic' of suicides.

He also revealed the astonishing statistic that there have been 33 suicides among the students and teaching population in a six-month period – from December of last up to May 31 – in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. Martin Weatherall Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    If you research the adverse 'health effects of microwave radiation', you will see that neurological changes to the brain have been known about for over 35 years.

    University students are bathed in microwave radiation 24 hours a day from Wi Fi, cordless telephones, cell phones, I Pads, antennas and other wireless devices. Microwave radiation is affecting the normal thinking process. Depression and suicide are two of the well known and well researched effects of microwave exposure.

    A 'crisis of suicide and depression in universities' has also been reported in North American universities.

    This information about the brain being affected, was available in 1979 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1807758/pdf/bullnyacadmed00125-0115.pdf

    More strong scientific information is available at http://www.bioinitiative.org

 
 
 
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EMF Summit Shares Cases of The Effects of EMF Radiation
 
Longevity Rescuer Alison Heath tackles the distressing amount of false information given to us regarding EMF Radiation in her latest video. Her term for this is "junk science" – inaccurate studies and half-truths given to the consumers by the industry.
 
 
Sylvie
 
 
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Canadian utility SaskPower has halted its smart meter rollout as it investigates recent fires associated with the meters.
 
"The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority and is non-negotiable. We take each instance very seriously and, as such, are investigating fully," the blog says. "It's important to note that in all cases, the problem has been contained to the location of the meter."
 
 
 
 
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"Smart Meters" & EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time
 
 
 
 
 

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