Saturday, October 2, 2010

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W.E.E.P. News

Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News

2 October 2010

Letter to the Editor

Peterborough Examiner

September 30, 2010

I just returned from a meeting of the KPR District School Board, where Peterborough's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Rosanna Pellizzari, made a presentation about the "Safety of WiFi in Schools."

Dr. Pellizzari said that anyone can cherry pick results to support their conclusions and this is exactly what she did.

She did state at the beginning of her talk that she was not an expert in this field and then gave opinions that could have been offered only by experts. Experts conduct research and publish on the effects of electromagnetic energy but Dr. Pellizzari hasn't even read the primary research in this field. She based her presentation on a few reports and then "cherry picked" her quotes.

She quoted from a review of WiFi released by the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection (OAHPP) on September 16, 2010. You can read this document and comments about it at:

Of the many "cherry picked" quotes was the amount of radiation coming from a WiFi laptop computer at a distance of 1 meter. I don't know of anyone who sits that far away from a laptop computer. Indeed some people place their computers on their lap and their hands are in contact with the keyboard when they are typing! This would give a much higher reading than one taken 3 feet away!

Dr. Pellizzari correctly stated that the research on WiFi does not support the Bradford-Hill criteria of causation. However, she left the false impression that studies have been conducted and they failed the test. This is false!

There is only ONE study (that I'm aware of) on the biological effects of WiFi and that study reported that donated sperm showed DNA damage and reduced motility when exposed to a WiFi computer. That's it! We have no long-term studies on WiFi and we have no idea how this radiation is going to affect growing bodies.

The closest research is on adults who use cell phones and adults who live near cell phone antennas. These studies show a disturbing increased risk of various tumors after 10 years of cell phone use on the same side of the head to which you hold your cell phone and an increased incidence of cancers and other health effects for those who live within 500 meters of cell towers. If we are basing the effects of WiFi exposure on these studies then we have much to be concerned about!

During her presentation Dr. Pellizzari showed a small video clip of a story on The CBC National about WiFi in schools that aired September 8. The clip was of Beth Pieterson who was speaking on behalf of Health Canada. Had she shown the entire 11-minute segment the KPRD School Board would have been left with a very different impression that would have been contradictory to what Dr. Pellizzari intended, so she "cherry picked" a very small portion of the video to support her views.

The CBC video can be viewed at:

Watch the related segment by Wendy Mesley on cell phones and decide if you think this radiation is harmless.

I was particularly disturbed that Dr. Pellizzari gave the impression that WiFi has been measured in schools and the levels are so low they couldn't possible have any effects.

Most schools with WiFi have not measured the levels of microwave radiation in schools and especially where children sit. Since some schools use industrial strength WiFi, which is much more powerful than the WiFi people have in their homes, I don't think we can be blasé about this exposure.

Indeed, the ONLY statement with which I agree is that Dr. Pellizzari recommended that schools monitor microwave exposure, although she said, "If they can afford to do this."

We cannot afford not to measure exposure!

We are exposing children to microwave radiation that has been shown to induce breaks in DNA, increase membrane permeability of the blood brain barrier, alter the movement of calcium between cells, reduce sperm motility and viability, cause heart irregularities, alter brain wave activity at levels well below our federal guidelines that are based on how much heat can be dissipated by a 6 foot, 180 lb soldier!

Where are the guidelines that protect the growing bodies of children? And, does anyone care about the exposure of teachers?

Dr. Magda Havas, B.Sc. Ph.D.

Environmental & Resource Studies,

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, K9J 7B8

phone:  705 748-1011 x 7882    fax:  705 748-1569 (general) (academic)


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Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the petition: "Moratorium on Wireless Smartmeters in the State of California".

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. We are trying to reach 10000 signatures - please sign here:

Once you have signed, you can help even more by asking your friends and family to sign as well.

Thank you! Sandi

Sandi Maurer

EMF Safety Network


Subject: Washington Post article: FCC changes cellphone safety guidance, October 1, 2010

Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 07:49:39 -0700

The Cellular Telephone and Internet Association meets in San Francisco next week for its annual meeting. It seems likely that FDA changed its guidance recommending consumers purchase low EMF phones after taking this event into account. San Francisco passed legislation earlier this year to require retailers in that city to post the EMF emission levels (otherwise known as SAR, for Specific Absorption Rate) for each phone they sell.

The CITA, who lobbied hard against this bill has announced that they are not planning any future conferences in San Francisco in retaliation. What is the CTIA and the FDA afraid of - the truth?

Tell the City of San Francisco to hang tough. The truth is becoming known about what the cell phone radiation science tells us about the health risks they pose.

Elizabeth Kelley
Electromagnetic safety Alliance, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona


October 1, 2010
Press release advisory
Contact: Ellie Marks 925-285-5437
San Francisco, CA


The CTIA-Wireless Association has been caught this week in secret cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over website changes ostensibly intended to serve a dual purpose for the wireless lobby.  The FCC, who oversees the telecommunications industry, appears to have changed their website to help the CTIA in its lawsuit against the city of San Francisco following passage of The Right to Know cell phone legislation and additionally, to help in the CTIA's attempt to stop the spread of this legislation from city to city.  

The CTIA is suing the City of San Francisco over the recently passed Right to Know cell phones legislation that demands every cell phone sold in San Francisco be labeled with the SAR rating.

Until Sept 20, 2010 the FCC advised buying a lower SAR cell phone.  The CTIA vehemently opposed this Right To Know legislation in San Francisco which passed in June.  The CTIA then sued the city. 

When the relatively small city of Burlingame, CA decided to hold discussions about possible Right To Know legislation, the CTIA sent top officials from Washington, D.C. to the city of 27,000  to take their turn at explaining why the citizens of Burlingame should not have the opportunity to see how much radiation was being emitted from their cell phones.

The evening of the hearing the CTIA said the FCC did NOT suggest buying a lower SAR phone.  He could say this only because the FCC website had been altered a matter of hours before he spoke.  The FCC changed their website on the day of the hearing when they discovered, through documentation submitted by supporters of the legislation, that the FCC website suggested buying a lower SAR cell phone.  The FCC website was shut down for awhile on Sept 20, and came back up later that day with the advisory missing and other language pertaining to this issue changed.


At a Time When Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs) Have Reached Toxic Levels, ZAPPED by Ann Louis Gittleman Offers A Proactive Solution

A groundbreaking exposé of the hidden truths of electropollution, ZAPPED is the first comprehensive, step-by-step guide to counteracting the invisible hazards of everyday electromagnetic exposure.

Award-winning author, nutritionist, and First for Women magazine columnist Ann Louise Gittleman combines the best of energy medicine with the latest scientific research in a user-friendly powerhouse designed to safeguard you and your family.

Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louise Gittleman

Quote startGittleman reviews the latest scientific research and provides a proactive plan to counteract the toxic effects of overexposure.Quote end

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 1, 2010

84 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed to us by satellite, and we can't have a cup of coffee our local café without being exposed to Wi-Fi. Wireless internet, smart phones, and laptops have transformed the way we work and live. But what are the consequences of this revolution? The same technology that allows us to video chat with friends across the world and surf the Internet from the comfort of our beds has exposed us to a dangerous and unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We are constantly being exposed to EMFs—invisible lines of force that surround all electrical devices—at a rate 100 million times greater than our grandparents were. In her groundbreaking new book ZAPPED (HarperOne, Hardcover $25.99, on-sale October 2010), health expert and New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman reveals startling truths about the invisible hazards of the 21st century that will motivate us to change how we use our laptops, how we locate our home electronics and televisions, and even how we sleep.

Radiation from cell phones is just the tip of the iceberg. In ZAPPED, Gittleman explores emerging evidence that EMFs from wall outlets, refrigerators, computers, dimmer switches, hair dryers, and a host of other everyday devices are creating energy disturbances within the body, leading to increased free radicals and disruptions in cellular DNA, which are in turn linked to a wide range of negative health effects, including tumors, chronic fatigue, and other diseases. These risks are especially high for children, whose developing bones are thinner than adults, making them even more vulnerable to electromagnetic disturbances in the brain and other organs.

ZAPPED is a call to action. Gittleman reviews the latest scientific research and provides a proactive plan to counteract the toxic effects of overexposure. Small changes, including how we use our electronic devices and how we arrange our living and working spaces, can make a big difference in our levels of exposure to EMF radiation. Her practical approach moves room by room, teaching readers how to identify and remedy the electromagnetic trouble spots in their homes and offices. Gittleman offers concrete solutions to zap-proof our lives, such as:

  •     Hold your cell phone away from your head when the call is connecting—that's when the signal is strongest.
  •     Keep televisions out of the bedroom. They emit AC magnetic fields that interfere with the production of melatonin, the hormone that governs your Circadian rhythms.
  •     Eat to beat EMFs. Superfoods and seasonings such as artichokes and cinnamon help to replace the anti-oxidants, enzymes, and nutrients that electro pollution can rob from your body. Gittleman's expertise in nutrition allows her to formulate a diet that turns your body into a shield against EMFs and other electronic dangers.

Are we going to give up our cell phones, laptops, and other electronics? Absolutely not, but emerging scientific evidence tells us that it is crucial to make important changes in our home and work environments. A must-read for anyone who is plugged in, ZAPPED teaches readers how to survive the dangers of technology and thrive in the wireless age. For more information, visit the official site at

"At a time when Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF's) have reached a toxic level, Gittleman has developed a proactive approach for dealing with the constant bombardment. Rather than terrorize readers with the negatives, she offers them practical, step-by-step solutions for altering the invisible forces that now surround us all. Great idea. Great book."

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman is highly respected as a health pioneer, weight-loss expert, and award-winning author of thirty books, including The Fat Flush Plan. Ann Louise's credentials include an M.S. in Nutrition Education from Columbia University and a CNS from the American College of Nutrition, and her work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other outlets. Gitlteman has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and has received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence. Visit her website at

ZAPPED: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution

Ann Louise Gittleman
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On-sale October 2010
Hardcover, $25.99; ISBN: 978-0-06-186427-8


P R E S S    A D V I S O R Y

Ellie Marks   925-285-5437                                     

Rob Stuart    215-620-3305

Cancer Victims To Speak Out in Wake of New Book Documenting Cell Phone Dangers

Cell Phone Industry Conference Backdrop For Increased Attention to Radiation Risk

What: Press Conference featuring several individuals from around the country with brain cancer whose doctors believe was caused by cell phone use. They will be attending a Commonwealth Club speech by Dr. Devra Davis, author of the new book "Disconnect" and will respond to the media after Dr. Davis's talk concludes. 

Where:  Commonwealth Club 595 Market St. San Francisco.  Dr. Davis will be speaking in the Gold room and the press conference will be held in the Commonwealth Club lobby.  

When:  Dr. Davis's speech is scheduled for 12 – 1pm on Wednesday, October 6th.  The victims will gather at the conclusion of the speech in the lobby at approximately 1:15pm.

Who:  Brain Cancer victims:

Cristin Prischman: Chicago, Il widow of Paul 42 who died from brain tumor from cell phone last year- they have 2 young daughters

Mindy Brown: Fresno, ca, widow of Dan Brown died at age 50 from brain tumor from cell phone- he was Fresno State Football coach and father of 6

Craig and Ginger Farver: Fort Collins, CO.  Son Rich died at age 29 from brain tumor from cell phone

Stewart and Kristen Cobb Portland, Maine- Stewart is 37 and has brain tumor from cell phone use. They have 2 children

Ellie & Alan Marks: Lafayette, CA Alan has brain tumor from cell phone use – age 56, father of 3

Bret Bocook, Palo Alto, CA age 45 brain tumor from cell phone use- one son, wife lost 8 month baby in utero days after his craniotomy 


New research released in the new expose book "Disconnect" shows that cell phones are not as safe as we think they are.  "Disconnect" shows that "the most popular gadget ever has been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain's defenses and reduce sperm count, while increasing memory loss, the risk of cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzhiemer's and possibly even autism."   In her talk, Dr. Davis will discuss the efforts by the cell phone industry to hide the potential dangers of cell phone radiation and what people can do to protect themselves and children from harm.

The City of San Francisco has been in the forefront of dealing with this issue by recently passing the countries first "Right to Know" law requiring the publication of Cell Phone Radiation levels.  The City has been sued by the industry "trade association" which coincidentally will be kicking off their national conference at the Moscone Center next Tuesday.

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