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W.E.E.P. News

Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News

8 March 2011

Waking up to the dangers of radiation


It's every bit as meaningless to public health protection. Particularly when long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation has been convincingly linked to problems such as leukemia, Alzheimer's disease, brain tumours, infertility, genetic damage and ...


Seaside bans PG&E's controversial SmartMeters

Moratorium on installation of the wireless meters has been adopted by other cities, counties in the state


Powerwatch News

UK Department of Health issues new mobile phone leaflet

You should warn your children and grand-children. Evidence of harm is coming.


Hydro One using this area as testing ground

Markdale Standard

By Paul Jankowski

The Owen Sound region is the testing ground for Hydro One as it looks to update its electricity distribution system to incorporate everything from smart meters to thousands of new generating systems feeding renewable energy from solar ...


Clearing the Air

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 Jessi Hamel E-mail

Asana teahouse does away with Wi-Fi in hopes of a healthier café environment

When Shanna Casey opened Asana, a tea café in Downtown Santa Cruz, she imagined a place where individuals could come together. "Asana's original definition is a Sanskrit term meaning 'to sit and be present,'" Casey explains. "That's why I created this place and I'm almost coming back to this vision."

As Casey sees it, coming back to this vision means taking part in the growing movement to reduce exposure to Wi-Fi frequencies by removing Asana's Wi-Fi connection. Now when her customers wish to access the Internet, they must plug one of seven neatly coiled Ethernet cables into their laptops.

After friends and acquaintances raised concerns about the possible health impacts of wireless with her about a year ago, Casey started to do her own research. "Wi-Fi frequencies are not really naturally harmonious with human frequencies, and of course it will upset the balance of human health," she says, noting that she had anxiety and headaches from exposure to Wi-Fi, Although she was initially concerned about losing business, Casey resolutely states she has been feeling better now that the Wi-Fi is gone.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), environmental exposure to electromagnetic frequencies like those produced by Wi-Fi has been increasing. However, the WHO states that current evidence does not confirm any adverse health effects from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields.

Nevertheless, many argue that further research is needed, and people like Casey are persuaded from their own experiences to take a cautious approach. The movement to stop the Wi-Fi enabled Pacific Gas & Electric SmartMeters has gained particular traction in Santa Cruz.

Although some are skeptical, most customers have responded positively to Asana's Ethernet cables and have reported clearer energy in the cafe and a faster connection to the Internet. Casey has responded to any complaints by reminding her customers that their health is her priority. "I would rather lose customers," she says, "than have a business that was hurting people."

Casey hopes Asana will set an example for other businesses in the community.

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GPS Spying

You can record everywhere a vehicle went and how long it was there.



Generación de electrosensibles

In a society permeated by technology, there are people who must live far away from it. They are people hypersensitive and vulnerable to electromagnetic fields. What is the impact? Are there vulnerable groups? What are the symptoms of electrosensitivity ? How can we "discharge" our body? We seek answers with Dr. Joaquín Fernández Solá from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.



Murcia created the first map of Spain for cancer patients under 18

Cancer affects 14 of every 100,000 children under 15 years.


Murcia has become the first autonomous community to develop a map of childhood cancer in Spain. Until now, there's work on cancer incidence in adults, maps developed by the Instituto Carlos III, but there was no material on the prevalence of these diseases in children according to their environment.

The project Macapemur-Environment and Pediatric Cancer in the Region of Murcia, developed jointly by the Pediatric Environmental Health Unit of the Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca of Murcia and Cartagena
University, has been published in the journal Annals of Pediatrics of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics. It discusses both the location of the patient's home as the mother during pregnancy, according to explain to the chief of the Pediatric Environmental Health Unit of the Medical City, José Antonio Ortega. The main objective is to develop a pediatric environmental history and careful use of geographical information systems that create maps of incidence and analyze the distribution of pediatric cancer in the Region of Murcia.

Thus, he stressed that this first phase has been analyzed cancer in general, to have an overview of the incidence and spread within the Community, and the next step will be to study each of the types, starting with the system tumors nervous.

Juan Antonio Ortega, co-directed the study with Fernando A. Lopez, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, explained that the initial stages
of the life-periods of prenatal, infant and child-are especially vulnerable to carcinogens, posing a risk ten times higher than expected in adults during the first two years of life and three times between 3 and 15 years.

The article highlights how helpful this type of health maps as tools to formulate hypotheses about the causes of disease. "Therefore, knowing the geographical distribution of the incidence of childhood cancer during pregnancy and early childhood is an important research tool in its etiology" he said. Experts say that childhood cancer is a rare disease with an incidence of 14 cases per 100,000 children under 15 years and, unlike what it may seem, there has been an increase in the number of cases, but remains stable.

From the first results we can that 30% of the families analyzed changed their address between pregnancy and diagnosis of the disease, hence the sample is associated with each case, three street addresses, pregnancy, postnatal period and time of diagnosis.

Pollution and waves

One aspect to consider in risk perception. In this sense, the head of the Pediatric Environmental Health Unit stressed that is not the same perception that the real risk exists. "One can live in the woods, but take home items to be exposed to harmful and snuff, have a coal stove or agricultural products," he said. Specifically, the project envisages the development Macapemur hypothesis and relate the incidence of the disease according to tumor types and risk factors related to space, air pollution, electromagnetic fields, poverty, industrial activity, etc..

In the study were identified a total of 489 patients diagnosed between 1998 and 2009 in the Region of Murcia, which finally included 380.

Regarding the most common cancers in the first place are leukemias -28.4% of all cases, "followed by central nervous system tumors -23.9% -, soft tissue sarcomas -10% -, and lymphomas -8.4% -. In age group, 15% were focused on children under 1 year of 37.4% between 1 and 4 years 27.6% between 5 and 9 years and 20% between 10 and 14. Moreover, of the 380 cases 187 were male and 193 girls, and the survival rate at 5 years was 80.4% between 2002 and 2005.

The project is funded by the Foundation for Health Research and Training in the Region of Murcia (FFIS), the Seneca Foundation, Global Health Program School of Medicine, Mount Sinai and the Spanish Association Against Cancer.


Half a million people suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity


Half a million Spanish can have some degree of environmental and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) disease called "bubble girl", a condition not yet fully recognized by the World Health Organization, whose patients often suffer further misunderstanding or skepticism of many doctors who are unaware of its existence.

So what doctors described Joaquim Fernández-Solà and Nogué Santiago, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, in the book "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental (Vienna Editions), which sets out the general aspects of the disease, clinical manifestations, possible treatments or practice for patients.

Nogué define MCS as a disease characterized by progressive loss of tolerance to the presence in the environment, various chemical agents, such as cleaning products, perfumes, paints, solvents or hydrocarbons, although many also extend this hypersensitivity alcoholic beverages, food and drugs than before tolerated, and even electromagnetic waves.

The trigger can be single or repeated exposure to one or more toxins, insecticides, irritating gases and vapors, petroleum, sick buildings, but not always noted.

1% of users affected

For its part, Fernández-Solà said that estimates indicate that up to 1% of the population may be affected by a chronic problem of SQM, but only 10% of those affected would have a serious significance.

The specialist indicated that some of these people simply notice headaches or irritation when, for example, go to the mall and come into contact with the environment, and happens when they move, but in other cases involve workers in industries which are constantly exposed to products that are distressing to those who develop this sensitivity.

Analysis unchanged

Thus, by inhaling these products, these people suffer shortness of breath, headache, nausea, extreme fatigue and malaise that impede further in this environment. By separating the trigger improved progressively in hours or days, but usually critically ill patients lose a quality of life due to MCS.

The problem in diagnosing the disease is that there are no significant changes in laboratory tests of blood or urine to confirm the diagnosis: "there are no specific markers, despite which the clinical picture is very clear and distinctive," says Dr. Fernández-Solà.

Nogué Santiago, who in 2009 coordinated the first National Meeting on SQM, warns that "many of these patients are unfairly labeled a psychosomatic illness, an anxiety-depressive syndrome or absenteeism, and disbelief for the actual existence the disease usually range from family members, to their workplace and even physicians and other specialists.



First to Profit from $1 Billion Smart Meter Program: Liberal Insiders

Firm winning $73 million contract is connected to BC Hydro director, has close ties with Libs.

By Will McMartin, Today,


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