Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EMF suspends morality / Radiofrequency Sickness and 'Smart Meters' / SURFDALE IS OUR HOME / CBS News Maine

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31 March 2010

EM field, behind right ear, suspends morality

2010 March 29
by Mark Baard

This new finding, from MIT, should cause scientists to more closely examine the risks to human health posed by mobile phones and other wireless, personal technologies. — M.B.

MIT neuroscientists believe they have isolated the brain region — just behind the right ear — where moral judgements take place.

And they can suspend someone's ability to judge right from wrong, simply by generating a magnetic field near the same spot where many of us hold our cellular phones and wireless, Bluetooth, headsets.

The researchers' findings, announced today:

"In both experiments, the researchers found that when the right TPJ (right temporo-parietal junction) was disrupted, subjects were more likely to judge failed attempts to harm as morally permissible."

The technique used by the MIT scientists, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), has been described as one that creates "virtual lesions" on the brain.

And although TMS's long term effects on health are not well understood (similar amounts of electromagnetic radiation have been linked to increased cancer risk), the treatment is becoming increasingly popular for everything from tinnitus to depression.

The US military also hopes to use TMS to keep soldiers fighting, without the need to stop for sleep

Also -

Scientists Tweak Subjects' Brains to Alter Their Moral Choices

MONDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Changing someone's moral response to a situation could be as easy as manipulating a piece of their brain, a new study finds.

Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets

By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 11:52 AM on 30th March 2010

The moral compass, technically named the right temporo-parietal junction, lies just behind the right ear in the brain.

Scientists have discovered a real-life 'moral compass' in the brain that controls how we judge other people's behaviour.
Radiofrequency Sickness and 'Smart Meters'

The article below was just published in the National Council on Independent Living Weekly Advocacy Monitor on March 16, 2010. This went to all the local Centers for Independent Living or Independent Living Centers. Hopefully they should now all be prepared with at least a basic understanding. This should make them more ready and able to help you deal with your utility and your PUC or PSC as you seek to prevent placement of a transmitting utility meter or as you seek to get one removed for health reasons.

Do not be shy about seeking help from your local center. The more people they hear from, the more likely it is that the health problems the transmitting meters are causing will receive national attention. Please feel free to refer them to for more information.

You are welcome to have them contact me with questions at

You can find your local center in the United States by going to

There is a link there to international centers as well. I am not sure if they would have received the article as well as not. If you are outside the United States, you may need to bring it to their attention.

Please let others in need know of this new awareness and opportunity for assistance.

National Council on Independent Living
Weekly Advocacy Monitor
Volume 8, Issue 7
March 16, 2010

A New Advocacy Crisis:  Radiofrequency Sickness

Catherine Kleiber

I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in my mid-twenties.  Nearly ten years ago I discovered that it was really radiofrequency sickness.  I have been very fortunate to have been able to control my environment and minimize my exposure to radiofrequency radiation.  This has allowed me to recover and be well since then.  My family and I have paid a steep price for our health.  We have been forced to be successively more restricted and isolated as wireless technology and severe electrical pollution have become ubiquitous.

Now new public utility policy further threatens our health, functionality, and independence.  The threat comes from our utility company's refusal to accommodate our need for an environment low in radiofrequencies.  They are insisting on replacing our existing rotating disk electrical meters, which must be read by a person, with transmitting electrical meters (so called "smart meters") on our home and farm electrical services.  These meters transmit in strong bursts of radiofrequency radiation.  We have offered to read and report our own meters readings, but they refuse to allow that.  Many people with radiofrequency sickness are being forced to have transmitting meters on water, gas, and electrical services.

I am writing this article to try to dispel the depth of ignorance I have encountered about radiofrequency sickness.  I hope that you will continue reading so that you understand and are prepared for the others who call you for assistance.  Due to the nature of the mental impairment radiofrequency sickness causes, it is often difficult for actively sick individuals to coherently communicate all the background information you will need in order to help them. 

Individuals are also often reluctant to reach out because of the wall of ignorance they usually encounter.  Hopefully the following information will help you to better serve people with radiofrequency sickness.  There will soon be many more, because soon there truly will be no place to hide.

Radiofrequency sickness results from overexposure to radiofrequency radiation.  (See the Health Issues page at for a list of symptoms.) Radiofrequency sickness is not a disease.  It is an environmentally induced functional impairment.  Radiofrequency sickness has real and disabling consequences.  People with radiofrequency sickness experience illness (or even death) upon exposure to radiofrequency radiation.(see footnotes 1,2,3,4)  The most common sources are electrical pollution – high frequencies that travel on building wiring – and transmitters – all wireless devices.

The iron-clad rule in environmental medicine is that where there are cases of toxic exposures the source of the exposures must be removed.

The only "cure" for radiofrequency sickness is not to be exposed to radiofrequency radiation.  People with radiofrequency sickness often become ill almost immediately upon exposure, although the severity of the illness depends on how often the exposure occurs, the frequency and amplitude of the radiation signal and the duration of the exposure.  Studies show pulsed microwaves, as utilized by modern communication devices - including transmitting meters - are very potent biologically.(see footnotes 1,2,3,4)

In fact, data presented at the recent conference "Electromagnetic Radiation Impacts on Human Health" sponsored by The EMR Policy Institute showed that radiofrequencies, specifically pulsed modulated microwaves from a DECT cordless telephone base station can have an instantaneous effect on heart rhythm in susceptible individuals.  This technology is the same as that used by cellphones, WiFi internet access, and transmitting meters.

The health effects associated with overexposure to radiofrequencies are so numerous and varied that you may already have clientele that could benefit from knowledge about radiofrequency sickness. 

Many individuals with MS symptoms have experienced a substantial reduction in symptoms when their electrical environments were cleaned up.(see footnote 5)  I experienced multiple chemical sensitivities along with the symptoms that earned me the chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis.  It took time, but those sensitivities have almost completely cleared up.  The cholinesterase enzyme is impaired by both radiofrequency radiation and organophosphate pesticides, reducing tolerable exposures for both pollutants.(see footnote 6)  Exposure to radiofrequency radiation interferes with the action of enzymes, signaling pathways, and makes the immune system simultaneously hyperactive and less effective.(see footnotes 7,8)
Detrimental biological effects, distinct from tissue heating effects, have been extensively documented in studies at a range of different frequencies and at levels below the current United States safety standard.(see footnote 7)

Our current safety regulations are not designed to protect people from the non-thermal hazards posed by transmitting meters or other devices. The FCC "safety" standards are solely designed to protect a 6 ft 185 lb man from tissue heating during a short (6 minute) exposure.  They are not designed to protect even a 6 ft man from biological effects during a continuous exposure.(see footnotes 9,10)  Exposures from these meters are continuous, so these "safety" standards are meaningless. 

Transmitting devices compliant with current safety standards should not be allowed to portray themselves as "safe".  The fact that these transmitters are represented as being "safe" because they comply with FCC standards is part of the reason that people are being required to have transmitting utility meters.  Additional studies are now available.  The data warrant complying with the precautionary principle and establishing lower exposure standards for safe levels of exposure for chronic exposures to radio frequency radiation for the population as a whole.(see footnote 11)

Humans are electromagnetic beings.  Our cells continuously communicate with each other through electrical micro currents. Wireless technology (i.e. cell phones, WiFi and WiMax wireless internet, radar, radio/television broadcast) transmits information through the use of electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency/microwave range. This ever-increasing background radiation has the ability to disrupt the communication between our body's cells, resulting in abnormal functions in the developing cells of children, as well as adults and other living creatures.

While some people experience disability in the short term from exposure to transmitted radiofrequency and microwave radiation, there are long-term public health implications as well.  Microwave and radiofrequency radiation are now being associated with attention deficit disorder, autism, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy, as well as asthma, diabetes, malignant melanoma, breast cancer, and other illnesses that have become increasingly more common.  Please to read a review of the peer-reviewed science on the long-term risks of exposure to transmitted microwave and radio frequency radiation.  Studies finding no health effects are predominantly industry funded.(see footnote 12)  Exposure is often involuntary.  For instance, even out here in the country the meters on my neighbors' homes are increasing my exposure.  Sensitive people in town are in even more danger and are usually chronically ill, unable to recover.  A report by Hallberg and Johansson(see footnote 13) published recently in Pathophysiology asks the provocative question about whether the recent (1997 and later) increase in exposure to microwave frequencies may be responsible for the recent decline in public health in Sweden.  The data seem to say that public exposure to microwave frequencies is a likely culprit.

Transmitting meters can also overexpose the general population to high frequencies by putting high frequencies on home and building wiring, either deliberately through signaling or inadvertently through poor engineering.  High frequency signals on power lines also cause illness.  Milham and Morgan found a dose-response relationship between high frequencies present on building wiring and cancer.(see footnote 14)  Recent analysis of historical epidemiological data indicates a relationship to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and suicide.(see footnote 15)  Removing high frequencies on building wiring has improved MS symptoms, blood sugar levels, asthma, sleep quality, teacher health, student attentiveness, headaches, ADD, and numerous other health problems.(see footnotes 5,16,17)  Technical papers provide a solid electrical and biomolecular basis for these effects. A recent paper by Ozen showed that transients induce much stronger current density levels in the human body than does the powerline 60Hz signal.(see footnote 18) 

A technical paper by Vignati and Giuliani discusses the authors' findings that high frequency communication signals on power lines also induce much stronger electrical currents in the human body than a low frequency signal of the same strength.(footnote 19)  The induced currents disturb normal intercellular communications.  This causes harmful short-term and long-term effects.  Additional information can be found on   Information necessary to properly measure the high frequencies causing these health problems can be found on the Technical page.  A simple meter is also available that can provide accurate measurements of electrical pollution levels in most situations.

The precautionary principle dictates that only "smart meters" that do not increase public exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation or "dirty" power should be used while conservative standards to protect the health of the general population during continuous exposure are researched and established.  Safe technology is available that can be used to perform the same functions as transmitting "smart meters".  There are non-transmitting meters that can do variable rates and meter both incoming and outgoing power.  Meters can easily be engineered that do not put high frequencies on electrical wiring either inadvertantly or deliberately, while still performing all necessary functions.  Directly wired connections could be used to shut off key loads.  Alternate technologies may cost a bit more up front, but the precautionary principle should apply.

I hope that you will strive to help those with radiofrequency sickness to create or keep a safe environment through individual and local advocacy. 

It is virtually impossible for an individual to do so alone when the aggressor is the utility.  Often people may be too sick to help themselves by the time they call you.  The Solutions page has a list of steps to take to create a safe environment for people with radiofrequency sickness.

An outline of the national threat we face is available at : www.electricalpollution/documents/public_health_threat_sum.pdf

Video from The EMR Policy Institute Conference "Electromagnetic Radiation Impacts on Human Health" can be found at:

Please see or for more information.


1)      Johnson Liakouris AG.  Radiofrequency (RF) sickness in the Lilienfeld study:  An effect of modulated microwaves Archives of Environmental Health; May/Jun 1998; 53, 3.

2)      Santini R, Santini P, Le Ruz P, Danze JM, and Seignel M.  Survey Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Fhone Base Stations. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 4149, 2003

3)      Hyland GJ.  Physics and biology of mobile telephony.  The Lancet, Vol 356, November 25, 2000.

4)      Marha K, Musil J, and Tuha H.  Electromagnetic Fields and the Life Environment.  Institute of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases, Prague, Czechoslovakia. English Translation 1971

5)      Havas M. 2006. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: biological effects of dirty electricity with emphasis on diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Electromagnetic Biology Medicine 25(4):259-68.

6)      Grant L. Microwaves Imitate Pesticides.  U.S. Department of Energy Risk Management Quarterly, Volume 5-3.

7)      Cherry, N. 2000 Criticism of the Health Assessment in the ICNIRP Guidelines for Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation (100 kHz- 300 GHz)

8)      Johansso O.  Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields—A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment,  Pathophysiology, Volume 16, Issues 2-3, August 2009, Pages 157-177

9)      Letter from Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk Assessment, Radiation Protection Division, EPA, regarding the limitations and purpose of the FCC exposure standards.

10)    Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication, 2008, National Academy of Science.

11)    Sage C, Carpenter DO. 2009. Public health implications of wireless technologies, Pathophysiology Aug;16(2-3):233-46

12)    Huss et al., "Source of Funding and Results of Studies of Health Effects of Mobile Phone Use: Systematic Review of Experimental Studies", Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(1): 1-4, 2007. 

13)    Hallberg O, Johansson O, Apparent decreases in Swedish public health indicators after 1997 – Are they due to improved diagnostics or to environmental factors?  Pathophysiology Volume 16, Issue 1, June 2009, Pages 43-46.

14)    Milham S, Morgan L.  A new electromagnetic exposure metric: High frequency voltage transients associated with increased cancer incidence in teachers in a California school, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 51, Issue 8, Date: August 2008, Pages: 579-586

15)    Milham S. Historical evidence that electrification caused the 20th century epidemic of "diseases of civilization". Medical Hypotheses DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2009.08.032

16)    Havas M, Olstad A. Power quality affects teacher wellbeing and student behavior in three Minnesota Schools, Science of the Total Environment, Volume 402, Issues 2-3, 1 September 2008, pp. 157-162. 

17)    Havas M. 2008. Dirty Electricity Elevates Blood Sugar Among Electrically Sensitive Diabetics and May Explain Brittle Diabetes. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 27:135-146.  

18)    Ozen, S. 2007.  Low-frequency Transient Electric and Magnetic Fields Coupling to Child Body, Radiation Protection Dosimetry (2007), pp. 1–6.

19)    Vignati, M. and L. Giuliani, 1997. Radiofrequency exposure near high-voltage lines. Environ Health Perspect 105(Suppl 6):1569-1573 (1997)
Smart Meter Advice from Linda Sepp

As an aside maybe worth pursuing for some people, I use a digital camera to photograph my old hydro meter and email it in every month - the meters have the serial number in the photo to verify it's the right meter and therefore a chemical laden meter reader never has to enter the house and I've managed to hang on to the old meter.


No Matter What You Think About Cellphone Towers
Surfdale is our HOME, it's where we live our lives and that gives us the right to demand to be treated with respect and to be informed.

We believe Vodafone has not done enough to explain why we should disregard the 'anti-cellphone tower' information.

For Example:

    * Vodafone met with the Waiheke Red Cross committee re the Oneroa Red Cross tower;

    * Telecom has a specialist 'troubleshooter' who travels NZ to talk to upset communities;

    * 2 Degrees met with the Community Board re the Matiatia tower;


Vodafone have started building the masts so if you want to let Vodafone know how disappointed you are (i.e. protest) at their callous, high handed behaviour do one or more of the following:

    * email me with your contact details at:

    * leave your contact details in my mailbox at: 10 Surfdale Road

    * text me your contact details on my mobile: 021 040 8473

    * pass on my contact details to others:

    * email your thoughts to Justin Rae (Vodafone) at:

It's time to create our Protest List. It's time to gather the phone numbers.

So the day the trucks come we will be there in numbers too!

    * Do we have the right to ask somebody the questions about the things that scare us?

    * Is it right for Vodafone to build cellsite amongst our homes without telling us?

    * Are the radiation emissions safe? Why do some scientists say the emissions aren't?

    * Why do we have to go to such effort just to get Vodafone to answer our questions?

    * Insert your question(s) here


Andrew Crawford Ph: 372 8234
(Yes I do have a Vodafone mobile) Mobile: 021 040 8473
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Help Linda Sepp / Maine final vote / Compact fluorescent lamp warnings / Flying and excess radiation

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30 March 2010

Letter to PM - Help Linda Sepp

(Thanks to all that responded and sent messages to the Prime Minister.   Martin)

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am writing in support of Mr. Weatherall's efforts to help a woman suffering from hypersensitivity, Linda Sepp. Please consider the following information about this new disease, which is debilitating more and more of our population each year due to exposure to radiation from various wireless devices such as radio and cell transmitters, WiFi, cellphones, etc. Independent scientists have proven that this constant exposure is damaging to most people over a period of time, but a significant proportion of people are like the canary in the mine: they develop sensitivities for all of us to see, showing the results of the dangers we are forced to endure every day.

Recent studies in many countries have indicated that more and more people are suffering from electromagnetic sensitivity. The symptoms are varied and severity ranges from mild to debilitating. Sweden now recognizes this as a disability and more people are going on disability pensions each year.

Sweden, Austria, Germany, United States, Switzerland, England and Ireland participated in studies which indicate an increase in the number of people affected which corresponds to the increase in exposure, through more technological development and wider use of transmitters, such as cell phone towers.

As reported in the journal "Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine", 25:189-191, 2006: 190 Hallberg and Oberfeld Table 1 Estimated prevalence of electrosensitive people in different years and countries Measured % El year sensitive Country, reported year Ref. No.:

1985 0.06%  Sweden 1991 (0.025–0.125%) National Encyclopedia Sw., 1991
1994 0.63%  Sweden 1995 Anonymous est., 1994
1995 1.50%  Austria 1995 Leitgeb N. et al., 1995, 2005
1996 1.50%  Sweden 1998 SNBHW, Env. report, 1998
1997 2.00%  Austria 1998 Leitgeb N. et al., 1998, 2005
1997 1.50%  Sweden 1999 Hillert L. et al., 2002
1998 3.20%  California 2002 Levallois P., 2002
1999 3.10%  Sweden 2001 SValberg PANBHW, Env. report, 2001

2000 3.20%  Sweden 2003 Sw Labour Union Sif, 2003
2001 6.00%  Germany 2002 Schroeder E., 2002
2002 13.30% Austria 2003 (7.6–19%) Spiß B., 2003
2003 8.00%  Germany 2003 Infas, 2003
2003 9.00%  Sweden 2004 Elöverkänsligas Riksförbund, 2005
2003 5.00%  Schweiz 2005 Bern, Medicine Social, 2005
2003 5.00%  Ireland 2005 This is London, 2005
2004 11.00% England 2004 Fox E., 2004
2004 9.00%  Germany 2005 Infas, 2004
2017 50.00% Extrapolated to 50%

EHS - which can be very debilitating - is thought to result from large changes in the immune system caused by continuing exposure to microwave radiation, leading to chronic inflammation and allergic responses. Estimates of EHS vary from 3% to 10% of the population in the UK and other European countries. (The London Resolution, Dec. 3, 2007) Sweden was one of the first countries to adopt wireless technology, therefore they must be regarded as the bellweather for EHS.

Canada did not have the technology and the large number of cell phones as Europe for some time, but it is logical to assume that Canada's exposure is growing at the same rate, and the health complaints are, too. If the pattern continues, soon Canada's pension and health system will not be able to cope.

I ask that you, Mr. Prime Minister, have independent sources investigate this information -- NOT Health Canada, which has already decided to not consider the science which has caused other countries to take action. Electromagnetic exposure levels need to be reviewed and revised based upon biological harm to prevent more Canadians from becoming ill and even dying. Please look at these people who are sensitive and give them help. And recognize what they are telling us -- radiation from wireless technology is making us sick.


Sharon Noble

Victoria, British Columbia


Maine final vote

Dearest People,

Well it was decided by leadership that the minority report be presented for a final vote on the floor in Maine this past Fri. in Maine  Results were...

House, 83-62 in favor of killing the bill

Senate, 20 -15 in favor of killing the bill. 

In other words nothing passed.  However, this is evidently a very close vote for a brand new issue that no one knew very much about except for the awareness that was raised via the hearings and local attention to the bill.  The committee did write the CDC a letter asking that more info on this issue of cell phone radiation be linked to their website.  Exact wording of the letter I do not have but will let you know once I do.  So Maine will be the first state to mandate this from the CDC.  But again, I don't have this letter yet.

The legislator who brought bill, Andrea Boland, is re-submitting it for the 2011 session.  She just has to get re-elected in the interim.  I would comment but being as this is a non profit, we are strictly prohibited from advocating for any political candidates. 

During this time, we have been contacted by other states who see Maine as we do...a huge awareness raising event which only brought us closer to our eminent success in getting a warning label on cell phones. 

We have received numerous requests to post the hearings on the website and will be doing so soon.  Hopefully they will aide in your bringing this bill or others like it to your own state or country.

We are also currently moving forward with warning labels on cell phones at the federal level.  A group of us will be in DC in the month of May for National Brain Tumor Awareness Week, (approx. May 4th - May 11th) lobbying Congress.  There may be a language change in the bill due to our experience in Maine.  I will send it out to you all once it is finalized, but ultimately it will be up to whichever legislator picks the bill up and authors it, to decide upon exact language of the bill. 

Anyone who wants to help out in DC please let us know.  We really could use the help even if you can't personally make it.  Just you setting up meetings with your representatives for us to take while we are there would be enormously helpful.  They respond to their constituents and that is what something like this is going to take.  So please let us know if you can either join us in DC or if you can set up a meeting for us with your Congressman or Senator. 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.  We need it now more than ever.

With Gratitude and Faith,



Compact fluorescent lamp warnings


Just recently, I translated an article on compact fluorescent lamps and their EMF emissions by Wolfgang Maes, the initiator of the Building Biology Standard. Take a look at the many oscilloscope graphs and spectrum analyses. The huge harmonic distortions and high flicker percentages speak for themselves.

The German branch of the Friends of the Earth (BUND), one of the largest environmental organizations in Germany, issued a background paper on compact fluorescent lamps in 2009 when the incandescent lamp was banned in Europe. The BUND demands that lighting should be safe both for the environment as well as human health.

Their recommendations for exposure limits apply not only to compact fluorescent lamps but all lamp types. Any lamp that cannot meet the TCO limit (VLF: 1 V/m and ELF: 10 V/m at 30 cm) should be taken from the market. And by 2015 lamps should stay below the target threshold of 0.2 V/m in the VLF range. For lamps used close to the body, the BUND suggests a precautionary value of 0.02 V/m. I fully support these recommendations.

Just for the record, Health Canada released data on EMF emissions of CFLs this year. The details on the testing procedures have not been released yet. But for the kHz range (VLF), the worst-case CFL is given with 126 V/m at 20 cm. This is only 45% of the Safety Code 6 exposure limit of 280 V/m, but it is 45% above the ICNIRP exposure limit of 87 V/m. Converting the measurements to a 30-cm distance, the CFL emission level is 56 times higher than the TCO limit of 1 V/m recommended by the Swedish standard on low-emission computer monitors.

For more details on CFL reports by governments (UK, Switzerland), check out my comments at:

More information available at:

With best regards,

Katharina Gustavs,
Building Biology Environmental Consultant (IBN)
Translator German/English (STIBC)

Rainbow Consulting
5237 Mt. Matheson Rd.
Sooke   BC   V9Z 1C4   Canada
Phone: 250-642-2774


Flying and excess radiation

In the aftermath of the foiled "underwear bomber" attack on Christmas day, there's a major push to install whole-body x-ray scanning machines at airport screening areas.

The effort is being led by former Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, now a paid consultant for a manufacturer of these x-ray machines. He's calling for their "large-scale deployment." Estimated to cost $3 billion over the next eight years, the Homeland Security department plans to have 1,800 scanners in place at U.S. airports by 2014.

In a Washington Post op-ed on New Year's Day, Chertoff dismissed objections raised about these devices. "The 'safety' concern'" he claimed "is particularly specious, because the technologies expose people to no more radiation than is experienced in daily life."

Not quite. Whole body x-ray scanning machines were developed and first used to detect theft at gold and diamond mines on and inside the bodies of workers in Africa. They are fluoroscopic x-ray machines that provide a real time image of a person's body using "back-scatter" or "soft" X-rays. They emit much less penetrating energy than machines found in a medical setting, such as CAT scanners. However, like all machines, if their design, manufacture, calibration, maintenance are defective, then doses to passengers and security staff could be larger than claimed. The recent reporting of dozens of cases of harm to patients from the misuse of CAT scans should serve as a cautionary warning.

Unfortunately, the doses of radiation experienced in every-day life, especially flying long-distances in jet aircraft, pose risks we should also carefully heed.

The earth's atmosphere is a massive shield protecting life on earth from cosmic radiation. At sea level, this atmospheric radiation shield is roughly equivalent to a wall of water about 33 feet thick. With the rise in altitude, atmospheric shielding decreases and radiation doses increase. At 30,000 feet above sea level, radiation doses increase by 90 times. Solar flares can increase doses by a factor of 100 above that. For this reason, flight crews, are considered by the United Nation's Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation as radiation workers who, because of exposure to cosmic radiation, are the most highly exposed group in the world.

According to UN data, in 2000, air crews made up about 3% of the radiation workers in the world, but received about 24% of the total collective dose for all exposed workers, which include people employed at uranium mines, nuclear weapons sites, and nuclear power plants. The average estimated annual dose to flight personnel, and frequent international flyers such as professional couriers, is about 2.5 times higher than the combined average for all radiation workers.

Aircrew and frequent long-distance passengers are chronically exposed to more biologically damaging forms of radiation, such as neutrons, than the majority of nuclear workers.

Women who are pregnant have a heightened risk of cancer to their embryos. During the early part of the first trimester, when radiation sensitivity is the highest, some women may not know they are pregnant. This is why European airlines ground pregnant aircrew to prevent overexposure.

Over the past decade, at least 11 studies of military and commercial air crews show significant increased risks of dying from cancers considered to be radiogenic. The aircraft environment includes other potential and multiple risk factors which are not as well understood as radiation, such as electromagnetic fields, changes in body hormones, time zone changes, pesticides, pressure changes, chronic fatigue, and life styles.

Given the economic problems airlines face, this problem is the last thing that they want to surface. But, if crew members and passengers already face largely unreported radiation risks from long-distance flying, we should have the right to know just how whole-body radiation scanning machines are part of this risk.

Robert Alvarez, an Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar, served as senior policy adviser to the Energy Department's secretary from 1993 to 1999.

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29 March 2010

Hi All

The request below for urgent assistance, was sent to the Canadian Prime Minister nearly two weeks ago.  After a second message was sent, the Prime Ministers Office responded with a message that failed to address the serious concerns mentioned in the letter.

Any intelligent person working in the Prime Ministers office should be able to understand that my letter was not just 'comments' but was a very serious request for urgent action, for a Canadian in great need.

I would be very grateful if you would get involved, to assist Linda and others injured by electro hypersensitivity, by sending your own comments to the Prime Minister .


Martin Weatherall


Dear Prime Minister

Please note that the purpose of my letter was of a very urgent nature, seeking immediate help for Linda Sepp, whose life is in danger.

Will your office be providing or directing any assistance to her?

Martin Weatherall

----- Original Message -----
From: "Prime Minister/Premier ministre" <>
To: "Martin Weatherall" <>
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:31 PM

Subject: Office of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre

Please know that your e-mail message has been received in the Prime Minister's Office and that your comments have been noted.  Our office always welcomes hearing from correspondents and being made aware of their views.

Thank you for writing.

Sachez que le Cabinet du Premier ministre a bien reçu votre courriel et que nous avons pris bonne note de vos commentaires. Nous aimons être bien informés de l'opinion des correspondants. Je vous remercie d'avoir écrit au Premier ministre.
Dear Prime Minister

Would you please confirm that you received the letter (below) that I sent to you six days ago, was received and is being acted upon.

Yours sincerely
Martin Weatherall

----- Original Message -----
From: Martin Weatherall
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:45 PM
Subject: Please help Linda Sepp
Dear Prime Minister

I have attached two letters which concern the life threatening situation of Linda Sepp.

Linda has been copied with this message so you have her e-mail address. Her telephone number is 416 --- ----

Local and Provincial agencies have failed to find a solution to her problems. I hope that you will give this your highest priority.

Yours Sincerely
Martin Weatherall

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Parliament of Canada
16 March 2010
Re: Canadian Torture

Dear Prime Minister

The torture of Canadian citizens in foreign lands and the torture of detained persons in Afghanistan has been a cause for major controversy involving the Government of Canada. While that situation is about actions taking place thousands of miles away, many persons 'at home' in Canada, are daily enduring a form of torture yet their plight is being largely ignored.

There is urgent need for the Government to assist these victims here in Canada.

The Government of Canada receives billions of dollars in license fees from companies that use wireless frequencies for cell phones and communication systems. Unfortunately, exposure to those frequencies has caused many Canadians to develop severe environmental and electro magnetic sensitivities. This is causing serious health and financial difficulties for those affected and their families.

Electro hypersensitivity can be a torturous experience. Victims may suffer severely from exposure to electro magnetic radiation, at levels, which the Government deems safe and which is regulated by the Federal Government. Victims constantly have to avoid exposure from electro magnetic fields, electrical fields and electro magnetic radiation to avoid further harm. This is becoming very difficult, as wireless communications and wireless devices are being used everywhere.

Many persons, who suffer from electro hyper-sensitivity (EHS), also suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This combination of EHS and MCS leaves victims in extreme peril. EHS and MCS are environmental sensitivities as recognized by the human rights commission. Some victims consider suicide, instead of enduring the continued torture of their existence. While little research has been done to discover why people become electrically sensitive, most victims can relate their illness to exposure from wireless or electrical sources. Some MCS cases may be caused or significantly affected by electrical and electro magnetic radiation.

I have suffered many of the known symptoms of electro hypersensitivity, which may also be known as microwave illness. Six years ago I retired from the Toronto Police Service and moved to a home where I was unknowingly exposed to dangerous electro magnetic radiation. For many months I experienced the agony associated with electro hypersensitivity.

My symptoms included: not being able to sleep, not being able to think clearly, constant headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, joint aches, constant feeling of being unwell and cancer. It was like being tortured by dangerous and invisible forces within my own home and within Canada, yet receiving no help or advice from local and federal government departments.

After suffering from many harmful and unpleasant symptoms for a year and developing cancer, I made the difficult decision to leave my home. Within days my health improved, my electro hypersensitivity stabilized. It remains manageable as long as I avoid further strong exposure to electro magnetic fields and electro magnetic radiation. Many electro hypersensitive victims, do not have the financial ability to move from their homes to safety because they cannot work and have very limited income.

There are several people whose lives are in great danger and their suffering is immense. I ask that your government put aside a small percentage of the wireless licensing fees to assist those who are suffering. These victims must be protected from further exposure to electro magnetic radiation.

Through no fault of their own and because of a failure of the government to properly protect them, these persons are enduring a 'living hell' of torture in Canada. These people can be found in every geographic area of Canada and they all need assistance as soon as possible.

Money is needed immediately for safe housing, special treatment clinics, special protective clothing, monitoring equipment and special EMF mitigating equipment. There are people who are unable to attend at doctors' offices and hospitals because the electrical and wireless environment will harm them so badly that they may not recover. There is a need to have 'EMF clean' areas of hospitals where there is no electro magnetic radiation and chemical pollution, so that environmental victims can be treated safely.

There is one particular victim, a woman living in Toronto, Linda Sepp who suffers severely from EHS and MCS and chemically induced Fibromyalgia. She lives in a condemned house that is slated for demolition in the near future.

She needs a home that has no traces of chemicals and things like chemical cleaning products, air fresheners, pesticides and building materials that are found in most homes today. She is unable to tolerate these contaminants and suffers severe reactions which are life threatening.

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has done research on contaminant free homes. They are well aware of how safe housing improves health and provides victims the ability for victims to contribute to society again, for people who are otherwise completely disabled and debilitated.

Linda cannot drink tap water because chlorinamines and PPPC's are poison to her. She cannot wash or shower in tap water because the chlorine burns her skin and causes terrible reactions. She cannot even wash her clothes in tap water because the chlorine residue contaminates her clothes and she cannot wear them. She badly needs a whole house water filtration system to remove these chemicals, but cannot afford it.

She has virtually no clothes. She cannot wear clothes that have any traces of chemicals and this means that she can only use untreated natural cotton which is very expensive and she cannot afford. She needs to have a washing machine which has never been contaminated with commercial scented, chemical washing detergents or clothing which contained contaminants.

Her home must be safe from electrical fields and electro magnetic radiation.

Linda cannot live close to people who use chemicals and or other sources of airborne pollution. She must be housed away from any exposure that may come from homes nearby, such as clothes dryer vents.

Linda's health is very poor and quickly getting worse. Her condemned home has a serious mold problem that is causing a deterioration of her health, and is aggravating her environmental sensitivities. She only has a very short time before she faces eviction. This is an emergency situation that needs leadership and decisive action to help a Canadian citizen in great need. I ask that you provide all possible assistance to Linda, as soon as possible, so that her torture can be lessened and her life saved.

For more detailed background info about Linda and her situation, see the Canary Report a blog and social network about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Also a Facebook page at

There are several others across Canada that badly need help but I ask you to assist Linda Sepp first as she is the person with greatest needs and who is in most danger. I have attached a letter that was written previously by Dr. Marshall, an environmental health specialist who was trying to assist Linda with accommodation issues. Her letter puts Linda's difficulties and the urgency of her situation into better perspective.

Yours sincerely
Martin Weatherall
Co Director WEEP
The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic


Environmental Health Clinic
Room 1001, 10th Floor
Tel (416) 351-3764
Fax (416) 323-6130
9 October 2009
Mr. Howard Akler
Eviction Prevention
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
#101-A-340 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 3A9

Dear Mr. Akler:

Re: Linda Sepp

Ms. Sepp was assessed by Dr. Hans Christian Raabe and myself in the Environmental Health Clinic in November, 2005. Ms. Sepp suffers from multiple severe allergies and environmental sensitivities, as well as fibromyalgia, conditions which are permanent, although their severity may vary according to the patient's exposure to triggering agents. Ms. Sepp has corresponded with me by e-mail, since she can no longer travel to the clinic, and, in any case, has had the maximum visits we can provide.

If Ms. Sepp is exposed to allergens or triggers such as in scented products, laundry and cleaning products, carpeting, particle-board, pesticides, moulds, wireless technologies, etc. she suffers from inability to concentrate, poor memory, profound fatigue and muscle weakness that makes it difficult for her to walk, migraine headaches, and generalized muscle pain.

In order to avoid repeated episodes of such severe symptoms, Ms. Sepp must avoid exposure to her allergens and chemical and electromagnetic triggers.

My understanding is that she is in urgent need of safe housing, a situation she has been unable to rectify since I saw her in 2005, and that her health has deteriorated considerably since then. In my opinion, from my further communication with her, if Ms. Sepp is unable to live in safe housing to meet her special needs, it is probable she will require ongoing help and assistance with activities of daily living. As it is, she requires assistance when shopping for groceries due to her deteriorating health and the increased use of strong fragrance and air freshener chemicals being used and sold in grocery stores, some of which cannot be effectively removed from areas they have been used.

Ms. Sepp is unable to use a public or shared laundromat due to the chemicals used in regular laundry products, which severely impair her ability to function. She requires her own washing machine at home to avoid these triggering substances.

She also requires whole house water filtration (like that available in the Environmental Health Clinic, Dallas) to filter all the water including for cooking and drinking, as well as for washing clothes and bedding.

In order to make the indoor air safer for her to breathe, she needs to have at least 2 or 3 high quality air filtration units with activated carbon and HEPA filters (without harmful glues) to remove the volatile organic compounds which contribute to her illness.

Since avoidance of allergens and triggers is the most important factor in treatment, it is also necessary for this patient to sleep in an environment free of allergens and triggers.

This necessitates a bedroom dedicated to sleeping only and a second bedroom for other things like clothing, and her desk and computer, as well as private storage, preferably vented, private ensuite laundry, and private handicapped accessible parking.

Most existing social housing units have shared or common air space and hallways, which would expose Ms. Sepp to ongoing allergens and triggers, as well as to wireless technologies, which I understand now also trigger her symptoms.

She cannot share air with other people, either by HVAC or through cracks in units or shared hallways and requires a detached two bedroom home in a chemically safe area.

In my view, it is urgent that some mechanism be found to assist Ms. Sepp to locate a suitable home to prevent even more suffering and deterioration in her already extremely compromised health.

Yours truly,
Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division,
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Faculties of Medicine, Lakehead and Laurentian Universities

Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Education Liaison/Staff Physician, Environmental Health Clinic
Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street, BH 518
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B2
Tel (905) 845-3462, Fax (905) 845-3794


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Stop Wi-Fi in its tracks / Letter to reporter / EMF-Omega-News

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27 March 2010

Stop Wi-Fi in its tracks
By Leslie Sheridan     Op-ed

As an early Internet adopter I love the opportunities technology offers. However, as someone who has a business offering patented products for protection from "electropollution" or "electrosmog," I must speak out against the proposed Wi-Fi Project around the Plaza's radius, being led by Councilman August Sebastiani.

There are many known health problems associated with wireless technology such as Wi-Fi, cell phones, wireless routers, etc. The intensity of the exposure is not the issue, but instead chronic exposure to low intensity radiation. Some proven health problems include, but are certainly not limited to: breaks in one's DNA, cancer, chromosome damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, concentration and short-term memory problems. World-renowned doctor and author Andrew Weil says, "Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible."

The health effects associated with wireless technology are better known outside of the U.S. in cultures whose governments place citizen health above corporate greed. In those countries one finds a plethora of research (not paid for by the telecom/wireless industries), government regulations and warnings seeking to protect citizens, citizen outcry, etc.

Some cautionary warnings: Frankfurt, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria, have banned Wi-Fi in public schools and the UK Teachers Union has called for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools.

Lakehead University in Canada removed Wi-Fi due a "weight of evidence demonstrating behavioral effects and psychological impact at the tissue and cellular level."

The following have removed Wi-Fi due to health concerns: The National Library of France and three other Paris libraries; Prebandal Preparatory School and Stowe School in England; Sainte-Geneviève University Library, in Paris; and Ysgol Pantycelyn School in Wales.

The city of Therold, Ontario, broke its contract to install citywide Wi-Fi after learning of related health concerns.

At least one school has been sued for having a wireless network.

Dr. Gerd Oberfeld, a government scientist in Austria's Public Health Department, called for Wi-Fi to be removed from schools, and in places where a ban has been considered.

Dr. Olle Johansson, of the renowned Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has done health studies using lower levels of radiation than used by Wi-Fi and still found adverse health effects. He says, "If you go into the data you can see a very clear picture - it is like a puzzle and everything fits together, from DNA break ups to the animal studies and up to the epidemiological evidence; that shows for example increased symptoms as well as increased cancer rates."

Germany has warned citizens about health risks associated with Wi-Fi's "electrosmog."

Britain's official health protection watchdog, Sir William Stewart, called for a review of the use of Wi-Fi in schools, since he discovered that the intensity of microwave radiation from Wi-Fi is three times stronger than the maximum intensity emanating from a mobile phone mast.

The International Association of Firefighters has taken the position that firehouses should not be the site of Wi-Fi until more is known about the long-term effects of exposure, due to how much time fire-fighters work and sleep in the firehouses.

Some researchers are speculating that the profound increase in deaths of the honeybee and bat populations may be the result of "electrosmog" from Wi-Fi.

I strongly encourage concerned citizens to contact City Planning Director David Goodison, at 933-2201 or, and the City Council, and insist that this project be stopped in its tracks for the sake of the citizens living on or near the Plaza, as well as visitors who come to enjoy our Plaza. I don't think we want Sonoma to be a place like Marin which is known for some of the highest breast cancer rates in the country.

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28 March 2010

Dear Corey,

You've misrepresented some facts in your article, "Entrepreneurs cash in on unproven Wi-Fi fears." The WHO recognizes Electrical Sensitivity (ES). So does the US Access Board, and the European Parliament in their EMF resolution last year called on its member states to recognize ES like Sweden does. (physical impairment) There are thousands of peer reviewed studies on RF health effects.

I discovered I am EMF Sensitive over three years ago. I have since spent hundreds of hours researching this issue. The cumulation of that research can be found at The website is filled with information about the health risks and concerns over the proliferation of wireless devices including Wi-Fi. See: "EMF and RF World Concerns Summary"  The EMF Safety Network does not sell products.

Our website was launched in late October 2009 and receives traffic from all around the world. In the past month the site received 1672 visits from 16 countries, 26 US states and over a hundred cities in California. Average time spent on the website was over four minutes.

Your article mocks and minimizes a serious global environmental issue. It does a disservice to people who suffer from a challenging and sometimes debilitating health issue, and to those who could be helped from symptoms they or their doctors cannot understand or explain.

Instead of making fun of the EMF sensitive, promote fiber optics as the superior alternative to wireless. See:

If you have not seen the recent GQ article I highly recommend it: The writer spent a year studying this issue, his advice:  "abandon wi-fi"

GQ Magazine February: "WARNING: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous To Your Health"


Sandi Maurer, founder

EMF Safety Network



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Friday, March 26, 2010

Wireless concerns / Schoolhouse is HOT / Modern communication / headaches and mobile phones / I'm no longer electrosensitive

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27 March 2010

Wireless concerns

Parents blame children's health problems on schools' Wi-Fi technology


Federal guidelines for the use of wireless technology are outdated and should be more in line with emerging research, experts say.

And some Simcoe County parents, who say their kids have experienced adverse health effects as a result of wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) in their schools, agree.

Rodney Palmer, who has two children, four and nine years old, at Mountain View Elementary School in Collingwood, recently made a presentation to the Simcoe County District School Board.

He informed the board that some students were experiencing headaches, dizziness, distorted vision and other symptoms that otherwise weren't usually a problem with the children.

Palmer's four-year-old daughter would get a rash on her leg -- something that would happen only at school, he said.

"It's really the long-term effects that I'm worried about. Introducing a four-year-old to microwave radiation for six hours a day when it's not being used is profoundly unnecessary," he said, noting the majority of the school's eight transmitters were left on when they were not needed.

The long-term effects are what worry researchers, too.

The longer people are exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), the more sensitive they become to them, and the symptoms become more severe, said Magda Havas, an associate professor at Trent University who has been conducting electromagnetic research for 20 years.

She cited a study out of the University of Stockholm in Sweden, where human cells were exposed to radiation at frequencies of both 915 and 1,900 megahertz (MHz). The ability of a cell to heal itself was shown to be impaired when exposed to either frequency.

Havas was involved with a 2008 blind study in Colorado that tested the effects of EMFs on 25 adults. Researchers used cordless phones with a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz), which is used in schools, Havas noted. When the phones were turned on, six people's hearts "started behaving erratically," she said, adding their heart activity normalized after the phones were shut off.

What's alarming to Havas is that 2.4 GHz is a microwave frequency.

"What we're using for Wi-Fi in schools is basically a weaker microwave," she said. "With a microwave oven, you close the door and the microwaves are contained within the oven, whereas, with our schools, the microwaves are released into the environment. The school becomes the microwave."


Wireless Internet has become more common in the board's schools over the past two years. All schools have it at some level, and the goal is to extend that availability to portables.

It's safe by Health Canada's standards, and it's all in the name of equity, said superintendent of education John Dance, who is responsible for IT.

When the board was getting feedback while crafting its IT strategic plan in 2007 and 2008, greater access to the Internet was identified as a need. Allowing access from portables is a step toward equitability in that sense, Dance said.

Also, "it's the 21st-century technology."

"That's where all the technology is right now," he said of wireless.

Another benefit of Wi-Fi, he said, is increased security for the board's network.

The only Wi-Fi-related concerns seem to be coming from Mountain View Elementary School, Dance said, and any decision to turn off transmitters would be made by trustees.

"It would be unusual for us to make a unilateral decision when the board hasn't had a chance to discuss it," he said.

Trustees will get that chance.

Palmer's deputation to the board has been sent to the facility standing committee.

"The issue has been deferred. It has not been dismissed," Dance said.

When it comes to safety standards, the board refers to Health Canada guidelines.

"My understanding is what we have in schools are thousands of times lower than the limit for exposure," Dance said. "All we can do is go back on what our authorities are. They say that it is safe."

The president of Lakehead University feels Canadian and world health authorities won't be saying that forever. "At some point in time, the evidence will become overwhelming and people will say, 'Why weren't we protected?'"

Fred Gilbert said. "At the end of the day, school boards could have some inherent liability."

Gilbert, a biologist, implemented a presidential policy -- which later became a general policy after it was embraced by the university's vice-presidents -- at Lakehead regarding Wi-Fi and cellular antennae.

The purpose was "to limit wireless connectivity based on the 'precautionary principle' as there are numerous scientific studies that demonstrate a basis for concern that continuous or frequent long-term exposure to the non-ionizing radiation of electromagnetic fields could have adverse health effects."

"There was a building mass of information saying, 'Let's stand back a bit. Let's take stock of this,'" Gilbert said.


The policy applies to Lakehead's Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. There are a couple of spots at the Thunder Bay campus where Wi-Fi is available, and that was in response to demand from students.

Essentially, the precautionary principle advises against waiting on scientifically conclusive evidence -- a major grey area with Wi-Fi -- "where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage."

For a body like a school board to refer back to Health Canada and World Health Organization guidelines is "fair," Gilbert said, "but you have to take a look at past history, even around those authorities," he said, noting safety standards change as biological effects become more greatly understood.

Both Gilbert and Havas say it takes too long for the policy to catch up with the science, with Havas saying it happened with concerns about asbestos, cigarettes and pesticides.

"It takes a generation," Gilbert said. "You have a generation that is effectively a guinea pig for what's going on."

Havas agreed, and said it's especially important to go by the precautionary principle in this case, as the health effects are often not surfacing until after years of exposure.

"There's so much evidence out there that these are harmful, but the authorities are not paying attention," she said.

Lakehead doesn't have Wi-Fi at its temporary campus in Orillia, though it's likely the condos above, in the same building, do. The permanent campus, when it opens in the fall, "will be wired and there will not be a need for wireless," Gilbert said.

Lakehead instead uses a fibre-optic system.


Orillia trustee Debra Edwards admitted she doesn't "know the implications" of Wi-Fi in the schools.

"We're not technicians knowledgeable about the dangers to exposure. We need to find out," she said.
If there are transmitters being operated unnecessarily at any schools, "that doesn't make any sense," she said.

"We need to ensure that, beyond any doubt, we're not exposing our children to any dangerous levels of radiation," she said. "We can't just look the other way."

Rebecca Ness, whose eight-year- old son attends Admiral Collingwood school, recently plugged back in after going wireless.

"My house was so wired," she said. "Then I started seeing effects on my son." She said he experienced distorted vision and hearing problems. She made the switch a couple of weeks ago and said the problems "totally disappeared" in 24 hours.

"Even though the symptoms are gone, I worry about it in our schools," Ness said. "The inconvenience of getting sick outweighs the inconvenience of having to plug your computer in."


In an email, Health Canada stated: "Health Canada has no scientific reason to consider the use of wireless communications devices, such as cellphones, BlackBerrys, wireless laptop computers and their supporting infrastructure, dangerous to the health of the Canadian public."

Further, it stated it updates its exposure guidelines every five to 10 years.

"If future scientific evidence demonstrated that exposure to RF (radio frequency) energy levels below the current limits were harmful, the Government of Canada would take immediate action to protect the health of Canadians."

The Ministry of Education was asked a list of questions, including whether it had concerns about the safety of Wi-Fi in schools, whether it had received complaints or concerns about it, and whether it encouraged school boards to implement wireless technology.

In an email, a ministry spokesperson stated: "The ministry's position is that if anyone has health and safety related concerns we recommend they raise these concerns with their local board."

The Simcoe Muskoka catholic District School Board uses Wi-Fi in all its schools and its board office. Communications director Diane Legg said in an email that the board is not aware of any complaints.

"On the contrary, we are frequently asked why we don't have more Wi-Fi in our schools," she said.

The board also refers to Health Canada guidelines and says it is "certainly aware of the debate" and is "monitoring the situation."

The Little Red Schoolhouse is HOT

Shifts happen. Now that President Barack Obama has signed the historic health reform bill, Congress may want to come together and take notice of a once "invisible" health care risk that is now emerging on the horizon. Its key target: school children.

Right now, for example, if you were to visit the ElectromagneticHealth website of expert Camilla Rees, MBA, a guest speaker for the film Full Signal, at this week's D.C. Environmental Film Festival, you could click on Neighborhood AntennaSearch.

By entering your home or business address, you will discover how many cellphone towers and antenna are located within a four mile radius. In Washington D.C., for example, you may be surrounded by as many as 75 towers and 892 antenna. Here in Boulder, Colorado, the number is much lower, still, there are more than 12 towers and 59 antenna within a four mile radius of my house.

We are living, it seems, in a sea of invisible smog of electronic radiation called EMF. And the health risk to schoolchildren is getting worse. Why? Since 1997 and the passage of the Telecomunications Act, more and more cellular antennas have been placed in neighborhoods around the world to support an ever growing number of cell phone users.

Many of these antenna are cleverly hidden in church steeples (the church gets a monthly fee for this), in chimneys, on flagpoles, or water towers. However, when they are placed on school property, the school district is unable -- by law -- to refuse placement of the antennas. Unable to protect the health of schoolchildren from the impacts of EMF, they are, instead, paid a monthly fee. They receive from $2-5,000 per month per antenna.

It's a local issue everywhere, says Rees, and it intertwines health concerns with financial gain.

That's why change needs to happen at the federal level. When the federal government passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Section 704 included a federal pre-emption, which took away local and state rights to limit the location of towers in any way. Not for environmental reasons, or human health.

So what are the health risks to children and adults? According to Ms. Rees, federal guidelines are 1,000 times too lenient because they are adhering to a false premise, that unless the radiation is HOT enough, it is not harmful. However, she points to thousands of studies that show biological effects at non-heating levels. The research shows DNA damage, along with impacts to the immune system, nervous system and endocrine system, causing disruption at every level of life.

This health issue is taken so seriously in Europe, that Switzerland's leading expert Dr. Rau M.D., says it is criminal to expose children to this type of radiation. Europe is way ahead of the U.S. in regulating the use of cell phones. The European parliament passed a resolution in April, 2009 recommending that member countries establish wireless free zones. Specifically, schools, health care institutions, daycare and retirement communities must be completely free of wifi. In four years, guidelines call for radiation to be reduced to 1/10th of today's levels.

Pro-active France has already banned cell phones in primary schools. They have also called upon the manufacturers to make a phone that can only text, not include speech except through wired headset or speaker.

Although the U.S. is heading in the opposite direction, there is cause for hope. Next month, on April 26, the Brag Antenna Ranking of Schools Report will be released. It is a Herculean project organized by Dr. Magda Havas Ph.D, and supported by ElectroMagneticHealth, and citizen advocate groups.

The Brag Report ranks all public and private schools in the U.S. and gives each a color code. Dr. Havas' students have been engaged in this project for several years. The Brag Report will make it easy for parents to do a search to find out if their school ranks black, red, amber, or green (best). The goal of the report is to get parents activated and engaged with this issue.

This is where the leadership of parents of school-age children comes in. And it offers another opportunity for a leadership role for our country's First Lady Michelle Obama. While she can't stop the growth of this widespread industry, she can help shine the spotlight of parental concern about the local risk to our nation's school children.
Modern communication gadgets

Until last summer I was, like most people nowadays, very fond of all my modern communication gadgets from wifi to mobile, from Palm to laptops and all their advantages. From 2006 onwards I went several times to see a doctor for heart palpitations, but they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. Then in July 2008 I suddenly started experiencing dizziness on numerous occasions, till it got so bad one night, suffering even from speech problems, that I ended up in A&E thinking I had a stroke or heart attack; in the following weeks I underwent many tests. The results showed I was absolutely fine, but the symptoms stayed. The doctors told me I just had been stressed, but the thing is I wasn’t stressed at all prior to this. To my own shock and confusion I realized that my dizziness always occurred, when I was in close vicinity to Wifi, mobiles, Blackberries and mobile masts. Other symptoms added themselves to the list: Headaches, excessive sweating during the night, memory and concentration problems, a pain in my head, and discomfort either side of my neck [Glands] pins and needles in my hands, a feeling of being static (I gave people electric shocks in that early period, when I shook their hands), prickly skin and even skin rashes. The latter, when I was sitting in front of my computer or the tv. Even certain light sources (energy saving light bulbs and neon lights) caused the skin problem to occur.

After medical professionals weren’t able to help, I started my own research and found many websites and blogs by people, with exactly the same problems as mine. They are sufferers of electro-sensitivity (ES), a condition fully recognized in Canada and Sweden as a medical impairment (with 250.000 sufferers in Sweden alone) but unfortunately ridiculed in the UK. I had never heard of it (this to show I am not a hypochondriac), but once I realized that this was the source of my problems, I started clearing my home environment from Wifi, DECT phones and non-essential electrical items. My problems immediately started to get noticeably better. Since I am suffering from this condition, I have spoken to many people about it and even if not everyone has fully blown symptoms of ES, I have encountered many people who have some of the described symptoms. So the problem might lie on a bigger scale than the assumed 3-5% of sufferers worldwide. This is the main reason of me contacting you, as I have the feeling that more awareness needs to be raised, as many many people suffer of a small portion of ES symptoms. Especially prevalent seems the following:

Most men carry their mobile in their jacket or trousers for easy access. I used to carry mine in my motorbike jacket’s front left pocket. When I stopped doing that the unexplained palpitations I suffered from for 2 years vanished immediately. In conversations with friends, colleagues and fellow bikers I heard that many of them experience similar symptoms like pain or tremors in the chest area or what the American media refers to as “phantom text messages”. Every now and then I’d think I had a text message, when carrying my phone in my trouser pockets, but when I checked there was nothing there. According to Swedish scientist and ES expert Olle Johansson this is caused “by high intensity bursts of extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field charges that your phone is producing and (that are) affecting your nervous system.” This seems to affect mainly men, as men are more likely to carry their phone on their body than women, who mainly carry them in their handbags. Of course I don’t know, if carrying your mobile is a cause of ES or if these phantom text messages are just another symptom and the causes could lie somewhere else, like problems with your immune system for example, which could to make you more susceptible to all the electromagnetic radiation around us, but in any case I guess it can’t be good to have heart palpitations. I know: I have heard every joke about “vibrating pockets” and have been many times referred to Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” column. There are definitely pseudo-scientists out there making a lot of money from scaremongering, but we have to distinguish between those and the victims in all this.

Retrospectively I am convinced that my heart palpitations were an early warning sign for what was happening later on. I might have been able to avoid to come to down with electro-sensitivity, if I had known more about it. And believe me: ES is not an easy thing to live with. During all this happening I thought for a short period of time, that it might just be my ancient phone causing trouble, so I opted for an iphone, but that just made things far worse, which brings me to another issue of widespread problems nobody seems willing to be talking about.

Now I know that the radiation emitted from an iphone/ Blackberry is far higher than the one of my old Nokia. (Measured in SAR ratings: iphone a whopping 2.0, the ancient Nokia a mere 0.57) In the US for example the guidelines are much tighter, the iphone on the market there has a lower rating. Since then I have spoken to many proud owners of their Powerful 3G Phones. Many of them experience sleep problems (most of them seem to wake up in the early hours of the morning (around 4.30 am) and find it difficult to get back to sleep) and/ or feel ill. Even though some of them admitted, that their problems started shortly after acquiring their new gadget, they are of course unwilling to put two and two together. As I was when it all started happening to me. Our fast communication tools are just so wonderfully convenient, that we are very reluctant to think, there might be a problem. And I’m not talking about some weird conspiracy theory. Just the reluctance to let go of something making our lives so much easier. But maybe the price we are all paying on the long run will be too high? Even though it should be said, that of course the revenue of the communications industry is vast. But smoking used to be a relaxing pastime, didn’t it? If you are still sceptical, while reading this, maybe you can suspend your disbelief and convey an easy test: Maybe ask around in your office, if people are experiencing sleep problems and/ or the phantom text messages?

Maybe ask willing participants to switch off their mobile and Wifi during the night, remove the DECT phone from the bedroom and not to carry the mobile on their bodies for a period to see if it makes any difference? The phones, if kept switched on by your bed (i.e. used as an alarm clock) will not let your brain go into a proper sleep pattern and thus not allowing for your body’s necessary recuperation process to work over night.

There should be warnings on phones: Do not keep by your bed. I am sure that the results of such a test will be very convincing. Since all this has happened to me I have spoken to many fellow sufferers, as well. Many people, completely left alone by the NHS, forced to leave their jobs and in some cases even their homes. I am in writing contact with a woman who is now living in a tent, as it is the only place, where she can be symptom free. A desolate and lonely existence. The people I have spoken to come from all walks of life: lawyers, bankers, actors, lighting technicians, librarians etc. They all suffer the same symptoms. If they were all hypochondriac, how come they all have the same set of symptoms?

Surely this can’t be some sort of mass hallucination or hysteria. Even the though numbers are growing ES sufferers and anyone trying to ask for more research are being ridiculed. So far research hasn’t come up with any conclusive results, but as a sufferer of ES I know, that has just to do with the fact that the scientists undertaking the trials don’t understand (or worse don’t take it seriously) and so the lab environment is a problem in itself for most sufferers.

The whole scenario reminds me very much of the case of ME (especially because of some of the similarities in symptoms between the two illnesses).

Sufferers of ME were ridiculed for years as having “yuppie flu”. Maybe there is even a link? Other problems to come include the widespread ideas of rolling out wifi over whole cities and the installation of so-called smart-meters, that will send your electricity usage reading wirelessly to the providers.

I am already scared, how I will be able to live my life and cope at my job with the increasing EMFs and Wifi everywhere. Looking back it would have been great, if I had known more about the possible problems of overexposure to modern communication. We all should be more careful until it is really proven that there are no dangers involved in using wireless technology to the extent we do at the moment.

Personally I'm really worried for the future of all my friends and family living in this country. I believe we are sleep walking into a really big problem for our health. Please take the time to look at the sites above, and talk to others!

Posted 2/27/2010 4:11:49am
by spinneyhorse
Problems with headaches and mobile phones

I have had problems with headaches and mobile phones for years, but it took me 10 years to piece together the evidence. Eventually, I could not speak on my cordless (DECT) phone at home for more than 15 minutes without developing a striking pain above my right ear, followed by a hot-cold sensation. This would last for a few hours and symptoms became increasingly easy to notice. I visited my doctor and his advice was: stop using your wireless phones. We also wanted to buy a house - a lovely one - but noticed on the information pack that a phone mast had been placed on the corner of the property (about 12 meters from the house). I wanted to find out the levels of radiation we'd be looking at and bought an expensive device to measure this. Well, needless to say we measured more than just the property. I quickly discovered that the DECT phone at home was as bad as my mobile phone and so was my microwave, when in use.

We went back to using the old-fashioned cable phone for a landline and now I try not to stand near the microwave when it is switched on. I even started a consultancy to identify levels of EMF in other peoples' homes, so they can do something to improve their problems. I had also developed sleeping problems around this time (it seems once you're sensitive to EMF radiation, it's easy for more and more symptoms to develop). I scanned my bedroom and discovered a very strong signal coming from the neighbour's house (we share a wall). I looked into shielding materials and discovered that they are very pricey, but luckily my husband, who is well qualified in electrical engineering, happened to pick up that any conductive material applied over the problem area will help to reduce radiation - if you're keen to find out more, search the internet for Mast Radiation Surrey. I have put up pictures and information about the readings and decreases we achieved using just kitchen foil and thermal foil. We covered the wall and waited for results. Admittedly it took about 3 weeks before I slept properly again, but I'm definitely feeling a whole lot better.

Out of curiosity, we asked the neighbour if they'd put WiFi in their bedroom and they told us they had recently upgraded to "double strength" broadband in their bedroom - well, that explained it then. About the house with the phone mast: let's just say these things give of a massive amount of signal. 100 metres from an average mast gives off the equivalent radiation to your mobile next to your head (about 150uW/sq metre). I have started plotting readings on a map (South London/ Surrey). It covers the area I live and work in - if you're keen to see real readings as an example of radiation levels around masts, try looking for Radiation Purley on the internet. My site opens with a map of the area. I hope this information can help those of you who want to find some concrete measurements.

Personally, I like to see/experience these things for myself to believe them. But as you can see, I have become a believer.

Posted 3/8/2010 5:37:12am
by mastradiation
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By: Corey Pein 03/24/2010

Hi Cory (re your story)

Like Arthur Firstenberg I suffer from electro hyper-sensitivity.  It is a very unpleasant condition which makes life quite difficult.

Please view the video which is linked below, it was made by one of the most knowledgeable researchers of the health effects of electro magnetic radiation.  Please note that the radiation emitted by Wi Fi is very similar to a DECT cordless telephone.

Would you please comment on the facts presented in the video.

Would you like me to send you more scientific information about the dangers of microwave radiation and Wi Fi?


Martin Weatherall

Important research on electro sensitivity  From Dr. Magda Havas

It provides unequivocal evidence that the radiation from a cordless (DECT) phone interferes with the heart.  This video provides evidence that electro hyper-sensitivity is real, is physical, and may be life threatening.

It also shows that non-thermal exposure, at levels well below federal guidelines in most countries (0.3% of the 1000 microW/cm2), has biological and health effects. 

Note - No response from this reporter.  He is willing to write an article criticizing persons with electro sensitivity, yet when he is provided with proof of the dangers and effects of microwave radiation, he ignores it.  Not my idea of a responsible reporter. 


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