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18 March 2018

Screen Time at Close Range Could Lead to 'Tsunami of Myopia' and Eyesight Issues

Screen time at close range could lead to 'tsunami of myopia' and eyesight issues
by Jesse ThompsonABC Radio Darwin, 12 March 2018

Watching something on your phone?  Why not hold the
screen out at elbow's length. 
ABC Radio Darwin:
Jesse Thompson
Many people will remember being told not to sit too close to the television in the lounge rooms of their childhoods.

But today's parents would do well to warn their children not to position themselves too close to small screens, according to optometrist Helen Summers.

She warned that the use of the screens at close range for long periods of time could be leading to a generation of eyesight problems.

"We're actually facing a tsunami of myopia — short-sightedness," she told ABC Radio Darwin's Joel Spry.

"We have 4 million short-sighted people in Australia at the moment, but by the year 2050 we're looking at 22 million."

Silicon Valley - Better Parental Controls Needed, Especially on Smartphones

Silicon Valley — better parental controls needed, especially on smartphonesby Julie Paul, Opinion, sfchronicle.com, 22 February 2018

Kids as business executives using smartphone while
sitting on table. 
Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS
Raising kids in this digital age is a tricky game, and we often feel like we have a devil and an angel on our shoulders. Our job as parents is to watch over our children’s health and well-being and, while the effects of screen time on developing brains are still largely unknown, we’ve all seen the correlation between cranky behavior and excessive device use.

And yet, we are also tasked with preparing our kids for life in the 21st century, which means developing strong technology and communication skills for future science and technology careers. While we all want to help our kids develop healthy digital habits, we totally lack the tools to navigate through these distinctions.

More Kids Are Going to Emergency Rooms with Severe Allergies

More kids are going to emergency rooms with severe allergies
by Maggie Fox, nbcnews.com, 13 March 2018

Food allergies account for the most serious cases

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by
Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe
allergy sufferers are seen in Washington. Aug. 24
Jim Bourg / Reuters File
More U.S. kids are being taken to emergency rooms with serious allergic reactions, new insurance data shows.

The number of children treated in emergency departments for anaphylaxis went up 150 percent between 2010 and 2016, the report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield finds.

Most of the life-threatening reactions are to foods such as peanuts and tree nuts, according to the claims data.

It might be because parents are more aware, said Dr. Trent Haywood, chief medical officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

“Parents are recognizing symptoms, calling their pediatricians and coming to the ER a lot quicker,” Haywood said in a statement.

"The big question is why and that's what we in the medical community need to find out,” he added. “We know that food allergies are tied to both genetics and the environment — and we know that something has changed for it to have gone up so drastically.”

16 March 2018

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies on Health Risks of 5G Small Cells, FCC Limits, WiFi in Schools and the Health Risks of the Internet of Things

"Article 4 section 51 of the Michigan Constitution States: 'the public health and the general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be a matter of primary public concern. The legislature shall pass suitable laws for the protection and promotion of public health.'

Despite the convenience and the enormous economic growth potential associated with the Internet of Things our primary concern as legislators is not convenience, nor economic growth. As much as I love technology as per our Michigan constitution the public health and the general welfare of the people of our state are supposed to be our primary concern."

-Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck

Colbeck cites health as reason to slow ‘small cell’ rush (7 mn. - 15 March 2018)

13 March 2018

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids

"What none of these parents understand is that their children’s and teens’ destructive obsession with technology is the predictable consequence of a virtually unrecognized merger between the tech industry and psychology. This alliance pairs the consumer tech industry’s immense wealth with the most sophisticated psychological research, making it possible to develop social media, video games, and phones with drug-like power to seduce young users."

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids
by Richard Freedmedium.com, 11 March 2018

Child and adolescent psychologist, and the author of “Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age”

How psychology — a discipline that we associate with healing — is being used as a weapon against children

“We called the police because she wrecked her room and hit her mom… all because we took her phone,” Kelly’s father explained. He said that when the police arrived that evening, Kelly was distraught and told an officer that she wanted to kill herself. So, an ambulance was called, the 15-year-old was strapped to a gurney, taken to a psychiatric hospital, and monitored for safety before being released. Days after being hospitalized, Kelly was brought to my office by her parents who wanted to get help for their troubled girl...

Schwarzenegger Planning to Sue Oil Companies for 'Knowingly Killing People All Over the World'

Schwarzenegger planning to sue oil companies for 'knowingly killing people all over the world’
by Rebecca Savransky, msn.com / The Hill, 12 March 2018

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is planning to sue oil companies, alleging they are "knowingly killing people all over the world."

Schwarzenegger said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast that he is still working on the timing for his push, but he is now speaking with private law firms.

"This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that," Schwarzenegger, a global environmental activist, said.

12 March 2018

Maryland: Residents Worried about Small Cell Safety Have Been Waiting Years for Federal Guidance

Residents worried about small cell safety have been waiting years for federal guidance
By Ryan Barwickpublicintegrity.org, 2 March 2018

Residents voice their strong opposition to 5G small cells at
a heated October 2016 public meeting in Montgomery
County, Maryland
Cities ask the government for guidance on radio-frequency exposure — with no answer in sight.

In town halls and city council chambers across the country, local officials are facing the wrath of residents fearful of the next wave of wireless communications soon to sweep the nation.

They worry that the new technology — which will require hundreds of thousands of so-called small-cell antennas placed throughout neighborhoods — could cause adverse health effects because the antennas, located sometimes just a couple dozen feet from houses, will bathe their communities in round-the-clock radio frequencies.

11 March 2018

Switzerland: The Digital Revolution Is Being Threatened

The Digital Revolution in Switzerland is Being Threatened
by Anouch Seydtaghia, Le Temps, 9 March 2018 (translation)

The Council of States has refused to relax an ordinance on radiation emitted by mobile phone antennas, jeopardizing the launch, in 2020, of 5G.  The telecoms operators are furious, but health groups are calling for caution.

Only one vote was needed.  By 22 votes to 21, the Council of States refused Monday [5 March] to relax the regulations on mobile phone antennas.  Switzerland will thus keep an ordinance fixing the maximum values of non-ionizing radiation that are ten times lower than in the European Union.  This vote of seemingly little importance could have major consequences on the digitization of the country, warns the telecoms operators for whom the deployment of the 5G network is now jeopardized.  Their opponents state that the health of the population must take precedence.

10 March 2018

Switzerland: How the Daughter of National Councilor Maximilian Reimann is Fighting against Swisscom for Her Survival

Copper cables radiate in the garden.  Evelyn Reimann can
hardly bear her father's house in Gipf-Oberfrick, Aargau
(7 February 2018).  Photo: Kilian J. Kessler
How the Daughter of Maximilian Reimann, National Councilor UDC , is Fighting against Swisscom for Her Survival
by Marco Metzler, nzz.ch, 4 March 2018 (translation)

Evelyn Reimann has been suffering from the radiation of copper cables since Swisscom is has been using them for high debit Internet transmission.  Today, the family is defending themselves legally and is ready to resort to litigation proceedings.

"I am being tortured," says Evelyn Reimann at the kitchen table of the one-family home of her father, National Councilor Maximilian Reimann.  This 38-year-old woman is in bad shape.  According to the family doctor, she is suffering from electrosensitivity.  Since November 2015, she is hardly able to stay in Gipf-Oberfrick, Aargau.  Swisscom is responsible for this.

Before the meeting, she asks us to only make calls in the case of an emergency.  There, we place all devices in airplane mode.  In the corridor, there is an unplugged cross-trainer.  After a short stay at home, her condition worsened.  "I have headaches, tachycardia and difficulties breathing.  After two nights, I was exhausted," she said.  "It was severe on the fixed phone.  Then, I realized for the first time that something else wasn't right."

Switzerland: Mobile Telephony: War of the Waves

Dr. Carlos Beat Quinto, member of the central committee
of the Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) - which
has some 30,000 members
On March 5, 2018, the Council of States, Swiss Parliament, voted once again on revision of the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation (ORNI). By a vote of 22 to 21 with 2 abstentions, the Council said “no” to the Motion,“Avoiding the collapse of mobile networks and securing the country's digital future" and thus rejected an increase in the limit values for mobile phone antennas.

A number of associations concerned about the effects of radiofrequency radiation on people and the environment were against the motion: Doctors for the Protection of the Environment, Federation of Swiss Doctors, Union of Swiss Farmers, HabitatDurable, Swiss Federation of Patients. and advocacy groups. During the debate prior to the vote, some of the deputies mentioned having received several hundred letters and copies of scientific studies from people concerned about health, including electrosensitive persons.

The following article appeared in Migros Magazine, which has a readership of over 700,000 persons.

Mobile Telephony:  War of the Waves
by Alain Portnermigrosmagazine.ch, 2 March 2018 (translation)

The Parliament is going to discuss a motion on the increase in the power of mobile phone antennas.  The Federation of Swiss Doctors (FMH) is against this.