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30 September 2016

Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in California Cell-Phone Warning Case

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Concerns About Potential Conflict of Interest in CA Cell-Phone Warning Case
publicnewsservice.org, 29 September 2016

Allegations of potential judicial conflict of interest have surfaced in a cell-phone warning case. 

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allegations have surfaced that a judge in the case against Berkeley's cell phone warning ordinance has ties to the wireless industry.

CTIA, the wireless industry trade group (formerly the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), is challenging a law that requires stores to post information on proper cell phone use so that radiation exposure doesn’t exceed federal guidelines.

The case was heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in mid-September by a three-member panel that included Judge Michelle Friedland, whose husband, Daniel Kelly, is allegedly an engineer with wireless company Tarana.

Recognition of Electrohypersensitivity as a Functional Impairment (Disability)

We felt that these comments from Professor Olle Johansson in response to a post on Dave Ashton's blog ("Being Electrosensitive") merited being placed here.  Professor Johansson reminds us that electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is a functional impairment (disability).  It is the environment that is sick - "inferior and potentially toxic", not EHS persons.  "The whole environment must be accessibility-adapted... People with functional impairments should have full access to the entire society... EHS persons should be protected under the UN 22 Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities/The UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Functional Impairments."  Sadly, this is not the case in most countries and there are attempts to move EHS from the functional impairment paradigm to the patient/disease one.

Comments from Professor Olle Johansson

Being Electrosensitive, 29 September 2016

The comments from Professor Olle Johansson below are in response to Stephanie Dickerson's post on 14th August 2016, entitled "A Story of Ehs, and Accepting Loss".
https://beingelectrosensitive.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/a-story-of-ehs-and-accepting-loss.html

29 September 2016

Doctors Disagree With Charges Against California Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, Assert Vaccine Safety Is A Concern

Some very brave California doctors have come forward to voice their concerns about the attack on the license of pediatrician Bob Sears over his issuing a medical waiver for vaccines in a state that has recently enacted a mandatory vaccination law.

Doctors Disagree With Charges Against Dr. Bob Sears, Assert Vaccine Safety Is A Concern
by Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., resetme, 27 September 2016

On September 2, 2016, the Medical Board of California filed an accusation against Dr. Robert Sears, a Capistrano Beach pediatrician and author of several books, including a comprehensive guide to vaccines.

(Photo: All 3 of Cammy Benton, M.D.'s daughters had adverse reactions to childhood vaccines. Genetic testing revealed that the girls were methylation compromised, making it harder for their bodies to detoxify. Benton says the Medical Board's allegation of "gross negligence" against Dr. Robert Sears is completely unfounded.  

Dr. Benton says her two older daughters who are fully vaccinated have ongoing health problems, including learning challenges, gastrointestinal issues, and allergies, which were caused by vaccines. She and her husband stopped vaccinating their youngest daughter when she was four months old. She has not had any vaccines since. Benton says that, unlike her sisters, the three-year-old has never needed an antibiotic and rarely gets sick.

Photo credit: Kinston Photography.)

The Medical Board of California claimed Sears “was grossly negligent in his care and treatment of J.G., a minor, who he saw for six office visits between April 2014 and May 2015.”

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone

How To Hardwire Your IPad, IPod, And IPhone
Environmental Health Trust

Our family has transitioned from wireless to wired. Here’s how how to hardwire your iPad, iPod, and iPhone and other favorite devices safely to the Ethernet.

Transitioning from wireless to wired has been more of a journey than a decision. Our home was not wired for Ethernet, thus we had to learn to live with the inconvenience of cables running throughout the house. I wouldn’t trade the peace of mind, however, and my three teens have adapted well. Especially once we corded their favorite devices!

With a little ingenuity and a few supplies, you’ll be able to enjoy your devices without the added burden of wireless frequencies.

‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care

Credit:  Sonny Figueroa/
The New York Times
"Medical care is considerably more than data management or even disease management. A whole world of comfort, counseling, talk and touch counters Dr. Topol’s vision of patient as data spreadsheet."

Patient, Heal Thyself - ‘The Patient Will See You Now’ Envisions a New Era of Digitally Perfected Care
by Abigail Zuger, M.D. , The New York times, 5 January 2015

Dr. Eric Topol and I appear to practice medicine on two different planets. This fact makes it difficult for me to comment sensibly on his books, let alone critique them. Instead, I read along with mouth slightly agape, marveling at this missive from a far-off place whose atmosphere, physical laws and inhabitants bear no resemblance to the ones I know.

Dr. Topol is a cardiologist who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and also serves as editor in chief of the website Medscape. His title at Scripps, “Professor of Innovative Medicine,” says it all: Like a fundamentalist preacher heralding the apocalypse, he preaches the end of medicine as we know it and the dawn of rigorous, digitally perfected, accurate and cost-effective care.

More on How Cellphones Are Linked to Brain Cancer

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
More on how cellphones are linked to brain cancer
by Ronald Melnick, Opinion, jhnewsandguide.com,
28 September 2016

Contrary to what Bob Culver asserts in his commentary in the Jackson Hole News&Guide on Sept. 21 (“Phones haven’t been proven to cause cancer”), there is a substantial and growing body of independent scientific evidence indicating that non-ionizing microwave radiation from cellphones — RFR — can be damaging to human health.

In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer carried out an extensive review of the world’s literature and classified RFR as a “possible human carcinogen” (published in volume 102 of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, 2013). The section on cancer in humans lists more than 130 references.

28 September 2016

Dangerous and Addictive

The use of Ritalin has increased.  According to Swissmedic,
in 10 years, the quantity of the drug sold in Switzerland
has tripled, passing from 140 kilos in 2005 to 346 in 2014.
Image: Keystone
Our latest opinion piece, published in the Swiss newspaper, 24 heures.

Dangerous and Addictive
23 September 2016

Re article, « Ritalin among employees and students », 26 August 2016

In Switzerland, more and more employees and students are taking Ritalin in order to improve their performance.  A dangerous and addictive drug is being prescribed to children and adults in order to treat attention deficit disorder.  We are ignoring the causes of these problems such as overuse of mobile devices which can decrease concentration and performance.

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers

"In Britain, an escalation of problems associated with tablet use among pre-school children has been reported by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. These include developmental delays in attention span, motor skills and dexterity, speaking and socialisation — as well as an increase in aggressive and antisocial behaviour, obesity and tiredness. A growing number of young children are beginning school without enough dexterity to pick up and play with building blocks."

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers
by Susan L.M. Goldberg, pjmedia.com, 19 September 2016

The other week my very tech-savvy in-laws once again brought up the idea of buying a toy tablet for my toddler. They see how interested he is in pushing buttons and rightfully associate his curiosity with all things electronic with his father’s similar nature. There is one key generational difference between my husband and my son, though: My husband’s first experience with computers didn’t happen until he was close to 10 years old. My son, on the other hand, has been born into the digital age.

United States: Some Cities Are Taking Another Look at LED Lighting After AMA Warning

An LED fixture, bottom, is displayed next to an older 
streetlight, top, in Las Vegas, Nev. on Aug. 3, 2011.
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Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning
by Michael Ollove, The Washington Post, 
25 September 2016

If people are sleepless in Seattle, it may not be only because they have broken hearts.

The American Medical Association issued a warning in June that high-intensity LED streetlights — such as those in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and elsewhere — emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The AMA also cautioned that those light-emitting-diode lights can impair nighttime driving vision.

Similar concerns have been raised over the past few years, but the AMA report adds credence to the issue and is likely to prompt cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of LED lights they install.

'A Deadly Wandering' by Matt Richtel: Book Review

A driver can remain distracted for up
to 15 seconds after sending a text.
Credit: Mike Blake/ Reuters
In 2014 in the United States, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (Ref: distraction.gvt)

Attention Must Be Paid
'A Deadly Wandering,' by Matt Richtel

by Robert Kolkersept, The New York Times, 25 September 2014

Reggie Shaw is the man responsible for the most moving portion of “From One Second to the Next,” the director Werner Herzog’s excruciating (even by Werner Herzog standards) 35-minute public service announcement, released last year as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign against texting and driving. In the film, Shaw, now in his 20s, recounts the rainy morning in September 2006 that he crossed the line of a Utah highway, knocking into a car containing two scientists, James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, who were heading to work nearby. Both men were killed. Shaw says he was ­texting a girlfriend at the time, adding in unmistakable anguish that he can’t even ­remember what he was texting about. He is next seen taking part in something almost inconceivable: He enters the scene where one of the dead men’s daughters is being interviewed, and receives from that woman a warm, earnest, tearful, cathartic hug.