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Congresswomen Eshoo and Speier Introduce HR 530 to Block FCC Cell Tower Preemption

In a courageous move to preserve local government control, Federal bill HR 530 was introduced January 14, 2019 in the House of Representatives by California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) September 26, 2018 ruling to accelerate the deployment of 5G small cells throughout the U.S.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier has co-sponsored the bill.  Representative Eshoo stated the FCC had failed to listen to reasonable input from communities across the country, cowered to industry interests, and failed to put the public interests first.’” In a January 15, 2019 press statement Eshoo added,  “Having served in local government for a decade on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I understand and respect the important role that state and local governments play in protecting the welfare of their residents,”

HR 530 and the Question of 5G Safety

Federal bill HR 530   is titled-To provide that certain actions by the Federal Communications Commission shall have no force or effect.   It simply states,PRESERVATION OF RIGHTS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Actions by the Federal Communications Commission in ‘‘Accelerating Wireless and Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment’’ (83 Fed.Reg. 5186783) and the Federal Communications Commission’s Declaratory Ruling in ‘‘Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling’’ (FCC 18-111) shall have no force or effect.”

Where is the Scientific Evidence of 5G Safety?

It is noteworthy that on December3,  2018 California Congresswoman Eshoo and Connecticut Senator Blumenthal formally wrote a letter asking the FCC for scientific evidence of safety of 5G technology. This 5G technology is currently being marketed and promoted to consumers prior to full development or testing. The Congressmembers have not heard back yet.

Journalist Blake Levitt spoke at the Blumenthal press conference December 3, 2018, explaining the lack of  scientific literature on 5G and underscoring that evidence today indicates that thin skinned amphibians and insects, such as bees, will be most affected by this technology with disastrous results. She concluded that“The FCC is completely unprepared, unable and possibly unwilling to oversee 5G for safety, even at it barrels toward us.”   Citizens are now writing letters to their local congress members asking for support for this effort by Congress members Eshoo and Speier as well as 1) an investigation into the FCC  2) Scientific evidence of 5G safety  3) A  moratorium on 5G deployment  as well as 4)  reevaluation of FCC exposure standards to consider biologic (non-thermal) not just heat effects. Blake Levitt Speaks at Senator Blumenthal Press Conference Dec 3, 2018

FCC “5G Fast Track Plan” is Industry Backed

The FCC Order, FCC 18-111 is an industry backed effort intended to remove barriers and allow for speedy placement of what are termed small cells for wireless communications. These barriers are the cities themselves, who wish to maintain their own conditional use permitting process to approve of these small cells with 1) public input 2) thorough city planning commission input and 3) the ability to charge a fair price for rental of the utility poles in the valuable local real estate market of the  “Public Right of Way”.

These so called “Small Cells” are not so small and will have powerful 4G and likely many other broadband frequencies emitting modulated electromagnetic radiation densely located about every 300 feet, close to homes, schools and businesses. They are lower to the ground with higher exposures 24 hours a day. This will be in addition to large refrigerator sized battery backup and accessory equipment on the street to support each antenna. Undergrounding of equipment will not be permitted.  There will only be what is termed “ministerial” permits that have to be approved in 60 to 90 days.

Cities in Chaos

This has caused chaos and angst in cities who will be forced to lose what remaining control they have in this process.  The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Spectrum Act of 2012 are already extremely restrictive in terms of options for cities to place towers and also do not allow for refusal or consideration of refusal of cell towers on the grounds of health or environmental concerns.

70 Cities in Court to Challenge New FCC Rules

After the September 26, 2018 Declaratory Ruling was passed by the FCC, more than a dozen cities including Los Angeles, Seattle and San Jose, challenged  the FCC over these restrictions. The wireless industry states they will loose $2 Billion, but the cities consider that it is instead a giveaway to industry.  The Ninth Circuit Court was asked to review the rules and give an opinion.  On November 6, 2018, these lawsuits were consolidated with several other lawsuits in the western States including Las Vegas and Portland, and through a lottery, sent to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

10th Circuit Court of Appeals Transfers Case to 9th Circuit

On January 10, 2019 the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the motion to stay the FCC Declaratory Ruling FCC 18-133, stating that the cities did not demonstrate that they would suffer irreparable harm without the stay. The same day however, the Court granted a transfer of the petition by San Jose and allied cities (including Burlingame, San Bruno and San Francisco) against the FCC back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where it originated.

In the original filing the cities have argued that the FCC Declaratory Ruling is ambiguous, overreaching, unreasonable and raises constitutional issues. The cities argue that “A stay will “serve the public’s strong interest in “preserving the status quo ante litem until the merits of a serious controversy can be fully considered.”

San Jose Mayor Liccardo Outspoken About FCC Overreach

Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has led the fight against the FCC Order in San Jose, resigned from the FCC’s  Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee in January 2018  stating,  “It has become abundantly clear that despite the good intentions of several participants, the industry-heavy makeup of BDAC will simply relegate the body to being a vehicle for advancing the interests of the telecommunications industry over those of the public,”  Mayor Sam Liccardo Resignation Letter, January 25, 2018.

 

U.S. Court of Appeals Motions, Oppositions and Respondents in FCC Lawsuit by Date

 

Small Cities versus Big Telecomm

This will be a David and Goliath confrontation as the National League of Cities spars with the Telecommunications Industrial Complex with overfilled coffers and much carefully strategized political muscle. A Harvard Ethics Fellow, Norm Alster, has written a eye-opening investigative  paper entitled Captured Agency: How the Federal communications Commission is Dominated by the industries it Presumably Regulates.

Preemption of Local Rights by States and Federal Governments: A Looming Broad Issue

This fight highlights the dangers and threats of Federal preemption of local governments in many areas that affect public health including agriculture, toxics reductions and climate change policies. In a recent paper published in the American Public Health Association Journal entitled “State Preemption: Threat to Democracy, Essential Regulation, and Public Health”   JL Pomeranz et al make the case for maintaining local government authority. They state, “Modern preemption represents the convergence of industry-sponsored deregulation and an undermining of local democracy…State legislatures have gone so far as to eliminate their own ability to act on a wide range of issues while preempting local control over these same issues. States also have enacted punitive preemptive measures [“super-preemption”] under which local governments and officials can be subject to civil and even criminal penalties for adopting legislation that may be contrary to state law. Stakeholders and advocates across public health topic areas can work together to present a stronger opposition to preemption and support minimum standards that strengthen the health of all communities.

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FCC “5G FAST Plan” Provokes Lawsuits

Package of Industry-Backed Legislation Removes Local Control and is Poised to Remove Industry Liability for Communications

A storm of local, state and now Federal legislation has been passed since 2016, removing the rights of municipalities and giving incentives to the telecom industry in order to speed deployment of 5G.  Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, followed by the Spectrum Act of 2013, removed most of the control of local governments to approve or deny placement of cell towers nor to consider health or environmental effects for placement.  Plans to further streamline deployment of “small cells” go beyond the goal of increasing internet speed, and can contain equipment for any IoT data use including sensors and audio/visual surveillance systems for “Smart City ” development. This will include expansion of current 2G,3G and 4G systems, adding intervening spectrum usage.

The FCC  Reveals Their “5G FAST Plan”

Quietly ushered in by FCC Chairman and former Verizon attorney, Ajit Pai, the FCC has adopted a sweeping set of new rules which fundamentally shift the framework of communications expansion.  The  Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology  or  The 5G FAST Plan”  speeds next generation technology by

And Modernizing Outdated Regulations

These rulings remove obstacles to deployment of 5G and speed up state and local review of small cells by requiring administrative staff approval only, rather than a standard permitting process for approval.  No moratorium on cell towers is allowed and the FCC is given broad authority regarding the attachment of cell tower equipment to utility poles.  Policy allows “the party with the strongest incentive—new attacher—to prepare the pole quickly by performing all of the work itself, rather than spreading the work across multiple parties.”  Incentive auctions will restructure wireless service by allowing TV broadcasters to sell their airwaves to wireless providers and thereby “free up wireless airwaves”. The Verge- Incentive Auctions Explained.

The The National Broadband Plan passed in congress in 2012 addresses this and other issues of broadband expansion.

State Legislation Passed

20 states have passed industry-backed legislation to streamline deployment of small cells with a cap on fees charged and fast timelines for approval.  More states are expected to pass legislation to streamline cell systems in 2019, however there are already many challenges to the FCC rules as well as municipal lawsuits against states.

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Source: National Conference of State Legislatures 

Federal Legislation Passed

Dozens of Federal Bills to streamline deployment of cell towers have been introduced in congress in the last several years. Some bills have been combined in other bills, renamed and already signed into law. Two such bills were the Mobile Act Now (S-19) and  Ray Baum’s Act  (H.R. 4986) Better Access for Users of Modern Services which were combined in an omnibus spending bill called a “Trojan Horse” appropriations bill, but simply titled The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) 

FCC Chaiman Ajit Pai praised leadership for signing the bill on March 23, 2018. He stated, “Today’s action by President Trump and Congress will help America lead the world in 5G. By fixing the upfront payments issue, this law will enable the FCC to commence a 5G spectrum auction later this year. It also includes the MOBILE NOW Act, which will lead to the identification of at least 255 MHz of licensed and unlicensed spectrum that will help the United States continue to lead in wireless innovation and deployment.”  https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-pai-statement-fcc-reauthorization-legislation-becoming-law

 

Indicted Congressman Introduces New Radiofrequency Radiation “Safety Act”  Removing Liability

Despite being indicted on charges of campaign fraud in August 2018,  San Diego congressman Duncan Hunter (R- San Diego) went on to win re-election in November and quickly introduced  H.R. 7236 – Radiofrequency Radiation Site Safety Information Act of 2018, on Dec 10, 2018  

The stated goal is for the FCC to  “promulgate regulations that provide for the establishment of an online database that contains safety information relating to the radiofrequency radiation emissions of covered facilities.” However, it later adds a clause that removes all liability in a civil action for RF emissions for “the licensee of a covered facility, the owner or property manager of a site where a covered facility is located, any person performing work at such a site or employing an individual performing work at such a site, and such other persons as the Commission considers appropriate…”, stating “A person described in subsection (b)(1) with respect to a covered facility shall not be liable in any civil action for an injury alleged to have been caused by radiofrequency radiation emissions of such facility…”

 

5G safety Questioned by Congress Members Blumenthal and Eshoo

Connecticut Senator Blumenthal and California Assemblywoman Eshoo sent a letter to FCC Commissioner Carr on Dec 3, 2018 formally requesting the FCC to provide scientific documentation about the safety of 5th Generation Internet connectivity, as the roll out of this new technology begins.  See PST Newsblog Dec 30,2018.

 

Lawsuits: The Unraveling of Telecom Legislation?

With more government officials and residents aware of the hazards and pitfalls of telecommunications expansion and overuse of digital media, more legal challenges are being initiated.

  •  Cities are  suing the FCC over limitations of their right to charge fair fees for use of public utility poles
  • A Legal analysis that challenges FCC Rules for ministerial permits and other aspects of FCC Rules was written for Montgomery County Maryland
  • A Citizen lawsuit was filed December 21, 2018  by the Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety against the City of Santa Fe and the U.S. Government for violations of due process and the U.S. constitution
  • AT&T Services is suing the FCC for not adopting a “deemed granted” remedy for instances when a state or local government entity fails to act on a request for small cells within a reasonable time
  • The NRDC challenged the FCC ruling to exempt small cells from environmental review “to retain the public’s ability to influence where the facilities are sited and to mitigate any harm they might cause.”
  • Examination of 5G Small Cell Emissions show FCC Limits are exceeded within 11 feet

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5G Safety Questioned by Congress Members Blumenthal and Eshoo

Connecticut Senator Blumenthal and California Assemblywoman Eshoo have formally asked the FCC to provide scientific documentation about the safety of 5th Generation Internet connectivity, as the roll out of this new technology begins.  Their December 3, 2018 letter  refers to a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing, held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, titled “Race to 5G, A View from the Field” on October 12, 2018.

The Question of 5G Safety Was Raised at FCC Meeting

At the end of the meeting the Honorable Mayor Paul TenHaken asked the FCC about the health ramifications of 5G, small cell deployment and millimeter wave technology.  Mayor TenHaken noted the lack of documented studies as this technology is so new. He requested the FCC provide studies which show that this technology is safe for his constituents and taxpayers prior to placing 5G cell towers in close proximity to libraries, schools and homes.

FCC Commissioner Carr responded that FCC experts in health and safety keep up with the latest science and have determined that 5G is safe.  He went on to state that “Federal law actually says that state and local governments can’t take RF [radiofrequency] concerns into account given how much work has gone into this issue at the federal level.”

Concern about cybersecurity was also brought up at the meeting by another member of the committee.   Mayor TenHaken concluded that this information is necessary to proceed forward with 5G to have a “clear conscience and the right answers”

Congress Members Ask for Proof of 5G Safety

Congress members Blumenthal and Eshoo then wrote a pointed letter to FCC Commissioner Carr asking for proof of safety, noting that “the current regulations were adopted in 1996 and have not been updated for next generation equipment and devices” and “The FCC’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limits do not apply to devices operating above 6 GHz.” 5G frequencies will be from 6 GHz to 100 GHz and above. They highlight that the FCC has acknowledged that “The SAR probe calibration, measurement accuracy, tissue dialectric parameters and other SAR measurement procedures required for testing recent generation wireless devices need further examination.” A response was requested by Dec 17, 2018.

Blake Levitt Targets FCC at Blumenthal Press Conference

At a press conference convened by Senator Blumenthal and Eshoo on Dec 3, 2018,  Blake Levitt, a highly respected medical and science journalist and Communications Director with The Berkshire – Litchfield Environmental Council concisely summarized the issues. She has looked at the environmental effects of radiofrequency technology for many decades and published a seminal book, “Electromagnetic Fields”, a virtual bible of information.  She notes that the FCC has been described to act more like an industry cheerleader than a regulator  by Norm Alster in Harvard’s Center for Ethics paper  “FCC Captured Agency” .

The Colossal Elephant in the Room: Safety

Despite the proposed and imagined uses for 5G  the “elephant in the room”, she states, is the lack of evidence for 5G safety.  She notes that a lot of the older research is classified, as short millimeter wave technology has been used by the military for non-lethal weapons and most of the spectrum has been reserved for the military. The dense network of 5G antennas on every street and every 3 to 5 houses poses a risk to humans and wildlife as the signaling is complex using beam forming and phased array technology.  5G does not penetrate deeply through the body as current wireless technologies but does penetrate the skin.  Ms. Levitt underscores that thin skinned amphibians and insects will be most affected by this technology with potentially disastrous results. She warns that it is not the power density or tissue absorption but the signaling characteristics that are harmful with damage even at low power levels.  In addition, she emphasizes that there are inadequate protective regulations for chronic human exposures  for current wireless frequencies and no oversight for wildlife or the environment. She concludes that “The FCC is completely unprepared, unable and possibly unwilling to oversee 5G for safety, even at it barrels toward us.”

The FCC  Reveals Their “5G FAST Plan”

This request for scientific safety information for 5G occurs just as the FCC has passed new rules to fast track 5G deployment.  Ushered in by FCC Chairman and former Verizon attorney, Ajit Pai, the FCC has quietly adopted a sweeping set of new rules which fundamentally shifts the framework of communications expansion. The  Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology  or “The 5G Fast Plan”   https://www.fcc.gov/5G        speeds next generation technology by

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Electromagnetic Fields in Biology & Medicine: Special Issue

Special Journal Issue: 

The International Journal of Radiation Biology, published on Oct 15, 2018, a Special Issue- “Electromagnetic Fields in Biology & Medicine”. These published papers were presented at a joint conference of the 7th European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics in Tampere, Finland, June 2017. The Special Issue Editorial  describes the studies and provides some links.

Non-Thermal Effects Explained by Physics

The non-thermal effects of microwave radiation are explained by Hinrlkus et al et al, describing the different physical effects of polarization and hydrogen bond weakening. The researchers state, “The synchronous cumulative impact of coherent MW electric field makes possible the field-induced effect despite the field strengths are much weaker than intermolecular fields… the exposure by MW radiation can create the specific consequences in biology and materials not characteristic for conventional heating.”

Other special issue topics include

  • Physical and Biological Mechanisms of Radiofrequency Radiation
  • Responses to Microwave Radiation in Physiological Systems
  • Reproductive Effects of Intermediate Frequency Magnetic Fields
  • Medical Applications of EMF
  • Implants and the safety of EMF devices
  • Biologic Toxicity Assessments of EMF

 

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Thanks to Dr. Joel Moskowitz for his information.

See also https://www.saferemr.com/2018/10/emf-biology-medicine.html

Wireless Silent Spring

In the War on Insects: Nature Becomes Silent

“Our ill-fated desire to control nature as well as our tendency to ignore our own complicity in its destruction for profit was the focus of a seminal 1962 book, “Silent Spring”. … Rachel Carson, a marine biologist, and author of  “Silent Spring”, was first a lover of nature and a poet. Through her astute observations of nature, careful documentation and gifted writing, she was able to bring attention to the devastating and long lasting effects of pesticides which continue to impact all wildlife and species, including humans… There are many similarities between the silent spring created in cities and farms from pesticides and that of wireless technology with the rapid and widespread adoption of cell towers.” Wireless Silent Spring, Cindy Russell, MD.

Wireless Technology Acts as an Environmental Toxin

Wireless Silent Spring was published in the October 2018 issue of the Santa Clara County Medical Association Bulletin. This article serves as one of many warnings of the dangers of wireless technology which is engulfing our homes, neighborhoods and now wild areas. Dr. Cindy Russell, the author of the article, discusses the scientific evidence and observations regarding the impacts of wireless technology on the environment including birds, bees, amphibians and plants.  Scientists have discovered that many animals use the Earth’s low energy magnetic field to navigate and that the increase in manmade artificial pulsed electromagnetic fields interferes with bird and bee navigation. The resonance effect explains why 5G technology is especially harmful to insects. These are among the many aspects of wireless radiation impacts described in the article.

Pesticides and Wireless Technology Parallels

Dr. Russell carefully examines the many parallels between the introduction, harm and industry deception in the use of pesticides noted in Rachel Carson’s  “Silent Spring” and wireless technology. Several scientific review articles are highlighted and specific recommendations from scientists listed. A full list of references is provided.

Wireless Silent Spring- Color Graphic version   http://www.sccma-mcms.org/Portals/19/SilentSpringAticle_color_pr2.pdf

Wireless Silent Spring- Black and White version   http://www.sccma-mcms.org/Portals/19/Wireless%20Silent%20Spring%20%20SCCMA%20Oct%202018%20%20Final%20PDF_1.pdf

 

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Digital Media and Developing Minds Conference

Digital Media and Child Development

The Children and Screens Institute is co-sponsoring the 2nd annual Digital Media and Developing Minds conference in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, New York from October 15-18, 2018.  Researchers will discuss how digital media influences child development at all ages. Current scientific studies will be presented with panelists and participants outlining directions for future study along with recommendations for interventions and solutions.

Questions to be examined include

  • How is digital media enhancing and/or impairing children’s ability to live happy, healthy, and productive lives?
  • How are years of electronically mediated interactions shaping children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development?
  • What should we do about it?

 

Featured panels and keynote discussions (partial list):

  • Internet addiction and problematic use
  • Emerging technologies
  • Internet addiction and problematic use
  • Digital media and relationships
  • Early childhood and parenting
  • Digital media for health promotion
  • Cognition and Learning

 

Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, New York

To sign up visit https://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.aspx?meet=DMDMII&year=18

Cuban Diplomats Likely Hit by Microwave Weapons, New York Times Reports

 

Disturbing and sometimes incapacitating neurologic symptoms have been experienced by American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba since late 2015 and in American diplomats in China more recently this year.  A New York Times front page article Sept 1, 2018, eerily describes what researchers and physicians have discovered to be the likely cause in this international story that reads like a spy novel. Initially it was felt that these strange and varied symptoms could be due to sonic attacks as people reported hearing clicking and high pitched chirping, as well as feeling symptoms including headaches, nausea and dizziness, during the episodes, with long term effects of hearing loss, ringing in the ears and fatigue. Experts are now pointing to focused beams of targeted man-made pulsed microwave radiation penetrating the walls of the homes and hotels of the 21 diplomats studied. The long term effects are consistent with known cellular and oxidative damage from radiofrequency radiation, as Dr. Beatrice Golomb highlights in her recent article to be published Sept 15, 2018.

Microwave Hearing

Allan Frey, a biologist at Cornell University was the first to discover and publish papers on “microwave hearing” while working on radar equipment at General Electric’s Advanced Electronics Center. In the 1970’s. This sonic hearing was found at levels below what are considered today safe exposure standards. Frey was later invited to the Soviet Union to discuss these effects at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Not long after, our Defense Intelligence Agency warned that the soviets were developing a new class of psychophysical microwave weapons which could be beamed from afar and temporarily or permanently harm the nervous system.  Our own Air Force scientists found they could beam comprehensible speech into a person’s brain, and were given a patent in 2002 for this technology destined for “psychological warfare”.

In late 2016, following a breakdown in Cuba and U.S. relations, U.S. diplomats and their families began experiencing unusual high pitched sounds in their hotel rooms and homes. This was accompanied by incapacitating headaches, fatigue, and insomnia. The medical team that examined them published a peer reviewed article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March 2018 describing their symptoms. They state, “retrospective case series, persistent cognitive, vestibular, and oculomotor dysfunction, as well as sleep impairment and headaches, were observed among US government personnel in Havana, Cuba, associated with reports of directional audible and/or sensory phenomena of unclear origin. These individuals appeared to have sustained injury to widespread brain networks without an associated history of head trauma.”

Mystery Illness: Microwave Illness

University of California San Diego Professor Dr. Beatrice Golomb, after extensively researching the health effects of microwave radiation has provided the most comprehensive explanation for the diplomat’s mystery illness. In an upcoming article in the October 2018 issue of Neural Computation, she lays out the case for neurological effects from radiofrequency radiation. She notes the variety of symptoms reported by diplomats is consistent with effects seen in those with microwave illness and radio frequency exposure. This condition is also known as electrosensitivity (ES) or electrohypersensitivity (EHS).

Symptoms and Signs Compatible with Electrosensitivity

According to an American Academy of Advancement of Sciences press release,  Dr. Golomb stated “The specifics of the varied sounds that the diplomats reported hearing during the apparent inciting episodes, such as chirping, ringing and buzzing, cohere in detail with known properties of so-called ‘microwave hearing,’ also known as the Frey effect… And the symptoms that emerged fit, including the dominance of sleep problems, headaches and cognitive issues, as well as the distinctive prominence of auditory symptoms. Even objective findings reported on brain imaging fit with what has been reported for persons affected by RF/MW radiation.” She adds the toxic reaction is “tied to mitochondrial alteration and oxidative stress”.

Dr. Golomb noted that the diplomats symptoms are similar to those of EHS (headache , insomnia, cognitive problems, dizziness, nausea, along with balance, speech and vision impairment and nosebleeds). In addition the rate of symptoms among diplomats is consistent with those of EHS reported in the literature.  “Headache 81% vs 81%, Sleep problems 86% vs 76%, Irritability 67% vs 56%, Nervousness/Anxiety 52% vs 56%, Dizziness 67% vs 64%, Tinnitus 57% vs 63%.”  In addition, she notes that “the repudiation of psychogenic causation in the evaluation of diplomats, which holds for  RF/MW affected persons as well.”

NASA Has Reported Symptoms of Microwave Illness in Radar Personnel

A similar complex of variable symptoms was reported decades ago in military personnel occupationally exposed to microwave radar signals. There is robust and expanding literature on the adverse health and environmental effects of microwave radiation we are commonly exposed to in our homes and near cell towers. Manmade electromagnetic radiation affects basic cellular processes of all living organisms via complex non-thermal mechanisms and not surprisingly can be used as a military weapon with higher power.

It is common knowledge that high frequency millimeter wavelengths (95GHz) are used by the military for non-lethal crowd control (active denial system). 5G technology is in the same high frequency group (6GHz-100GHz). Our current 3G and 4G microwave technology uses longer wavelengths. It is not clear what frequencies were used on the diplomats, if this was an attack or for surveillance, nor is it clear who the perpetrators were. What is becoming apparent is that electrosensitivity is a real medical diagnosis with common symptoms. Physicians now have a lightly traveled path of peer reviewed documentation leading to diagnosis and treatment of this condition. The Austrian Medical Association has written the most detailed compendium on this subject as they recognize that  “Physicians are increasingly confronted with health problems from unidentified causes”. Their  EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses  links electrosensitivity with chemical sensitivity in common mechanisms of harm and biomarkers.

Electrosenstivity in an Expanding Wireless Environment

It is problematic that the rapid and unobstructed deployment of 5G millimeter technology is being pushed by the telecommunications industry in congress (S 3157) without premarket study of health or environmental effects, without provisions for post market study,  without precautions and without appropriate public input. We are already saturated with 3G and 4G technology, also without pre or post market study. What happens to those electrosensitive individuals as wireless systems expand? Will we be able to have Wi Fi free and cell tower free zones where they are able to live or shop?  What are the long term effects of this wireless radiation on the rest of us who do not sense this radiation? These military revelations prompt more questions and inquiry regarding short and long term effects of wireless technology on public health and the environment. Should we be more thoughtful about how and where we use this technology? There are safer alternatives such as in Reinventing Wires.  5G is poised to appear on a street corner near you.  There remain many more questions than answers about this technology.  We should all be asking them to our local, state and federal representatives before these blanket our neighborhoods.

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PST Biological Mechanism Oxidation: https://mdsafetech.org/cellular-mechanisms-oxidation/

PST Blood Brain Barrier Effects: https://mdsafetech.org/blood-brain-barrier/

PST Electrosensitivity:  https://mdsafetech.org/science/es-science/

PST Environmental Effects: https://mdsafetech.org/environmental-and-wildlife-effects/

PST Military and Government Literature: https://mdsafetech.org/science/military-studies-and-compendiums/

PST Nervous System Effects: https://mdsafetech.org/nervous-system/

PST NTP Study: https://mdsafetech.org/ntp-study-2016/

PST 5G Telecommunications Scientific Literature: https://mdsafetech.org/5g-telecommunications-science/

Dr. Leszczynski Sounds Warning at Australian Meeting: Precaution with 5G

Assumption of Safety for 5G by Government Agencies, No Science.

A sober warning about the safety of 5G technology was sounded by Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry Division of Biochemistry and Biotechnology University of Helsinki, Finland,  at a recent international meeting in Australia. The 5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection (AOCRP-5) was held in Melbourne, Australia, May 20 – 23, 2018. Several presentations focused on 5G technology and non-ionizing radiation safety. While many supported the current safety guidelines, which like 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, are based on heat and not biological effects, the presenters were in general agreement that there was a lack of scientific research on 5G.

Dr. Leszczynski, who researches non-ionizing radiation, emphasized,  there is a continuous talk about assuring that the 5G maintains low levels of EMF exposure. However, there is not sufficient scientific research to show what low levels assure no health effects in short- and long-term exposures (acute and chronic exposures). It seems that the telecom industry assumes that their low level exposures will not cause- never -any health effects and telecom industry forcefully imposes this scientifically unsupported assumption on others, especially governmental decision-makers. Mentioned above “realistic public exposure levels” and “low EMF levels” have no basis in scientific research on biological effects predominantly because such research has not been done.”

Dr. Leszczynski urges that the Precautionary Principle be applied before the rollout of 5G.

Dr. Leszczynski has reported on this meeting at REPORT  from the AOCRP -5. His  closing words are below.

There is an urgent need to start research studies examining effects of millimeter-waves on human health. However, there is a strong resistance from the telecom industry and from the decision-makers to start new research programs. ICNIRP and the telecoms strongly propagate the idea that the low power of EMF emissions from the 5G devices will guarantee that human health will not be affected.

However, the same assurances were made in 70’s when the first generation of cell phones was commercialized, followed by the unlimited spread of the 2G, 3G and 4G devices – as long as the device emits radiation within the ICNIRP guidelines it is considered as safe, what is not necessarily the case as shown by a number of research studies. As a direct consequence of the scientific research, in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiation emitted by the cell phones and cell towers as a possible human carcinogen. This classification appears to be strengthened by the new research studies on 3G and 4G-emitted EMF published after year 2011. However, what the biomedical research on millimeter-waves, performed in the future, will show is a complete enigma.

However, no matter what the future research will show, the 5G technology will be by then fully deployed and without any possibility of reverse because the whole future life of the humanity will be based and dependent on the functioning of the 5G radiation-emitting devices. This is a unique situation in the history of the human kind when the whole human population will be exposed to man-made devices emitting non-ionizing radiation that was insufficiently tested before deployment. What is and what will be the responsibility of the scientists, decision-makers and industry leaders who permit deployment of insufficiently tested technology that will affect us all? The answer is simple – no responsibility… because if any health problems will show up in the future, these will most likely take tens of years of time to manifest and, by then the persons that currently enable deployment of insufficiently tested radiation-emitting 5G technology will be retired or the proverbial “six feet under”.  Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc

CBS News Report: 5G Cell Towers in Piedmont

News report January 2018 on 5G cell towers being placed in Piedmont. Over 180 Scientists are calling for a moratorium on 5G due to the lack of premarket testing and older evidence of harm. This report highlights the fact that firefighters have an exemption from cell towers being placed on their fire stations due to health effects found in the firefighters when cell towers were installed.

Dr. Leszczynski speaking at a 2009 congressional hearing on mobile phone radiation

 

For other information on 5G

5G Telecommunications Science PST

5G Mobile Communications PST

Broadband Expansion PST

Doctors and Scientists Demand Moratorium on 5G- SaferEMR

5G and the IoT: Scientific Overview of Human Health Risks – EH Trust

 

Gaming Addiction Now Officially Listed as a Behavioral Disorder

 

World Health Organization Announces Addition to ICD Manual 2018

The World Health Organization, after reviewing the breadth of scientific research has now, for the first time, listed Internet Gaming Addiction (IGA) in the 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a mental health disorder. This has been considered for many years by the WHO. With consistent evidence that this form of compulsive addiction can develop with or without predisposing factors and can contribute to depression, anxiety, personality changes, social phobia and poor grades, causing serious life consequences, they have finally added this classification to the psychiatric disease code.  It is estimated that about 70% of households play video games with an average video game play time of 20 hours per week.

Digital Media and Developing Minds Congress

Note: October 15-18, 2018, the second annual “Digital Media and Developing Minds Congress and Exposition” will be held in Long Island, New York. This meeting is sponsored by  Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Information to attend is here. The Digital Media and Developing Minds meeting is accompanied by a special edition of Pediatrics highlighting impacts of digital media on child development. This supplement is a collaboration of over 130 researchers spanning topics of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, pediatrics, sociology, education, public health, law and more.

See also Physicians for Safe Technology: Addiction to Technology at https://mdsafetech.org/technology-addiction/

 

Prevalence is Significant

The prevalence of gaming addiction in the population is about 2% and studies show about 9% of “gamers” have this disorder. The WHO states, “Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities. However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.”

 

American Academy of Pediatrics Study Shows Gaming Can Contribute to Poor Mental Health Outcomes

In an American Academy of Pediatrics Journal article in 2011 (Gentile et al), researchers looked at Internet Gaming Disorder in elementary and secondary school children in Singapore. They concluded “The prevalence of pathological gaming was similar to that in other countries ( 9%). Greater amounts of gaming, lower social competence, and greater impulsivity seemed to act as risk factors for becoming pathological gamers, whereas depression, anxiety, social phobias, and lower school performance seemed to act as outcomes of pathological gaming.” They noted that addictive behaviors can last for years. Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Dunckley, has written about dysregulation with excessive interactive screen time that does not seem to accompany television viewing, which is passive. Her book “Reset Your Child Brain” (2015) discusses signs and symptoms of what she terms “Electronic Screen Syndrome” along with steps to guide parents out of addiction and into healthier habits.

 

Gaming and Shrinkage of Brain Gray and White Matter

In a review article looking at brain imaging studies and gaming addiction, Weinstein (2017) found consistent atrophy in gray matter in areas of executive function, attention and perception as well as in other areas of the brain involved in decision-making, behavioral inhibition and emotional regulation, i.e. inferior frontal gyrus, amygdala and the anterior cingulate. Hundreds of gaming addition treatment centers have sprouted, especially in China, Korea and the US. Many are combined with other substance abuse clinics already established.

 

Designed for Addiction: Health Consequences

Computer games are designed for addiction through mechanisms of classic and operant conditioning via dopaminergic reward experiences. Like alcohol and drugs, a computer addicted individual can experience withdrawal symptoms, due to the depletion of dopamine during abstinence.  Some parents interpret this behavior to mean that “gaming” is helpful to their condition. Adverse health effects reported with gaming addiction include contributions to ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, weight gain, lowered metabolism, aggressive thoughts, lack of cooperation and light induced seizures (triggered by flashing, fast-moving images).

 

Symptoms of Addiction

1) Excessive use of video games, even at night, with the person only experiencing happiness if on a video game

2) It takes precedence over work, school or friendships

3) Increased use of video games over time (tolerance), despite negative consequences

4) Withdrawal symptoms of irritability, anger anxiety or social withdrawal if not allowed to play or the technology malfunctions

 

Parents Recommendations Include

  • Limit video games to one hour per day or on weekends only
  • Monitor carefully video play time
  • Be sensitive to personality or mood changes in your child after playing video games
  • If your child becomes angry, aggressive or depressed after the allotted time limit for the game, you may need stricter controls or eliminate video games all together

The Children and Screens Institute for Digital Media and Child Development has developed Guidelines for parents.

Cognitive Dissonance In Industry

Wired magazine notes  Apple, as well as other Silicon Valley companies, are now committed to helping users lower screen time with apps to reduce distractions and monitor screen use.  More immersive Apple apps, such as Memoji, however, are constantly being developed and offered, which do just the opposite.

 

ABC News:’Gaming disorder’ now designated as mental health condition

 

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Dr. Martin Blank (1933-2018): Author of “Overpowered” passes

Dr. Martin Blank, associate professor of physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia University, NIHS researcher, and author of the seminal book “Overpowered” passed at the age of 85 of natural causes.  He is a leading expert in the field of electromagnetic radiation and a strong advocate for precaution and stronger regulation of wireless technologies.  His well written and concise book “Overpowered”,  is often advised as the first to read to gain an understanding of the complex subject of electromagnetic radiation we use every day.  He has helped to lay the foundation for others to continue research on the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation, and inspire an international effort to defend the environment and public health against corporate interests.

Dr. Blank was an advisor and spokesperson to the International EMF Scientists Appeal.  In this video for the appeal, he warns that this widely used wireless technology causes cellular DNA damage, silently harming the public and the environment.  As electromagnetic radiation is escalating with more wireless devices, he and over 200 other scientists have implored the World Health Organization to develop more protective guidelines.  Dr. Blank is survived by his wife Marion, sons, Jonathan and Ari, daughter, Donna and his siblings Esther and Efrom.

Here is the link to read Dr. Martin Blank’s Obituary. He will be fondly remembered.