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25 February 2017

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?

"For decades, Americans were told things like cigarette smoke, DDT, Monsanto and other pesticides were safe, when we now know they’re linked to cancer and other health problems. So are we going to do it again — on a massive scale — with wireless without even properly studying human health impacts."

5G Health Effects: Is This Wireless Technology Even Safe?
by Dr. Josh Axe, draxe.com

When it comes to accessing faster wireless, it seems like a no-brainer. The faster, the better, right? And with Verizon recently announcing the company finalized its 5G radio specifications, it seems the lighting-fast data speeds are within reach. (After all, the company is already performing pre-commercial 5G field tests in New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts.) (1) But here’s the thing. We aren’t quite sure of 5G health effects.

In fact, we’re still trying to figure out how electromagnetic radiation involved with current forms of wireless technology are impacting human health. Some scientists and public health experts worry we’re rushing toward lightning-fast 5G without fully understanding 5G health effects.

What Is 5G?

The Increasing Toll of Adolescent Cancer Incidence in the United States

"For many of the most common teen cancers, known risk factors are unlikely to account for the majority of cases. Childhood cancers, including teen cancers, are often thought of as being sporadic, rising from new mutations by chance. If these cancers are truly sporadic, why would their incidence increase over time? The answer to this question is unknown but the presence of yet to be confirmed risk factors seems likely."

The increasing toll of adolescent cancer incidence in the US
Jessica Burkhamer, David Kriebel, Richard Clapp

Full text available.

Plos One, Published: February 24, 2017
http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172986

24 February 2017

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

Giulio Bonasera, special to ProPublica
Excellent, major article published by ProPublica on the "epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful medical treatment".

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes
by David Epstein, ProPublica, 
22 February 2017
This story was co-published with The Atlantic.

Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.

Extract:

When you visit a doctor, you probably assume the treatment you receive is backed by evidence from medical research. Surely, the drug you’re prescribed or the surgery you’ll undergo wouldn’t be so common if it didn’t work, right?

For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine — imaging technologies that enable precision surgery, routine organ transplants, care that transforms premature infants into perfectly healthy kids, and remarkable chemotherapy treatments, to name a few — it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. Sometimes doctors simply haven’t kept up with the science. Other times doctors know the state of play perfectly well but continue to deliver these treatments because it’s profitable — or even because they’re popular and patients demand them. Some procedures are implemented based on studies that did not prove whether they really worked in the first place. Others were initially supported by evidence but then were contradicted by better evidence, and yet these procedures have remained the standards of care for years, or decades.

Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Extracts of this study are posted here, including the abstract and part of the introduction.


Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention

Clinical Study

World Health Organization Reports Depression Now 'Leading Cause of Disability Worldwide'

An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in 2015, a rise of 18.4 percent in a decade...  Global economic losses exceed $1 trillion a year...  According to the report, some 800,000 people kill themselves every year, a significant number of them young adults between the ages of 15 and 29.

UN health agency reports depression now ‘leading cause of disability worldwide’

un.org, 23 February 2017

23 February 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

An estimated 4.4 per cent of the global population suffers from depression, according to a report released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which shows an 18 per cent increase in the number of people living with depression between 2005 and 2015.

Outlawing Microchipping Humans Not So Far-Fetched, Nevada Senator Says

Outlawing microchipping humans not so far-fetched, Nevada senator says
by Sandra Chereb, Review-Journal Capital Bureau, 13 February 2017

CARSON CITY — State Sen. Becky Harris said a bill to prohibit forced microchipping of people is not as far-fetched as it might seem, because it happens in some places around the world.

Senate Bill 109 would make it a Class C felony to require someone to be implanted with a radio frequency identifier, such as microchips placed in pets.

The idea for the bill came from a constituent, the Las Vegas Republican said.

“As I began to look into the issue, I was surprised with the merit that I believe the issue warrants,” Harris told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

She said sales of radio frequency identifiers are escalating around the world, and a company in Australia as of June 2016 sold more than 10,000 implantable chips with do-it-yourself kits.

22 February 2017

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
"5G would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the MANDATORY IRRADIATION OF THE PUBLIC without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety." 

Why We Should Oppose 5G on Health Grounds
by Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D., 20 February 2017

Why Oppose 5G?

The National Toxicology Program at NIH has linked cellular radiation to cancer.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just published the “Partial Findings” of a $25 million multi-year study of the impact of cell phone radiation on human health. The NTP study found a likely causal relationship between the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones and the occurrence of malignant brain cancer (glioma) and malignant nerve tumors (schwannomas) of the heart in male rats.

Radio Frequency Technology Damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and Is Carcinogenic, New Research Reveals

Radio Frequency Technology damages Plant DNA in 48hrs and is carcinogenic, new research reveals
by Sara Vincentemaxhealth.com, 21 February 2017

Scientists revealed in a new study, the damaging effects of Radio Frequency exposure through the use of cell phones and laptops. In this experiment, researchers exposed 150 healthy dry seeds of chickpea, which were distributed in two petri plates, and each plate was placed at distances of 1 inch to cell phone and laptop for 24 and 48 h. This simple experiment revealed that all radio frequency exposure inhibits seed germination percentage.

A decrease was observed in mitotic index (M.I) and increase in abnormality index (A.I) with the increase in exposure duration and frequency in (Hz).

Researchers: Long-term Cell Phone Use May Increase Your Risk for a Brain Tumor


Major news coverage in the United States by an NBC-affiliated TV station:

Researchers: Long-term cell phone use may increase your risk for a brain tumor

by Bob Segall, wthr.com, 21 February 2017

New research suggests long-term use of cell phones is linked to a significantly higher risk of developing a brain tumor.

The study, published by researchers from India, shows a 33% increased risk for brain tumors for mobile phone use of 10 years or longer (or 1,640 or more hours in lifetime).

The researchers examined a dozen case-control studies conducted between 1966 and 2016, and they published their findings this month in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Neurological Sciences.

“I think this review paper provides pretty compelling evidence that cell phone use is a risk factor for increased brain tumors. The evidence has gotten much stronger over the past several years,” said Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley. “From a scientific standpoint, it’s important to look at review studies because they give you a much better picture than a single study. Individual studies have their own weaknesses. All studies have their limitations. So looking at a number of studies from different countries using varying methodology is significant. This is compelling.”

21 February 2017

Norway: Researcher Discovered Her Pacemaker Is Hackable

SINTEF researcher Marie Moe has a pacemaker.  To her
surprise, she discovered that it can be hacked.  She
recently held a presentation about the dangers when
"everything" is connected to the Internet.
(Photo:  Andreas Buaro)
Researcher discovered her pacemaker is hackable
by Ingvil Snøfuglsciencenordic.com
20 February 2017

A Norwegian researcher in cybersecurity, discovered that her heart is being regulated by a pacemaker which can be hacked.

“I was shocked to discover that my pacemaker could be connected to the internet”, says Marie Moe. “It was then I realised that it’s possible for some computer nerd to hack the system and effectively control my heart. It was a very unpleasant experience”, she says.

She recently attended the 2017 Lerchendal Conference in Trondheim, Norway, themed ‘Digital Force for Change’, where cybersecurity was one of the subsidiary topics. Moe’s personal experience of the importance of this subject has resulted in her currently leading a Sintef project looking into pacemakers and their security.