The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President’s Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation

The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President’s Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation

The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President’s Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation

June 4, 2015 By Julie Fidler
The Brain Tumor That Killed the Vice President's Son Has Been Linked to Cell Phone Radiation
Last Saturday, Joseph “Beau” Biden lost his life to brain cancer. The son of Vice President Joe Biden had a glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM. This all-too-common tumor has been linked to cell phone use.
According to The Daily Beast, GBM is an aggressive and often fatal form of cancer. The estimated two-year survival rate is only 17 percent for patients between 40 and 65 years old. Scientists are not sure what the underlying causes of GBM are, but “Some believe that environmental risk factors, such as radiation from cellphone use, may contribute to brain cancer.”
Last fall, Swedish doctors found that people who use cell phones for more than a year had a 70 percent greater risk of brain cancer than those who used the wireless devices for less than a year. The study, published in the International Journal of Oncology, found that people who used mobile phones for more than 25 years had a 300 percent greater risk of developing the dreaded disease than those who used mobile phones for one year or less. The study’s authors concluded that “glioma and also acoustic neuroma are caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones.”
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Italy granted worker’s compensation to Innocente Marcolini, a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. It marked the first time that any court, anywhere in the world, ruled in favor of a link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors. Marcolini was a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia, Italy, who used a cell phone for about five hours daily. Around 2002, the then-50-year-old man felt an odd tingling sensation in his chin while he was shaving. He was diagnosed with a nerve tumor. Marcolini’s worker’s compensation claim alleged that the tumor was the result of the wireless phones he was required to use for work. Marcolini’s case was at first rejected, but the Court of Appeals in Brescia reversed the decision in 2009; on October 18, 2012, Italy’s Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court’s ruling.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has upgraded cell phone radiation to B2 category, meaning “possibly carcinogenic.”

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An Open Letter to President Obama: Consider the Full Costs of Wireless Technology

Posted: 05/14/2014 12:48 pm EDT Updated: 07/14/2014 5:59 am EDT
Before this nation makes Wi-Fi in schools like it is in coffee shops, as the president recently urged, we need to consider what this could do to our children’s brains and bodies. Three years ago the World Health Organization declared cell phone and other wireless radiation a “possible human carcinogen,” — the same category as some pesticides, lead and engine exhausts. Since then evidence has mounted that such radiation can profoundly affect human biology, altering brain metabolism, damaging animals exposed during pregnancy and reducing sperm count. Before blanketing our pre-schools, kindergartens and middle schools with wireless radiation, we need a full life-cycle assessment of economic and health costs and benefits of wireless technology.
As you have said in other contexts, “Just because we can do something, does not mean that we should do something.”
The notion that the fast developing brains of children benefit from digital devices flies in the face of what experts in neurodevelopment understand. Your pledge to put wireless in all schools for children from pre-K on does not rest on any proof that such technology is safe or that children actually learn better using such technology.
While our nation excels at many things, our wireless based Internet connection is inferior to a slew of other countries, including KoreaLatviaRomaniaBulgaria and the Czech Republic — all of which have invested in Fiber To The Home (FTTH) rather than wireless Internet connections. Wireless routers are costlier, less reliable and can be between three to 10 times slower than wired systems that can operate at speeds of up to one gigabyte a second — as other technologically savvy nations appreciate, there are also important health risks posed by classrooms full of closely held wireless devices.
Growing numbers of experts in telecommunications understand that plans to phase out wired phone lines or have energy systems rely on wireless metering are frankly ill-conceived and uneconomic. A parallel interdependent network of wired fiber-optic cables is faster, safer and more secure against criminal or terrorist attacks or wide swings in weather. It is more difficult to hack into or take down a wired network rather than a wireless one, especially if the latter has not been properly encrypted. Bravo to Google for recently announcing its expansion of wired services in many major cities.
Studies finding wireless radiation tied with serious biological impacts have moved governments in IsraelCanadaAustraliaKoreaIndia and Finland, to advise reducing children’s exposures. Following actions in Turkey, France and other nations, the Health Minister of Belgium recently banned the sale of cell phones for childrenages 7 and younger. What does she know that you don’t?
Ignoring these serious concerns, the mobile phone industry has treated reports of risks of cell phone radiation as inconveniences to be rapidly undermined using science as a form of public relations. When confronted with the possibility that cell phone radiation could damage the brain cells of rats way back in 1994, Motorola wrote a memo to its public relation’s firm noting the need to “war-game the science.” More recently, in response to the WHO declaration of possible dangers of cellphone radiation, the Global Manufacturers’ Forum set up a quarter of a billion dollar fund to produce defensive information — effectively attacking the credibility of the WHO and its scientists, and promoting other expert reviews that counter and undermine the WHO.
We are flying blind here, as there are no studies on the safety or efficacy of microwave based learning for young children, nor is any planned. Despite repeated advice from expert groups, the U.S. has no training or research programs underway in this field and is forced to rely on outdated science and foreign reports. One way to fund such programs would be to impose a one dollar fee (split between consumers and industry) on every phone for five years to fund much-needed independent training and research to evaluate and improve the technology.
Until we have better information at hand, you should encourage the growth of fiber optic cables and order the FCC to drop wireless expansion into schools with young children — relying instead on wired systems and keeping wireless tablets on airplane mode if they have already been purchased.
Years ago the philosopher Immanuel Kant noted that “What man must do, he can do.” But the opposite is not true. A rigorous analysis of the full costs and benefits of wired and wireless InfoTech is long overdue.

Exploding smart meter heats up Queen’s Park

Exploding smart meter heats up Queen’s Park

By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO – An exploding smart meter prompted a grilling of Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Thursday in the Ontario legislature.

Progressive Conservative MPP John Yakabuski questioned the safety of the devices after one charred the outside of a brick home last Sunday.

“If a smart meter in Collingwood could catch fire and explode despite your assurances, how do we know there are not tens of thousands more just like it in the province of Ontario, waiting to go off?” Yakabuski said during Question Period.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is investigating the incident and has not determined if the meter, the installation or some other cause is to blame, Chiarelli said.

In January, the ESA ordered the removal of Sensus Generation 3.2 remote disconnect meters which were similar in design to smart meters implicated in several Saskatchewan house fires.

The Collingwood model was not one of those impacted by the order.

Collingwood resident Veronica Onyskiw told Postmedia Network her smart meter, located close to her home’s main gas line, became a “ball of fire.”

“There are people all over this town with wood structures and they have these so-called smart meters attached to their houses,” Onyskiw said. “I really think this is a very serious threat … I think it’s something people should know about.”

Yakabuski said smart meters, which were installed on homes across the province at the order of the Ontario government, have failed to produce the promised savings through time-of-use electricity pricing.

“Now we learn that these devices may burn without warning and burn a ratepayer’s house down,” he said, demanding to know the government’s plan of action in response to the incident.

Chiarelli noted that this was just one of 4.8 million metres installed in the province, and the government will await the result of ESA’s investigation.


Crisis averted as Ont. smart meter explodes next to gas line

Crisis averted as Ont. smart meter explodes next to gas line

Paul Brian, Postmedia Network Wednesday, June 3, 2015 5:01:53 EDT PM

Jim Pulcine (left) and his wife Veronica Onyskiw look at the damage where their hydro smart meter was formerly attached to their home, June 3, 2015. (PAUL BRIAN/Postmedia Network)

Jim Pulcine (left) and his wife Veronica Onyskiw look at the damage where their hydro smart meter was formerly attached to their home, June 3, 2015. (PAUL BRIAN/Postmedia Network)

COLLINGWOOD, Ont. – Veronica Onyskiw woke up to the sound of her dog growling and a loud noise like a revving engine coming from outside her Collingwod, Ont., home early in the morning last Sunday.

She found the source when she went outside — her hydro smart meter had become a “ball of fire.”

“The meter is about three feet from the main gas line into the house,” she said outside her home Wednesday. “If that wall had gone and then the car parked right beside it would’ve been very, very bad.”

Thousands of smart meters attached to homes across the province were ordered removed earlier this year after similarities were found between the structure of those meters and a similar model used in Saskatchewan that was implicated in several fires in that province.

Onyskiw’s meter was not among those considered a fire threat.

Larry Irwin, the vice-president of the local utility — Collus PowerStream — said the company has never used those meters.

Onyskiw said she has been told that the way in which the meter was installed on her home might be to blame.

If that’s the case, it’s just as much cause for alarm, she said.

In her case, firefighters put out the flames, and nobody was injured and there was no structural damage. But a happy ending might not be repeated for the next person.

“There are people all over this town with wood structures and they have these so-called smart meters attached to their houses,” she said. “I really think this is a very serious threat … I think it’s something people should know about.”

Collus said it is investigating.

Smart meters have been the target of criticism since the province ordered them installed on homes across Ontario several years ago.

In a December report, the auditor general found the $1.9-billion rollout cost has not led to the expected savings to customers.

A Hydro One sale will likely kill a planned review of the program.–9s6n1ZY.ema