Why our birds, bees and wildlife are dying

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Why our birds, bees and wildlife are dying

EXCERPT:  Pointing at the EMR noise pollution in our environment

US and German scientists have shown that oscillating magnetic fields disrupt the magnetic orientation behaviour of migratory birds (Ritz T et al. ‘Resonance effects indicate a radical-pair mechanism for avian magnetic compass’, Nature 2004, May 13, Vol 429, p. 177). Migratory birds are known to use the geomagnetic field as a source of compass information and there are two competing hypotheses for the primary process underlying the avian magnetic compass, one involving magnetite, the other a magnetically sensitive, chemical reaction (see links below).

The researchers found that robins were disoriented when exposed to a vertically aligned, broadband (0.1-10 MHz) or a single-frequency (7-MHz) field in addition to the geomagnetic field. In the 7-MHz oscillating field, this effect depended on the angle between the oscillating and the geomagnetic fields. The birds exhibited seasonally appropriate, migratory orientation when the oscillating field was parallel to the geomagnetic field, but were disoriented when it was presented at a 24- or 48-degree angle.

The authors state that their results are consistent with a resonance effect on singlet-triplet transitions and suggest a magnetic compass based on a radical-pair mechanism. They comment:

‘The magnetic compass of birds is light-dependent and exhibits strong lateralization with input coming primarily from the right eye. However, the primary biophysical process underlying this compass remains unexplained. Magnetite, as well as biochemical radical-pair reactions have been hypothesized to mediate sensitivity to Earth-strength, magnetic fields through fundamentally different physical mechanisms.’

In the magnetite-based mechanism, magnetic fields exert mechanical forces. In the radical-pair mechanism, the magnetic field alters the dynamics of transitions between spin states, after the creation of a radical pair through a light-induced electron transfer. These transitions in turn affect reaction rates and products. Although in most radical-pair reactions the effects of Earth-strength magnetic fields are masked by a living system’s background ‘noise’, model calculations show that such effects can be amplified beyond the level of background ‘noise’ in specialized, radical-pair receptor systems.

Alasdair Philips (Powerwatch) comments:

‘The support for a possible mechanism is interesting. However, medium- and short-wave frequencies have been used since the 1930s with little evidence of any effect on bird behaviour. But since the mobile phone networks went up there have been increasing reports of birds, especially homing pigeons, getting lost. Research now needs to look at the effects of base station signals, particularly in view of the disorientating effects of EMR ‘noise’ reported in this study.’

http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/issues/nature.php

 

Where is the EPA? Another useless Federal Agency

We have contacted the EPA in Washington and Boston, MA .  They have washed their hands of any investigation into the Smart Grid Noise pollution on the powerlines!!! This is a criminal offense and a violation of our human rights.  We want action and will not stop until you do your jobs and stop the collusion with Utilities/corps who are harming the public with the Smart Grid Technology being employed in every community in America.  Citizens are being harmed. Their lives are being destroyed because of the domino effect of the Smart meter harm.  This is disgusting, criminal behavior. There is no regard for human lives.  No consideration or acknowledgement of the suffering the smart meter technology has wreaked on our lives.  You are banking on the ignorant and uninformed to buy time; while you cash in on the billions of dollars profit you are enjoying.   We don’t have any government agency fighting for us.  Why? Where are you? We are not going away. You will be facing a huge lawsuit.  it is coming and justice will be done. Who is behind this iron curtain?  Show your ugly, spineless,  faces so we can fight fairly……Sandaura

 

US EPA

US Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Air Act Overview

Title IV – Noise Pollution

The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments added a new title IV, relating to acid deposition control, without repealing the existing title IV, relating to noise pollution. The U.S. Code designates the original title IV (noise pollution) as subchapter IV and the new title IV (acid deposition control) as subchapter IV-A.

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What is Noise Pollution?

The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”.  Sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life.  The fact that you can’t see, taste or smell it may help explain why it has not received as much attention as other types of pollution, such as air pollution, or water pollution.  The air around us is constantly filled with sounds, yet most of us would probably not say we are surrounded by noise.  Though for some, the persistent and escalating sources of sound can often be considered an annoyance.  This “annoyance” can have major consequences, primarily to one’s overall health.

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Health Effects

Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people.  Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health.  Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.  Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common and often discussed health effect, but research has shown that exposure to constant or high levels of noise can cause countless adverse health affects.

Learn more about the health effects:
The Noise Effects Handbook, Office of Noise Abatement and Control, US EPA, 1981 Exit
Noise and Its Effects, by Dr. Alice H. Suter, Administrative Conference of the United States, November 1991 Exit

https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/title-iv-noise-pollution

Pro Cellphone Safety Neoroscientist forced to retire amid NTP divisions

Pro Cellphone Safety Neoroscientist forced to retire amid NTP divisions

June 02, 2016

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By Tunicia Phillips

Just as divisions deepen within the scientific and health community on the National Toxicology Program study, one of the most prominent Professor’s on cellphone and wireless safety has been put on early leave.

Professor Olle Johannson at the Swedish based Karolinksa Institute says the National Toxicology Program’s preliminary report coincides with a request for him to retire from his role in research concerning health effects of electromagnetic fields and the functional impairment of electro-hypersensitivity.

Findings of the NTP study were released last week after its directors decided that the preliminary findings were too important not to release.

The project has been underway for more than a decade, and with a $25 million price tag, is the most expensive ever undertaken by the NTP. The study involved more than 2,500 rodents, exposed to the same type of radiation found in cell phones, at the same frequencies, for nine hours every day, for two years.

In the May 27 press conference the NTP stated one of the reasons that they were releasing these findings was because the NTP research results showed effects similar to human epidemiological research.

Both Vodacom and MTN in South Africa are preparing statements on the release of the NTP and what it means for the health risk discussion.

At present, the mobile industry and the World Health Organisation cite insufficient evidence to suggest health effects from mobile radiation. There are studies that have also concluded no risk.

When asked about the current criticism of the results, Johansson said: “the argument is the same again; it will take time, and then one day it will be too late to wake-up and say no.”

“… persons, like myself, who has warned (on RF safety) for decades have been treated like dirt.”

“ the last chapter of my professional life is about to be written.”

“The Karolinska Institute namely wants me to retire in advance due to a) my lack of funding b) lack of need of my services, i.e. the need for research concerning health effects of electromagnetic fields and the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity does not exist any longer.”

“My personal comment to this is: ????????? With the above results (NTP) at hand, I feel the need is much, much bigger than ever!”

Johansson’ s initial reaction to the NTP study: “Even though the incidences were regarded as low, transferred to the human population scale such a result still would mean – down the road – a tremendous future cost for the world’s health care systems.

“And, with humans living for a much longer time, we may be witnessing future incidence increases at a dramatic scale.

“It is, strictly scientifically, naturally very difficult – not to say impossible – to draw any far-reaching conclusions, but since we are talking about unborn foetuses, newly-born babies, children, teenagers, adults and elderly – all at once – it is fair to call for precautionary measures as well as much better monitoring of health parameters and changes in our modern societies,” he said.

“The scientists must have regarded their results of high importance since they released them before the entire study was completed, a rather unusual decision.

“As a consequence, I think – from now on – it will be very difficult to claim wireless systems to be without risk.

“The findings definitely revive questions about the safety of the devices, and the results of the NTP study have the potential to move a debate that has been locked in stalemate for almost as long as cell phones have been around,” said Johansson.

Johansson wrote to several South African ministers and regulatory bodies on the health risks associated with wireless internet and mobile devices in 2011. None have so far acknowledged receiving the letter.

Prof Johansson says a very mind-boggling finding is that the exposed rats lived longer, but it could make sense given the concomitant initial activation also of immune-defense/tissue repair systems. What this suggests is that the RF activates immune functioning.

The female exposed rats did not get the Cardiac schwannomas or brain gliomas. The American Cancer Society states in their statement about the NTP results, “It’s important to note that these sorts of gender differences often appear in carcinogenic studies, so the fact they show up here should not detract from the importance of the findings.”

“If you look historically at male and female rats, the rate in the males is about ten times than in females.

“The fact there was any cancer showing up in the females is actually quite dramatic, it may well be that the risk was higher in the females if you look closely at the data than it was in the males.

“So this absolutely a red herring, this is being stated by people who haven’t even looked at the study,” said Dr Bob Morris physician and an environmental epidemiologist who was speaking from Seattle Washington.

The NTP made an announcement of its findings a day after Microwave news broke the story of the pending announcement.

“We’re releasing the findings at this time because we believe they may contribute to the longstanding discussion over the potential for health effects from radio frequency radiation.

“We’ve provided this information to our regulatory agency partners.

“I emphasise that much work needs to be done to understand the implications, if any, of these findings from the rapidly changing cellular technologies that are in use today,” said John Butcher, Associate Director, National Toxicology Program.

This week saw a wave of conflicting messages on the web that has been coupled with extensive criticism on how media initially reacted to the story. Forbes medical and science writer, Matthew Herper wrote: “Are journalists ready to engage with this kind of faster-paced science?

“Yesterday’s performance doesn’t make me optimistic.

“The first reporting fell too much on the scary side, and the rest of us were caught flat-footed.

“The government NTP seemed unprepared for the story, hosting a noon press conference in which reporters asked tense questions about problems with the study and didn’t get many answers,” he said in a column on May, 28.

Associated Press science writer Seth Borenstein in a video blog said: “ This is not changing the way they (researchers) use their cellphones.

… “Nothing is definitive about this, this study raises all sorts of (sic), raises more questions than it answers, so what it does do is take this issue that sort of was decided and brings it back up there,” said Borenstein.

One of the review scientist from the National Institute of Health comments read, “I am unable to accept the authors’ conclusions. ”

But Dr Devra Davis, author of Disconnect says because this study is the largest ever done, and because it’s been done by one of the most respected research groups in this field i.e. National Toxicology Program, it really is a profound change, it might even be called a paradigm change.

“Precisely because previous beliefs were that the only effect to be concerned with phones were at levels that generated heat.

“The levels in this study were set so that it didn’t cause a measurable temperature change in the animals, and yet despite that lack of change in temperature there were effects demonstrated.

“You see a well- orchestrated effort to create confusion and doubt about what this study means,” said Davis.

All 7 billion of the world’s cellphones have been set to avoid heating, if the NTP and other research is anything to go by, it may be a long stretch before the telecoms industry and governments admit to what has been dubbed the 21 century’s biggest health scandal.

“While we are debating this we are also conducting a massive human experiment in human history.

“If you look at the dramatic rises in the uses of cellphones in the last 20 years, it is going at a rate that suggests we are absolutely certain there is no risk and that is just not the case.

“This is very similar to what the tobacco industry did, they can’t admit any risk at all and so they try to defeat even the simplest calls for precautions in terms of cellphone because to do so would mean they acknowledged a risk and they simply can’t do that.

“This is what we up against,” said Dr Morris.

“Perhaps what the industry would like to do is provide a consent form asking if people want to be part of this human experiment,” Morris said.

References:
(cf. Johansson O, “Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields — A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment”, Pathophysiology 2009; 16: 157-177).

Pro Cellphone Safety Neoroscientist forced to retire amid NTP divisions

 

STOP SMART METER ACTIVISM IN OKLAHOMA

From: Joe Esposito <joeesposito8111@yahoo.com>
To:T.Hiett@occemail.com” <T.Hiett@occemail.com>; “B.Anthony@occemail.com” <B.Anthony@occemail.com>; “D.Murphy@occemail.com” <D.Murphy@occemail.com>
Cc: Dara Derryberry <dara.derryberry@oag.ok.gov>; David Derby <david.derby@okhouse.gov>; “dossett@oksenate.gov” <dossett@oksenate.gov>
Sent: Friday, June 3, 2016 9:34 AM
Subject: Oklahoma utilities SMART METERS

Commissioner B. Anthony

Commissioner D. Murphy
Commissioner T. Hiett
I am emailing you today about Oklahoma utilities’ wireless microwave radiating SMART METERS.
As you know I have been coming to your offices since January 8. 2013, presenting documentation  about the dangers and damages to our health being caused by SMART METERS.
I assume by now you have reviewed the press releases that a MAJOR U.S. GOVERNMENT STUDY FINDS CELL PHONE RADIATION CAUSES CANCER.  Last Thursday, the U.S. National Toxicology Program released final peer-reviewed results of its $25 million study on rats and cell phone radiation exposure.  Remember the test frequency was at 900 MHz — “almost the same frequency” as SMART METERS which are transmitting at 925 MHz and 2.4 GHz 24/7/365.
Last Thursday I delivered nine different issues of the BANNER Newspaper to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to keep the Commissioners informed concerning the dangers of SMART METERS and the  harm they cause to Oklahoma citizens’ health.
During the Ms. Sherry Lamb case OG&E basically said in their MOTION TO DISMISS that
the OCC said: OG&E could use wireless SMART METERS, SMART METERS were “SAFE”
and the SMART METERS were FCC compliant.
Today we know these SMART METERS are “NOT SAFE”.  During that hearing Commissioner
Murphy asked the question: Where is Ms. Lamb to go with her complaint if the OCC was dismissing her?
In my 108th BANNER Newspaper article was the FCC’s SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE (SAR’S)
where they used a plastic head to test the safety of wireless microwave radiation, this test had nothing to do with science (there was no biology involved).  This test was more of a “COOKING CLASS”(please read the #108 article that I delivered last Thursday to the OCC).
Remember, JOE ESPOSITO’S EXCEPTIONS TO THE REPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE CAUSE NO. PUD 201500109  Page 7:  “Management cannot predict the ultimate impact of the question of EMF exposure and adverse health effects. If further research shows that EMF exposure contributes to increased risk of cancer or other health problems, or if the courts conclude that EMF exposure harms individuals and that utilities are liable for damages, or if states limit the strength of magnetic fields to such a level that the current electricity delivery system must be significantly changed, then the results of operations and financial condition of AEP and its operating subsidiaries could be materially affected unless these costs can be recovered from customers.”
In my opinion this new $25 million government study has pulled the covers off all this misinformation about wireless microwave radiation including SMART METERS.
I am asking the OCC that AEP-PSO and ONG immediately remove their wireless microwave radiating  SMART METERS off my property and restore my mechanical ANALOGY METERS.  I also ask that all Oklahoma utilities remove their SMART METERS from all Oklahoma ratepayers and replace the SMART METERS with mechanical ANALOG METERS.

I eagerly look forward to your response to protect my family and all Oklahoma citizens.
Thank you for you help.
Joe Esposito
10110 N. 124th E. Ave
Owasso, Ok 74055
918-274-8111

Health agencies are in denial over the existence of EHS—electromagnetic hypersensitivity

WHAT DOCTORS DON’T TELL YOU….

EMFs: sense and sensitivity

MagazineMay 2016 (Vol. 27 Issue 2) › EMFs: sense and sensitivity

Health agencies are in denial over the existence of EHS—electromagnetic hypersensitivity—and especially that EMFs from PCs, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and power lines could be to blame

It’s called ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ (EHS)—a collection of symptoms that range from headaches, concentration problems and insomnia to skin irritation and fatigue. Yet despite the name, the World Health Organization (WHO) and most of the world’s major governments don’t accept that it’s caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from electrical appliances, computers, mobile phones and masts, and power lines.

And there’s only a grudging acceptance that EHS is even a genuine health problem. If it does exist, it affects only around 1 per cent of a population, while the general view is that it’s a problem more in the mind of the sufferer. Sceptics point to studies where EHS sufferers responded more strongly to devices that weren’t emitting EMFs than those that were. Some psychologists have even classified it as an escape from the tensions and pace of the modern world.

So what’s the official line on the causes of EHS? According to the WHO, doctors who have an EHS patient should first order full psychiatric or psychological tests. If the patient isn’t mentally unstable, the EHS could be the result of indoor pollution, excessive noise, poor lighting or flickering fluorescent tubes.

But countering this are the thousands of case studies of people who suddenly suffered fatigue or concentration problems without ever knowing they were in an environment of high EMF levels. In Sweden alone, which has some of the highest reported rates in Europe along with Germany and Denmark, around 250,000 people were identified as EHS sufferers in 2004, while it’s less prevalent in the UK, Austria and France.

Independent research studies are also starting to come down on the side that EHS is very real. One report—entitled ‘Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: fact or fiction?’—decided that it is, indeed, a fact. And more tellingly, the lead author, Professor Stephen Genuis at the University of Alberta in Canada, concluded that “many scientists now recognize that hypersensitivity to EMR (electromagnetic radiation) can be a debilitating medical condition that is affecting increasing numbers of people throughout the world”.1

Follow the money

The cynic might suggest that the reluctance to recognize EHS as a genuine health concern—and EMFs as the cause—boils down to one simple issue: money. Aside from the vast amounts that would have to be paid out in compensation to EHS victims, governments have received enormous sums from the telecoms industry, which has also happened to fund the majority of research that has failed to identify EMFs as a health hazard. The UK government, for instance, garnered £2.3 billion from the auction of the new 4G mobile phone licences in 2013.

But despite the financial pressures, some countries are recognizing EHS as a genuine medical condition. The Swedish government has described it as a “functional impairment”, while Spain has classified it as a “permanent disability” and the Canadian Human Rights Commission includes EHS among a list of environmental sensitivities.

French authorities have gone further and declared EMFs as the cause not only of EHS, but also of various cancers, and small children are especially vulnerable. Last year, they banned the use of Wi-Fi in nursery schools, and ordered that networks be switched off when there are no lessons in schools catering to children aged up to 11. A French court also recognized EHS as a real condition and awarded the 39-year-old claimant, Marine Richard, a £650-a-month disability grant after she described her “allergy” to electronic devices, such as her mobile phone, Wi-Fi router and TV set. Her reactions included heart palpitations, nausea and headaches, and she now lives in a converted barn with no electricity.

Despite its reticence, the WHO has recognized EHS as a “non-specific, multisystem illness”, and has also classified EMFs as possible carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents—although it has stopped short of linking one as a cause of the other.

EHS has even achieved cult status. One of the characters in Better Call Saul, a TV series spin-off of Breaking Bad, is a sufferer who wears a tin-foil sheet when he’s at home.

Do the right thing

Estimates vary for the number of people affected by EHS. Researchers have reckoned that anything from 1 to 8 per cent of a population may be so sensitive that they can’t function properly, while many more could have symptoms, such as insomnia or occasional memory lapses, but never associate them with ‘electrosmog’, as it’s called.

With this build-up of evidence and recognition of EHS by some governments, one group of scientists now wants every major country to accept the dangers of EMFs and limit the exposure of people—and especially children. In 2015, 24 scientists issued a declaration to have EHS “officially recognized” and included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). They also want government health agencies to adopt simple precautionary measures and warn the public about the potential dangers of EMFs.

In the UK, British doctor Erica Mallery-Blythe has created the organisation PHIRE (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment), which she hopes will begin to inform the public and get doctors, schools, parents and patients better educated about these risks and working together. “It is impossible” she states, “for individuals to give informed consent, when they are not informed”.

Here in the UK, we use the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) safety guidelines that were devised in 1998 to protect against tissue heating (thermal) effects. But, argues Dr. Mallery-Blythe those standards are obsolete and based on science that has been undermined by thousands of studies that demonstrate serious non-thermal biological effects at intensities far below this level. Other countries, and most other members of the EU, have abandoned the ICNIRP guidelines for far lower safety levels of radiation. She hopes that the UK will take urgent action to protect their citizens as other nations are now doing

So what’s safe?

We’re surrounded by EMFs and always have been. The light from the sun and the earth’s magnetic field are two sources, but from the beginning of the previous century—with the introduction of the electric light bulb and electrical appliances in the home—our exposure started to increase. Today, we live in the electrosmog coming from TVs, power lines, PCs and laptops, Wi-Fi and routers, and mobile phones and masts.

Cases similar to EHS symptoms were reported as early as 1932 and they’ve been given a range of labels over the years, such as microwave sickness or syndrome, radio-wave syndrome, EMF intolerance syndrome and rapid ageing syndrome. In the 1960s, workers in the old USSR and Poland who were exposed to EMR reported a range of debilitating symptoms, and similar patterns were seen among military personnel in 1974.

The science supports the idea that these symptoms are not just ‘all in the head’. Studies have found that EMFs can
affect brain activity, while others have noted changes in the body’s cells, reactions that have been objectively measured by scientists.

Although we can all react differently to EMFs, scientists believe that EMF exposure reduces the body’s melatonin levels while raising nitric oxide (NO).2 These changes affect the body’s ability to fight cancer, and can lead to sleeping disorders, increased cholesterol levels and raised blood pressure.

Brain-wave patterns are also altered by EMF exposures. One study found that 45 minutes of exposure to pulsed microwaves affected choline levels in the brains of laboratory rats. Choline is a building block of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that affects memory, intelligence and mood.3 Mobile phones have similar effects. Researchers in Finland found that just 33 minutes of mobile phone use suppressed glucose metabolism in the brain, which suggests that the brain’s neurons become starved of sugar, so leading to concentration, learning and memory problems.4

These physiological changes are also reflected in population studies. One review discovered that eight out of 10 studies of communities living less than 500 metres from a mobile-phone base station reported an increase in neurobehavioural symptoms and in cancer. Yet, the exposure to EMF radiation in each case was well within the current safety levels.5

Symptoms like headaches, poor concentration and irritability also got worse the closer a person was to a base station.6 And one Austrian study found an association between levels of high-frequency EMFs (like those used in mobile phones) in bedrooms and symptoms like headaches and concentration difficulties.7

Dr Mallery-Blythe describes the rise of EMFs as “the largest change to the earth’s electromagnetic environment that has ever taken place in human history”. Unless we act, she echoes the fears of experts who predict that this could become “the greatest public health disaster in planetary history”.

Paying the piper

Health agencies have pretty much relied on the 13-country Interphone Study results as a gauge of health hazards with mobile-phone use. Its various studies have consistently found no risk, and one even suggested that the devices can protect against brain cancer.

The study was partly funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) and the Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA), two groups that stand to benefit from positive results.

But funding seems to have skewed the results, as a team of independent researchers from the Republic of Korea found when they took another look at the findings. On analyzing only the independent studies—and putting to one side the Interphone trials, which the researchers said were of very poor quality—they discovered that continual use of a mobile phone for 10 years or longer increased the chances of developing a brain tumour by up to 34 per cent.1

This funding effect was also identified by researchers from the University of Berne, Switzerland, who found that studies paid for by the telecoms industry were the least likely to report any significant effect of exposure compared with those paid for by charities or other independent agencies.2

Dr Mallory-Blythe will be giving a talk on EMFs and the possible dangers to our health at a public meeting at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE, on 7 June 2016. The talk will start at 6.30 pm. Tickets: £15; www.naturopathy-uk.com/events/events-special-uk/#emblon

Useful resources

• Dr Mallery-Blythe’s PHIRE website: www.phiremedical.org