Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After keeping it hidden for years, California’s Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials’ concerns about cellphone radiation exposure.

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The previously unpublished document was released this week after a judge indicated she would order the documents be disclosed in the case Moskowitz v. CDPH.

Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., who is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to get the document released.

The document is dated April 2014, but Moskowitz says the document was originally prepared seven years ago and updated several times, but never released to the public.

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He previously told KPIX 5 why he decided to sue the state.

“I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cellphone radiation is a risk, and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks,” Moskowitz.

The two-page document, which the Department of Public Health first emailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday afternoon, looks like any other fact sheet released by the state, except that this one has, in big bold letters “Draft and Not for Public Release” stamped across the pages.

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Among the information in the document, which is titled simply, Cell Phones and Health, are summaries of scientific studies that suggest long-term cellphone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, among other health problems.

The draft fact sheet states that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs), a type of radiation, are emitted from cellphones and that because they are “used frequently and kept close to the head and body, cellphone EMFs can affect nearby cells and tissues.”

In the draft fact sheet, state health officials list their recommendations for members of the public who wish to reduce their exposure to the radiation emitted from cellphones, but state that as more studies are done the recommendations on the fact sheet may change.

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Health officials’ overall recommendation is to “increase the distance between you and your phone” by using a headset, the speaker phone function and text messaging. Health officials recommend not sleeping near your phone and not carry it in your pocket or directly on your body, unless it is off.

The fact sheet also states that “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than and adult’s” so suggests parents limit their child’s cellphone use to texting, important call and emergencies.

But there are also some in Silicon Valley who say the science doesn’t support the fact sheet. David Witkowski leads Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Wireless Communications Initiative and says “it’s very weak on details, references to existing peer-reviewed journals and studies…”

Moskowitz, however, is not yet satisfied.

He said with the release of the document, the CDPH has violated the Public Records Act, saying it “stamped new lettering in huge dark letters across the face of the document,” essentially creating a new document rather than producing the document as-is.

Moskowitz says, “that lettering states that the document is ‘draft and not for public release’ when the judge’s tentative ruling stated exactly the opposite — that the document was not a draft, and must be publicly released.”

By Hannah Albarazi – Follow her on Twitter: @hannahalbarazi.

Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

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MICHIGAN-SENATOR COLBECK SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING CHOICE FOR METERS.

SENATOR COLBECK SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING CHOICE FOR METERS.

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Sen. Colbeck: Safety and security concerns drive need for smart meter opt-out

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, testified on Tuesday before the House Energy and Technology Committee in support of HB 4220, legislation that would restore consumer protections regarding the type of meters that are installed upon their personal property.

Sen. Colbeck focused his testimony on the safety and security risks inherent with the utilities’ promulgation of smart meter technology. Smart meter technology provides the fundamental building blocks for efforts to make Michigan part of a larger “Smart Grid.”

In 2011, James Woolsey, former CIA director, said, “A so-called ‘Smart Grid’ that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all. It’s a really, really stupid grid.”

In support of his testimony, Sen. Colbeck enlisted the support of Cynthia Ayers. Ayers, a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert who currently serves in part as the deputy to the executive director of the congressionally-sponsored Task Force on National and Homeland Security, provided testimony that cyber threats to our electric infrastructure are not mere conjecture. Other nations have been victimized by cyber-attacks that target critical infrastructure such as the power grid. Ayers conveyed that smart meters increase our security risk because, as integral components in a digital network, hackers can use smart meters to remotely shut down power to one or more consumers.

“One of the ways our citizens can secure their own family from such threats to our power grid is to opt out of so-called smart meters and retain analog meters, which have served us well for decades,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Cybersecurity threats today are very real. In fact, the SEC-10K filings for both Consumers Energy and DTE cite cybersecurity as a significant threat that potential investors need to consider before purchasing stock in these companies. Against this increased risk, there is little to no consumer benefit to the adoption of smart meters. The state is doing an insufficient job of regulating our monopoly utilities on this topic in a manner that truly benefits consumers, especially the safety and security of our electricity consumers. Once passed, HB 4220 would return a measure of respect back to our citizens by improving the provisions of law that govern their ability to truly opt out of smart meters.”

Sen. Colbeck also stressed that right now, even today, people are currently without power because of their simple desire to keep an analog meter for their own home. This includes even the frail and elderly, and even during winter conditions.

“We have entire programs set up, subsidized on everyone’s electric bill, to ensure that people keep power during the winter months even if they have not paid their bill,” Sen. Colbeck said.  “For some strange reason, the state conversely is telling utilities it is ok to shut off power to people who have paid their bills and want to continue to pay their bills, simply because these people want to control what takes place on their own private property. We can’t let that continue, and we must pass HB 4220 both to give consumers true choice with our monopolistic utilities, and to sever any notions that people must choose between new technology they don’t want and being able to keep the power on for their own property.”

The legislation, similar to an amendment that Sen. Colbeck offered on the floor last year, could receive a committee vote in the near future.

 

 

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The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

9 March 2017

California Department of Public Health Releases its Cellphone Safety Document


Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 2, 2017 (6:00 PM Update)

Prior to the judge’s final ruling in Moskowitz v. CDPH, the California Department of Public Health released its cellphone safety document to the San Francisco Chronicle this afternoon.

This “fact sheet” summarizes research on cell phone radiation health risks and provides safety tips on how to reduce cell phone radiation exposure. The document highlights a potentially greater risk to “pregnant women, children, and teens.” The safety recommendations are similar to those issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in May, 2015.

The CDPH document is marked “released pursuant to Moskowitz v. CDPH, Sac. Super. Ct. No. 34-2016-8000-2358” and “Draft and Not for Public Release.”

The document and details about the case are available at http://bit.ly/CDPHsafer.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
http://wwwsaferemr.com

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Video  of Palo Alto Unified School District Board Meeting about Wireless Infrastructure
Wireless Safety on Dec 13th 2016.  (Palo Alto is in the heart of Silicon Valley in California.)
Please watch from 3:00 to 3:13
Dr. Ann Lee, MD, tells about her 7-yr old son who gets chest pains whenever he visited the public library’s 2nd floor with wi-fi.  She found many studies showing adverse biological effects from wireless radiation on children who developed nausea, headaches, skin rashes, chest pain after their schools installed wi-fi networks.  Also other studies showing increased stress proteins, increased DNA fragmentation in sperm, increased brain cancer, link to autism, EHS symptoms such as impaired memory, concentration difficulties, headaches, sleeping problems  Other school district LAUSD has established wireless exposure limits that are 1/10,000 of FCC limits.  Precautions taken by other countries such as France, banning wi-fi in preschools and turning it off in elementary schools when not in use.
Angela
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Sharp Rise in Colorectal Cancers Among Young Adults
Between the mid 1980s and 2013, colon cancer incidence rates for people in their 20s and 30s rose by one to 2.4 percent per year. And for people in their 20s, the rate of rectal cancer increased 3.2 percent every year between 1974 and 2013.
Sarah
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The Kids Are Not Alright
How wireless tech is harming our youth and what parents can do right now.
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First State in the Nation: Maryland State Advisory Council Recommends Reducing School Wireless to Protect Children
Many members of the public participated in Council meetings and contributed documentation relevant to these deliberations; we appreciate their input and dedication. While this report focused on WiFi radiation in schools, there are additional concerns about mobile phones and cell phone towers. CEHPAC plans to take a look at these broader issues over the next year.
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The Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) and Environmental Health Trust (EHT) organized an ‘Expert Forum on Wireless Radiation and Health’, in Jerusalem, Israel, Jan. 23 – 26, 2017. Conference was organized by Charles (Chuck) Greenblatt and Devra Davis. Videos of the majority of the presentations are available now on YouTube. Conference presentations are marked
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Frontiers in Integrative Physiology
This new integrative health perspective connects neurotoxic and immunotoxic stressors to pain, inflammation, and sensitisation in the chronic neurological illnesses Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS).

It hints at a significant role for a range of factors in the development of such disorders, notably including: exposure to persistent environmental pollutants (e.g. heavy metals and pesticides), toxic mould fungi, and non-ionising electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiation (EMR).

The author, Julian Glassford, is a UK-based expert patient who has himself battled with ME/CFS over a number of years. Personal experience and insights along the way helped to motivate and inform this work, and he hopes that it will help shine a light on environmental health hazards and the true nature of certain ‘invisible’ illnesses.

Besides ME/CFS and FMS, by extension his work further pertains to other, somewhat interrelated, idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI) and sensitisation disorders. These include Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS).