Cellphone in your pocket? CBC’s Marketplace investigates why you might reconsider

Cellphone in your pocket? CBC’s Marketplace investigates why you might reconsider

The CBC's Wendy Mesley investigates a little-known message inside your cellphone's settings and manual telling you to keep the device five to 15 mm away from your body

The CBC’s Wendy Mesley investigates a little-known message inside your cellphone’s settings and manual telling you to keep the device five to 15 mm away from your body (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Deutsche )

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For 20 years now, veteran CBC journalist Wendy Mesley has been tracking the latest research on cellphones. Her interest in this story is spurred by two questions: Do these things that we’re all in love with cause cancer? And have we been given enough information to decide for ourselves?

Mesley joins The Current’s Friday host Nora Young to share the results of her latest investigation into what the latest research reveals about how cellphones might affect our health.

At the heart of this investigation is a message hidden in most of our cellphones and manuals that tell us “to reduce exposure to radio frequency, use a hands-free option such as the speakerphone and carry the phone at least five mm away from your body.” Depending on the manufacturer, that distance could be telling you to hold your phone up to 15 mm away from your body.

Related: National Toxicology Program Study on Cellphones

A survey completed for CBC Marketplace by Mission Research of 971 Canadians with cellphones asked how many were aware of the manufacturers’ suggestions to hold the phone five – 15 mm away from the body. The results showed 81 per cent had no clue, and 67 per cent admitted they carry their phones against their bodies.

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According to Devra Davis, the founder and director of the Environmental Health Trust, cellphone testing is outdated and needs to be updated to reflect how most people carry devices. (Damir Sagol/Reuters)

When told about the message, three out of four people surveyed said they would stop carrying their phone against their body.

Since most of us use and carry cellphones in close contact with our bodies, why do government guidelines allow phone manufacturers to test cellphones for radiation exposure with a five – 15 mm gap?

When CBC Marketplace tested cellphones from the three top-selling brands without that gap, they all exceeded Canadian safety code limits.

When Health Canada was presented with these findings, it was not concerned because it said standards on radiation exposure have such a large safety margin that people are protected.

But the founder and director of the Environmental Health Trust, Devra Davis, believes the current testing for cellphones is outdated and should be updated to reflect how most people carry devices. As well, the test doesn’t reflect some recent science that suggests there could be harmful effects below the maximum power levels used during the test.

Cellphone manufacturers contacted by Marketplace say the cellphones are operating well within safety limits set out by the government.

Wendy Mesley’s investigation airs March 24, on CBC TV’s Marketplace, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland.

Listen to the full conversation at the top of this web post.

This segment was produced by The Current’s Sujata Berry.

The CBC’s Wendy Mesley investigates a little-known message inside your cellphone’s settings and manual telling you to keep the device five to 15 mm away from your body (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Deutsche )

Listen 23:10

Read story transcript

For 20 years now, veteran CBC journalist Wendy Mesley has been tracking the latest research on cellphones. Her interest in this story is spurred by two questions: Do these things that we’re all in love with cause cancer? And have we been given enough information to decide for ourselves?

Mesley joins The Current’s Friday host Nora Young to share the results of her latest investigation into what the latest research reveals about how cellphones might affect our health.

At the heart of this investigation is a message hidden in most of our cellphones and manuals that tell us “to reduce exposure to radio frequency, use a hands-free option such as the speakerphone and carry the phone at least five mm away from your body.” Depending on the manufacturer, that distance could be telling you to hold your phone up to 15 mm away from your body.

Related: National Toxicology Program Study on Cellphones

A survey completed for CBC Marketplace by Mission Research of 971 Canadians with cellphones asked how many were aware of the manufacturers’ suggestions to hold the phone five – 15 mm away from the body. The results showed 81 per cent had no clue, and 67 per cent admitted they carry their phones against their bodies.

According to Devra Davis, the founder and director of the Environmental Health Trust, cellphone testing is outdated and needs to be updated to reflect how most people carry devices. (Damir Sagol/Reuters)

When told about the message, three out of four people surveyed said they would stop carrying their phone against their body.

Since most of us use and carry cellphones in close contact with our bodies, why do government guidelines allow phone manufacturers to test cellphones for radiation exposure with a five – 15 mm gap?

When CBC Marketplace tested cellphones from the three top-selling brands without that gap, they all exceeded Canadian safety code limits.

When Health Canada was presented with these findings, it was not concerned because it said standards on radiation exposure have such a large safety margin that people are protected.

But the founder and director of the Environmental Health Trust, Devra Davis, believes the current testing for cellphones is outdated and should be updated to reflect how most people carry devices. As well, the test doesn’t reflect some recent science that suggests there could be harmful effects below the maximum power levels used during the test.

Cellphone manufacturers contacted by Marketplace say the cellphones are operating well within safety limits set out by the government.

Wendy Mesley’s investigation airs March 24, on CBC TV’s Marketplace, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland.

Listen to the full conversation at the top of this web post.

This segment was produced by The Current’s Sujata Berry.

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W.E.E.P. EMF News

W.E.E.P.  EMF News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

23 March 2017

Help Stop Mandated V2V (a radio transmitter in every car)


File a comment with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in opposition to requiring V2V technology in all new cars (Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126).  Comments are due by April 12, 2017. Submit comment at http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA_FRDOC_0001-1752.  

Please visit www.electricalpollution.com/RFinCars.html to find out more about the docket and the RF that is already in your car and what can be done about it.

V2V communication is being promoted as a safety feature.  It involves a transmitter on/in the dashboard transmitting data about speed, location, and direction of travel at such close intervals that it is essentially continuous so that the vehicles can warn about or even take evasive action to avoid impending collisions.  As far as I can tell, no attention has been paid to the serious public health risk that continuously exposing the cars occupants, as well as bystanders, to biologically active levels of RF.  Additionally, no attention has been paid to the environmental costs either.  This would lead to monumental increases in RF radiation in the vicinity of roadways, compared even to what we have today.  Please read about the serious and even deadly effect that radiation from wireless technology is having on trees (www.electricalpollution.com/WirelessKillsTrees.html).

In this docket the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking to MANDATE V2V technology in ALL cars.  

It is essential that you file a comment in opposition.

Here are some links to information about V2V and the docket:

 

https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us-dot-advances-deployment-connected-vehicle-technology-prevent-hundreds-thousands

https://www.safercar.gov/v2v/index.html

https://www.safercar.gov/v2v/pdf/V2V_NPRM_Fact_Sheet_121316_v1.pdf

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/12/2016-31059/federal-motor-vehicle-safety-standards-v2v-communications

Submit comment at http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA_FRDOC_0001-1752

Thank you,

Catherine

 

 

Simple steps to protect your family from RF in your car

 

Lots of good information that can help you to make your own car safer.

 

http://www.electricalpollution.com/RFinCars.html

 

 

 

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The Internet of Things Poses Human Health Risks

 

Scientists question the safety of untested 5g technology.

 

https://ehtrust.org/internet-things-poses-human-health-risks-scientists-question-safety-untested-5g-technology-international-conference/

 

Lisa

 

 

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RadioBio: DARPA To Explore Cell-to-Cell Communications

Investigating “Natural Antennas” Sending and Receiving Messages at kHz to THz Frequencies

http://microwavenews.com/news-center/darpa-radiobio

 

 

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Court orders California Public Health Dept. to Release Cellphone Radiation Safety Document

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 15, 2017

On Monday March 13, the Sacramento Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to release the Department’s cell phone use guidance document without superimposed markings.

This cell phone radiation safety document, originally prepared in 2010 by health professionals in the CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch, has been suppressed by political appointees over the years.

For more information and links to worldwide news coverage about this case see:

Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department

http://bit.ly/CDPHsafer

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health

 

 

 

 

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Electronic control of gene expression and cell behaviour in Escherichia coli through redox signalling

http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14030

 

 

 

 

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NRL Scientists Produce Densest Artificial Ionospheric Plasma Clouds Using HAARP

https://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2013/nrl-scientists-produce-densest-artificial-ionospheric-plasma-clouds-using-haarp

 

David

 

 

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Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools

Here’s my new paper, “Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools.” One recent reader plans to discuss it with a small group of neighbors. If cultural change happens in small groups, well…stay tuned!

http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/safer-schools/

 

 

 

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The Reykjavik appeal

Attached is the pdf file of the Reykjavik appeal on use of wireless technology in schools. The names of all 133 signers from 24 countries are included.

Please, feel free to use the Appeal as you want, post it on your Web site, make your school aware of it etc.

As all know the fifth generation of mobile communication (5G) is to be launched in the near future without a thorough evaluation of potential health effects. Our research group considers measurements of current environmental exposure to RF radiation to be of importance, not the least for comparison of levels in the future. Thus, we include two recent studies on measurements in Sweden:

Stockholm Central Station
https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijo.20163657

Stockholm Old Town
https://www.spandidos-publications.com/mco/6/4/462

We want also to draw your attention to our recent review article on wireless phones and brain tumor risk https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2017/9218486/

Finally, a book on Corporate Ties That Bind and vested interests will be published in a few days
http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/11632-9781510711884-corporate-ties-that-bind

Best Regards 

Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD

Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Örebro University, SE-701 82 Örebro, Sweden.

E-mail: lennart.hardell@regionorebrolan.se

 

 

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Cyprus Bans Wi-Fi From Kindergarten

Please see below – Cyprus has decided to remove Wi-Fi from all kindergartens and halt its installations in elementary schools.

 

Here’s press release about this http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/cyprus-removes-wi-fi-from-kindergartens-and-halts-wireless-deployment-into-public-elementary-schools-778002htm

Here’s a video produced by the government of Cyprus with tips on wireless safety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43IKNjTvRM

2-minute video – advice to pregnant women from government of Cyprus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_HVMnAXnLw&feature=em-subs_digest

Also, Paris will reduce the exposure of its inhabitants to electromagnetic waves by 30%, under a charter with mobile operators to limit the maximum level of antennas to 5V / m. Paris “thus becomes the most protective metropolis in Europe, ahead of Brussels, which set a threshold at 6 V / m. These are extremely stringent standards, “Julien Bargeton, Finance Deputy Mayor PS of Paris Anne Hidalgo told the press.  Electromagnetic waves, which the WHO (World Health Organization) considered to be “potentially carcinogenic”, are suspected of being harmful to health.  This charter, which renews a previous agreement already “the most binding of France”, decreases from April 1st of 7 V / m to 5 / Vm the threshold in the 2,240 relay antennas present in Paris as well as those to come.  This was Google translation of

https://www.goodplanet.info/actualite/2017/03/02/paris-va-reduire-de-30-lexposition-aux-ondes-electromagnetiques/

Hong Kong Residents urge government to tighten regulations on cell antenna installations, claiming to be adversely affected by such radiation from rooftop telecommunications transmitters. Pastor Mike Liu was shocked when his younger sister was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at the age of 30 in 2012. She died just a year later as the cancer was aggressive. He was dealt two furtherblows – his father was diagnosed and later died of oesophageal cancer in 2015, and his mother was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer a year later.  Liu, 38, claimed this was no coincidence. He blamed it on transmitters, which reside on the roof of the family home, a Tenants Purchase Scheme estate in Sheung Shui. Half of the 24 sets installed at the estate are above their unit on the 27th floor, the top level.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2076255/hong-kong-residents-urge-government-tighten-rules?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

Angela

 

 

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Warrior Connection

03.20.17 Radio interview with Prof Olle Johansson

http://prn.fm/warrior-connection-03-20-17/

 

 

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Loons and Drones – Wireless from the Sky

 

Three new articles.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/17/att-is-testing-drones-to-rid-the-world-of-bad-cell-reception/

http://www.recode.net/2017/2/16/14640470/alphabets-balloon-based-internet-loon-might-actually-work-algorithm

https://www.law360.com/telecom/articles/892901/verizon-acquires-drone-operations-management-co-

Barb

 

 

 

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Hong Kong residents urge government to tighten rules on electromagnetic radiation

They claim to be adversely affected by such emissions from rooftop transmitters, blaming it for headaches and even cancer
Pastor Mike Liu was shocked when his younger sister was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at the age of 30 in 2012. She died just a year later as the cancer was aggressive. He was dealt two furtherblows – his father was diagnosed and later died of oesophageal cancer in 2015, and his mother was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer a year later.
Liu, 38, claimed this was no coincidence. He blamed it on transmitters, which reside on the roof of the family home, a Tenants Purchase Scheme estate in Sheung Shui. Half of the 24 sets installed at the estate are above their unit on the 27th floor, the top level.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2076255/hong-kong-residents-urge-government-tighten-rules?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

 

Paul

 

 

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Wireless Power for Miniature Cardiac Pacing

Enables the transmission of electromagnetic power to a defined focal point deep inside the body.

The team’s use of electromagnetic waves ensures better penetration through bone, compared to ultrasound.

 

http://www.medgadget.com/2017/03/wireless-power-miniature-cardiac-pacing.html

 

 

 

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Parents had Wi-Fi switches installed in a Finnish school

In the Fiskars primary school located in Raasepori in Southern Finland parents have long struggled against Ipad and Wifi based learning. They couldn’t prevent the installation of Wifi hot spots, but their struggle had results: now in every class room there is a switch by which the radiation emitting hot spot can be turned off.

See the attached PDF

 

 

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Electromagnetic Radiation Safety: New Developments

The news media have its hands full covering the fake news generated by the White House while Congress and the FCC are planning to de-regulate the wireless industry to pave the way for 5G. Instead, a moratorium on 5G and small cell siting should be declared until we adopt protective RF safety standards.

March has been a busy month for research and policy developments regarding cell phone and wireless radiation safety. Following are links from my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website to some new developments.

New Posts

Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department

Massachusetts: Cell Phone & Wireless Safety Legislation

Google Glass Alert: Potential health risks from wireless radiation

Updated Posts

Effect of Mobile Phones on Sperm Quality

Berkeley Cell Phone “Right to Know” Ordinance: Media Coverage

Wireless Radiation TV News

WHO Radiofrequency Radiation Policy

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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Healing Severe Chemical and EMF Sensitivity: Our Breakthrough Cure for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and Electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)

 

Paperback book 2012

 

https://www.amazon.ca/Healing-Severe-Chemical-Sensitivity-Electro-hypersensitivity/dp/1479244740

 

Paul

 

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SILENT KILLER: Smart meters are destroying your health

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-03-20-silent-killer-smart-meters-are-destroying-your-health.html

 

 

 

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Senator says to protect your family by means of Analog Meters

“When I look at what happens with smart meters, in particular, I’m actually concerned it is putting our homes, our nation, and frankly some of the power suppliers at significant risk.”

“The power that’s provided to our homes, our businesses, and to our government offices here are put at risk with the addition of these smart meters.  That is a risk that is not entertained when you have an analog meter.”

https://smartgridawareness.org/2017/03/13/secure-your-family-with-an-analog-meter/

 

Susan

 

 

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Former NSA Official Confirms: ‘No Surge Protection, Smart Meters God Send for Hackers’

https://bc-freedom.com/2017/03/12/former-nsa-confirms-no-surge-protection-smart-meters-god-send-for-hackers/

 

 

 

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Millions of Smart Meters May Over-Inflate Readings by up to 600%

Lab tests carried out by Dutch scientists have shown that some of today’s “smart” electrical meters may give out false readings that in some cases can be 582% higher than actual energy consumption.

The study involved several tests conducted on nine different brands of  “smart” meters, also referred to in the industry as “static energy meters.” Researchers also used one electromechanical meter for reference.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/millions-of-smart-meters-may-over-inflate-readings-by-up-to-600-percent/