Another local station covers Electromagnetic Sensitivity

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Chicago’s local CBS affiliate recently ran a profile on Jennifer Froemet, a woman who suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity. Despite the usual media caveats, it was a good piece which featured Building Biologist Barbara Bobbit performing an electromagnetic survey.

Check it out here.

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Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity

Screen Shot 06-27-15 at 01.52 PMDr. Phillipe Grandjean, a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Landrigan, of New York’s Mount Sinai, report in their peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet Neurology, that “disorders of neurobehavioral development affect 10–15% of all births.” Their study went on to identify five industrial chemicals that could be reliably classified as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls, and toluene. ). It also noted 201 chemicals that had been reported to cause injury to the nervous system in adults, mostly in connection with occupational exposures, poisoning incidents, or suicide attempts.

You can read the entire study, including methodology and results from our current events page.

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‘Pregnancy wi-fi’ router causes controversy in China

Newborn wrapped in blueThe BBC has a fascinating article on a war of words between two rival tech companies, one of which has released a Wi-Fi router that has a “pregnancy” setting which they claim reduces radiation by 70%.

While the article reports the usual statements by the WHO that there is no evidence to support proof of adverse health consequences to exposure, it is interesting that a tech company recognizes that those who are concerned about EMR can be a market-force unto themselves.

You can read the entire article here.

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The Sensitives – a feature documentary

The SensitivesDirector/Cinematographer Drew Xanthopoulos is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a feature documentary, that will tackle family struggles to reclaim their lives from the isolation of chronic illness and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)—also known as simply Chemical Sensitivity (CS) and Environmental Illness (EI) —is poorly understood. Even the names given to the condition are over-simplifying and rarely agreed upon. However, people can develop severe migraines, rashes, fatigue, and loss of motor and speech skills when exposed to ordinary things like cleaning products, pesticides, and sometimes electronic and wireless technologies.

“As someone with no prior personal connection to this illness, I was compelled to take on this challenging project, to eventually get past the masks and foil-lined rooms to meet the artists, social workers, and grandparents inside. This is what I intend The Sensitives to show: the ordinary people driven to the fringes because of a very misunderstood condition.

“My greatest hope for this project would be to spark meaningful discussions about how we think about illness and health and inspire more research for a community that badly needs it,” writes the director on the project page.

You can see an interview with the director, some initial footage, and support the project here.


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Wireless industry sues Berkeley over phone radiation ordinance

Well, we all saw this coming!

On May 7, we reported that Berkeley City Council was to consider a “right to know” ordinance regarding safe distances and cell phones. The idea was to require retailers to hand consumers a city prepared document advising them to never carry the phone in on mode next to their bodies such as in a bra or pocket. It would also direct them to read the FCC required language in the manual or on the phone, and would mention that children are more vulnerable.

The measure passed on May 12th, and was to take effect on June 25th. Now, less than one month later, CTIA – The Wireless Association, has asked a U.S. federal court in California to strike the ordinance down, on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment and preempts federal law.

“Berkeley’s Ordinance violates the First Amendment because it will require CTIA’s members to convey a message to which they object, and which is factually inaccurate, misleading, and controversial,” lawyers for the group wrote in a lawsuit in a federal court in the Northern District of California.

You can read the whole sorry story at The Hill.

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San Francisco apartment that blocks cell phone radiation now for sale

jackson-stFrom Business Insider comes this interesting story of an apartment in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood that the owners in essence turned into a Faraday Cage, blocking EMF.

“The external walls, ceilings and floors were painted with a black graphite semi-conducting paint, according to a section of the apartment’s website that extensively details the process. Additionally, the floor, walls and ceilings are connected in a network of wire strips. Even the windows got a coat of electromagnetic field (EMF) blocking polymer.”

Pretty fascinating stuff as the owners took an apartment located in a neighborhood with 600 times the federal safety standard for EMF and after making the improvements showed a level below federal standards. You can read the rest of the story here.

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Expert Forum on Wireless Risks to be held

Expert Forum on Wireless Risks:

Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers & Schools Restrict Technology Overuse Among Children?”

1-450x300WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Radiofrequency Radiation emitted by cell phones and wireless devices as a Group 2B ‘Possible Carcinogen’ in 2011. This upcoming program will review the science showing risk, mechanisms of action, new genetic questions, and whether the IARC warning should be upgraded to ‘Probable Carcinogen’ –or even ‘Carcinogen’. There will be a special focus on risks to children, and the role overuse of wireless technologies may be playing in attention, functional and relational difficulties, as well as on risk to the elderly, where cognitive decline may be misconstrued as dementia, permitting people to progress without help. Experts on different facets of risk will assure a very dynamic forum.

This forum is Co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club’s Health & Medicine, Science & Technology and Environment & Natural Resources Member-Led Forums, and is organized by and Environmental Heath Trust in association with Citizens for Health, California Brain Tumor Association and American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

Organized and moderated by Camilla Rees and Lloyd Morgan, the conference will be held at:

Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday, June 22, 2015,
11:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, head over to

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Indiana regulators reject Duke Energy’s $1.9B plan to install ‘smart’ meters

Take Back Your Power reports that Indiana “State regulators have rejected a proposal from Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said in a ruling on May 8th that the company didn’t provide enough details for its $1.9 billion, seven-year plan. The proposal would have put Duke Energy’s Indiana customers on smart grid technology and have installed privacy invading digital smart meters in every home, tracking detailed energy consumption and transmitting that data using potentially harmful radiofrequency emissions.”

While this is great news, Duke Energy has said they will eventually refile.

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Dangerous gas continues to leak from Lumber Liquidators flooring

You may remember our post from March 8th about formaldehyde off-gassing from Lumber Liquidators flooring. The company offered to send out free air sampling kits to concerned customers, but there was some controversy as to whether the kits gave accurate results.

The local ABC News affiliate in Clearwater Florida has aired an excellent investigative piece featuring Will Spates, BBEC, following up on the story. There have been some interesting developments, including a lawsuit brought against the company who provided the air quality test kits. Well worth watching.

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Department of Energy misses the boat in December 2014 report

Future-Grid-CoverTimothy Schoechle, PhD, Senior Research Fellow with the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy has released a review of a report prepared by GridWise Alliance and U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), Office of Electricity.

The report, titled “The Future of the Grid – Evolving to Meet America’s Needs” was released in December of 2014, and not surprisingly “misses or avoids what are perhaps the most significant factors emerging today—the dramatic growth of rooftop solar PV and distributed generation and storage—with profound implications for the industry’s future, even according to its own internal reports.”

Schoechle points out clearly that the U.S. DoE proceeded under an industry-driven vision, and an obsolete paradigm of how to serve U.S. energy needs. It’s well worth downloading and reading. Check it out here.

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