Saturday, October 31, 2015

Illegal mobile towers demolished

Illegal mobile towers demolished

Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Raju Vernekar

As a sequel to report “Action against ‘illegal’ mobile towers within 15 days” that appeared in ADC on September 05 and October 6, 2015 about 17 illegal mobile towers in Daseshwar Coop Housing Society, located at Walkeshwar in South Mumbai, on Friday, Reliance Jio (4 G) demolished the mobile towers as per the directions of the BMC. It may be recalled that BMC’s D ward had issued the notice No D ward /MRTP55/1998/2015 dated 29 September, 2015 to Bharat Kothary and Harshad Choksey, working committee members of the Daseshwar CHS Ltd to demolish the illegal antennae within 15 days or else the unauthorised work would be demolished without any notice by the BMC.

The 17 illegal mobile antennae were installed on the terrace of the society. Ironically the society is located very close to the official residence of Industries minister Subhash Desai.

The society constructed in 1972 had only one tower till 2012. However, subsequently the number grew with three Base Tower Stations (BTS) with 17 mobile tower antennae, in the area which was reserved for the children play area earlier. Based on the complaint by the residents, the D ward officials had inspected the 7 storey building, having 14 flats and had assured the residents of an appropriate action in the matter.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Smart Meter Fires

Smart Meter Fires

Electrosensibilité : l'appel de la MDPH est rejeté (Electrosensitivity: calling the MDPH is rejected)

Electrosensibilité : l'appel de la MDPH est rejeté

Résumé : Assignée à verser une Allocation adulte handicapé à une personne éléctrosensible en juillet 2015, sa MDPH avait fait appel. Il vient d'être rejeté, confirmant la " situation de handicap ". 

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En juillet 2015, la justice française reconnaissait l'existence d'un handicap grave dû à l'hypersensibilité aux ondes électromagnétiques, qui avait obligé Marine Richard, 39 ans, à vivre recluse dans les montagnes et à se désocialiser (article en lien ci-dessous). Un jugement du Tribunal du contentieux de l'incapacité de Toulouse confirmait, expertise médicale à l'appui, que la plaignante souffrait d'un syndrome dont « la description des signes cliniques est irréfutable ». Elle avait alors obtenu le versement de l'AAH (Allocation adulte handicapé) d'un montant de 800,65 euros par mois.
Mais la MDPH (Maison départementale des personnes handicapées) avait fait appel ; il vient d'être rejeté. Le jugement faisant état du « syndrome d'hyper sensibilité aux ondes électromagnétiques » et la déficience fonctionnelle de Marine Richard, évaluée à 85%, est donc définitivement confirmé !
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Electrosensitivity: calling the MDPH is rejected

Summary: Assigned to pay a handicapped adult allowance to a person in electro July 2015, the MDPH had appealed. It has just been rejected, confirming the "disabilities".

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In July 2015, the French courts recognized the existence of a serious disability due to hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves, which had forced Marine Richard, 39, to live recluse in the mountains and to desocialize (article link below below). A judgment of the Dispute Tribunal's inability to Toulouse confirmed, medical expertise in support, that the complainant was suffering from a syndrome whose "description of the clinical signs is irrefutable." She then obtained the payment of AAH (adult disability allowance) in the amount of 800.65 euros per month.
But the MDPH (Departmental Centre for the Disabled) appealed; it has just been rejected. The judgment stating the "syndrome of hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves" and functional impairment of Marine Richard, estimated at 85%, is therefore definitively confirmed!
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The 28-10-2015 by sisi: 

laMDPH is not able to meet the needs of a person with disability situation of a rare lack of training of staff present a big problem! the government should honor its commitments towards people with disabilities their assigned more financial means to acquire care to their health and delighted OF adequate resources for this person has done to fight against this unjust system is already difficult enough to live with a rare disease follow a little more handicapped person it is a human being not a handkerchief q'on thrown in the trash

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Should courts protect people who claim they're allergic to Wi-Fi?

Should courts protect people who claim they're allergic to Wi-Fi?

A woman in France who says that she had to quit her job and go live in the countryside because she’s allergic to Wi-Fi won her court case in August.

A Marseilles court told the French government that it must pay Martine Richard, a former radio producer, about $900 a month for at least the next three years, according to The Times.

Richard says she’s allergic to electromagnetic radiation, including Wi-Fi, and the judge agrees with her. However, scientists say that electromagnetic fields do not cause medical problems.

‘Nocebo’ effect 

So why are people complaining of symptoms? The Age says that one possibility is the “nocebo effect.” That involves “the influence of a person’s expectations or perceptions of how something might affect them,” the article explains.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a “psychological phenomenon,” William Barr, a neuropsychologist at the New York University School of Medicine, told CBS News.

The victims “essentially establish a belief that something has the potential to cause a symptom, and then when they come in contact with the cause they develop those symptoms," Barr says.


An article at Science Alert agrees that the individuals do display the symptoms. It “doesn’t mean that people like Richard aren't suffering from symptoms,” the article says. It simply means that scientists have found “no evidence linking those symptoms to electromagnetic fields.”

Manifestations displayed include “persistent headaches, nausea, mental fog, and dizziness,” Science Alert says.

Oxides in cells

One Redditor provided a research paper abstract that says radio waves can cause an increase in oxides in cells, which damages DNA even when the waves are very low-power.

“So while there are crazy true believers that think Wi-Fi will melt their face off, there may well be actual effects from this radiation,” the Redditor Fauxgnaws says.

Mobile phone masts

Mobile phone towers have had their locations moved over NIMBY local complaints and perception.

And I’ve seen that first hand, in fact.

Near where I live, in Los Angeles County, 30 people showed up at meeting earlier this year to discuss a proposed public-safety broadband LTE radio tower to be erected at the local fire station—something one would think would be perceived as a community asset.

‘More ill’

I didn’t attend, but there were quotes in the Topanga Messenger newspaper indicating frenzied hysteria about the idea.

“I think it’s catching up with people,” one resident is quoted as saying about the perceived increase of electromagnetic fields. “In a few years, more people will be more ill."

“I got sick with cancer in 2009 and moved to Topanga to recover,” another said. “Now, with this tower, we are right in the path of it,” a fire station neighbor said in the newspaper.

That antenna was supposed to be completed by August. The mast has thus far not been built.

Ashland series to show film on electromagnetic radiation

  • Ashland series to show film on electromagnetic radiation

    • By Jonathan Phelps/Daily News Staff

      Posted Oct. 29, 2015 at 1:27 PM 

      ASHLAND — The Ashland Documentary Film and Discussion Series will host a documentary on electromagnetic radiation and health on Nov. 12.
      The showing of the film, "Microwaves, Science and Lies" will take place 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Ashland Library, Community Room, 66 Front St. The film is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library and the Ashland Farmers Market.
      In the film, journalist Nancy Meritens and film director Jean Hèches show how the mobile industry creates doubt about harmful radiofrequency waves through the manipulation of science, according to a press release. 
      Through a special six-part miniseries, the Documentary Film Series invites residents of Metrowest to participate in a discussion about the impact of wireless radiation on themselves and their children, at home and in the schools.
      The Ashland Documentary Film and Discussion Series meets every second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month for an in-depth look at important topics of our day. The moderated discussions are often lively and thought provoking. All points of view are welcomed. For more information, call the library, 508-881-0134, or visit 

The Dr. Oz Show Roars Into November With Need To Know Game Changers And Next Level Fixes For Your Health

The Dr. Oz Show Roars Into November With Need To Know Game Changers And Next Level Fixes For Your Health

Dr. Oz Explores A Whole New View Of Health With Celebrity Guests Bobby Brown, Mo'Nique, Christie Brinkley, Leah Remini And More Along With An Appearance By The U.S. Surgeon General

NEW YORKOct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The three-time Emmy® Award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicks off November with an all new, all-star lineup featuring Bobby BrownLeah ReminiChristie Brinkley, Mo'Nique, Michael Strahan, Ashanti and more. In a touching interview, Bobby Brown speaks openly about his life after extreme tragedy, addiction and fame. Comedic actress and author, Leah Reminispeaks out to Dr. Oz about what happens when your core beliefs are shattered and you have to rebuild your life after Scientology. Also this month, Oscar winner Mo'Nique joins Dr. Oz as co-host for the day to discuss how to get through the holidays without gaining weight – or going broke. Then, world renowned model and actress Christie Brinkley shares all her secrets and shortcuts to looking and feeling your best with Dr. Oz. Michael Strahan teaches Dr. Oz his "Strahan Rules" for world domination. Later, Grammy winning R&B singer, Ashanti tells Dr. Oz about her latest Safe and Healthy Water Project, encouraging youth to hydrate.
The Dr. Oz Show.
Kicking off November and all month long Dr. Oz will feature "30 Ideas For Your Biggest Body Problems". These are next level fixes, including health game changers you'll only see on The Dr. Oz Show and you won't find online or anywhere else! The series kicks off with a giant Dr. Oz "Fix or Fail Lab Experiment" featuring Shark Tank's Lori Greiner, where experts and scientists test all the latest and greatest solutions you need to know about.
Continuing with the season long coverage of our national addiction epidemic, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. appears to discuss the newly commissioned Surgeon General's report on addiction. Actress MacKenzie Phillips will also appear in that show to discuss her long road to recovery. The November 10th broadcast will launch The National Night of Conversation, which provides a discussion guide for parents aimed at helping them conduct a conversation with their children about drugs. The National Night of Conversation is slated for November 19th and is a partnership with Facing Addiction, Drugs Over Dinner and a roster of federal agencies, celebrities, and academic institutions all of which provided input for the guide.
Additional shows in November include what you need to know about smartphones, radiation and why it matters what cell phone case you use.  Also, Dr. Oz shares the three best insomnia fixes to help get you to sleep tonight. Plus, Dr. Oz reveals the must have blueprint for regaining balance in your life once and for all. 
November Sweeps Kick Off Week Shows:Thursday, October 29: Having trouble fitting into your jeans? Dr. Oz reveals five things you can do today to beat the bloat by tomorrow and new ways to banish your bloat. Next, find out why people at home are trying at-home stool tests. The answer might surprise you! Then, an Oz Alert! Dr. Oz goes behind the headlines to find out the truth behind whether meat causes cancer. Later, Dr. Oz finds out why a new trend has women microwaving their armpits. Plus, Dr. Oz shows you how to banish those under-eye bags making you look tired.
Friday, October 30: Dr. Oz discusses the four popular health rules that you should ignore immediately. Next, do men really lose weight faster than women? Dr. Oz reveals the truth behind this mystery. Then, learn how to trick your family with these Halloween treats. Later, on "Today's Conversation", Dr. Oz discusses why you should freeze your tights.  Later, Dr. Oz reveals if wearing all black really makes you look skinny or if it is making you fat. And, would you try a leech treatment to look more beautiful? Dr. Oz discusses this newest fad.  Plus, Dr. Oz reveals guilt free Halloween candy. 
Game Changers MonthMonday, November 2: Is it a fix or a fail? Start November off right by warding off your 30 biggest body problems, like cellulite, bad breath, and insomnia in only 30 days. Next, Dr. Oz shares the three best insomnia tricks to get you to sleep tonight. Then, Shark Tank star Lori Greiner experiments with the best chemical free cleaning ideas. Then, the plan to detect if gluten is actually exhausting you is here. Dr. Oz shares easy grain free solutions you can live by and not miss the gluten. Plus, do you love french fries but hate the guilt? Dr. Oz fills you in on three healthy substitutes that taste like the deep fried comfort food. 
Tuesday, November 3: Dr. Oz welcomes Oscar winning actress Mo'Nique as his co-host for the day! Together, they discuss survival strategies to get through the holidays without gaining weight – or going broke. Next, in "Today's Conversation", just say no in November. Dr. Oz and Mo'Nique share two things to cross off your list right now. Plus, ask Mo'Nique anything. The star dishes her personal secrets on life, happiness, and weight. Later, the three truths about shaving your legs are exposed by Dr. Oz. 
Wednesday, November 4: Dr. Oz discusses what you need to know about smartphones, radiation, and why it matters what cell phone case you use. Then, in "Today's Conversation", have you ever been lost in translation? Dr. Oz discusses the funniest health words from across the world. Next on the "Truth Tube", Dr. Oz explores the issue of constant back pain. He examines the back pain busters you can do at home right now! Later, Dr. Oz shares anxiety busters for everyday situations. 
Thursday, November 5: America's favorite former professional athlete turned television star Michael Strahan joins Dr. Oz to discuss the three rules to win big and transform your life. And, Dr. Oz discusses why you should start your day the right way like Michael Strahan. Next, Dr. Oz explains why the way you cook your rice is important to your health. Then, is tea the cure-all you've been missing out on? Dr. Oz uncovers what the headlines don't tell you and the correct way to brew. Plus, as part of our nationwide #NurseSearch, Dr. Oz looks at headache solutions that only a nurse would know. Finally, Dr. Oz visits the fix or fail lab to see if the latest solution for spider and varicose veins is good or garbage. 
Friday, November 6: Dr. Oz is joined by TV weight loss coach Chris Powell to reveal the 3-day plan to shut down your cravings. Next, Dr. Oz shows you how to stop food cravings in ten minutes or less. Then, Dr. Oz talks with experts to see if orange juice can help you stay more alert and if the juicing trend is good for you or just another health fad. Ever see an exercise gadget on an infomercial and wonder if it works? Dr. Oz puts these gizmos to the test with former professional football star and funny man Terry Crews to see if they are a fix or fail. 
About The Dr. Oz ShowCurrently in its seventh season, the three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning syndicated daily series "The Dr. Oz Show" is hosted by the three-time Emmy® Award-winning Dr. Mehmet Oz, accredited health expert, best-selling author, and world renowned cardiac surgeon. "The Dr. Oz Show" is an informative hour that offers audiences the opportunity to learn about a wide range of health and wellness topics. Tackling the balance of mind, body and spirit, Dr. Oz calls on specialists from a variety of disciplines for expert advice on how viewers can be their best selves.
Dr. Oz, the world renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU: Having a Baby" as well as the award winning "Healing from the Heart".  Dr. Oz launched his magazine The Good Life with Hearst Corporation in spring 2014.  He has a regular column in O The Oprah Magazine.  
Dr. Oz is a professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. 
Cleared in over 99% of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is produced by Harpo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Amy Chiaro and co-executive produced by Stacy Rader

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National Petition for Moritorium on Smart Meters

National Petition for Moritorium on Smart Meters

I am forwarding the petition at the link below  in the hopes that you will consider adding your signature.

Posting something on facebook or twitter will only take a second, but will mean that many more will see the petition and can support this effort.

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I take a stand for what we believe in.

Free public Lecture on wireless devices by Devra Davis in Australia

Free public Lecture on wireless devices by Devra Davis in Australia

From Mary Redmayne

Wireless Devices & Biological Effects Free Public Lecture

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wireless Devices & Biological Effects: What we know, What we do not know, What can we do now
At the University of New South Wales, UNSW Kensington, The Law Building Lecture theatre G02

Read the post here.

California knew smart meters were dangerous

California knew smart meters were dangerous

For those who missed it:

People who have become intolerant to electromagnetic fields (EMF) should be allowed to keep their electromechanical (analog) meter rather than be imposed a smart electronic (digital) meter emitting radiofrequencies (RFs), former President of the the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Michael Peevey admitted in a 2010 email recently seized by authorities thanks to a search warrant. Peevey’s email was sent to none other than Brian Cherry, Vice President of the big energy supplier Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), based in San Francisco. In January 2015, investigators from the Office of the California Attorney General seized their computers as part of a criminal investigation on possible collusion and corruption in the appointment of a judge favorable to a proposed rate increase that would have generated PG&E $1.3 billion in extra revenues. (Read: Former CPUC President Loretta Lynch–Flanked by Physicians and Researchers–Delivers Searing Indictment of Smart Meters and EMF Risks at Mountain View Wireless Summit.)
“There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone”, wrote former CPUC president Michael Peevey in a private email seized by California authorities.

André Fauteux, Editor/Publisher
La Maison du 21e siècle Magazine 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Study Funded, Call for Electrosensitives In EMF Lawsuits...

Study Funded, Call for Electrosensitives In EMF Lawsuits...

If you would like to forward this news letter to anyone, please use the "Forward to a Friend" Button on the top or bottom of this email as opposed to just forwarding it normally...for some reason, that can mess up the formatting and links.  If you use the Forward button, neither the list serve company nor myself has access to or retains any of the email addresses entered.  The addresses are only sent that one time and then discarded.
Also, my email 
 is contact (at) thepeoplesinitiative (dot) org.  I am writing it out because this domain and address may be on a temporary block, so my newsletters have not been going through.  You can still email me at that address though, I just won't be sending en mass from it.


Hello All,

I am very happy to announce we just received funding from a very generous donor to finish off our study on functional MRI and electrosensitivity! 

We are putting out the call for electrosensitives who did not have the funds at the time but wished to participate in this ground breaking study.

We would like to give priority to electrosensitives who are currently in lawsuits on the EMF issue so that as a participant, hopefully once it is published, you can use the study and your functional MRI to help you win your suit! 

Even if you are not currently suing on the EMF issue but would like to be in the study because you are electrosensitive please contact me in case I don't hear from people who are suing.

Thus far we have had 8 participants with only 2 slots left to fill to make it 10 before publishing.  The funding covers the final 2 participants.
Out of the 8 electrosensitives in the study who have completed their functional MRIs, the results are all consistent with each other, showing neurological damage that is picked up by functional MRI but not regular MRI.  These MRIs are then compared with the controls (non electrosensitives) who's functional MRIs look completely normal and are consistent with each other.  There is a striking difference between the cases (electrosensitives) functional MRIs and the controls functional MRIs.  This study could be a huge step in the direction of finally proving electrosensitivity in a regularly used, medical diagnostic tool - MRI.  We have yet to see, but it is all looking extremely promising.

I am also specifically seeking someone whom I spoke with who is in the midst of a lawsuit against their utility on the EMF issue, but who's name escapes me.  I promised him he could be in the study should we receive the funding.  Please contact me if you are this person. 

You can email me at contact (at) (I spelled it out so no email bots block this email) or call and leave your name and phone # at 310-281-9639.  I will call you back.

Thank you so much,

Children’s Mobile Phone Use and Dosimetry

Children’s Mobile Phone Use and Dosimetry

Ae-Kyoung Lee,Jong-Hwa Kwon. Children’s Mobile Phone Use and Dosimetry. JOURNAL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE, VOL. 15, NO. 3, 167-1172, JUL. 2015.

Research results on possible effects caused by radiofrequency fields in children are limited because most of the studies published so far have focused on adults, rather than children. Mobile phone use is now widespread, even among younger children. If a biological risk due to mobile phone exposure is found, it might be greater in children because their bodies might be more sensitive to radiofrequency energy. The issue of a possible difference in sensitivity between adults and children begins with whether any difference exists physically in terms of electromagnetic absorption. This paper presents a review of recent publications on dosimetric comparisons between children and adults with respect to radiation from mobile phones. The issue of the health effects of mobile phone use is beyond the scope of the present review. Most of the dosimetry research on possible differences in power absorption between children and adults has been based on numerical modeling and analysis. The understanding of the results so far is presented and needed studies are described.
Open Access Paper

... the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea introduced the system grading mobile phone models based on their specific absorption rate (SAR) values [5]. This is construed as a governmental ‘precautionary approach’ to raised public concern since the World Health Organization/International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RF electromagnetic fields as group “2B” (possibly carcinogenic to humans) in 2011 [6].

The issue of whether children are more sensitive to electromagnetic fields emitted from mobile phones has been a hot topic among many researchers. However, only very
limited research has specifically addressed the issue of a possible difference in sensitivity between adults and children. 

One of key questions regarding this issue has been “Do children absorb more radiation power in their heads than adults do from mobile phones?” This is a simple question but very difficult to answer definitively because most dosimetric research compares the absorption of RF power in different individuals. In addition, the structures of the mobile phones examined differ among the various studies.

Nevertheless, some recent publications have examined possible age-related differences in exposure from RF radiation of mobile phones. These are reviewed in this paper to provide a better understanding of the current status of the relevant research.

To date, the reported variability in the peak SAR between adults and children seems to be attributed to individual differences in anatomy rather than age.

Accurate and reliable dosimetry and exposure assessment are key requirements of scientific studies on the health effects of electromagnetic fields. The antenna types and locations on commercial mobile phones have undergone a number of changes from those used in early research on health effects. Therefore, these changes need to be considered in future studies.

Until now, most of the computational simulations have been performed under specific conditions; for example, the standard phone positions against a head model and the maximum output power of a phone model. However, phone usage patterns due to high-speed technology could be quite different among children, adolescents, and adults. Exposure in real environments also needs to be assessed according to different usage patterns between different age groups.


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

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

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EMF Occupational Exposure Database: Literature Review for INTEROCC Study

EMF Occupational Exposure Database: Literature Review for INTEROCC Study

A Source-based Measurement Database for Occupational Exposure Assessment of Electromagnetic Fields in the INTEROCC Study: A Literature Review Approach

Vila J, Bowman JD, Richardson L, Kincl L, Conover DL, McLean D, Mann S, Vecchia P, van Tongeren M, Cardis E; INTEROCC Study Group. A Source-based Measurement Database for Occupational Exposure Assessment of Electromagnetic Fields in the INTEROCC Study: A Literature Review Approach. Ann Occup Hyg. 2015 Oct 21. pii: mev076. [Epub ahead of print]


INTRODUCTION: To date, occupational exposure assessment of electromagnetic fields (EMF) has relied on occupation-based measurements and exposure estimates. However, misclassification due to between-worker variability remains an unsolved challenge. A source-based approach, supported by detailed subject data on determinants of exposure, may allow for a more individualized exposure assessment. Detailed information on the use of occupational sources of exposure to EMF was collected as part of the INTERPHONE-INTEROCC study. To support a source-based exposure assessment effort within this study, this work aimed to construct a measurement database for the occupational sources of EMF exposure identified, assembling available measurements from the scientific literature.

METHODS: First, a comprehensive literature search was performed for published and unpublished documents containing exposure measurements for the EMF sources identified, a priori as well as from answers of study subjects. Then, the measurements identified were assessed for quality and relevance to the study objectives. Finally, the measurements selected and complementary information were compiled into an Occupational Exposure Measurement Database (OEMD).

RESULTS: Currently, the OEMD contains 1624 sets of measurements (>3000 entries) for 285 sources of EMF exposure, organized by frequency band (0 Hz to 300 GHz) and dosimetry type. Ninety-five documents were selected from the literature (almost 35% of them are unpublished technical reports), containing measurements which were considered informative and valid for our purpose. Measurement data and complementary information collected from these documents came from 16 different countries and cover the time period between 1974 and 2013.

CONCLUSION: We have constructed a database with measurements and complementary information for the most common sources of exposure to EMF in the workplace, based on the responses to the INTERPHONE-INTEROCC study questionnaire. This database covers the entire EMF frequency range and represents the most comprehensive resource of information on occupational EMF exposure. It is available at

Open Access Paper

... The evidence for occupational EMF exposure has been judged inadequate, however, due to exposure assessment limitations and small sample sizes. Recent findings using larger number of cases (Turner et al., 2014) suggest that glioma risk may be associated with recent (<5 2012="" 2014="" about="" acute="" al.="" and="" assessment="" better="" conditions="" coupled="" effects="" elf="" emf="" et="" exposure="" exposures.="" exposures="" field="" for="" from="" further="" health="" highlight="" ienkiewicz="" if="" improved="" including="" information="" lack="" magnetic="" methods.="" need="" neurodegenerative="" occupational="" of="" on="" outcomes="" possible="" reproductive="" results="" risks="" sli="" span="" studies="" the="" these="" uncertain="" with="" years="">

The INTEROCC project, involving seven INTERPHONE countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, and the UK), was set up to make use of this valuable data set. The main aim of INTEROCC is to assess occupational EMF and chemical exposures among the study subjects and evaluate the potential brain tumour (i.e. glioma and meningioma) risk associated. Making use of the subjects’ occupational histories, a modified version of the Finnish job-exposure matrix, FINJEM, was used to assess exposure to selected chemicals (Van Tongeren et al., 2013). Similarly, an ELF-job-exposure matrix (JEM) (Bowman et al., 2007), updated within the project, was used to assess ELF exposure (Turner et al., 2014). However, the detailed information collected, including EMF sources, tasks, and work organization, allows for a more individualized exposure assessment for the study subjects.

... the OEMD contains the following information for each combination of EMF source and frequency band: (i) EMF source name and details; (ii) frequency band and range; (iii) reference of the document from which the information was obtained; (iv) link to the confidence evaluation rating; (v) complementary information including distance, dosimetry type, anatomical location, number of measurements to calculate the statistics provided and duty cycle; and (vi) the actual measurements for each electric or magnetic field. Other relevant information was included as remarks.

As of September 2015, the OEMD contains 1624 sets of measurements for 285 EMF source and frequency band combinations. From 114 documents located in the literature with measurements for the EMF sources identified, 95 were selected to be used in the construction of the database ....

The database contains a total of 3141 entries, almost double the number of sets of measurements, since each set of measurements may contain one or more statistics....

The OEMD has been developed for its use within the framework of an epidemiological study, INTEROCC. The data it contains will be used to develop an SEM, to be described and published elsewhere. This exposure tool will contain confidence-weighted summarized exposure estimates by source, and will be used to assign exposures to the INTEROCC study subjects based on the EMF sources reported. The SEM will also be used in other epidemiological studies, where a similar source-based approach has been followed (e.g. Mobi-Kids: Sadetzki et al., 2014). However, the information in the OEMD can also be useful for occupational hygiene purposes, through the identification of EMF sources with substantial exposure levels on which to focus control measures.

... To our knowledge, this database represents the most comprehensive resource of measurements available and an innovative approach for occupational exposure assessment, based on sources of EMF exposure regardless of occupation. Both the OEMD and the SEM to be developed from it will be offered for use by other researchers, optimizing the usefulness of the work we have conducted in improving occupational EMF exposure assessment and keeping the database content up to date. The OEMD is publicly available at Filtering the information in the different tables will allow the identification of the collected measurements for specific EMF sources and frequency bands, as well as relevant complementary information.


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

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

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Young woman hangs herself after being denied access to social media

Young woman hangs herself after being denied access to social media

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Tags: social media addictiontechnology addictssuicide


(NaturalNews) Many people jokingly state that they'd rather die than go without their cell phone and social media access, but the statement became a sad reality for a 20-year-old newlywed named Aparna who committed suicide after her husband took her phone away.

Citing excessive use of Facebook and WhatsApp, the couple got into an argument over the issue that prompted Aparna's husband Kumar to take her phone away. Upset over the matter, Aparna locked herself in a bedroom, refusing to come out despite family members repeatedly urging her to surface. The young woman, a resident of India, is said to have used another phone to place a call to her older brother to inform him of what transpired. When Kumar eventually kicked the door down, he found his wife hanging from the ceiling, having used a long scarf called a dupatta to kill herself.

Distraught over the discovery, Kumar attempted to jump from a nearby terrace and commit suicide, although he was stopped as family members overcame him.

The story is a sad one, indeed.

FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is a real problem that creates depression, anxiety

Nothing else is currently known about the situation. It is entirely possible that other events might have triggered the woman's actions, but the reality is that cell phone use and cell phone withdrawal has been found to trigger large amounts of anxiety and depression in people. Could she have truly been so upset that her phone was taken away that taking her life seemed like the right thing for her to do? It's possible.

Consider the fact that the acronym "FOMO," or "Fear of Missing Out," is an actual phrase that has its roots in research. Studies have found that many people feel they must be constantly privy to the events unfolding on their phone and respond accordingly without hardly missing a beat. Going without their devices renders them anxious and depressed, and it can even diminish their sleep quality.

Then there is the study from researchers at the University of Winchester in England in which self-professed cell phone addicts were asked to stop using Facebook and Twitter for four weeks. The result? People reported feeling "cut off from the word," and one women even noted that she relied so heavily on social media to stay in touch with family that she hadn't communicated with them during that four-week time frame.

Billions are addicted to cell phones and social media

It's even more eye-opening to think of the amount of people who own a cell phone; just a few short years ago, there were 6 billion cell phone subscribers around the world, on par with the human population. When you think about it, that number sounds right.

After all, most of us know of people who have more than one phone, and we certainly know of others who treat social media as if it's as necessary as the air they breathe. We attach them to our hips, our wrists and our purses. We adorn them with colorful cases and cringe when they fall, as if we've accidentally dropped a baby or precious glassware from our late Aunt Dot. We bask in their glow from our own beds and are tempted to report a missing phone to the police when we can't locate it within five minutes. Families dine together, heads bowed not in a before-meal prayer, but to accept the latest Facebook friend request or read stock updates.

With billions of us engaging in such behaviors, it's easy to see that we're a society addicted to our phones and to social media.

Don't think you're one of them?

How to tell if you can't get enough of your cell phone

There is a good chance that you are dependent on your device. Some indications that you could be addicted to your cell phone include sleeping with your phone (not putting in on a night stand, but actually keeping it in bed with you), severely panicking or canceling plans when it's lost, texting while driving despite knowing the related dangers, and relying on it to go about daily activities (calendar reminders, various alarms, etc).

While cell phone and social media use undoubtedly have their share of benefits, it's important to know they are not the be-all-end-all that define us or those around us.

Hopefully, we won't see more suicides that appear to be linked to lack of cell phone and social media use. No game request, picture of our dinner, or new pet announcement is worth it.

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