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“Dirty Electricity”

Samuel Milham’s book “Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization” was published in July 2010 (available from iUniverse, Amazon etc.).

It presents compelling evidence for the link between exposure to electromagnetic fields and most of the 20th-century diseases of civilization, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and suicide. Dr. Milham, Washington State’s former chief  epidemiologist and winner of the 1997 Ramazzini prize, also warns that because of the recent proliferation of radio frequency radiation from mobile phones and masts, WiFi, broadband over power-lines and personal electronic equipment, we may be facing an epidemic of morbidity and mortality.


New markers for Electro-sensitivity

Two new types of markers for electro-sensitivity have been recorded in the last few months. They add significantly to the existing battery of tests developed in the last three years for diagnosing pathological aspects of electro-sensitivity, such as heart rate variability, microcirculation, active electrical skin potentials, blood stress proteins, urinary melatonin, lymphocyte chemical sensitivity, mast skin cell degranulation, blood cell changes, spontaneous hand movements, etc

  1. Alpha amylase and cortisol in saliva

A new non-invasive test for radio-frequency–EMF sensitivity has been developed using stress biomarkers  in saliva after exposure to very low levels of RF radiation from a mobile phone transmitter. These biomarkers, alpha amylase and cortisol, are also associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other stress-related disorders.

The study (Augner C et al., 2010) Biomed Environ Sci. 23(3): 199-207) used 900 Mhz GSM in five 50-minute exposure sessions at 3 power densities:

high: 2126.8 microW/m2 (0.9 V/m), lower than Russian standards;

medium: 153.6 microW/ m2 (0.3 V/m), close to WiFi transmitter signals;

low: 5.2 microW/ m2 (0.04 V/m),

typical of many rural/surburban areas without smart meters or WiFi near, but still having good cell phone receptions. The participants responded to all 3 exposure conditions in 2 of the biomarkers, alpha amylase and cortisol, but not IgA.

  1. Encephaloscan

Next-up reported on 29th August that Philippe, suffering from EHS, lived in a French EMF-free refuge during the winter of 2009-10. His medical condition was tracked by the Association de Recherche Thérapeutique Anti- Cancéreuse (ARTAC), an independent group of doctors and researchers based in Paris, specialising in the biological, therapeutic and clinical study of cancer, including EHS. A group headed by Professor Dominique Belpomme is studying a considerable number of EHS. (An update on their work, “État des lieux des recherches de l’ARTAC sur les EMS et l’EHS”, was published on 18 December 2009.)

Philippe underwent various medical examinations before his stay in the forest, including an encephaloscan at the Centre d’Exploration de la Fonction Cérébrale run by Dr Ph Lebar in Paris.

At present an encephaloscan is the best diagnostic marker of symptoms in the brains of people who are EHS, providing scientific proof of the EHS condition.

The scan gives an image of the arterial irrigation of the two hemispheres of the brain. The results are analysed by comparison with standard variations. Columns can be shown diagrammatically to represent zones with adequate circulation in red and orange, and zones with inadequate circulation in yellow and blue.

Diagram 1 represents 

an encephaloscan before Philippe’s arrival in the Forêt de Saoû. The circulation levels in several areas of both hemispheres are seriously affected.

(See inside back cover for colour version)

Diagram 2 represents an encephaloscan after Philippe had lived for three months in the Forêt de Saoû, an area with very low artificial radiation. The circulation levels in both hemispheres of the brain are significantly improved. Philippe was no longer in a weakened state.

 (see inside back cover)

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Mums-to-be: protect your baby

A new garment to protect the unborn baby from EM radiation is available from www.mummywraps.com. This New Zealand company offers free shipping to anywhere in the world.

These types of maternity dresses and wraps, apparently long common in China, have been given a boost following recent research showing behavioural effects on children from mothers’ exposure to mobile phone radiation in pregnancy.
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Research suggests neurobehavioral symptoms and cancer increase in populations near mobile phone base stations – 09/10

Abstract

Human populations are increasingly exposed to microwave/radiofrequency (RF) emissions from wireless communication technology, including mobile phones and their base stations.

By searching PubMed, we identified a total of 10 epidemiological studies that assessed for putative health effects of mobile phone base stations. Seven of these studies explored the association between base station proximity and neurobehavioral effects and three investigated cancer.

We found that eight of the 10 studies reported increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances < 500 meters from base stations.

None of the studies reported exposure above accepted international guidelines, suggesting that current guidelines may be inadequate in protecting the health of human populations.

We believe that comprehensive epidemiological studies of longterm mobile phone base station exposure are urgently required to more definitively understand its health impact.

Epidemiological Evidence for a Health Risk from Mobile Phone Base Stations Vini G. Khurana, Lennart Hardell, Joris Everaert, Alicja Bortkiewicz, Michael Carlberg, Mikko Ahonen
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Vol 16, No 3 (2010)

Thanks to FoodsMatter.com newsletter 19.


In honor of International Press Freedom Day, My Hero presents the story of Jane Akre and Steve Wilson. These two journalists attempted to tell an important news story which would have exposed a gigantic genetic engineering company. They insisted, moreover, on keeping to the facts of the story, and this cost them their jobs.

This story has been reported in many independent online journalism outlets, including The Texas Observer, and the publication of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting), and Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly.

Akre and Wilson are 2001 recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize.

FREEDOM HEROES: JANE AKRE & STEVE WILSON

 

In 1997, reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson discovered that many dairy farmers in Florida were using Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) to increase milk production. Although the company that makes rBGH, Monsanto, insists that the hormone is safe, Akre and Wilson turned up testimony to the contrary: Farmers who began using rBGH reported seeing health problems in their cattle.

A special website that has been set up to report on the use of rBGH in dairy cattle says, "Though legal since approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1993, the artificial hormone commonly known as rBGH has been linked to cancer and is banned throughout Europe and unapproved in several other countries because of human health concerns."

The public did not want unnatural stuff in their milk, cheese and ice cream, and grocers knew this. However, because milk from different dairy farms sometimes gets mixed together, it was difficult for the grocers to know whether their milk products did or did not contain rBGH. Furthermore, Monsanto lobbied very hard against the labelling of products, which would give consumers more information and more choices.

Akre and Wilson presented their report to their bosses at WTVT, a news station owned by the Fox network. Although the details were well-documented, Monsanto, the maker of rBGH, pressured WTVT not to run the story. The station bosses, in turn, ordered Akre and Wilson to falsify details of the story. Akre and Wilson re-wrote the story 70 times, but never to the satisfaction of the network. They were locked out of their offices, denied access to crucial bits of information, and finally fired. The story ran in many independent journalism outlets, including The Texas Observer and the publication of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting), and Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly.

There is a law called the Whistleblowers Act that protects people from this sort of abuse, and Akre and Wilson invoked this law by suing Fox for misconduct.

After a five-week trial, a Florida jury hearing the case decided that Fox had "acted intentionally and deliberately to falsify or distort the plaintiffs' news reporting on BGH." Jane Akre was awarded damages for the loss of her job, and may also apply for reimbursement of her legal fees.

http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=j_akre

European agriculture

"Member states should be aware that in the next couple of weeks they will be offered an empty promise, the result of which stands to change irreversibly the face of European agriculture for the worse. We call on the European Parliament and member states to reject this deal to ensure a GM-free future."
Greenpeace, urging countries and consumers to reject the EU proposals to lift the GM crop ban.13 July 2010

GM crop ban may be lifted in EU

The European Union will take a huge stride tomorrow towards freeing up the production of GM crops, when the European commission proposes allowing national governments to make up their own minds on whether to permit their cultivation. The change "isn't worth the paper it's written on," says Mute Schimps of Friends of the Earth Europe.
The Guardian (13 July, p.12)

British pressure for GM crops unwelcome in Europe

Governments in the UK have been accused of ignoring the safety concerns of many countries about new food technologies.
The Guardian (13 July, p.12)

Food Standards Agency to be abolished

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to be abolished by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, sparking claims that the government has 'caved in to big business'. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: Getting rid of the FSA is the latest in a number of worrying steps. Representatives of the National Obesity Forum, the Food Ethics Council and the Soil Association also rounded on the plan. New Statesman (12 July, 2010)

Soil Association predicts big changes

Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett has predicted factory farming will end by 2050 as a radical and revolutionary change occurs in UK farming. He said: we can, and should, achieve healthy diets and an environmentally-friendly farming system by 2050. Diets, much more then than they are now, should be mainly seasonal, local, organic, with more fruit and vegetables and less but better quality dairy and meat.
Meat Trades Journal (9 July, p.6)

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“For me the best food is almost a fundamental human right…that doesn't mean posh food but it means really great food.”
Helen Browning, Soil Association Director – Society Guardian – 5 January 2011

'The best food is a human right', says Soil Association director

In a profile piece with the Society Guardian, Helen Browning, the incoming Soil Association director says why she wants to see organic farming go mainstream: "My own position has always been that if you take everything into account, if you include the hidden costs of our food production system then organic is actually cheaper. All the damage that our agricultural systems do at the moment is just not accounted for... With a bit of thought there are ways of making organic food more accessible. And finally, I think the gap has been so wide because inputs like fuel and artificial fertiliser have been artificially low, but that's now going to start narrowing."
Society Guardian, (5 January, p.5)
www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jan/05/helen-browning-soil-association-organic-food-human-right

Farmers warned of abolition of agricultural subsidies

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman calls for Cap reform to tackle 'global food security' and an end to direct pay-outs.
The Guardian (5 January, p.11)

Frankenswine, the less pungent pig

The creators of a GM superpig, nicknamed the Enviropig, say its manure contains less phosphorus than normal slurry and poses less risk to rivers, streams and lakes. But critics of GM food said the animals are ‘anything but environmentally friendly’ – and could lead to more intensive pig farms.
The Daily Mail (5 January, p.8)

Farming Today

Anna Hill finds out why free range egg producers say they face losses running into tens of thousands of pounds. Campaigners in the Forest of Dean are arguing it shouldn't be part of the coalition government's proposals to sell off Forestry Commission land. Plus, the Norfolk farmer filling the 'hungry gap' for migrant birds.
BBC Radio 4 (listen again)

And finally…A free range life makes us happy chickens

Happiness seekers should take a tip from chickens and go for a “free range” lifestyle.
Daily Express (5 January, p.15)

The Prince and the Planet

Reviewing HRH The Prince of Wales’ latest book ‘Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World’, Shooting Times and Country Magazine looks at issues around feeding ourselves sustainably. A spokesperson for the Soil Association says that “expensive and failing GM technology has no role to play in the future of farming, not even selectively. UN research has shown that the adoption of organic and near-organic farming practices in Africa has improved yields by 116%, improved access to food for both farmers and local communities, and raised incomes.”
The Shooting Times and Country Magazine (5 January, p.31)

Wild things

In this article about the benefits of eating game, Robert Gooch of the Wild Meat Company says: "First you have conventional, farmed meat. Then you have free range, then organic. Finally, you have reared game, and right at the top, wild game. I call this the naturalness index."
The Independent Viewspaper (6 January, p.17)

Farming Today

Anna Hill reports from the Oxford Farming Conference. The Secretary of State for DEFRA, Caroline Spelman tells Farming Today that increasing demand for food will make farming profitable without government payments. And, as global population increases, warnings are raised that UK food supplies may not be secure in the future.
BBC Radio 4 (listen again)

Thanks to the Soil Association.


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