Saturday, October 05, 2013
Thursday, October 03, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Water & Electric Board directors say energy saving/smart meters are coming, but only for customers who want them. Program opponents argue the new policy doesn't go far enough.
That's the upshot of action from the EWEB board Tuesday night, going with a voluntary smart meter program.
"If they don't want one, they don't have to have one, It's pretty simple," explains utility spokesman Joe Harwood.
He says customer choice, not public criticism is driving the new go slow approach. Harwood adds long term, the smart meters will save money through fewer meter readers and conservation.
"We believe we can shave our peak consumption and that will in the long run allow us to not build new generating plants," said Harwood.
Instead of rolling out the program in 2017, EWEB would build it up through voluntary pilot projects.
Instead of rolling out the program in 2017, EWEB would build it up through voluntary pilot projects.
Harwood adds, however, costs may not drop much from the initial $24 million estimate. He explained customers who don't want to make the switch and stick with the old meters won't be hit with $200 fines. Still - that doesn't go far enough for smart meter opponents.
"I don't trust EWEB's judgment. I don't trust anything that Roger Gray says," says Jack Dresser, referring to EWEB's General Manager, Roger Gray.
Dresser of the group Families for Safe Meters says the utility is not being up front about possible costs and health risks from the radio frequency (RF) emitted from the meters.
"The precautionary principle means that this is potentially dangerous; there's evidence that it's dangerous; there's evidence that it's carcinogenic," he added.
"The precautionary principle means that this is potentially dangerous; there's evidence that it's dangerous; there's evidence that it's carcinogenic," he added.
Harwood maintains the RF danger is blown out of proportion, comparing it to a cellphone.
"It's a 1 watt radio, but you don't go walking around town with your electric meter up to your head," says Harwood.
Opponents Tuesday night urged EWEB to hold off installing smart meters for ten years until all the health concerns are fully settled. Meanwhile, Harwood says the first pilot programs could be launched next year.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Posted by Lloyd Burrell on September 19, 2013 under EMF Stories, EMFs in your home, EMFs in your life | 2 Comments to Read
ElectricSense allows me to help people and I like that.
People ask me questions. I answer.
With most people it stops there.
Some write back and thank me there and then.
Which is great.
But often I don’t hear any more from them.
So I don’t know if what I’ve said has helped them.
No matter, it still feels good to have done the right thing.
But occasionally someone will write back to me in the most glowing terms, to explain how I’ve helped them.
This is what one of my readers, Luke, did recently. Here’s the message he sent me a few day’s ago:
I’m writing to thank you for the work you’ve done. It’s changed my life and my exposure to electronics. Most incredibly, thanks to the Trifield meter I purchased through your recommendation, I discovered I had an extremely strong magnetic field extending up from the floor throughout my dining area that exceeded the max reading on the meter. Turns out the copper plumbing was bringing that up from the earth – right where we sat for extended periods of time! I bought some copper wire and brackets, attached that to the pipe near the earth and rerouted that along the earth and out of the house, attached to the ground. Now the pipe under the floor is reading 1 to 2 milligauss. So, you never know what you’re going to find with a meter! Thank you so much, again
I thanked Luke for his kind words and asked if he would mind explaining a bit more about how he dealt with his EMF problem. He kindly accepted and here’s what he sent me:
An Unexpected Source of EMF and an Easy Solution
Copper Plumbing’s Magnetic Field- Rerouted
by Luke Ragle
“I purchased the Trifield 100XE EMF Meter, on the recommendation of Lloyd at ElectricSense.com, with the intention of finding problem items in my home that I could then remove or avoid. Suspect items gave expected high readings: clock radios, power strips, transformers on electric gadgets, overhead fluorescent lights, and the back of the refrigerator – right through the wall… This was solid confirmation by the Trifield meter which made the fields visible, measurable, and a more real concern to my family members.
Unexpected Magnetic Field
By chance I picked up a reading in my dining room, away from any anticipated source. I moved the meter around and upon approaching the tile floor, the magnetic reading maxed out. I discovered the home’s copper water plumbing was bringing up an extremely strong magnetic field from the earth. The field was extending from the pipe running under the floor, up to about knee height, right where we sat for extended periods of time every day!
Rerouting the Magnetic Field
Through trial and error, I found that using jumper cables to connect the incoming copper water pipe to the home’s ground wire did in fact reroute the magnetic field. So, I bought some copper wire and brackets, attached the wire to the pipe near the earth and very effectively rerouted the magnetic field down away from the floor and out of the house by connecting to the home’s ground wire. Now the pipe under the dining room is reading 1 to 2 milligauss on the magnetic setting.
The dining room discovery led me to check all the surfaces in my home. While surveying the floors, I also found an electric transformer tucked up between the floor joists, part of the wiring for a powered window awning. As it is producing a strong field up from the floor where I like to sit, I will have an electrician move that box to another location away from the floor.
Finally, the kitchen fluorescent light (to be replaced), creates a strong field not just in the kitchen at head height, but also up from the floor in the room above! Lights ON, left picture / Lights OFF, right picture. So, yes, the Trifield meter is a very valuable tool that has made some key, unexpected discoveries in the quest to identify and remove EMFs from my home.
Trifield reading – with lights off.
I’m very grateful to have investigated my home with the Trifield meter. In addition to getting rid of my electric foot and back massagers, electric toothbrush and shaver, clock radio, cordless phone, Wi-Fi router and fluorescent lights – I was able to find and eliminate unexpected EMF sources. Many thanks to Lloyd Burrell for all the research, articles, videos, and product reviews – work that has changed my use of electronics and exposure to EMFs.”
I’m sure this information is going help a lot of other people. Thanks again Luke for sharing this, and I’m also sure if you’ve any questions about what Luke did he will be happy to answer them here.
For more information about the Trifield meter, as used by Luke, click here to read my review.
If you have an EMF story to share send it to me – the more awareness and understanding that can be brought to this issue the better it is for everybody.- See more at: http://www.electricsense.com/6893/emfs-magnetic-field-reduction-home/#sthash.u9zkeUYB.dpuf
LAUSD Halts Local iPad Usage for Students After Security Breach [VIDEO]
L.A. Unified takes back iPads as $1-billion plan hits hurdles
School staff and students report that iPads were collected Friday at some schools. One official says only two-thirds of the $700 devices were turned in.
By Howard Blume
September 30, 20138:38 p.m.
Los Angeles school officials have taken back iPads from students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools and possibly other campuses as well until further notice, the latest fallout from student hacking of the devices.
The move is another complication in efforts to provide aniPad to every student as part of a $1-billion technology plan in the nation's second-largest school system.
The first devices are going to 47 schools, a process that has involved working out more kinks than expected.
Staff at Roosevelt in Boyle Heights and students at Westchester confirmed that the $700 tablets were taken back Friday by school officials. But a Roosevelt teacher said only about two-thirds of about 2,100 devices were immediately returned by students.
A week ago, L.A. Unified School District administrators were scrambling to respond when they learned that students skirted security measures that were intended to block free browsing of the Internet. In interviews, students said they had been disappointed at their inability to get to social networking and music streaming sites. Their work-around involved a couple of clicks — and soon hundreds of students were reaching any website they wanted.
The district tally of hackers was 260 students at Roosevelt, 10 students from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High. The numbers could be higher, based on reports from students and employees at the campuses.
District officials last week expressed some admiration for the students' ingenuity, and they discussed the possibility of enlisting students' help on an anti-hacking committee.
At the schools, however, students reported a less sanguine response, with some expressing concern about threats of discipline. District technicians had been able to tell immediately which devices had bypassed the security filter.
The district did not respond to questions Monday about having students surrender the devices.
Students, however, said they were directed to turn in the devices indefinitely.
"They carted them out of every classroom in sixth period," Westchester senior Brian Young said Monday after school. "There has been no word of when they'll be back."
He added that teachers were talking about the possibility that the tablets might not be returned until late December, although administrators were making no such predictions, he said.
At Roosevelt, "we don't know when or if we will able to use the iPads again for classroom instruction — this week, this semester or this year," said Lisa Alva, the coordinator for academic services to low-income students.
She added that the administration told her it had collected only about two-thirds of the iPads from students by the end of school Friday. If that's accurate, then many students may have violated recent instructions to keep the iPads on campus.
Last week, officials said that security was only an issue off school grounds and that the devices could and would be used at school.
Roosevelt had been one of 13 schools to test iPads last year, but the 400 students who participated did not take the devices home during the spring semester trial.
A district spokesman focused Monday on the issue of when students could take the tablets off campus again.
"We are working with Apple to develop a solution" that would allow students to use the devices at home, spokesman Thomas Waldman said in a statement. "In the meantime, our team is working with each school to assist them with options for allowing students to use the devices at their school only."
Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times
Don’t take any ad hoc decision on cell phone towers, IIT professors request Centre
Date:Oct 1, 2013
They say radiation from these towers too low to be harmful; health activists accuse them of conflict of interest
Even as concerns about the harmful health effects of electromagnetic radiations from mobile phone towers persist, a group of experts from different IITs has written a letter to the Centre, requesting it to put on hold any “ad hoc decision” to restrict location of towers.
Citing the government’s decision to reduce the emission levels from mobile towers in the country to 1/10th of international standard, the IIT experts, mostly faculty members, claimed that India is among the countries having the most stringent norms for electromagnetic radiation exposure.
In the letter, the experts from the IITs of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Madras, Mandi, Bengaluru and Kanpur have claimed that the radio frequency (RF) radiation from cell phone towers is too low to cause damage. The radiation is “in the frequency range from a few KHz to several GHz and are all radiations are non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Unlike ionizing radiation, such as X-rays, non-ionizing radiations cannot break chemical bonds nor cause ionization in the human body,” the letter states. For this reason, radiation cannot cause cancer through mutations, says the group led by Ashok Jhujhunwala of IIT-Madras.
On August 19, citizens’ forum based in Mumbai, Mumbaikars, had written to Union information technology and communications minister Kapil Sibal, demanding reduction of health hazards by reducing radiation levels. This letter by Mumbaikars could have been the reason for the IIT experts sending their missive, said Prakash Munshi who is associated with non-profit Indians for Safe Environments of Radiation from Mobile towers and Associated Hazards.
Activists who have been highlighting adverse health effects of radiation criticised the letter. They accused the group of experts of having conflict of interest and demanded that the government should investigate their motive for their writing such a letter.
The letter by IIT professors accepts that there are people who claim to have suffered a variety of symptoms because of exposure to low-level wireless antenna emissions, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, loss of memory and disturbance in digestion. But it has not gone into the details of these claims.
The IIT experts have also cited a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which says there is no insufficient evidence to prove adverse health effects of radiation from cell phone towers “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from cell phone towers and wireless networks cause adverse health effects,” the letter has quoted WHO recommendations on guidelines for International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). (Notably, another IIT faculty member, Girish Kumar from Mumbai IIT has countered this claim and said that WHO claims that the electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans.)
The experts go on to acknowledge that wireless communication will continue to grow and that, therefore, there has been some concern that these may affect health in the long run, even though nothing may be known today. The letter emphasises the need for careful examination of new research and people’s claim but requests government not to take any ad hoc decision.
When contacted, Jhunjhunwala, IIT-Madras faculty member and signatory to the controversial letter, declined to elaborate on the letter. “At present, we have nothing more to add beyond what is written in the statement. The statement evolved following several months of deliberations. There was no immediate provocation for the statement, except that the issue was in media for some-time and we felt clarity was needed. It took us time to come to consensus. We have thus presented our view to Department of Telecommunications,” said Jhunjhunwala.
Radiation, how harmful?
Earlier in 2011, an inter-ministerial committee of government of India examined the matter and recommended a policy of abundant precautions. Based on this, the department of telecommunications onSeptember 1, 2012 implemented reduction of emission levels from mobile towers in the country to 1/10th of the ICNIRP standards.
Munshi said the claim of the IIT experts that India’s norms for cell phone towers and its radiation being safest in the world is false.
He said the decisions taken by government so far are not ad hoc in nature but taken after serious discussions and in light of incontrovertible facts.
Contradicting the claim of IIT professors, he said that electromagnetic field radiation (EMF) is harmful. Prolonged exposure to radiation from WiFi and microwaves is harmful just like prolonged exposure to sunlight he said. Munshi added that towers as such are not harmful, but the antennas are. He said no guidelines mention how many antennas can be installed on one tower. “We have written to Sibal and are awaiting his reply,” said Munshi.
Munshi said there is enough information available with the government to prove that EMF radiation is carcinogenic, otherwise, the government would not have reduced the earlier ICNIRP norms of 4,500 mili wat/sq metre to 450 mili watt/ square per metre.
Munshi rebutted other points in the letter as well. India does not have the most stringent law as the IIT professors have claimed; other countries are more serious—Chile, Belgium, Austria, China, Russia have further lowered their radiation level norms, said Munshi.
“The recommendations of the IIT professors are not acceptable. We will not wait for another twenty years. We will have to apply the precautionary principle as is the case in the European Union and Chile,” said Munshi, adding that if some serious affects come to light later, these private companies would escape leaving common people to suffer.
Adopt precautionary principle: activists
Jaipur-based activist Sudhir Kasliwal has accused the experts of conflict of interest. “Twenty-four out of the 25 who have written letter to the government have conflict of interest. If they are working with cellular companies and being paid by them, they will definitely talk in the benefit of these companies,” he said. (Three members in Kasliwals’s family were found suffering from cancer after a mobile tower was installed on top of the building he stays in.)
“It is true that there is no sufficient evidence to conclude anything but the government should focus on independent research,” he said.
He cited the example of tobacco industry which denied there is sufficient proof to conclude tobacco products cause cancer. “After 20 years, they are now forced to write ‘tobacco kills’ on the wrapper. Have they idea how many people have been killed in these 20 years because of tobacco use?” asked Kasliwal.
IIT faculty member Girish Kumar, who has done pioneering work in India on radiation from mobile phone towers, said, “it (the letter) is clear case of conflict of interest”. He said the government has reduced radiation norms to one-tenth but people are still affected by radiation. “We want further reduction in the radiation, but the cellular companies are trying to get the government to decide in their favour,” he said.
In their letter, the IIT professors have mentioned their conflict of interest. They have written in the letter that all of them have worked with the telecom sector for 5 to 35 years. Some of their work has been funded by telecom companies. Some of them have been consultants to telecom manufacturing and operations companies and have also been independent board members of these companies. However, they have claimed to sign the statement as responsible citizens.
Meanwhile, in specially convened media symposium on September 27, the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also claimed that the radiation from mobile phone towers have no adverse side-effects on the health of people. When state secretary of DMA K K Kohali was asked about the immediate reason for raising the issue, he declined to comment.
Mumbai drafts new guidelines
Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai revised draft policy guidelines for installation of mobile towers in Mumbai on September 11. The guidelines, which are yet to be notified, mandate the consent of at least 70 per cent of individual occupants, including tenants, prior to installation of mobile phone towers. It also mandates consent of every person living on the top floor of a building.
There will be only one tower allowed on one building / wing of the building, the guidelines say.
The guidelines ban installation of mobile tower antennas on top of and within 100 metres of educational institutions (nurseries, schools and colleges), hospitals, children correction homes, old age homes and hostels / orphanages for children.
There are 3,705 mobile towers in Mumbai of which 1,830 are said to be illegal. The municipal corporation has tried to remove illegal towers but the companies have taken stay from the court, said Munshi.
He said the draft guidelines talk about towers but not antennas, while adding that policy makers must focus on high quality of equipments and technology to reduce radiation levels.
Shocking: Nearly nine million Americans now take pharmaceutical drugs just to sleep at nightWednesday, October 02, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: sleeping pills, pharmaceutical drugs, insomnia
(NaturalNews) An increasing number of Americans are having trouble falling asleep at night and staying that way, says a new government report on sleeping pill use. According to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly nine million Americans now pop pharmaceutical sleeping drugs like Ambien (zolpidem) and Lunesta (eszopiclone) on a regular basis just to get some normal shut-eye, a disturbing trend that appears to be ever-escalating.
For their study, Yinong Chong, an epidemiologist at the CDC, and her colleagues looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on 17,000 individuals aged 20 years or older. The survey evaluated patterns of sleeping pill use among participants between the years of 2005 and 2010 and included various demographic distinctions such as race, sex and education level.
It was discovered that about four percent of U.S. adults aged 20 or older, which tabulates out to about 8.6 million people, had used a prescription sleep aid within the past month. Additionally, a shocking one in six adults with a diagnosed sleep disorder, and one in eight adults with reported sleeping troubles, admitted to using prescription sleep aids. As far as the demographic group with the highest reported use, older, non-hispanic, white, female adults with an education were the most prone to using sleeping pills.
"So far, studies on sleep aid use are mostly based on administrative claims data, which describe the number of times sleep aid prescriptions are filled rather than how many people have actually used prescription sleep aids," explains the CDC. "This report provides the first person-based national data on prescription sleep aid use among the noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population."
While older adults, mostly seniors, were found to be the most common users of sleeping pills, younger people are also becoming addicts. A 2008 marketing research study conducted by Thomson Reuters found that, between the years of 1998 and 2006, sleeping pill use among young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 tripled. And based on this fresh data from the CDC, sleeping pill use within this demographic is only expected to continue increasing.
"What's surprising is how rapidly [sleeping pill] use is growing among the young," said William Marder, senior vice president and general manager for the health care business of Thomson Reuters to The New York Times back in 2009. "It's pretty rapid growth for a group that is generally not one of [the] high-utilizers."
Sleeping pills are deadly, so why not try a natural approach?The reason this is so problematic, of course, is that sleeping pills are not safe and can actually kill you. Ambien users, for instance, commonly report erratic behavior, amnesia and even "sleep driving" and other dangerous activities. Worse, a 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who take prescription sleeping pills regularly are nearly five times more likely to die within 2.5 years compared to people who do not take the drugs.
"I was praying to God and crying, 'Help me find the exit,'" explained Chicago resident Yvonne Oby, a 60-year-old manager of a legal firm, to NBC News about the effects of Ambien CR on her mental acuity. Oby reportedly suffered a panic-like attack while driving after taking Ambien CR, which made her believe she was driving at a dangerously high speed. "It felt like I had no control."
If you suffer from abnormal or lack of sleep, try getting more exercise and exerting yourself physically at least once a day, whether it be by running, hitting the gym, rough-housing with your children or doing chores at home. If this is not enough, there are other natural ways that you can help promote restful sleep at night, including supplementation with valerian root and melatonin as well as sleep therapy protocols such as keeping a sleep log and engaging in mind relaxation techniques.
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OCMA Corner: Surgeon Addresses Cancer - Cell Phone Link on ‘Dr. Oz Show’
Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:03 pm
Dr. John West
Dr. John West, a breast cancer surgeon at Breastlink in Orange County, recently traveled to New York City to film an upcoming episode with Dr. Oz’s TV show.
The episode focuses on suspected cell phone-related breast cancer in young women.
Dr. West, who is also the co-founder of the Be Aware Foundation, which funds clinical research through a partnership with Breastlink, said the Dr. Oz show contacted him after linking him to Tiffany Frantz.
The young woman drew wide media attention after being diagnosed with breast cancer in the area where she’s been storing her call phone inside her bra.
“We don’t have any scientific proof that cell phones cause cancer,” Dr. West told PNN last week. “It could be coincidence that women develop an unusual cancer right there on the breast, or this could be the tip of the iceberg.”
Today about 40% of college women keep their cell phones inside the bra.
Dr. West, who had corresponded with Frantz and reviewed her radiology and pathology test results, said for him this raises concern to keep cell phones away from the skin of the body.
He noted that even cell phone manufacturers suggest to users to keep the phone at least one-half inch or more away from any body part.
But most of all, he said, he’s pleased that Dr. Oz will help create awareness among doctors, young women and the public about this critical issue.
“Dr. Oz asks good questions, and he will become a major advocate to get the word out about this issue. He wants to make the bra a ‘no-cell zone,’” Dr. West said.
The TV episode was filmed on Aug. 21. Dr. West couldn’t provide a date when the show will air on television.
He said the intention is not to create panic over cell phone use—with millions of TV viewers tuning out—but rather, to draw attention.
“This is not a time for panic,” he said. “Be alert and follow some simple guidelines. This will put pressure on the scientific community to put more energy toward determining if this is safe. The old standards don’t apply. We need an update on safety guidelines.”
He also hopes that more women will go to his website at www.beawarefoundation.org to read up about self-examination of the breast.
The Be Aware Foundation centers are dedicated to providing the full continuum of care for individuals with breast cancer. The centers are located in Southern California, including Hawthorne, Orange County, Encino and Rancho Mirage.