Monday, November 30, 2015

An Electronic Silent Spring November, 2015

An Electronic Silent Spring  
November, 2015 
Newsletter from Katie Singer

First, a selection of notable work:
          Bob Connolly has reviewed baby monitors and found safer options:
          Cecelia Doucette has worked with the Ashland, Massachusetts Public Schools to create Best Practices for Mobile Devices.
          Jeromy Johnson has solutions for safer computer use at
          Mitch Lazarus blogs about legal issues, including this recent one about hacking:
          Paul McGavin posts actions for protecting children and reducing EMR exposure, including reconsidering cell phones as message-taking devices: Keep the cell phone off. Set its alarm to check for messages once every hour or two. Compose messages on a safer setting, then send them altogether. This way, you drastically reduce your EMR exposure. (Note: depending on how it's programmed, a mobile device may check for messages constantly, every minute, every five minutes. The device connects with the nearest base station each time it checks--and emits EMR for the check.
          Dr. Joel Moskowitz, researcher at UC/Berkeley's School of Public Health, posts new research about the health and environmental effects of EMR at Recent posts include studies about harmful effects of mobile phone use on adolescents, cell tower radiation exposure's association with Type 2 Diabetes risk in adolescents, and a link between rising brain tumor rates and cell phone and cordless phone use. To get these posts, sign onto's Facebook page.
          Ray Pealer has developed a way to help people learn to use meters, then remediate EMR in
          Applied physicist Dr. Ronald Powell has written "Message to Schools and Colleges about Wireless Devices and Health."
          Peter Sullivan's discussion group, Autism and EMF on Facebook, has families sharing ways to reduce EMR exposure.

Do you know about coltan?   Coltan (short for Columbite-tantalite) is a black, tar-like mineral. Refining makes coltan a heat-resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. Refined coltan is a crucial element in devices that store energy, including mobile phones, laptops, tablets, digital still cameras, video cameras, ink jet printers, hearing aids, pacemakers, jet enginines, X-ray film and pagers.
          The Congo holds 64% of the world's coltan. Mining for coltan has contributed to mass rapes and more loss of life than any other single situation since World War II. Unfortunately, to satisfy our hunger for electronics, corporations will pay any price for coltan and other minerals required for devices to work.
          To learn more, check out:
           Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place by Peter Eichstaedt.

Non-electronic gifts for Christmas  On Coast to Coast Radio November 20 with Dr. Victoria Dunckley (C2C is the world's most-listened-to radio show; Dr. Dunckley spoke about children with Electronic Screen Syndrome and her three-week electronic fast ( I spoke about pediatrician Dr. Toril Jelter's protocol for reducing EMR-exposure. ( At one point, I encouraged listeners to consider non-electronic gifts for Christmas, like cookbooks or compost bins. "Or," I said, "you could make comic books."

Thanks to everyone who's getting informed about the dangers of wireless technologies and reducing their electronics usage and EMR-emmissions.

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