Wednesday, October 21, 2015

An Electronic Silent Spring October, 2015 Newsletter from Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring October, 2015 Newsletter from Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring  
October, 2015 Newsletter from Katie Singer

1. Dangers abound. So do opportunities. 
A website designer recently told me that 85% of searches happen wirelessly. Consider this confirmation that most people depend on wireless access to phones, text messages and Wi-Fi; and most people do not know the dangers of wireless technologies and wireless infrastructure. Call this use and lack of awareness dangerous.
          Now for an opportunity: The federal Access Board is receiving input about revising its rules around tech assistance for people with disabilities. The Access Board, a federal agency, regulates the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, it requires curb-cuts so that people in wheelchairs have access to sidewalks. It ensures that deaf people have access to speech when they go to a movie via a computer-delivered sign language interpreter.
          Earlier this month, I submitted a Comment to the Access Board that a)describes how EMR exposure impacts people with implants, children, workers and people with electro-hypersensitivity; and b)proposes policy solutions. Dr. Gary Olhoeft suggested many of these policy solutions. 
          Please read this Comment, which is backed by the EMR Policy Institute. If the Access Board implements any of these proposed policies, our entire country will receive a very fast education about the dangers of EMR exposure.

2. We need your participation:
We're collecting contact names and email addresses of people to notify about our proposed policies:
* in municipal disability rights offices; 
* in state disability rights offices;
* school system disability reps;
* risk management people (who ensure safe environments) in schools;
* risk management people in workplaces;
* risk management people in hospitals; 
* contractors unions;
* teachers unions;
* PTAs;
* physicians who work with medical implants;
* famous people who have implants, who might speak on behalf of
   these proposed policies.

Once we assemble a mailing list, Janet Newton, president of the EMR Policy Institute, will email a notice about our proposed solutions for making areas of public accommodation more accessible to people who are disabled by EMR exposure,
          Please note that your area may have public and/or private disability rights offices. If you reach someone by phone, ask who is the best person to email about new policies that we've proposed to the federal Access Board about EMR exposure from cell phones, antennas, Wi-Fi and "smart" meters. 
          Please send the email addresses you collect (labeled by category as clearly as possible) to:

3. How Eugene, Oregon prevented a new cell tower 
Please read how this community succeeded in preventing a new cell tower.

4. I erred in my September announcement about Berkeley's Cell Phone Right to Know Act.
I erroneously stated that the Berkeley Right to Know Act will require SAR labeling on cell phones. It will not. Here's the correction:
          Judge Edward Chen ruled that cell phone vendors in Berkeley, California will soon be required to provide customers with a safety warning--either by providing customers with a handout or by posting a notice in the store that states: To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones need radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

5. Katie Singer's talks and an interview:
"Electronics in Our Ecosystem,"  my October 10, 2015  talk about wildlife and EMR exposure, delivered at the Santa Clara (California) Medical Alliance Foundation conference, Wireless Technologies and Public Health is now posted at 
I'll post the whole conference proceedings once they're available.
          George Noory, host of Coast-to-Coast radio, interviewed me October 19.

          In "Teaching Fertility Awareness and the Dangers of Wireless Tech," midwife and mom Jill Allatta interviewed me about my work teaching natural family planning and about the hazards of EMR exposure. This piece gave me a place to articulate and challenging questions for today's parents.
          Alternative Radio aims to air my talk, "Aiming to First Do No Harm: The Education of Electronics Users," in November, 2015. AR features talks from speakers like Glenn Greenwald (reporter covering Ed Snowden's revelations) Naomi Klein (about climate change), Vandana Shiva (about GMOs) and others on hour-long shows that air on 300 public radio stations. Please check out AR's broadcasts at, and locate the station nearest you that airs it. To listen to my talk at your convenience:

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

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To your health and healthy environment,
Katie Singer

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