Microwave - and other forms of electromagnetic - radiation are major (but conveniently disregarded, ignored, and overlooked) factors in many modern unexplained disease states. Insomnia, anxiety, vision problems, swollen lymph, headaches, extreme thirst, night sweats, fatigue, memory and concentration problems, muscle pain, weakened immunity, allergies, heart problems, and intestinal disturbances are all symptoms found in a disease process the Russians described in the 70's as Microwave Sickness.
17/1/2015 - Demonstration against WIFI in schools , Tel Aviv , ISRAEL
Tonight , the 17 of January 2015, at 10'c and 4-30mW/m^2 RF levels, a small group (about 70 people) of Activists, EHS people , parents and kid joined in a demonstration to stop the deployment of WIFI and wireless laptops and tablets in Israeli schools. As the court discussions are coming to a near stop (next hearing is on 11/2/2015), this is the first step in the field activities that we hope will bring a stop to the deployment of WIFI in schools.
Among the speakers: Mor Sagmon, Dafna Tachover, Ran Greenburg, Yael Levin, Shirit Ivri, Ami Ben Yakov and my self.
Please see bellow pictures from the demonstration.
In the big sign "We want to live" , in the small sign "radiation overdose kill"
"No to cell towers near schools"
In the center "Our kids are not guinea pigs"
In the bigger sign "brains(common sense) or suffering
I began experiencing adverse health symptoms (that I never had before) immediately after installation of a water "smart meter." My symptoms included: headache (rapid vibration of temple veins); painful eye, and "prickling" nasal sensations; body temperature and blood pressure increases; shortness of breath; nausea and dizziness; fluctuating heartbeat; and ultimately, a seizure causing loss of control of my legs.
Two months prior to these symptoms, I had an annual medical exam and was given a clean bill of health. After my seizure, I had the following tests: thyroid evaluation, EEG, eye exam, and MRI. I experienced temple and eye sensations near the end of the MRI. I was again given a clean bill of health.
Our bioelectric nature has been known since the late 1700s, when Galvani showed that nerves transmit signals via "electricity." We are electromagnetic beings, and it has been shown scientifically that external electromagnetic fields (EMFs) affect our nervous system. One example: TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) uses external electromagnetic pulses to the brain for treating neurological disorders.
Early onset Alzheimer's and Parkinson's cases are increasing, as are cases of ADHD and autism. Colon and breast cancer rates in young adults are increasing. People are experiencing symptoms similar to what I have described. The association of the rapid proliferation of wireless technology and EMF radiation with increasing adverse health issues needs to be recognized and addressed soon.
Wanted - C4ST Federal Riding Representatives Across Canada
We are looking for representation in every riding across Canada. This role is suited to a person who is concerned about elevating personal and public safety, and prepared to volunteer their time and effort to bring about change in their community, and across Canada.
This is a great way of having a voice on EMF concerns and keeping your Member of Parliament informed.
Joel’s comment: An annotated version of the original Forbes article (Jan 12, 2015), “Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought,” is available on the The “Take Back Your Power” web site if you wish to compare the original version of this article with the revised version that now appears on the Forbes web site (updated on Jan 14, 2015).
Forbes Magazine Caves to Industry Pressure
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, Jan 13, 2015
An example of how industry influences news. Two days ago I sent out the original version of an article by Forbes saying that a study showed that wifi could be more dangerous to children than previously thought. Here is the original version of some parts along with the “updates” and a new ending version that is now on the web:
“More generally, the studies cited in the paper found RF/EMF exposure is linked to cancers of the brain and salivary glands, ADHD, low sperm count, and, among girls who keep cell phones in their bra, breast cancer….
“More generally, the studies cited in the paper seek to link RF/EMF exposure to different types of cancer, low sperm count, and other disorders.”
“However, it is important to note that studies such as these need to be taken in their proper context. This particular study is one group’s perspective. It was published in a relatively new and minor journal with limited data sets. They also note that the average time between exposure to a carcinogen and a resultant tumor is three or more decades, thus making it difficult to arrive at definitive conclusions.”
Note: This small pilot study which reports demonstrable changes in red blood cells (RBC) after short-term exposure to smart phone radiation has not been peer-reviewed. Moreover, "The authors of this study wish to keep their names and affiliations confidential."
The report was published online by the Weston A. Price Foundation, the organization which partially funded the study.
Does Short-term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation Affect the Blood?
Weston A. Price Foundation, Jan 16, 2015
Results show substantial changes in the blood from short-term cell phone radiation exposure in nine out of ten human subjects. RBC aggregation and stickiness were mainly observed following 45 minutes of exposure to a smart phone in receiving mode worn by subjects in a backpack. By contrast, RBC morphological (shape) changes including the formation of echinocytes (spiky cells) were dominant after subjects actively used the phone for an additional 45 minutes. It appears that RBC stickiness with clumping is the first stage of the cell phone radiation effect. Subsequently, the RBC aggregates tend to break apart, and then cell shape changes occur, in which echinocytes and other misshapen cells are observed. Not all subjects showed both types of changes. The difference in net RBC aggregates between the carrying and the active use conditions are not significant for this small sample, as indicated by the overlap in the error bar values in Figure 15. However, the differences in RBC shape changes between the carrying and the active use conditions appear to be significant.
On December 11, Terence Young, Conservative MP Oakville presented Bill C-648 in Parliament regarding cell phones and labelling. (See attached). There will be a press conference this Monday, January 19 in Ottawa regarding this Bill.
This private bill will surely die soon but it’s a first!
Electromagnetic fields promote severe and unique vascular calcification in an animal model of ectopic calcification
Shuvy M, Abedat S, Beeri R, Valitzki M, Stein Y, Meir K, Lotan C. Electromagnetic fields promote severe and unique vascular calcification in an animal model of ectopic calcification. Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2014 Sep;66(7):345-50. doi: 10.1016/j.etp.2014.05.001. Epub 2014 May 29. Abstract
BACKGROUND: The effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on cardiovascular calcification is unknown. We sought to evaluate the effects of EMF on vascular calcification in normal rats and in rats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) - a condition which promotes calcification.
METHODS: We used four groups of rats: group 1 - exposed to EMF, group 2 - not exposed to EMF, group 3 - rats with CKD exposed to EMF, group 4 - rats with CKD not exposed to EMF. In order to induce CKD, groups 3 and 4 rats were fed with a uremia-inducing diet. Groups 1 and 3 rats were continuously exposed to EMF using a system similar to an electrical transformer, which consists of a primary coil, a ferrite ring, and a secondary coil. The system transmitter emitted a series of exponentially decaying electromagnetic sine waves (continuous exposure with pulsed peaks) in randomly selected frequencies between 150 and 155 kHz, with random exposure intensities between 4 and 7 mG. Clinical investigations included multislice computed tomography of the aortic roots. Pathological examinations of the aortas included histological characterization, and antigen expression analyses.
RESULTS: No calcification was found in either group of rats with normal kidney function. Aortic root calcification was significantly higher in rats exposed to EMF (group 3) compared with group 4 rats - with a mean Agatston score of 138 ± 25 vs. 80 ± 20 respectively (p<0 .05="" 3="" 4.="" along="" although="" antigen="" aortic="" as="" br="" calcification="" circular="" compared="" decreased="" examination="" expression="" formed="" group="" in="" increased="" it="" length="" markers="" massive="" media.="" noticed="" of="" osteoblast="" pathological="" pattern="" rats.="" rats="" rings="" showed="" significantly="" the="" unique="" was="" with=""> CONCLUSIONS: EMF exposure may have potential harmful effects on the cardiovascular system, as it promotes severe vascular calcification in CKD miliue.
The biological effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a major concern in western world, however, data regarding these effects are still limited. Furthermore data regarding the potential cardiovascular effects of EMF are even more limited.
Ectopic cardiovascular calcification is a process that resembles skeletal bone formation, however, it occurs in different parts of the cardiovascular system – such as blood vessels and valvular tissue. This highly regulated process involves activation of osteoblasts and bone related protein expression, which lead to ectopic bone formation (Johnson et al., 2006). Cardiovascular calcification is associated with the development of a number of clinically significant complications, including myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, valvular disease, and congestive heart failure (Beadenkopf et al., 1964, Loecker et al., 1992 and Giachelli, 1999).
The system transmitter is an electric device that connects to power via 50 Hz AC ELF. The transmitter emits a series of exponentially decaying electromagnetic sine waves, i.e. a continuous signal with pulsed peaks, of randomly selected frequencies between 150 and 155 kiloHertz (kHz), in random exposure intensities varying between 4 and 7 milliGauss (mG) measured inside the cage, at a distance of 5–40 cm from the transmitter.
Our findings are relevant to Public Health since susceptible members of the general public are often located within environments that have physical characteristics and exposures similar to our study environment: seated inside tubular-shaped metallic cabins in which there is continuous or pulsed wave exposure to EMFs of varying frequencies; for example, when people are seated inside a train, a bus or an aircraft, in which wireless electromagnetic devices are used.
Further research is required in a wider range of frequency bands, pulsed and non-pulsed fields and varying distance from the body.
We have shown for the first time that EMFs promote vascular calcification in an animal model of CKD while no effects on calcification in rats with normal kidney function were seen. The pathogenesis of this phenomenon is still unknown, although it seems that the classic activation of osteoblast is not part of this calcification pattern. Given the potential public health effects of widespread use and exposure to EMFs in the general population, this novel observation must be evaluated in further experimental models as well as in clinical trials.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director Center for Family and Community Health School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley
The FCC is opening up a probe into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US.
The watchdog said that it would be examining the possibility of opening up very high frequency 24GHz spectrum space for use by future mobile broadband networks, possibly clearing the way for new spectrum space to open and allow for better coverage and network performance on wireless data services in the US.
The FCC said that the 24GHz space has not previously been considered for wireless broadband use, due in large part to technical limitations which have thus far made operating mobile data networks at such high frequencies impossible. With a new class of technologies on the horizon, however, the use of the millimeter wave spectrum could be possible with the next generation (5G) of mobile broadband systems and the FCC's Technological Advisory Council has recommended taking a closer look at those technologies. As such, the Commission said that it would begin exploring what would be involved in opening up the 24GHz space for use so that the FCC would be ready when those technologies reach the market. "It's been long assumed that frequencies even higher up on the spectrum chart could not support mobile applications due to physical and technical limitations. But smart thinkers, innovators, and technologists are devising solutions to this previous perceived limitation," FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. "By using innovative technologies that can simultaneously track and acquire multiple signals reflecting and ricocheting off obstacles in the physical environment, future devices might be able to leverage much higher frequency bands, those above 24GHz, for mobile applications. This technology could theoretically dramatically increase wireless broadband speeds and throughput – up to 10 gigabits per second." The management and allocation of wireless spectrum space has been among Wheeler's biggest tasks as head of the FCC. With wireless carriers constantly seeking more room to operate their wireless broadband networks, the FCC has been trying to open up more spectrum space to allow carriers to expand their coverage and improve speed and reliability for wireless broadband. The commission is currently in the process of preparing an incentive auction in which television broadcasters will give up some of their broadcast space to carriers who will use the channels to carry wireless data. ®
Exposure to ElectroMagnetic Fields of 4G Long Term Evolution () changes the timing of the activation of the electrical trade (EEG) throughout the brain.
Lv Bin (China Acad. of Telecommun. Res. of Minist. of Ind. & Inf. Technol., Beijing, China ) Chang Su, Lei Yang, Yi Xie, Wu Tongning.
In this study, we sought to investigate possible interactions between the human brain and Radio Frequency Electromagnetic fields (EMF -RF) with the electroencephalogram (EEG). Unlike previous studies that have focused on the effect of EMF on local brain activity, we attempted to assess whether EMFs new 4G devices (Long Term Evolution -LTE) can modulate the functional connectivity of electrical activities the brain.
Ten subjects were recruited to participate in this comparative study by crosses with an experience of the double-blind exhibition included two sessions (real and sham exposure). In each session, exposure to Electromagnetic Fields 4G (CEM-LTE) on or off lasted 30 '.
The electrical signals of the electroencephalogram (EEG) were collected with 32 electrodes. Then e applied synchronization method for quantifying the probability of neuronal synchronization on the entire brain in the different frequency bands and at different periods of EEG recording.
RESULTS and CONCLUSIONS:
(Editor's note: The electrical signal at the base of the EEG is the result of the summation potential synchronous postsynaptic neurons from the action: more with Wikipedia). PMID: 255701126 [PubMed - in progress]
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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
Joel's comments: Excerpted below are the sections of this review paper by Nazıroğlu and Akman (2014) that address blood-brain barrier penetration. Blood-brain barrier penetration after exposure to low intensity (as opposed to greater intensity) microwave radiation has been observed in various studies since it was first reported by Allan Frey in 1975.
Cell Phone & Wi-Fi EMR Effects on Oxidative Stress & Molecular Pathways in the Brain
This phenomenon is problematic for the development of safe RF regulatory standards as well as for the development of harm reduction recommendations via personal behavior change. I would be interested in learning what other people think about this line of research, especially its policy implications.
"Studies have shown that neurological damage can be observed at exposure levels of 0.12 mW/kg (Eberhardt et al. 2008). This is less than one eighth of the average exposure level of 1 mW/kg found 150–200 m from a mobile phone mast. The researchers concluded that 'the weakest fields are the biologically most harmful'.”
Eberhardt JL, Persson BR, Brun AE, Salford LG, Malmgren LO (2008) Blood-brain barrier permeability and nerve cell damage in rat brain 14 and 28 days after exposure to microwaves from GSM mobile phones. Electromagn Biol Med 27(3):215–129
-- Effects of Cellular Phone- and Wi-Fi-Induced Electromagnetic Radiation on Oxidative Stress and Molecular Pathways in Brain
Mustafa Nazıroğlu, Hatice Akman. Effects of Cellular Phone- and Wi-Fi-Induced Electromagnetic Radiation on Oxidative Stress and Molecular Pathways in Brain. Systems Biology of Free Radicals and Antioxidants. 2014, pp 2431-244.
It has been suggested that the widespread use of cellular telephones and wireless devices may result in increased health risks resulting from brain exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The situation has prompted many investigations into the interaction between EMR and neuronal cells, even at intensities not able to produce thermal effects. This chapter reviews the effects of Wi-Fi (2.45 GHz) EMR exposure on the central nervous system in humans and experimental animals.
Several studies have suggested that EMR emitted by wireless devices can interfere with learning and memory in both animal models and human, but the results obtained are controversial and the molecular basis of this interaction is still unclear. Electromagnetic radiation may induce some degenerative effects in the brain by increasing oxidative stress and DNA breakage plus interference with the blood–brain barrier permeability. There are also recent reports on the role of Wi-Fi and mobile phone frequencies on Ca2+ influx through Ca2+ channels. The EMR increases ROS production in the neurons through the activation of oxidant system including NADPH oxidase activity and nitric oxide production. These effects are accompanied by a decrease in brain tissue of enzymatic antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase together with a fall in the levels of nonenzymatic antioxidants such as glutathione and vitamin C.
Cell phone- and Wi-Fi-induced EMR appears to induce degenerative effects through increase of oxidative stress and decrease of antioxidants in the brain that affect neuronal physiological functions. Antioxidants seem to counteract the effects on the EMR, however.
Safe Doses of Wi-Fi in Brain
Most of the studies that have been conducted while investigating the biological effects of Wi-Fi on humans have mainly dealt with the amount of energy absorbed by the human tissue. They are somewhat limited, however, with regard to measurements of the specific absorption rate (SAR). SAR is a rate of energy absorbed by a unit mass of the object and usually expressed by the parameter W/kg2. We may liken the intensity of RF rate to a quantity of novalgin (analgesic) tablets. If, say, there are 100 mg of novalgin per tablet, we cannot decide anything about the efficacy of the tablets unless we also know the amount of the tablets taken, e.g., two tablets taken every 4 h (or 200 mg every 4 h). The amount of a drug absorbed into the body is the main determinant of its effect (Lai and Singh 1996).
There are also ongoing dosimetry studies that measure RF levels around the globe, including that coming from various sources including wireless local area networks (WLANs) which indicate that the associated exposure level is low (Foster and Glaser 2007). Martínez‐Búrdalo and Martin (2009) reported that measuring local energy SAR rates in different areas of the brain in a rat exposed to RF rate revealed that two brain regions that are spaced less than a millimeter apart can have more than a twofold difference in SAR. Martens et al. (1995) also reported that the peak (hot spot) for SAR in the head tissue of a user of a mobile telephone can range from 2–8 W/kg2 per watt output of the device. The peak energy output of mobile telephones can range from 0.6–1 W, although the average output is closer to 0.6 than to 1.0 Studies have shown that neurological damage can be observed at exposure levels of 0.12 mW/kg (Eberhardt et al. 2008). This is less than one eighth of the average exposure level of 1 mW/kg found 150–200 m from a mobile phone mast. The researchers concluded that “the weakest fields are the biologically most harmful.”
Yioultsis et al. (2002) studied the occurrence of considerable differences in electric field or SAR values. They also demonstrated high radiation absorption by the head, which, apart from any possible biological damage, caused a rise in brain temperature after a 10-min exposure. Although both SAR values and the thermal rise in the case of a WLAN are one or two orders of magnitude lower than before exposure, the issue of prolonged exposure is raised, since it is found that the safety limits for long exposure are also marginally violated.
Pinto et al. (2010) studied the dosimetry levels during exposure to the electromagnetic (EM) field associated with the Wi-Fi frequency band (2,412–2,484 MHz). The exposure system they developed allows experiments to be performed for the evaluation of biological effects of electromagnetic field exposure during early life. They found that average whole-body SAR drastically changes during the exposure period according to the size and weight of the new born mice.
Blood – brain barrier permeability
(b) Blood–brain barrier permeability: It has been known for years that EMR has the potential to alter the permeability of the blood–brain barrier. Salford et al. (2003) and Nittby et al. (2009) report on various studies of the effect of EMR. The danger of a break in the blood–brain barrier is that the brain ceases to be protected from compounds in the blood that are harmful to the nervous system.
Salford et al. (1997) exposed rats to microwave radiation at an intensity equivalent to that received by a mobile phone user. They investigated the ease by which substances toxic to the central nervous system can cross over from the blood into the brain and found that the blood–brain barrier breaks down after a 2-min exposure. They demonstrated consequent neural damage especially in subjects of middle age and deduced that mobile phone use can precipitate degenerative brain effects. In addition, Nittby et al. (2008) and Nittby et al. (2009) and Salford (2007) have found that very low emission energy levels cause more leakage across the blood–brain barrier than higher levels.
Franke et al. (2005) reported that no changes in the blood–brain barrier permeability to sucrose occurred in response to constant exposure, over a period of 1–5 days, to a mobile phone signal at 1,800 MHz. Grafstrom et al. (2008) similarly could find no change in the permeability of the blood–brain barrier to several types of markers and observed no dark neurons or neuronal damage after exposing rats to a mobile phone 900 signal with an SAR of 0.6 or 60 mW/kg for 2 h per week, over a period of 55 weeks. Masuda et al. (2009) observed the passage of plasma protein albumin across the blood–brain barrier and no appearance of dark neurons in experiments. McQuade et al. (2009) observed no effect of a 30-min exposure to modulated GSM 915 MHz (two types of modulation: 217 Hz and 16 Hz) or to a continuous signal (SAR of 0.0018–20 W/kg in male rats). Poulletier De Gannes et al. (2009) also detected no effect on blood–brain barrier integrity or neuronal degeneration. These authors also assessed neuronal apoptosis. Cosquer et al. (2005) observed no effect of semi-chronic exposure to 2.45 GHz pulses (2 μs, 500 Hz) for 45 min per day over 10 days, using neither indirect observations based on cognitive tests nor by the passage of Evans blue dye across the blood–brain barrier (study carried out on 36 male rats). For the cognitive tests, the authors investigated whether radio frequency modified the behavioral response of the animals to the injection of a muscarinic antagonist (scopolamine) that crosses the blood–brain barrier only poorly. The response of the cage control rats differed from those seen in the sham-exposed and exposed rats (effect of stress), despite habituation to handling before testing.
We have reviewed the literature to better understand the effects of Wi-Fi on human health, especially on brain neural activity. Wi-Fi may affect cell function via nonthermal effects. The EMR exposure can increase ROS formation and decrease cognitive function and antioxidant values by second messengers that cause increases in the activity of plasma membrane NADH oxidase and PKC activation. Prolonged exposure to EMR can also damage DNA which may accelerate neuronal cell death. Ca2+ is important in neuronal cells for physiological function and pathophysiological function such as cell proliferation and apoptosis. The results from relatively few recent papers indicate that Ca2+ influx is increased in neuronal cells through the activation of TRP channels and VGCC following EMR exposure. Future studies should therefore be aimed at identifying the specific intracellular pathways and calcium channels that transduce Wi-Fi-induced changes in calcium influx into signal capabilities of exposed brain and neurons.
“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – Former CIA Director William Casey
This is a follow up to our last report based on a tip sent to us by a viewer who wanted to know how it was okay that the largest elementary school in Dallas put up a giant cell phone tower right on the basketball court next to the playground.
After we released the video, lots of people sent us tips from one side of the nation to the other.
These cell towers are being placed on school property — next to even preschool playgrounds and sometimes directly on the rooftops of the schools themselves — all over America.
With no long-term studies for safety, troubling health data pointing to everything from cancer to negative impacts on the immune system to impairing hormone function — why?
Why is there such a concerted, nationwide push to place these dangerous towers right next to our growing children in the very buildings they spend all their time in during the week?
Well…there is one theory…but you aren’t going to like it.
The FCC is forming a Disability Advisory Committee. The Committee will "provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters."
Mary Lamielle, the Executive Director of the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, has applied to be on the committee to represent the interests of people with environmental disabilities. She has been an advocate for people with chemical and electrical sensitivities for over thirty years.
If you live in the U.S., letters in support of her nomination may be helpful. If you write a letter, say who you are (e.g., you are a person with a disability, or you represent an organization), why our issues are important and need to be included in the makeup of the advisory committee, and that you support Mary's appointment to the committee. Any letters should be sent quickly.
I am attaching Mary's letter of application to the committee.
I am seeking appointment to the Federal Communications
Commission Disability Advisory Committee.
In response to the announcement, I believe that I would make
best use of my knowledge and expertise and serve the interests of the
Disability Advisory Committee and our constituency through appointment to the
subcommittee on access to communications services and equipment.I am not a lobbyist.
I am founder and executive director of the National Center
for Environmental Health Strategies (NCEHS), a national, nonprofit, tax-exempt
organization focused on solutions to environmental health problems. For over
thirty years I have worked to protect the public health and improve the lives
of children and adults injured or disabled by chemical and environmental
exposures through education, policy development, research, and advocacy. I have
worked to improve indoor environmental quality, to eliminate hazardous
exposures, to promote safer alternatives, and to address the health, medical,
and disability access needs of affected populations. I have multiple
I have served on dozens of federal, state, and local
advisory committees and panels. I am presently a member of the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Partners (formerly Public Interest
Partners) and HUD’s Disability Task Force.I am also a member of an NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable. Last month
I was co-presenter on a webinar sponsored by the National ADA Network entitled
“Accommodating Persons with Environmental Sensitivities: Challenges and
Solutions” wherein I discussed some of the workplace modifications and
assistive technology associated with accommodating persons with chemical and/or
electrical sensitivities, particularly in the workplace.(www.ada-audio.org).
I recently concluded work on the multi-year CDC National
Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures where I served on the
Education and Communications Workgroup and a Task Group under the Scientific
I served on the Access Board’s Emergency Transportable
Housing Federal Advisory Committee. I was also an appointee to an EPA Lawn Care
Pesticides Advisory Committee and a member of an EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue
Committee (PPDC) Inerts Disclosure Stakeholder Workgroup. I was an alternate to
the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.
I’ve worked with FEMA and in New Jersey with the New Jersey
Group for Access and Integration Needs in Emergencies and Disasters (New Jersey
GAINED). I have been invited by New Jersey GAINED to prepare two fact sheets
that separately address the disability access needs for people with chemical
and electrical sensitivities for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
I have written extensively and presented hundreds of workshops
on topics including indoor environmental quality, healthy homes and buildings,
pesticides, emergency preparedness, and disability access for those impacted by
chemical and electrical sensitivities or intolerances.
I am the recipient of numerous honors including most
recently the 2012 Camden County, New Jersey Martin Luther King Freedom
Medal;the 2011 New Jersey Governor’s
Jefferson Award for Public Service “PSEG Environmental Stewardship” Award; and
a 2010 U. S. EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award.
As I’ve indicated, I have extensive experience working on
government panels and committees, including federal advisory committees,
representing a broad range of stakeholders. My voice is important to the
Federal Communication Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee because, I
suspect, without it, your advisory committee would have no one representing the
adults and children adversely impacted by exposure to communications equipment
and devices and by the electromagnetic radiation generated by such equipment
and devices. When it comes to those disabled by chemical and electrical
sensitivities, it’s been said that “you don’t get it ‘til you get it.” Only a
person who has experienced significant injury and severe intolerances to
everyday exposures can truly understand or represent the interests of this
Numerous prevalence surveys have indicated that nearly
one-third of the US population reports reactions to everyday exposures from
pesticides to carpeting and adhesives; cleaning agents to fragrances and
fragranced products. Meanwhile 16 % report “unusual sensitivities” to everyday
exposures and up to 6 % are chronically ill and disabled from everyday
exposures including contact with materials and outgassing from
telecommunications equipment and devices from computers to cell phones, smart
phones and other items that can make it a challenge or an impossibility for
someone with chemical sensitivities to use such products for communications or
to be in their vicinity.
Meanwhile, 3% of Californians report reactions to
electromagnetic radiation according to a 2002study by P. Levallois, et al., “Study
of self-reported hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields in California”
published in Environmental Health Perspectives. European surveys have reportedly found a range
of 3-5% of Europeans reporting disabling electromagnetic hypersensitivity
The FCC Announcement notes an interest in providing a
vehicle for consumers and stakeholders to provide feedback and recommendations
to the Commission on a wide array of disability issues within the FCC’s
jurisdiction. The Committee will aid the Commission’s effective implementation
of disability protections and development of accessibility solutions. It is
expected to keep the Commission apprised of current and evolving communications
issues for persons with disabilities and to address new disability and accessibility
issues as they arise.
I suspect that people disabled with chemical and/ or
electrical sensitivities would all applaud such goals. Many, perhaps most of
us, have chronic problems tolerating communications equipment and devices. They
frequently don’t make life easier but add further health burdens. And, for those with electrical sensitivities
there’s no place left to hide. Avoidance of electromagnetic radiation is
critical to function. Not only does this eliminate the likelihood of employment
in most conventional workplaces, but increasingly it means that one cannot
participate in any aspect of the community at large—work, school, places of
worship, healthcare, hospitals, and similar public and commercial facilities, and
even frequently in one’s home. Exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell
phones, smart phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Routers are all pervasive
and a constant threat and challenge to these individuals. These are populations
who must have hardwired internet access and hard wired telephone access. They
will not have telephone access in a world that eliminates copper wiring and
provides a cellular option only.
It’s important that the FCC understand these populations and
work toward ways to provide equipment and services that minimize
electromagnetic pollution; to hard wire public and commercial facilities and
construct barriers that protect the public from electromagnetic radiation in
the workplace, schools, healthcare facilities, and hospitals so that people
disabled by electromagnetic hypersensitivity can nevertheless use such services
with minimal risk to health and functionability. I suspect that some of these
disability access needs intersect with the needs of seniors and children who
also require maximum care to protect health and wellbeing.
Thank you for your consideration. If you need additional
information, please contact me at (856)429-5358 or (856)816-8820.
Mary Lamielle, Executive Director
National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, Inc.