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Study Finds EMF Exposure Increases Risk of Miscarriage

There are many known factors that can contribute to miscarriages.  A good physician will warn a women that during pregnancy she should avoid alcohol, tobacco smoke, and many medications. This physician might also recommend taking prenatal vitamins along with certain supplements. However, even a very knowledgeable physician will probably fail to mention to a woman to take precautions in regards to the amount of EMF exposure her growing baby is being exposed to.

A very popular Australian birthing site recently posted a statement including radiation exposure among the current potential reasons for miscarrying.

According to the site,  there are many reasons for miscarriages with “environmental exposures to certain drugs or prescribed medications, smoking, excessive alcohol, radiation, certain chemicals and pesticides…” being among them.

A study  out of San Francisco has found that pregnant women who were exposed to higher levels of electromagnetic radiation during pregnancy had an 80% increase in miscarriages as compared to women whose EMF exposure was less.

This study included 900 women who wore an EMF monitor for 24 hours. Each of the women were less than 10 weeks pregnant. The monitor showed the amount of electromagnetic frequencies each woman was exposed to for those 24 hours. The women’s pregnancies were followed and the study found that the women who had been exposed to higher levels of EMFs had an 80% increase in miscarriages over the women whose EMF exposures were less. The risk was even higher for women who had previous pregnancy loss or past issues with infertility.

The reason for the link between EMF exposure and increased risk of miscarriage is not yet known. Theories abound as to how the EMFs might affect the growing baby, but there is no hard science as of yet to back up any theories. However, researchers have done studies noting changes in both the ovaries and the uterus of women after exposure to EMF fields.

Another study has found that pregnant women living near high-voltage power lines were twice as likely to experience spontaneous abortions as were pregnant women who were not living near high-voltage power lines. This doubling of the spontaneous abortion rate was seen within the first 3 months of pregnancy.

In lieu of recent findings, it might stand to reason that EMF pollution should be considered a potential hazard during pregnancy and that precautions should be taken to limit the exposure of the growing baby to these frequencies.

Link Between Autism and EMF Exposure? Harvard Research Says Yes

As the number or children diagnosed with Autism continues to climb, there are many theories posited as to the cause of this new epidemic. While many professionals point to the rise in the number of vaccines administered to children over the past decade as a possible cause, some scientists have begun to look elsewhere for answers.

A team of Harvard scientists have published an article in the Pathophysiolocgy Journal titled “Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a Pathophysiolpogical Link”. The June 2013 article has raised questions regarding the parallels between the effects of EMFs on the brain and changes seen in the brains of children with Autism.

The article states:

Although autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) are defined behaviorally, they also involve multileveled disturbances of underlying biology that find striking parallels in the physiological impacts of electromagnetic frequency and radiofrequency exposures (EMF/RFR).

Working in the TRANSCEND Research Program in Neurology in Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School,  researchers looked at the changes in the brains of children with Autism and compared them to changes that occur in the brain after exposure to both electromagnetic frequencies as well as radiofrequency radiation.

The study found that in Autism there were distinct changes in the the electrophysiological function of the brain and the autonomic nervous system. These electrical changes are what lead to the issues with sensory processing seen in Autistic children (lack of eye contact, etc.). These electrical changes are also responsible for the seizures and sleep disturbances experienced by those with Autism.

The researchers found these same changes were not unique to Autism but were present in the brains after exposing test subjects to both wired electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and to wireless radiation (RF).

.When looking at the Austism curve, the researchers also noted a parallel in the rise in Autism and the rise in EMF exposure through the growing use of cell phones, wifi, GPS, etc.

The article concludes:

The premise of this review is that although scant attention has been paid to possible links between electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation exposures (EMF/RFR) and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs), such links probably exist.


DECT Cordless Phones Pose Serious Health Risk

While most people understand the health risks involved with cell phone use, many people are under the impression that their cordless phone is a safe alternative. Unfortunately, the new DECT Technology used in cordless phones has made them as dangerous to you and your family’s health as your cell phone.

Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication (DECT) Technology was first introduced in Europe for use in office buildings. It soon made its way into Germany for residential use. Soon after implemented in German homes, DECT’s  adverse health effects  became apparent.

Infants in Germany living in homes with a DECT cordless phone began having irregular heartbeats. Dr. Leberecht von Klitzing documented a case of an infant brought to him who was having irregular heartbeats. After ruling out all possibilities, he found that removing the newly installed DECT cordless phone from the infant’s house stopped the problem.

Why is DECT Technology So Dangerous?

Unlike the older cordless phones, DECT Cordless Phones continuously emit a pulsed field of microwave radiation at full power. The German Radiation Protection Agency has said that the strongest source of microwave radiation in an average home today is coming from the DECT phone.

Symptoms Associated with DECT Cordless Phone Exposure:

Among adults, insomnia seems to be one of the main complaints. Often, a DECT cordless phone is placed on the bedside table. There have been cases documented where removal of the phone results in a return of the person’s ability to sleep.

Some other symptoms:

Headaches, Migraines
Chronic Fatigue
Daytime sleepiness
Chronic Infections
Connective Tissue Pains
Heart Rhythm Disorders
Learning Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Studies have found an increase in brain tumors among those who have used DECT cordless phones consistently for over 5 years.

The Interdisciplinary Association for Environmental Medicine in Germany has called for a ban on DECT cordless phones in preschools, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, events halls and public buildings. They have also called for a reduction in the strength of the microwave field given off by the technology. This would require a revision of the DECT Technology.

Medical warnings needed on DECT cordless phone use J. Aust. Coll. Nutr. & Env. Med. Vol. 25 No. 2 August 2006

Cell Phone Users At Risk for Brain Tumors

“Doctors should be very concerned by this and discuss precautions with their patients,” says Dr. Lennart Hardell. Dr. Hardell is referring to the results obtained from a new study on the effects of cell phone and cordless phone radiation on the brain.
Dr. Hardell, MD and PhD, is a professor at the Department of Oncology, University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden and led this newest study. The study, published in the Journal of Pathophysiology in October of 2014, pooled analysis of two case-control studies on malignant brain tumors with patients diagnosed during 1997-2003 and 2007-2009.The study found:

Long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk for glioma, the most common type of brain tumor, the latest research on the subject concludes.

The new study shows that the risk for glioma was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk was also greater for those who had started using mobile or cordless phones before age 20 years.

Cell phone use, as well as landline cordless phone use, puts the user at risk. Both phones use wireless communication in the form of radiofrequency or RF radiation to send and receive signals. If the phone is held up to the ear, these radiofrequencies will be absorbed by the brain, as well as the eye. The brain, being electromagnetic in nature, has an affinity towards electrical frequencies and, as a result, a very high absorption rate of these electromagnetic frequencies.

When the brain absorbs these type of radiation, cells can become irregular or damaged due to the intensity of the frequencies as well as the heating of the tissue, a result of the thermal effects of the frequencies. There are even studies showing DNA damage as a result of cell exposure to RF radiation.

The Swedish study looked at approximately 1498 cases of brain tumors. These tumors were all malignant, with 92% being gliomas and about 50% of the gliomas being astrocytoma grade IV, the most malignant variety of brain tumor.

The study also found:

“…an increased risk for glioma associated with use for more than 1 year of both mobile and cordless phones…The highest risk was for those with the longest latency for mobile phone use over 25 years.”

Overall, the highest increase in risk for tumor growth was found among those participants who held the phone up to the same side of the head when talking, this is called ipsilateral use, as well as those who used their phones cumulatively for 100 hours or more.But it was the participants who began the use of cell phone and/or cordless phones before the age of 20 who were at the greatest risk for developing malignant brain tumors.The results of Dr. Hardell’s work are disturbing and, as he stated, should concern both doctors as well as users of cell phones and landline cordless phones





France Bans WiFi in Nursery Schools Under New National Law

The French Government has taken initiative to protect their people, especially their children, against the harmful effects of wireless radiation. On January 29, 2015, the French National Assembly passed a new national law that will work to limit their population’s exposure to wireless radiations. While the US Government continues to allow cell antennas to be erected on elementary school rooftops, claiming the levels of radiation the school children will be exposed to are ‘safe’ , the French Government has taken a firm stance that to maintain health among its population, EMF exposure needs to be kept at a minimum.

“This new law represents a significant step forward,” says Professor Anne Sasco, MD, DSc former Cancer Prevention Chef of the International Agency on Cancer and a distinguished science advisor to Environmental Health Trust.

Dr. Siasco wrote up a synopsis showing the public exactly what this new law states. Here is a look at her synopsis:

  1. WiFi Banned in Nursery Schools: WIFI and Wireless devices will be banned in “the spaces dedicated to home, to rest and activities of children under 3 years”.
  2. WiFi Minimized in Schools: In schools for children up to 11 years, WIFI routers should be turned off when not in use for pedagogic purposes.
  3. Schools Will be Informed: The board of the school should be informed when new tech equipment is being installed in schools.
  4. Cell Tower Emission Compliance Will Be Verified: A decree will define the limits of emission of equipments for electronic communications or transmission to which the public is exposed. These values can be verified by accredited organisations and results will be made accessible to the public through a National Radiofrequency Agency.
  5. Citizens Will Have Access to Environmental/Cell Tower Radiation Measurements Near homes: Every resident may get access to the results of measurements for their living space. Conditions of information of the public as well as involvement of the local authorities are specified as are the steps to follow in case of disagreement.
  6. Cell Antennae Maps For the Country: A description and map of the places with atypical (higher than the limits) places will be conducted at regular intervals with follow up of the actions being taken to limit the exposure. A map of all antennas will be produced for each town
  7. Continued Evaluation of Health Effects: The National Radiofrequence Agency will be in charge of surveillance and vigilance, evaluating potential risks and setting up scientific research, including information on health effects.
  8. SAR Radiation Labeling Mandated: The SAR of cell phones must be clearly indicated on the package.
  9. Information on Reducing Exposures Mandatory: Information on ways to reduce exposure will be detailed in the contents of the cell phone package. .
  10. WIFI Hotspots will be Labeled: Places where WIFI is provided should be clearly marked with a pictogram.
  11. Advertisements Must Recommend Devices That Reduce Radiation Exposure to the Brain: Advertising for cell phones should clearly indicate the recommendation of hand free kits for protection of the head of the user and it will be included in the package. Advertising for cell phone not accompanied by such a kit is forbidden. Companies in violation will be fined 75,000 Euros.
  12. Children Must Be Provided Protections: At the request of the buyer, equipment reducing cell phone radiation exposures to the head for children less than 14 years should be provided.
  13. The Public Will Be Informed: Within a year, a policy of information on awareness and information on a responsible and reasonable use of cell phones and other apparatus emitting radiofrequencies will be set up.
  14. Electrohyper-sensitivity Report To Be Submitted: Within a year, a report on electrohyper sensitivity must be given to the Parliament.

The French Government is trailblazing in their efforts to identify wireless radiation as a problem and then be willing to take action to safeguard its people against this invisible pollution.

Don’t expect the US Government to follow France’s example anytime soon, as the telecommunications industry in the US is a several billion dollar a year industry whose main prerogative is to keep profits high, even at the expense of the health of its customers.

Under Current Cell Phone Radiation Safety Standards, Your Head is Not Safe

Cell Phones emit what is known as Radiofrequency or RF radiation. RF radiation poses such a serious health risk due to its ability to be absorbed by the body and penetrate tissue. This tissue penetration of RF radiation has been found in several studies to damage cells and break DNA strands. In 2011, the WHO classified RF radiation has a Type 2 Carcinogen.

Current Cell Phone Safety Standards Are Not Accurate

When it comes to Cell Phone radiation, the biggest concern among the regulating bodies who set Safety Guidelines is the amount of radiation actually absorbed by the skull during Cell Phone use.

In fact, the wll-known SAR rating used for Cell Phones stands for Specific Absorption Rating and is a measurement of the amount of radiation absorbed by an average head during Cell Phone use.

But here is where the catch comes in. As focused on in a  2011 study conducted by various researchers in the US, the model head size being used to test radiation absorption rates is not an accurate representation of the average cell phone user’s head. The model head size used represents that of a military man’s head.

The study states:

“The existing cell phone certification process uses a plastic model of the head called the Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM), representing the top 10% of U.S. military recruits in 1989 and greatly underestimating the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for typical mobile phone users, especially children. Radiofrequency (RF) exposure to a head smaller than SAM will absorb a relatively higher SAR.”

The researchers point out that smaller heads will absorb more radiation and more readily, In addition, another inaccuracy of the current head size model has to do with the replication of the head’s own electrical fluid.

“Also, SAM uses a fluid having the average electrical properties of the head that cannot indicate differential absorption of specific brain tissue, nor absorption in children or smaller adults.”

With the fastest growing demographic to use Cell Phones being the ‘tween market (between the ages of 8-12), it seems it would make sense to create a different head model more representative of a child’s skull.

“The SAR for a 10-year old is up to 153% higher than the SAR for the SAM model. When electrical properties are considered, a child’s head’s absorption can be over two times greater, and absorption of the skull’s bone marrow can be ten times greater than adults.”

The study concludes:

“Therefore, a new certification process is needed that incorporates different modes of use, head sizes, and tissue properties.”

So, unless your head size is that of an average military man, your skull is absorbing more Cell Phone radiation during average use than is deemed safe by current standards.

New Study: Wireless Devices Promote Tumor Growth

A 2015 study out of Germany has found evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation promotes the growth of tumors.

Radiofrequency radiation, also known as RF radiation, is emitted by cell phones, DECT cordless phones, wireless routers, bluetooth technology. microwave ovens, cell towers/antennas, and all types of wireless transmitting devices.

German researchers undertook this study after a pilot study was done which showed some evidence of an increase in tumors after exposing control animals to RF frequencies. Wishing to duplicate the pilot study but with the use of a larger control group of animals, the researchers went ahead and exposed large groups of laboratory mice to very low levels of RF radiation.

The levels used in the study were far below the current RF radiation safety levels issued by regulating bodies in Europe as well as in the  US.

The mice exposed to the low level radiation developed tumors at an alarming rate compared to the control group, The tumors that developed in the mice were mostly concentrated in the lungs and liver. Lymphomas in the mice exposed to the radiation were also found to be significantly elevated as compared to the control group.

The researchers went on to hypothesize that the increase in tumors from RF exposure could be due to metabolic changes induced by the radiation.

In terms of cell phone use, the researchers concluded that, “Our findings may help to understand the repeatedly reported increased incidences of brain tumors in heavy users of mobile phones.”




MDs Sign Appeal: Wireless Technology Making People SIck

While here in America the use of wireless devices, especially among children, is on the rise and few family physicians are educated enough to correlate a patient’s exposure to EMF fields with an onset of illness, that is not the case in Germany,

To date, over 2000 German Medical Doctors have signed what is known as the Freiburger Appeal. This Appeal was presented to the German government as a plea by physicians to urge Germany to enact stricter regulations when it comes to exposing the public to RF radiation.

RF radiation, also known as wireless or microwave radiation, is emitted from cell phones, cordless phones using DECT technogly, cell towers and antennas, WiFi, wireless security systems, all bluetooth technology, GPS Tracking devices, Smart Meters, wireless fences and microwave ovens.In today’s high-tech world, you would be hard-pressed to find an adult, or for that matter a child, who is not using an RF radiation emitting device on a daily basis.

In their medical practice, these 2000 German Physicians have observed a correlation between a patient’s exposure to RF radiation and their state of health.

“We have observed in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially:

  • learning, concentration and behavioural disorders (such as Attention Deficit Disorder.ADD)
  • extreme fluctuations in blood pressure (even harder to influence with medications)
  • heart rhythm disorders
  • heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population
  • brain-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s)  and epilepsy
  • cancerous afflictions: leukemia, brain tumors, etc.”
The Physician’s Appeal continues:“Moreover, we have observed an ever increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patient’s as psychosomatic:
  • headaches, migraines
  • chronic exhaustion
  • inner agitation
  • sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness
  • tinnitus
  • susceptibility to infection
  • nervous and connective tissue pains”

The MD’s go on to explain that investigation into the lifestyle/environment of their patient’s experiencing these sudden health conditions invariably reveals a new technological addition to the home or the neighboring environment that has put the patient in a position to be continually exposed to concentrated levels of radiation, In several instances, removal of the source of the radiation, has caused a cessation of the disease process and/or  a lessening of symptoms.

The technologies the MD’s cite as being the culprits behind the dramatic rise in patient illness are cell phones, cordless phones using DECT technology, cell towers and WiFi. They urge their country of Germany to enact stricter regulations on all forms of mobile communication and they recommend their patient’s resort back to using wired communications.

Harvard MD Warns Smart Meters Pose Cancer Risk


“An informed person should demand they be allowed to keep their Analog Meter,” says Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School trained Physician.

Dr. Carpenter headed up the New York State Department of Health for 18 years before becoming Dean of the School for Public Health at the University of Albany, where he currently directs the Institute for Health and the Environment.

While so many Public Officials are telling the people Smart Meters are safe, Dr. Carpenter is a lone voice who prefers to warn the people of the known risks involved with this technology.

“There is no justification for the statement that Smart Meters have no adverse health effects,” he explains.

Smart Meters are a new type of wireless Electric Meter that emits radiofrequency radiation (RF). Smart Meters are rapidly (and often forcefully against the will of the homeowner) replacing Analog Meters. While Utility Companies will surely play down any potential risks associated with this technology, there are countless studies that point to RF radiation from Smart Meters causing adverse health effects in both people and animals.

:“We have evidence…that exposure to radiofrequency radiation…increases the risk of cancer, increases damage to the nervous system, causes electrosensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects, and a variety of other effects on different organ systems, “ Dr Carpenter states.

The Smart Meter Safety Coalition couldn not  agree more. They try to educate the public about the hearth risks involved with the use of this new technology. A flyer they circulate lists the adverse health effects reported by Main residents shortly after Smart Meters were installed on their homes:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • migraines
  • dry mouth
  • vomiting
  • heart palpitations
  • muscle spasms
  • insomnia
  • night sweats
  • skin rashes
  • hair loss
  • tinnitus

Many report the radiofrequency radiation emitted by Smart Meters is much higher than any levels considered ‘safe’ by governments. This type of radiation has been classified as a Type 2 Carcinogenic (cancer causing agent) by the World Health Organization since 2011

“Smart Meters pose a cancer risk,” says Dr. Carpenter. Based on their 20I1 ruling, it seems the WHO would agree with that statement.

With enough evidence pointing to both short-term and long-term health risks associated with Smart Meter radiation, shouldn’t the homeowner be allowed to make the decision to safeguard the health of their family and keep their Analog Meter?


Is WiFi in Schools Dumbing Down Kids?

The percentage of American children who suffer from ADD, anxiety, and various learning disorders is growing. America, once the leader in education among industrialized nations, has fallen to almost last. While we continue to spend the most money on education for our children, our children continue to perform poorly.

While it is clear our approach to education might need to be re-evaluated, what is also becoming clear is that the environment in which our kids are being taught might be affecting their ability to learn.

A UK EMF Watchdog Group recently published an article reporting on two new studies showing how WiFi is adversely affecting human brain function. One study was published in the Journal of Integrative Neuroscience and the second study was published as part of the International Workshop of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation.

Both studies focused on the effects of WiFi signals on the brains of young adults in their early twenties. Even though WiFi signals have been employed freely in American schools for years now,  these are the first studies to focus on how these signals affect the brain’s ability to learn.

Both studies conducted were blind studies, where participants did not know when they were being exposed to the radiation and when they were not.

The study published in the Journal of Integrative Neuroscience focused on the ability of young men and women to maintain a ‘working memory’. ‘Working memory’ is defined as the ability to keep information available long enough to complete a task. ‘Working memory’, as you can imagine, is integral to all forms of problem solving, decision making, reasoning, planning and monitoring.

By measuring the electrical activity on the surface of the brain while the participants were attempting to complete a task involving ‘working memory’ (a version of the Hayling Sentence Completion test was given to participants), the researchers found that specific brain activity related to attention and memory greatly decreased in the men when microwave radiation similar to a WiFi signal was present. For women, the electrical activity slightly increased when exposed to the radiation.

Although young women were not as affected as young men in their ability to retain information while being exposed to radiation similar to a WiFi signal, the second study conducted during the International Workshop of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation found that young women were more affected than young men in terms of their ability to retain short-term memory when exposed to radiation similar to a WiFi signal. The young women had a more difficult time completing a task involving repeating a string of numbers when exposed to the radiation. The researchers found that when the radiation was present, the young women’s brainwaves (apha, beta, delta) were greatly altered in their corticol regions. The young men’s were altered as well, but to a lesser extent.

Short-term memory, ‘working memory’, attention spans and balanced brainwaves are integral to learning and proper brain development. As new studies come out showing how WiFi signals alter brain activity in participants who are exposed to these signals for even short periods of time, one might ask how these signals are affecting the brain activity, and hence brain development, of our children who are being exposed to them for prolonged periods of time throughout the duration of their schooling.