Belgium recently adopted new cell phone regulations that bar mobile phone models designed for, and marketed to children ages 7 and younger. That’s just the beginning of what these innovative regulations will do. Under Belgium’s new rules, slated to take effect next March, cell phone retailers will be required to disclose phones’ maximum emission levels, known as specific absorption rates, or SAR, at the point of sale. Though SAR values are an imperfect measure of user exposure, they are the only metric available to the public. Clearly, Belgium respects people’s right to know enough to mandate disclosure of SAR values in stores. To Read the full article, CLICK HERE.
How to Protect Ourselves and Children from Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs): IBE board of directors president Larry Gust will be a featured speaker on Friday, 15 November, at this New York City "environmental happening" sponsored by BigAppleParents. He will be joined by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD; Camilla Rees, MBA; and Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D. This three hour event will examine the impact of electromagnetic fields on children's mental health, learning capacity, and genetic material at the metabolic level. CLICK HERE for details, and to register to attend.
We'd like to tell you it isn't so, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FEE) has cleared the way for cellphones and SmartPhones and WiFi enabled tablets and laptops to be used for the duration of approved flights. Previously, passengers needed to turn off all electronics before a plane could take off, and only power them back up again above 10,000 feet. When the plane descended back below 10,000 feet, on approach, devices needed to be shut off again. Perhaps the cruelest irony of the announcement falls under the heading: "Top Things Passengers Should Know about Expanded Use of PEDs on Airplanes". The first line item under that advisory is: Make Safety Your Top Priority.
To read the FAA's announcement, click here.
The river and surrounding areas at risk sit above the Marcellus Shale, where the search for natural gas uses a controversial method known as hydro-fracking. Hydro-fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into horizontally drilled wells to stimulate the release of the gas. The Marcellus Shale gas field stretches diagonally across Pennsylvania to West Virginia. Click here to read the full article.
Your Brain on a Cellphone (Sep. 23, 2013 - Berkeley, California): The first study on the short-term effects of Long Term Evolution (LTE), the fourth generation cell phone technology, has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Neurophysiology.
The resting state brain activity of each participant was measured by magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at two times -- after exposure to LTE microwave radiation, and after a sham exposure. The results demonstrated that LTE exposure affected brain neural activity not only in the closer brain region but also in the remote region, including the left hemisphere of the brain. The study helps explain the underlying neural mechanism for the remote effects of microwave radiation in the brain. Read more by clicking here.
"Hydraulic fracturing introduces cancer risks from the start and into perpetuity. Cancer causing chemicals are associated with all stages of the high-volume hydraulic fracturing process, from the production and use of fracking fluids, to the release of radioactive and other naturally hazardous materials from the shale, to transportation- and drilling-related air pollution, to the disposal of contaminated wastewater. The potential for accidents during the injection and transportation of fracking chemicals concerns us deeply. And, as data from other states clearly demonstrate, the storage, treatment and disposal of the contaminated water can be a source of human exposure to chemical carcinogens and their precursors." ~ Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ecologist, author, cancer survivor, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Ithica College.
Watch Dr. Steingraber explain how she and her small community in upstate New York succeeded at banning fracking from their town by employing the "Home Rule".
Take Back Your Power - a groundbreaking documentary: Utility companies are replacing electricity, gas and water meters worldwide with new generation “smart” meters at an unprecedented rate. Take Back Your Power is a crowd-funded, public awareness documentary that investigates the benefits and safety of this ubiquitous “smart” meter program. Using insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned citizens, environmental steward Josh del Sol takes us on a journey of revelation and discovery, as he questions corporations’ right to tap our private information in the name of “green”.
What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo. The film premiered on 5 September 2013, and you can buy it as a streaming video or as a DVD by CLICKING HERE (a percentage of your purchase price helps support IBE).
Your body contains 30,000 to 50,000 more chemicals than your grandparents' bodies do. Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story. Watch their video, here below:
IBE's home page will soon be going interactive! Watch this site for the launch of more free information than IBE has ever made available to the public. Invite your family, friends, and clients to peruse the storehouse of Building Biology knowledge that wil all stem from an all new graphic on our home page.
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
GASLAND II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy." Watch the trailer, here below.
Municipal government officials in Noida, India order the dismantling of over 300 cellphone towers: In the wake of health risk posed by mobile phone towers, the Noida Authority has decided to relocate all such antennas from residential areas of the city. The authority will identify locations in isolated places — far from residential colonies — where they will be relocated. TO Read the full article, CLICK HERE.
Experts: Cellphones pose threat to children’s brains. A panel of scientists that included Dr. Hugh Taylor, a Yale University obstetrician and gynecologist, and Dr. Martin Blank, , a researcher in bioelectromagnetics at Columbia University, found that electromagnetic fields can damage DNA, the genetic material that dictates how cells grow, which in turn damage can cause cancer. Even at the lowest energy levels, from radiation generated by the electricity used to power lightbulbs and televisions, radiation can have or create an adverse biological affect in children. TO Read the full article, CLICK HERE.
The new documentary film Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us. Click here below to watch the two minute trailer.
IBE's board of directors and executive director wish to thank each of you who gave so generously to our fundraiser. Unfortunately, we did not meet the $30,000 goal that would have enabled us to join actor/activist Martin Sheen in bringing the Building Biology message to millions of public television viewers worldwide. We do hope to be offered this opportunity again next year, and will keep our students, alumni and all supporters apprised via this website page, as well as in EcoDwell, our free monthly newsletter.
Smart Meters & EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time: Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D. discusses the risks to human health posed by electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from Smart Meters, and the solutions for the mitigation of the radiation source and thereby the remediation of the metabolic and biological symptoms.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Klinghardt's crucially informative video.
Italy's Supreme Court recently upheld a man's claim that his daily cell phone use caused his brain tumor, and the court went further in their written decision to point out that studies reporting that the link between cell phone use and cancers are inconclusive are invariably funded by the telecommunications industry - an indisputable conflict of interest. The Result? Lindsay Abrams, writing for The Atlantic, turned it into a humorous article, scoffing the cell phone/cancer link. Click here to read her appalling article.
IBE's inimitable founder and eternal inspiration Helmu Ziehe passed away quietly and without pain on 17 January 2013, surrounded by family and friends. His widow and best friend Susannah Ziehe asks that, in lieu of flowers and other heartfelt expressions, donations be made to the Helmut Ziehe Scholarship Fund, a program Helmut put into place before his death to introduce students into IBE's Building Biology curriculum whom might otherwise not have the financial resources to attend. Donations in any amont can be made on this website by clicking here.
25 January 2013: Currently in Virginia, as in most localities, the electric company can come on to your property without your permission and change your analogue meter to a radiation emitting smart meter. These meters when installed transmit radiation every few seconds all day long. The World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer state that Radio Frequency (RF) electro -magnetic fields (EMF) from non-ionizing radiation-emitting devices such as smart meters are a Class 2-B carcinogen, which means they may cause cancer - the pesticide DDT, leaded gas, and chloroform are also in this category.
Read the provocative report issued by the center for safer Wireless by clicking here.
BioInitiative Report 2012: A new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 states that evidence for risks to health has increased substantially since 2007 from electromagnetic fields and wireless communication devices (radiofrequency radiation). The Report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk. Of particular interest is section one of the report, titled: "Summary for the Public and Conclusions".
You can view/download the report online at bioinitiative.org by clicking here.
Watch this ten minute excerpt from our 2012 Conference, featuring the Sunday keynote presentation by Camilla Rees, MBA, founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, as she delivers in layman's language the science and solutions for creating safe havens in a toxic, electromagnetic world.
CLICK HERE to learn more, and to purchase the 5-disk set of Conference 2012 DVDs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 26, 2012. A new policy report focused on the electric grid and economy of energy, “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”, was published today by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C. The report states that billions of dollars in federal subsidies for “smart” utility meters have been misspent on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid. CLICK HERE to download the report as a PDF.
Cellphones: Unhealthy at any Speed™: A must for consumers who are confused by the myriad of conflicting reports, as well as for professionals wanting to bring their knowledge base up to date, this course is a comprehensive evaluation of the risks to human health posed by cellphones and microwave towers. It covers network growth versus health impacts, EMR basics, radiofrequency (RF), thermal effects, non-thermal Effects, and most importantly: the actions you can take for your protection. Click here to read more!
About EMR & EMFs: Check out the videos and download-able whitepapers on our new EMR & EMF info page. Find out what the thought leaders have to say about the risks posed to human health by SmartMeters, cellphones, WiFi, and all other wireless communication devices. Get informed today, and pass this page's link along to colleagues and loved ones. Click here to read the latest!
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