The benefits of technology must be balanced with the science based health and safety risks of technology. Precaution is needed, for example, wired internet, corded phones, and limit setting, so we can protect public health, the Earth and our future. Read more intro, or scroll down to read our blog.
VENICE, Fla. – Leaders of a coalition of Venice community groups against a proposed cell tower say they’re encouraged that the Sarasota County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a zoning exception for a 125-foot cell tower. The tower was planned to be built on residential land in the Plantation Golf and Country Club community. The tower would be visible to hundreds of residents in the neighboring Lake of the Woods of Jacaranda development.
The vote was taken at a public hearing attended by more than 100 residents of the two communities. Residents opposed to the tower wore red to show their disapproval. More than 20 residents spoke at the hearing in opposition to the tower.
Doug Barkley, chair of Stop Tower on Plantation, said, “A dedicated group of property owners has worked for a year to assure that a commercial cell tower was not constructed in the middle of their communities. The recommendation by the Planning Commission to deny the exception to land use creates faith in the integrity of the zoning system and the protection that it offers to property owners.”
A hearing before the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners is set for Tuesday, January 12th. The Planning Commission hearing may be viewed online at the following URL:
Are wireless devices making us ill? Join Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health, U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health, and other experts to learn about the current scientific research regarding electromagnetic frequencies and their impact on biological systems. Panelists will discuss links to autism, cancer, infertility, effects on wildlife, as well as best practices with cell phone safety and wi-fi precautions. Dr. Victoria Dunckley will discuss her new book “Reset Your Child’s Brain” and the effects of screen time on sleep, behavior and mood disorders.
Wireless Technology and Public Health:
Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World: See Flyer
Date: Saturday October 10, 2015
Time: 9am – 1:00pm
Location: Mountain View Center for Performing Arts 500 Castro Street, Mountain View California
Sponsored by: Santa Clara County Medical Alliance Foundation
Seating is limited. Tickets cost $12 — To order online – http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/mvcpa/subsite/events/wireless_technology_and_public_health.asp
- Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health, U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health, associate producer of the movie „Mobilize‰ˇ, will discuss new research related to wireless technology, public health and policy
- Dr. Victoria Dunckley, award-winning child psychiatrist and author of Reset Your Child’s Brain, will discuss the identification and management of screen-time’s physiological effects on mood regulation, cognition, sleep, and behavior in children.
- Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, author of numerous scientific papers on oxidation and inflammation, will discuss cellular mechanisms of action for adverse bioeffects of wireless devices on the human body
- Dr. Toril Jelter, Pediatrician and General Practitioner who treats children and adults with electrohypersensitivity will discuss her clinical experience with autism and behavioral changes related to Electromagnetic radiation
- Dr. Suruchi Chandra, Harvard trained Integrative Psychiatrist who will discuss research related to microwave EMF in addition to other toxic exposures on developmental abnormalities and how to minimize your EMF exposure.
- Peter Sullivan, founder of Clear Light Ventures, Silicon Valley engineer and computer scientist who will discuss his personal family experience with autism spectrum disorder and how he improved the health of his family through EMF reduction.
- Katie Singer, author of An Electronic Silent Spring, will speak about EMF regulation and affects on wildlife.
- Loretta Lynch, one of California’s most influential lawyers and former President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She served the CPUC through California’s energy crisis fighting manipulation of energy sellers. She will discuss the smart meter corruption issue at the CPUC and policy update.
Before you watch this video, think about this question: When you were a kid, what did you do for fun? For me it was play games outside with the other kids on the block and running around in the big field next door.
Parents need to set limits on children’s screen time and not just allow hours of time on technology because it’s what children want. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports limiting screen time and media use for children and adolescents.
Kaiser Permanente recommends limiting screen time to less than 2 hours a day for teens, less than 1 hour a day for children ages 3 through 12, and no screen time for children under 3.
Kaiser explains: “Alot of kids spend more time in front of a screen than they do reading, talking with family and friends, or playing outside. It’s also affecting their health. Too much screen time is associated with: violent behavior, poor school performance, lower reading scores, sleep pattern disturbances, being overweight, consumption of junk food and bad habits later in life (like tobacco and alcohol abuse).”
Thanks to Nature Valley Canada for this thoughtful video.
This is an excellent video by psychiatrist, Victoria L. Dunckley, MD, on interactive screen time how it affects children’s behavior, nervous system, brain, and well being. She puts kids on a 3-4 week technology fast to reset their health. She is the author of “Reset Your Child’s Brain“.
Investigative journalist Norm Alster exposes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a new 59 page paper published by Harvard University. “Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates.” http://bit.ly/FCCcaptured
Alster calls on the FCC to acknowledge there may be wireless health risks, to back off wi-fi promotion, to acknowledge children and pregnant women may be more vulnerable and more. Excerpts:
Perhaps the best example of how the FCC is tangled in a chain of corruption is the cell tower and antenna infrastructure that lies at the heart of the phenomenally successful wireless industry.
Personally, I don‘t believe that just because something can be done it should heedlessly be allowed. Murder, rape and Ponzi schemes are all doable but subject to prohibition and regulation. Government regulators have the responsibility to examine the consequences of new technologies and act to at least contain some of the worst. Beyond legislators and regulators, public outrage and the courts can also play a role but these can be muffled indefinitely by misinformation and bullying. Norm Alster