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Using Healthier Media and Reclaiming Life Beyond Small Screens – a dual approach for young people’s wellbeing

Abstract

Human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs, also known as bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells) are a population of progenitor cells that contain a subset of skeletal stem cells (hSSCs), able to recreate cartilage, bone, stroma that supports hematopoiesis and marrow adipocytes. As such, they have become an important resource in developing strategies for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering due to their self-renewal and differentiation capabilities. The differentiation of SSCs/BMSCs is dependent on exposure to biophysical and biochemical stimuli that favor early and rapid activation of the in vivo tissue repair process. Exposure to exogenous stimuli such as an electromagnetic field (EMF) can promote differentiation of SSCs/BMSCs via ion dynamics and small signaling molecules. The plasma membrane is often considered to be the main target for EMF signals and most results point to an effect on the rate of ion or ligand binding due to a receptor site acting as a modulator of signaling cascades. Ion fluxes are closely involved in differentiation control as stem cells move and grow in specific directions to form tissues and organs. EMF affects numerous biological functions such as gene expression, cell fate, and cell differentiation, but will only induce these effects within a certain range of low frequencies as well as low amplitudes. EMF has been reported to be effective in the enhancement of osteogenesis and chondrogenesis of hSSCs/BMSCs with no documented negative effects. Studies show specific EMF frequencies enhance hSSC/BMSC adherence, proliferation, differentiation, and viability, all of which play a key role in the use of hSSCs/BMSCs for tissue engineering. While many EMF studies report significant enhancement of the differentiation process, results differ depending on the experimental and environmental conditions. Here we review how specific EMF parameters (frequency, intensity, and time of exposure) significantly regulate hSSC/BMSC differentiation in vitro. We discuss optimal conditions and parameters for effective hSSC/BMSC differentiation using EMF treatment in an in vivo setting, and how these can be translated to clinical trials.
PMID:  26042793
 PMCID:  PMC4516580
 DOI:  10.1016/j.scr.2015.04.009

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4516580/

 

November 30, 2015

NIEHS really doesn’t want to talk about it. Ten years into a $25+ million project to assess the cancer risk of wireless radiation in laboratory animals, the staff at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences remains tight-lipped and refuses to release project documents.

NIEHS has many reasons for keeping a low profile. The RF project, the most expensive in National Toxicology Program history, is years late and two-to-three times over budget. A more immediate concern is that it could force the institute into a position it would desperately prefer to avoid: Being at the center of the ever-contentious controversy over cell phone radiation and cancer.

NIEHS could end up being in the hot seat at a time industry lobbyists and some radiation officials are trying to downplay RF’s IARC designation as a possible human carcinogen. But if the ongoing animal studies were to show a cancer risk, there would be intense pressure to move in the opposite direction: An upgrade from possible to probable (and perhaps to known). It would not be a hard sell after Alex Lerchl’s group in Germany reported that RF promoted cancer in mice earlier this year.

There’s another reason: Pilot NTP experiments found that rats did respond to both GSM and CDMA cell phone radiation. Those exposed before and after birth gained weight more slowly. The exposure levels were higher than those normally associated with cell phones and Wi-Fi, but close enough to challenge the widely-held view that wireless radiation is harmless. Importantly, the observed effects were dose-dependent.

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This week (6th April 2018) 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.

Please distribute to those who need to know how dangerous electrosmog is.

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Ramazzini’s Belpoggi Calls for IARC To Reassess RF Cancer Risk


Partial results of the Ramazzini Institute’s RF–animal study, which show a statistically significant increase in tumors in the hearts of male rats exposed to GSM radiation, were officially released today. They appear in Environmental Research, a peer-reviewed journal.

As we reported last month, the Ramazzini finding of Schwann cell tumors —called schwannomas— in the rat hearts is consistent with a similar finding by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) in a $25 million RF project.

In an interview with Microwave News, Fiorella Belpoggi, the senior author of the new paper and the director of the Ramazzini Institute’s Research Center in Bologna, Italy, offered her views on the new results, the parallels with those of the NTP and the implications for IARC’s designation of the cancer risk of RF radiation.


Read the exclusive Interview here.

Forbes, 13 January 2015

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on cancer (IARC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens – possibly carcinogenic to humans. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.

Uh-oh. Not another diatribe about the dangers of our modern communication systems? Obviously, these devices and the resulting fields are extremely (and increasingly) common in modern society. Even if we want to, we can’t eliminate our exposure, or our children’s, to RF/EMF. But, we may need to limit that exposure, when possible.

That was among the conclusions of a survey article published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure entitled "Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences." From an analysis of others studies, the authors argue that children and adolescents are at considerable risk from devices that radiate microwaves (and that adults are at a lower, but still significant, risk).

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Natural News, 18 April 2014

The ancient Romans became sickened by seemingly safe lead pipes bringing drinking water. Today, the story repeats with wireless.

Something new is in the air. You can’t see it, hear it, smell it or feel it, but the cells in your body can. It’s called wireless technology.

Are we slowly cooking humanity to death?

Wireless fills the air around us with an invisible electrosmog of microwave radiation used for communication by devices like cell phones, mobile computers, and smart (utility) meters. The wireless age has revolutionized the way we live our lives – with smartphones tapping into our ancient human need to communicate and belong.

Many of us have willingly succumbed to the addiction of these modern conveniences handed to us by government and industry… but how many of us have stopped to ask: is this safe?

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Whats Your Tech, 29 May 2013

The former president of Microsoft Canada is among those warning about the dangers of Wi-Fi and electromagnetic radiation exposure, and he’s heading up initiatives to find safe alternatives to current wireless uses.

Frank Clegg, a leader on the Canadian technology scene for many years, says he supports those parents and concerned individuals who object to wireless Internet in schools.

Former Microsoft Canada President Frank Clegg is actively involved with raising awareness about threats to children and health, particularly those posed by wireless technology or online activity.

“This is a real hazard and we shouldn’t wait for the government to catch up to the technology,” said Clegg, who was head of Microsoft Canada for nearly 15 years and now leads a national organization called Citizens 4 Safe Technology (C4ST). “We should exercise caution, especially with children.”

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Mail Online, 26 May 2013

Julia Taylor from East Devon suffers from electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)

Essentially an allergy to man-made radiation

Jessica Sapphire from West Sussex, had to give up her job because of EHS

Hannah Metcalfe believes EHS has prevented her from becoming pregnant

Her headaches were constant and vice-like. So extreme was the pain that it ruined any chance of a decent night's sleep, and left Julia Taylor reduced to little more than 'a walking zombie'.

A sensible, rational woman, the 53-year-old nutritionist went to her GP for an explanation - only to be told her repeated headaches were simply the countdown to the menopause. Yet every conceivable brand of painkiller, alternative remedy, and even hormone replacement therapy failed to help.

'I felt like I was going crazy. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me, I was fit and healthy in every other way - a battery of tests proved that. And yet my head felt like it was about to explode. I couldn't work properly because I was so exhausted all the time. Once, I didn't sleep for four nights in a row. I felt like I was living in a nightmare.'

So why did nothing help? Julia is convinced it's because she suffers electro-hypersensitivity (EHS). She believes she is allergic to atmospheric man-made radiation caused by wi-fi, phone signals, mobile phones, TV screens and fluorescent lights. In short, she is allergic to modern life.

The symptoms reported by sufferers of EHS range from headaches to nausea, sickness, severe abdominal pain, heavy bleeding and even blackouts. Yet EHS is a controversial condition. While some countries, such as Sweden, recognise it as a 'functional impairment', here the Health Protection Agency says there is no scientific evidence linking ill health with electrical equipment.

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Stop Smart Meters Australia, 8 March 2013

In Melbourne, and for the first time in Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of the Australian Federal Court has provided legal recognition of the health effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) also known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).

In a workplace compensation case, handed down on 28 February 2013, the Tribunal found that Dr Alexander McDonald, suffered a workplace injury of a worsening of his sensitivity to EMR, as a result of him being required, by his employer (CSIRO), to trial the use of electronic equipment.

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The Ecologist, 19 September 2012

Behind the profit-fuelled rise of smartphones and tablets, microwave pollution is a serious assault on health.

Known for their beauty, aspens have been in decline across North America, with some dramatic losses in recent years. Aware of the rapid growth of radiofrequency (RF) radiation, particularly from mobile-phone ‘towers’, Colorado researcher Katie Haggerty had an inspiration: she planted three test plots of aspen seedlings. Carefully matched in all other respects, one plot was shielded from a nearby town’s RF radiation, one was ‘mock’ shielded, and the other was left unprotected. The difference, recorded in the International Journal of Forestry Research, was startling: the fully shielded saplings were vigorous and healthy, but both the ‘mock’ shielded and the exposed plants were small, lacked pigments, and had sickly leaves.

Such studies are but whispers on the wind compared to the billion-pound clamour of marketing campaigns telling us: “You must have smartphones!” (Must we?) “You can’t live without them!” (Really?)

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Daily Mail, 12 June 2012

Hannah Metcalfe, 34, says her condition gives her splitting headaches, stomach cramps, bloating and flu-like symptoms

She lives a rural life in the countryside where mobiles are banned, cordless phones are forbidden and wifi is not an option

In UK electrosensitivity is not recognised as a medical condition

Suffered a miscarriage in November 2010 that she believes was triggered by sitting beneath fluorescent lights at work

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The Herald Scotland, 22 May 2012

A GENERATION of children risk forming an addiction to devices such as smartphones, games consoles and televisions in the way drinkers and drug users become dependent on substances.

Dr Aric Sigman, a clinical biologist and psychologist, said heavy users of "screen media" could see long-term changes in the brain due to excessive production of the chemical transmitter dopamine.

Dopamine is central to the brain's reward system and released in response to novelty and stimulation. Production is known to rise quickly when playing computer games or watching fast-paced pop videos but the chemical is also heavily linked to addictions and accelerated by drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamine.

Dr Sigman, in his research due to be presented to The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference in Glasgow today, said there was considerable potential for young users to develop problems, as screen time hits an all-time high for 10 and 11-year-olds who spend an average of 6.1 hours a day looking at such devices.

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Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency and, inevitably, it began tuning in.

By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend.

Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronises our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing.

Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electromagnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn't exist for more than a second.

This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed, and disturbed dramatically.

Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth's natural resonance.

To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is undergoing the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.

'Resonance' sensationally reveals how our reliance on a technology that is proving to be unsafe, could result in us paying the ultimate price...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ7YUbnxsyg

 

 

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, 27 May 2011

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Kyiv at Standing Committee level, today called on European governments to “take all reasonable measures” to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, “and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours”.

According to parliamentarians, governments should "for children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises”, and put in place information and awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and on human health, especially “targeting children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age”.

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NHS Choices, 16 May 2011

The Daily Express has reported that there has been a “call for schools to ban mobiles in new cancer alert”. The newspaper said the Council of Europe Committee has said, “mobile phones could cause brain tumours and should be banned in all classrooms”, and called for a “dramatic reduction” in exposure to other wireless devices, such as baby monitors and cordless phones.

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Daily Express, 16 May 2011

MOBILE phones could cause brain tumours and should be banned in all classrooms, the Council of Europe Committee has said.

The body, which has 47 member countries, has called for a dramatic reduction in exposure to phones and other wireless devices, including baby monitors and cordless home phones.

It said children and young people were most at risk of developing cancer from mobiles and so they should not be allowed at all in schools. They also said WiFi internet connections should be banned.

Women hoping to get pregnant were also at increased risk and should limit their use, it added.

There have been several studies into the possible dangers of mobile phones, with many conflicting findings. While there has not been conclusive evidence that they can cause brain tumours, it has also not been established that they are safe to use.

The report said that after looking at studies available to date, there was enough evidence of potentially harmful effects to warrant immediate action to limit their use.

Daily Mail, 16 May 2011

Pupils at risk from radiation, Euro experts warn.

Mobile phones and wireless internet should be banned from schools because they pose too great a risk to children’s health, a controversial study has warned.

The stark claims go against the overwhelming body of existing research, which suggests such devices are perfectly safe.

But an influential Council of Europe committee said that electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobiles, computers with wi-fi internet connections and even baby monitors could cause cancer and impair brain development.

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Metro, 15 May 2011

Wireless internet systems and mobile phones should be banned from schools amid fears of health risks, a report warns.

It calls for measures to reduce exposure to ‘potentially harmful’ electromagnetic fields, especially radio frequencies from handsets.

Children are singled out as being ‘most at risk from head tumours’ by the report.

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The Telegraph, 14 May 2011

Mobile phones and computers with wireless internet connections pose a risk to human health and should be banned from schools, a powerful European body has ruled.

A Council of Europe committee examined evidence that the technologies have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and concluded that immediate action was required to protect children.

In a report, the committee said it was crucial to avoid repeating the mistakes made when public health officials were slow to recognise the dangers of asbestos, tobacco smoking and lead in petrol.

The report also highlighted the potential health risks of cordless telephones and baby monitors, which rely on similar technology and are widely used in British homes.

Fears have been raised that electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices can cause cancers and affect the developing brain.

The findings were seized on by campaigners who oppose the spread of wireless devices.

The committee concluded that member states should:

• Set thresholds for levels of long-term exposure to microwaves of the type emitted by mobile phones;

• Introduce clear labelling on products indicating the presence of electromagnetic fields and any health risks associated with use;

• Ban all mobile phones and wireless networks in classrooms and schools;

• Run information campaigns aimed at children and young adults about the risks to human health;

• Step up research on less-dangerous types of antennae and mobile phones.

 

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