These are just a few resources to help! Please note this is a work in progress.
We lack the time for a full listing, but include key or supportive news:
- Boston opposes 5G. The City of Boston has submitted to the FCC a call to "refresh" its outdated exposure guidelines and discusses small wireless facilities (SWFs) as being health concerns. Boston adds that it believes the concerns of the public are real.
- Senator Markey. Markey keeps supporting 5G rollouts and wireless over wired.
- Federal Representatives Neal and McGovern (Western MA) signed onto bills to reverse FCC decisions against local control (see politician scorecards).
- Western MA wireless rollout. Senator Hinds and Comerford inserted an amendment for a few million to support wireless in rural western Massachusetts. This is because areas like Monterey complained about Verizon service.
- Verizon Digital Promise Innovative Learning Schools - provides technology with high frequency 28 GHz 5G, primarily to poor middle schools (see timeline) including some chools in Holyoke and Boston.
- Cambridge wins 5G court battle over ordinance and 5G siting requirements.
- Stop5G ordinance changes: Burlington, Bedford, Lincoln, Southborough, Wayland, Pittsfield, Cambridge (more recent), etc. Shelburne has a large setback as does Sheffield and Stockbridge.
- Cell tower opposition: Centerville, Needham, North Andover, Franklin, Leominster, Dover-Sherborn Regional School, Peabody, Pittsfield, Mashpee, Monterey, Chappaquiddick/ Edgartown (David Strayton's lawsuit before AGO); Southwick (tower denied)
- Pittsfield vs. cell towers. The City Council unanimously voted to require the health department to investigate the symptoms reported after installation of a cell tower. Some residents are also suing to take down a recently installed cell tower while others organize.
- Local advocate Patricia Burke continues to publish relevant articles online with Natural Blaze.
- Court Likely to reverse FCC decision on safety of existing wireless guidelines - National Law Review reported this but the original link is removed.
- Oregon Health Department scrubbed wireless report - SB 283 for an investigation received unanimous state senate approval, 50-8 support in state house, and on Aug. 9, 2020, was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown but the Washington Spectator reports “Oregon Health Authority Condemned by Scientists For Scrubbing Report on Wireless Hazards in Schools.”
- New Hampshire 5G/Wireless Investigation - Final report issues wireless warning and recommends limits.
- Groups ask FCC to pause commercial 6 GHz device certification to prevent interference with public safety and critical infrastructure services, including the Utility Technology Council (UTC), the American Gas Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Public Power Association (APPA), American Water Works Association, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
- Stop5G Resolutions have been passed by Hawaii County, Easton (CT), and Farragut (TN) - Trump's Mar-A-Lago is excluded from 5G. For more examples, please see the Environmental Health Trust > Key Issues > 5G.
- Verizon Digital Promise Innovative Learning Schools - provides technology with high frequency 28 GHz 5G, primarily to poor schools - see timeline for a listing of some schools.
- Satellite News:
- There were 2 satellites in the 1970s, 3 in the 80s, 215 in the 90s per this graphic: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/satellites/index.html
- Union for Concerned Scientists maintains a list of total operational satellites. https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/satellite-database - another list including nonoperational is here: https://www.pixalytics.com/satellites-orbiting-earth-2019/
- 5G may be replaced by lasers from satellites.
- As of 6 Oct. 2020, Starlink SpaceX satellites are transmitting for service in N. USA and southern CAN from 44.9 - 51.8 - launch assured enough transmitting power for consumer beta testing, in contrast to previous employee testing.
- Starlink reports "extraordinary demand" August 2020 with nearly 700K requesting service (or are these new subscribers?), leading to a request to double user terminals. The U.S. Army also signed a contract.
- Sept. 2020 WA firefighters used Starlink SpaceX satellite transmissions (Nat'l Post, Thomas Seal, 8 Oct 2020).
- Pillage of Muddy Brook - 8 min. video of state logging of Wendell State Forest in MA.
- Natural forests are best at storing carbon and protecting water supplies, biodiversity, and preventing fires - natural is different than forests planted by human beings
- CalloftheForest.ca (movie)
- Mature trees are dying of stressors, (drought, insects, etc.), not only of logging
- State of the Forests
- Burned: Are Forests the New Coal (movie) - burnedthemovie.com
- Nine forestry myths you may have heard
- Biomass energy basics
- US forests destroyed for EU biomass
- MA - NOFA MassQuito has prepared an educational page about opting out of state-wide MA mosquito spraying. MA communities need to begin now to opt out in 2022 though individuals can opt out at any time. Holyokers, please sign: https://forms.gle/hh5vvzw4yYZj1NTf9
- Mosquito predators suffer more from pesticides than mosquitoes (National Geographic).
- Pesticides are toxic - linked to brain damage, etc.
- Massachusetts' pesticide Anvil 10+10 with Sumithrin is toxic and also has also leached PFAS. In studies, doses considered safe still allow that rats have tumors, developmental issues, miscarriages, deformities, etc.
- Insects have declined 75%
- Birds have declined 3 billion.
- Beyond Pesticides (beyondpesticides.org) - impacts on pets and a database of ill effects and more.
- US Right to Know (usrtk.org)
This refers to fluoride added to drinking water.
- FluorideAlert dot org - Excellent resource.
- Federal court case - FAN (listed above) is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the EPA. Winning appears likely and may embarrass the EPA but still fail to stop water fluoridation.
- 2020 Consensus Statement by UK and International Medical and Scientific Experts (PHIREmedical dot org)
- Scientists' Warning Statement on Wireless & Electricity: EMFscientist.org
- Letter on Electromagnetic Sensitivity by Dr. Beatrice Golomb
- 5G Letter to Medical Professionals Physicians for Safe Technology
- A 5G Wireless Future by Dr. Cindy Russell (sums up research findings on 5G)
- American Academy of Environmental Medicine (see position statements)
- 5GAppeal.EU - Scientists and doctors call for a 5G moratorium
In addition to Pubmed, Aachen University, in Germany, has maintained a search portal that includes some extended research summaries online via the EMF-Portal dot org/en. Originally, the EMF-Portal was sponsored by telecommunication companies who decided around 2018 to stop sponsorship. PowerWatch.org.UK has a search function and research listings. Bioinitiative.org provides research summaries and reports by independent scientists in areas of the scientists' specializations. The Bioinitiative has several charts on research findings from various power density exposures, a chart on immunity research, etc. ORSAA dot org has a research database. Dr. Joel Moskowitz, who maintains a blog SaferEMR, has maintained a list of all recent wireless research with abstracts and some extended information on the research online at his site - the link changes with updates, so it is necessary to check for a recent research post. Although plagued with distracting ads, GreenMedInfo dot com/anti-therapeutic-action/electromagnetic-field-harms has a left tab with symptoms which can be clicked for research lists.
There are also other pages by or about the work of scientists with information such as AndrewMarino dot com and NeilCherry dot NZ.
Research overviews are also available with websites such as the Environmental Health Trust or the Physicians for Safe Technology.
Research on sensitivity includes:
- Diagnostic marker research (2020): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32168876/
- A report of long-term effects of exposure is available online at KompetenzInitiative.net/brochures
- The "EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses" can be found on PubMed or on DeGruyter dot com and downloaded for free and provides a good background on the condition and potential treatment.
- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32289567/ (mechanisms)
- Many recommended treatments include addressing deficiencies or utilizing supplements to alleviate oxidation or inflammation. "Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention" suggests that glutathione is often sorely lacking and has a genetic as well as exposure basis, as well as noting some similarities between electromagnetically and chemically sensitive patients (De Luca et al, 2014).
- Dr. Johansson has also published numerous articles examining skin changes from electromagnetic exposures, and in Pathophysiology in 2009 an article on immune system disruption. His early work examined VDU screen monitors and coined the term screen dermatitis. An older article on this subject makes a comparison: "Skin changes in "screen dermatitis" versus classical UV- and ionizing irradiation-related damage--similarities and differences." Further information follows in "A theoretical model based upon mast cells and histamine to explain the recently proclaimed sensitivity to electric and/or magnetic fields in humans." Johansson's work indicates changes in the microbiome, skin structure, wound healing, and mast cells, including increases in bacteria, contribute to screen dermatitis.
- TSH and ALT/AST blood findings indicate thyroid dysfunction, liver dysfunction, and chronic inflammation in patients expressing electromagnetic sensitivity as stated in "Blood laboratory findings in patients suffering from self-perceived electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)" (Dahmen et al, 2009). Note: other studies have found pathological changes in the thyroid from mobile phone use. A reference is made to thyroid and other concerns in this study: "The Effects of Electromagnetic Field on the Endocrine System in Children and Adolescents" (Sangün Ö et al, 2015).
- A 2017 paper evaluates several diagnostic elements of illness from exposures, noting length of illness shows a trend towards higher levels in tests: "Increasing levels of saliva alpha amylase in electrohypersensitive (EHS) patients" (Andrianome et al).
- A 2015 paper reviews animal studies indicating myelin damage or impact on nerve conduction: "Could myelin damage from radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure help explain the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity? A review of the evidence" (Redmayne & Johansson).
- The Austrian Medical Association initially published guidelines for diagnosing electromagnetic (whether in relation to electricity or wireless) health problems in 2012, reflecting some biochemical changes identified in research. This is easy to locate online - add EMF to the search.
GolombResearchGroup.org - Genetic markers are being further investigated by Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the Golomb Group in California, based at the University of San Francisco. Additional funding is welcomed.
- Electricity - See Magda Havas's youtube presentations or website for presentations on problems with electricity ranging from stray current to power quality. The latter is also discussed briefly on slides 12 & 13 of the Beatty.fyi/smartgrid presentation with economic costs.
- Static Electricity - See Isaac Jamieson's firm's youtube presentations for Biosustainable Designs, for example: Electrostatic Charge and Covid19
- Powerwatch.org.uk also has summary papers on exposures from electricity.
Sensitivity to wireless and/or electricity can be very difficult with reports of homelessness, isolation, and suicides. Some associations provide a perspective, education, and/or advocacy, including:
- Electrosensitivity UK (es-uk dot info)
- WeAretheEvidence dot org
- EIwellspring dot org
- CellphoneTaskForce dot org
- ES-Ireland dot com
Dr. Olle Johansson has published on the attitudes in Sweden versus other countries, noting that in Sweden there is a protective status in "Electrohypersensitivity: a functional impairment due to an inaccessible environment." While more must be done, several other countries and some US agencies have recognized electromagnetic sensitivity.
- Energy costs of internet - flyer by Katie Singer
- Letters to Greta - by Katie Singer
- Eco-agricultural impacts of information technology (2019)
- Wireless harms butterflies, birds, bees
- Bee brochure - KompetenzInitiative.com/brochures (see bee brochure)
- Mt. Nardi wildlife impacts (report)
- Wireless vs. hard-wired energy costs
- 5G & climate change (Environmental Health Trust)
- Digital divide trick - Funds meant for wired services are being misappropriated to provide wireless, as discovered by the Irregulators and explained in the linked video.
- Irregulators.org - The Irregulators is group of experts working on legal action and policy research, with fact sheets on misuse of funds in MA and NY.
Also, please support relevant bills on the MA legislation page!
- EHTrust dot org has a great deal of information online, including letters in support of removal of wireless from schools and this FAQ.
- TechSafeSchools dot org has 3 presentations on legal, health, and hard-wiring aspects, the health presentation by Dr. Davis of EHTrust above.
- A remote education presentation is available from Families Advocating for Chemicals & Toxics Safety
Keep in mind that the object is to unplug for kids - not just hard-wire. Close contact with electricity and sitting all day long in schools or at home is unhealthy. Old-fashioned books and printing are healthier than screens.
▪ Stop 5G International organizes international days of action
▪ Piti Theatre Company (children's shows on electromagnetic sensitivity or impacts on bees, etc.)
- Reasons to Stop 4G/5G - scroll down to download
- How Dangerous is Wireless Radiation? Brochure overview (Last Tree Laws, B&W trifold brochure, update 2020)
- Just Say Analog and no wireless utility meters (Last Tree Laws, 8X11, B&W,)
- What are Smart Meters? Dangers? Costs? Flyer Update 2020 (Last Tree Laws, 8 X 11, B&W, 1 side)
- Stop Smart Meters - Flyers
- Future Site of 5G Installation (Sign shared by group in western USA)
- EHTrust dot org (flyers on many topics)
- WirelessRiskAssessment dot org/E-safety (E-safety and wireless safety flyer for teens, flyer for elementary - also see links page)
ADA and FHAA Accommodations. Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act to your municipality as a reason not to install antennas, whether smart meters or small cell towers nearby has been recommended by lawyers if you can. The earlier you can make this request, the better, because requests beforehand are more likely to be addressed satisfactorily. When making any such request, send a copy to the state attorney general as well.
Some individuals have cited electromagnetic sensitivity or cardiac issues and some have won in court on the issue of smart meters.Some individuals have cited electromagnetic sensitivity or cardiac issues and some have won in court on the issue of smart meters. You can also find relevant legal or medical letters in prior cases, such as in the case affidavits from Dr. Golomb and other experts - see the lawsuits page for cases.
Even if you have a decent ordinance, and if you can claim disability, send a letter requesting zero close proximity antennas, including so-called "small cell facilities" and antennas attached to utility lines. As an example, a letter written by co-chair Kirstin Beatty is below. You can also and should send a copy to the state attorney general as a formal complaint.
Wireless Accommodations Request Letter
RE: Reasonable accommodation for my disability and medical conditions pertaining to cell towers, close proximity antenna installations, wireless devices, and WiFi in the City of Holyoke
FROM: Kirstin Beatty
Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act and/or Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title 10, in addition to other state and federal laws against discrimination, it is unlawful discrimination to deny a person with a disability a reasonable accommodation of policies, procedures, and activities, where necessary to avoid discrimination if such accommodation may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises or equal access and/or participation in programs and services.
I am a qualified individual with a disability and medical condition as defined by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504, Title 10, as well as other related state and federal discrimination laws.
Wireless exposures cause my disability and aggravates my other medical conditions. I am informing you, so that you can be sure to attend to accommodations and take due care to prevent any further harm to my health or rights of access.
According to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, local governments cannot deny wireless infrastructure based on environmental health concerns. Local governments do, however, have some control over placement. Additionally, telecommunication providers clearly also have this control. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations must be provided to prevent access barriers.
Therefore, I want you to know that I need accommodations to allow continued travel throughout Holyoke, nearby towns, and for travel to the State House in Boston. I have noticed increasing difficulty with travel as wireless levels have risen over the past year. As result, I have tried to change my driving routes and have limited my travel to limit deleterious effects. However, I can’t go on indefinitely limiting my travel or changing driving routes – I must have some accommodation.
Secondly, I am concerned about the exposures to my own residence, which sits near the major interstate 91 and is high enough on the side of Mt. Tom to receive many of the signals sent to the highway and sent from transmitters atop Mt. Tom. Clearly, direct exposures to my residence are also a problem. Therefore, not only do I need attention to where transmitters are placed, but if installations are permitted, then attention that these transmissions are not aimed at me, including my place of residence and where I spend time.
Thirdly, I cannot attend or participate in many events, because of the use of WiFi or wireless devices. I must limit all of my activities so as to avoid wireless exposures. A third accommodation request is to limit use of wireless devices and WiFi in Holyoke municipal buildings and to request that others put devices into airplane mode.
One of my accommodation requests for Holyoke local government is to deny all issuance of permits for new wireless infrastructure. I realize this may seem unreasonable, but I’d like to point out that wired infrastructure works and works well – and it is not as if wireless providers cannot afford to pay for wired infrastructure as profits are extreme. Also, Holyoke and nearby towns already have hundreds of antennas and towers which are not only adequate to the task, but excessive for telecommunications.
Here is an additional list of accommodation requests:
1) For Holyoke City Council and Holyoke Gas & Electric: Please fully meter and account for energy costs of wireless infrastructure, rather than leaving this burden to taxpayers. If there are permits issued, please insure these transmit away from my residence and where I spend time. Please do not issue permits or rent utility or other poles for any new wireless infrastructure in Holyoke, in particular within a mile of my home as well as by:
• Route 5,
• near Interstate 91,
• near the Holyoke Medical Center,
• in residential areas,
• at Ocean State Job Lot,
• at the Stop & Shop grocery stores,
• at the Holyoke Library,
• at the Holyoke Post Office,
• along Dwight Street,
• by Holyoke Community College, and
• en route to South Hadley or Easthampton via Route 141.
2) Holyoke Gas & Electric: Please stop requiring an additional payment to read the meter, since in any case the reason for disabling the wireless emissions is my disability and it does not seem right to require a payment to avoid harm. Please also reinstall analog meters for the entire town, instead of adding to the levels of wireless radiation in homes and along streets with high-powered transmissions from the utility meters. I do notice these meters are a problem when walking, and I do not want to visit homes with these meters – these are an access barrier as well.
3) Holyoke City Council: Please make an effort to cut wireless exposures and reduce exposures as much as possible, including at City Council meetings – please regularly request that visitors put cellphones in airplane mode so as to establish a habit of turning off transmissions, and please insure that microphones, filming equipment, etc., are all wired. Please also limit police use of transmitters, avoiding wireless surveillance devices for example.
4) Holyoke Telecom [Gas & Electric]: Please limit use of hotspots by hard-wiring systems. If installing a fiberoptic system, please do so with respect to reducing transients, harmonics, and wireless emissions. For example, apparently fiberoptic connectors can leak excessively and be more of a problem than cable leakage – cable leakage is already a pretty bad problem, capable of causing interference with airplane systems. If relevant, please also make efforts to reduce dirty electricity, or transients and harmonics (see following number).
5) Holyoke Gas & Electric: Dr. Sam Milham wrote an interesting book called Dirty Electricity which discussed his initial findings on dirty electricity, or transients and harmonics, on health, as well as discussing the problem of ground current. As a municipally-owned telecom and utility system, Holyoke could be a leader in reducing harmful electromagnetic exposures, thereby improving not just the lifetime of electronics, but the lifetime of people. As awareness and research continues to increase on this issue, action on this could also make Holyoke even more attractive to outside investment as well as to residents if Holyoke took preemptive action to reduce such exposures.
6) Holyoke Waterworks: Please research how to change to an analog meter to gauge water usage.
A benefit of heeding my accommodation request is reduced liability for all concerned. Although local and state governments have been told that environmental concerns cannot be considered with regard to permits, any use of municipal property for wireless communications subjects local governments to liability. Close proximity wireless infrastructure poses an even greater liability risk due to proximity to residences and businesses equating to higher exposures and likely greater harm.
Environmental health risks of non-thermal radiation, including wireless, have been demonstrated in copious laboratory and epidemiological (statistical) research – the Bioinitiative has organized some sample studies, as has Dr. Joel Moskowitz online at SaferEMR dot com. At least one study, by the U.S. National Toxicological Program, indicates that higher levels of exposure increase health risks. Many peer-reviewed studies show harm resulting from wireless exposures. The great majority of scientists in the field accept biological effects are caused by exposure, and merely study rather than deny effects. Denial appears to exclusive to persons outside the field or to well-paid industry consultants, the latter such as described by journalists of Investigate Europe. To deny risks and fail to act is negligent in the extreme.
I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to any helpful response.
Incomplete - still in development!
- Please see the wireless ordinance section of the ordinance page.
- The Environmental Health Trust (EHTrust dot org) has many resources and pages with information on cell towers.
- State opt-out policies can be found at NCSL dot org
- Please see the ordinance page
- StopSmartMeters dot org has a "Sample Letters" page & more
- A sample ADA letter for opting out of wireless meters is available from ElectrosmogPrevention dot org (see "No smart meters campaign" > Legal > ADA Accommodations . . . ) which may serve as a model
- This presentation at Beatty.fyi discusses the economic and legal costs of the smart grid.
- This blog post discusses some of the advocacy in MA to restrict the smart grid. Theodora Scarato, of the Environmental Health Trust, also joined with local advocates to present information to the DPU and Attorney General's office.
Stop work order. The Children's Health Defense Fund suggested using Covid19 as a reason to avoid telecommunications permits and construction with a stop work order. Whether this would still work at this stage is a question.
A letter requesting a 5G emergency ordinance is available at CHD.
More on the subject below.
[City] can and should join Simi Valley, CA, Easton, CT and Keene, NH and take full advantage of this novel set of circumstances to legally declare a moratorium — a legal temporary delay on the processing of applications, placement, construction or operations of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of any size and any G — until the federal national emergency has been declared over. This is even expressly stated in FCC Order 18-133 which supersedes FCC Order 18-111, both mentioned below.
Also, please support relevant bills on the MA legislation page like H. 106 (to limit school screen time), H. 105 (to hard-wire schools), H. 107 (to protect privacy), etc.!
- Recommendations for students studying at home from Russian scientists
- The California Brain Tumor has remote wireless education recommendations.
- Environmental Health Trust has advice for schools.
- A remote education presentation is available online from Families Advocating for Chemicals & Toxics Safety.
- Techsafeschools dot org has several presentations, including on hard-wiring schools and legal implications.
- TheTechAdvocate dot org promotes EdTech, but note the products for setting limits
Keep in mind that the object is to unplug for kids - not just hard-wire. Close contact with electricity and sitting all day long in schools or at home is unhealthy. Old-fashioned books and printing are healthier than screens.
- Limit use to need - avoid use for entertainment
If necessary, such as for setting up check-ins, routinely schedule phone calls for certain times of day
- Prefer pen and paper always - even compared to a hard-wired computer due to screen light and fields (emissions) from electricity
- For teleconferences, avoid video (more wireless exposure, more energy costs) - use voice conferencing instead
- Use conversation, chalk, books and handouts instead of tech
- Use a hard-wired connection when needed - or text or use speakerphone if unavailable
- Keep your distance from electricity (circuitry, plugged-in digital devices and appliances)
- Keep your distance from transmitting antennas - do not carry a cellphone around
- Keep any devices in airplane mode
- Always unplug at night - a crucial time for health
- Unplug trivial devices - anything with an FCC ID on the back likely has an antenna
- Even better, toss your TV and router since successfully turning off wireless functionality is a headache - and find something else to do
- Get a meter that measures wireless, to test devices
- If possible, turn off the electricity in sleeping areas and where unnecessary - and study Dr. Samuel Milham's work for why
Advanced steps to reducing artificial electromagnetic exposures can be difficult, expensive, or error-ridden. Basic steps can be error-ridden, too. Mistakes can include:
- Antennas turned off accidentally turn back on.
- Measuring equipment fails to identify the full range of existing signals to block -- for example, we've found Cornet meters fail to detect smart grid transmissions
- Many meters report in Watts per meter (W/m), which is an average over time of a few seconds or so (depending on meter). Volts per meter (V/m) is better, capturing spikes, and peak hold useful for highlighting the peak intensity.
- Metal blocking materials can reflect or radiate and intensify signals, increasing exposures.
- Grounding can fail when the ground is contaminated with stray current or other signals.
- Grounding can fail when the soil is hard and dry.
- Blocking signals can block life-giving sunlight.
- Blocking fabrics and paint or other materials may lose efficacy after time - even just a year.
- Blocking materials (concrete, metal, etc.) may not work for all signal types.
- Some products may be scams, faulty, or misguided. For example, even if a device emits healing frequencies this is still an area of research with questions remaining, so the frequencies emitted may not be perfect, and it is still problematic to be exposed to WiFi, cellphone, and other such signals.
When blocking with metal, such as a metal roof, the metal is supposed to be attached to a conductive rod to send the signals into the ground (grounding). The question is, what does this do to the life in the ground?
If you must have a cellphone, avoid those with high-band 5G, use of satellite connections, and prefer those with reduced emissions or older models or a model like Mudita Pure. Tips:
- Disable 5G network: Verizon iPhone 12 go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Voice & Data and tap on LTE.
- Mudita dot com sells a cellphone that claims to have the lowest wireless exposures, but note it lacks smartphone components.
- Hard-wire cellphone: Search online for how to hard-wire either your Android cellphone or Iphone. EHTrust dot org has a description.
- 4G cellphones: In 2021, Sony is not using 5G networks in the USA for its Xperia phones, which have good ratings though expensive. Google Pixel 4 also does not use 5G, and is cheaper but has a higher listing for SAR, or emission.
- Softphone or Text Messaging Service: Consider using a text messaging service or a desktop softphone through your computer. A softphone which is a hard-wired digital phone intended to operate like a cellphone does, receiving text messages and calls.
- Lessen power density! Avoid extra apps (which increase signaling), use in metal containers (cars, elevators), when cellphone signal is poor, use against your head, etc. Keep the cellphone away from your body, even when carrying, unless everything is off (WiFi, bluetooth, etc.).
Opt out of Amazon Sidewalk (Alexa, Ring) to keep Amazon from hiking wireless power density and data use for a neighborhood surveillance network at your expense: protect your health, data, and privacy. Amazon no longer has an opt out deadline.
- Update. To opt out with Apple devices, you must update if using version 5.39 or not using iOS 14.6
- Open Alexa App > More > Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk > Turn Amazon Sidewalk on or off for your account. If Ring is linked, then Ring will be disabled as well.
- Check if Alexa and Ring Linked. Open Ring App > Menu > Account > Linked Accounts
- Disable Ring. Open Ring App and tap 3 lines in upper left corner of screen > Control Center > Sidewalk > Tap Sidewalk slider button and confirm you wish to disable Sidewalk
Some steps are easy - such as unplugging or using airplane mode or even hard-wiring a cellphone. These steps can be found online with a search or in fact sheets available via EHTrust dot org and other groups.
Advanced steps to reducing artificial electromagnetic exposures, however, can be difficult, expensive, and error-ridden. Many people simply can't and won't do everything suggested. However, if interested, here are some sources:
- CreateHealthyHomes dot org (articles on hard-wiring TVs, etc.)
- BuildingBiologyInstitute dot org (training, vids, & articles)
- EMFanalysis dot com (basics, alternative word processing, etc. - to start, see /EMF-superhero)
- EMFcenter dot com (see meter recommendations)
- EIwellspring dot org (safer homes)
- Magneticsciences dot com (meter rentals, based in Massachusetts)
Equipment to measure above 8 GHz in the 5G high frequency ranges currently costs tens of thousands of dollars and sold by Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu and Narda-STS.
These companies have been around long enough to know sales are honest, but we are not providing an endorsement of any one store, nor of every product - please see our warnings about products as well. If you buy, you may be able to buy through an organization that will receive some proceeds from your purchase.
• SafeLivingTechnologies dot com (Canada area - use referral code EHT-05 for an extra 5% off to support the Environmental Health Trust)
• LessEMF dot com (NY area)
Note that the resources below are external, and sometimes differ on how best to protect children and adults from any ill effects.
- Humanetech dot com (see "Take Control" for tips)
- Humanetech dot com (see "Ledger of Harm"for research)
- WirelessRiskAssessment dot org/E-safety (E-safety and wireless safety flyer for teens)
- Zonein dot ca (therapist Cris Rowan has fact sheets, book recommendations, and products such as a Zone In program for schools)
- Neurological Impacts of Screen Time and Recommendations
- The Peril of Persuasion in the Technological Age
- Movie: KidsonTech.film (2021)
- Movie: Screenagers.com (c. 2016)
- Screentimenetwork dot org (See "Resource Library" and "Screen Time Action Kit"materials.)
- Waldorf schools
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (sends federal action alerts)
- ACLUM.org (see privacy and surveillance - as well as legislation)
- Electronic Privacy Information Center - EPIC.org
- Parent Coalition for Student Privacy - studentprivacymatters.org
- MocoSafeG dot org (Has a flyer on privacy and wireless)
- ProPrivacy dot com (Online privacy reviews)
- RestorePrivacy dot com (Online privacy reviews - note Brave Browser stands accused of allowing money to flow to disturbing organizations and of misusing browser to funnel funds to Brave)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Also see:
- Chromebook privacy settings
- Google student account settings
- Recommendation parents formally opt out of sharing of student information
- Parent Coalition for Student Privacy - studentprivacymatters.org (Educator & parent toolkit)
- ACLU school privacy resources & advice:
- Concerns over school apps - "Certain information about students is fair game for data brokers. Parents must formally opt out to prevent the release of their child’s “directory” information."
- ACLU offers school resources including model privacy policies and advice.
Most know that voters in some states are being locked out of voting and that gerrymandering also is used to weaken some votes. Here, however, are a few resources on the lack of paper ballots in some states and the minimal auditing of votes. Massachusetts requires paper ballots, but auditing could be improved.
Please see MA legislation for state links.
- Gov.info - Federal public and private laws
- GovTrack.US - Search and find data on federal legislation. Follow a federal bill or a legislator by request
- Federal Register - Announces new federal laws and rules