Autism

In the recent months the hot topic of vaccines and autism has surfaced.  This is not something that is new and there are many people that have very strong opinions on both sides.  For both sides have you ever thought about the role that electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation play?

In 1985, the rate of autism was from 4 to 5 in every 10,000 children1 in the US.  In 1985, two years after Motorola released the first cell phone there were approximately 900 cell phone towers in the US3.   In 2004 the rate of autism had increased to 1 in every 125 children2.  In 2005 there were 175,725 cell phone towers in the US3.  In 2012 the rate of autism was 1 in 68 children2.  As of July 1, 2012 there were 480,058 cell phone towers with more than 1.5 million antennae’s in the US3.  Based on our demand for more data to stream videos and communicate, those numbers have and will continue to rise.  As of March 31, 2016 there were 599,462 cell towers with 1,818,436 antennae’s in the US4.    However, this is not the only technology to rise dramatically.

Today Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in society.  Wi-Fi can be found almost in all the places that we shop, eat, work, and lest not forget is in nearly everyone’s home.  On top of Wi-Fi we have all of the wireless devices that we claim we can’t live without, although we did just until a few years ago.  We are also inundated with Bluetooth compatible devices, smart meters, DECT phones, and electricity that keeps getting dirtier and dirtier all of which add to the problem.

I am not stating that all of autism is solely caused by the technology that is embedded in our lives, but to deny the role that it has is ignorance.  The bigger thing is what can you do about it?  There is a way to see what role all of the technology in our lives plays in regards to not only autism, but ADHD.  This remedy is free and has no side effects (meaning you will see improvement or things will stay the same) and is explained here.  If you do see an improvement and want the rest of your house more thoroughly tested just contact me at darnell@flutterbusters.com

As many of you would assume there is so much more evidence to suggest that EMF and Autism are related besides a simple comparison between rates of autism and cell phone towers, though the latter is much easier to explain and understand.   For a much more in-depth look into this topic I would urge you to read Autism and EMF, which is a two-part review of the topic that was published in Pathophysiology.  You can read the complete Part 1 piece  here and Part II  here.

 

 

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15148861
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
  3. Blank, Martin (2014)Overpowered. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press
  4. http://www.antennasearch.com/
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SAR

SAR stands for Specific Absorption Rate.  In short it is a measurement of how much radiation is absorbed by an object.  In this case that object is us.  SAR is measured in W(Watts)/Kg(kilogram) and although it has practical uses in a laboratory, its adaptation to the real world is flawed.   It has become a marketing tool to sell phones and pass them off as safe which in turn the majority of the public has bought into.

The ‘safe’ SAR limit established by the FCC is 1.6 W/KG.  Know the FCC doesn’t test this, the manufacturer of the device is responsible for testing and reporting the SAR value.  SAR is woefully inaccurate in terms of relating the safety of any given device.  SAR is a point measurement.  Meaning when the manufacturer of the device measures the SAR value it is calculated in a lab, where everything is controlled.  Measurements are taken around the device and measured at multiple angles and distances and the ONE point that records the highest value becomes the SAR value.  I will say that again the highest point at one time becomes the SAR value.  Nothing else is considered.   There is no cumulative effect taken into account and furthermore this is only when the device is in use (on a call).  It will not take into account for example when the phone is dormant and is looking for the nearest tower to connect to in your pocket or purse, texting, or using apps.

In short the real world applications of the SAR is a fancy number with no real meaning.  If you have based the safety of your device off this number, then you have been taken for ride.   If you would like to limit your exposure as much as possible, but still use a cell phone then make sure it is in airplane mode when not in use.  This will also mean you will have to turn off your location and blue tooth functionality.  If turning these on and off is too inconvenient, then just turn the whole phone off.  Turn it on when you need it or are expecting a call.  Avoid talking with the phone next to your ear.  Keep the phone away from your body when you are using it.  When you talk on the phone use a wired head set or air tube head set.  If you are unable to do this talk on speaker phone.

SAR is a single point in time, nothing more.  People will look at a SAR value and see that it is below a given value and then proceed to use their phone as much or more thinking that it is safe.  Mobile phones are not safe.  The more that you use them, the more risk you assume.  Age matters because it is all about cumulative effects over time.  Because of that younger people are more at risk than older.  In addition, this not only affects the user but everyone around the user.   Just like second hand smoke with cigarettes.  If you are looking for a number to rate a phone, look for one that takes into account the cumulative exposure over time whenever the phone is on (not just on a call), as well as what this will project to anyone around the phone.  As you might have guessed, there is no number for that.  I will leave you to ponder why.

The memory garden

myosotis

Today marks 14 months.  It is ironic in a way that you mark the passing of a loved one as you would the raising of a baby.  Often in the first few years, everything is measured in weeks and months.  Soon it will be measured in months and years, and finally just years.  Like on the past 3rd’s of every month, we have blueberry muffins.  It doesn’t matter where we are—we always make sure to have blueberry muffins on the 3rd.  Sometimes they are healthy, sometimes they are not, but they have blueberries all the time.   This is one of the many memories that we have of our sweet daughter though it is not the only one.

Memories that last a lifetime are often imbued with emotions.  The association with a time, place, or event is remembered better when you felt something at the time of the memory.  In my experience that can be any emotion, whether good or bad.  Often times when I think about Kyanna the emotion that I feel is loss and pain.  I remember things that I don’t want to, things about the way she was—though she was none of those things.  I remember the horror in her face as her lips turned blue and she struggled to breathe.  I remember forcing myself to watch as she got worse and worse because I couldn’t do anything else but watch and be there.  I remember holding her as she took her last breath.

Spring is a time of renewal.  It is when new life can start.  It is the season to plant something.  I look at my memories and see them as a garden in mid-summer.  Mixed with the things that I wanted to plant, there are weeds everywhere.  The weeds are the memories that I don’t want.  They are the ones that are overcrowding the memories that I am trying to find, the ones that seem to be lost, but they are not.  Unlike a garden where you can pull out the weeds, you can’t weed out memories.  They are always there.  To get rid of the bad is to also get rid of the good, and to do that is to forget.  So instead I can, at times, sift through the weeds and see the flowers that Kyanna planted for me.  These are the memories I want to hold on to.  Memories like her first time at the sea, or the time that she gave me all kinds of kisses for no apparent reason as we walked across the parking garage to go to her treatments in Spain.  I want to remember her constant talking, though sometimes I thought it was a bit much.  I remember her giggles and laughter and the way she could make me laugh, and I remember her cuddles.  Those memories are the flowers I want to see, though often they are lost amongst the weeds.   Hiding under the pain and the loss.

I would like to say that I am good at finding flowers in my garden of memories, but the truth is I am not.  Maybe in time I will be.  For the limited things I know of plants, I do know the ones that you feed will grow more than the ones you don’t.   But no matter how much care you give your flowers there will always be a weed or two that crop up, which I guess is the cost of keeping the flower.  If that is the case then so be it, I think the flowers are worth it.