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This press release just came in…makes you wonder what they will tell us about all of these devices that we live with and expose our kids to…
Advisory Board, ElectromagneticHealth.org <http://electromagnetichealth.org/>
Email: Mommygail@gmail.com (preferred)
Email: Emily@ElectromagneticHealth.org (preferred)
Patti Woods of Grass Roots Environmental Education <http://www.grassrootsinfo.org/about.html> in Port Washington, NY, will be presenting a program in Manhattan, “Is Wi-Fi Safe for Kids?” <http://tinyurl.com/4anbwr5> on Thursday evening, February 10th. The event will be at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th) on from 7-9 p.m.
ElectromagneticHealth.org <http://electromagnetichealth.org/> and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools <http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110896245588878> (Facebook) strongly urge all members of the media interested in children’s health to attend.
See presentation by Dr. Magda Havas from Trent University in Canada on risks to children in schools from wireless technologies <http://vimeo.com/17263893> , including cell towers, Wi-Fi and dirty electricity, given at a forum at the Commonwealth Club of California, November 18, 2010.
Another presentation of interest from that program, “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” <http://tinyurl.com/298yzdg> , is that of Martin Blank, PhD of Columbia University who speaks about the cellular and DNA impacts from wireless radiation and the risks from these technologies to future generations <http://vimeo.com/17266941> . Dr. Blank is Associate Professor, Columbia University, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics; Editor of the journal Pathophysiology’s special issue on Electromagnetic Fields in March 2009; and Past President, Bioelectromagnetics Society <http://www.bioelectromagnetics.org/> . He holds a PhD from Columbia University in Physical Chemistry and a PhD from Cambridge University in Colloid Science, an interdisciplinary (biology, physics and chemistry) department.
It is important the media understand the biological effects from electromagnetic fields, and the long-term consequences of these exposures to children. In schools, the radiation emitted by wireless technologies is not conducive to optimal learning environments and the genetic damage from wireless radiation is irresponsible and unjustified.
More information on radiation effects on children can be found in the BRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools Report <http://tinyurl.com/4j96bvw> Instructions for schools on how to minimize microwave radiation within the school and from outside sources are provided at the back of the BRAG report, where there are also references to the science showing the known biological effects. These effects range from mild cognitive impairment, impacting memory and attention, to irreversible DNA damage and cancer.
ElectromagneticHealth.org <http://electromagnetichealth.org/> , a leading national and international advocacy organization focused on EMF & Health, urges Manhattan journalists to attend the program “Is Wi-Fi Safe for Kids?” <http://tinyurl.com/4anbwr5> on February 10th from 7-9 p.m. Gail McDonnell, Senior Advisor to ElectromagneticHealth.org, will be in attendance.
Just got an advance copy of a book titled…Putting Makeup on Dead People. I’m not making this stuff up.
Ricky takes a walk in the woods. On the first page–we see a little squirrel hiding behind a tree as Ricky walks down the road. Two pages later, Ricky comes across a squirrel (lying on it’s back with a smile). Not sure if it’s the squirrel we saw on page one. I thought at this point that the squirrel is sleeping or playing — about to jump up and play with Ricky. (Look at the image on the cover–does he look dead to you?) BUT NO–the squirrel is DEAD. Ricky is joined by Annie (another Rabbit) and they take the dead squirrel home and talk about it.
Ricky’s daddy comes home–and explains that the squirrel doesn’t look good and he’s going to Squirrel Paradise..but “first we will bury him.” I was alittle disturbed by the lack of clarity about the whole sequence of events. You don’t look good–so we bury you then? The reference to Squirrel Paradise kind of skips an important step–you know, dying and all. But then it gets even more confusing. They bury the squirrel and then on the last page they see a squirrel very much alive way above in a tree. This squirrel looks just like the dead squirrel. So did he come back to life? Is it another squirrel? The one we saw at first? Circle of life? In the end this book just doesn’t work and I believe really add to the confusion of explaining death to young children.
One of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride, includes a hilarious scene with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane…talking about whether Westley is really dead or only “mostly dead”….seems like the squirrel has the same issue.
Great article today in the New York Times by Hilary Stout talking about the importance of imaginary play time. I also love the mom that feels comfortable with the mess that play can bring!