Monday, September 30, 2013

Harvard: Genetic "mismatch" Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

You were the first I heard suggest that irrationality might lead to a catastrophe. The more I think about it the more irrational so many people seem to be. The catastrophe is already taking place. The USA and much of the world population is barely able to thinkor reproduce. Many are very ill or crazy. Part of the problem is discussed in a book by Harvard Professor Lieberman. Modern degenerative diseases result because the human body dos not match the modern sedentary lifestyles and diet. The genes evolved under hard physical exercise, starvation, raw foods,... paleolithic. The interview was interesting:

In a nutshell:

"I’ll spill the beans right now and summarize the core of my argument. We didn’t evolve to be healthy, but instead we were selected to have as many offspring as possible under diverse, challenging conditions.

As a consequence, we never evolved to make rational choices about what to eat or how to exercise in conditions of abundance and comfort. What’s more, interactions between the bodies we inherited, the environments we create, and the decisions we sometimes make have set in motion an insidious feedback loop.

We get sick from chronic diseases by doing what we evolved to do but under conditions for which our bodies are poorly adapted, and we then pass on those same conditions to our children, who also then get sick.

If we wish to halt this vicious circle then we need to figure out how to respectfully and sensibly nudge, push, and sometimes oblige ourselves to eat foods that promote health and to be more physically active."

Exercise like a hunter-gatherer: a prescription for organic physical fitness.

Heart and Vascular Institute/University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri

A large proportion of the health woes beleaguering modern cultures are because of daily physical activity patterns that are profoundly different from those for which we are genetically adapted. The ancestral natural environment in which our current genome was forged via natural selection called for a large amount of daily energy expenditure on a variety of physical movements. Our genes that were selected for in this arduous and demanding natural milieu enabled our ancestors to survive and thrive, leading to a very vigorous lifestyle. This abrupt (by evolutionary time frames) change from a very physically demanding lifestyle in natural outdoor settings to an inactive indoor lifestyle is at the origin of many of the widespread chronic diseases that are endemic in our modern society. The logical answer is to replicate the native human activity pattern to the extent that this is achievable and practical. Recommendations for exercise mode, duration, intensity, and frequency are outlined with a focus on simulating the routine physical activities of our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors whose genome we still largely share today. In a typical inactive person, this type of daily physical activity will optimize gene expression and help to confer the robust health that was enjoyed by hunter-gatherers in the wild.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease Hardcover – Deckle Edge

by Daniel Lieberman

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman — chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of “dysevolution,” a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally —provocatively— he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment.

(With charts and line drawings throughout.)

Review: In thoroughly enjoyable and edifying prose, Lieberman, professor of human evolution at Harvard, leads a fascinating journey through human evolution. He comprehensively explains how evolutionary forces have shaped the human species as we know it, from the move to bipedalism, and the changes in body parts—from hands to feet and spine—that such a change entailed, to the creation of agrarian societies, and much more. He balances a historical perspective with a contemporary one—examining traits of our ancestors as carefully as he looks to the future — while asking how we might control the destiny of our species. He argues persuasively that cultural evolution is now the dominant force of evolutionary change acting on the human body, and focuses on what he calls mismatch diseases that are caused by lack of congruence between genes and environment. Since the pace of cultural evolution has outstripped that of biological evolution, mismatch diseases have increased to the point where most of us are likely to die of such causes. Lieberman's discussion of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer are as clear as any yet published, and he offers a well-articulated case for why an evolutionary perspective can greatly enrich the practice of medicine.

Review"No one understands the human body like Daniel Lieberman or tells its story more eloquently. He's found a tale inside our skin that's riveting, enlightening, and more than a little frightening."— Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

“Monumental: The Story of the Human Body, by one of our leading experts, takes us on an epic voyage that reveals how the past six million years shaped every part of us — our heads, limbs, and even our metabolism. Through Lieberman’s eyes, evolutionary history not only comes alive, it becomes the means to understand, and ultimately influence, our body’s future.” —Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish

“In thoroughly enjoyable and edifying prose, Lieberman . . . leads a fascinating journey through human evolution. He comprehensively explains how evolutionary forces have shaped the human species as we know it . . . . He balances a historical perspective with a contemporary one . . . while asking how we might control the destiny of our species. He argues persuasively that ‘cultural evolution is now the dominant force of evolutionary change acting on the human body.’” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lieberman holds nothing back . . . He cleverly and comprehensively points out the perils of possessing Paleolithic anatomy and physiology in a modern world and bemoans ‘just how out of touch we have become with our bodies’. . . If we want to continue our phenomenal run as a species, it is essential to understand (and embrace) our evolutionary legacy.”—Booklist

“A massive review of where we came from and what ails us now . . . Would that industry and governments take heed.”—Kirkus Reviews

Daniel E. Lieberman is professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard. He has written more than one hundred articles, many appearing in the journals Nature and Science. Lieberman is especially well known for his research on the evolution of the human head and the evolution of running, including barefoot running (earning him the nickname the Barefoot Professor). His research and discoveries have been highlighted widely in newspapers, magazines, books, news programs, and documentaries.


Like most people, I am fascinated by the human body, but unlike most folks, who sensibly relegate their interest in people’s bodies to evenings and weekends, I have made the human body the focus of my career. In fact, I am extremely lucky to be a professor at Harvard University, where I teach and study how and why the human body is the way it is. My job and my interests allow me to be a jack-of-all trades. In addition to working with students, I study fossils, I travel to interesting corners of the earth to see how people use their bodies, and I do experiments in the lab on how human and animal bodies work.

Like most professors, I also love to talk, and I enjoy people’s questions. But of all the questions I am commonly asked, the one I used to dread the most was “What will human beings look like in the future?” I hated this question! I am a professor of human evolutionary biology, which means I study the past, not what lies ahead. I am not a soothsayer, and the question made me think of tawdry science fiction movies that depict humans of the distant future as having enormous brains, pale and tiny bodies, and shiny clothing. My reflexive answer was always something along the lines of: “Human beings aren’t evolving very much because of culture.” This response is a variant of the standard answer that many of my colleagues give when asked the same question.

I have since changed my mind about this question and now consider the human body’s future to be one of the most important issues we can think about. We live in paradoxical times for our bodies. On the one hand, this era is probably the healthiest in human history. If you live in a developed country, you can reasonably expect all your offspring to survive childhood, to live to their dotage, and to become parents and grandparents. We have conquered or quelled many diseases that used to kill people in droves: smallpox, measles, polio, and the plague. People are taller, and formerly life-threatening conditions like appendicitis, dysentery, a broken leg, or anemia are easily remedied. To be sure, there is still too much malnutrition and disease in some countries, but these evils are often the result of bad government and social inequality, not a lack of food or medical know-how.

On the other hand, we could be doing better, much better. A wave of obesity and chronic, preventable illnesses and disabilities is sweeping across the globe. These preventable diseases include certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, some allergies, dementia, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other illnesses. Billions of people are also suffering from ailments like lower back pain, fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, myopia, arthritis, constipation, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome. Some of these troubles are ancient, but many are novel or have recently exploded in prevalence and intensity. To some extent, these diseases are on the rise because people are living longer, but most of them are showing up in middle-aged people. This epidemiological transition is causing not just misery but also economic woe. As baby boomers retire, their chronic illnesses are straining health-care systems and stifling economies. Moreover, the image in the crystal ball looks bad because these diseases are also growing in prevalence as development spreads across the planet.

The health challenges we face are causing an intense worldwide conversation among parents, doctors, patients, politicians, journalists, researchers, and others. Much of the focus has been on obesity. Why are people getting fatter? How do we lose weight and change our diets? How do we prevent our children from becoming overweight? How can we encourage them to exercise? Because of the urgent necessity to help people who are sick, there is also an intense focus on devising new cures for increasingly common noninfectious diseases. How do we treat and cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and the other illnesses most likely to kill us and the people we love?

As doctors, patients, researchers, and parents debate and investigate these questions, I suspect that few of them cast their thoughts back to the ancient forests of Africa, where our ancestors diverged from the apes and stood upright. They rarely think about Lucy or Neanderthals, and if they do consider evolution it is usually to acknowledge the obvious fact that we used to be cavemen (whatever that means), which perhaps implies that our bodies are not well adapted to modern lifestyles. A patient with a heart attack needs immediate medical care, not a lesson in human evolution.

If I ever suffer a heart attack, I too want my doctor to focus on the exigencies of my care rather than on human evolution. This book, however, argues that our society’s general failure to think about human evolution is a major reason we fail to prevent preventable diseases. Our bodies have a story — an evolutionary story — that matters intensely. For one, evolution explains why our bodies are the way they are, and thus yields clues on how to avoid getting sick. Why are we so liable to become fat? Why do we sometimes choke on our food? Why do we have arches in our feet that flatten? Why do we have backs that ache? A related reason to consider the human body’s evolutionary story is to help understand what our bodies are and are not adapted for. The answers to this question are tricky and unintuitive but have profound implications for making sense of what promotes health and disease and for comprehending why our bodies sometimes naturally make us sick. Finally, I think the most pressing reason to study the human body’s story is that it isn’t over. We are still evolving. Right now, however, the most potent form of evolution is not biological evolution of the sort described by Darwin, but cultural evolution, in which we develop and pass on new ideas and behaviors to our children, friends, and others. Some of these novel behaviors, especially the foods we eat and the activities we do (or don’t do), make us sick.

Human evolution is fun, interesting, and illuminating, and much of this book explores the amazing journey that created our bodies. I also try to highlight the progress achieved by farming, industrialization, medical science, and other professions that have made this era the best of all times so far to be a human. But I am no Pangloss, and since our challenge is to do better, the last few chapters focus on how and why we get sick. If Tolstoy were writing this book, perhaps he might write that “all healthy bodies are alike; each unhealthy body is unhealthy in its own way.”

The core subjects of this book — human evolution, health, and disease — are enormous and complex. I have done my best to try to keep the facts, explanations, and arguments simple and clear without dumbing them down or avoiding essential issues, especially for serious diseases such as breast cancer and diabetes. I have also included many references, including websites, where you can investigate further. Another struggle was to find the right balance between breadth and depth. Why our bodies are the way they are is simply too large a topic to cover because bodies are so complex. I have therefore focused on just a few aspects of our bodies’ evolution that relate to diet and physical activity, and for every topic I cover, there are at least ten I don’t. The same caveat applies to the final chapters, which focus on just a few diseases that I chose as exemplars of larger problems. Moreover, research in these fields is changing fast. Inevitably some of what I include will become out of date. I apologize.

Finally, I have rashly concluded the book with my thoughts about how to apply the lessons of the human body’s past story to its future. I’ll spill the beans right now and summarize the core of my argument. We didn’t evolve to be healthy, but instead we were selected to have as many offspring as possible under diverse, challenging conditions. As a consequence, we never evolved to make rational choices about what to eat or how to exercise in conditions of abundance and comfort. What’s more, interactions between the bodies we inherited, the environments we create, and the decisions we sometimes make have set in motion an insidious feedback loop. We get sick from chronic diseases by doing what we evolved to do but under conditions for which our bodies are poorly adapted, and we then pass on those same conditions to our children, who also then get sick. If we wish to halt this vicious circle then we need to figure out how to respectfully and sensibly nudge, push, and sometimes oblige ourselves to eat foods that promote health and to be more physically active. That, too, is what we evolved to do.

You are tracked by cops, FBI, companies, hackers, and governments in need of a shutdown

Most government uses are probably a waste of tax money. But maybe can assist investigations. Most of this is easily defeated, if criminals don't want to get caught. Will not stop most terrorists or criminals.Vast crime is not stopped. Did not stop the Boston Bombers, etc. Most information is probably misused by sadistic or voyeur cops aor totally botched by affirmative action idiots (make work jobs to justify paying salaries). Lawyers will get rich of this. USA needs a government shut downand budget cuts.

For many years I have TV and Radio that are advertising supported. Facebook, Twitter, Google etc.make money from advertising -- an old model. Some of those services are useful but I often prefer paid services such as email. Helps avoid tracking. I also track the trackers using Ghostery etc.

Easily obtained subpoenas turn your personal information against you

Sep 30, 2013

For some, revelations that the National Security Agency has been collecting vast amounts of personal information on U.S. citizens might seem as far removed as the city of Moscow.

But it’s not just an ultrasecret spy agency that can create a dossier on you.

Many Americans would be surprised by how easily local law enforcement, IRS investigators, the FBI and private attorneys can reach into the vast pool of personal information about their lives with little more than a subpoena, which no judge needs to review.

And it’s not just for selling you more products or services. It can be wielded against you.

“We used to have to rely on private investigators,” said Lee Rosen, a divorce attorney in North Carolina whose office averages dozens of subpoenas each month. “Now everything we need is more or less on the other side of the keyboard.”

Often, a simple form is all that’s required to access prescription histories, credit card purchases, monthly banking statements, ATM withdrawals, wire transfers, tax returns and, perhaps most importantly, the rich digital portraits we keep on our smartphones.

Law enforcement can create a map or timeline of a person’s whereabouts by accessing data from license-plate scanners, toll-bridge crossings and mobile phone carriers and, without much trouble, access records on your power consumption, purchasing habits and even snail mail.

Some police departments use license-plate scanners to identify stolen cars and outstanding warrants. But the devices photograph vehicles and record the location, date and time of everyone who passes by without discriminating between criminals and innocent people.

The more we leave heaps of digital detritus behind, privacy advocates say, the more we may have to answer for it to someone with an ax to grind, an investigation to close or a client to represent.

“The digital world has suddenly given us a wealth of information like we never had before,” Rosen said. “The floodgates of data have opened up.”

To illustrate this, The Center for Investigative Reporting teamed up with NPR to craft a typical day in the life of personal information. Along the way, we’ll explain how it is amassed and how it can be vacuumed up.

First, consider your IP address, a unique identifier used to connect your phone or laptop to the Web. Perusing the Internet before you shower in the morning, you might not know that the government or a private lawyer can start with your IP address and determine your name. Or, starting with your name, the government can determine your IP address.

Although precision can be limited, private lawyers have used IP addresses to unmask alleged movie and music pirates.

Voltage Pictures, makers of “The Hurt Locker,” subpoenaed the IP address of a 69-year-old woman believing it linked her to Internet downloads that infringed on the movie’s copyright. She and numerous others targeted in the suit said they weren’t guilty of piracy accusations. The lawsuit eventually died.

Say, however, you’re streaming Internet radio as you move about the house, listening to a shock jock or political talk show host considered obnoxious by some. Smartphone apps like TuneIn and Pandora will store data on their servers on the talk shows and music you enjoy.

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you might use dating sites like or to find romantic matches. Many users rely on pseudonyms until they’re comfortable giving out more personal information to a potential date, but digital anonymity is often an illusion.

In 2011, Google acquired facial recognition software company PittPatt, which has been used by researchers to link dating profiles with full identities on other social media sites. Google already uses “computer vision technology” to power its image searches, Picasa photo platform and Google Goggles.

“Any attempt to set up a dating profile – even if you’re using a pseudonym and even if you’re not uploading photos you put in other places – can result in (someone being able) to find you,” said Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

OkCupid’s privacy policy says personal information could be disclosed “in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand, a court order, or a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other government agency.”

Little-known third-party advertisers and marketers can observe your dating activity, too. Software privacy specialist Ashkan Soltani offered a recent demonstration using a tool called Collusion, which visualizes the array of companies that monitor our activity online, watching as we click from one place to the next in order to better understand consumer behavior.

Collusion can be downloaded to your browser – Firefox, Chrome or Safari. Clicking on an icon while visiting a site will display an interconnected web of bubbles that represent companies collecting information about your activities. The companies have names like Lotame and Criteo. The tracking is largely invisible without an add-on like Collusion.

Soltani offers this metaphor: a phone call in which you dial OkCupid.

“In responding to my phone call or connection to OkCupid, (the site) brought all of its friends on to listen to my phone call,” Soltani said. “I’m on speakerphone at OkCupid, and all of these other people are also listening to my conversation.”

While many tracking companies insist they don’t need personally identifying information in order for the data to be useful, Soltani and others say trackers know enough about your behavior from pseudonymous “cookies” to profile you and make decisions about you online, such as how to target ads or special deals.

Reading the network traffic – the language that exists behind Internet activity – Soltani showed how answers to sensitive profile questions on OkCupid’s site covering drug use, religious beliefs and more were transmitted to the data tracking company Lotame, along with the user’s IP address.

When you log in with a username and password to sites like Gmail, Amazon or OkCupid, your behavior can be linked to your real name or email address. Soltani said personally identifying information also can unintentionally “leak” to third parties, even if companies say they have no need for such data, and it’s not clear what happens to the information once it falls into their hands.

Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society showed in a 2012 paper how usernames or IDs leaked to third parties on 113 popular websites out of 185 tested.

Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student at Stanford who worked on the study, offered another demonstration. He first logged in to the video-sharing site Dailymotion with the username “jonathanmayer” and showed how a unique ID number assigned to him by the data tracker Criteo followed him to another site about sexually transmitted diseases.

Even a generic name like “stanfordguy” used to log in on multiple sites could be used to determine one's real identity and theoretically be exploited by law enforcement, Soltani and Mayer said.

Officials with OkCupid declined an interview, and Lotame did not respond to phone calls and emails.

Alexandra Pelissero, a spokeswoman for Criteo, said the company wouldn’t know that “jonathanmayer” or “stanfordguy” correspond to the same technology researcher at Stanford. She also said Criteo does not store IP addresses.

Little-known third-party advertisers and marketers can observe your activity online, watching as you click from one place to the next in order to better understand consumer behavior.

“Criteo’s cookie-based technology recognizes events, i.e., products viewed, and does not create individual user profiles based on them,” Pelissero wrote. “It assigns Criteo IDs, which are based on a user’s interests, i.e., online browsing behavior, and (doesn’t) allow us to identify the individual user, so that we can serve more personalized ads that correspond to those interests.”

Jules Polonetsky, executive director of the Future of Privacy Forum, said many such companies have good intentions and wish only to better-tailor advertising for products consumers want.

The forum bills itself as a “think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices” and is supported by Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Bank of America and a host of other major companies.

“I think companies haven’t figured out how to talk to people about data or privacy,” Polonetsky said. “ … There’s nothing to be ashamed of if what they’re doing is fair and honest.”

Accessing personal information

Logs of seemingly innocuous everyday activities – like your power usage – can be obtained and used against you.

There are typically three ways the government and civil attorneys can try to access personal information. A search warrant is the toughest standard and requires the government to convince a judge there’s probable cause of a crime. Next is a court order, and the easiest to obtain is a subpoena.

“A subpoena, unlike a warrant, doesn’t come from a court,” said Kevin Bankston, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Internet freedoms. “No one has to go to court. No one has to make a showing to a judge. A subpoena in the criminal context is issued directly by a prosecutor.”

Bankston said all investigators must do for a subpoena is state that the information is relevant to an ongoing investigation.

Law enforcement agencies often argue all they need is a subpoena. Drug agents issued a subpoena in 2010 demanding that the Golden Valley Electric Association turn over the power consumption records, customer names, telephone numbers and credit card numbers for three addresses. For drug investigators, big power surges in a private house could mean the resident is cultivating marijuana with grow lights.

But the Alaska energy cooperative balked at the subpoena, citing its customer privacy policy. A federal court decision overruled the company’s position and directed it to give up the records.

“It’s kind of like looking at you through an open window and seeing what you do in your home,” said Cory Borgeson, president of the company. Borgeson said that if the government wants your power records, it should have to show probable cause of a crime and get a search warrant.

When you head to work, your data portrait will continue expanding. Surveillance cameras in subway stations and on city buses watch you board and depart.

Chicago police for the first time successfully nabbed a suspect in May using facial recognition software known as NeoFace that connected a surveillance image of the man from the city’s train system to a massive database of booking photos.

To automatically identify celebrities and regular customers when they enter a store, some retailers reportedly are using another facial recognition technology originally developed in the U.K. for spotting terrorists and criminals.

Meanwhile, smart cards log when and where you travel using public transportation.

Police departments in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere around the country have used license-plate scanners to identify stolen cars and outstanding warrants. But the devices are designed to photograph vehicles and record the location, date and time of everyone who passes by without discriminating between criminals and innocent people.

The American Civil Liberties Union recently found that departments have widely ranging guidelines for how long they’ll store this data, from 48 hours to five years to indefinitely.

Toll records remember when you crossed a bridge or used a particular interstate, and divorce attorneys are fond of them for that reason.

E-ZPass records, for example, will tell divorce attorney Jacalyn Barnett when someone has driven from the island of Manhattan, and paying cash makes her more suspicious that a spouse has something to hide. Another sign is odd departures from routine.

“People are very, very ritualistic,” Barnett said. “Most people go to the same bank (branch) to do their transactions. If all of a sudden they’re going to a different area, that tells you something.”

Gray area around technology

One of the most powerful sources of information is your mobile device, which creates a rough approximation of your whereabouts by checking in with nearby cell towers or a more precise pinpoint when the GPS function is enabled.

The government doesn’t believe it needs a warrant for historical tracking with a mobile device. Instead, investigators have said the law requires only a court order, which is slightly more demanding than a subpoena but still less protection than the Constitution affords under a warrant.

Judges so far have handed down a patchwork of rulings on locational privacy, and the issue is far from resolved. In a Baltimore case that has civil liberties groups worried, police were able to obtain more than seven months’ worth of location data without a warrant from two cellphones belonging to robbery suspects. Most people would applaud catching robbers, but the advocacy groups argue that such prolonged tracking violates a reasonable expectation of privacy.

By the time you reach work, a mound of unopened emails awaits. Those, too, are part of a fierce debate over what requires a warrant. As its name suggests, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 was designed to protect Americans who at the time were using the Internet increasingly to communicate. But the government has interpreted the law to mean that once your emails are opened or older than 180 days, no warrant is required.

Even if an investigator faces some hurdles with your inbox, such as Google insisting on a warrant, email is not entirely protected. With a court order that doesn’t reach probable cause, Google will give up your name, IP address, the dates and times you’re signing in and out, and with whom you’re exchanging emails.

An IP address is a unique identifier used to connect your phone or laptop to the Web. The government or a private lawyer can start with your IP address and determine your name. Or, starting with your name, the government can determine your IP address. Credit: Coco Studios

Google said in a statement: “We are committed to keeping people’s information safe and helping them control their personal data. Google Dashboard shows what’s stored in your Google Account. From one central location, you can easily view and update your settings for services such as Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Gmail, Google+ and more.”

Email nevertheless is at the center of a long-simmering legal dispute between environmentalists and Chevron over drilling in Ecuador. A federal judge this year granted Chevron’s subpoena seeking metadata from Microsoft email accounts of activists, including names, dates and possible locations. The company also has requested access to accounts on Google and Yahoo.

Last year, Twitter fought a subpoena from prosecutors in New York who were seeking information about a user charged with disorderly conduct among hundreds arrested by police during Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. A judge threatened Twitter with fines if it didn’t give up the information, and the company handed over the data.

Digging into medical records

While many Americans are under the impression that their medical records are protected by privacy laws, investigators and private attorneys enjoy special access there, too.

The USA PATRIOT Act, passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings, prohibits medical professionals from telling you if the FBI seeks your medical records as part of a national security or intelligence-related probe.

In some states like North Carolina, attorneys are considered officers of the court and issue subpoenas on their own as long as the information is connected to an ongoing dispute.

Divorce attorney Rosen tells the story of one client in a child custody case. The woman suspected that the father had mental health problems, so a subpoena was issued directing his psychiatrist to turn over notes about the man’s treatment, relationship with his child and prescription medications.

“Medical records are very private and need to be protected, but there’s a balance,” Rosen said. “Sometimes, your medical records need to be made public in order to do what’s best for a child.”

Credit card purchases are similarly illuminating. Rosen calls them a “table of contents” for your life. Your financial records enjoy some amount of protection that requires the government to notify you when it seeks information about your purchasing habits.

That is, unless the FBI uses a so-called national security letter – which the Congressional Research Service calls “roughly comparable to administrative subpoenas” – to demand details about your financial transactions. Then the bank is barred from notifying you.

The FBI’s authority to issue such letters was expanded by the PATRIOT Act, and the letters’ use has exploded to the tens of thousands each year, targeting telephone billing records, bank transactions, credit reports, names of employers and more.

Perspective on privacy

Many Americans still might ask why they should care, following the recent news of NSA snooping. After all, asks Paul Rosenzweig, a former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, why would we fear giving personal information to the government if we’re willing to give police the power to kill and arrest?

“I tend to think that this is a manageable problem along the lines of cops with guns,” he said. “Anybody who denies the U.S. government has made mistakes in the past is a moron. My own sense, however, is that our system is wonderfully self-correcting.”

Former President Richard Nixon and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover were known for their widely documented eavesdropping abuses. But even Nixon became angry when his daughters’ privacy was violated, according to John Dean, a lawyer for the former president.

“If Richard Nixon were alive today, I’d have a lot of concern about the data that’s being collected, because I don’t think Nixon would have any reservations about going into anything that was available to pursue his enemies,” Dean said.

One such “enemy” of Nixon was Morton Halperin, a senior policy official in the administrations of Nixon, Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson. Halperin eventually fell out of favor with the Nixon White House, so much so that his phone was bugged for two years.

During a recent interview, transcripts and summaries of the intercepted calls rested on a table in front of Halperin. But all these years later, he still was reluctant to read aloud from the personal communications.

“There were many conversations between me and my then-wife,” Halperin said, “none of which I would have wanted to be made public and some of which would have been a little embarrassing.”

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Japan Catastrophe?

This may be a serious problem. I don't know. Not enough details. Don't forget California earthquakes, global warming, solar electric storms, epidemics, glyphosate, the Mexican invasion, etc. Some may be quite likely or already started. Spending a lot of tax money without increased security. Raise tax rate to 90% for all income over $200,000 per year to pay off the national debt to be better able to pay for catastrophes that will happen sooner or later.

EPA is actually going ahead and raising the ‘acceptable levels’ of radiation in the food supply as other nations just blatantly shut off their radiation tracking systems? Radioactive isotopes have already been discovered in California, and even as far away as Boston. we are facing ‘Fukushima Forever’ as radiation continues to drain into the ocean. Ultimately, all of the top experts say that the real ‘solution’ is to move to the Southern Hemisphere, which in reality is not really a viable solution for the vast majority of us. When speaking with the experts on this exact subject searching for a more viable answer, however, the response is always to begin taking a super strength form of what’s known as nascent iodine on a daily basis

Yale Professor: Fukushima Will ‘Threaten Humanity for Thousands of Years’

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Top professor warns ’all of humanity will be threatened for thousands of years’ if Fukushima is not stopped, and it may soon get much worse

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September 29, 2013

A Yale professor is cautioning the world to wake up from its nuclear slumber and face the severity of the Fukushima radiation crisis,warning that ’all of humanity will be threatened for thousands of years’ if the Fukushima unit 4 pool is not kept cool. The disturbing statements act as a voice of reality when it comes to the depth of the Fukushima disaster, an event that world governments have relentlessly attempted to downplay while silently shutting down radiation counters and raising ‘acceptable’ levels of radiation in the food supply.


The Fukushima explosion that officials now admit led to the emission of more than double the radiation levels originally stated.

And now, along with other nuclear physicists and scientists, Professor Charles Perrow of Yale is sounding the alarm on the disaster that myself and others have been warning against since day one. And another prominent intellectual now speaking out on the subject does not surprise me. After all, we are seeing more and more high level academics speaking out due to the overall understanding that even job loss is nothing compared to the fatal consequences of allowing Fukushima to meltdown indefinitely.

In his article posted on the Huffington Post website, Professor Charles Perrowcautions :

“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled;*they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years*.”

The Professor’s statements coincide with the warnings of previous experts who have said that Fukushima trumps even Chernobyl and other nuclear disasters. Even the mainstream media has covered these declarations as Japanese studies expose the fact that radiation levels emitted from Fukushimawere much higher than plant officials ever admitted (and it was predominantly dumped into the Pacific Ocean). The Independentreports :

“Some scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident, with which it shares a maximum level-7 rating on the sliding scale of nuclear disasters.”

But the true problem lies with the aforementioned spent fuel rods. All the boron between the spent fuel rods has disintegrated, and plant officials are gearing up to remove them within the next couple of months. What the Yale Professor and others are warning about really comes down to the fact that a chain nuclear reaction could begin in the event that the rods get too close together. This, they say, would create nuclear mayhem. And given therecord of the plant operators, who at one point were using duct tape and trash to fill in the destructing plant, this task is truly concerning.

By spreading the word on the issue, we can ignite worldwide awakening on the severity of Fukushima’s radioactive nightmare and demand immediate action. For now, it is essential to prepare yourself and your family. Recently, radiation expert Dr. Edward F. Group discussed the power of nascent ‘nuclear’ iodine and his ideas to better prepare your family:


*Nuclear Iodine: Doctor Reveals Fukushima Radiation Nightmare Solution*

As the Fukushima radiation nightmare continues, top experts and analysts are continuing to warn against the devastating radiological effects that are already hammering citizens of the Northern Hemisphere and around the globe at record levels.

And while Fukushima is considered to be ‘even worse’ by nuclear scientists and researchers than Chernobyl in terms of the radioactive contamination, what’s even more concerning is the fact that Fukushima is only one factor in the spiking levels of radiation within the United States and abroad.

Over the past several decades we have seen the emergence of excessive nuclear testing, the voluminous creation of nuclear power facilities, medical applications with radiation, the pollution of the air with radioactive elements, and even the absolute contamination of the food supply with health-crushing radiation — all contributing to a spike in background radiation levels that have been steadily climbing since just 60 years ago.

Meanwhile, even the Fukushima plant operators were forced to admit that the radiation levels released from the plant explosion were at the very least 2 1/2 times greater than they admitted. But the real question is what happened to the majority of the radioactive contamination? According to one revealing study examining the true crippling effects of Fukushima on the globe, 20% of the caesium-137 fell on Japanese land, and about 2% ended up on land outside the country. The remainder came down in the Pacific Ocean, which means around 68% of the highly dangerous radioactive waste was released directly into the Pacific Ocean.

Is it any wonder now that the EPA is actually going ahead and raising the ‘acceptable levels’ of radiation in the food supply as other nations just blatantly shut off their radiation tracking systems? Radioactive isotopes have already been discovered in California, and even as far away as Boston. There’s a reason that even the Huffington Post now says that we are facing ‘Fukushima Forever’ as radiation continues to drain into the ocean.

*The Solution According to Top Doctors and Researchers*

Ultimately, all of the top experts say that the real ‘solution’ is to move to the Southern Hemisphere, which in reality is not really a viable solution for the vast majority of us. When speaking with the experts on this exact subject searching for a more viable answer, however, the response is always to begin taking a super strength form of what’s known as nascent iodine on a daily basis because it is the only form your body can truly utilize in a way that supports the thyroid like nothing else.

The problem with this has always been the fact that I know numerous nascent iodine supplements, and more so the harmful chemical versions of iodine, often contain toxic fillers and GMO derivatives. We’re talking glycerin taken from USDA slaughterhouses where the livestock are fed GMO ingredients, absorption-blocking filler ingredients, GMO-derived corn ingredients, and a host of toxic substances.

So after years of looking for something I could actually take and recommend to my readers who actually count on me to steer them away from any form of concerning substance within their supplements, I ended up teaming up with internationally renowned radiation expert and supplement formulator Dr. Edward Group to develop what is now known as Survival Shield for Alex Jones’ Infowars Life product line – a super high quality double strength form of nascent iodine that is absolutely free of these problematic substances that can actually damage your health.

According to top medical professionals, nutritionists, and radiation experts, nascent iodine is really the alternative to migrating to the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s essential to ensure you are receiving a form of nascent iodine that can both be utilized by your body and is free of dangerous additives. To ensure this, we made sure that Survival Shield was:

- Completely non-GMO certified
- The nascent iodine in Survival Shield is not subjected to direct heat, harsh chemicals, or alcohol - Contains raw, certified-USP grade iodine
- Vegan-friendly and completely non-toxic

As you are aware, there is currently a run on nascent iodine amid the radioactive chaos we face on a daily basis. As an alternative to moving to South America, my choice based on the advice of top doctors and researchers who I have spoken to over the years, is to utilize nascent iodine on a daily basis and also maintain a stockpile in my medicine cabinet for my family.


Anthony Gucciardi is the Founder of the third largest natural health website in the world,, as well as the acting Editor and Founder of alternative news website He is also a news media personality and analyst who has been featured on top news, radio, and television organizations including Drudge Report, Coast to Coast AM, and RT.

Fat Prevents Alzheimer's (Grain Brain) Dr. Perlmutter

This is a very interesting article that agrees with a lot of other reading (totally contradicting what I thought 3 years ago). I agree that Alzheimer's and many other degenerative diseases are preventable. I have gotten rid of most grains and sugars except for oats and Fresno Sun Maid raisins. And seasonal fruit, and wheat germ. Keeping these in part for portfolio diversification -- risk that there may be more involved, like prebiotics. But it looks like Federal Government is giving bad advice that causes disease. Helps justify Obama care socialized medicine. I agree that exercise can grow the brain. I also fast a lot, daily, and am often in fat burning mode since age 18. Probably why my past high-carbo diet did not kill me. I am listening to the interview now.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health. Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our "smart genes" through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

Excellent web site:

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease—A Neurologist Speaks Out

Click HERE to view the entire interview!

*By Dr. Mercola*

Alzheimer's disease is at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with the disease.^1
In the next 20 years, it is projected that Alzheimer's will affect one in four Americans, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

There is still no known accepted cure for this devastating disease, and no effective treatments.Alzheimer's drugs
are often of little to no benefit at all, which underscores the importance of prevention throughout your lifetime.

Fortunately, Alzheimer’s prevention is actually easier than you might think. There’s exceptionally compelling research showing that your brain has great plasticity, which/you control/through your diet and lifestyle choices.

Here, Dr. David Perlmutter—probably the leading natural medicine neurologist in the US, from my perspective—shares his insights into this pervasive problem. I don’t know anyone who exceeds his level of expertise in traditional neurology and still shares the same philosophical orientation that I have.

He has a clinic in Naples, Florida, and he’s been very active in publishing his findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. He’s also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, as am I.

/“I have a very strong background in traditional neurology,”/Dr. Perlmutter says/. “As a neurologist for many years, I became more and more frustrated with our lack of ability to actually treat diseases. We were really only treating symptoms./

/When I finally began to understand what the proximate cause of the various illnesses we were dealing with was, I realized that mainstream neurology, though I don’t want to sound too critical, really pays no attention to the causation part of the story.”/

The Role of Grains in Disease Propagation

He realized an answer would never become apparent by simply writing prescriptions and hoping for the best. Instead, he began
investigating the role of nutrition on brain health. Alzheimer’s, according to the RAND Corporation, is currently costing us some $200 billion a year, yet it is largely preventable. And virtually no one talks about that!

/“This is a disease that is highly revenue-producing for mega factories of various so-called Alzheimer’s drugs,”/Dr. Perlmutter says/. “The point is there is no meaningful treatment in 2013. It is a disease predicated on lifestyle choices primarily, because of the high amount of carbohydrates/sugar that we now, as Western-culture individuals, are consuming./

/It’s a preventable disease. It surprises me at my core that no one’s talking about the fact that so many of these devastating neurological problems are, in fact, modifiable based upon lifestyle choices.”/

Dr. Perlmutter specifically looked at the impact of gluten and casein, or wheat and dairy primarily, on autoimmune diseases. His New York Times Bestseller,//Grain Brain/
,/reveals his findings, the cornerstones of which are the powerfully toxic role of glucose (sugar) and carbohydrates in one's diet.

He also stresses that gluten sensitivity is involved in most chronic disease, including those affecting the brain, because of how gluten affects your immune system. Unfortunately, many people, physicians included, still believe that if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten is fair game and you can eat as much of it as you like.

Full-blown Celiac disease, which is gluten sensitivity affecting your small intestine, affects an estimated 1.8 percent of people in Western cultures. But gluten sensitivity may actually affect as much as 30 to 40 percent of all people, and according to Dr. Alessio Fasano at Massachusetts General Hospital,/virtually all of us/are affected to some degree.

This is because we all create something called zonulin in the intestine in response to gluten. This protein, found in wheat, barley and rye, makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream that would otherwise have been excluded. That then sensitizes your immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity. This kind of gut permeability is also promoted by things like antibiotics and chlorinated water.

The Gut-Brain Connection is Critical to Understand

Once gluten sensitizes your gut, it then becomes more permeable and all manner of previously excluded proteins—including casein and other dairy proteins—have direct access to your bloodstream, thereby challenging your immune system.

/“They’ve been talking about it for years and years (which is now just gaining traction in mainstream medicine) that our health really depends on maintaining a barrier of the intestine from the bloodstream,”/Dr. Perlmutter says/./

/“We now understand that the so-called blood-brain barrier, or that barrier that keeps things out of the brain where they don’t belong, is also affected by gluten, according to new research. It’s a very exciting time when we recognize that our biggest exposure to the environment is actually the lining of our intestines – not our lungs, not our skin. We are in fact very much dependent on the microbiota, the bacteria living in the gut, to maintain our health.”/

According to Dr. Perlmutter, much of our current disease burden stems from the fact that we are contaminating our immune systems with proteins to which the human immune system has never, in the history of humankind, been previously exposed to. While not discussed in this interview, a MAJOR factor is the development ofgenetically engineered (GE) grains
, which are now pervasive in most processed foods sold in the US. These GE crops create proteins never before encountered in any natural grain or food, so GE grains deliver a/double/-whammy against your immune system.Food allergies
clearly appear to be one of the most noticeable side effects of a GE-grain diet.

/“We recognize that food is far more than protein,
carbohydrates, fat, and micronutrients, and that food really does represent*information*. The foods that we consume are instructing our genes. Therefore, that’s a very empowering notion: you can change your genetic destiny based upon the food choices that you make,”/Dr. Perlmutter says.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, another neurologist who has also done remarkable work in this area as a result of seeking a solution for her autistic son, came to the same conclusion discussed by Dr. Perlmutter. Essentially, preventing and treating neurological disorders requires severe restriction of gluten and casein. You also need to address your gut flora.

/“With specific response to your comments about autism, we do know that some of the milk-related proteins tend to lead to antibody production in the brains of autistic children, blocking what’s called the folate receptor,”/Dr. Perlmutter says/. “One of the propositions is that there’s this blockage of the ability of folate to get into the brains of certain children, and this leads to all kinds of cognitive and neurocognitive issues./

/The State University of New York has actually developed a screen for looking at folate receptor antibodies. We have found that to be actually very helpful... It’s a very exciting time for those of us not just in neurology but in all branches of medicine, who are suddenly realizing that we’ve come full circle. We’re now back to understanding that nutrition plays a pivotal role in the health of humans.”/

Avoiding Dairy Does NOT Include Avoiding Dairy Fats

I believe it would be wise for most people to avoid pasteurized dairy (primarily casein but also other proteins) and gluten. That said, there are subgroups of people who are particularly prone to harm from these proteins, and as a rule/must/avoid them in order to maintain their health. Bear in mind that/dairy fat/like butter, which has virtually no protein, is/not/problematic and can be consumed even by those who are sensitive to milk proteins. As stated by Dr. Perlmutter:

/“We need to eat fat. We’re suggesting a revolutionary dietary change, telling people they should go on this new diet—which is only the diet humans have eaten for the past 2.6 million years! We’ve always eaten fat. Fat is the most wonderful
health-providing food that we can obtain in the human diet. Of course, we have to qualify that with what*type*of fat you are eating.”/

Beneficial health-promoting fats that your body—and your brain in particular—needs for optimal function include organic butter from raw milk, clarified butter called organic grass fed raw butter, olives, organic virgin olive oil and coconut oil, nuts like pecans and macadamia, free-range eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, and avocado, for example.

According to Dr. Perlmutter, our current dietary fat phobia “has absolutely been the cornerstone of our most common degenerative diseases of the day, including Alzheimer’s.” Why? Because when you cut dietary fat and keep protein about the same, you’re going to fill in the gaps with health-harming carbohydrate foods,
predominantly grains.

/“This whole grain goodness, as the US Department of Agriculture is trying to convince us we should focus on in terms of our dietary choices, is the cornerstone of our most devastating diseases. I mean, brain diseases like Alzheimer’s,
cardiovascular disease, and obviously, what leads to them, diabetes, which is so prevalent in Western societies. Again, it’s the getting away from fat and the substitution with wheat- and corn-based carbohydrate (high-fructose corn syrup) that really, in my opinion, explains this huge explosion of degenerative conditions that are crippling us medically and crippling us economically as well,”/he says.

/“But the*quality*of the fat that we consume is absolutely fundamental. When we’re saying high-fat diet, we’re not talking about prepared foods on the Twinkie aisle at the grocery store that contain modified trans fats; hydrogenated fats that are clearly coffin nails. They’re a great risk for brain disorders, heart disorders, diabetes, etc. We’re talking about these beautiful, natural fats that we have been consuming for more than two million years.”/

Recommended Tests to Evaluate Disease Risks

There are specific tests that can help you determine your level of sensitivity to dairy proteins like casein, as well as gluten. The most effective test for gluten sensitivity, according to Dr. Perlmutter, is a test called the Cyrex Array 3 test. Most laboratories, when you order a test for either gluten sensitivity or celiac disease specifically, will look for antibodies against just one type of gliadin. However, there are/dozens/of different types of gliadin that can incite immune reaction or immune reactivity. The Cyrex test looks at 24 different parameters of gluten sensitivity, which gives you a much clearer picture.

/“Most commonly when I’m seeing patients, they’ve already had some form of preliminary gluten sensitivity test which was negative, and we find [out the truth] by doing the Cyrex test,”/he says.

The same lab offers another test, Cyrex Array 4, which looks at cross-sensitivity in people who are gluten-sensitive. This test includes a dairy product panel as well as amaranth, spelt, quinoa, rice, coffee, chocolate, and other foods that may be cross-reactive with respect to gliadin. Two other tests recommended by Dr. Perlmutter that are potent predictors of Alzheimer’s disease specifically are:

* *Fasting blood sugar*, as this is a powerful predictor of your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In this interview, he discusses research showing a very direct correlation between your fasting blood sugar and the rate at which your brain shrinks. The higher your fasting blood sugar, the greater your risk. Interestingly, brain shrinkage occurs at blood sugar levels that are currently considered within the normal range (90-100), and even small elevations of blood sugar directly correlate to increased risk for having shrinkage of your hippocampus, your memory center, which is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
* *Hemoglobin A1c*. This is a marker of your average blood sugar over about a three-to four-month period of time. Again, there’s a striking correlation between hemoglobin A1c and the rate at which your brain is shrinking.

Both of these factors, your blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c, are entirely within your power to control, as they respond to dietary changes. Quite simply, you lower them by/reducing your carbohydrate consumption/. As stated by Dr. Perlmutter:

/“You can absolutely control your blood sugar. It’s a lifestyle choice. Do you eat grain? Do you drink orange juice in the morning? Are you having cereal in the morning? Have you decided to go low-carb and high-fat? In the latter case, your hemoglobin A1c will come down, your fasting blood sugar will come down, and lo and behold, you have taken positive steps to reduce your risk of brain shrinkage.”/

How the Science of Neuroplasticity Changes the Game

It’s important to realize that, despite what the media tells you, your brain is not “programmed” to shrink and fail as a matter of course as you age. We now know that every activity in which you engage—be it exercise, the foods you eat, the supplements you take, your personal relationships, your emotional state, your sleep patterns—all of these factors dramatically influence your genetic expression/from moment to moment/. Any given gene is not in a static “on” or “off” position. Neither are they/deterministic/. You may be a carrier of a gene that never gets expressed, simply because you never supply the required environment for it to turn on.

/“We interact with our genome every moment of our lives, and we can do so very, very positively,”/Dr. Perlmutter says/. “Keeping your blood sugar low is very positive in terms of allowing the genes to express reduced inflammation, which increase the production of life-giving antioxidants. So that’s*rule number one: You can change your genetic destiny.*/

*/Rule number two: you can change your genetic destiny to grow new brain cells/*/, specifically in the hippocampus... Your brain’s memory center regenerates. You are constantly growing new brain cells into your 50s, 60s, 80s, and 90s – throughout your lifetime – through a process called neurogenesis./

/That said, these two ideas come together because you can turn on your genes through lifestyle choices that enhance
neurogenesis and that enhance regrowth of cells and expansion of your brain’s memory center. This was proven by researchers recently. They demonstrated that there are factors under our control that can make that happen.”/

Lifestyle strategies that promote neurogenesis and regrowth of brain cells include the following. All of these strategies target a specific gene pathway called BDNF or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which promotes brain cell growth and connectivity as demonstrated on MRI scans.

* Exercise. In one year-long study, individuals who engaged in exercise were actually growing and expanding the brain’s memory center one to two percent per year, where typically that center would have continued to decline in size.
* Reducing overall calorie consumption
* Reducing carbohydrate consumption
* Increasing healthy fat consumption
* Increasing your omega-3 fat intake and reducing consumption of damaged omega-6 fats (think processed vegetable oils) in order to balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. I prefer krill oil to fish oil here, as krill oil also containsastaxanthin
, which appears to be particularly beneficial for brain health. As explained by Dr. Perlmutter, it belongs to the class of carotenoids, and is very “focused” on reducing free
radical-mediated damage to fat, and your brain is 60 or 70 percent fat

The Importance of Vitamin D and Cholesterol for Brain Health

Vitamin D also plays a fundamental role in brain health, immune function, and inflammation. According to Dr. Perlmutter, vitamin D influences the expression of more than 913 genes. Sadly, a vast majority of people are dramatically deficient in this critical steroid hormone, in large part because they’ve been fooled into fearing sun exposure. You’ve also been deceived into fearing cholesterol, which is another critical component of health.

/“Obviously, sunshine makes vitamin D in your body from some precursor. When I ask my patients what is that precursor, nobody seems to know. I tell them it’s this horrible thing called cholesterol, and their eyebrows go up,”/he says./“Cholesterol is so drastically important for health, because (1) it’s the precursor for which you make vitamin D and (2) it’s a fundamental compound of every cell in your body and made by every cell in your body. It’s a brain antioxidant. It’s a precursor for all the steroid sex hormones – it’s fundamentally important.”/

According to Dr. Perlmutter, research shows that elderly individuals with the lowest cholesterol levels have the highest risk for Alzheimer’s. They also have the highest risk for dying. As he says, the war on cholesterol is fundamentally inappropriate and harmful.

/“I say to my audiences very frequently, “If cholesterol is so bad, what you’re saying is that if you believe in evolution or if you believe in creation – either way – either nature got it wrong or God got it wrong by putting the ability to make cholesterol in every one of our cells. Why would that be a mistake?”/

/It’s not a mistake. We are desperate for cholesterol. It’s a fundamental player in every cell membrane. We’ve been on a high-cholesterol diet for millions of years, and it has served us well. In fact, our genome has been selected based upon that diet, being on a high-cholesterol diet – eating eggs, animal fat, and animal protein.”/

The Benefits of Fasting

Dr. Perlmutter places most of his patients on a ketogenic, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that is gluten-free, along with prescribed aerobic exercise. Certain supplements may also be used, especially if the patient is vitamin D deficient or has any other critical deficiency.

I’ve previously interviewedDr. Seyfried
, who is a researcher at Boston University and connected with Harvard. He was one of the leading investigators to adopt the ketogenic diet for a neurological condition, the treatment of seizures, and then from there started investigating its use for treatment of cancer. Another PhD,Dr. D’Agostino
in Florida, is also doing similar work in this area.

It’s interesting to note that it all stemmed from the treatment of intractable seizure disorders; before they realized that it was also a potent treatment adjunct for cancer patients. Most interestingly, cancer cells do not have the ability to any significant degree to metabolize fat and are almost completely dependent on metabolizing sugar. When you go on a ketogenic diet, you effectively deprive the cancer cells of sugar, which starves them, while allowing normal cells to thrive. Beyond that, you also need to recognize that the balance of organisms in your intestine play a critical role in maintaining your immunity. Clearly, if you’re fighting disease of any kind, you want your immune system to function optimally.

/“When you damage your microbiom, the balance of bacteria, in your gut by taking chemotherapy, at the very least add in an aggressive probiotic approach to keep bad bacteria count healthy,”/Dr. Perlmutter says.

I’m particularly fond of using fermented vegetables, because they can deliver extraordinarily high levels of beneficial bacteria. Most people aren’t aware that in a healthy serving of sauerkraut – two to three ounces or so – you’re getting the equivalent of nearly 100 capsules of the highest-potency probiotic you can buy. It’s clearly one of the most cost-effective alternatives. Furthermore, if it’s fermented with a starter culture, which we’re going to be offering soon, you can also get very high levels ofvitamin K2
, which is crucial to balance vitamin D.

Dr. Perlmutter also highly recommends fasting. Contrary to popular belief, the ideal fuel for your brain is not glucose but ketones, which is the fat that your body mobilizes when you stop feeding it carbs and introduce coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats into your diet. A one-day fast can help your body to “reset” itself, and start to burn fat instead of sugar. As part of a healthy lifestyle, I prefer anintermittent fasting
schedule that simply calls for limiting your eating to a narrower window of time each day. By restricting your eating to a 6-8 hour window, you effectively fast 16-18 hours each day. To learn more, please see this previousarticle

/“The easiest way to become ketotic is just to stop eating. Because if you go through your sugar stores and then your glycogen stores relatively soon, you begin to burn fat, the most incredibly powerful source of fuel for human physiology and especially for the brain,”/he says.

More Information

To learn more, I highly recommend Dr. Perlmutter’s New York Times Best Selling book,/Grain Brain
/. You can also find more information on his web site, ,^2
or on hisFacebook page , which he posts to every day, highlighting recent research and upcoming conferences and lectures. You can also find more tips and guidelines in this previous article on Alzheimer’s prevention

/“These changes that people can make in their diets are not draconian,”/he says/. “The only thing that makes it difficult is because of what we are told by society we should be eating. Those statements are not given to us with good, sound scientific backing. Again, these are simple but profound choices that people can make.”/

I couldn’t agree more. Applying the strategies discussed in this interview and article can dramatically reduce your risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases. Overall, it will also raise your general quality of life. Clearly, prevention is much easier than treating it after the fact. And even though there is this element of neuroplasticity, it’s far better to prevent brain degeneration to begin with. As Dr. Perlutter says:

/“The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining. That’s the segment of the population I really want to target – people who have not yet had cognitive issues but are at risk, which is basically all of us. In fact, this is the time to make the changes – while you’re still healthy. Time to cut back on the carbohydrates, increase your consumption of good fats, get out and exercise... these are the fundamentals that could keep these problems from happening in the first place.”/

Saturday, September 28, 2013

USA ruled by blogs, websites, miley cyrus


Not blogging is like not voting. History is done by those who take action. Politicians use blogs and social media to tell them where is mass opinion, so politicians can adjust enough to get re-elected.

After you start 1 blog, it is easy to start many more using the same technologies. Mass production. You can setup to blog by email so you never have to even login. You can automatically relay all blog posts to Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, Pinterest, etc. Those are the big 4 that everybody should use, at least. Some bloggers cheat and post via multiple names on the social media. You can run all of your blogs for $7 per month from or completely free from Linking everything together helps boost your ratings with search engines and to get more views. You get paid if you get a lot of views. Or you can get money from special interest groups.

Also submit videos to youtube, vimeo,... and photos on instagram, flickr, picasa, photobucket, etc. And e-books like Multiple venues -- customers spend a lot of time on one site but not another. Your ideas can be presented by writing, singing, speaking into a camera, a fancy sign-post photo, or a radio or TV broadcast.

Miley Cyrus says marijuana is good. She gets an amazing amount of attention. Her just released #1 new video already got 165,000,000 views despite she has limited talent and is not smart or pretty and didn't even write the song. She just has been pushed and pushing herself in front of the camera most of her life, and finally produced an impressive piece of art. People watch and listen. That is all it takes. Eventually the world changes. Her favorite drug marijuana may even get legalized countrywide. Politicians cannot afford to ignore leaders with 165,000,000 fans.

Broke a record for most-viewed video in 24 hours — with more than 19 million people watching Cyrus swing from a large metal ball without any clothes on. Miley Cyrus admits marijuana use: ‘Weed is the best drug on earth’ "weed is the best drug on earth," and other substances such as cocaine and MDMA, also known as molly, don't really hold a candle to marijuana. "One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon," "Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And molly, too. Those are happy drugs — social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You're out in the open. You're not in a bathroom." "I really don't like coke. It's so gross and so dark. It's like, what are you, from the '90s? Ew," she added. Cyrus admitted that she knew there would be backlash from her choice to ditch her clothes for the video version of the intense ballad. "I think people are going to hate it. They're going to see my ass and be like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe she did that,'" "they're gonna have a little tear and be like, 'F--k you!' I think it will be one of those iconic videos, too. I think it's something that people are not gonna forget."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Electronic Payments by Square, San Francisco Startup

It is amazing how hard it is to do simple things like transactions, even in 2013 USA. The technology is there but business systems are still antiquated.

Square is a $3,250,000,000 company started in 2010 by 2 Saint Louis Missouri boys but they had to move to San Francisco to run a technology company properly. (California economy gets a huge boost from technology companies. Huge tax payments for state coffers.)

Square is clever and will probably work ok, but none of these systems are secure. In the USA, people are not verified. They present cards or phones and transactions proceed. But it could be a crook.

USA needs an ID/Bank card that uses biometrics such as photo, fingerprint, retinal scan, vein scan, etc. For all transactions, voting, driving, guns, etc. People must be able to be identified! Otherwise you may get evicted from your house after a crook sells it!

How would you feel if the Sherriff appeared at your doorstep one day and evicted you from your own home, tossing all of your possessions on the curb? It's happened, and in some areas, the victims many never get their homes back: "In the latest twist in the fast-growing problem of identity theft, homeowners are astonished to find that thieves not only have stolen their personal information, but have used it to open home-equity loans or, in some extreme cases, sold the home without the homeowner's knowledge" With no "positive" methods of identification, crooks are having a field day stealing from homeowners across North America. Can you be positively identified? The closest remedy for positive ID verification is this database that has photo images from all USA drivers licenses. You can enter your name and verify your drivers license photo using this system. As you see, it has a few bugs, but it's a really great concept for positive identify verification. Identity theft and mortgage fraud are easy today In a new spin on identity theft, criminals are now obtaining mortgages on other peoples houses, taking the money, and having the innocent victims evicted. They tend to prey on homeowners and the elderly. This Texas couple came home from vacation to find the locks on his house changed, and new owners in his house: "When the two returned to Frisco, Texas, several days later, their keys didn't work. The locks on the house had been changed. They spent their first night back sleeping in a walk-in closet, with a steel pipe ready to cold-cock any intruders. The next day, they met the man who thought he owned their house, because he had put a $12,000 down payment to someone named Carlos Ramirez. The Cooks went to the Denton County Courthouse and checked their title."In Canada, this man lost his house because a mortgage company accepted a fake Power of Attorney document. Sadly, under Canada law, he may never get his home back: "Paul Reviczky, who was recently shocked to learn that the thieves, using a fraudulent power of attorney, had sold the home he had owned since 1980 to an unsuspecting purchaser, and that under Ontario law he may never get it back."


*Square, Inc.*is amerchant services aggregator andmobile payments company based inSan Francisco ,California . The company markets two applications and services, Square Register and Square Wallet. The company was founded in 2009 byJack Dorsey andJim McKelvey and launched its first app and service in 2010.

Square Register allows individuals and merchants in the United States and Canada to accept debit andcredit cards on theiriOS orAndroid smartphone ortablet computer . The app supports manually entering the card details or swiping the card through the Square Reader, a small plastic device which plugs into the audio jack of a supported smartphone or tablet and reads themagnetic stripe . On theiPad version of the Square Register app, the interface resembles a traditional cash register.

Square Wallet allows customers to set up atab and pay for their order simply with their name (or abarcode ) using a stored credit, debit, or gift card.

In August 2012,Starbucks announced it would use Square to process transactions with customers who pay via debit or credit card.^[4] Starbucks will also reportedly invest $25 million in Square, with Starbucks chief executive officerHoward Schultz becoming a board member of Square, Inc



The original inspiration for Square occurred toJack Dorsey in 2009 whenJames McKelvey (a St. Louis friend of Dorsey at the time) was unable to complete a $2,000 sale of his glass faucets and fittings because he could not accept credit cards.^[6]

The name "Square" refers to the Square card readers which are square in shape. The name also refers to the commonly used phrase for payments: "Are we square?" Several other names were also considered but rejected, including squirrel, stash and wallet.^[7] ^[8]


Introduced in early 2010 by Square Inc.,^[9] the Square application is available for theiPhone ,iPod Touch ,iPad andAndroid -based mobile phones.^[10] Square was co-founded byTwitter creatorJack Dorsey .^[9] Dorsey also serves aschief executive officer and Sarah Friar serves aschief financial officer .^[9]

Square currently has more than 400 employees.^[11]

At theTechCrunch Disrupt conference in May 2011, Square announced the release of two new apps, Card Case and Register. Card Case allows customers to view merchant menus, do mobile payments, receive virtual receipts, and discover other Square-enabled merchants. Square Register ispoint of sale software aimed at replacing traditional credit card terminals and cash registers.

In July 2013, Square launched Square Market which allows sellers to create a free online storefront with online payment processing functionality.^[12]

Square's current office is located in the Chronicle Building onMission Street in theSouth of Market neighborhood ofSan Francisco .^[13] Areas served

Square has been available in the United States since 2010 and became international when the company launched in Canada at the end of 2012. In May of 2013, Square announced that its mobile payments service was available in Japan after agreeing to a partnership withSumitomo Mitsui Card Corporation . The fee for transactions would be 3.25% in Japan.^[14]


Square receivedangel investment fromMarissa Mayer ,Kevin Rose ,Biz Stone ,Dennis Crowley ,Shawn Fanning ,Ed Cramer , andEsther Dyson .^[15] Since then, it has raised several additional rounds of funding:

* Series A funding fromKhosla Ventures
* Series B funding fromSequoia Capital
* Series C funding fromKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
^[15] * Series D funding fromCiti Ventures
, Rizvi Traverse Management, andStarbucks ^[11]

The company's valuation in September 2012 was 3.25 billion dollars.^[16]

Business model

Square currently provides its card readers to its users for free.^[17] The Square app is also freely downloadable from theApp Store and theGoogle Play Store.

Square charges a fee of 2.75% on every credit card transaction. This rate is higher than the rate charged by conventional credit card processors, but Square claims that the conventional credit card processors also include many hidden costs which are never disclosed to the customers. Square does not have any additional fees beyond the 2.75% per swipe (or the 3.50% plus $0.15 cost per manually-entered transaction) - there are no monthly fees or set-up costs. Square claims that its costs are, on average, lower than the costs charged by the conventional credit card processors.^[18] Square is regarded as a useful app for entrepreneurs, including for example consultants,food truck operators, and traditional retailers.^[19] In August, 2012, Square introduced a flat rate plan,^[20] whereby a flat fee of $275.00 per month is charged, and is all-inclusive. The flat rate plan is available to all merchants with under $250,000 in yearly credit card sales, and no more than $20,833 in monthly sales. When the monthly or annual maximum sales are exceeded, the plan reverts to the traditional 2.75% model.

Square is trying to build a two-sided market with an interesting market staging model. Payments is a space which is especially difficult to get into, partly because it is very difficult to have a critical mass of buyers and sellers start using your payment mechanism simultaneously. Square is solving this by targeting one group at a time. The standalone credit card swiping value proposition was enough for merchants to start adopting the product. The consumer side of the equation, which is still kicking in, has the potential to disrupt retail payments altogether but that was not the dream that was sold to the merchants originally.^[21]

Swiped payments are deposited directly into a user's bank account within 1-2 business days. In some instances, Square may withhold payments to its users pending issues related to chargebacks.^[22]


Square's original reader consisted of a simple read head directly wired to a 3.5mm audio jack, through which unencrypted, analogue card information was fed to smartphones for amplification and digitization.^[23] Square's technology isPCI compliant andVerisign certified.^[24]

In March 2011, rival payment companyVeriFone claimed that the Square system was insecure, and that a "reasonably-skilled" programmer could write a replacement app which could conceivably use the Square device toskim a credit card and return its details. VeriFone posted a demonstration video and sample skimming app to its website.^[25] Dorsey called VeriFone's claims "neither fair nor accurate", noted that the card data could be gathered visually from the card, and said that the claims ignored the fraud protection provided by card issuers.^[26]

Square currently usesstrong encryption on its devices, includingSSL andPGP .^[24] Itscryptographic keys are at least 2048 bits in length.^[24] Card numbers, magnetic stripe data, or security codes are not stored on Square client devices.^[24] Square follows the guidelines issued byOWASP .^[24]

Customer support

Square's support is handled via email, YouTube videos, a Twitter feed (@SqSupport), and anonline help center . Square does not offer phone support for customers, including for emergency situations. Once criticized for delays in dealing with customer problems, it claims that current turnaround time to customer inquiries is less than 24 hours.^[27]


/Business Insider /praised the product for its "ease of use, simplicity and elegance"./Business Insider/favorably compared Jack Dorsey withSteve Jobs for what they call his "entrepreneurial vision and charisma".^[28] ^[29]

The Next Web praised Square's website for its design and aesthetic appeal.^[30]

The product was also showcased at Apple'siPad 2 event.^[31]

GigaOM called the product adisruptive innovation .^[32]

Banned transactions

In May of 2013, Square announced it would no longer allow firearm or firearm-related transactions to be performed using its devices or software. FounderJack Dorsey amended the terms of service for retailers to ban sales of "firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or... weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury." He denied that this move was related to the increased debate over gun control.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

blondes, Fast Internet. FTTH Fiber to the Home.

Correlation of Blondes with fast internet? Sweden also has droppedpaper currencyin favor of plastics electronics.

Lithuania ranks first in the world by the internet upload speed and download speed. The country has connected 100% of households to the FTTH network. 31% of these households are subscribers to this network. Lithuania has thus Europe's most available fibre network and also has the highest FTTH penetration. Sweden has the next highest FTTH penetration with 23%.

The History and Geography of Human Genes (1994), says blond hair became predominant in Northern Europe beginning about 3,000 BC, in the area now known as Lithuania, and the trait spread quickly through sexual selection into Scandinavia. As above, the theory assumes that men found women with blond hair more attractive.

Pindar described Athena as fair-haired, and Pheidas described her as golden-haired. Hera, Apollo and Aphrodite were also described as blonds. Pindar collectively described the Homeric Danaans of the time of the war between Argos and Thebes as fair-haired. The Spartans are described as fair-haired. In the work of Homer, Menelaus the king of the Spartans is, together with other Achaean leaders, portrayed as blond. in the works of Homer, there is only one case of a dark hero, and that is when the blond Odysseus is transformed by Athena and his beard becomes blue-black. Other blond characters in Homer are Peleus, Achilles, Meleager, Agamede, and Rhadamanthys.[60]

Roman literary records describe a large number of well-known Roman historical personalities as blond. In addition, 250 individuals are recorded to have had the name Flavius, meaning blond, and there are various people named Rufus and Rutilius, meaning red haired and reddish-haired, respectively. The following Roman gods are said to have had blond hair: Amor, Apollo, Aurora, Bacchus, Ceres, Diana, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Minerva and Venus.[61] An emperor, Nero, descended from an aristocratic family, is by the historian Suetonius described as: "... his hair light blond,... his eyes blue..."Romans who were fair-haired preferred to dye their hair dark in the early period of Ancient Rome; at one point in time blond hair was even associated with prostitutes. The preference changed to bleaching the hair blond when Greek culture, which practiced bleaching, reached Rome, and was reinforced when the legions that conquered Gaul returned with blond slaves. Roman women tried to lighten their hair, but the substances often caused hair loss, so they resorted to wigs made from the captives’ hair.

Masculine Extinction: Avoid Over Exposure to Cell Phones & Wi-Fi

Beautiful weather, perfect, hi about 70 for past two days. No smog.

Will Americans go extinct? Gonads and brains fried by overpriced electronics and junk food. So they cannot think or reproduce. Is replacement by Mexican immigrants the solution? On the agenda by the "new world order" planners?

Why not traditional land lines and wired computers? I keep my cell phone turned off. I don't see much use for wireless, blue-tooth, cell phones, or cordless phones. Why take the risk? Let somebody else be the guinea pig.


Children’s Health Expert Panel: Cell Phones & Wi-Fi―Are Children, Fetuses and Fertility at Risk?

*By Dr. Mercola*

/“It may take some sort of catastrophe to get people’s attention,” said**/Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada and founder of Canadians 4 Safe Technology, referring to the increasing saturation of Wi-Fi technologies on the public at large, and especially, children.

Leading experts from top universities recently convened at a program organized by in Connecticut to discuss the reality that such a catastrophe is already brewing and, as the panel warned, is now already negatively impacting children, fetuses and fertility. But the majority of parents are not connecting the dots by linking symptoms in their children to the radiation.

During the discussion “Cell Phones & Wi-Fi – Are Children, Fetuses and Fertility at Risk?,” a wide range of scientific evidence was presented that RF/MW electromagnetic radiation has indisputable biological and health effects, including at non-thermal levels, with chronic exposures generally associated with greater harm. This is the kind of radiation emitted not only by cell phones but also by:

Wi-Fi routers Baby monitors Bluetooth earpieces
Towers Antennas Smart boards
Smart meters Cordless phones Other wireless devices

Dr. Davis illustrated her point with this graph of the variability in signal intensity in a four-second phone call:

'Our Grandchildren and Children Are Being Used as Lab Rats…'

This quote, from Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, president of Environmental Health Trust, sums up perhaps the most alarming EMF issue to date. The fact is, we know that exposure to this ‘unnatural bath of radiation’ damages DNA and impairs natural cellular repair processes, a phenomenon that may lead to cancer. Yet we are proceeding with this large-scale, uncontrolled experiment anyway.

Because children are still developing, they have rapid cellular replication and growth rates that make them especially vulnerable to DNA damage. They also have a longer lifetime exposure to this new pervasive radiation than any previous generation.

As the expert panel stated, research shows that radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi has/already/been shown to cause diminished reaction time in children, decreased motor function, increased distraction, hyperactivity and inability to focus on complex and long-term tasks.

In one controlled study, researchers from Yale University positioned a cell phone above a cage of pregnant mice. The phone was transmitting an uninterrupted active call for the entire 17 days of gestation.

When the exposed offspring were later tested, they showed signs of ADHD, and reduced transmissions in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.^1
It's widely known that children, due to their thinner skulls, smaller brains, softer brain tissue and far more rapidly dividing cells, are far more susceptible to damage from cell phone use than adults. This study clearly showed brain patterns are altered, with life long repercussions from brief prenatal exposures to microwave radiation.

Dr. Taylor indicated that there was a dose-response relationship found, and that disruption to the electrical signaling between neurons resulted in permanent changes in the way the brain is patterned that will carry forward into adulthood. The electrical signaling plays a major role in how the brain develops, which determines a lot of who we are as adults, he said, including “how we think and how we behave.”

/“This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior…”/said Hugh Taylor, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University.

Camilla Rees, MBA of,^2
said Dr. Taylor encouraged the audience to appreciate that while we don’t think of ourselves as being on the cell phone 24 hours a day, the cell phone is still emitting radiation 24/7 and impacting us if it is turned on and near us, day or night.

/“It’s not talking on the phone that matters, it’s any time the phone is turned on,” he said. Every 900 milliseconds, whether you are using the phone or not, your cell phone has a spike in radiation because it is looking for a signal from the tower…”/

She summarized key impacts on children from cell phone and WiFi radiation drawn from the BioInitiative Report, the Mobilewise (UK) report on cell phone effects on children, Russian research overseen by the Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, and the Yale report, “/Cell Phones: Technology, Exposures, Health Effects/

Reference to the latest BioInitiative Report’s (2012) section on possible EMF links to autism written by Harvard Professor Dr. Martha Herbert, who runs the Transcend Research Lab at Mass General, was also made. Dr. Herbert has said,

/“EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place."
"Powerful industrial entities have a vested interest in leading the public to believe that EMF/RFR, which we cannot see, taste or touch, is harmless,but this is not true.”/

Several panelists mentioned the new condition “Digital Dementia,” increasingly being reported globally, where children are exhibiting signs of deterioration in cognitive abilities from overuse of internet technologies, thought to result from imbalanced development of the brain. The lesser cognitive function will also result from the RF/MW exposures, but researchers who are focused on 'overuse' have not been as aware of this factor.

More research is necessary here to ferret out how much of the behavioral and brain effects of technology overuse are coming from the RF/MW, or brain changing aspects use of the technology itself, and the resulting lesser human interaction and lower quality relationships.

An excellent new book by Raffi Cavoukian, renowned singer, children’s champion and supporter of a commercial-free childhood, “#Light Web Dark Web,” takes a deep philisophical look at society’s unquestioning embrace of these technologies for children. It covers the health, privacy, safety, security, social, societal, mental health and addiction issues from children’s use of social media and modern communications technologies. Raffi says we need to “act quickly to subdue the perils of InfoTech’s shadow,” and “to move the risk-benefit ratio in favor of the LightWeb.”

In light of the growing evidence for harm to children and fetuses, Dr. Davis explained:^3

/“The cell phone standards we use today for the 6.5 billion cell phones in the world were set 17 years ago and have never been updated, despite the fact that the users and uses of cell phones are very different now. And they’ve never been tested for their safety around children… We’re in the midst of a huge experiment on ourselves and on our children…/

/A whole generation of people has been unaware of the risks of wireless radiation, and have not been taking precautions//. This is why public health officials are so concerned. There is already evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation in excess leads to disease. And exposures have grown dramatically in the last few years./*/Our grandchildren and children are “being used as lab rats in an experiment with no controls/*/… that’s what we are doing with cell phone and wireless radiation with our children today.”/

Frank Clegg, formerly CEO of Microsoft Canada, also commented on the adequacy of safety guidelines: Clegg said he is disappointed with industry, and regrets the lack of responsibility demonstrated by the technology sector in turning a blind eye to the biological realities of this radiation.

Nine Types of Cancer are Linked to Cell Phone Use

It was back in 2011 that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a committee of 27 scientists from 14 different countries working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), concluded that exposure to cell phone radiation is a "possible carcinogen" and classified it into the 2B category -- the same category as the pesticide DDT, lead, gasoline engine exhaust, burning coal and dry cleaning chemicals, just to name a few. The children’s health expert panel explained that, as of 2013, there are/nine/types of cancer linked to cell phone use, including:

Glioma (brain cancer) Acoustic Neuroma (tumor on acoustic nerve) Meningioma (tumor of the meninges)
Salivary Gland Cancer (parotid gland in cheek) Eye Cancer Testicular Cancer
Leukemia Thyroid Cancer Breast Cancer

The science connecting cell phone and Wi-Fi radiation is among the strongest there is, and children, again, are slated to bear the brunt of what could become a new epidemic of cell-phone and Wi-Fi-induced cancers. The panel reported:

/“The latency period between cell phone use and brain cancer is thought to be 20 to 30 years. Brain cancer rates are double for people who’ve been using cell phones for 10 years or more, appearing on the side of the head where they hold their phones, and risks are 5x greater for children using cell phones under the age of 20 than those over the age of 50.”/

Fertility and Sperm Count May Be at Risk

Infertility rates have been on the rise in the US, and today’s children may be even worse off than their parents if current trends continue. Several of the panel members focused on this issue, including studies that have found cell phone radiation can affect men's sperm count and the quality and motility of their sperm. One such study, published in/PLoS One,/^4

/"RF-EMR [radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation] in both the power density and frequency range of mobile phones enhances mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation by human spermatozoa, decreasing the motility and vitality of these cells while stimulating DNA base adduct formation and, ultimately DNA fragmentation. These findings have clear implications for the safety of extensive mobile phone use by males of reproductive age, potentially affecting both their fertility and the health and wellbeing of their offspring."/

The panel further reported:^5

/“There is a*direct relationship between duration of cell phone use and sperm count decline.*Sperm count is reduced by half in men who carry cell phones in their pants pockets for four hours per day. The motility of the sperm is also impaired. The testicular barrier, that protects sperm, is the most sensitive of tissues in the body, and is 100x more absorbent. Besides sperm count and function, the*mitochondrial DNA of sperm are damaged 3x more if exposed to cell phone radiation*./

/…DNA mutations have been linked more to damage on the male side in research from Iceland, the assumption being that male sperm is more vulnerable than female eggs, which are more protected. Mutations increase with the age of the father, and more autism and schizophrenia increase with the age of the father.”/

EMF-Free Zones Should Be Available for Pregnant Women and Children

The weight of the evidence clearly supports the need for Wi-Fi-free or low-Wi-Fi areas where pregnant women or those hoping to conceive, children and others sensitive to EMFs, can be protected, according to the panel.

The European Council has already taken the exemplary step of recommending that mobile phones and wireless networks get banned in classrooms and schools, according to Dr. Davis, and the Turkish government is launching a campaign to educate pregnant women and young men of reproductive age about the safety risks of cell phone radiation. Rajasthan India has banned cell towers on or near schools. The Israeli Health Ministry has issued a report
recommending against Wi-Fi in schools, on the basis that not enough is known about its chronic exposure. It has been shown, however, that increasing numbers of people think and learn better in locations that are free of cell phones, wireless devices and other forms of EMFs.

The Israeli Supreme Court in July ordered the Israeli government to investigate how many Israeli students are suffering from
electrosensitivity in response to a brief claiming that it is unreasonable to expose children to WIFI when it is proven to cause sickness. The Government must submit the result of its
investigation, supported with a sworn affidavit, to the court by November 16, 2013. Israel Minister of Health Rabi Yaakov Litzman wrote to the Minister of Education saying:

/" I do fear that there will come a day that we will all cry because the irreversible damage that we, in our own hands cause the future generation."/

The panel noted that ‘extreme caution’ is advised for pregnant women and women hoping to conceive:^6

/“Prenatal exposure results in fewer cells in the hippocampus of the brain, the area we need for thinking, reasoning, judgment and significantly impairs the development of neurons in the brain…//Some of the most profound effects in children from/in utero/EMF exposure are emotional and behavioral.”/

Around the world, many countries are already adopting the Precautionary Principle regarding cell phone use, and this is also what the panel recommended. Russian officials have issued the recommendation that all children under the age of 18 should avoid using cell phones entirely. The UK, Israel, Belgium, Germany, India, France and Finland also urge citizens to err on the side of caution with respect to their children's use of cell phones. Panel member Martin Blank, PhD said:

/“The precautionary principle is in order here – certain precautions should be taken as a result of the risk that’s been identified. That’s the reason we have seat belts in cars… not because every car is going to crash, but because we want to minimize the damage when they do.”/

Safety Recommendations for Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Use

The cell phone industry is one of the fastest growing and strongest global industries in the world today and is even stronger than the pharmaceutical industry. As a multi-trillion dollar industry that funds media around the world they are capable of making sizable political donations and persistent lobbying efforts that dictate government policies, and that also influence science carried out at universities and prominent cancer institutes.

So while cell phone dangers will one day likely be as well known as tobacco dangers, there's going to be a window when people are extremely vulnerable. And that window is right now. Children are especially vulnerable to damage from cell phone radiation, and should not use them at all (or only for very limited amounts). Men and women who want to have healthy children need to take special precautions to protect their reproductive organs and should not keep phones in their front pockets or close to their abdomens.

In the US, public warnings are not yet commonplace, but it's still important to protect yourself – and your children. There is plenty of science showing harm to warrant taking action now

The panel advised:^7

* *Children should not play with radiating cell phones.*Young children should not use cell phones except in an emergency. While you can put the phone in ‘airplane mode,’ which disconnects it from Wi-Fi and the Internet, the cell phone still emits magnetic fields from the battery, which have also been shown to have equally important biological consequences.

In no cases should children sleep with cell phones.

Extreme caution was advised for pregnant women or women hoping to conceive due to the profound long-term impact of
environmental factors.

* *Limit or eliminate Wi-Fi exposures. If you have a WI-Fi router make sure your*router is a low power version, not in a high-use area and keep it turned off as much as possible. Consider putting it on a timer so it is only available during certain hours, and never during sleeping hours.
* *Schools should not have Wi-Fi.*Cabled/wired connections do not pose the same risks. If there is Wi-Fi, again, it should be limited to the time when the Wi-Fi is specifically needed and not be operating at other times. Ideally, classrooms and school libraries and gyms should be WiFi-free.

* *Resume using landline phones whenever possible.*Get rid of your portable phone and use your landline. At the very least, don’t keep your cell phone in your bedroom while you sleep. Be aware even landline phones emit magnetic fields from the speaker, and sensitive people can sometimes feel them, especially on long calls and particularly when using trim phones. Old-fashioned desk phone earpieces offer a greater distance between the speaker and your ear that can make a meaningful difference. * *Keep your cell phone away from your body.*Avoid keeping it in your pocket or on your belt. If you’re pregnant, keep your cell phone away from your belly. Keep your phone at the other end of the room or on the seat of the car. Use texting more than talking. A cell phone case for the iPhone is available that filters out a significant portion of radiation (but by no means all the power and frequencies and other biologically disruptive signal characteristics also remain). There are several options for shielded cell phone cases and holsters at
* *Use a wired earpiece or headphones with cell phones.*Like with landline phones, some people are impacted by the magnetic fields from the speaker in the ear buds, so choose a model with the greatest distance from your ear, or use air tube technology with no electronics near your ear.**
* *Use caution using your cell phone in your car.*Signals bounce around inside your vehicle, and your head is the antenna. * *Opt-out of new utility meters called ‘smart meters.’*Prevent smart meters from being installed in your home whenever possible. * *Avoid using wireless baby monitors,*as they all operate on microwave frequency. Look for the old wired monitors. * *Know your exposures.*You or your community can purchase an RF meter for about $500 to measure the RF in homes, schools, churches, etc. See
* *Support labeling laws*that require cell phone manufacturers to list radiation levels in an obvious place on the packaging and at the retailer.