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venerdì 27 maggio 2016

Ospedale di Ginevra prende in carico gli elettrosensibili

Nello ospedale universitario HUG di Ginevra sono stati creati ambienti in cui ricoverare persone affette da elettrosensibilità.
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Partono dallo invito dei Medici ambientalisti svizzeri che sollecitano informazione ed azioni in  difesa di queste persone handicappate (5% della popolazione).

domenica 17 gennaio 2016

elettrosensibilità in Svizzera

Riporto la traduzione in inglese di un articolo il cui link è riportato in fondo, in francese. Fa il punto sulla EHS in Svizzera.

Punto nodale è il non riconoscimento da parte della classe medica della malattia per cui l'ente pubblico (cantonale) che gestisce la Assicurazione per le Disabilità  a sua volta non la riconosce.

Si parla del protocollo Austriaco come proposta metodologia di certificazione, come della importanza della disintossicazione nei confronti dei metalli pesanti . Viene indicato anche un centro medico per la disintossicazione.





11 January 2016

Electrohypersensitivity in Switzerland

Everyday life for electrohypersensitive persons is a real
ordeal in our hyperconnected society.  Cédric Sandoz
Waves, this treacherous enemy
by Gregory Balmat, lacote.ch, 30 September 2015 (translation from French by the Editor of "Towards Better Health")

Inquiry:  Electrohypersensitivity can make life nearly impossible.  The phenomenon is given far too little recognition in Switzerland.

Migraine headaches, skin burns, joint pains, sharp stinging sensations, this is just a small sample of the physical suffering experienced daily by electrohypersensitive persons when they are exposed to electromagnetic fields or electrosmog.

Ills that are sufficiently painful to completely upset living.  The status of this disorder remains unclear in many countries, including Switzerland.

In August, in France, the disability of a woman was recognized by the Incapacity Dispute Court of Toulouse because of her electrohypersensitivity (EHS).  In evaluating her functional disability at 85%, the French court allowed her to receive an allowance as a handicapped adult, a first in the Hexagone which could set a judicial precedent and also radically transform the status of French electrohypersensitive persons.



From cause to symptom

In Switzerland, for the time being the recommendations of WHO are being followed, which recognize the symtpoms of affected persons but do not confirm the causal link between their ills and non-ionizing radiation.  "These persons are suffering, it's undeniable.  But at present, there is no scientific evidence of a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and the symptoms of persons suffering from electrohypersensitivity", explains Dr. Isabelle Rossi, deputy cantonal physician for canton Vaud.

A lack of causality which risks to cause a problem if an electrohypersensitive person knocks on the door of the Disability Insurance (Assurance invalidité - AI) in Switzerland.  "In order for us to be able to consider this, we need to have a medical certificate which links the professional environment of the applicant and the suffering he is experiencing.  Since in Switzerland, this link is not recognized by the medical profession, there is little chance that the case would be solid and thus accepted," explains Dominique Dorthe, spokesperson for the Disability Insurance Office for canton Vaud.  He adds that although his office has never handled cases of electrohypersensitivity, it does not mean that affected persons have not requested its services for related disorders like depression.

Physicians' lack of awareness

This lack of recognition directly affects the detection of electrohypersensitivity.  "Diagnosis is basically complicated," explains Anton Fernhout of the Association romande alerte (ARA), which fights for more restrictive norms concerning electrosmog.  "The symptoms are non-specific and can be related to many illnesses.  In Switzerland, the medical profession is little aware of environmental medicine.  Practitioners who make the link are rare."  Some countries are nevertheless ahead regarding consideration of electrohypersensitivity.  In particular, Sweden treats the issue very seriously especially when it is linked to the professional activity of the affected person.  "Austrian physicians have developed a protocol for the diagnosis of electrohypersensitivity but few Swiss practitioners are aware of its existence and even fewer use it.  It is particularly true in the case of French-speaking Switzerland," regrets the vice-president of ARA, an environmental engineer by training.

Ways exist, however, to alleviate the suffering of electrohypersensitive persons.  An intoxication by heavy metals [see text below] could be the cause in certain cases.  But according to Anton Fernhout, it is necessary to try to provide places that are less exposed to non-ionizing radiation, such as the apartment building in Zurich which is exclusively for environmentally intoxicated persons.  It must be noted that there exists practically no white zone in Switzerland.

Right now, it is not a question of revising the norms in place for emission levels of relay antennas or mobile phones.  The cantonal department of the environment which is dealing with the issue explains that technological surveillance is in place and they are looking at studies on the subject.  There is a plethora of studies but their conclusions cast doubt.  "Most of the works deal with acute, short-term exposure to electromagnetic fields.  There are, by contrast, less studies on the long-term effect of exposure to electromagnetic fields on health.  These studies do not imply the existence of a causal link which, however, does not mean that there is the absence of an effect," comments the deputy cantonal physician.

Moreover, the fact that many researchers are financed by the telecommucations giants leaves one unsure of their impartiality.

A culprit called heavy metals

Aluminum, lead, mercury, silver, tin.  These "heavy" metals are present in the human body.  Aluminum is for example used as an adjuvant in certain vaccines, while mercury is present in old dental fillings (still current in France due to cost considerations).  These substances, however, are potentially toxic to the body.  They represent a credible indicator for electrohypersensitive persons.  "In some persons, an excessive presence of heavy metals can damage the immune system and favor the proliferation of opportunistic conditions such as the fungal infection Candida albicans which is particularly electrosensitive", explains Dr. Daniel Chervet at Swiss Medical Detox in Nyon.  More generally, these heavy metals can affect the nervous system:  "Electromagnetic fields make the protective layer of the brain, the blood-brain-barrier, more permeable and this can favor the intoxication of the brain by heavy metals.   The practitioner has already treated patients suffering from EHS with chelation therapy, noting a decrease in symptoms.  For Anton Fernhout of ARA, if an intoxication by heavy metals can be the main factor causing electrohypersensitivity, then it can also occur after prolonged exposure to non-ionizing waves.  "This occurs with any intoxication;  the body is capable of stocking a certain dose of a toxic substance.  Once attaining a certain threshold, it is too much and the floodgates open."

martedì 15 ottobre 2013

Casa per persone con MCS e ES, in Svizzera

- A Zurigo-Leimbach è stata completata in questi giorni la prima casa plurifamiliare in Europa per persone che soffrono di sensibilità chimica multipla (MCS).

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lunedì 2 settembre 2013

Il Governo Svizzero lancia un programma di monitoraggio di tutte le fonti di esposizione


Il Governo Svizzero ha lanciato un programma che coinvolge il Federal Office for Environment, finalizzato al monitoraggio sistematico di tutte le fonti di radiazioni che toccano sia le abitazioni che gli uffici.


Swiss Government Wants to Measure Electrosmog in Homes 

27 August 2013



http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.ch/2013/08/swiss-government-wants-to-measure.html

Government Wants to Measure Electrosmog in Homes

(20min.ch - German version - 26 August 2013) (Translation from German by Google and the Editor of this blog.)

While arguing about radiation from mobile phone antennas, no one knows how strongly we are irradiated in the office and at home. Now the federal government will look into a new measurement system.

Mobile phones, shavers, PC’s, lamps, Wi-Fi: these are continuously irradiating in the bedroom, the living room and the office. Electrosensitive persons are certain that they are getting headaches, balance and sleep disorders from this.

Although research is divided on whether these symptoms actually stem from electrosmog, it has been scientifically proven that certain radiation heats up the body and can affect the nervous system. But not even the federal government knows how much radiation exposure there actually is in Swiss homes and offices.

This is about to change: The federal government is currently studying options for systematic measurements. "There are plans to build a monitoring system. In future, the total load from all sources will be recorded, "confirms Jürg Baumann, Head of the Non-ionizing Section in the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

Radiation interacts with the nervous system

Also an ETH (Federal Polytechnic School) expert, Gregory Dürrenberger of the Research Foundation for electricity and mobile communications (FSM) is in favor of more comprehensive measurements. "A meaningful monitoring system should equip an individual for 24 hours with sensors and record emissions." Although Switzerland currently has a legal electrosmog limit of 4 or 6 volts per meter for mobile telephony and regulations for power lines, electric railways, mobile phone antennas, radio and TV or radar, private sources are not recorded.

This plays a big role: "The electromagnetic pollution in homes is greater than the average citizen publicly produces", Markus Lauener, president of the electrosmog umbrella organization for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Dachverbandes Elektrosmog Schweiz), is convinced. "One is irradiated from TV, Wi-Fi and cordless telephones of neighbors. And from our own devices. "

If the measurements obtained by the federal government reach critical values, it is clear what needs to happen. "On each household appliance there must be an indication of how much radiation it emits." The current limits are based on economic rather than scientific knowledge. Peter Schlegel, ETH engineer, and representatives of electrohypersentivie persons (EHS) want to have only 1.5 volts per meter measurement in homes for WLAN (Wi-Fi).

Urgent need for regulation

For Hans-Ulrich Jakob of Gigahertz, a trade organization for non-ionizing radiation, such measurements are alarming. "My fear is that many people in offices suffer from electrosmog without knowing it," As the radiation causes a general weakening of the immune system, susceptibility to various diseases results.

The Green Party National Councillor Yvonne Gilli will soon bring the issue back on the political scene: "There is an urgent need for regulation of devices close to the body. There are still no limits for induction cookers and Co." She plans to contact the relevant authorities to work together to formulate a way forward. In addition, citizens should be educated: "People do not know enough about how they can reduce exposure to electromagnetic pollution in their homes through significant precautions and practices."

Knowing how much radiation we are exposed to every day will still take time. The building up of a supply of measuring instruments for monitoring by the federal government will take a few years according to Jürg Baumann of the FOEN.

Original article in German :
(http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/story/Bund-will-Elektrosmog-in-Wohnung-messen-22171555

http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.ch/2013/08/swiss-government-wants-to-measure.html

mercoledì 11 aprile 2012

Tribunale Federale Svizzera dà via libera a Piano antenne comunale

http://microondes.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/chtf-premiere-approbation-dun-plan-communal-pour-antennes-de-telephonie-bundesgericht-segnet-standortmodell-fur-mobilfunkantennen-ab/


Lausanne (awp/ats) – Le Tribunal fédéral (TF) a donné son feu vert à un plan destiné à réglementer l’implantation des antennes de téléphonie mobile dans les différentes zones de la commune d’Urtenen-Schönbühl (BE). Il a débouté les opérateurs Swisscom, Orange et Sunrise.

Ces trois entreprises avaient contesté cette planification, approuvée en 2005 par les citoyens de la localité. Le nouveau règlement prévoit que les antennes doivent être installées en priorité dans les zones non destinées à l’habitat.


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Losanna (AWP / ats) - Il Tribunale federale (TF) ha dato il via libera a un piano per regolamentare la localizzazione delle antenne di telefonia mobile in diverse zone del comune di Urtenen-Schönbühl (BE). Ha respinto la Swisscom, Orange e Sunrise.

Queste tre società hanno contestato il piano, approvato nel 2005 dai cittadini locali. Il nuovo regolamento prevede che le antenne devono essere installate in aree non prioritari per habitat.

domenica 8 aprile 2012

I Medici per l'Ambiente Svizzeri per la riduzione dei limiti di esposizione

La 25ennale associazione dei Medici svizzeri per l'ambiente ha richiesto sia al Parlamento Federale che al Ministero della Salute una applicazione piu' cautelativa del Principio di Precauzione.

Questo intervento segue il riconoscimento da parte dello IARC (OMS) della radiofrequenze quale potenziali agenti cancerogeni.


La Associazione ricorda studi svizzeri del 2008 che associarono Alzheimer alla vicinanza alle linee di trasmissione di energia elettrica, come le ricerche dell'Università di Zurigo che nel 2012 hanno individuato un forte incremento di cecità nei neonati vicini a stazioni radio base di telefonia .

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23 March 2012
Switzerland: Waves from Wireless Communication: Physicians for the Environment Requests Strict Application of the Precautionary Principle
Basel, 22 March 2012

Press Release from Physicians for the Environment (MfE – Switzerland)



Mobile Telephony : MfE requests stricter limit values





The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers the waves emitted by wireless communication “possibly carcinogenic”. According to the IARC, the risk of cancer for this type of radiation is thus similar to that of the insecticide DDT, rightly banned. Physicians for the Environment (MfE) is concerned that the limit values expected to protect the Swiss population, notably vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women, constitute insufficient protection. In a communication sent to the Federal Assembly, MfE thus requests strict application of the principle of precaution and – in view of the risk of cancer – lower limit values.



Children’s rooms, housing, trams or offices are experiencing a growing exposure to radiation from diverse sources: babyphones, mobile telephony, wifi, etc., yet more and more studies warn against the serious health consequences of electromagnetic pollution for human beings and animals.



Cataracts in calves, Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer …


Since 2001, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considered that magnetic fields emitted notably from current lines could be carcinogenic. A 2008 Swiss study postulates increased risk of contracting Alzheimer’s Disease for residents living near power lines. Other studies on the risk of brain tumors establish a higher risk for this pathology in the case of mobile phone use. This is why the IARC, part of the United Nations, considered in 2011 that waves from mobile telephony are “possibly carcinogenic”. In 2012, the University of Zürich noted a 10 times higher prevalence of blindness from birth (cataracts) in calves during the duration of operation of a relay antenna installed on a stable.



Strict application of the precautionary principle, lowering of limit values

“From the medical point of view, it is urgent to apply the precautionary principle for mobile telephony, wifi, power lines, etc.” states Dr. Peter Kälin, President of Physicians for the Environment. The Austrian Medical Chamber has moreover just formulated the same requirement in regard to smart meters. In a communication dated 16 March 2012 to the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly, Physicians for the Environment requested to divide the value limits by 10. Dr. Yvonne Gilli, National Councillor, has repeated the demands of the MfE in requesting the Federal Council, if it has to protect the population, to apply the precautionary principle and to lower limit values.



Contact:

Dr Martin Forter, Bâle, directeur MfE 061 691 55 83

Dr en médecine Peter Kälin, Leukerbad, président Mfe 027 470 21 77



The communication to the Federal Assembly and parlementary intervention of Yvonne Gilli are available in German on www.aefu.ch.



Founded 25 years ago, the association of Physicians for the Environment (MfE) joins together around 1,500 physicians in Switzerland.