March, 2016 Newsletter
Beverly Rubik, PhD
Cell Phone Radiation and Our Health
Cellular telephones are now the leading personal communication devices with 7 billion cell phones used worldwide. A growing number of these are "smart" phones that are replacing other technology in our lives, with email capability, camera, recorders, web surfing, and numerous other functions. Yet questions remain about their safety. The US guideline of specific absorption rate (SAR) at or below 1.6 watts/kg is solely based on heating effects, while numerous peer-reviewed research reports show that low-level microwaves may cause a range of nonthermal bioeffects.
A pilot study with 10 adult volunteers was conducted by Rubik to look for any changes in blood cell morphology following human exposure to a smart phone under controlled conditions. Fresh peripheral blood samples were collected and photographed under a microscope, before and after subjects wore a smart phone in a backpack for 45 minutes followed by active use of the smart phone for another 45 minutes blood microphotographs were scored for various parameters. Nine of 10 subjects showed unhealthy blood changes. Such effects on the blood, if long term, are significant and would be expected to pose cardiovascular issues.
TIME: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., (doors open at 7 p.m.)
PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Beverly Rubik earned her Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley. She is internationally renowned for her research at the cutting edge of science and medicine and has received several awards for her research. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine; and The Journal of Vortex Science and Technology. She is a professor at Energy Medicine University; adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and Saybrook University; a consultant to industry on maverick wellness products; and a holistic health practitioner advising clients on enhanced self-care.
Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science (IFS) in 1996. Laurance S. Rockefeller, Sr., helped support the founding of the IFS. In 2002, IFS was awarded an NIH center grant for frontier medicine research on biofield science in consortium with researchers at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rubik was a project director in this consortium and supervised studies on Reiki, a form of Japanese spiritual healing, and on qigong therapy, a healing practice that originated in China.
Members get in FREE.
A $15 donation is asked of non-members at the door.
Students with ID, a $5 donation is asked.
An FMBR Workshop
March 26, 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Understanding Wireless Radiation and How to Protect Ourselves Lead by Beverly Rubik, PhD and Herry Jabs, MS
What do cell phones, wireless internet, cordless phones, cell phone towers, "smart" meters, and "smart" home appliances have in common? They all emit radio frequencies (RF). Moreover, these devices are all around us and are affecting our health in profound ways. With the proliferation of wireless technology and our increasing exposure to RF, people are experiencing greater stress and have headaches, fatigue, and low energy, symptoms often associated with chronic radiation sickness. A new syndrome--Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome--affects an estimated 25% of the population, with 3% severely affected. We will demonstrate RF exposure with field meters that we will bring to measure your portable device emissions. We will explain more about the health consequences of exposure as documented in scientific and medical studies. Although there is no practical way to eliminate these wireless fields completely from our lives, we will discuss ways in which we can significantly reduce our exposure and protect ourselves. We will also discuss the so-called "protective" devices sold in the marketplace and our independent test results on several such devices.
Harry Jabs, M.S., was educated as an experimental physicist and holds 2 Masters degrees, one from DESY in Germany (German Electron Synchrotron) and the other from Texas A&M University, where he conducted research on cold fusion and nuclear physics. Presently he is a senior scientist at Institute for Frontier Science in Emeryville, CA, a nonprofit laboratory conducting pioneering research. Harry is a multidisciplinary scientist and engineer with expertise in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, electronics, mechanics, material science, and software engineering. He is passionate about developing new technologies that some people might consider impossible.
COST to Attend:
Paid FMBR members: $50.00.
Non-FMBR members: $65.00.
• Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
• PLACE: Lost Altos Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Los Altos
Toward an Understanding of the Biological Effects of Microwave EMF
Jerry Gin, Ph.D.
As I discussed in Part 1, the current health standards for the biological effects of microwave electromagnetic fields (EMF) are based upon the heating effects of the radiation rather than the biological effects. Recent research has yielded a substantial body of data on changes in intracellular calcium in our bodies due to microwave EMF. This research data indicates why serious health problems can occur at levels much lower than the current world standards predict as safe. The Russian microwave EMF standards are more stringent than the US standards and are primarily based upon immunological changes in animals. The recent intercellular calcium research provides a much stronger basis for creating a new and more scientific safety standard for our cell phones, cell towers, baby monitors, Smart Meters, computers, tablets, radar, microwave ovens, etc. The following will describe the details behind this conclusion.
We all know that calcium is important to the health of the body because of its role in maintaining bones and teeth. The concentration of calcium in the blood must be maintained within fairly tight limits for health (8.8 to 10.4 mg/100 ml). Within cells calcium concentrations are tightly regulated and are generally about 10,000 times lower inside the cell than outside the cell. Calcium concentration is regulated by channels which are embedded in the membranes of cells; opening and closing of the channels are voltage dependent so they are called voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). The pharmaceutical industry knows the importance of blocking these channels to reduce calcium influx into cells and have developed whole categories of drugs to block these channels (called calcium channel blockers). Some uses of these drugs are to decrease blood pressure in patients with hypertension, to alter heart rate, to prevent cerebral vasospasm, to reduce chest pain caused by angina pectoris, and to influence the biosynthesis of aldosterone which affects hypertension.
What is not generally understood is that if too much calcium enters a cell, a host of negative consequences can occur. For the past 12 years, my partners and I at Livionex, Inc. have been conducting research on what happens to cells when they are injured. Injury causes an influx of calcium into the cell, which triggers enzymatic reactions that either cause cell death (apoptosis) or the generation of inflammatory cytokines which produce inflammation. The inflammation causes pain and tissue damage.
Dr. Martin Pall, biochemist at Washington State University, and other scientists have shown that low level microwave EMF exposure can result in VGCC activation and elevated intracellular calcium. 2 4 5 In a recent review 2 5 and in two dozen studies, calcium channel blockers, which block voltage-gated calcium channels, also block the increased influx of calcium caused by EMFs. This suggests that activation of these channels is primarily responsible for the results noted in studies on the effects of EMFs. VGCCs normally open calcium channels for short periods, in the millisecond range; EMF activation can result in much longer open periods, resulting in significantly higher intracellular calcium influx.
The intracellular calcium activates a nitric oxide synthase enzyme that produces nitric oxide. At low physiological levels, nitric oxide leads to activation of enzymes that produce a therapeutic effect. However, nitric oxide, especially at higher sustained levels, leads to formation of peroxynitrite and results in oxidative stress (free radical formation). 4 Dr. Martin Pall, 2 4 in his review, shows that the increase in intracellular calcium can result in numerous problems:
- Oxidative stress results in DNA breaks - contributes to cancer cell formation.
- Activation of matrix metalloproteases degrades the tight cell/cell junctures and breakdown in the blood-brain barrier.
- DNA breaks of gamete precursor cells can result in a decrease in fertility and sperm count
as well as adverse effects on sperm morphology and function.
- Activation of kinases lead to apoptosis (cell death).
Depressed melatonin levels leading to sleep disruption.
VGCCs are present in nearly every biological system in the human body; for example, in the immune, endocrine, nervous, and circulatory systems. EMFs can thus result in increases of allergies and inflammation, affect hormone regulation, brain function and heart rhythms.
Given that the scientific literature shows substantial biological effects of microwave EMFs, it seems clear to me that current national and international safety standards do not adequately address biological hazards. The current standards are based on the false assumption that the main effect of microwave EMFs is an increase in heat, and thus the standard of safety rests upon the measurement of the temperature increase of a liquid. Scientists observe biological effects at as low as 20 microwatts/kg. Is it then really safe to irradiate humans in the 2 watts/kg range (i.e., with 100,000 times stronger radiation)? The US standard for cell phones is 1.6 watts/kg. This standard fails to account for the non-thermal biological effect described in the substantial body of scientific papers, including the opening of VGCCs by EMFs and the resulting myriad of diseases it can cause.
The recommendations by Dr. Pall2 and others include the implementation of new, biologically based, safety standards2 and the lowering of exposures to EMFs by factors of 100 to 1000-fold. Biological standards recommended by Dr. Pall include measurement of nitrous oxide levels in cell culture sensitive to EMFs; biological tests such as cardiac, hormone, and neurological changes in animals in response to EMF; and whole animal studies looking at nitrous oxide levels in blood.
Dr. Pall's recommendations for lowering exposures by 100 to 1000-fold are as follows:
better shielding of computers and tablets, especially their bottoms; improved design of WiFi antennas -- exposure levels are 1000 to 10,000 times higher than needed; hard wiring of computers in schools; better shielding of cell phones and more use of headsets; lower signal strength of cordless phones (no need broadcast to 200 ft when 20 ft will do); removal of Smart Meters (short high intensity pulses are very damaging; VGCC activation continues long after pulse has ceased); finer grounded wire mesh over windows of microwave ovens can lessen exposure 100 fold. (Note: test your microwave oven shielding -- place your cell phone in microwave oven and see if signal can go through shielding; at home, I have 2 microwave ovens, in one, shielding was adequate and in the other, inadequate -- the phone rang.)
Many Healing Modalities
When one starts reviewing the field of alternative healing, one finds that it is quite diverse and that there are many healing modalities. One can even argue that there are as many healing modalities as there are healers.
A set of notes has been compiled which attempts to list some of them. The notes have been further refined to describe common qualities among the different healing modalities and to group them based upon those commonalities. Any such grouping cannot do justice to some modalities because of their unique features which do not quite "fit" any classification. However, it does appear that there are commonalities and the reader is invited to review these notes, which also describe some of the lesser-known ones.
2016 SSE Conference
The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) will hold its 2016 Annual Conference this year in Boulder, Colorado, from June 20th-23rd. This year it will be a combined conference of the Parapsychological Association and SSE. It will be a rich experience for anyone interested in the leading edge of science, including areas that are too controversial or too new to have found their way into the mainstream. The conference theme is Accessing the Exceptional, Experiencing the Extraordinary.
Jerry Gin at East West Bookshop
324 Castro St., Mountain View, CA
Friday, May 6, 7:30pm
The Nature of Mind-Being
Free. To reserve tickets, please call 650-988-9800
The Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) brings together the scientific and experiential evidence in diverse fields such as consciousness, subtle energy, healing, remote viewing, sacred geometry, BioGeometry, near-death experience, out-of-body experience, quantum physics, bioenergetics, spirituality, and enlightenment. The study of these subjects facilitates out individual mind-being evolution as to who we are and our interconnectedness. Jerry Gin, Ph.D., scientist and chairman of FMBR, will introduce the studies and evidence in the various fields to give us a better understanding of who we are and why we are here.
Saturday, May 7, 12:00-5:30 - pm
A Course in the Nature of Mind-Being
$25 thru may 6, $35 day of
he term "mind-being" refers to our individual evolution as we learn about consciousness, the nature of the universe, who we are, and out interconnectedness. To help in out evolution, this Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR) workshop covers studies in consciousness, the Field, fundamental patterns of matter, subtle energy, healing, out-of-body and near-death experiences, sacred geometry, BioGeometry, torus structure, Quantum physics, DNA, bioenergetics, spirituality, and enlightenment. Jerry Gin, Ph. D. scientist and chairman of FMBR, will present studies, evidence, and relationships in the various fields to provide a better understanding of who we are and why we are here.
To reserve tickets, please call 650-988-9800,
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