Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sarnia Observer does it again! Wi-Fi is Scary and Carcinogenic Woo Woo

Tyler Kula reports and helps spread the Woo of Wi-Fi in schools being dangerous to children. He needs to do more homework in his assignments and finding out the truth.

Not backing down

By TYLER KULA, The Observer

The Catholic elementary teachers’ union doesn’t trust Wi-Fi in schools, but without direction from medical officers of health, the local Catholic school board isn’t flinching.

About one third of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s 29 elementary and high schools have Wi-Fi already, said director of education Paul Wubben. And there are plans to expand.

“Safety of children comes first but we haven’t heard anything from our local medical officers of health in either Lambton or Kent County, or the chief medical officer of health for Ontario,” he said.

He was reacting to a research paper published by the Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) Monday, outlining issues the 45,000-strong teacher union has with radiation produced from wireless computer networking and other technologies.

“There’s not a lot of solid information out there (about Wi-Fi radiation effects),” said Lambton Kent OECTA unit president Wayne Bechard, noting the paper is to raise awareness and promote caution.

Parents in Simcoe took umbrage with Wi-Fi in schools two years ago, saying it was responsible for headaches, nausea, dizziness and other maladies their children were feeling.

The World Health Organization said in May radiation from wireless devices could be carcinogenic and more research is needed.

Health Canada is also calling for more research.

Current safety thresholds don’t take long-term exposure on children into account, OECTA said, in the position paper.

That means school boards need to be cautious, Bechard said.

“I wouldn’t rip out what they’ve got,” he said. But maybe switch networks off when they’re not in use, he said.

“Just because we don't’ know the impact it’s actually having on kids, on students,” he said.

The St. Clair board is already cautious, Wubben said, noting most school boards in Ontario are planning to use Wi-Fi to let students take advantage of their own devices at school.

“I’m interested and I’m concerned,” he said. “But at this stage I would say that we will proceed as we have.”

The board’s position is the same as the McGuinty government’s, he said.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents public school elementary teachers, is also looking at the issue.

Meanwhile the Lambton Kent District School Board, the local public board, offers Wi-Fi access to 24,000 students at 66 elementary and secondary schools across the district.

With files from QMI Agency

Wi-Fi is perfectly safe when installed properly. It can not be detected by the human body. If anyone can say they can detect it, the James Randi Educational Foundation has a $1,000,000.00 prize waiting for you if you can demonstrate it.

These teachers and parents need to do a lot more research too.

Here are some detailed blogs listing information about Wi-Fi so I will not repeat it here.

But it is the Catholic school teachers union and they believe is invisible sky daddies so I guess it isn't hard for them to believe that Wi-Fi causes headaches and cancer without evidence too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Does a light really make you stop smoking - NO!

Just continuously amazed at the woo woo that the Sarnia Observer pushes. This article is posted on line Friday February 10 to be published on Saturday unless someone wakes up and kills it. LOL, unlikely.

Lasers to quit smoking?

By TYLER KULA, The Observer

Posted 4 minutes ago

Forget lighting up, this laser is designed to help smokers butt out.

Smoking cessation therapy using “cold” lasers at the Petrolia Foot Clinic and Laser Centre has a success rate of 75% to 82%, according to chiropodist Dr. Sherrill Martin.

That’s out of about 40 patients since the program began in March.

“It’s not a miracle,” she said. “You have to really want to quit. The patient has to be able to determine between craving and habit.”

Smokers sign up for three treatment sessions over four days at $300.

Bob Stevenson, the centre’s laser technician, uses a low-intensity laser on fingers, wrists, ears and noses, to release endorphins and shorten the typically 30-day nicotine detoxification period to four days, Martin said.

For an extra $50, the laser can be used to treat appetite suppression points — for those concerned about gaining weight.

The process, developed in the 1970s, Stevenson said, has been in Canada for years and is similar to acupuncture — releasing endorphins to help curb nicotine addiction.

It’s unclear though exactly how the endorphins are released other than through “LED light energy,” Martin said.

After the sessions, patients are given a grab bag of suckers, candies and cigarette-length cut straws, to help sate any behaviour patterns that could lead to cravings.

Marie Chaves, a health promoter with Lambton County’s Community Health Services Department, said smoking cessation therapy with lasers is not scientifically proven to work.

“It isn’t one of the methods we would recommend because there’s no research to back it up,” she said.

Nicotine patches are the most effective treatment for nicotine replacement therapy, she said, noting there are also effective prescriptions.

The health unit has a number of quit smoking programs, including a Jan. 9 nicotine patch workshop in Grand Bend with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. For more information, call 519-238-1556.

In Petrolia, carbon monoxide is checked before each laser treatment session to make sure a patient hasn’t smoked, and success rates are based on calls 30 days after treatment, Martin said.

The laser is also used to treat injuries — decreasing inflammation and pain, and stimulating healing, Martin said.

Laser therapy was initially introduced at the nearly 12-year-old centre in 2009.

Martin said many of her patients were smokers and the response has been positive.

“A lot of phone calls, a lot of questions.”

Chiropodist Sherrill Martin receives laser therapy from Bob Stevenson, laser technician at the Petrolia Foot Clinic and Laser Centre. The clinic has been offering laser therapy for smoking cessation since March. TYLER KULA / THE OBSERVER / QMI AGENCY

This article is just full of Woo Woo. Light, laser Light or LED light does not make you stop smoking or effect your hunger. He also compares the treatment to acupuncture which is also Woo Woo and does nothing as well!

This treatment only makes the wallets of those fools that think it does anything, lighter by $300 plus $50 for weight! It is all in their heads!

Good work Tyler for promoting Woo and keeping the reputation of the Sarnia Woo Woo Observer newspaper going strong.