SOCIAL CHANGE

Think and wonder. Wonder and think.

 
 

The ability to read is profound and access to books is life changing something many of us take for granted and under utilise. It is estimated that 775 million people in the world are unable to read and a huge percentage have limited or no access to books, let alone the internet!

The information in my book organicise, can transform a home, make our environment better, result in a healthier you – how great is that!

Imagine what a book about being a doctor, or about another country or about the world can do to a child who lives in a limiting environment. Books about rising above challenges, planting apples, discovering penicillin, being a president–what seeds can they plant in a child, what potential can be ignited? Imagination is the first step.

 
 
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THE HOME FRONT

For the past five years I had the privilege of caring for four very wonderful children 24/7. And during that time I came across a great service provided by the Pyjama Foundation Pyjama Angels.

Angels are people just like you and me who commit to spending time with one child weekly for the primary purpose of reading. The goal is that children in foster care will have read or have read to them, 1000 books by the time they are ten. Just fabulous.

This made a significant difference to my two young proteges both who now LOVE READING and are inspired. I didn’t have the time or focus to sit down with each child and give them that type of attention, and my children came from a background of drug addiction and books were certainly not part of they lives.

 
 
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CHILDHOOD BRAIN CANCER

I have spent much of my working life in community development and supporting global initiatives in increasing the wellbeing of families. To see children live beyond their early childhood years and have the opportunity to grow and flourish.

When I was preparing for my presentation of my Organicise book launch I came across this fact on a website that turned me inside out, wrenched my heart:

"Brain cancer (or malignant brain tumours) kill more children in Australia than any other disease..."

Recently a friend directed me to an Instagram  #childhoodcancerwarriors and I have been opening up my life to the plight of children with this horrendous condition and equally horrendous statistics.

Due to the lack of significant research in this field I have chosen to commit to supporting this cause. When I wrote my article on Mobile Phones there was enough evidence to warrant intensive research on the effects of EMFs (Electro Magnetic Fields) on children including pregnancy.

I am in no way saying this is the primary cause of childhood brain tumours but I am supporting and advocating for further research, it is a reality we cannot ignore. I support all research - preventative and a cure.

This was encouraging news a few days ago:

GOVERNMENT FUNDING NEEDED TO HELP FIND CURE FOR CHILDHOOD BRAIN CANCER

Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph – September 3, 2017

EVERY nine days, an Australian child dies of brain cancer. It is the deadliest childhood disease in this country yet there is so little government funding that survival rates have not improved in three decades — only one in five survives for more than five years.

Desperate parents are forced into raising money to try to find a cure for their dying children or to head overseas seeking experimental treatments. Today, we launch our campaign to change that. Eight-year-old Finn Marker lost his fight against brain cancer this year.

Last week the federal Government announced a $13 million fund for rare cancer research but, in reality, funding for brain cancer has gone backwards.

In 2016, as a result of a research project, Yale University initiated the BABYSAFE PROJECT - 'What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby'.

As one specialist from Yale University said:

“It is so simple to move your cell phone away from your abdomen when you're pregnant. Why not do it? There's essentially no downside to being cautious and protecting your baby.” - Dr. Hugh Taylor, Yale University

This is an excellent article from a senior editor at Time back in 2010.

Dr Devra Davis is well known for her successful campaigning to remove smoking from aeroplanes. She is now campaigning to bring awareness to the risks of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices.

In 2015 Melbourne University hosted an event where Dr Davis presented her case.

 
 
 
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DR DEVRA DAVIS

Dr Devra Davis is an internationally recognised expert on electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices.

 
 

She is currently the Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey. Dr Davis was Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute — the first institute of its kind in the world, to examine the environmental factors that contribute to the majority of cases of cancer.

In 2007, Dr Devra Davis founded non-profit Environmental Health Trust to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards. Dr Davis served as the President Clinton appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in the U.S.A. from 1994–1999, an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents and mitigates chemical accidents.

As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counselled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank.

Dr Davis holds a B.S. in physiological psychology and a M.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, 1967. She completed a PhD in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1982. She has authored more than 200 publications and has been published in Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association as well as the Scientific American and the New York Times.

Her book, 'Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family' outlines eight ways users increase their risk.  There is a summary available on the CBS News website, it is worth reading.