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Cellphone may be killing us

Or at least the world's bees, which has an impact on the world food supply, since bees pollinate flowers (and of course have lives of their own).

After cellphones became ubiquitous I had a twinge of regret about an early post on this site which was anti-cellphone. After all, these things are all over the planes, the first sound you hear when you land, and are on their way to becoming Dick Tracy watches and then maybe earrings. Now I see some evidence that all that electromagnetic junk is actually deleterious in some way.

Yogis have this idea that we should not be polluting the environment, and with apologies to those who value their "minutes," a lot of chatter is going on and plugging up the ethers. Maybe most people don't notice, and who cares about other people's chatter anyways, unless that is, one is sensitive to energy.

And I increasingly crave the gaps between action, the moments of delicious silence and solitude. A yogi in the cave of whatever sanctuary one can carve out in modern life.

Apparently the bees notice.

The phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Scientists

are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.

The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

This comes from a study at Landau University which has found that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby.

Bees apparently are sensitive to energy, specifically electromagnetic energy, and maybe the invisible vibrational stuff as well.
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Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine (also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society), a forum for exploration of legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. The most recent published book by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and related fields is Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, following Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).

Health care and corporate lawyer Michael H. Cohen has also been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing), adding to Bar membership in four U.S. states.
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