Ohio Teen Carl Leggett May Have Died From Beating Suffered as a Baby

Ohio authorities believe a teenager died on May 18 from injuries he sustained more than a decade ago when he was still a baby.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center pronounced Carl Leggett, 14, dead and the Hamilton County coroner is treating the incident as an “apparent homicide.”

An autopsy has been conducted with the cause of death unknown, according to a coroner’s report released on May 20. Laboratory tests are being conducted and no conclusive findings are expected from the coroner until at least June.

Investigators are meanwhile examining whether Leggett may have died from injuries he suffered back when he was beaten as a baby.

In a 2005 court case grandmother Shannon Jordan testified that the boyfriend of Leggett’s mother, Terry Stiles, had beaten and shaken the child when he was just a 5-month-old baby.

Stiles was sentenced to eight years in jail for assaulting and ruining what should otherwise have been a happy and healthy childhood for Leggett.

“Carl’s life was nothing but pain, medications, hospital stays,” Jordan said, according to KCCI.

Investigators claim the beatings happened in Arlington Heights when Leggett’s mother Sierra Burton, who now lives in Florida, was sleeping and left Stiles in charge of watching over the baby.

Burton appeared to show remorse for her son’s mistreatment when she made a teary statement to the media.

“We didn’t get a chance to see him walk or anything,” Burton told KCCI on May 20. “You just need to be careful who you bring around your kids. We thought, or I thought, at the time I could trust him.”

When the beatings happened Leggett’s head would swell to three times the normal size.

Even the simple act of turning the baby was a challenge because his tiny arms would contract.

“They were, you know, stuck in a solid position,” Jordan said. “You could barely open them when you washed him, so you couldn’t put clothes on him and we would put, I’d put, wash cloths on his chest.”

She took a quick breath when she showed the last wash cloth she placed on his chest. Jordan claimed she prepared 48 syringes a day to help manage Leggett’s pain caused by the beatings.

“There’s Carl’s bed,” she said, indicating to a KCCI reporter the corner of the front room in an apartment. “I couldn’t be out of earshot of him because he needed suction so much because of his trach, so our life’s just been in this room.”

Jordan’s biggest regret is Leggett died when his whole life was still ahead of him, forced to live a life of constant care unable to do anything for himself and live the life he was supposed to enjoy.

“We lost a precious soul and it’s not fair because he didn’t get the life he was supposed to have,” she said.

Although Stiles has already served his time behind bars, Jordan blames the convicted attacker for Leggett no longer being alive.

“What he did to Carl is, I believe, the direct result why we don’t have Carl now,” she said. “If he never laid his hands on that baby, Carl would be a 14-year-old boy in school, playing Xbox [or] outside playing.”

A funeral service for Leggett will be held on May 23.

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Author: Richard Szabo


The Bridge Builders Behind A Movement

Have you ever done something in your life so profound that it stayed with you? I’ve had a few of those experiences in my life, in the realm of Special Forces.

In 2009, we put together a program called Village Stability Operations. It was a special time because I had the opportunity to serve with men and women at both the highest level and most junior level, who were all committed to the same thing, which was stabilizing Afghanistan from the bottom up.

It was one of the few times in my military career where I saw true unity of effort. For a fleeting period of time, we really had momentum going our way. It involved one Afghan villager at a time, climbing up the ladder onto their house and defending their home; usually after a special forces detachment living in that village had been doing it night after night after night. Eventually, those individual rooftops would transform into a community movement to stand on their own and fight back.

These individual movements, up onto the Rooftop, resulted in the growth of 6 communities standing on their own to 113 communities standing on their own. From 75 farmers defending their homes across six villages to 30,000. It became a movement that was funded for $500 million by Congress, sanctioned by President Karzai, endorsed by President Obama, and integrated by General Petraeus as one of the pillars of the Afghan campaign. To this day, it’s still a strategic, historic program.

It was the action of those villagers climbing the rooftop that I found so striking and is the basis of what we can learn here, as leaders in our businesses and communities. We can learn to build movements where people take action, in a collective way, that they otherwise wouldn’t take in the face of high stakes, high risk, ambiguity, and complexity. We can lead people to take a stand, shoulder to shoulder, tipping the balance in a way that is representative of historical change.

Whether you’re doing this with a product, building a movement inside your school or inside the political system, creating a movement is something that leaders should always strive for.

Now I’ll be straight with you, I have attempted a lot of movements in my life. Creating a movement of people who are often diverse, distrustful, disengaged, disconnected, and emotional, is fraught with difficulty. It’s difficult to get people to take action in a collective way. I have failed many more times than I have succeeded, but, the movements I have created have been prolific.

A movement is a group of people taking action, of their own free will, at a grassroots level, with several key leaders, in search of, and in pursuit of, a common unifying vision. And at some point, they achieve momentum and they overwhelm the system to create radical change. They disrupt the status quo in a beautiful groundswell.

As a leader, you are the catalyst who brokers, bridges, and creates connections so that your movement can start to build from the bottom up. There has to be a unifying vision that cuts through everyone’s differences and brings them together behind a common mission. This isn’t new. You, in fact, accomplish this through storytelling and other old-school interpersonal, human connection skills.

Beyond the unifying vision, there has to be a sense of deep connection. The people in a movement have to feel safe, and they have to feel connected to each other. Now what that means to you as a leader is that you have to reach beyond trust gaps. You have to be a leader who doesn’t get sucked into petty tensions, petty rivalries, or who is easily swayed into an emotional state.

You must be a leader who, above all else, bridges relationships and connections where others cannot. You have to be willing to stitch together different personalities, different backgrounds, different ethnicities, different wants and objectives under the catalyst of a common cause. It requires everything you’ve got.

And guess what? You’re not going to get any of the credit. If you’re truly a catalyst leader, you won’t get the credit for whatever movement you build. Rooftop leaders are often the catalysts behind the scenes building connections and bridging trust to create momentum, and that’s a powerful thing.

To build those connections within your movement, you have to tell the story of what you’re building and enlist the service of others by culminating that story with, “Help me build this movement. Here’s what it looks like for you as a hero in this story if you help me build it.”

Stories are about giving people hope and rallying them together to push toward a tipping point of change. This isn’t easy work and movements often fail. But let’s talk about what happens if we don’t.

Look at your kids who have no leadership right now, except you and me, and ask yourself, “Is it worth the price to stay in the bleachers and not lead the movements that need to be led?”

Take a look at your life and see which movement you want to create and then join us on the rooftop.

Scott Mann is a former Green Beret who specialized in unconventional, high-impact missions and relationship building. He is the founder of Rooftop Leadership and appears frequently on TV and many syndicated radio programs. For more information, visit RooftopLeadership.com

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Author: Scott Mann

The Making of a Corporate Athlete

What skills are necessary for professional greatness? What makes someone able to perform successfully under high stress and constant change and to keep doing it over time without breaking down? As it turns out, we have lots of answers to this question, and most focus on the rewards necessary for greatness, the kind of culture that breeds success, and the particular skill sets necessary for peak performance.

But recently, Harvard Business School conducted a different kind of study, one that examined the strategies and habits of winning athletes and whether they could be transferred to apply to business—in essence, whether we could train high-level executives as corporate athletes. It appears that the answer is “yes.”  We can indeed apply the wisdom of sport to help ourselves succeed in anything and everything that’s challenging.

As someone who competed as a top-level equestrian for over two decades, it has long been clear to me that the skills and mindset I learned as a competitive athlete are what allow me to succeed in every other pursuit in my life, both professionally and personally. It appears that now there’s proof.

Research in the field of sport demonstrates that top athletes succeed in large part because of their ability to perform under stress, and more importantly, to recover after stress has occurred. Recovery is the critical process in which the body and mind not only rest, but also rebuild new strengths and develop resilience, as a muscle does between workouts.

When comparing the careers of athletes and executives however, vast differences exist in the natural opportunities for recovery. Most of an athlete’s time is spent in practice with just a small percentage in actual competition. An executive, however, is in competition every day, all day. An athlete’s high-stress season is usually fairly short with lots of time to recover in the off- season, while a corporate athlete gets a few weeks off per year if she’s lucky (during which time she usually works). And finally, the average top-level athlete’s career lasts less than a decade while an executive’s career spans a lifetime.  All that said, an executive, if he is to reap the benefits of the recovery process must find alternative ways to rest and rebuild.

To consistently perform well in high-stress environments, executives must focus not just on the skills needed for their specific field, but more broadly, on creating a mindful and nourishing life, one that feeds them physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. To create excellence at work, a corporate athlete must ultimately create excellence in life.

The ‘Fit’ Corporate Athlete

Although executives are primarily mentally-focused, the corporate athlete must, nonetheless, pay close attention to the wellbeing of his or her body, not just how it looks but how it is being taken care of. A corporate athlete cannot function at a high level for very long as just a head running around without a body attached. Corporate athletes are inclined to forget about their bodies, and yet, over time this dismissive attitude is a sure-fire recipe for burnout. Attention to diet, exercise, sleep, and a program of physical well-being cannot be excluded when excellence is the goal.

On an emotional level, the corporate athlete must pay close attention to her feeling state. He cannot wait for a strong emotion like anger or frustration to overwhelm him and thus land him on the bench. Just as an athlete might ask herself how she is feeling on a physical level, a corporate athlete must be aware of how she is on an emotional level and also be able to manage strong emotions when they arise. Mindfulness of emotion is thus a critical practice in the creation of excellence.

From a mental perspective, the ability to control our attention is the key ingredient in the ability to perform under and recover from stress. We must be able to focus our attention when it counts, and turn our attention away from negative and distracting thoughts. Meditation is the practice of observing and separating from our thoughts, which protects us from getting caught up and sidelined by the thoughts that destroy performance. As such, meditation is the practice of most importance, mentally, for creating peak performance.

And finally, on a spiritual level, a corporate athlete must discover meaning in his life—why he’s doing what he’s doing, what really matters to him, what values he’s serving. As unrelated as it may seem to the executive mindset, a top-level performer in any field, in order to sustain herself, must consciously contemplate what her life is about. A sense of meaning is, above all else, the antidote to burnout.

Top level executives are athletes—corporate athletes. Excellence is created not just by the obvious skills one’s profession demands, but by nurturing a whole and well human being. To create and maintain high-level performance in stressful environments, we must pay attention to and nourish all areas of our life. As it turns out, self-care is, in fact, the recipe for greatness.

This article is based on the work of Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the primary researchers, and coiners of the term “corporate athlete.”

Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, public speaker, workshop leader and author of The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World. For more information, visit NancyColier.com

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Feeling Fatigued? Natural Ways to Beat Aging, Overcome Fatigue

If you’ve been feeling fatigued lately—and maybe not just lately, but for years—it can be easy to think it’s a normal part of aging. Yes, you might not be the same person you were earlier in life, but the lack of energy doesn’t have to control you.

It’s easy to believe that you feel the way you do because of some uncontrollable circumstance—lower testosterone, some back pain, a little weight gain—or that it’s just a part of getting older. But you might have more control than you think.

Your body undergoes natural changes with age. In men, testosterone levels drop a little bit each year, which can influence energy. For women, iron deficiencies or thyroid problems can be an underlying cause for fatigue. But for most people, the foundations of fatigue are the same and it’s very likely that most of them are related to lifestyle, not physiology.

If staying energized with age is a priority for you, here are some ways you can fight back against fatigue.

Stress management: Stress can be the ultimate energy killer and also one of the hardest to avoid. But it can be reduced through various measures, including talking with friends and relatives, support groups, or professionals. Hobbies can help, as can meditation, tai-chi, and yoga.

Exercise: Exercise is another great way to encourage more overall energy. It allows your body to release the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, which can provide energy. Even a brisk walk can manufacture energy that lasts. Exercise can also contribute to better quality sleep at night, which can increase energy and reduce stress. Increased blood circulation can also add a boost.

Alter your eating: How and what you eat can also have a big impact on your energy. For example, instead of sitting down for three big meals every day, it might be better to eat smaller meals and snacks with greater frequency, like every few hours. Your brain needs a steady supply of nutrients and feeding it can counter the feeling of fatigue. Eating nutrient-dense foods that are high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats can also help sustain energy and reduce the chances of a crash that come from refined sugars and grains.

Drink Water: If you’re short on fluids, one of the first signs is fatigue. Drink water throughout the day and aim for about eight 8-oz. glasses per day. This is an easy way to boost energy and improve focus.

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. This article was first published in Bel Marra Health.

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How Humility Can Help New Parents Get Along

What qualities do we look for in a prospective co-parent? Partner preferences usually involve some winning combination of physical attractiveness, status, and resources, at least according to some theories.

But there’s another quality we might be overlooking in the search for a mate: humility.

Humble people accurately acknowledge both their strengths and weaknesses. They’re modest and considerate. Humility seems to be especially important in maintaining and repairing relationships. For couples, the transition to parenthood can be bumpy. They have to figure out how to take care of a new baby together—an experience that can lead to differences in opinion. Can having a partner—and being a partner—who is humble make the journey into parenthood easier?

In a recent study, Daryl Van Tongeren and his colleagues studied nearly 70 married, heterosexual, mostly white, and 30-something couples shortly before and after the birth of their first child. During the last trimester of pregnancy, couples completed questionnaires that measured their partners’ (not their own) humility with items like, “He has humble character” and “She knows her strengths.” The researchers also asked couples to complete questionnaires to measure their own stress, anxiety, and depression during the first study visit, and then again when their newborn baby was 3 months old.

The study found that people who had partners with greater humility before they became parents tended to feel less anxious after they became parents. What’s more, people who rated their partners as arrogant before their babies were born tended to have greater stress and depression three months after.

Unfortunately, humility needs to be a two-way street for the benefits to be felt. “Being the only humble partner in a [relationship] appears to be taxing,” explained Van Tongeren and his colleagues. “The benefits of humility across a life transition appear to be reserved for those marked by humble relationships—both members of the couple are humble.”

Another team of researchers re-examined the same nearly 70 couples in a 2018 study, this time looking at answers to questions about forgiveness, such as, “I can usually forgive and forget an insult.” The couples also reported on the quality of their marriage with questions such as, “How often do you and your partner quarrel?” at four points in the study: during the last trimester of pregnancy, and when their newborns were three, nine, and 21 months old.

The findings? Marital quality declined during the transition to parenthood in couples with both low and high levels of humility. However, people with more humble partners before their babies were born tended to have better marital quality at all time points, compared to people with arrogant partners. This was true no matter how forgiving they tended to be.

This doesn’t mean that the ability to forgive doesn’t matter in a relationship—only that the link between humility and marital satisfaction is not just a reflection of how forgiving partners are of one another, at least in this study. “A couple beginning their transition to parenthood may experience difficulty, but our results suggest that they will fare better as a couple if they begin their journey with full reservoirs of humility,” explained lead author Chelsea Reid and her colleagues.

So, what do these study findings suggest for expecting and new parents? Apart from attending childbirth classes and reading up on newborn care to gain parenting skills, couples can commit to strengthening their relationships, support one another’s involvement as parents, and approach parenting like they’re both on the same team—with humility. Reid and her colleagues suggest couples in the transition to parenthood learn “how to communicate humbly over disagreements, negotiate intimacy concerns with humility, and humbly disengage from power struggles.”

Researcher Caroline Lavelock and her colleagues developed exercises that focus on the key elements of humility and found that it can be strengthened with practice.

  • Take time to acknowledge, understand, and use your strengths to cope with feeling self-doubt.
  • Write about acts of humility in a gratitude journal to help you notice and value that quality in others.
  • Try to experience awe in the natural world, to reflect on the world outside yourself rather than being self-focused.
  • Have conversations with your partner that increase feelings of closeness, to encourage thoughtfulness between you.

Parenting is rife with opportunities for beating up on ourselves over “wrong” decisions and for partners to condescendingly call out each other’s faults. But humility can cradle us in authentic self-awareness and commitment to uplift one another. When it’s 3 a.m. and we’ve been struggling for two hours to help our baby go back to sleep, our partner’s looks, job title, and investment portfolio might all pale in comparison to whether they’re humble enough to put their ego aside and be in the trenches with us trying to figure out how to help.

Maryam Abdullah, Ph.D., is the parenting program director of the Greater Good Science Center. She is a developmental psychologist with expertise in parent-child relationships and children’s development of prosocial behaviors. This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC–Berkeley.

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Tuning in to Microwave Sickness

In 2016, U.S. officials stationed overseas started showing signs of a mysterious illness. The list of symptoms included headaches, sensitivity to light, sleep and cognitive problems, and nosebleeds. Many heard strange sounds that seemed to come from inside their heads.

Over the next two years, dozens of diplomats staying in U.S. embassies in Cuba and China all developed the same list of symptoms. Doctors summed it up as a type of brain trauma, but there’s no official answer of the cause. The lead theory is that the diplomats were the target of an unusual weapon—one that emits a directed pulse of microwave radiation.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Mark Lenzi, a State Department security officer who worked in the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, said that he and his wife began to suffer after hearing strange sounds in their apartment. Lenzi seemed certain that they were the victims of an energy weapon.

“This was a directed standoff attack against my apartment,” Lenzi told “60 minutes.” “I believe it’s RF, radio frequency energy, in the microwave range.

The first scientist to suggest that microwaves were the cause of the illness was Dr. Beatrice Golomb, a professor of medicine at the University of California–San Diego, and a researcher who examines how drugs and environmental toxins harm health. When she heard about the diplomats’ symptoms, her first thought was microwave exposure.

“The profile of symptoms does not match anything else I’m familiar with,” Golomb said. “These are highly distinctive symptoms known to occur only in that setting. The likelihood that it could be anything else is very remote.”

Golomb wrote a paper outlining her case. Before it was even submitted for publication, it caught the attention of State Department officials eager for a meaningful explanation. She wrote that one major reason why the diplomats’ illness suggests a microwave cause is the auditory symptoms they experienced: hearing loss, tinnitus, and the presence of a chirping, ringing, hissing, or buzzing sound.

“The difference in the sound counts, in part, due to head dimensions,” Golomb said. “There were also reports that the sounds were tightly localized in space. When people moved, the sound’s source seemed to follow them. That’s not the case for stationary sound forces, but it is the case for the micro-auditory effect, because the sound is actually produced in the head.”

This microwave-induced phenomenon is known as the “Frey effect” or “radio frequency hearing,” and was proven by Dr. Alan Frey in 1965, when he was working for the U.S. Navy. A 1976 U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency report described how to stimulate it: “Sounds and possibly even words which appear to be originating intracranially can be induced by signal modulation at very low average-power densities.”

The good news is that, whatever the cause, it no longer seems to be an issue. Since returning to the United States, diplomats have either totally or partially recovered from their symptoms.

But Golomb believes their story compels a larger question: If there is reason to believe that microwave radiation can be used to sicken U.S. officials overseas, why aren’t we looking closer at the people with microwave sickness in the population back at home?

“I have heard from hundreds of people who have experienced severe health effects from wireless, and it is a frustration that most news outlets have steered clear of this topic,” Golomb said.

Understanding Microwave Sickness

Everyone agrees that microwave radiation exposure at thermal levels (think microwave oven) can cause harm. But industry and regulatory standards assume that sub-thermal levels are safe. Yet, scientists have documented evidence of illness from sub-thermal microwave exposure for decades. The condition used to be known as “microwave sickness” or “radio frequency sickness,” but today, it’s usually called electromagnetic sensitivity (ES).

Symptoms of microwave sickness resemble those experienced by the U.S. diplomats mentioned above. The difference is that everyday citizens who develop the condition trace their illness not to a mysterious weapon, but to very common microwave-emitting devices, such as Wi-Fi routers, cellphone towers, and smart meters.

“This group is similar to the diplomats in that different people have different subsets of symptoms, but prominent on the list are sleep problems, cognitive problems, and ear associated problems, with tinnitus the most common,” Golomb said.

Microwave sickness causes a wide range of symptoms, and some can be very serious. For example, many people who develop the illness report feeling a band-like pressure in their head.

“There is reason to think that this may actually be brain swelling as was occurring in some diplomats,” Golomb said. “One person was actually given social security disability for very severe electro-sensitivity. His brain swelling became so severe at one point that it actually pushed his eyeball out of its orbit.”

One obstacle to understanding microwave sickness is that it can be triggered by electronics that virtually everyone is exposed to. If Wi-Fi routers and cellphone towers really caused illness, why do only some people get sick and everybody else seems fine?

The answer can be found within the same pattern seen in other diseases: If the stress is high and your defenses are low, you’re more likely to develop it. For microwave radiation, exposure means oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage. Luckily, a healthy body can repair itself when hit with a small dose of this stress. However, if the exposure is chronic or becomes too intense, and our defenses are compromised, illness can result.

Golomb mentioned one study, an Italian-Russian collaboration, that showed people who had electromagnetic sensitivity (ES) were significantly more likely to have gene variants in the glutathione system—a major antioxidant system in the body that guards against oxidative stress injury.

“This adversely affects the balance of oxidative stress and antioxidant defense and makes any new oxidative stressor more likely to produce symptoms,” she said.

Angela’s Story

Sweden is the only country that recognizes ES as a functional impairment— this means it’s like a disability, but it has an environmental cause. In the rest of the world, however, the issue is generally unknown, ignored, or sometimes even ridiculed until a notable case goes to court.

Part of the confusion is that some researchers insist it doesn’t exist. Studies primarily connected with industry, for example, aim to show that the condition is merely psychosomatic and not a valid medical concern.

Golomb is familiar with such studies, but said they often come from researchers who make a career out of debunking environmental illness, not from scientists genuinely looking for answers.

“That’s the angle they’re coming in with and, not unexpectedly, the design of these studies does not take into account any of the known science on the variability and time course to onset, resolution, and that different people respond to different frequencies, etc.,” she said.

There is, however, strong physiological evidence for the condition. One study by Dr. Dominique Belpomme, a professor of medical oncology at Paris University, examined 700 ES sufferers. All showed decreased levels of another important antioxidant associated with sleep, melatonin. That explains why sleep problems are such a common problem with this condition.

More than a quarter of the ES sufferers in Belpomme’s study showed evidence of a broken blood-brain barrierwhich is considered another hallmark of microwave exposure.

Microwave radiation can affect any cell in the body, but its impact on the brain is particularly worrisome. It often makes its way in through the ear because there is no skull there to protect against it.

A recently published pilot study revealed differences and abnormalities that signified brain injury within the brains of ES patients that were not present in the brains of those not suffering from ES. Researchers believe these MRI scans defy the widely held governmental and wireless industry claim that wireless devices and infrastructure have no consequences to human health and could affect the prevailing opinion that wireless radiation is safe.

Yet few know about such evidence. It’s not taught in medical school, so when symptoms develop, few doctors are prepared to connect the dots.

That’s why Angela Tsiang had so much trouble finding answers when her son started showing signs of a neurological disease when he was 9 years old. It began soon after he entered the fourth grade in August 2013. Tsiang said he had been a normal child up until that point, but he suddenly developed new problems: extreme agitation and nervousness, sleep problems, severe headaches, nosebleeds, a red, swollen rash that would make his hands crack and bleed, digestive problems, and a new fear: loud noises.

“He started becoming afraid of fire drills,” Tsiang remembers. “I said, ‘What are you talking about? You’ve been going through fire drills since kindergarten.’ He said, ‘I don’t know why, mommy, but loud noises really scare me now.’”

The most concerning problem was that her son had also lost his ability to concentrate. Homework became a big ordeal. Assignments that were supposed to take 30 minutes took hours to complete. Even getting ready in the morning became unusually difficult. Tsiang said her son had become so forgetful that the basic routine he had performed for years was suddenly confusing to him.

Worried about what could be wrong, Tsiang took her son to several specialists, but they offered few answers. Everyone could see he had problems, but nobody could explain where they came from. Her son received the most relief from supplements prescribed by her integrative physician, Dr. Rita Ellithorpe. Ellithorpe wasn’t sure what was wrong, either, but Tsiang said the probiotics, vitamins, and essential fatty acids helped ease his symptoms.

“Everything became manageable and he was able to concentrate better, but he still wasn’t quite right,” Tsiang said.

Ellithorpe also gave Tsiang some general lifestyle advice: have her son reduce his use of wireless devices. She also recommended shutting off the cordless phone and Wi-Fi at night. She said it might help him sleep and help his body repair.

Tsiang listened, but said that back then, the advice sounded inconvenient, and she didn’t think it would make a huge difference. The devices Ellithorpe mentioned all emitted non-ionizing radiation, which Tsiang learned was harmless from her science and engineering classes.

Yet, it planted a seed in her mind that started to sprout in the spring of 2015. One morning, as Tsiang dropped her son off at school, she got her first flash of insight into what might be causing his problems.

“I happened to look up and see a construction worker on this really tall pole in the park next to my son’s school. They were taking the cover off the cell tower. I didn’t even know it was there,” she said. “It was about 300 feet from the school building.”

Following this new lead, Tsiang went to city hall and researched the records on the tower. That’s when she discovered a second cell tower 600 feet away from the school that had been upgraded to 4G from 3G in June 2013, right before her son started fourth grade and all his problems began.

She learned that the tower 300 feet away (where she had just seen the workmen) was now in the process of being upgraded to 4G. The network upgrade would mean better connectivity and bandwidth for wireless devices, but what did it mean for her son’s health?

“I started to panic,” Tsiang said. “Could that have been what caused my son to become sick?”

As she dove into the scientific literature, Ellithorpe’s advice started to make more sense. Despite what Tsiang had been taught, studies have shown that non-ionizing radiation could cause symptoms very similar to her son’s.

But Tsiang and her husband are both engineers who wanted their own evidence, so they purchased a meter and measured the radiation levels at their son’s school. Some of the readings Tsiang found were high enough to cause illness, according to the studies she had read.

“Even though they were below FCC limits, the radiation levels at school were 1,000 times higher than what they were in our home and most areas that do not have a cell tower close by,” Tsiang said. “That’s why those meters are so great: because it objectively shows you how much radiation you’re being exposed to.”

Tsiang learned all these details during spring break and worried about what would happen once her son went back to school with a second upgraded cell tower at even closer proximity. All she could do was wait and watch.

“We didn’t say anything to my son, but when he went back to school, all the symptoms he had in 2013 came back, after they had been manageable for over a year,” Tsiang said. “It was terrifying. He had another month of school to go, and I didn’t know what we were going to do.”

As Tsiang and her husband watched the same pattern of their son’s symptoms returning each school year and fading over the summer break, they became convinced that microwave radiation was the cause.

Tsiang shared her findings with Ellithorpe, who diagnosed her son with ES, and wrote a letter requesting that he be transferred to a different school (one with considerable distance from a cellphone tower), and disability accommodations so that her son wouldn’t be near any Wi-Fi routers or other microwave-emitting devices that might exacerbate his condition.

Doctor Awareness

Doctor support always adds validity to a disease. But Golomb said that, unlike Tsiang’s experience with Ellithorpe, most doctors are not so supportive when patients believe they have microwave sickness.

“In a survey that we did in electro-sensitive people a few years ago, we asked what their doctor’s attitude was, and we asked if this was a traditional doctor or an alternative doctor,” Golomb said.

For alternative doctors, Golumb found that the vast majority of providers were supportive or accepting of the relationship between electromagnetics and symptoms. For traditional doctors, many were dismissive or hostile about the possibility.

“This is a serious problem with each of the conditions we study, whether it’s adverse drug effects or adverse effects from pesticides,” she said. “I would say that traditional medical training is extremely poor on the adverse effects of anything.”

But Dafna Tachover sees a growing awareness among doctors in regard to microwave sickness. Tachover is an attorney and founder of We are the Evidence—an advocacy group dedicated to defending those who have been injured by wireless radiation. She said that, with so much microwave radiation exposure in our world today, doctors can’t help but see more cases of it.

“Unfortunately, most doctors in the U.S. are unfamiliar with the condition, but we definitely see a change,” Tachover said. “Doctors are being educated by their patients and once provided with the evidence realize that likely many of their other patients are sick and suffering from the condition as well.”

In some cases, doctors take the lead. Tachover mentioned several quality surveys conducted by European physicians that have helped educate the medical community. Over the past 20 years, more than 20 position papers and resolutions regarding the health effects of electromagnetic field radiation have been adopted by researchers and physicians worldwide.

Unfortunately, some doctors also learn about the condition the hard way. Tachover has met several physicians who have either developed the condition themselves or have children who have.

But you don’t have to develop the illness to be convinced. Tachover said the proof of health problems related to wireless is vast. The medical establishment just needs to learn to see it.

“There are actually very elaborate guidelines for doctors on how to diagnose the condition,” Tachover said.

In 2016, physicians from the European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) put out their latest guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses. The academy stated that studies, empirical observations, and patient reports clearly indicate interactions between EMF exposure and health problems, “raising new challenges for medicine and society.”

Although few doctors know about them, there are also official diagnostic codes for exposure to non-ionizing radiation. The American Disabilities Act also recognizes ES.

Tachover believes one big roadblock in the understanding of microwave sickness is the name people use most often to describe it: electromagnetic sensitivity or hypersensitivity. Not only does the term blame the victim rather than the cause, but it also creates a disconnect from all the evidence that had been known about the condition several decades before smartphones came along.

“This is not a sensitivity. It’s a serious injury caused by microwave-based technologies,” she said. “Microwave sickness was acknowledged by NASA and the Navy. Before we commercialized cellphones and wireless technology, there were occupational doctors who were dealing with soldiers, and radio and antenna workers, because they were the only ones who were exposed to the high levels of non-ionizing radiation. Now, the entire population is being exposed to it.”

Seeking a Safe Distance

There are a number of remedies that reportedly help with ES symptoms. According to Golumb, some patients benefit from melatonin, and ginkgo biloba, an herb known for improving blood flow to the brain. Other doctors familiar with microwave sickness recommend glutathione, magnesium, and acupuncture—a treatment that helps balance the body’s own electromagnetic field.

But treatments and supplements can only help so much, and Golomb stressed that these remedies come primarily from word of mouth, not published research. According to her, and the EUROPAEM guide, the primary treatment method should mainly focus on reducing exposure as much as possible.

“The only people who have really been successful in ameliorating their severe problems are those who have found a way to reduce exposure,” Golomb said.

It’s unclear how many people are affected by microwave sickness. The most comprehensive attempt to find a number comes from an Austrian survey which found that it affects about 10 percent of the population. But consider that this figure was documented in 2006, before the emergence of the smartphone and the massive wireless infrastructure that followed. By one estimate, we are subjected to 1 quintillion times (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) more electromagnetic radiation today compared to just a decade ago.

Golomb believes finding a good estimate of affected individuals today would be extremely difficult, given that people who develop the illness can be hard to reach.

“You’re not going to find the people who end up living in their car. You are no longer going to find the people who no longer have the technology by which you can contact them. By definition, the most severely affected people are not going to be participating, and certainly not in an online survey,” she said.

Tachover developed microwave sickness when she was a telecommunications officer in 2009. Tachover was an early adapter of wireless, but her symptoms became so debilitating, she was forced to give up her devices and eventually retreat to the Catskill Mountainsthe closest place the radiation was low enough for her body to recover.

It is like a wound—it cannot heal if you keep scratching it,” she said.

Tachover believes, given that the background radiation in our lives is constantly on the rise, more people are bound to develop this illness. She regularly encounters individuals who show the first signs of the condition: hands tingle when holding a wireless device, pain in the head and ears while using it, memory problems, heart palpitations, and flu-like symptoms that won’t go away.

“Our body is electric, our brain is electric, our heart is electric, and our nervous system is electric. So radiation that is a quintillion times higher than what our body can tolerate will affect it,” she said.

But in a world where wireless technology is so thoroughly embedded into the fabric of life, finding distance is becoming increasingly difficult to do.

In 2016, soon after Tsiang was able to make disability accommodations for her son at his school in California, her husband’s employer wanted him to transfer to Minnesota. Tsiang managed to find a superintendent in a district who sympathized after hearing her son’s story. He personally expressed concerns over cellphone use in children because he had seen a study showing that cellphone radiation penetrated children’s skulls more deeply than adult skulls. He had even limited his own children’s cellphone use as a result.

With the promise of help, the Tsiangs purchased a home. But once the family moved, the school board changed its tune.

“They had written a very insulting 504 report. It basically said that ES is not a valid medical condition, there are no legal precedents, and we’re not going to accommodate for it, even though we had accommodations at our school in California. It said that it was my belief in this condition that was responsible for his symptoms,” Tsiang said. “But verbally they said the Wi-Fi router would be turned off in [my] son’s classroom because they had determined they didn’t need it.”

The message Tsiang received from the meeting was that the school believed Wi-Fi was making her son sick, but they didn’t want it documented for liability concerns.

The problem was that since the school refused to document the accommodations, accidents occurred frequently. As a result, his symptoms would return, consistently validating that his environment was the cause.

“I contacted a disability advocate, explained this situation and the accidents that were happening,” Tsiang said. “At that point, the school hired an attorney for the second round of hearings. He downplayed all his symptoms. He said, ‘What’s the big deal about having a rash. Just put some lotion on it. It’s no different than having chapped lips.’”

Tsiang said that despite her knowledge of the issue—she is the science resource specialist at Environmental Health Trust—the school now aims to discredit her and obfuscate the scientific evidence in hopes that she will give up. It’s a strategy that also serves to intimidate other parents who might consider stepping forward.

But in some schools, the evidence can become impossible to dismiss. One recent example is at an elementary school in Ripon, California, where four students and three teachers were diagnosed with cancer after a cellphone tower had been installed on school grounds three years ago.

Several parents were wary of a cell tower so close to their kids’ school before it was ever built. But after the fourth child was diagnosed in March 2019, parents’ patience had disappeared, and many kids were pulled out of school. Although the school had another 15 years left on its lease agreement to keep the tower on its grounds, the owner (Sprint) agreed to remove the structure due to public pressure.

Sometimes, public pressure is the only way to create change because the law won’t allow it. One study found that some California firefighters were experiencing profound neurological symptoms following activation of cell towers near their stations. SPECT scans revealed brain abnormalities in all the firefighters suffering symptoms. They sued the wireless company that told them the towers were harmless, but since The Telecommunications Act of 1996 doesn’t allow health to be taken into consideration when siting a tower, the judge dismissed the lawsuit.

As a result, the International Organization of Firefighters passed a resolution that prevents building cell towers on fire stations in California.

Today, Tsiang said she has no choice but to homeschool both her kids, but she would also like them to have some social interaction. So she filed a lawsuit with the school in 2017, not for damages, but to get the accommodations her son needs. The case is still waiting to go to trial. The school is trying to get the case dismissed, or at least dismiss the experts Tsiang wants to testify.

Tsiang is frustrated with the situation, but she said she has no choice but to educate people until they understand.

“No one is born with this,” Tsiang said. “We were using Wi-Fi and everything was fine for a while. We used to use a lot of these things. We were like everybody else. For some people, their tolerance level is at a lower threshold and when they hit it, the body can’t deal with it anymore and it starts to react.”

Golomb said that, at a minimum, there should at least be some safe places available where people can live without electromagnetic radiation pulsing 24/7 in the backgroun. Some need this distance simply to survive, but everyone could all benefit from such places.

“You may not be sensitive now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be sensitive five or 10 years from now,” Golomb said.

Tachover agrees that there is a desperate need for wireless-free zones where injured individuals can recover, but doesn’t believe it’s a practical strategy. How do you create a space for so many people completely separate from the wireless world the rest of us inhabit?

“This is not a long-term solution. We cannot move 10 percent of the population and their children,” Tachover said.

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Australia’s Nationals Party Confirms Its Leader After Win at Federal Election

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has been confirmed as Nationals leader after the coalition’s stunning election victory.

At a partyroom meeting in Canberra on Thursday, McCormack and his deputy Bridget McKenzie were unanimously re-elected.

The government’s upset win on Saturday erased any lingering leadership tensions, with Barnaby Joyce’s hopes of returning in tatters.

The Nationals maintained 16 seats in the lower house and are on track to have five senators, with Tasmanian Steve Martin likely to lose his seat.

“When all the polls, when all the pundits, when so many in the media and the trolls, and all the lefties, and all those on Twitter said we would never do it, well we proved them wrong,” McCormack said on Thursday.

He said the Nationals were a different party to the Liberals, but in coalition they could deliver for regional Australia.

“We have helped the Liberals to again form government. They couldn’t do it without us,” the Nationals leader said.

“They know how important we are, but I need to place a vote of thanks to our Prime Minister Scott Morrison.”

McCormack welcomed lower house MPs Pat Conaghan and Anne Webster, along with the party’s new-look Senate team.

Queensland businesswoman Susan McDonald will sit with the Nationals, as will NT vet Sam McMahon, while Perin Davey looks likely to win a seat in NSW.

The junior coalition partner’s cabinet representation is likely to drop from five ministers to four, with positions carved up based on overall numbers in the two party rooms.

Nationals federal director Larry Anthony wants Senator McKenzie to get a promotion, noting trade is a portfolio the party has held in the past.

“She needs a serious portfolio because she’s a great communicator and she’s a key person in the next government,” he told Sky News on Thursday.

He’s expecting the Nationals to have four cabinet ministers, two outer ministries and three more junior frontbench roles.

Anthony said dumping Malcolm Turnbull was ultimately a good decision, with voters warming to Morrison during the election campaign and swinging towards the LNP in many parts of Queensland.

“The change absolutely helped,” he said.

Joyce has ruled out a tilt at the leadership despite raising the prospect before the election, which was widely expected to be lost by the coalition.

“That’s not going to happen because they’ve just won the election,” Joyce told the Tamworth-based Northern Daily Leader.

“If they hadn’t won, it would be a completely different story—just like what is happening in Labor at the moment.”

He’s also not expecting to return to the frontbench.

The Nationals will have a record number of women in its parliamentary team, tripling female representation to six.

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Walmart Employee Offered Free Car After Revealing She Walks 6 Miles to Work Because It’s a Blessing

An American hypermarket worker may never need to walk to work again after receiving a generous offer of a free car on May 22.

Walmart cashier Anita Singleton surprised the nation after revealing she was walking 6 miles to work at the Slidell store, 32 miles northeast of downtown New Orleans in Louisiana.

After learning that the woman had walked such a great distance to work for the past three years, Matt Bowers Chevrolet offered to help Singleton find her way to work by donating her a car including registration and insurance.

“If someone can track this lady down, I will give her something to drive,” dealership owner Matt Bowers said on Twitter.

Her story went viral after Slidell Police Officer Bradley Peck saw Singleton crossing a narrow bridge near Highway 11 while he was on the way back after finishing his shift at 5:30 a.m. local time on May 20.

Peck asked where the woman was going and she told him Walmart on Northshore Boulevard, which was 6 miles away.

“I said Northshore? That’s a long walk ma’am why don’t you jump in. I’ll give you a ride,” the officer told WCNC.

Singleton accepted his kind offer and this spared her feet the long trek to work.

“He brought me all the way to the front door and that was an incredible blessing,” she said.

After the drive together, the pair became good friends.

Peck said, “We talked the entire way about everything from faith to work ethic to how she was raised, how I was raised.

“[I gained] a lot of respect for her.”

Peck was so moved that he sent an email to the local television station and the woman’s story was featured on the news and online the very next day.

When asked why she walked such a great distance to work, Singleton explained she does not own a vehicle and loves her job, which she has performed for three years.

“We share a bit of ourselves with each other and that is a blessing. You cannot put a price tag on that,” she said. “Just because I don’t have a vehicle is no excuse for me not to show up to work.”

Her manager at Walmart revealed many colleagues started offering to give Singleton a ride to work after learning she does not have a car.

Slidell Police confirmed that the dealership ended up donating the car to Singleton.

“Matt Bowers, the owner of a local Chevrolet dealership here in Slidell, saw the story and is surprising Ms. Anita Singleton with a car,” police said in a Facebook post. “Officer Peck will be picking her up from Wal-Mart (where she is currently working) and drive her to the car dealership to pick up her new car. Matt Bowers, Chief Randy Fandal, Officer Brad Peck, and Wal-Mart management will be present at the car dealership to present Ms. Singleton with her new car. This is truly an inspiring story.”

When Singleton arrived at the dealership, she was overwhelmed by the community spirit and struggled to make a choice between white or red sports utility vehicle.

“They’re beautiful, absolutely awesome, I love it,” she said.

Bowers believes donating the car to Singleton was the “right thing to do.”

“I made the decision that it was the right thing to do on behalf of the community to give Anita Singleton a car—and car insurance and pay for the tax and registration,” he told 4WWL. “She can [now] spend more time with her friends and family instead of spending it walking to work each day.”

Peck said he was very inspired by Singleton’s upbeat attitude and gratitude for her blessings in life.

“If we can all just model our work ethic after Ms. Anita I think our employers and bosses would be happy,” he said.

Singleton thanked everyone for their generosity and promised to spend the time she saves walking with her grandchildren.

“I am so deeply grateful for the Good Lord to send Officer Peck to pick me up the other morning,” she said. “I’m so grateful to Mr. Bowers and his fine organization. I am so grateful for everything that God has graced me.”

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Wrestling Legend Ric Flair Returns From Hospital, Vows to ‘Woo’ Fans Again

A much loved former professional wrestler has been discharged from hospital after having urgent surgery on May 20.

Media spotted former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star now manager Ric Flair, 70, while he was being wheeled out of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, 31 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.

The 16-time world champion, who was accompanied by wife Wendy Barlow and hospital staff, seemed to be smiling and in good spirits, wearing one of his own Ric Flair branded t-shirts.

Flair confirmed he was now at home and grateful for all the health professionals who helped him recover.

“The Naitch is home. Thank you to all the incredible staff and doctors at Gwinnett Medical Center once again,” he said on Twitter.

He also thanked his loved ones and loyal fans for helping him on the road to recovery.

“I am so thankful for all my family, friends, and fans for all the love,” Flair said. “At this time in my life, I never take it for granted.”

He promised everyone he will quickly make a full recovery.

“I will be back up and Woooooing in no time,” he said.

Barlow said she was confident Flair will make a “full recovery,” contrary to false reports that he died on May 16.

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recover,” she said in a written statement obtained by TMZ Sports.

Flair had been rushed to the emergency room just a week earlier and with no reason provided. Sources told TMZ that Flair said he was having trouble breathing while he was in the Atlanta area and his condition was “very serious.”

Doctors had reportedly postponed a medical procedure due to complications, but decided to go ahead with the operation on May 20. Sources said the procedure was a success and Flair left the hospital just 48 hours later.

The champion has experienced heart issues in recent months and had already undergone several procedures, TMZ reported.

He was previously put in a medically induced coma for 11 days after his intestines ruptured back in 2017. He was in critical condition and on the verge of dying.

However, Flair survived and he took the opportunity to marry his longtime girlfriend Wendy Barlow the following year. The woman was by her partner’s side during the entire medical procedure and recovery process.

Flair just celebrated his 70th birthday in February with a big party attended by celebrities including Los Angeles Rams Running Back Todd Gurley, WWE Wrestler Jeff Hardy, Wrestler and Actor Triple H, former Professional Boxer Evander Holyfield, and retired Basketballers Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman.

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Anthony Albanese Unopposed to Lead Australian Labor Party in Opposition

Anthony Albanese is set to be elected unopposed to the Labor leadership, as contenders to be his deputy consider their options.

Jim Chalmers pulled out of the contest to replace Bill Shorten, leaving Albanese a free run at the top job.

The Queensland MP said he carefully considered running on a platform of generational change.

“But in the end I couldn’t be assured of winning,” Chalmers said in a statement on Thursday.

“And if I did win, the extra responsibilities of leadership would make it much harder to do my bit at home while the youngest of our three little kids is only five months old.”

Victorian Labor right-faction MPs Richard Marles and Clare O’Neil are both considering standing for deputy leader.

“Many Labor people—particularly Labor women—have contacted me in recent days encouraging me to run for Labor deputy leader to ensure there is a woman in the leader/deputy team,” O’Neil tweeted.

“One of the best things about Labor is that women are encouraged to put themselves forward for leadership roles and I know that will continue.

“I’m going to talk to a few colleagues about whether it’s possible for me at this point.”

Labor has aimed to have a man and a woman in the leadership duo, from different states and factions.

But with Albanese coming from the left faction, the right outside NSW is paying the price for a lack of high profile women in the lower house.

Chalmers spoke to Albanese on Thursday morning.

“I will enthusiastically support him and work tirelessly with our team to give Australians the Labor government they need and deserve at the next opportunity,” Chalmers said.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen pulled out of the race on Wednesday, a day after declaring his candidacy, having realised Albanese had strong grassroots support.

Nominations for Labor leadership will close on Monday, but Chalmers’ withdrawal makes the prospect of a contested ballot highly unlikely.

If there are no further nominations the Labor caucus is expected to meet next week to confirm the leadership team, including deputy leader and senior Senate personnel.

By Angus Livingston and Daniel McCulloch

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