Health advocate Beverly Jensen, Ph.D., will speak at the Lake Chapala Society Sunday, April 10, on “Wireless Wake-up Call,” covering the critical importance of raising awareness of the dangers to our physical and mental health from wireless devices.
“Just as we shifted our culture to giving up cigarettes and shunning smoking, for the health of everyone, particularly the children, we must have no cell phone zones in every public space, tomorrow” says Dr. Jensen. “We don’t have 40 years to change this culture.”
In 2018, two multi-year studies carried out at the National Toxicology Program in the United States and the Ramazzini Institute in Italy, announced the results of their research: cell phones do cause the glial tumor in the brain and malignant schwannomas in the heart.
When the Italian researchers announced their findings were identical to the NTP (and at much lower exposure rates), they recommended the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) upgrade the classification from 2B Possible Carcinogen—to 1A—Probable Carcinogen.
But cancer isn’t at the top of the list of health risks, with the exception of childhood leukemia. Anxiety and depression affect millions of young adults, and dementia among older adults is rising, but at ever younger ages.
The insurance industry has determined that wireless radiation health effects are a long latency risk—it may not exhibit for years but nobody is going to escape. Following a decision taken by Lloyd’s of London in 2015, the insurance industry won’t cover health claims due to wireless exposure in ordinary policies. Wireless radiation is a pollutant, like asbestos; it will affect you, says Dr. Jensen, who will discuss actions we can take to reduce exposure in our home and social gatherings, and what we must do in public spaces.
Jensen’s earliest magazine articles in the 1970s were on health and environmental education. After earning a doctorate in communication at the University of Washington, she managed health promotion programs for international development agencies and taught integrated marketing in emerging markets globally.
Directing a smoking-cessation campaign in the Czech Republic inspired her to open, in 2003, WomensMedicineBowl.com, a website on self-care using natural remedies and treatments. In the current health crisis, health self-care has become ever more critical.
Bone Voyage Dog Rescue is having a Yappy Easter Fundraiser for pet lovers and their dogs at Mel’s Casa Social, Zaragoza 44 in Ajijic, Saturday April 16, noon to 3 p.m. Your donation gets you and your dog(s) a memorable digital photo of your pups with the Easter bunny, paw print art, a doggy Easter treat hunt, and a chance to win some wonderful raffle prizes including two Easter baskets filled with dog toys, treats and other great raffle prizes. Bring your leashed hunny bunny dogs and join the fun with us at Mel’s.
Tuesday, April 19, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet 8 a.m. at the Sculpture on the Chapala-Ajijic Carretera (near Restaurant Pranzo), leaving immediately for the Rosa Amarilla Loop (a 60-minute drive). Expect to see a variety of grassland birds and possibly a white-tailed hawk. Bring refreshments for the morning and sandwiches for the 12:30 p.m. lunch stop. The group returns about 3 p.m. Reserve with John Keeling at chapalabirders.com at least two days ahead indicating if you can bring a vehicle or would like to be a passenger. (The group does not always have enough cars.)
Bird walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. Knowledgeable birders are on hand to identify the species.
Earth Day Festival
Conexión Ambiental presents Earth Day 2022 festival in the Ajijic Plaza. Friday, April 22, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over 20 environmental organizations, speakers and presentations, including “A history of protecting the Lake; “a geological study of the destabilization of the mountains surrounding the lake; a system to protect Lake Chapala and the Santiago River. It’s time for environmental recovery, sustainable living; etc. Also music, film and art. All events and presentations will include English translations. See story page 24.
LCS fashion show
A fashion show to benefit the Lake Chapala Society is Wednesday, April 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the LCS garden. The show will feature the designs of Alma Gutierrez. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the LCS website or offices.
Ukrainian Red Cross
Ajijic chef and restaurateur Alex Sgroi and his Italia manager Betsy Martínez show samples of the 75 lasagna carry-out packages they put out for the March 31 fundraiser they organized as a benefit for Ukrainian Red Cross. Between sales and individual donations, the initiative brought in a total of 53,500 pesos channeled to the Canadian Red Cross to qualify for matching funds from Canada’s government. Ajijic resident Bonnie Newman ordered 10 of Italia’s lasagnas and invited friends over for dinner, asking them to bring more cash for the Ukrainian fundraiser. She decorated her table in Ukrainian colors and her guests wore the colors as well. Besides lasagna, she served a Thai basil chicken appetizer, a spicy tomato sauce to go with the lasagna, Lori’s special Caesar salad and a fruit clafouti for dessert. Guests Lori Runquist, Leslie and Alicia Martin, Valerie Orviss, Bobby Lancaster, Kate Gubleman and Jacque Petersen donated about 14,000 more pesos to the rundraiser. Italia is at Carretera Oriente 31C, on the service road a few doors east of Multiva. Reservations: 376-688-4587.