Our children are our immortality, our link to the waves of generations before us, and those to come after us. They simultaneously connect us to the earth and the sky, revealing to us both our reality and our dreams, focusing our life’s energy.
To say that having a baby is one of life’s richest, most rewarding experiences is a cliché that is nevertheless true. There is just nothing else quite like bringing new life into the world--the waiting, the wonder, the magic of creating enduring bonds of intimacy and sharing and love.
Moreover, the families we create to sustain us are often the only things that take the hard edges off the rest of our experience. And many women and men, looking back over the span of their lifetime and accomplishments, point to the birth of their children as the focal point around which their whole lives revolved, the zenith of what really counted when all was said and done.
Aside from our own birth and death, childbearing remains the one remarkably unchanging aspect that transcends the barriers of language, geography, politics and religion. In some ways, it is also our link to other species, for we are no less fierce in protecting our young than are other animals.
Childbirth is, quite simply, the most essential, elemental thing that many of us will do; something central to the very texture of our being. Yet most couples approach this momentous, natural event with a near complete naiveté, with only the vaguest idea of how to minimize risks and maximize outcome for the healthiest, happiest, best children we can bring into our lives.
For such an overwhelmingly important area of our lives, pregnancy, across the board, is stumbled and bumbled into. Even planned pregnancies often involve little more than deciding when the time is right, stopping methods of birth control, then waiting to see if the woman’s period does or does not come.
Unplanned pregnancies can create upheaval and panic with people scrambling after the fact to accommodate the reality in one way or another.
In either case, significant opportunities are lost to offset birth defects or possible obstetrical complications. Before You Conceive offers a safer, saner way to go about things, offering the real possibility to positively affect our children’s lives for this generation and all subsequent generations.
"Prepregnancy planning is an idea whose time has come. This book is a 'should read' for those women and couples thinking about pregnancy who want to prevent problems and plan for an optimal result." -- Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Chinese translation 2006
From a 2007 U.S. Congressional Briefing sponsored by The EMR Policy Institute.
Excellent overview of issues surrounding environmental/health problems and radiofrequency radiation. Explores the Lookout Mt., Colorado community's fight over an HDTV tower in the midst of one of the world's largest antenna farms.
An in-depth exploration of the science, politics, government incompetence and industry cover-ups of the health and environmental effects of the wireless revolution.
A tour de force film about the smart grid's implications for privacy, national security, human and environmental health, constitutional rights and energy savings. A real eye-opener on what's actually behind this dangerous and dumb buildout.
Winner of several awards, filmed on four continents and translated into seven languages, this riveting film explores the hidden dangers of cell phones and accompanying cell tower infrastructure.
Non-Fiction Books by B. Blake Levitt
Publisher’s Note:As significant for Americans in the 1990’s as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
was in the 1960’s. “...a wake-up call.”
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Excellent resource...intended for the layperson and anyone...concerned with cell towers.”
“A passionate text for the lay reader as well as the informed biologist.”
What every couple needs to know before commencing this most important decision.
"Concise, well-organized, down to earth, and upbeat... highly recommened for infertility patients and for their doctor's waiting rooms." -- Merle Bombardieri, M.S.D., B.C.D., author of The Baby Decision
Kiss Your Landline Goodbye? Part 1
An op-ed that appeared in The Lakeville Journal, June 2013, regarding state legislation that would allow AT&T and Verizon to abandon their landline networks and force customers to go wireless-only.
Kiss Your Landline Goodbye, Part 2
Part 2 of an op-ed published in The Lakeville Journal, regarding AT&T & Verizon's attempt to abandon their landline phone networks.
Another Industry Crony at the FCC? Twelve Good Reasons the U.S. Senate Should Reject Thomas Wheeler
This piece, published in 2013 in CounterPunch, examines 12 good reasons why President Obama's choice of longtime industry telecom insider, Thomas Wheeler, has too many conflicts to head the Federal Communications Commission.
Chris Murphy, Smart Guy, Big Blindspots
Op-ed appeared in The Litchfield County Times, March 2011. Focus is on problems with smart grid/metering
Electrosmog -- What Price Convenience?
This is a general piece, written for the layreader, on the health/enviro effects of wireless technologies.
Environmental Reviews: Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays, by B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai
This paper was published in 2010 in Environmental Reviews, one of the peer-reviewed journals of Canada's National Research Council Press. It is a comprehensive look at the low-level effects scientific literature that would be typical of infrastructure exposures near cell towers and other communications facilities. This is the first time that a paper has specifically focused on just that area of the literature. Often the low-level exposures research gets lost in the 'noise' of meta-analysis and ends up appearing insignificant in what are called "weight-of'evidence" conclusions. But our premise is that such works should be considered separately in public policy considerations. These are the most pertinent red flags on the playing field and they should not be ignored, nor should they be "averaged" away.
Dumb and Dangerous The Problems With Smart Grids http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/03/18/the-problems-with-smart-grids/
There are breath-taking problems with the wireless Smart Grid and accompanying Smart Meters as currently designed, especially since much safer alternatives exist. This piece covers just about all aspects -- from what the real exposures are beyond industry hype; to the health/environmental concerns when every appliance is turned into the equivalent of a 24/7 transmitting cell phone; the unintentional blindspots of some of our most notable environmentalists; and the paradoxes that virtually guarantee the exact opposite of good energy-saving intentions. Smart metering is already creating a whole new layer of radiofrequency radiation without our consent, and people are being made ill. This is happening at a time when the World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency radiation (RF) used in all wireless devices as a 2B (possible) carcinogen.