Prevent children from developing crippling finger deformities by not allowing them to play video gaming, use computers, or color
during the young ages when their bones are too soft for the forces generated when doing such.
Prevent children from developing crippling finger deformities by not allowing them to play video gaming, use
computers, or color during the young ages when their bones are too soft for the forces generated when d
oing
such.
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three children with
injured fingers from
video gaming.
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                                                            December 31, 2007

                                                                                             Michael Tomich
                                                                                             6905 Walsh
                                                                                             Gagetown, Mi. 48735
Mrs. Susan Hockfield - President                                             
Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                    miketomich@yahoo.com
Office of the President   3-208                                                 www.miketomich.com
77 Massachusetts Avenue                                                
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


Subject:   The Green Machine is a health hazard to young children
         Suspend use of the Green Machine and gather those already issued.
        

Dear President Hockfield;  

Further to my communications with Mr. Walter Bender, young children develop bent and twisted finger deformities
from using computers. The deformities also cause hand functional losses. These permanent injuries can be seen
on our web site www.miketomich.com.

Our web site is the results of our 6-year privately funded study prompted after noticing my grandchildren
developing bent and twisted fingers after purchasing a Nintendo 64. Our research exposed the realization of the
skeletal system having a "Material Creep" force tolerance threshold relative to bone calcification strength. The
exposed physical process involving dynamic force injuries has been determined by our associates to be the
cause of physical induced arthritis in children and adults.

Because of the focus on my continued studies, I did not become aware of your Green Machine program until
recently. The pictures I've seen on the web of the young children have prompted me to contact Mr. Bender asking
for a ban on shipping. Some of the children I've seen in the pictures are too young and will develop crippling
deformities from pushing the keys, such as those shown on my web site.

A safe age has not been determined yet. Senator Joe Lieberman's bill S.948 (which is expected to pass in 2008)
will provide $95 million to study the physical and mental effects of computers and video gaming on children. Of
course we are concerned for the entire scope of the study, we see the horrible physical damage which is silently
inflicted and will have a very negative impact on the quality of their life because of their physical capability losses.

Even children that start coloring at 3-years of age develop bent and twisted finger deformities with functional
limitations. The age when children's fingers are calcified hard enough to perform coloring, use computers, and
play video gaming has not been determined yet. Such a study is beyond our financial means.  

Young children that receive your "Green Machine" computer will develop permanently bent and twisted finger
deformities from pushing on the computer keyboard keys because their bones are too soft to withstand the
dynamic forces generated in the process. The skeletal injuries will have severe consequences on their physical
capabilities in earning a meaningful wage as adults and will have a negative impact on their quality of life. Please
do not ship any "Green Machines" and make arrangements for what has already been delivered to be gathered
and held in a secure location to prevent further use by children. The children's skeletal damage becomes
noticeable within 2 to 8 weeks because of the soft bone issue. Therefore, it would behoove MIT to give this their
immediate attention to prevent further injuries.

For the health and safety of our children, please call me at your convenience so we can work together to get
Senate bill S.948 CAMRA Act passed by congress and obtain emergency funding to prompt the study.

If you wish a complimentary copy of our book "Our Silent Epidemic" contact me with your preferred postal
address.  

Thank you in advance for your attention in this serious matter. I apologize for not becoming aware of your
program before this time.

                                                       Very truly yours,


                                         Signed Michael G. Tomich



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Mr. Walter Bender, Senior Research Scientist  E15-934  
Mr. Phillip L. Clay, Office of the Chancellor 10-200
Mr. Marc A. Kastner - Dean, School of Science 6-123
Mr. R. Gregory Morgan, Vice President and General Counsel 7-206
Mr. L. Rafael Reif, Office of the Provost 3-208  
Ms. Theresa M. Stone, Executive Vice President, & Treasurer 3-221
Mr. Subra Suresh - Dean, School of Engineering 1-206
A Sawar MD EM (electronic mail)
K. Raval MD EM
R. Tomich PE EM
Senator Joe Lieberman EM
Senator Ted Kennedy  EM
Senator Debbie Stabenow EM  
Senator Carl Levin EM
Congressman Dale Kildee EM
Governor Jennifer Granholm EM
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