“Cell Phones and Wi-Fi — Are Children, Fetuses, and Fertility at Risk”?

Child on Cell PhoneIn Stonington, CT on June 28, 2013, an expert health panel presented a wide range of scientific evidence that electromagnetic radiation of the kind emitted by portable phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, Bluetooth earpieces, cell towers, smart meters, and other devices is adversely affecting people across the globe, and especially children.  The event was sponsored as a collaborative between ElectromagneticHealth.org and the Environmental Health Trust.

Here are some highlights from the expert panel:

Rees PhotoAs stated by Camilla Rees:  “According to published research, radiation emitted by cell phones and Wi-Fi is impacting children’s brains …” … continued in the audio clip below:

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Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Impacts

According to Harvard Professor, Dr. Martha Herbert, MD:

Herbert Quotation

What is the “industry” doing about these concerns?  Listen to the former President of Microsoft Canada:

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“It may take some sort of catastrophe to get people’s attention.” — Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada and founder of Canadians 4 Safe Technology.

… And what are some of the symptoms of illness caused by Wi-Fi in schools, as explained by Frank Clegg:

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What actions can you take? — Safety Recommendations:

  1. Extreme caution is advised for pregnant women or women hoping to conceive due to the profound long-term impact of environmental factors. “A lot of who we are right now has to do with what our mothers did when they were pregnant and what type of exposures they had.” — Hugh Taylor, MD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University.
  1. Children should not be playing with radiating cell phones.  Young children should not be using cell phones, except in an emergency.  If your child wants to play with the device, disconnect it from Wi-Fi and Internet, and put it in “airplane mode.”
  1. Limit or eliminate Wi-Fi exposures.  If you have Wi-Fi, get rid of it if you can.  If you can’t, make sure your router is not in a high use area.  Keep it turned it off as much as possible, or put it on a timer.
  1. Schools should not have Wi-Fi.  Panelists strongly opposed the installation of Wi-Fi in schools.  Cabled/wired connections do not have the same risks.
  1. Resume using landline phones whenever possible.  Get rid of your portable phone and use a landline instead.  If you have a portable phone, don’t sleep with it in your bedroom.  Please note that most cordless phone base stations continuously emit RF radiation whether or not you are using the actual cordless phone for voice communications.
  1. Keep your cell phone away from your body.  If you have a cell phone, keep it away from your body, as opposed to in your pocket or on your belt.  If you’re pregnant, keep it away from your belly.  Keep your cell at the other end of the room, or on the seat of the car.  Use texting more than talking.  Special cell phone cases are available that filter out a significant portion of the radiation, but not all.  Many metal cases can actually magnify radiation.
  1. Use a wired earpiece with cell phones.
  1. Caution about using cell phones in cars.  Signals bounce around inside your vehicle—and your head is the antenna.
  1. Opt-out of new utility meters called “smart meters.”  When possible, prevent smart meters from being installed in your home.  If you can’t opt-out, reduce occupancy for areas nearest to the meter.
  1. Never use wireless baby monitors.  Avoid the use of baby monitors as they all operate on microwave frequency.
  1. Know your exposures.  For about $500, you or your community can purchase your own detection meter with which to measure the EMF in any particular area—homes, schools, churches, etc.
  1. EMF free zones are needed for pregnant women and children.  “Wi-Fi free” or “low Wi-Fi” zones should be designated for pregnant women and children, and others who are particularly sensitive to EMFs.  The same applies in schools.
  1. We must take precaution. “ The precautionary principle is in order here—certain precautions should be taken as a result of the risk that’s been identified.  That’s the reason we have seat belts in cars… not because every car is going to crash, but because we want to minimize the damage when they do.” — Martin Blank, PhD
  1. A one-dollar fee has been proposed on the sale of all cell phones as a means of generating revenue for research and education.  Over several years, such a levy would generate billions of dollars to finalize any unanswered questions about risks.
  1. Industry must become engaged.  Strategies must be introduced to get industry involved, such as providing incentives or rewards for safer technology, or even amnesty.  If all else fails, lawsuits, some of which are in the works, will get their attention.
  1. FCC safety guidelines must be updated.  Outdated, unrealistic safety guidelines must be replaced with new ones that reflect modern science, such as those suggested in the BioInitiative Report 2012. 
  1. Support labeling laws requiring cell phone manufacturers to list radiation levels in an obvious place on the packaging and at the retailer.
  1. Educated parents need to become involved, especially to protect our children.

What about “digital dementia”?

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Panelists included:

  • Hugh Taylor, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale University;
  • Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, founder of The Environmental Health Trust and the first Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute;
  • David Carpenter, MD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health and Environment, University of Albany School of Public Health;
  • Martin Blank, PhD, Special Lecturer and Retired Associate Professor, Columbia University, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics; and
  • Camilla Rees, MBA, of ElectromagneticHealth.org.

For more information about the expert health panel, refer to the link below:

http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/summary-and-audio/

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