By Dr. Mercola
“It may take some sort of catastrophe to get people’s attention,” said Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada and founder of Canadians 4 Safe Technology, referring to the increasing saturation of Wi-Fi technologies on the public at large, and especially, children.
Leading experts from top universities recently convened at a program organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org in Connecticut to discuss the reality that such a catastrophe is already brewing and, as the panel warned, is now already negatively impacting children, fetuses and fertility. But the majority of parents are not connecting the dots by linking symptoms in their children to the radiation.
During the discussion “Cell Phones & Wi-Fi – Are Children, Fetuses and Fertility at Risk?,” a wide range of scientific evidence was presented that RF/MW electromagnetic radiation has indisputable biological and health effects, including at non-thermal levels, with chronic exposures generally associated with greater harm. This is the kind of radiation emitted not only by cell phones but also by:
|Wi-Fi routers||Baby monitors||Bluetooth earpieces|
|Smart meters||Cordless phones||Other wireless devices|
‘Our Grandchildren and Children Are Being Used as Lab Rats…’
This quote, from Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, president of Environmental Health Trust, sums up perhaps the most alarming EMF issue to date. The fact is, we know that exposure to this ‘unnatural bath of radiation’ damages DNA and impairs natural cellular repair processes, a phenomenon that may lead to cancer. Yet we are proceeding with this large-scale, uncontrolled experiment anyway.
Because children are still developing, they have rapid cellular replication and growth rates that make them especially vulnerable to DNA damage. They also have a longer lifetime exposure to this new pervasive radiation than any previous generation.
As the expert panel stated, research shows that radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi has already been shown to cause diminished reaction time in children, decreased motor function, increased distraction, hyperactivity and inability to focus on complex and long-term tasks.
In one controlled study, researchers from Yale University positioned a cell phone above a cage of pregnant mice. The phone was transmitting an uninterrupted active call for the entire 17 days of gestation.
When the exposed offspring were later tested, they showed signs of ADHD, and reduced transmissions in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.1 It’s widely known that children, due to their thinner skulls, smaller brains, softer brain tissue and far more rapidly dividing cells, are far more susceptible to damage from cell phone use than adults. This study clearly showed brain patterns are altered, with life long repercussions from brief prenatal exposures to microwave radiation.
Dr. Taylor indicated that there was a dose-response relationship found, and that disruption to the electrical signaling between neurons resulted in permanent changes in the way the brain is patterned that will carry forward into adulthood. The electrical signaling plays a major role in how the brain develops, which determines a lot of who we are as adults, he said, including “how we think and how we behave.”
“This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radio frequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior…” said Hugh Taylor, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University.
Camilla Rees, MBA of ElectromagneticHealth.org,2 said Dr. Taylor encouraged the audience to appreciate that while we don’t think of ourselves as being on the cell phone 24 hours a day, the cell phone is still emitting radiation 24/7 and impacting us if it is turned on and near us, day or night.
“It’s not talking on the phone that matters, it’s any time the phone is turned on,” he said. Every 900 milliseconds, whether you are using the phone or not, your cell phone has a spike in radiation because it is looking for a signal from the tower…”
She summarized key impacts on children from cell phone and WiFi radiation drawn from the Bio Initiative Report, the Mobilewise (UK) report on cell phone effects on children, Russian research overseen by the Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, and the Yale report, “Cell Phones: Technology, Exposures, Health Effects.”
Reference to the latest BioInitiative Report’s (2012) section on possible EMF links to autism written by Harvard Professor Dr. Martha Herbert, who runs the Transcend Research Lab at Mass General, was also made. Dr. Herbert has said,
“EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.”
“Powerful industrial entities have a vested interest in leading the public to believe that EMF/RFR, which we cannot see, taste or touch, is harmless, but this is not true.”
Several panelists mentioned the new condition “Digital Dementia,” increasingly being reported globally, where children are exhibiting signs of deterioration in cognitive abilities from overuse of internet technologies, thought to result from imbalanced development of the brain. The lesser cognitive function will also result from the RF/MW exposures, but researchers who are focused on ‘overuse’ have not been as aware of this factor.
More research is necessary here to ferret out how much of the behavioral and brain effects of technology overuse are coming from the RF/MW, or brain changing aspects use of the technology itself, and the resulting lesser human interaction and lower quality relationships.
An excellent new book by Raffi Cavoukian, renowned singer, children’s champion and supporter of a commercial-free childhood, “#LightWebDarkWeb,” takes a deep philisophical look at society’s unquestioning embrace of these technologies for children. It covers the health, privacy, safety, security, social, societal, mental health and addiction issues from children’s use of social media and modern communications technologies. Raffi says we need to “act quickly to subdue the perils of InfoTech’s shadow,” and “to move the risk-benefit ratio in favor of the LightWeb.”
In light of the growing evidence for harm to children and fetuses, Dr. Davis explained:3
“The cell phone standards we use today for the 6.5 billion cell phones in the world were set 17 years ago and have never been updated, despite the fact that the users and uses of cell phones are very different now. And they’ve never been tested for their safety around children… We’re in the midst of a huge experiment on ourselves and on our children…
A whole generation of people has been unaware of the risks of wireless radiation, and have not been taking precautions. This is why public health officials are so concerned. There is already evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation in excess leads to disease. And exposures have grown dramatically in the last few years. Our grandchildren and children are “being used as lab rats in an experiment with no controls… that’s what we are doing with cell phone and wireless radiation with our children today.”
Frank Clegg, formerly CEO of Microsoft Canada, also commented on the adequacy of safety guidelines: Clegg said he is disappointed with industry, and regrets the lack of responsibility demonstrated by the technology sector in turning a blind eye to the biological realities of this radiation.