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EMF Studies

23 February 2013

Link Between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Electromagnetic Frequencies

Dr. Martha R. Herbert, pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, has written a powerful letter on the link between autism spectrum disorders and electromagnetic frequencies and radiofrequency radiation such as that emitted by Wi-Fi to the Los Angeles Unified School District which is considering installing Wi-Fi in schools. Every parent, grandparent, teacher, school administrator, school board trustee and others working in the school system needs to read this letter. 

TO: Los Angeles Unified School District
FROM: Martha R Herbert, PhD, MD
RE: Wireless vs. Wired in Classrooms 

DATE: February 8, 2013

I am a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital. I am Board Certified in Neurology with Special Competency in Child Neurology, and Subspecialty Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

I have an extensive history of research and clinical practice in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorders. I have published papers in brain imaging research, in physiological abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders, and in environmental influences on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and on brain development and function.

I recently accepted an invitation to review literature pertinent to a potential link between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) and Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR). I set out to write a paper of modest length, but found much more literature than I had anticipated to review. I ended up producing a 60 page single spaced paper with over 550 citations. It is available at http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec20_2012_Findings_in_Autism.pdf.

In fact, there are thousands of papers that have accumulated over decades – and are now accumulating at an accelerating pace, as our ability to measure impacts become more sensitive – that document adverse health and neurological impacts of EMF/RFR. Children are more vulnerable than adults, and children with chronic illnesses and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities are even more vulnerable. Elderly or chronically ill adults are more vulnerable than healthy adults.

Current technologies were designed and promulgated without taking account of biological impacts other than thermal impacts. We now know that there are a large array of impacts that have nothing to do with the heating of tissue. The claim from wifi proponents that the only concern is thermal impacts is now definitively outdated scientifically.

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. Please do the right and precautionary thing for our children.

I urge you to step back from your intention to go wifi in the LAUSD, and instead opt for wired technologies, particularly for those subpopulations that are most sensitive. It will be easier for you to make a healthier decision now than to undo a misguided decision later.

Thank you.

Martha Herbert, PhD, MD

Pediatric Neurology
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
Martha R. Herbert, Ph.D., M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Director, TRANSCEND Research Program
www.transcendresearch.org
transcend@partners.org 


MASSACHUSETTS
GENERAL HOSPITAL
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
149 13th Street, Room 10.018
Boston, Massachusetts 02129
Phone: (617) 724-5920
Fax: (617) 812-6334
mherbert1@partners.org Treatment 


Comment by Powerwatch (AP):

The fast rise in diagnosed autistic spectrum disorders over the last 20 years closely matches the rise in children's RF exposure. There are many factors contributing to the rise in autistic spectrum disorders (which certainly includes better diagnosis) but even when the known ones are factored out a fast rise is still seen which is due to "unknown causes". This rise is similar to the increase in children's exposure to DECT cordless phones, WiFi in the home, various PlayStation like games consoles (including Wii), parents' and now their own use of mobile phones.



autism-time
Data from www.AutismSpeaks.org and various exposure measurement assessments.

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