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25 October 2017

Could Wireless Technology Be Causing Major Health Problems in Your Children?

Wireless technology could be causing major health
problems in children, a study says
Could wireless technology be causing MAJOR health problems in your children?
express.co.uk, 30 May 2017

WIRELESS mobile phones, laptops and tablets could be causing major health problems in children and contributing to autism and hyperactivity, a new study warns.

The devices, which even include baby monitors, emit radiation and electromagnetic fields that pierce thin skulls, harming memory, learning and other mental skills, warn doctors.

Developing grey matter is more absorbent in children than adults with their genes and DNA especially vulnerable to the dangerous radio waves.

It provides an explanation for the increase in autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among youngsters.

Environmental scientist Dr Cindy Sage said wireless devices produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radio frequency radiation (RFR) to communicate with cell towers through their antenna.

She said: "New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural changes due to exposure to wireless technologies.

"Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention and behavioural problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors.

"Technology benefits can be realised by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement."

Along with colleague Dr Ernesto Burgio she carried out a comprehensive review of old and new studies to show the devices, including baby monitors can alter the brains of children through a process known as epigenetics.

This is the regulation of genes through environmental influences such as diet, lifestyle and new technology.

She added: "Reductions in preventable exposures to EMF and RFR should be a top public health and school district priority.

"Technology benefits can be realised by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement."

The study published in Child Development said evidence that mobile technologies may hinder rather than promote academic achievement strongly suggest a reappraisal of wireless applications.

Where autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) and ADHD are concerned, there is a striking similarity in effects documented from exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi devices.

Dr Burgio said: "Mobile phone radiation exposures commonly experienced today by children's wireless devices are capable of producing neurological and cognitive effects congruent with those often exhibited in ASCs and ADHD."

The radio waves can also result in epigenetic changes in DNA expression that can impair normal functioning, without causing direct damage but simply affecting how well cell functions are carried out.

He added: "New epigenetic studies on mobile phone emissions support this evidence."

Dr Burgio, of the International Society of Doctors for Environment, Basel, and Dr Sage, of environmental sciences consulting firm Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, said wireless devices have become "deeply embedded" in children's lives.

They include iPads and other tablets, wireless, laptops, electronic baby monitors and surveillance devices.

The largest ever animal toxicity study by the US National Toxicology Program found an increased risk of glioma, the deadliest type of brain tumour, in male rats exposed to as little as 1.5 W/kg, below the current public safety limit, and to which children using mobile phones and tablets will be exposed.

The Kaiser Family Foundation sets media use among eight to 18 year olds at more than 7.5 hours a day or 54 hours a week and says too much screen time is linked to violent behaviour, poor school performance, lower reading scores, sleep pattern disturbances, being overweight, and consumption of junk food.

Dr Sage said: "RFR levels are associated with adverse health impacts at exposure levels common with use of wireless devices and Wi-Fi classroom installations and nearby cell towers, and have been linked to impairments in learning, memory, attention, concentration and behaviour.

“In school classrooms, or at home where wireless routers are installed, the cumulative RFR exposure from use of wireless devices, Wi-Fi, and wireless utility metres can add to cell tower exposures, so children may be exposed to 10 times or more what a cell tower delivers at several hundred metres distance."

A study in 2012 found children whose mothers used cell phones during pregnancy had 25 per cent more emotional problems, 35 per cent more hyperactivity, 49 per cent more conduct problems, and 34 per cent more peer problems.

Children exposed to them both before and after birth were almost twice as likely to have behavioural problems.

A study of 64 countries by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found there were noimprovements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that had invested heavily in information technology for education.

Added Dr Burgio: "Electronic educational technologies have not resulted in better academic achievement globally and lend support to scientific studies showing adverse health and developmental impacts."


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