LETTER: Wireless tech warnings on Earth Day
by Cece Doucette, Opinion, metrowestdailynews.com, 30 April 2018
I would like to express heartfelt thanks to the many organizers, vendors and attendees who put on a wonderful Earth Day Festival in Framingham Saturday. I had the honor of hosting the Wireless Education booth with Chuck Matzker, and it was such a privilege to share technology safety information with so many.
The families with young children and pregnancies were especially grateful to learn the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s $25M study on cell phones has just determined today’s wireless technology can cause low birth rates, DNA damage and cancer and that the Ramazzini Institute in Italy found similar results.
Other studies show cell phones and wi-fi can cause infertility, sleep issues, headaches, skin heating/rashes/tingling, behavior issues, cognitive impairment, neurotoxicity, anxiety, depression and is linked to autism and Alzheimer’s as well. The science shows children and fetuses, the elderly, and those with existing health conditions are at even greater risk from this low-level microwave radiation that carries our data packets back and forth.
Framingham’s Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Jack Lewis are helping Massachusetts lead the nation with eight bills to address wireless radiation and public health, but until policy catches up with the science, folk at the festival appreciated learning they can get a good quick education on the science, the risks and the medically recommended best practices for less than the cost of a movie ticket at the non-profit WirelessEducation.org. The Schools & Families Coursetakes just 40 minutes to complete on-line.
As we were packing up our booth to the wonderful beat of the drum circle, we reflected on the conversations we also had with biologists, chemists, neurologists, special education teachers, public servants and many others who were eager to learn and share this information with their loved ones and colleagues.
Another vendor thanked me for teaching her and her teen son about the risks of wireless radiation at the 2016 Framingham Earth Day Festival. She now keeps distance from her mobile devices when they are in active mode, uses hard-wired technology at home and work, turns off the antennas in her router and devices especially at night, and set a rule at home for her son and their friends that cell phones and tablets are off when they are hanging out at her house.
All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thanks to the hard work of the festival organizers, our planet is a better place today as many people are able to assess their wireless radiation exposures and begin making choices to use their technology more safely until we have public policy in place to protect us. And, choosing hard-wired cables over wireless also uses much less energy!