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14 September 2015

The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism

The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism
clearlightventures.com, 11 September 2015

Wireless radiation and chemical toxins are now being studied to determine if they play a role in rising autism rates. The concept that autism is a permanent genetic condition came into question after a study of identical twins at Stanford in 2011. The researchers concluded that genetics alone could only account for less than half of the condition.

Harvard’s Dr. Martha Herbert has been presenting a new model of autism as a state of overload that comes from many factors affecting the entire body and not just the brain (“total load” theory). In 2013, Dr. Herbert and wireless expert Cindy Sage published a paper that outlined a wide range of autism symptoms that match known symptoms of wireless exposure, including genetic damage to sperm, calcium channel mutations, and inflammation. It is important for parents to understand that the wireless signals our electronic devices send and receive are a form of microwave radiation and these signals are known to disrupt calcium.

Martin Pall, Ph.D’s talk at the 2015 Autism One Conference laid out a very specific autism theory in line with this new model. He demonstrated how wireless radiation can open cell membrane calcium channels, allowing too much calcium to moves into cells. This contributes to inflammatory overload. Chemical toxins also contribute to this inflammatory state, which like a lit fire, will persist unless action is taken to reduce exposures and calm the inflammatory response.

Several doctors have demonstrated that reducing wireless radiation and other toxins can lead to improvement and even recovery. In 2001, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt began to notice a higher rate of autism among the children of parents who worked at Microsoft, which is headquartered near his practice outside of Seattle. Working with a building biologist, he found dramatically higher levels of wireless radiation in the homes of families with autistic children. Dr. Klinghardt now reduces wireless and other electric fields as part of his autism prevention and recovery program. Parents who follow his strict guidelines often see their children improve and even recover in about six months.

Similarly, Dr. Toril Jelter and Cindy Sage came up with a simple and free protocol that anyone can try for free: Turn off baby monitors, cordless phone base stations, Wi-Fi, and the circuit breaker for the bedroom at night during sleep hours. Over 80% of children on this protocol have showed noticeable improvement in as little as two weeks.

For the last ten years, Dr. Victoria Dunckley has been using a four-week “screen-time fast” to reduce excessive stimulation from electronics and wireless exposure in children. The protocol and success stories of her no-cost, non-pharmaceutical treatment plan are detailed in her new book: Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time.

While more research and validation are required to determine how much of a contribution wireless is making to the autism epidemic, there is no reason for parents to wait to take action to reduce exposures.


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[2] Herbert, Martha, and Karen Weintraub. The Autism Revolution: whole-body strategies for making life all it can be. Ballantine Books, 2013.

[3] Herbert, Martha R., and Cindy Sage. "Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link–Part I."Pathophysiology 20.3 (2013): 191-209.

Herbert, Martha R., and Cindy Sage. "Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link Part II."Pathophysiology 20.3 (2013): 211-234.

[4] Pall, M.L., Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (2015).

[5] Pall, M.L., The Autism Epidemic Is Caused by EMFs, Acting via Calcium Channels and Chemicals Acting via NMDA-Rs: Downstream Effects Cause Autism (Conference Presentation). 2015.

[6] Pall, Martin L. "Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage‐gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects." Journal of cellular and molecular medicine 17.8 (2013): 958-965.

[7] Windham, Gayle C., Karen Fessel, and Judith K. Grether. "Autism spectrum disorders in relation to parental occupation in technical fields." Autism Research 2.4 (2009): 183-191.

[8] Klinghardt, Dietrich, MD. Pilot Study: “Autism May Be Linked to Electromagnetic Radiation Levels in Mother’s Bedroom During Pregnancy”. 2008.

[9] Klinghardt, Dietrich, MD. “Autism: Multifactorial causation and corresponding treatment modalities” (Conference Presentation). 2015.

[10] Singer, Katie. “Calming Behavior in Children with Autism and ADHD: The Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)-Lowering Protocol (That Has No Cost Or Side Effects)”. (2014).

[11] Dunckley, Victoria L. Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time. New World Library, 2015.


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