by Phoebe Cooke, thesun.co.uk, 26 May 2018
|An expert has claimed that exposure to wifi can put|
children at risk.
A CANCER expert has claimed school wifi networks could put pupils at risk because they "absorb radiation".
Dr Anthony Miller, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, believes youngsters are at greater risk from radio waves because their smaller skulls can more easily be damaged by harmful rays.
He told Mirror Online: “Radiation from mobile phones and other wireless devices can cause changes in DNA and induce cancer in experimental animals.
“Children’s skulls are thinner and absorb much more of this radiation.
"We ignore this at our future peril.”
Dr Miller's warning comes as distraught mum Debra Fry says her daughter Jenny killed herself after developing the wifi "allergy".
The 15-year-old committed suicide after two years of horrendous tiredness, headaches and bladder problems.
Debra, 57, said: “I believe she just couldn’t take any more. She had overwhelming fatigue, headaches and ear pressure, difficulty finding words, itchy skin, dizziness and stiff joints.
“She was getting into trouble at school because she couldn’t concentrate and needed to urinate more than usual, so was always leaving class.
“She’d always been a very good student and a very healthy child.
“I made sure she got the right nutrients, the right influences, the right education. I had no idea we were exposing her to something so dangerous.”
Debra and her partner Charles Newman claim Jenny's health issues were directly related to the school installing wifi in 2012.
Debra maintains that her daughter's symptoms "eased or went away" when she was at home in Chadlington, Oxon, where they had taken out their home wifi router.
She added: "We wanted to take her to the GP but thought our fears would be dismissed.”
But Canadian Dr Miller believes WHO should increase the risk rating. Schools in France, Belgium and parts of America already ban or limit wifi use.
He said: “We know that when humans are exposed to cancer-causing agents, it’s usually quite a delay before you see the full effect. We’re concerned when those children become adults their risk of cancer will be much greater.
“We could be storing up higher cancer rates in the future. Since radio frequency radiation was graded 2B there have been more studies showing this increased risk.
“In my view it should be on the same level as tobacco and asbestos. It should not be allowed in school.”
Public Health England maintains that wifi is safe - and that their lower radio frequency is likely to be lower than those from mobile phones.
On their advisory page, they write: "On the basis of the published studies and those carried out in-house, PHE sees no reason why wifi should not continue to be used in schools and in other places."
But they do advise a "sensible precautionary approach" and to "keep the situation under review so that parents and others can have as much reassurance as possible."