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29 December 2018

Children and Wireless Radiation - FAQ's

Children And Wireless FAQ’s

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions - Children and Wireless Radiation

[expand title=”Q: Is wireless technology safe?”]
A: Wireless technology is not safe. Wi-Fi and all radiofrequency radiation has been on the World Health Organization’s Class 2B List of Possible Human Carcinogens for more than three years (since May 2011) based on research showing increased brain cancer in heavy users (30 minutes per day) with over 10 years of use. Lead and DDT are also included on this list. Recent research using computer-generated signals from working cell phones finds that this radiation increases damage to human sperm and offspring of animals exposed prenatally. These effects are not taken into account when standards are set for these devices.

[/expand][expand title=”Q: What is known about safety for children?”]
A: Children are not little adults. Children’s skulls are thinner and tissues of a child’s head, including the bone marrow and the eye, absorb significantly more energy than those in an adult head. It is scientifically accepted that children are more vulnerable to the biological effects of microwave exposure than adults due their rapidly developing body systems. Children’s stem cells are more affected by microwave radiation.

No studies show that microwave radiation exposure in children is safe or that continuous exposure from cell phones, cell towers, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, etc. is safe.[/expand]

[expand title=”Q: Is cell phone radiation the same as Wi-Fi radiation?”]
A: Commonly used cell phone and Wi-Fi signal frequencies are all classified as radiofrequency radiation. Dr. Robert Baan, a member of the International Agency for the Research on Cancer, has stated that the Class 2B Carcinogen status “holds for all types of radiation within the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including the radiation emitted by base-station antennas, radio/TV towers, radar and Wi- Fi.”[/expand]

[expand title=”Q: Are children at increased risk?”]
A: Due to their unique vulnerabilities children are thought to be at increased risk. Current research provides evidence. For example, Dr. Lennart Hardell and his research team at Orebro University in Sweden showed that children who start using a mobile phone as teenagers develop 4 to 8 times more brain cancers than those who began to use phones later in life. Experimental studies are showing significant neurological changes from exposure to microwave radiation levels that meet our FCC guidelines. Environmental exposures at critical periods can have profound effects on fetal and childhood development.[/expand]

[expand title=”Q: Don’t organizations such as the WHO, FDA, CDC, National Cancer Institute and the EPA say Wi-Fi is safe?”]
A: Representatives from these agencies do NOT declare that wireless is safe. They say there is inconclusive evidence and that “more research” is needed. The Center for Disease Control recommends “caution,” and includes advice about how to reduce exposure, as does the FCC.

For most environmental hazards proof comes in the form of epidemiological studies of past conditions. As an example, how the WHO classified outdoor air pollution as a Class 1 Carcinogen in September 2013 citing research indicating that in 2010 3.2 million deaths worldwide resulted from air pollution. When asked why it had taken so long to reach this conclusion, IARC director Dr. Christopher Wild said, “Often we’re looking at two, three or four decades once an exposure is introduced before there is sufficient impact on the burden of cancer in the population to be able to study this type of question.” Similar to many other carcinogens, undeniable proof may not be available for decades.

The EPA states, “More research is needed to clarify the question of safety.” No medical organization that we know of has declared this radiation safe.[/expand]

[expand title=”Q: Hasn’t our government set safety standards based on a scientific review of the evidence?”]
A: The EPA and the FDA have never done a comprehensive scientific review of this radiation to set standards that protect human health. Current exposure standards were developed in 1993 when wireless technology was not widespread as it is today.

Currently, the FCC is the agency that ensures compliance with radiofrequency exposure standards in this country. However, the FCC is not a medical nor science agency. Current standards have not been reviewed for over 18 years in the United States. EHT and many other experts in the field are calling the current standards outdated and inadequate to protect human health.

The CDC is not charged with monitoring this issue either. In fact they were recently briefed on the issue. Please see “Mobile Phone Use and Cancer Risk: Research on a Group 2B Carcinogen” Joel Moskowitz, Webinar for CDC Workgroup on Cancer Prevention (Oct 29, 2014)

Slides: http://bit.ly/CDCWebinar102914

Audio: http://bit.ly/101l2lR or http://bit.ly/1tDZbg2 [/expand]

[expand title=”Q: I heard that the overwhelming majority of studies that have been published in scientific journals around the world show that wireless microwave radiation is not a health risk. Please explain this.”]
A: Actually the human evidence for risk has increased. Since 2011, several major epidemiologic studies provide further evidence that long-term mobile phone use is associated with increased risk of glioma (a type of malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma (a nonmalignant tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain). Moreover, tumor risks increase with the amount and duration of mobile phone use and are stronger on the side of the head where the mobile phone was predominantly used.

If you set aside the industry-funded studies, the overwhelming weight of the evidence shows there is a significant problem. In addition to experimental research on cancer, there are over 1000 peer reviewed, published papers showing other harmful biological effects from microwave radiation exposure such as damage to sperm, pregnancy and nervous systems.[/expand]

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