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30 April 2019

Wi-Fi at Home Harms Children, Expert Warns

(A laptop should never be used on the lap.)
Wi-Fi at home harms children, expert warns
By Naturalist Activist, 30th April 2019

Legal action to force a school to remove a cell tower has highlighted the dangers to children of Wi-Fi at home.

Parents of children at a primary school in Kifissia, a wealthy suburb of Athens in Greece, say the cell tower, which is 80 meters from classrooms, is damaging the health of pupils. The school is refusing to remove the tower so the parents are taking it to court.

Dr. Theodore Metsis, an engineer and a wireless radiation specialist, is advising the parents and their lawyers. He says: “Talking with the mothers I learned that one third of the pupils have various problems, including attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder; learning and concentration difficulties; diabetes and thyroid problems.”

He added: “Needless to say all the families have Wi-Fi on at home 24 hours a day. They don’t realize that Wi-Fi radiation is just as bad as cell tower radiation and equally damaging to health. They are blaming all their children’s health problems on the school cell tower when the Wi-Fi in their own homes is just as dangerous.”

There is growing concern among parents and teachers worldwide about the dangers of cell towers on or near school grounds. In Ripon, California, parents recently got a cell tower removed from an elementary school after four pupils developed cancer. In South Africa, parents at a primary school staged a sit-in in order to get a cell tower dismantled, while in Devon, UK, parents are threatening to take their children out of a primary school in a row over a cell tower. Parents are also starting to worry about the dangers of Wi-Fi in schools. In the UK, 70% of secondary and nearly 50% of primary schools have already installed Wi-Fi.

Many experts are worried, however, that this concentration on the very real dangers from cell towers and Wi-Fi at school means that the equally serious risk to children’s health from wireless radiation at home is being overlooked.

A Wi-Fi modem is, after all, simply a cell tower in your home. In fact, a 2007 edition of the BBC’s investigative programme Panorama discovered that a Wi-Fi modem in a school classroom emitted three times more radiation than the maximum output from a nearby cell tower.

In a recent paper, Professor Tom Butler of University College, Cork, Ireland, a former satellite and microwave communications engineer, writes that children’s health and well-being is in as much danger from Wi-Fi radiation at home and in society in general as it is from Wi-Fi at school.

He says: “Lab rat studies find that daily exposure to Wi-Fi causes significant biological changes to a range of major organs, such as the brain, heart, reproductive system and eyes. All this has profound implications for the increasing number of children and adolescents exposed to radio frequency radiation on a daily basis.

“Because cells are rapidly dividing and organ systems are developing during childhood and adolescence, exposure to carcinogens during these early life stages in a major risk factor for cancer later in life.”

Professor Butler says research shows that children absorb the microwave energy from wireless radiation at up to 10 times the rate of adults.

He warns: “Children and adolescents should not be using smart phones or Wi-Fi-enabled tablet devices and their exposure to radio frequency radiation should be minimized. This might seem impractical in the digital world but in our real, analogue, world children and teenagers are no longer permitted legal access to cigarettes, nor is it socially acceptable for adults to smoke in their presence.

Given the current scientific evidence the pathophysical properties of radio frequency radiation appear to be no different than cigarette smoke or other carcinogens.”

Parents should never forget: wireless radiation is just as bad at home as it is at school or anywhere else.


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