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Wi-Fi / Wireless Devices


Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) includes any device that transmits and receives information wirelessly. This includes cell phones, portable phones, iPhones, Bluetooth, baby monitors, iPads and tablets, Wii games and countless other innovations that produce RF and EMF radiation. 

Wi-Fi (Schools Children and Families) INTRODUCTION to TOPIC



Jun 25
2015

Parliamentary report calls for action on Wi-Fi

CMAJ - Medical knowledge that matters

" . . . Dr. Anthony Miller, a University of Toronto professor emeritus who served as scientific secretary on a scientific review completed in May 2011 by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which concluded that cellphones and other wireless devices such as cordless phones and Wi-Fi transmitters are possibly -- although not probably -- carcinogenic said he was "very pleased with the outcome," of the committee review. .

"It will be interesting to see if Health Canada does anything," added Miller, who argued while testifying before the committee that new research overlooked by Health Canada "reinforces the evidence that radio frequency fields are not just a possible human carcinogen, but a probable human carcinogen."  

"Health Canada spokesman André Gagnon said "the Department thanks the committee members for their work and is currently reviewing the report. The Government of Canada will respond to the Committee's report in due course."

HESA report of the Standing Committee on Health June 17, 2015




Jun 21
2015

Letter from Frank Clegg of C4ST to Vancouver Sun

RE article: Parliamentary Report Warns Cell Phones, Wi-Fi a Serious Health Issue. June 19, 2015

"I would like to call your attention to the falsehoods, errors and omissions published in the above article. Segments of your coverage were correct in reporting that Canada's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health (HESA) has carefully examined the science showing cell phones, Wi-Fi and other wireless devices are potentially harmful. Critical apects of your coverage are blatantly wrong. . . .

"Canada's Health Committee exhaustively studied this issue. The investigation was introduced by Dr. Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP from Vancouver Centre who is also a physician. The scientific evidence was so convincing that the Report was unanimously supported by all Parties on the Committee in a rare non partisan decision.

"Your story did not mention this phenomenon. It quoted none of the Members of Parliament who examined the evidence, and none of the scientists who provided it. It appears that instead you sought out a wireless industry microwave researcher, who contradicted her research sponsor's health warnings, and gave your readers a dangerously false impression about the safety of their wireless devices. Such disservice to your readership is extraordinary.

"C4ST is a national organization concerned with correcting the outdated microwave thresholds of Canada's Safety Code 6 and bringing them into the 21st Century. We appreciate that you paid attention to this story, but in future we expect a more professional approach to the facts.  

"We believe it is your responsiblity to review the testimony that the Parliamentary Committee heard, investigate all the evidence that is available and provide a truly balanced representation of the facts."




Jun 20
2015

TIME SENSITIVE: Commonwealth Club - Children's Health Expert Forum San Francisco

Risks from Cell Phones & Wireless Technologies, Monday 6/22 at 11:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks with a special focus on risks to children and other vulnerable populations will be held at the Commonwealth Club of California on Monday, June 22nd, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust, leading U.S. advocacy, research and policy organizations, the program will be of interest to parents, teachers, schools and government officials and policymakers. It will feature scientists, physicians, a psychiatrist and public health experts, including EMF experts visiting from the U.K., Turkey and Australia. . . .




Jun 12
2015

Scientists petition UN for better radiation exposure standards

Cindy Sage, co-author of Bioinitiative Report. (Important links included)

An important article regarding the Paris Appeal and the efforts of industry, in collusion with major organizations like the BC Cancer Society, to block efforts to educate the public and to reduce exposures to RF radiation. Please share widely.

Our cancer institutes have colluded with the industry to downplay the sharp rise in brain tumours and other cancers since the introduction of these technologies, especially in those under age 40. According to Eileen O'Connor of Powerwatch UK, one study has shown over a 700 percent increase in brain tumours in young adults compared to other cancers.


"Do you use a cell phone? Wifi? An iPad? Do you have a 'smart' meter on your home? A baby monitor or DECT (cordless) phone? You should be aware these are all serious health hazards that have been covered up by the multi-billion dollar telecommunications industry. Scientists who have been raising warnings about exposure to microwave frequency radiation (the spectrum used by wireless devices) have been marginalized, and in some cases their careers ruined by telecom corporations. Now they are raising the alarm with the UN and World Health Organization (WHO). "The health effects (of electromagnetic exposure) are now inarguable," said Cindy Sage, co-author of the Bioinitiative Report on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) research. "What we need--now--are biologically-based standards for public health." Tragically, the mainstream media are ignoring this important scientists' petition . . .




Jun 12
2015

FRAMINGHAM - At a forum Wednesday night, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, former president of Microsoft Canada and other experts warned of the dangers of wireless radiation to children.  

"The panelists told an audience at Plymouth Church that children's brains absorb more radiation than in adults, and research shows that surrounding kids with technology devices is causing harm. Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust, said children today have toys that radiate energy, from the digital "iPotty" to a plastic teething rattle iPhone case. . . .  

"Unlike some environmental problems, like global warming, this is something you can fix tomorrow," Davis said.

"Cities and towns can pass cell phone right-to-know laws that require public postings that tell users of devices how to use them safely, Davis said. . . . .

" . . .children today are gazing into a screen 7 to 11 hours a day, more than any other activity in their life, and one out of seven sets of parents allow their infants and toddlers to have screen time for up to four hours a day. .......She called it the "Magic of the iPad," but said those devices are neurological stimulants and society needs to stop denying the ramifications.  

"Adults may joke they are "so addicted" to their smartphones, yet they give children the same devices and are really psychologically dependent, Steiner-Adair said.  

"They function in our lives like little blankies do for children," she said.

"In children, the devices are causing deficits in language development and their capacity for frustration and self-soothing, she said. . . .




Jun 9
2015

Published on Jun 11, 2015

This extract from S6 E143 of TV show Dr. Oz discusses the potential harmful effects of cell phone radiation in kids in this segment subtitled Dr. Oz Alert - Why Cell Phones Could Cause Cancer in Kids







May 21
2015

Is Wi-Fi Making You Sick?

Wireless technology has mad elife easier, but there could be a downside. CBS New York


Video Clip

The Wi-Fi Alliance refused to comment: The Wi-Fi Alliance owns and controls the "Wi-Fi Certified" logo, a registered trademark. They are making billions of dollars off this unregulated technology that has never been tested for safety.




May 18
2015

Is Wi-Fi making your child ill? (UK)

Canadian media have responded to wireless industry directives to remove this article from circulation

Places in Canada where the article has been removed. There is a concerted effort to stifle this article.

Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Province
Canada.com
Montreal Gazette
Edmonton Journal
Ottawa Citizen
Windsor Star
Leader-Post





May 11
2015

Martin Blank, PhD of Columbia University representing 190 international scientists in an Appeal to the UN, UN Member States and the WHO on the risks of electromagnetic fields emitted by telecommunications and utility technologies. Cautioning strongly, Dr. Blank says, "The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. To protect our children, ourselves and our ecosystem, we must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines." Video produced by ElectromagneticHealth.org on behalf of international scientists and the Appeal Committee.

 

International Appeal

Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure  

We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include-but are not limited to-radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF)."  

The Appeal continues, pointing out there is: "Scientific basis for our common concerns: Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life."

and there are "inadequate non-ionizing EMF international guidelines," and:

"Collectively we also request that:
1. children and pregnant women be protected;
2. guidelines and regulatory standards be strengthened;
3. manufacturers be encouraged to develop safer technology;
4. utilities responsible for the generation, transmission, distribution, and monitoring of electricity maintain adequate power quality and ensure proper electrical wiring to minimize harmful ground current;
5. the public be fully informed about the potential health risks from electromagnetic energy and taught harm reduction strategies;
6. medical professionals be educated about the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and be provided training on treatment of patients with electromagnetic sensitivity;
7. governments fund training and research on electromagnetic fields and health that is independent of industry and mandate industry cooperation with researchers;
8. media disclose experts' financial relationships with industry when citing their opinions regarding health and safety aspects of EMF-emitting technologies; and
9. white-zones (radiation-free areas) be established."

Media-only contacts are at: http://emfscientist.org/index.php/2015-05-03-11-38-59




May 9
2015

Is Wi-Fi making your child ill?

Dr. Erica Mallory-Blythe in The Telegraph - Florence Jenkins

"As France bans Wi-Fi in nursery and primary schools, a British expert who has given up using wireless gadgets says we should do the same. . . .

Background

In February the French government banned Wi-Fi in nursery schools and restricted use in primary schools. The German government has recommended that the use of Wi-Fi in the workplace or home should be avoided where possible. LA has reduced student exposure to Wi-Fi radiation to 10,000 times below US government standard.

In 2000, a report commissioned by the Government concluded that no school should fall within 100 metres of a mobile phone mast; in 2007 a BBC Panorama programme found that the readings next to a classroom laptop showed radiation at double the level only 100 metres from a mobile phone mast.

A five-year-old absorbs up to 60 per cent more radiation than an adult due largely to their thinner skulls and the high water content of a young body. In Western countries brain tumours have overtaken leukaemia as the most common cause of cancer in children. A 2008 study found a fivefold increase in the risk of glioma (a form of brain cancer now recognised by the World Health Organisation as being linked to mobile phone usage) for those starting mobile phone use under 20 years of age, indicating that the age group at first use is highly significant.

Schools and parents can find out more through ssita.org.uk




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