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Wi-fi and Wireless Radiation

Radio Frequency (RF) EMF links to adverse health

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We are now being exposed to levels of RF that far exceed that of our grandparents and more evidence has accumulated suggesting there are adverse health effects from even low levels of RF exposure. Children appear to be especially vulnerable to wireless radiation as their nervous systems and brains are not fully developed and their skulls are thinner and smaller, so the radiation penetrates more deeply into their brains.

- On May 31, 2011 The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). The official classification of wireless EMF as Group 2B puts wireless radiation in with 260 other substances already classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” this includes substances such as lead, styrene and the pesticide DDT.

- In 2011 a Council of Europe committee examined evidence that the cell phones and wi-fi have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and decided that immediate action was required to protect children. They ruled that the technologies pose a health risk and should be banned from schools.

- In well-conducted, blind studies conducted in 2011, Professor Magda Havas at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario found a link between digital cordless phones and changes in the heart rate of 40% of subjects tested. At only 0.3% of the current exposure limit in North America Dr. Havas; study revealed that a cordless phone base station placed about two feet from your head and plugged in for three minutes at a time can disrupt heart rhythm leading to increases in heart rate, arrhythmias and other disturbances in heart rate variability. This is proof positive that the effects of EMF radiation are real, as are the symptoms some people experience when they're around such RF emitting devices.

- A study, released in 2008 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data representing 90 percent of the U.S. population, found cancer rates for children highest in the Northeast United States. The lead author of the study, Dr. Jun Li, said: “Environmental factors might play a role, including exposure to radiation. Radiation has been linked with the most common types of childhood cancer -- leukemia, lymphoma and brain cancers.”

- Released in the year 2000, a huge study of 44,788 sets of twins from Sweden, Denmark and Finland concluded that environmental factors were the initiating event in the majority of cancers. The strongest contender and most likely culprit is artificial (man-made) electromagnetic radiation.

- According to Dr. Thomas Rau, medical director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. Dr. Rau also believes that 'electromagnetic loads' lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson's and even back pain. He estimates that 3-8 percent of populations in developed countries is now experience serious electrohypersensitivity symptoms, while 35 percent experience mild symptoms.

- Several schools in England and France have dismantled their Wi-Fi systems after concern from teachers and parents. The French National Library removed all Wi-Fi systems in Paris due to health complaints from staff.

-The Salzburg Government, the Frankfurt Local Education Authority and the German Teachers Union have also banned or advised against the use of Wi-Fi in schools.

-In 2007, the European Environment Agency released a statement advising precaution regarding exposure to Wi-Fi networks until more is known through science.

-In September 2007, the German Government issued a warning to citizens to avoid using Wi-Fi in the workplace or at home, suggesting cabled connections instead.

The BioInitiative Report 2012 Update

More strong, scientific evidence has been published linking EMF to adverse health including brain tumor risks from cell phones, damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention; sleep disruption and cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Effects on sperm and miscarriage (fertility and reproduction), effects of wireless on the brain development of the fetus and infant, and effects of wireless classrooms on children and adolescents is addressed. Mechanisms for biological action and public health responses in other countries are discussed.

  • Evidence for Damage to Sperm and Reproduction
  • Evidence that Children are More Vulnerable
  • Evidence for Fetal and Neonatal Effects
  • Evidence for Effects on Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Evidence for Electrohypersensitivity
  • Evidence for Effects from Cell Tower-Level RFR Exposures
  • Evidence for Effects on the Blood-brain Barrier
  • Evidence for Effects on Brain Tumors
  • Evidence for Effects on Genes (Genotoxicity)
  • Evidence for Effects on the Nervous System (Neurotoxicity)
  • Evidence for Effects on Cancer (Childhood Leukemia, Adult Cancers)
  • Melatonin, Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease Stress,
  • Stress Proteins and DNA as a Fractal Antenna
  • Effects of Weak-Field Interactions on Non-Linear Biological Oscillators and Synchronized Neural Activity

http://www.bioinitiative.org/

Understanding Radio Frequency Fields (EMF)

EMF stands for electromagnetic fields. Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) are invisible lines of force that surround any electrical device. A "field" is the area in which charges interact with other charges. They travel at the speed of light and are characterized by a frequency and a wavelength.

Radio frequency fields (EMF) are different than power line EMF, they are created by oscillating a current in a conductor at a very rapid rate (3 KHz or greater). At higher frequencies the electric and magnetic fields combine to form electromagnetic radiation, a phenomena where the floating electromagnetic field is launched into space. At the speed of light, the energy will radiate outward in a pulsating pattern, much like the waves in the pond.

Radio Frequency fields measured in microwatts per square centimetre (µWatt/cm2). Mankind has harnessed much of the radio spectrum for communication purposes such as Wi-Fi, cell phone, radio, satellite TV and radar. Radio frequency EMFs have the ability to travel long distances and easily penetrate structures including the human body.

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Radio Frequency (RF) sources

  • Wireless Networks and wireless security systems
  • DECT (digital) cordless phones, and baby monitors
  • Cellular phones and PDAs
  • Cell towers and microwave transmitters
  • Gaming systems, tablets and home automation systems
  • Nearby neighbours activities
  • Radar and radio station transmitters

Meters to measure Radio Frequency Radiation (μW/cm2 )

Meters to measure 60 Hz electric fileds (V/m)

Meters to measure 60Hz magnetic fields (mG.)

Meters to measure dirty electricity (GS Units)

We are all exposed to harmful EMFs in our homes but you can reduce your exposure greatly with an EMF home inspection

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