October 06, 2010
The growing number of people with
sensitivities to electromagnetic fields and microwaves (EMF)
is testament to the fact that average exposure allowances from
modern telecommunications are too high to be called safe for
And these people are getting tired of
hearing a certain phrase:
“If it was harmful, the government
would never have approved it.”
The world according to Health Canada
works like this:
Selected science from corporations
or approval from an unquestioned authority (i.e. the World
Health Organization) equals safety. Therefore, people who
claim to get sick from cell phones, computers, wireless internet
and phones emitting microwaves at WHO-approved exposure levels
must be suffering from something else - or they are crazy.
Dr William Rea stated that,
"sensitivity to electromagnetic
radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st
century. It is imperative health practitioners, governments,
schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes
Dangers of EMF
Based on the existing science, many
public health experts believe it is possible we will face an
epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of
cell phones and increased population exposure to WiFi and other
Thus it is important that all of us, and
especially children, restrict our use of cell phones, limit exposure
to background levels of Wi-Fi, and that government and industry
discover ways in which to allow use of wireless devices without such
elevated risk of serious disease.
"We need to educate decision-makers
that ‘business as usual’ is unacceptable. The importance of this
public health issue can not be underestimated,” said Dr. David
Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University
of New York.
Issues relating to fertility and
miscarriages are also a big concern for researchers investigating
EMF in schools for both students and teachers.
Only a handful of
studies have examined the possible link between EMF exposure and
In the real world, true evidence of safety is the healthy
functioning of the most vulnerable - pregnant women and children -
when they are intentionally, unavoidably, or accidentally exposed to
microwave radiation at approved levels. Yet an increasing number of
people (around 15% according to Dr. Magda Havas), including children
all over the world, are showing symptoms of ill health after
exposure to WHO-approved levels of microwaves from transmitter
towers, wireless internet and phones.
The scientific research was there all
along to show that this would happen, especially to children, but
the science was simply not used by
the WHO committee setting the
standards. The committee members were from the telecommunications
So, on weight of evidence, it is more likely that the ‘approved’
levels are unsafe and the craziness lies in the agency doing the
Childhood Exposure to Wi-Fi Transmitters & Cell Phones
Recently, children attending 14 schools in the Georgian Bay area
communities of Simcoe County developed hypersensitivity illness with,
...when exposed to the microwaves
emitted by recently installed high-power Wi-Fi transmitters inside
And when the kids were away from the
schools, these symptoms disappeared. Repeated medical evaluations
found no other cause, and no medical treatments proved helpful.
Naturally, parents were deeply concerned. But when they approached
school board officials they were essentially told to stop bothering
and go away. Health Canada experts supported the Simcoe school board
officials, saying Wi-Fi in schools was safe for children.
Siegal Sadetzki, a physician, epidemiologist and lecturer at Tel
Aviv University, published the results of a study in the American
Journal of Epidemiology, in which she and her colleagues found
that heavy cell phone users were subject to a higher risk of benign
and malignant tumors of the salivary gland.
Those who used a cell phone heavily on the side of the head where
the tumor developed were found to have an increased risk of about
50% for developing a tumor of the main salivary gland (parotid),
compared to those who did not use cell phones.
According to a new book by Devra Davis, PhD, entitled:
Disconnect: The truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry
has done to hide it, and how to protect your family, there are
five billion cell phones now in use around the world.
The levels of
microwave radiation they emit are approved as safe under these
But many phones are held right against the thinner, smaller skulls
of children whose parents never read that disclaimer.
are now zapping brains with the same power level used in radar,
brains that have not fully developed the ability to make ethical
judgments, calculate speed, or assess risk. This is why we don’t let
Yet the Ontario government is
considering allowing children to use cell phones in class.
“Heh-heh, at least they won’t be
driving!” said Premier McGuinty.
To match the exponential growth in
phones used by children, school boards are being persuaded that it’s
necessary to install Wi-Fi transmitters every few meters in ceilings
and walls throughout the entire building to give children a
“21st-century learning environment.”
Wi-Fi is apparently affordable even when
school boards are too strapped to buy current textbooks and keep
libraries open. Teachers and students aren’t hampered by limited
access to inconvenient cables and plugs, but can download and upload
anything from high resolution video to updated curriculum text,
The sales pitch from
Cisco is irresistible.
According to the non-industry-funded research on health effects at
these power levels, the schools’ Cisco Wi-Fi transmitters have
overlapping zones of microwaves powerful enough to break
and cause the brain to release heat-shock proteins into spinal
In addition to microwaves from a phone held next to the head or in
the hands above the lap, the exposed children are constantly
absorbing powerful carrier waves with varying pulsed signals
intended for thousands of users that are nowhere near the school.
Millions of massively electrified antenna towers are on rooftops
everywhere to send the signals to phones and wireless internet
They are blanketing us with an invisible
fog of pulsed frequencies that can prevent our brains from making
melatonin at night, at power levels capable of commandeering the
heart’s own electrical rhythm.
Electricity is an
inseparable part of our modern day society. This means that EMFs
will continue to be all around us. But as Discover Magazine
postulated, aside from making our life easier, is electricity
also making our lives shorter?
Measure your home, work and school environments with a Gauss
meter Measure EMFs both inside and outside your home. Don't let
your children play near power lines, transformers, radar domes
and microwave towers.
Avoid areas where the field is above 1 mG. Measure the EMFs from
appliances both when they are operating and when they are turned
off. Some appliances (like TVs) are still drawing current even
when they are off.
Don't sleep under an electric blanket or on a waterbed. If you
insist on using these, unplug them before going to bed (don't
just turn it off). Even though there is no magnetic field when
they are turned off, there may still be a high electric field.
Don't sit too close to your TV set. Distance yourself at least 6
feet (1.80 meters) away. Use a Gauss meter to help you decide where it is safe
Rearrange your office and home area so that you are not exposed
to EMFs from the sides/backs of electric appliances and
computers. In the home, it is best that all major electrical
appliances, such as computers, TVs, refrigerators etc, be placed
up against outside walls. That way you are not creating an EMF
field in the adjoining room.
Don't sit too close to your computer. Computer monitors vary
greatly in the strength of their EMFs, so you should check yours
with a meter. Don't stand close to your microwave oven. Move all
electrical appliances at least 6 feet from your bed. Eliminate
wires running under your bed. Eliminate dimmers and 3-way
Be wary of cordless appliances such as electric toothbrushes and
razors. You may choose not to wear a quartz-analog watch because
it radiates pulsating EMFs along your acupuncture meridians.
And last, but not least, always always always remember that EMFs
pass right through walls. The EMF you are reading on your Gauss
meter could be radiating from the next room... or from outside
Government Response to Public Concerns
When the argument is made for using safer alternatives that require
less power and emit less radiation (such as fiber optic cable, or
less powerful phones that only receive text and voice in a narrow
frequency range that does not need a constant carrier wave, or for
demand-only with a short delay for power-up), we are told that there
are no safety concerns (or carbon emission concerns) that warrant
such a level of inconvenience for consumers.
When the plea is made for more research and more protective safety
standards for an item that has already escaped from Pandora’s Box,
made it on to store shelves around the globe, and is now starting to
interfere, literally, with the birds and bees, we are told that the
science is complete and the regulatory due diligence has been done.
This denial is especially swift if the
item has become an indispensable and lucrative cash cow for the
The wireless telecommunications industry
is just such a cash cow. The government revenues from transmitter
fees and bandwidth access alone are incomprehensibly large -
multiple billions of euros in Britain alone.
The industry is also appallingly energy-greedy, sucking up 1% of
electricity produced globally to make that
billions of phones and wireless networks.
In 2009, a study from
Britain estimated that the telecommunications industry’s global
energy consumption released 110.7 million tonnes of CO2
into the atmosphere. The electricity used to power the towers
has the carbon footprint of driving 29 million cars for a year.
Each telecom company gets to erect an
unlimited number of their own towers, beside competitors, and no
laws require them to coordinate transmission needs to reduce power
consumption and consumer exposure.
Address Concerned Parents About Dangers of Telecom Pollution
Barrie Trower is a retired physicist, teacher, and champion
of the rights of children to live without being damaged by lax
government regulation of telecommunication microwave exposures.
He now spends his life traveling around
the world volunteering his expertise to that end.
Trower is a soft-spoken, grandfatherly,
unfailingly polite Brit who once worked for the British Secret
Service debriefing Cold War spies on their use of stealth microwave
weapons. On August 24, he and Dr. Magda Havas addressed a
packed hall at the University of Toronto’s Health Sciences building.
Trower had come from Britain on invitation by parents from the
Simcoe County Safe School Committee. Frustrated with the
intransigence of their local school board in addressing concerns
about the deteriorating health of their children in 14 different
schools with powerful Wi-Fi systems, they had raised funds to bring
Trower to Canada in hopes of pressuring the school board to remove
Wi-Fi and alert others of the risk to children.
Dr. Magda Havas, a professor at Trent University and an
internationally recognized expert on the health effects of EMF
radiation, had helped the parents produce a short documentary
interviewing some of the affected children and parents.
In it, one young boy stated:
“It was pretty obvious,” when
describing how his symptoms abated after the wireless modem was
Prior to addressing the parents gathered
at U of T, Trower had done several interviews for radio, television
and newspapers and had also spent ninety minutes with Dr. Arlene
King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and her top public
health officials, explaining the scientific evidence of biological
effects of microwave radiation on children and why the current
allowable exposure levels should be lowered.
Trower told the audience of concerned parents that our Canadian
government knew years ago that microwave radiation frequencies at
the levels now used in wireless internet and phones were harmful.
But the levels were allowed anyway for
necessary exposures to police and military personnel - and also to
“protect future industrial profits.”
Then, they locked up the research
report, with its preface statement admitting collusion to withhold
the information from the public, as a classified document for fifty
Trower retrieved it with a Freedom of Information Access request
because, he said, he knew what it was called and where to look for
According to Havas and Trower, no government agency, including
the W.H.O., has established a safe level of microwave exposure for
children. In fact, Health Canada itself had commissioned a review of
the health risks associated with wireless communication devices by
The Royal Society of Canada in 1999.
This review clearly stated that
biological effects and health effects do occur from microwave
radiation used by “wireless communication devices” including the
specific frequencies which were now transmitted by the school Wi-Fi
devices in Simcoe County, and at well below the established “safe”
guidelines published by Health Canada in Safety Code 6, based on the
Specifically, the Royal Society of Canada concluded that thermal
effects well below the microwaves used by Wi-Fi devices can
compromise the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (Sec. 6.6 pg
It also concluded that microwave
radiation from wireless communication devices at intensities below
Health Canada’s guidelines can activate ODC salivary enzymes known
to promote cancer in humans. (Sec. 6.3.3 pg 41-42)
The Royal Society’s report concluded that microwaves at these
frequencies and below Health Canada’s guidelines disrupt calcium
regulation (Sec. 6.2 pg 35) and there is,
“strong evidence that microwave
irradiation produces behavioral and associated biochemical
changes at or below the occupational exposure limits in Safety
(Sec. 6.7 pg 46)
“If we know there are no levels safe
for children, and children are everywhere, how can the approved
levels of exposure be safe? I have never met a single person who
has read the
ICNIRP (International Commission for Non-Ionizing
Radiation Protection) guideline.
“Children, the elderly, and
some chronically ill people might have a lower tolerance for one
or more forms of microwave exposure.”
Health Canada uses a
safety threshold of ‘not more than 1,000 microwatts per cm2.’
In 2007 a group of scientists published a recommended safety
level in their Bio Initiative Report, which is ‘not more than
0.1 microwatts per cm2’.”
With some apparent exasperation, the
superintendent of education with the Simcoe County School Board
“we can’t just shut it down and
affect the learning of 50,000 students because someone says it
might have health effects.”
Let’s deconstruct this.
Wi-Fi can be bought with taxpayer money,
approved and installed without evidence of safety for children whose
neurological systems are immature because someone from
(selling Wi-Fi) says 'it’s safe.'
But it can’t be un-installed, even if
taxpayers plead and insist; even if a Health-Canada-commissioned
Royal Society report warns of serious risk; and even if children
actually suffer harm.
It is the view of both Trower and Havis, along with the parents of
at-risk children, that exposures must be lowered based on real-time
effects and real rights to health protection, not on arguments about
fake rights of children to have a “21st century learning
Those suffering the harm must be
believed and those selling the harm - including the government
bureaucrats - need to be held accountable.
Unfortunately, barely a day after Trower had returned to England,
Dr. Arlene King’s announcement reiterated the Ontario government’s
belief in the safety of Wi-Fi because of Health Canada’s approval.
The formal statement of support for Health Canada’s authority is now
on the Ontario government website. What ought to happen is for Dr.
King to believe the children and act in THEIR best interest instead
of the interests of the telecommunications industry.
Have we not learned enough from
the shoddy faked science leading to
and the people killed by
Prepulsid to know that
regulatory approval does not equal safety?
Do we not have enough
killed by prescription drugs approved due to glowing reports
written by drug companies and handed straight over to Health
Canada with a cheque to know that it’s time to make Health
Canada more accountable?
Does Dr. King actually think
Monsanto and Reynolds Tobacco science-for-profit is useful
for approving public health safety standards?
Tighten the standards and force
manufacturers to comply so those documented biological effects do
not occur, instead of discarding the victims and embracing the
harmful standard. Trower explained how to do it.
Other countries like France and Germany
have done it for their children.
We should too.