(NaturalHealth365) A few weeks ago 190 scientists from 39 nations filed an appeal to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations, UN member states requesting an urgent review of the current guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and wireless technology.
Their goal is that appropriate protective measures be introduced to protect the global human population and wildlife from EMF exposures that are spiraling out of control.
Wireless technology warning: Current EMF exposure guidelines offer no protection
Acute exposures to harmful levels of EMFs may be immediately realized as burns. But the health effects due to chronic or occupational exposure may not manifest effects for months or years.
The scientists appeal states, “ICNIRP (The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) guidelines set exposure standards for high-intensity, short-term, tissue-heating thresholds. These do not protect us from the low-intensity, chronic exposures common today.”
They ask the Secretary General and UN associated bodies, Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to:
- Encourage precautionary measures
- Limit EMF exposures
- Educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women
A strange difference of opinion places lives at risk
The appeal highlights the WHO’s conflicting positions about EMF exposures. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the WHO, classified radiofrequency radiation as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen” in 2011, and extremely low frequency magnetic fields in 2001.
Despite this, the WHO continues to ignore its own agency’s recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by ICNIRP. The ICNIRP guidelines were developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders and have long been criticized as offering no protection.
The appeal calls on the UN to resolve this inconsistency. Under the auspices of its environment program, the appeal asks that the UN to strengthen its advisories on EMF risk for humans and to assess the potential impact on wildlife and other living organisms, in line with the science demonstrating risk.
Proof: 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers reveal danger
The scientists came up with the appeal after cooperatively filing some 2,000 peer-reviewed studies on the biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiation on human bodies. This is the data that lead the scientists to declare that EMF exposures are posing a widespread threat to human health and have developed into a significant environmental pollutant for the planet.
Dr. Martin Blank, a scientist with over 30 years experience in EMF research and member of the Appeals developing committee, says:
“International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA. The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. We must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines.”
Joel Moskowitz, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley, says, “ICNIRP guidelines set exposure standards for high-intensity, short-term, tissue-heating thresholds. These do not protect us from the low-intensity, chronic exposures common today. Scientists signing the Appeal request that the UN and member nations protect the global human population and wildlife from EMF exposures.”
How to protect yourself from cell phone radiation
In the absence of sufficiently protective EMF standards and legislation, you need to act now to protect yourself. A good starting point is to practice safe cell phone use. This includes:
- Limiting calls to those that are absolutely necessary.
- Using a speaker phone or air tube headset whenever possible.
- Keeping your cell phone in airplane mode when not in use
- Text instead of talk
There are many sources of EMFs in our lives. Here are some more simple things you can do to reduce your exposure:
1. Replace cordless phones with corded versions.
2. Replace your WiFi modem with a wired model.
3. Remove as many electrical devices from the bedroom as you can and make sure everything is unplugged when you sleep at night.
4. Replace CFL light bulbs with incandescent bulbs in rooms where you spend time. Choose low wattage incandescent bulbs wherever possible.
If you’ve not yet taken any action to reduce your EMF exposures don’t delay any longer. Start today by making small changes. The rewards will be worth the effort.
About the author: Lloyd Burrell is the founder of ElectricSense.com. His website offers solutions to the growing number of people whose health is being compromised by exposure to wireless and similar technologies. Download his free EMF Health Report today!