Why wireless radiation is dangerous and why the safety guidelines urgently need updating
(NaturalHealth365) After water, gas, and electricity, wireless has become the fourth utility. Everything is being ‘wified’ to death. Phones, watches, TVs, iPads, DVD players, coffee machines, refrigerators, you name it!
Even schools, hospitals, businesses and coffee shops have WiFi – it’s literally everywhere. In fact, some would say, ‘we can’t live without it.’ But what if wireless was not as safe as we are led to believe?
Do you know what the experts say about wireless technology and your health?
Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation at the rate of billions of cycles per second. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies point to the link between these exposures and a long list of adverse biological health effects and very serious diseases, including brain tumors, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Of course there are safety guidelines, but do these guidelines protect us? Absolutely not! You see, that’s because scientists and engineers are being relied upon to set exposure limits not biologists or medically qualified professionals.
In the United States the safety guidelines for wireless are set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC has various responsibilities. They oversee the allotment of broadcast frequencies across the spectrum, they mediate competition between service providers, they maintain communications in emergencies and they punish celebrities and other people who swear on the radio or take their clothes off on TV.
But the FCC was never supposed to look after your health; it’s not their job. The FCC relies on scientists, engineers and organizations (including the IEEE) to set its ‘proper exposure limits’ – and the doctors are never given an opportunity to offer an opinion.
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Current ‘safety’ guidelines don’t take into account the adverse biological effects of EMF exposures
The current FCC guidelines only take into account the thermal effects of these wireless exposures they fail to take into account the adverse biological effects. What this means is that if the exposures aren’t cooking you, they are safe. But the studies detail thousands of adverse biological effects which occur at levels well below that required to heat tissue.
Here’s the blunt truth: EMF exposure guidelines are based on outdated science.
The FCC requires that all wireless communications devices sold in the United States meet its minimum guidelines for safe human exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy. These guidelines are backed up by the Telecommunications Act (TCA) of 1996 – which is nearly 20 years old.
In terms of advances in digital technology, 20 years is a very long time ago. There has been no review of the matter by the FCC despite massive changes in technology and consumer behavior.
As Amy O’Hair of StopSmartMeters.org explains, “established in the 1970s based on 1950s science, and firmed up in the Telecommunications Act (TCA) of 1996, (just as cellular networks were going up), the guidelines have not been reviewed since then – even as usage patterns have changed drastically”.
Accumulated radiation exposure levels may be more than 100 times higher than official exposure limits
The current guidelines specify exposure limits for hand-held wireless devices in terms of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The SAR is a measure of the rate that radio frequency (RF) radiation is absorbed by the body.
For exposure to RF radiation from wireless devices, the allowable FCC SAR limit is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), as averaged over one gram of tissue. All wireless devices sold in the U.S. have to be approved by the FCC to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum allowable SAR level when operating at the device’s highest possible power level.
In truth this guideline does very little to protect us because it fails to take into account that most people today are exposed to multiple wireless radiation exposures.
Let’s get real: Many people now have wireless connectivity with not only their phone but also their laptop, watch and tablet, to name a few. In addition, many people live in proximity to a very large number of actively transmitting WiFi routers, smart meters and other wireless devices.
So, in reality, accumulated radiation exposure levels may be more than 100 times higher than official exposure limits – particularly in places like schools and offices.
Tips on how to take action and safeguard your health
Here are some simple steps you can take to safeguard your health from wireless radiation and other electromagnetic field exposures:
- Replace your wireless devices with wired versions – replace wireless DECT phones and wireless modems with wired versions.
- Practice safe cell phone use – distance is your friend, avoid using your cell phone next to your ear.
- Create a low EMF sleep sanctuary where you sleep – rid your bedroom of all electrical devices.
- Measure the EMF readings in your home with a simple to use EMF meter. Here is a review of an EMF meter that measures radio frequency radiation and magnetic fields.
Time for change: The FCC guidelines need updating now
Clearly the FCC guidelines need updating, here are some suggestions:
1. The regulations need to take into account the biological effects of these exposures not just the heating effect.
2. FCC regulations should be based on the maximum power of each transmitting wireless device based on the number of wireless devices in proximity.
3. In places such as schools and businesses all wireless devices should have automatic maximum power reduction based capability based on the number of wireless devices in proximity.
We need to spread the word about these issues because, ultimately, if the public remains unaware – nothing can improve.
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!
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