(NaturalHealth365) The National Association for Children and Safe Technology (NACST) is calling on children’s health and cancer prevention organizations to make the issue of children’s exposure to wireless radiation in educational facilities a priority for 2015.
A 2014 study on wireless radiation, by the Hardell Group in Sweden, found a 3-fold risk with twenty-five years or more of cordless and cell phone use. Perhaps more worrying is the finding that people who first used cell or cordless phones before the age of twenty had the highest risk.
The science is clear: Cell phone use increases our risk of cancer
Another study by the same researchers found a correlation between wireless phone use and lower survival rates for people diagnosed with the most malignant form of brain tumor, gliomas. These two studies followed the CERENAT study which found that, “risks were higher for gliomas, temporal tumors, occupational and urban mobile phone use. “
The biggest wireless study carried out, the $25 million Interphone Study, found that: “regular use of a cell phone by adults can significantly increase the risk of gliomas by 40% with 1640 hours or more of use (this is about one half hour per day over ten years).” Given the established and emerging science, the NACST calls for students to be provided with a safe learning environment, free from wireless radiation.
Wireless technology – in educational settings – pose a serious threat to children’s health
The nations schools are now rife with wireless exposures because, as the NACST states, “there has been a national movement to digitalize learning in our schools”. The NACST points out these high exposures in classrooms are caused by:
- Industrial strength routers
- Thirty or more handheld devices or laptops – which all emit radiation
These exposures represent an unprecedented health risk to children because they are being exposed 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for their entire school careers. This is in addition to their exposures outside of the educational setting, which given that most children now have cell phones and most homes are equipped with Wi-Fi is not inconsequential.
Children absorb up to ten times more radiation than adults
Children are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of wireless radiation for a variety of reasons:
- Their bodies are still developing and the impacts of chronic exposure to radiation are more profound.
- Research shows children absorb up to ten times more radiation than adults.
- Safe limits for children have never been established.
This is an urgent ‘call for action’.
The National Association for Children and Safe Technology wants to see the following changes – immediately:
1. All new school technology should be hardwired.
2. All existing wireless systems should be replaced with hardwired systems.
3. The implementation of primary prevention efforts. The public needs to be educated as to the simple steps they can take to reduce exposure.
EMF exposures linked to a long list of chronic diseases
We forget that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are all around us because we can’t see them, touch them or taste them. These exposures are linked to a long list of adverse biological effects including DNA damage and many serious diseases including cancer, brain tumors, and cardiovascular disease. The Bioinitiative Report details these adverse effects extensively.
EMFs come in different shapes and forms. There are 3 common forms of EMFs present in our homes, schools and places of work:
- Magnetic fields – wherever current flows magnetic fields are present. The more current that flows the higher the magnetic field that is generated.
- Electric fields – created by variations in voltage, these EMFs are present even if no current is flowing.
- Radio frequency radiation – commonly known as wireless or cell phone radiation.
How dangerous are the EMF fields lurking inside your home?
Many common household devices emit all three forms of EMFs to a lesser or greater extent. For instance cell phones emit primarily radio frequency radiation but the battery in a cell phone is also the source of low level magnetic and electric fields.
Household wiring is a source of magnetic and electric fields, if there are wiring errors the magnetic fields can be significant. But household wiring can also be a source of radio frequency since the wiring system in your home can act as an antenna, emitting and receiving ambient radio frequency signals.
Take action and protect yourself from harm.
Measuring with an EMF meter is the only way to know what your exposures are. A good starter meter is the Trifield EMF meter – since it can measure electric, magnetic and radio frequency radiation. Though admittedly it’s sensitivity to radio frequency radiation is quite limited. Nevertheless, it’s a good choice of meter because it combines three meters in one and it’s very easy to use.
Once you have a good EMF meter it’s child’s play to detect the EMFs in your environment. Slowly go through each of the rooms in your house, taking readings for each type of radiation and then eliminate or mitigate the hotspots.
Studies show that EMFs impact the quality of our sleep and the production of melatonin, an important hormone. Because of this the best place to start is the bedroom. Anything electrical in the bedroom is a potential source of EMFs.
That also means making sure your kids don’t sleep with their cell phones on. Better still don’t allow them to use their cell phone in the bedroom.
Your children need protecting at school but also you do need to take the necessary steps to protect them, and yourself, at home from these potentially very harmful exposures.
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!