Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Congressional Briefing on Wireless Harm: US Committee on Health, Education, Labor September 21, 2016

Wednesday September 21, 2016 Dr. Martin Pall , who wrote a letter to Montgomery County Schools last year,   presented to the US Senate on his research showing microwave (wireless) radiation exposure leads to serious nervous system effects. 

"In 2015, 206 international scientists signed a statement sent to the United Nations Secretary General and to member states, stating that international safety guidelines and standards are inadequate to protect human health [6].  Each of these 206 scientists from 40 countries had scientific publications on biological effects of such EMFs and therefore each is well qualified to judge this.  It can be seen from this statement to the UN, that there is a strong scientific consensus that current safety guidelines and standards are inadequate because they do not take into consideration all of the non-thermal health effects produced by various EMF exposures."
-Martin L. Pall, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences,  

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ashish Mehta on Cell Phone Radiation Recommendations

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ashish Mehta talks about how his patients were impacted by  wireless radiation and explains the precautionary steps to be taken while using a cell phone.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FactSheet on Wireless in School: Grassroots Environmental

Grassroots Environmental has issued a new 2 page FACTSHEET on Wi-Fi Health Risks in Schools

“Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” 
- American Academy of Pediatrics


Monday, September 12, 2016

New Jersey Education Association: Minimize health risks from electronic devices

Minimize health risks from electronic devices

Published in the September 2016 NJEA Review
by Adrienne Markowitz and Eileen Senn
Desktops, laptops, tablets, eBook readers, printers, projectors, smart boards, smart TVs, cellphones, cordless phones and wireless networks (WiFi) have become ubiquitous in schools. At their best, they are powerful tools for education. At their worst, they threaten the physical and mental health of teachers, paraeducators, secretaries, librarians and other school staff members and students who spend numerous hours using the devices.
Physical health risks from electronic devices include pain and tingling from repetitive strain injuries to the hands and wrists; pain in the neck, shoulders and back; dry, burning, itchy eyes, blurred vision and headaches; altered sleep patterns and next-day fatigue from exposure to blue screen light; distracted driving; and various health problems from exposure to radiation.
Mental health risks arise from stress due to raised expectations for multitasking, productivity and proficiency with devices; dealing with malfunctioning devices; student and colleague distraction from and addiction to devices; and intrusion of devices into nonwork time.

WiFi devices emit radiation

Radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation is sent and/or received by the antennae of phones, routers and other wireless devices. RF radiation is capable of causing cancer, reproductive, neurological and ocular effects. The amount of radiation exposure received depends on the amount of time exposed and distance from the source. Radiation levels fall off exponentially with distance from antennae. If you double the distance, the radiation is four times less. If you triple the distance, it is nine times less, and so on. Children and developing fetuses are particularly at risk because their bodies are still growing. People with implanted medical devices are at risk for device interference.

Hazards and solutions

The most straightforward ways to minimize health risks are to use electronic devices in moderation and to maximize your distance from them. There are also specific solutions to specific hazards listed below.
Local associations should work with their UniServ field representative to negotiate solutions that are in the control of district administrators such as providing training and ergonomic equipment and hard-wiring devices. Individuals should take steps within their control, such as:

For repetitive strain injuries

  • Use voice control/speech recognition.
  • Use ergonomic alternatives to traditional mice and keyboards.
  • Use as many fingers as possible when typing and both thumbs when texting.

For neck, shoulder and back pain

  • Ensure an ergonomic workstation.
  • When using a hand-held device, support it and the forearms.
  • Avoid bending the head down or jutting it forward.
  • Take frequent, short breaks from the device.
  • Ensure good posture and change positions frequently.
  • Stand and do stretching exercises.

For eye pain, blurred vision and headaches

  • Use sufficient, but not excessive, lighting.
  • Use assistive technology built into Apple, Android and Windows devices.
  • Enlarge and darken the cursor and pointer.
  • Enlarge the font; magnify the text.
  • Use text-to-speech instead of reading.
  • Use special computer glasses.
  • Relax the eyes on a minibreak.

For altered sleep patterns and next-day fatigue

  • Stop using devices at least one hour before bedtime.

For distracted driving

  • Use hands-free devices, preferably speakerphones.
  • Pull over and park.
  • Let someone else drive.

For radiation exposure

  • Keep devices away from the body and bedroom.
  • Carry phones in briefcases, etc., not on the body.
  • Put devices on desks, not laps.
  • Hard wire all devices that connect to the internet.
  • Hard wire all fixed devices such as printers, projectors and boards.
  • Use hard-wired phones instead of cell or cordless phones.
  • Text rather than call.
  • Keep conversations short or talk in person.
  • Put devices in airplane mode, which suspends EMF transmission by the device, thereby disabling Bluetooth, GPS, phone calls, and WiFi.
  • Use speaker phone or ear buds instead of holding the phone next your head.
  • Take off Bluetooth devices when not using them.

For stress

  • Training in device use, assistive technology.
  • Easy access to user manuals.
  • Easily available technical support. 

Cell phones and cancer

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is conducting the largest set of laboratory rodent studies to date on cellphone RF radiation. The studies cost $25 million and are designed to mimic human exposure. They are based on the cellphone frequencies and modulations currently in use in the United States. The NTP studies are designed to look at effects in all parts of the body.
On May 27, 2016, NTP released a report with partial results of the studies. They found increased occurrence of rare brain tumors called gliomas and increases in nerve tumors called schwannoma of the heart in male rats. The released results are partial because more rat studies and all of the mouse studies will be forthcoming by 2017. The cells that became cancerous in the rats were the same types of cells as those that have been reported to develop into tumors in human cellphone users.
The EMF produced by cellphones was classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization in 2011. They found that long-term use of a cell phone might lead to two different types of tumors, gliomas and acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the auditory nerve.
Download this as a PDF here 

Adrienne Markowitz holds a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Hunter College, City University of New York. Eileen Senn holds a Master of Science in Occupational Health from Temple University in Philadelphia. They are consultants with the New Jersey Work Environment Council, which is a frequent partner with NJEA on school health and safety concerns.

    Adrienne Markowitz holds a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Hunter College, City University of New York. Eileen Senn holds a Master of Science in Occupational Health from Temple University in Philadelphia. They are consultants with the New Jersey Work Environment Council, which is a frequent partner with NJEA on school health and safety concerns.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Petaluma Schools: Parents Raise Wi-Fi Health Concerns To BOE And Doctors Write Letters Detailing Scientific Evidence

Petaluma School District parents are working hard to ensure that their children are learning in safe environments. They are writing letters, testifying to the School board and in response several Doctors are sending letters in support. Please see below videos of their testimony to the school board, followed by letters from internationally esteemed doctors- Dr. Hardell, Dr. Miller and Dr. Carpenter. 

Letter From Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Michael Carlberg
"What will be the health effect for a child exposed all day long in school for 12 years? Wireless networks in schools result in full body low level RF radiation exposures that can have a cumulative effect on the developing body of a child. No safe level of this radiation has been determined by any health agency and therefore we have no safety assurances. Cancers can have long latency periods (time from first exposure until diagnosis) and it will take decades before we know the full extent of health impacts from this radiation. The statistics and effects will be borne by the children you serve. 
Wi-Fi in schools, in contrast to wired Internet connections, will increase risk of neurologic impairment and long-term risk of cancer in students. Promoting wireless technology in schools disregards the current health warnings from international science and public health experts in this field."
Click Here to Download Dr. Hardell's Letter to Petaluma School District 

Letter From Dr. Anthony Miller, Advisor the World Health Organization. 
"With the people who manufacture these devices and those who promote wi-fi failing to issue adequate health warnings, we are reaching a situation where schools, work places and homes are being saturated with radiofrequency fields.
Thus to avoid a potential epidemic of cancer caused by radiofrequency fields from wi-fi and other devices, we should introduce means to reduce exposure as much as reasonably
achievable, use hard wire connections to the internet and strengthen the codes that are meant to protect the public."

Click Here to Download Dr. Miller's Letter to Petaluma School District 

Letter from Dr. Carpenter, Director Institute for Health and the Environment University at Albany 

"The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children. I urge you to abandon any plans for wireless communication within schools. It is of course critical that all children have access to the Internet, but when this is done through wired connections they will not be exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields."

Click Here To Download Dr. Carpenter's Letter to Petaluma School District 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Queensland Department of Education Issued "Your Guide to Safe Technology" To Schools

Queensland Department of Education issued Your Guide to Safe Technology guide in 2014 to all schools that states:

It’s not only physical hazards you need to consider when thinking about health and safety issues at work or home — you should also think about how you use technology. When using a computer, you need to think about:

  • ergonomics and posture
  • radiation
  • vision impacts
  • harmful lack of exercise (DVT).

Wireless devices — smart/mobile phones, tablets, slates, monitors etc — all emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation and should be used correctly. When using electronic devices, the department recommends you follow WiFi/3G/4G best practice:
  • follow the manufacturer’s usage guideline  operate from a table or bench — not on your lap  
  • use ‘hands-free’ devices to keep smart/mobile phones away from your head and body during phone calls  limit the number and length of calls  
  • position the device antenna away from your body  
  • do not sit within 0.5 m of a wireless router  use smart/mobile phone in areas of good reception to reduce exposure.

New Movie: Electronic Crack About The Addiction of Our Screens

Filmaker Joseph Piner explores the addiction, health and social issues related to screens. Watch these excellent  clips from the movie. 

In the video clip below Dr. Polos describes his research on sleep and children's use of cell phones.