Tuesday, July 12, 2016

" Protect Children Now" Cyprus Government Children's Health Agency on Wi-Fi

Neurological and Behavioral Effects of Non-ionizing radiation 
emitted from mobile devices on Children. 
Steps to be taken ASAP for the protection of Children and future generations. 
by Dr. Stella Canna Michaelidou
President of the Cyrus National Committee on Environment and Children's Health


Some excerpts...

Breaking: France's National Health Agency Calls For Reducing Children’s Wireless Exposures

The National Agency of Health Security of Food, 
Environment and Labour Report, July 2016

All wireless devices- from tablets, remote controlled toys, wireless toys, baby monitors, and cell phones- should be subjected to tighter regulatory limits.

Breaking News: On July 8, 2016 the French National Agency of Health Security of Food, Environment and Labour (ANSES)  published a new scientific report “Radiofrequency Exposure and the Health of Children”.
Concluding that children are more vulnerable to radio frequency (RF) wireless exposures, the French report recommends immediately reducing exposures to wireless radiation from all wireless devices for young children. Acknowledging the inadequacies of current outdated RF regulations,  ANSES recommends strengthening RF exposure limits with child protective safety margins and developing more sophisticated premarket test methods to fully assess  human exposures to RF radiation from wireless devices. The new report has made headlines across the country.

Report States Children Exposed More and Early

“Unlike previous generations, children are exposed today to multiple RF sources at a young age...Children are not miniature adults...because of their smaller size, their anatomical and morphological characteristics and the characteristics of some of their tissues, they are more exposed. In particular, the peripheral areas of their brains are more vulnerable than adults to RF."


This French national report affirms recent EHT publications showing greater absorption and vulnerability of the young to cell phone radiation. IEEE/Access: Dosimetric Simulations of Brain Absorption of Mobile Phone Radiation: the relationship between psSAR and age.

Recommendations of the Agency
The government agency recommends to “reconsider the regulatory exposure limits" to ensure "sufficiently large safety margins" to protect the health of young children:
  • All wireless devices, including tablets, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, wireless toys, baby monitors and surveillance bracelets, should be subjected to the same regulatory obligations as cell phones.
  • Compliance with regulatory exposure limits should be insured for the ways that devices are customarily used, such as positioned in contact with the body.
  • Exposure limits for radiofrequency electromagnetic fields should be tightened  to ensure sufficiently large safety margins to protect the health and safety of the general population, particularly the health and safety of children.
  • Reliance on the specific absorption rate (SAR) to set human exposure limits should be re-evaluated and replaced through the development of an indicator to assess real exposures for mobile phone users that applies to various conditions: signal type,  good or bad reception, mode of use (call, data loading, etc.), location device is used on the body.
  • ANSES reiterated its recommendation, as previously stated, to reduce exposure to children: minimize use and prefer a hands-free kit.

Scientific Research Substantiates France’s Expert Recommendations
"For several decades, my research and that of many others has shown that children and smaller adults will absorb relatively more radiation from mobile devices. Unfortunately, proper research on long term use has not been done to determine the full health impacts on children. I am one of many researchers who strongly recommend strengthening current regulations to protect children,” stated EHT advisor Om Gandhi of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, who has published multiple research studies indicating that children absorb radiation deeper into their brains than adults.

“Coming on the heels of the U.S. government study showing increased risks of rare tumors of the brain and heart tied with wireless radiation in rats, this new French government report provides a welcome reminder of the importance of protecting young brains and bodies.  The absence of proof of harm in our children at this time should not be confused with evidence of safety,” added Devra Davis PhD MPH, FACE, Visiting Professor of Medicine, The Hebrew University and President of Environmental Health Trust.  “We cannot afford to treat the young as subjects in an experiment for which we will soon have no unexposed control group,” she added.

“Our published research on cell phones but also tablets and laptops indicates that equivalent exposures to radio frequency results in different doses to specific tissues in children compared with adults. The wireless device certification process should be complemented with a computer simulation process using anatomically based models of different ages,” stated Professors Claudio Fernandez and Alvaro de Salles, EHT Advisors from the Electrical Engineering Departments of the Federal Institute and University of Rio Grande do Sul, IFRS and UFRGS, Brazil.

Over Twenty Governments Have Enacted Protective Policy
France previously enacted highly protective laws in regards to radiofrequency exposures. Wi-Fi is banned in kindergarten and OFF is the default setting in elementary schools (unless if specific classroom instruction  requires it during certain time periods). French national law also addresses cell tower emissions compliance and labels Wi-Fi transmitters in public spaces. French cell phone legislation bans cell phones for young children, mandates SAR labeling, and requires that all cell phones are sold with headsets. This new report calls for tightening regulations even further in light of findings that children experiences serious learning and other problems tied with wireless exposures.Over twenty countries and governments have enacted various protective policies to reduce radiofrequency exposure to children.

ANSES also called for more research evaluating the health and psychosocial impact (academic learning, social and family relationships, etc.) in children, related to the use of mobile communication technologies, particularly because of addictive phenomena, disorders in circadian rhythms, etc. The Agency advises parents “to minimize their children’s mobile phone use, avoid nighttime communications and reduce the frequency and duration of calls”.

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This is a press release from Environmental Health Trust. Learn more at ehtrust.org

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wi-Fi Tablets Exposure Children to Radio-frequency Radiation


Wi-Fi Tablets Exposure Children to Radio-frequency Radiation


Parents Letter to Petaluma City School District on Wi-Fi Radiation Health Risk

Petaluma California Parents wrote a letter to the Petaluma City School District about wireless health risks. 

"That said, we are not interested in a debate about what level of RF radiation is acceptable, or to hear that it is too costly or too difficult to use iPads without wireless access. These are not solutions but rather dismissals of our children's right to a safe learning environment and a classroom free from carcinogens."


To: Superintendent Callahan and Members of the Board
Petaluma City School District
200 Douglas Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Re: Wireless radiation within the Petaluma City School District (“PCSD”)

We are writing to you on behalf of a group of parents from your district, Petaluma Parents for Safe Technology, as well as other like minded parents and citizens of Petaluma. We all have   children attending PCSD schools in various grades, and we want to start off by expressing our appreciation and gratitude to the district and its administrators for all the hard work they do to support our children’s education.

This letter is to communicate our request to change the classrooms within PCSD for purposes of the health and safety of our children. Members of our group have previously spoken to the Superintendent, the Board, and Principal Hansell of Cherry Valley, among others, about the use of wireless access points and wireless devices (e.g. iPads and Chromebooks) in the classrooms, which we now know can be hazardous to our children's health. We want to ensure our children are not needlessly exposed to radiation from wireless devices and their infrastructure, which, as you are aware, is a class 2b carcinogen according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”).

In addition to the IARC classification of wireless radiation as a class 2b carcinogen, we also want to take this opportunity to bring to your attention a groundbreaking new study by the National Toxicology Program (“NTP”)2, a federal interagency group under the National Institutes of Health, which has definitively proven that wireless radiation causes cancer and other detrimental health effects. This study has been described by the American Cancer Society as follows:

“For years, the understanding of the potential risk of radiation from cell phones has been
hampered by a lack of good science. This report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is good science.”

“The NTP report linking radiofrequency radiation (RFR) to two types of cancer marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of radiation and cancer risk.”

Further, it is also accepted in the scientific and medical communities that this type of radiation is exponentially more harmful to children, as described by the American Academy of Pediatrics, among other highly reputable scientific and medical authorities.

We, as Petaluma Parents for Safe Technology, have made several attempts at working with the administration at Cherry Valley and at PCSD to elicit change in a collaborative way. For example, the Superintendent, Principal Hansell, and the Board have appeared very receptive to learning about this health hazard and about the many solutions we can implement to create a safe classroom environment without significantly impacting the current curriculum or district policies encouraging technology. To be clear, we are not against the use of technology in the classroom, and we are not looking to discourage the district’s programs around the use of iPads or other technologies, we are simply demanding this technology be deployed and configured in such a way as to not expose our children to toxic radiation.

That said, we are not interested in a debate about what level of RF radiation is acceptable, or to hear that it is too costly or too difficult to use iPads without wireless access. These are not solutions but rather dismissals of our children's right to a safe learning environment and a classroom free from carcinogens. We truly believe there are win-win solutions that are available to Cherry Valley, and all schools within PCSD, right now; solutions that will appease parents regarding the safety of their children and have minimal impact on the curriculum and policies of the district. This is our goal, and we want it to be your goal too.

For example, safety training can be given to all teachers and administrators of wireless
technologies, the wireless devices can be unplugged/shut-off when children are present on
campus and activities can be downloaded prior to class and utilized in a safe airplane mode
setting, and/or the devices can be hooked up to existing Ethernet outlets i.e. hard wired. These are just a few of the many solutions that can become a win-win scenario showing how this district listens to and works with parents demanding a safe learning environment for their children without impacting the technology based curriculum you have rolled out.

Despite her interest in these solutions, Principal Hansell noted that all decisions related to the wireless devices must be directed by the district. Thus, we would like to continue to discuss with you how to eliminate the health hazard posed by radiation from these devices. We are all well aware of the prior contentious dialogue that has occurred related to this issue from some members of the community, and as we have previously expressed, that is not an approach we want to take. 

We request a constructive and respectful dialogue regarding solutions that are a win-win for everyone. We understand the many pressures and stakeholders the district works with, and we have done our best to steer the community away from conflict oriented approaches in hopes of a more collaborative approach, as we believe this is the way to the quickest and most effective solution for our children. We hope you will come to share this vision with us.

However, please do not let our desire to work with the district belie our commitment to a solution in a timely manner. It is our request to have this solution in place or in progress by the beginning of the 2016 school year. Every day that goes by our children are needlessly suffering. Please let us know when we can have additional face to face meetings and/or an official interactive audience with the Board so we can gain commitment from the district to allow Principal Hansell, and other principals within PSCD, to take the actions necessary to keep our children’s safe.

Best Regards,
Petaluma Parents for Safe Technology


Wi-Fi Health Risks: Presentation to Massachusetts Board of Health

June 2016 Presentation to the Ashland Massachusetts Board of Health by parent CeCe Douchette.