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Dear MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith- Time to Protect Students Not Promote Pollution

Dear Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith, I am writing to you on an important issue regarding our children’s hea...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children" writes Harvard Trained Medical Doctor and former MCPS parent Dr. David Carpenter urging MCPS to abandon plans for wireless in schools

Dear Sirs/Madams:

I am a public health physician who served as the Co-Editor of the Bioinitiative Report first published in 2007 and later in  2012 as a comprehensive review of the adverse health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. I also provided testimony on radiofrequency radiation and cancer risk to the Presidents Cancer Panel in 2009.  I am also a former resident of Montgomery County and my two older children attended elementary school there. 

There is strong and consistent evidence that excessive exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields has adverse human health effects.  Of particular concern is the clear evidence that children are more vulnerable than adults.  The best documented adverse effects are an increase in risk of cancer after years of exposure as evidenced by the results of the Interphone, Hardell and French CERENAT studies. These research studies found increased cancer risk in the “heavy” users of cell phones after ten years of use. However, “heaviest use” corresponded to the equivalent of just thirty minutes a day in these research studies. Please note that cancers do not appear immediately upon exposure but rather come years later. 

Within a school setting there is increasing evidence that excessive exposures reduce learning ability, which is the last thing one wants in a school.  Some children will also develop a syndrome of electrohypersensitivity, where they get headaches and reduced ability to pay attention and learn.  While these effects are not nearly as well documented as those relating to cancer, they are particularly important within a school.  This is especially the case in a wireless computer classroom, where exposure can be very high.  However there will be essentially no exposure in a wired computer classroom.

The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children.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.

Yours sincerely,
David O. Carpenter, M.D.

Director, Institute for Health and the Environment
Download the Letter In Full Here. 

The 2009 Presidents Testimony is found here. 

Listen To Dr Carpenter Speak In This News Coverage Here. 

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