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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Letter from Cindy Sage and Josefina Cobb to FOX News about Coverage of WiFi Health Issues

Congratulations to Fox 5 News.  
It is one of the best pieces yet done on the subject of wireless health risks to school children, and statements about potential risks are based in the science and the epidemiology we have to date.  High journalistic quality, investigative depth and balanced reporting.  If anything, it doesn't go far enough to warn of the risks, based on what health agencies and independent experts already know.

The current federal public safety standards for RF are grossly inadequate and undergoing an update at the FCC.  The existing 'safety' standards are decades old, and never envisioned WiFi, nor realistically took into account the evolution of chronic exposure to low intensity pulsed radiofrequency radiation.  The existing standards are developed by the industry's professional group, the IEEE.  Then, the FCC (claiming no health expertise) simply adopts what the IEEE standards committee recommends.  The conflicts of interest are vast.  And, the IEEE expertise is engineering, not health sciences.
The 20-year old standards have everything to do with WiFi.  Any pulsed RF down to the nanowatt/cm2 level is being reported by credentialed teams of researchers, including epidemiologists with excellent exposure assessment by engineering experts to cause health impacts - where you have chronic (persistent, prolonged) exposures. 

Basic fact checking will reveal to naysayers that the WHO IARC has determined that ANY exposure to RF is classifiable as a Possible Human Carcinogen.  The IARC Working Group of international scientific experts who voted this classification included the best array of experts in the world, and that group included experts on public health standards, published epidemiological, in vivo, and in vitro studies.


Cindy Sage, MA

Co-Editor, BioInitiative Reports


To all those who were part of the Fox coverage of Wi-fi in the Montgomery School District,

I would like to thank you for the excellent newscast about wi-fi in the Montgomery School District and the interview with Nobel Prize Awardee, Dr. Devra Davis. It's inspiring to learn of a group of parents and journalists who truly care, amidst a majority who would not touch the issue with a ten-foot pole, I hope, not because they love their technology more than they care about people. 

While some countries see to it that their citizens are informed about the health risks and hazards of wireless technologies, the American public, in general, seems oblivious to the gravity of the situation. While most schools would surely not allow spraying DDT in the classrooms, or use lead paint, we are seeing a big push for wi-fi, whose non-ionizing radiation was classified by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible Type 2B carcinogen, in the same class as lead and DDT. Why this glaring disconnect? There's an abundance of research studies on the biological effects of microwave radiation, warnings from medical doctors, and the stories of those who have either died or suffered greatly as a result of overexposure to RF radiation.

May your courage and honesty inspire others to put public safety first, before money, technology, and convenience.

Josefina Cobb

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