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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Letters To the Montgomery County Public School District on Wi-Fi Health Risk by Scientists, Doctors and Researchers

Please click on the hyperlink to get a PDF of these letters from experts who wrote the MCPS School System about the health concerns posed by MCPS Wi-Fi networks. 

"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 current health warnings from international science and public health experts in this field." 
-Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, and Michael Carlberg, MSc, Department of Oncology, Orebro University HospitalSwedenhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Oub2Nx5eSLQmU1OUhDdXlXbjg/view

"Wi-Fi and Cell Towers are "likely hazardous and unsafe for students, staff and teachers...Some 100 years back, we learned the hard lessons of ionizing radiation and the need for strict health protections – now we must openly face the possibility that we must take a seat in life’s school and learn again. This time it is about non-ionizing radiation."
-Dr. Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institute

"Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having learning or medical problems in the first place."
- Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Pediatric Neurologist 

"Wi-Fi networks in schools and cell towers on your school grounds could significantly increase the cancer risk in your community,"
- Anthony B. Miller, MD FACE, Professor Emeritus Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, World Health Organization Advisor, 

"The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children.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."
-David O. Carpenter, M.D. University of Albany

"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,  Washington State University,  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Oub2Nx5eSLQkFNcWRYT3dQS1k/view 

"Compelling research raises the possibility of very serious harm to children from radiofrequency radiation exposures well below “FCC compliant” levels. Legal does not mean safe."
-Devra Davis, PhD MPH, President and Founder Environmental Health Trust Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical Center, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Radiation and Health https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Oub2Nx5eSLenRqcmFfMEFRSTg/view

"Numerous studies have shown generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can cause oxidative damage of DNA. This is a well-known mechanism in carcinogenesis for many agents. The broad biological potential of ROS and other free radicals makes radiofrequency radiation a potentially hazardous factor for human health, not only cancer risk but also other health effects."
-Mr. Mikko Ahonen, PhD, Research manager of Finland, Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, Tallinn, Estonia & Partner, FinlandMrs. Lena Hedendahl, MD Practitioner, LuleƄ, SwedenMr. Tarmo Koppel, MSc., PhD Department of Work Environment and Safety, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, December 13, 2015https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Oub2Nx5eSLSUNnNEJZSTJkZW8/view

"The data in this report cannot therefore be used to infer safety, or lack of safety, of children in any of the tested locations."
-Cindy Sage. MA, Sage Associates, Co-Editor, BioInitiative 2007 and 2012 Reports
Prof. Trevor Marshall, PhD. Director, Autoimmunity Research Foundation,Senior Member IEEE, Founding chair (retired) IEEE EMBS (Buenaventura Chapter)Fellow, European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine (Brussels) International Expert Council, Community of Practice: Preventative Medicine (Moscow)

“Despite assurances of safety from the FCC and the wireless industry, the international biomedical research community is showing, in study after study, that current exposure limits are not even close to being protective of living things.  The limitations of that guidance have been highlighted by other agencies of the U.S. Government and by medical organizations.”  
Dr. Ronald Powell, retired U.S. Government scientist (Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University)

"The implications of failure of schools to act with caution now regarding wireless radiation and technology, could potentially be horrific in both scope and magnitude, and may constitute neglect of children. Please act now to safeguard your children’s future."- ----Cris Rowan, BScBi, BScOT, SIPT,

"Finally, there is the issue of liability. Will your Wi-Fi vendor or cell tower carrier be liable, or have they already exempted themselves from liability for health in their contact? If you find there are health concerns, can you get out of a cell tower contract with a wireless carrier? If you don’t look at the research after being informed about it, does the state of willful ignore exempt you from liability?"

Peter Sullivan . Founder and CEO Clear Light Ventures

"We cannot afford to experiment in this manner on our children and grandchildren...In 2008 my seemingly healthy 56 year old husband had a grand mal seizure and diagnosis of a lethal brain tumor. Ironically our son worked for Senator Ted Kennedy in his private office. Just 10 days after my husband’s diagnosis the Senator suffered the same fate. His family felt it was his cell phone that caused his tumor and subsequent death but they chose to keep that quiet."
-Ellie Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association

"Finally, multiple human epidemiological studies from a number of major industrial countries report statistically significant risks for brain, eye, hearing nerve, salivary gland, and leukemia cancers from exposure to RFR. Additionally, there are cell, animal and human studies showing deleterious effects on sperm including but not limited to sperm DNA fragmentation."  
-Lloyd Morgan, Engineer, Scientific Advisor,  Environmental Health Trust https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Oub2Nx5eSLY0tBdUd2U09naUE/view

"The Environmental Protection Agency drafted Stage I RF-exposure guidelines in 1995, and sent them around to other agencies for their comment prior to planned release of the guidelines in early 1996. Stage I was for thermal effects. EPA announced that Stage II guidelines, to protect against non-thermal effects, would be ready in 1998. TheTelecommunications Industry Association lobbied Congress to prohibit the EPA from releasing any guidelines."
- Arthur Firstenberg of the Cellular Task Force

"FCC standards do not consider the effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitted by WiFi on children or pregnant women "
-Katie Singer, Medical journalist, December 1, 2016

"In the absence of a higher authority able to tell them what to do, our School Committee adopted the attached Best Practices for Mobile Devices to at least do what the manufacturers advised with creating distance, and turning devices and wi-fi off when not in use.  Little did I know we were the first public school in the nation to take even this first step."
-Cece Doucette, President of the Ashland Foundation

Thousands of Doctors recommend that children reduce exposure to cell phones and wireless.
Click here for a Full Compilation of Medical Doctors Statements and Letters on Wi-Fi in Schools including the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations on Cell Phones/Wi-Fi and Electromagnetic Fields.

Every parent can do this simple step today:
  • Please download these letters and share them with your elected officials. 
  • Share these publicly and by email with school district decision makers, PTA's and Parent listserves.  
  • Whenever you give public comment, please add this as an attachment.

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