Doctors for safer schools
zondag, 12 oktober 2014 - Categorie: Artikelen
Bron: doctorsforsaferschools.org/2014.Doctors.for.Safer.Schools.pdf .
PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE
An international nonprofit Advisory Board o!ering science-based
Research, Recommendations and Resources on
electro-magnetic radiation and the safer use of technology
WIRELESS MICROWAVE (RADIO-FREQUENCY) RADIATION – WIFI – HAZARDS
Having reviewed in depth the scientific literature reporting evidence of harm
to human health, at government-sanctioned levels of exposure, and evidence
that safety standards are not protecting us, our doctors are raising the alert.
Standards are outdated, based only on thermal levels, not based on the science
and place all of us at significant risk, especially pregnant women and children.
We ask School Boards, educators and parents to realize existing standards fail
to protect students and staff. We call upon governments to update their safety
standards and make them relevant to non-thermal exposures, including WiFi.
Many health authorities around the world are also posing this question: why
not choose safer technology, and adopt the precautionary principle, so people
of all ages can be tech-savvy, Internet connected and healthy?
We are especially concerned about WiFi in schools and so many vulnerable
young people using wirelessly-connected tablets, computers and cell phones.
Technical expert Katharina Gustavs ''Any of the WiFi transmitters tucked
inside an iPad tablet exposes children to high levels of RF radiation—similar
to the transmitters in a smartphone and high enough to harm them.”
Epidemiologist Devra Davis PhD “If the cell phone were a drug, it would be
banned. And iPads are even worse in terms of radiation exposure. Growing
numbers of young people are immersed in levels that are without precedence
in human history. The case for taking simple precautions to reduce exposures
is becoming stronger, as a number of governments are advising.''
International health authorities have also issued medical alerts:
• The World Health Organization 31 scientists and clinicians of the
International International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part
of the WHO, recognized wireless radiation as a threat to human health.
Their 2011 report reclassified this radiation as a 2B carcinogen – in the
same category as lead, DDT and car exhaust. The experts on this panel
also recommended “pragmatic measures to reduce exposure” especially
for children; this call to action applies to mobile phone radiation and WiFi.
• American Academy of Pediatricians ''Children are disproportionately
impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. It is
essential that any new standard be based on protecting the most vulnerable
populations to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.''
• American Academy of Environmental Medicine “Adverse health effects
from RF radiation – learning disabilities, altered immune responses, and
headaches – are well documented in the scientific literature. It is better
to exercise caution and substitute with a safe wired connection.”
DFSS Board Member, Integrative Child Psychiatrist, Victoria Dunckley MD
''By inducing changes in brain chemistry, blood flow, hormones and circadian rhythms, screen-time on digital devices can trigger mood, sleep, cognitive, and behavioral issues in children. Furthermore, screen-time is a leading factor in the childhood obesity epidemic, and health concerns from wireless radiation exist as well.''
DFSS Board Member, surgeon, John Barnhill MD, FRCS(C)
''The medical, psychological and social effects of wireless (RF) radiation are theoretically quite concerning. Some evidence that exists in medical literature is in keeping with our understanding of the physiology and carcinogenic capability of radiation. Further public consultation, dissemination of risks and research is warranted for this new public health concern. And this radiation exposure is against any consent.''
DFSS Co-founder and Medical Director Board-Certified Cardiologist, Stephen Sinatra MD, FACC
''The wireless microwave radiation from WiFi and mobile phones is the greatest medical threat of our time. The heart is vulnerable; cardiac symptoms may be connected. Electro-sensitivity is a medical condition that most physicians do not recognize. Many students are already electro-sensitive.''
Associate Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, Martin Blank, PhD
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