Friday, October 15, 2010

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Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News

15 October 2010

Wireless worrisome: professor


Dr. Magda Havas believes that wireless Internet networks now present in schools will someday go the way of asbestos.

"I think we're going to find out that it's harmful," said Havas, a professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University.

"It's going to start with kids in schools because they're the most sensitive. A lot of schools are now putting Wi-Fi in despite warnings that they shouldn't, they're just going ahead and doing it. What's happening in Barrie is just the tip of the iceberg, and it's going to start happening in more and more schools."

Havas -- who was in the city Wednesday to address the Canadian Federation of University Women, Kingston Club, on the biological effects of electromagnetic "pollution" -- stepped into the public spotlight this summer as she came to the defence of parents in Barrie who wanted wireless networks removed from their schools.

The students had been complaining that they were having, among other things, trouble concentrating, insomnia, rashes, hyperactivity, forgetfulness, depression and racing heart rates while in the school.

When the students who didn't have Wi-Fi at home were away from their classrooms, those symptoms disappeared.

"As kids begin to have these heart problems, they're going to say, 'Let's stop, let's reconsider this,' " she said.

"And they'll be ripping out Wi- Fi like we've been ripping out asbestos. I have no doubt it's going to happen, I just don't know when. It could be five years from now, or 10 years from now."

What the children were displaying were symptoms of what's called "electrohypersensitivity." Everyone is electrosensitive, she said, but some more so than others.

"Our hearts are electromagnetic, our brains are electromagnetic, we're electromagnetic beings," she said.

"So the concept is if there's this radiation outside your body, is it interfering with the radiation your body's generating? And I think the answer is it could definitely interfere, but it's a hard thing to prove."

Havas, who has been studying the effects of electromagnetic radiation for the past 15 years, believes that wireless technological devices should have to pass a series of safety tests before they are allowed on the market, much like the extensive trials a new pharmaceutical drug has to undergo.

While Havas herself carries a cellphone, when she travels, she uses it reluctantly and rarely hands out her number.

If you do have to use a cellphone, she said, texting is safer than talking because the user holds the device away from his or her body.

But it's not just cellphones that are a problem. In fact, another type of phone -- the cordless variety -- is one of the worst culprits around the average household in emitting small doses of radiation, she said.

Even a baby monitor, used so that parents can keep an ear on their child while in another room, is a health hazard, Havas said.

"It's actually worse than the cordless phone or wireless router," she said.

To illustrate her point, she waves a hand-held electromagnetic radiation detector around the room and just a faint buzz can be heard. After she turns on the baby monitor, however, the detector sounds like a Geiger counter waved above a nuclear fuel rod.

Other sources of "dirty electricity" around the average household, Havas said, are wireless alarm systems and the new smart meters, which are now finding their way into people's basements.

And if you like to play video games with a wireless controller, Havas suggests you plug it into the console instead.

"Wires are usually shielded because the company doesn't want the message inside the wire to be corrupted," she said.

To play it safer, Havas suggests connecting your computer to the Internet using a cable rather than a wireless router, and using a phone with a cord.

Another way to protect oneself is your clothing, or, more specifically, what's underneath your clothing. For the more adventurous, one can now buy silver- stitched gitch to be worn over their normal undergarments that shields one's insides from harm.

"Basically what is happening is it's microwave madness," she said, "What is happening is we're thinking, 'We can do this, we can do this, we can do this.' "

Havas hopes that people will become aware of the new hazards of new technology.

"It's really critical that we minimize our exposure in all of our environments, particularly the home, the bedroom and the school," she said.

"And if people start showing symptoms of this, instead of giving them pills to deal with the depression or the sleeplessness or the pain, examine the environment, get rid of what you can and see if the symptoms go away."


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