Saturday, November 12, 2011

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12 November 2011


Parents pull kids from schools

Wi-Fi concerns spark protests

... networks in schools at the Peterborough Board of Health meeting Wednesday, asking the board to use the "precautionary principle" and try to either eliminate Wi-Fi in schools or better regulate its use until more is known about its health effects. ...
Berkeley City council last night unanimously authorized the City to post information regarding cellphone radiation on its public health website.
Wifi-Free Wednesday
Parents in Canada are fed up with being given the brush-off from school board senior officials who will not listen to their concerns about wifi radiation in classrooms and from Health Canada who continues to stubbornly assert that wifi radiation is 'safe' for children.  This is the rationale for Wifi-Free Wednesday that is being spearheaded by a coalition of Ontario parents who are proposing to keep their kids home every Wednesday for a mid-week body break from wifi RF.
Parents across the globe who are concerned about their children's health and safety should to participate in Wifi-Free Wednesday and send a clear message to school boards everywhere that wifi radiation has no place a children's classrooms.  Parents who oppose wireless, fully support the use of computer technology in the classroom with hard-wired connections.


The fundamental premise of Wifi-free Wednesday is for parents to be able to choose to give their children a mid-week 'body break' from the harmful biophysical and biochemical effects of wifi radiation that is now ever-present in Ontario schools by keeping them home from school on Wednesdays. Taking part in Wifi-free Wednesday will advantage Ontario school children who participate by reducing their body and brain stress from wifi radiation.  This will allow them to complete the school week more refreshed and better able to concentrate. By reducing the body and brain stress brought about by the inescapable radio frequency radiation in the school landscape with a mid-week break, Wifi-free Wednesday can help children to consolidate their learning from the beginning of the week.  This could create an educational advantage for Ontario children.
When children are in a learning environment with chronic wifi radiation this could create an 'acquired environmental learning disability'.  For instance, scientific studies have shown that school children who are exposed to radio frequency radiation at levels that are 1000 times less than what Health Canada allows (at 1000 microW/cm2) have motor function, memory and attention deficits (0.16 microW/cm2 - Kolodynski 1996). And, at exposures that are 10,000 times less than what Health Canada says is safe, headaches, concentration and sleeping problems develop. (0.01 – 0.05 microW/cm2, Hutter, 2006; and 0.05 – 0.1 microW/cm2, Kundi, 2009) Therefore, when school children are in learning environments with chronic radio frequency radiation, this could in fact disadvantage them and perhaps even prevent them from attaining the best education possible, especially if the child already has a pre-existing learning challenge such as ADHD or autism.
This is a list of some reported scientific biological effects that could influence the learning and health of school children at levels that are vastly below Health Canada's 'safety' set point of 1000 microW/cm2:

1.      Headaches, concentration problems, sleeping problems (0.01 – 0.05 microW/cm2, Hutter, 2006)

2.      Headache, concentration/sleep problems and fatigue (0.05 – 0.1 microW/cm2, Kundi, 2009)

3.      Negatively affected motor function, memory and attention of school children (0.16 microW/cm2 -Kolodynski 1996)

4.      Changes in emotional behaviour from very low microwave exposure / free radicals

           (0.8 – 10 microW/cm2, Akoev, 2002)

5.      Significant effect on immune function (1 microW/cm2, Fesenko, 1999)

6.      Visual reaction time in children slowed with lower memory function in tests/altered immune function (4 – 15 microW/cm2, Chiang, 1989)

7.      Impaired nervous system activity (5 – 10 microW/cm2, Dumansky, 1974)

8.      Changes to the hippocampus of the brain (10 – 25 microW/cm2, Belokrinitsky, 1982)

9.      Increase in serum cortisol/stress hormones (20 microW/cm2, Mann, 1998)

10. 18% reduction in REM sleep (important to memory and learning function (50 microW/cm2, Mann, 1996) 
Once parents begin to understand that their child could be 'disadvantaged' in a chronic wifi school environment due to decreased focus and concentration, increased hyperactivity, loss of motor function, memory and attention deficits, slowed visual reaction time, lower memory function in tests, 18% reduction of REM sleep necessary for memory and learning, fatigue and changes in the hippocampus of the brain which is responsible for the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory, they will consider the choice of Wifi-free Wednesday as practical. Parents will not want to take the chance that their child's education could be disadvantaged.  Of course, protecting children completely by hard-wiring internet connections thereby reducing radiation effects to almost zero in the public schools would be optimal and precautionary, but in the absence of school board cooperation, Wifi-free Wednesday is the only wise choice parents would have, unless families are rich enough to afford a full-time private school.
A few years ago I hadn't really thought about wireless having harmful effects. But then this is what happened to me. I bought a wireless/wired router for my home network. I assumed you had to turn the WiFi option on. I didn't know it was on by default ...

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Evidence for a Novel Neurological Syndrome.


1Department of Neurology, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.


ABSTRACT Objective: We sought direct evidence that acute exposure to environmental-strength electromagnetic fields (EMFs) could induce somatic reactions (EMF hypersensitivity). Methods: The subject, a female physician self-diagnosed with EMF hypersensitivity, was exposed to an average (over the head) 60-Hz electric field of 300 V/m (comparable with typical environmental-strength EMFs) during controlled provocation and behavioral studies. Results: In a double-blinded EMF provocation procedure specifically designed to minimize unintentional sensory cues, the subject developed temporal pain, headache, muscle twitching, and skipped heartbeats within 100 s after initiation of EMF exposure (p < .05). The symptoms were caused primarily by field transitions (off-on, on-off) rather than the presence of the field, as assessed by comparing the frequency and severity of the effects of pulsed and continuous fields in relation to sham exposure. The subject had no conscious perception of the field as judged by her inability to report its presence more often than in the sham control. Discussion: The subject demonstrated statistically reliable somatic reactions in response to exposure to subliminal EMFs under conditions that reasonably excluded a causative role for psychological processes.

Conclusion: EMF hypersensitivity can occur as a bona fide environmentally inducible neurological syndrome.

PMID: 21793784