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What You Need To Know About The Health Risks of Cell phones and Wireless Devices
This page contains resources on children, wireless and health for parents including summaries of the science, prevention tips for the home, articles, videos, book picks and more. We hope you will peruse this page, bookmark it and come back again. The resources are just a small sample of the wealth of information on the subject.
What is the problem?
All wireless devices use microwave radiation to communicate – but at levels much lower than your microwave oven. Decades ago, it was assumed that since the microwave levels for wireless communication were low, they could not heat or harm people. Therefore, cell phones and wireless devices came on the market before they were properly tested for long term safety. However these early assumptions of safety are no longer valid. Recent science indicates that wireless can have harmful biological effects. Hundreds of scientists and over a dozen governments are all saying the same thing, “Reduce exposure to children.”
What are the health concerns from cell phones and wireless?
Children and pregnant women are most vulnerable to the effects of wireless radiation. Research repeatedly shows that a child’s brain and body absorbs more radiation than an adult brain due to a child’s thinner skull and unique physiology.
There are decades of peer reviewed studies demonstrating serious biological health effects from low level microwave radiation including neurological damage, DNA breaks, oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, sleep and memory disturbances, ADHD, abnormal behavior, sperm dysfunction, and brain tumors. These effects have occurred at exposure levels far far lower than the safety standards most governments use.
Children will have a lifetime of exposure. Since the health effect is cumulative, children require special protections. Due to these health concerns, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued recommendations to reduce wireless exposure to children.
What devices emit wireless radiation?
All cell phones and all Wi-Fi devices exposure us to wireless radiation. Be aware that home cordless phones emit the same type of radiation as cell phones. The DECT base station for your home cordless phone emits radiation nonstop all day. Other devices include computers, laptops, tablets, e-book readers, wireless printers, speakers, gaming consoles, baby monitors and even your wireless mouse.
How can I reduce my family’s exposure?
Reducing exposure is actually quite simple. Start by using your cell phone differently to minimize exposure and decrease your cell phone use. At home get a corded phone (to replace the cordless home phone) and forward your cell phone to it. Connect your home computers, printers and accessories with a cord or cable with all wireless features OFF.
No need to get overwhelmed, just take it one device at a time. Some devices need an inexpensive adapter to connect with cords (Learn more here). Be sure you have turned the Wi-Fi off the device itself (on settings) once you are using corded connections. In fact, even some iPhones can connect with cords so you can text and use apps radiation free.
Environmental Health Trust has a Q and A about children and wireless at this link.
Learn about EMFs and Autism at this link.
Learn more. We have several videos at the bottom of this page for parents. We hope you will take some time to learn more with these resources.
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LINKS TO LEARN MORE
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This is just a sampling of the wealth of information available.