Medical Doctors and Public Health Organizations
Consensus Statements and Recommendations on Cell Phones/Wireless
It is a fact that not a single medical organization states that cell phone/wireless radiation is safe. There is no proof of safety. Thousands of medical doctors support reducing exposure to cell phone wireless radiation.
Read the August 18, 2017 Statement on 5G “We recommend that, in keeping with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to “Protect, Respect and Remedy”, 5G technologies must be subjected to an independent health and safety assessment before they are launched.”
The 5G Appeal to European Union
“We the undersigned, scientists and doctors, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment. “
International Society of Doctors for Environment Declaration on 5G
April 2018 Appeal “5G networks in European Countries: appeal for a standstill in the respect of the precautionary principle”
“Thus, in the respect of the precautionary principle and of the WHO principle “health in all policies”, we believe suitable the request of a standstill for the “5G experimentations” throughout Europe…” 5G Appeal link
California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Issued guidance on how to reduce exposure to radiofrequency energy from cell phones in December 2017.
“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” said Dr. Smith of the California Department of Public Health. “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”
The CDPH guidance includes practical steps both adults and children could take to reduce exposure to radio frequency energy from cell phones. That includes:
- Keeping the phone away from the body
- Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
- Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
- Removing headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.
Read the University of San Fransisco Press Release UCB’s Joel Moskowitz springs suppressed cell phone health guidance prepared by Cal Dept of Public Health
Joel Moskowitz, PhD, Center for Family and Community Health School of Public Health University of California Berkeley
Joel Moskowitz PhD has a scientific blog on this topic at the University of California Berkeley. He has a distribution list where he shares scientific updates monthly and he is frequently featured in news reports on the issue of 5G, wireless, cell phones and health.
- Dr. Joel Moskowitz’s blog SaferEMR
- Dr. Joel Moskowitz’s article in Scientific American on 5G “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe”
- “Cell Phones, Cell Towers, And Wireless Safety” Keynote Presentation By Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D. At University Of California, Berkeley WATCH LECTURE
- Tips to Reduce Your Wireless Exposure by Dr. Joel Moskowitz Center for Family and Community Health School of Public Health University of California Berkeley
American Academy of Pediatrics
2016: American Academy of Pediatrics Website: Healthy Children.org Cell Phone Radiation & Children’s Health: What Parents Need to Know. In response to the National Toxicology Program Cell Phone Radiation Study results, the AAP issued the following cell phone safety tips specifically to reduce exposure to wireless radiation in 2016:
American Academy of Pediatrics May 27, 2016 statement in Response to the NTP Study
“They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee.
American Academy of Pediatrics Webpage on Electromagnetic Fields
2015 AAP Healthy Child Web Page on Electromagnetic Fields: A Hazard to Your Health? This webpage states:
“Cell Phones: In recent years, concern has increased about exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones and phone station antennae. An Egyptian study confirmed concerns that living nearby mobile phone base stations increased the risk for developing: Headaches, Memory problems, Dizziness, Depression, Sleep problems”
American Academy of Pediatrics Letter to the Federal Communications Commission and to the Food and Drug Administration
American Academy of Pediatrics Letter to US Congress
Press Release: American Academy of Pediatrics Coverage of the World Health Organization IARC Classification More study needed on risk of brain tumors from cell phone use by Ruth A. Etzel, AAP News, Oct 2011[/su_column][/su_row]
On cell phones “It’s best to keep your cell phone as far from the testes as you can, Dr. Sabanegh says. While there are a variety of factors involved — where you keep your phone and what kind you have, for instance — the goal is to minimize things that impair fertility. “We’ve done a lot of research on cell phones,” Dr. Sabanegh says. “In studies where we directly exposed sperm to cell phone radiation, it did damage the sperm.”
On laptops “Dr. Sabanegh recommends using your laptop on a desk or table.”
The BabySafe Project
- “We call on our elected leaders to support such research and to advance policies and regulations that limit exposures for pregnant women. We call on industry to implement and explore technologies and designs that will reduce radiation exposures until such research is carried out.”
- The BabySafe Project Brochure “Ten Ways to Reduce Your Wireless Exposure” which includes “Whenever possible, connect to the internet with wired cables” (one page PDF, Spanish, English).
- The BabySafe Project Website: “Ten Ways to Reduce Your Wireless Exposure”The BabySafe Project Poster: “Ten Ways to Reduce Your Wireless Exposure” PDFThe BabySafe Project Postcard: For Printshop PDFThe BabySafe Project “Selected Scientific Resources” PDFThe BabySafe Project Joint Statement PDF
- Video of the Press Conference that includes Dr. Taylor, Dr. Davis, Dr. Shetreat-Klein
- Press Release, Joint Statement, Scientific Resource List
- EPA Award: The BabySafe Project was recognized in the US EPA” 2016 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award from the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. Patricia Wood was awarded based on three distinct initiatives including “the creation and development of the BabySafe Project, a program designed to inform doctors, neonatal health professionals and parents about the potential risks that wireless radiation poses to pregnancy”.
The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health
- Protecting children from radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, mobile phones and wireless by Dr. Stella Kanna Michailidou of the National Committee Chairman “Environment and Children’s Health”
- See the Commission’s EMF brochure on reducing the risks to children from exposure to the Non Ionizing Radiation (mobile phones, Wi-Fi, tablets, etc.).
- The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health created a short PSA for citizens about children and wireless radiation and how to reduce Wi-Fi exposure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996vzcCYCnE
Austrian Medical Association
The Cyprus Medical Association, the Vienna Austrian Medical Chamber and the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health have signed the Nicosia Declaration on electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation and have issued a new position paper and 16 practical steps to reduce exposure to cell phones and wireless radiation. Recommendations include that children under age 16 should only use cell phones for emergencies, to use airplane mode and turn off wireless antennas in electronics before handing devices to children, to distance the phone away from the body and use wired connections rather than wireless connections.
The California Medical Association
The California Medical Association (CMA) passed a Wireless Resolution in 2014 that states:
“Whereas scientists are increasingly identifying EMF from wireless devices as a new form of environmental pollution …
Whereas peer reviewed research has demonstrated adverse biological effects of wireless EMF including single and double stranded DNA breaks, creation of reactive oxygen species, immune dysfunction, cognitive processing effects, stress protein synthesis in the brain, altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, ADHD, abnormal behavior, sperm dysfunction, and brain tumors; and…Resolved, That CMA support efforts to implement new safety exposure limits for wireless devices to levels that do not cause human or environmental harm based on scientific research.” Read the full CMA Resolution here.
Read a the Santa Clara Medical Bulletin article by Dr. Cindy Russell that explains the CMA resolution and gives recommendations for schools.
The Vienna Medical Association
The Vienna Medical Association has issued Ten Medical Rules for Cell Phones which includes:
“Make calls as short and little as possible, Do not position mobile phones directly on the body , Fewer apps means less radiation, Make calls at home and at work via the fixed corded (not wireless) network – Internet access via LAN cable, Constant radiation emitters like DECT cordless telephones, WLAN access points, data sticks and LTE Home base stations (Box, Cube etc.) should be avoided! Avoid Mobile phone calls in places with poor reception ”
“The radiation from mobile phones or smartphones is most likely not as safe as cell phone providers claim it to be. Therefore, the Vienna Medical Association has decided to do the responsible thing and inform the Austrian public about possible adverse effects from a medical perspective.”
The Connecticut Department of Public Health, USA
“It is wise to reduce your exposure to radiofrequency energy from cell phones whenever possible.” Read the Connecticut Department of Public Health Cell Phone Q and A about Cell phones here.
The Department recommends:
- Use a hands-free device or speakerphone as much as possible.
- Text instead of talking.
- Avoid sleeping next to your cell phone. Keep it at least several feet from the bed. When your phone is powered on, try to carry it away from your body in a purse, briefcase or backpack rather than in your pocket.
Worcester School’s Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student
Members of the Worcester School’s Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports consulted with the Massachusetts Department of Epidemiology about developing wireless precautionary guidelines that include:
- Use wired communication devices instead of wireless devices
- Limit children’s use of cell phones except for emergencies
- Keep cell phones and other sources at a distance
- If using wireless devices like computers, laptops, tablets, and printers, place the wireless router away from where children and adults usually spend time.
The French National Agency of Health Security of Food, Environment and Labour
2016 Report “Radiofrequency Exposure and the Health of Children” recommends reducing exposures to young children and strengthening regulations to ensure “sufficiently large safety margins” to adequately protect the health of young children.
- All wireless devices, including tablets, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, wireless toys, baby monitors and surveillance bracelets, should be subjected to the same regulatory obligations as cell phones.
- Compliance with regulatory exposure limits should be insured for the ways that devices are customarily used, such as positioned in contact with the body.
- Exposure limits for radiofrequency electromagnetic fields should be tightened to ensure sufficiently large safety margins to protect the health and safety of the general population, particularly the health and safety of children.
- Reliance on the specific absorption rate (SAR) to set human exposure limits should be re-evaluated and replaced through the development of an indicator to assess real exposures for mobile phone users that applies to various conditions: signal type, good or bad reception, mode of use (call, data loading, etc.), location device is used on the body.
- ANSES reiterated its recommendation, as previously stated, to reduce exposure to children: minimize use and prefer a hands-free kit.
2013 Report “Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields and Health” Expert Appraisal: hands free phones, SAR labeling, and “limiting the population’s exposure to radiofrequencies… especially for children and intensive users, and controlling the overall exposure that results from relay antennas.”
The American Cancer Society
“The NTP report linking radiofrequency radiation (RFR) to two types of cancer marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of radiation and cancer risk. The findings are unexpected; we wouldn’t reasonably expect non-ionizing radiation to cause these tumors. This is a striking example of why serious study is so important in evaluating cancer risk. It’s interesting to note that early studies on the link between lung cancer and smoking had similar resistance, since theoretical arguments at the time suggested that there could not be a link.” -Otis W. Brawley, M.D., The American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer in ACS Responds to New Study Linking Cell Phone Radiation to Cancer posted on May 27, 2016 after the NTP results were released.
2009 Lecture at Cell Phones and Health Conference: In 2009 Michael Thun, Vice President of the American Cancer Society, lectured on cell phone radiation and cancer risk and detailed how it would take decades before definitive evidence is found in the general population due to the slow growing nature of brain cancer but that early signs would be seen in increases in gliomas Watch the lecture by Dr. Thun here.
The American Cancer Society website: Microwaves, Radio Waves, and Other Types of Radiofrequency Radiation states:
“A study by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed groups of lab rats to types of RF energy used in cell phones. The rats were exposed for about 9 hours a day, starting before birth and continuing for up to 2 years. Partial findings from this study showed increased (although still low) risks of brain and heart tumors in male rats exposed to RF radiation, although there was no increased risk among female rats. Some aspects of this study make it hard to know what these results might mean for people, but the results add evidence to the idea that RF radiation might potentially impact human health.”
Athens Medical Association
On April 1st 2017 the Athens Medical Association voted to issue 16 recommendations to reduce human exposure to wireless radiation. Read the press release here.
16 RULES FOR SAFER USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION
- Use your cell phone with caution and make brief calls as necessary
- Children under the age of 14 should make limited use of cell phones
- Do not put your cell phone in contact with your head
- Do not use your cell phone inside a car, train, aeroplane, or elevator
- Restrict cell phone use when children or pregnant women are near
- Keep mobile phones away from your body
- When using your cell phone keep a safe distance from others
- Do not carry or keep your cell phone inside your pockets
- At bedtime, disable WiFi on your router and switch off your mobile phone
- Do not play games on-line; and if you will, first switch to airplane mode
- Hands-Free option is always preferable though may not be completely safe
- Wireless connections may increase your exposure to microwave radiation
- Limit WiFi connectivity and use hard-wired connection whenever possible
- When signal strength is weak do not attempt to make a call
- If a corded landline is available make use of this as a preferred option
- Disable WiFi, Bluetooth & Data options from your cell phone and other mobile device(s) when not needed.
Athens Medical Association website page on Electromagnetic Radiation and Health Conference whereby doctors voted to issue these recommendations.
New Jersey Education Association
- Keep devices away from the body and bedroom.
- Carry phones in briefcases, etc., not on the body.
- Put devices on desks, not laps.
- Hard wire all devices that connect to the internet.
- Hard wire all fixed devices such as printers, projectors and boards.
- Use hard-wired phones instead of cell or cordless phones.
- Text rather than call.
- Keep conversations short or talk in person.
- Put devices in airplane mode, which suspends EMF transmission by the device, thereby disabling Bluetooth, GPS, phone calls, and WiFi.
- Use speaker phone or ear buds instead of holding the phone next your head.
- Take off Bluetooth devices when not using them.”
- Read the article on the NJEA Review here. Download a PDF of the article here.
Canadian Parliament Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons
2015 Canadian Parliament Report “Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians” has 12 recommendations including “That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.”
The Council of Europe
In 2011 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued Resolution 1815:
The Potential Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields and Their Effect on the Environment. A call to European governments to “take all reasonable measures” to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields “particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours.”
“For children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises.” Read the 2011Resolution 1815
(Note: This is a follow up to the 2009 European Parliament’s Health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields).
2015 International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology
In May 2015, a group of over 200 scientists from 39 nations who have authored more than 2,000 articles on this topic appealed to the United Nations to address “the emerging public health crisis” related to cell phones and other wireless devices. These scientists state that “the ICNIRP guidelines do not cover long-term exposure and low-intensity effects, and are “insufficient to protect public health.”
- They state that “the various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.”
- See the International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer
- Read article in The Lancet IARC 2011 on the classification
- Read the The 2011 IARC Press Release by the WHO IARC in which precautions are recommended:
“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐ term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting.”said IARC Director Christopher Wild.
- Read the published the IARC Monograph on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (April 2013) with scientific basis for classification.
- “Due to the closer proximity of the phone to the brain of children compared with adults, the average exposure from use of the same mobile phone is higher by a factor of 2 in a child’s brain and higher by a factor of 10 in the bone marrow of the skull.” (p. 408)
Swiss Physicians Association of Doctors for Environmental Protection
2012 Swiss Physicians Letter “the risk of cancer for this type of [wireless] radiation is similar to that of the insecticide DDT, rightfully banned… From the medical point of view, it is urgent to apply the precautionary principle for mobile telephony, WiFi, power lines, etc.”
2014: Preliminary draft for a federal law on the protection against dangers: Non-ionizing radiation (NIS) is growing steadily. Especially the everyday stress in the area of low-frequency and high-frequency. Read it here.
2016: Press Release on the NTP Study and Policy Implications: “There are increasingly clear indications that mobile radio is a health hazard. From a medical point of view it is clear: the scientific results so far show it is clear that prudent avoidance of unnecessary exposures is necessary.”
Additional Links by Swiss Physicians for the Environment
Dr. Eitan Kerem, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital
In response to the 2016 NIH/NIEHS/NTP Study results finding a link between RF-EMF and Cancer, Dr. Kerem issued a statement which includes:
“It is well known that children are more sensitive to radiation than adults; many of them are using cellphone and other radiating media more frequently than adults. The effect of radiation is accumulative and this may have long term effect on the growing child. Such findings in the pharma industry may prevent further developing of a drug until safety is proven, and until the findings of this study are confirmed parents should be aware of the potential hazards of carcinogenic potential of radiofrequency radiation.” Read the Statement by Dr. Eitan Kerem, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital
Consumers Protection Association of Romania on Cell Phones and Wireless
The Association for Consumer Protection in Romania Has 13 Recommendations to the Public on Cell Phones and Wireless Read The Details Here.
- Do not allow children younger than 12 years how to use a cell phone, except for emergencies. Developing bodies are more susceptible to negative influences from exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Limit cell phone use calls the most important and limit the length of calls. The biological effects are directly related to the duration of exposure; research results have shown that only a two-minute conversation modifies the natural electrical activity of the brain for up to an hour after that call. Communicate via SMS rather than by telephone (it limits the duration of exposure and the proximity of the body).
- During the call, hold the phone a body as large . Regularly change the head of the supported phone or, better yet, switch to speakerphone that allows the user to hold the phone away from the head (amplitude field drops 4 times at a distance of 10 cm and 50 times a 1 m distance).
- Do not hold the phone in your pocket close to any vital organ (eg heart) or trouser belt. The bottom body tissues exhibits good conductivity and absorbs radiation more quickly than the brain absorbs. The results of some studies show that men who keep their phones close genitals are at risk of a decrease in sperm count by up to 30%.
- When you call, expect your listener to respond and then put the phone to your ear . Radiation intensity is highest when dialing, the phone trying to contact the base station. This is a very important tip and too often neglected and can keep us from a significant amount of radiation that would otherwise have entered the body. We usually when you dial the number to call we immediately phone to your ear, and so we get exactly the most intense radiation that the phone emits to call set – and often happens even as callee does not respond, and we taking unnecessary radiation for half a minute phone to your ear when we could hold the phone in hand, looking at his screen when the callee answers, and then put the phone to your ear and speak. How simple!
- Do not make a call when the signal is weak , for example when driving fast, such as those by car or train, as radiation exposure increases accordingly, the phone needing more power to connect. The same is true for areas with lower coverage (such as subway stations, some rural areas etc.).
- Avoid mobile phone in places where there are flammable products , such as gasoline, alcohol, ether, etc. (petrol stations, hospitals). In the presence of such substances, a cell phone can even cause a fire.
- Do not use mobile phones in enclosed walls of which contain metal, such as cars and elevators. They work like a Faraday cage that traps the radiation and reflects it back to their occupants.
- Stay away at a distance of more than 1 m from a person speaking on the mobile phone and avoid using your cell phone in places like subway, train or bus , where they subdue those around you from a passive exposure to radiation emitted by mobile phone.
- During the night, holding the cell phone closed (in which case no longer emits electromagnetic radiation), or even two meters away from the body.
- Although some researchers recommend the use of hands-free kit , others believe that hands-free site, on the contrary, amplifies the radiation emitted by mobile phone, directing electromagnetic radiation more directly in the ear and head towards (more than 300% over the If the phone is used without headphones).
- Use a protective device scientifically validated against electromagnetic radiation.
- Do not buy a mobile phone with a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) high. Many mobile phones contain their use manual indication SAR. This is a way to measure the amount of power RF (radio frequency) is absorbed into the body. Obviously, the SAR should be as small as possible. (Remember, however, that the studies were conducted using radiation located even hundreds of times below the current SAR proved that these biological effects, radiation present).
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine
“Adverse health effects, such as learning disabilities, altered immune responses, headaches, etc. from wireless radio frequency fields do exist and are well documented in the scientific literature. Safer technology, such as using hard-wiring, must be seriously considered in schools for the safety of those susceptible individuals who may be affected by this phenomenon. ”
International Society of Doctors for the Environment
- “Because of the potentially increased risks for the foetus, infants and young children due to their thinner more permeable skulls and developing systems, particularly the immune and neurological systems, based on the precautionary principle and on the mounting evidence for harm at the sub-cellular level, we recommend that EMR exposure should be kept to a minimum.”
- Read the Statement Here.
Irish Doctors Environmental Association
The Irish Doctors Environmental Association wrote a statement in 2013 concerning health concerns with Wi-Fi in school:
“We urge you to use wired technologies for your own safety and that of your pupils and staff.” Read the 2013 Letter
Bioinitiative Working Group
“The science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world. Covers brain tumor risks from cell phones, damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention; sleep disruption and cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Effects on sperm and miscarriage (fertility and reproduction), effects of wireless on the brain development of the fetus and infant, and effects of wireless classrooms on children and adolescents is addressed. Mechanisms for biological action and public health responses in other countries are discussed. Therapeutic use of very low intensity EMF and RFR are addressed.”
Henry Lai’s Research Summaries: These abstracts (data-based to be searchable) cover the RFR scientific literature from both RFR and ELF on research published between 1990-2012.
The Bioinitiative RF Color Charts summarize many studies that report biological effects and adverse health effects relevant for cell towers, WI-FI, ‘smart’ wireless utility meters, wireless laptops, baby monitors, cell phones and cordless phones. The reader can compare the level of EMF used in specific research studies relative to the health effect.
Bioinitiative Letter to Education Super Highway CEOs the Co-Editors of the Bioinitiative Report Cindy Sage and David Carpenter sent a letter on behalf of the Bioinitiative Working Group to the CEO’s on the health risks of wireless infrastructure in US schools stating:
“WiFi in schools, in contrast to wired internet connections, will increase risk of neurologic impairment and long-term risk of cancer in students. Corporations cannot avoid responsibility simply by asserting compliance with existing legal, but outdated and inadequate FCC public safety limits. Today, corporations that deal with educational technology should be looking forward and helping school administrators and municipal leaders to access safe, wired solutions.” Read the Letter to Education Super Highway CEOs
Austrian Medical Association
Guidelines of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome): The Austrian Medical Association, on March 3, 2012, released their guide for diagnosing and treating people with EMF-related health problems.
“Wi-Fi environments will lead to high microwave exposure for students and teachers which might increase the burden of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress might slow down the energy production especially in brain cells and may lead e.g. to concentration difficulties and memory problems in certain individuals. The Austrian Medical Association recommends Wi-Fi free school environments.”
Dr Gerd Oberfeld, MD, Public Health Department, Salzburg, Austria, on behalf of the Austrian Medical Association stated, “Schools should provide the best possible learning environments. In this context low noise levels, good air quality and low radiofrequency / microwave radiation are crucial. Wi-Fi environments will lead to high microwave exposure for students and teachers which might increase the burden of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress might slow down the energy production especially in brain cells and may lead e.g. to concentration difficulties and memory problems in certain individuals. The Austrian Medical Association recommends Wi-Fi free school environments”.
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, issued a Memo to PCI Staff: Important Precautionary Advice Regarding Cell Phone Use
“Do not allow children to use a cell phone, except for emergencies. The developing organs of a fetus or child are the most likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields”.
- Prominent Cancer Doctor Warns About Cellphones: New York Times article
- Statement Of Ronald B. Herberman, MD Director University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers to the Domestic Policy Subcommittee Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, September 25, 2008 2154 Rayburn HOB 11:00 a.m. “Tumors and Cell Phone use: What the Science Says”
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
“In order to prove that the use of cell phones can cause cancer, many thousands of cell phone users would need to be studied over many years. Such studies are now in progress in many countries and it is expected that definitive results will be forthcoming in the near future.
However, just because there is no definite evidence at this stage, does not mean that there is no potential danger.”
Recommendations to reduce Exposure: CANSA has issued a Fact Sheet and Position Statement on Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields
“CANSA proposes that exposure to cell phone radiation be kept to a minimum by: Limiting the number and duration of calls Texting rather than making calls Switching the sides of the head when a call is long – one should, however, avoid long conversations Making use of hands-free kits or speaker phone mode to keep the phone a distance from the head. Instructing children and teenagers to limit calls to emergencies only as they are more vulnerable to electro-magnetic radiation because of the thickness of their skulls and their brains are still developing Not sleeping with one’s cell phone close to one’s bed or under one’s pillow Women not to keep their cell phones in their brassiere Men not to carry their cell phones in the pockets of their pants (close to their testicles).”
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
John Wargo, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Risk and Policy at Yale University and lead author of the report, said, “The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women. The weight of the evidence supports stronger precautionary regulation by the federal government. The cellular industry should take immediate steps to reduce emission of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from phones and avoid marketing their products to children.”
The Canadian Medical Association
2011 Resolution on Cell Phone Radiation
“The Canadian Medical Association will educate and advise the profession and the public on methods of cellphone operation that will minimize radio frequency penetration to the brain.”
Canadian Medical Association Journal reports Health Canada’s wireless limits are “A Disaster to Public Health” Read the article here.
The Doctors wrote Health Canada calling for more protective limits stating, “There is considerable evidence and research from various scientific experts that exposure to microwave radiation from wireless devices; Wi-Fi, smart meters and cell towers can have an adverse impact on human physiological function”.- Canadian Doctors Declaration to Health Canada,
International Group in Support of Safer Standards for Canadians
The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
- Official Recommendations: Those under the age of 18 should not use a mobile phone at all, recommends low- emission phones; and requires the following: on-device labelling notifying users that it is a source of RF-EMF, user guide information advising that ‘‘it is a source of harmful RF-EMF exposure’’ and the inclusion of courses in schools regarding mobile phones use and RF-EMF exposure issues. “Thus, for the first time in the human history, children using mobile telecommunications along with the adult population are included into the health risk group due to the RF EMF exposure.”
- “In children, the amount of so-called stem cells is larger than in adults and the stem cells were shown to be the most sensitive to RF EMF exposure.”
- “It is reasonable to set limits on mobile telecommunications use by children and adolescents, including ban on all types of advertisement of mobile telecommunications for children.”
Decision of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection 2008, “Children and Mobile Phones: The Health of the Following Generations is in Danger”
British Medical Doctors
In 2014 a group of British Medical Doctors issued Health and safety of Wi-Fi and mobile phones:
“We wish to highlight our concern over the safety of exposure to microwave radiation from wireless technology, particularly for vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised health”.
- S. President’s Cancer Panel, 2009
The 2009 U.S. President’s Cancer Panel pointed to cell phones and other wireless technologies as potential causes of cancer. In its recommendations, the panel stated:
“Several steps can be taken to reduce personal exposure to RF fields from cell phones. Landlines or text messaging should be used whenever possible. If a mobile phone must be used, a headset is preferable to holding the phone to the ear. Children should be prohibited from using mobile phones except in emergencies. Active phones should not be kept on belts or in pockets. Phones should not be kept in close proximity during sleep.
Reduction of exposure to other sources of RF can be accomplished by keeping AM, FM, television, and mobile phone towers far from homes, schools, and businesses. Wireless networks should not be used in schools; wired connections should be used instead. There should be resistance to the general trend toward making everything wireless without consideration of negative consequences.”
- MARTHA LINET: CELLULAR (MOBILE) TELEPHONE USE AND CANCER RISK
- DAVID CARPENTER: ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND CANCER: THE COST OF DOING NOTHING Page 15
“Since latency for brain cancer from environmental exposures is thought to be 20 to 30 years, comprehensive studies looking at longer-term human exposure are needed. Participants urged that a precautionary approach be taken with respect to the use of cell phones by children, who are more susceptible than adults to radiation risks.”
Israel Dental Association
Israeli Dental Association issued a recommendation to decrease exposure after their research showed links to salivary gland tumors.
“One in every five rare malignant tumors of the cheek occurs in someone under age 20
Young people should limit direct exposure of the head to microwave radiation from cell phones.” News Article:Israeli Study Sees Link Between Oral Cancer, Cell Phones Israel Dental Association: Number of cases of parotid salivary cancer rose dramatically in past five years.
The Seletun Scientific Statement
In November, 2009, a scientific panel met in Seletun, Norway, for three days of intensive discussion on existing scientific evidence and public health implications of the unprecedented global exposures to artificial electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMF exposures (static to 300 GHz) result from the use of electric power and from wireless telecommunications technologies for voice and data transmission, energy, security, military and radar use in weather and transportation. The Scientific Panel recognizes that the body of evidence on EMF requires a new approach to protection of public health; the growth and development of the fetus, and of children; and argues for strong preventative actions. New, biologically-based public exposure standards are urgently needed to protect public health worldwide.
The report and Consensus Statement, published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21268443)
Potenza Picena Resolution 2011
On April 20th, 2013 the International Congress of Potenza Picena entitled “Radar, radiofrequency and health risk” concluded that stricter safety standards for EMF needs to be adopted by governments and public health agencies because the existing ones are obsolete and they are not based on recent literature about biological effects.” Potenza Picena Resolution 2011
Porto Alegre Resolution, Brazil
Dozens of Doctors, (primarily from Brazil) have issued recommendations
“We are deeply concerned that current uses of non-ionizing radiation for mobile phones, wireless computers and other technologies place at risk the health of children and teens, pregnant women, 2 seniors and others who are most vulnerable due to age or disability, including a health condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity. We strongly recommend these precautionary practices: 1. Children under the age of 16 should not use mobile phones and cordless phones, except for emergency calls;” Read more at Porto Alegre Resolution
Even as far back as 1997, dozens of Boston Doctors and Health experts signed onto a petition with concerns about Sprint’s Wireless Rollout.
“We the undersigned physicians and scientists call upon public health officials to intervene to halt the initiation of communication transmissions employing ground level, horizontally transmitting, pulsed microwaves in Boston.”
MORE RECOMMENDATIONS TO KNOW
- Try to keep the cell phone away from your head and body. Keeping it an arm’s distance away significantly reduces exposure to the low-level radiation it emits. This is particularly important when the cellular signal is weak—when your phone has only one bar, for example—because phones may increase their power then to compensate.
- Text or video call when possible, because this allows you to hold the phone farther from your body.
- When speaking, use the speakerphone on your device or a hands-free headset.
- Don’t stow your phone in your pants or shirt pocket. Instead, carry it in a bag or use a belt clip.
“The substantial questions and concerns raised by this and previous research regarding cell phones and cancer requires swift and decisive action by the government and industry. Specifically, Consumer Reports believes that:
- The National Institutes of Health should commission another animal study using current cell phone technology to determine if it poses the same risks as found in this new study.
- The Federal Communications Commission should update its requirements for testing the effect of cell phone radiation on human heads. The agency’s current test is based on the devices’ possible effect on large adults, though research suggests that children’s thinner skulls mean they may absorb more radiation. The FCC should develop new tests that take into account the potential increased vulnerability of children.
- The Food and Drug Administration and the FCC should determine whether the maximum specific absorption rate of 1.6 W/kg over a gram of tissue is an adequate maximum limit of radiation from cell phones.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should repost it’s advice on the potential hazard of cell phone radiation and cautionary advice that was taken down in August 2014.
- Cell phone manufacturers should prominently display advice on steps that cell phone users can take to reduce exposure to cell phone radiation.”
September 2015 Consumer Reports Recommendations in article Does Cell-Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?: As the debate over cell-phone radiation heats up, consumers deserve answers to whether there’s a cancer connection
“We feel that the research does raise enough questions that taking some common-sense precautions when using your cell phone can make sense.”
The Israeli Psoriasis Association
2016: The Israeli Psoriasis Association started selling retro headsets to reduce exposure from cell phones with the logo of the association on the headsets.
National Center for Health Research
2015: Children and cell phones: is phone radiation risky for kids? Article explains what we know, what we do not know and what we can do.
“By the time we find out, many people will have been harmed if cell phones are found to be dangerous. Here are some precautionary tips on how to protect your children from the health issues that could be connected to cell phone radiation.9
- Turn airplane mode on when giving a child a technology device or when a cell phone is near a pregnant abdomen, to prevent exposure to radiation.
- Turn off wireless networks and devices to decrease your family’s radiation exposure whenever you aren’t actively using them. As an easy first step, turn your Wi-Fi router off at bedtime.
- Decrease use of phones or wifi where wireless coverage is difficult, in order to avoid an increase in radiation exposure.”
Over 17 Government Health Agencies
Health agencies of countries worldwide have issued recommendations to reduce exposure to cell phones and wireless devices because of the lack of safety data. Please see a full list of the recommendations of health agencies at https://eht.msdesign-dev.com/policy/international-policy-actions-on-wireless/
Seletun Consensus Statement
The report and Consensus Statement, published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21268443) by a consortium of international scientists urges global governments to adopt significantly lower human exposure standards for electromagnetic fields. “Government actions are urgently warranted now, based on evidence of serious disruption to biological systems”
Go to the webpage of the Seletun Consensus Statement
Stockach Germany Doctors
“As physicians and pharmacists, we believe that the further development of the mobile phone network is a matter of concern and appeals to politicians, scientists and health care providers, to protect the protection of life and health from all of us with due diligence and to act immediately. We strongly demand: no further expansion of mobile technology, because it involves involuntary risks with probably permanent burdens.”
Read the Stockacher Appeal
“Minimize wireless radiation exposure in public spaces occupied by vulnerable groups, like schools, day care facilities and public transport.”
Read the Copenhagen Resolution
The Declaration of the Official Association of Biologists of Galician
“It is necessary to adopt the principle of Precautionary measures as defined in Law 33/2011, General of Public Health, of the Spanish state, which identifies first and specifically and unequivocally emissions Electromagnetic are a risk to health… To monitor environmental risks and their health effects, including the presence of pollutants in the environment.”
The Italian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics
“We do not know all the consequences associated with cell phone use, but excessive use could can lead to concentration and memory loss, increase in aggressiveness and sleep disturbances,” stated Giuseppe Di Mauro, President of The Italian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics stating, “The damage to health are increasingly evident.”
-Read the News Article Pediatricians Sound Alarm for Kids on Cell Phones
European Academy for Environmental Medicine
2016 EMF Guidelines were published giving an overview of the current knowledge regarding EMF-related health risks and provides recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and accessibility measures of EHS to improve and restore individual health outcomes as well as for the development of strategies for prevention.
“Based on our review of the science, biological effects can occur from exposures to both extremely low frequency fields (ELF EMF) and radiation frequency fields (RF EMF). Epidemiological and in vivo as well as in vitro experimental evidence demonstrates that exposure to some ELF EMF can increase cancer risk in children and induce other health problems in both children and adults.”
Read the 2006 Benevento Resolution
Doctors of Lake Constance-Upper Swabia-Allgäu (373 Physicians)
As physicians, we believe that the further development of the mobile phone network is a matter of concern and appeals to politicians, scientists and persons in charge of education and health, to protect the life and health of all of us with due diligence and to act immediately.
1. No further development of mobile technology, because it is involuntary risks with permanent burdens.
2. Massive reduction of the limits and radio loads.
3. Enlighten the population about the health risks of electromagnetic fields
(Mobile phones, cordless (DECT) phones, WLAN, bluetooth)
4. Limitations of use of mobile phones and the prohibition of DECT cordless telephones in kindergartens, schools, hospitals,senior homes, public buildings and transports, similar to the ban on smoking
European/International Medical Doctors and Experts/Civic Organizations
In Madrid, on June 2013 a group of Doctors, medical organizations, researchers and representatives of civil organizations signed a statement in support of the application of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) AND ALATA (As Low As Technically Achievable) The list of signatories includes many medica;l doctors in addition to: Domingo Jiménez Beltrán, the former Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (1994-2002), Dr. Tomica Ancevski, President of the Macedonian section of International Society of Doctors for the Environment; Dr. Roberto Romizi, President and on behalf of The Italian section of International Society of Doctors for the Environment; Dr Philip Michael, on behalf of the Irish Doctors Environmental Association and as VP (Europe) International Society of Doctors for the Environment; Prof. Dr. Hanns Moshammer, on behalf of the Austrian Doctors for a Healthy Environment; Fiorella Belpoggi, Ph.D., FIATP, Director and Chief of Pathology of the Cesare Maltoni /Cancer Research Centre of the Ramazzini Institute, Dr. Morando Soffritti, M.D; Oncologist, Scientific Director of the European Foundation for Oncology and Environmental Sciences
Read the European Manifesto in support of a European Citizens’ Initiative (last updated July 2016)
The Freiburg Appeal International Doctors’ Appeal
“More and more new wireless technologies are introduced into our daily lives: cell phone networks, TETRA, LTE, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, baby monitors, wireless meters, digital radio and TV, and many others. All of these wireless technologies interfere with the biophysical organization of life with increasing layers and densities of electromagnetic fields.”
Wuerzburg Appeal, 2010
The European Academy for Environmental Medicine (EUROPAEM) invited many renowned national and international scientists and health care professionals to a medical conference held in Wuerzburg, Germany from April 23 to April 25, 2010. This appeal was unanimously adopted by the congress.
1998 Vienna Resolution & 2000 Salzburg Resolution
Workshop on possible biological and health effects of RF electromagnetic fields
The participants agreed that biological effects from low-intensity exposures are scientifically established. However, the current state of scientific consensus is inadequate to derive reliable exposure standards. The existing evidence demands an increase in the research efforts on the possible health impact and on an adequate exposure and dose asses. Click to view PDF
Salzburg Resolution on Mobile Telecommunication Base Stations
Letters by Medical Doctors to Schools on Wireless Installations in Schools
Letters to Petaluma Public Schools California, 2016
(Note: These letters are important as they were written after the NTP study release and include an analysis of how the research impacts an understanding of the risk to children).
- Letter from Dr. Carpenter to Petaluma Public Schools 8/3/2016
- Letter from Dr. Anthony Miller to Petaluma Public Schools 8/4/2016
- Letter from Dr. Martha Herbert to Petaluma Public Schools 9/2016
- Letter from Dr. Lennart Hardell to Petaluma Public Schools 8/4/2016
Letters to Montgomery County Public Schools Maryland, 2015
- Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, and Michael Carlberg, MSc, Department of Oncology, Orebro University Hospital, Sweden to Montgomery County Schools 11/30/2015
- Dr. Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institute to Montgomery County Schools 12/8/2015
- Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Pediatric Neurologist to Montgomery County Schools 12/12/2015
- Anthony B. Miller, MD FACE, Professor Emeritus Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, World Health Organization Advisor to Montgomery County Schools
- Dr. David O. Carpenter, M.D. University of Albany to Montgomery County Schools
- Dr. Martin L. Pall, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University to Montgomery County Schools
- Devra Davis, PhD MPH, President and Founder Environmental Health Trust to Montgomery County Schools
- Mikko Ahonen, PhD, Finland, Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, Mrs. Lena Hedendahl, MD Practitioner, Luleå, Sweden, Mr. Tarmo Koppel, MSc., PhD to Montgomery County Schools December 13, 2015
- Cindy Sage. MA, Sage Associates, Co-Editor, BioInitiative 2007 and 2012 Reports and 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) to Montgomery County Schools
- Dr. Ronald Powell, retired U.S. Government scientist (Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University) to Montgomery County Schools
- Cris Rowan, BScBi, BScOT, SIPT, to Montgomery County Schools
- Lloyd Morgan, Engineer, Scientific Advisor, Environmental Health Trust to Montgomery County
Q: Why do federal regulations allow cell phones to be sold to children if Doctors are so concerned?
A: As history shows, federal protections are usually implemented decades after research shows an environmental exposure is harmful. In the United States, for example, the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends reducing exposure to cell phones and at the same time, the federal government’s FCC – lead by a former Chief of the Wireless Industry- is rolling out more and more wireless infrastructure. Not a single US federal health agency has done a systematic research review on the issue and -as far as we know- there are currently no plans to do so. Therefore, it is important for people to be made aware of these issues and take precautions now- in their homes, work, school and community.