New Scholarly Article Declares Wireless Devices a Safety Risk for Children
Researchers Urge the Public To "Practice Safe Tech"
Source Newsroom: Environmental Health Trust
Newswise — Teton Village, WY – August 5, 2014 -- A scholarly article on wireless safety, published online in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, reports that children and fetuses are the most at risk from neurological and biological damage that results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, due to the higher rate of absorption of microwave radiation by children than by adults. The paper is available on the following link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213879X14000583
The paper, titled “Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences,” describes how the fetus is particularly vulnerable to microwave radiation, which can cause degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons. The authors recommend that wireless toys be banned due to the serious potential health risks.
The paper also documents cancer registry studies showing increased brain cancer incidence. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, the total number of tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood.
The authors explain that current exposure limits are based on the erroneous assumption that tissue damage from overheating is the only potential danger of wireless devices. However, extensive scientific reports document the non-thermal biological effects from chronic (long-term) exposures. Although government warnings have been issued worldwide, most of the public is unaware of such warnings.
Pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein stated, “Pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain. We're seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neurological disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously." during her remarks while launching the Baby Safe Project in New York this June.
The authors state that consumers are unaware that cellphones, tablets and laptop manuals have specific advice on recommended distances (20 cm rule for tablets/laptops and about ½ inch for cell phones) from the user in order to ensure compliance with exposure standards. Children and adults use wireless devices in ways that “violate” these recommendations, putting them at even increased risk.
The authors make specific recommendations: pregnant women should avoid wireless exposures; children should not play with wireless toys; adolescent girls and women should not place cellphones in their bras or in hijabs; and government exposure limits need to be urgently revised.
The paper’s authors include: Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and Director of Neuro-oncology at Moores UCSD Cancer Center; Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, cancer researcher, toxicologist, Founder and President of the Environmental Health Trust; L. Lloyd Morgan, Senior Science Fellow at the Environmental Trust.
Dr. Santosh Kesari investigates the biology of gliomas with the aim of developing new therapeutics for patients with brain tumors. He has an interest in neural development and cancer stem cells and focuses on their role in the formation of brain tumors and resistance to treatments.
About Dr. Devra Davis and Lloyd Morgan of the Environmental Health Trust:
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Current multi-media projects include: local and national campaigns to ban smoking and asbestos; working with international physician and worker safety groups to warn about the risks of inappropriate use of diagnostic radiation and cell phones, promoting research and awareness of environmental causes of breast cancer, and building environmental wellness programs in Wyoming and Pennsylvania to address the environmental impacts of energy development, the built environment and radon.
Senior Science Fellow, Lloyd Morgan is an electronic engineer by training with 38 years of industrial experience and a member of international science organizations. His latest science paper “Estimating the Risk of Brain Tumors from Cellphone Use: Published Case-Control Studies” reported that the Interphone studies on the risk of brain tumor from cellphone use has a systemic-protective-skew that result in an underestimation of the risk of brain tumors. He is the lead author of the “Report, Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern”. Since 1995 Lloyd Morgan has been involved in the study of exposure to electromagnetic fields and resultant health problems.
EHT was created with the goal of promoting health and preventing disease one person, one community and one nation at a time. Capitalizing on growing public interest in Dr. Devra Lee Davis’s three popular books, When Smoke Ran Like Water, a National Book Award Finalist, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, and Disconnect--The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What Industry Has Done to Hide It and How to Protect Your Family. The foundation’s website offers clear, science-based information to prevent environmentally based disease and promote health, for the general public, children, and health professionals. For more information about getting involved in the numerous special projects spearheaded by the EHT, please log on to www.ehtrust.org.