The Unseen threat. Is Wi-Fi as safe as you think?

November 12 2015No Commented

Categorized Under: In the News, Natural health information

What do you think about the safety of all of these Wi-Fi appliances and IT items that are in our work place, our schools, shopping malls and in our homes?

Do YOU think WI-FI is having an impact on YOUR health?

Read what Aucklander Mike Vaughan has to report about Wi-Fiwifi-149888_1280

If you knew your microwave was leaking radiation, you probably wouldn’t stand next to it for long.   Yet, you have probably spent more than a few minutes today wirelessly browsing the internet on your laptop, iPad or tablet – possibly without realizing you’re exposing yourself to radiation in the microwave range.

But, surely, this is harmless isn’t it? After all, everyone seems to be doing it.

Wireless internet is everywhere these days – in cafes, shopping malls, fast food outlets, airports and schools. They wouldn’t put it in schools if there were any possible risks – would they?

Think again.

We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry here. That means a lot of people have a lot (of profits) to lose if the general public becomes aware of mounting scientific evidence, that exposure to radiation of this type, may have serious, adverse health effects.

Ask yourself the question:

On what basis do I think Wi-Fi and radiation from wireless devices is safe?

Generally, the safety aspect is assumed – few people take the trouble to do the research.

What does the Ministry of health have to say about the safety of Wi-Fi?

According to our own Ministry of Health, it’s all hunky-dory. As long as the radiation doesn’t heat your tissue enough to harm you, you will be fine. Our Safety Standard for this form of radiation is based upon thermal (heating) effects and does not protect against the possibility of biological effects occurring at cellular level.

Undeniably, there is currently a massive international debate going on about this. An ever-increasing body of research studies shows that radiation of this type (known as ‘non-ionising radiation’) can cause harmful biological effects, at levels THOUSANDS of times lower than the allowable exposure levels in the N.Z. Safety Standard.

What about New Zealand Safety Standards?

Perhaps this explains why some countries have Safety Standards many times lower than New Zealand’s – in some cases hundreds or thousands of times lower, e.g. France, Austria, Italy, Hungary and Israel.

Not all studies have found biological effects. Many have found no effects (although it should be noted that a high proportion of these are industry-funded studies). But when hundreds, even thousands of studies published in reputable scientific journals have identified statistically significant effects, it must surely raise safety concerns.   Young children are particularly vulnerable due to their thinner skulls and other physiological factors – yet a tidal wave of wireless technology is hitting our schools.

What kind of health effects are purported?

Adverse health effects identified include clumping of blood cells, impairment of cellular repair mechanisms, compromised blood-brain barrier, DNA damage and sperm cell damage – among many others.

But while our own Ministry of Health doggedly sticks to its position that the only mechanism of possible harm is heating, other governments and health authorities around the world are making changes and taking a ‘precautionary approach’. For example, the Austrian Medical Association has called for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools; the German government has recommended that Wi-Fi is not installed in schools and that cabled connections are used rather than Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; the Russian National Committee on Non-ionising Radiation Protection has issued a warning about the serious and irreparable consequences of electromagnetic radiation especially for children; the Council of Europe has called for a ban on Wi-Fi use in schools and recommends wired connections.

Here to stay!

Technology and the internet is here to stay – enjoy safely using wired connections (which tend to be faster and more reliable anyway). Above all, educate and protect your children.

Some Further information:

  • The French Government has recently BANNED the use of Wi-Fi in pre-school centres and restricted its usage in primary schools.
  • In 2012, a group of 29 independent scientists from around the world produced the BioInitiative Report  –  a review of over 1800 scientific studies showing the biological effects of EMF radiation including Wi-Fi.   Adverse health effects include DNA damage, neurotoxicity in humans and animals, serious impacts upon human and animal sperm morphology and function, and loss of DNA repair capacity in human stem cells.
  • On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, U.N. Member States and the World Health Organisation (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk.
  • In June 2015, a Canadian Parliamentary Report recommended that Canadian doctors are taught to recognize the symptoms associated with using common wireless devices.  It also recommended that parents be taught the risks of wireless radiation to ensure their families are safe at home and at school.
  • The New Zealand Safety Standards relate only to short-term thermal (heating) effects, NOT to biological effects.  These Safety Standards are considered to be inadequate by hundreds of scientists specializing in this field around the world.

Links to scientific research and recent developments:

1)  BioInitiative 2012 – Conclusions

2)  Dr. Erica Mallory-Blythe’s highly-informative You-Tube video ‘Electromagnetic Radiation. Health & Children 2014’

3)  The Appeal by 190 scientists to the United Nations for more protective measures to be taken

4) Canadian Parliamentary Report – June 2015

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