Electromagnetic Radiation from Wi-Fi–how safe is it?

by on July 24, 2013

in News

 I am intrigued by this research. It reminds us that electromagnetic waves may indeed have an impact on our health.

We do not know yet—for sure. More research is needed, but here is a recent piece which caught my attention:

9th Grade Science Project Finds Plants Don’t Grow Near Wi-Fi
Five ninth-grade young   women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community. They found that when garden cress seeds are placed near Wi-Fi, they simply will not grow.

Wi-Fi connects electronic devices to wireless computer networks  (wireless LAN) using electromagnetic radiation. They’re  installed in  homes, schools, offices, stores, hotels, coffee shops, airports, libraries, hospitals, public buildings and even entire sections of  cities. Wi-Fi signals are, unlike TV and radio signals, strong enough to penetrate concrete walls. Many health experts consider Wi-Fi   radiation   to be extremely dangerous to long-term health.

Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe  it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in   the   future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population  exposure to WiFi and other wireless devices. Thus it is important that all of us,   and especially children, restrict our use of cell phones, limit exposure to background levels of Wi-Fi, and   that  government and industry discover ways in which   to allow use of wireless devices without such   elevated risk of serious   disease.

We need to educate decision-makers that  ‘business as usual’  is unacceptable. The importance of   this public health issue can  not be underestimated,”   said Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the   School of Public Health, State   University of New York.

Since Wi-Fi is so recent, no studies have yet   been done on the long-term   health effects of Wi-Fi. However, thousands   of studies have been done   on the health effects of mobile phones and   mobile phone masts. These   studies have found that mobile phone radiation can cause cancer!    

The Experiment
It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if   they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they   often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted   to test the effect of a cellphone’s radiation on humans,   but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the   equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an   experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant   instead.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of   garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds   into another room next to two routers that according to the girls   calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary   cellphone.
Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and   photographed their results. Although by the end of the experiment the   results were blatantly obvious — the cress seeds placed near the router   had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. While the cress seeds   planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived.
The experiment earned the girls top honors in a   regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the   world.

According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark where  the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the  Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the  experiment in controlled professional scientific environments.
Wi-Fi radiation penetrates the body, affects cell membranes and over     time cells to lose their ability to function properly. It   disturbs   the body’s natural energy field causing stress, fatigue and a   weakened   immune system. It can also cause headaches,   concentration problems,   dizziness, anxiety, memory loss, depression,   hyperactivity, abnormal   heart rates, seizures, epilepsy, nausea, skin   rashes, insomnia,   ringing ears, high blood pressure, brain damage,   autism, diabetes,   fibromyalgia, infertility, birth defects, DNA damage,   leukemia,   cancer, etc.http://safespaceprotection.com/harmful-effects-electromagnetic-fields.aspx
Children are especially vulnerable to Wi-Fi   radiation signals because   their nervous systems and brains are still   developing. Their skulls are   thinner and smaller, so the radiation   penetrates their brains more   deeply. Many schools are now using Wi-Fi   but this is negatively   affecting the learning abilities of children! http://safeschool.ca/Home.html_script_src__http_.html

In   the real world, true evidence of safety is   the healthy functioning   of   the most vulnerable — pregnant women and   children — when they are     intentionally, unavoidably, or   accidentally exposed to microwave     radiation at approved levels. Yet   an increasing number of people (around     15% according to Dr. Magda   Havas), including children all over the     world, are showing symptoms   of ill health after exposure to WHO-approved     levels of microwaves   from transmitter towers, wireless internet and     phones. The   scientific research was there all along to show that this     would   happen, especially to children, but the science was simply not     used   by the WHO committee setting the standards.

Sources: safespaceprotection.com liveleak.com safeschool.ca
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to  advance our health and  eco-friendly initiatives.

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