Research done by International Scientific Community
World Health Organization (WHO) Report
In May 2011, WHO / International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.
Bioinitiative Report 2012
A new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 says that evidence for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technologies (radio frequency – RF- radiation). The report reviews over 1,800 new scientific studies. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk.
According to the report, everyone is exposed to two types of EMFs: (1) extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF) from, for example, electrical and electronic appliances and power lines and (2) radio frequency radiation (RF) from wireless devices such as cell phones and cordless phones, cellular antennas and towers, and broadcast transmission towers. Other sources of exposure include, electrical wiring, wireless handheld devices, cell towers, “smart meters”, Wi-Fi, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors and other electronic devices.
Health topics include damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behaviour, attention, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. There appear to be risks for each of this from continued exposure.
On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 countries submitted an “International EMF Scientist Appeal” to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. These scientists have collectively published over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the biological and health effects of radiations. “We are scientists and engineers, and I am here to tell you – we have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control! Putting it bluntly, they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely” says Dr. Martin Blank, heading the committee of Scientists and from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, USA.
Legislative Laws Enforced Globally
USA: On May 12, 2015 Berkley adopted the cell phone “Right to Know” ordinance on a unanimous vote. It is the first city in USA to require cell phone retailers to provide those who purchase a new phone an informational fact sheet which informs buyers to read the user manual to learn the cell phone’s minimum separation distance from the body.
Canada: The Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons issued a report titled “Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians” in June 2015 making recommendations including an awareness campaign on reducing exposure and improved policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14. Health Canada offers “Practical Advice” on reducing exposure to wireless radiation. Recommendations:
- Limit the length of cell phone calls.
- Replace cell phone calls with text, use “hands-free” devices.
- Encourage children under the age of 18 to limit their cell phone usage.
- Preschool through 2nd grade have banned the use of wireless networks. In third and fourth grade class internet is restricted to 3 hours per week.
- A hard wired direct cable connection is required if the teacher has a computer in the class. Magnetic fields below 4mG are being reduced.
- The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the Israeli government to reply on ceasing Wifi installations
- Phones designed for children under 7 years old are prohibited from sale.
- Total Advertising Ban on cell phones aimed at children younger than 14.
- Mandatory Radiation SAR levels must be available for consumers at point of sale.
- Warning label on phones: “Think about your health – use your mobile phone moderately, make your calls wearing an earpiece and choose a set with a lower SAR value.”
- Recommendations include use of hands-free methods to keep the phone away from the body such as text messaging and not making calls when the signal is weak, such as in elevator/vehicle.
Spain: The Parliament of Navarra voted to urge removal of WIFI in schools and to apply the precautionary principle in relation to exposure limits to electromagnetic fields whose boundaries have become “obsolete”. The Parliament voted to adopt a resolution which calls to implement the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resolution 1815 of 2011, which recommends to “review the scientific basis for the standards of exposure to electromagnetic fields” and ” set thresholds for levels of preventive long-term exposure in all indoor areas not exceeding 0.6 volts per meter “.
Reduce the risk from WiFi devices by “keeping them at a distance, for example placing the wireless router away from where people spend time”, and “reducing the amount of time you use them”.
Parents should encourage their children to limit their exposure.
Finland: The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority issued recommendations for children which include: favoring text messages, parents limiting duration and amount of calls, the use of hands free devices, avoiding calls in a low reception area and keeping the phone away from the body. “With children, we have reason to be especially careful, because there is not enough research on children’s mobile phone use”, according to STUK research director Sisko Salomaa.
Switzerland: The have recommends for schools to forgo the use of wireless networks when the structural makeup of a given school building allows for a wired network.
Rajasthan, India: Holding mobile towers as a health hazard, the Rajasthan High Court directed telecom service providers operating in the state to remove within two months their towers falling in the vicinity of schools, hospitals and play grounds. The division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice N K Jain Senior held that radiations emitted from mobile phones and mobile base towers are “hazardous to children and patients”, as accepted by the inter-ministerial committee of Central Government, and needs relocation from school, colleges, hospitals and play grounds immediately.
Warnings given in Wireless Device Manuals
Almost all major manufacturers of smartphones and wireless devices have stated various warnings in their device manuals for users to adhere to and protect them against RF Exposure (Electromagnetic Radiation). Some of the most common warnings are:
- Keep the device away from your body at all times (5 to 25 mm – distance prescribed differs by manufacturers and models of devices).
- Use a wired headset while using the device.
- Limit the length of mobile calls (As per calculations given while calculating SAR, this works out to not more than 6 mins per hour!).
- Text more than you talk, whenever possible.
- Use a landline (wired) phone, not a mobile phone.
- When Phone is ON, don’t carry it in Shirt or Trouser Pocket.
- Let the call connect before putting the handset on your ear and start speaking / listening as more power is radiated during call connection.
- Avoid using a mobile device while wearing metal framed glasses or having wet hair as metal and water are good conductors of radio waves.
Manual of iPhone: The Manual (under RF Exposure) instructs users to keep the phone 10 mm away from the body. It is mentioned that to reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 10mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.
If you have experienced seizures or blackouts or have a family history of cuh occurances, you should consult a physician before playing games or watching videos on your iPad. Discontinue use of your iPad and consult a physician if you experience headaches, blackouts, seizures, convulsions, eye or muscle twitching, loss of awareness, involuntary movement, or disorientation. To reduce risk of headaches, blackouts, seizures, and eyestrain, avoid prolonged use, hold iPad some distance from your eyes, use iPad in a well lit room, and take frequent breaks.