WiFi Exposure is Hurting Your Children

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WiFi Exposure is Hurting Your Children



by Dr. Joseph Mercola

“It may take some sort of catastrophe to get people’s attention,” said Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada and founder of Canadians 4 Safe Technology, referring to the increasing saturation of Wi-Fi technologies on the public at large, and especially, children.

Leading experts from top universities recently convened at a program organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org in Connecticut to discuss the reality that such a catastrophe is already brewing and, as the panel warned, is now already negatively impacting children, fetuses and fertility. But the majority of parents are not connecting the dots by linking symptoms in their children to the radiation….

The fact is, we know that exposure to this ‘unnatural bath of radiation’ damages DNA and impairs natural cellular repair processes, a phenomenon that may lead to cancer. Yet we are proceeding with this large-scale, uncontrolled experiment anyway.

Because children are still developing, they have rapid cellular replication and growth rates that make them especially vulnerable to DNA damage. They also have a longer lifetime exposure to this new pervasive radiation than any previous generation.

As the expert panel stated, research shows that radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi has already been shown to cause diminished reaction time in children, decreased motor function, increased distraction, hyperactivity and inability to focus on complex and long-term tasks….

It’s widely known that children, due to their thinner skulls, smaller brains, softer brain tissue and far more rapidly dividing cells, are far more susceptible to damage from cell phone use than adults….

Dr. Taylor encouraged the audience to appreciate that while we don’t think of ourselves as being on the cell phone 24 hours a day, the cell phone is still emitting radiation 24/7 and impacting us if it is turned on and near us, day or night.

“It’s not talking on the phone that matters, it’s any time the phone is turned on,” he said. Every 900 milliseconds, whether you are using the phone or not, your cell phone has a spike in radiation because it is looking for a signal from the tower…”

Reference to the latest BioInitiative Report’s (2012) section on possible EMF links to autism written by Harvard Professor Dr. Martha Herbert, who runs the Transcend Research Lab at Mass General, was also made. Dr. Herbert has said,


“EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.”

“Powerful industrial entities have a vested interest in leading the public to believe that EMF/RFR, which we cannot see, taste or touch, is harmless, but this is not true.”


Several panelists mentioned the new condition “Digital Dementia,” increasingly being reported globally, where children are exhibiting signs of deterioration in cognitive abilities from overuse of internet technologies, thought to result from imbalanced development of the brain. The lesser cognitive function will also result from the RF/MW exposures, but researchers who are focused on ‘overuse’ have not been as aware of this factor.

More research is necessary here to ferret out how much of the behavioral and brain effects of technology overuse are coming from the RF/MW, or brain changing aspects use of the technology itself, and the resulting lesser human interaction and lower quality relationships….

The Israeli Supreme Court in July ordered the Israeli government to investigate how many Israeli students are suffering from electrosensitivity in response to a brief claiming that it is unreasonable to expose children to WIFI when it is proven to cause sickness. The Government must submit the result of its investigation, supported with a sworn affidavit, to the court by November 16, 2013. Israel Minister of Health Rabi Yaakov Litzman wrote to the Minister of Education saying:


” I do fear that there will come a day that we will all cry because the irreversible damage that we, in our own hands cause the future generation.”


The panel noted that ‘extreme caution’ is advised for pregnant women and women hoping to conceive:6


“Prenatal exposure results in fewer cells in the hippocampus of the brain, the area we need for thinking, reasoning, judgment and significantly impairs the development of neurons in the brain… Some of the most profound effects in children from in utero EMF exposure are emotional and behavioral.”


Around the world, many countries are already adopting the Precautionary Principle regarding cell phone use, and this is also what the panel recommended. Russian officials have issued the recommendation that all children under the age of 18 should avoid using cell phones entirely. The UK, Israel, Belgium, Germany, India, France and Finland also urge citizens to err on the side of caution with respect to their children’s use of cell phones. Panel member Martin Blank, PhD said:

“The precautionary principle is in order here – certain precautions should be taken as a result of the risk that’s been identified. That’s the reason we have seat belts in cars… not because every car is going to crash, but because we want to minimize the damage when they do.”

….So while cell phone dangers will one day likely be as well known as tobacco dangers, there’s going to be a window when people are extremely vulnerable. And that window is right now. Children are especially vulnerable to damage from cell phone radiation, and should not use them at all (or only for very limited amounts). Men and women who want to have healthy children need to take special precautions to protect their reproductive organs and should not keep phones in their front pockets or close to their abdomens.

In the US, public warnings are not yet commonplace, but it’s still important to protect yourself – and your children. There is plenty of science showing harm to warrant taking action now.

The panel advised:

Children should not play with radiating cell phones. Young children should not use cell phones except in an emergency. While you can put the phone in ‘airplane mode,’ which disconnects it from Wi-Fi and the Internet, the cell phone still emits magnetic fields from the battery, which have also been shown to have equally important biological consequences.

In no cases should children sleep with cell phones.

Extreme caution was advised for pregnant women or women hoping to conceive due to the profound long-term impact of environmental factors.

  • Limit or eliminate Wi-Fi exposures. If you have a WI-Fi router make sure your router is a low power version, not in a high-use area and keep it turned off as much as possible. Consider putting it on a timer so it is only available during certain hours, and never during sleeping hours.
  • Schools should not have Wi-Fi. Cabled/wired connections do not pose the same risks. If there is Wi-Fi, again, it should be limited to the time when the Wi-Fi is specifically needed and not be operating at other times. Ideally, classrooms and school libraries and gyms should be WiFi-free.


  • Resume using landline phones whenever possible. Get rid of your portable phone and use your landline. At the very least, don’t keep your cell phone in your bedroom while you sleep. Be aware even landline phones emit magnetic fields from the speaker, and sensitive people can sometimes feel them, especially on long calls and particularly when using trim phones. Old-fashioned desk phone earpieces offer a greater distance between the speaker and your ear that can make a meaningful difference.
  • Keep your cell phone away from your body. Avoid keeping it in your pocket or on your belt. If you’re pregnant, keep your cell phone away from your belly. Keep your phone at the other end of the room or on the seat of the car. Use texting more than talking. A cell phone case for the iPhone is available that filters out a significant portion of radiation (but by no means all the power and frequencies and other biologically disruptive signal characteristics also remain). There are several options for shielded cell phone cases and holsters at www.EMFSafetyStore.com.
  • Use a wired earpiece or headphones with cell phones. Like with landline phones, some people are impacted by the magnetic fields from the speaker in the ear buds, so choose a model with the greatest distance from your ear, or use air tube technology with no electronics near your ear.
  • Use caution using your cell phone in your car. Signals bounce around inside your vehicle, and your head is the antenna.
  • Opt-out of new utility meters called ‘smart meters.’ Prevent smart meters from being installed in your home whenever possible.
  • Avoid using wireless baby monitors, as they all operate on microwave frequency. Look for the old wired monitors.
  • Know your exposures. You or your community can purchase an RF meter for about $500 to measure the RF in homes, schools, churches, etc. See www.EMFSafetyStore.com.
  • Support labeling laws that require cell phone manufacturers to list radiation levels in an obvious place on the packaging and at the retailer.


“The precautionary principle is in order here – certain precautions should be taken as a result of the risk that’s been identified. That’s the reason we have seat belts in cars… not because every car is going to crash, but because we want to minimize the damage when they do.”

From the article, Children’s Health Expert Panel: Cell Phones and WiFi – Are Children, Fetuses and Fertility at Risk? by Dr. Joseph Mercola.  To read the full article, go to: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/21/cell-phone-wifi-radiation.aspx


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