Research also shows that EMFs reduce body’s natural melatonin production, which is a potent antioxidant and a strong anti-cancer agent. There are also other mechanisms; including increased permeability of blood-brain and blood-gut barrier, loss of calcium in cells, increased cortisol (stress hormone) levels in saliva and reproduction effects of EMFs. Could the 300% increase in Crohn’s disease be actually linked to EMFs?
Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, a retired lecturer from Imperial College spent years studying biological organisms are affected by EMFs.
WHO IARC Monograph 102, Page 71 states, “Children’s exposure is approximately a factor of two higher than that of adults due to the head shape bringing the phone geometrically closer.”
And page 74 states, “Exposure of regions within the brain of young children (e.g. hippocampus, hypothalamus, etc.) can be higher by 1.6–3-fold than that in adults. Exposure of children’s skull bone marrow can exceed that in adults by a factor of about 10, due to higher electrical conductivity. Exposure of children’s eyes is higher than that of adults. Regarding thermal effects, however, this does not present a problem as exposure to the eyes from mobile phones is very low, i.e. < 10% of the psSAR. Because of the location relative to the ear, the brain region closer to the surface of the skull can exhibit large differences in exposure between adults and children. The cerebellum of children can show a psSAR that is > 2.5-fold that of local exposure of the cortex of adults. It should be noted that these differences are strongly dependent on the current distribution in the phone, i.e. on the phone design.”
(1) based on distances greater than 0.5 meter (most tablets/mobiles are in contact!),
(2) based on 1 laptop only (what about ~30 tablets in a typical classroom?),
(3) based on latops and not tablets/mobiles (tablets/mobiles can transmit higher power and the antenna is within the product case),
(4) based on low duty cycle or data traffic rate (in reality modern apps/games can produce considerably higher duty cycles),
(5) not based on industrial or more powerful WLAN access points – typical in most schools,
(6) not based on multiple access points – typical in most schools, and
(7) not based on cumulative effects from other EMF sources, e.g. mobile phone in bags/pockets, white board, other electronic devices etc.
But, most importantly, the article measured levels relative to the ICNIRP guidelines, which are based on thermal and not biological effects.
Unfortunately, EHS is progressive and over time the sufferer may become sensitive to a wider range of frequencies and/or more severe leading to other health problems, or they may begin to react to chemicals or develop food allergies.
If this doesn’t help, then you can make a formal complaint to the Local Authority Safeguarding board; raise awareness in the local community; build up evidence of use in the school and evidence of effects/harm for the child. A complaint could be made to the Children’s Commissioner. Finally, legal action could be considered. According to Ofsted, schools have a legal duty to safeguard children, which includes “preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development”.
Unfortunately, there is also a lack of knowledge about EHS among GPs and public bodies despite the evidence, with reluctance to question official policies and the influence of commercial interests. UK is lagging behind other countries, for example, in Sweden EHS is treated as a functional impairment and there are grants to adapt and shield Swedish homes. The Council of Europe recommends that all states should establish “white zones” free of man-made electromagnetic radiation.
The French Parliament passed a new Law, addressing electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (it is in French, so you’ll have to right click the mouse and select translate). Also, the Taiwanese government and Israeli parliament have followed suit.
For men, avoid carrying mobiles in front pockets and for women carry mobiles in a bag/purse and avoid keeping them in your bra.
You may also want to replace your home (DECT) with a low EMF type phone that can be set to turn its transmitters off between calls, e.g. Siemen’s GIGASET ECO range of phones, or preferably use a wired phone.
Lord Hill (Department of Education) wrote to SSITA, stating that the “…the decision to implement, or not implement, a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is a local one”, i.e. the decision to enroll on a one iPad per child type schemes is made by the school and its Governors and not the Council. But, according to the Solihull County Council (and other councils may have a similar view), accountability and Health and Safety responsibility lies equally between the Council, school and the Governors.
Your case would be stronger, if the school, Governors and Council have been provided with information on the potential health effects of EMFs, in advance.
We thank the seminar presenters for help in answering the above questions.