Back to School ABC with Wi-Fi, EHS and the FCC

 

Southborough, Massachusetts is the site of highly publicized American’s with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the Fay School, the nation’s oldest boarding school, concerning a 12 year old child who developed a pattern of illness while attending classes in Wi-Fi enabled classrooms.

 

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is an adverse reaction to the presence of artificial radiofrequencies, recognized as a functional impairment in Sweden. In August 2015, France awarded benefits to an EHS sufferer.

 

Ukraine, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Peru, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Turkey are among the nations representing over 40% of the world’s population enforcing radiofrequency exposure limits 10 to 100 times lower than the U.S.

 

Many Americans are unaware that long term chronic exposure from industrial-scale school Wi-Fi at exposure guidelines catering to military priorities is a practice other nations have rejected.

 

The smoking gun for the U.S. is the March 1976 Defense Intelligence Agency report “Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (Radiowaves and Microwaves) – Eurasian Communist Countries.” The report concluded,

“If the more advanced nations of the West are strict in the enforcement of stringent exposure standards, there could be unfavorable effects on industrial output and military functions.”

 

In the state of South Tyrol, Italy, schools are hard wired, as in Switzerland. DECT cordless phone technology prevalent in the US has been phased out in Europe due to adverse health impacts.

 

Russian scientists attempted to caution other nations on the use of wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, particularly for children. If a Russian citizen were to report adverse health impacts due to microwave exposure in the home, workplace, or school, an EMF hygiene investigation would be conducted.

 

The French government’s decision to ban Wi-Fi in preschools in 2015 was influenced by Dr. Dominique Belpomme, who developed scientific biomarkers for electromagnetic hypersensitivity. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine developed diagnostic protocols and policy recommendations for EHS patients. The Austrian Medical Association has also developed diagnostic criteria for EHS.

 

India has lowered its exposure limits to 1/10th of the previous level, based on research summarized in the Bio-Initiative report, andresearch demonstrating harm to the nature environment, including bees. Indian law prohibits influence on policy from industry sponsored research.

 

The 2007 BioInitiative Report concluded that “existing public safety limits were inadequate to protect public health, concluding that new, biologically-based public safety limits were needed eight years ago. In twenty-one technical chapters of the 2012 BioInitiative report update, the authors discuss the implications of about 1800 new studies. Overall, there is reinforced scientific evidence of risk with chronic exposure to low-intensity electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies (radiofrequency radiation including microwave radiation).”

 

At the other end of the age span, research published in July, 2015 by Surgical Neurology International entitled Neurological Deaths of American Adults (55–74) and the over 75’s by sex Compared with Other Countries, Cause for Concern indicates that neurological deaths of American have skyrocketed, far in excess of those in other countries. The Bournemouth University study compared cancer, circulatory system, and neurological deaths from 1989-1991 to 2008-2010 in 21 nations in the 55-74 and over 75’s age categories. Neurological disease totals included Alzheimer and other dementias, Parkinson’s, motor neuron disease, prion disorders, and degenerative diseases based on World Health Organization data.

 

For males aged 55-74, the US had the largest increase in neurological death rates at 82%, moving from 17th to 2nd in ranking.  In the over-75 age group for males, the US had the largest increase of all countries, at two-fold, or 368%.

 

In all nations, female rates of neurological mortality rose more than male rates.  In the 55-74 female age group, the US had a 48% increase, rising in rank from 10th to highest overall. For women in the 75 and over age range, the US had a more than five fold increase (663%) which was the largest rise in all countries under review.

 

The authors stated “The nature of any environmental factors are uncertain but there have been major environmental changes; including increased population, economic activity, substantial rises in road and air travel; increased home technology involving background electromagnetic fields (mobile phones, microwave ovens, computers), which are unique to these later years and these possible environmental factors cannot be ignored, especially as they probably interact. This list of possible features might be described as “modern living” and the USA is the epitome of “modern living.”

 

Citing success of research and education in the areas of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, the study calls for commitment, investment and research due to disproportionate increases in the United States.

 

Thus far, U.S. federal and state agencies receive a failing grade.

 

“Captured Agency, How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates,” by Norm Alster, was just released by the Harvard Center for Ethics.  The National Academies of Science identified 20 short-comings in the RF research in the US, including lack of data on children, long term chronic exposures, and juxtapositions of sources.

 

The issue can be boiled down to one simple question – Do Americans want to discern the truth about the health and environmental impact of wireless technologies utilized at limits that cater to radar, weapons, and surveillance, on bees, bats, birds, babies, school children, and all living systems?

 

Parents of Fay School students have been assured that the school’s measurements would meet the standards in Italy, site of the Vatican leukemia lawsuit. The Italian citizenry does not hold a presumption of innocence towards non-ionizing radiation.

 

We can start by ensuring that we are not comparing apples to oranges, – a lesson in scientific integrity, math, humanities, history, and ethics.

 

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