Expert Report by Dr Andrew Marino, PhD, submitted as part of a case being considered by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. Several consumers have alleged that their health is being negatively affected by 'smart' (wireless) meters. The report describes that there is a reasonable basis in established science for the Complainants’ concern regarding risks to human health caused by man-made electromagnetic energy in the environment, including the type of electromagnetic energy emitted by smart meters. Also, that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a documented neurological condition in which the affected person experiences musculoskeletal, immunological, and/or neurological symptoms that noticeably flare or intensify upon exposure to man-made electromagnetic energy in the environment. The report was initially publicised by 'Take Back Your Power'.
"Do cell phones and Wi-Fi harm our body?", interview with Dr Martin Blank, by Conan Milner, Epoch Times.
"NTP: Cell phone RF breaks DNA", article by Microwave News, 6th September 2016. The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) results provide “strong evidence for the genotoxicity of cell phone radiation,” Ron Melnick (who led the team that designed the NTP study) told Microwave News.
"Screens in schools are a $60 billion hoax", Time magazine, 31st August 2016, by Dr Nicholas Kardaras. “Tech in the classroom not only leads to worse educational outcomes for kids, which I will explain shortly, it can also clinically hurt them. I’ve worked with over a thousand teens in the past 15 years and have observed that students who have been raised on a high-tech diet not only appear to struggle more with attention and focus, but also seem to suffer from an adolescent malaise that appears to be a direct byproduct of their digital immersion. Indeed, over two hundred peer-reviewed studies point to screen time correlating to increased ADHD, screen addiction, increased aggression, depression, anxiety and even psychosis.”
220 scientists from 40 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. http://www.emfscientist.org/.
It is often incorrectly stated in the media that there is no scientific evidence that Wi-Fi is harmful. Scientific studies describing harmful effects are listed here.
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Wi-Fi in schools
Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of UK schools installing wireless computer networks (Wi-Fi, WLAN), wireless white boards, and similar devices. Schools have been encouraged to use 'smart' and 'mobile' technologies (BECTA). For most families there is no longer the choice of a school without Wi-Fi.
Wireless systems offer freedom to move around the school with laptops, tablets or smartphones and are easier and sometimes cheaper to install than wired networks. Schools have invested money in the technologies and they have become a part of school culture.
However, schools, parents and staff are often unaware of the enormous number of scientific studies now published which demonstrate that mobile and wireless technologies, which emit microwave radiation, may pose a health risk, especially to children. The science is published in scientific journals, often only available to subscribers. The concerns of scientists and scientific studies are not often communicated to the public. Thus schools rely upon the statements about the use of wireless technologies in schools made by Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) and AGNIR.
This web site aims to provide more information about the science and calls from doctors and scientists for greater protection of children and staff in schools. The hope is for this information to become more widely known, so that parents, schools and local authorities will be better equipped to fulfil their legal requirements to safeguard the health and development of children in their care.
Further information can be seen in Reports for Schools.
A safe place for children
Most children have to attend school and they rely upon adults to keep them safe.
Schools are failing to safeguard children when they place them at significantly increased risk
- of developing cancer
- of physical damage (e.g. to DNA or cells)
- of damage to their development
- of damage to their reproductive health
Wireless technologies have been associated with all of these harmful effects.
Children deserve a safe environment to learn, play, develop and thrive. Many households now use some form of mobile or wireless technology, and this is their choice. Others have chosen not to use wireless technologies where there are wired alternatives. In school children have no choice about their exposure. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children whilst in their care.