Ronald Melnick, PhD (led the design of the NTP/NIEHS study; Senior Toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, USA; now retired): "In my view, a pediatrician would be acting irresponsibly if he or she knew and understood the implications of the human and animal cancer data on cell phone radiation and did not offer precautionary advice to the parents of his or her patients." Dr Melnick corrects misinformation in the NY Times; report from Microwave News.
NTP study: preliminary data show statistically significant trend in radiofrequency-induced DNA damage in rat and mice brain (using the comet assay), Tweets Dariusz Leszczynski from BioEM 2016 conference (European BioElectromagnetics Association). Table of results shown here. This supports the large number of studies already published which have demonstrated DNA damage following radiofrequency exposures.
Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposures). The study found cancers, malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas of the heart, in rats exposed to GSM or CDMA mobile phone-like signals. The cancers are of a type similar to tumours observed in some human epidemiology studies of cell phone use. The findings support the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conclusions regarding the carcinogenic potential of radiofrequency radiation. Schools exposing children and teachers to Wi-Fi radiofrequency signals every day, giving them wireless radiofrequency-emitting devices to use or letting pupils use their mobile phones at school may be putting them at increased risk of developing cancer.
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.