Cell phones, WiFi, wireless relay towers, all of which were unknown 20 years ago, are now a part of our everyday lives, bathing us in microwave radiation that studies have associated with a variety of physical and emotional disorders that used to be called radio wave sickness when it was first seen in military radar operators.
In a report released yesterday, The BRAGT Antenna Ranking of Schools documents the density and proximity of antennas near schools in the 50 State capitals and in Washington, D.C. The more antennas that are near schools the greater the potential exposure of students and teachers to radio frequency radiation from external antennas.
Author and researcher, Professor Magda Havas began a telephone press conference about the report with a short review of the science of the relationship of cell phones to brain tumors and cancer of the salivary glands, the danger to sperm for men using a cell 2-4 hours a day, and noting that studiies have shown that women who use cell phones while pregnant run the risk of giving birth to babies with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
According to Dr. Havas, more and more studies are beginning to document adverse biological and health effects for people who live near cell phone and broadcast antennas. Some show an increased risk of cancers for those living within 350 to 400 meters of cell phone antennas at exposure levels well below federal guidelines in the US and Canada. Other studies show an increase in symptoms that have been classified as “electrohypersensitivity”. These symptoms include difficulty sleeping, fatigue, pain, poor short-term memory, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, irritability and depression, skin problems, dizziness, nausea and ringing in the ears. Therefore says Havas, exposure to microwave radiation may interfere with learning and may not be conducive to a good learning environment and that younger students are more vulnerable than adults to this type of radiation.
For these reasons, the report recommends that exposure of students to microwave radiation be minimized. This can be done by placing cell phone antennas at least 1,500 feet away (approximately 460m) from schools and by using wired rather than wireless (WiFi) connection for Internet access within schools.
Responding to a question from OTP, Dr. Havas said that the effects of the radiation can be lessened by placing protective see-through films over windows and shielding roof areas, particularly for top floors directly under the rooftop antennas. She also said that cable or fiber-optic lines are preferred over wireless technology for home and school. And that anyone living near one of the new WiMax towers now being placed, should move. “They will become very ill, very quickly,” says Prof. Havas.
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