Experts Say No to WiFi in Schools: Part 2

1. Dr Norbert Hankin, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Environmental Protection Agency, USA.

“The growing use of wireless communications by children and by schools will result in prolonged long-term exposure of developing children to low-intensity pulse modulated radiofrequency radiation.
Recent studies involving short-term exposures have demonstrated that subtle effects on brain functions can be produced by low-intensity pulse modulated radiofrequency radiation. Some research involving rodents has shown adverse effects on short-term and long-term memory. The concern is that if such effects may occur in young children, then even slight impairment of learning ability over years of education may negatively affect the quality of life that could be achieved by these individuals, when adults.”

2. Dr Annie Sasco, MD, PhD, Director, Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention, INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) Research Unit, School of Public Health, Victor-Segalen Bordeaux 2 Université, France. Formerly International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Unit Chief of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention.

“If we want to wait for final proof, at least in terms of cancer, it may still take 20 years and the issue will become that we will not have unexposed population to act as control. We may never have the absolute final proof. But we have enough data to go ahead with a precautionary principle to avoid exposures (radiofrequencies) which are unnecessary if our goal is to reduce somewhat the burden of cancer in the years to come and other chronic diseases.”

3. Dr Stelios A. Zinelis, BA, MD, Hellenic Cancer Society, Cefallonia, Greece

“We should not subject and force electromagnetic radiation on school children. Technology can be applied by a wired connection. Effects of the electromagnetic radiation have been well documented and should not be ignored. The past has taught as many lessons, for example asbestos.”

4. Dr Alfonso Balmori, PhD, Biologist, Researcher on effects of electromagnetic fields on wildlife, Valladolid, Spain.

‘The ongoing invasion of radiation caused by Wi-Fi transmitters and other radiofrequency sources represents a denial of scientific evidence and extreme myopia. It is absurd when cable can be used with much greater speeds that schools choose to do so by air. Moreover health must take priority over access to information. Wi-Fi systems are being senselessly installed, even for young children. Society is performing an extremely dangerous and suicidal experiment with them. In it are included not only the children of those who are convinced that electromagnetic radiation is harmful but also the children of the promoters of such systems, both politicians and those who work in the communications industry and also the scientists who deny the evidence. The problems of depression, attention deficit and insomnia in children are increasing worldwide at an alarming rate.”

5. Dr Olle Johansson, Associate Professor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and Professor, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

“Wireless communication is now being implemented in our daily life in a very fast way. At the same time, it is becoming more and more obvious that the exposure to the electromagnetic fields used by these systems not only may induce acute thermal effects to living organisms, but also non-thermal effects, the latter often after longer exposures. This has been demonstrated in a very large number of studies and includes cellular DNA-damage, disruptions and alterations of cellular functions like increases in intracellular stimulatory pathways and calcium handling, disruption of tissue structures like the blood-brain barrier, impact on vessel and immune functions, association to cancer, and loss of fertility. Wireless systems, such as Wi-Fi routers and cell/mobile/smart phones, cannot be regarded as safe in schools, but must be deemed highly hazardous and unsafe for the children as well as for the staff.”