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As many of you know, I’ve long been concerned about Wi-Fi radiation in schools. In fact, I’m part of a Canadian coalition called Doctors for Safer Schools. That’s an interest that caught my attention years ago while visiting my son Drew in Canada where he introduced me to many people whose children developed health issues in schools since Wi-Fi had been installed. Meanwhile, their symptoms (commonly headaches, lightheadedness, and palpitations), were alleviated on the weekends and during school vacations. This is anecdotal evidence so far, but more research is underway.
Given this background, you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that France made a move to strongly discourage their states and provinces from allowing Wi-Fi radiation in their schools. They’re employing the “precautionary principle,” encouraing the use of Ethernet connections until Wi-Fi is proven safe for human consumption. Meanwhile the telecom industry is operating with the assumption that with Wi-Fi there’s no proof of harm. Yet, we have a lot of evidence that these frequencies do in fact affect the human body.
We already know, for example, that radiation generated by cell phones penetrates the less protected, and still developing, brain of a child to a much greater degree than it does an adult. We also have research that shows cell phone bases provoke cardiac arrhythmias. Plus, the studies continue to roll in.
To make matters worse, school Wi-Fi systems are industrial strength compared to what we have in our homes: they are so much stronger! Routers mounted in hallways and other locations can blast that signal through as much as 18 inches of cinderblock. But the trouble with home routers is that they’re constantly pulsing to keep the signal, exposing us to Wi-Fi radiation 24 hours a day—even when we’re sleeping.