Want to Be Scared Out of Your Pants? Keep Kids Away From Wireless Devices, REALLY

Ready to be scared about cell phones all over again?  A new study has found that wireless devices ARE a safety risk for children.

According to newswise.com, a scholarly article on wireless safety reports that children and fetuses are the most at risk from neurological and biological damage that results from microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, due to the higher rate of absorption of microwave radiation by children than by adults.

The study describes how the fetus is particularly vulnerable to microwave radiation, which can cause degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons.  The authors recommend that wireless toys be banned due to the serious potential health risks.

Want to be scared some more?  The paper also documents cancer registry studies showing increased brain cancer incidence. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, the total number of tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood.

The authors explain that current exposure limits are based on the erroneous assumption that tissue damage from overheating is the only potential danger of wireless devices. However, extensive scientific reports document the non-thermal biological effects from chronic (long-term) exposures. Although government warnings have been issued worldwide, most of the public is unaware of such warnings.

“Pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain. We're seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neurological disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously," the Web site quotes pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein.

 The authors state that consumers are unaware that cellphones, tablets and laptop manuals have specific advice on recommended distances (20 cm rule for tablets/laptops and about ½ inch for cell phones) from the user in order to ensure compliance with exposure standards. Children and adults use wireless devices in ways that “violate” these recommendations, putting them at even increased risk.

So what should we do?

 Pregnant women should avoid wireless exposures; children should not play with wireless toys; adolescent girls and women should not place cellphones in their bras; and government exposure limits need to be urgently revised. 

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