Reduce radiation risk from wi-fi, cell phones, and ipads

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) published  a Fact Sheet on how to reduce exposure to wireless radiation devices.

This video by Wifi in Schools Australia reviews ARPANSA’s advice, explains SAR values, tests iPads vs. iPhones, and tells how to reduce exposure from mobile and other wireless devices.

EMF and RF World Concerns Summary

The following is a compilation of what government, public health and environment organizations and officials, independent scientists, health advocacy groups and activists are advocating around the world in response to the proliferation of electromagnetic fields, and especially 2.4 GHZ microwave radiation.

International Resolutions Advocating a Precautionary Approach to the Use and Expansion of Wireless Technologies:

Vienna resolution 1998

Salzburg Austria Resolution 2000:

Catania Italy 2002

Benevento Italy Resolution 2006

London Resolution 2007:

Venice Italy Resolution 2008

Porto Alegre Resolution 2009:

Wingspread Conference on the Precautionary principle:


European Environmental Agency advises the precautionary principle for wi-fi:

German Government advises against wi-fi:

France National Library and several other Paris libraries are wi-fi-free

(USA) Progressive Librarians Guild recommends the precautionary principle for wireless exposures in libraries. June 2008.

UK: The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) with 160,000 members has called for a government investigation into the biological and thermal effects of “wi-fi” networks.

France: Paris City Council launched a study on wi-fi June 2008 (in french)

Penang Malaysia to study health effects of Wi-Fi. October 2008

England: Health Protection Agency launches study on health effects of wi-fi Oct 2007:

Austria medical association pressing for a ban on wi-fi in schools

Herouville St Claire Normandy removes Wi-Fi from schools

USA: Sebastopol CA. City Council chooses the precautionary principle and terminates contract for free city wide Wi-Fi:

Canada: July 2008 City Council of Thorold rescinds city wide wi-fi contract:

European Parliament Sept 2008 voted 522 to 16 to adopt text: “is greatly concerned at the Bio-Initiative international report concerning EMFs, which summarises over 1500 studies on that topic and which points in its conclusions to the health risks posed by emissions from mobile-telephony devices such as mobile telephones, UMTS, WiFi, WiMax and Bluetooth, and also DECT landline ” “”The limits on exposure to electromagnetic fields [EMFs] which have been set for the general public are obsolete.”

England: Teachers union call to suspend WiFi in schools:

Ireland: Jan 2008 The City of Dublin Ireland did not install wi-fi due to a EU law:

Wi-fi code for Welch Schools

Bavarian federal state parliament advised schools against Wi-fi. (current link unavailable) Frankfurt, Germany: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools (in German)

Hospital Techies urge limits on ‘white space’ Wi-Fi.

Spain: Ecologists in Action statement on WiFi:

Dr. Magda Havas open letter to schools and teachers on Wi-Fi health risks:

Austrian health director Dr. Gerd Oberfeld advising against wi-fi

Sweden Prof. Olle Johansson scientisit wi-fi letter:

Dr. George Carlo wi-fi video

Green party MEP/ concern with wi-fi in schools:

(USA) Dr. Mercola wireless warning:

(Canada) Dr. Magda Havas Report opposing Wi-Fi in San Francisco:

The Gathering Brainstorm:

Dr. Jeff Fawcett: WiFi Blues:

Wi-Fi in Schools UK resource

“Wireless Networks (Wi-Fi) Consumer Health and Safety Advice” EMFacts handout

Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy on wi-fi in schools:

Other EMF and RF Actions and Concerns

Bioinitiative Report:

Bioinitiative Report video with co-author Cindy Sage

Lichtenstein adopts Bioinitiative RF safety standard .6 volts per meter:

Brussels determines new EMR safety standard of 3 volts per meter

2009: The European Parliament passed the EMF Resolution calling for caution on the use and expansion of electromagnetic fields, particularly radiofrequency exposure from wireless technologies. The resolution was endorsed by an overwhelming margin of 559 members in favor, 22 opposed, and 8 abstaining. The EP calls on member states to follow the example of Sweden to recognize ES as a disability and grant adequate protection as well as equal opportunities.

French Health and Security Agency (Afsset) recommend reducing exposure to mobile phones and other portable wireless devices. OCT 2009

2009:Breast Cancer Fund: Policy and Research Recommendations: Reduce Exposure to Radiation state-of-the-evidence-2008

(USA) NIEHS and NIOSH classified EMF’s as a hazardous substance, alongside dioxins and lead.  NIEHS advocates prudent avoidance of EMF’s.

Prudent avoidance has been adopted in Australia, Sweden, and several U.S. states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment CHE EMF statement

California EMF program 7 million dollar gov’t mandated study. up to 95% certainty leukemia caused by EMF’s. Up to 80% certainty brain cancer related to EMF’s. Advocate prudent avoidance of EMF’s.

2009 Counties of LA (CA), Pima (AZ) City of Portland Oregon, Cities of Sebastopol, Albany and Glendale CA pass resolutions requesting the federal government repeal section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.and/or requesting the FCC to update RF studies

Chinese breakthrough study how EMFs promote childhood leukemia.

European Union adopts ALDE report adivsing the precautionary principle for EMF’s[tt_news]=9559&cHash=2fec11e0cc

USA, NJ. Sussex County school to close due to unsafe power lines near playground:

(NZ) Dr. Neil Cherry:

(USA) Dr. Louis Slesin:

(Canada) Dr. Magda

Dr. Martin Blank video:

Electrical Sensitivity

Germany 2002: Freiberger Appeal signed by 30,000 doctors

2005 Ireland IDEA Irish doctors concern over EMR health effects

Switzerland: Dr. Rau Paracelsus Health Clinic : treats 10,000 people annually. They assess health in light of EMF exposure. Although health issues are multi factorial, his assessment is EMFs are a hidden factor in many illnesses:

US Access Board: Report on Indoor Environmental Quality Released

Dr. Christine Aschermann: Observations from a Psychotherapy Practice on Mobile Telecommunications and DECT Telephones:

Nordic Council of Ministers: The Nordic Adaptation of Classification of Occupationally Related Disorders (Diseases and Symptoms) to ICD-10 ed. by F Levy and A Wannag. 2000. Lists Electromagnetic intolerance as an occupational disorder.

France Eco village white zone for EHS recovery

2008: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Wikipedia

Sweden: FEB Electrosensitivity:

The City of Colwood, BC Canada has declared August 2009 Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness month:

Netherlands Electrohypersensitivity Questionaire Survey Results:

Dutch EHS Foundation:

Canada: Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News:

China internet addiction youth

South Korea govt study  internet addiction/ Millions of youth at risk.

Spain: children treated for cell phone addiction:

Canadian Human Rights commission: policy on environmental sensitivities

Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress associated health problems that increasingly present physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis. A cause that has been accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities, occurring in addition to chronic stress in personal and working life. It correlates with an overall situation of chronic stress that can lead to burnout. How can physicians respond to this development?

Cell Towers/ Antennas

CHILE 4 December 2009 The Appeal Court in Rancagua confirms the demolition of a mobile phone mast in Santa Cruz, Chile.

Cell-Phone Towers and Communities: The Struggle for Local Control B. Blake Levitt

2009 Botswana Africa: A controversial cell phone tower erected on the royal Phuthadikobo Hill has been destroyed by the villagers.

Botswana Africa: Bakgatla, BTA, radiation and public safety

UK EM Radiation Research Trustee Eileen O’Connor Report on base stations:

2009 USA CA. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a local government’s authority to deny antennas in public rights-of-way for aesthetic reasons. The case is Sprint PCS Assets, L.L.C. v. City of Palos Verdes Estates,0,5439620.story

2009 Hunnington Beach California: City leaders vote to move controversial cell phone tower

International Association of Firefighters moratorium of cell tower siting on Fire stations

The American Bird Conservancy, Forest Conservation Council and Friends of the Earth brought a lawsuit against the FCC and the Federal Court Ordered Cell Tower Safeguards for Migrating Birds

Israel bans antenaes on residences:

Portugal opposes Cell tower

Taiwan removes 1500 cell towers near schools:

Ukiah CA. rejects cell tower:

USA: Two radio towers in Washington State toppled

Panama: Companies in need of antennas must share structures to hold them:

Oregon, USA city school board unplugs cell towers:

New Zealand citizens video appeal to Government (opposing cell towers)

Los Angeles unified school district policy restricts cell sites on LA USD property and requires new schools to avoid siting near cell sites

2009 Los Angeles Unified School District adopted a resolution that includes a statement in favor of repealing the Telecommunication Act of 1996’s preemption of consideration of health and environmental effects of wireless facilities.

USA: CA: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 3-Judgepanel’s earlier decision and ruled that a wireless siting ordinance enacted by San Diego County is not preempted by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.


2002 letter from the EPA (Environment Protection Agency)  stating the FCC’s standards are “thermally based, and do not apply to chronic, non-thermal exposure situations”:

Overloading of Towns and Cities with Radio Transmitters (Cellular Transmitter): a hazard for the human health and a disturbance of eco-ethics by Karl Hecht, Elena N. Savoley

The Ecologist: Mobile Phones Could lead to bee decline:

Bees, Birds and Mankind: Destroying Nature by Electrosmog by Dr. Ulrich Warnke:

Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center: Health effects from cell tower radiation:

Organic Consumers Association:

Cell Phones

The Canadian Public Health Officer, David Butler-Jones, advised Canadians to limit their and their children’s use of cell phones until science resolves uncertainties about long term health effects.

June 2008: France 20 top scientists warn about cell phones and brain cancer

July 2008 Study: Prenatal Cell Phone Exposure Tied to Children’s Behavior

England:2000, the UK Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones chaired by Sir William Stewart, reports that “a precautionary approach be adopted until more robust scientific information becomes available.”

UK Health protection advises children under 16 to limit their use of mobile phone.

Russian National Committee on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection advises against cell phones for 18 years and under

India: limit cell phone use for youth under 16

Israel: Health Ministry calls for parents to limits kids cell phone use:

India: ban on children and pregnant women in TV ads for cell phones

2004, the European Union’s EMF REFLEX Research Project is released, showing that mobile phone radiation (radiofrequency radiation) damages DNA in human cells.

Madhya Pradesh, India: Bans cell phones in schools:

Australia: Cell phone warning

French Ministry of Health cell phone warning

Canada, Toronto Public Health is advising children and teens to limit the time they spend on cellphones until more is known about potential health effects. Toronto Star, Ontario.

USA: July 2008 University of Pittsburg’s Cancer Intistute Dr. Ron Herberman’s memo to staff / Cell phone warning:

USA September 2008 Rep. Dennis Kucinich holds Congressional Hearing on Cell Phone Health Effects

September 2008 Economist commentary on the Interphone Study ” Mobile Madness”:

The Belgian Foundation against Cancer ( issued a warning
concerning mobile phone use “Calling in the car increases risk of cancer”

Finland: The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) has recommended restricting the use of mobile phones by children:

2009 National Safety Council calls for a nationwide ban on cell phones while driving:

World Health Organization Interphone study Results Update WHO INTERPHONE results update Oct. 2008

Lyon France advertising campaign against cell phones for kids under 12

USA Boston: Cell phone Ban After Boston Trolley Crash

Mobile phones to be banned in French primary schools to limit health risk

How Susceptible are Genes to Mobile Phone Radiation? by Prof. Franz Adlkofer, Prof. Igor Y. Belyaev, Vladislav M. Shiroff, and Dr. Karl Richter

Mobile phone use ‘raises children’s risk of brain cancer five fold’:

Dr. Vini Kharuna Brain Surgeon: “Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours- A Public Health Concern”

“Cell Phones and Brain Tumors”15 reasons for concern

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) who works to protect children and kids from toxic chemicals in our food, water, air, and the products we use every day, released a 40 page report titled:  “Cell Phone Radiation-Science Review on Cancer Risks and Children’s Health”

The FCC advice to consumers about the use of cell phones.

U.S. bans truckers, bus drivers from texting while driving:

Time magazine: How Safe is Your Cell Phone?,9171,1969732,00.html

Warning, Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous To Your Health: GQ Magazine

Updated 6/30/2013 by Sandi Maurer  EMF Safety Network PO Box 1016 Sebastopol CA 95473

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