RF Radiation Health Effects on Children are a huge problem in today’s world. As a parent, it’s your job to protect your children, keep them safe and healthy. It’s a big job, that requires a million decision every day, or so it seems that way. How many times you talked to your kids about stranger danger? Reminded them to look both ways before darting from the car in a packed parking lot? But most parents don’t even know about the radiation dangers they allow their children to be surrounded by every day.
The biggest thing effecting our children’s health today is Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. This is emitted by everything from the microwave, smart meter, cellphone, Bluetooth and anything WiFi in their home or school. Yes I said that all these wireless devices emit the exact same RF Radiation that your microwave oven uses to cook food! Hundreds of scientific studies link RF Radiation to cancer. I have links to some of these studies in my article “The 7 Worst Radiation Dangers In Your Home“. And in 2011 the World Health Organization classified RF Radiation as a possible “carcinogenic“.
In the below video I do a test of a WiFi Router with a meter so that you can see how much RF Radiation it emits. I then put it inside of a metal mesh box called a “WiFi Router Guard” so that you can see how much of the radiation it blocks. Yes there are great dangers but they are relatively easy to protect ourselves from in most cases. There are a few pieces of technology you will want to probably just do without. But for the most part you can have your gadgets and be safe as well if you make the necessary precautions.
On my Recommended Protections page of this website I link to the best places to get some of these protection items.
Cancer and Kids
RF Radiation Health Effects on Children is one of those things people don’t want to believe. It seems like kids are getting cell phones and other high-tech wireless tablet at a young age. I recently saw a first grader with her own cell phone at school. I can’t imagine why a 7-year old would need such a high-tech device in their backpack, but that’s just me.
Researchers believe cell phone and RF radiation is the new tobacco of the modern-day world. One study I recently read believes we won’t fully know the devastating impact of cell phone radiation until it’s too late. Just like with tobacco in the 1950s.
Remember when cigarette companies claimed their products were safe and not addicting. Well, we clearly know that is not the case and that big tobacco made their products to be highly addictive and turns out, pretty deadly too. So, would a parent send their child to school with a pack of cigarettes? Probably not. Here, take a cell phone instead. I know this comparison seems dramatic, but it’s not and there is research to back it up.
A recent study by the U.S. Toxicology Program reveals a link between cell phone radiation and the development of a rare form of cancer in the tissue of the heart in mice and rats. The $25 million, 10-year study exposed mice and rats to the same level of radiation humans are exposed to everyday from cell phones.
It looked at long term exposure to low levels of radiation, and it turns out it can be dangerous to our health and the health of our children. In Sweden, researchers believe a child exposed to cell phone radiation increases their risk of developing brain tumors, five-fold. Here’s a startling excerpt from an article I recently read about this research on RFsafe.com:
“People who started mobile phone use before the age of 20″ had more than five-fold increase in glioma”, a cancer of the glial cells that support the central nervous system. The extra risk to young people of contracting the disease from using the cordless phone found in many homes was almost as great, at more than four times higher.
Those who started using mobiles young, were also five times more likely to get acoustic neuromas, benign but often disabling tumors of the auditory nerve, which usually cause deafness. By contrast, people who were in their twenties before using handsets were only 50 percent more likely to contract gliomas and just twice as likely to get acoustic neuromas.
Professor Hardell told the IOS: “This is a warning sign. It is very worrying. We should be taking precautions.” He believes that children under 12 should not use mobiles except in emergencies and that teenagers should use hands-free devices or headsets and concentrate on texting. At 20 the danger diminishes because then the brain is fully developed.
Indeed, he admits, the hazard to children and teenagers may be greater even than his results suggest, because the results of his study do not show the effects of their using the phones for many years. Most cancers take decades to develop, longer than mobile phones have been on the market,” rfsafe.com.
So, experts agree kids should be avoiding cell phones at all costs. So, why do so many parents turn to modern day devices for their kids? It’s easy and it’s entertaining. But, clearly, it’s also very dangerous. Not only is there a major concern for an increase in cancer, there is also a risk of behavior issues as well. As I mentioned earlier, radio frequency radiation is also linked to an increase in ADHD, autism, memory loss and just a general feeling being unable to concentrate.
In 20004, the National Institute of Health published a study about a spike in autism diagnosis and exposure to RF radiation in the womb. The study suggests that this type of exposure from cell phones and other sources of RF radiation could be linked with the increase in autism. According to some stats, autism diagnosis is up by 60 percent over the past few decades. A recent article in the Baltimore Sun, explains why cell phone radiation may be to blame for behavior and neurological problems in kids:
“In one study, Dr. Hugh Taylor, chair of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, put cellphones on the top of cages containing pregnant mice. He them studied the behavior of the off spring and found they had decreased memory and were hyperactive. ‘They weren’t paying attention to their surroundings.
They were bouncing off the walls without a care in the world. Dr. Martha Herbert with Harvard University and Mass General Hospital, looked at biological factors that can go wrong in autism and found a strong correlation with the electromagnetic field of WIFI. The fields disturb calcium signaling in the brain, which is supposed to regulate the flow of information at the cell membrane going into the nucleus,” Baltimore Sun.
Well, that is terrifying. I never heard about the link between autism and RF radiation until I started researching this topic. It’s terrifying to think about all the health implications from devices we use everyday. RF radiation is everywhere- cell phones, WIFI, at school and in your nursery.
That nifty baby monitors you bought to keep an eye on your baby is emitting harmful radiation as we speak. In fact, having a baby monitor in your nursery is like having a microwave in your child’s room. I doubt you would ever put your sleeping baby next to the microwave while you heat up a frozen burrito.
RF Radiation at School and Health Effects
Does your child have trouble sitting still in their classroom? Complaining of headaches all the time? Some experts believe RF radiation may be to blame. Schools are high tech and they need to be to prepare our students for their future. But, some experts believe all that preparation for the real world is coming at a real cost.
I recently read an article where the former CEO of Microsoft Canada admitted that electromagnetic sensitivity is a real thing in schools and thousands of children are being misdiagnosed because parents, doctors and teachers are missing the source of the problem.
So, kids are taking all kinds of prescription drugs, but it’s not fixing the problem. In some cases, kids are having to leave school all together, because their classroom is literally making them sick. Some kids find relief when they are home, but they still have to be careful about limiting their exposure to RF radiation. Kids suffering from RF radiation exposure is on the rise. As more and more school districts face budget cuts, school boards are approving plans to lease land to cell phone companies to build, you guessed it, cell phone towers!
In Washington D.C. a school district makes more than $100,000 a year leasing land for cell towers. That is more money for books, classroom supplies and technical support. For some school districts, $100,000 is a lot of money and it may be the difference between having enough crayons for the kindergarten class and going without.
Even though cell phone towers on school property are money makers, experts and parents believe they put our most vulnerable at risk. In fact, parents across the country have fought back against building cell phone towers near schools, and guess what? Parents are winning!
According to some studies I’ve read, the closer you are to a cell phone tower (the source of harmful radiation) the greater risk to your health. In Europe, entire communities and villages have been studied before and after cell phone towers are installed. The results are terrifying. The increase in cancer, diabetes and heart disease almost always increases dramatically after a cell phone tower is installed. If that’s not terrifying, I don’t know what it is.
It’s clear based on research, RF radiation is an invisible danger to our children. As parents we want to do everything we can to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. We research the best car seats, make sure they eat their spinach and run background checks on their babysitters. Yet, we hand them a tablet every time we go to a restaurant and give them their own cell phone when they turn 8-years old?
It doesn’t make sense. One report I read indicated we won’t know the full extent of the health crisis caused by RF radiation for decades. I don’t want to take the risk to find out whether or not that cell phone will cause cancer or other behavior issues.
Some countries are taking steps to keep their kids safe, like in France, where WIFI is not allowed in preschool. In Belgium, manufactures can not advertise cell phones aimed at children younger than 14 years old. In Israel, internet is limited to just three hours a week for elementary age children. The United States does not have any bans or guidelines when it comes to RF radiation and kids.
Pediatricians ask parents to limit screen time, because it’s not interactive- not because the RF radiation exposure. To keep you kids safe keep cell phones away from their little hands. Turn off WIFI in your house at night and unplug other high-tech devices which may create dirty electricity. And get rid of your cordless phone and baby monitor. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
RF Radiation and The Human Body
To really understand why RF radiation, make cause a whole host of health problems for kids, we need to understand what RF radiation is and how it affects our cells. RF radiation is also known as radio frequency radiation. It’s emitted from products we use everyday: cell phones, tablets, microwaves, Bluetooth.
This type of radiation can have a thermal effect on the human body. This means RF radiation has the ability to heat up tissue and cause damage at the cellular level. The World Health Organization recently classified RF radiation as a possible carcinogenic in humans. Yikes. That’s enough to make you think twice about handing over your cell phone to your toddler at the grocery store. So how much RF radiation exposure is safe?
Experts will tell you there is no safe level of RF radiation. Some studies how long-term exposure to low level of RF radiation have devastating effects. However, in your research you may find cell phone companies and the U.S. Government have set safety limits on RF radiation- it’s referred to as specific absorption rate. Guidelines to how much RF radiation is safe were set back in the 1980s and were based off a grown 200+ lb. man, not that of a small child or growing fetus.
So, while cell phone companies and baby monitor manufacturers may say the RF radiation exposure from their particular product is within the safe SAR guidelines, it’s not. Back to the biological effects of RF radiation. Some studies indicate RF radiation has the ability to also break the blood-brain barrier, a last line of defense for your body.
That barrier is designed to keep toxic chemicals out. Well, guess what’s coming through? RF radiation. Some believe this toxic exposure to radiation makes children and young adults more vulnerable to developing brain tumors.
To learn more about the way RF radiation can affect your health please see our article entitled RF Radiation Health Effects. For information on the types of telephones that do not give off RF radiation please see our article entitled Do Landlines Give off RF Radiation?