French gov’t wants to ban smart phones in middle school

CELLPHONES SCHOOLS: Addictive, obtrusive and anti-social: why are we still allowing mobile phones in schools?

The French government, like more than a dozen countries, has legislated to ban all students under the age of 15 from using smart phones in school.

Furthermore, in Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Russia and China   banning or restricting Wi-Fi use in schools, recognizing the deleterious non-thermal effects from electromagnetic radiation.

Apart from protecting children from physical harm, the French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told News.com the move was designed to limit distractions and cyberbullying, as well as encouraging children to socialize

https://au.educationhq.com/news/51580/addictive-obtrusive-and-anti-social-why-are-we-still-allowing-mobile-phones-in-schools/

German review on dangers of WiFi

From: The English translation of the review “Biological and pathological effects of 2.45 GHz radiation on cells, fertility, brain, and behavior” by Isabel Wilke, published as a supplement in the German journal ‘umwelt-medizin-gesellschaft 1/2018’. It is the largest systematic review on WiFi up to now. It documents more than 100 studies confirming harmful effects of the 2.45 GHz carrier frequency and its pulsed WiFi variant.  The review was commissioned by diagnose:funk. This review is particularly explosive, as WiFi is to be installed everywhere, including for “digital education” in kindergartens and schools. The work of I. Wilke confirms the results of the review of Naziroglu/Akman, which was published in the Springer Reference in the year 2014 and the new Review of M. Pall (2018).

In the summary of the review by I. Wilke it says: “Current exposure limits and SAR values do not protect from health risks associated with Wi-Fi radiation. The adverse effects on learning, attention, and behavior serve as a basis for educational institutions of all age groups to forgo the use of Wi-Fi applications. Due to cytotoxic effects, Wi-Fi technologies are not suitable for hospitals and telemedicine. Wi-Fi technologies should not be used in bedrooms, work spaces, common lounges, hospital rooms, lecture halls, classrooms, and public transport. The possible risks associated with Wi-Fi radiation could be avoided by testing alternative technologies at other frequency bands like optical VLC/Li-Fi technologies (visible light communication). When Wi-Fi cannot be avoided as a transition solution, the ALARA principle must be applied: no continuous transmission, instead Wi-Fi networks that can be turned off and feature dynamic power management.”

 

Due to the study situation, the Cypriot and Austrian medical associations are calling for WLAN in a joint appeal:  “Decision makers especially in Education and the Health Sector need to be aware of risks and safe alternatives of the Technology, must consider adequately Health concerns, children’s vulnerability and support safe environment in schools, day-care and paediatric units. They must promote age related rational application of digital technology and not allow at schools, particular at preschool, kindergarten and elementary schools wireless networks and opt for wired connections.”

The best video on EMF and DNA damage

Great video on how EMFs especially from cell phones and Wifi disrupt DNA. It also describes the restrictions France has on Wifi in schools and talkes about the coming 5G in the USA where our gov’t has put a law in front of Congress to prohibit local governments from restricting this technology. Basically we are having it forced upon us without any recourse.

Maryland raising warning on school Wi-Fi

The Maryland Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) issued an eleven-page report December 13, 2016 titled “Wifi Radiation in Schools in Maryland Final Report,” which every school district in the country, if not around the globe, needs to read and implement.

On page 5 of that report, we find “What exposures are linked to WiFi technology?” Here’s what’s said:

“WiFi radiation” (WiFi), also referred to as radiofrequency radiation (RFR), is non-ionizing radiation typically in the microwave frequencies of approximately 900 megahertz (million cycles/second, or MHz) to approximately 5 gigahertz (1,000 million cycles per second, or GHz).

WiFi is used primarily for cellular telephones, local area networks (LANs), and other communications technologies. The primary bands used for WiFi are generally 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. [CJF: Which is similar to an operating microwave oven’s range of 2.4 GHz or above!]

WiFi radiation exposures are regulated by several agencies. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issues radiation exposure guidelines as specific absorption rates (SARs) for fixed antennas, hand-held cellular telephones, and personal communications services (PCS) devices. 1 These guidelines were last issued by the FCC in 1996. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established occupational exposure limits for microwave radiation. 2 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have standards for cellular telephones, but can take regulatory action if these devices are shown to have adverse health impacts. 3

Microwave technology researchers Martha R Herbert, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and other affiliations; David O Carpenter, MD, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University of Albany; Karolinska Institute associate professor Department of Neuroscience Olle Johannson and other respected independent-of-microwave-technology-funding researchers’ work have been consolidated into a 97-page anthology of sorts regarding EMF and RFR and their physiological effects, which can be read here.

Maryland state, education and children’s welfare officials obviously have come to the conclusion that parents have the right to know if there is an environmental hazard in the classrooms their children occupy for up to six hours a day. Currently, 20 countries around the world have taken steps to protect children from EMF and RFR microwave radiation in the form of WiFi technology in classrooms.

The upshot of the above CEHPAC report, parental and community involvement is the Report’s recommending the Maryland Department of Education (DoE) recommend to local school districts to reduce classroom wireless radiation exposures by switching over to and providing WIRED Internet connections.

New MA Bill to warn about children and cell phones

An Act relative to the safe use of hand-held devices by children https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/SD2053
Chapter 93 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 114 the following new section:-

Section 115. All mobile telephones sold or leased at a point of sale or retail establishment in the commonwealth shall clearly and conspicuously disclose, on product packaging, the following notice to consumers:-

“To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pocket or the phone is otherwise in contact with your body when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

2 MA Bills to protect kids in schools

An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education.

                 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

            SECTION 1. Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:–

            Section 98. The department of elementary and secondary education shall develop best practices and guidance for the purchase and installation of wireless internet service in schools. In developing these guidelines, the department shall consider and prioritize practices that protect the health and safety of public school students and staff.

            SECTION 2. Chapter 15A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:–

            Section 45. The board shall develop best practices and guidance for the purchase and installation of wireless internet service in public institutions of higher education. In developing these guidelines, the board shall consider and prioritize practices that protect the health and safety of public institutions of higher education students and staff.

Screen time messing up our brains – biologically!

abnormal braincrop Red areas designate abnormal white matter in internet addicted teens. *

Screen time for humans has now been proven to affect the biology of the brain. Victoria Dunckley, MD explains this in her book Reset Your Child’s Brain. I have friends with unruly children that forget their homework, can’t sleep at night, daydream a lot, and worse yet for the parents, are defiant and belligerent. Studies have shown that video gaming and time staring at screens (including iPhones) are affecting us all – and not for the good. This is an excerpt from an article Dunckley had published in Psychology Today (link on our sidebar).

Multiple studies have shown atrophy (shrinkage or loss of tissue volume) in gray matter areas (where “processing” occurs) in internet/gaming addiction (Zhou 2011 (link is external), Yuan 2011 (link is external), Weng 2013 (link is external),and Weng 2012 (link is external)). Areas affected included the important frontal lobe, which governs executive functions, such as planning, planning, prioritizing, organizing, and impulse control (“getting stuff done”). Volume loss was also seen in the striatum, which is involved in reward pathways and the suppression of socially unacceptable impulses. A finding of particular concern was damage to an area known is the insula, which is involved in our capacity to develop empathy and compassion for others and our ability to integrate physical signals with emotion. Aside from the obvious link to violent behavior, these skills dictate the depth and quality of personal relationships.

Research has also demonstrated loss of integrity to the brain’s white matter (Lin 2012 (link is external), Yuan 2011 (link is external), Hong 2013 (link is external) and Weng 2013 (link is external)). “Spotty” white matter translates into loss of communication within the brain, including connections to and from various lobes of the same hemisphere, links between the right and left hemispheres, and paths between higher (cognitive) and lower (emotional and survival) brain centers. White matter also connects networks from the brain to the body and vice versa. Interrupted connections may slow down signals, “short-circuit” them, or cause them to be erratic (“misfire”).

*Source: Lin, Zhou,Lei, et al., used with permission. Victoria Dunckley, MD article in Psychology Today.

Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD

In today’s current school environment, children are exposed to far more wireless radiation than adults.  Most schools employ Wi-Fi, use wireless devices as part of daily teaching, and a growing number have cell towers on campus or near campus.  Here’s a worst case scenario:  30 children in close quarters in a classroom, all downloading materials wirelessly from the internet at the same time, and each child has a smart phone “on” in their backpack, with a cell tower radiating into the classroom.  This happens every day in school.  Health considerations aside all this wireless exposure does not even improve student performance. 

The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examines the impact of school technology on international test results, such as the Pisa tests taken in more than 70 countries and tests measuring digital skills. Among the seven countries with the highest level of internet use in school, it found three experienced “significant declines” in reading performance – Australia, New Zealand and Sweden – and three more had results that had “stagnated” – Spain, Norway and Denmark. The countries and cities with the lowest use of the internet in school – South Korea, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Japan – are among the top performers in international tests. The study shows “there is no single country in which the internet is used frequently at school by a majority of students and where students’ performance improved”.

[ed note: Is this because of distraction or EMF frequencies disrupting the brain?]

Please see the report: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34174796

See the website www.SAFEhelpsyou.org for more information on developing projects for referrals to areas that are safe for persons with EHS andMCS.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity from Microwave Technology Finally Medically Proven

Documented study links electromagnetic hypersensitivity as a real-time health issue that actually can be verified using standard medical procedures and testing capabilities. An international group of researchers aced it when they published their findings from the clinical study “Metabolic and Genetic Screening of Electromagnetic Hypersensitive Subjects as a Feasible Tool for Diagnostics and Intervention” in the November 2014 issue of Mediators of Inflammation. Please click on the link to read the entire study.

[ed. extracted from the study] In this study, the working hypothesis was that EHS, as previously proposed for MCS and other environmental SRI [19, 22], may as well be based on aberrant responses to physic or chemical xenobiotic stressors through airborne or other routes of exposure, due to inherited or/and acquired dysfunction of the chemical defensive system, that is the interrelated network of phase I and II xenobiotic-metabolizing and antioxidant enzymes [19]. Based on the results of our past clinical studies on MCS, FM, and CFS, we sought to assess if similar profiles of metabolic or genetic dysfunctions could be found in those subjects self-reporting EHS phenotype. To this purpose, we measured possible alterations of a previously identified panel of twelve blood redox and lipid parameters and frequencies of selected genetic mutated variants of a set of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transcription factors with first-line roles in the detoxification of physical and chemical xenobiotics, in a group of 153 patients self-reporting EHS symptoms, co-morbid in most cases with different degrees of MCS symptoms. Results were compared to those obtained on 147 MCS patients without EHS symptoms and on a healthy control group of 132 age- and sex-matched subjects, all groups enrolled within the Italian population.

Among EMFs emissions recognized as trigger factors in the group of 153 patients self-reporting electromagnetic hypersensitivity-EHS, video display units and television were the most frequently reported sources (75% of patients), followed by mobile and landline phones (53%) and by domestic appliances (48%). Further developments must necessarily include a more objective and standardized classification of individual electromagnetic sensitivity scores, to conclusively assess the proposed parameters as a distinctive and specific panel of disease biomarkers for EHS. Our findings will hopefully contribute, in combination with the so-far putative genetic-risk factors, a better molecular definition of environmental-borne sensitivity-related illnesses and a tool to discriminate single SRI comorbidities, based on sufficiently proven molecular evidences able to gain clinical consensus.

See the website www.SAFEhelpsyou.org for more information on developing projects for referrals to areas that are safe for persons with EHS andMCS.