In line with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF) as possibly carcinogenic to humans, there’s a new a report published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure – “Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation Than Adults: The Consequences.”
The authors argue that children and adolescents are at considerable risk from devices that radiate microwaves (and that adults are at a lower, but still significant, risk). They recommend:
Children absorb a greater amount of microwave radiation than adults.
Fetuses are even more vulnerable than children. Therefore pregnant women should avoid exposing their fetus to microwave radiation.
Adolescent girls and women should not place cellphones in their bras or in hijabs (headscarf).
Cellphone manual warnings make clear an overexposure problem exists.
Government warnings have been issued but most of the public are unaware of such warnings.
Current exposure limits are inadequate and should be revised.
Wireless devices are radio transmitters, not toys. Selling toys that use them should be monitored more closely.
Children and fetuses absorb more microwave radiation, according to the authors, because their bodies are relatively smaller, their skulls are thinner, and their brain tissue is more absorbent.
“Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood.”
The foetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR, the study said. Pediatric neurologist Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein said, ‘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 authors reviewed the current literature showing that children face a higher health risk than adults. “Belgium, France, India, and other technologically sophisticated governments are passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children’s use of wireless device,” they wrote.
In an article “Is Wi-Fi killing us…slowly?” columnist Mark Gibbs writes “Will we look back in fifty or a hundred years and marvel at how Wi-Fi and cellphones were responsible for the biggest health crisis in human history?”