In 2015, France joined a growing list of countries which have banned or restricted potentially harmful radio-frequency radiation (RF-EMF) from schools, nurseries, and other locations where the most vulnerable people in society inhabit.
According to the Environmental Health Trust (EHT), France has banned WiFi in “the spaces dedicated to home, to rest and activities of children under 3 years.” The country also required that telecom companies provide equipment that reduces exposure to RF-EMF for individuals under 14 years.
This decision is well-warranted, says the EHT. On their website, they outline a plethora of studies linking WiFi to disorders such as memory impairment, behavioral issues, hearing loss, and headaches.
“Peer reviewed research has demonstrated a myriad of adverse biological effects from wireless radiation including reproductive dysfunction, single- and double-stranded DNA breaks, creation of reactive oxygen species, immune dysfunction, stress protein synthesis in the brain, altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, and increased brain tumors.” – Environmental Health Trust
It might be hard for us to imagine these types of restrictions in America, where the telecom industry has such a broad influence in government, but many countries around the world have taken steps to mitigate the dangers of EMF.
As reported by Collective Evolution, countries such as Belgium, Spain, Israel, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, Finland, and Cyprus have all passed some meaningful restriction on wireless technology.
Cell phone radiation follows an inverse-square relationship, meaning that the closer the source (or intermediary such as a cell phone) gets to your head, the more damage it can do. Studies have shown that children are the most susceptible to WiFi radiation because a child’s head absorbs 10 times more radiation than an adult.
“Telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals as well as the human body, even when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values.” – The European Commission
An effort has been underway in Canada to reduce the amount of WiFi exposure to vulnerable kids in public school. Led by award-winning journalist Rodney Palmer, who is also the Communications Advisor of the Safe School Committee, the movement seeks to protect children who have already shown signs of EMF sensitivity and have gone in to cardiac arrest or have had irregular heartbeats.
The movement has been unsuccessful so far, as getting any kind of protection against WiFi exposure has shown to be exceedingly difficult in countries west of the Atlantic.
“The Simcoe County District Schools Board said no. They said the children must be exposed to Wifi at school. Even the children who were sick and presented to the school board themselves were told no, you may not plug your computer into the wall. You must sit all day in a sea of microwave radiation.” – Rodney Palmer
Wireless radiation is in the same boat as GMOs, pesticides, tobacco, DDT, and many other toxins. It can takes several decades for the science to be considered thorough enough, and for the government to be pressured enough, to finally act in the defense of public health.
Many environmental groups and government bodies argue that potentially dangerous technologies should be thoroughly tested and proven safe prior to deployment, not long afterward, when much of the damage has already been done.
“Waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof before taking action to prevent well-known risks can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.” — The European Commission
With so much science showing the harmful effects of wireless radiation, it’s no wonder that several countries around the world want not only to limit their citizens exposure, but to protect their children from this potentially life-threatening technology.