Schools should not install Wi-Fi: international association of physicians

- October 5th, 2012

Schools should not install wireless Internet systems because the technology is linked to learning disabilities, headaches and immune system deficiencies, according to an international association of physicians.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, which is holding a conference on the brain and nervous system this week in Florida, says safer alternatives should be used instead of Wi-Fi.
“Adverse health effects from wireless radio frequency fields, such as learning disabilities, altered immune responses, and headaches, clearly exist and are well documented in the scientific literature,” the academy said in a statement on its website. “Safer technology, such as use of hard-wiring, is strongly recommended in schools.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also called for a review of government safety limits for electromagnetic radiation because of the growing number of wireless devices that are part of children’s lives.
In 2011, the World Health Organization classified radiation emitted by wireless devices, including cellphones and wireless Internet, as possibly carcinogenic. Despite this classification, Health Canada still says Wi-Fi is safe.
Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, an Ottawa-based doctor who works at an environmental health clinic, says it is important to practise precaution, especially with kids. She is the former president of AAEM.
“They’re more vulnerable. Their skulls are smaller, their brains are still developing. We don’t want to start treating any permanent damage in these kids,” Armstrong said. “If they’re going to have trouble learning while at school or if they’re developing immune system problems … we don’t need to contribute more to it with something we can prevent.”
Tory MP Terence Young has called for a review of Safety Code 6, the framework for industry guidelines on radiation exposure in Canada.
“My constituents believe that Safety Code 6 is outdated, and there are a number of studies that have come out in the last year that they haven’t taken into consideration,” Young said in an interview with QMI Agency.

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6 comments

  1. Jared Thirsk says:

    If wifi is a problem for kids in schools, how about in homes?

  2. david says:

    Wi Fi anywhere presents the same problem. Schools, Coffee Houses, Homes. If you have to have it at home at least turn it off at night. The reply from the principal at my daughter’s school in Portland Or. when I sent her information about Wi Fi in schools…..”Please take me off your mailing list.” There is something very wrong when a principal doesn’t use the same level of critical thinking that they expect from their 9th graders. We are in deep trouble.

  3. This is a bogus organization with not one shred of credibility
    Why do so called reporters never do any fact checking – oh right – we need to sell newspapers not report facts – facts are so boring…..

  4. Daryl Vernon says:

    Jared, it’s an enormous problem everywhere, ambient rf exposures have ramped up so drastically in the past few years, we are all being done in. Because symptoms are so variegated, and of our general culture of ignoring subclinical manifestations of big bodily stress, and of regulators basically predicating public health on industrial & financial, all that & more perversity adds up to big trouble. There is an enviro. description to so much of diseases of civilization, and at the core it regards human abuse of the electromagnetic spectrum, esp. of late wireless mania. Look at the sci. lit. & see for yourself.

    AAEM also has spoken out against another dire rf invasion into our homes, wireless smart meters. Ms Kirkup, please cover that!

  5. Ben says:

    This (AAEM) organization is questionable at best. It’s too bad more research isn’t conducted before such trash is published. AAEM is listed as a dubious certifying board and listed as a questionable organization on Quackwatch. http://www.quackwatch.com/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecorg.html

    Please read this article as well and make an informed decision regarding Wifi before jumping to conclusions based on this flawed reporting.
    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/environmental-medicine/

  6. Daryl Vernon says:

    Uniformed Ben should rely less on questionable info-filtration sources and look for himself at the sci. shunted from mainstream view, and ask himself why sci. research into the lay-obvious deleterious effects of manmade radiofrequency has been broadly defunded or shied away from, and why notwithstanding that there is a heap of sci lit impugning such exposures in creaturely health decline, flies to bees to rodents to trees to even people. AAEM et al peak out, however mildly, because Ben’s quackwatchers only ignorantly grunt.

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