Do Cell Phone and Wifi Fields Harm Our Bodies?
Studies suggest common forms of household radiation deserve more attention
BY CONAN MILNER, EPOCH TIMES
Life requires energy. This isn’t something mystical, it’s biology. Electric impulses flow through our nerves, cells, and muscles—basically every cell and system in the human body carries a charge. This energy helps our bodies move and function.
But our energy environment isn’t what it used to be. Over the last few decades, more energy fields have pervaded our world. Some come from power lines, others are emitted from cellphone towers in the form of 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Still others emanate from Wi-Fi hotspots and the high-frequency WiMax.
These energy fields are generated for operating our devices and technology, but in combination they may be affecting our bodies in a negative way. Some research suggests that the fields collectively known as electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or electromagnetic fields (EMF) interfere with our body’s natural processes—even damaging our DNA.
Not everything is known yet about this subject; but what is clear is that the existing public safety standards limiting these radiation levels in nearly every country of the world look to be thousands of times too lenient.
AUTHORS OF THE BIOINITIATIVE REPORT
In 2007 (and again in 2012), a group of scientists and public health experts released a report suggesting people reconsider our relationship with these energy fields. Known as the BioInitiative Report, its aim is to assess scientific evidence on how EMFs impact our health.
The conclusion is that we need to drastically reduce our EMF exposure.
“Not everything is known yet about this subject; but what is clear is that the existing public safety standards limiting these radiation levels in nearly every country of the world look to be thousands of times too lenient,” states the report. “Changes are needed.”
Meanwhile, other scientists insist that these energy fields cause no harm to humans. The BioInitiative Report is widely criticized by industries around the world because it only considers science that supports its own position and doesn’t acknowledge research that suggests that EMFs are safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been investigating the research on both sides. In 2011, the WHO’s International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified EMF radiation above the radio frequency range (RF-EMF) as a Class 2B carcinogen, which means it may cause cancer, but further research is necessary. This is due to evidence that links long-term wireless exposure to brain cancer.