My Children Are Not Guinea Pigs Letter from a US Mother July 2015
I am basically a mother who uses common sense with her children. When I learned that wireless radiation was not necessarily safe I took the time to read. The more I read the more concerned I became. I began to wonder about how this radiation might be affecting my child who was being exposed every day at school. There is no question that this radiation permeates bodies. The scientific question of the day seems to be -to what degree it could harm people.
I frankly don't care. I don't care if it is proven or not. There is enough research out there to be concerned. It took decades for cigarettes to be proven harmful and they are still legal. I simply do not think my children's health should be risked. If this radiation is so safe, then why don't they do a large research study involving children? Oops. They cannot to do such a research study because that would be unethical. Then why are we exposing our children to it in real life when we cannot expose them to this radiation in an experiment?
I do not need to wait for a scientific consensus. I certainly am not going to wait for the government to take action.
I believe that I have a right as a parent to decide what sort of risks I am comfortable taking with my children. Does this makes sense?
I am working hard to raise this issue in my local school. Please share this with other parents.
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A Father's Story
Listen to Charlene Acres describe how her daughter became sensitive to wireless radiation and the challenges her daughter has faced in school.
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Headaches From A New Phone?
US parent, Summer 2015
I can hardly believe what I am about to tell you. It's about me, my daughter and a phone.
I remember the day that we ordered the new cordless DECT phone in the spring of 2012. I plugged it in and placed it on the desk next to our family computer.
Soon afterwords my daughter started complaining of headaches.
I loved that phone. I could take the handset and go to my neighbor's pool and the phone still works great. I thought it was awesome that I could be lounging outside in the trees, watching my children play in the pool and still be able to receive phone calls even when I was not at my house. What I didn't know is that the fact that the phone worked hundreds of feet away was an example of just how strong the radiation was from the phone base to the handset.
I myself started to feel sick and I could not understand what was going on. I felt extremely tired, had headaches and basically felt like not doing the things I usually did. brain fog. I spent hours working on the computer every day right next to that phone base. (FYI the computer was fully wired). Before that phone came into my life I was one of those high-powered moms who never got sick, volunteered for everything, baked muffins did 300 things at night after the kids went to sleep. A few weeks after we got that phone I would sit in front of the computer like a zombie every night "too tired" to do anything.
If you were sitting at the computer your head would be 5 to 8 inches away from the dect cordless phone base. According to the manual of the phone a person's body should be 8 inches or 20 CM away from the base so you do not get radiation exposures at thermal levels. I, of course, did not know this at the time.
As a busy working mother I never made the time to go see a doctor that Spring although to be honest I actually thought that I might have cancer or chronic fatigue syndrome, I just felt terrible but in a weird way. I am not the type to complain so I never spoke of it. Yet my daughter did.
I decided to take my daughter to see the pediatrician because her complaints were so unusual and started all of sudden that Spring.
"Do I have to go to school?" " I'm so tired mom" "I have a headache mom' "I can't do that mom" " I just don't feel well mom"
She was learning to type and would come home from school and immediately go to the computer and play typing games. Her head was inches away from the phone base. She complained at nighttime. She would complain in the morning and she would complain when I picked her up at school. Previously she would not complain about much unless she was coming down with a fever. I knew something was wrong.
The pediatrician spent a significant amount of time asking my daughter questions trying to see if my daughter was anxious or had any mental problems. The Dr. did a full physical exam but held off on blood tests stating that "perhaps my daughter had an issue with school." "Maybe this will resolve in the summer, perhaps something is going on at school that we don't know about" she said, " it also sounds like she needs more sleep and you should get her to sleep earlier."
" We have a 7:30 bedtime and always have, " I said. I knew that going to sleep earlier was not going to solve this problem because we already went to bed early enough. I also knew that my daughter loved school, her friends and I did not think this was a psychological issue.
Lo and be-hold summer came and the headaches stopped. Immediately after the last day of classes our family went camping and then had back-to-back summer trips. We were only at home but for a few days that summer to pack and unpack for the next trip. The headaches and tiredness went away. " Maybe it was stress about school?" I thought. "Maybe she was just tired?"
It was over that summer that I learned that wireless devices emitted radiation. I walked in the house with a radiation meter and saw extremely high radiation levels coming out of that phone base. I threw out the phone and got a corded plug in phone and we have not had headaches like that since. My daughter does not have the intense complaints that she used to have.
I cannot be sure that that phone cause these symptoms but it sure seems to me that there is an association. Yes we are exposed to wireless everywhere but to the levels that we were exposed to from that cordless phone were extremely high. I would often get headaches from my cell phone if I used it for too long and in response I used it minimumly. (I never had an iPhone and I hear they cause worse headaches.)
I had no idea that the cordless phone base was emitting radiation all the time. Even when I was not talking on the phone- the base was putting out a high rate of radiation. I am not only concerned about the biological effects from low levels of this radiation, but I am also concerned that me and my children were exposed to thermal (heating) levels that surpass our US government guidelines. Why didn't we know that it stated in the manual that if we were to close to the phone base we could " exceed FCC regulations".
Why was I not informed?
I wish I had known this when my children were younger. I am so thankful that I did not keep this phone base by my bed because I know a family who keep the cordless phone base on the night stand by their bed. These are the same friends that also take sleeping pills to sleep and are always complaining that they cannot get sleep. Could it be the phone base?
Here is how I see the situation now. Yes, me and my children are exposed to wireless everywhere but when we got that phone we were exposed to constant daily intents radiation levels that we had not been exposed to before. It was the tipping point. It must have overloaded our system. It was constant radiation.
We have since removed all wireless devices from our home. Yes, we have a phone and yes, we have a computer but they are all wired (no Wi-Fi) and we are perfectly happy. There is no lack of technology in our home. (In fact I still think we look at screens too much). With my radiation meter I can see that the RF levels are at 0 in my home. ZERO. (Not in the thousands as they were before from that phone)
However, it is becoming increasingly hard to find fun family places to go where we are not being bombarded by this radiation at levels that many scientists state are completely unacceptable. When I go outside to the local rec center or the library my radiation meter shows levels that are far above levels that have shown harm in research studies. Schools are upgrading their wireless networks and using very powerful systems which is similar to having that DECT cordless phone base right near your head.
When I talk to other parents they (just as I was a few years ago) are usually completely unaware that there are any health risks related to wireless. Yet so very many people have told me " I get headaches from my cell phone." Perhaps a headache is not the end of the world -but the real question that we should be asking is..."Why are we getting these headaches?" "What else is going on in our brains ?" "How is this radiation impacting our children's brains?"
The scientific research that I have read shows that this radiation kills brain cells and very specifically damages young brains and interferes with proper brain development. I do not want my children to have damaged brains because I simply wanted the convenience of a home cordless phone or laptop.
It is hard to believe that I just wrote a story about my family and a phone. I am so thankful that I learned about this issue and I hope that every person reading it will take some time to look at this issue. There is a lot of industry spin out there just like there was in the 50s concerning tobacco and of course --lead in paint. The wireless industry is far more powerful than the tobacco and paint companies.
Just remember, there was no pre-market testing on these devices. Nobody checked to be sure that this radiation was safe for our kids. There is no proof of safety and a lot of red flags. If you are skeptical just try reducing the wifi in your home for two weeks and see how you feel. Try it. My and my husband were shocked at how much better we slept and how we simply felt so much better physically. My energy is back !
My child's health is nonnegotiable. I don't jump off cliffs and I make sure the kids have seatbelts on.
Exposing children to constant daily levels of an untested questionable radiation just makes no sense. As a parent it is very hard to find time to do anything other then work and take care of my kids. However this wireless business just takes the cake. We have to do something. I urge every parent and citizen reading this to take one step outside of your comfort zone . We must raise this issue in our community, with our friends, at our schools, at our local city Council meeting and with all our elected officials.
Parents need to be informed about wireless radiation. We have a right to know.
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Effect the Cell Towers Have Had on My Son
From A California Mother in the USA received July 2015
My son developed anxiety, OCD, insomnia, irrational fears, various neurological problems, personality changes immediately after the upgrade of an AT&T cell tower next to his school to 4G LTE technology, which was completed in June 2013. I didn’t even know there were cell towers next to his school until March 2015 because these cell towers were camouflaged as ball field light poles. (One was 300 ft away from the school, the other was 600 ft away)
His symptoms suddenly began when he started 4th grade in August 2013. He suddenly became fearful of fire drills, and they gave him anxiety attacks to the point where he had to be called out of class and into the principal’s office prior to the drills. He developed severe anxiety and a low threshold for stress. He couldn’t concentrate on his homework. He would stare at the instructions and not understand what he was supposed to do – I had to explain instructions to him and I had to help him. He could only work on homework for 20 minutes at a time before he became extremely frustrated and stressed. He became extremely forgetful, often forgetting his books and other materials needed for homework. He suddenly developed OCD and became paranoid about germs. He developed insomnia and could only sleep for 7-8 hours a night, whereas before he used to sleep at least 10. He cried daily over trivial matters, daily life became overwhelming for him, he often asked why he became sick suddenly and why he felt so stressed all the time, and he even began to say life would be better in Heaven because then he would no longer feel so stressed and sick. I was devastated to hear my son say these things.
He suddenly had behavioral problems, which his teachers never said he had before the 4th grade. When I had him undergo a psychological evaluation, it determined he had OCD, Anxiety, and ADD – he did not have any of these problems prior to the cell tower upgrade, except possibly for mild ADD that did not present as a problem. He also suddenly developed constipation, where he used to be regular. He developed unexplained rashes on the backs of his hands. His allergies went from mild to severe. His personality changed. He changed from being a sweet and thoughtful child to being angry and stressed most of the time who had a hard time functioning in school. Simple tasks took him twice as long to do – getting ready in the morning took him 1.5 hrs where it used to take him 45 min. He became a different person and I was terrified I was losing him to some mysterious illness. Fourth grade was a terrible year for him and for us as a family – it took a tremendous amount of effort just to get through each day one day at a time.
His pediatrician ran extensive tests on him and could not find anything wrong physiologically and ruled out any diseases. We began all kinds of treatments to try to get him back to normal, including neurofeedback, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine. He began to see many new medical practitioners that he didn’t have before, including pediatric GI specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, allergists, and a neurofeedback specialist. He had at least 2 medical appointments a week! In March 2014, after 6 months of hard work and thousands of dollars spent on these various therapies, he began to return to normal and he was able to function normally again. It was also during this time that we instituted a 504 (special ed) for him for the first time. No one knew what was wrong, and I didn’t make the connection that it was due to the cell towers next to the school until I discovered them in March 2015.
By June 2014 (after 10 months of therapy) he was almost back to himself, and he was functioning normally throughout the 5th grade until April 2015. His OCD was gone, his anxiety levels were down to a manageable level, and his ADD was mild and manageable. He became a happy, normal child again, and I was grateful to have him back to himself, even though he still needed to continue with his various therapies to keep his symptoms under control.
Then in March 2015 I saw workers working on the ball field light poles – the covers were off, and I saw cell antennas - that’s when I discovered there were cell towers next to the school. I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were upgrading the T-Mobile tower to 4G LTE. I was shocked there was a cell tower so close to school (300ft). So I went to City Hall to investigate, and that’s when I discovered the presence of a second cell tower (AT&T) next to the school at 600 ft, and that it had been upgraded to LTE in June 2013! That’s when I realized what triggered my son’s sudden anxiety and severe allergy problems in August 2013.
So I bought an RF meter to measure the RF power densities around the school, and I found that they were at a maximum of 0.3uW/cm2 outside. So I researched to see what kinds of symptoms could be expected at these levels. That’s when I found the 2012 Bioinitiative Report. At the RF levels measured, it was high enough to increase the risk of leukemia by a factor of 2, increase headaches, insomnia, memory and concentration problems, stress hormones and anxiety, behavioral issues, and rashes according to the 2012 Bioinitiative Report. When I saw that the symptoms my son had matched what was in the 2012 Bioinitiative Report for the RF power densities measured at his school, that was further confirmation of what triggered my son’s anxiety and severe allergy problems. That’s when I started taking action.
Within a few days that the second cell tower (T-Mobile) was upgraded to 4G LTE in April 2015, he began showing the same signs again – extreme allergies to he point that he’s developed asthma now (1st time), OCD reappearing, anxiety escalating. His younger brother who is 6 years old has started to show some similar symptoms that he had not before. His younger brother has been having GI problems, allergies (never had allergies before), and changes in mood (emotions). As a parent, having seen him go through these changes twice immediately after the cell tower upgrades, I have to do something. This could not have been a coincidence. These are just the effects I am seeing on the outside. What is going on inside of him? This must be affecting other kids too. That’s when I started working on setting safer cell tower setbacks from schools – 1500ft, which is the usual recommended standard based on scientific studies.
That’s my story. Like most people, I had no idea that cell towers could have such a profound effect on one’s health and well-being. I have a B.S. degree in Chemical and Bio Engineering, and it was hard for me to accept initially that RF radiation could have been the cause of my son’s illness. However after doing much research on the subject (including Andrew Goldsworthy’s papers) and experiencing what I did firsthand, it was the only rational conclusion.
I hope you will share your stories too if you or a family member has been affected by cell tower radiation. By publicizing our stories we will bring awareness to this issue and force our government (FCC) to change its outdated regulations on safe levels of RF exposure from 1996.
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