When we first learned of this issue we went to the EPA website hopeful that we would find the answers we parents needed. However what we found was a curious situation. The EPA website said more research was needed to "clarify safety". Then such wording was changed. Why?
Then, we dug deeper - finding a letter from the EPA basically stating that our "safety standards' did not apply to children. Then we found out the CDC also changed it's wording. Why do they keep changing their words?
Hmm. You be the judge. Read it for yourself.
Wireless Radiation on 3/2014.
“Wireless technology is still relatively new, and world-wide, researchers continue to study the effects of long-term exposure. To date, the scientific evidence linking long-term use of cell phones to cancer or other health effects is not conclusive. More research is needed to clarify the question of safety. “
Download the complete text here.
Then the EPA Webpage was changed to say.....
“Scientists continue to study the effects of long-term exposure to low levels of RF. If you are concerned, you can take these simple steps to reduce exposure to RF radiation:
The EPA also states pretty clearly that;
1. Children, pregnant women and the elderly were not considered in the current radiation safety regulations in the USA.
2. The regulations were to protect against heating damage only. They do not protect us from increased cancer risk, not DNA damage, not immune damage, not inflammation (nope just heating). Read the Letter HERE.
In 2014 a parent in Texas wrote the EPA about chronic exposure and got the following response;
"The standards ....are not intended to address low-intensity (non-thermal), long-term (chronic) exposures. Investigation as to whether there may be effects from exposures too low to cause heating is continuing."
and "telecommunication service providers and device manufacturers having little more to tell people except "don't worry."Read the Letter from George P. Brozowski | Regional Health Physicist | US EPA HERE.
In 2014, the CDC was the first Federal health agency to issue precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and provided tips on how to reduce exposure on their website. Within a week, the CDC retracted and removed its precautionary health warning from its web site.
Before August 2014
"Along with many organizations worldwide, we recommend caution in cell phone use. If RF does cause health problems, kids who use cell phones may have a higher chance of developing these problems in the future.” The CDC website provides tips to the public on how to "reduce radio frequency radiation near your body."
- CDC Website June 8, 2014. Read it in full here.
The CDC Webpage was subsequently modified on August 20, 2014 to remove the first sentence about "caution".
“We don’t know for sure if RF radiation from cell phones can cause health problems years later. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified RF radiation as a “possible human carcinogen.” (A carcinogen is an agent that causes cancer.) Scientists are continuing to study the possible health effects of cell phone use. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently looking into how cell phones may affect: Some types of tumors, Our eyes, Sleep, Memory, Headaches, Acoustic Neuroma. CDC Webpage 8/20/2014
Read the Microwave News article: CDC Calls for Caution on Cell Phones, Then Gets Cold Feet: First Federal Agency To Acknowledge Risk Soon Backs Down
Read the press release about the CDC calling for caution: CDC Issues Precautionary Health Warnings about Cell Phone Radiation
Listen to the CDC explain their "mistake" HERE. CDC backpedals, claims it was a mistake to urge cell phone precaution
“Being exposed to some kinds of EMF may have some bad effects on humans, but scientists do not know for sure. Because of this, NIEHS recommends that people learn practical ways of reducing exposures to EMFs.”
-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
“There is consensus that additional research is warranted to address gaps in knowledge, such as the effects of cell phone use over the long-term and on pediatric populations. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer Classified Radiofrequency Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans.”
(We found it curious that on the FDA Cell phones and Health page the WHO classification was not mentioned. In fact this page links to a page called No Evidence Linking Cell Phone Use to Risk of Brain Tumors from 2010 that is totally outdated and says the WHO found no concern. YIKES. No wonder parents are confused.
Does any one else find this text below a bit confusing?
"According to current data, the FDA believes that the weight of scientific evidence does not show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from cell phones and adverse health outcomes. Still, there is consensus that additional research is warranted to address gaps in knowledge, such as the effects of cell phone use over the long-term and on pediatric populations.
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer Classified Radiofrequency Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans on May 31, 2011."
The FDA then says that other items in the Class 2 b category are coffee, baby poweder and powerlines forgetting about DDT and jet fuel.
If the FDA admits that long term research needs to be done and that pediatric populations (meaning children) have not been considered and that the WHO is classifying as it as a possible carcinogen.... then it simply does not seem "safe" to us.
Look at what the Department of the Interior says
"The electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today."
- The U.S. Department of Interior in a 2014 Letter.