Let’s talk about digital toxicants, a topic we haven’t broached yet. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, and personally, I don’t even know what to do with this information yet since we are all wirelessly connected, but  I just read a study put out by the BioInitiative Working Group on wireless radiation and children. I have posted some excerpts from the study below. There are some pretty compelling data points to consider for the long-term health of your family.

Studies by Lennart Hardell and his research team at Orebro University in Sweden showed that children who start using a mobile phone in early years have more than a 500% risk for developing a glioma by the time they are 20-29 years old. The Presidential Cancer Panel (2010) found that children “are at special risk due to their smaller body mass and rapid physical development, both of which magnify their vulnerability to known carcinogens, including radiation.”

Here are some recommended actions we have compiled (please post more in the comments to continue the discussion):

1. If your child plays with an iPad or iPhone, you can go to “Settings” and switch the device to “Airplane Mode” which will cut the wireless signal and limit radiation. It takes less than 3 seconds to do and will help significantly.

2. Try to keep your cell phone and wireless devices at least 4 feet away from your baby, especially his/her head.

3. Try to keep your cell phone and wireless devices away from your pregnant belly.

4. Consider location when buying or renting a home. There is evidence of higher exposure when living near a cell tower.

5. Consider placement of your modems/routers in your home; don’t place them in bedrooms or rooms where your children spend the most time (i.e. playroom, living room, kitchen, etc.)

6. Use a headset when using your wireless device, or use speakerphone. Avoid placing your cell phone directly against your head.

7. Don’t keep your cell phone in your pocket or against your body. Place it on a table or desk when not using it, and give it a little push so it’s a couple feet away and not right next to you. We always seem to be within 3 feet of our cell phones.

8. Don’t sleep with your cell phone on your bedside table (right next to your head all night). If you use it as your alarm clock, I would suggest buying a small clock to use and plugging your cell phone in across the room or in another room. Or, if you must use it for a clock, switch it to “Airplane Mode” or turn it off completely.

Here are a few excerpts from the report:

There is good evidence to suggest that many toxic exposures to the fetus and very young child have especially detrimental consequences depending on when they occur during critical phases of growth and development (time windows of critical development), where such exposures may lay the seeds of health harm that develops even decades later.”

“Existing FCC and ICNIRP public safety limits seem to be not sufficiently protective of public health, in particular for the young (embryo, fetus, neonate, very young child).”

page2image54176 “The Presidential Cancer Panel (2010) found that children ‘are at special risk due to their smaller body mass and rapid physical development, both of which magnify their vulnerability to known carcinogens, including radiation.”

“There is reinforced scientific evidence of risk from chronic exposure to low- intensity electromagnetic fields and to wireless technologies (radio frequency radiation including microwave radiation).”

“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes a 10-fold risk adjustment for the first 2 years of life exposure to carcinogens, and a 3-fold adjustment for years 3 to 5.”

“The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a letter to Congressman Dennis Kucinich dated 12 December 2012 states: “Children are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. The differences in bone density and the amount of fluid in a child’s brain compared to an adult’s brain could allow children to absorb greater quantities of RF energy deeper into their brains than adults. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure thay are safeguarded through their lifetimes.”

You can read the “Summary for Public” of this study HERE.

You can download the full report HERE:

Image Credit