Children and EMFs

Children are more vulnerable than adults to EMFs because of their developing nervous systems and their thin skulls. In today's world children also have heavy exposure to EMFs from computer games, extensive TV viewing, cell phones, etc.

New research from the review into the polices of 34 countries, carried out by Dr Mary Redmayne, from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, found varying degrees of advice about children's exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields(RF-EMFs).

 RF-EMFs are emitted from technology including WiFi, tablets and mobile phones. Associated with an increased risk of some brain tumours in heavy and long-term phone users, RF-EMFs have also been linked to biological changes including increased production of free radicals in the body. Dr Redmayne said that whilst this, and other observed effects, were not in themselves 'health effects' if the body did not have the chance to repair the related damage and restore balance it could eventually lead to a variety of health effects. ‘Where RF-EMF is responsible for this imbalance, then the chance to repair is most likely to come with periods of minimal RF-EMF exposure such as at night time, when WiFi can be turned off and devices can be put in flight mode or switched off. Such steps to minimise children's exposure are recommended in many countries including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, and Switzerland’ she said.  

Dr Redmayne said there was continuing concern among researchers and the public about the possible detrimental effects for young people from their exposure to RF-EMFs. ‘In recent years there has been an amazingly rapid uptake in the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices. Increasingly younger children are using these devices, and we know they are more vulnerable to environmental harm than adults,’ she said. ‘However, safety regulations and guidelines in most parts of the world only consider short-term heat and shock effects and have not traditionally considered chronic or very low exposure,’ Dr Redmayne said. 

The review found a wide variety of different protocols and guidelines in the 34 countries. Australia's legislation is based on scientific research, but limited to acute heating effects, such as heat-damage, shocks and burns. It does not consider effects from long-term or low exposures because the science for how these occur is not understood. However, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency does suggest reducing children's exposure.

 What about children using wireless gadgets inside the car?

What makes driving while using wireless gadgets even more dangerous is the fact that reflective surfaces, like metal, magnify and accelerate radiofrequency radiation levels by up to 10 times! Intensified heating maximizes radiation absorption which is proven to increase tissue damage to the area in which it is directed! This is an extremely important consideration when using your cell phone in the car, where you are surrounded by metal. For this reason, both you and your children should refrain from using your phone while driving.

If you have metal implants in your body, metal fillings, have braces, wear metal framed glasses, have a metal wire in your bra, use your mobile phone near vehicles, in an elevator, subway, train, airplane your risk of acquiring deep tissue damage and experiencing other proven illnesses may be many times greater than those who do not use their cell phones in such dangerous reflective environments.

Although driving and talking on your cell phone remains to be a dangerous combination, using a speaker and a hands-free phone without an ear piece, is the safest way to talk and drive. The radiation from your phone, magnified by the metal in the car, is also more easily dispersed and absorbed throughout the entire body than when it's aimed directly into your head. The message on RF-EMFs is really in the same category as health advice around diet and exercise: it's vital to be cognizant and take steps to minimise exposure to radiofrequencies as part of daily life.