Wireless Technology Harms Children

I am not a doctor and no information on this page should be construed as medical advice. I am merely pulling together a diverse array of information related to children, wireless technology, and radiofrequency sickness. Each person is responsible for their own use of the information and consulting with their doctors as needed.

Children with behavioral and health problems have improved when their exposure to radiofrequencies is reduced as much as possible. Examples of behavioral and health problems that have improved are: going out of the way to provoke conflict; being easily provoked, highly anxious, dependent, and hyperactive; and having cognitive difficulties, poor appetite, poor sleep, headaches, touch sensitivity, spontaneous nosebleeds, reflux, dermatitis, and seizures, as well as single-mindedness and night sweats - which may indicate cardiac arrhythmias. Children with Autism have also improved. The sooner the sources of radiofrequency exposure are eliminated from their environment, the better.

Epidemiological studies have linked pre and postnatal maternal use of cellphones to behavioral problems and headaches in children. A controlled mouse study found similar results (http://news.yale.edu/2012/03/15/cell-phone-use-pregnancy-may-cause-behavioral-disorders-offspring). You might want to watch a video featuring the lead author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK4Q12qKohQ). A study documenting hormone and neurotransmitter levels found that exposure to the pulsed modulated microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, radiofrequency (RF) radiation, changes those levels in ways which provide additional evidence that radiation from wireless devices is causing ADD/ADHD (http://www.radiationresearch.org/images/RRT_articles/Buchner%20Eger%20Rimbach%20Study%202011%20ENG%20FINAL%20Revised%2029%20July%202011.pdf). A study utilizing epidemiological data from Sweden showed a potential association between use of cellphones and an increasing incidence of cardiac malformation in newborns http:// www.pathophysiologyjournal.com/article/S0928-4680(09)00002-9/abstract. Wireless devices should warn users to avoid exposing pregnant women and children. The recently launched Baby Safe Project recommends prudent avoidance. Although the recommendations of avoidance should be stronger, the information is still important to share with family and friends of child-bearing age, who may be completely unaware. It is also important to share with your family practice doctor, pediatrician, obstetrician, or midwife.

Radiofrequencies are well documented to interfere with normal melatonin secretion, as well as the activity of melatonin already present in the blood. The brain cannot properly process and recharge without melatonin. Lack of melatonin may result in an excess of serotonin in the brain which may be linked to various mental disorders see http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/pinealstory.htm for more information about serotonin and melatonin in the brain. This is important information for all doctors prescribing antidepressants, particularly SSRIs to read. Sleep deprivation in children can have serious consequences for their behavior and potentially development, see http://london.ctvnews.ca/sleep-problems-could-play-role-in-childhood-development-1.1381982. Supplementation of melatonin may be helpful if the child is unable to get good, restful sleep in spite minimizing RF exposures as much as possible using the steps found on the Solutions page. This should be done with caution, however, see http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/07/05/melatonin-sleep-children.html. Low or dropping melatonin levels play a role in triggering puberty. Thus, RF triggered decreases in melatonin levels may be one of the factors causing children to experience puberty at younger ages now. Obviously preventing premature puberty is a good reason to minimize a child's exposure to sources of RF. It is also a good reason to use caution with starting and stopping melatonin supplements in children.

Exposure to radiation from wireless devices can increase membrane permeability for a substantial period of time. According to Disconnect by Devra Davis, one 5 minute phone call can increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier for 50 days. This can have therapeutic applications e.g. getting chemotherapy across the blood brain barrier or into other target cells. It can also be detrimental e.g. allowing pollutants across the blood-brain barrier and causing increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). It is quite possible that the intolerance many children, including those with ADD and autism, have for gluten, dairy, eggs etc. may stem from their leaky guts allowing substances from those foods into their blood streams that should not be there. These substances may then cause problems within their bodies, especially if the substances can also cross a leaky blood-brain barrier. Please see this article by Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, titled Is a 300% increase in Crohn’s disease the result of our escalating exposure to wireless technologies?.

Some cognitive difficulties related to radiofrequency sickness seem to be caused by irregularities in glucose metabolism caused by radiofrequency exposure. One way to get around this was discovered by a doctor trying to help her husband recover from Alzheimer's disease (http://www.tampabay.com/news/aging/article879333.ece#email). She found that one of the most effective treatments was an oil composed of medium chain triglycerides known as MCT oil. Medium chain triglycerides can be found in high concentration in coconut oil. One child was having trouble recognizing pieces of images on puzzle pieces and drawing recognizable images. Both issues resolved within a couple of weeks of beginning daily doses of coconut oil - taken with dark chocolate for palatability.

There are multiple metabolic processes that are upset by radiofrequency exposure. However, the methylation cycle has received individual attention. It can to be severely upset and seems to have trouble righting itself without a little help. According to a paper by Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D. and Neil Nathan, M.D. titled "Application of the Yasko Protocol to the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", chronic partial block of the methylation cycle leads to significant draining of folate from the cells, and a chronic depletion of glutathione which they hypothesize results in chronic fatigue type symptoms. Experience has shown us that many people with chronic fatigue syndrome are, in fact, suffering from radiofrequency sickness, thus it is likely that treatment of blocked methylation cycle either using their modified Yasko protocol or the original (vitamin protocols that have been developed to help get the methylation cycle going again) would be helpful to people with radiofrequency sickness. The methylation cycle is also involved in clearing some metals and toxins from the body. Anecdotally, the protocol has improved depression and cognitive function. It is very important to note that this research protocol recommends starting the vitamin regimen very, very, slowly - a quarter dose or less and slowly increasing. They have found that people can feel transiently worse if the cycle re-starts too quickly. They recommend only using the protocol under a doctor's supervision.

According to Anne Louise Gittleman's book Zapped, radiofrequency exposure depletes zinc, selenium, magnesium, vitamin D, CoQ10, and a few others so supplementation of these vitamins may be considered in addition to the above, also with a doctor's supervision.

The Solutions page at www.electricalpollution.com contains a list of steps to make your environment as low in RF as possible. It is essential to address all sources of RF. Therefore, it is important to clean up electrical pollution and turn off and get rid of, or at least put away, all transmitters. You will need an RF meter in order to find them all. There are many hidden transmitters - they can be hidden in refrigerators, freezer, stoves, fans, etc. I have found the Cornet ED85EX to be quite helpful with this. I recommend getting the sound since it improves directionality and the case for better portability. It doesn't have quite the directionality of the HFE-35C, but it is a lot less expensive. However, there are situations in which I have found the HFE-35C log per antenna, (I call it the all around antenna since it is not directional, but rather gives a total field strength at that spot.), to give valuable readings when the Cornet ED85EX could not detect changes. The Cornet does have a higher frequency range and does have a nice Max reading feature. It is a huge problem that the meters available are designed around existing thermally-based standards, not biology. They should be sensitive into nanowatts/meter squared from a biological standpoint.

If you have a child with autism, please visit the page on autism for more information.

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Last updated December 18, 2014