VIDEO: Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies—Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations? Should Parents, Teachers & Schools Restrict Technology Overuse Among Children?
An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks to Children was held at the Commonwealth Club of California on June 22, 2015. Co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust, the focus was on the special risks to children and other vulnerable populations from cell phone and wireless exposures. It featured a special segment portraying actual dossimetry measurements of WiFi exposures in a school. Panelists addressed the questions:
- Should safety guidelines be strengthened to protect adults, children and vulnerable populations?
- Should parents, teachers and schools restrict technology overuse among children?
The program was developed by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust in association with Citizens for Health, the California Brain Tumor Association and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, with the support of four of the Commonwealth Club’s Member-Led Forums: Health & Medicine, Environment & Natural Resources, Science & Technology and Business & Leadership.
Beyond the biological and health effects, the impacts on children and discussion of the adequacy of the IARC Group 2B ‘Possible Carcinogen’ classification, there was a special focus on the role overuse of wireless technologies may be playing in attention, functional and relational difficulties and in exacerbating childhood psychiatric conditions. Panelist Dr. Victoria Dunkley is the author of a book on this subject published recently by New World Library, “Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time”.
Panel 1 Theme: What are people—and especially children—experiencing today from cell phone use, wireless devices/computers, and exposure to wireless infrastructure? Are exposure guidelines adequate?
Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD
Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and
Karl Maret, MEng, MD
Dove Health Alliance, USA
Victoria Dunkley, MD
Child Psychiatrist, USA
Panel 2 Theme: What is the latest EMF science telling us about the risks, the mechanisms of action, and the adequacy of the IARC warning?
Lloyd Morgan, BS
Environmental Health Trust
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH
Environmental Health Trust
Martin Pall, PhD
Washington State University
Nesrin Seyhan, PhD
Head of Biophysics Department &
Medical Faculty, Gazi University
Panel 3 Theme: Additional science and research in progress on electrosensitivity, and overview of what other countries are doing to protect children from a just published study by Mary Redmayne, PhD, “International policy and advisory response regarding children’s exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)” in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.
California Brain Tumor Association
Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, PhD
Professor, UC San Diego
Suleyman Kaplan, PhD
Vice Rector, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey
Mary Redmayne, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Final Remarks: Domestic Policy Implications
Joel Moskowitz, PhD
Director, Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Gratitude to the Commonwealth Club for hosting this important public health program on the risks to children from cell phones and wireless technologies, and to the panelists from 5 countries and many disciplines of science and medicine who together present an invaluable depiction of the harm, and potential long-term additional risks, to children from widespread exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation from cell phones and wireless technologies.
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