Media Teleconference Announcing the BRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools

Media Teleconference Announcing the BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 10:00 a.m. Eastern, 7:00 a.m. Pacific



Download Complete Announcement Here (PDF)


Download the Full BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools Report Here


Note: To look up an individual school in any state capitol go to the 2 page summary for that state. Click on the “Find Your Favorite School” button, located on the second page in the bottom left.


The new BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools report will be introduced by Magda Havas, PhD of Trent University, Canada on Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, along with Jim Turner, Esq., Chairman of Citizens for Health, Camilla Rees, Founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Janet Newton, President of the EMR Policy Institute, The ElectroSensitive Society and Christine Hoch, Executive Director of Moms for Safe Wireless. The BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools assessed approximately 6,000 public and private schools in U.S. State Capitals and Washington, D.C. to determine the risk of potential exposure to microwave radiation from nearby neighborhood antennas. Results of this review will be presented on the teleconference call as will “The BRAG™ Recommendations for Schools”.

Credentialed Journalists Please RSVP by 2 p.m. on Monday 4/26/10 to [email protected]. Dial-In Instructions and Password Will be E-Mailed.


Magda Havas, PhD is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada, where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants, including radiofrequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity and ground current.



Highlights of the Media Teleconference With Dr. Magda Havas – Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern:


  • Introduction to “The BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools”
  • 63% of students in State Capitols and D.C. (1.4 million students) are at possible risk for microwave radiation over exposure from nearby antennas
  • BRAG™ Top 5 State Capitols and the BRAG™ Bottom 5 State Capitols
  • Schools in 10 State Capitols have more than 100 Antennas within 0.25 mile
  • Many schools across the U.S. have antennas on school property
  • The Best-Ranked State Capitol was Richmond, VA, with a score of 87%, and the Worst Ranked State Capitol was Boston, MA with a score of 44%.
  • Review of the “BRAG™ Recommendations for Schools” for EMF monitoring and remediation
  • How to look up a school’s “BRAG™ Grade”
  • Calculating a BRAG™ grade for schools NOT located in State Capitols, or for other locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, homes, etc.
  • Review of existing science demonstrating biological effects from microwave radiation, including molecular, cellular, physical, systemic and epidemiological evidence
  • Review of Resolutions and Appeals from Scientific and Medical Experts on EMF during the last decade
  • The failings of Government leading to the present scenario where radiation from hundreds of thousands of antennas is microwaving school children and teachers
  • Arguments discounting the importance and urgency of this emerging public health issue from parties with commercial interests and ways one can respond
  • ANNOUNCEMNT OF 1st TELECLASS FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WITH MAGDA HAVAS, PhD – Friday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. RSVP Required. Capacity limited. Contact [email protected]



The BRAG™ Recommendations for Schools


The BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools report recommends the following:


  1. Schools, school districts, all municipalities and states call upon the FCC for a ruling that requires a 1,500 feet setback for any/all wireless infrastructure near schools. This is the distance at which the scientific literature indicates acute symptoms of electrohypersensitivity are not noticeable and background levels of radiation return to normal from most cellular infrastructure [1]. Symptoms of electrohypersensitivity have been demonstrated at exposures that are a fraction (0.04%) of U.S. exposure guidelines, in part because the guidelines themselves only take into consideration a 30-minute exposure, not chronic exposures. Until guidelines are changed to reflect what science shows is happening with longer exposures, a policy of “prudent avoidance” would justify setbacks for antenna infrastructure near schools.
  2. Radio frequency radiation in school environments be monitored and documented on a regular basis, and especially after antennas are erected nearby or when new wireless technology is introduced into the school environment.
  3. If levels of exposure to radiofrequency fields, magnetic fields or dirty electricity exceed the BRAG™ recommendations for these frequencies, that steps be taken to reduce these exposures on school property.
  4. That health complaints of electrohypersensitivity reported by students and staff be taken seriously, that they be documented, and that appropriate steps be taken in a timely fashion to address the complaint.  This involves education of teachers and nursing staff.

The BRAG™ Recommendations for Schools also offers specific guidance for schools and school districts on how to minimize exposure to ‘electrosmog’, including remediation strategies to shield from cell phone and wireless communication, and exposures from magnetic fields and high frequency transients (i.e. dirty electricity) on wiring. It also provides links to scientific research on health issues in school settings.

LINK to the BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools Report



Collaborators in the BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools report announcement include:

Jim Turner, Esq.

Chairman, Citizens for Health (www.citizens.org)

“The BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools is a wake-up call. The ‘microwave-free schools’ message must be heard loud and clear by school boards, school principals, teachers and parents groups. It is imperative we encourage communities to create healthier learning environments for children.”

Camilla Rees, MBA

Founder, ElectromagneticHealth.org; Co-author, “Public Health SOS:  The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”

I quote Thomas Rau, MD who asks, “If you install mobile phone towers which radiate to the children, their intelligence, their brain capacity decreases.”

Janet Newton

President, EMR Policy Institute (www.EMRPolicy.org)

“School children have the right to attend school in a safe environment. Siting school buildings at precautionary distances away from antenna sites must be mandatory in every country.”

The ElectroSensitive Society (www.ElectroSensitiveSociety.com)

The ElectroSensitive Society was formed in 2010 to provide information related to radio wave illness, electrohypersensitivity (EHS), electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the biological effects of radio and microwave radiation.

Christine Hoch

Executive Director, Moms for Safe Wireless (www.momsforsafewireless.org)

“Although children’s bodies absorb higher amounts of radiofrequency radiation than adults, each year the list of schools with cell phone antennas on their properties grows longer.  It’s important for school administrators to understand the reported health effects of this form of radiation and engage in prudent avoidance to ensure the health of students.”

On Exposure of Children to Wireless Radiation in Schools by Thomas Rau, MD, of the Renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland


“This is, well, I can’t say other than criminal. It is unethical to expose children to electromagnetic load in this way. We know that power stations for electromagnetic waves like mobile phones are hurting the brains of children. So, to put such stations into schools is really very, very, very bad. The question is “Does the school, or does the society, really want to have intelligent, well-educated children or not?”…If you install mobile phone towers which radiate to the children, their intelligence, their brain capacity decreases. You will have more ADD children, you will have less function of the brain, which in the long term reflects on the intelligence of the children, of the possibility to really teach children, and in the long term, the more this overcomes the society, the more we will have dumb children.”



Credentialed Journalists Please RSVP by 2 p.m. on Monday 4/26/10 to [email protected].  Dial-In Instructions and Password Will be E-Mailed.


An MP3 will be made available after the teleconference for the convenience of journalists unable to listen at the appointed time.

Download Complete 7-Page BRAG™ Announcement Here (PDF)

Download 1-Page Summary of The BRAG™ Recommendations for Schools (PDF)

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Click Here for BRAG™ Graphics, Charts and Highlights for Media Use



2 Physicians Talk About What is Happening to Patients from Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields—Thomas M. Rau, MD of the Paracelsus Clinic and Switzerland and Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD of the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology Listen Now




Related Event the Following Week:


Campaign For Radiation Free Schools will Host the 1st Teleclass for Parents, Teachers and School Administrators with Magda Havas, PhD the following week – Friday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern). TO REGISTER please contact [email protected]. Capacity is limited.


To Learn About Future Teleclasses for parents, teachers and school administrators, sign up for the new Face Book Page, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools. (http://sn.im/veri4).


[1] Note this does not apply to Wi-Max, a high-powered series of antennas being installed now across the U.S., for which the “return to background level” distance is likely to be much greater than 1,500 feet.