Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Legal does not mean safe." US Government Advisor Dr. Devra Davis calls on MCPS Schools to reduce WiFi

"Compelling research raises the possibility of very serious harm to children from radiofrequency radiation exposures well below “FCC compliant” levels. Legal does not mean safe."
January 20, 2016
Dear Montgomery County Board of Education,

Concerned parents in your school district have asked me to write to you regarding the health risks of wireless radiofrequency radiation exposure in the classroom.

I was Founding Director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, and Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. President Clinton appointed me to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and I am former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. I founded the non-profit Environmental Health Trust in 2007 to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards. Our scientific team is currently focusing on the health risks of radiofrequency radiation as an important public health issue.

Some excerpts from the letter...
More recently, the Cyprus Government's National Committee on Environment and Children's Health released a video about reducing wireless and I invite you to watch this excellent example of responsible action at this link .

Wireless radiofrequency radiation was classified as a Class 2B “Possible Human Carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011. According to many scientists, evidence has increased since 2011, indicating that cell phone and wireless radiation should be classified as a “probable carcinogen.” Those exposed at younger ages show four to eight times increased cancer risk. Replicated research  just published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications indicates that radiofrequency acts as a tumor promoter  at low to moderate levels.
Pregnant students and staff are especially at risk from wireless because the fetus is the most vulnerable to toxic exposures. Several experimental studies are showing irreversible changes after prenatal exposure to cell phone and wireless radiation such as altered brain functioning, decreased brain cells and altered reproductive organ development. More than 100 physicians, scientists and public health professionals joined together to express their concern about the risk that wireless radiation poses to pregnancy and now urge pregnant women to limit their exposures. Please read these scientists BabySafe Joint Statement
Compelling research raises the possibility of very serious harm to children from radiofrequency radiation exposures well below “FCC compliant” levels. Legal does not mean safe. Based on the preliminary work that I share with you here, I urge you to forgo the use of such devices as there is no research that has considered their impact on  children. At this time,  the smart choice for school decision makers is to act now and reduce radiofrequency wireless exposures.  In fact, many countries (over 20) and health authorities worldwide recommend reducing radiofrequency radiation to children.
Read the full letter at

Watch Dr Davis testify to the Massachusetts State House below


  1. "Legal does not mean safe." But, "If it makes sense it is illegal."

  2. This is a fringe issue. Much lower on the list of problems - overcrowding in the elementary schools of the WJ and BCC clusters, 25-30 kids to 1 teacher, wasteful school spending, closed BOE meetings, silly talk of the achievement gap which is representative of socio-economic factors well beyond the schools control - or responsibility.

    1. Call it fringe, but it's enough to make you cringe.

  3. Nonetheless this "fringe issue" can potentially transform the class overcrowding into a "virtual classroom."

  4. not a fringe issue as all children and staff will have brain damage and fertility damage.
    Oops- it damages the ovaries. Might you care about your daughters fertility and future generations??
    A fringe issue for some I suppose.

    Bakacak M, Bostancı MS, Attar R, Yıldırım ÖK, Yıldırım G, Bakacak Z, Sayar H, Han A.The effects of electromagnetic fields on the number of ovarian primordial follicles: An experimental study. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2015 Jun;31(6):287-92. doi: 10.1016/j.kjms.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 Apr 30.
    This study found a significant decrease in the number of ovarian follicles in rats exposed to an EMF. Further clinical studies are needed to reveal the effects of EMFs on ovarian reserve and infertility.
    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an electromagnetic field (EMF), generated close to the ovaries, on primordial follicles. A total of 16 rats were used in this study. The study group consisted of rats exposed to an EMF in the abdominal region for 15 min/d for 15 days.


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