Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WiFi In Schools and Cell Towers "Could Contribute to Autism" Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Pediatric Neurologist Writes MCPS About WiFi Radiation

"I urge you to opt for wired technologies in Montgomery County classrooms, particularly for those subpopulations that are most sensitive. It will be easier for you to make a healthier decision now than to undo misguided decisions later." 

Dear Montgomery County School District,

I am a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist  on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital. I am Board Certified in Neurology with Special Competency in Child Neurology, and Subspecialty Certification in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. I have an extensive history of research and clinical practice in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorders. I have published papers in brain imaging research, in physiological abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders, and in environmental influences on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and on brain development and function.

A few years ago I accepted an invitation to review literature pertinent to a potential link between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) and Radiofrequency Radiation(RFR). I set out to write a paper of modest length, but found much more literature than I had anticipated to review. I ended up producing a 60 page single spaced paper with over 550 citations. It is available at and it was published in a revised and somewhat shortened form in two parts in the peer reviewed indexed journal Pathophysiology (2013)with the title: √Āutism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link.” Please also see the appendix to this letter which contains a summary of this material and includes substantial scientific citations.

More recently I published an article entitled “Connections in Our Environment: Sizing upElectromagnetic Fields,” in Autism Notebook Spring 2015 edition in which I summarized information. In this article I describe how there is a whole series of problems at the cellular, sub-cellular and metabolic levels and immune levels that have been identified in autism. And interestingly, for every single one of those problems, there’s literature about how EMFs can create those kinds of problems.

The argument I made in these articles is not that EMF is proven to cause autism, but rather, that EMF can certainly contribute to degrading the physiological integrity of the system at the cellular and molecular level” – and this in turn appears to contribute to the pathogenesis/causation not only of autism but of many highly common chronic illnesses, including cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.. Please see this article on page 24-25 at the link 

In fact, there are thousands of papers that have accumulated over decades –and are now accumulating at an accelerating pace, as our ability to measure impacts become more sensitive – that document adverse health and neurological impacts of EMF/RFR. 

Vist Parents' Safe Tech For School Blog to Read the Full Letter to MCPS. 


  1. In response to the potential neurological impacts of EMF and RFR, Interim Superintendent, Larry Bowers, was recently quoted as saying, “I’ve been exposed... [long pause] to WiFi and cell tower radiation for years with no adverse effects, which is demonstrated by the fact that I’m now the Interim SuperNintendo of a major pubic squirrel district.”

    1. Where was he quoted as stating this?

    2. If Mr. Bowers said "I’m now the Interim SuperNintendo of a major pubic squirrel district," this clearly demonstrates the adverse effects!

    3. Are you all high?

    4. Right on! High Anxiety brought on by society.

  2. wired internet connections should be adopted where it is possible until the government guidelines are based on the science and the scientists who study the biological and health effects from non-ionizing radiation are listened to, instead of those that profit from this. As of today, due to the chromebook rollout and high density routers throughout the school, our children receive more radiation during the school day than in any other environment. The schools hallways and classes are full with electrosmog, just because it is invisible, doesn't make it safe or ok. It is an enormous risk MCPS is taking with the health and safety of the children so the at kids can so that the kids can run around the room with a laptop free of a wired connection. See info an an appeal to the UN from over 200 such scientists from around the world - 28 from the US, concerned about harm from non-ionizing radiaton:


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