'...parents, educators and governments should be alarmed and take immediate and appropriate action'
By Professor Tom Butler, University College Cork, Ireland
Children’s health and well-being is under significant threat from everyday digital technologies, as the past 15 years have seen the proliferation of microwave Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) devices in the home, school and society.
The safety standards for such devices—smartphones, tablets etc.—were based on the proven thermal or heating effects of microwave devices in adults, not children. Scientists in the life sciences have long been aware of equally harmful non-thermal effects. However, physicists and engineers have operated on the theory that nonionizing RFR could not directly damage human DNA and lead to cancer, as it was far less powerful than ionizing radiation (xrays, nuclear etc.).
That theory has been solidly and roundly refuted, as this paper illustrates. Cancer risks aside, research studies have demonstrated that low-intensity RFR elicits a range of pathophysiological conditions in experimental animals and humans.
This is why parents, educators and governments should be alarmed and take immediate and appropriate action. In an Irish, and indeed international context, there is clear ignorance on such matters. In response, this paper aims to inform by presenting clear evidence, in a balanced manner, of the risks to children based on proven scientific theories and empirical evidence.
The paper concludes by offering practical advice on how the risks to children, and indeed adults, can be minimised.