‘EMF action on stem cells may also cause young children to be particularly susceptible to disruption of brain development, something that may be relevant to autism causation.’
Peter Limbrick asks:
- Are you the sort of person, as teacher or parent, who wants children on bikes to wear cycling hats?
- Do you try to keep children away from tobacco smoke as much as possible?
- Do you teach children about the problems caused by too much sugar?
- Do you do all you can to help children become healthy adults?
If you generally respond to potential risks by taking wise precautions, then you will want to limit children and foetuses’ exposure to electromagnetic radiation as much as you possibly can. If this sounds strange now, in a few years’ time it will be common practice in homes, nurseries and schools.
The research paper by Martin L Pall is here. In section 4, under the heading, ‘Wi-fi and other EMFs may be particularly damaging to young people’ it says:
Most arguments that have been made that microwave frequency EMFs may be much more damaging to young children have centered on the much smaller skulls and skull thickness in young children, increasing the exposure of their brains to EMFs (Gandhi and Kang, 2001; Gandhi et al., 2012). However there are other arguments to be made. EMFs have been shown to be particularly active in producing effects on embryonic stem cells (Lee et al., 2014; Belyaev et al., 2009; Markovà et al., 2010; Czyz et al., 2004; Xu et al., 2016; Bhargav et al., 2015; Odaci et al., 2008; Uchugonova et al., 2008; Wang et al., 2015; Teven et al., 2012). Because such stem cells occur at much higher cell densities in children, with stem cell densities the highest in the fetus and decreasing with increasing age (Belyaev et al., 2009; Markovà et al., 2010), impacts on young children are likely to be much higher than in adults. The decreased DNA repair and increased DNA damage following EMF exposure strongly suggest that young children may be increasingly susceptible to cancer following such exposures (Belyaev et al., 2009; Markovà et al., 2010; Czyz et al., 2004). EMF action on stem cells may also cause young children to be particularly susceptible to disruption of brain development (Xu et al., 2016; Bhargav et al., 2015), something that may be relevant to autism causation. These are all very problematic issues and we cannot rule out the possibility that there are other problematic issues as well. Redmayne and Johansson (2015) reviewed the literature showing that there are age-related effects, such that young people are more sensitive to EMF effects. It follows from these various findings that the placement of Wi-Fi into schools around the country may well be a high level threat to the health of our children as well being a threat to teachers and any very sensitive fetuses teachers may be carrying, as well.
But, if you are a parent, teacher (or researcher into the causes of autism) who is already in love with smart phones and wi-fi gadgets, you will probably resist acting on this research.