Legal disclaimer: This article is not offered as medical advice. This is a blog based on anecdotal, personal experiences and thoughts.
First, just as a reminder, I’ll always have to be wisely cautious of how much I’m exposed to. I don’t expect everyone to become EMF sensitive. And I do recognize that sometimes, the benefits of using these manmade pulsating frequencies out-weigh the dangers of using them.
But it is a blessing in many ways to have a body that quickly recognizes (within hours) something that is damaging cells.
Cancer and Degenerative Conditions – Some people’s buckets are bigger and they don’t recognize the damage as quickly (or even at all). But I’ve read and heard that it might go on for years and years and then show up in a cancer, for example, where they stored their cell phone or just in cancer in general, especially cancer in children, teens, and young adults. Wendy Mesley (CBC Marketplace) does a general investigation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm69ik_Qdb8&feature=youtu.be
HOW OFTEN DO WE HEAR OF HOMESCHOOLING KIDS USING WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY TO DO THEIR SCHOOLWORK – for example, laptops on the lap, games, smart phones, ipads, etc.? My kids began using the laptop “on wireless” plus were learning how to use a new smart phone that summer that my eyesight started to rapidly deteriorate.
We do want them to have the skill of using modern technology of course, especially in senior school years. But how are we teaching this??? How was I teaching this? I didn’t know better, so I simply had them use it wired or wireless because I didn’t think it mattered and I thought it was all safe for them.
I didn’t know. Most people don’t know either.
So my heart sank as I read an e-mail from another homeschool mom recently when she described her young son undergoing lengthy cancer treatments. As he was waiting for his turn, he was playing with his iPad – a common pastime for children these days, isn’t it? It seemed that no one had mentioned to them either about any connection between wireless technology, children, and cancer. I felt I had to let her know – I’d appreciate it if someone told me about stuff like this….
My heart goes out to you in the cancer situation with your son.
In my own learning of EMF sensitivity (which I now have), I’ve sometimes read about the cancer risk and kids – I want to know what our home environment and choices are risking them with.
Please please take time to check these 2 links out as they explain in concise format what might actually help [him].
One of the people involved in our recent situation is not EMF sensitive but he had cancer…. he was given a choice to change his habits and environment to allow his body chance to heal without bombarding it with electro and chemical pollution or to go with chemo – he chose the first option and today is cancer-free. I’m not saying that radiation and chemo can’t help; I believe that it can. However, the body has a greater opportunity to recover and heal when the cells aren’t constantly under attack and needing to repair as a result of the person hitting it more with wireless technology (e.g. iPads, cell phones, wireless games, etc.).
Most people don’t know the official word from the World Health Organization in that WHO has now classified radiofrequency radiation (wireless technology as seen in cell phones, iPAds, etc.) as a Group 2B ‘possible’ human carcinogen. (That classification group of 2B is also where DDT and lead are classsified: reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IARC_Group_2B_carcinogens ). I didn’t know this as a homeschool mom before my situation erupted last year and most moms don’t know this now either.
Here are two links:
FAQ – Wireless Education, Wireless Tech Safety
In the USA (I’m from Canada), there is a person, Cece Doucette, who is working hard to try to lower the exposures of wireless technology in the school systems with speaking on parents behalf to your country’s congress. Her work is to be applauded. If you search for her name and “how to use an acoustimeter”, you can see/hear what the invisible radiation coming from wireless devices sounds like. (I have one of those gadgets in my home but apparently, she has been trying to get them or similar into public libraries in USA for lending out to families. You might have one in your local library which would be free for you to borrow and test out your home. I don’t think we have that option here in Canada yet.)”
To my readers of my blog:
There are many more places online that discuss the studies with the long-term effects of modern technology. This blog only gives a bit of an introduction, especially for homeschooling families, to begin looking into it for your own sakes.
Updating with Links for More Info
Note: I have updated this post (2022) to add a few more links relating to children, education, and the harmful effects of cell phones, baby monitors, cordless phones, Wi-fi (would also means Bluetooth too), video games, smart meters, etc.. There is strong evidence that high levels of EMFs in a home significantly effect autism, ADHD, and similar behavioral or delayed development and other health issues which can be very important for parents to consider. Please take the time to try reducing or eliminating wireless signals and high electricity in your home to see if it makes a difference. So here are the few more links to check:
Rconnect-Webinars-Research-Fact-Sheet-updated-Feb.-23-22-1.pdf (reconnectwebinars.com) – quite a good summary of short bits of over 300 research facts compiled and organized topically (with references) by Cris Rowan, a pediatric occupational therapist and biologist in Canada. She also is on the movingtolearn.ca website (mentioned above).
Calming behavior in children with autism and ADD | Wall Street International Magazine (wsimag.com)
Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools | Electronic Silent Spring – Tips and reasons for reducing emfs in school environments with detailed lists, references. (Both this and the article linked right above are by the same author, Katie Singer.)
Sensitivity of Children to Screen Time and EMFs – more about specific harmful effects of allowing kids to access screens too early or more than very short periods of time daily. (I personally would say that the guidelines mentioned in this article are still too lenient but albeit, they give at least some direction towards limiting the amount of EMFs young children might be able to tolerate.)
Taming the Techno Beast – Todd Wilson, Christian homeschooling dad. Todd begins taking the topic of reducing technology in the family, from the perspective of not wanting to have any member of the family emotionally/mentally disconnected or addicted, rather than from a health perspective. He has spoken and written (including a student workbook) on this topic. His seminar that I heard was not in much detail, but it definitely can be a starting place for families to recognize some issues if they are not yet aware that wireless technology is a problem. One of the places on his website for this topic is: What’s inside – Taming the Techno-Beast Student Workbook – Familyman (familymanweb.com)
Heidi St. John is another Christian homeschooling mom who talks about being online less and in real life more. Here are two links to her website if you’re interested in listening to what she says about this topic. 1. Online Less, In Life More (general insights) and 2. Online and Overexposed (which deals with social media management).
Dr. Magda Havas is a Canadian university professor who researches the impact of the changing environment. In comparison to the Bio initiative Reports which has 1800+ scientific articles on this specific topic, she provides a list of fewer but still profound documents at this link, perhaps more understandable by the general public, from scientists who have researched the health effects of over-exposure to cell phones, cell towers, wifi, wireless devices, as well as high electrical fields. (The Bio initiative Reports include the effects of manmade electromagnetic frequencies on nature, not just human health. The link provided in this paragraph just relates to human health effects.) In both cases, the majority of the scientists involved are from Europe which has had greater wireless connectivity in society earlier than Canada.
Here is a very interesting quote in another article by Dr. Magda Havas about cancer concerns with cell phone usage. Here is the link to the below quote. It is from September 2010, in a time period when cell phone usage wasn’t as prominent, nor were towers or public wifi and so radiation had lower levels compared to today’s technologies…
“The OAHPP (Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion) presented studies showing that long-term, frequent users of cell phones may develop tumors on the same side of the head where the cell phone is used and those living near cell phone base stations may experience adverse health effects. The statement about cell phones is echoed by the World Health Organization and is based on the INTERPHONE 3 study.
“The largest ever international study of mobile phone safety has concluded that the devices do not raise the risk of brain cancer, except for a possible slight increase in tumours among the most intensive users.”
The term “most intensive users” is defined as total cumulative use at or exceeding 1640 hours.” (end of quote)
WOW! When I calculate that sort of math, most people in the North American society now fits within that old category of a “most intensive user”!
How Many People Are Negatively Affected? Here are just two of the links which indicate the amount of that kind of impact in our world: Safe Living Technologies – What is EHS? and the Austrian Medical Association.
Here are some questions to think about:
What could the long-term effects of manmade radiation be in your family?
What will the health effects of new and upcoming technology like 5G be like for your family and friends and neighbours?
What will home educated families, who CAN control a certain measure of their environment for the school-day, choose to do with the information they gather on this topic?
I still believe that many aspects of modern technology CAN be very helpful. But how will our next generation be taught with regards to how to use technology as safe as possible?
Can we as homeschool parents educate ourselves and then pass on these necessary skills (like how to set-up a device to be safer and figure out what can be truly optional and not needed) to our kids who will be likely required to use wireless tech in parts of post-secondary education/training and careers? Or learn this type of stuff together? Can we add this “safer use of technology” topic to what many of us are already doing in teaching them about online safety?
And can we teach them to be wise but not to be fearful of the future? I believe we can!
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 (NIV), cf: Matthew 10:28-32
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