Our children as guinea pigs
Children are being exposed to radiation millions of times higher than their bodies have evolved to deal with.
We know that all types of radiation can be safe or dangerous depending on how much of it we are exposed to. Sunlight is a form of radiation and is mostly safe in naturally occurring levels, but can be dangerous if we are over-exposed. Similarly ionising radiation is mostly dangerous, unless we keep the levels very low, like when we have an X-ray.
Wireless technologies like mobile phones, cordless (DECT) phones and wi-fi emit microwave radiation. We haven’t been widely exposed to them for long enough to know what levels, if any, are safe in the long-term. Just like smoking and asbestos, it will take a long time for the health effects to be fully appreciated. We will probably only know the full effects once the generation growing up now, which has been exposed from birth, reach their 50's or 60's .
In the meantime, there is a wealth of evidence indicating that in the long-run mobile phones and other wireless technology contributes to a range of health problems, not least cancers. There is an indication that this effect could be very significant.
Research shows that radiation penetrates more deeply into a child's head and that it affects children more than adults. A Spanish study found that a single call lasting just two minutes, can alter the natural electrical activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour afterwards.
Other studies have found a range of other effects on children, including impaired memory and concentration as well as an association with behavioural problems.
It is surprising that while parents are worrying more than ever about nutrition and chemicals in food, we are exposing our children, in some cases day and night, to a new and potentially lethal toxin whose long-term effects on health, intelligence and behaviour are unquantified.
Professor Leif G. Salford (Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Lund University, Sweden) about exposure of the public to microwave radiation from mobile phones