Executive Summary: Wireless Technology and Public Health

Digital and wireless devices have provided many benefits, however, we are now realizing that the rapid adoption of this novel technology has not been accompanied by adequate regulation, monitoring or safety precautions.

Widespread use of digital media and near constant exposure to wireless devices has caused increasing concern among scientists, health care professionals, psychologists, educators and the public who are now considering this is not only a public health issue but a looming public health crisis. (11,108) It appears that we are at the same point of emerging science similar to early recognition of health impacts associated with tobacco, asbestos, coal dust and lead. (119) These concerns are amplified by industry proposals for a massive expansion of wireless infrastructure and connectivity.

Through both science and observation, we are learning that there are significant adverse health, psychosocial, environmental, privacy and security issues associated with the use of this modern technology. This raises many challenges and questions for physicians and other health care professionals, patients and our society regarding the development and use of this technology. To date digital technology has not been addressed in the U.S. from a public health, individual health or environmental perspective.

The abundance of peer reviewed science showing harm coupled with obsolete radiofrequency safety guidelines that fail to address long term health effects and non-thermal biological effects indicate that a precautionary approach is essential to reduce potential harm to the public and the environment. (11, 14, 20) Relevant factors which are also not considered in exposure standards include critical windows of development, genetic variability/predisposition, age, individual health status, combined toxic exposures and simultaneous exposure to multiple frequencies.  Several countries and cities around the world have recently adopted policies which reduce exposure, limit advertising of digital devices to children and increase transparency regarding measurements of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and documented health effects. (119)

This website was created to highlight relevant research and help physicians understand how the use of digital technology can cause or contribute to a wide variety of health effects, both mental and physical. Physicians are encouraged to incorporate this evidence-based knowledge in their discussions with patients, and to advise a precautionary approach to improve health and well-being.

 

Executive Summary: Wireless Technology and Public Health

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The Environment Affects Our Health
Health Effects of Wireless Devices and Digital Technology
Beneficial and Harmful Effects of EMR
Exposure Guidelines Are Based Only on Heat Damage to Cells
How Can Non-Ionizing Radiation Be Harmful?
Biochemical Mechanisms of Harm from Microwave Radiofrequency EMR
Epigenetics:  Indirect Alteration of DNA Functions
Synergistic and Co-Carcinogenic Effects
Acute Effects: Electrosensitivity as a Clinical Diagnosis
Chronic Disease Rising Along with Rising Health Care Costs
Electronic Devices: A Modifiable Health Risk Behavior?
Biologic Harm to Living Organisms 
Trees Harmed by Radiofrequency EMR
Other Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Devices and Digital Technology
Scientists Warn of Public Health Crisis
Organizations Recognizing Harm from Microwave Radiofrequency Radiation
Precautionary Principle and Harm Reduction
The Precautionary Principle of Science Defined
Physicians for Safe Technology

The use of wireless devices and general use of technology is convenient and useful but can have significant health impacts on children, adults, the environment and our society at large. It poses a threat to all living organisms. There is significant scientific evidence that this technology should be considered as another health risk behavior with precautions advised. There are currently insufficient regulations or guidelines for safe use. The Physicians for Safe Technology website will present the scientific evidence, rationale and recommendations for the safer use of digital technology.

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