The cumulative effect of all types of radiation
We are living in an unprecedented time with our cumulative exposure to non-ionizing radiation from microwave ovens, DECT cordless phones, ubiquitous Wi-Fi cell phones, tablets, smart meters, cell towers and so on. We have no way of yet knowing the full extent of long term health effects.
Many studies already have associated various health effects with excessive exposure to non-ionizing radiation. The big question is what is excessive exposure? Health Canada does acknowledge cell phones as possible carcinogens and that more studies are warranted. So, if more studies are warranted, why forge ahead allowing Wi-Fi in schools and cell towers in residential areas? This increases our exposure, when we still don't have a handle on potential damage from our current exposure.
So far, studies showing correlations between this type of radiation and an increase in cancer and infertility rates are very concerning. We should adopt the precautionary principle as other countries have done.
Use corded phones, reheat food on a stove, use earbud, keep cell phones away from your body, charge them in other rooms, put the phone on speaker, text instead of calling, limit time on other devices using Wi-Fi and use cases that protect from radiation, use only hard wired internet, or at least shut down Wi-Fi at night when our bodies repair.
We cannot 'turn off ' a cell tower and so people are concerned about them being close to their homes. Studies over a 10 year period associated higher cancer rates in people whose homes were closer than 400m to a cell tower in Israel and Germany.
One particular tower in Charlottetown is now within meters of homes, in a more densely populated residential area than any other cell tower in P.E.I. and is within 300m of an elementary school.
If telecommunications companies are good corporate citizens they should explain the amount of radiation emitted from their cell towers based on proximity to people and also how these levels compare to precautionary standards worldwide. Public concerns are trivialized when cell tower emissions are compared to an 80 watt lightbulb.
Industry Canada currently has the ultimate say for the placement of all cell towers. However, there is inherent conflict when federal government receives large payments from telecommunications companies, while holding the responsibility of safeguarding the health of Canadians.
In Canada, Safety Code 6 describes the limits of human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic energy in the frequency range of 3kHz-300GHz. However, this limit has recently been called into question and is 100 times higher than the limits set by China, Italy, Russia and Switzerland. The Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article June 16, 2015 "Scientists decry Canada's outdated Wi-Fi safety rules."
Technology is evolving much faster than mainstream health information surrounding it's use. Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) feel that there has been very little acknowledgement from Health Canada of the evidence of harm from radiofrequency radiation.
Those concerned about the cumulative effect of all types of radiation just don't want the regret of another situation like thalidomide, DDT, cigarette smoking, DES, asbestos, or something worse.