Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D., retired U.S. Government scientist, urges libraries in a special paper to set an example of safe technology by converting to wired devices.
Powell, who has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and who lives in Montgomery Village, Md., authored the four-page paper on Aug. 20, 2015. Certain parts are updated in a more recent paper that also applies to schools.
His message is that the international biomedical research community is trying to warn people about the dangers of electro-magnetic radiation “but as a society, we are not listening.”
Libraries can protect their users and staffs from dangerous radiation by converting to wired devices which are not only faster but safe, he says.
“Current federal standards for limiting exposure to the radiation “are outdated and overly permissive,” he says. They are based on thermal heating alone.
“The invisible nature of radiofrequency/microwave radiation leaves the public and decision-makers unaware of the radiation around them,” he adds.
“The genuine usefulness of wireless devices promotes denial of the risks. The intense advertising, the economic power, and the political power of profitable wireless industries enables them to dominate the public dialogue and hold sway over government regulators and legislators.”
Ashton Asks Westhampton to Dump Wi-Fi
Dave Ashton, who is petitioning the U.K. government to support those with electro-magnetic sensitivities, has emailed the Westhampton library board asking it to replace Wi-Fi equipment with wired technology.
Dear Westhampton Library Board Members,
I've recently read Jack O'Dwyer's article on wi-fi in your library.
I'm from the UK, and I have nothing to gain by saying this, other than wanting to raise awareness that wi-fi is harmful, that it is not needed, and that by providing wi-fi in your library, you would effectively discriminate against the growing segment of the population which is electrosensitive like me, and also directly harm your employees and visitors.
I note the Special Needs page on your website. Please believe me that no person with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) could tolerate being in a wi-fi environment for more than a few seconds.
In an age when we're all exposed to this radiation in our homes, work, public places, transport and the outside environment, perhaps your library could even make a virtue of being a wi-fi "not spot" - a refuge from the ubiquitous electrosmog found elsewhere.
Wi-fi emits pulsed microwave radiation, currently at frequencies of 2.4 or 5GHz. The biological effects of exposure to this radiation at supposedly "safe", non-thermal levels have been known about for many decades.
Radiofrequency radiation, which includes microwaves, is officially classified as a possible carcinogen. It may promote cancer.
Children, Elderly Vulnerable
Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those already predisposed to illness are said to be especially vulnerable to the effects of this radiation, although it harms everyone - and this will include library employees. Some of the early warning signs will include headaches, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, cardiovascular problems, gastro-intestinal issues, faintness, and behavioural changes.
Wi-fi is not needed in a library; wired ethernet internet connections will be faster, more secure, and, most importantly, will not emit pulsed microwave radiation.
France bans children of under three from being exposed to wi-fi radiation in nurseries and public meeting places, and which restricts the exposure of older children to this Group 2B carcinogen.
The 2015 International EMF Scientist Appeal, which was sent to the UN, the UN Environmental Programme, all UN member states, and the World Health Organisation, has now been signed by 220 international experts on the biological effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. They urge these organisations and nations to "address the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods"
Don’t Trust Government or “Authorities”
You will be told by the Government and the authorities that this radiation is safe at current exposure levels.
Rather than take their word for it (and note that the Chairman of the FCC used to head the CTIA - the cellular trade association), you might be interested in a patent application from one telecoms company to reduce the "electrosmog" from wi-fi; technology that has never actually been implemented. In the application, Swisscom says:
"The risk of damage to health through electrosmog has also become better understood as a result of more recent and improved studies.
When, for example, human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material has been demonstrated and there have been indications of an increased cancer risk (Mashevich et al., 2003) … an aneuploidy (=numerical chromosome aberration) - was observed as a function of the SAR, demonstrating that this radiation has a genotoxic effect … These findings indicate that the genotoxic effect of electromagnetic radiation is elicited via a non-thermal pathway. Moreover aneuploidy is to be considered as a known phenomenon in the increase of cancer risk."
We are all taking part in what Dr. Leif Salford called the "largest biological experiment ever" through our exposure to this pulsed microwave radiation.
Please, for the sake of your staff, your visitors, and most especially the young children, pregnant women and the elderly using your facilities, as well as electrosensitive individuals, opt out of this particular experiment.