Children and fetuses are at especial risk from radiation from cellphones and Wi-Fi, a panel of three medical doctors and two Ph.D.’s said yesterday in Baltimore.
“The weight of evidence is clear, cellphones do cause cancer,” said Devra Davis, Ph.D., president of the Environmental Health Trust.
The infant brain, especially in the womb, is vulnerable to radiation, said Dr. Hugh Taylor, Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine.
He said there is a correlation between cellphone use in pregnancy and behavioral problems in the children. They may have attention-deficit and be hyper-active, he said.
He urged expectant mothers to keep cellphones away from the abdomens.
WJZ/Baltimore, the local CBS station, covered the meeting and posted a video.
Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neurologist of Mass. General Hospital, Harvard University, said there is a “triple, quadruple whammy between the biological effect, the psychological effects and the brain waves effects.”
U.S. Lags in Cellphone, Wi-Fi Warnings
The panel said the U.S. lags behind other countries when it comes to radiation research and prevention.
The most complete list of dangers and precautions that can be taken regarding cellphone and computer use has been compiled by Camilla Rees, founder of the Electromagnetic Health website.
It has 54 sections at present.
Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., Harvard Medical School, clinical psychologist, said cellphones are “stressing and straining our family relationships because the average mom or dad will check their phones 60 to 110 times a day.”
She urged parents, upon returning home, to talk to their children first before reaching for their cellphones. Other advice was switch from cordless to landline phones and have a wired computer Ethernet access cable, a wired mouse, and a wired keyboard.