Worrying BBC report on the health effects of WiFi
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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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May 23, 2007

Speaking as someone who spends at least 6-7 hours on a laptop with wireless internet, and whose kids spend around an hour on one - at home and in school - I found this TV report (shown on Monday) really shocking.
The radiation emitted in a classroom full of wireless computers was found to be 3 times as much as the radiation emitted by a mobile phone mast!
You can watch the full Panorama programme or read an article about it here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/6674675.stm



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LesBrets  Identity Verified
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Thanks May 23, 2007

Very interesting Nesrin, indeed we never fear what we do not see!

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Shirley Lao  Identity Verified
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Electrical Sensitivity (or Hypersensitivity) May 23, 2007

Nowadays, some people are sensitive or hypersensitive (EHS) to electromagnetic waves. They develop various symptoms when they are near sources of electromagnetic waves.

People who have developed EHS have a physiological disorder, characterized by neurological and idiopathic reactions, that noticeably appear or intensify near sources of EMFs such as electrical appliances, especially VDUs (computer monitors), power lines, fluorescent lights, mobile phones, cordless phones, wireless computers (wLANs), mobile phone base stations, etc.

http://www.ei-resource.org/electrical-sensitivity.asp


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Buzzy
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Another useful link May 23, 2007

You might also be interested to read this, for some differing opinions:

http://www.badscience.net/?p=414#more-414


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Inconclusive evidence May 23, 2007

I just read the entire article from start to finish; I wouldn’t call it “alarming”. I would call it food for thought and a chance to moderate undue use of wifi.

At this point in time, I really don’t think wifi (like cell phones) is going to go away anytime soon.
Parents and schools need to consider the information in the article (still inconclusive) and take steps to prevent overexposure to wifi radiation. As they say, "better safe than sorry".


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LuciaC
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The scientists' opinion... May 23, 2007

"Scientists reject Panorama's claims on Wi-Fi radiation risks"
http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2084525,00.html

I think there is a lot of research to be done. How about mobile phones? We haven't heard anything about them for a while.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Ok then :-) May 23, 2007

John Cutler wrote:

I just read the entire article from start to finish; I wouldn’t call it “alarming”.


Ok, I've downgraded the posting title from "alarming" to "worrying". I don't want to be guilty of any scaremongering.


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Jim Tucker  Identity Verified
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"Wi-fi seems unlikely to pose any risk to health" May 23, 2007

"the intensity of wi-fi radiation is 100,000 times less than that of a domestic microwave oven"


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6676129.stm


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Jim Tucker  Identity Verified
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another badscience post debunking the bbc story May 27, 2007

http://www.badscience.net/?p=418

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