On behalf of Centerville Concerned Citizens I am responding to your Aug. 2 Cheers & Jeers editorial “Cell tower hysteria persists on the Cape.”
Like you, I never gave a second thought to the potential harms of wireless technology. In fact, I used to run wireless campaigns for the Ashland public schools – until an electrical engineer tipped me off there could be risks.
First, I found studies indicating no harm – but those were funded by industry, so I dug a little deeper.
I was astounded to discover the report “Mobile Telecommunications and Health,” published in 2000 based on a study commissioned by the German parent company of T-Mobile, indicating:
• Gene toxicity.
• DNA damage.
• Central nervous system impairments to the blood brain barrier, neurotransmitters and cognitive function.
• Immune system damage.
• Impairment of stress hormones and melatonin.
• Cancers including the brain, blood, central nervous system, eyes, breasts, testicles, uterus, skin and more.
• Infertility and miscarriage.
• Sleep disturbances, headaches, exhaustion, lack of concentration, irritability, anxiety, stress, skin abnormalities, cardiovascular issues and more.
Unclassified U.S. military studies had reported the same from decades before.
A 2018 paper summarizes more recent studies too: “5G: Great Risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them” was written by Martin Pall, a retired professor of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University.
Our own government, via the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s $30 million cellphone study, in November determined there is “clear evidence” of cancer and DNA damage from high exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
Dr. Anthony Miller, a longtime senior adviser to the World Health Organization, published a 2018 paper stating we now have the conclusive evidence to reclassify all wireless radiofrequency radiation, previously labeled as probably carcinogenic, to Group 1 status: a known human carcinogen.
I thought surely someone must have our backs on this. Then Harvard published “Captured Agency: How the FCC is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates,” detailing the revolving door between industry and Federal Communications Commission personnel, Big Tobacco tactics to suppress evidence of harm in the media, and doubt created among consumers.
Most of our municipalities therefore have no understanding that wireless is toxic, so our towns unwittingly permit antennas in public access ways, on water towers in neighborhoods and, yes, in church steeples too.
The industry is also installing utility “smart” meters that pulse toxic radiation into our homes 24/7.
The insurance giant Lloyd’s of London and others already recognize wireless radiation as a leading risk and put exclusions in their policies. That means the industry is not typically insured for damages, so it passes that liability on to our towns.
The industry has also succeeded in installing hazardous mesh Wi-Fi systems in our schools through its 21st Century Classroom “one-to-one” campaign, with the goal of putting a laptop or other electronic device in the hands of an untapped market – our children.
In my personal conversations with school nurses, they have reported an increase in headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, irregular heartbeats, skin abnormalities, cognitive impairment, behavior issues, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation since the Wi-Fi systems went in. These are classic microwave sickness symptoms – and all wireless signals operate in the microwave segment of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Nellie Bowles of The New York Times reported in 2018 that Silicon Valley executives send their children to schools with no technology, and have their nannies sign contracts prohibiting any kind of screens near their children.
College kids approach me saying they can’t sleep – which makes sense, since they’ve never been taught to put their personal devices in airplane mode at night. Plus, the dorms have Wi-Fi routers pulsing 24/7, and industry targets college campuses for cell towers.
The message is not “no technology,” but rather “safe technology.”
New Hampshire and Oregon just passed laws to protect the public, and several bills are pending in Massachusetts too.
The Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is preparing to release fact sheets on the health effects of electromagnetic fields.
Officials from all towns should read the policy paper “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” – the road map to safe, sustainable infrastructure instead of toxic cell towers.
I urge readers to look at the documents in my research repository (search Cece Doucette, understanding EMFs) and YouTube presentations, watch the award-winning film “Generation Zapped,” or take the quick half-hour course from the international nonprofit organization Wireless Education, available at wirelesseducation.org.
The Cape deserves a plan for safe, responsible technology instead of more wireless infrastructure.
Cecelia “Cece” Doucette of Ashland is a technology safety educator and activist.