WHO/IARC Position On Wireless And Health

Please watch these videos of World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on Cancer’s Position on Wireless and Health.

What Is The World Health Organization (WHO) Position on Wireless and Health?

  1. Wireless radiation is classified as a “Possible Human Carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization(WHO).
  1. The Class 2B classification includes wireless radiation from any transmitting source such as cellphones, baby monitors, tablets, cell towers, radar, other wifi, etc. It applies to RF-EMF in the range of 30 KHz to 300 GHz emitted from any device. This fact is detailed in The Lancet article and in the related press release in 2011. All wireless electronic devices emit RF-EMF (wireless radiation). It does not matter what type of device is the source. While cell phone use at the head results in highest exposures to the brain, many other devices emit lower levels of exposures that can have a cumulative effect on the whole body.
  1. The WHO IARC Monograph states that research shows this radiation is absorbed deeper into children’s bodies than into adults.
    • The 2013 published Monograph states, “the average exposure from use of the same mobile phone is higher by a factor of 2 in a child’s brain and higher by a factor of 10 in the bone marrow of the skull.” Read these details on page 34 of the World Health Organization’s International Association for Research on Cancer’s published Monograph on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.
  1. The WHO IARC Director Christopher Wild recommended taking measures to reduce exposures until research on long term exposures is completed in light of the risk classification.
    • The 2011 Press Release by the WHO IARC states, “Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings,” said IARC Director Christopher Wild, “it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting.”
  1. In 2010 WHO stated that significantly more research is needed.
    The WHO has published a 36-page Research Agenda for Radiofrequency Fields (Wireless) detailing the critical research that still needs to be done with wireless, calling for research that looks at the connection with neurodegenerative diseases, cognition, and cancer—among other endpoints. Please note the following points made in the research agenda:

    • The agenda states it a high priority to look at “Prospective cohort studies of children and adolescents with outcomes including behavioural and neurological disorders and cancer”. They recommend a “longitudinal design, thereby allowing the study of several outcomes and changes in technology and the use of mobile phones as well as other sources of RF EMF exposure, such as wireless laptops.”
    • The agenda prioritizes “Effects of early-life and prenatal RF exposure on development and behaviour “ because “there is still a paucity of information concerning the effects of prenatal and early life exposure to RF EMF on subsequent development and behaviour. Such studies are regarded as important because of the widespread use of mobile phones by children and the increasing exposure to other RF sources such as wireless local area networks (WLANs) and the reported effects of RF EMF on the adult EEG. “
    • Read the Research Agenda here.
  1. WHO IARC scientists continue to publish research and commentary in medical journals detailing that there are no safety assurances with wireless. They state an urgent need for well done directed research.
    • Dr. Samet, Senior Scientist, Chair of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for the Research on Cancer 2011 RF-EMF Working Group stated, “The IARC 2B classification implies an assurance of safety that cannot be offered—a particular concern, given the prospect that most of the world’s population will have lifelong exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.” in his 2014 Commentary calling for more directed research published in the journal Epidemiology.
  1. Many WHO scientists who served as IARC advisors on RF Radiation for the 2011 working group now state that additional scientific evidence indicates that wireless radiation should  be re-classified as a “probable human carcinogen.”
  1. Dr. Hardell is an International Agency for the Research on Cancer expert and now states that wireless “should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines.”
  1. In 2015 over 200 scientists appealed to the WHO and the United Nations to take immediate action to reduce health risks of wireless radiation and “the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods.”
  1. On October 14, 2015, WHO scientists with expertise in wireless radiation wrote a Letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education detailing children’s unique vulnerability to the health risks of wireless technology.
    The Doctors and scientists call for educating students on safer ways to use technology and for installing safer hardwired technology in school classrooms.

  1. In 2002 The World Health Organization issued “Children’s Health and Environment: A Review of Evidence” (see page 184) recommending reducing exposures to children:
    • “The possible adverse health effects in children associated with radiofrequency fields have not been fully investigated.”
    • “Because there are suggestions that RF exposure may be more hazardous for the fetus and child due to their greater susceptibility, prudent avoidance is one approach to keeping children’s exposure as low as possible.”
    • “Further research is needed to clarify the potential risks of ELF-EMF and radiofrequency fields for children’s health.”

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