Public Service Announcement on the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations To Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure
Public Service Announcement on the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations To Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure
EHT has created two short videos about safer technology. One is 30 Seconds and the other is one minute and 30 seconds! Shot in Jackson Hole Wyoming and showing in local movie theatres. This PSA includes recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Vienna, Athens and Cyprus Medical Association recommendations.
Watch the 1.5 Minute Public Service Announcement here
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices.
“They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee in the AAPs press release on the NTP Study Results.
American Academy of Pediatrics Official Letters on Cell Phones and Wireless Radiation
Can Chronic Cellphone Use Hinder your Infant’s Development?
By Meghan Ryan
The two most important communicative mechanisms a newborn innately has to navigate his world are eye gaze and crying. From birth, newborns are constantly developing speech, language and communication skills with every response they command from their caregiver. As early as 5 days old, an infant can tailor his cries to reflect hunger, wetness, or discomfort as well as differentiate between mother and caregiver. Additionally, very early on newborns and infants develop prelinguistic skills: eye gaze (signaling a cue for communication) and joint attention – the ability of an infant to rest his or her gaze on a object at the same time the caregiver is looking at the same object. It is speculated that eye gaze between baby and mother is one of the most important prelinguistic skills to occur before verbal communication develops. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01311.x/full
However, excessive cell phone usage can work to hinder the communicative rhythm and bonding experience that new mothers and infants work to establish, especially within the first six months. Communicative cues can be easily missed and trying to decode differences in newborn cries (hunger vs wet diaper) can become very difficult. As it is so important for new mothers to pay attention to different cries, constant distraction from a cell phone can alter the way the other perceives the cry, thus making it more difficult to decode. Infants are so intuitive early on, that even the slightest delay in response to a coo or a cry can alter the way they perceive their world. Additionally, if a mother is perusing high-emotion content that is so pertinent in Facebook and social media, the overflow of emotion may inadequately color her response to the infant.
Breastfeeding can also be affected by a constant need to search the web or pursue Facebook, taking away from a significant bonding period for mother and baby, according to Erin Odom, author of “The Humbled Homemaker” blog. Physically, the mother may be present but mentally they are “somewhere else”.
Many mothers use the cellphone to pass the time during the long nursing/feeding sessions of early infancy. However, infants are highly communicative during feeding, and texting and social media, when so engrossing, can distract a mother from the needs of the infant.
Chronic cell phone usage such as texting and social media usage could absolutely hinder infant development as a result of missed cues on the part of the mother. The early months of a newborn who continuously has to wait for mother while looking at the cellphone before responding, to cry initiation for communication or other cues, the brain’s connections will actually reorganize around this delay, later dampening the development of instinctual communication between mother and infant.
Additionally, chronic cell phone usage can mean maternal distraction from infant needs, allowing the mother to tune-out and miss potential cues into what their newborn baby needs. As a result the confidence of new moms in their own ability to respond to their infant’s communicative gestures can also be affected.
It is best to put the cellphone aside when engaging in otherwise nurturing activities with new babies so that communicative and prelinguistic cues are attended to and understood. If chronic texting/social media occurs, it is best to remove media from the interaction between mom and baby.
About Meghan Ryan, MS CCC-SLP, CHHC
Meghan is a practicing speech-language pathologist and certified holistic health coach. She is the owner of Smart Speech Inc., a home-based speech therapy consultation service that is available throughout NY. She is also the co-founder of The 360 Parenting Group, a holistic parent coaching service for families of children with special needs. Some of her services include traditional speech language therapy available throughout Westchester County, NY, remote consultation and a unique focus on precautionary practices and parent/caregiver education. For more information, or to schedule a free 30-minute consultation, please visit http://www.smartspeechny.com or contact [email protected]
Time, CNN and Fox News have all picked up on the WHO’s recent announcement that cell phones may be linked to cancer. Although the language is a bit soft, the beginnings of change are starting and the evidence is mounting.
Take some precautions when it comes to your cell phone. Especially if your children use them. The mass experiment being run on the human race is starting to have some casualties.
You can read the entire WHO report here…
Globally more than four billion phones are in use, with more than half of all users believed to be children and young adults. Over the past two decades, models of the human head have been devised based on imaging studies and used to estimate the extent and rate of radiation energy absorption to the brain, the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). IEEE and ICNIRP SAR recommendations rest solely on avoiding thermal effects on the adult male head under conditions of a six minute long call and do not take into account the long-term cell phone use, the length of calls, non-thermal biological effects, the smaller size and greater physiological vulnerability and increased absorption to the heads of children and females.
Published in the European Journal of Oncology, a study by the Ramazzini Institute: the National Institute for the Study and Control of Cancer and Environmental Diseases, Bologna, Italy 2010
Click the link below to view the full report in PDF
Below are companies, to date, who are committed to protecting employee health and agree to:
- Promote cell phone safety by distributing Environmental Health Trust information
- Provide headsets to all employees who use phones for business
- Sponsor Environmental Health Trust
- Create their own programs to promote cell phone safety
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Here is some information about how safe mobile phones are for children. More information, and some ways to reduce the risk, are available at our website: http://www.mobilewise.org/
Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and controlling environmental health hazards, launched its Global Campaign for Safer Cell Phones in a dozen nations this month.
The campaign’s goal is to promote the public right to know about ways to reduce cell phone radiation, providing open-source resources that educate and motivate health professionals, teachers, parents and students about simple and safer ways to use cell phones.
Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, President of EHT, launched the campaign with a lecture on April 9 at 2:00 pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Lecture Hall 205, in Toronto, Canada. In addition to discussing the campaign’s goals, Dr. Davis will release a new pamphlet prepared by physicians on cell phone safety, as well as a set of creative warning stickers to be placed on phones.
“This global campaign is designed to alert the planet’s five billion cell phone customers that heavy use of phones next to the body increases infertility, cancer and neurological problems,” said Dr. Davis. “We’re launching this campaign in Canada because this country is about to elect a new government, and the government has a duty to warn its citizens about the dangers of that cell phone in their pocket, and protect the basic right to know about such risks.”
The physicians pamphlet, titled “Cell Phones & Health: Simple Precautions Make Sense,” was created by a group of leading US and French oncologists and neurosurgeons. It outlines steps for protecting one’s family from cell phone radiation and shares recent findings about the negative impact this radiation can have on the health of both adults and children.
“Every cell phone comes with a set of safety warnings in small print that few people read,” said Dr. Davis. “They have a right to know what cell phone manufacturers are warning about their products, and this brochure is designed to spotlight that information.”
The idea for the cell phone safety sticker campaign came from an EHT initiative being carried out with the Jackson, Wyoming school system and Town Council. “We believe that kids are more likely to pay attention to cell phone safety if the warnings come in the form of stickers they can place on their phones,” she said.
Dr. Davis, who contributed to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore, has testified before a U.S. Senate panel about the dangers of cell phone use, is the author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (Dutton, 2010). She is the first Director of the National Academy of Science’s Board of Toxicology and Environmental Studies, founder and former Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Cancer Center and is a National Cancer Center Institute Senior Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology.
Determined to protect children from the dangers of cell phone irradiation, Dr. Davis conceived the Campaign to serve as a model for communities across the US and around the globe. The campaign website provides access to free tools such as “safety cards” that list safer cell phone practices, appealing to teachers, health care professionals, parents, and students alike.
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Phoning It In? Some of the federal government’s own scientists say that it’s not doing enough to determine whether cell phones pose a health risk.
The Federal Communications Commission has not updated the standards for cell phone safety since 1996. Greg Lotz of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, along with others, speak with the National Journal about the need for more federal oversight to regulate cell phone safety.
This article appeared in the Saturday, April 9, 2011 edition of National Journal and was published online at http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/cell-phone-safety-ignored-in-washington-20110407?mrefid=site_search.