Radiation Creates Concern Over Frequency Pollution Part 3
Home Radiation Protection
Many people aren't waiting around for global consensus on
the issue. Some are calling inspection services like Dirty
Electricity Solutions to measure radio frequencies in their
homes and offices and outfit them with filters. The
International Association of Fire Fighters has demanded that
their stations not be fitted with cellphone antennas until
more research proves their safety.
One municipality in Norway just banned cellphones from a
public beach, to make it accessible to people with
electro-sensitivities (like Norway's former prime minister,
Gro Harlem Brundtland, who won't allow cellphones within 12
feet of her because she says they give her headaches).
Sweden, with an estimated 250,000 sufferers, leads the pack
by recognizing EHS as a full-on disability. Authorities
there will not only electrically retrofit your home and your
office, but will make a restaurant remove, say, offensive
lighting if an electrically sensitive person wants to eat
there but can't – kind of like Canada's policy on wheelchair
ramps. Stockholm's even planning a special EHS-friendly
A little closer to home, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay
recently shocked onlookers by banning wireless Internet from
most of its campus. A controversial move in these parts, but
school prez Fred Gilbert says the jury's still out on
Wi-Fi's health impact. That, he says, is enough to justify a
precautionary approach, even if it means taking a ribbing
from the tech sector and students.
"You run a certain risk if you go against the wave of
implementation," says Gilbert. "But I think at the end of
the day, when you can do something to avoid exposure until
we have more definitive information, I think we're making
the right decision."
Warren Bell sits on the board of the Canadian Association of
Physicians for the Environment. He says this would not be
the first time we've jumped on technology that works well in
the lab but not so well in the real world. "Our industrial
civilization has embarked on a lot of courses without a lot
of documentation on their safety or lack of safety. As a
result, we've got ourselves in a number of different
corners, something we have subsequently come to regret."
Whether or not our beloved personal communications
technology will be one of those isn't yet clear, says Bell,
but based on our history, we might want to look a little
harder before we jump.
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