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The Dangers Of Wireless Radiation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2021— Devra Davis Ph.D., MPH founder of the Environmental Health Trust, is an epidemiologist and toxicologist as well as an author on three books on environmental hazards. She served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, was founding director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and former professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. As one of the lead authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she was part of the team of scientists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with honorable Al Gore.
Recently, Davis and her organization, Environmental Health Trust (EHT), won a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit with a favorable judgment. In its ruling, the court found the FCC ignored scientific evidence showing harm from wireless radiation and ordered the FCC to reexamine the science on long term exposure, environmental impacts and impacts to children.
The court held that the FCC failed to respond to “record evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation at levels below the FCC’s current limits may cause negative health effects unrelated to cancer.” The court also said that the agency demonstrated “a complete failure to respond to comments concerning environmental harm caused by RF radiation.” The court found the FCC ignored numerous organizations, scientists, medical doctors -including the American Academy of Pediatrics -who have repeatedly called on the FCC to update its 1996 human exposure wireless limits. Thousands of pages of evidence were included in the filings.
For more than a decade, Davis has published and reviewed respected research studies that confirm the dangers of wireless radiation. She has testified to Congress on the issue and long worked with physicians, scientists, other epidemiologists and toxicologists who concur that mobile devices, Wi-Fi, 5G and other radio-frequency systems pose a health risk to humans, animals and the environment.
Associating Cell Phone Radiation To Cancer
Cell phones were not premarket safety tested before they came on the market in the 80s because they were assumed to be safe. However, in 2011 the World Health Organization concluded cell phone radiation was a “possible” carcinogen based on findings of brain cancer in studies of people who use cell phones heavily for many years.
Since that time, the evidence has significantly increased associating cell phone radiation to cancer and many experts conclude cell phone radiation is a human carcinogen. In addition, numerous well-documented scientific research studies have demonstrated that cell phone radiation can impact reproductive organs and the brain.
Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He is professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has also been trying to educate the public on the dangers of wireless radiation. His research findings have been pivotal in demonstrating harm from wireless radiation exposure particularly prenatal exposure. “We need to act now,” said Taylor. “If I were someone who’s considering pregnancy, or someone who is pregnant or the mother of a young child, I think it’s just important to move that cell phone away from you and not be exposed to that radiation any more than possible.”
“The FCC must update it’s 25 year-old safety limits for wireless radiation from cell phones, cell towers and wireless devices. The fact that the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the FCC to explain why it has ignored years of scientific research that demonstrates harm from radiation is a critical step in the right direction,” said Davis who argues that the FCC’s outdated limits place Americans everywhere at risk, especially in the era of 5G.
“We submitted thousands of pages of peer-reviewed, published scientific data to the FCC over the last several years documenting the need for health agencies to create safety limits that protect against biological effects. Infrastructure policy should prioritize safe wired broadband rather than wireless networks in order to reduce public exposure,” Davis added. “Unfortunately, the telecom industry is now pushing millions of new 5G wireless antennas into neighborhoods and billions of new wireless devices putting more people in harm’s way every day.”
“The research demonstrates long term exposure can lead to serious health effects,” Davis explained. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of time to wait for the public to realize the dangers are real.”
For more information on the Environmental Health Trust, go to www.ehtrust.org.
About Environmental Health Trust
Founded in 2007, Environmental Health Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a think tank that promotes a healthier environment through research, education and policy. EHT conducts cutting edge research on environmental health hazards and works with communities, health, education professionals and policymakers to understand and mitigate these hazards. Currently, EHT works with scientists, policymakers, teachers, parents and students to promote awareness on how to practice safe technology. EHT was created to promote health and preventing disease one person, one community and one nation at a time. For more information on Environmental Health Trust, visit www.ehtrust.org.