Health Impacts of RF Emissions

Goals

To obtain recent medical and public health research on the health impacts of radiofrequency (RF) emissions from Wi-Fi. Specifically, the aim is to obtain research on how these emissions affect children's health. This information would be used to determine whether to add Wi-Fi to a product being developed.

Early Findings

  • "Public Health and the Radio Frequency Radiation Emitted by Cellphone Technology, Smart Meters and WiFi": Published by the New Zealand Medical Journal in 2018, this report analyzes several studies on the impact of RF emissions on public health.
  • Susan Pockett concludes that "most studies showing no harmful effects of RF are flawed"; also, "most studies showing harmful effects of RF are flawed". A major reason behind these flawed findings is the fact that they are sometimes biased and tailored towards achieving a specific outcome. Therefore, additional and honest research is required to determine if these emissions indeed have an effect, and to what extent.
  • The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) argues that there is currently "no established scientific evidence" to prove whether low exposure to RF electromagnetic energy (EME) from Wi-fi affects the health of children or the public adversely.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, "it isn't clear what effects, if any, RF radiation has at levels of exposure too low to produce heating".
  • Catherine Roberts analyzed a recent government research that established a connection "between cell-phone radiation and cancer". In this article, Roberts concludes that "any potential harm from exposure to radiation from devices is far from certain".

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