A new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 says that evidence
for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from
electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies (radiofrequency
radiation). The Report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies. Cell
phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at
“There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a
malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and
cordless phones,” says Lennart Hardell, MD at Orebro University,
Sweden. “Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be
classified as a human carcinogen.
The existing FCC/IEE and ICNIRP
public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect
A dozen new studies link cell phone radiation to sperm damage. Even a
cell phone in the pocket or on a belt may harm sperm DNA, result in
misshapen sperm, and impair fertility in men. Laptop computers with
wireless internet connections can damage DNA in sperm.
Based on strong evidence for vulnerable biology in autism, EMF/RFR can
plausibly increase autism risk and symptoms. "While we aggressively
investigate the links between autism disorders and wireless
technologies, we should minimize wireless and EMF exposures for people
with autism disorders, children of all ages, people planning a baby, and
during pregnancy,” says Martha Herbert, MD, PhD.
Wireless devices such as phones and laptops used by pregnant women may
alter brain development of the fetus. This has been linked in both
animal and human studies to hyperactivity, learning and behavior
According to David O. Carpenter, MD, co-editor:
“There is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting
billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light
of the evidence for harm.”
This study covers EMF from powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and
hand-held devices; and from wireless technologies (cell and cordless
phones, cell towers, ‘smart meters’, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless
routers, baby monitors, and other electronic devices). Health topics
include damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior,
attention, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like
Alzheimer’s disease. New safety standards are urgently needed for
protection against EMF and wireless exposures that now appear everywhere
in daily life.
The BioInitiative 2012 Report is available at: www.bioinitiative.org.
BioInitiative Working Group
Cindy Sage, (805) 969-0557