Saturday, 30 November 2013

Have you read your Safety Manual and Disclaimers?

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iPads: How Safe Are Our Children?
TheGreenGazette July-August 2013

In the past few years, iPad has become many adults’ best friend and children’s babysitter. It is used as a computer, eBook reader, camera, video/music player, word processor, communication device, drawing tool, game pad, and more.

Apple says, “Read all safety information below and operating instructions before using iPad to avoid injury.” The safety information provided with purchase is a small booklet of 3 1/4" x 5", with text so tiny it is practically illegible without magnifying glasses. As a result, most people have never read the following:

iPad contains radio transmitters and receivers. When on, iPad sends and receives radio frequency (RF) energy through its antenna. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® antennas are located behind the screen to the left of the Home button, and behind the Apple logo... A cellular antenna is located at the top edge of iPad Wi-Fi+3G, when oriented with the Home button at the bottom.”

When dissected a Wi-Fi+3G iPad, they discovered not three but five antennas, including the frame of the LCD screen being a giant antenna.

... to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: Orient the device in portrait mode with the Home button at the bottom of the display, or in landscape mode with the cellular antenna (located under the black edge at the top of the device) away from your body or other objects...”

This means if you don’t handle the iPad exactly as instructed, the RF radiation can exceed governments’ limits for human exposure. Unfortunately, most parents and teachers have no idea about this, and have never communicated the manufacturer’s instructions to children who are using iPads.

The user manual recommends:you can further limit your exposure by limiting the amount of time using iPad Wi-Fi+3G in wireless mode, since time is a factor in how much exposure a person receives, and by placing more distance between your body and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, since exposure level drops off dramatically with distance.”

RF/EMF: 2B Possible Carcinogen

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by wireless communication devices as Type 2B Possible Carcinogen to Humans. The monograph states: “The general population receives the highest exposure from transmitters close to the body... In children... deposition of RF energy may be two times higher in the brain and up to ten times higher in the bone marrow of the skull than in adult users.” The WHO report concluded that additional research is important and advised the public, particularly young adults and children, to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure.

Comparison between iPad and cellphone radiation

The published radiation level of mobile devices is called Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). An iPad on WiFi/3G has an SAR of 0.76-1.19 W/kg, compared to the SAR of an iPhone on GSM/CDMA at 0.547-1.18 W/kg. Many other cellphones have even lower SAR value than the iPhone.

Governments of some countries including Canada have issued warnings on children’s use of cellphones. With iPad’s radiation level being similar to cellphones, the same caution should be taken. Health Canada, “encourages parents to reduce children’s RF exposure... since children are typically more sensitive” and “there is currently a lack of scientific information regarding the potential health impacts of cellphones on children.”

Health Canada advises the following: Limit the length of cellphone calls; replace cellphone calls with text messages or use hands-free devices; and encourage children under the age of 18 to limit their cell phone usage.

Just as we would not put an actively transmitting cellphone against a child’s head for hours a day, we should not put an actively transmitting iPad against the reproductive organ or other parts of a child’s body for hours a day.

900 blasts of radiofrequency per hour

When the WiFi antenna in an iPad is turned on, it emits a burst of radiofrequency approximately every four seconds. That makes 900 blasts per hour in the child’s hands, on his lap, or at his face. This does not include any additional data signals resulting from uploading and downloading activities. Moreover, the blasts at four-second intervals occur even when the user is not accessing the Internet. In other words, even if a child is only using the iPad to draw or to play a game, he still receives 900 blasts an hour as long as the WiFi antenna is left on.

Between 2008 and 2011, the European Union Parliament and the Council of Europe passed multiple resolutions against the “early, ill-considered, and prolonged use of mobiles and other devices emitting microwaves.” Many medical associations in North America and Europe have also issued public statements to warn about the serious health risks associated with using wireless devices. Among them, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine wrote:

In September 2010, the Journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine - Fertility and Sterility reported that only four hours of exposure to a standard laptop using WiFi caused DNA damage to human sperm.”
Multiple studies correlate radiofrequency exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity... Other neurological and cognitive disorders such as headaches, dizziness, tremors, decreased memory and attention, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased reaction times, sleep disturbances, and visual disruptions have been reported to be statistically significant in multiple epidemiological studies with radiofrequency exposure occurring non-locally.”

With the proliferation of the wireless industry, it might not be possible to eliminate all sources of RF radiation. However, a good start is to follow the European parliaments’ advice for an exposure level called A.L.A.R.A. (as low as reasonably achievable). The following resolution was adopted by the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Council this year. While these steps were proposed for schools, they are also useful for reduction of unnecessary exposure at home:

1. to provide on/off switches to WiFi routers; 

2. to establish a protocol of use that 
    (i) WiFi routers and WiFi/3G functions of computers/laptops/tablets are to be turned on only when they are  needed for access to the Internet via the wireless network; and, 
    (ii) Bluetooth function is to be turned on only if it is needed for accessing other Bluetooth-enabled devices. 

3. to observe safety warnings and follow safety instructions in the user manual of iPad by reducing the duration of use under wireless mode and keeping the iPads away from the students’ bodies. 

Note that putting an iPad on airplane mode will initially turn off all antennas on the iPad. However, WiFi and bluetooth antennas can be re-enabled without switching off the airplane mode. Therefore, an iPad showing airplane mode “on” is not a guarantee that all the antennas are off. It is important to check the antennas separately. In addition, when the WiFi function on an iPad shows “Not Connected,” it does not mean the antenna is off. It only means the iPad is not logged onto any available wireless network. To ensure the WiFi antenna is turned off, the WiFi function must read “off.”
Differences between the iPad and an AM/FM Radio
The “radio” frequency emitted by iPad is often confused with AM/FM radio waves. The two actually differ in the following ways: (1) AM/FM radio utilizes analogue signals with a continuous waveform (see diagram below). iPad (via 3G or WiFi) emits digital signals in the form of pulsed microwave, similar to cellphone and DECT cordless phones. Pulsed microwave digital signal has sharp spikes in its waveform. (2) AM/FM radio is one-way transmission, with the listeners at the receiving end only. iPad antennas, on the other hand, work in constant two-way communication. iPad is not only a receiver but also a transmitter of pulsed microwave. The user of an iPad on wireless mode is in direct or close contact with the pulsed microwave signal at its source, which is the strongest.

Graphic adapted from EMfields.
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More Health and Safety Warnings from the iPad User Manual:

Seizures, Blackouts, and Eyestrain
A small percentage of people may be susceptible to blackouts or seizures (even if they have never had one before) when exposed to flashing lights or light patterns such as when playing games or watching video. If you have experienced seizures
or blackouts or have a family history of such occurrences, you should consult a physician before playing games or watching videos on your iPad. Discontinue use of iPad and consult a physician if you experience headaches, blackouts, seizures, convulsion, eye or muscle twitching, loss of awareness, involuntary movement, or disorientation. To reduce risk of headaches, blackouts, seizures, and eyestrain, avoid prolonged use, hold iPad some distance from your eyes, use iPad in a well-lit room, and take frequent breaks.

Glass Parts
The outside cover of the iPad screen is made of glass. This glass could break if iPad is dropped on a hard surface or receives a substantial impact. If the glass chips or cracks, do not touch or attempt to remove the broken glass and stop using iPad. Glass cracked due to misuse or abuse is not covered under the warranty.

Radio Frequency Interference
Radio-frequency emissions from electronic equipment can negatively affect the operation of other electronic equipment, causing them to malfunction... the wireless transmitters and electrical circuits in iPad Wi-Fi + 3G may cause interference in other electronic equipment. Therefore, please take the following precautions:

Use of iPad may be prohibited while traveling in aircraft.
For more information about using Airplane Mode to turn off the iPad wireless transmitters, see the iPad User Guide.

Radio frequency emissions from iPad may affect electronic systems in motor vehicles. Check with the manufacturer or its representative regarding your vehicle.

The Health Industry Manufacturers Association recommends that a minimum separation of 15 cm (6 inches) be maintained between a handheld wireless phone and a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker.

Persons with pacemakers: Should always keep iPad more than 15 cm (6 inches) from the pacemaker when the wireless device is turned on.

If you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place, turn iPad off
immediately (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider).

Other Medical Devices
If you use any other personal medical device, consult the device manufacturer or your physician to determine if it is adequately shielded from radio frequency emissions from iPad.

Health Care Facilities
Hospitals and health care facilities may use equipment that is particularly sensitive to external radio frequency emissions. Turn iPad off when staff or posted signs instruct you to do so.

Blasting Areas and Posted Facilities
To avoid interfering with blasting operations, turn off iPad when in a “blasting area” or in areas posted “Turn off two-way radio.” Obey all signs and instructions.

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Presentation to the Victoria School Board - Nov 18, 2013

On November 2013 the Victoria School Board passed a motion to lift a 3 year moratorium on the installation of commercial grade Wi-Fi networks in our Elementary Schools thereby shifting the fundamental responsibility of keeping children safe, in this case from wireless microwave radiation, an established 2 B carcinogen, onto individual school staff and parents.
Continue Monitoring WiFi Documentation
That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 continues to monitor documentation from the Vancouver Island Health Authority , the Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada and the World Health Organization with regard to the use of WiFi in Schools.  Further, the WiFi Committee recommends that the Board Reviews, on an annual basis. those recommendations and receives updates on any changes.

Allow Use of WiFi in Elementary Schools
Than the Board of Education of School District No. 61 allow the use of WiFi in elementary schools subject to each school first obtaining the support of their school community.

Before the Board decides to pass a motion to lift the current moratorium on wifi installation in our Elementary Schools, thereby increasing indoor levels of microwave radiation significantly and exposing children for many hours everyday needlessly, I think its important to review what the Health Authorities, Health Canada and WHO recommend: 

1) The World Health Organization has established that radio frequency, microwave radiation does pose a threat to human health and has thus classified this type of exposure in the same risk category as lead, DDT and car exhaust, recommending that children especially (and I quote) “take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure” to all chronic sources of  RF radiation. Children are much more vulnerable to all radiation and absorb 10 times more into their bone marrow than an adult! This type of daily exposure causes cumulative damage and significantly increases the risk for developing electro hypersensitivity, neurological disorders, infertility, cancer and more.

 Would we allow our School Officials to spray the playgrounds with pesticide DDT or cover classroom walls with leaded paint or allow idling car exhaust to waft in all day through a window for our children to breath in?  So it begs the question: on what evidence or recommendations do school officials assert MWR emissions from wireless technologies at any level is safe for children?

Often we hear a Wi-Fi router emits only a small amount of MWR, much less then a cell phone for instance; however, one must keep in mind that combining several commercial Wi-Fi routers with a classroom full of iPads, each with 5 transmitters all emitting microwave radiation simultaneously, is many times stronger than a cell phone.  If prolonged use of cell phones has been linked to brain cancer, shouldn’t we also be concerned about powerful ipads, often used for longer periods and held against children’s reproductive organs and other vital organs? Should parents have the right to utilize safer modes of connecting to the internet or should officials be able to deny this and decide for them?

2) Health Canada states “The department also encourages parents to reduce their children’s RF exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents.  As well, there is currently a lack of scientific information regarding the potential health impacts of cell phones on children.” This suggests Health Canada is concerned about children’s close proximity and prolonged exposure to RF radiation and that parents should take precautionary measures to reduce risk. How is allowing the proliferation of RF/MWR devices and routers into schools heeding recommendations set out by the WHO and Health Canada?   In fact it is proceeding contrary to warnings and increasing children’s risk significantly.

3) Dr Kendall’s recommendation if there is a concern re Wi-Fi in schools, as per letter to the Ministry of Education in 2010, is to:
·      Limit WiFi use to certain times or locations within the school
·      Turn off Wifi when not in use
·      Disconnect wifi in rooms that do not use computers
·      Ensure user manuals for smart-phones and smart tablets are read and recommendations are followed.

Apple states: Read all safety information below and operating instructions before using iPad to avoid injury.

Has the Board offered any of these prudent measures to reduce exposure for children? No, they have not. Has the Board distributed the Safety Manuals and Disclaimers of iPads and other wireless devices to be used in the educational setting to parents? No, they have not. Simply parents have never been informed of the risks nor provided their written consent. 

Dr. Perry Kendall and Dr Stanwick are not scientists or medical experts on the biological effects of microwave radiation on the human body.  Dr Kendall continues to state there’s no known harmful effects on children, yet the BC Center for Disease Control recently cautioned in their 400 page report on RF/EMR that their findings are consistent with many international experts who continue to warn that prolonged exposure to low levels of microwave radio frequency radiation from wireless devices that include wi-fi, ipads, cell phones, cordless phones and smart meters, can lead to serious health effects such as infertility and cancer, children especially at risk 

BC Centre for Disease Control Report – July 2013,2,3245 

BC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perry Kendall's Letter on Wi-Fi for Schools:  Erroneous Representation of Radiation Data
We all want our children to have the best education possible and that includes technology, but not at the expense of their health and well-being. 

Does the Board have the right to decide critical health questions for parents? Does the Board have the right to exclude children made ill by Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi in all schools equates to mandatory microwave radiation exposure for every child and robs parents of this right to decide what level of risk if acceptable for their children.  At a minimum, there needs to be choice with some schools remaining hardwire. Using existing hard wired internet does not classify as undue hardship, contrary to what some might say, however, having an inoperable brain tumour or leukemia most certainly is. 

The Board states they will follow recommendations from Health Canada, WHO, Dr. Kendall and the BC Center for Disease Control and yet they have not. And if the Board proceeds with Wi-Fi in all schools and deprives parents the ability to heed health warnings and mitigate risk for their children, they should know they will be held accountable for irreversible harm to our children in the future. 

Please decide on the basis of what’s safest for children and not based upon popular vote and industry propaganda.

Janis Hoffmann

Sunday, 17 November 2013

I NEED YOUR SUPPORT- Monday Night 7:30 Victoria School Board, 556 Boleskine Rd

Please send out to any parents you know in the Victoria School District - Thank you

I realize this is last minute but the Victoria School District is going to pass a motion on Monday night at 7:30 to approve the installation of WiFi  for all Elementary Schools based on the VCPAC's recommendation of 20 parent school representatives.  I have sent you the VSD motions, the recommendations of the VCPAC, and the presentation I did last week on the results of the WiFi Survey. 

I am on the agenda Monday night to make another presentation and I plan on presenting the Victoria School Board with my grandsons story on how sick he becomes after being exposed to microwave radiation for long periods of time during school.  I am also going to present the board with my NON-CONSENT letter to let them know that I do not consent to having my grandson being exposed 6 hours a day 5 days a week

What you can do  - come to the meeting and show your support
                            - and/or send me your story on why you don't want your child exposed to microwave radiation (it can just be a couple of lines)
                            - and/or send me your NON-CONSENT letter to give to the board

My plan is to have everyone at the end of my presentation hand the board members a copy their stories or/and their non-consent letter.  If you are unable to attend I can find someone to present your story and/or non consent letter for you.  This is going to be our last chance to really show them that we are not happy about the installation of wifi routers in our schools when the BCCPAC, the GVTA and the BCTF all agree that we must protect our children and staff until we know for sure that there is no irreversible damage to children.  We must insist on existing hard wire for all our new technology.

Hope to hear from you
Janis Hoffmann

NOTE:  (I can make copies if you email me or  phone me first if you would like to fax me a copy of your letter or non-consent letter)

One in four parents, 25%, are concerned about the Health Risks from WiFi in Schools

Wi-Fi Non-Consent Form for Use in Schools,45,44

VCPAC recommendations to the Board

We recommend to the Greater Victoria Board of Education:
  • that WiFi installation be permitted in all schools.
  • that each school, prior to installation, must obtain the support of their school
    community (suggest using Selective Consultation – Policy 1163).
  • that the District monitors WiFi research and respond accordingly and promptly.
  • that the District maintains the most current technology designed to reduce overall radio
    frequency and microwave radiation emissions.
  • that schools respond to any environmental sensitivities reported by students

Victoria School Board Motions to Pass on Monday Night

Continue Monitoring WiFi Documentation
That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 continues to monitor documentation from the Vancouver Island Health Authority , the Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada and the World Health Organization with regard to the use of WiFi in Schools.  Further, the WiFi Committee recommends that the Board Reviews, on an annual basis. those recommendations and receives updates on any changes.

Allow Use of WiFi in Elementary Schools
Than the Board of Education of School District No. 61 allow the use of WiFi in elementary schools subject to each school first obtaining the support of their school community

Friday, 15 November 2013

One in Four Parents are Concerned about Health Risks from WiFi in Schools

                                                                                           November 12, 2013: OPPS Meeting

All parents want their children to have the best education and agree that the latest technology can be used as a great tool to spark the interest of our children.  But using wireless technology should not come at a cost of our children’s health when there are so many safe alternatives available to achieve the same goal.

One example would be the use of technology carts that can store and power up generic tablets or netbooks ($200) with pre loaded information, then the Wifi router can be turned off and hand tablet or netbook to the children!  It restricts their access to the Internet, keeps them on task and does not emit microwave radiation.

The cost of putting in Commercial Wifi Routers that are on 24/7 and supplying the children with $600 iPads (key boards $75 more) is outrageous when this technology could be obsolete in a couple of years and need replacing.

IPad’s are easily stolen, or broken and can only connect wirelessly to the internet, leaving electro sensitive children and concerned parents with no good option.

After reading through over 800 comments from the WiFi Survey surprisingly parents felt no Wifi would mean their child would not have access to technology.  Which is not true, the only question was whether the connection to the Internet should be hard wired or wireless.

- 1 out of 4 parents or 25% were concerned about the health risks associated with microwave radiation from routers and other wireless devices.

- there was an overwhelming concern about having strict control over access to unsupervised Internet.  Parents are concerned about their children wasting their time with social media and having unlimited access to inappropriate material online.  There is no supervision with BYOD (Bring your own device)

- a percentage of parents felt that the money used to provide the children with access to wireless Internet and wireless devices would be better spent in other areas of education that needed some improvements

- what concerns me most is the amount of parents that said they could have made a better decision with their answers if they had been provided with some information on the subject.

This was not a slam-dunk in favour of the installation of WiFi in Elementary Schools but rather results showed how little information has been given to parents on the subject. Parents need to know children can still benefit from technology in schools without giving up all control over unlimited access to the internet and without sacrificing health by simply using existing hard wire connections.

In closing, I would like to request that the Board implement the recommendations made by the VCPAC, the BCCPAC, the GVTA and the BCTF that collectively endorse: consultation and parental consent; preferred safer hard wired connections and software that does not require Wi-Fi; measures to reduce exposure by limiting Wi-Fi to certain areas; and the provision of on/off switches.  These cautionary measures would also support students and teachers suffering from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) by accommodating them in the educational/ workplace setting.

To have at least one wifi free school at each level, Elementary, Middle School and High School where children who are sensitive to microwave radiation and parents who are concerned about the health risks can have a place to send their children.

We are asking for choice and the right to decide what’s safe for our own children

Janis Hoffmann

Note: ‘Smart Carts’ Flyer attachment is just one example, there are other similar options.

L.A School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature

”We are kidding ourselves if we think we can secure access to the internet on a wireless device that are given to tech savvy children of today”.

BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils,19,3111

BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) - 40,000 teachers,2,3018

Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association (GVTA): Precautionary Position on Wi-Fi


Note: ‘Smart Carts’ Flyer attachment is just one example, there are other similar options.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Exposing ants to 30 minutes of WiFi caused the ants to slow down

The Truthseeker: 'Casualty catastrophe' - Cell phones & Child Brains
Insurers stop covering cell phone use and called it the next 'casualty catastrophe' after tobacco and asbestos; phone manufacturers hit with a class action and personal lawsuits; and the warning deep inside your mobile.

34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects From Wi-Fi 

Here is an excellent collection of scientific papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz), complied by campaign group WiFi In Schools.

Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link
30 Minutes Exposure to 4G Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity: New Study
The peer-reviewed journal Clinical Neurophysiology has just published research showing that 30 minutes of exposure to LTE cellphone radiation effects brain activity on both side of the brain.

Belgium Adopts New Regulations to Promote Cell Phone Radiation Safety
Children’s mobile phones are banned. The specific absorption rate (SAR) must be listed on every mobile phone at the point of sale and a warning provided to customers to choose a lower SAR phone, use it moderately, and wear an earpiece.


The Daily Planet Show talks about some of the effects of WiFi
Exposing ants to 30 minutes of WiFi caused the ants to slow down and it took almost 6 hours for them to recover and start moving around normally again