No, Seriously. Ever since reading this article in the March issue of The Ecologist, I can’t stop thinking about electromagnetic radiation and how it effects us. It’s a terrifying and fascinating subject to ponder, because not only is this technology very new and fairly un-regulated, but it’s becoming so widespread that it’s almost impossible to escape it. There aren’t many places you can go these days, aside from the middle of a cornfield or deep in the woods (and even at my last job in the woods, we had satellite Wifi) where you aren’t being constantly radiated with these pulsing electromagnetic beams. And the crazy thing is, half the time the technology is entirely unnecessary! It’s not the internet that’s radiating you, it’s the wireless technology! All one has to do to eliminate electromagnetic radiation from their school, home, or business, is switch back to wired internet! You can still have the same high-speed youtube bullshit, alone in your dark bedroom, just run a wire down the hallway!
Here’s the deal. Having a wireless router in your home, (or for that matter, being in range or your neighbor’s router) is basically the same as holding a turned-on cellphone up next to your head, 24 hours a day. While you sleep, while you eat, while you shower, always. And that exposure leads to all sorts of well-documented, if frequently unpublished, side-effects. For example- (these studies pulled from the Ecologist article, down near the bottom)
All studies listed below have found adverse health effects from microwaves at levels similar to those emitted by Wi-Fi equipment:
Santini et al, 2002: 530 people living near mobile phone masts reported more symptoms of headache, sleep disturbance, discomfort, irritability, depression, memory loss and concentration problems the closer they lived to the mast.
Oberfeld et al, 2004: 97 people living near mobile phone masts reported more symptoms of fatigue, irritability, headaches, nausea, loss of memory, visual disorder, dizziness and cardiovascular problems the higher their level of microwave exposure.
Eger et al, 2004: A three-fold increase in the incidence of malignant tumours was found after five years’ exposure in people living 400 metres from a mobile phone mast.
Wolf & Wolf, 2004: A four-fold increase in the incidence of cancer among residents living near a mobile phone mast for between three and seven years was detected.
REFLEX, 2004: A four-year study on human cells found that, after exposure to lowpower microwaves, they showed signs of DN A damage and mutations that were passed on to the next generation.
Abdel-Rassoul, 2007: Residents living beneath and opposite a long-established mobile phone mast in Egypt reported significantly higher occurrences of headaches, memory changes, dizziness, tremors, depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance than a control group.
Bortkiewicz et al, 2004: Residents close to mobile phone masts reported more incidences of circulatory problems, sleep disturbances, irritability, depression, blurred vision and concentration difficulties the nearer they lived to the mast.
Hutter et al, 2006: 365 people living near mobile phone masts reported higher incidences of headaches the closer they lived to the masts.
Stewart report, 2000: Research conducted by HPA chief William Stewart advised the main beam of a mobile phone mast should not be allowed to fall on any part of a school’s grounds.
Hecht & Balzer, 1997: A huge review of studies concluded a vast array of health effects, including insomnia, brainwave changes, cardiovascular problems and increased susceptibility to infections.
Carpenter & Sage, 2007: Concluded that an maximum outdoor exposure limit of 0.6 V/ m should be set, and that Wi-Fi systems should be replaced with wired alternatives.
ECOLOG-Institut, 2000: Found evidence for increases in immune and central nervous system damage, and reduced cognitive function. Recommended an exposure limit 1,000 times lower than current guidelines.
Kolodynski & Kolodynska, 1999: School children living near a radio location station in Latvia suffered reduced motor function, memory and attention spans.
I know it’s really long, but you folks should read the whole article. It’s fucking intense. And in the meantime, if you’re not the type to trust ‘studies’ and online articles for this type of information, how about listening to what your own body has to say-
The Carrot Quinn “Sit With Your Wireless Router” Experiment
-First, go for a walk. Get some nice fresh air. If you can, go to someplace that feels like the country, like along a river or through a forest. Take nice deep breaths. How do you feel? Do you feel anxious? Nervous? Grounded? At peace?
-Next, go home. When you walk in the door, take a few deep breaths and check in with yourself again. How do you feel now? What are your thoughts doing? How does your heart feel (like, is it racing?)
-Now, pull up a chair and sit as close to your wireless router as possible. Just take a seat. Close your eyes. Sit there for a few minutes. How do you feel now? What are you thinking about? What is your heart doing? If you have metal fillings in your teeth, how do they feel? How does your head feel, right behind your eyes?
Seriously people. I’d love your feedback on this, if any of you actually do it. Extra points if you live in the boonies and have satellite wifi. We had one of those satellite routers at my last job, and that shit was CRAZY. I actually showed it to one of the camp interns once, pulled her into the dark closet where the router was kept.
Do you feel it? I asked. Do you feel it?
Yeah, she said. Yeah.