Electrosensitivity 



Replacing WiFi and Bluetooth

            back to: Practical Advice


Introduction: the need to remove WiFi radiation

WiFi can cause electrosensitivity symptoms, and is a known class 2B cancer agent. It is particularly bioactive for two reasons: (a) it has low frequencies such as 10Hz as well as its microwave carrier frequency of 2.45 or 5 GHz, and (b) it is very strongly modulated at up to 100 times, much stronger than cellphone signals.


It is therefore essential to eliminate WiFi from your environment or reduce it as much as possible.


The need to eliminate WiFi especially applies to children, pregnant women, the elderly, sick people and people particularly sensitive to this type of radiation. One WiFi router can reduce its radiation by 70% to help protect pregnant women.



WiFi (and cellphone) radiation in Kindergartens exceeds EHS safety limits:

  • Measurements, both environmental and personal, for 10 children and 20 kindergartens in Melbourne, Australia, over 16 frequency bands 88 MHz-5.8 GHz, exceeded safety limits (EUROPAEM 2016) for sensitive or EHS people :

    - median environmental exposure  = 0.179 V/m
    - median personal exposure            = 0.081 mV/m

    Safety limits (EUROPAEM 2016, V/m) for sensitive (EHS) people:

    - for GSM/UMTS:              = 0.019 mV/m
    - for WiFi 2.45GHz/DAB:  = 0.06 mV/m

    (Bhatt CR et al, 2016).

 


Switching off

Simple ways to reduce or eliminate WiFi radiation:

  1. Only switch on your WiFi when you need it.
  2. Always switch off your WiFi at night.
  3. Use a WiFi router with reduced radiation.
  4. Replace WiFi with a safer system, as below.


Safety tips

Simple ways to make your life safer:


Children made sick by Wifi and cellophones, and forced out of school


Replace WiFi with wired Ethernet cables and a non-WiFi router

Cabled networks: for a small office or apartment it is easy to lay cables to connect a non-wireless Router with internet devices.


Restricting WiFi in towns


Rob Horgan “British expat launches appeal to unplug WiFi in her town” (The Olive Press, December 9 2016)


Replace cordless phones

Remove your cordless phone. Replace it with a landline wired phone. Cordless phones give off high levels of radiation and are as dangerous as cellphones and wireless laptops or tablets.


Replace Bluetooth
Bluetooth, like WiFi and all other radio frequency radiation, is a known neurological agent and 2B cancer agent. Although less powerful than some cellphone transmitters and some WiFi modems and transmitters, its signals still cause health damage with their pulsed microwaves. It should be removed or replaced with wired cables.



dLAN plugs - for wired powerline networks

For a medium sized house it is easy to use dLAN plugs on the house wiring circuit to allow each device its own wired access to the internet. These devices produce dirty electricity and radio waves along the wiring power circuit, but the radiation is much less invasive than WiFi and less biologically active if you sit or sleep a good distance from the wiring. It is best to switch off the main plugs and Router at night.


The practical advantages of dLAN plugs are speed and security.



Wired internet for iPads

Some devices, such as iPads, do not have an access point for wired internet connections. Wired connections can usually devised.



LiFi - communication by light

LiFi, or Light Fidelity, communicates via signals within the lighting, using LED lights. It has not yet been tested for biological effects, but it avoids the cancer and neurological damage from radio waves in WiFi. 



Further information on WiFi and health:


Doctors against WiFi:


Teacher Unions against WiFi:


Government bans and restrictions on WiFi and cellphones:

    See also: Legal

Some governments, councils and regulators have banned or restricted WiFi and cellphones in schools and for young people for health reasons, requiring cabled or wired internet connections instead. These include:

  • Argentina:
    a bill requiring wired internet connections in schools and hospitals (2016)
  • Australia:
    a school had to replace WiFi with wired internet connections where there was a child disabled by EHS (2015);
    an employee intolerant of WiFi was awarded compensation after an employer failed to protect him exposure to wireless radiation (2013)
  • Canada:
    Disability Legislation: EHS is recognized as an environmental sensitivity requiring worker accommodation (2007);
    House of Commons: Report of the Standing Committee on Health: Recommendation 5: That the Government continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including EHS, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • EUROPAEM:
    non-thermal safety limits, such as 0.01 microW/m2 for sensitive people including children with EHS, prohibit WiFi (2016)
  • European Council:
    proposed all member states ban wireless radiation in schools (2013)
  • Finland:
    ​Olli Tammilehto: "Parents had Wifi switches installed in a Finnish school" (March 24 2017)
  • France:
    a ban on WiFi and cellphones in all nurseries and restrictions in primary schools (2015);
    a ​worker intolerant of WiFi and similar radiation was awarded financial compensation (2015)
  • Germany:
    Various states: warnings against WiFi (2007)
  • Israel:
    Haifa schools: WiFi removed (2016);
    Ministry of Education: stop the installation of WiFi in schools prior to the first grade and limit WiFi between first and third grades; teachers must turn off cellphones and WiFi routers when not in use (2013); bans cellphones and limits WiFi in class (2016)
  • Italy:
    Borgofranco d'Ivrea: banned WiFi in two schools (2016)
  • (2017) The decree of the Environment Minister has recommendations on reducing EMF. Section 2.3.5.4 of the Decree recommends reducing exposure to indoor electromagnetic pollution.

    (a) Reduce low frequency magnetic fields: “In order to reduce as far as possible the indoor exposure to low frequency magnetic fields (ELFs) induced by electrical panels, uprights, conductor dorsals, etc.” the design of the plants must provide that meters and electric panels are outside the building and take measures to reduce levels.  

    (b) Reduce Radio frequency radiation: Reduce as much as possible the indoor exposure to high-frequency magnetic fields (RF) equipment with alternative data transfer systems to Wifi, eg. cable connection or Powerline communication (PLC) technology.  

    This was started by a Communication by ECC (COM(2003) 302), to the European Parliament about “Integrated Product Policy: Develop the concept of environmental lifecycle.” (“Italy – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health”, Environmental Health Trust, August 2017)
  • Spain:
    The high court in Madrid: recognized intolerance to WiFi and EHS as a permanent disability and awarded financial compensation (2016)
  • Sweden:
    intolerance of WiFi recognized as a disabling impairment and the state provides for persons with this impairment (2000)
  • Russia: 
    The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation (RNCIRP): officially recommended that Wi-Fi not be used in schools (2012)
  • Taiwan:
    WiFi illegal for chidren under 2 years of age, and wireless use must be reasonable for all children under 18 years of age (2015)
  • UK:
    EMF Regulations 2016 HSE Guide: employers should make a risk assessment and take special consideration of employees at particular risk such as pregnant women where WiFi and Bluetooth etc. are listed as possible health hazards (2016);
    Employment and Social Support Allowance: granted under the Social Entitlement Chamber, ESA Regulation 29, Exceptional Circumstances, 2b, where the EHS claimant would have been able to lead a normal life with little or no functional impairment anywhere where there was no WiFi, cellphones or cellphone towers (2012);
    Trades Unions Congress: carcinogens, including class 2B, should not be used in the workplace where possible and should be removed completely (2012);
    UK Chief Medical Officers: advise that children and young people under 16 should be encouraged to use cellphones for essential purposes only, and to keep calls short (2011)
  • USA:
    Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the US Department of Labor, the Office for Disability Employment Poiicy (ODEP): suggested accommodation for workers with EHS intolerance symptoms: Relocate workplace away from areas where symptoms are triggered.  This may include limiting certain types of devices in the vicinity of the employee's workstation; Provide wired telephones and network connections, etc. (2016);
    Los Angeles Unified Schools Board: provided WiFi-free work accommodation for a teacher made intolerant of WiFi by EHS (2014)  
  • World Health Organization (WHO): IARC:
    WiFi (2.45 GHz, 5 GHz carrier frequency) is a class 2B carcinogen (2011)
    WiFi (10 Hz pulse) is a class 2B carcinogen (2001)
  • World Health Organization (WHO): ICNIRP:
    Vulnerable sections of the general population need non-thermal safety limits. (2002)
    "Certain sensitive individuals" need non-thermal safety limits. (2002)
    Some normal individuals exposed concurrently to two agents need non-thermal limits. (2002) 


Some science on the known adverse health effects of WiFi:


            to: WiFi in schools -  links to websites