Public health implications of wireless technologies

Author: Cindy Sage1, David O Carpenter
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup> Sage Associates, 1396 Danielson Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, USA.
Conference/Journal: Pathophysiology
Date published: 2009 Aug 1
Other: Volume ID: 16 , Issue ID: 2-3 , Pages: 233-46 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.pathophys.2009.01.011. , Word Count: 185

Global exposures to emerging wireless technologies from applications including mobile phones, cordless phones, DECT phones, WI-FI, WLAN, WiMAX, wireless internet, baby monitors, and others may present serious public health consequences. Evidence supporting a public health risk is documented in the BioInitiative Report. New, biologically based public exposure standards for chronic exposure to low-intensity exposures are warranted. Existing safety standards are obsolete because they are based solely on thermal effects from acute exposures. The rapidly expanding development of new wireless technologies and the long latency for the development of such serious diseases as brain cancers means that failure to take immediate action to reduce risks may result in an epidemic of potentially fatal diseases in the future. Regardless of whether or not the associations are causal, the strengths of the associations are sufficiently strong that in the opinion of the authors, taking action to reduce exposures is imperative, especially for the fetus and children. Such action is fully compatible with the precautionary principle, as enunciated by the Rio Declaration, the European Constitution Principle on Health (Section 3.1) and the European Union Treaties Article 174.

PMID: 19285839 DOI: 10.1016/j.pathophys.2009.01.011