WiFi Harmful to Health? Safe Wireless Technology NZ Urges Gov't to Listen

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By Reissa Su | December 3, 2013 5:51 PM EST

A research study has confirmed that the electromagnetic radiation coming from WiFi can be dangerous to health. Safe Wireless Technology New Zealand (SWTNZ) said WiFi has negative effects to health and the New Zealand government has chosen to ignore the findings.

Based on the findings, SWTNZ chairman Greg Kasper said radiation from WiFi can cause nausea, headaches and even cancer. He said too much exposure is detrimental to health.

International research findings have shown that an individual who uses a mobile phone for one year is at risk of getting brain cancer by 70 per cent. Mr Kasper said there is significant evidence that there is a real problem.

He said governments around the world are providing funds to find out more about the health problems associated with WiFi. He encouraged New Zealand to follow other governments and allot funds for an independent research. 

Mr Kasper is concerned for the children who are exposed to wireless technology in schools, iPhones and iPads.

Some research studies have suggested a possible link between the use of WiFi and a variety of symptoms like tingling and burning sensations, skin redness, fatigue, nausea, heart palpitations and problems with digestion.

Lack of evidence to fully prohibit WiFi

In Canada, Halton public schools retain WiFi use after calls of shutting it down or limit its use to elementary students have been rejected due to lack of evidence. The Trustees said they will continue to monitor the health risks involved in WiFi use along with the findings discovered by the Canadian and world health experts.

Trustee Nancy MacNeill encouraged her peers to limit the use of WiFi in elementary schools as a precautionary measure since there is a lack of concrete evidence either way. She said the trustees of the schools were not health experts to determine the validity of research claims.

A Grade 8 student has expressed her opinion and said the WiFi is instrumental in her studies and her desire to learn new things that she cannot find in books. 

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