There is sufficient evidence from studies conducted around the world on the health risk from prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation, particularly on infants.
In today’s generation, the sheer amount of advice and recommendations available online for a new parent is daunting. How much content can you consume and what can you follow? However, there is a universal law, which has been around for generations, a parent would do anything to ensure their child’s safety and well-being. The pandemic has taught us that safety and security is needed not only from visible sources but even more so from some of the invisible sources.
Smart devices, such as cell phones, are the invention of the 20thth century. We cannot imagine our life without them. While smart devices make our lives easier, they also pose a serious health risk. We are surrounded by tens of thousands of smart devices, all connected to each other via microwaves.
24/7 microwave exposure
Visualize a network of invisible rays passing through walls and through your body inside your homes and workplaces. These invisible microwaves are electromagnetic emissions, which we are surrounded by 24/7. Even while sleeping, some people keep their mobile phones turned on right next to their heads. The human body and its cellular structure were never designed to absorb microwaves 24X7.
EMR and its effects on your body
Clinical trials and studies conducted by leading medical institutions have shown that these electromagnetic emissions, also commonly known as EMR, are harmful. Let’s look at the effects of EMR on the human body
- It is known to increase the stress levels in the human body
- It can cause disturbances in brain waves
- Increases the risk of heart disease in adults.
The risk is greatest for newborns
The risk to a newborn is exponentially higher as their body systems are still under development and the thickness of their skull is still very thin, allowing EMR from cell phones and other smart devices to penetrate much more easily through the their brains. It is well documented that the rate of development of autism, ADHD and some other problems in young children in the last decade is much higher than it was in any of the previous decades. Much of this can be attributed to the prolonged and increased exposure of infants and toddlers to EMR from smart devices.
Need for smart devices with alerts
It took 150 years for policy makers around the world to recognize the health risk of smoking and mandate the incorporation of graphic warnings behind the packaging of all types of tobacco products. Can we afford to wait such a long period of time for legislation on the use of wireless and smart devices to be passed? There is sufficient evidence from studies conducted around the world on the health risk from prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation, particularly on infants.
Countries that have addressed the issue
Many countries have issued warnings about the use of smart devices by young children.
- Belgium: The sale of mobile phones to children under 7 is prohibited. Mobile phone advertising is also prohibited during children’s television programs.
- Australia: Issued a warning to parents to limit children’s exposure to cell phones.
- France: Advertising mobile phones to children under the age of 12 is illegal. The use of Wi-Fi and wireless devices in kindergartens is prohibited.
- Israel: Guidelines issued restricting the use of Wi-Fi and cell phones in schools. Kindergarten through second grade banned the use of wireless networks.
Tips for pregnant women and parents
As responsible citizens and carers of our next generation, we must act now. A couple of tips for expectant mothers and parents of newborns to follow are:
- During pregnancy, women should limit the use of cell phones. Avoid using it to consume any video content for an extended period. Keep your voice calls as short as possible. If you know you need to talk longer, use a landline phone. Never hold a laptop on your lap. Use it by holding it on a table surface 1.5-2 feet away.
- Do not allow your children under the age of 4 to play with your mobile phone.
- In addition to the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation, young children’s use of mobile phones negatively impacts their language development, reading skills, memory construction, and general mental and social development.
Use technology responsibly!
(This article is written by Mr Pranav Poddar, Director, Syenergy Environics Pvt. Ltd.)
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