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Cells vs. Cells 

 

Editor: 

In the Jan 31 cover story, "Unspoken Dangers," the doctors omitted an important and pervasive environmental risk for pregnant women: electromagnetic frequencies from wireless devices. Fetal exposure to cell phones and laptops pose a significant risk that a child will be born with health problems.

But don't take my word for it. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health by the UCLA School of Public Health found that children exposed to cell phones in the womb showed a 40 percent higher risk of borderline behavior problems. Environment and Health, Inc. reviewed hundreds of peer-reviewed studies that examined the potential health threats associated with cellular device use. John Wargo, Yale professor and lead author of the study, found that, "The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women." These risks include diminished learning, diminished reaction time, reduced memory accuracy, hyperactivity and diminished cognition.

A 2012 study from the University of Sienna, Italy, found that exposure to the electromagnetic fields from laptop use of "laptop" computers induces currents in the fetus that are considered risky for tumor development. In addition, Scientific Reports last year documented a study that demonstrated that mice exposed to an active cell phone during pregnancy gave birth to pups that displayed long-lasting behavioral and brain abnormalities.

There are many more such studies from all over the world that might give Dr. Cherrie Anderson a clue as to why autism, ADD and infertility are on the rise. I find it interesting and shocking that women are not informed about exposure to wireless frequencies at all. They encounter them all day every day yet are being cautioned about pumping gas or eating a tuna sandwich. 

Beverly Filip, Eureka

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