11/20/2012 - As US holiday shoppers gear up for “Black Friday”, news outlets are reporting on the findings of the
recent Yale School of Medicine cell phone study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health &
Human Development. The Yale study demonstrates that exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the
brain development of offspring.
Yale University News reports at http://news.yale.edu/2012/03/15/cell-phone-use-pregnancy-may-causebehavioral-
disorders-offspring: “This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to
radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior,” said senior author Dr.
Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.”
Taylor attributed the behavioral changes to an effect during pregnancy on the development of neurons in
the prefrontal cortex region of the brain. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental
disorder associated with neuropathology localized primarily to the same brain region, and is characterized by
inattention and hyperactivity.
For years wireless companies and some scientists have maintained that the “low level” of microwave
radiation transmitted by cellphones as they keep in contact with the cellular telephone network is safe. The Yale
study is yet another one that brings that assertion into question along with current US wireless radiation safety
To date US consumers cannot easily and quickly assess the amount of radiation given off by their
wireless consumer products, nor can they be assured that these products are safe.
The “Cellphone Right to Know Act” seeks to change all this. It requires the EPA to establish biologicallybased
safety limits to protect all Americans from potential harm caused by exposure to radiation from wireless
devices. It requires labeling on both devices and their exterior packaging so that consumers can easily compare
exposure -device to device - and to the maximum safety limit. (www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-
Other countries are leading the way in protecting their citizens from the health problems associated with
exposure to radiation from wireless devices. In fact, on September 1, 2012 India dropped its maximum
transmission limits to one tenth of their previous level, which was already lower than U.S. permissible exposure
limits, and placed a moratorium on installation of antennas within 1 km of each other.
Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Israel and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
(PACE) all warn against unnecessary exposure to wireless signals and recommend preferential use of wired
technology. The Israeli Minister of Health has called for a ban on WiFi in schools. France has already done so.
(www.timesofisrael.com/stop-wi-fi-in-schools-deputy-health-minister-implores/) Most of these countries already
have more restrictive safety limits than the U.S. does.
The EMR Policy Institute advises:
Make your holiday season happy and healthy. Shop for safe technology - devices which can use
hard-wired connections and whose transmitters can be turned off. If you have the choice, go wired!”