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In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act, after the telecom industry spent $50 million lobbying for this legislation. It sets the U.S. standards for electro-magnetic radiation (EMR, same as EM Fields) at levels understood then, when maybe 2% of the population was using cell phones.

Why is this policy important? It gives immunity to the industry for any negative health effects their cell phone towers might cause. This legislation permits the industry to put cell towers wherever they decide, and no one can order the telecom companies to remove any kind of wireless service for health reasons. All the references to health issues seems to indicate the industry suspected or knew there would be problems.

In sum, Congress abdicated responsibility for the public’s health. And the FCC is a captured agency, meaning it is managed directly and indirectly by telecom industry veterans.

The engineers setting the health standards only saw thermal (heating) effects from ionizing radiation. Yes, that’s your brain being cooked when you hold it against your head or wherever you put the phone next to your body—guy’s front pockets, women’s bras?

This thermal effect, over 200 studies show, has resulted in a 50% reduction in viable male sperm in technologically advanced countries/cities in the last few years. Yes, we have serious reproductive issues. As always, there are more studies on men than women, but studies do show in utero impacts on the fetus from EMF.

The telecom industry dismissed the effects on non-iodizing (non-thermal) radiation.

“Engineers should never be allowed to make statements about safety or disease in human beings,” Professor Trevor Marshall,  member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

For 18 years Dr. Martin Pall has been tracking the research globally on the effect of EMF on humans and the eco system. There are more than 10,000 peer-reviewed, scientific studies that demonstrate harm to human health from RF radiation. Impacts include DNA damage, impacts on general well-being, learning and memory deficits, and neurological damage in a long list. Effects specifically in children include autism, ADHD, and asthma.

The organs most affected by EMFs are the brain (anxiety and depression, autism, Alzheimer’s) and the heart (cardiac arrhythmias).

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 6 in 10 Americans have at least one family member with a diagnosed chronic disease requiring medication. And 7 in 10 US teens say anxiety and depression are a major concern among their peers.

Yes, the stew of thousands of chemicals in our environment contribute to this national health crisis but the electro–smog is a major factor, particularly in mental health, and one that’s almost never considered by M.D.s.

Damage from EMF goes beyond the human race, and studies show evidence of harm to plant and wildlife—birds, honey bees (our food pollinators), forests. Have you noticed few insects on the windshield when driving at night? There’s been an insect Armageddon—down 89% where counted. And bugs are critical for planetary health.

These figures are our present condition with 3G and 4G networks. Now the telecom industry is planning to roll out the 5G network, which is micro-wave technology that threatens all life on earth. Dr. Pall, whose training is in physics, biochemistry and genetics, told the NIH, “Rollout of the 5G network is absolutely insane.” See his presentation to the National Institutes of Health at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBsUWbUB6PE

Okay, what can you and I do? Tomorrow, in Part 3 of Health Alert for Moms, I will discuss actions we can take to stop the 5G rollout (hint: the Hawaiians did it and European cities are saying NO to 5G) and actions to take immediately to protect ourselves from current radiation levels.

This is part of my forthcoming book, 21st Century Wellness Rx: Health Hacks to Treat, Cure & Prevent Chronic Dis-ease.