As we consider the issue of Wi-Fi in public schools, let us
the case of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss.
In 1847 Dr. Semmelweiss introduced the idea of disinfecting
before attending to pregnant mothers in labor drastically
incidence of puerperal fever and deaths in a maternity ward.
Despite reducing death rates from a high of 35% to below 1%,
were not accepted by the Viennese medical community. In those
doctors would perform autopsies while waiting for expectant
deliver, and proceed from the autopsy room to the delivery
without washing their hands thereby infecting both mother and
However, the medical establishment was insulted by the
that doctors were infecting patients.
In response, the medical community mocked and shunned him. In
Semmelweiss ended up in "...an asylum, where he died at age
being beaten by guards only 14 days after he was committed."
Today there are bottles of disinfectant at the entrances of
places due directly to the discovery of the largely
pioneer, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss.
It was not until the 1860s when Louis Pasteur discovered the
Theory that the mechanism of infection was better understood.
Building upon the work of Semmelweiss and Pasteur, Joseph
introduced the sterilization of surgical instruments leading
surgical outcomes. Today, Lister's most visible contribution
in the form of the Listerine disinfecting mouthwash sold
toothpaste in many stores.
What is the lesson here? Long before the mechanism of a
condition is universally accepted, the relationship between
effect can be observed through experimentation.
This is the case today with microwave radiation sickness
devices that utilize wireless communication. People suffering
physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, headaches, migraines,
palpitations, anxiety to name a few, are ridiculed, told
symptoms are imaginary and widely disregarded.
Long term exposure to such continued radiation result in
immune systems that can no longer cope under the unrelenting
pulsed microwave radiation from Wi-Fi, cordless phones,
game consoles, Smart Meters and other forms of electro-smog.
individuals experience a breakdown of the body making them
work or to have any semblance of a normal life. Since
radiation is so prevalent in modern cities, they suffer in
Today, only the country of Sweden recognizes
as a disability.
Microwave and radio-frequency radiation sickness has been
by the military since World War II. In 1971, the Naval
Research Institute of the United States produced a report
2300 references documenting biological effects of
microwave radiation. In 1973, the Canadian government
report titled, "Environmental Pollution by Microwave
Radiation - a
Potential Threat to Human Health."
In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer
an arm of the World Health Organization - classified
electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
not lacking. What is lacking is the political will to
Let me close by asking a question:
What do asbestos, DDT, lead paint, BPA and the drug
morning sickness called Thalidomide have in common? All were
for public use by government authorities but were
withdrawn due to irreparable health effects.
The metal lead is also classified by the WHO IARC as a 2B
the same as radio-frequency microwave radiation. Lead paint
to childhood deaths as early as 1904, but was only
withdrawn from the US market in 1971. If you wouldn't paint
or daughter's room with lead paint, or give them toys
with lead, you shouldn't be radiating them with Wi-Fi
BPA or bisphenol A was known to be potentially harmful to
the 1930s but Canada only banned it in 2010.
The lesson from history is this: Waiting for legislature and
authorities" to protect human health is squandering the
health of our
children and school staff in the name of following due
At the powerful intersection of commerce, politics, education
public health, public health is often the loser. With regards
in public schools, the question we should be asking is "What
environmental toxins can we avoid while preserving the best
technology has to offer for public education?" The answer to
to promote the use of wired computers and to disallow devices
emit microwave radiation in public schools.
Make no mistake: by opting to ban Wi-Fi from public schools,
being forward looking. We understand the lessons from
history. We are
choosing to protect life over commercial interests and
service contracts. We choose uncompromised safety over
We choose health over planned obsolescence.
When we KNOW better, we should DO better. Isn't it always
be safe than sorry?
Links for further reading:
Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss