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Experts Call on Health Canada to Research Dangers of Cell/WiFi Radio

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A recent review of Canadian safety limits for exposure to cellphone and WiFi radio waves recommends that Health Canada should pursue more research on the subject, in order to clarify the debate of whether these limits should be altered due to unproven links between health problems, including cancer, and wireless devices, The Globe And Mail is reporting.

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According to a report released today by an eight-member panel of experts, if substantial cancer risks are demonstrated in a future study, then “increasing the safety margin would be warranted”. The report notes that current evidence is “not strong enough” to warrant doing so right now. Paul Demers, a professor of public health at the University of Toronto, said that this potentially impacts a lot of people. “That’s why we have to pay close attention to these studies as they come out,” he added.

“We’re concerned that the panel is not objective,” said Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology, which seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of wireless devices in schools and other public settings. Dr. Demers said he was confident that the panel had conducted a thorough and a balanced assessment of the available science. 

The panel was convened by the Royal Society of Canada at the government’s request to review scientific evidence relevant to proposed changes to Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, which deals with exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy — radio waves.

In general, household and consumer devices that transmit radio waves, including cellphones and tablets, operate at power levels well below the Safety Code 6 thresholds. However, the issue of low levels effects of such waves has always been controversial.

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  • iFone

    If you’re worry about this, please don’t get an X-ray, use your microwave, or even more, just don’t step outside (worry about UV rays and cosmic background radiation). Live on a cave!

  • FragilityG4

    Why waste taxpayers money when no will listen to the results?

  • SV650

    1) “Canadians for Safe Technology” are not experts, they are a special interest group.
    2) The experts (Royal Society of Canada) have already responded to Health Canada on the question of radio waves and health. They state the current literature does not support a health risk from the levels of radio frequency energy from consumer devices. They further that in the (unlikely) event that future studies did reveal a risk, Code 6 should be revisited. They have NOT called for further research into this topic.
    3) The accurate headline should read: “Expert Review Panel Finds No Health Risk Attributable to Use of Cell/WiFi Radio”

  • T_T ?

    One can’t lobby health canada. research has to be undertaking by other countries not so politically bound or who have a hidden agenda like HC does.

  • T_T ?

    great argument. let’s follow that mindset and eat food laced with pesticide, live in fire-proof homes made from asbestos, and expose ourselves to other toxic substances because we want to do what we want to while ignoring all the risks and dangers.

  • T_T ?

    A few might. I remember the issue of BPA when it first surfaced, people who loved their plastics commented they wont change their ways unless told by someone in authority to do so.

  • Chrome262

    What a farce, people will no evidence, and no real science behind data, trying to scare the public and get funding. Hmm, maybe we should just stop vaccinations based on a flawed paper with little real data, oh wait people did that already.

  • Chrome262

    Yeah, umm think you missed his point but, roll with it..

  • iFone

    Yeah @disqus_p8RDJFcXqU:disqus, you didn’t get the point. Your counterargument is of things we know are bad for people. Trying to link cellphone radiation is bad for you is close to impossible! There are other agents of radiation that could cause cancer or any other kind of disease (from cellphone towers, microwave TV antennas, the Sun, etc. etc. etc.)

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