While traveling on the West Coast to explore, connect with colleagues, and catch up with our grown sons living there, my wife Jan and I had another incredible educational experience. While visiting Drs. Drew and Briana Sinatra (both certified in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture) in White Rock, British Columbia, our “kids” scheduled a lunch date for us to meet some very serious Canadians they know who have spearheaded the Citizens for Safe Technology.
Citizens for Safe Technology defines itself as a “not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians, and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.”
At that luncheon, we listened as Citizens for Safe Technology members shared their concerns about the steady, blow-out increase in cell towers, Wi-Fi, and more in their children’s schools and other public places. They shared their own private struggles, from stories of personal health concerns to fear for their children and their community. Some had moved repeatedly as Wi-Fi and cell towers permeated their neighborhoods—knowing this was only a temporary solution, and all were doing the best they could to decontaminate their own homes.
One such fellow works as a professional in the IT arena. “Joe” is scheduled for surgical removal of a benign glioma of his brain. Job-related? He is well educated in the finer details of internet technologies, Wi-Fi routers, signal strengths, frequencies and more, and gave us some new pointers. For example, do you know that your router may still be searching for a signal and exposing you to Wi-Fi even when you think you have turned it off? He, and several other truly electro-sensitive people we met, actually turn their household electricity off while they sleep to limit their exposure.
Then, there was Una. Her palpitations, rapid heart rates, and lightheadedness all dissipate when she travels. And her husband confirmed the difference in how she feels and relates when they stay in locations too rural for technology to have yet penetrated. As a couple, they are planning an EMF-free retreat far from cities where visitors can relax, recover, and reconnect with animals and rural farm life. But Una remains concerned about her musician daughter, who has experienced strange episodes of lightheadedness of late. She heads off for her freshman year of college in an Wi-Fi filled environment that may (or may not) prove hostile for her heart.
I listened to their stories—and then their hearts (yes, we brought Drew’s stethoscope!)—as they shared themselves for what they said was the first time a medical doctor took them seriously. We connected in our common concern for the environment that day—as you can see from the photo of all of us grounding outside before we exchanged hug, positive intentions for the future, and hope for change.
Like we are in America, these conscious and conscientious Canadians are fighting an uphill battle with their nay-sayers who enjoy the convenience of modern technologies and what may end up being “the greatest experiment of all time.” And, like me, they look to other countries that are taking the public health risks of electropollution seriously enough to start banning Wi-Fi in schools and other public places.
Next time, I’ll share with you a lecture I gave in an old and delightful Vancouver church, which was chosen by Dr. Terry Crofton (author of Radiation Rescue) because it had no Wi-Fi or EMF for the folks that would be attending, as well as the excited Canadian media response to this “American doctor who is taking this ‘invisible’ health risk seriously.”
Now it's your turn: How do you feel about Wi-Fi in schools?
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