By B.N. Frank
Respiratory health issues are not to be taken lightly. In this new commercial for asthma medication, most of the actors are using or exposed to digital and/or wireless technology. At the 47 second mark, there is woman using a laptop on her lap which is a no-no even according to 20+ year old outdated FCC safety standards.
Unfortunately it’s not unusual to see ads, TV programs, and films which feature actors using technology in ways that are not safe because most people in real life do this as well. Art imitates life. It’s especially unfortunate though when this is depicted in marketing campaigns for medications.
Since this particular medication ad features a woman with a laptop in her lap, I’m only going to focus only on how that is unsafe even according to outdated federal safety standards and manufacturer warnings.
In 2010, Lloyd Burrell from ElectricSense produced a video where he measured exposure levels from his laptop.
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EHTrust.org also devotes a page to “The Fine Print Manufacturer Radio Frequency Radiation Warnings.”
Here are a examples of manufacturer RF exposure warnings in regard to laptops:
“Usage precautions during 3G connection : Keep safe distance from pregnant women’s stomach or from lower stomach of teenagers. Body worn operation: Important safety information regarding radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure. To ensure compliance with RF exposure guidelines the Notebook PC must be used with a minimum of 20.8 cm antenna separation from the body.” – Samsung 3G Laptop
During normal operation of notebook computers with displays greater than 30.5 cm (12 inches): To avoid the possibility of exceeding the FCC radio frequency exposure limits, human proximity to the antennas should not be less than 20cm (8 inches), including when the computer display is closed. To identify the location of the wireless antennas, refer to the computer user guides included with your computer.” – HP Chromebook 14 G4
“To maintain compliance with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements please avoid direct contact to the transmitting antenna during transmitting. End users must follow the specific operating instructions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.” – ASUS Notebook PC for Chromebook
“While installing and operating this transmitter and antenna combination the radio frequency exposure limit of 1mW/cm2 may be exceeded at distances close to the antenna installed. Therefore, the user must maintain a minimum distance of 20cm from the antenna at all times” – Samsung Chromebook
There has recently been more media coverage about concerns due to health risks from exposure to all sources of new technology – especially to children. The Telecom Industry is being referred to “Big Wireless” and compared to “Big Tobacco” and “Big Oil.” Many U.S. broadcast stations are running segments about this as well. People all over the world – including some celebrities – are speaking out and trying to affect change in their communities.
For more information, contact the following websites:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Clear Light Ventures
- Dr. Sam Milham
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- In Power Movement
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence