By B.N. Frank
Research has indicated that children’s excessive use of or exposure to screens can play a role in autism and other health issues (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). An overwhelming amount of research has also determined that exposure to various environmental toxins can also play a role. This includes exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and wireless radiation.
Autism, ADHD, and Wireless Electromagnetic Fields
Autism, ADHD, and Wireless Electromagnetic Fields and Children’s Brain Development
Dr. Martha Herbert speaks at the Press Conference from the Symposium on Children, Cell Phones and Wireless at the 2016 Pediatric Societies Annual Conference.
Wireless Radiation And The Developing Nervous System
Dozens of peer reviewed research studies indicate that wireless and electromagnetic fields alter brain function and affect the nervous system. Research links these exposures to altered sleep, damaged mitochondria, increased oxidative stress, cellular damage, genotoxicity, and blood brain barrier permeability. When our bodies have increased stress at the chemical, immune and electrical levels, our brain health is compromised. Children are more vulnerable as their brains are still developing so the neurological effects will be greater.
“I think there is enough strong scientific support to argue that EMF/RFRs are important contributors to degrading the optimal chemical-electrical function of our bodies – thereby detuning our brains and nervous systems.” –Dr. Martha Herbert
Many reports are coming in that decreasing electromagnetic radiation exposures can help increase a child’s functioning, especially children with autism, ADHD or other neurological issues. In other words, just as we support our children with healthy food and healthy play, we can also provide a healthy environment by reducing EMF’s in our child’s daily life.
A Yale study found cellphone radiation exposure caused mice exposed prenatally to have ”ADHD like” symptoms of hyperactivity and poor memory. In response to this growing body of research, obstetricians, medical doctors and public health educators have signed onto a major initiative called The Baby Safe Project to recommend pregnant women reduce wireless exposures to protect the developing brain.
EHT has compiled critical resources – from videos to recommended books to published science – on the link between EMF’s and Autism and ADHD. We will continue to update this website regularly so please check back.
The Link between Autism and Electromagnetic Fields by Martha Herbert Ph.D., M.D.
Herbert, M.R. and Sage, C. “Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a Pathophysiological Link”. Part II: Pathophysiology, 2013 Jun;20(3):211-34. Epub Pubmed abstract for Part II.
Wen Y, Alshikho MJ, Herbert MR (2016) Pathway Network Analyses for Autism Reveal Multisystem Involvement, Major Overlaps with Other Diseases and Convergence upon MAPK and Calcium Signaling. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153329. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153329
Pall, M.L., Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (2015).
Pall, Martin L. “Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage‐gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects.” Journal of cellular and molecular medicine 17.8 (2013): 958-965.
Ahuja et al., Autism: An epigenomic side-effect of excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields International Journal of Medical and Medical Sciences Vol. 5(4), pp. 171-177, April (2013)
Sources of EMF and wireless radiation include activity trackers, wireless baby monitors, Bluetooth, cell phones, cell towers, “smart” appliances, utility “Smart” Meters, Wi-Fi routers, and more. Many families and schools have already replaced Wi-Fi with hardwired internet to reduce children’s exposure. Some utility companies now allow customers to “opt-out” of 2-way wireless transmitting electric, gas, and water utility “Smart” Meters because of exposure complaints (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and/or lawsuits.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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