Info for Teachers
Info for Teachers
Students aren't the only ones affected by radiofrequency (RF) radiation from wireless devices in classrooms. A growing number of teachers and staff are reporting symptoms of RF sensitivity, which can include a constellation of effects ranging from frequent headaches, dizziness and nausea to extreme fatigue and brain fog.
Women who are or may become pregnant during their teaching careers are particularly at risk, because of studies showing that pulsed RF radiation can interfere with normal fetal brain development.
The Yale Study
In 2012, a team of researchers led by Dr. High Taylor, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale School of Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, set out to study the offspring of laboratory mice exposed to radiation from a regular cell phone.
The mice who were exposed to RF radiation in utero exhibited hyperactive behavior, had poorer memories and a lack of concentration – all symptoms that resembled ADHD in children.
An examination of the neurological development of the exposed animals found that the prefrontal cortex of the brain was wired differently from mice who were not exposed.
More studies are needed to determine exactly how RF radiation interferes with normal brain development, but since that time other studies have confirmed the ability of RF radiation to interfere with a range of biological processes. In addition to neurological damage, exposure to RF radiation has been linked to reproductive problems, changes to DNA and an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
This Yale study led to the development of the BabySafe Project, which warns pregnant women to keep their cell phones and other wireless devices away from their developing baby. More information and a free brochure is available from the website.