Journal of the San Juan Islands


Wi-Fi too risky, waiting for fiber | Letters

June 17, 2014 · Updated 3:01 PM

I don’t know about you but with office billing, research for my patients, personal contacts with family and friends and some online shopping, I must spend at least two hours a day on the computer.

I choose to use my computer both at home and at work from a corded DSL ethernet connection. I choose to have a corded connection because at the point of exposure on a laptop or tablet I am exposed to microwave radiation similar in strength to that of a cell phone tower only 100-200 meters away.

This is because the signal strength falls off in proportion to the square from the distance of emission, i.e. very rapidly. The distance from a tower is measured in hundreds of meters, but from a WIFI antenna it is only a few meters, and from a laptop or tablet it is measured in just inches.

Spending two hours a day on a wireless computer connection via WIFI exposes me to even more microwave radiation than I would from two hours a day on a cell phone because the device is sending radiation over my entire head and torso and pelvis.

OPALCO’s broadband would be a wonderful asset to our island community if we could bring the fiber optic connection to each home. But if the broadband is only sourced from wireless towers those like me who spend at least two hours a day on the internet will be exposing ourselves daily to radiation at levels that will cause adverse biological health effects.

Right now our students at the Lopez School and our health team at the Lopez Medical Clinic are increasingly under hours and hours of harmful exposure from wireless connections to laptops and tablets.

Below is a list of the most recent papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from WiFi signals, WiFi-enabled devices or WiFi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz). Papers listed are only those where exposures were below 16V/m. Someone using a WiFi-enabled tablet computer can be exposed to electromagnetic fields up to 16V/m.

Julienne Battalia, Lopez Island

— Editor’s note: contact Ms. Battalia, of East Asian Medical Practional, for the  23 papers mentioned above.


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