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The Montreal Gazette, 25/8/2010

Wi-Fi may cause generational defects: scientist Ex-weapons expert says frequencies can damage ovaries

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Wi-Fi may cause generational defects: scientist Ex-weapons expert says frequencies can damage ovaries

By GLENN JOHNSON, Postmedia News August 25, 2010
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A Cold War microwave weapons expert is concerned that use of Wi-Fi in schools could lead to long-term consequences if ovary damage in girls creates future genetic disorders.Photograph by: JOHN KENNEY GAZETTE, Postmedia News; By Postmedia NewsA British scientist and former naval microwave weapons expert has waded into the debate over the safety of wireless networks in Canadian schools, warning if left unchecked, generations could face genetic disorders.

Barrie Trower, who specialized in microwave "stealth" warfare during the Cold War, spoke at the University of Toronto last night. His topic: safety concerns surrounding use of Wi-Fi systems in public schools.

While Health Canada maintains it is safe, Trower said there are no scientific studies that categorically state there is no harm from prolonged exposure.

He also warns we could be threatening the health of future generations of Canadians who can be affected by microwaves at the DNA level.

"When I realized these same frequencies and powers (as weapons during the Cold War) were being used as Wi-Fi in schools, I decided to come out of retirement and travel around the world free of charge and explain exactly what the problem is going to be in the future," Trower told Postmedia News in an interview yesterday.

"Children are not small adults, they are underdeveloped adults, so there are different symptoms.

"What you are doing in schools is transmitting at low levels," said Trower, who teaches at Britain’s Dartmoor College and holds a degree in physics.

Trower said he’s concerned about Wi-Fi in schools because "low level microwaves can damage the ovaries in girls."

"If you damage the DNA, there could be a genetic disorder from the child that is born from that lady when they grow up."

"That girl could have a genetically deformed child, and that could be carried through generations. You are not just risking the current health of your children, you are risking the future generations of your children in your country with genetic disorders."

Health Canada issued a statement last week that said there is no health threat.

"Based on scientific evidence, Health Canada has determined that exposure to low-level radio-frequency energy, such as that from Wi-Fi systems, is not dangerous to the public," said a statement from the federal agency.

But a copy of Health Canada’s safety guidelines reviewed contains some paragraphs that suggests some members of the public might suffer from prolonged exposure.

"Certain members of the general public may be more susceptible to harm from RF and microwave exposure," said the guideline.

Health Canada was asked yesterday to point out any studies that refute Trower’s claims, but they were not immediately able to do so.

Trower said that’s because no such document exists, nor has any country filed such a report with the World Health Organization or the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation, he contends.

"Parents should have a document from the school saying they take full legal responsibility for any damage caused by Wi-Fi. If they won’t give that, the first question should be ’Why?’ "

In Ontario, the debate has gone on since February in Simcoe County, near Toronto. Worldwide, the debate dates back more than a decade.

Last week, the Simcoe school board said it has no plans to remove wireless Internet from its elementary and high schools based on concerns from parents that it may be making students sick.

Simcoe County Safety School Committee member Rodney Palmer said his group wants Health Canada to produce any studies that prove the levels are safe.

Palmer equated it to some pesticides, which were once thought to be harmless at any level, but whose use was later curtailed after studies showed any exposure could cause health problems.

Other academics differ on whether prolonged exposure to the wireless technology is safe.

Tony Muc, a University of Toronto physics professor, was consulted by the school board and told them that wireless poses no harm.

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