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Churches should note WiFi health concerns

23 January 2015


From Ann Wills

Sir, - I can understand the suggestion that churches provide WiFi on their premises (News, 9 January; Letters, 16 January). Last year, however, the French Assembly voted in favour of a law to ban WiFi in all institutions for children aged under three years old.

This was in order to limit exposure to the microwave and electro-magnetic emissions generated by wireless technologies, such as WiFi, mobile phones, and tablets. The French Assembly has insisted that mobile-phone manufacturers recommend the use of hands-free kits for every new mobile-phone purchase.

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, classified such equipment as "possibly carcinogenic" (cancer-causing). Children's skulls are thinner than adults', and some experts are concerned that microwaves could adversely affect their health. Adults who are electro-sensitive have reported headaches, memory loss, dizziness, fatigue, and other symptoms when near to WiFi.

I read that, in 2012, the Russian, German, and Israeli governments advocated the use of wired networks in schools rather than wireless technologies. I believe that churches should take this into consideration when deciding whether to provide WiFi facilities.

67 Dulverton Road,
Ruislip, Middx. HA4 9AF

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