Russian advice

The Russians have been ahead of the game in many areas of technology, they are also more straightforward in having guidelines that are more protective than those followed in the West. Their body is the Russian CPNIR.

RCPNIR recommend starting the school year without WiFi

[From school year 2020-2021] the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Sciences and the Russian Committee for the Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation recommend starting the school year without WiFi, smartphones and cellular base stations on school grounds.

The document “Hygienic standards and special requirements for the device, content and modes of operation in the digital educational environment in general education” has recently been published. For the first time this sets out health-related restrictions regarding the exposure of schoolchildren by electromagnetic fields emitted by digital equipment in the educational environment. The regulations were developed under the methodical guidance of the Medical Sciences Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the participation of members of the Russian National Committee for Protection from Non-ionizing Radiation.

The full text is available on the website of the Institute of Hygiene and Child and Adolescent Health of the “National Medical Research Centre for Children’s Health” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation

http://emf-net.ru/index.php

Here are some excerpts on limiting exposure from electromagnetic radiation from WiFi, smartphones and cellular base stations:

3.1. Digital Regulations for Schools

3.1.2. Wireless data transmission systems should not be used in educational establishments to create local computing networks, internet connections, or to connect PC peripherals. In case they are nevertheless utilised, workstations must be situated at least 5 metres away from the wifi router. No form of wireless networks will be permitted in primary school classrooms or buildings. 

3.1.4. Smartphones may not be used in schools for educational purposes (reading, searching for information). The use of personal mobile communication devices by school children should be limited except for health purposes. Schools are advised not to permit the situating of mobile phone masts on their grounds. 

3.2. Online learning requirements at home  

3.2.1. Studying online should be done by PC or laptop using a wired internet connection. If this is not possible, the student’s desk must be situated at least 5 metres from the wifi router.

3.2.2. No student may use more than two different digital devices (e.g. personal computer and tablet, or laptop and tablet) in the classroom. 

3.2.3. Smartphones may not be used for educational purposes (reading, searching for information).

Microwaving the US embassy in Moscow ?

The Moscow Signal was a reported microwave transmission varying between 2.5 and 4 gigahertz, directed at the Embassy of the United States, Moscow from 1953–1976, resulting in an international incident. 

NY Times Dec 2020:

Report Points to Microwave ‘Attack’ as Likely Source of Mystery Illnesses That Hit Diplomats and Spies

Following the recent Havana Incident as well, this document by the US National Academy of Science directly acknowledges the harmful effects of NIR and their probable role at the Cuban embassy. An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies. See pp.17-18.

Russian Government Recommends Banning Wi-Fi and Cell Phones in Primary Schools

From Dafna Tachover on Childrens Health Defense July 2020

On July 17th, 2020, the Russian Ministry of Health published recommendations to schools to ban the use of Wi-Fi and cell phones in elementary schools. The Medical Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, prepared the recommendations together with the Russian Ministry of Health.

The information was provided to Children’s Health Defense by Professor Oleg Grigoriev, Dr.Sc, PhD, the Chairman for the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Professor Grigoriev has been outspoken about the harms of wireless technology and has been leading the recent initiatives by the Russian government to protect children from harm. He also tweeted about the news.

Numerous studies show profound adverse effects from Wi-Fi. Professor Martin Pall’s 2018 meta-analysis paper “Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health” references studies showing Wi-Fi causes oxidative stress, sperm/testicular damage, neuropsychiatric effects including EEG changes, apoptosis (cell death), cellular DNA damage, endocrine changes, and calcium overload. Considering the evidence of harm, scientists and medical associations have called to ban the use of Wi-Fi in schools and use wired networks instead.

Russia is following other countries around the world that have taken action to reduce the use of Wi-Fi in schools and protect the health of children. In 2013, Israel became the first country in the world to adopt limitations on the use of Wi-Fi in schools. It banned Wi-Fi in kindergartens and limited the use of Wi-Fi in elementary schools. Wi-Fi is allowed for three hours per week in the first and second grade and six hours per week for the third grade. It must be turned off at all other times. In 2017, Cypress banned Wi-Fi in kindergartens and halted the deployment of Wi-Fi in elementary schools. In addition, The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health initiated a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about cell phone and wireless radiation exposures to children.

In the US, in 2016 the governor-appointed Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC), issued a report advising the Department of Education to recommend that local school districts reduce exposure of schoolchildren to wireless devices and radiation, and to provide wired rather than wireless internet connections. No action was taken.

This action by the Russian Health Department follows another recent action by the ministry to encourage the reduction of children’s exposure to wireless devices.  In March 2020, following the outbreak of Covid, Russia’s Department of Health together with the Scientific Research Institute of Hygiene and the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection published Safety Recommendations for Children Who Use Digital Technologies to Study at HomeThe recommendation encourages using the internet via a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi. (Children’s Health Defense also published a “step by step” guide on how to hardwire wireless devices for safe remote learning.)

In the US, the Federal Communication Commission, which regulates the safety of wireless technology, denies that wireless technology causes harm. The FCC health guidelines rely on the obsolete scientific assumption that the non-ionizing radiation emitted by microwave frequencies used for wireless technology can be harmful, only if they cause thermal change in tissue. That assumption has been proven false in thousands of studies, even before cell phones were commercialized in the 1980s. Contrary to the FCC’s position, in the 1970s, the Russians had already acknowledged that the radiation emitted from radio and microwave frequencies based technologies can be harmful at levels that are at least 1,000 times lower than the levels that create thermal effects.