Wireless radiation – calling all health professionals

Wireless radiation – calling all health professionals

Wireless radiation harms the body and health care practitioners need to do something about it, say Australian researchers in a paper published just before Christmas.

The researchers, from the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA), conducted an analysis of studies that have been conducted on the effects of real-world wireless radiation on the body, from a database of research the organisation compiled over many years.

‘Two-thirds of the relevant epidemiology papers selected from ODEB [the ORSAA database] showed effects associated with increased exposures,’ the authors said.

One of the key effects the authors observed was that wireless radiation causes oxidative stress – the generation of free radicals. ‘Oxidative stress is now recognized as an underlying cause of many chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and depression,’ they say. Furthermore, ‘Health conditions promoted by electromagnetic-induced oxidative stress include allergies and atopic dermatitis, autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, eye conditions, and fertility effects.’

The authors also found compelling evidence that wireless radiation causes cancer. They refer to the decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify wireless radiation as a Class 2B (‘possible’) carcinogen, to large animal studies confirming a link with cancer and to the recent determination by an Italian court that mobile phone radiation caused a plaintiff’s brain tumour.

The ORSAA team also found evidence that wireless radiation caused changes to enzymes and protein damage, biochemical changes, changes to cell function or morphology, effects on sperm/testicles, neurobehavioural/cognitive effects, changes to gene expression, haematological effects, cell death, changes to brain waves, immune system damage, hormonal changes, thyroid effects, liver effects and changes in brain development and/or neurodegeneration.

They also pointed out evidence that wireless radiation causes electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) – the experience of unpleasant symptoms as a result of exposure.

‘These symptoms include headaches (not the typical headache), head pressure, chest pressure, dysesthesia (skin irritation) and paraesthesia (tingling, prickling, burning sensations), insomnia, concentration difficulties, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), memory issues, dizziness, heart problems such as arrhythmia/palpitations/tachycardia, anxiety, joint pain, chronic fatigue, muscle pain and dermatological effects such as rashes,’ they say.

The study provides compelling evidence that humans ‘interact with electromagnetic fields even at low power levels.’

The authors say that international Guidelines for radiation protection (ICNIRP* Guidelines) do not adequately protect the public from the harmful effects of exposure. This is because:

  • they only protect against damage caused by heating and not damage caused by other means;

  • they don’t provide additional protection for children, babies, foetuses, sperm or ovaries;

  • and their approach is not consistent with best practices of the International Commission on Radiation Protection.

‘[R]radiofrequency signals comprise an ever-present environmental stressor that may contribute to the significant increases in chronic illnesses and mental health issues observed globally’, the authors say. They suggest that there is enough evidence to justify health professionals taking action to address the problem.

The authors recommend that health care practitioners should:

  • respond appropriately to patient requests to not be exposed in a medical setting, eg switching off or moving sources of exposure;
  • keep records of patients who seem to be affected by wireless radiation;
  • be aware that radiation-emitting devices may cause distress to some patients;
  • educate themselves about the research on the health effects of wireless radiation;
  • and provide guidance to patients on how to reduce exposure.

They conclude that ‘The extensive evidence base is compelling enough to call for an update in medical education and practice. Out of care for their patients, healthcare workers may develop their understanding using the practical methods introduced in this discussion paper. Furthermore, modern institutional practices need to be reviewed to ensure that any harm from electromagnetic fields is reduced as much as reasonably possible while still providing optimal health care.’

*International Commission on NonIonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

McCredden JE, Cook N, Weller S and Leach V (2022) Wireless technology is an environmental stressor requiring new understanding and approaches in health care. Front. Public Health 10:986315, doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.986315;

Note: the paper contains a supplement listing all of the studies that have investigated exposures from real world devices and base stations.

  • The ORSAA database can be found here.
  • Other useful papers can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).
  • You can find out how to become a member of ORSAA here.

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