WLAN in Schools − the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) decided as early as 2016 that all schools should have WLAN for “digital education”. The experiences of the Corona crisis are expected to accelerate this development. However, the extensive body of research on health risks is not being considered in this process. An increasing number of German schools are using mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and digital boards, which are usually operated with routers and WLAN access points emitting high-frequency electromagnetic waves.
Living in a ‘Smarter’ world, being surrounded by smart phones, smart watches, smart TVs, baby monitors, wifis and other smart electronics always poses a question of how beneficial these gadgets are to us versus how safe they are. The same applies to the so called ‘smart meters’.
Originally, they were designed to make our lives easier so we don’t need to lift a finger when it comes to energy consumption in our homes and businesses, whilst saving us money. According to the Deutsche Energie-Agentur, 40 million German homes will be using this technology before 2020. So what exactly is a smart meter? How does it work and does it pose any potential health risks?
Electrosmog from hearing aids – is there a risk to your health? Do you also suffer from impaired hearing like millions of Germans? A study by the Institut für Hörtechnik und Audiologie (Institute for Hearing Technology and Audiology, Jade Hochschule, 2017) indicates that around 16 % of adults in Germany suffer from hearing impairment. Every third person over 50 years of age has a hearing loss. Young people are also affected more and more from year to year, thanks to music and work noise. In Germany, about 2.5 million people own a hearing aid. Better qualities, smaller designs, modern look and multiple technical refinements contribute to their enhanced image.
Bee deaths and cell phone radiation – is there a direct connection?
Bees produce honey that is popular with both young and old. But that is not all: as pollinator insects, they are especially important for our ecosystem. They guarantee us a large number of foods and are responsible for good harvests as well as ecological biodiversity. However, the bee population is in danger: 90 % of the bee colonies disappeared in the USA in 2007. In Europe, 53 % of the bees have died in the last ten years. Could the ever-increasing expansion of the mobile phone network have contributed to this? This question will be in our focus below. For this purpose, we will look at selected aspects of the bee´s physical constitution and behavior. In addition, we will give an overview of the study situation and consider the influence of the new 5G mobile phone network on the bee.
Have you ever wondered whether it could be dangerous to carry your cell phone in your pocket? Smartphones, tablets and the like transmit and receive with microwave radiation. According to the BioInitiative 2012 report, there is a direct link between this type of radiation and sperm damage. However, it is not only men’s fertility which is at risk, but also women’s. The study situation is alarming, yet there is a lack of transparent public education. Radiation protection limits are supposed to protect us. Therefore, it is a matter of course for many people to put their mobile phone in the trouser pocket in a carefree way. But are you aware that the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection nevertheless warns against using the devices close to the body or even carrying them?
How dangerous is electromagnetic radiation from the baby monitor for our children? Baby monitors are now part of the initial equipment of every infant. They send us sounds or even images from the children’s room, provide a certain amount of security by monitoring the sleep of our youngest, and can thus make everyday life easier. However, tests show that the device itself is a major risk factor: electromagnetic radiation endangers us and especially our children who are demonstrably affected by it in particular.
The new mobile phone standard 5G is in the starting blocks. It is already available in China, South Korea and the USA. There are also test projects for 5G in Germany. These include the first closed networks in the port of Hamburg, in Darmstadt and downtown Berlin as well as test networks in Munich and Aldenhoven. Doubts about the new technology and its harmlessness to health are growing steadily. The most important questions on the subject are therefore answered below.
Have you ever thought about how EMFs affect our health? Interested in keeping your family healthy? If so, the chances are you’ve come across the term ‘EMFs’ (Electromagnetic fields), specifically in connection with mobile phones, wifi routers, laptops or smart meters. Due to their unfavorable impact on our wellbeing, the reputation EMFs have earned is very much a negative one. But are they all the same? Or to put it another way: Are all EMFs harmful to our health?