December 17, 2014

Australian author Donna Fisher claims that  generated by wireless devices are responsible for various medical issues, including cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autism. She is the author of several books, including Dirty Electricity and Electromagnetic Radiation and Light That Heals. Fisher is calling for a national ban on wireless baby monitors in Australia to protect babies from the risk of SIDS, autism, and other medical conditions.

Medical experts like Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Telethon Kids Institute head of autism research, say this is ridiculous.

“The claims made in this book would be laughable, if they weren’t so irresponsible. This is fearmongering at best, and unethical at worst. It is not clear to me that the author understands the harmful effects these completely unsupported claims have on the autism community.”

Fisher’s website contains links to purchase her books, along with Blushield Tesla products she claims can protect individuals from harmful EMFs. There are no articles citing scientific studies or other resources backing up her claims. Here is a link to her website http://www.donnafisher.com.au/.

There have been a few studies published showing a possible relationship between electromagnetic radiation and autism. A study published by the journal Medical Hypothesis entitled, “Out of Time: A possible link between mirror neurons, autism and electromagnetic radiation” showed a correlation between the rise in autism diagnosis with the rise in cell phone sales between 1992 – 2003. More recently, a 2012 study from Harvard Medical School also found a link between electromagnetic fields, radiofrequency radiation and autism (http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec20_2012_Findings_in_Autism.pdf).

Professor Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden says,

“We know that exposure to this radiation may impact DNA, leading to possible cancer risks. It can alter our immune defense, and also affects male and female germ cells and fertility.”

Several countries, including France and Israel, have banned wi-fi from childcare centers and schools. The German government has not banned wi-fi, but they have advised their citizens to limit their exposure as much as possible.

Do baby monitors, along with cell phones and other wireless devices, cause autism, along with several other medical conditions?

There is not enough evidence to say for sure, but parents who are concerned about the possible effects can opt for a voice-activated baby monitor that only transmits when the baby makes noise. For now, EMF’s can be added to the growing list of possible causes for a disorder that continues to baffle doctors and scientists around the globe.

Additional Information:

Fluorescent lamps and health – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The report states that “people with Autism/Asperger’s syndrome have reported problems which …. “Carcinogenicity of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields”.

About the author 

Laurel Joss

Laurel Joss is a freelance writer with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as an RDI® Program Certified Consultant and has published articles in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and on her blog www.remediatingautism.blogspot.com. She is a mother to two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. You can also follow her on https://twitter.com/speaking_autism and https://www.facebook.com/speaking.autism.ca

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