A tip of the tinfoil hat

It’s easy to call those against technology tinfoil hat wearing ignoramuses, but someone has to be going against the grain if we are to be sure new technology is safe.

While the stories of being able to hard boil an egg between two cell phones is one of pure fancy, we are hard pressed to prove that those suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity are merely hypochondriacs.

Technology moves ahead much faster than our ability to test, or fully understand, it. We put our trust in Health Canada to set limits that protect our health. Safety Code 6, published in 1999, limits radio frequency fields from three kHz to 300 GHz.

The code was updated in 2009, it states: “At present, there is no scientific basis for the premise of chronic and/or cumulative health risks from RF energy at levels below the limits outlined in Safety Code 6. Proposed effects from RF energy exposures in the frequency range between 100 kHz and 300 GHz, at levels below the threshold to produce thermal effects, have been reviewed. At present, these effects have not been scientifically established, nor are their implications for human health sufficiently well understood. Additionally, a lack of evidence of causality, biological plausibility and reproducibility greatly weaken the support for the hypothesis for such effects. Thus, these proposed outcomes do not provide a credible foundation for making science-based recommendations for  limiting human exposures to low-intensity RF energy.”

The code alone, however cannot protect us from every advancement in technology, or increased exposure. The public must be made aware of where and how technology is being used in our communities and must take the time to educate itself on the risks — as well as the rewards.