Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wi-fi....what's the deal?

If you have been watching the news lately, then you should be aware of a story coming out of Ontario concerning the use of Wi-fi in schools. If you want to read the whole article, it was posted on the web today as the parents vote to shut off the Wi-fi at an Ontario school.

Now the whole argument comes from select students becoming sick from the harmful waves emitted from the wi-fi system. Students have had a range of illnesses ranging from headaches, nausea, tingling, inability to concentrate, and they say that their symptoms go away during the weekend when they are out of the school environment. I am sure some of you are shaking your heads and thinking 'ya sure, those kids just don't want to work', but there may be some merit to these complaints.

When I watched this story on the news they had an analyst come in and test the exposure levels of wi-fi signals, and what they found were that some people were more sensitive to electromagnetic-type signals (wi-fi included), and some actually were feeling the symptoms that the children said as well. The subjects were not told when the wi-fi was turned on or off but experienced the symptoms only when the system was on. This is why some people are feeling the symptoms and others not, says this experiment, because some people are must more sensitive than others.

The Health Canada has laws in place for frequency levels and exposures to a certain level, and they say that wi-fi comes in way below the level the law is set at.

"Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems," the statement said. "Based on scientific evidence, Health Canada has determined that exposure to low-level radiofrequency energy, such as that from Wi-Fi equipment, is not dangerous to the public."



The issue isn't necessarily the level as it sits right now, but the possibility of over-exposure as students sit in this environment 5 days a week, for 6 hours a day, for 14 or so years. Hmmmmmmm........makes you wonder a bit. Are we an experiment? Is there maybe some validity to this issue as our technology grows wider and more accessible? Does this concern reach other countries? Is this all a load of bull? What do you think??? Let's start a dialogue!