With over millions of iPhones and iPads sold, it’s not a stretch to say that Apple products are a leading source of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation exposure.
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An Open Letter to Apple Inc.
Mr. Tim Cook
CEO, Apple Inc.
1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014
October 15, 2014
On behalf of concerned parents, I’m writing to ask for your help. First, though, I’d like to acknowledge your company’s tremendous success.
You run the most culturally powerful company of all time.
Adults love them: “I’m waiting to see what Apple will make me buy next.”
Kids love them: “Mom, just get me something with an Apple on it.”
You run a tight ship. You generate more sales than Google, Amazon, and Facebook combined and your iPhone revenue surpasses Microsoft’s entire business. You’re “wildly profitable” (fiscal 3Q14 results). As the most valuable company in the world, you have unparalleled resources and reach. You’ve amassed 800 million iTunes accounts (with accompanying e-mail and credit card information) and hold over $150 billion in cash.
It’s been an impressive run. Congratulations.
With success and leadership comes responsibility.
Kids are using your devices. A lot.
Three-quarters of all children in the U.S. have access to a mobile device. Most of them are Apple-branded. Forty percent of kids use iPads before they can speak. This data from Common Sense Media Research is over a year old. Babies try to swipe TV screens. iPads dominate in schools (95% of the educational market).
Children use these devices on the go and they are also spending massive amounts of time on them at home and at school. They spend 7.5 hours/day on electronics (2009 data). Kids are increasingly living in mobile-only households that are ditching wired connections and land lines for convenience and economy.
People require WiFi or 3G/4G network access to operate your devices. WiFi penetration is growing rapidly, in our homes, offices, schools, airplanes, airports, and that perfect hot spot your kids love to grab while in the car waiting for the light to turn green.
Cupertino, We Have A Problem. RADIATION IS HARMFUL.
Especially to children.
OK, not all radiation is bad. Scientists (even NASA) and others investigate natural and man-made frequencies and the potential applications for grounding, healing, and protection (look up “earthing” and “Schumann Resonance“). Good radiation reduces blood viscosity and enhances other physiologic processes.
But that’s not what’s going on here. Most radiation is deeply concerning.
THE DANGERS ARE DOCUMENTED AND REAL.
There are over 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies that link the impacts of communication-frequency radiation to serious health problems including cancer, neurological disease, immune dysfunction, disruption of the blood-brain-barrier, DNA damage, infertility, and statistically significant neurological and cognitive disorders such as headaches, dizziness, tremors, decreased memory and attention, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased reaction times, sleep disturbances, and visual disruptions.
CHILDREN ARE AT GREATER RISK.
“Radiation exposures are higher for children than adults because children have thinner skulls, and their brains have higher water and higher ion (charged particle) content…these three factors enhance radiation penetration.” – Pediatr Nurs. 2013;39(2):65-70
“When electrical properties are considered, a child’s head’s absorption can be over two times greater, and absorption of the skull’s bone marrow can be ten times greater than adults. Therefore, a new certification process is needed that incorporates different modes of use, head sizes, and tissue properties.” Electromagn Biol Med. 2012 Mar;31(1):34-51
POLICIES ARE INADEQUATE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH.
“Based on this review … as well as [those in] the … recent Bioinitiative Report … it must be concluded that the existing public safety limits are inadequate to protect public health, and that new public safety limits, as well as limits on further deployment of untested technologies, are warranted.” – Pathophysiology. 2009:16(2-3):157-177
IPADs SPIKE 900 BLASTS OF RF RADIATION PER HOUR
An iPad has five operational antennae. Unless these antennas are individually disabled, they will continually emit bursts of high frequency radiation (GHz) every four seconds or approximately 900 spikes an hour. This radiation is unnatural and jarring. The human body’s frequency is about 7.83Hz while WiFi frequencies are 2,400,000,000 to 5,000,000,000 Hz. A child holding onto a WiFi-activated iPad will absorb significant amounts of microwave radiation into her hands, lap, and face, even when there is no active uploading or downloading activity occurring.
If your children use iPads at home or school, listen to these two short videos. An Acoustimeter measures an iPad’s pulsed microwave radiation.
Video #1: WiFi ON and connected to internet. We hear rapid pulsing from the router emitting beacon signals and irregular spikes from the iPad:
Video #2: WiFi ON and not connected to internet. We hear jarring spikes solely from the iPad.
Children are already more vulnerable; parents should know radiation exposure is cumulative over a lifetime. This isn’t news to Apple. The iPad user guide advises that “iPad contains components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields” and you direct customers to the Legal area of your site for “steps you can take to minimize exposure.” [p147]
ADDICTION IS A REAL PROBLEM
People joke about iPad addiction but it’s no laughing matter. Children have great difficulty self-regulating usage and more infants lack key motor skills due to an obsessive iPad “habit.” Nearly all teens are online (95%) and own cell phones (78%). They consume online media voraciously. And it’s not just a kid problem. Internet addiction is being considered for inclusion in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V).
You surely know that the vast majority of people do not restrict their iPad and iPhone usage to minimize exposure. Like all large consumer products companies, Apple conducts extensive market research to understand how your products are used by your different target markets so you can deliver improved features and functionality.
4G LTE POSES EVEN GREATER HEALTH RISKS
4G LTE is the newest wireless communications standard for mobile devices that’s up to 10x faster than 3G networks. Apple is designing amped up products with multiple antennae to benefit from 4G’s full bandwidth power. Are they safe? The first study on LTE radio frequency by peer-reviewed Clinical Neurophysiology shows that activity on both sides of the brain is affected by 30 minutes of exposure to LTE cellphone radiation. 4G appears to intensify health risks.