Friday, August 26, 2016

Letter to All Superintendents and Chief Executive Officers of the Public Schools in Maryland by Dr. Ronald Powell August 25, 2016

TO:  All Superintendents and Chief Executive Officers of the Public Schools in Maryland

 August 25, 2016
This is the message that scientists and physicians, who are conducting research on the impact of wireless devices on health, want you to hear:

The radiofrequency/microwave radiation produced by wireless devices, like Wi-Fi, wireless computers, cell phones, cordless phones, and smart meters, is harmful to human health.
For this reason, it is vital that the mandatory irradiation of children, not to mention teachers and staff, in the Maryland Public Schools be ended.

If you doubt that such radiation is harmful, please see the two attached documents which will point you to major references on this subject:
If you still think that wireless technology is safe, please consider these questions:
  • Which sources of information are assuring you that wireless technology is safe?
  • Do those sources have any vested interest in wireless technology?  Do they sell, install, or service wireless devices?
  • Will those sources give you written evidence, for public scrutiny, that backs up their claims of safety for the wireless devices that they advocate that you use in your schools?
  • Does the expertise of those sources match, in any way, the expertise of the world's leading scientists and physicians, referenced in the attached documents, including those at the National Institutes of Health, who are actively conducting research on the health effects of the radiation from wireless devices.
If you would like to read the views, of scientists, doctors, and other knowledgeable individuals, already provided to the Montgomery County Public Schools, please find the letters that they have submitted here:
If you have any doubts about the safety of wireless technology, what is the prudent step to take?
  • Keep irradiating the children, and add even more sources of radiation, such as wireless thermostats and virtual-reality cell-phone devices, throughout the schools and without concern for the consequences to either the children or the decision makers advocating irradiation.
  • OR, take Precautionary Action by stopping the irradiating of the children, while awaiting additional evidence sufficient to convince you that the radiation is either harmful or safe.
If you elect Precautionary Action
You can largely resolve the problem of the mandatory irradiation of children in the schools by moving fromwireless connectivity, like Wi-Fi, to shielded wired connectivity, like the following:
  • shielded Ethernet cable
  • coaxial cable which is inherently shielded
  • optical fibers which do not need shielding because they do not radiate at all.
If you feel that you need help in assessing the impact of wireless devices on health, please seek competent advisors.  They should be individuals with biomedical backgrounds, particularly scientists and doctors involved in research on the biological effects of radiofrequency/microwave radiation.   And they should be free of conflicts of interest, such as funding from the wireless industries.

Who am I?

I am a retired U.S. Government career scientist.  I hold a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University.  My background is described in both of the attached documents.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.


Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.

See all of Dr. Ronald Powell's letters at this link. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Letters To the Montgomery County Public School District on Wi-Fi Health Risk by Scientists, Doctors and Researchers

Please click on the hyperlink to get a PDF of these letters from experts who wrote the MCPS School System about the health concerns posed by MCPS Wi-Fi networks. 

"Wi-Fi in schools, in contrast to wired internet connections, will increase risk of neurologic impairment and long-term risk of cancer in students. Promoting wireless technology in schools disregards current health warnings from international science and public health experts in this field." 
-Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, and Michael Carlberg, MSc, Department of Oncology, Orebro University HospitalSweden

"Wi-Fi and Cell Towers are "likely hazardous and unsafe for students, staff and teachers...Some 100 years back, we learned the hard lessons of ionizing radiation and the need for strict health protections – now we must openly face the possibility that we must take a seat in life’s school and learn again. This time it is about non-ionizing radiation."
-Dr. Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institute

"Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having learning or medical problems in the first place."
- Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Pediatric Neurologist

"Wi-Fi networks in schools and cell towers on your school grounds could significantly increase the cancer risk in your community,"
- Anthony B. Miller, MD FACE, Professor Emeritus Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, World Health Organization Advisor,

"The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children. I urge you to abandon any plans for wireless communication within schools. It is of course critical that all children have access to the internet, but when this is done through wired connections they will not be exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields."
-David O. Carpenter, M.D. University of Albany

"In 2015, 206 international scientists signed a statement sent to the United Nations Secretary General and to member states, stating that international safety guidelines and standards are inadequate to protect human health [6].  Each of these 206 scientists from 40 countries had scientific publications on biological effects of such EMFs and therefore each is well qualified to judge this.  It can be seen from this statement to the UN, that there is a strong scientific consensus that current safety guidelines and standards are inadequate because they do not take into consideration all of the non-thermal health effects produced by various EMF exposures. "
-Martin L. Pall, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences,  Washington State University, 

"Compelling research raises the possibility of very serious harm to children from radiofrequency radiation exposures well below “FCC compliant” levels. Legal does not mean safe."
-Devra Davis, PhD MPH, President and Founder Environmental Health Trust Visiting Professor of Medicine The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical Center, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Radiation and Health

"Numerous studies have shown generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can cause oxidative damage of DNA. This is a well-known mechanism in carcinogenesis for many agents. The broad biological potential of ROS and other free radicals makes radiofrequency radiation a potentially hazardous factor for human health, not only cancer risk but also other health effects."
-Mr. Mikko Ahonen, PhD, Research manager of Finland, Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, Tallinn, Estonia & Partner, FinlandMrs. Lena Hedendahl, MD Practitioner, Luleå, SwedenMr. Tarmo Koppel, MSc., PhD Department of Work Environment and Safety, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, December 13, 2015

"The data in this report cannot therefore be used to infer safety, or lack of safety, of children in any of the tested locations."
-Cindy Sage. MA, Sage Associates, Co-Editor, BioInitiative 2007 and 2012 Reports
Prof. Trevor Marshall, PhD. Director, Autoimmunity Research Foundation,Senior Member IEEE, Founding chair (retired) IEEE EMBS (Buenaventura Chapter)Fellow, European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine (Brussels) International Expert Council, Community of Practice: Preventative Medicine (Moscow)

“Despite assurances of safety from the FCC and the wireless industry, the international biomedical research community is showing, in study after study, that current exposure limits are not even close to being protective of living things.  The limitations of that guidance have been highlighted by other agencies of the U.S. Government and by medical organizations.”  
Dr. Ronald Powell, retired U.S. Government scientist (Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University)

"The implications of failure of schools to act with caution now regarding wireless radiation and technology, could potentially be horrific in both scope and magnitude, and may constitute neglect of children. Please act now to safeguard your children’s future."- ----Cris Rowan, BScBi, BScOT, SIPT,

"We cannot afford to experiment in this manner on our children and grandchildren...In 2008 my seemingly healthy 56 year old husband had a grand mal seizure and diagnosis of a lethal brain tumor. Ironically our son worked for Senator Ted Kennedy in his private office. Just 10 days after my husband’s diagnosis the Senator suffered the same fate. His family felt it was his cell phone that caused his tumor and subsequent death but they chose to keep that quiet."
-Ellie Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association

"Finally, multiple human epidemiological studies from a number of major industrial countries report statistically significant risks for brain, eye, hearing nerve, salivary gland, and leukemia cancers from exposure to RFR. Additionally, there are cell, animal and human studies showing deleterious effects on sperm including but not limited to sperm DNA fragmentation."  
-Lloyd Morgan, Engineer, Scientific Advisor,  Environmental Health Trust

"The Environmental Protection Agency drafted Stage I RF-exposure guidelines in 1995, and sent them around to other agencies for their comment prior to planned release of the guidelines in early 1996. Stage I was for thermal effects. EPA announced that Stage II guidelines, to protect against non-thermal effects, would be ready in 1998. TheTelecommunications Industry Association lobbied Congress to prohibit the EPA from releasing any guidelines."
- Arthur Firstenberg of the Cellular Task Force

"FCC standards do not consider the effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitted by WiFi on children or pregnant women "
-Katie Singer, Medical journalist, December 1, 2016

"In the absence of a higher authority able to tell them what to do, our School Committee adopted the attached Best Practices for Mobile Devices to at least do what the manufacturers advised with creating distance, and turning devices and wi-fi off when not in use.  Little did I know we were the first public school in the nation to take even this first step."
-Cece Doucette, President of the Ashland Foundation

Monday, August 22, 2016

Protest Against Wi-Fi in School Planned at Office of the Health Officer

Two hour protest planned in Victoria BC 
 in front of the Office of Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall. 

FOX 5 News: Parents Concerned About WiFi in Montgomery County Public Schools

Safe Tech For Schools Maryland Parents are featured in this Five Minute FOX 5 News Report.
Please watch parents voice our concerns. 

The next day Fox did a follow up with Dr. Davis in the studio LIVE!!!. Watch an excerpt here

Calling For MCPS to Explore Safe Technology in Schools. 

Watch our testimony to the Board of Education here. 

Safe Tech for Schools Maryland parents were in the news last year.
Please watch these news pieces below. 

Read the 15 letters from experts calling on Montgomery County to remove the wireless and install safe ethernet technology:
Dr. Martha Herbert’s Letter, Dr. Anthony Miller's Letter, Dr. Lennart Hardell’s Letter , Dr. Carpenters Letter, Dr.  Olle Johansson’s Letter, Dr. Devra Davis' Letter , Cris Rowan Letter,,Dr. Martin Pall’s letter, Katie Singer’s Letter,Cindy Sage and Trevor Marshal  Letter, Ellie Marks Letter , Arthur Firstenberg  Letter, Mikko Ahonen PhD, Lena Hedendahl MD and Tarmo Koppel MSc PhDs Letter, Cece Doucette’s Letter, Alisdair Philips Letter, Lloyd Morgan’s Letter , Peter Sullivan's letter. Letter from Ms. Véronique Terrasse of the World Health Organization confirming Wi-Fi is in the Carcinogenic classification,   

Click here to read the full list. 

Wireless Causes Cancer in Rats: Video Released of NIH National Toxicology Program Presentation

Radio frequency Radiation Boosts Cancer and DNA Damage in Exposed Rats
says the US National Toxicology Program
Watch the Video Presentation below of the $25 Million U.S. National Toxicology Program Study at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in June 2016. Rats received full body exposure to radiofrequency as do children in schools.

Peel School District Parents Advocate for Wires (not Wi-Fi) to Protect Children's Health

Canadian parents are working hard to remove Wi-Fi from schools. Former Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg is featured in this video.

Bethesda and Takoma Park Schools Featured in Montgomery County School Wi-Fi Radiation Video

Footage from Churchill, Blair , Wheaton, Bells Mill and Takoma Park Middle Schools are featured in this video. In addition the radiation levels are compared to a Chromebook used in Montgomery County Schools.