A Letter to Moms

Is this an easy time to be a mom?

One in six children now has some form of developmental delay. ADHD and autism are now common, and rates are rising every year. Moms are trying harder than ever to raise healthy and empowered children, but for some invisible reason, it keeps getting harder and harder for them to develop naturally and thrive. Many of the best and brightest parents are feeling challenged. The things our parents took for granted are now a struggle for our generation and many of us even blame ourselves. However, I don’t believe this is our fault.

I’m a dad in Silicon Valley, and the objective on my resumé used to be “to empower people with personal technology.”  Technology has clearly made many things easier, but I learned the hard way that some technology is actually disempowering us and interfering with the most fundamental parts of our brains and nervous systems.  Like many people, I had assumed that wireless was safe and well tested. Then my children had developmental delays and symptoms of autism and my own health began to rapidly decline.  I was not able to sleep and had a hard time maintaining a healthy weight. In this weakened state, I became very sensitive to chemicals, certain ingredients in foods, and, finally, to wireless and electromagnetic fields (EMF).  I could feel a cell phone when it was used near my head and it didn’t feel good.  As a matter of fact, it made my thinking “fuzzy” for a period of time, usually around 40 minutes.  

My love of technology and its promise to empower people was now in stark contrast to our family’s real world experience.  I began to realize that I felt better away from technology and buzzing fluorescent lights, and recharged my body by hiking out in nature.  I started to reduce our exposure to wireless at home, too.  For years, this was a very personal journey as I watched my children recover and start to thrive again, and my own health returned.  I have found many other people who have had similar experiences and we have connected with the network of scientists who are now discovering exactly how this impacts us and our children. The rise of wireless radiation has fueled a growing movement of people who have been severely impacted and are advocating for safer wireless technology. Unfortunately, the harmful effects of wireless have been known for decades and have been ignored or covered up in the “land-grab” for wireless revenues.  

From one parent to another, as a warning, I would like to pass on this lesson that was learned through a great deal of pain and suffering. The microwave emissions from wireless devices are harmful, and there is now enough scientific evidence to justify reducing exposure. This is not the time to be overly trusting of government regulatory agencies and companies with a financial conflict of interest. This is not the time to be overly trusting at all.  As a matter of fact, it would be best if you tested this out for yourself, did the research, and came to your own conclusions. Start limiting exposures to wireless radiation, especially at night, and see what happens. How did you sleep? How sharp did you feel? How did your children behave? I have found that some of the effects are immediate, and some take several days or months as inflammation goes down and the body catches up.

You may discover, as I did, that this was the invisible factor that is making parenting in this era so hard. Please share this letter with your network of moms and friends and family members who you feel could benefit from it.


Clear Light Ventures: www.clearlightventures.com

Overpowered (2014) by Columbia Professor Martin Blank

Consumer Reports (2015): Does Cell-Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?

Parents Magazine (2015): How Wireless Devices Can Be Dangerous for Your Family

Clear Light Ventures: The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism

Top Ten Tips for Surviving Gunn High School

I went through a situation very similar to what the students at Gunn are being exposed to now and have felt the effects of it first hand. I believe that it is one of the key health impacts of our time and I want to share this information with you to protect your physical and mental health and to help protect your community.

1) Know your enemy

The back part of the Gunn campus is being bombarded by microwaves from a very high powered cell tower just off campus. It’s in a parking lot of an adjacent building, hidden behind the trees near the end of the football field, near the back of the math building.

This is the most powerful cell tower I have measured and it may even be over the FCC’s limits, which are the least protective in the world. Avoid this back part of campus (track, pool, and math building) as much as possible. If you have to be in this area, limit the time you spend there.  

2) Keep your cell phone in your backpack

Part of your wireless (microwave) exposure comes from your cell phone, even when you are not making calls. Try to develop a habit of not carrying your phone in your pocket or directly on your body. Carrying your phone in your pocket or directly on your body will likely expose you to radiation levels beyond the FCC guidelines--see your phone's legal warning about this.  If you must carry your phone in your pocket, turn the phone to airplane mode and make sure bluetooth and Wi-Fi are off. When you do use your phone, use speakerphone or an airtube headset to avoid exposures near your head, or text instead of talking. Place the phone at least an arm's length away from your body when downloading or streaming large videos.

3) Sit as far from the Wi-Fi router as you can

Wi-Fi routers are another source of microwave exposure. The high powered industrial strength routers that schools use are worse than the kind you have at home. If you can choose where you sit in class, sit as far away from the Wi-Fi router as possible.

4) Escape to nature

Spend as much time in nature as you can without your phone or with your phone in airplane mode or turned off. The bike path from Los Altos to Palo Alto on the other side of Arastradero is a great place to take a break near campus. Walk at least as far as the bridge to be at a safe distance from the other smaller cell antenna on the building near the entrance of the school.  Away from school, a good walk, bike, or run away from antennas and cell towers and your own cell phone is a great way to give your nervous system a much needed break.

5) Get sunlight

The reptilian part of our brains will relax in natural sunlight and get stressed by flickering fluorescent lights and pulsing wireless microwaves (microwaves are light at frequencies lower than we can see). Sit or stand outside in the sun (again, away from cell towers and your phone) until you feel your body start to fully relax.

6) Minimize or avoid GMO food

The primary reason to avoid genetically modified food is to reduce your exposure to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp, which genetically modified foods have a much higher exposure to than natural foods. Glyphosate is an herbicide and an antibiotic that reduces the healthy microbes in your gut and increases permeability of your gut. It also causes gut inflammation. Glyphosate has just recently been classified as a probable carcinogen and is also a key environmental suspect in the autism epidemic.

7) Reduce inflammation

One of the primary effects of microwave exposure is increased inflammation. To prevent inflammatory overload, minimize inflammatory foods, like wheat (gluten) and sugar. Consider adding natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric to your diet.

8) Stay hydrated with healthy water

Another physiological effect of microwave exposure is dehydration. Stay well hydrated. A specialty water called O2Cool (available at Piazza’s) is a local spring water with 10 times the normal level of oxygen pumped into it. It’s especially useful in recovering focus after high levels of microwave exposure and right before taking a test.

9) Eat plenty of healthy fats

Healthy fats are used in cell membranes and your brain and nervous system. Healthy fats like krill oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil will help your nervous system be resilient and rebuild after high frequency microwave exposure.

10) Get help from someone who is properly trained

If you feel like you need professional help, find a doctor who understands environmental factors like microwave and EMF (electromagnetic field) exposures, which most doctors currently do not. Here are two local doctors I can recommend:

Suruchi Chandra, MD
Integrative Psychiatry and Medicine
2495 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View, CA 94043

Toril Jelter, MD
325 N. Wiget Lane, Suite 130

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Cindy Russell, MD
Chair, Environmental Health
Santa Clara County Medical Association