Saturday, March 07, 2015
Anti-WiFi group focusing on campaign in schools
A bout 30 people braved a stormy Thursday last week for the inaugural meeting of Grandparents for Grandchildren, a group formed to voice concerns over the effects of wireless technology on children.
Founder Dana Lynn Thomas, who herself suffers from electro hypersensitivity (EHS), told the group their first task is "putting information out there" about the effects of radiation from cell towers, WiFi and devices such as cell phones.
Thomas cited the success of the campaign by sufferers of Lyme Disease to get Health Canada to advise doctors on diagnosing symptoms.
"We can start with the schools because our concern is with the kids," she said. "The whole problem is WiFi is in our neighbourhoods.
"We are the canaries in the coal mine."
Marcus Schluschen, the area's representative for Canadians for Safe Technology (c4st.org), told the group that Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo are the two worst places on Vancouver Island for people suffering from EHS, including his wife Benita.
The Schluschens moved from Chartwell in Qualicum Beach to Port Alberni, he said, to escape the pervasive radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation.
The radiation is affecting everyone, he said. "Some people say they don't suffer. Don't kid yourself."
Even brief exposure to a cell phone causes blood to clump, causing oxygen starvation (hypoxia), he said, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure.
People with this condition are often given blood thinners, he said, when the real problem is radiation.
Pregnant women, children, sick people and the elderly are "most vulnerable," he said. "It's often the slim, trim boy or girl who gets the heart attack and stroke."
Cancer rates are rising among children, he said, and "doctors are seeing more children with dementia."
Suzanne Keeptwo, an Algonquin-Irish MÃ©tis and Aboriginal program officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, spoke to the group about the First Nations concept of the Seventh Generation.
"Everything must be done with consideration of the seven generations that came before us," she said, "and of the seven generations that come after.
"When you hold this philosophy close to your heart, it will change things for you."
Keeptwo, who "hasn't watched television in 20 years" and would "rather read the sky and the land
than look at a GPS," said electromagnetic radiation is doing more damage to "our environment and our ability to sustain ourselves as a species.
"It's an incessant pulse that we've created," she said. "The invisible radioactive waves affect us as living, breathing beings.
"How sad it is that we must protect ourselves against each others' unethical practices."
The most-vulnerable are only the first ones to feel the effects, Keeptwo said. "Do we have to wait for everyone to be affected?
"Do we care enough about our children to care about their children?" Information about group activities will be posted on the c4st. org Victoria website. Thomas can be reached at (250) 821-9222.
BWilford@OceansideStar.com; (250) 954-0600, ext. 211