Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rights for children - New Zealand submission

Rights for children - New Zealand submission 

From Martin Weatherall of WEEP
Submission for approval to homeschool my children
Dear Sir/Madam,
Given the warnings being urged globally, and the information I have included in this submission, I assert that my children have an absolute right to a healthy home and school environment.  For this reason I request that I be granted approval to homeschool my children rather than enroll them in a school that uses wi-fi, as each of the public schools in our district currently do.  
My children also have what may be considered special education needs, as they are both very gifted and therefore they require more freedom to explore and develop their abilities than is possible in many mainstream schools as families with gifted children commonly acknowledge.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this matter.  I look forward to hearing your response.
NB  If further information is required regarding the controversy surrounding Government /Industry vs public health interests and RF radiofrequency radiation, I can provide this.
The Ministry of Health stated on 10/6/14 that the limits (for public exposure to  radiation from cell phone towers, wifi, ‘smart’ meters and other wireless digital devices) in the NZ Standard 2772.1:1999 Radiofrequency Fields Part 1: Maximum exposure levels – 3kHz to 300 GHz are 
“based on all possible health effects, not just heating effects.  The only effect for which there was sufficient evidence was heat stress.  Reviews of research carried out since publication of NZS 2772.1:1999 have still found no clear evidence of any other effects.”     
(Don Mackie, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health)

This Ministry of Health advice is in direct contradiction to the knowledge that at least one telecommunications company has about the effects of artificial radiation exposure.  For example, Swisscom, in 2004 filed a patent to ‘reduce the wifi emissions that contribute to the electromagnetic pollution known as electrosmog’.  
This patent states:
“The influence of electrosmog on the human body is a known problem.”
“When, for example, human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material has been demonstrated and there have been indications of an increased cancer risk.”
The Ministry of Health advice to the public is also in direct contradiction to the evidence reported in numerous (non-industry funded) scientific studies completed since the 1970s that show direct effects on health from exposure to radiofrequency fields, including the Bioinitiative Report ( which was updated in 2012 to include 1800 more studies investigating the biological effects of radiofrequency radiation at exposure levels much lower than those permitted in New Zealand by the standard NZS 2772.1:1999.
The Ministry of Health advice is also contradictory to the information in the biannual literature reviews carried out by its own advisor Dr Sophie Walker of Crown Research Institute ESR.  Her August 2013 review summarised for the Government a large amount of international research showing non-thermal biological effects from radiofrequency radiation exposure.  The Government has since ceased funding for Dr Walker to review RF EMR research.  

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