Every day, people are surrounded by microwaves radiation as objects such as cell phones and Wi-Fi Internet project data into the air to be received at or sent to a distant location.
Some researchers are warning that these electromagnetic waves cause physical harm to the body, including damage to DNA, breakdown of brain cells and brain barriers and an increase in cancer.
Dr. Howard Fisher, a doctor based out of Toronto, firmly believes in the results of these studies and lectures on the risk of cellular and Wi-Fi waves. He will be in Greater Sudbury tonight making a free presentation at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street. In addition to his medical degree, Fisher is also a chiropractor and has both a bachelor of science and bachelor of education.
"There are many, many effects," Fisher said. "Cell phone radiation has been known to affect several hormones... Melatonin is good, it's decreased. Cortisol, which is bad, is increased. Then there's changes."
Fisher noted studies have shown cell phone radiation appears to break down DNA, disrupts the blood-brain barrier, makes changes in cellular membranes and increases cell death.
He said thousands of papers around the world, including ones by the Bio-Initiative Working Group, have been published on various studies examining microwave radiation.
After concerns about Wi-Fi radiation in elementary and secondary schools was raised by parents in Simcoe County in 2010, Health Canada released a statement about radio frequency emissions.
"Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems," the statement said.
"Based on scientific evidence, Health Canada has determined that exposure to low-level radiofrequency energy, such as that from Wi-Fi equipment, is not dangerous to the public."
Fisher said he believes the approach in Canada toward Wi-Fi is backwards.
"We have some issues in Canada," he said. "I go back to the premise not 'Can you tell me that it's safe?' rather than 'Can you tell me that it's not dangerous?' And you can't."
In Greater Sudbury, all four school boards have Wi-Fi in most of their schools, to varying extents.
Fisher said more research is necessary on radio wave transmission and the affect it has on children, teens, and adults of various ages, especially since some research shows it could have long-term, harmful affects.
"Children are growing tissue," Fisher said. "Growing tissue is much more susceptible to being affected by radiation."
He also notes the of use wireless services is not something that will go away, so research should also focus on ways to limit the body's exposure to this type of radiation, such as building materials and materials used in the design of cell phones. He said hockey is a good example of protection.
"If they allow you to have equipment, and you know there is equipment, why wouldn't you use the equipment to make things safer?" Fisher said. "No one is necessarily going to take a shot off your leg, or rock you into the boards, but it could happen. (And when it happens), you want to be able to get up."
The presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn at 1696 Regent St. and is expected to run until 9 p.m.
For more information on Dr. Howard Fisher, visit www.fisherclinic.com.