Local women want to clear the air
Health: Smart Okotoks bringing awareness to radiofrequency radiation
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:00 am
Two Okotoks women say there is something other than pollution in the air that is affecting human health.
Amanda Brown and Leah Sampson say they’ve been affected by radiofrequency radiation from wireless and electronic devices like cellphones, televisions, routers, laptops and tablets.
Radiofrequency is the movement of electromagnetic waves at low frequencies. In 2011, the World Health Organization said radiofrequency is a possible carcinogen and noted an increased risk of glioma, a brain cancer, associated with the use of cellphones.
Brown and Sampson started Smart Okotoks in October. The local group uses social media to share information on ‘electrosmog’ and provide a discussion forum.
The Smart Okotoks co-founders said they saw the need for awareness after raising the issue during the last municipal election.
Smart Okotoks is having its first event Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Okotoks library with the screening of Generation Zapped, a documentary about the possible health perils of radiofrequency radiation.
The movie starts at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion. Smart Okotoks will also provide information on how to reduce radiofrequency at home. To watch Generation Zapped register at eventbrite.ca and to see the trailer visit generationzapped.com
Brown said many people don’t know about the health concerns associated with radiofrequency, and others simply thought they were crazy.
Brown and Sampson said there is research that shows radiofrequency can be a health threat and they want to be a resource to share that information.
Brown said she first started looking into it 15 years ago when a neighbour in her apartment building told her they installed a router.
“I kind of just went along and did my reading and my due diligence and really what I read and the discussions I had at the time concerned me that the safety studies have not been done for these devices and certainly none have been conducted in regards to how the proliferation and the number of the devices that we are being exposed to,” Brown said. “They are growing exponentially and where they are layering these devices and we are sitting in this electrosmog.”
In Brown’s house, there is no Wi-Fi, everyone in the house must have their cellphones on airplane mode as much as possible.
Sampson said she is permanently disabled by her sensitivities to radiofrequency radiation, which also exacerbates other health issues she faces. Exposure to radiofrequency causes her to have rosacea, migraines and weight gain through inflammation, she said. She now limits wireless and electric devices in her home and said is focused on improving her health, which includes turning off electricity to most of her home at night.
“It got progressively worse over the years,” said Sampson. “One day I couldn’t take it anymore.”
To follow Smart Okotoks visit their social media pages @SMARTOkotoks on Twitter and Instagram and at facebook.com/SMARTOkotoks