Veterinarian: Pet Health Concerns: Electronic Devices | Lifestyles
Dear Dr. Fox: An often overlooked cause of tachycardia (rapid heart rate) in animals, as well as other cardiac arrhythmias and high blood pressure, is wireless radiation in the environment – or on an animal’s body, such as GPS trackers. This is because the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) in cell membranes are affected by these human-made frequencies.
Drugs like amlodipine can lower blood pressure in affected animals, but making the environment safer is a better option as long-term use of such drugs can affect kidney and liver function. The heart, brain, and reproductive organs have the most VGCCs, so they are most affected by non-ionizing radiation. Aside from heart problems, such radiation can deform sperm, damage DNA, cause inflammation, suppress the immune system, disrupt hormone production, and cause insomnia – to name a few of the problems.
Pet parents should ensure their pets’ beds or rest areas are away from routers (neither should humans be). If people are unwilling to simply use ethernet cables to connect to the internet, they should at least turn off routers when not in use. Do not use or keep cell phones and tablets near animals (or children).
These radiation values are not harmless to anyone’s health. On August 13, the DC appeals court ruled that the 30-year-old FCC guidelines on the matter were not based on “reasoned decision-making” (Environmental Health Trust et al. Vs. FCC). If a third of the population gets sick from radio waves, the guidelines must of course be changed! At ehtrust.org you can find more information about the lawsuit and the harmful effects of radiation on humans, animals and the environment. – N. Van Dover, DVM