Pseudoscience

Video emerges of Jill Stein claiming wi-fi signals are harmful to children’s brains

Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s faint-hearted comments on vaccine science has earned her the deserved label of the official voice for anti-vaxxers this election season. Her staunchest defenders will claim she’s nothing of the sort, but it’s much deeper than that. Stein’s method of speaking vague pro-vaccine rhetoric while suggesting vaccine production is dangerous serves the anti-vaxxer’s agenda, which is to sow fear and distrust.

Now, a video has surfaced that pretty much solidifies Stein’s role alongside Donald Trump as the 2016 election’s official purveyor of pseudoscience.

The video was uploaded in March on the YouTube page for “Safe Tech for Schools,” which is a quack organization that rails against the “dangerous levels of radiation” emanating from wi-fi signals. To clarify, there is absolutely zero evidence to suggest that wi-fi is harmful to humans.

The video starts out with Stein taking questions from attendees at an assembly.

“My school district is rapidly moving towards one-to-one computers. Can you speak to the health issues?” an unidentified person asks.

“Wonderful, health issues, social issues — you name it,” Stein replies. “But to be staring at screens… We already know that kids who get put in front of TVs instead of interacting, this is not good in all kinds of ways. And it’s just not good for their cognitive, it’s not good for their social development, I mean, that is incredible that kids in kindergarten… We should be moving away from screens at all levels of education, not moving into them.”

“And this is another corporate ruse,” Stein continued. “This is another gimmick to try to make a buck — to make big bucks in fact — and education, and teachers, and communities suffer. So we need to stand up to that.”

Not a completely outrageous thing to say. But then the next question came.

“What about the wireless?” the unidentified woman followed up.

“We should not be subjecting kids’ brains especially to that,” Stein declared.

“And we don’t follow that issue in this country, but in Europe where they do, they have good precautions around wireless — maybe not good enough, because it’s very hard to study this stuff. We make guinea pigs out of whole populations and then we discover how many die. And this is like the paradigm for how public health works in this country and it’s outrageous, you know.”

Stein, who is a Harvard-educated medical doctor, made an effort to pander to the audience in front of her using logic made popular by internet meme quackery and junk pseudoscience websites.

Here’s your candidate, Green Party. Enjoy her.

Watch the video below:

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  1. Not Buying

    August 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This is the most absurd fearmongering b.s. ever. Jill Stein is not anti-vax nor does she “play into their agenda.” You can support vaccination science and still be concerned about the harmful influence of corporate interests on our domestic policies. At what point was she provably wrong? We DO make guineapigs out of people and later discover the harmful effects, as the people of Flint and countless other communities can attest to. Your attempts to marginalize yet another candidate who refuses to fall in line with establishment policy (whose candidates NEVER pander to the voters, right?) that benefits only the oligarchs are transparent and pathetic.

  2. Daniel K.

    August 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    If you bother to actually watch the video, she was saying that time spent in front of screens can have a negative impact on development and that the education needs to move away from using screens. There are tons of academic research papers done on the topic (https://scholar.google.com/scholar…).

    A lady in the crowd then asks about wireless, and Stein stated that we have no in depth, long term studies done on the effects of wireless technology on the brain, and that other countries are currently researching the effects but there’s no data yet.

    She also discussed that many people distrust the FDA and other agencies because the people who lead those organizations have special interests in certain drug companies and have long histories working for them, which can be proven if you examine individuals that hold those positions (FDA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissioner_of_Food_and_Drugs). However, this in and of itself does not prove that they are biased, but 3rd party oversight is very important in these matters. She never claimed that wireless signals are actually harmful, just that more research should be done to determine its effects.

    This article is sensationalist and inaccurate.

  3. Cheryl

    August 2, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I don’t know.. the sheer fact that a link above for Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure was posted in her defense that wi-fi causes brain injuries, seems to indicate that even her followers are believing that message.

  4. Vance Lockemer

    August 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    In an “ask me anything” post on Reddit, she accused the regulatory system in the US of corruption, calling the vaccine approval regime a case where “the foxes are guarding the chicken coop.” “Dr. Jill Stein has repeatedly articulated her support for vaccinations in interviews and online,” Stein’s campaign said in a statement.

  5. Stevie Waroway

    August 28, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Stein supports the creation of sustainable infrastructure based on clean renewable-energy generation and sustainable-community principles to stop what her party sees as a growing convergence of environmental crises in water, soil, fisheries, and forests. Her vision includes increasing intra-city mass transit and inter-city railroads , creating complete streets that safely encourage bike and pedestrian traffic, and regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture.

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