Anura Lawson, a mom and teacher in Los Angeles, has banned WiFi devices and cell phones from her home.
Lawson believes there may be health dangers posed by wireless devices, so her kids talk on a landline phone and use cassette tapes for music (video below).
Lawson told CBS Los Angeles that she began feeling ill in 2012 after a wireless smart meter was placed outside her home by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP).
The DWP has installed 52,000 of these devices through the city, and claims the gadgets are safe.
However, there have been persistent online rumors posted by conspiracy websites such as Alex Jones' Infowars.com that have touted the supposed dangers of smart meters.
According to opponents of smart meters, the devices supposedly emit dangerous radio waves and/or radiation.
“I began to feel dizzy at first, migraines, heart palpitations," Lawson told CBS Los Angeles.
Lawson’s daughter, Amira, added, "My brain was running slower, and I was like, 'I don’t know what’s going on.'"
Dr. Robert Nagourney, an oncologist and college professor at UC Irvine, says that there is a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
He explained that there is a danger to being exposed to ionizing radiation, but the wireless devices that Lawson is concerned about use non-ionizing radiation, which has not been proven to be dangerous.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, non-ionizing radiation can also be caused by non-wireless devices such as microwave ovens and infrared lamps used to keep food warm.
After the Lawson family got their smart meter switched out for an older analog meter, they began to feel better, but the relief was only temporary.
One and a half years later, Lawson says she began to have migraines and heart palpitations.
Lawson believed her health problems were related to the WiFi installation in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
Bill Piazzi, the LAUSD’s environmental assessment coordinator, told CBS Los Angeles, "We looked very hard at the potential exposures in the classroom. No matter where we went, it’s all low."
Lawson was successful in getting the school to turn off the WiFi in her classroom in September 2014, per her electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Lawson protects her kids from WiFi exposure by homeschooling them.
Dr. Nagourney says the odds of WiFi causing people illness is small, "but the chance is not zero."
Lawson now wants WiFi removed from California classrooms and has launched an online petition.
David H. Bailey, formerly of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of California, Davis, and Jonathan M. Borwein, a Laureate Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, Australia, wrote an article for the Huffington Post in 2013 in which they stated:
In short, the health risk to radiation by smart meters is hundreds or thousands of times less than that of cell phone usage, which in turn is so small as to be barely measurable even in large multi-nation studies (if it exists at all).