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Oh my...what's in WiFi?

Second grader patterns science fair project after Danish experiment

April 02, 2014
ALMONT — When the school district rolled out the Ipads this year, Aiden Fitchett noticed something new; as he did when seated near the wireless projector any time a teacher used one for a presentation: headaches. Bad ones. Bad enough that the 8-year-old second grader would come home crying from the pain.

His mom, biologist Rachel Fitchett, made a correlation between Aiden's headaches and the circumstances: wireless fidelity waves or WiFi, which has been associated with causing physical effects in a small percentage of the population.

"I knew the health risks associated with WiFi and asked the teacher to relocate him and the headaches stopped," Rachel says.

While that was great, the situation still puzzled Aiden's inquisitive mind. So when Science Fair time rolled around he knew exactly what he wanted to delve into.

"I want to know why I get headaches when I'm around wireless devices but not the wires," Aiden says. "We use a laptop at home, and we have a television set, and it's only around wireless that I get the headaches."

Aiden Fitchett with his Orchard Primary School Science Fair project 'What Wireless Can Do To You.'

So Aiden set about to answer his question. Patterning his experiment after a Danish experiment by a group of 9th grade students, Aiden and his mom bought some garden cress seeds, growing trays and napkins and got to work.

Aiden placed an equal amount of garden cress seeds atop two napkins, which he placed inside two growing trays. Each was watered until damp. One tray was placed six inches from a wired laptop which was kept on the whole time.

The other tray was placed six inches from a WiFi router in a neighbor's home which was turned on the whole time as well.

Both trays received sunlight from west windows, and both rooms were kept at 69 degrees. The trays were watered daily with the same amount of water.

After six days, the results—similar to those in the Danish experiment—were stunning.

"At first Aiden was excited as the seeds started to grow, but by the second to the last day one of his notations on the WiFi sprouts was 'strange,'" Rachel says.

In the Danish experiment, the cress seeds placed near the WiFi device did not sprout at all. While Aiden's WiFi seeds sprouted, they did not look anything like the robust sprouts growing in the wired room.

The sprouts tasted different as well. Garden cress is a fast-growing herb with a peppery, tangy flavor and smell. The wired seeds tasted strong and peppery—so much so that Aiden had to run for a glass of water. The WiFi seeds had little taste at all. In fact, Aiden said they tasted "like water."

Aiden's conclusion?

"The garden cress are living and growing just like me," he says. "The ones by the WiFi were not healthy and looked crazy. Wireless devices must send things through the air that are not good for my body."

Aiden's mom tends to agree—although in more scientific terms.

"Results clearly showed reduced DNA repair capacity and cell proliferation , hence mimicking the growth of cancerous cells," she says. "The Garden Cress seeds exposed to wireless signals were in fact mutated and unhealthy."

Rachel believes when the wireless signals are intensified by use of multiple devices, so is the negative effect.

"The more that are together, the more concentrated the ill effects are," she says.

Aiden's headaches continued during computer class, so he has since been pulled.

"He's a very bright kid who excels in all subjects, Rachel says. "He doesn't need to get whatever it is they're getting in there."

Along with Aiden, Rachel and husband Matthew are parents of Caila, 6, Levi, 4, and Eliniah, 21 months.

For more information on the Danish experiment visit

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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    THANK YOU!!!
    April 03, 2014 | 02:14 AM

    I can not express how grateful I am that this article was in your paper. Although, I could only see it online, my friend who lives in Almont said this made the FRONT PAGE. I feel the increasing exposure between wifi virtually everywhere as well as increasing numbers of cell towers and the ever expanding smart grid/smart meters is causing a massive health crisis which has already begun. I have spent a lot of time studying this issue because I once thought this was all "no big deal" and "must be safe" but the evidence tells a different story. I truly hope that other local papers and media outlets as well as major media outlets will take a note from The Tri-City Times and also start covering this issue which affects all people.
    Thank you again for covering this at a time when there is so much cover-up and denial.

    In Gratitude,

    Grand Blanc
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    Great article
    April 03, 2014 | 07:48 PM

    So many unseen forces at play causing all sorts of havoc in susceptible populations. If this causes headaches what other mental issues could be caused? Depression? I wonder if this plays into our soldiers messes.

    Pamela Sadler
    North Branch
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    I want to thank you too!
    April 04, 2014 | 01:58 AM

    Thank you for being brave enough to post this article. I'm sure there are plenty of 'science' people trying to bring down this experiment as they did with the Danish one. We're trying to get Wi-Fi removed in our school. I thought there wasn't any in my eldest classroom. Since starting this year she's been constantly crying all afternoon from all over pain and headaches that we can't explain. Her behaviour has also been markedly different (probably because she's in pain). I was getting really worried until yesterday I found she sits very close to a Wi-Fi router and it suddenly made sense. I'm watching to see if she's better during holidays. We've removed our children from the school in the meantime, while the school 'investigates' whether they should turn it off or not. Be classed as a 2b 'Possible Carcinogen' by the World Health Organisation, steps must be taken to ensure our children aren't unnecessarily exposed. The more people that know about the dangers the better. Thank you so much :)

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    April 04, 2014 | 12:09 PM

    He should be so proud! I'd like know hear how the school responded to his project.

    Petaluma, CA
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    April 24, 2015 | 03:50 PM

    Thank you everyone for your kind words ~ Aiden appreciates them very much! The school unfortunately did not respond in any way to his project, good or bad.

    A few months earlier, I had teamed up with Dr. Donald Hillman and John Holeton (electrician) to do a small scale study looking at the levels of radiation that the children were potentially being exposed to. We presented our findings in a report along with a small stack of documents and studies proving the ill effects of wireless exposure on rapidly dividing cells. We even included an action plan that Dr. Magda Havas had developed to reduce the amount of exposure to children while in school. To keep the wireless devices, but teach the staff and students how to turn the Wi-Fi off when not actively downloading and how to use them responsibly. For EMF sensitive children like my son, to possibly consider having a Wi-Fi free zone within each building.

    We were told that "the board sees no reason for concern".

    One year later, every middle and high school student has a wireless iPad instead of textbooks. The senior's devices are being trickled down to the elementary school, where the number of devices is increasing in each classroom. I have been told that there will eventually be a 1:1 ratio.

    Unfortunately, I believe that until more parents voice their concern, there will be no improvement.

    Rachel Fitchett
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    Way to go Aiden. Tell you classmates
    April 04, 2014 | 05:22 PM

    Please check us out on
    We're making a movie about it to raise awareness.


    Los Angeles
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    Thank you!!!
    April 06, 2014 | 08:09 PM

    Thank you Aiden for doing this experiment and for posting it for everyone to see!!! And to think you are only in the second grade!!!

    We posted your article on our Wendy Walks for ES facebook page as we have many members who are reacting to wireless there, and they would all be so interested in your efforts.

    I wish you the best and much good health.

    Melissa Chalmers

    Melissa Chalmers
    Grand Bend
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    Aiden's Experiment
    April 07, 2014 | 02:42 PM

    Awesome experiment, Aiden! I think everyone with wireless devices should conduct a similar experiment. I cannot do it, because I am reactive to wireless things. All my devices are hard-wired. I have sent this story to all my friends! Wonderful effort there, Aiden! I hope you can find a healthy environment in which to grow up and thrive, along with your family!

    Laurie Corbeil
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    A Big Hug For Aiden And Tri-City!
    April 07, 2014 | 02:54 PM

    I wanted to add that I am deeply grateful for posting this story. Aiden's experiment is beautiful in it's simplicity and efficacy. I would challenge everyone with a wifi router to perform a similar experiment. This is not an impossible thing to do. This would prove to all the folks who are in doubt as to the effects of wireless emissions that they DO affect living things. We would never ask a child to put his head up to a router for a lengthy period of time to see if it messes up his DNA...oops, wrong. This is happening in schools already! Industrial strength wifi, no less, in may schools. Never been pre-tested on children before installation. But, certainly being tested on children, in schools, and at home, for that matter, without their consent.
    May I add this link to a video wherein the Royal Society was addressed by a concerned parent and investigative reporter into school deaths in children who were exposed to wifi. This IS a shocker! Collingwood,Ontario:

    Laurie Corbeil
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    April 07, 2014 | 08:34 PM

    As director of he CA Brain Tumor assoc. and an advocate for public awareness on the dangers of wireless radiation thank you for this article!

    Ellie Marks
    San Francisco, CA
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    New Technology and its effects on Biological Organisms
    April 08, 2014 | 08:38 PM

    In a mad rush to bring out New Technology and make money. Companies seem to forget we are all Biological Organisms and are subject to random cellular mutations and other effects from radiations. What are the long term cumulative effects of subtle radiations which make our World today. I wonder whether the effects are known and have been suppressed purely to make money.

    John Duczek
    Kapunda, AUSTRALIA
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    Aidan's Experiment
    April 26, 2014 | 07:36 PM

    I'm an Australian Biochemist and strongly anti-WiFi. Aidan's experiment was simple, to the point and reflects what most people in the 'Stop Smart Meters' campaign here in Australia believe. I just wanted to let you know that we are reading your comments and support your endeavours to have this deadly microwave radiation reduced to the extent that it is no longer a threat to all life on the planet - if that's at all possible. Here at home in Melbourne we have taken the first steps: the modem has the WiFi switch turned off and our laptops and PCs are connected by short cables to Powerline Adapters. Suggest those interested do the same (4 of these adapters cost $A 128

    Melbourne, Australia
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    April 28, 2014 | 07:08 PM

    Good on you Aiden. Keep up the inquiring research.
    Does Aiden's school also have Bluetooth installed/enabled? If so, is it Class 1, 2 or 3? (Bluetooth is generally used if there are wireless gadgets communicating directly with each other, such as wireless keyboard or mouse)

    Mary Redmayne
Castle Creek
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