Smartphones have become a necessity, however, are you aware of the side-effects? Are you even remotely aware of how they are affecting us? Listen to Dr. Devra Davis, author of ‘Disconnect – The Truth About Cellphone Radiation’, in the following video. She has been researching the safety hazards of radiation emanating from cellphones.
She talks about how the biological impact of the phone is related to the nature of signal and phone’s ability to disrupt resonance and interference with DNA repair.
There are cases that point towards the fact that cancer is caused by the radiations being emitted by the cell phone. A woman was diagnosed with multi-focal breast cancer and the pattern and distribution of the cancerous cells directly lined up with her cell phone shape that she had the habit of tucking inside her bra. Although, the doctor can’t prove that the cell phone caused the cancer, taking cautions is advisable. As a rule of thumb, you do not want to be within the six inches of the emitting antenna.
A research published in 2009 gave evidence that wearing a cell phone on your hip can result in weakening of pelvic area. By making use of an X-ray technique that was used in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients that suffered from osteoporosis, the researchers were able to ascertain the bone density in 150 men who had carried their cell phone attached to their belts. These men carried the smartphone for an average of 15 hours every day and were using the cell phone for an average of six years. The research concluded that the bone density was low on the side of the pelvis where the mobile phone was carried. This also suggests that the bone density can be affected by the electromagnetic fields being emitted by cell phones.
An important thing to remember is the fact that as long as the cell phone is on, it is emitting radiation erratically. This is true for even when you are not making any call. Previous studies have also suggested that cell phone radiation can adversely affect a man’s sperm count along with the quality and motility of the sperm. Apart from that, carrying mobile phone in the pocket also puts liver, kidneys, bladder and colon at risk of being adversely affected by the radiation.
Last year, it was reported by an Israeli research group that there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of parotid gland tumors over the last three decades with the sharpest increase happening following 2001. Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, the principal investigator of a 2008 study, also testified at a US Senate Hearing the same year that mobile phones were identified as a contributor to salivary gland tumors.
31st May, 2011; the World Health Organization (WHO)/Internation Agency for REsearh on Cancer (IARC) published a report where it was admitted that cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ (Class 2B).
According to the press release, “Dr Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working Group, indicated that “the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.”
“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings,” said IARC Director Christopher Wild, “it is important that additional research be conducted into the long?term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands?free devices or texting.”
It is sad to know that children and teens are at greater risk when it comes to parotid gland tumors and brain tumors since the thinner skull bones cannot withstand the radiation as well as older people. It is also advised that pregnant women should avoid using cellphone as much as possible.
Researchers working in the area of the biological effects of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and wireless technologies have stated that they believe there is virtually no debate on the fact that cell phones and related gadgets are actually capable of causing cancer along with depression, diabetes, heart irregularities and impaired fertility. This list is not exclusive and that is because the electromagnetic fields are able to impact your cells and cause damage to DNA.
Moving on to what to do to protect ourselves leaves us with very little. Why? Because as such there is not enough information on how to deal with this problem. However, we can start by taking some precautions.
First off, children shouldn’t be allowed to make use of cell phones or any other kind of wireless device. Secondly, you should try to reduce the amount of time you spend on your cell phone. Keep it for emergencies and important matters. Your phone is emitting radiation intermittently as long as it is switched on. You should opt for a land line at home and at work instead of keeping the mobile phone as the primary means of staying in contact. Try to limit and reduce the use of other wireless devices in order to reduce your exposure to radiation. Do not use your cell phone in areas with bad reception since in such areas they consume more power and radiate in higher amounts. Do not carry the phone on your body, have it in your bag or purse. Make sure you keep the cell phone away from your body when it is one, ideally; your body and the emitting antenna should have a minimum distance of six inches. Opt for safer headset technology that keeps the radiation to a minimum. Also, while getting a smartphone, always check the SAR rating and opt for a phone with the lowest SAR rating.