The author of “Disconnect-The Truth About Cellphone Radiation,” DR. Devra Davis has been studying the harmful effects of cell phone radiation exposure.
At first, she didn`t believe that cell phones are dangerous and she decided to conduct a study in order to find out the effects that cell phone radiation has on human body. Her study showed evidence that cell phone radiation can be not only dangerous, but it can also have lethal consequences.
Dr. Davis explained in detail in her lecture how the unstable nature of cell phone signal can obstruct resonance and impede DNA repair. This is the theory which gained the greatest credibility in explaining the wide range of harmful health effects which cell phones have, including cancer.
Can Your Cell Phone Cause Cancer?
There is an interesting example of the cancer-causing potential of cell phone signals. Namely, a young woman with previously non existing predispositions towards cancer development was diagnosed with multi-focal breast cancer. The case was revealed in the May issue of the Environmental Health Trust’s newsletteri in fact, the woman used to keep her mobile phone in her bra.
According to two cancer specialists, Robert Nagourney and John West, there is only one factor which might have directly led to breast cancer development. “We connected the dots,” the patient said. Thesee dots were literally the pattern of the cancer and distribution of the cancerous cells―lined up perfectly with the shape of her cell phone.” explained the patient.
Even though this theory was not scientifically proved, it can serve as a warning for all people who keep their phones in their bra, pants pocket or shirt pocket.
Moreover, you should avoid keeping your phone anywhere near your body, bearing in mind the fact that the most dangerous distance is within about six inches from the emitting antenna.
Why Carrying Your Cell Phone on Your Body is a Bad Idea…
The continuous radiation emitted by the cell phones has potential harmful effect, regardless the exposed area, even though there are certain areas which are more sensitive than others.
Additionally, according to a study published in 2009, keeping your cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis. Researchers, with the help of x-ray technique which is used to diagnose and monitor osteoporosis, measured the density of pelvic bone in 150 men who constantly carried their mobile phones attached to their belts. More precisely, it is an average of 15 hours every day, for an average of six years. The results showed that the mineral density of the bone was significantly decreased in the area where the mobile phone was kept. This indicates that cell phones have a negative effect on bone density.
Note that as long as your phone is turned on, it constantly emits radiation even when you`re not using it. Therefore, carrying your phone near any part of your body for a period of 15h a day means almost continuous radiation exposure.
According to previous studies, cell phones can negatively affect the sperm count in men, and the mobility and quality of the sperm.
PLoS One published a study which found:
“RF-EMR in both the power density and frequency range of mobile phones enhances mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation by human spermatozoa, decreasing the motility and vitality of these cells while stimulating DNA base adduct formation and, ultimately DNA fragmentation. These findings have clear implications for the safety of extensive mobile phone use by males of reproductive age, potentially affecting both their fertility and the health and wellbeing of their offspring.”
However, there are other organs which are sensitive to cell phone radiation, including kidneys, liver, colon and bladder.
Recent Evidence Identifies Strong Cell Phone Cancer
Israeli research group conducted a research last year and found that the number of parotid gland tumors has significantly increased over the last 30 years. The sharpest increase was reported after 2001.
Parotid gland is a salivary gland located close to your cheek, an area where people usually hold their phones while speaking. There is a four-fold parotid gland cancer growth reported from 1970 to 2006 when compared to other salivary gland cancers which were quite stable.
The principal investigator of a 2008 study, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, testified at a U.S. Senate Hearing saying that the incidence of salivary gland tumors was significantly increased due to regular cell phone use. According to this report, the risk of developing a parotid gland tumor on the same side of your head that you use for listening to the mobile phone increases by:
- 34 percent if you are a regular cell phone user and have used a mobile phone for 5 years.
- 58 percent if you had more than about 5,500 calls in your lifetime.
- 49 percent if you have spoken on the phone for more than 266.3 hours during your lifetime.
World Health Organization Classifies Cell Phone Radiation as Class B Carcinogen
Globally, over 5.9 billion people use cell phones, which is almost 87 percent of the world population.
On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report admitting cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Class 2B)vi. The classification came in part in response to research showing wireless telephones increase the risk for brain cancer.
According to the press releasevii:
“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.”
Children are at Greater Risk-Including While in Utero
Cell phone radiation easily penetrates in children because of their thinner skull bones. Therefore, children and teens are at greatest risk of developing parotid gland tumors and brain tumors. The radiation has the ability to penetrate into their midbrain and due to the fact that children`s cells reduplicate more quickly which make them more prone to aggressive tumor cell growth.
Moreover, children who have started using cell phones since their early adolescence have 4 to 5 times more brain cancer as young adults.
The following image, used with permission from the book Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, clearly shows the differences in depth of penetration between adults and young children.
Avoiding cell phone use is also recommended for pregnant women because according to research data from 2008, from nearly 13,000 children, cell phone radiation exposure while still being in the womb, and during childhood, is associated with behavioral difficulties.
Women who used handsets just 2-3 times a day during pregnancy raised the risk of their babies developing behavior difficulties, hyperactivity, emotions and relationships by school age. The risk was even greater if the children also used cell phones before they turned 7.
Overall, the study revealed that mothers who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to have children with behavioral problems. Later on, when the children began using cell phones themselves, they were:
- 80 percent more likely to suffer from behavioral difficulties
- 25 percent more at risk from emotional problems
- 34 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers
- 35 percent more likely to be hyperactive
- 49 percent more prone to problems with conduct
Experts Adamantly Claim Harmful Effects are Now Provable
Cell phones and similar gadgets can lead to cancer and many other health conditions, according to experts of the biological effects of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and wireless technologies. Cell phone radiation is also associated with diabetes, depression, heart problems and impaired fertility. Researchers discovered a number of mechanisms which explain how electromagnetic fields negatively affect the cells and cause damage in the DNA structure.
Dr. Martin Blank, PhD, who is one of the most experienced researchers of cellular and molecular effects of electromagnetic fields in the U.S. , gave an informative speech “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”, at the November 18, 2010 Commonwealth Club of California program which was co-sponsored by ElectromagneticHealth.org.
In this speech he explained in detail why your DNA is especially vulnerable to electromagnetic fields of all kinds.
Human DNA has the two main characteristics of fractal antennas: self-symmetry and electronic conduction. This increases DNA reactivity to electromagnetic fields.
“Non-Thermal Effects and Mechanisms of Interaction Between Electromagnetic Fields and Living Matter” published an analysis of known mechanisms of action, which includes DNA effects as well, in November 2010. Moreover, the mobile industry conducted their own research in the 13-country Interphone study in which has been shown a 40 percent increased risk of brain cancer from 1,640 or more hours of cell phone use. Moreover, an independent Swedish study published in 2007 showed evidence of 540 percent risk of brain cancer development from greater than 2,000 hours of cell phone use.
My Top Tips for Cell Phone Safety
Scientific analyses showed evidence that cell phones and other wireless devices have a number of harmful effects on people, particularly on children and pregnant women.
Here are some tips to help you minimize electromagnetic radiation exposure:
Children Should Always Avoid Using Cell Phones
Due to their harmful effects, children should strictly avoid using cell phones or any wireless device.
Reduce Your Cell Phone Use
Try to turn it off more frequently. Use it only for important matters or a state of emergency. This especially appeals to pregnant women.
Use a Land Line at Home and at Work
SKYPE is an excellent alternative and plug it into any Ethernet port while you travel.
Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices
You should not keep any electronic or wireless device in your bedroom because it can have a negative effect on your sleep. If you really need a portable home phone, you should use the older type that operates at 900MHz.
Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception is Good
In case of weak reception, the cell phone uses more power to transmit thus increasing the degree of radiation.
Avoid Carrying Your Phone on Your Body
In order to minimize radiation exposure, avoid carrying your phone on your body. Instead, put it in a purse or carrying bag. Keeping your phone in a shirt pocket over the hart is very dangerous to your heart health, as well as placing it in your trousers` pocket which can affect your fertility.
Don`t Assume One Cell Phone is Safer than Another
A safe cell phone does not exist. Phone industry measures SAR ratings which are in fact useless because it is not the heat that cause health damage, which SAR measures.
Keep Your Cell Phone From Your Body When it is On
Do not keep your phone within about six inches of the emitting antenna because that is the most dangerous place to be considering radiation exposure.
Respect Others Who are More Sensitive
Avoid using your cell phone when in a meeting, on public transportation, in a court room or other public places because there are people who are more sensitive to cell phone radiation and can feel the effect more than others. Also, avoid using your phone when you are near children.
Use Safer Headset Technology
Wired headsets are a great option for keeping your phone far from your body. Just make sure you use well-shielded headsets because most of them are not. The wire transmits the radio waves directly to your ear, which directly affects the brain as well. Therefore, make sure your headsets are well-shielded. The best type of headset is a combination of shielded wire and air-tube headset.