The puzzle of cell phone radiation is yet to make complete sense to users worldwide. The manufactures and a bunch of Electromagnetic field (EMF) experts too are not making the matter any better. Probably because electronic and wireless devices only became commonplace a few years back, at the start of the 21st Century. They are ubiquitous today. As a result, the science world has not had sufficient time to carry out conclusive research.
Or worse, we are all a bunch of guinea pigs running the biggest ever uncontrolled radiation experiment! God forbid! Or maybe the manufactures and EMF experts, are holding back, unsure whether to speak or not, and keeping a big secret from us the users! Manufacturers in collaboration with people in high places usually withhold information on product defects in order to maintain user trust and continue to make lots of money. That is not how it should be.
According to studies by the French and Canadian governments done in 2017, phone users have been taken for a ride by manufacturers who misreport the true levels of radiation emitted by these devices. When cell phones are re-tested in real life, 9 out of 10 emit 3 to 4 more levels of radiation than is reported in manuals. The French study called ‘Phonegate‘ compiled its results by testing the phones when placed close to the human body. (Watch the video below)
The 4 Main Sources of EMF:
This combines all kinds of wireless devices which operate in microwave or other frequencies. They include cell phones, wireless routers, cordless phones, smart meters, baby monitors, cell phone towers etc.
These are devices which have some form of voltage and transmit electric energy. Examples include lamps, power outlets, plastic cord and sockets, extension cables, electrical appliances, wiring and power lines. Electric fields are more dangerous if present in bedrooms. They interfere with sleep patterns and the normal functionality of the brain. They are capable of altering cell growth.
Electric devices are still the main sources of magnetic fields in the house. The emissions usually arise from poorly installed power lines, wiring, overhead power lines, grounding current
This is usually found in energy conserving devices such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), LED, dimmer switches and transformer chips in computers and portable chargers for power saving modes. It is also present in electrical motors in fridges and washing machines. Other dirty electricity includes solar panel inverter chargers and smart meters.
Why EMF is a Big Concern
Cell phones contribute just a portion to the EMF radiation puzzle but take center stage because we use and carry them in close proximity. They emit low-level non-ionizing microwave radiation which may not be very harmful to the body if used correctly and for short periods. However, extended exposure is known to alter brain activity. The result is felt by the user immediately or after extended months and years.
According to Dr. Martin Blank, a few years ago,
Putting it bluntly, they (cell phones) are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely.
He goes ahead to say,
We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation.
In a press release document of May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer/WHO reported that radio frequency magnetic fields emitted through mobile phones exposed users to a malignant type of cancer known as glioma. The document classified mobile phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (IARC Class 2B).
Is Cell Phone Radiation Really Bad?
Radiation is a natural phenomenon and has been with humanity from the beginning. Regulated amount of radiation is good for the body, but too much of it is dangerous. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is one example. A small amount of UV rays from the sun is good since it aids the human skin in generating the much-needed vitamin D. A direct overdose of UV rays, however, is deadly. The effects range from eye inflammation, skin aging to skin cancer. The ozone layer is positioned between the sun and earth and uses a special kind of oxygen to filter the deadly UV rays.
Cell phones emit three kinds of radio waves:
When all the three transmitters are turned on, the radiation levels increase dramatically. It is advised to turn off whichever transmitter is not in use. Scientists argue though that the nonionizing radio wave radiation from cell phones is not necessarily harmful to the body as compared to x-ray and ultraviolet rays. The consensus is, however, that bad use of the phone on a daily basis and for long hours is bad.
Dr. Mercola concluded in a report that those who used phones for many hours were twice as likely to develop glioma than those who used them less frequently. Dr. Mercola also added that those who used cell phones for 25 years and more, tripled the risk of developing glioma.
Research by Clinical Neurophysiology shows that thirty-minute exposure to LTE cellphone radiation negatively affects the brain activity.
Cellphone Radiation and the Age Factor
The real dangers of cell phone radiation to children cannot be overemphasized. The director of Center for Family and Community Health at America’s UC Berkley’s School of Public Health, Joel Moskowitz, said, ‘It will take several decades to get conclusive evidence on this.’
Moskowitz and other health experts were up in arms in 2013 when they protested a press release by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which claimed that exposure to electromagnetic fields in phones was not harmful to children. To them and many concerned parents, children are now the biggest consumers of mobile phones and tablets in the world.
According to Daily Mail UK, children account for a third of global mobile phone usage. While not necessarily using mobiles for voice calls, children are using them to play games, and chat with friends. They also use them for longer hours than adults. According to Dariusz Leszczyński, a Research Professor (Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland) and Adjunct Professor (University of Helsinki),
There are studies showing that this [radiofrequency] radiation is causing some biological effects. However, we do not have a clear idea about the effects of long-term use.
However mild some experts think it is, EMF radiation is definitely linked to brain tumor if one uses a phone for long hours and for many years. It affects babies and teenage kids more than it does adults. This is because children are exposed to them early in life. Unlike adults, children have thinner and softer brain tissues which permit radiation to travel through them fast, and their DNA makeup is subjected to faster manipulation!
So, kids getting their first phones at the age of 6-7 years have some 70-80 years ahead of them during which they will be exposed to this radiation.
To show their concern about radiation exposure to children, the American Academy of Pediatrics drafted a document to the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking for strict regulations on children using cell phones and wireless devices.
Other Reported Effects of Cell Phone Radiation:
- Memory loss
- Breast cancer
- Gene damage
- DNA breakup
- Ear ringing
- Poor vision
- Irritability and increased stress levels
- Increased glucose in the brain
- Weakened bones
- Sleeping disorders
- Immune dysfunction
- Frequent headaches
- Neurological diseases
- Brain cancer and tumor
- Sperm damage
- Mild blood pressure when in use
- Abnormalities and biological effects on unborn babies