The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences defines EMFs as “invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power.” A wide range of electronic devices emit EMFs including baby monitors, cell phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart meters, and other wireless devices.
Cell phones... can’t live with ’m, can’t live without ’m. Although many continue to poo-poo the risks, there is plenty of data to make my alarm bells ring.
Cell phones emit microwave radiation in the 2 to 5 Gigahertz range. In 2016, the National Toxicology Program released disturbing preliminary results from the largest ever cell phone study showing a link between cell phone radiation and cancer. Rats exposed to the frequency of radiation emitted by cell phones develop two kinds of cancerous tumors: gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart. Sadly, these results are in alignment with several observational studies finding links to the same types of tumors in humans, plus acoustic neuromas and meningiomas.
After an extensive scientific review, in 2011 the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization) released a report classifying cell phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen. In 2015, 190 independent scientists from 39 countries sounded the alarm for stricter controls on cell phone radiation.
Yet, in spite of all this, the US government continues to insist cell phones are completely safe, and the CDC even deleted cautions from their cell phone fact sheet.
One study found that using a cellphone for just 20 minutes per day increases brain tumor risk by 300 percent over the course of five years.
Whatever risks cell phones and other electronic devices pose to us, they pose an even greater risk to our children. Holding a cellphone to your ear allows between 10 and 80 percent of the EMFs to penetrate two inches into your brain—which is especially concerning for infants and children whose heads are smaller and delicate brains are still developing.
Cell phone radiation may be harming our children even before birth. In a study published in the journal Epidemiology, researchers found a 25 percent increase in emotional problems, 34 percent increase in peer relationship issues, 35 percent increased hyperactivity, and 49 percent more behavioral problems among children whose mothers used cellphones during pregnancy, compared to moms who did not.
· As societal reliance on electrical devices increases, it becomes important to understand the potential risk as well as ways to protect ourselves.
· Enough evidence has accumulated for the International Agency for Research on Cancer to list electromagnetic radiation from radiofrequency range (including Bluetooth and cell phones) to be listed as potentially carcinogenic in humans.
· Many studies point to the potential oxidative damage caused by EMF radiation, and oxidative stress is linked to many chronic diseases.
· There are a few things you can do to protect yourself besides completely avoiding activities and devices associated with radiation emission, such as: minimizing the amount of time you spend exposed to radiation and putting as much distance between yourself and the source.
· You can also strengthen your antioxidant capacity so you can naturally protect yourself against the irradiation that occurs and the resulting oxidative stress.
· Diet plays a key role in strengthening your antioxidant capacity, especially a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruit.
When you think of radiation, you might just think about nuclear fallout. However, there are small levels of radiation most people are exposed to on a regular basis that may lead to health problems in some individuals.
In a previous blog post, I discussed the potential health problems of “dirty electricity,” the electromagnetic pollution electrical wires emit. Over the past few decades, several studies have also looked into the potential problems caused by the low levels of radiation emitted by electromagnetic, microwave, and radio waves, all of which stem from everyday devices.
As societal reliance on electrical devices increases, as well as continual advances made in technology, it becomes important to understand the potential risk of these devices, especially from chronic use, as well as ways to protect yourself.
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