If you are still not convinced of the risks cell phones incur to your health, this video from the Environmental Health Trust (www.ehtrust.org) might be just what you needed.
Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnect–The Truth About Cellphone Radiation,” has been studying the safety hazards of cell phone radiation.
At first, Dr. Davis was skeptical of the danger of cell phones, just as many people are. Not until she started researching cell phone radiation, did she realize that cell phone radiation is not only dangerous, but can be downright lethal.
And now, with the toxicological and epidemiological evidence to support her claims, Dr. Davis explains how the biological impact of cell phones is not connected to their power, which is quite weak, but rather to the inconsistent nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair. This theory gives the best grounds for understanding the wide range of health impacts discovered, among which cancer.
Can Your Cell Phone Cause Cancer?
According to one curious case revealed in the May issue of the Environmental Health Trust’s newsletter, it can. Namely, a young woman with no predisposing risk factors for cancer, developed multi-focal breast cancer as a result of an odd habit of tucking her cell phone into her bra.
Robert Nagourney and John West, two cancer specialists working on this case, concluded that there was only one possibility that may have had direct impact on her breast cancer. “We connected the dots,” the doctors said. And the dots―quite literally the pattern of the cancer, and distribution of the cancerous cells―lined up perfectly with the shape of her cell phone.”
Although it cannot be proved that the cell phone caused her cancer, this case indisputably serves as a strong warning not only to other women who keep their phones in their bras, but also to everyone who keeps their phones in their pants or shirt pocket. You should generally avoid carrying your phone anywhere on your body while bearing in mind that the most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You should always strive to keep your body outside that proximity.
Why Carrying Your Cell Phone on Your Body is a Bad Idea…
Cell phones are potential health hazards regardless of the area exposed to the continuous radiation, although some parts of the body are apparently more vulnerable than others.
According to a 2009 research, wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken your pelvic area. An X-ray technique for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with osteoporosis was used to measure pelvic bone density in 150 men who regularly carried their cell phones attached to their belts. These men carried their phones for an average of 15 hours each day, and had used cell phones for an average of six years. The researchers discovered that bone mineral density was reduced on the side of the pelvis where the mobile phones were carried, thus opening up the possibility that the electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones could negatively affect bone density.
Your cell phone emits radiation intermittently as long as it is on, even when you are not actually making or receiving a call. As a result, wearing a cell phone on your hip for 15 hours a day exposes that area of your body to continuous radiation.
Moreover, cell phone radiation does not only affect bone mineral density, but according to previous studies it can affect men’s sperm count, as well as sperm quality and motility, an issue that can have far more serious consequences. One such study, published in PLoS One discovers:
“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.”
So, carrying a cell phone on your belt or in your pocket, i.e. in close proximity of your reproductive organs, is something men in particular may want to reconsider. Plus, there are a number of other vulnerable organs in that general area, including liver, kidneys, colon and bladder—all of which are at risk of radiation.
Recent Evidence Identifies Strong Cell Phone Cancer Link
A year ago, Israeli scientists revealed that over the last 30 years the incidence of parotid gland tumors has increased dramatically, the sharpest rise being after 2001. A type of salivary gland, the parotid gland is located closest to your cheek, which is the same area where most people normally hold their cell phones. According to this research, parotid gland cancer incidence has risen fourfold from 1970 to 2006, whereas the rates of other salivary gland cancers did not change drastically.
On the other hand, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, the principal investigator of a 2008 study, testified at a U.S. Senate Hearing that cell phones contributed to salivary gland tumors. The official report reveals that your risk of developing a parotid tumor on the same side of your head that you use for talking on your cell phone rises by:
- 34% if you are a regular cell phone user and have used a mobile phone for 5 years.
- 49% if you have spoken on the phone for more than 266.3 hours during your lifetime.
- 58% if you had more than about 5,500 calls in your lifetime.
World Health Organization Classifies Cell Phone Radiation as Class B Carcinogen
Cell phone use is so widespread that it doesn’t come as a surprise that 5.9 billion people use them globally, which accounts for 87% of the world population. This technological device has become so popular, that we’ve already passed the point of no return. Nevertheless, along with the continual growth of cell phone use, a growing body of researchers are taking a stand against it, warning of its serious biological side-effects.