Mobile phones have become an essential part of our daily lives, many of us can’t go a day without using a smartphone. Every year smartphones are getting better, more powerful, today’s best phones have more computing power than computers 10 years ago, however this comes at a cost, since better phones emit more radiation. In this post I will discuss mobile phone radiation health risks and protection against it.
First of all let’s take a look at what type of radiation mobile phones emit:
RF (Radio Frequency) radiation is lower in frequency and longer in wavelength. Radio frequencies are emitted by cellular networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Most wireless devices operate on 2,4 GHz frequency. The highest levels of RF radiation in phones are emitted during a phone call. On regular use RF radiation is emitted by pulses when the phone is searching for signals.
ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) is emitted by the phones hardware. This radiation is lower frequency than RF, but is constantly active.
Both radiations are called EMF (Electromagnetic Field) Radiation and are considered non-ionizing forms of electromagnetic radiation.
Mobile Phone Radiation Health Risks:
1. Possible Cancer Risk
Most of the mainstream considers non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation as possibly harmful, the World Health Organization International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) classifies RF radiation as Group 2B, which means it is a possible human carcinogen. There is not enough strong mainstream research to determine whether EMF radiation causes or contributes to cancer in adult humans, however there are some stronger studies that show EMF radiation causes or contributes to the development of cancer in animals and children. Children and infants are at most risk to develop cancer because they have not developed strong natural resistance to radiation and have smaller bodies, which allows deeper penetration. EMF radiation is even more dangerous during pregnancy, in the first 100 days of pregnancy an embryo has not developed any protection against radiation and is highly susceptible.
EMF radiation has been classified as possibly carcinogenic in 2011, since smartphone use has skyrocketed in the last few years and new independent studies have been made, we cannot assume EMF is completely cancer-free even for adults. The greatest cancer risks are for various types of brain cancers and testicular cancer, this is because we mostly keep phones either in our pockets or near our heads when talking.
Unlike studies for cancer, we can see a clear correlation between mobile phone radiation and sperm count decrease in infertility studies. Keeping your mobile phone in your pocket for long, accumulative amount of time can lead to infertility in men. Like discussed above young boys are more prone to radiation damage and it could also reduce the growth of testes. Using laptops and tablets while having them on your lap is also a risk.
3. DNA Damage
Mobile phones emit pulsed, sporadic electromagnetic radiation, because it is constantly searching for the nearest signal. These pulsed unnatural waves of radiation are much more damaging than something constant and it’s what’s damaging cells. It also has been found that phone radiation interferes with calcium efflux, the removal of calcium ions from membrane surfaces. DNA damage is associated with cancer development, premature aging and fatigue.
4. Sleep And Psychological Problems
Melatonin is the hormone that aids sleep and is produced by the pineal gland, which is located in the brain. Good levels of melatonin occur when there are normal day and night cycles. Sunlight and EMF’s both are electromagnetic waves and they affect the pineal gland. If you use your phone or you are near EMF’s during the night, you are disturbing your normal day and night rhythm, which affects melatonin production and by result your sleep.
It has been found that EMF radiation damages the Blood-Brain Barrier, which has been linked with many neurological diseases, brain cell damage and calcium efflux also contribute. One clear correlation has been found with ADHD, pregnant women exposed to mobile phones during pregnancy saw an increased risk of ADHD in children. Other possible links have been found with depression, memory loss, anxiety, irritability, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Autism.
5. Effects The Immune System
EMF radiation can penetrate deep into the body, affect cells and drain the immune system. Some individuals report chronic fatigue syndrome when exposed to wireless technology.
Other studies show that mobile phone radiation increases the production of histamines, which are related to allergies and asthma.
Another thing worth mentioning is that people with heavy metal poisoning and toxic bodies are more susceptible to EMF radiation.
Need more convincing? Watch this video about the truth about EMF and mobile phone radiation.
Mobile Phone Radiation Protection
- First Line of defense is to avoid EMF’s as much as possible. Limit the amount of time spent using your smartphone, only use it when you have to.
- When not using your mobile phone turn on airplane mode or turn off the device completely. Even when in airplane mode the device is still emitting ELF radiation.
- Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data when not using them.
- Don’t carry your mobile phone in your pocket or near your body when on. Put it in a bag or turn off the device.
- Use the speaker mode when taking calls or consider texting instead.
- Use protective cases, they can be a great safety net, because you don’t have to pay as much attention to passively protect yourself. Protective cases are especially useful for children because kids don’t care about protecting themselves passively. They provide full protection, since they guard against both RF and ELF radiation, to achieve this normally you would have to turn on and off your phone every time you needed it.
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Some Last Words
Mobile phone radiation health risks are not well-known, most people in the general public don’t even know it’s a thing. From this post you clearly see that EMF radiation definitely has an effect on humans. I am afraid that it’s going to take decades for some of the negative health effects to show up, but sadly it might be too late for some. That’s why it’s important to be aware of and understand mobile phone radiation health risks and take the necessary steps to protect against them.