There’s no doubt that technology is truly a wonder of modern living. In many ways, it can make our lives easier. There can also be downsides, though. Take, for instance, the research that is pointing towards how mobile phones emit powerful microwave radio frequencies that can infiltrate our bodies and cells, possibly leading to cancer. The truth is that the World Health Organization has re-labeled cell phone use as “carcinogenic hazards,” meaning that they can post a significant cancer risk to humans.
For instance, some studies have already concluded that there is a correlation between heavy mobile phone use and brain tumors. In fact, extensive research into how cell phone radiation and cancer are connected has linked the technological wonder—cell phone use—to two main types of brain tumors: gliomas (malignant tumors of the glial tissue of the brain) and acoustic neuromas (benign tumors on the brain developing on the auditory nerve, resulting in hearing loss, loss of balance and headaches).
Information from ElectricSense.com has confirmed these findings from separate studies—some of them funded by the mobile phone industry, including one independent study finding that cell phone radiation directly initiates and promotes the formation of cancer. Likewise, regular cell phone use at just 30 minutes per day over 10 years increases the risk of gliomas by 40 percent and that tumors were more likely to form on the side of the head where a cell phone is held the most.
Then there’s the study of nearly 800,000 middle-aged UK women determining that those who use cell phones for 10 years or more had a 250 percent increased risk of developing an acoustic neuroma. The longer the women used the cell phones, the higher their risk became.
Additionally, 23 epidemiological studies conducted by seven scientists concluded the “harmful association between cell phones and cancer.”
What’s more is that wireless phone radiation also triggers pituitary, thyroid, skin, stem cell, oral, parotid, lymph node, breast, blood, prostate and eye cancers. The pituitary gland is responsible for producing hormones and regulates some key body systems, while the thyroid also produces hormones and regulates body temperature. Some researchers say that some of the greatest threats of cell phone radiation involve the skin, with melanoma risks greatly increased by mobile phone usage.
A U.S. study found that, among young women with breast cancer, regular use of smartphones was implicated in the development of breast cancer—especially if women carried their phones in their blouses. Meanwhile, a German study links uveal melanoma (cancer of the eye involving the iris and other close areas) and other eye cancers to mobile phone radiation.
So, what steps can you take to lessen your exposure to radiation from cell phones? This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some ways. Obviously, you could use a land line more frequently. However, for those not about to give up their cell phones, you can also use a wired hands-free headset or even the speaker on your cell phone. If using a hands-free headset, however, make sure the phone is away from your body—on the seat next to you or further away on your desk—just don’t put your phone in your pocket. That defeats the purpose. There are also headsets that avoid radiation that can travel up the headphone cord to your ear.
You may also want to text more than call, since texting emits less radiation than calling. Also, if you are talking on your cell phone when you don’t have much service, don’t talk long. Why? The fewer bars you have, the more your phone attempts to connect to a cell tower, which increases radiation emissions from your phone.
Purchase a phone with a lower SAR rating. SAR means Specific Absorption Rate and indicates how much radiation your cell phone gives off. You can find a list of phones with the best and worst SAR ratings if you search just a bit.
Get a cell phone radiation deflector. Some brands can reduce SAR ratings by 75 percent. But don’t get something that blocks your signal. Why? When your signal is blocked, the phone emits even more harmful radiation to make up for the blocked signal. Deflectors, on the other hand, divert radiation away from your head—which is what you want.
The bottom line? If you’re a mobile phone user, you’ll want to be aware of the possible hazards and do all you can to protect yourself.