There are some researchers are saying cell phones can cause nausea and headaches. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me. As one of the few people in the modern world that can barely coax a phone call out of a cell phone let along write a text message, it comes a no surprise that cell phone can affect your brain. According to The Swedish Association for the Electro-Sensitive (www.rfsafe.com), this is serious stuff.
Several independent scientific studies have demonstrated the potential health risks that cell phones can pose: namely that microwave signals travel through human tissue, glass, metal and plastic. Human tissue also absorbs microwave radiation. The effect of even minute levels of microwave radiation has been shown to:
– Heat head & brain tissue
– disrupt brain activity
– reverse cell membrane polarity
– alter brain waves
– damage DNA
How is this possible? Well, based on information from the International Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, typical mobile phones radiate an average power of 0.2-0.6 watts. When hand-held and operated close to the head, background levels are sharply distorted, with 40 percent of radiated phone energy absorbed in the hand and the head. Well I can tell you that just reading this is giving me a headache.
The effects of the radiation can produce a wide range of physical symptoms — some of which may take years to show up. Some of the effects can be short-term while other effects can be long-term or permanent. A study headed by Leif Salford at Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University in Sweden and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests cell phone use can damage neurons in the brain. Some of the more damaging symptoms of cell phone usage — apart from stupidity from not understanding how the darn things operate — include:
– Headaches and memory loss
– Mood swings (rage)
– Loss of concentration
– Lack of coordination
– Pain in hands or arms
– sleep disorders
Researchers sent questionnaires to 17,000 people in Sweden and Norway who use mobile phones as part of their job. Nearly one of every four experienced at least one symptom associated with mobile phone use
Fact or fiction? I guess it depends on which study or body of research you want to lend the most credence to. According to cellphonesafety.com, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk posed by cell phones:
– Don’t use a cell phone or stand close to someone who is. Humans have survived up to this point without them. We can continue to survive without them.
– If you must use a cell phone use it only in places with a strong signal. This allows the phone to transmit at low power (up to 100 times lower than its maximum value), reducing exposure accordingly.
– Keep long phone calls to a minimum.
– Do not use an earphone unless it is one made of fiber optic cable. Studies have shown that a metal earphone wire can act as an antenna and direct radiation into the head from the ear canal.
Some researchers feel the best course of action is to keep the cell phone away from your brain by keeping it attached to your belt on your waist. But there are other researchers who say doing that can make you sterile or worse (although I’m not sure what is worse than being sterile). So apparently no matter where you hold or keep your cell phone you’re in big trouble.
The website www.cancer-health.org goes into the Swedish studies in much greater detail. Like a lot of information that is made public at least having access to it is a step in the right direction. What we do with this information is another matter.
Maybe I’ll just stick to writing letters?