by Dr. Amy Wiesner
The effects of cell phone radiation on the human body is an important discussion. We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, in today’s fast-paced society. From cell phones to microwaves to electricity itself, everything we use on a continuous, daily basis emits radiation. The question is, are we in danger?
So far, according to the National Cancer Institute, research has shown that the energy from radiofrequencies (RF) emitted by cell phones is inconclusive on causing cancer. However, that does not mean that there are not concerns in the following areas: the effects of RFs on children and pregnant women and their unborn children; nor non-cancer causing effects of RFs.
Another recent study has shown that talking on a cell phone held to your head affects your brain. The phone’s antenna so close to your head causes metabolic changes whose long-term effects are as yet unknown. What is known is that the low levels of EMF emitted by the antenna caused increased glucose metabolism which indicates increase activity of the brain.
Talking on a cell phone before bed has also been shown to create disturbances in sleep and headaches. It took longer for the study participants to reach deeper sleep stages and they spent less time there. This is important because of the necessary effects sleep has on the body, including repair and rejuvenation.
Dr. Henry Lai, of the University of Washington, did a study on the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RFR) and found the that the energy given off from the antennae of mobile phones can be absorbed into organic tissue and converted into heat thus affecting brain function and the nervous system. Though further studies have shown that there is not enough RF energy from cell phones to heat body tissues, the National Cancer Institute does say that more research is necessary for conclusive proof.
Ultimately, comprehensive studies take more time than humanity has been using cell phones to the degree we do today. Therefore, preventive measures are recommended. Even the FCC recommends, for those of us concerned with radiation, keeping the phone away from the head and body and using speakerphone or a hands-free listening device.
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