Every day, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by electrical appliances, power lines, wiring in buildings, and a slew of other technologies that are part of modern life. From the dishwasher and microwave oven in the kitchen and the clock radio next to your bed, to the cellular phone you hold to your ear—sometimes for hours each day—exposure to EMR is growing and becoming a serious health threat.
There is a huge public health crisis looming from one particular threat: EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—which studies have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, and other exposure-related conditions. In this article, we look at why cell phones are dangerous.
A study on adults who started using cell phones in the ‘90s showed that extensive health damage started showing up ten years after. Imagine how young you are starting your children down the road to severe health problems, now that the cell phone industry is targeting the “tweeners market” (kids aged 8 – 12 years old)? And after all this – if you still think cell phones are similar to harmless toys with the added benefit of parent-kid-connection at any time of the day, consider this fact: Children’s heads absorb up to 50% more mobile phone radiation than an adult’s head because their ears and skulls are smaller and thinner!
No Safety Testing
The cellular phone industry was born in the early 1980s, when communications technology that had been developed for the Department of Defense was put into commerce by companies focusing on profits. This group, with big ideas but limited resources, pressured government regulatory agencies—particularly the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—to allow cell phones to be sold without pre-market testing. The rationale, known as the “low power exclusion,” distinguished cell phones from dangerous microwave ovens based on the amount of power used to push the microwaves. At that time, the only health effect seen from microwaves involved high power strong enough to heat human tissue. The pressure worked, and cell phones were exempted from any type of regulatory oversight, an exemption that continues today.
The cell phone industry is fully aware of the dangers. In fact, enough scientific evidence exists that some companies’ service contracts prohibit suing the cell phone manufacturer or service provider, or joining a class action lawsuit. Still, the public is largely ignorant of the dangers, while the media regularly trumpets new studies showing cell phones are completely safe to use. Yet None of those studies can prove safety, no matter how well they’re conducted or who’s conducting them. What’s going on here? While the answer in itself is simplistic, how we got to this point is complex.
Cell Phone Radiation
A cellular phone is basically a radio that sends signals on waves to a base station. The carrier signal generates two types of radiation fields: a near-field plume and a far-field plume. Living organisms, too, generate electromagnetic fields at the cellular, tissue, organ, and organism level; this is called the biofield. Both the near-field and far-field plumes from cell phones and in the environment can wreak havoc with the human biofield, and when the biofield is compromised in any way, so is metabolism and physiology.
Here’s what happens :
- Cellular energy is now used for protection rather than metabolism. Cell membranes harden, keeping nutrients out and waste products in.
- Waste accumulating inside the cells creates a higher concentration of free radicals, leading to both disruption of DNA repair (micronuclei) and cellular dysfunction.
- Unwanted cell death occurs, releasing the micronuclei from the disrupted DNA repair into the fluid between cells (interstitial fluid), where they are free to replicate and proliferate. This is the most likely mechanism that contributes to cancer.
- Damage occurs to proteins on the cell membrane, resulting in disruption of intercellular communication. When cells can’t communicate with each other, the result is impaired tissue, organ, and organism function. In the blood-brain barrier, for example, cells can’t keep dangerous chemicals from reaching the brain tissue, which results in damage.
With the background levels of information-carrying radio waves dramatically increasing because of the widespread use of cell phones, Wi-Fi, and other wireless communication, the effects from the near and far-fields are very similar. Almost all of the acute and chronic symptoms seen in electro sensitive patients can be explained in some part by disrupted intercellular communication. These symptoms of electro sensitivity include inability to sleep, general malaise, and headaches.