Roughly 91% of adults and 60 % of teens own cellphones, with 64% of adults being smartphone owners. (1) These devices, including Androids, iPhones, Blackberry(s) have literally revolutionized communication in the 21st century. With over six billion subscriptions worldwide and counting, cell phones have become one of the most fundamental means of communication in society today. In fact a recent study done by Pew Research Center revealed that 29% of cell phone owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”
Astoundingly, the average American spends approximately 144 minutes a day using his/her phone during a 16-hour period (2). From my own surveillance, this sounds a bit low to me, especially for teens, who seem to be constantly texting, tweeting, or have their eyes riveted to the hot social media sites.
While cellphones definitely provide an efficient and easy way to communicate with friends, family and co-workers, recent research has shown that excessive use can take a toll on your health.
Are cell phones dangerous?
Presently, there is much debate surrounding this issue. Some sources claim 4-5 times increased rates of brain tumors, gliomas, in high cell phone users, whereas other sources, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the FDA refute these claims (3).
Cellphones are considered to be low-powered radiofrequency transmitters. They use transmitting radio waves through a series of base stations where radiofrequency waves create electromagnetic fields of radiation. The World Health Organization/International Agency for Research for Cancer ( WHO/IARC) have classified radiofrequency electromagnetic files as possibly carcinogenic to humans ( Group 2B) based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer (4), associated with wireless phone use. This recommendation was made through a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries at a meeting in Lyon, France in May 2011.
Children are especially susceptible to the long-term effects of electromagnetic radiation waves on the brain. According to Dr. Devra Davis, director for environmental oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, “Young children particularly need to be careful. We do not have enough information nor do we have enough time to be sure that cell phones are safe, and there’s reason for concern that they may be harmful.” The University of Pittsburgh also warned its faculty and staff to limit their cell phone use due to possible cancer risks.
Why are children more susceptible?
The rate of EMR absorption is higher in children than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent (contain more fluid), their skulls are thinner (less dense) and their relative size is smaller. Fetuses are particularly vulnerable because EMR can lead to degeneration of the protective sheath that surrounds brain neurons. Multiple studies have shown that children absorb about two times more EMR than that of adults, and other studies have reported that the bone marrow of children absorbs 10 times more EMR than that of adults.
According to a recent review done by L. Lloyd Morgan, senior science fellow at Environmental Health Trust, and colleagues (5), many countries are now passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children’s use of wireless devices due to these alarming health concerns.
The following are some recommendations:
Use speaker phone or headset.
When not in use, turn off your cell phone. Unless your phone is turned off, it is continuing to radiate EMR.
In the home, place Wi-fi routers away from where people, particularly children, spend the most time.
Do not allow your children to sleep with their cell phones under their pillows.
Due to the research I have done thus far, I believe that there are definite negative effects of EMR on our health. Rather than wait and see if the FCC/FDA or other sources validate this extreme danger, I have taken a proactive approach and have a GIA Wellness Cell Guard (6) on my i-phone to decrease the absorption of EMR from entering my body.
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Please feel free to do your own research and share your findings. Your health is my primary concern and together, we can achieve optimal health and wellness, even with the many environmental challenges that we face.
In health and happiness,
- Gia Wellness Cell Guard