Your cellphone is killing you: What people don’t want you to know about electromagnetic fields

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Your cellphone is killing you: What people don’t want you to know about electromagnetic fields

You may not realize it, but you are participating in an unauthorized experiment—“the largest biological experiment ever,” in the words of Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. For the first time, many of us are holding high-powered microwave transmitters—in the form of cell phones—directly against our heads on a daily basis.Cell phones generate electromagnetic fields (EMF), and emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR). They share this feature with all modern electronics that run on alternating current (AC) power (from the power grid and the outlets in your walls) or that utilize wireless communication. Different devices radiate different levels of EMF, with different characteristics.

What health effects do these exposures have?
Therein lies the experiment.
The many potential negative health effects from EMF exposure (including many cancers and Alzheimer’s disease) can take decades to develop. So we won’t know the results of this experiment for many years—possibly decades. But by then, it may be too late for billions of people.

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However, while science has not yet answered all of our questions, it has determined one fact very clearly—*all electromagnetic radiation *impacts living beings. As I will discuss, science demonstrates a wide range of bioeffects linked to EMF exposure. For instance, numerous studies have found that EMF damages and causes mutations in DNA—the genetic material that defines us as individuals and collectively as a species. Mutations in DNA are believed to be the initiating steps in the development of cancers, and it is the association of cancers with exposure to EMF that has led to calls for revising safety standards. This type of DNA damage is seen at levels of EMF exposure equivalent to those resulting from typical cell phone use.

The damage to DNA caused by EMF exposure is believed to be one of the mechanisms by which EMF exposure leads to negative health effects. Multiple separate studies indicate significantly increased risk (up to two and three times normal risk) of developing certain types of brain tumors following EMF exposure from cell phones over a period of many years. One review that averaged the data across 16 studies found that the risk of developing a tumor on the same side of the head as the cell phone is used is elevated 240% for those who regularly use cell phones for 10 years or more. An Israeli study found that people who use cell phones at least 22 hours a month are 50% more likely to develop cancers of the salivary gland (and there has been a four-fold increase in the incidence of these types of tumors in Israel between 1970 and 2006). And individuals who lived within 400 meters of a cell phone transmission tower for 10 years or more were found to have a rate of cancer three times higher than those living at a greater distance. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated EMF—including power frequencies and radio frequencies—as a possible cause of cancer.

I think this article is complete BS.
BUT even if all the allegations are true, nobody is going to give up their cell phone.
I think the real threat is that in twenty years everyone’s thumbs will be paralyzed from texting :smiley:

Or we will all be paralyzed with fear and confusion from all the scary statistics.:shrug: What about cordless landline phones? Is there any danger from using those?:confused:

I think they are trying to sell tinfoil hats :):slight_smile:

ICXC NIKA

And we will start seeing people with necks bent down in permanent “smart phone” pose.

Ishii

You think its BS because you doubt the science or because its inconvenient? There are other ways of dealing with the issue. You can use speakerphone or a corded earphone. Still, you wouldn’t ditch your cell phone if it was proven you would develop a brain tumor in so many years? Is this communication ability so important- even more important than your health?

I actually don’t doubt that people could develop carpal tunnel or some other disorder from texting too much- but its hardly as serious as a neurological disorder or tumor. The truth is that the almost unmitigated proliferation or wireless technologies are a great experiment to which we will have partial answers to in a few decades.

While we embrace all manner of technologies, does it embrace us?

It’s proven that smoking causes cancer, yet people still do it. So yeah, I would bet that even if it was proven that wireless phones causes tumors, people would still use them. :shrug:

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