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iPhone or Death Trap?

by Jamil Williams on March 28, 2014

iPhone or Death Trap?

Whether it you have an iPhone, Android, Windows phone, or even your grandma’s flip-phone, cell phones have been an essential element in 21st century life.  90% of all American adults own a cell phone and chances are you have one in your pocket right now.  There is no doubt that cell phones have become an essential part of social life today but research has shown that there may be possible negative aspects to cell phone use besides the terrible battery life that every cell phone seems to suffer from.

Research has shown that there may be a connection between cell phone use and things such as cancer and neurological conditions.  According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the electromagnetic fields that mobile phones emit may be carcinogenic to humans.  Cell phones are listed as a category 2B carcinogen, which is defined as “category is used for agents for which there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and less than sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. It may also be used when there is inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity in humans but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals“.

This classification tells us that although there is not definitive scientific evidence that can prove that the electromagnetic fields emitted from cell phones have negative or carcinogenic effects, researchers still have reason to believe that these fields can have adverse effects on our health.  This stimulation from this electromagnetic radiation can cause stimulation of nerves and muscles or can have effects on other biological processes.  These fields are also known to cause excessive heating, which can have damaging effects on brain cells and essentially “cook” your brain.  Cell phones release what are commonly referred to as RF waves, which are the electromagnetic waves that I have been referring to.  Through chronic exposure to these RF waves, the more likely they are to possibly produce malignant tumors our cancer.  Some factors that influence the amount of RF energy you’re exposed to are the amount of time you’re on the phone, whether or not you’re using speaker mode or a hands free headset, the model of phone being used, and the amount of cell phone traffic in the air at the time.

So how can we avoid these RF waves altogether?  Some of the easiest methods of avoiding RF waves are to use speakerphone or a hands free headset when talking on the phone.  The amount of RF waves and their effectiveness decreases exponentially the further one is from the source of the energy.  Also, text messaging, Skype, Face Time, and other forms of technological communication are also encouraged, these also do not require your cellular phone to be very close to your head and therefore.  So be aware of the amount of time you spend talking on your cell phone, it just might save your life.

 

Sources:

http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/mobile-technology-fact-sheet/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/are-cell-phones-a-possible-carcinogen-an-update-on-the-iarc-report/

 


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