If you think the jury’s still out on whether cell phones can be dangerous to your health, then you might want to take the time to listen to this video from the Environmental Health Trust (www.ehtrust.org). Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnect–The Truth About Cellphone Radiation,” has been researching the safety hazards of radiation emanating from your cell phone.

Cell phone use has undoubtedly become increasingly popular amongst the younger generation with one-fifth of children as young as the age of 8 shown to already own and use cellular devices. An ongoing study conducted in Sweden by the Hardell Group, in association with the International Interphone Study,  shows that this trend could be detrimental as children and teens are far more susceptible to brain tumor development from this exposure.

Cell phone use has quickly become the societal norm for people of all ages to stay connected to one another and the rest of the world. Many of us have become so dependent upon them that it has become more common to see a bus filled with people all looking down at their phones rather than a bus filled with people communicating with one another. As troubling as this trend may be in general, it seems to be increasingly troublesome for the world’s younger generations who are now getting “connected” at even younger ages.

A study conducted by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), which included over 20,000 children/ teens between grades 3 and 12, concluded that approximately 20% of grade 3 students already owned a cell phone. The numbers steadily rose from that point forward to approximately 25% in grade 4, 39% in grade 5  and 83% in middle school.

As wonderful as cell phones can be for both connectivity and as a safety tool for children in case of an emergency, the side effects seem to heavily outweigh these benefits -especially since most children make them a part of their regular life. The dangers of cell phone use gained a lot of mainstream credibility in 2011 when the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that cell phone radiation may cause cancer. The statement was based off of a cumulative decision made by a team of 31 scientists, from 14 different countries, after reviewing evidence that suggested this to be the case.

The most conclusive evidence thus far however seems to have come from Sweden where the Hardell Group, in association with the International Interphone Study, have found a consistent pattern of increased brain tumors associated with mobile phone use. Unlike many other studies conducted on the subject matter, that which has been conducted by the Hardell Group spans over the course of 10 years allowing for a better understanding of the long-term effects of the devices. Professor Lennart Hardell himself, while speaking at a conference held at the Royal Society by the Radiation Research Trust, revealed that there was a five-fold increase in glioma within people who started to use mobile phones prior to the age of 20.

Glioma, for those that are unfamiliar with the term, is a tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord, and is the most common form of brain tumour.

The reason why children and teens seem to be more at risk lies within the fact that unlike adults, their brain and nervous systems are still developing, and in this state are far more susceptible to troubling behaviour caused by cellular devices. Children in particular have been identified as being the greatest at risk because they have smaller brains, a lower skull bone density, a less effective blood brain barrier and more connective tissue making them capable of absorbing up to 3 times as much radiation as an adult.

As troubling as these findings may be, there are steps that we can take to help minimize the impact that cell phones can have on all of us, no matter our age. Aside from perhaps holding back on giving our children access to cell phones at such a young age, informing them of the dangers associated with their use is always a great first step. The same can be said for informing your friends and family of all ages, making sure they are made aware of how hazardous their favorite device can be, especially if heavily used and depended upon.

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Cell phone use is only a couple of decades old, and just like anything else we use in this world, revelations regarding their use have not been properly examined and studied until now. The use of cellular phones has become the norm today for people of all ages, using it to stay connected and keep in touch with friends and family. Almost everyone you see today has a cell phone. That’s why it’s so important to share documentaries like this one which are just starting to surface.

For example, a study conducted by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), which included over 20,000 children/ teens between grades 3 and 12, concluded that approximately 20% of grade 3 students already owned a cell phone. The numbers steadily rose from that point forward to approximately 25% in grade 4, 39% in grade 5  and 83% in middle school. You can read that entire study HERE.

So what have we found? Multiple studies have revealed that cell phone radiation can cause cancer.  Did you know that The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radio frequency fields (including those from cell phones) as a possible cause of cancer in 2011?

The dangers of cell phone use gained a lot of mainstream credibility in 2011 when the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that cell phone radiation may cause cancer. The statement was based off of a cumulative decision made by a team of 31 scientists, from 14 different countries, after reviewing evidence that suggested this to be the case. 

It’s great to see films like this getting ready to surface, the film is the trailer to Mobilze, a documentary that is set for release in September 2014.

 

 

New peer-reviewed research finds that 30 minutes' exposure to LTE cellphone radiation affects brain activity on both sides of the brain.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) - Sep. 23, 2013 - BERKELEY, Calif. -- The first study on the short-term effects of Long term Evolution (LTE), the fourth generation cell phone technology, has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal,Clinical Neurophysiology. (1)
In a controlled experiment, researchers exposed the right ear of 18 participants to LTE cellphone radiation for 30 minutes. The source of the radiation was 1 centimeter from the ear, and the absorbed amount of radiation in the brain was well within international (ICNIRP) cell phone legal limits. The researchers employed a double-blind, crossover, randomized and counter-balanced design to eliminate any possible study biases.

The resting state brain activity of each participant was measured by magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at two times -- after exposure to LTE microwave radiation, and after a sham exposure.

The results demonstrated that LTE exposure affected brain neural activity not only in the closer brain region but also in the remote region, including the left hemisphere of the brain. The study helps explain the underlying neural mechanism for the remote effects of microwave radiation in the brain.

Brain images pre- and post-LTE exposure In 2011, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, published a similar study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that received worldwide news coverage. Dr. Volkow reported that a 50 minute exposure to CDMA, a second generation cell phone technology, increased brain activity in the region of the brain closest to the cell phone. (2)

The current study establishes that short-term exposure to LTE microwave radiation affects the users' brain activity. Although LTE is too new for the long-term health consequences to have been studied, we have considerable evidence that long-term cell phone use is associated with various health risks including increased risk of head and neck cancers, sperm damage, and reproductive health consequences for offspring (i.e., ADHD).

Cell phone users, especially pregnant women and children, should limit their cell phone use. Moreover, cell phone users should not keep their phones near their head, breasts or reproductive organs when using the phone or whenever the phone is turned on unless it is in airplane mode.

For more information about the health effects of cell phone radiation see my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Web site at http://www.saferemr.com/.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
School of Public Health Health
University of California, Berkele

Israeli Study Shows First Proof of Cell Phone Related CancerTel Aviv researchers have proven for the first time the link between cell phone use and cancer.

Yaniv Hamzany of Tel Aviv University led the study, which offers the first conclusive proof that prolonged cell phone exposure could increase the risk of developing cancer.

“Increasing use of mobile phones creates growing concerns regarding harmful effects of radio frequency nonionizing electromagnetic radiation on human tissues located close to the ear, where phones are commonly held for long periods of time,” the study said.

The study was conducted by analyzing the saliva of 20 subjects, who each reported using a cell phone an average of eight hours a month, a low figure according to Dr. Hamzany.

This was compared to a control group of deaf patients who do not place a cell phone to their ear at all.

The cell phone users had a significant increase in salivary oxidative stress measurements, which is linked to cellular and genetic mutations that can cause the development of tumors.

"This suggests that there is considerable oxidative stress on the tissue and glands which are close to the cell phone when in use," Dr. Hamzany said.

The findings were reported in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.

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