Cellular Phones Linked to Cellular DNA Damage
Over 1.5 billion people around the world use a cellular
phone; however, chances
are most of these users are unaware of the damage they may be doing to their
bodies. According to a four
year research project focused on studying the effect
of radiation on human and animal cells, researchers found that the radio w
emitted from a cellular phone may harm body cells and damage DNA in
Although the study did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to one's health, it
did indicate that cells exposed to electromagnetic fields, similar to those o
phones, showed a significant increase in single and double
strand DNA breaks.
This damage could be permanent, not to mention that remaining damage could set
the stage for future degeneration of cells. Additional research could take another
five years. In the meantime, researchers recommend against using a mobile
phone when a fixed line phone is available, as well as using a headset connected to
a cell phone whenever possible.
USA Today, December 21, 2004
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
You may rec
all a study I posted on the risks of using
cellular phones for more than a decade, specifically, growing acoustic neuromas
benign tumors on the auditory nerve
near the ear that is used most often. It is due
to studies like these (and the one above) t
hat the use of cellular phones and the
issue of electromagnetic fields (EMF) has become such a controversial topic.
According to the World Health Organization, some harmful effects EMFs can have
on your body include: Headache Fatigue Stress Sleep disturban
ces Skin symptoms
like prickling, burning sensations and rashes Muscle pains and aches.
While I once discouraged the use of cell phones because of these EMF concerns,
new technological innovations, such as the headset, have all but eliminated my
ou see, I am in no way opposed to cell phones. In fact, I have one
myself. However, it is important to understand that cell phones have the potential
to cause your great harm and as such you should use them as little as possible.
Fortunately, the radiation
decreases quite dramatically (exponentially) the further
the phone is from your body.
When you use a headset, make sure the ENTIRE PHONE is away from your
, as wearing the phone on your belt will cause the radiation to go into your
abdomen. While radi
ating your abdominal organs is far safer than radiating your
brain, ideally they should both be spared the potential damage.
Also, it is incredibly dangerous to use a cell phone while driving, as it will increase
your chances of getting into a car accident
by up to 400 percent
if you are young
and healthy this may be your highest risk of death. Even though your eyes may be
on the road while you are on the phone, your full concentration level isn't there, so
be safe and don't use cell phones while you're