Are cell phones really so bad for your health?

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Are cell phones really so bad for your health?

Wednesday, Febr
uary 29, 2012 by: Lloyd Burrell

Cells phones are one of the most utilized, most convenient inventions of the twentieth century.
While there are definite advantages to using cell phones, e.g.,
being in contact with loved ones at
all times, as with any convenience or luxury there are usually some downfalls or consequences.
With cell phones the consequences can be detrimental and therefore, should not be dismissed

The consequences of cell

phone use

Cell phones are a source of electromagnetic fields, radiation which creates change in anything it
comes into contact with. EMFs emanate from mobile phones and because of how phones are
used, these EMFs come into direct contact with the brain.

ore than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone for a long period of time

ten years or

with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. These critical diagnoses
are even more common when phones aren't switched from one side

of the head to the other when
engaged in conversation.

Other adverse health effects include:

• Evidence of leukemia, breast cancer and other cancers.

• Neurological concerns and changes in the nervous system.

• A much higher risk of salivary gland tum

Supporting studies

A study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria showed that cell phone use negatively
affects sperm quality in men. A similar study from 2009 examined men in the height of their
reproductive years and found infertility and th
e ability to father a healthy baby were
compromised by
cell phone


Cells phones are also a source of perfluorooctanoic acid, a harmful chemical which has been
linked to heart disease, cancer
and female reproductive/developmental damage.

Cell phones are not the only problem. Cell phone towers, as well as other wireless devices, are
responsible for contributing non
ionizing radio frequencies into the environment. Both the
Health Organizat

and the
International Association for Research on Cancer

have classified
the electromagnetic fields emitted by
cell phones

as a 2B, possible carcinogen. The towers and
the phones themselves ar
e constantly emitting microwave radiation. Even when cell phones are
not in use they are putting out EMFs.

Viable Solutions

According to the
Environmental Working Group
, after wireless industry representatives met with
Federal Communications Commission

in 2010, information on the

site which had
previously been supportive of purchasing safer



cell phones was eliminated
and replaced with the following:

"Does not endorse
the need for these practices."

When government organizations and industry work together it is not always in the best interest
of the consumer. This means finding viable solutions without depending upon government or
industry recommendations.

Solutions th
at can be easily implemented include:

• Minimizing use.

• Using a shielded wire headset or speaker phone.

• Keeping phone at a reasonable distance from the body.

• Turning your phone off when not in use.

• Using a land line with a corded phone wheneve
r possible.

• Texting instead of talking.

• Switching phone from one side of the head to the other.

• Avoid using your phone when reception is poor.

Researchers are continuing to study EMFs and their connection to

in terms of long
and future effects. Whatever conclusions are reached, minimizing the effects now instead of later
is timely and crucial.