Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cell phone radiation: How bad can it get?

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on May 17, 2011
We live in world where we love to be busy. And the cell phone has become the ultimate symbol of having an occupation, something to kill time with! We depend on our mobiles for connectivity, comfort, communication and entertainment. But are we bargaining for these with our health? Will the radiation emitted by our cell phones ultimately get to us? We find out…

Cancer? No
Mobiles emit radiofrequency (RF) energy or radio waves, a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. While ionizing radiation such as X-rays, have been linked to cancer, there is currently no conclusive evidence to show that the low non-ionizing radiation emitted by a cell phone can cause cancer. An Interphone study across 13 countries, published in 2010, reported that moderate users have no increased risk of two of the most common types of brain tumour - glioma and meningioma.

Alzheimer's? Maybe
A mobile phone's main source of RF energy is produced through its antenna in the handset, which is typically held against the side of the head when the phone is in use. The closer the antenna is to your head, the greater is your expected exposure to RF energy. The intensity of RF energy emitted by a cell phone depends on the signal. Swedish researchers have found that two minutes of exposure to emissions from mobile phones can disable a safety-barrier in blood causing proteins and toxins to leak into the brain, increasing chances of developing Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

Insomnia? Yes
A 2008 study carried out by scientists from Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and from Wayne State University in Michigan, USA found that using handsets before bedtime causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them, interfering with the body's ability to repair damage suffered during the day. In children and teenagers, who mostly use their phones late at night, the failure to get enough sleep can lead to mood and personality changes, depression, lack of concentration and poor academic performance.

Keeping a distance from your cell phone will not only help you lower your radiation exposure, but also help you concentrate on the task at hand and people you are with. Just give the phone a break!

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