The latest breaking news from the National Toxicology Program (NTP, a division of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)) revolves around a common and seemingly non-threatening item, the cell phone. However, the results are in.... Cell phone radiation does, indeed, have adverse health effects.
Ranking as one of the most comprehensive assessments to date; the 25-million-dollar, ten-year government study determined the effects in rats and mice from exposure to radio-frequency (RF) radiation from cell phones. Researchers found increased rates of cancer in male rats exposed to cell phone radiation.
In addition, there is a multitude of evidence that suggests that exposed children, because of their skull thickness and developing brains, were found to be the most vulnerable to cancer risk. The question is, why wasn't this research done sooner? Studies of this magnitude should have been conducted prior to the estimated 4.93 billion people who will use a cell phone this year. According to senior NIEHS toxicologist, Ronald L. Melnick, PhD, who designed the study. When will there be more studies? It seems that everyone in the know agrees that more research is needed.
All of your personal electronic devices emit (laptops, cell phones, tablets etc.) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), or Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) that are comprised of Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF), Radio Frequencies (RF, Wi-fi, data etc.) and Thermal Radiation (heat), all of which are potentially harmful. Gamma Rays, X-Rays and UV are also types of EMR.
EMR has a high decay rate which means that most of the exposure is felt within a few inches and especially with direct contact. EMR can penetrate most natural and man made materials including wood, plastic, pillows, blankets, clothes etc.
KNOW THE FACTS
- 95% of Americans Own a Cell Phone
- Average Age of First Smart Phone is 10 Years Old
- All Electronics Emit Radiation
- Electronic Radiation Links to Adverse Health Effects
- Children are More at-Risk
- Manufacturers Already Add Warnings in the Fine Print
"These same cells that became cancerous in rats are the same cells that are reported to turn into tumors in people in epidemiology studies of cellphone users…"
NIEHS toxicologist, Ronald L. Melnick, PhD
“Cell phones emit radio frequency energy when they send and receive signals to and from cell towers, and some scientists and public health officials believe this energy may impact human health.”
California Department Of Public Health
March 2018 : The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit public health research and advocacy organization, released a detailed report on the findings of the major NTP study. EWG themselves have been studying the human health effects of cellphone radio-frequency (RF) radiation since 2009.
In EWG’s assessment, the data collected by the NTP radio-frequency radiation research program are both authoritative and timely, and strengthen the earlier evidence that exposure to cellphone radiation triggers a variety of biological process and increases the risk of cancer.
In December 2017, the State of California officially issued guidelines advising cellphone users to keep phones away from their bodies. When the groundbreaking guidelines were made public, California Department of Public Health Director Karen Smith said:
"Simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults … Children's brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use. Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night."
Several leading doctors and scientists have stated cell phone radiation and radiation from other personal electronic devices is also linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, behavioral problems, asthma, insomnia, autism, childhood obesity, cardiac stress, and ADD.
In addition, it has been reported that both men and women have seen issues with fertility, skin, DNA fragmentation, and many other health problems.
In an unprecedented release, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a government organization, has issued guidelines on “How to Reduce Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy from Cell Phones.” This is not the first account of public acknowledgment of the potential health effects of cell phone radiation exposure, but it may be the most significant and could lead to a regulatory reform.
The release issued by the CDPH is an important step in the right direction of bringing public awareness to the potential health dangers caused by electronic radiation. The CDPH has clearly done their research into the current state of what is known about the health effects of radiation exposure and consulted with experts in the field.
- Keep your phone and other devices on airplane mode
- Use your speaker phone and avoid direct contact to skin
- Keep phones out of pockets and clothing as much as possible
- Have children especially refrain from extended electronic use
- Use a corded phone when accessible
- Avoid using your laptop or tablet on your lap