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    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Brain Injury and Cell Phones


    Smartphones are incredibly convenient. However, holding your cell phone up to your ear, storing it in your pants pocket or tucking it into your bra poses a dangerous cancer risk. And governing bodies are finally starting to take notice.

    I never stopped to think about the health consequences of cell phone use until I went to a training session in neurofeedback; specifically Neurofield, with Nick Dorgis. The piece of neurofeedback equipment we were working with produces a low frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) that is used to heal the brain. As Nick introduced the equipment, he emphasized the difference between the specific, targeted use of low frequency EMF and the EMF emitted by equipment such as your computer, and, in
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    particular, your cell phone. Nick produced an EMF meter and measured the level of the electromagnetic field in the classroom prior to using the equipment. Then Nick held the EMF meter up to his cell phone and called it from another phone. We all watched the needle shoot into the danger zone when the phone rang. Nick stressed the importance of not holding the phone up to your head because of the dangerous levels of EMF it emits. Since that demonstration, I have followed his advice; I use a Bluetooth device or an insulated wire connection.

    There is a growing body of research showing that placing a cell phone up to your ear can cause brain tumors and alter brain function. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged limits on cell phone use, classifying them as a Class B carcinogen. In Italy, the Supreme Court recently ruled that heavy cell phone use caused a man’s brain tumor. Innocente Marcolini used a cell phone to make calls five or six hours per day for twelve years, and consequently developed a tumor on his trigeminal nerve, close to the place where the phone came into contact with his head. And the city of Berkeley, California recently passed a law requiring that health warnings be included with new cell phones, including a recommendation that the cell phone be held a minimum of 5 to 25 mm from the body and not be kept in a shirt or pants pocket while on. Last month, a new study that reviewed evidence from hundreds of other studies found that using your phone to make calls for 20 minutes a day over a period of five years increased cancer risk by 300 percent. And using a cell phone for just 50 minutes actually alters brain function, increasing activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, with unknown consequences.

    Brain tumors aren’t the only concern with cellular phones. There have been multiple cases of young women with no breast cancer risk factors who stored their cell phones in their bras, and then developed cancerous tumors in the locations that their cell phones touched their breasts. This study published by six M.D.’s reports on four such cases, all concerning women under age 40 who carried their cell phones in their bras up to 10 hours a day for several years. Men have just as much to be concerned about. Keeping a cell phone in a pocket exposes the testicles to radiofrequency EMF waves and can damage capacity for reproduction. A 2014 meta-study of 10 previous studies out of the University of Exeter was unequivocal in its findings that cell phone exposure negatively affected sperm count and quality.

    Finally, be aware that children are much more susceptible to radiation than adults. Children’s skulls are thinner, their brain tissues are more absorbent and they will absorb several times the radiation as would adults. Limit cell phone exposure for children and pregnant women.

    This doesn’t mean you have to give up your smartphone. Just protect your body and brain by following these guidelines:

    1.  Use an EMF protective case when carrying your phone. Do not carry your phone near your breasts or testicles. In your car, use hands-free options.

    2.  Use a low EMF blue tooth device.

    3.  Best of all, use connective wires with special EMF protection.

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