The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation from Mobile Phones

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More health organisations and public health agencies are publishing advice on how to limit your self
from the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones. The most important advice that they
have to offer is to try and keep the phone as far away from your body as possible, especially your head.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, have conducted the biggest ever study on the effects of mobile phone radiation on the human body.
A group of experts from France analysed data from a total of 13 countries and cross referenced different types of tumours that they felt were associated with mobile phone use.
Their research indicated that the chances of developing a malignant tumour, called glioma, are significantly increased for people who have used a mobile phone for at least 10 years.

The problem of electromagnetic radiation from mobiles is an increased problem for children. In the UK, 90% of children aged 16 own a mobile and 40% for primary school age. (the USA figure for primary school age is 20%, source taken in 2010).

Children feel a need to own a mobile phone. Very clever advertising can make the phone attractive to children and when they reach their teens there is a social pressure. Their friends have got one, it’s cool to own a mobile and heck, look at the features, music and games.

However, children are the most at risk to electromagnetic radiation from mobiles. Their skulls are softer and thinner, and therefore provide less resistance to radiation. With their heads being smaller, a larger part of their brain is exposed to radiation. Also, because their brains are developing, they are more at risk of neurological interference from RF radiation.

Sir William Stewart of the National Radiological Protection Board, in a study stated that children under 8 years old should not use a mobile phone at all. He also states that mobile phone masts should not be anywhere within the vicinity of a school.

Professor Lawrie Challis who is chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme, and previously vice chairman of the Stewart enquiry, has stated that he would not like his grandchildren to use mobiles more than they needed to.

According to a study carried out at the Neurological Hospital of the University of Freiburg in Germany, the electromagnetic radiation from a mobile phone can significantly increase a persons’ blood pressure as well as affecting biological processes in the brain (measured by EEG).

The problems worsen with children because their skulls are thinner and radiation from a mobile can penetrate a child’s skull 75% through the brain tissue

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The type of radiation produced from mobile phones is electromagnetic radiation Electromagnetic energy from cell phones and radio towers are classified as on-ionizing radiation and are generally thought to be harmless, while iodizing rays from x-rays and nuclear energy has been proven to cause cancer.

Mobile phones have become a part of our daily life and it is hard to refrain from using them. The threats posed by the radiations are cancer, headaches, loss of memory, vision loss and even degrading environmental conditions. The need and over usage of cell phones makes it important to understand the risks of cell phone radiation.

Cell phone health risk from its electromagnetic radiation includes:
• Cancer
• Genetic damage
• Brain and other neurological problems
• Birth defect
• Increased blood pressure
• Impaired learning and short-term memory
• Disturbed sleep
• Headache
• Stress
• and other cell phone health hazard

Cell Phone Radiation facts

• In Australia the number one disease among children is brain tumor and brain cancer. It just surpassed Leukemia.
• Sperm count in adult males who use cell phones heavily are lowered by as much as 30%.
• With 500 minutes of cell phone use per month you have a 300% increased probability of getting brain cancer.
• There are 40,000 to 50,000 new cases of brain tumors and eye cancer per year attributed to cell phone use.
• The average kid uses a cell phone 2600 minutes per month.
• If the current trend continues there will be 500,000 new cases of tumors per year by the year 2010.
• In Japan you aren’t allowed to use Cell Phones on the train due to 2nd hand radiation.
• In England it is recommended that teenagers 16 and under refrain from unnecessary cell phone use.
• There are, at the moment, 7 state class action lawsuits, 10 brain cancer lawsuits, 2 workmen’s comp lawsuits in California.

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Seeing that parents, you may have purchase your kids a mobile phone as a means of protection to ensure that your youngster would likely never be caught somewhere with not a ride or may possibly always call home evaluate in. What you may not have been conscious of is the dangers that kids mobile phones can cause. Due to the Internet connection available on most mobile cell phones , your kids can be targets of bullies and also sex predators.

Data show that this approximately two-thirds with U. S. children between this ages of 12 and 19 have mobile phones. In other portions of the world, velocity is even bigger. In Japan, as an illustration, more than 80% of students and 25% of junior students had cell phones. Great Britain and Scandinavia have got high rates with children with cellular phones. These other nations around the world are where numerous disturbing statistics are coming from.

The Japanese Display case Office surveyed teenagers with mobile phones and found 37% with teenage males and also 30% of new females had accessed adult dating sites. These sites had led to some girls obtaining unwanted sexual contact with men which they met through these sites.

Another danger considering the newer mobile phones could be the ability to talk about photos and videos taken which includes a mobile phone which could mean that by pushing the wrong buttons, your little one’s picture, phone number, and e-mail address can be sent to the incorrect person. You can as well download pictures from your cell phone and also place them on the internet for everyone to see. That is the reason some schools have banned cellular phones from restricted areas just like locker rooms to counteract inappropriate pictures being taken. As well as pictures that a child may be sending from their cell phone, they can also view inappropriate material abroad and you may possibly know nothing over it.

Another problem with mobile phones is likely phones. As properly as sending young people pictures, sexual predators can contact them through their cell phone number to arrange a meeting if your kids are outside the house their parent’s command. Most cell cell phones have caller IDENTITY, which means the minute that a child contacts this person, the person has their cell phone number.

As well seeing that sexual predators, bullies can be using cell cell phones to harass various other children. This has become an important problem in great britain, where 16% of the younger generation say that they have received threatening text messages and also 7% that say they’ve been harassed throughout chat-rooms. Another 4% claimed for being bullied by e-mail. But if your child is this victim of these harassment, check in your wireless provider about qualifing for the phone number improved.

Another problem with cellular phones is that these phones are with geo location systems to ensure that dispatchers at 911 might pinpoint the phone’s location in the event that of an crisis. While this tracking system is supposed to be secure, it’s not necessarily infallible. If the incorrect person has this know-how, he can track your kids wherever they are.

There are several measures that you could take to protect your kids. First you should discuss the case with them, explain that collectively never text emails to anyone that they do not know personally. Whenever they still persist throughout texting everyone, trade their present plan for your prepaid one which includes a limited amount with minutes. With much less minutes, your child will have to decide to talk around the phone or for you to text. Since texting will likely be more expensive, your child will probably return to just talking around the cell phone, which is what you’d originally planned for them to do from the start.

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My kids have been educated on the dangers of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, cordless phones and WiFi networks, so they were aware enough to come home and tell me how they’re unwillingly getting exposed to EMR at their school – via other kids’ cell phones and the wireless computers in the computer room.

My children have told me that many children in their classes own cell phones, which are allowed to remain turned on, whilst in the classroom. Whether these phones are set to ring or just vibrate is not the issue. If they are turned on, then they are transmitting (and receiving) to the nearest cell phone tower continually and emitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR) throughout the classroom.

My son has also told me that all the computers in the computer room are wireless. Again, as computers on a WiFi network are in the “ultra-high frequency range” and nearly up to the “super high frequency” range (see info below on radiation frequencies from NASA), this likewise is transmitting very high EMR to the children (and teachers) in that classroom.
When we were in Singapore in 2001, there was huge coverage in all the newspapers because 20-year-olds throughout the city were having heart attacks and they couldn’t figure out why. Then, someone figured out it was because it was the fashion at that time for young people to wear their cell phones on decorative cords around their necks. This meant that their cell phones were hanging right next to – you guessed it – their heart. So a warning went out in all the local newspapers, telling kids not to wear their cell phones on these cords. But funnily enough, no one I’ve spoken to in Canada (or the U.S.) ever heard about that. And no one thought about warning people not to wear their cell phones clipped to their belt, or in their pocket.

Of course there are huge revenues at stake with wireless technology and until recently, not much long-term hard data on the risks or effects. But as you can see from the first reference listed below (from the head of a cancer research institute), that has now changed, and there IS enough data in place for respected scientists and doctors to conclude that cell phone and other ultra-high frequency wireless devices are not safe for long-term, or cumulative human use – especially for children.

I have also listed my own research below – including hard data from NASA’s website, that has led me to completely avoid cell phone, cordless phone and wireless computer usage in my family and my house.

Many people are comparing cell phones and WiFi network usage to cigarettes – which were also once thought to be a “private” choice, but later acknowledged as a public health issue – where your choice affects my health.
I encourage you to review the research and sources below – of the thousands of references available (over 2,000 scientific, peer-reviewed studies), I have included only a few of the most pertinent.

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Using a mobile phone for 10 years or more increases the risk of ear tumours by four times, research suggests.

A 750-people study by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found the risk of acoustic neuroma rose by 3.9 times on the side of the head the phone is used.
There was no increase in risk on the other side of the head – giving an overall rise in risk of 1.9 times.
Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour in the auditory nerve, which can cause brain and nerve damage.
It affects one in 100,000 people.
Those who had used mobile phones for less than 10 years were not at a greater risk, the team reported.
Out of the 750 people who took part in the study, 150 had acoustic neuroma and of those one in 11 had used a mobile phone for at least a decade.
Professor Anders Ahlbom, from the Stockholm-based institute, told BBC News Online he was “surprised” by his team’s findings.
“The results show there is a relatively substantial risk and we are hoping others will follow up our research.
“We do not know what is causing it but the risk certainly increases over time.”
He said he would not go as far as warning people not to use mobile phones.
But he added: “If people are concerned the simple way to avoid risk is to use a hands-free kit.
“Our researched showed that the risk is only on the side of the head on which the mobile phone is used.”
Risk
At the time of the study only analogue mobile phones had been in use for more than 10 years.
The majority of people now have digital (GSM) phones, which came on to the market in the mid to late 1990s.
Some of the people who took part in the study had used both analogue and digital phones. There was no evidence to suggest solely using digital phones for 10 years increased the risk.
Dr Michael Clarke, a spokesman for the National Radiological Protection Board, the UK’s advisory group, said it was a “good study from a well respected institute”.
He said: “It is suggestive rather than conclusive but we will obviously take it into account when we issue guidance in the future.”
And a spokeswoman for the Mobile Operators Association said: “The mobile phone industry takes very seriously questions relating to the safety of its products and is committed to addressing public concern in an open and transparent manner.”
But she added: “Individual studies must be seen in the light of the total research effort into mobile phone safety. There have been other recent studies that have failed to show any link between mobile phones and tumours.”
Three quarters of adults in the UK own or use a mobile phone.
The mobile phone industry has always maintained there is no scientific evidence of negative effects from mobile phone use.
But over the last few years experts have remained divided over the question of risk.
A study by Finnish scientists in 2002 found electromagnetic radiation, which is emitted from mobile phones, affected human brain tissue.
But the UK government-commissioned Stewart report in 2000 concluded there was no evidence of harm associated with using mobile phones.
However, the report recommended a precautionary approach and said children should only use mobile phones in emergencies.

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MICROWAVE OVENS * Eighty per cent of the UK’S Population use them and yet two comprehensive studies have shown that they damage our health. Isn’t it time more research was done into the effects they have on us and the food we put into them?

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From 1957 up until very recently Russian research into microwaves was mainly carried out at the Institute of Radio Technology at Klinsk in Byelorussia. According to US researcher William Kopp, Russian forensic teams observed the following key effects:

1. People who ingested microwaved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues and a gradual breakdown of the function of the digestive and excretory systems.

2. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred within the lymphatic system, causing a degeneration in the immune system’s ability to protect the body against neoplastic (cancerous) growth.

3. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, most significantly in the bio-availability of Bcomplex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics (substances that prevent abnormal
accumulation of fat).

4. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption creates the cancer-causing agent d-nitrosodiethanolamine.

5. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral, molecular formations in plant substances – particularly in raw root vegetables.

6. Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood serum.

7. Microwaving foods alters their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system.

The use of microwave ovens was banned in Russia in 1976.

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Food scientist Dr Hans Ulrich Hertel fought for 10 years to have his findings concerning the dangers of microwave ovens acknowledged. His statement that inspired the microwave manufacturers to use the Swiss courts to silence him was: ‘Food cooked or defrosted in a microwave oven causes changes in the blood indicative of a developing pathological process as is also found in a carcinoma.’ Put simply, microwaved food causes cancer.

In 1989 Hertel teamed up with professor Bernard Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. They proposed to the University of Lausanne a research programme to look into the effects of microwaved food on humans. Their application for funding was turned down on the grounds that there was no need for research in this area. Undeterred, the two scientists decided to fund a smaller research programme themselves.

They selected eight individuals and fed them on a range of raw, conventionally cooked and microwaved foods. Blood samples were taken from each volunteer before and after eating. Serious irregularities were found both in the structure of the food microwaved and in the blood of those eating the microwaved samples.

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Parents should ensure their children use mobile phones only when absolutely necessary because of the potential health risks, an expert is warning.

The latest study by Sir William Stewart says there is still no proof mobile phones are unsafe, but warns precautionary steps should be taken.
Sir William said children under eight should not use mobile phones at all.
In light of the findings, a phone designed for this age group has been withdrawn from sale in the UK. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4163003.stm
The MyMo phone went on sale five months ago aimed at four to eight-year-olds to use in an emergency.
But in a statement, the UK distributor Communic8 said: “Although we feel the product, if used as recommended with parental guidance, is safe, we are not experts in either the radiation or medical fields that Sir William and his team are.
“Simple common sense has convinced us that even the remotest possibility of our product becoming a health risk to any child is unacceptable.”
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Sir William, now of the National Radiological Protection Board, first warned five years ago that children should only use mobiles in emergencies.
But he is now concerned that advice is being ignored.
Mobile phone operators welcomed the fact that Sir William’s report highlighted the lack of hard evidence linking handsets with adverse health effects.
One in four seven to 10-year-olds now own a mobile phone – double the levels in 2001, according to latest figures.
Sir William’s new report, published on Tuesday, warns that if mobile phones do damage health, then children will inevitably be at greatest risk.
It also calls for a review of the planning process for base stations.
Sir William said he did not favour mobile phone masts being situated near schools.
He told the BBC Radio Four Today programme there was no absolute evidence that mobile phones were a risk to health – but various studies had raised serious concerns.

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Just about everyone of us out there owns a cell phone. Now a days we wouldn’t know what to do without one. They are very convenient, you want to make a call just simply reach into your purse or pocket, reach across and grab it off of the passenger seat of your car and start dialing. No more looking for a pay phone and the correct change you need to make a call.

You can also send text messages to anyone around the world, as long as they have a cell phone or a computer. Cell phone users have become known as the thumb generation.

But, with the invention of the cell phone, has come many dangers. The National Safety Council estimates 28 percent of all traffic accidents are due to distracted drivers using cell phones. This has lead to a few states to pass a law to band cell phone use while driving. If you drive, there is no doubt you see the distractions of other drivers when they are on their cell phones. Can’t keep a consistent speed, don’t look before pulling out or making a lane change among many others.
There is no phone call that is so important that you should risk your own life along with the lives of others. When your driving and your phone rings, find a safe place to pull over and take the call. The best thing to do would be to turn it off until you have reached your destination.

Now the latest health risk is you could possibly develop tinnitus-a chronic ringing in the ears. This appears to be increased with ongoing cellular phone use. The finding was based on a study just published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a BMJ Publishing Group journal. Using your cell phone for just 10 minutes a day can further the risk for this condition. Right now, about 50 million Americans suffer from ringing in their ear(s) from excessive cell phone use.
Also, radiation is another danger that comes along with excessive cell phone use. Tests have shown that even tiny doses of radiation can cumulate over time and be harmful. Even doses less than the governments minimal allowable amounts can be extremely dangerous to your health. Over time radiation can build up and start affecting the brain and other parts of the body. Infants can be affected a lot quicker than adults because tiny heads and brains can soak up radiation more quickly. This can obviously have long term affects that can’t be fixed.

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Not only does a “death grip” cut into your phone’s ability to connect, it also increases the amount of radio-frequency radiation it’s pumping out.

Now you can see exactly how much more radiation your head is absorbing, with an app that estimates the RF output of your smartphone, in real time.

Israeli mobile-software company Tawkon released a video Monday that shows its app measuring the impact a “death grip” can have on a mobile device’s radiation. Using the app, an iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold, and Google Nexus One all show a significant increase in RF radiation when held tightly in the user’s palm.

That’s to be expected: Whenever a cellphone has difficulty connecting with a cell tower, it increases its RF output in order to maintain the connection. Anything that interferes with that connection – be it a death grip, stepping into an elevator, or locating yourself in a low-signal area – will increase any phone’s RF output.

So is Tawkon suggesting that the infamous “death grip” can actually be detrimental to the user’s health?

“Tawkon doesn’t advocate that the death grip is necessarily unsafe, because final answers on the health ramifications of mobile phone usage won’t be known for decades, until researchers have had that time to track long-term usage and impact,” Tawkon co-founder Amit Lubovsky told Wired. ”However, recent studies do indicate a health impact of mobile phone radiation on mobile phone users, especially on people whose usage is termed excessive and cumulative. Until the long-term studies are concluded (decades from now), Tawkon believes consumers should have the right and ability to minimize their exposure to mobile phone radiation.”

Most ongoing studies cannot yet draw a causal link between cellphone usage and physical disorders, and Tawkon should know, since the company follows many of these studies.

The World Health Organization’s Interphone study, released in May, could draw no causal link between glioma or meningioma and cellphone use. However, it noted, “There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma, and much less so meningioma, in the highest decile of cumulative call time, in subjects who reported usual phone use on the same side of the head as their tumor and, for glioma, for tumors in the temporal lobe.”

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Human Exposure To Radio Frequency Fields: Guidelines For Cellular & PCS Sites Background

Primary antennas for transmitting wireless telephone service, including cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS), are usually located outdoors on towers, water tanks, and other elevated structures like rooftops and sides of buildings. The combination of antenna towers and associated electronic equipment is referred to as a “cellular or PCS cell site” or “base station.” Cellular or PCS cell site towers are typically 50-200 feet high. Antennas are usually arranged in groups of three, with one antenna in each group used to transmit signals to mobile units, and the other two antennas used to receive signals from mobile units.

At a cell site, the total radio frequency (RF) power that can be transmitted from each transmitting antenna depends on the number of radio channels (transmitters) that have been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the power of each transmitter. Although the FCC permits an effective radiated power (ERP) of up to 500 watts per channel (depending on the tower height), the majority of cellular or PCS cell sites in urban and suburban areas operate at an ERP of 100 watts per channel or less.

An ERP of 100 watts corresponds to an actual radiated power of 5-10 watts, depending on the type of antenna used. In urban areas, cell sites commonly emit an ERP of 10 watts per channel or less. For PCS cell sites, even lower ERPs are typical. As with all forms of electromagnetic energy, the power density from a cellular or PCS transmitter rapidly decreases as distance from the antenna increases.

Consequently, normal ground-level exposure is much less than the exposure that might be encountered if one were very close to the antenna and in its main transmitted beam. Measurements made near typical cellular and PCS cell sites have shown that ground-level power densities are well below the exposure limits recommended by RF/microwave safety standards used by the FCC.

Guidelines

In 1996, the FCC adopted updated guidelines for evaluating human exposure to RF fields from fixed transmitting antennas such as those used for cellular and PCS cell sites. The FCC’s guidelines are identical to those recommended by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), a non-profit corporation chartered by Congress to develop information and recommendations concerning radiation protection. The FCC’s guidelines also resemble the 1992 guidelines recommended by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a non-profit technical and professional engineering society, and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a non-profit, privately-funded, membership organization that coordinates development of voluntary national standards in the United States.
In the case of cellular and PCS cell site transmitters, the FCC’s RF exposure guidelines recommend a maximum permissible exposure level to the general public of approximately 580 microwatts per square centimeter. This limit is many times greater than RF levels typically found near the base of cellular or PCS cell site towers or in the vicinity of other, lower-powered cell site transmitters.

Calculations corresponding to a “worst-case” situation (all transmitters operating simultaneously and continuously at the maximum licensed power) show that, in order to be exposed to RF levels near the FCC’s guidelines, an individual would essentially have to remain in the main transmitting beam and within a few feet of the antenna for several minutes or longer. Thus, the possibility that a member of the general public could be exposed to RF levels in excess of the FCC guidelines is extremely remote.

When cellular and PCS antennas are mounted on rooftops, RF emissions could exceed higher than desirable guideline levels on the rooftop itself, even though rooftop antennas usually operate at lower power levels than free-standing power antennas. Such levels might become an issue for maintenance or other personnel working on the rooftop. Exposures exceeding the guidelines levels, however, are only likely to be encountered very close to, and directly in front of, the antennas. In such cases, precautions such as time limits can avoid exposure in excess of the guidelines. Individuals living or working within the building are not at risk.

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