Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) is the generated byproduct of electricity traveling through electronic devices. Electronic devices develop a field of radiation or, an Electromagnetic Field (EMF) that is strongest when closest to the source and reduces in intensity when moving away from the source. Increasing the current within the source will directly increase the strength of the field.
Industry experts recommend that exposure to these fields should be less than 2 milliGauss (mG), the measurement of EMFs. For devices such as laptops, these levels can reach up to 175 mG, when processing and computing.
EMF radiation can be dangerous because it can often change field direction, creating a vibration within the tissues of the body.
EMF Vibration Impacts
A vibrating Electromagnetic Field (EMF) touching the body generates heat and cell mutation. In fact, this phenomenon works the same way as a microwave by vibrating molecules together and generating enough heat to cook food. Long term exposure to EMF vibrations can lead to serious health concerns.
With increased temperatures, both male and female fertility can be affected. Studies over the past 20 years show that long-term exposure to high levels of EMFs can mutate cells, burn skin, cause DNA cellular breakdown and many other health problems including cancer.
Most EMFs are fields that vibrate the human body’s cells. This vibration can not only cause heating up of cells, but also manipulate the cells in other dangerous ways.
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Solomon Islands, Honiara
City of Gosford, Australia
Solomon Islands, Honiara,
Equatorial Guinea Malabo
The medical journal Fertility and Sterility recently published a laptop radiation report on Argentinian scientists studying the relationship between laptop radiation, WiFi and human male sperm.
In their study, semen samples from 29 healthy men were placed under a laptop connected to an active internet session via WiFi.
Testing was conducted over a four hour period and produced the following results:
25% of the semen was no longer active compared to 14% from semen samples stored at the same temperature over the same time period and away from the computer.
9% of the sperm showed DNA damage, 3x the damage experienced by the comparison samples.
Based on the testing, these scientists concluded that WiFi or Radio Frequency (RF) radiation can be unhealthy to the human body.
Laptop Computers and WiFi Fertility Study Results
Conrado Avendano of Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba and his colleagues say “Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality.” They go on further to say, “At present we do not know whether this effect is induced by all laptop computers connected by Wi-Fi to the internet or what use conditions heighten this effect.”
The Laptop Radiation WiFi Sperm Controversy
In previous studies, there was confirming evidence found. In a Reuters Health report November 5, 2010, a study revealed that radiation from cell phones creates feeble sperm in the lab. A urologist noted that a laptop balanced on his knees could crank up scrotum temperatures to unsafe levels. These were reports on higher frequency, Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), Radio Frequency (RF) radiation similar to those by Conrado Avendano.
On the other hand, Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology doesn’t believe laptops are a significant threat to male reproductive health. Referring to the Argentinian study he says, “This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting,” He goes on further to say, “It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn’t have any human biological relevance.” In fact, he says he has not seen any study to connect laptop radiation as influential on fertility or pregnancy outcomes.
There is still controversy on our understanding of Radio Frequency (RF) radiation being so close to our bodies. However, recent evidence continues to point to the danger of laptop use directly in our laps. Extremely powerful technologies such as those found in laptops, iPads and other electronic devices are now being used very close to our bodies. With time, RF radiating devices devices will be better understood. In the meantime, take precautions to protect yourself from the health dangers of laptop radiation.
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Paterson New Jersey USA
Hamilton Victoria Australia
Nauru Republic of Nauru, Yaren District
Our environment poses heath threats from the very things that are supposed to make our lives easier. Electronic devices like laptop computers, cell phones, WiFi networks, microwave ovens, and even the power used by the wires in our walls and ceilings are so important in modern lives, yet their Electromagnetic Field (EMF) emissions can be harmful.
There is no consensus understanding about the human impact from our electronic devices. There are however experts on the subject. Dr. Neil Cherry was a leading researcher on EMF science before passing away in 2003. He challenged us to take responsibility for our health and better understand Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). The following were few of his thoughts.
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Effects on the Body
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) has become a growing concern over the past 50 years because we have electronic devices that emit radiation getting closer and closer to our bodies. The scientific community knows that heath concerns are partly genetic, but also environmental. We know that food, water and air introduce toxins to the body, but we are now beginning to understand through growing evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) damages cells and can even cause cancer.
Dr. Neal Cherry investigated data on cell damage in controlled, repeatable laboratory studies. He pointed out that in one study, human breast cells exposed to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) were affected. This exposure totally eliminated the effectiveness of melatonin, used to help us sleep. Exposure also caused long-term DNA damage and impaired body cells. The link between Electromagnetic Radiation with power lines and appliances was established as well, and the impact was a reduction of melatonin cleaning-up effect on human breast cancer cells.
Other studies showed people who work with Electromagnetic Fields are more likely to get breast cancer than those less exposed. Dr. Cherry noted a statistically significant increase in breast cancer among the people exposed.
The National Cancer Institute studied people exposed to work related microwaves. They concluded that there was a tenfold increase in brain tumors among those working 20 years or more. Dr. Cherry points out that the destructive source was Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
The University of Washington conducted research on microwave Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) impact on the brains of rats. The research showed breaks in the DNA associated with increased free radicals and increased cell deaths. This study emulates levels of exposure when using a cell phone against your head.
Dr. Cherry investigated other studies such as the one at the US Embassy in Moscow where the effect of radar signals, or Electromagnetic Radiation, on people was evaluated. The study demonstrated that there were changes in the blood and an increase in cancer from the radiation.
The Hague, Netherlands,
Codrington (capital of Barbuda)
We’ve all heard about it – mobile phones are harmful to health. There are several chain emails, Facebook and Twitter updates about it. We wanted to get to the bottom of it all. So we caught up with Neha Kumar an expert on the topic of mobile radiation and director, NESA, a firm which designs radiation measurement and shielding equipment. She has been studying about radiation from cell phones/towers for about three years and has interacted with experts, researchers, doctors and patients around the world who have been affected by prolonged exposure to cell phone/tower radiation.
Excerpts from the interview:
How exactly does mobile radiation cause health problems?
Mobile phones and towers emit electromagnetic radiation having health effects which can be divided into thermal and non-thermal. Thermal effects refer to heating effect which you observe if you hold the phone for long near your ear.
Non-thermal effects on the cells, genes and the DNA and are more harmful than thermal effects.
Excessive use of mobiles can lead to headache, sleep disturbance, lack of concentration, memory loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and increased risk of brain cancer.
Having mobile towers in your neighbourhood can also pose health problems like severe headache, sleep disturbance, constant body pain, memory problems, joint pains etc. The more severe health effects noted include infertility, miscarriage, neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.), heart problems and cancer.
Are these mobile radiations more harmful for any particular demographic?
Children are more vulnerable due to a developing immune system and thinner skulls which allows radiation to penetrate deeper. Women run the risk of health problems like hormonal imbalances, miscarriages, breast and ovarian cancer as they tend to spend more time at home and are exposed continuously.
Is there any solid evidence to back the findings that these radiations are harmful to people?
There are several national and international studies where scientists have found a strong correlation between health problems and exposure to microwaves from mobile phones and mobile towers. Prof Girish Kumar from IIT Bombay had sent a report to Department of Telecommunications (DOT), India which has more than 200 references from peer reviewed publications in the end.
What precautions can you take to reduce your exposure to the radiation from mobile phones?
Some precautions that you can take:
Limit your use, talk for short durations and switch sides during long conversations. SMS/IM chat whenever possible.
Use the land-line, whenever possible
Use speakerphone or wired hands free, but keep the phone at least 1 feet away.
When not in use, keep the mobile phone away from your body as they still continue to emit some radiation while trying to communicate with the base station by sending at least one pulse per minute. Do not keep it in your pocket, under your pillow etc.
Use cell phones with lower Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values. One can find the SAR value of a phone by simply searching- SAR. The lower the SAR value, the less dangerous it is. Ideally go for a phone which has SAR value – 0.2 – 0.8 W/Kg
If towers are responsible is the Govt. doing anything about it? Are there any regulations that mobile companies have to follow?
Till 2009, the Indian government had not adopted any standards for safe exposure from mobile phone and mobile towers. In 2009, India adopted radiation norms specified by ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) guidelines of 1998. However, ICNIRP guideline is outdated as it is only intended to protect the public against short term gross heating effects and NOT against ‘biological’ effects such as cancer and genetic damage from long term exposure. Also these safety standards are based on 6 minutes per day exposure, without accounting for people who live close to cell towers 24/7.
In Jan 2011, the report by Inter-Ministerial Committee mentioned several health hazards at levels thousand to ten thousand times below the ICNIRP standards and made recommendations to reduce the exposure to 1/10th of what ICNIRP had earlier recommended. However, even that has not been implemented yet.
If someone lives near mobile towers, what can they do about it? How can they detect whether they are being harmed or not? Who can they complain to?
If someone lives close to a mobile tower:
One can request the operators to reduce the power transmission
Change the angle of the antenna so that no house falls in the main beam of the antenna, or Go for Shielding Solution
For detection, NESA has come up with a low cost, simple and easy to use Cell Tower Radiation Detector, DETEX 189 which is based on the health recommendation by Bioinitiative Group. It has an LED indicator as well as buzzer to find if one is living in a safe, caution or danger zone. Unfortunately, right now in India there is no e-mail id or authority where one can directly complain. However, one can try writing to TUG/DOT/TRAI.
Is there any active research/initiative taking place to counter these harmful effects? What alternatives do people have?
All over the world, people are going for fibre optic solution, low power transmitting antennas and in-building solutions and repeaters.Alternatively, areas where the radiation levels are high, people can go for radiation shielding solutions like – Window Shielding Film, Shielding Curtains, Radiation Shield units etc.
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Salem Oregon USA
El Monte, California
Charleston, South Carolina
Athabat, United Arab Emirates, Athabat, UAE
JAIPUR: A division bench of the high court issued a showcause notice to as many as 13 mobile companies besides central and state authorities on the issue of health hazards being caused by high frequency radiations emitted by mobile towers posing serious threat to public health and safety.
The court order came on a PIL filed by a retired Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, Jusitce I S Israni and others. Counsel for Israni, Prateek Kasliwal told a division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice N K Jain (senior), “”The mobile towers are having no fixed criterion of emission of radiations and there were nine major directions given by the inter-ministerial committee in recent past but the same are also not being followed. It was directed that all the towers will have a display of the emission strength of the radiations. Permission should be sought before putting a mobile tower near school, in residential colony, and public places but the same were also not followed.””
It was also contended that the radiations of mobile towers act like microwave rays and cook the brain as well as body cells resulting in brain, skin and other cancers, while also causing other congenital problems in infants and young children. The petitioners also brought it to the notice of the court that the central government passed certain rules to put a check on the irregular radiation emissions from these mobile towers but on March 23, 2011 a ban was placed by local bodies on taking any coercive action against the mobile companies.
The petitioner also highlighted radiation norms being adopted in various countries and stressed on studies and illeffects of the radiation emissions from mobile towers on animals, plants and human beings. Looking at the gravity and the potent of threat to the human and animal lives the division bench has directed state and Central authorities to file a response to the writ petition within a period of four weeks.
Petitioner Justice Israni also brought to the notice of the court that a legal notice was duly served upon the state and the Central authorities but no action was taken by them forcing him to approach the court.
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Amarillo Texas USA
Cotonou (de facto capital)
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
There are various people that say that cellular phones create a considerable amount of radiations and that these can have terrible impact on the human body. Most of the current cell phone deals come and say that there are no perils relating to radiation when using them. Let’s find what are the main results of radiations from cell phones.
The principal peril is posed by the cell phone towers that are situated worldwide. Most of them produce a lot of ionizing radiations which can be destructive. You will find people that have lived in the vicinity of cell phone towers for years and declare that they have constant headaches and other health issues. In addition there are people who state that there is no problem with the radiation emissions. All we know is that there are many recorded cases of health problems related to living in close proximity to cellular towers. As a way to protect the individuals some companies have began to modify their cellular towers. They have introduced innovative technology and lowered the emissions.
The cellphone towers are not the only problems. Mobile phones also emit some radiation that can be damaging. Most of the noted problems are linked to the fact that individuals who keep their phones into pockets cannot procreate. This is a huge issue since it could lead to a world wide problem. Imagine that fewer and fewer people would be able to have children. This would be a disaster.
To counteract these statements major mobile phone producers come and say that they are trying to decrease the emissions of radiations. It is genuine that most of the newest cell phone deals available emit less radiation than the mobile phones launched 10 years ago.
The future will establish if the radiations from cellular phones are real or not. In the present people argue and no one has a concluding answer to the problem of radiation. As soon as new technologies will be accessible, we will begin to find out the truth.
In reality, researchers don’t even understand how radiations work and what are the main perils which they present. We can only speculate what the real effects of radiations are.
All we can do is to wait and to see concluding results from the research projects that are going on right now. Companies will always state that cellular phones are secure and that we should keep purchasing them. It is time for the authorities to step in and to fix this problem forever.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Portsmouth Virginia USA
Somalia Mogadishu South Africa
There are many different people that stipulate that cellphones create a considerable amount of radiations and that these can have bad impact on the entire body. A lot of the current cell phone deals come and insist that there are no perils regarding radiation when using all of them. Let’s find what are the main effects of radiations from cellular phones.
The principal peril is posed by the cellphone towers that are positioned all over the world. Most of them emit a lot of ionizing radiations that could be destructive. You will discover people that have lived near cell phone towers for many years and declare that they have constant headaches and other health issues. There are people that state that there is no problem with the radiation emissions. All we know is that there are lots of documented cases of health issues related to living near cell towers. In order to protect the people some companies have started to modify their cellular towers. They have introduced new technologies and lowered the emissions.
The cellphone towers are not the only problems. Cellphones also emit some radiation that can be harmful. Most of the reported problems are linked to the fact that individuals who keep their phones into pockets cannot procreate. This is a big issue since it could lead to a world-wide problem. Assume that fewer and fewer people would be able to have kids. This would be a disaster. To counteract these statements major cell phone manufacturers come and say that they are trying to lower the emissions of radiations. It is true that most of the newest cell phone deals available on the market emit less radiation than the handsets launched 10 years ago.
The future will establish if the radiations from mobile phones are real or not. In the present individuals argue and no one has a concluding answer to the problem of radiation. As soon as new technologies will be available, we will start to find out the truth. In reality, scientists don’t even understand how radiations work and what are the main perils which they present. We can only speculate what the real effects of radiations are.
All you can do is to wait and to see concluding results from the research projects that are going on today. Companies will always state that phones are safe and that we should keep utilizing them. It is time for the authorities to step in and to resolve this problem for good.
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Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur,
Chattanooga Tennessee USA
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 lightly.
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.
More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone for a long period of time — ten years or more — 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 tumors.
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 the ability to father a healthy baby were compromised by cell phone usage.
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 World Health Organization 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 are constantly emitting microwave radiation. Even when cell phones are not in use they are putting out EMFs.
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Chula Vista, California
Columbus Georgia USA
Argentina, Buenos Aires City
Manchester, New Hampshire
Mina’ Zayid, United Arab Emirates, Mina’ Zayid, UAE
There have been many studies on the effects of microwave frequencies from cell phones on the brain. Many studies seem to be mysteriously inconclusive, while others show a clear pattern of evidence suggesting that there are health problems, especially some research studies show Swiss risks of brain cancer and tumors – obviously, this is not good. Is there a way to counter the cause and effect? Well, it might be, so let me explain a couple of my theories on the subject.
First, we might be able to cancel the frequency waves to cell phone towers by the doubling-up similar frequencies, and this might actually help human health, and I think scientists can be able to understand such a system one day – national health techniques of frequency delivered to your body by communication frequencies room all around us every day.
Secondly, I noticed a very interesting article the other day on Kurzweil “”Accelerating Intelligence”” new line entitled, “”Photoacoustic device found cancer cells before they become tumors””, posted January 9, 2012 by editor. The article stated;
“”University of Missouri researchers are one step closer to the detection of melanoma cancer at the cellular level, long before tumors have a chance to form -“” Using a small blood sample, our device and method provide earlier diagnosis for cancers of aggressive melanoma “”and”” We compare the detection method of watching an eight-lane highway full of white compact car. In our tests, the cancer cells look like a black 18-wheeler. “”
Okay, now hang with me as I describe my idea. You see, rather than allowing unwanted waves to cause cancer, perhaps we can understand using wave communication detect it, or maybe we can use the smart camera phones as digital micro-cameras range that can send information to a central cloud data to scan the blood sample and whether something like the analogy of the “”Black 18-Wheeler”” on this road?
What I am saying is that I am pro-cell communication, as long as we talk about things at the cellular level, perhaps we can identify the virus, diseases, abnormalities, and cancer then stop at the roadblock near protect human biosystem. It would certainly save on hospital costs, and I bet the health insurance companies, and the federal government would like. We taxpayers could be quite satisfied with the results as well. Okay so, this is my thought for the day – what’s yours? Please consider all this and think about it.
Peru Lima City
Virginia Beach Virginia USA
The labels will read ‘Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.’
By Ronny Linder-Ganz
A bill requiring all cellphones sold in Israel to bear a health-hazard warning label passed its first of three readings into law on Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by MK Dov Khenin of Hadash and Yulia Shamalov Berkovich of Kadima, won blanket approval in parliament. It also requires all advertisements of mobile phones to bear the warning.
Although the jury is out on the science, some suspect that heavy cellphone use may cause cancers, particularly in children. Youngsters can be more vulnerable to carcinogens because of their faster rate of cellular division.
The labels will read “”Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.””
Nor is that all: Similarly to cigarettes, all advertising targeting minors would be banned under the law, and breaking the law would be a criminal offense.
“”The bill that passed today is a breakthrough in expanding public awareness of the possible risks in using cellular phones,”” Khenin said yesterday after the vote. Given the “”worrying results”” of a number of Israeli and international studies, he said, it is incumbent on the government to bring the possible risks to the public’s awareness. People need to be more careful in their use of cellphones, he said, and especially, they must protect children.
The Forum of Cellular Companies responded that they adhere to all the safety directives handed down by the Health Ministry and Environmental Protection Ministry. “”Beyond that, we believe that new initiatives and recommendations in the areas of public health and safety should be handed down by the professionals in these areas, based on the scientific knowhow in Israel and the world.””
Broken Hill, Australia
Irving Texas USA
Columbia, South Carolina
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo