Cell phones are linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, study claims
(NaturalHealth365) Radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones and tablets are being linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, headaches and skin irritation, according to a new Meta study. Scientists claim radiation initiates a damaging process in the body thought to be closely linked to degenerative diseases called oxidative stress.
This new study, published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, from The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, is a review of experimental data on the effects of radiofrequency radiation in living cells. Researchers looked at how cell phones may damage a person’s DNA.
Wireless technology increases your risk of cancer
The studies lead author, Dr. Igor Yakymenko, claims oxidative stress due to radiofrequency radiation exposure could explain the link between wireless devices and cancer. He believes that, in the long-term, these exposures are also linked to other disorders such as headache, fatigue, and skin irritation, Yakymenko says.
Dr. Yakymenko’s argument is based around chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen, known as reactive oxygen species. These molecules play an important role in cell signaling and the control of internal conditions such as temperature. When reactive oxygen species levels increase dramatically, this can cause significant damage to cell structures, known as oxidative stress. Reactive oxygen species are generally produced in cells due to aggressive environments.
The study found that they can also be provoked by wireless radiation commonly found in homes, schools and offices. ‘These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health,’ Dr. Yakymenko said.
The link between wireless technology and premature aging
One way that our cells can become damaged is this imbalance known as oxidative stress. This stress happens when the production of free radicals, unstable molecules that carry a loosely bound extra electron, is higher-than-normal. When the free radical encounters another molecule, the extra electron is passed along in a rapid chain reaction from molecule to molecule.
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The danger is that when it reaches the end of the chain it breaks apart connections between atoms within important components of the cell, like the cell membrane, essential proteins and DNA. Preventing or repairing cell damage from oxidative stress is known to help against premature aging.
Warning: 20 minutes of cell phone radiation a day increases the risk of brain tumor by threefold
Dr. Yakymenko has found that using your cell phone for just 20 minutes a day for five years increases the risk of one type of brain tumor threefold. He also found that using your cell phone an hour a day for four years increases the risk of some tumors three to five times.
“(Our) data were obtained on adults who used cell phones mostly up to 10 years as adults. The situation can dramatically differ for children who use cells phone in childhood, when their biology much more sensitive to hazardous factors, and will use it over the life,’ said Dr. Yakymenko.
Wireless exposures linked to a myriad of adverse health effects and diseases
There are now a plethora of studies linking wireless exposures to a myriad of diseases and illnesses:
- Significantly increased risk of glioma
- Cellular damage
- Tumor risk on cell phone side of head
- Increased risk for acoustic neuroma
- Temporal lobe risk
- Cancer of the pituitary gland
- Thyroid cancer
- Melanoma risk
- Stem cell cancer
- Parotid malignant tumors
- Multifocal breast cancer
- Eye cancer
The risk of cancers of the brain from wireless exposures is widely perceived as being low. This new study indicates care is still needed because some adverse health effects only appear decades later.
Yakymenko and his colleagues call for a precautionary approach with wireless technologies, favoring using cell phones less and using hands-free modes to keep the radiation away from the body.
How to measure wireless radiation in your home
The risks of wireless exposures are greatly underestimated because this type of radiation is invisible. Yet these exposures are easily measured and understood with an EMF meter. To measure the exposures from cell phones or wireless is easy and inexpensive to do by using a type of EMF meter called a radio frequency meter.
A radio frequency (RF) meter measures radiation in the gigahertz frequency band. It’s specifically designed to measure ambient radiation exposures from devices such as WiFi, cell towers and cell phones.
You can obtain readings in minutes by walking slowly through your home, office or school environment with an RF meter. Once you have obtained readings you then compare them with safety guidelines and take corrective action as necessary. For more information on measuring RF radiation in your home click here.
What are safe levels of radiation?
There is much controversy about what constitutes a safe level of radiation. Cell phones, WiFi and similar devices emit what is called non-ionizing radiation.
In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified this non-ionizing radiation for the first time in their ‘gold-standard’ rating system. Despite all the evidence the official stance is that this radiofrequency (RFR)/microwave non-ionizing radiation only has a ‘possible carcinogenic effect’.
Official safety guidelines only protect us from the thermal effect. That’s to say they only protect us literally from a heating effect from these devices. Yet thousands of studies point to adverse health effects at levels well blow those required to heat skin tissue.
The best resource to understand safe exposure levels is the ‘BioInitiative Report.’ This is a comprehensive review of thousands of studies compiled by an independent team of researchers, which gives clear guidelines on precautionary levels of radio frequency radiation.
About the author: Lloyd Burrell is the founder of ElectricSense.com. His website offers solutions to the growing number of people whose health is being compromised by exposure to wireless and similar technologies. Download his free EMF Health Report today!
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