A number of recent articles have warned us about the dangers of getting brain cancer from the use of cell phones, wireless phones and Wi-Fi. One such article, Dr. Mercola’s hard-hitting What’s More Important — Your Cell Phone Or Your Brain?, details the grim story of a gentleman who got a brain tumor, apparently from cell phone use. Given that I’d previously thought that any bad effects might be <fingers crossed> only from cell phones, and then only due to "heat" coming from the phone, I was distressed to learn that the offending items were all of the above — cell phones, Wi-Fi and wireless phones. Yes, that last means cordless phones.
Cutting down on electromagnetic radiation
As we had a number of wireless phones in our home, we decided to test by unplugging the one in our bedroom. One night’s sleep told me that there was less "disturbance" in the room, whatever that disturbance might have been. I arose the next morning to find all of our cordless phones piled neatly by the door, ready for disposal.
Next, I entered my office, now devoid of cordless phones — and noticed that the "dusty" feeling it had previously had was gone. No, it hadn’t been dusted — in fact, it was not about dust at all, but the effects of electromagnetic radiation from the cordless phones. The "disturbance" I’d previously detected was far less. But there was more: as a web design company, we have a number of computers, one of which had a CRT monitor (that’s the "tube" monitor). While I tend to sit at a distance from my computer screens, I’d noted that when I reached towards the CRT, the hair on my arm stood up. And we had a couple of "regular" TVs around as well.
And so, that very day, we set about replacing things: the wireless phones were replaced by less convenient corded phones, the CRT was replaced by a new flat panel monitor, and a couple of TVs were removed, replaced by one new flat panel TV.
The result? Actually, while I didn’t feel bad before, I feel much better. Who knew?
Truth be told, many people would probably benefit by moving right out of town, away from Wi-Fi and power lines and whatever else. Unfortunately, moving out of town en masse to live in tents without the benefits of modern living isn’t in the cards, nor do I think it’s the real answer. But this is a good start.
As to how Wi-Fi, cell and cordless phones cause damage, here’s a bit from another article from Dr. Mercola’s daily newsletter (you may want to sign up as he often has very good articles):
The part of the electromagnetic spectrum used by cell phones and other wireless devices to communicate does not occur naturally on the earth’s surface — logically, it has to be, or there would be too much interference for cell phones to work.
In particular, the extremely low-frequency waves used to actually carry your voice or other data, known as Information Carrying Radio Waves, are not frequencies that you would ever encounter in a natural form on earth. Because of this, your body has not made any biological adaptation to protect you from electromagnetic radiation in these frequencies.
More importantly, the very rarity of these frequencies on the earth’s surface made them ideal ones for your body to use as an internal communication system, for the same reason that cell phones use them — a lack of interference. But now that man-made wireless communication is widespread, there is a great deal of interference.
Your cells have two types of receptors: chemical receptors and vibrational receptors. Chemical receptors respond to biochemical signals, but vibrational receptors are microscopic cilia, little hair-like sensors that respond to electromagnetic vibrations. When an Information Carrying Radio Wave hits a ciliary vibrational receptor, the receptor resonates. Since this form of radiation does not occur naturally, your cells do not recognize it, and treat it as a potential threat. They respond by sealing themselves off, effectively shutting down their ability to communicate with other cells.
This reaction evolved as a short-term response to immediate danger; it was never designed to protect against the persistent signals of wireless communication. Soon, these sealed off cells start starving for lack of nutrients. Toxins, heavy metals, and free radicals build up inside of them, because the cell can no longer excrete them.
The intercellular communication breakdown can impair or destroy the function of whole tissue systems and organs. Soon, cells become damaged, and over the long term, this damage can have serious effects, especially in your complex and delicate brain — which, unfortunately, is right next to where most people hold their cell phones.
Unlike Dr. Mercola, I am not a doctor; however, the above explanation makes sense. Gotta wonder, too, whether Wi-Fi and cell phone signals, among others, are the reasons for the noted departure of bees.
There’s more. Dr. Mercola’s article is a good read, and includes solutions for use of wireless devices. Given the information published regarding the dangers of wireless devices, it’s most important to be aware.
Note also that there’s a new study to be conducted by Britain, Denmark and Sweden: Health risk of long-term mobile phone use to be studied by scientists. Unfortunately, this is the type of thing that’s discovered after the fact — that is, there’s a problem, it gets studied, and results are found — but perhaps long after people have suffered ill effects.
So it pays to take steps to protect yourself. What is anyone else doing in this regard?
[ADDED 6/14/08] Dr. Mercola has published another article regarding studies showing that cell phone use can cause brain cancer starting with the first study in 1998 by Dr. George Carlo, which was funded by the cell phone industry. Also a good read.
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