Why you should worry about cell phone radiation

The excessive exposure of our body to the cell phone radiation worsens the problems we face every day such as stress, increased fatigue, sleep disorders and irritability. But the most terrible thing is that a cell phone can contribute to the development of more serious diseases. In contrast to the ionizing radiation, the cell phone radiation harmful influence has a cumulative effect, thus the consequences can appear not immediately, but within a few years. That's why many people think that the radiation of this kind is not dangerous. However, there are numerous studies that prove it is. Finally, even the mobile phone manufacturers warn us about the RF exposure risks.


Cell phone radiation worsens eyesight
Oncological danger of smartphones
Carrying cell phone in the pocket is harmful for men's health
The phones are prohibited for children




Cell phone radiation worsens eyesight
The scientists researching the impact of the electromagnetic waves on the human eye say that the usage of cell phones leads to early cases of cataract, even not mentioning the impact on the eye retina, cornea and other parts of the eye.

The human eye collects the radiation of the wireless devices with high speed. The problem is that the absorbed energy isn't transmitted or output out of the body and as a result the prolonged cell phone usage has the pernicious effect on the optical system of the eye.

It is important to point out that the safe values of the specific absorption rates for mobile phones don't take into account the phone radiation impact on the eye tissues which are much more sensitive to the exposure than relatively better protected brain tissues. 1

Reference:

  1. The website of International Research Publication House – international publishing house of the academic literature. D. Patel et al., "Electromagnetic Modeling of the Human Eye for Wireless Environment", 2010.

Oncological danger of smartphones
In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer at the World Health Organization classified the mobile phones radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans defining it to the category 2B.

In May, 2015 190 independent scientists from 39 countries appealed to the United Nations, World Health Organization and the their governments with an open letter. Based on their scientific experience in this sphere, they insisted on taking more strict measures on controlling the cell phone radiation. The scientists pointed out the increase of researches proving that even respectively low level of cell phone radiation can cause cancer.

In May, 2016 the National Toxicology Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the report on some important conclusions made during the research of the cell phone RF radiation impact on the health of trial rodents.

This report now shows only partial but very important data of the muli-year research. The conditions of its conducting are described in detail in the report. The main fact among mentioned is the following: the male rats that were regularly exposed to the radiation identical to the cell phone one had the tumors of two kinds: malignant brain glioma and schwannoma of the heart.

In 2013 the scientists of the University of California in Irvine faced 4 cases of multifocal breast cancer among women of 21-39 years old. The examination showed that these women didn't have any family history of cancer. However, the scientists found out that they had been carrying their cell phones in the bodice for up to 10 hours a day - for several years. Besides, the localization of the tumors corresponded to the exact place where the patients used to hold their phones.

Reference:

  1. The official website of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at World Health Organization. PRESS RELEASE N° 208 of May 31st, 2011, "IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS" .

  2. The website dedicated to the International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal. The Appeal to the United Nations about more protective EMF guidance created on May 11, 2015.

  3. The official website of the National Toxicology Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Study results on cell phones.

  4. bioRxiv – a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. M.Wyde et al., "Report of Partial findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposure)", 2016.

  5. The website of the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA – the world's largest library of medicine. J.G.West et al., "Multifocal Breast Cancer in Young Women with Prolonged Contact between Their Breasts and Their Cellular Phones", 2013.


Carrying cell phone in the pocket is harmful for men's health
According to the researchers from the Szeged University of Hungary, the quantity of sperm among men using cell phones regularly can decrease by 30%. The sperm motility also decreases. The scientists think that this can significantly reduce the chances of fertilization. It doesn't mean that you need to talk over the phone a lot, you can just carry the phone in the pocket of your pants or on your belt. The American and Chinese scientists who conducted their researches in their own countries came to the similar conclusions.

Besides, the scientists found out the influence of the mobile phones on the sexual vigor. The recent research of the Austrian scientists from the Medical University of Graz showed the significant correlation between the usage and carrying of the cell phone from one side and the condition of the erectile function on the other side.

Reference:

  1. The website of the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA – the world's largest medicine library. I. Fejes et al., "Is there a relationship cell phone use and semen quality?" 2005.

  2. The website of the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA – the world's largest medicine library. B. Grajewski et al., "Semen quality and hormone levels among radiofrequency heater operators", 2000.

  3. The website of the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA – the world's largest medicine library. K. Liu et al., "Association between mobile phone use and semen quality: a systemic review and meta-analysis", 2014.

  4. The website of the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, USA – the world's largest medicine library. B.M.Al–Ali et al., "Cell phone usage and erectile function", 2013.


The phones are prohibited for children
Children are in danger

The body of a child differs from the adults by the range of different important parameters including anatomy, metabolism, immune system and the degree of neuro fibre myelination. Thus the child's body tissues absorb more radiation than the adult's tissues even under the same degree of exposure. And higher exposure in the childhood can cause more serious consequences. The skull of a child is not only smaller and thinner, but also closer to the soft tissues due to its dielectric properties (probably due to higher percentage of containing water). The electromagnetic properties of a child's skull correspond to the skin and brain. This means that the radiation penetrates deeper into the child's brain. This is proved by the recent research of the brazilian and american scientists.

America and many countries of Europe have already taken some legislative steps to limit the usage of mobile phones by children. But even these limitations are based on the 30 year old research when the scientists were aware only of the short-term thermal effects of the microwave exposure on the brain. The modern researches in this sphere prove that the constant carrying of the phone in the pocket and often talks when the phone is placed near the head have pernicious long-term consequences.

On May 27, 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the resolution № 1815, where it appealed to the European countries' governments that they should take the steps to decrease the electromagnetic fields influence (especially of the mobile phone frequency) on children, teenagers and young people of the reproductive age. In particular, it was recommended to establish the order of mobile phone usage among pupils on the school territory.

Since 2010 there is an acting law in France prohibiting all advertising aiming at selling or promoting the usage of mobile phones by children under 14. Also the sale and free distribution of the radio devices intended for children under 6 can be fully prohibited.

In 2013 the Belgian Ministry of Health decided to prohibit the advertising of mobile phones aiming at children under 7.

The Israeli Ministry of Health sticks to the precautionary principle. Admitting the fact that children are more vulnerable to the oncological diseases due to the influence of the carcinogenic factors, the department recommend that parents should decrease the usage of mobile phones by children and think thoroughly about the age when their child should start using this device.

On the official website of the Britain's Ministry of Health there are the mobile phone usage recommendations based on the research conducted by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones - the so called Stewart report. 7 Taking into account the experts group conclusions, the main recommendation regarding the children's health protection is for the adults to prevent the extensive usage of mobile phones by children.

Finally, even the mobile phone manufacturers warn us about the RF exposure risks.

  • iPhone 6: «Carry iPhone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels».

  • iPhone 5: «To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 10mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels».

  • iPhone 3G S: «To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 15mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.».

Reference:

  1. The website of scientific and technical e-library IEEE Xplore. C. E. Fernández-Rodríguez et al., "Dosimetric Simulations of Brain Absorption of Mobile Phone Radiation — The Relationship Between psSAR and Age", 2015.

  2. ScienceDirect is the world's leading source for scientific, technical, and medical research. It is owned by Elsevier – a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. L. Lloyd Morgan, Santosh Kesari, Devra Lee Davis, "Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences", 2014.

  3. The official website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Resolution 1815 (2011). The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment.

  4. Légifrance – the website of the government services aimed at distributing the legal information through the Internet. The site is under the responsibility of the Secretary General's Office of the government of France. Law № 2010-788 from July, 12 2010 about the public commitment to the protection of the environment. LOI n° 2010-788 du 12 juillet 2010 portant engagement national pour l'environnement.

  5. The official website of the federal institution of public health, food chain safety and environment protection of the Kingdom of Belgium. Royal order from July, 30 2013 about providing consumers with an access to the information on the specific absorption coefficients of mobile phone energy and on the mobile phones advertising. Arrêté royal relatif à la disponibilité d'informations à l'attention des consommateurs concernant le débit d'absorption spécifique de téléphones mobiles et à la publicité pour les téléphones mobiles. 30 JUILLET 2013.

  6. The official website of the State of Israel Ministry of Health. Mobile phone radiation.

  7. The official website of the UK Government Web Archive – part of The National Archives of the United Kingdom that collect records from all UK government departments and bodies creating records defined as Public Records under the British Public Records Act. Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones.

  8. The official website of the UK Government. Radio waves: reducing exposure from mobile phones. Guidance.

  9. Official website of Apple Inc. iPhone 6 RF Exposure Information

  10. Official website of Apple Inc. iPhone 5 RF Exposure Information

  11. Official website of Apple Inc. iPhone 3GS RF Exposure Information