It’s invisible. It bombards your body 24-hours a day, seven days a week. And it can cause serious oxidative damage at a cellular level. Some studies have even linked it to rare tumors.
The toxic radiation from the growing number of wireless and electronic devices we’ve surrounded ourselves with is putting all of us in danger.
From the cell phones in our pockets, to the Wi-Fi routers found in every home, store and bus we pass, we’re living our lives in a fog of invisible radiation.
Known as non-ionizing electromagnetic fields—or EMFs for short—the devices we’ve come to rely on from our smart appliances to our smart watches are all generating low frequency waves that can penetrate walls, clothing and even our skin.
And while the tech industry is charging full steam ahead, our understanding of how all that exposure is effecting our health is lagging way behind.
But researchers have already given us some troubling clues.
Cellphone radiation linked to rare tumors
A major animal study completed just last year set off some serious alarm bells. Researchers uncovered a disturbing link between cellphone radiation and cancer risk.1
Researchers exposed lab rats to radio frequency (RF) radiation for nine hours a day from birth on.
It’s the same type of radiation we expose ourselves to with every cellphone call, check on the news, text or Facebook update. In fact, even when we aren’t actively using our smartphones they’re emitting radiation as they scan for nearby Wi-Fi opportunities and cell phone towers.
The researchers found a link between the RF radiation and glioma brain tumors and schwannomas heart tumors.
And while we haven’t seen a jump in gliomas in humans yet, those lab rats could be the canaries in the coal mines, warning us about our dependence on our smartphones.
The concentrated exposure to the radiation, and the short life spans of the rodents, meant their tumors showed up relatively quickly. But gliomas are typically slow-growing tumors, which can take many years to develop.
So we may be facing a cellphone radiation linked cancer epidemic in years to come.
But you can start reducing your own chances of becoming a statistic in that epidemic starting today. And don’t worry we’re not going to tell you to toss your phone.
Because while getting rid of your smartphone would cut back on some of your exposure, it’s not a realistic option for many folks.
(But if it IS one for you, go right ahead. You’ll be surprised how relaxing it is.)
Reduce your cellphone radiation danger starting today
Following are three simple changes you can make immediately that will cut back on your exposure.
1. Use your smartphone less:
It may seem obvious. But few of us give a second thought to grabbing our cellphone to make a call. But if you have a regular wired phone at home or the office make it a habit to use the landline instead of your cell whenever possible.
2. Stop carrying your phone on your body:
From the moment we open our eyes to the second we fall asleep many of us are attached to our smartphones like glue. We slide them into our pockets and clutch them in our hands when we aren’t using them. That means we’re constantly exposing ourselves to the radiation they’re emitting.
So it’s time to break that habit. Only pick up your phone when you need to use it. And carry it in a purse, briefcase or messenger bag instead of on your body.
3. Keep your phone away from your head:
Stop holding your cellphone up to your ear and directly exposing your brain to all that radiation. Use the speakerphone function whenever possible. And invest in a good pair of headphones to put some distance between your head and the phone.
We’re still constantly exposed to EMFs that our outside of our control. And we need more research results to figure out exactly how our health is affected by them. But these small changes could make a BIG difference in your own cancer risk.
We’ll have more on the dangers of radiation, and how you can protect yourself, in the weeks to come.
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1. “Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposures) ,” National Toxicology Program, bioRxiv preprint first posted online May. 26, 2016; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/055699
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