You’ve been lied to. We all have.
But this isn’t a little white lie. You know the kind which doesn’t do any harm.
It’s a whopper. And it could leave you attached to a chemo drip fighting for your life. Or worse, six feet under.
You probably saw the headlines a few months back. The ones that gleefully announced researchers had finally proven your smartphone was safe.
I swear you could almost HEAR people all across the world breathing a collective sigh of relief.
The only problem is it didn’t prove that at all.
In fact, when you dug into the details that the mainstream conveniently ignored, a frightening fact emerged. Smartphones usage was linked to a rare, and deadly, type to heart tumor in male rodents.
Folks like us who insisted on pointing out the obvious… that we should take the tumor link seriously…were accused of stirring up trouble. But now those naysayers are singing a different tune.
A panel of experts which reviewed the study has sheepishly admitted that we shouldn’t be ignoring that tumor link at all. We were right all along. We SHOULD be concerned.
“Clear evidence” smartphone can cause heart tumors
The scientists concluded that there was, in their words, “clear evidence” that long-term exposure to smartphone radiation could cause schwannoma heart tumors.
And of course, you may recall those heart tumors weren’t the only troubling finding in that study. There was also evidence that smartphone radiation was associated with glioma brain tumors in the female lab rats.
Now, as always, I’ll warn you that studies on animals in the lab don’t always translate directly to our own lives. But this isn’t the first connection we’ve seen between smartphones and cancer. There’s a growing amount of evidence—including human studies—that tells us we can’t afford to ignore this problem.
And with over 90 percent of adults in America owning a cell phone, we may be sitting on a ticking time bomb.
Giving up our smartphones, and other digital devices, isn’t the answer. Few folks are going to be willing to do that. They’re a part of our lives now.
But experts agree there are two things that a connection between smartphones and cancer hinges on: length of time spent using them and the strength of the signal.
And the good news is that means we CAN do things which could lower our own risks.
3 ways to fight back against smartphone radiation
If you or a loved one owns a smartphone there are a few simple changes you can make that can reduce radiation exposure starting today.
1. Leave it behind:
Break the habit of keeping your cellphone on your body at all times. Do you really need to slip it into your pocket every time you head to the kitchen or mailbox? Constant exposure may be increasing your risk for rare tumors.
2. Buffer your body:
Since experts say signal strength likely matters putting some distance between your body and your smartphone could help.
Stop holding your cellphone up to your head. When you’re at home, protect your brain from cellphone radiation by using the speakerphone function. And when you’re out use headphones.
Keep your cell phone conversations short. And try channeling your teen or tween grandkids and text more often. It gets easier the more you do it.
And stop carrying your cellphone in your breast or pants pockets. Carry it in a purse, tote bag or briefcase instead. Stop sleeping with it on your nightstand. And when you’re not using it turn it off.
3. Love your landline:
If you’re like me, one of those “old fashioned” folks who held on to their landline at home start showing your landline some love again. When you are at home, turn the smartphone off.
And if you don’t have a landline, you might want to consider having one installed again. If you choose a local-calls-only plan, they’re dirt cheap these days. And they are great to have in an emergency, or when the power is out.
If you work in an office with a landline, use it.