Is your mobile phone safe?

According to the mobile phone networks, and the government, of course it is! Though there have been murmurings for decades now, nothing has ever been ‘scientifically proved’ about the rumours of rising numbers of brain tumours, sleep disturbance, infertility rates and children’s brain health issues connected to the ever increasing use of cell phones.

I remember first hearing about the ‘mobile phone conspiracy’ when I had just finished my O-Levels and was spending a hot summer’s day at a friend’s parents’ swimming pool many years back. Her father had one of the early, vast models of mobile phone (he was a scientist of some sort, I think). Even then, forty or so years ago, he was convinced that the frequency of the radiation that came out of the phone would cook your brain.

Carried away with enthusiasm, he was determined to prove his point and was going to do an experiment with an egg; putting it at the bottom of the swimming pool and blasting it with mobile phone radiation. Something to do with the water magnifying and increasing the intensity of the rays, and the egg white being similar in consistency to the liquid matter of the brain.

Apparently, in a matter of minutes that watery egg would be hard-boiled. I was mesmerised - but then he was called into the house and never came back to finish his demonstration. I think of eggs, brains and mobile phones every time I see a swimming pool, but was frustrated not to know in more detail the gist of his experiment.

Mobile phone safety | Official guidelines

He may well, however, have been on the right track. In December last year (2017), the state of California released guidelines recommending that you restrict your phone use in areas where reception is weak, and keep them away from your body. They have now officially warned of links between the phones radiation output, long term cell phone use and brain tumours and infertility.

Mobile phones, computers, lap tops and iPads affect you continually. Today we live in an invisible ‘soup’ of frequencies that are not compatible with our cells. Did you know that mobiles emit a form of electro-magnetic radiation continually – all the time and not just when you are actually talking?

The World Health Organisation has also now categorised them as ‘possibly carcinogenic’.  That’s soft speak for ‘we don’t want litigation here, but for goodness sake be careful’.

So please do be extremely careful. Don’t keep your phone in your trouser or breast pocket when you are not using it – links have been posited between high mobile phone use and increased risks of testicular and breast cancer. Ten different studies have found fertility links with reduced sperm numbers and damaged sperm associated with mobile phone use. That’s your trouser pocket again! A dramatic increase in brain cancer rates may be connected to that same cell phone held against the head for hours every day.

How to minimise effects of mobile phones

Clearly none of us can survive without a phone full stop, and wearing tinfoil on your head to stop the rays is not too fashionable a look these days. But if you are sensitive to electro-magnetic fields and want to avoid brain fog and depression, here are some tips to reduce exposure.

  1. Buy a hollow air-tube hands free headset. It feels and looks slightly odd at first, but if you are saving your brain, do you really care? These reduce the radiation that reaches your brain by 98% because of the airtube that has no metal in it. Normal headsets have wire all the way up into their ear buds. Wire has metal in it which effectively conducts the radiation from your phone directly into your head, so not quite as ‘safe’ as you might have thought. The most dangerous moment in any phone conversation is when you press that ‘call’ button, triggering a radiation boost as the phone surges to connect.
  2. When you are at home or in the office use your plug into the wall socket, old fashioned and definitely not hands-free landline instead of your mobile device, and talk for as long as you like through the speakerphone.
  3. Lighten your radiation exposure load. Be aware of how much time you are spending on your cell phone and make a conscious effort to reduce it. 6 billion of us on the planet are    connected to a network and walk around with phones attached to our hips. According to a recent study the average cell phone user spends 145 minutes - that’s nearly 2.5 hrs - a day on calls. And that’s average, so there will be many spending much longer!
  4. Invest in a GIA radiation reducing protection device to stick on the back of your phone. This patented invention has been shown to reduce the effects of radiation on the brain, neutralising electro-magnetic stress and calming the brain waves.
  5. Call when you have all the bars. Your cell phone gives off more radiation when there are fewer bars, it has to work harder to connect you. So wait till you are in a higher bar area to make that call if you can.
  6. Keep your phone as far away from your body as you can even when you are on a headset. Statistics show that if you can carry it in your bag or briefcase the radiation emissions absorbed by your body are considerably less.
  7. Text rather than call whenever possible. Texting creates fewer radiation emissions than calling.
  8. Reduce the number of calls you make in your car. Using your phone in a metal enclosure, like a lift or a car, causes the radiation to rebound off the metal and magnifies      radiofrequency radiation by up to 10 times, trapping the electromagnetic frequencies inside the car. Often feel sleepy while you are driving? Headaches, dry eyes and feeling grumpy? That might be the effect of electromagnetic radiation rather than just the end of a long day.
  9. Keep an eye on how often your children are using their phones. Their brains absorb twice as much radiation as an adults because of their thinner skulls, smaller heads and brains. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that ‘when used by children, the average RF energy deposition is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults’.

Do your own research

The powers that be will continue to tell you that the jury’s out on mobiles for the foreseeable future. No conclusion will be reached, despite the potentially disastrous health consequences for us mobile phone addicts. It’s another one of those vast ‘invisible’ elephants in the room; a Pandora’s box of litigation waiting to explode should anything become ‘definitive’. ‘They’ will make sure that lid stays tightly shut.

So, once again, all I can advise is that you take responsibility for your own health and do your research carefully. The information is out there if you look for it.

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Written by health advocate Sara Davenport, founder of one of the UK's leading breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Haven. With over twenty years' experience in holistic health, Sara's digital dose of wellness teaches you to listen to your body, tweak your lifestyle and improve your health. 

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