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Monday, May 26, 2014

Glioma and other cancers three times more likely with 15 hours cell phone use per month

Questions continue to arise about cell phones and their contribution to certain cancers. Even the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has raised some concern about extensive cell phone use. The NCI explains that cell phones emit radio frequency energy in the form of non-ionizing radiation. In other words, a cell phone basically lets off radio waves which are absorbed by the nearest tissues of the body. If a person carries a phone in their pocket all day long, energy can be absorbed into the person's side and midsection.

How does this energy affect the cells over time?

Does this constant exposure disrupt cellular processes, especially when held up to the brain?

While the NCI says that a cell phone's non-ionizing radiation has not been proven for carcinogenic activity, other studies may prove otherwise.

More than 15 hours of cell phone use per month may triple brain cancer risk

French scientists are now reporting on a new cohort study showing how extensive cell phone use can increase one's risk of brain cancer. The study, included in the newest issue of the British journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that brain cancer risks tripled in individuals who use their phones for more than 15 hours per month.

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Microwaves are high frequency sound waves that can penetrate flesh.  This radiation produces a warming effect which you will feel if when you are holding a cell or cordless phone against the side of your head.  It is not the gentle warming that is the problem, its the violent shaking of the contents of millions of cells that does the damage.  

Go on - rattle your ovary and brain cells!

The warming you feel to the side of the skull comes from heat generated by molecular friction from the violent vibrations caused by the microwaves.  Most cells can survive this violent shaking but not when a cell is in the process of actively dividing: mitosis.

Mitosis is the process, in the cell cycle, by which a cell duplicates into two genetically identical daughter cells. In mitosis, chromosomes in the cell nucleus are separated into two identical sets of chromosomes, each in its own nucleus.

If, as the chromosomes are unzipping and then reforming to form the two daughter cells, the cell is violently shaken by a penetrating microwave, it is possible that the cell's chromosomes are permanently damaged, leading to cell dysfunction and even cancer.  Rapidly dividing tissue such as found in an unborn child, bone marrow and developing sperm in the testis would be particularly vulnerable to any form of radiation, including microwaves.

As an aside, I am uncomfortable with the widespread use of ultrasound scans to examine the unborn child, supposedly for medical purposes; but more often to determine the sex of the baby and to impress the expecting mother and father with a photo for the album.  I am of the view that, unless there is a compelling medical reason for the scan, then it is best avoided completely.  It is interesting to note that the baby often squirms during the ultrasound scan as if trying to get away.  This is understandable because, just like a tiny dog, the foetus is capable of hearing the high-pitch scream of an ultrasound.

Female eggs, found in the ovaries, are presented with a different problem: they are irreplaceable and the older the woman, the older and more tired her eggs will be.  If we subject the eggs to assault from agents like harmful chemicals and radiation, they may be damaged, causing conception problems and health issues for the baby, including birth defects and cancer.  Zapping a woman's ovaries with cell phone radiation is not a good idea.

When carried on one's body, such as in the hip pocket, this radiation may penetrate the testicals of the male and the ovaries of the female and other sensitive tissues.  This radiation is constant, even when the phone is on standby, although much more intense when in use.

I tell my children not to sleep with their phones turned on and near their bodies and definitely not under the pillow.

When I use a cordless or cell phone, I either use a headset, or have the phone set to speakerphone, so I can hold the phone away from my body.

I usually carry my phone in a small man bag so that it is a little further away from my body than if it was in my pocket while walking or sitting.

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