10 Reasons Cell Phones Might Not Be Safe
If you are like most people, you likely don’t let your cell phone get too far away from you, and it is probably always within reach. The question here is, of course, is are these phones really safe? There are billions of people who use cell phones, and right now, both scientists and governments around the world are trying to get the answer to this question through research and testing. Their results? At this point, these studies show that it might be a good idea to limit exposure to the radiation that comes from these phones. In other words, it’s better to be safe, rather than sorry.
If you have a cell phone, you can cut down on the possible radiation exposure by only using your phone when you have a strong signal. You can also reduce the radiation by keeping some distance between your ear and the phone.
Cell phones work by changing the sound that comes from your throat into a radio wave. These waves are then sent out through the antenna of the phone. The antenna is also used to receive the radio waves from other sources, i.e. the phone of the person you are speaking to. It changes the radio waves to sound wave, and then pump them through the speaker.
The problem is that these waves are a type of radiation, which can possibly be absorbed into your head as you speak. Obviously, radiation going into your head can be problematic, and it can be a big safety issue. This is not the only safety issue associated with cell phone use, and here are the top 10 reasons cell phones might not be safe:
10. There May be a Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Cancer
The same radiation that comes out of cell phones also comes from microwave ovens and radios with AM/FM dials. There is no doubt that high doses of this radiation causes cancer, but since this is a lower dose, scientists are not yet sure how much it will take to cause the same effect, and less is known about what the risks of this low dose radiation might be.
There have been a number of studies on the health risks of using a cell phone, and there are mixed results. However, some of these studies show a definite risk, and medical experts say that people should never assume that a risk does not exist. Cell phones have only been widely available for the past 10-15 years, but it can take a tumor 20 years or more to really develop and form.
Since cell phones have only been around for about half the time it takes for a brain tumor to form, scientists have been unable to fully assess the long-term effects of cell phone use, or look at how this radiation can affect the growth of children. Most of the studies that are out right now have only focused on a three to five year time frame, which might not be enough to truly see how cell phone radiation can affect us. The studies that have looked at cell phone use for people who use their phones for at least an hour a day for 10 years show that there is a significant increase in the chances of developing a tumor in the brain.
9. The International Agency for Research on Cancer Classifies Cell Phones as a Possible Carcinogen
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, has classified cell phone use as a possible carcinogen. This should be enough of a wake up call for us to pay attention.
The IARC has recommended a continued monitoring of brain cancer trends in both laboratory animals and humans. In particular, the agency suggests that it is extremely important to assess the long-term use of cell phones on everyone, and especially for younger users who have been using them longer than many adults. The agency also recommends that users take action to reduce all exposure to cell phones, including texting and using hands-fee devices.
Interphone, which is the major study that has been done on cell phone use and the risk of cancer, has shown that there is no greater risk of developing the most common forms of cancer of the brain. Instead, it is the rarer forms of brain cancer that tend to develop with cell phone use. In addition, the study showed that there is no increased risk when increasing the call time, number of calls or the years since the cell phone use began. However, there was a small proportion of participants in the study who spent more time than others on their cell phones, and these people had an increased risk of developing glioma, a common brain cancer.
So, when you look at all of the results of the study, you can conclude that it found no increased risk of common brain cancers, but it’s the rare ones, those that are possibly more difficult to treat, that may have an increased risk with cell phone use.
8. Cell Phone Radiation May Also Damage DNA
In addition to causing cancer, there is also information that the radiation from cell phones can damage DNA. This comes from a study done by the European Union, called the Reflex study.
This study, which was done by 12 research groups in seven EU countries, did not totally prove that cell phone risk is hazardous to a person’s health, but did conclude that more research is necessary to see if there is a risk outside of the conditions that are present in a lab.
The cell phone industry denies that mobile phones cause harm to users, and more than 4 billion people use mobile phones throughout the world. This particular study lasted for four years, and looked at the effects of cell phone radiation on both animal and human cells. The big problem that this study discovered is the DNA damage that occurred in these cells. When the cells were exposed to the same radiation that a typical cell phone user experiences, and then examined, the researchers found that there was a significant increase in the breaks of both single and double strand DNA. In most cases, the cell would repair this, but in this case, the cell could not always repair the damage. These cells are now mutated, and researchers have determined that these cells with mutated DNA may cause cancer.
7. Cell Phones May Be Damaging Sperm
If you are a man who is interested in ever fathering a child in the future, you could be lowering your chances of conceiving if you are using a cell phone. This finding, which comes from study results released in February, 2016, show that men who keep a cell phone close to their testicles, such as in a pocket, or even within a couple of feet of the body, can develop a sperm count that is so low, it can be difficult to conceive.
This study, which was done by fertility specialists, found that the sperm levels in 47 percent of men who had their phones in their pockets during the day had a serious affect on their sperm count. When you compare this with the general population, only 11 percent of men have a low sperm count.
Throughout this study, the researchers looked at the number of active sperm cells, as well as the quality of the sperm. They found that men who had their phones near their groin, even if the phone was only on the bedside table, had a lower number of active sperm cells. In addition, those that were active were of lower quality.
This study confirms the long-feared link between the dropping rates of fertility in men with the use of cell phones. This has been a fear for many years, as research has shown that the quality of the sperm among men in Europe, the US and other Western countries have been decreasing. In fact, this has been the main reason for infertility in approximately 40 percent of all cases when couples have difficulty with conceiving.
6. Cell Phone Radiation May Affect Babies in Utero
The guys are not the only ones who might be affected by cell phone radiation, women who are pregnant might want to stay away from cell phones, too, and keep cell phone exposure to a minimum. There have been a number of studies on cell phone radiation and the affect on pregnancy. In these studies, mice were used, as it is difficult for this type of experiment to be done on humans.
In the lab, the team took 42 pregnant mice and exposed them to a silenced and muted cell phone that was on and receiving a signal. They took another group of 42 mice and exposed them to a cell phone that was off and not receiving a signal. Otherwise, the mice had an identical environment and feeding schedule. All of the pregnant mice were exposed to the phones throughout their pregnancy, and when the babies were adults, they were tested in a number of ways.
First, it was found that the mice that had been exposed to the active cell phone had a decreased memory, and they were more likely to have hyperactivity issues when compared to the other mice. Additionally, the exposed mice had different activity in their brains, which is comparable to children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD.
However, it was also found that short exposure was similar to no exposure, so limiting the exposure instead of totally avoiding exposure, could help to protect the unborn baby.