Cell Phone Radiation – How To Protect Yourself

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Cell Phone Radiation – How To Protect Yourself
The radiofrequency electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones are potentially problematic to human health, especially when held in close proximity to the head for extended periods of time. This is especially challenging for the millennial generation that has grown up attached to their phones during a time when their brain development was still in a critical phase. The typical defense of the cell phone industry is to say that any research that indicates cell phones could cause a problem to the brain and its normal function is inconclusive or to attack the integrity of the researcher. Nobody questions the fact that cell phone radiation is entering the brain of the user. The debate is about how problematic the radiation is.

Despite what the cell phone industry says, research shows that cell phone use does indeed influence brain chemistry. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that cell phones are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, placing them in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Shortly before that, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed a 50-minute phone call altered brain glucose metabolism in the area of the brain that was closest to the cell phone’s antenna. This change is reflective of inflammatory events in the brain. Neurosurgeon Vini G. Khurana published a meta-analysis of existing cell phone studies and found a 2-4 fold increased risk of delayed brain tumor development on the ‘preferred side’ for mobile usage following 10 years of regular cell phone use.

While brain tumors are not always produced in animal models of cell phone radiation exposure, there is little question that free radical damage in the brain is occurring along with alteration in DNA. In experiments, researchers have documented disruption in how mitochondria (energy producing systems) function in the brain, an increased rate of cell suicide that occurs from too much DNA damage, and upregulation of NF-kappaB pathways – the key inflammatory gene switch that fuels cancer growth. This means that cell phones are a risk for cognitive dysfunction, learning issues like ADHD, mood struggles, brain stress, and behavioral problems like excessive aggression.

Cell phones aren’t just affecting our brains. In an Austrian-Canadian study of men entering a fertility clinic, it was found that cell phone users had impaired semen quality. Those who used cell phones more often had damaged sperm (58-68%) and depressed levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). Researchers believed this led to an inability to activate testosterone and make healthy sperm. Being that LH production occurs in the pituitary gland in the brain, this again points to cell phone use damaging the brain. Our salivary glands are also affected. Researchers found a reduction in salivary flow and salivary amylase, an enzyme needed to digest carbohydrates.

Cell phones have become part of our everyday lives, but the good news is that lifestyle changes and nutrition can help you protect yourself. It’s important to reduce the amount of time you spend talking on the phone, avoid Bluetooth devices at the head, use speaker mode, ensure the device is at least eight inches from your head, or consider using ear buds with a microphone instead. Ideally, children would not use cell phones at all.

Also, consider using nutrition to protect your cells against radiation. Antioxidants are the foundation for protecting your cells from DNA damage that can lead to cancer. There are many options for expanding your antioxidant network. Berries, r-alpha lipoic acid and tocotrienol vitamin E have been found particularly helpful at protecting cells from radiation damage. Adequate DHA fish oil is critical to help recover from brain inflammation. Iodine is taken up by the salivary glands where it acts as a fundamental antioxidant. You can use it as a mouthwash to improve dental health and protect the salivary glands and the thyroid gland, which is also very prone to radiation damage.

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