A common trend in recent human history is this: we think something isn’t harmful, but find out it really is years after its introduction into the global marketplace. Cigarettes are the most obvious example, but the use of cell phones may very well become just as vilified.
We now live in an era where children born today are introduced to cell phones and other electronics almost instantly, and the very first cell phone generation is now reaching adulthood. They haven’t been around long enough for us to see any harmful consequences fully materialize, but there is more than enough information out there validating what seem to be innumerable concerns over cellphone usage.
A recent clinical study was published in PLoS One which looks at this very issue. Titled “EEG Changes Due to Experimentally Induced 3g Mobile Phone Radiation,” it has revealed how cell phone technology disrupts brain activity in numerous ways. The study concluded that:
Significant radiation effects were found for the alpha, slowbeta fastbeta, and gamma bands … The results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement. (source)
The study did mention that further studies are required to demonstrate the physiological relevance of these findings, but the fact that a cell phone can do this to one’s brain wave activity is alarming. These devices are powerful, and electrophysiological changes occurred in nearly the entire brain’s structure/function.
Even though it is now common knowledge that cell phone radiation is powerful enough to disrupt sensitive equipment within an airplane (think: airplane mode) or hospital, there is still resistance to acknowledging it may adversely affect the human brain, an electrical impulse sensitive organ. – Sayer Ji, Founder, Greenmedinfo.com
The “resistance” does not make much sense, does it? Especially given the fact that multiple scientists from around the world have warned us, and continue to warn us about the dangers associated with cell phone usage and other commonly used electronic devices (laptops, desktops, etc.). According to Dr. Devra Davis, director of the Centre for Environmental Oncology of UPCI, it is an irrefutable fact that “cell phone signals are absorbed deeply into the brain,” the longterm consequences of which are yet to be discovered. (source)
Scientists from around the world have even made an international appeal to the United Nations to consider the dangers of various electromagnetic emitting devices.
For example, HERE is a video from Dr. Martin Blank (part of the group of scientists mentioned in the above paragraph), Ph.D., from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Colombia University explaining these dangers.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also classified radio frequency fields (including those from cell phones) as a possible carcinogen in 2011. (source) The dangers of cell phone use gained a lot of mainstream credibility in 2011 when the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that cell phone radiation may cause cancer. The statement was the result of a cumulative decision made by a team of 31 scientists from 14 different countries after reviewing the available evidence.
If you think about the young people in our world, it’s truly distressing to know that a child’s brain absorbs cell phone radiation more quickly than the brain of an adult. Clearly, more work needs to be done in this area so we can have all the facts and make informed decisions accordingly.