Radiation from cell phones is too weak
to heat biological tissue or break chemical bonds in cells, but the
radio waves they emit may still change cell behavior.
Scientists exposed 10 female volunteers to radiation at 900
megahertz from GSM phones to simulate an hour-long phone call.
They screened 580 different proteins in their skin cells and found
that the numbers of two proteins were altered in all of the
volunteers: one protein increased by 89 percent, the other decreased
by 32 percent.
This study shows that even without heating, molecular level changes
take place in response to exposure to cell phone frequency
For the first time, researchers are
able to show that molecular changes do take place in your body
during exposure to information-carrying radio waves, such as
those from your cell phone. Similar effects have previously been
found in cultured cells, but now they’re able to show that the
impact on the human body is indeed the same.
So what is the physiological significance of these changes in
So far, no one knows for sure.
But I firmly believe that dismissing it as inconsequential would
be a serious mistake, especially in light of ALL the data
available, pointing to a wide variety of long-term health risks.
What Causes the Biological Damage?
Let me be VERY clear.
Most of the danger from most land-based portable phones, cell
phones and WiFi routers is not from the thermal damage produced
by these devices from which typical SAR ratings are given on
phones. Unless you have massive exposures like you might expect
in a microwave oven, these thermal effects are insignificant.
We believe the biological damage comes both from the modulated
signals that are carried ON the carrier microwave and the
carrier wave itself. However, they do their damage by two
entirely different mechanisms. These modulated
information-carrying radio waves resonate in biological
frequencies of a few to a few hundred cycles per second, and can
stimulate your cellular receptors causing a whole cascade of
pathological consequences that can culminate in fatigue, anxiety
and ultimately cancers.
This is a MAJOR problem because in the last few years we have
had an exponential increase in exposure to these waves. It took
from 1984 to 2004 to reach the first billion cell phones, the
second billion took just 18 months, the third billion took only
nine months, and the fourth billion just six months.
And this does not factor in any of your exposure to WiFi routers
(wireless internet), which are now pervasive. Since there is a
lag time of five to 20 years before many of these effects become
clinically apparent, now is the time to act before you or your
family suffer the damage.
You May Already Suffer the ill
Numerous studies claim there is no biological impact of RF
radiation within the cell phone range. This latest study punches
a hole in that notion.
Additionally, researchers in different countries are finding
equally disturbing results that point to far greater health
implications than anyone is ready for.
Unfortunately, most people fail to correlate common symptoms and
health problems to their exposure to cell phones and other radio
frequencies, perhaps because these conditions can so easily be
attributed to other causes as well.
Do you suffer from any of these common illnesses and
ailments, which have all been scientifically linked to cell
phone information-carrying radio waves?
Alzheimer’s, senility and
Altered memory function, poor
concentration and spatial awareness
Although cancer and brain tumors
are most often cited as the potential health risks from cell
phone radiation, as you can see, cancer is not the only, or
the most common, danger that you and your children face.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
A study published in the
June 2003 issue of Environmental Health
Perspectives was also the first of its kind; showing that EMF’s
emitted by certain mobile phones damage neurons in the brains of
The cross-section on top shows the healthy brain of a control
The bottom picture gives a clear visual of how a two-hour dose
of GSM cell phone radiation, in varying intensities, impacted a
test rat. The dark patches are proteins that leaked through the
blood-brain barrier, causing significant neuronal damage in the
cortex, hippocampus, and basal ganglia.
They used 12- to 26-week-old rats in this study because their
developmental age is comparable to that of human teenagers, who
are some of the heaviest users of mobile phones.
Said the study
"The situation of the growing
brain might deserve special concern, since biological and
maturational processes are particularly vulnerable.
cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use, a
whole generation of users may suffer negative effects as
early as middle age."
Is Your Headset Making Matters Worse?
For some time, the standard recommendation to reduce your
radiation exposure was to use a headset. But, newer
investigations, and the emergence of wireless earpieces (like
Bluetooth), turns this idea upside down. These headsets may
actually intensify your exposure to harmful radiation because
the headset itself acts as an antenna, which is now inserted
directly into your ear canal.
Testing has indicated that your cell phone headset may actually
raise the amount of radiation emitted by more than 300 percent!
It's vital that you know the pros and cons of cell phone
headsets -- especially now that laws requiring "hands-free" cell
phone headsets while driving are going in effect all over the
The British Independent Group on Mobile Phones suggested that
headsets are an ideal solution only if they were used with
filters to stop the headset wire from acting as an effective
antenna. One solution is an air-tube headset. These conduct
sound, but prevent any radiation from traveling up the wire to
More Safety Tips to Limit Your
To date, there are few alternatives to ensure complete safety,
but there are some common sense recommendations:
Limit the amount of time you
spend on the phone.
Limit your exposure to WiFi
routers. Find out where they are located in your work
environment and stay away from them.
If you have any land-based
(non-cellular) portable phones, do NOT use anything
other than the 900 MHz phones as the Gigahertz phones
stay on continuously, blasting you with
information-carrying radio waves 24/7.
Use the speakerphone instead
of putting the phone to your ear; this is probably one
of the single most important steps you can take other
than not using your cell phone.
Use a wired headset to limit
your exposure to the cell phone -- ideally, an air-tube
headset that conducts sound but prevents any radiation
from traveling up the wire to your brain. Also make sure
the wire is SHIELDED, which prevents the wire from
acting as an antenna that could attract more
information-carrying radio waves directly to your brain.
Limit calls inside
Use the phone in open spaces
as often as possible.
Limit use by children and
Cellphone Radiation Affects Cells in
23 February 2008
From New Scientist Print Edition
issue 2644 of New Scientist magazine,
23 February 2008, page 5
RADIATION from cellphones is too weak to heat biological tissue or
break chemical bonds in cells, but the radio waves they emit may
still affect cell behaviour.
"Our study suggests that it is
possible that mobile phone radiation alters the expression of
some proteins in living humans," says Dariusz Leszczynski at the
Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, in Helsinki.
"It is possible that mobile phone radiation alters the
expression of some proteins"
Leszczynski exposed 10 female
volunteers to radiation at 900 megahertz from GSM phones to simulate
an hour-long phone call. He screened 580 different proteins in their
skin cells and found that the numbers of two proteins were altered
in all of the volunteers: one protein increased by 89 per cent, the
other decreased by 32 per cent (BMC
Genomics, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-9-77).
Although similar effects have been observed in cultured cells, this
is the first study to show molecular effects of phone radiation on
It does not necessarily mean that the
radio waves have a negative health effect, Leszczynski says.
"But it does mean that the human
body recognises this low-level radiation and reacts to it."
The precise role of these proteins is
not known, nor which genes code for them. The proteins were detected
by molecular weight and electrical properties.
Leszczynski now plans to run a
larger study to identify the proteins and establish any health
impact the changes may have.