Do Cell Phone Protectors Limit EMF Radiation?

Cell phones and radiation
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People using a mobile phone for business can log hours on their cellular phone – and corresponding hours of exposure to toxic electromagnetic frequencies (or "EMF") and cell phone antenna signals. Although the risks of cell phone use, including brain cancer, are well known, most people ignore the evidence and don't use technology that might protect them from cancer-causing radiation.

What are the Possible Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation and EMF?

EEG scans have shown that the human body and brain are affected by radiation emitted by wireless phones, though whether or not these effects translate into symptoms has not been scientifically proven.

Some evidence suggests that the ambient radiation and EMF from cell phones (and other sources) with which we are constantly surrounded can cause headaches, lack of focus, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, and other symptoms.(1)

Cell phones emit microwaves, which have been known since the 1970's to present a cancer risk. When mobile phones are held against the face, microwave radiation can affect susceptible brain, ear, and eye tissue. Brain cancer has been highlighted in particular as being linked to cell phone use. Although the precise amount and duration of cell phone radiation that poses a serious cancer risk remains unknown, the link has been made fairly conclusively.

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Despite these risk factors, only a tiny fraction of the millions of cell phone in use today have chips or other devices to protect their users from EMF.

Cell Phone Safety – Protection from EMF

Although cell phone EMF risks are known and noted in the medical community, there is plenty of debate over whether the devices said to limit mobile phone radiation hazards really work.

Preliminary research (2) by Tiller and Shealy indicates that some individuals have greater sensitivity to EMF than others. These individuals experience disorientation, tiredness, emotional volatility, headaches, and lower work productivity when they are exposed to high levels of EMF (such as those in front of a computer or from chronic cell phone use).

These people notice a real difference in how they feel when protection is applied to a cellular phone to limit its EMF and microwave radiation impact. EEG results also showed lessening in the physical effects of radiation on subjects' brains, corresponding to the improvement in symptoms.

Although cell phone protection chips and other devices have not been exhaustively studied, there is evidence to suggest that they are helpful to many people who are exposed to significant levels of EMF in improving work performance, supporting health, and lowering stress levels.

Sources
(1) CNET Staff, "Cell Phone Defense," cellphonedefense.com, November 5, 2005.
(2) Shealy, Norman (Ph.D.) and William Tiller (Ph.D.), "Effects of Q-Link SRT Pendant on Human EEG Responses," q-linkproducts.com, accessed February 13, 2009.

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Are cell phones causing damage to the brains of children? http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705284939,00.html By Devra Lee Davis Published: February 15, 2009 Last month, Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority joined agencies in Britain, France, India and Israel in warning that regular use of cell phones could damage children's brains. France and a number of other European nations are proposing to ban the marketing or design of cell phones for kindergarteners. What do they know that we don't? The amount of radio frequency that can be emitted by a cell phone is based on models of a man's head — not just your average Joe, but one who ranked at the top 90th percentile of all military personnel in 1988, totaling about 200 pounds. Few parents know that radio-frequency signals reach much more deeply into children's thinner and smaller heads than ours — a fact established through the pioneering work of professor Om P. Gandhi, the leader of the University of Utah's electrical engineering department. The agency that offers recommendations on cell-phone emissions in the U.S. — the Federal Communications Commission — doesn't employ a single health expert. The standards the FCC adopts are based on advice given by outside experts, many of whom work directly for the cell-phone industry. The Food and Drug Administration lacks the authority to set standards for cell phones and can only act if a phone is shown to release hazardous signals. What's wrong with this picture? The award-winning Gandhi worries that all the standards used for phones apply to the "big guy" brain. In 2004, standards became looser, because industry modelers decided to use a new approach — basically doubling the amount of radio frequency that could reach the brain of an adult and quadrupling that reaching a child's. The brain of a child doubles in the first two years of life and keeps on developing until their early 20s. Gandhi no longer works with the cell-phone industry and none of his grandchildren uses a cell phone. What are we supposed to do now, while growing numbers of younger and younger kids clamor for fashionable phones with ring-tones, themed cartoon characters, special movies and promotions? We don't have any direct evidence that cell phones damage their brains. Yet, why should this matter? After all, our bodies are truly electric. Electric impulses allow muscles to move and our minds to think. But the sort of charges that keep us alive are completely different from those that can power microwaves or radios or cell phones. There are deeply troubling reports from nations where phones have been used longest that children may be especially vulnerable. Lennart Hardell, a distinguished Swedish oncologist, recently disclosed that one study children and teenagers who regularly use cell phones are five times more likely to get brain cancer as young adults. Today, major telecommunication giants sponsor some of the nation's largest stadiums — Washington Wizards, at the Verizon Center, the San Antonio Spurs and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Centers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium. In an ideal world, these profitable companies would compete not just to promote sports but to design the safest sleekest phones. They would support and encourage testing and development of the lowest exposure phones for all of us — those that only work with earpieces and headsets — and offer phones to children for text messaging at a safe distance from their brains. Instead, American children and their parents are not provided the basic protections afforded their European counterparts and are asked simply to have faith that everything is all right. Faith may move mountains, but it is not the way to protect public health. The government should work with phone companies to protect our children and to provide data to Gandhi and to other independent researchers so that we can find the safest way to use this revolutionary technology. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., directs the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and is the author of "The Secret History of the War on Cancer." Visit her Web site at www.devradavis.com © 2009 Deseret News Publishing Company | All rights reserved