If there is a gadget that you certainly cannot do without, it’s obviously your cell phone. Box and secret memories, weaver link and our gateway to the Internet, the cell phone is probably the essential element of the century. It is convenient, it can be used at anytime and anywhere. But the flip side is not so pleasant; using the cell could represent a health hazard according to several studies.
In recent years, the use of cell phones is at the heart of the controversy. Popular for its many features, it is nevertheless pointed by scientists and doctors for its harmful effects on the health.
In fact, cell phone produces radio frequency waves (electromagnetic fields), a form of non-ionizing radiation, which can be absorbed by nearby tissues. So we are constantly exposed if using the cell phone. These electromagnetic fields emitted by the phone present a real danger to the health and are linked to two types of brain tumors, and they have been classified as possible human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Other effects of radiation is the ability to damage the structure and function of the brain, including the brain wave activity related to behavior, mood and cognition.
According to a study by US and Ukrainian researchers, 93% of existing studies that have investigated the oxidative effect of radio frequency of low intensity, confirm that these radiations have indeed oxidative impact on the biological system.
“The use of cell phones only 15 minutes a day for 5 years triple the risk of a type of brain tumor, and that using the phone 1 hour per day for 4 years increases the risk of certain tumors of 3 to 5 times”, confirms the author of the study Igor Yakymenko.
However, the link between the cell phones and cancer remains controversial, the results of studies on this subject diverge. One study found that cell phone is indeed associated with salivary gland cancer, but only a few participants expressed malignancies.
Furthermore, a study of more than 420,000 cell phone users over 20 years found no evidence to corroborate the relationship between cellular and brain tumors. However, another study suggests that heavy users of cell phones are more likely to develop a brain tumor known as the glioma, but this does not increase the overall risk of brain tumor.
According to this latest study, short-term exposure to cellular networks can affect brain function. The long-term effects, on the other hand, require more research, but scientists found plausible evidence of the link between exposure to these radio frequencies and multiple health problems, including:
- Immune system dysfunction
- Genetic stress
- Sperm damage
- Weakened bones
- Increase in glucose in the brain
- Breast cancer
How to protect yourself?
It can be difficult to protect from the radio frequency because it is everywhere. If you turn off your phone or limit the use, this does not mean that your colleague or your neighbor will do the same.
But it is still advisable to take some steps to reduce the harmful effects of these radiations:
- Avoid talking on the phone in places where the network is very low (elevator, subway …). Instead, use headphones.
- When you place a call, do not put your phone on your ear directly, wait at least two seconds. Scientific research has revealed that the influence of the radiation emitted by the cell phone is more powerful at the beginning of the call.