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The way we carry our cell phone has long been debated as a health issue. This being said, we still make bad calls, both literally and figuratively, in using our cell phones. For instance, the Oscar-winning film La La Land shows Emma Stone fielding calls with her ears pressed on her phone. If Hollywood celebs receive calls in this manner, maybe it is safe. Don’t you think?
In an article from the Chicago Tribune, then-President Barrack Obama was quoted saying, “computer in every pocket.” Does that mean that it’s okay to put our smartphones in our back pockets? Probably. There are also people who stow their cell phones under their pillows when going to sleep. Is the distance safe enough to protect us from the supposed harmful effects of cell phones? Maybe. So how far exactly is considered as the safe zone when using our cell phones?
Scientific findings and government reports have varying stand on this matter. As per the Chicaco Tribune, the government says that there is no direct link that shows that radio frequency radiation (RF radiation) from smartphone use poses a threat to our health. However, critics refute such claim. In fact, they point their opposition to the preliminary report of the National Toxicology Program. Research shows that the rats subjected to RF radiation developed heart and brain tumors.
Daily Mail Online also reported the risk of putting cell phones in the pants’ pockets. Based on a systemic review of 21 research papers on RF radiation, it was found out that phones placed directly or near a man’s nether regions for a long time can result to lower sperm count. In addition, sperm that survived from RF radiation are said to be “DNA-damaged.”
The May issue of the Environmental Health Trust’s newsletter detailed how a woman acquired a multi-focal breast cancer, albeit having no exposure to predisposing risk factors for breast cancer. According to the monthly bulletin, the young woman used to tuck her smartphone in her bra. Two cancer experts studied the case of the woman, and what they discovered is shocking. The cancerous cells in the woman’s breasts have a distribution pattern. And believe it or not, the cancer cells lined up following the shape of a cell phone.
Moreover, studies conducted in 2007 and 2012 established the link between RF radiation from cell phone use and brain tumor. Both research found out that pressing a person’s ear(s) directly on the cell phone when making phone calls increases his/her chance of having acoustic neuroma and glioma. In addition, tumors will develop on the side of the head that is frequently subjected to RF radiation.
If you want to shield yourself from the harmful RF radiation, follow the safety precautions stated by your cellphone’s manufacturer. For instance, the latest iPhone 7 model should be kept at least 0.2 inches away from your body. Android users should also be cautious with their smartphone use. For those with Samsung Galaxy S6 or Google Pixel, ensure that the distance between you and your smartphone is at least 0.6 inches and 0.4 inches, respectively.
Experts also advise to use the handsfree mode of your cell phone when making or receiving calls. Furthermore, you can equip your smartphone with a special phone case that is lab tested to block up to 99 percent of the harmful RF radiation. SafeSleeve offers such anti-radiation phone cases for your iPhone or Android devices, and also for tablets and laptops. You can buy yours here.
If you are going to ask anyone about the one thing that they couldn’t live without, their answer will be their cell phones. As a matter of fact, the estimates that there are 6.9 billion cell phones in the entire planet. Of course, the convenience and entertainment that our smartphones bring cannot be refuted. However, safety concerns, especially regarding cell phone radiation, are still moot.
Your cell phone emits radiofrequency radiation (RF radiation). To illustrate how harmful RF radiation is, scientists from the US National Toxicology Program conducted a study where rats were subjected to RF radiation for nine hours each day. The results showed that the rats exposed to RF radiation developed cancer in the brain and heart.
This being said, there are other studies and some health organizations that raised doubts about the link of cancer and cell phone radiation. For instance, the stands firm on its opinion that there is nothing to be worried about exposure to RF radiation from cell phone use. Nonetheless, they called studies concerning this matter as “good science.”
Just recently,investigated the relationship of cell phone radiation and cancer based on a study launched by IIT Research Institute. As per the director of the research facility, “there may be a health hazard.” On their study, 3,000 rats and mice were continuously subjected to high levels of RF radiation for the same number of hours that a normal person would use his/her iPhone or smartphone. This two-year research showed that some female rats developed cancer, while there were recorded incidents of progression of heart and brain tumors among male rats.
Moreover, NBC2 investigators also discussed the . According to their report, cell towers and cell phones emit the same harmful radiation that caused cancer in rats. Surprisingly, nine cell towers were constructed within two county school districts. When asked for a reaction, the interviewed parents expressed anger, dismay and concern over these structures on school grounds. One parent was quoted, “How can you make health decisions that could potentially danger my kid, without caring about my input or anything?”
Although both cell towers and cell phones emit RF radiation, distance is the biggest factor to how susceptible you are into this type of radiation. RF exposure decreases as you move away from the source. But since we are typically right next to our phones, we are quite defenseless from RF exposure.
One way on how to block cell phone radiation is by using an iPhone radiation case or a cell phone radiation case.offers anti-radiation cases for your cell phones, laptops and tablets. All of our cases have Radiation Shielding Technology, which can block all types of radiation, including RF radiation. Moreover, they are tested in an FCC certified lab and showed reductions of electromagnetic radiation by up to 99 percent. to get yours.
There are also other approaches on protecting yourself from RF radiation. Experts suggest that you use your headset or activate your cell phone’s handsfree mode when sending or receiving calls. Remember that you can still stay connected with everyone without putting yourself at risk.
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Ever since mobile phones and cell phones were introduced in the market, our dependence and usage of these devices has increased substantially. As a matter of fact, a survey conducted by a smartphone company found out that when there’s a fire, most cell phone users will save their cell phone above all things.
Yes, we can do a lot with our smartphones. We can add some notes on it, use it for correspondence, search the Internet, and record data and other important events in our life, among other things. But did you know that our smartphones are slowly putting our health at risk?
What actually makes cell phones dangerous? These electronic devices emit radio frequency waves through their antennas. In turn, tissues in our body absorb this non-ionizing radiation. Advertisements by telecommunications companies have convinced us for so long that the radio waves given off by cell phones are harmless. But recent studies prove otherwise.
In Indianapolis, a 29-year old man succumbed to glioblastoma. The main culprit? His cell phone. According to the mother, her son spent at least two hours daily talking on his cell phone. What makes it more interesting is that the tumor was found at the same side of the head that he uses when calling from his phone.
The link between cancer and smartphone use was further established by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) statement in 2011. As per the agency, the non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) radiation from cell phones is classified as a potential carcinogen. Although there were following conflicting statements, data and reports from other studies and government agencies, a $30 million RF research elucidated the relationship of cell phone use with cancer.
Based on the decade-long research, the rats that were subjected to the same RF radiation from cell phones developed cancerous brain tumors. In addition, they contracted a schwannoma of the heart. There are also other studies that correlate smartphone use with breast cancer. According to the Environmental Health Trust (ETH), the soft, fatty tissue in women’s breasts absorbs RF radiation from smartphones. In fact, doctors advise women not to keep their cell phones near their bras as there were reported cases of breast cancer due to this kind of storage method.
People who started using their smartphones as early as 13 years old are found to be four to five times more likely to develop brain cancer. Moreover, men who are frequently exposed to RF radiation have high chances of faulty sperm and damaged mitochondrial DNA.
The Food and Drug Agency (FDA) advised the public to only use their cell phones when making short phone calls or when a landline is not available. It is also recommended that smartphone users utilise hands-free technology, such as wired headsets, when calling or receiving calls.
Using iPhone cases that have radiation shielding technology will not only protect your smartphones, but can also keep you from harm. SafeSleeve’s cell phone, laptop and tablet cases are known to block up to 99 percent of extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation and radio frequency (RF) radiation. We have cell phone cases for Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series and more. Click below to buy yours today!
For years, Doctors and Scientists have warned that prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation may have serious health effects. Thanks to a $25 million US government study and numerous others, there is now evidence to support the claims.
There are FCC established limits for cell phone radiation emission levels; however, they are based on 20 year old standards. In addition, most cell phone manufacturers can circumvent the standards by including warnings buried deep within their phones’ manuals that advise users to keep their phones away from their bodies.
Regardless of your level of concern for your personal health, your cell phone is probably an integral part of your life that you can no longer function without. The good news is there are ways to reduce your exposure without giving it up.
With more than 590 million iPhones sold worldwide - within the period from 2007 to 2014 - and more than 31 billion dollars in revenues, Apple holds one of the top spots in the almost half a billion worth mobile industry. The growing number of mobile consumers is alarming. Even more so, the power of a witty marketing campaign behind this new and improved technology, integrated into the next mobile phone model, that successfully camouflages the danger behind the constant cell phone use.
Recently, things got heated after Apple's announcement that the new iPhone7 and iPhone7 Plus will come with wireless headphones. Meaning, no headphone jack available with these models. The whole public and many experts expressed their concerns regarding the increased level of radiation iPhone 7 will emit. As studies show, their concerns are justified.
According to South Korea's National Radio Research Agency report - presented at a committee hearing - iPhone devices emit twice as much radiation as recently launched Samsung devices, 1.166 watts per kilogram to 0.517 W/kg, respectively. The maximum SAR limit allowed both in South Korea and the United States is 1.6 W/kg.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires for every cell phone model to undergo an SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) test.
WHAT DOES THE SAR TEST REPRESENT?
According to FCC, "SAR is a measure of the rate of RF (radiofrequency) energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone. SAR provides a straightforward means for measuring the RF exposure characteristics of cell phones to ensure that they are within the safety guidelines set by the FCC."
However, the Commission also stated, “Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions…, adding, “a single SAR value does not provide sufficient information about the amount of RF exposure under typical usage conditions to reliably compare individual cell phone models”.
In conclusion, “the SAR values collected by the FCC are intended only to ensure that the cell phone does not exceed the FCC’s maximum permissible exposure level…”
Therefore, many studies confirm what the Commission itself has stated, putting an emphasis on the question, ‘Are the legal boundaries enough to warn and fully protect us?’
In 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized the 1996 adopted SAR test, stating that the test is inadequate to determine the way people use cell phones nor it included the modern circumstances that can increase radiation – for example today’s lifestyle, children use cell phones and their bodies absorb twice as much as the bodies of an adult and so on.
Another things that adds to the overwhelming situation, "The cell phone is not tested directly against the body because most cell phones would fail the SAR test as the radiation absorption increases dramatically when the cell phone is close to the body." - according to Berkley’s Prof. J. Moskowitz.
Cell phones include 'hidden' warning on safety radiation measures, such as iPhone’s, which says, “SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body (e.g. when carrying iPhone in your pocket)". However, the warning is not visibly displayed, but written in tiny letters, placed at an unobvious area.
Unfortunately, the debate whether cell phones’ radiation level is harmful to humans, has reached the point of augmenting which cell phone model emits less radiation. For example, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 had a level of SAR measured at only 0.23 W/kg. It is far below the recommended maximum level, which is positive compared to its competition – since iPhones are almost crossing the red line.
DOES THIS IMPLY THAT SAMSUNG IS SAFER THAN IPHONE?
Not at all. The misbelief that cell phones are safe is slowly - but surely! - fading. Thanks to the International Scientist Appeal on the danger of cell phone radiation, the efforts of many experts that spend years of long analysis on the EMF and ELF effect on humans, and today’s developed technology, we can gather the right amount of data that proves the danger that surrounds us. The bad news is, things are not going to get better. More radiation exposure is expected with the launch of the new 5G technology.
HOW TO FULLY PROTECT YOURSELF?
Most experts recommend following a few simple safety tips on reducing RF exposure from cell phones including:
The question is, are you and your closest family willing to follow them? After all, these 'simple' steps are not as simple as they sound for millions of people. It is well-known that people can forget, or are too busy on other priorities, instead of paying attention to some of these rules. Meaning, you need a different approach to protection.
SafeSleeve’s laboratory tested Radiation Blocking Technology, which blocks over 99% of RF radiation, 92% of ELF radiation, and thermal energy, offers you the different approach you need. SafeSleeves’ products have been independently tested in a Federal Communications Commission-certified laboratory. Our cell-phone and laptop cases are designed to match every cell phone brand individually. Therefore, in our collection you will find both radiation blocking iPhone and radiation blocking Galaxy case, anti-radiation iPhone and anti-radiation Galaxy case, which will serve as your future cell phone radiation shield.
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Men should think twice before putting their cell phones in their jean pocket. New studies show that “prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation steadily destroys sperm”, Daily Mail Online reported.
There is extensive research on the deleterious effects to our health of cell phone use. This being said, the public seemed unfazed by the said health risks. For one, these electronic devices have become an indispensable component of our day-to-day activities. As a matter of fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates that 40 percent of households in the United States have pulled the plug on their traditional telephone use. On the demographic scale, 65 percent of adults that are between 25 to 29 years old don’t use telephones anymore.
Using cell phones presents certain advantages, such as handiness and functionality. However, these boons have their fair share of banes.
There are studies that link the radio frequency waves (RF waves) from our cell phones, including the iPhone, to male infertility. In fact, cell phone radiation is among the environmental factors that have an effect on a man’s ability to have children. According to one study, “smartphones damage sperm’s availability and ability to swim, effectively lowering the sperm count.” The main culprit? Clipping your mobile device on the belt or leaving it in your jean pockets. Both these areas are near a man’s genitals. With this, you are making your testicles vulnerable to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR).
RF-EMR is said to impair the quality of sperm. RF waves contain extremely high levels of damaging free radicals, which affect sperm motility and viability. According to Dr. Ashok Agarwal, Director of the Kidney Institute at Cleveland, Ohio, smartphone radiation has an effect on a man’s sperm quality when it is at 2.5 centimeters from the groin. This being said, further studies need to be conducted to ascertain whether the effects are the same at other distances.
In a different study published in PLOS One, RF-EMR was found to “decrease the motility and vitality of human spermatozoa.” Scientists also illustrate the direct relationship of smartphone use and dwindling sperm count during the 2013 symposium on the “Effect of Smartphones and Wi-Fi on Children, Fetuses, and Fertility.” Based from these experts, resting your cell phones in your pockets for 4 hours each day will significantly reduce your sperm count by half. When a man’s testicular barrier is exposed to RF-EMR, the mitochondrial DNA of sperm is impaired. This is because the testicular barrier that shields a man’s sperm is 100 times more absorptive.
An article from The Telegraph also illustrated how our smartphones are “cooking” a man’s sperm. A study conducted by British experts showed that 47 percent of men who carried their smartphones in their jean pockets during the day have lower sperm levels. This is caused by “heating of the sperm and by the electromagnetic field.”
You can start taking care of yourself by minimizing your cell phone use. Moreover, put your phone in your shirt pockets instead of keeping it near your groin. It is best if you will have a new storage spot for your phones anywhere above your belt.
It is highly advised that you use cell phone cases that have radiation shielding technology. SafeSleeve has cell phone and laptop cases for the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy series and more that can protect you from the harmful RF-EMR.
It’s official! The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be without a traditional headphones jack. Instead, users can opt for wireless AirPods, which will be on sale as a premium accessory. These details were unveiled during Apple’s keynote event in California.
The Daily Mail reported that the company is aiming for a “wireless future.” With no headphones to jack into a more streamlined iPhone, users will be introduced to wireless earpods that are sleek and water-resistant. If you’re going to ask the company’s senior VP for worldwide marketing, “The reason to move on is courage.”
However, health advocates are concerned with the potential deleterious effects of Apple’s wireless future.
Apple’s AirPods will function through Bluetooth. With this, users will be exposed to low-intensity radio waves that will come from the earpods straight to our ears. This alarmed Dr. Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley School of Public Health. In an interview with the Daily Mail Online, he said that “users will put a microwave-emitting device next to their brains.”
According to research, these low-intensity radio waves are proven to wear down our body’s blood-brain barrier. This is bad since this barrier acts as our shield from chemical toxins. Even if the exact frequency of these AirPods is not yet made public, Apple assured the public that it will follow FCC guidelines.
The new iPhone has also re-ignited the public’s trepidation on electromagnetic radiation. Since most mobile phone users hold their phones directly to their ears, they become vulnerable to radio frequency exposure (RF exposure). Using AirPods also poses the same risks, according to an adviser for a health group.
RF exposure can cause cancer. As per the World Health Organization, RF electromagnetic fields from wireless devices are classified as carcinogens. “This is based on an increased risk of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.”, prevalence of brain tumors in the United States and other countries with cell phone radiation.. Studies also correlate the
Bluetooth headphones, such as Apple’s AirPods, release non-ionizing radiation. Although not as hazardous as ionizing radiation, scientists ask consumers to be cautious.
Rather than using wireless earphones, experts believe that using headsets that can be jacked into handheld devices is safer. Apple also suggests its consumers to “opt for a hands-free alternative and carry their devices at least 5mm away from their skin.” Moskowitz also advised the public to turn off the Bluetooth of their wireless earpods when they’re not using them.
Using iPhone cases that have radiation shielding technology will not only protect your smartphones, but can also keep you from harm. SafeSleeve’s cell phone and laptop cases are known to block up to 99 percent of extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation and radio frequency (RF) radiation. These emissions are associated with cancer.
Nevertheless, being well-informed with the dangers of mobile phone radiation will keep you out of harm’s way. After all, knowledge is power.
Technology has made everything easier for us. Before cell phones and laptops existed, people spent their time writing letters, communicating through short phone calls, and finding other ways to be closer. Today, everything is different. We are all connected. Cell phones, laptops, and other 'helpful' wireless technology surround us.
But what we are less aware of is that every day, we are swimming in a pool of Electromagnetic Field Radiation (EMF). Even if we don't use our phone as much as other people, we are influenced by the EMF created in our near surrounding.
An Electromagnetic Field (EMF) is the area created whenever electricity is generated or used. The invisible lines of EMF contain an amount of electromagnetic energy. Scientists claim EMF to be dangerous to human health as they find a connection with many chronic diseases.
There are two different types of EMF: Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF), and Radio Frequency (RF).
#1 Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF) is emitted by all electronics and has a frequency range of 3 Hz to 300 Hz. Any electronic that is powered up emits ELF radiation. There is substantial evidence that ELF exposure has a biological influence on human health as it has been shown to create biological interactions that can disturb the system enough to create DNA fragmentation and mutations.
#2 Radio Frequency (RF) fields is the signal that most electronics use to connect with the antennas, including cellular service, data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. RF are considered a part of the group of non-ionizing radiation that has lower levels of transmission power and is incapable of changing the molecules of the human tissue, but can change their behavior.
Radio Frequencies are higher than ELF in a range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz, but both have been shown to create biological effects.
Based on different types of research and analysis, the safety standards for maximum exposure to cell phone and other devices radiation, rely only on the devices' thermal effects (TE). Within years of studies, this has shown to be highly incorrect. The real concerns come from the ignored effects of the non-heating radiation exposure to human tissue, especially the brain.
Radio Frequency Radiation can cause tissue heating, which leads most of the manufacturers to offer protective products just for this type of radiation. On the other hand, there is substantial evidence that shows that Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF) can cause tissue damage without heating.
The formal conclusion that serves as a foundation for today's exposure limits and standards exclude the damaging effect of ELF. One of the non-thermal and profoundly ignored effects that EMF (both ELF and RF) has on the human brain are the so-called 'modulation signals' which have no correlation with tissue heating. Which means, the two types of EMFs should be considered dangerous aside from the widely spread belief of RF radiation's 'thermal effects' only.
According to C. Blackman’s article published in Pathophysiology, "modulation signals are one important component in the delivery of EMF signals, to which cells, tissues, organs and individuals can respond biologically. Studies have tested the RF and ELF-modulated RF signals from emerging wireless technologies (cell phones) that rely on pulse-modulated RF to transmit signals."
Furthermore, Blackman concludes, "There is substantial scientific evidence that some modulated fields (pulsed or repeated signals) are bioactive, which increases the likelihood that they could have health impacts with chronic exposure even at very low exposure levels.”
“… Current standards have ignored modulation as a factor in human health impacts, and thus are inadequate in the protection of the public in terms of chronic exposure to some forms of ELF-modulated RF signals."
There are multiple health risks that EMFs have on the human body, but the two most critical are:
In the period of 1920-1960, when cell phones did not exist, and the number of devices was insignificant, a testing made by Dr. Samuel Milham regarding the particular period, revealed a positive correlation between cancer rate and early electrification of the homes. This period is the beginning of the man-made EMF radiation and its valuable, but severe results show a proportional growth of cancer among the people as the years passed and more and more homes got electrified.
In his article published in Medical Hypotheses, Dr. Milham explained:
"The diseases of civilization or lifestyle diseases include cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes and are thought to be caused by changes in diet, exercise habits, and lifestyle which occur as countries industrialize. I think the critical variable which causes the radical changes in mortality accompanying industrialization is electrification.”
"The explosive recent increase in radiofrequency radiation and high frequency voltage transients sources, from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, WiFi and WiMax telecommunication systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment may be leading to a new 21st Century epidemic much like the 20th Century electromagnetic field epidemic."
Other scientist found a correlation between brain cancer and EMF:
"Despite the withdrawal of industry funding, independent research continued, and scientists all over the world have been expressing their concerns about the dangers of cellphones.
…In February 2006, Dr. Hardell published a paper detailing his findings of patients diagnosed with brain cancer between 2000 and 2003 and found that the increase in risk was steadily strengthening in magnitude and statistical significance as the length of cellphone usage was increasing.”
#2 CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA
Studies show that children are more at risk when it comes to this type of radiation. Even in 1979, Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Leeper Ed found a connection between low frequencies and increased number of children exposed to leukemia.
Many concerns address this issue. Mostly because of the publicly announced studies that tend to 'assure' us that there is no correlation between EMF and the human tissue whatsoever. Although we are swimming in a pool of EMF radiation, these studies show that the only damage the human tissue can suffer from the devices is through heating.
However, our beliefs strongly overlap the above-cited resources and studies performed by established scientists. That is why, our team developed a strategy to cover the exact demands of today's EMF radiation exposure, unlike many other companies that do not offer full protection from both RF EMF and ELF EMF.
If there is no harm of the situation as the mainstream views are trying to influence us, why would there be safety measures and limits set? And more importantly, why would the International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal be submitted to the highest International organs in the world, addressing concerns from nobody else than qualified scientists?
Among other things the appeal says: "This $25 million study, executed by the U.S. government, provides support for what we are stating in the 'International EMF Scientist Appeal' that precautionary approach should be exercised, and lower electromagnetic field exposure guidelines should be set."
All of this information is more than enough proof that the situation is vital. Unlike other companies, SaveSleeve's developed a better understanding of the influence ELF has by developing lab-tested devices that will guarantee your protection.
All of our cases incorporate our Radiation Shielding Technology that has been tested in an FCC certified lab to show reductions of Electromagnetic Radiation of up to 99%. Unlike most other products, it blocks all types of radiation from your electronics: Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF), Radio Frequencies (RF) and Thermal (heat).
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Cell phones are an inevitable part of our daily lives. The first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is check our cell phone. We repeat the same process multiple times during the day until late in the evening, or before we go to bed. The time we use our cell phone is unlimited. During that time, we are exposed to cell phone radiation.
Through the years, scientists and experts have been warning us about the possible risks of overexposure to cell phone radiofrequency radiation. This time, it might be right for us to listen carefully to their precautions and safety warnings.
CONCERNS ABOUT THE FUTURE 5G TECHNOLOGY LAUNCH
With the future launch of the next generation of wireless systems - 5G, humanity will be able to enjoy the improvements of the current 4G standards. However, should we be more concerned about the impact this technology will have on our health instead of just getting excited by its improved performances? The main concerns regarding the issue include:
Increased Number of Transmitters that will emit radiofrequency radiation
This year in June, the US started preparing its field for the ten times faster 5G technology. After the positive vote of The Federal Communication Commission, the U.S. started the process of allocating high-frequency airwaves for 5G that will transmit the signal. The main problem regarding the use of the airwaves is that the wireless companies will have to use the base of buildings and utility poles to install thousands of small base stations that will carry the signal.
The concerns exist because of the unknown number of potential base stations that would be needed to install 5G service. The overall opinion is that it would be necessary to include one station at every 12 homes because the signals cannot travel at long distance. Meaning, the number of transmitters that will emit radiofrequency radiation is about to increase. It is planned for the improved 5G services to be available by 2025, following a well-conducted research of the possible health risks the technology might bring.
The increased number of transmitters in the environment increases the possible risks the radiation might have on human’s health. Kevin Mottus, an outreach director for the California Brain Tumor Association, who attended The Federal Communication Commission meeting, stated to the LA Times: “There is a big concern with the previous technology and it’s just being made worse with 5G. These are microwave transmitters and the closer you are to them, the more problems.”
People who were cautious about the effects of cell phone and cell tower radiation to their health have a tendency of moving away from the place where a tower exists. With the increased number of transmitters in the future, people will be surrounded with low-frequency signals emitted from the base stations, both at their homes and working places. Moving away from a place near a tower might not be an option anymore.
Increased Number of Cell Phone Subscribers
Every year, the number of cell phone subscribers is raising. According to the Telecommunication Union, the number of cellphone subscription globally reaches up to 5 billion. Mary Meeker’s annual update report on mobile technology trends shows that adults spend approximately three hours of their day on their mobile phone. The data shows increased number of hours that people spend on their mobile phone (51%) compared to the desktop (42%). The report shows that 80% of internet users own a smartphone and 90% of the time users spend on their mobile is spent on apps.
According to the National Cancer Institute’s conclusion based on multiple studies, “Radiofrequency energy, unlike ionizing radiation, does not cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer. It’s only consistently observed biological effect in humans is tissue heating.” With the increased amount of time that people spend on their cell phone devices, scientists’ concerns are justified. Scientists believe that radiofrequency waves affect the tissue because tissues absorb the radio waves energy, which can lead to cancer.
STUDIES SHOW DISTURBING RESULTS
A recent National Toxicology Program’s study shows an increased percentage of brain tumor in male rats exposed to cell phone radiation. The results of the study show a connection between cell phone radiation and rare brain and heart tumor at male rats. During the two year research, the rats were exposed to ten minutes on and ten minutes off cell phone radiation through their entire bodies for nine hours during the day.
In 2011, “The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.“ Some of the countries worldwide, including the US, established precautionary measures and educated the people on cell phone exposure dangers.
In 2015, an International Appeal from scientists addressing the radiation from non-ionizing electromagnetic field exposure was sent to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Among other things, the appeal addressed the lack of proper safety standards: “The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.”
Overall, studies have shown that the risk of radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones is an issue that requires more attention.
THERE IS A WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
The awareness about cell phone radiation is not nearly to the level required for increasing the safety measures, both by the government and the people. The most important thing is to raise the awareness at the level that people will educate themselves about the risks of radiofrequency radiation and the possible solutions that will help minimize the radiation. SafeSleeve’s cell phone cases include radiation shielding technology that has been lab tested to block up to 99% of ELF and RF radiation. The cell phone cases can block extremely low frequencies (ELF), radio frequencies (RF), and thermal energy, all of which have been connected to increased risk of cancer.