For 15 years, Roberto Romeo has been on the phone for more than three hours a day as part of his work. However, things changed when he started experiencing multiple hearing problems back in 2010. Aside from this feeling that something is anchored deep in his ear canal, he also became stone deaf in his left ear. The main culprit? A benign tumor that was brought about by extensive cell phone use.
The Link Between Mobile Phone Use and Brain Tumors
Multiple research has shown the harmful effects of cell phone radiation. There is the development of cancer, the decrease in sperm fertility and motility among men, and now, brain tumors. The case of Roberto Romeo, an Italian employee of a telecom company, further cemented the decades-long research on cell phone radiation and its effects to humans. Having said that, Malcolm Sperrin was quoted from Reuters saying that “Great caution is needed before we jump to conclusions about mobile phones and brain tumors.” Sperrin is the director of medical physics and clinical engineering at Britan’s Royal Berkshire Hospital. For him, the adjudication of the Italian court should not be the basis of broad conclusions on the matter of brain tumors and cell phone radiation.
According to the Daily Mail, the trial court that ruled in favor of Romeo is the first in the world that acknowledged the direct relationship of mobile phone use and the progression of brain tumors. As a result, Romeo is set to receive $7,500 annually from the telecom giant he works for.
Stefano Bertone, Romeo’s attorney, said that one of the contributing factors why the court adjudicated in favor of his client was the court’s non-acceptance of the studies backed by telecom giants. These researches show that there is no direct link between cell phone use and cancer, or in the case of Romeo, the development of brain tumors.
In a study conducted by French researchers, they found out that cell phone use for at least 30 minutes daily for five years can triple the likelihood of developing certain kinds of brain cancer. In Romeo’s case, he used the company’s cell phone for more than three hours a day in fielding and receiving phone calls. This routine continued for 15 years without Romeo taking any preventive measure. The study also suggests that the effects of cell phone radiation are higher in people who intensively use their smartphones, particularly to those who utilize cell phones in their work.
The Daily Mail also reported that Codacons consumer protection agency is examining a possible class action. They are also urging the country’s social security agency to recognize the health effects of cell phone radiation.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
The best way for consumers to thwart the risks of cell phone radiation is to employ safety measures. One of which is reducing the frequency of their cell phone use. Bertone also advised the public to use specialized anti-radiation ear buds.
There are anti-radiation cases available in the market that can protect you from the harmful radiofrequency radiation (RF radiation) caused by your constant use of your smartphone. Safesleeve offers radiation-blocking smartphone cases, which are tested and guaranteed to shield you from the harmful RF radiation by up to 99 percent. Stylish radiation-blocking laptop cases and tablet cases are also available. Start protecting yourself by owning one now!
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Berkeley city’s “Right to Know” ordinance was given the green light by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after CTIA, a wireless trade industry group, challenged the local legislation citing the violation of the First Amendment.
Just last week, a split decision from the Ninth Circuit panel upheld the city government’s ordinance. According to reports, the court viewed the “required disclosure” as factual, accurate and in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which all smartphone makers are subjected to.
The city ordinance in question, which was legislated in 2015, compels smartphone retailers to post a warning about surpassing the set limit on radio frequency (RF) exposure. However, CTIA protested the provision by referring to the infraction of the First Amendment and pre-empting the federal law.
What’s Wrong with Your Cell Phone?
“The potential risk of exposure to RF radiation is greater for children.”
According to the cell phone warning law, carrying our cell phones in our shirt pocket or tucking it in a bra while the phone is on and connected to a wireless network greatly increases our exposure to RF radiation. What’s more is that the effects of RF radiation are more serious in children. But for CTIA, such claim promotes fear considering that the city government’s basis for the ordinance are misinterpreted federal cell phone guidelines. In a statement, CTIA said that “the city’s unsubstantiated compelled disclosure is designed to convey a particular message that will stoke fear in consumers about the dangers of cell phones.”
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Before, the government only deemed RF radiation from cell phones as a potential health risk for its heating property; that the consumer may get burned. But this changed after a multi-million dollar government funded research showed that the male rats subjected to RF radiation, which is similar to those emitted by cell phones, developed malignant gliomas and schwannomas. Having said that, some still think that it is too soon to correlate tumor progression with cell phone use.
In 2015, a U.S. District Judge found that only parts of the original ordinance measured up with the constitution. As a result, Berkeley adopted an amended version of the law that is in agreement with the judge’s ruling. But as per the city’s lawyer Zach Cowan, the ordinance was crafted in such a way that it is in accordance with the constitution.
The three-member Ninth Circuit panel, on a split decision, adjudicated in favor of the Berkeley city government. According to Judge William Fletcher, the cell phone warning law does not violate the First Amendment, and, in fact, “purely factual” and promotes public safety. Judge Morgan Christen also concurred with Judge Fletcher’s standpoint. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Michelle Friedland said that the city ordinance pushes a misleading message about the health risks associated with carrying your phone, for instance, in your pockets.
Protecting Yourself from RF Radiation
Berkeley’s “Right to Know” ordinance is a good initial step in promoting public safety against RF radiation. Having said that, the burden of prevention lies with us consumers. One way of protecting yourself from the harmful RF radiation is by using radiation-blocking smartphone cases. Safesleeve offers radiation-blocking smartphone cases, which are lab tested and proven to block up to 99 percent of RF radiation. Get yours now here!
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RFID is the acronym for radio frequency identification. Radio frequency identification is not well known but it is a technology that has been under development for a long time. When using RFID technology there is a small chip and an antenna that makes up the device.
The microchip is what is able to carry information. Usually these chips are able to hold about 2,000 bytes of data. Depending on the chip and what it has been made for it may carry less data. There is a variety of data that can be coded on to microchips and the uses for RFID devices vary greatly.What is RFID
RFID devices are able to be used similarly to barcodes on products in a store. It is also similar to the strip you find on the back of your debit cards. The RFID devices are used to identify. Whether the identification is for a product or information needed for a transaction. When there is a RFID device it must be scanned to attain the information that is in the chip.
With RFID technology bar codes could become obsolete. RFID devices are read quickly in less than 100 milliseconds. Barcodes work and every product that you buy has one. The problem with bar codes is the precision that is needed between the scanner and the bar code.
When a barcode is created it has a specific design that is used to indicate it is a certain product. If that design is altered the barcode will not work. A bar code could rip, become crinkled on the packaging, or simply not print well. In this case it is no longer going to scan.
RFID devices do not need to be scanned in this manner. The chips can be read from a few feet. If you have a scanner that uses a higher frequency you may be able to scan a RFID device from a distance up to twenty feet.
RFID devices do not have to be on the surface on the product. They are able to be within the packaging of a product which protects the device. There is not worry about the wear and tear you will see with a barcode become it is not subject to the elements. RFID devices are not limited to being used only on products or by businesses.
While RFID technology is not well know it has been around for a long time. The technology was created more than fifty years ago. It has recently started to become a viable option for companies because of breakthroughs in the technology. These devices are now able to be placed on items for a low cost and can be used as throw away devices. Companies now have the option to use RFID technology much like barcodes on products.
A RFID device is composed of three parts. There is a scanning antenna, a transceiver that is able to decode the information, and the transponder. The transponder is the RFID tag or the microchip with the information coded on to it.
The scanning antenna is able to produce two different radio frequency signals in a small area. These signals are the way the RFID tag transmits the information that is coded on the chip. It also produces the RFID tag with the energy to transmit this data to the transceiver. This technology is used when a RFID tag is passive.
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(RFID radiation via cell phone use is harmful & poses a data security risk. )
A passive RFID tag does not use a battery or power source. Without needing a battery these chips are able to last for long periods of time even well past the need for the technology. The only reason the chip would lose the information coded is if it becomes damaged before passing along the information. They are very small devices as well.
These scanning antennas do not have a set appearance. When using RFID technology you are able to customize it for your needs. There are antenna that are able to be permanently attach to a surface if it will not need to be moved. If you prefer there are hand-held antennas for situations that you will need to change the scanner’s position.
A passive RFID device does not activate until it comes into range with a scanning antenna. The tag will be noticed by the antenna and the information will be transferred. This information is taken by the scanning antenna and used.
An active RFID device does use a battery. They are typically larger devices compared to the passive version. The reason active devices are preferable is that they can be scanned from much further away. With a battery they are able to produce their own signal and will transmit it from further away.
While RFID does have its perks there are some downfalls with its technology. There are instances where the devices will encounter reader collision or tag collision. When this happens there are too many signals being taken in at a time and the scanner cannot properly read the signal.
To avoid this problem systems should be set up correctly. The collision will happen if there are too many tags in a smaller area and they are being read very quickly. It is easier for the scanner to read the tags if they are being read one at a time instead of all at once.
With the versatility of RFID technology these devices are not limited to being used as a bar code. This is only one of the many ways to use this technology to make life easier. These devices are often used by businesses, companies, and consumers to keep track of their items that otherwise could not be found.
Any product can be fitted with a RFID device so it can be tracked no matter where it ends up as long as it comes into contact with a antenna scanner. There are many variations of these devices including active and passive devices.
A great use for this type of device is in animal tracking tags. The passive devices can be made to be very small. They can be as tiny as a grain of rice and therefore will not irritate the animal once inserted. A simple procedure of inserting the chipped device must be done once and then it can be left for the life of the animal.
Chipping pets has long been a popular way to keep track of those furry family members. Before chipping technology tattoos were used. The issue with tattoos on an animal is the cases of fading as the animal grows older. The tattoo may become too light to see. It also can be quite difficult to look an animal over when it is under the distress of being in a strange place with a strange person.
Companies that work with wood products need a way to identify what material their products are. The RFID tags are often shaped as screws and inserted into wood to help identify what type of tree the material came from once they are shipped.
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There is a company that has specialized in fitting these types of instruments with RFID devices. The small RFID devices are created for the consumer and then fitted into the instrument. The information that is coded on the chip is given to any law enforcement officials, those that sell instruments, and repair shops. That way if one of the instruments come into one of these establishments they can be returned to their owner if stolen.
Products that use anti-theft tags are using RFID technology. The tags are RFID devices that will provide the signal for the scanning antenna to sound an alarm. The scanning antenna in this case is in the doorway of the store that the item belongs to.
For companies or businesses that use access cards they are able to use RFID technology. The cards can be created with an RFID device. Their entrances are then fitted with a scanning antenna that informs doorways to open only when the correct RFID device is scanned through.
When there are large items shipped across the country or across the world in cargo ships or trains large RFID devices are used to track a company's items. These RFID devices are big enough to transmit a strong radio frequency once they reach their destination to be scanned and tracked.
RFID devices are a great way to track anything that is valuable to yourself or your company. Many professional musicians will have custom instruments created for them. When these instruments are crafted they can become very valuable. They can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
With such a wide variety of uses RFID technology is becoming more popular and the technology more researched. There have been advancements that have made it possible to make devices are are cheap enough to sell to companies in bulk. With the price of RFID devices dropping it can become an easy to access technology for all companies whether they are big or small.
The city government of Berkeley in California promulgated a new and controversial municipal ordinance. Under the Berkeley Municipal Code § 9.96.030 (A), the city government wants retailers of cell phones in the area to display a poster or a handout that basically tells that we are constantly being exposed to harmful RF radiations from the way we normally carry these devices. In addition, the notice included a statement that the children are at higher risk of RF exposure. Moreover, the city government advised smartphone users to read the RF safety instructions that can be found on their smartphones.
What makes the city’s new law moot is that the CTIA, a wireless trade group, took legal actions against the city government of Berkeley. As per reports, the basis of the group is the government of Berkeley's violation of the First Amendment. This is for supposedly obliging cell phone retail outlets to post the said notice.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) investigated the issue at hand. Using a laboratory testing facility certified by the US Government, they found out that the way we normally carry our phones — inside the bra and pockets —resulted in exposure from RF radiation that is beyond the government’s allowed limit. More details of these findings were reported by Wendy Mesley on Marketplace’s “The secret inside your cell phone.”
According to Mesley’s investigation, there is a secret inside our cell phones that others may regard as a warning. It is something that the government requires cell phone makers to divulge to its users. However, a lot of people are oblivious to it, while some can’t seem to find this important message. This piece of information tells users how they can protect themselves from RF radiation coming from their devices. That said, Mission Research showed that “81 percent of Canadians have never seen the message in their phone or manual about carrying their phone 5-15mm away from the body.”
The show looked into the RF safety of today’s three popular cell phone models: the iPhone 7, LG’s G5, and Samsung Galaxy S7. Based on the conducted tests, these three phone models were below the RF radiation when evaluated at the defined safety distance by the manufacturers. For iPhone7, the safety distance is at 5mm away from the body; LG’s G5 is at 10mm; and Samsung Galaxy 7 is set at 15mm. However, when these devices were tested at a distance that is immediately close to the body, the RF radiation soared by threefold and fourfold the allowed limit.
Frank Clegg, the former President of Microsoft Canada, and his group Canadians for Safe Technology are educating the public about the harmful effects of RF radiation. They submitted over 200 research findings and case studies to Health Canada, which suggest that harm can come about even at RF levels that are below the country’s guidelines. These include damage to brain proteins, behavioral changes, DNA damage, sperm abnormalities and chronic kidney damage, among other things. The group also wanted smartphone manufacturers to print their RF safety warning at the front of the box where everyone can see it.
According to Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environment Health Trust (EHT), the public has the right to know that all wireless devices, including smartphones and tablets, have instructions regarding how they can shield themselves from RF radiation.
Health Canada said that there is no need to be concerned about this issue, but gave tips for people who are deeply worried about RF safety. This includes replacing calls with texts; using the hands-free mode when fielding or receiving calls; and encouraging the limited use of cell phones in children.
Moreover, there are available radiation blocking smartphone cases that will shield you from the harmful RF radiation. EMF radiation. SafeSleeve cell phone, laptop and tablet cases that are proven to block radiation by up to 99 percent! Protect yourself by getting your own SafeSleeve anti-radiation cases here.
If you ever use a laptop and/or tablet close to your body, chances are that you are exposing yourself to too much electromagnetic frequency radiation (EMF radiation).
Based on a recent $25 million government-backed study finding a significant link between cell phone radiation exposure and cancer, we know that cell phone use is hazardous to your health. But what about your laptop and tablet?As it turns out, not only is the exposure just as bad, it is often much worse.
In this digital age, more and more people are relying on portable devices, such as laptops and tablets, in doing most of their jobs. Not only are these devices convenient to use, but also allow users to work on the go. However, these electronic gadgets are sources of an array of health concerns.
Tablet radiation may seem to be not much of a big deal compared to cell phone radiation and laptop radiation, but it is something that we should be wary. Research shows that your tablet (e.g. Apple iPad, Samsung Tab etc) is also a source of EMF radiation. When it connects to the Internet via WiFi or the cellular network, your tablet is constantly receiving and transmitting RF waves. Basically, linking to the Internet emits EMF radiation, just like those present in cellular transmissions on your cell phone.
Another source of tablet radiation is the Extremely Low Frequency radiation (ELF radiation). This kind of radiation is set off by the components and the circuitry inside your tablet or iPad. The current that flows in your device creates a very low electromagnetic field. There are studies that elucidate how exposure to electromagnetic field as low as 2 milliGauss results to elevated health risks. With their increased processing power and battery size, tablets typically emit even higher levels of ELF as compared to cell phones.
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If a slim, lightweight, and relatively low-power device like a tablet can be a health concern, what about a laptop? Recent data show that we haven’t fully realized the dangers of laptop radiation. To start with, laptops are not specifically made for your laps. As a matter of fact, laptop manufacturers have a printed warning on the user’s manual that typically says something like “do not place on lap.” Many manufacturers now refer to their laptops as notebooks (or MacBooks, Powerbooks etc.) to further distance themselves from the implication. Aside from thermal dangers, the non-thermal hazards of using a laptop, such as laptop radiation, are associated with serious illnesses and conditions.
In a study published in the 2012 issue of Fertility and Sterility Journal, researchers found a direct correlation of laptop use and a decrease in sperm motility among men. As per the study, men who used a laptop on their laps for four hours showed signs of an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation and a decrease in sperm motility. This study exhibited similar results to a 2008 study on the link of changes in sperm count and cell phone radiation.
There are additional health concerns. Experts from various fields also confirmed the harmful effects of laptop radiation. According to Cindy Sage, an environmental consultant and public policy researcher, “Overwhelming evidence show that RF can cause DNA damage, and DNA damage is a necessary precursor to cancer.” Moreover, Dr. David Carpenter of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany said that we are radiating our pelvis each time we place a laptop on our lap.
EMF radiation is higher when our laptop or tablet is closer to our body. If using a laptop on the lap can’t be avoided, health experts suggest to use a 8-10 inch cushion in between your lap and your laptop. However, a cushion or other type of padding can block the air vents, causing overheating which is bad for your laptop and worse for you.
It is also suggested to use radiation blocking laptop case and radiation blocking tablet case to ensure that you are shielded from the harmful EMF radiation. SafeSleeve cases offers laptop, tablet and phone cases that are proven to block radiation by up to 99 percent. Protect yourself by getting your own cases here.
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Earlier this week, a Superior Court judge ordered California’s Department of Public Health to disclose to the public the documents that explored the potential health risks of long-term cell phone use. This is in relation to the case filed by the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, against the state of California. Dr. Moskowitz took legal action against the state for refusing to divulge the said findings.
In an interview with KPIX 5, Dr. Moskowitz explained the reason that prodded him to sue the state. “I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that cell phone radiation is a risk, and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks.”, he said.
Strangely enough, the “fact sheet” was brought up to date numerous times since it was prepared in 2010. Apparently, the CPDH is deliberately suppressing the release of the document. The legal team for the CPDH contended that releasing the report to the public would potentially result in public fear and panic.
Truth be told, we’ve already heard or read somewhere that cell phone use can lead to cancer. The EMF’s produced by cell phones are said to have an impact on surrounding cells and tissues that have been subjected to this type of radiation. That said, CPDH’s two-page document brings new light to the science behind the relationship of cell phone radiation and cancer.
As per the released guidelines, several studies have been found to correlate phone use and brain cancer. According to the health professionals in CPDH’s Environmental Health Investigations Branch, “people with certain kinds of brain cancer were more likely to have used cell phones for 10 years or more. Most of the cancers were on the same side of the head that people usually held their cell phones.” There are also other research that associate fertility problems and brain cancer with exposure to EMFs.
The document also suggests that children’s brains are vulnerable to EMF exposures. In fact, “EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than an adult’s. Also, the brain is still developing through the teen years, which may make children and teens more sensitive to EMF exposure.” This is why the report recommends that parents should control the cell phone use of their children. The same precautions must also be considered by pregnant women.
The experts from CPDH advise cell phone users to establish a safe distance from their electronic devices. This can be achieved by putting your phone in loudspeaker when fielding or receiving a call. Alternatively, you can use a headset. Everyone should also be cautious when carrying their phones. Avoid placing them in your pockets or putting them directly on your body. The guidelines also warn the public to refrain from using their cell phones when there is weak reception. EMF emission is at its peak when your phone has one or two bars.
Aside from these self-imposed measures, the most convenient method to reduce exposure is to use lab tested anti-radiation cases that can block all types of radiation from your electronics. SafeSleeve offers just that for your smartphones, laptops and tablets, which are lab tested and proven to reduce EMF radiation by up to 99 percent. Order yours today and get free shipping within the US!
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The motility of sperm is equally important to know and gives us a gauge if the sperm can reach the egg to fertilize it. Specifically motility is whether the sperm is able to cross the area to where the egg is at once the seminal fluid is released.
Seminal fluid has a natural energy source to propel the sperm through the journey to the egg. This energy comes from a fructose based source within the fluid. Even though this energy is supplied in the seminal fluid it is up to the sperm's motility to reach the destination.
When looking at motility you are able to measure how mobile sperm is. This will let you know if your sperm is able to fertilize an egg. If the sperm falls below fifty percent motile then a man may have a low chance of fertilizing an egg or they may be infertile.
Motile is a broad term to explain what the sperm needs to do to be able to fertilize an egg. When thinking of being mobile the word may correlate with the simple act of moving. While this definition is true it is much more than that.
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Sperm must do more than move. The sperm must be able to move forward in a strong enough motion to cross a great distance. Without this forward motion the egg will not be any closer than before.
There is sperm that is able to wiggle its tail but it does not move from its spot. Some sperm are able to move in a zig-zagging motion. This motion will make it less likely that the sperm will reach its destination because it is not heading straight for it. The sperm that moves forward in a straight line with have a much higher chance of fertilizing an egg.
Since there are so many option of how a sperm can be mobile scientists have classified sperm into categories. These categories are determined by how the sperm moves and can help explain whether the sperm is likely to fertilize or not.
For infertile seminal fluid the sperm is classified as non-motile sperm. This means that sperm is not moving at all and cannot reach the egg. In this case if there are no other sperm present the man would not be able to conceive a child.
There is also non-progressive sperm. This sperm does move its tail but it does not move forward. The sperm appears to vibrate in place and cannot reach the egg. Zig-zagging sperm are able to move from their original position. They do not progress in the correct direction through. They often move in a zig-zag pattern, in a curving motion, or other directions that do not lead to an egg.
The sperm that is able to fertilize an egg are classified as forward moving sperm. This sperm is able to move or swim directly toward an egg. These sperm are moving in a swift strong motion and are likely to reach the egg to fertilize it.
About 15% of the population has issues with infertility. That is a rather large percentage. While there are many contributing factors to infertility including reproductive health, age, genetics, and so forth; there are only a few behaviors that can be controlled in order to help decrease this percentage. One such behavior is the accepted exposure to cell phone radiation.
Numerous studies have suggested that cell phone radiation directly correlates to a lower sperm count. There are also studies that suggest quite the opposite. What does this imply?
For one, it could imply that some men are more susceptive to cell phone radiation hindering their sperm count and sperm motility than other men. If that is to be true then it would be a smart decision for all men to begin minimizing their exposure to mobile radiation.
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Sperm viability is important especially to a couple that is having trouble conceiving a child. It is in a simplified definition viability is whether or not a person has sperm that is alive. While a typical male has seminal fluid that has a large amount of sperm not all of the sperm are viable or alive.
There are many factors that affect whether a sperm is viable. It does not stop at the simple fact of if the sperm is alive or dead. Fertility is much more complicated than if sperm is viable or not. A test for fertility is successful if a man's sperm comes back and is at least sixty percent viable.
To test if a man's sperm is viable doctors and scientists use a sample of seminal fluid. This seminal fluid is measured to see what sperm is alive and what is dead. A common way to test if the sperm is dead or alive is to use a dye in the sperm.
The non-viable sperm cells, the dead sperm cells, will absorb the dye. This is because these cells will not have a solid cellular membrane. This allows the dye to leak into the cell thus dying it. A sperm cell that is alive will have a solid cellular membrane. Which will protect the cell from absorbing the dye.
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Looking past whether sperm is alive or dead viability focuses on the sperm cells that are alive. These sperm cells must be healthy. Any sperm cells that are damaged can make it hard to conceive a child. The damage, or defects, could be a number of problems.
The sperm may have its DNA altered making it non-viable. If there any antibodies present that fight sperm it can make it difficult for the sperm to fertilize an egg. Other chemicals can affect sperm and make it impossible for the sperm to fertilize an egg.
Sperm must be viable and healthy to reach an egg. The vagina is an acidic environment and it will kill the sperm as it travels to fertilize the egg. If the seminal fluid is not viable or it has a low amount of viable sperm it will be improbable that the sperm will reach the egg before dying. If there are factors that have decreased sperm viability it is likely the man will have trouble conceiving a child.
Fertility must include factor more in depth than just sperm viability. Viability of sperm is important but the sperm must also be motile. If the sperm has low mobility it can be difficult for the sperm to reach an egg before it is killed by the hostile environment of the vagina.
Another aspect that is look at is the total sperm count. If a man has a high sperm count it can help to combat if his sperm has lower viability. It is the same if the sperm count is low. Even if they have viable sperm with a low sperm count it can still be difficult for the sperm to fertilize an egg.
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To ensure that the public is protected from the harmful effects of direct exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy and radiation, government agencies impose a certain threshold for the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of smartphones and other electronic and wireless devices. The SAR measures the rate by which our body absorbs the RF energy that is emitted by these handheld gadgets.
In the United States, the SAR limit is at 1.60 W/kg over 1 gram/tissue. But in Europe, the threshold is a little higher. The SAR limit is set at 2 W/kg over 10 grams/tissue. The SAR tends to increase depending on the affected area in our body. For example, our ears receive the highest SAR levels. Due to the severity of the thermal effects and the radiation caused by smartphones, several private entities and individuals made it their life’s mission to protect the public from these undesirable consequences.
Smartphones and Their SAR Values
In France, a militant physician named Marc Arazi filed a suit against the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) for depriving the public of the list of smartphones that exceeded the SAR limit. According to a July 2016 report by the National Agency for Food, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), 89 percent of cell phones on sale in the country in 2015 went beyond the SAR threshold. Some were even said to have registered an SAR value over 4 W/kg.
When sought for comment as to why the list wasn’t published, Gilles Brégant, the AFNR director, said that the current law prohibits the agency from disclosing any information that are obtained as part of the agency’s monitoring activity. Apparently, the list of smartphones that exceeded the SAR limit falls under that category. Moreover, Brégant explained that the cell phone manufacturers conformed to the standards, that is to measure the SAR values at 15 mm from the body.
The European Union acknowledged that the current criterion did not meet the safety requirements. In a 2016 decision, the Union adjusted the separation distance, which should not go beyond “a few millimeters.” Referring to this guideline, the ANFR now measures the SAR at 5 millimeters. However, Arazi maintained that the distance is still unacceptable and asserted that the SAR must be gauged in direct contact with the body.
Is Your Smartphone Safe?
Over the years, the detrimental effects to our health of cell phone radiation have stirred up the attention of government agencies, the scientific community, and the public. As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) categorized cell phone radiation as a “potential human carcinogen.” There are also other studies that link cell phone radiation and cell phone use to cancer.
If you want to know whether or not your cell phone is safe to use, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a list of cell phone models and their SAR levels. For instance, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have SAR at 1.10 and 1.18 W/kg, respectively. That said, having a low SAR level does not necessarily mean that your smartphone is safe. In fact, smartphones are launched in the market even in the absence of safety human tests. In addition, the current SAR threshold hasn’t been updated for over two decades and is only based in animal behavioral research during the 1970s.
To protect yourself from the harmful RF radiation, SafeSleeve offers anti-radiation blocking cases for your smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which are lab tested and proven to block up to 99 percent of RF radiation. Aside from this, experts advise the public to limit their cell phone use and avoid using cell phones when inside a car. As per research, the RF waves are magnified by the metal chassis, doors, and roof of the car since the waves bounce back at the smartphone user.
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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.