Cell Phone Use Linked To Serious Health Issues
Infographic highlights serious health risks associated with cell phone use
That slick new smartphone you've been eyeing could end up damaging your brain or
even giving you cancer later in life. This is according to data compiled for a
powerful infographic on mobile phone use, which pins electromagnetic radiation
emitted from mobile devices to nervous system damage, hemoglobin loss in blood
cells, endocrine damage, digestive problems, elevated cholesterol levels,
asthma, memory loss and mental confusion, headaches and fatigue, and cancerous
tumors, among other conditions.
Compiled by MobilePhone.co.in, the infographic explains how a shocking 5 billion
people globally now use cell phones, which includes 303 million people living
in the United States. Of this 5 billion, most keep their phones with them all
throughout the day either in a pocket or purse, and nearly 70 percent keep
their phones next to their heads on a nightstand while they sleep. What this
means is that the vast majority of humanity is now being exposed to a constant
stream of health-damaging electromagnetic radiation.
Such health effects include the aforementioned conditions, and especially cancer
and cancer-related conditions. The overall number of gliomas, for instance, or
tumors of the brain or spine, has spiked dramatically since the advent of
mobile phones. According to the data, some 10,000 new glioma cases are
diagnosed every year just in the U.S., and heavy mobile phone users have been
found to be 40 percent more likely than others to develop them.
"Based on mixed epidemiological evidence on humans regarding an association
between exposure to RF radiation from wireless phones and head cancers (glioma
and acoustic neuroma), RF fields have been classified by the International
Agency for Research on Cancer as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B),"
admits the World Health Organization (WHO) on its website.
Cell phone radiation absorbed directly into brain, potentially causing host of
Other conditions linked to mobile phone use include those aforementioned, as
well as reduced immunity, decreased sensory and motor function, organ damage,
obstructed sleep patterns, skin rashes, joint pain and muscle spasms. A study
out of Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) that was published last summer also
found that excessive mobile phone use causes general oxidative stress
throughout the body, which in turn can lead to DNA damage and cancer.
"There is considerable oxidative stress on the tissue and glands which are close
to the cell phone when in use," stated the TAU study's lead author Dr. Yaniv
Hamzany about the findings. "The damage caused by oxidative stress is linked to
cellular and genetic mutations which cause the development of tumours."
This is particularly alarming for conditions related to the brain and nervous
system, as these are the areas most exposed to mobile phone radiation. Not
surprisingly, at least 50 percent of cell phone radiation is absorbed directly
by the head and body during use, as cell phone users typically press their
devices up against their heads while talking.
Even worse is the fact that children with developing brains are most prone to
damage by cell phone radiation, as their brains tend to absorb more of it on
average than the brains of adults. The types of phones and the technologies
that they use are also important factors, as smartphones using so-called "4G"
or "LTE" network service are believed to be among the most damaging.
"This much is clear: the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] provides
consumers with absolutely no information to help them to choose a cell phone
network that would expose them to less radiation," explains the Environmental
Working Group, a consumer advocacy group, in an extensive research paper on
cell phone radiation, which is available at ewg.org.