There’s a controversial subject I’ve been wanting to bring up here in Nutrition & Healing. But I’ve been waiting for the right moment.
Because it will be not just difficult for you to read… but also difficult for me to share.
It’s clear that the time has now come to admit it: Mobile phones are dangerous.
I know! I didn’t want to believe it either, but the evidence that we have to take these powerful devices seriously is mounting.
I remember the first time that the fear of mobile phones and cancer ‘hit’ me: It was about 15 years ago, when I’d seen my third brain cancer patient in about three months.
Even though I do see a fair number of cancer patients, it was a bit unusual to see that many brain cancer patients in such a short time.
The ‘light bulb moment’ really came as I realised that the aggressive tumour my 30-year-old female patient had was directly behind her left ear.
And that got me thinking – especially when her mobile phone rang in the middle of the appointment. She answered the phone quickly – putting the phone up to her left ear – and told the caller that she couldn’t talk.
Could this be the cause of her cancer?
Though she was shocked at my asking the question, she admitted to using the phone excessively every day over the previous few years. She’d had her own concerns as well.
She said that she believed that it caused headaches – and not only that, but she ‘feared’, as I did, that it was the root cause of her cancer.
From that day forward, I’ve changed the way I use a mobile phone myself… and I’ve been actively researching mobile phones and cancer.
And now, not one but two recent public releases have exposed the truth about the dangers of these amazing devices.
To my surprise – and delight – both of these reports have come from official agencies!
Translation: If the feds are willing to go up against the deep pockets of Telecom Giants, you know that it must be bad.
Here’s the latest of what we know in terms of how your mobile phone could be linked to your risk of cancer – and how to dodge the proverbial electromagnetic bullet.
We’re not admitting what we already know
Now, your mobile phone may seem innocent enough… but it’s a powerful machine.
And all of that ‘connectivity’ it provides comes at a cost.
You see, mobile phones emit a form of radiation called non-ionizing radiation – very similar to what microwave ovens emit.
Except, unlike your microwave, your mobile phone is working all the time. That means it never stops emitting that radiation until you turn
But who turns off their mobile phone? I bet most of us even sleep with it on. We don’t think about how foolish that may be.
We would never purposely put our heads next to a ‘working’ microwave oven for multiple hours straight each day! (Personally, I don’t even like to stand in front of it while it’s ‘nuking’ anything, even just for a few seconds.)
The actual research about mobile phones and the related electromagnetic fields that surround them is controversial, confusing, and, quite honestly… exactly what you’d expect from a multibillion-dollar industry.
Don’t get me wrong – many studies have been done. But almost all of them simply imply that this form of radiation can cause bodily changes that can lead to disease. And they usually end with: “We need more research to show what this means.”
Meanwhile, scientists overseas are publishing controversial and damning studies and yet many so-called experts pooh-pooh them… and the media, in turn, ignore them.
But in May 2011, something happened that made the bigwigs at these large corporations take this subject a bit more seriously: The World Health Organization (WHO) categorised mobile phone radiation as a “possible carcinogenic hazard.”1
That was a big deal. Believe it or not, that’s the exact same label that’s been slapped on known toxins like lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform!
More importantly, WHO stated that its warning was “based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.”
That is pretty plain and simple. In fact, as I’m typing this, I’m quite shocked that more people aren’t talking about this… and that hardly any people seem to have really listened or cared!
Well, I’ll tell you right now – I care. And by the end of this article, I hope that you care as much as I do, too.
Still kicking the can down the road
Recently, what’s had the most attention are two studies that tried to figure out how mobile phone radiation exposure would affect the health of rodents (mice and rats).
Of course, the hope was that whatever that radiation did to the animals would give us some idea of what it might do to us.
Both studies were government funded and the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not only sanctioned them… but actually commissioned the researchers to conduct them.
We waited a long time for these studies. But the results that came out of them were, well… mixed.
The researchers found that male rats do have an elevated risk of developing a form of nerve tumour, called malignant schwannomas. There were also sex-and species-dependent moderate upticks in certain cancers, such as lymphoma, prostate, skin, lung, liver, and brain cancer.2
On top of that, there was also a moderate increase in frequency of lower birth weights in baby rodents – evidence of DNA damage and heart damage.
The bad news is that these results weren’t consistent enough across the species and sex of the rodents to ‘rock’ the medical community, so to speak. Nor did they give mobile phone radiation a clear ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ once and for all.
But they did put a spotlight on the fact that cancers CAN come from this kind of radiation, at least at high levels of exposure.
If you ask me, the slightly weird part of these studies is that they used technology that’s now considered antiquated: 3G. This smells a bit fishy to me… because while the study was being conducted, 4G was by far the norm in most developed countries.
And by now, the latest on the horizon is a move towards 5G technology.3
Were the researchers trying to ‘stack the deck’, as it were?
The scary truth is that because there are no real definitive guidelines on what is safe and what is not safe… and the tech industry is making so much money off of this that it is a no-holds-barred race to get the WiFi and electro-magnetic fields stronger and faster… the emergence of new technology is outpacing the ability to study its safety!
Get that mobile phone away from your head
I’ll admit that I don’t love talking about this. It’s impossible to live in today’s society, run a busy medical practice, and have a plentiful life – with a family and grandchildren – and not rely on mobile phones and WiFi!
I hate to be a ‘Debbie Downer’, because I love the freedom, power, and information that I get from my own mobile phone. Quite honestly, I’m not sure how I could do all that I do without this technology.
So, I know that all of this isn’t easy to read, either.
But I think that it’s my duty to give you the most up-to-date research… and tell you the truth about the dangers to your health.
There are, of course, some obvious things that you can do to reduce your risk, such as:
- Use the speakerphone function instead of holding the phone up to your ear (or use ear buds or headphones if you cannot use the speaker).
- Send a text message instead of calling.
- Try to keep the phone away from your pocket or bra.
- Don’t put the mobile phone near your head while you sleep (such as on the nightstand).
- Turn off your phone – and your WiFi router – when you go to bed.
Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.
So, which do you care more about: keeping your technology or staying free of cancer?
And do you care enough to slow down for a bit and decide if you really want to know what’s inside Pandora’s box?
Unfortunately, cancer isn’t the only health issue that we need to be concerned about when it comes to electromagnetic fields and mobile phone radiation. Stay tuned for my follow-up to this topic, in which I explore the MANY diseases that may be associated with the electronic ‘smog’ that’s hanging over all of us – both in our homes and pretty much everywhere we go in public.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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