Cellphones & The Brain
Let's be honest- many of us feel some kind of difference after speaking on our cellphones. Maybe its just a mild fogginess, heat or discomfort alongside the head; or maybe its an actual headache or acute pain. Whatever the case, there is a lingering sense that something is going on when we press those powerful little screens to our precious little heads... Here is our advice and attempt to bring some clarity to the issue:
1. Listen to your body.
Our own intuition and observations are often the most powerful forms of knowledge, especially when it comes to our health and bodies.
2. Do the research.
There are plenty of studies that show that cellphone use DOES alter the brain in potentially harmful ways:
• Research carried out by Dr. Lennart Hardell at the Swedish University Hospital, in affiliation with the Department of Oncology and Department of Radiation Sciences, “confirmed previous results of an association between mobile and cordless phone use and malignant brain tumours… providing support for the hypothesis that EMFs play a role both in the initiation and promotion stages of carcinogenesis.”
• Research carried out by scientists in Finland found that exposing human cells to mobile phone radiation damaged the blood-brain barrier, a safety barrier in the body that stops harmful substances in blood from entering the brain.
• Further research has shown that mobile phones damage key brain cells and could trigger the early onset of Alzheimer's disease, as well as damage our capacity for learning, memory and movement.
3. Take precaution.
The WHO/ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B- the same category as lead and exhaust), based on the increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. They have urged individuals to follow the "precautionary principle" until further research is done. In other words, better safe than sorry!