What is electromagnetic radiation (EMR)?
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or sometimes called electrosmog or electrostress is generated by most electrical appliances, electrical cables, transformers, hair dryers, electrical shavers, microwaves, mobile masts, cordless telephones and mobile phones.
Electromagnetic field (ELF) radiation includes household appliances and overhead power lines. Scientists agree that ELF fields are hazardous to human health. It’s considered “possibly carcinogenic,” and has been linked to cases of childhood leukemia.
The most common frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum include:
- Electric Power 60 Hz
- AM radio 1 MHz
- FM radio 88-108 MHz
- Mobile phones 800-2200 MHz
- Microwave ovens 2450 MHz
- X-rays, more than 1,000,000 MHz
All electromagnetic energy falls somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation to microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays.
It’s a proven fact that at extremely high frequencies, like that of x-rays, the electromagnetic particles have enough power to break chemical bonds and cause serious damage to human tissue. This is known as ionizing radiation.
Since X-rays have the power to damage the genetic material of cells, they can lead to cancer and birth defects—which is why you wear a lead vest during x-rays to protect the surrounding areas from unnecessary damage.
At lower frequencies, such as the microwave range used by mobile phones and base stations, the energy emitted is too low to break chemical bonds (non-ionizing radiation). This is the main staple argument by those who believe that cell phone radiation is completely harmless.
Perhaps the most interesting, and perplexing thing to note here is this: Although extremely low frequencies (ELF’s emitted from appliances and power lines) are known to be carcinogenic, and high levels of radio frequency energy are known to create heat that damages biological tissue, the scientific community is extremely hesitant to attach any kind of danger to the in-between frequencies where cell phones operate.
What is mobile phone radiation?
Electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation from mobile phones provokes a good deal of controversy. Many experts believe that the radiation is too low-level to cause harm. However, they often base this on an examination of thermal or heat-related effects. The danger from mobile phones is far more likely to originate in the low-intensity pulsed microwave radiation that the phones emit.
What proof is there of harmful effects?
There is now a growing body of evidence showing that long-term exposure to this kind of mobile phone radiation can indeed put your health in danger. Studies have linked mobile phone radiation to issues like:
- Brain cancer
- Tumor growth on the auditory nerve
- Reduced male fertility
- Increased risk of seizures
- Many other potential problems
Although mobile phone radiation is of low intensity, the oscillatory similarity between this pulsed microwave radiation and certain electrochemical activities within your body raises serious concerns.
Your body is essentially an electromagnetic instrument, controlled by highly complex and orderly oscillatory electrical processes. Each one of these electro-biological processes vibrate at a specific frequency—some of which happen to be close to those used in modern GSM cell phone technology.
The pulsating, low-intensity microwaves from mobile phones can exert subtle, non-thermal influences on the human biology because microwaves are waves. As such, they have properties other than just intensity (which is the part regulated by safety guidelines).
Therefore, much in the same way as a radio can receive interference; your biological processes can be interfered with by the oscillatory aspect of the incoming radiation.
Highly organized electrical processes at the cellular level are especially vulnerable to interference from cell phone radiation, because their frequency happens to fall within the microwave range.
What you can do to protect yourself
Some common sense approaches include:
- Keep your mobile phone use down a much as possible (under 4 min at a time)
- Get a mobile phone with a good speakerphone and always use it.
- Keep the phone as far away from your body as possible.
- Restrict your children’s use of cell phones, as no one knows just how severe the health impact may be after a lifetime of exposure.
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