Today I read a very disturbing article in the Huffington Post.
The article is a warning for those who use cell phones and laptops like us students. It introduced me to a new term, EMF (electromagnetic fields), described as possibly “the most devastating threat to health yet”. EMFs radiate from almost every household item in this generation, like microwaves, along with cell phone towers and Wi-Fi routers (which are located all over HWS). The most potent EMFs come from cell phones though.
The article explains the horrible effects that EMFs have on our bodies, like causing brain cells to leak, and speeding up cell division. It states,
Hundreds of studies link EMF exposure to Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), brain fog, cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, infertility, insomnia, learning impairment, as well as anxiety and depression.
Miscarriage?? Why didn’t my doctor warn me about this? This is very serious stuff.
I am an avid iPhone user, and if you are always on your phone too, the next fact will terrify you. According to the book Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Should Not Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Anne Louse Gittleman,
the Swedish National Institute for Working Life found that people using cell phones for 2,000 hours—a total most of us could easily rack up over the years—had a 240 percent increased risk for malignant brain tumors on the side of the head where they usually held their phone.
WHAT!? If this is true, then my entire generation (who have been using cell phones since 6th grade) will most likely have brain tumors, because “kids absorb 50 percent more electro-pollution than adults”. Someone please provide a post that disproves this fact so I am able to sleep tonight!
The article does end with some tips to avoid EMFs, though:
- Text, don’t talk, whenever possible.
- Use speaker mode to keep your phone as far away from your head as possible.
- Go offline — turn off your cell phone when you’re not using it and shut off your wireless router at night. (You’ll be amazed how much more soundly you’ll sleep.)
- Get your phone out of the your pocket; men who carry their mobile there have lower sperm counts than those who don’t carry a cell phone.
- Avoid tight spaces (buses, elevators, trains, and subways) where your phone has to work harder to get a signal out through metal.
- Buy low, choosing a phone with a low SAR (specific absorption rate) number.
- Replace your cordless phones with corded landline phones.
- Don’t cradle your laptop–putting it on your lap exposes your reproductive organs to EMFs.
- Most important of all, restrict cell and cordless phone use during pregnancy.
Well… Seeing as I have already have talked on my cell phone for more than 2,000 hours in my lifetime and have ALWAYS cradled my MacBook in my lap, I am worried that I am going to end up childless and with a brain tumor. Hopefully someone invents a cell phone case that restricts or limits the emission of EMFs…ASAP!