The telecom, digital communication industry is expected to reach a value of more than 1.2 trillion Euros by 2018. Overall, the health consequences of chronic exposure to radiation are controversial and undecided. Public information is limited to trusted, unbiased, research studies. Many studies contradict each other on key elements making it difficult to come to a finite conclusion.
The length of time for radiation cumulative effect to have a health outcome is unpredictable. In addition, it is very difficult to prove a cause and effect relationship.
Therefore, the best we can do is look to the experts for guidance. A selected review of the literature finds the following three investigations.
One study completed in May 2011, by the WHO/International Agency found that radiofrequency electromagnetic waves may be a causal effect in the production of cancer in humans. There was an increased risk for a malignant type of brain cancer with cell phone use.
The next investigation by researches Heynick LN, Johnston HA, examined cancer investigations published in peer-reviewed journals involving exposure to electromagnetic fields. Their conclusions do not support exposures to such fields are carcinogenic.
A previous analysis was cone by the Standing Committee on Epidemiology, in 2001. Reviewed 20 years of investigation of EMF in relation to chronic disease and concluded there is no conclusion as more questions that need to be answered.
Are cell phones dangerous? This is a fundamental question to answer facing a trillion dollar industry and the explosive development of digital devices. What the studies have shown is open to discussion.
- If cell phone use begins before the age of 20 there is 5 times increased risk to develop cancer.
- If cell phone use exceeds 30 minutes a day for 10 years there is twice the risk to develop cancer.
- If cell phone use exceeds 2000 hours there is a 240% increased risk to develop cancer.
There is also a suggestion that cell phones affect male and female reproduction. In men, there was a possible connection to low sperm count. In females, there appears to be an association with an increased risk of miscarriage. This was especially strong in women who had a history of infertility and miscarriages.
It is not clear if many health symptoms are related to cell phone radiation exposure. However, if any of these symptoms persist it is important to see a physician and seek medical help. They may be an indication of a deeper disorder or disease. They are:
- Chronic colds & flu
- Headaches and “mind-fog”
- Digestive disorders
- Sleep disturbance
- Memory Loss
- Chronic pain
At the present time it is difficult to answer the question, ‘are cell phones dangerous’. However, taking precautions is reasonable and prudent. As technologies advance more scientific information will be available to validate EMF, safety, and necessary protections. Everything can cause a biologic stress and response. Repeated exposure, second-hand radiation and the increasingly fast pace of our environments all play a role in the health of our minds, body, and spirit.