Cell Phone Radiation and Your Brain

Published: 14th December 2009
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You may have heard of the controversy regarding cell phone safety. Or read reports of studies that suggest links between cell phone radiation and the various kinds of brain tumors. But what is not typically discussed is how they could affect the way your brain functions.

Here is a quote I like. because of its simplicity and commmon sense, by
Olle Johansson, associate professor of neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden: "If you put a radio near a source of EMFs you will get interference. The human brain has an electric field so if you put sources of EMFs nearby, it is not surprising that you get interference, interaction with systems and damage to cells and molecules."

A study conducted by the Spanish Neuro Diagnostic Research Institute in Marbella, Spain, showed that a call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child's brain for up to an hour afterwards. Previously it had been thought that the cell phone radiation's interference with brain waves and brain chemistry stopped at the end of a call. But this study shows that the brain wave patterns stay abnormal for a longer period. This could affect the children's mood and ability to learn in the classroom if they have been using a phone during break time, for instance. The alteration in brain waves could lead to things like a lack of concentration, memory loss, inability to learn and aggressive behaviour.

Swedish researchers led by Professor Leif Salford at Lund University have found that cell phone radiation damages key brain cells and suggest this could trigger an early onset of Alzheimer's disease. The study found that rats which had been exposed to medium and high levels of radiation had an abundance of dead neurons in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory and movement. Professor Salford says that rat brains have the same blood-brain barrier and nerurons as human brains and suggests those neurons that are already prone to Alzheimer's disease in humans may be stimulated earlier in life. Although he cautions that this is just one observation, "We cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use [of the cell phone], a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects maybe already in their middle age."

The first test that indicated long-term memory loss as a result of exposure to cell phone radation was conducted six years ago Dr. Henry Lai. Dr. Lai's study showed in his experiment with rats that microwaves similar to those emitted by cell phones can affect reference memory functions that caused exposed rats to lose the navigational tests. Dr. Lai's study suggests that the irradiation affected levels of the chemical acetylcholine, whici controls the type of navigation in animals as performed in the tests.

There is indirect evidence that the chemical controls a similar function in humans. Alzheimer's patients -- who often show symptoms of forgetting their way to familiar places -- show a decrease in acetylcholine.

A ten-year study into cell phones conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found a link between long term use and brain tumors. The internationally-respected body will release the official results of their study before the end of the year, but will soon begin issuing a public health message with its findings, according to the New York Post.

The $30 million decade-long project surveyed 12,800 people in 13 countries, and included tumor sufferers as well as healthy cell phone users. No specific results of the study have been released, but preliminary results have linked mobile phone exposure to three types of brain tumour and a tumour of the salivary gland.

This finding comes on the heels of similar reports recently by the International EMF Collaborative and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as well as a Senate hearing chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, looking into the health risks of cell phone use.

The head of the WHO study, Dr. Elisabeth Cardis, said, "In the absence of definitive results and in the light of a number of studies which, though limited, suggest a possible effect of radiofrequency radiation, precautions are important." She further stated that children should be restricted, not banned, from cell phone use.

To learn more about the latest cell phone radiation protection solutions for you and your family, please visit http://www.cellphone-health.com.

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