Global Concerns & Personal Risks
An International EMF Scientist Appeal was signed by more than 200 scientists from 39 nations. This group of scientists have published more than 2,000 peer-reviewed articles on the health effects of non-ionizing radiation which includes Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity, or Radio Frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications that our mobile phones emit.
The video above is by Dr. Martin Blank who has more than 30 years of experience with EMF research at Columbia University. He is also a past president of the International Bioelectromagnetics Society. Dr. Blank shares a concerned explanation of the looming health crisis we are all facing due to increasing levels and frequency of mobile device use.
“When you have physicists and engineers and politicians and industrial people who are sitting and making these decisions as to what is safe, we’re getting into a situation where it’s more and more of this radiation in our environment with no apparent control,” Blank says. He warns that the EMF levels are so high, they are causing more and more medical problems.
Studies of EMF
A recent study appearing in the International Journal of Oncology reported an increased risk of glioma (a type of tumor in the brain or spine) associated with cell phone use. Research also has uncovered a risk of meningioma from mobile phone use. As a result, the authors of the report recommended that mobile phone radiation be classified as a probable human carcinogen.
Apple has taken the lead to some degree by explicitly stating in the little manual that comes with iphones that the device should not touch your body and Apple says users should carry their iPhones about a 1/2 inch or more from their bodies at all times. So if your mobile device is in your jean pockets or on your lap, it’s possibly too close for comfort. In an interview with Jack Manza the Editor of UnitedVoice, iphone users were questioned if they were aware of this warning. Unfortunately, most were not.
Local Action Heating Up
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones. The so-called “right to know ordinance” is expected to be challenged by a lawsuit from the cell phone industry.
Organization leaders are advocating that manufacturers and sellers tell people that phones should not be held close to the body–and If they do hold them up to their body they claim that the EMF radiation levels are exceeding federal exposure limits. Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has agreed to defend the City of Berkeley free of charge if the mobile phone industry files a claim.
What You Can Do
- Store and carry electronic devices as far away from your body as possible
- Use wired headsets whenever possible
- If you must take a call without a headset, keep it short and use the speakerphone
- Limit your children’s use of electronic devices
- Turn your electronic devices off at night or put it as far away from your bed as possible
Our Take on EMF Concerns
We are concerned; however, not enough to immediately run for the hills and ditch our devices. Research and resulting findings suggest that we should change our habits to minimize the risks of harmful EMF radiation from these devices. A slight change in our habits can potentially make a positive difference. United Voice staff is reviewing EMF protection shields and other devices that claim to reduce or eliminate EMF concerns. We have our doubts, but we will definitely keep you posted.