An important update on wireless and health:
Before you read this, I don’t think there is enough evidence to suggest ditching your wireless devices. If you did that, you’d cease to function in today’s world. That said, it might not hurt to minimize our exposure. The research on this topic is intriguing. But that does not mean you have to go all “alarmist” on the topic.
Anyone who knows me, subscribes to my newsletter or follows my blog, knows that I’ve been writing about the potential harmful effects from wireless radiation. If you’re new to Blooming Wellness, please read the piece I wrote here on wireless and health first, because it will help you understand why the below information is so important and how I got interested in this topic to begin with. Believe me, I had no idea that wireless headphones or cell phones on my abdomen or in my sports bra was potentially a bad idea, mainly because these devices are everywhere.
I also encourage you to listen to a few of my podcasts regarding radiation from wireless devices and potential health outcomes. I’ve been lucky to have several researchers come on, and I’m actively trying to get more, specifically to talk about how EMF radiation affects insects and migration and how it affects male fertility. ( Another study was just published on the latter in 2021.) Now you can read the update: ;)
The National Toxicology Program or NTP ( Part of the US Dept of Health and Human Services) ran 1 of the 2 largest animal studies on cell phone/wireless radiation exposure and health outcomes, specifically cancer. This study cost 30 million dollars and lasted over 10 years. They found “clear evidence” and “some evidence” that wireless exposure from cell phones led to tumors in the brain, heart and adrenal glands.
In 2019, NTP published a second analysis that looked at DNA damage in rats and mice, from cell phone exposure. They looked at 3 areas of the brain, the liver and red blood cells. They concluded:
“NTP scientists found that RFR ( wireless) exposure was associated with an increase in DNA damage. Specifically, they found RFR exposure was linked with significant increases in DNA damage in:
the frontal cortex of the brain in male mice,
the blood cells of female mice, and
the hippocampus of male rats.”
In November of 2020 at GLORE 2020 ( Global Coordination of Research and Health Policy of RF Electromagnetic Fields), hosted by Health Canada, the NTP presented Phase 2 of their study which will aim to determine the biological mechanisms of action for how RFR (wireless radiation) is causing this DNA damage, since we know it is non-ionizing radiation. Here is a link to their presentation. I’m very excited to see the results of this study.
Why don’t you hear more about this in the mainstream media?
Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is that Big Tech and Phone companies are very, very, very rich and powerful.
Does this mean you shouldn’t use your cell phone or wireless gadgets?!?
No, it doesn’t mean that at all! But it means creating distance between your gadgets and your body (especially your head) might be a smart thing to do. And it means being mindful of your exposure and your kids’ exposure and your unborn baby’s exposure might be a smart thing to do. I know it seems odd since these gadgets are everywhere, but remember: Proving causation from a new exposure takes a lot of years. And it’s hard to do, frankly, because in the real world, without a controlled environment, there are endless confounding factors. And when randomized controlled human trials are impossible because of ethical concerns, it’s more important than ever to rely on controlled animal trials, and then try to correlate those results with epidemiological data.
Minimizing your exposure isn’t hard. For example, I use wired headphones and talk with my phone on speaker mode when I have to take calls. I also don’t sleep with my phone or any gadgets at night. Those are easy, practical things you can do IF you are concerned.
If you aren’t concerned and think the science is bad, then don’t worry about changing your habits. The choice is always yours!
People call me a quack for even mentioning this issue, but that’s okay. The research is interesting to me, is all.