Infant and Children, Pregnancy | February 27, 2018 | Author: Naturopath
In just a few decades electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers and tablets have taken over our lives. There are definite advantages to these kinds of technologies in terms of business, education and improved communication—but are these devices completely safe?
We haven’t been using electronic devices long enough to fully study long-term impacts and conclude they definitively cause specific diseases. However, what emerging research does show is that radiation from mobile phones is linked to an increased risk of brain cancer, thyroid issues and infertility. Other devices certainly come with some side-effects which will be discussed in this article.
While this doesn’t mean you have to ditch your high-tech gadgets—there are things you can implement to minimise your risk.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans. The closer you are to these electromagnetic fields—the higher the risk.
While studies linking mobile phone use to cancer has delivered mixed results—there are certainly large-scale studies which have identified an increase in risk.
They found that:
An article published in the Oman Medical Journal found students who moderately and heavily used cell phones in talk mode experienced a significant alteration to thyroid hormones. They reported higher than normal TSH levels and decreased T4 levels which can contribute to underactivity of this important organ.
If you’re a male and you carry your mobile phone in your pocket or clipped on your belt—think again!
Sperm of men exposed to cell phone radiation die three times faster than those unexposed to the radiation.
The sperm also experience three times the level of mitochondrial DNA damage—which is bad news for male reproductive health!
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Computers pose a much lower risk when compared to mobile phones but there are still potential dangers. Wireless routers as well as Bluetooth and similar wireless systems give off electromagnetic radiation in the low-gigahertz frequency. This level is considered potentially dangerous to people and the danger is compounded by several factors:
Increasingly, scientists and researchers are uncovering the health risks of EMFs. Depending on the level and the length of exposure, those risks can range from insomnia and headaches to tumours.
In addition to the dangers from EMFs computer usage increases your risk of:
Scientists in Korea have additionally found something called “digital dementia” in children. They reported that children who are heavy technology users have brains that are underdeveloped on the right side. This has been characterized by memory loss, attention disorders, lack of eye contact, lack of empathy, and difficulty feeling or showing emotions. As a result, the Korean government is instituting programs to reduce uses and exposures especially to young children.
Even in the womb damage can occur to a developing foetus.
Experimental research shows that animals exposed prenatally to cell phone radiation develop more damage to critical parts of the brain involved in thinking and impulse control–the hippocampus and cerebellum. Dr. Hugh Taylor, the Chief of obstetrics and gynaecology at Yale University has shown that pregnant mice exposed to this radiation have offspring with increased hyperactivity, decreased memory and altered brain development.