Dr. Olle Johansson is a professor of neuroscience at the famous Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In a video interview, he explains his fascinating research into the very real dangers of cell phone radiation. What researchers like Dr. Olle Johansson are finding out is that the frequencies of cell phones and other wireless technologies are interfering with those in your brain and body in a very bad way. He says: "All the evidence points, like trees in the wind, to severe human health dangers from proliferating cell phone technology."
What Do Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Frequencies do to Your Brain?
To get an accurate picture of what is going on when your brain is exposed to radiation from a cell phone, I highly suggest you download the brainwave model (PDF) from The Human Project.
As you look it over, you’ll see that your brain vibrates at different frequencies. For instance, the frequency at 3-12.5 Hz is the “vitality field” that allows your brain to recover, recharge and maintain homeostasis through deep sleep.
Moving up the scale, your pineal gland, which produces melatonin that helps you sleep and fights cancer, vibrates at 10 Hz. Your brain’s limbic system -- the center of your emotions -- vibrates at 12.5 Hz and your brain’s “joy center” vibrates at 17.5 Hz.
As vibrations increase, that is where you can run into some problems. At 33 Hz, nervousness, panic and anxiety starts, and frequencies much above this can cause everything from cell mutations to problems with fertility. Cordless phones -- the type you likely have in your home and office -- vibrate at pulsating frequencies starting at 100 Hz, and they vibrate non-stop, 24/7, even when they’re on standby. According to The Human Project, these phones disturb sleep, life energy and recovery, and can lead to burnout or disturbances in the base of your brain that can impact your entire endocrine system.
• Mobile phones result in 217 electroshocks per second into your nervous system. The EU REFLEX study, which involved 12 research teams from seven nations, found that these pulsating electroshocks damage DNA and cause cell mutations to occur.
• Wireless Internet, Wi-Fi and microwave ovens transmit at an ultra-high frequency of 2.45 GHz. This disturbs your brain’s “clock frequency” and can damage fertility and cause cell mutations.
It’s No Longer Just Speculation
Dr. Johansson is far from the only reputable scientist speaking out about these dangers.
Earlier this year, two scientists told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy that use of cell phones may raise the risk of brain cancer. The concern came from Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.
The two scientists cited a major study recently presented by Dr. Lennart Hardell of Örebro University in Sweden, which stated that people using cell phones doubled their risk of developing brain cancer and acoustic neuromas, a tumor that damages the hearing nerve.
The study also showed that people who started using cell phones before the age of 20 years old were more than five times as likely to develop brain cancer.
Dr. David Carpenter, a physician who has researched and published more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals on the environmental causes of human disease, also testified about the scientific foundation for cautionary measures before the U.S. House Subcommittee.
The BioInitiative Report, to which Dr. Carpenter was co-editor, documents serious scientific concerns about the current limits regulating how much radiation is allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of exposure to radiofrequencies and electromagnetic fields in daily life.
It concludes that the existing standards for public safety are completely inadequate to protect your health. The report also includes studies showing evidence for:
• Effects on gene and protein expression
(Transcriptomic and Proteomic Research)
• Genotoxic effects – RFR and ELF DNA damage
• Stress response (stress proteins)
• Effects on immune function
• Effects on neurology and behavior
• Brain tumors and acoustic neuromas
• Childhood cancers (leukemia)
• Magnetic field exposure: Melatonin production, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer
• Breast cancer promotion (melatonin links in laboratory and cell studies)
• Disruption by the modulating signal
Some Countries are Already Taking Action … But Many are Not
The risks of cell phones and other wireless devices has prompted Toronto’s Department of Public Health to warn teenagers and young children to limit their use of cell phones.
In addition to the Toronto Department of Health advisory, the U.K., Belgium, Germany, France and Russia have already introduced precautionary policies regarding cell phone usage due to potential health risks. This is the first step to this knowledge becoming widespread throughout the population of the world.
Unfortunately, in the United States health officials are still maintaining that cell phones are perfectly safe.
And it’s no wonder they are, considering that in 2007 alone, the U.S. telecommunications industry spent almost $250 million on political lobbying. Over the past decade, they have spent a grand total of nearly $2.4 billion.
And don’t expect them to give up without a fight -- this massive industry had combined revenues of more than $869 billion in 2007. They will use it to continue spreading their propaganda just as the cigarette industry did, even after it was well-proven that cigarettes caused harm.
The comparison of cell phone use, which continues its meteoric rise and cigarette smoking, is illustrative. Just a few of the similarities between the two habits include:
The primary distinction between cell phone use and cigarettes is that smoking has been around long enough to confirm it can, indeed, be a fatal habit. According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, tobacco use kills 5 million people a year worldwide, and is a risk factor in six of the eight leading causes of death.
The Evidence of Cell Phone Danger Continues to Pour In
These are just a few recent examples of study data linking electromagnetic radiation and cell phone use to a stunning array of serious health concerns:
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer
Thanks to a multimillion-dollar research study funded by none other than the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA), which certainly didn’t set out to uncover these results, we now have proof of:
In addition to this research, a review of 11 long-term epidemiologic studies published in the journal Surgical Neurology revealed that using a cell phone for 10 or more years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head where the cell phone is typically held.
Australia has seen an increase in pediatric brain cancers of 21 percent in just one decade. This is consistent with studies showing a 40 percent brain tumor increase across the board in Europe and the U.K. over the last 20 years.
Brain cancer has now surpassed leukemia as the number one cancer killer in children.
Other Health Hazards Linked to Cell Phone Use
In addition to the widespread concern about brain cancer, scientists have found that information-carrying radio waves transmitted by cell phones and other wireless devices can:
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself and Your Family
While you can’t completely avoid radiation in today’s wireless world, if you’re ready to give up your cell phone, you can virtually eliminate that one hazard, at least.
If you’re not prepared to take that step, you can minimize exposure by heeding the following advice:
Children Should Never Use Cell Phones: Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults, because of their thinner skull bones.
Reduce Your Cell Phone Use: Turn your cell phone off more often. Reserve it for
emergencies or important matters. As long as your cell phone is on, it emits
radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call.
Use a Land Line at Home and at Work: Although more and more people are switching to using cell phones as their exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can choose to opt out of the madness.
Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices: You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices. Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you really need to use them every single time.
If you must use a portable home phone, use the older kind that operates at 900 MHz. They are no safer during calls, but at least many of them do not broadcast constantly even when no call is being made. Note the only way to truly be sure if there is an exposure from your cordless phone is to measure with an electrosmog meter, and it must be one that goes up to the frequency of your portable phone (so old meters wont help much).
See meters at www.emfsafetystore.com. You can
pretty much be sure your portable phone is a problem if the technology is DECT,
or digitally enhanced cordless technology.
Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception is Good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.
Also seek to avoid carrying your phone on your body as that merely maximizes any potential exposure. Ideally put it in your purse or carrying bag.
Don’t Assume One Cell Phone is Safer Than Another. There’s no such thing as a “safe” cell phone.
Keep Your Cell Phone Away From Your
Body When it is On: The most
dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six
inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within
Use Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded -- and most of them are not -- the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient information carrying radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain.
Make sure that the wire used to transmit the
signal to your ear is shielded.
The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.
It’s Time to Take a Stand
I’ve been warning of the dangers of cell phones for over a decade now, watching for and reporting on new findings along the way. There’s no doubt in my mind that if our society keeps ignoring this issue, we will pay a very steep price in declining health over the coming generations.
Media reports from around the world are catching on to the similarities between tobacco and cell phones, including this cleverly titled article from China Daily, "Mobile-boro Man, Is His Second Addiction a Cancer Cell Phone?"
Camilla Rees, founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, also recently interviewed investigative journalist and GQ author Chris Ketcham about an article he wrote titled, “Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to your Health.”
Ketcham’s article contains some disturbing insights into government and industry efforts to squash research into the health hazards of electromagnetic fields. One study Ketcham cites was done 35 years ago and thanks to our Pentagon, never saw the light of day.
In his article, Ketcham poses the obvious question, “The evidence is starting to pour in, and it’s not pretty. So why isn’t anyone in America doing anything about it?”
Louis Slesin, Editor of Microwave News, offers this revealing but troubling response: “Much of the comfort in our modern life relies on not caring, on refusing to recognize the dangers of microwave radiation.”
Camilla has this to say:
“… modern man (and woman) seems to be highly oriented to ego and power and greed, to an ‘achievement mindset’ derived in many cases by a need to feel worthy by winning the approval of others, or the need to be in control.
This encourages a mind body ‘disconnect’, making it difficult to appreciate the body as a living system, or our own exquisite, though fragile, electromagnetic makeup.
It’s easier in this place to dismiss potential biological effects of artificial electromagnetic fields, arrogantly denying this possibility from a place of ego, ‘being right’. People are like this all around us and it is astounding.”
It’s time to care, and it’s time to take a stand.