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Are Cell Phones Safe?

From the low frequencies of radios and microwaves, to high-frequency gamma and x-rays, we are exposed to alarming amounts of undetectable manmade electromagnetic radiation (EMR) daily. Should we be concerned? Are there any health consequences? Are there ways to protect ourselves and our loved ones?

Ann Louise Gittleman, states in her new book, Zapped, that, “Our bodies are sensitive bioelectrical systems. Everything we feel and do including hunger, pain, the beating of our heart and immune responses are made possible by the ‘body electric’.” Because of the recent explosion in digital communications of all the wireless devices like cell phones, PDA’s GPS devices, she states that we are exposed today to 100 million times more EMR than our grandparents were.

Our children, because of their smaller size and maturing brains and bodies, are more vulnerable to harmful EMR than adults. There has been some research indicating that electro-pollution could be linked to fertility problems, miscarriages, and a growing concern in schools regarding behavioral problems.

According to the BioInitiative Report the safety standards for EMR are well below the levels scientists have linked to many health problems. However, there is much controversy over the research that is available, but just because there are conflicting reports, one should not think that “all is safe”. Taking precautions for ourselves and families is smart behavior.

Here are a few helpful tips to consider for cutting down on Electro-pollution from the book, Zapped.

1. Safe Lighting – Try using mercury-and EMR-free LED bulbs.
a. The spiral-shaped fluorescent bulbs create many health hazards like “dirty electricity” (AC electricity carrying high-frequency components), RF fields, UV radiation and enough mercury in one bulb, if broken, is enough to contaminate a whole room.

2. Safe Cell Phones Usage and Reducing Exposure
NOTE: Never allow children to play with cell phones. Their skull bones are much thinner than adults and EMR penetrate further and more quickly.

a. Whenever possible, use speaker mode or a hands-free device fit with a wireless “air tube” ear piece (the wire in a standard earpiece can deliver EMR directly into your head).
b. Text as often as possible to keep the phone farther away from your head and body.
c. Keep phones out of pockets near sensitive body organs and glands.
d. Use caution when the signal is weak or traveling in car at higher speeds because of higher power that is used to reach new relay towers.
e. Limit usage while in automobiles, elevators, trains or subways and airplanes on the ground, because of the increased exposure of EMR bouncing around in those tight spaces.
f. Keep the cell phone out of the bedroom at night, especially away from your head. EMR can reduce your body’s production of melatonin, which regulates sleep and is also a free-radical scavenger that protects cells from DNA damage.
g. Safer Cell Phones include: Sanyo Katan II, Samsung Rugby, and Blackberry Storm 9530.
h. Safer PDA’s include: Nokia 7710 and 9300i
i. Use conventional corded push-button phones and land lines, both at home and at work, as much as possible.

3. Replace antioxidants and other nutrients that EMR steals from the body.
a. For 5,000 ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) points per day – about 1 cup of blueberries daily.
b. For Selenium, SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), and Zinc consume a minimum of three to four one-cup servings of cruciferous veggies (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and/or kale) weekly.
c. For Glutathione, eat one to two servings of Asparagus weekly.
d. For Melatonin, eat one serving of tart cherries daily.

4. Protective Supplements
a. Antioxidant Melatonin
b. Immune supportive NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)
c. Radio-protectant Vitamin D3
d. Calcium with Magnesium

5. See your Natural Healthcare Practitioner or call our office to make an appointment
for recommendations and daily dosages.

Helpful links:
BioInitiative Report
http://www.bioinitiative.org/links/index.htm

Environmental Working Group
http://www.ewg.org/

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