(Note from Erin: Wow, mainstream got it right- for once. I suppose that’s because they can no longer deny the scientific link between cell phones and cancer. Other countries have already adopted laws because the truth is that radiation from cell phones, wireless, and wireless devices can cause cancer.)

Two new major studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are suggesting that cell phone radiation can pose a risk of certain cancers. The pair of studies are the largest the National Toxicology Program has ever conducted about the carcinogenic effects of cell phone radiation.1 (It was their preliminary findings that caused California to issue their warning.)

Although the authors admit more study is needed, the findings are concerning.

Researchers at the National Toxicology Program exposed rats and mice to high levels of cell phone radio frequency radiation over the course of two years for 18 hours each day, alternating 10-minute exposures with 10-minute periods without exposures, and found that the radiation (known as RFR) caused rare heart schwannoma tumors, in the male rats.

Schwannomas are tumors that begin to grow around nerves, inside their protective sheaths. In humans, these types of tumors are usually benign and most common in the vestibular nerve that connects the brain and the ear. However, malignant schwannomas – which can start anywhere- seem to be most common in the leg, arm or lower back, sometimes causing a bump, pain, muscle weakness or tingling.

“Smartphones and other wireless devices put out small amounts of low frequency microwave radiation when they connect networks and transmit information.

This energy is not nearly as strong as ultraviolet radiation or X-ray energy, but the new studies add to the mounting evidence that even microwave radiation, in high doses, can pose some health risks.”2   

Microwave radiation works by heating water. Muscle tissue, like the heart, is 75 percent water. So, if the cancer was shown in rats, the risk is even higher for humans because- rather counter intuitivley- bigger animals are more sensitive to radiation. (Which is why pregant female rats were also more sensitive to radiation.)

NTP senior scientist Dr. John Bucher said in a written statment that “The levels and duration of exposure to RFR were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cell phone use, and exposed the rodents’ whole bodies. So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage. We note, however, that the tumors we saw in these studies are similar to tumors previously reported in some studies of frequent cell phone users.”3

Have you ever downloaded one of those apps that let’s you know how much you are on your phone? Maybe consider getting one so you can see just how much time you spend using your device and then take steps to protect yourself, the easiest and quickest of which would be either using headphones when you chat on the phone or using the speaker function.

Be safe. XO- Erin

Sources and References

  1. Daily Mail, February 2, 2018.
  2. Daily Mail, February 2, 2018.
  3. CBS SF Bay Area, February 2, 2018.