Take a look around you right now and try to guess: Who doesn't have a cell phone in their pocket, a watch on their wrist, or a laptop slung over their shoulder? Who won't spend at least some portion of their day (from minutes to hours) interacting with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone?
Electronics Are On The Rise (And Here To Stay!)
We spend our days in "a sea of electronics," as authors Daniel and Ryan DeBaun note in their 2017 book Radiation Nation. "Everywhere you look, there is new technology carrying potential health impacts that we may have never considered before... [from] devices in our homes, schools, workplaces, cafés, and public areas," the authors state. For the Debauns — also the co-founders of DefenderShield, a company specializing in portable device radiation and heat shields structured to protect your body from electronic emissions — the concern is about rising levels of electromagnetic radiation (aka, EMT radiation) millions of us are now exposed to on a daily basis. The non-ionizing EMTs emitted by eour cell phones, computers, and Wifi networks are minimal, and can't be seen, felt, or heard — and certainly no expert organizations have labeled your cell phone "dangerous to your health" — but the Debauns argue that no generation has ever yet been exposed to this much EMT radiation long-term.
So Is Long-Term, Low-Level EMT Radiation Something To Truly Be Concerned About?
It's a controversial topic so far, and one without a lot of clear answers. But what is clear, as the Debauns note in their book, is that we love our electronics. "In 2016...the average American spent nine or more hours a day using electronic media. Given that the average human spends seven to nine hours sleeping each night, that means that we spend around two-thirds of our waking hours 'wired,'" the authors state. And health problems from EMT exposure, much like those associated with smoking, can take decades to appear.
Z Living took a deeper look the research and studies surrounding the EMT risks of cell phones, as approximately 90% of Americans own these devices.
Here's What Expert Organizations Have Concluded About Radiation Risks For Cell Phones:
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Studies are in process — a 20 to 30 year study called COSMOS aimed at this very issue was launched in Europe in 2010 — but all in all, professional health organizations believe there is no scientific evidence that definitively links cell phone use to cancer. Check out the statements from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The American Cancer Society notes that there could be some cancer risk associated with radiofrequency energy, but considers the evidence not strong enough to be considered causal and needs to be investigated further.
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Last year, researchers from the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a federal interagency group under the National Institutes of Health, published the results of a study chronically exposing rodents to radio-frequency (RF) radiation levels designed to roughly emulate what humans with heavy cell phone use or exposure could experience daily. As thousands of rats were exposed to greater intensities of RF radiation, researchers found more of them developed rare forms of brain and heart cancer that could not be easily explained away, exhibiting a direct dose-response relationship. While its important to note that the incidence of these rare tumors was still relatively low, incidence did grow with greater levels of exposure to the radiation. However, the researchers do note that the findings are not definitive, and there were other confusing findings that the scientists couldn't explain — including that males exposed to the radiation seemed to live longer than males in the control group. Read more about this study here.
If You Are Concerned, What Can You Do?
After all, electronics make our lives so convenient that simply forgoing the use of cell phones, tablets, laptops and more just isn't possible. But to use these devices safely, check out the Debaun's company DefenderShield, which specializes in portable device radiation and heat shields that protect your body from electronic emissions. The company makes thin, lightweight, portable cases and pads that block radiation and heat from your electronics, from cell phones to laptops, delivering protection from a broad spectrum of potentially harmful electronic emissions like Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation, Radio Frequency (RF) and heat radiation. The products are verified by independent FCC certified laboratory testing to reduce emissions to undetectable levels. Using a DefenderShield case on your cell phone case, for example is a peace of mind solution, or a can't-hurt-might-help practice.
If you want to read more about the potential dangers of electronic emissions, read Radiation Nation, which explores ways you can protect your family and reduce your electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation exposure.
What do you think? Is it worth playing it safe by changing your behavior and exposure to EMT-emitting devices and possibly adding an electronic emission-blocking case to your smartphone and laptop? Or do you believe people are worrying for nothing? Join the conversation!