ElectromagneticHealth.org recently published a letter to parents detailing the health consequences of wireless radiation exposure for children. The letter provides comprehensive information on several studies that have pointed to increased health risks from cell phones and other wireless technologies.
Among the research cited by the letter is a study conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers and published in 2008 in the journal Fertility and Sterility which observed that laboratory values of sperm count at an infertility clinic decreased as the duration of daily exposure to cell phones increased. In the highest exposure group, 1/3 of sperm count was lost with over 4 hours of male cell phone use, and 50% of the remaining sperm showed physical abnormalities, did not swim well or were non-viable.
Another study conducted at the University of Newcastle in Australia by John Aitken, once again, mobile phone radiation was linked to reduced vitality and motility of sperm. The Aitken study also showed clear evidence of DNA damage at what were non-heating levels of exposure, the letter said.
“We are jeopardizing our genetic material and the lives of future generations, closing our eyes to the fact that nonthermal radiation causes very serious harm from the frequencies, pulses and the modulation of signals, irrespective of “heating effect”, the means by which “safety” is determined today,” the letter states.
Other studies cited by the letter include The Reflex Report, which was prepared by 12 scientific institutes in 7 countries, and confirmed long-term genetic damage in the blood and brains of users of mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic fields.
The letter goes on to cite many other studies that have found compelling evidence that radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices may be linked to autism and other health problems in children.
The letter was published the same month a study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that 50-minutes of cell phone use was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism (a marker of brain activity) in the region closest to the phone antenna. The study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), is one of the first, and the most prominent, to offer scientific evidence that cell phones affect brain metabolism. What is not yet understood is exactly how the brain changes induced by using a cell phone might impact health over the long-term.
“These results provide evidence that the human brain is sensitive to the effects of RF-EMFs from acute cell phone exposures,” the researchers write. They add that the mechanisms by which RF-EMFs could affect brain glucose metabolism are unclear.
The authors of the study assert that their findings indicate a need to further investigate potential long-term cell phone health effects.
“Concern has been raised by the possibility that RF-EMFs emitted by cell phones may induce brain cancer. Results of this study provide evidence that acute cell phone exposure affects brain metabolic activity. However, these results provide no information as to their relevance regarding potential carcinogenic effects (or lack of such effects) from chronic cell phone use.”