Technology Can Zap the Brain (& Body)
by ExtraOrdinary Health Writers
you know technology can zap the brain, including cell phones, wi fi,
cordless phone chargers other EMF devices? Read on to learn how to minimize
your exposure and protect your health.
Radiation has been in the news frequently over the years, including
obvious sources such as nuclear radiation leaks, TSA full-body x-ray scans
and CT scans, but did you know that cell phones have made headlines for
their low-level radiation that can affect the brain?
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that holding
an activated cell phone up to your head for about 50 minutes changes the
brain’s metabolism. You don’t even have to be talking on your phone, either.
You could just be checking your voicemail. Nora Volkow, M.D., lead
researcher of the study team, said, “This study is important because it
documents that the human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation
emitted by cell phones. Even though these are weak signals, the human brain
is activated by them.”
The truth is that the body is highly sensitive to even slight radiation
exposure—including non-ionizing radiation from cell phones and cordless
phones. Here’s what happens: non-ionizing radiation emits frequencies that
are picked up by the body, become intermingled with body function and
misdirect cellular communication—resulting in a biochemical stress response.
In fact, Austrian research indicates that exposure to mobile phone base
stations—in amounts lower than current guidelines allow—“may influence
psychological stress markers,” including the stress hormone cortisol and
other significant immune elements. Additionally, the European Journal of
Oncology reports a double-blind peer-reviewed study in which subjects were
exposed to radiation from a digital cordless phone for three-minute
intervals. Results indicate a link between cordless phones—which transmit
signals similar to WiFi networks—and heart palpitations and other autonomic
nervous system anomalies. The study says that even low-level electromagnetic
fields (EMFs) from electrical wiring, electrical gadgets and wireless
devices are linked to elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol, aches, pains,
depression and anxiety.
Low-level radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, microwaves and
wireless devices can have other consequences. They’re linked to formation of
free radicals that damage DNA and can lead to mutations that cause cancer.
The Swedish National Institute for Working Life discovered that among over
900 people diagnosed with brain tumors, those who used their cells phones
most often—and for the longest amount of time—had a 240 percent greater risk
for malignant brain tumors.
(Note: See article “The Power of Antioxidants” to help quench free
In her book Zapped, Anna Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, Ph.D., looks at the
effects of exposure to EMFs, since we’re surrounded by electronic pollution
24/7—due to our culture’s immersion in wireless WiFi internet, smartphones,
laptops, electronic games and cordless devices. These modern conveniences
come at a cost, though. Dr. Gittleman says our exposure to electronic
pollution is 100 million times greater than what our grandparents
Gittleman offers advice on how to trim the electronic pollution in your
life, including repositioning appliances and electronics in the home to
minimize exposure to EMFs; to remove WiFi and cordless phone chargers from
the bedrooms; to not cradle your laptop in your lap—especially if you’re
pregnant; to keep cell phone calls short and switch sides frequently if you
must talk on your cell phone, to keep your cell phone out of your pocket—and
to not use your cell phone as an alarm clock.
It might not be a bad idea to use your cell phone’s speaker phone or to
communicate via text messages whenever possible, too. After all, who wants
to have their brains (or body) zapped?
Resources from Christine’s Cleanse Corner:
For more ways to take care of your brain, see the brain health article
“Memory Loss & Neurological Support” by Christine Dreher, CCN,CCH. Also,
see the article “Finding
Your Better Brain” by Healthy Living Experts”.
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