Cell Phones: Health Risks and How to Avoid Them- Ep. 188

“For children, the cancer risks may be greater than for adults because of greater penetration and absorption of cell phone radiation in the brain’s of children and because the developing nervous system of children is more susceptible to tissue-damaging agents. Based on this new information, regulatory agents need to make strong recommendations for consumers to take precautionary measures and avoid close contact with their cell phones and especially limit or avoid the use of cell phones by children.” – Dr. Ronald Melnick
This week, Devon and I are talking about cell phones as well as other forms of technology such as microwaves and how they can affect our health. Since the use of cell phones and other electronic devices are still relevantly new, there isn’t a lot of concrete information out there, but there have been studies with results that both favor and warn against the use of cell phones.
In the studies that we looked at, none were conducted on children; only adults. However, it’s believed that children are the most susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation from cell phone and wifi use.
In this episode, you’ll discover:
  • How cell phone use can affect our health.
  • Why California and other states are issuing warnings about cell phone use and presenting new bills.
  • How cell phones and non-ionizing electromagnetic waves work and can affect the body.
  • How long it might take to see clear side effects.
  • How cell phones might cause changes in our DNA with long-term use.
  • The amount of time limitation children should have with cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices.
  • How to reduce the radiation exposure from cell phone use and what to know when using your cell phone.
  • Why you don’t want to use products that promise to protect you from radiation like a radiation shield cell phone case and the negative consequences of those products.
  • Signs that you might be addicted to your phone.
 Cell Phones_ Health Risks and How to Avoid Them- Ep. 188 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST ROB DIONNE DEVON DIONNE

Ionizing vs. Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation

There are two different kinds of radiation in the world: ionizing and non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation comes from high-frequency waves such as X-Rays and can lead to cancer. Our bodies act as conductors for electricity so exposure to ionizing electromagnetic radiation could lead to harmful effects.
Non-ionizing radiation waves come from cell phones, microwaves, baby monitors, etc. 

According to the FDA, there’s currently no consistent evidence that cell phones and non-ionizing radiation risks are harmful, but there are a lot of studies being done. It’s actually a very hard thing to test for, but studies have discovered various pieces of information and how cell phones can affect adults. Testing cannot be done on children, but many states want to introduce new bills on the regulation of cell phone use with children.


 How to Reduce Radiation Exposure from Cell Phone Use

The effects of constant cell phone use are still unclear, but here are some precautions that you can take just in case:

  • Keep your cell phone 0.2 inches away from the body.
  • Don’t wear cell-phones in armbands and don’t keep it in your clothing or on your body i.e. pockets, bra.
  • If you put it in a purse, make sure it’s a thick one or the cell phone isn’t near your body while it’s inside the purse.
  • If you have to pick your cell phone up to use it, put it down somewhere once you’ve finished using it; don’t keep holding onto it/keep it on you as you move around.
  • Keep your cell phone on airplane mode as you sleep.
  • Don’t keep it inside your bed, under your pillow, or even right next to you on your nightstand as you sleep.
  • Your cell phone’s radiation is higher when it’s at 1 or 2 bars and is searching for a signal. So, the radiation will probably be higher when you’re on a bus, train, or even inside a car sometimes compared to being out in the open. Try not to use it during these moments or keep it close to your body.
  • Don’t live stream media i.e. movies and music. It’s much better to download them onto your cell phone. If you do live stream, keep it away from your head.
  • Don’t talk on your cell phone for too long with the phone right up against your head.
  • Try to text whenever you can. Don’t keep your cell phone directly to your ear while making calls; a hands-free Bluetooth connection is better.
 Cell Phones_ Health Risks and How to Avoid Them- Ep. 188 OPEN SKY FITNESS PODCAST ROB DIONNE DEVON DIONNE

Do You Have a Phone Addiction?

If you have more than 3 of these, then you probably have a phone addiction:

  1. You check your phone constantly and can’t use it in moderation.
  2. You feel compelled to answer messages immediately.
  3. You spend more time on your phone than planned.
  4. You vow to quit using it so much, but just can’t.
  5. You feel irritable if you don’t have it.
  6. You feel anxiety or panic if you leave your phone at home.
  7. If you find it difficult to give people your full attention in the present moment because you’re so distracted by your phone.
  8. You would rather connect with people via phone than face to face.
  9. You feel guilty or get defensive about the amount of time you spend on your phone.
  10. You hide how much you use your phone from other people.

The NIEHS/NTP Cell Phone Radiation Study: Ronald Melnick PhD Full Interview

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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show – OSF 187 with Dr. Todd Nelson: Is a Naturopathic Doctor Right For You?

2:20 Today’s topic: How cell phones can affect your health

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3:20 Shout out to our Open Sky Fit Challenge group!

7:30 Cell phone use and how it can affect our health.

8:50  Why California and other states like Maryland are issuing warnings about cell phone use.

9:30  What we should do according to California state guidelines.

10:40  What is electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and how it can affect our health.

14:30 How cell phones and non-ionizing electromagnetic waves work and can affect the body.

19:00 Why there aren’t a lot of concrete studies being done on cell phones yet and how long it might take to see clear side effects.

22:00 How cell phones might cause changes in our DNA with long-term use

23:00 The actual radiation levels cell phones give off and why you should keep your cell phone away from your body.

26:00  What cell phone companies are required to do and not do. Where to find important information about your cell phone.

29:30 How much limitation should children have with cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices.

31:00  How general usage of cell phones and computers has changed the attention spans and focus in children.

32:00 The effect of cell phone use for pregnant women

33:30 How to reduce the radiation exposure from cell phone use and what to know when using your cell phone.

37:30  Why you don’t want to use protects that promise to protect you from radiation like a radiation shield cell phone case and the negative consequences.

40:00  Wireless technology around the house and how that could be affecting you.

46:45 How technology is affecting our posture and body pain

49:50 Signs that you might have a phone addiction.

53:00 Surprising cell phone stats!

56:30  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

58:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing



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