EMF Protection

Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

Health experts around the world are in agreement:

Cell phone electromagnetic radiation may cause cancer in humans.

On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogenic, putting mobiles in the same risk category as lead, the pesticide DDT, engine exhaust, and chloroform. This research is based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use. The agency categorized cell phone radio frequency electromagnetic fields(EMF) as Category 2B - POSSIBLE CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS.

"...The evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification"The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk...

...said Jonathan Samet, of the University of Southern California, who chairs the IARC working group.

While this is not a definitive proof of cell phone-cancer link, when combined with numerous studies in the past, we can conclude that precautionary principle (which states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action) should be followed. This dictates that manufactures should be shoring the burden of responsibility, but in the absence of that it is up to individuals to exercise caution and make prudent choices in protecting oneself by way of using some sort of EMF protection or specific cell phone radiation protection.

There are over 5 billion cell phone users worldwide. This issue of a possible link between cell phone radiation and brain cancer, as well as other possible health effects of cell phone radiation, will have to be addressed by the WHO and every individual country. That is why some public health experts and organizations like Environmental Health Group in the USA are asking for stronger safeguards for consumers when it comes to cell phone radiation and cell phone safety. With all other possible effects of electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, cell phone towers, microwave ovens and so on, the onus is on each individual to decide if the regulations imposed by the government are enough. Are today's standards sufficient to protect our health?

We at Vortex BioShield don't think so and encourage everyone to use cell phone radiation protection and EMF radiation protection. EMF protection adds an additional layer of protection if one is following tips (see down) to reduce levels of radiation. If these tips are too hard to follow then EMF protection devices are the only way to reduce exposure to EMFs. 

What is SAR?

SAR stands for Specific Absorption Rate, "a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body" (Source-Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association ~ CTIA). Simply put, SAR represents the amount of electromagnetic radiation that penetrates your head when you use your cell phone. The unit for measurement is W/Kg (watt per kilogram). The maximum allowed limit in North America is 1.6 W/Kg, averaged over 1 gram of tissue. If it passes that limit there is danger of heating of the human tissue. This does not imply that any lower amount of radiation is good for humans. Below you can see the SAR value of some popular cell phone brands. As you can see there are even big differences in SAR values amongst phones produced by the same manufacturer. Lower SAR value means less radiation. We suggest you check the SAR value of cell phones and choose your new cell phone accordingly.

  • Apple iPhone 3G (8GB, 16GB) - 1.38 W/Kg
  • Apple iPhone (4GB, 8GB) - 0.97 W/Kg
  • Apple iPhone 3G S (16GB,32GB)- 0.79 W/Kg
  • RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 - 1.54 W/Kg
  • RIM BlackBerry 9500 Storm - 0.93 W/Kg
  • Samsung Instinct - 1.46 W/KG
  • Samsung Blue earth - 0.196 W/Kg
  • Motorola Rival - 1.59 W/Kg
  • Motorola Karma QA1 - 0.55 W/Kg 
  • What is electromagnetic radiation?

    Electromagnetic radiation or electromagnetic fields (EMF) are the unseen radiation waves emitted by moving electrical currents that flow through the vast array of wired and wireless technologies that have altered the landscape of our lives in countless beneficial ways. 

    How are EMFs harmful?

    Electric and magnetic fields occur in all living things and are found naturally in our environment, even in pristine wilderness. Much like gravity, EMFs are a basic force of nature. Our bodies are bioelectrical in nature; the molecules in our body are held together by electric fields. The messages that flow in our nervous system involve electric and magnetic fields, and the heart is electrically active. The currents in the body can also be induced and influenced by outside magnetic fields. If strong enough, these currents can cause stimulation of nerves and muscles or affect other biological processes. This is accepted and understood in medicine and science as fact; however, there is still a great deal of debate as to the biological consequences from long term low-level exposure.

    To date, heating of the tissue is the only biological effect agreed on and regulated by the SAR standard. A big part of the scientific community suggests that man made EMF interferes with the human biological system. This undermines immune function and metabolism giving rise to various illnesses and health problems, including brain cancer. Children are especially at risk because of the development of their bodies.

    Tips for EMF protection?

    Cell phone and other companies do not have vested interest in studying possible health effects of long-term low-level exposure and governments base their regulations on scientific information available. Ultimately, it is up to every individual to decide if regulatory levels are enough to protect us from the potential consequences, or if we should take some precautionary steps such as:

  • Reduce the use of wireless devices and microwave ovens
  • Use EMF protection and cell phone radiation protection, such as a Bio-protector emf protection products
  • Text instead of placing a call
  • Use an air tube headset or speakerphone whenever possible
  • Carry your phone at least one inch from your body, and not in the vicinity of reproductive organs or close to small children (don't tuck your phone into your baby sling or car seat, for example)
  • Children under 12 should avoid using (and playing with) cell phones
  • Do not use your phone in areas with poor coverage (cars, buildings, etc.)
  • Use corded instead of cordless phones
  • Use wired Internet connections 
  • Difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation?

    Ordinarily we associate the word radiation with ionizing radiation with things such as nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, and radioactive substances. Ionizing radiation is able to detach electrons from atoms and molecules, which then become ionized. This breaks chemical bonds in the body and causes genetic damage, mutation and cancer. Electromagnetic radiation, for example cell phone radiation, is of the non-ionizing variety yet it still has significant negative effects on living tissues. This high frequency radiation is able to penetrate the body, and has sufficient energy for excitation and the movement of an electron to higher energy state. 

    Cell phone and other EMF health risks?

    Long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation increases the risks of many well-known health problems. An international working group of scientist, researchers, and public health policy professionals (the Bioinitiative Working Group) has come up with the following risks in their report on electromagnetic fields and health:

  • Brain tumours (malignant glioma)
  • Acoustic neuroma (tumour of the auditory nerve in the brain)
  • Leukemia
  • Effects on (base) cellular communication, metabolism and repair
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Changes in brainwave activity
  • Changes in immune function (allergic and inflammatory responses)
  • Sleep disorders and fatigue
  • Cardiac effects
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lowered sperm counts
  • Blood-brain barrier damage
  • Dizziness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Loss of concentration
  • Impairment of memory, attention and cognitive function
  • DNA damage
  • Effects on cancer surveillance within the body
  • Children in particular are vulnerable to harm from electromagnetic radiation because their bodies are still developing their skulls are thinner and their bones not as dense making it easier for EMF to penetrate.

    With such a long list of possible long-term health effects of EMR, we cannot afford to be complacent. We have to start using some kind of EMF protection.

    The technology that produces EMF is everywhere around us, is beneficial in many ways and it's here to stay. We want to help people minimize EMF health risks in their environment and offer EMF protection. Our signature Bioprotector products are EMF protection devices that substantially reduce harmful EMF radiation effects from cell phones and common household appliances. They are easy to use and will last indefinitely.

    The Bioprotector allows an undisturbed flow of bio-energy (life energy, vitality) through the whole body, having a positive and harmonizing effect on health with no harmful side effects.

    The Bioprotector does not interfere with the functioning of any electric or electronic device.

    The Bioprotector does not need batteries and it has unlimited life.