Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Free-Tip Tuesday Volume LI: Guard Your Goodies

While the possible negative side effects of cell-phone radiation are often discussed in terms of raising your risk of brain and other cancers, interestingly enough we often neglect to think of the negative impact those same emissions from our 'smart' devices can possibly have on other areas of the body they find themselves in close proximity to.

When we aren't talking on our phones, we can typically find them in our pockets; right next to..well I think you can see where this is going.

Having fertility issues?

Numerous studies have linked cellphone radiation to a reduced sperm count and function.

Experiencing symptoms of low testosterone or diabetes?

A study by Navakatikian and Tomashevskaya (1994) also found a decrease in blood levels of testosterone and insulin in rats exposed to cell-phone radiation.

But what about women?

David Carpenter, M.D., director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University at Albany (regarding carrying cell phones near the pelvis, or using laptops on the lap) adds, "For women, the studies aren't quite there yet, but I think we can say that anything that might cause cancer almost always causes birth defects, so pregnant women—or those wanting to become pregnant soon—should take extra precautions."

Did you also catch the extra bad news there that it's not just cell-phones, but WiFi and laptops placed on or near laps as well?

So what to do to?

- Be sure to place laptops on desks and not on your lap. The numerous heat pads and similar products out there have been shown to offer no protection

- Use a hard-wired internet connection over WiFi whenever possible

- Keep your phone out of your pocket as much as possible. Set it somewhere else in the car when driving, on a desk or table while at home, or off in the corner of the table when out having lunch with friends

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