A new study claims mobile phones pose a “very real risk” to human health, as radiation from wireless devices such as phones and tablets could be linked to a number of health risks, from cancer to diseases of the brain such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
The researchers suggest this is because the radiation causes an imbalance,or oxidative stress, in the body. Oxidative stress is a damaging process thought to be closely linked to degenerative diseases.
The new study by Dr Igor Yakymenko is a review of experimental data on the effects of radiofrequency radiation in living cells – basically how mobiles phones may damage a person’s DNA.
Dr Yakymenko, from the The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, claims the oxidative stress due to radiofrequency exposure could explain the link between wireless devices and cancer. After long-term exposure, it is also linked to other minor disorders such as headache, fatigue, and skin irritation.
He reports that using your phone for just 20 minutes a day for five years increased the risk of one type of brain tumor threefold, and using the phone an hour a day for four years upped the risk of some tumors three to five times.
“The situation can dramatically differ for children who use cells phone in childhood, when their biology much more sensitive to hazardous factors, and will use it over the life,” he said
As a result, Yakymenko and his colleagues call for a precautionary approach – such as using phones less and going hands-free to keep the frequency away from the head area.
The data were obtained on adults who used cell phones mostly up to 10 years as adults. The review article, “Oxidative Mechanisms of Biological Activity of Low-intensity Radiofrequency Radiation,” was published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology & Medicine. It was done in collaboration between scientists at Indiana University, the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Campinas in Brazil.
The authors write: “In conclusion, our analysis demonstrates that low-intensity RFR (radiofrequency radiation) is an expressive oxidative agent for living cells with a high pathogenic potential and that the oxidative stress induced by RFR exposure should be recognized as one of the primary mechanisms of the biological activity of this kind of radiation.”