Mobile phones are sold in the millions and are used all across the world. However, with every new high tech phone that is brought to the market, scientist have realised they are considered a higher health risk. Thus, not carrying mobile phones can help prevent many threats that effect health.
More than 2 billion people world wide use wireless mobile telephony and there have been concerns that these phones produce harmful radiation that effect health. Therefore, the concerns have been studied and researched on both animals and humans. The results of these studies have shown harmful effects that mobiles phones have on the human body.
Mobile phones have been known to increase the temperature of a specific part of the brain causing the circulation to increase in that part. This results in what scientists call blood-brain barrier effects. Studies have also proved that mobile phone signals affect sleep quality and patterns, which is due to exposure of the delta waves sent from the devices.
Moreover, scientist have also found that microwave radiation causes leakage of albumin into the brain, the main concerns is that that albumin is toxic to neuron cells and can cause permanent damage to the cells. People have reported many unspecific symptoms when using mobile phones, starting from as simple as dizziness and headaches to the point of losing mental attention and burning sensations in the skin.
A project supported by the EU had revealed evidence of brain cell damage which were caused by mobile phones. The more mobiles phones are used the higher the risk of brain tumours, there are other reports which indicate that electromagnetic radiation produced by mobile may trigger a biological effect in the cells or tissues. However, the study of whether these biological effects lead to cancer is still in progress, till this day there is only limited scientific evidence concerning the health issues, and no actual proof that mobile phones can develop cancer. Nevertheless mobile phone radiation leads to HSPS in exposed cells and tissues, which over time affects their normal regulation and results in cancer. This hypothesis enhances the possibility of a relation between mobile phone use and cancer, thus making scientists focusing on it for further experiment.
Research has clearly shown a higher risk of traffic accidents when mobile phones are either handheld or with a hands free kit. Mobile phones can also interfere with medical devices such as implantable defibrillators, pacemakers, and some hearing aids.
The most effective technique for protecting yourself against the dangers of cell phone radiation is keeping the phone at a distance from the body. And certain national radiation advisory authorities recommend using hand free to decrease the radiations and try to keep mobiles away from the body; scientists also recommend clipping a ferrite bead onto hands-free kits in order to stop radio waves form travelling up the wires. The safest headsets have hollow air tubes, similar to those used in stethoscopes, instead of wires. They offer protection against both near-field and far-field exposure. Eighty percent of red blood cells are formed in the hip bones. Thus, wearing mobile phones on the wrist should be avoided since they can expose some radiation to the hips. , considering the effects of mobile phones, some manufacturers have suspended certain mobile phone models that targeted children at the ages of eight year olds.
In conclusion, there may be a lack of scientific evidence surrounding mobile phones and major diseases such as cancer. Nevertheless, there is clear proof that mobile phones are considered a health risk; therefore people should try to minimize their usage to prevent exposure to the radio waves.
Hussain Nezar Al Hussaini
ENG 100 Section 52
21 December 2008