A formerly hidden Government report details a danger in your pocket…
If you enact just one rule in your home in the New Year, let it be this: Put down your cellphone.
Last year, California’s Department of Public Health lost a major court case.
Dr. Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California-Berkeley, sued the department for withholding information that could be vital to the health of billions of people around the world.
Dr. Moskowitz has spent years studying the health effects of cellphones. He’s not alone, either… Cellphones cause a host of problems, from eye strain to male infertility. And now there’s reason to think they could even kill you.
In 2014, Dr. Moskowitz requested that the department release a set of guidelines for the safe use of cellphones. The department compiled the two-page document that year, but stamped it as a “Draft and Not for Public Release.” After he kept facing denials for releasing the information, Dr. Moskowitz sued the department.
The department claimed that the guidelines were a preliminary draft… As such, it wasn’t required to release the draft to the public.
It stated that the agency wasn’t required to warn the public about unproven health risks. The agency didn’t want to cause “unnecessary panic.” It wanted to keep us in the dark.
Thankfully, the Superior Court of Sacramento agreed that the public has a right to know.
The idea that cellphones could give us cancer or other health problems started back when the first phones hit the market in 1984. Since then, anyone raising the alarm about health problems got labeled as a “truther,” “kook,” “attention-seeking alarmist,” or “conspiracy theorist.” Big Medicine, Big Brother, and Big Media all laughed them down.
Cellphones cause a host of problems, from eye strain to male infertility. And now there’s reason to think they could even kill you.
The release of this information adds to the growing pile of evidence that these ubiquitous devices that we rely on for work, family life, and personal entertainment pose a risk to our health.
According to the data from the Pew Research Center, 95% of American adults now own a cellphone. That’s a dramatic increase from 11 years ago when “only” 73% of adults had one.
I’m used to railing against the status quo of the medical community. For years, I’ve warned my subscribers about things like the dangers of the antibacterial chemical triclosan and low-salt diets and why things like coffee and bacon aren’t as dangerous as scientists would have you believe. I’ve even written about the real cause of heart disease. (It’s not high cholesterol.)
Over time, I’ve seen validation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned triclosan from hand soaps… New studies show that removing too much sodium from your diet damages your heart and contributes to falls… And the World Cancer Research Fund added coffee to its list of ways to protect yourself from liver cancer. And more and more studies point to inflammation as the cause of heart disease, not food-derived cholesterol.
That’s why, given the body of evidence, I think cellphones are far more dangerous than we believe right now.
Here’s my newest warning… Your cellphone has the potential to make you extremely sick and could lead to fatal diseases like cancer.
But if you use common sense, you can effectively protect yourself and your loved ones.
And it’s not just radiation that you should be concerned about… Mounting evidence shows that cellphones, specifically smartphones, can lead to neck pain, drops in sperm count, eye strain, and DNA damage.
The last one is the biggest worry. DNA damage puts you on the road to cancer, which is why so many researchers are studying the links between radiation from cellphones and tumor growth.
And it’s not just the radiation that can cause a problem…
Smartphone screens emit blue light. Blue light interrupts our sleep cycle by messing up our melatonin levels.
Melatonin, the hormone secreted to help you fall asleep, is essential for keeping us on a healthy, restorative schedule. Disrupting this cycle leads to grogginess, impaired memory, increased risk for depression and obesity, and even loss of vision.
And the research just keeps getting worse.
The Radiological Society of North America recently released a study linking smartphone addiction and chemical imbalances in the brain. In other words, too much time on your phone can make you physically ill.
It was a small study, and done on teenagers, but the results were significant. The more these teens used their cellphones, the higher their scores on addiction tests. That means these devices interfere with everything from productivity to sleep patterns in addicted teens.
What’s more, researchers also used magnetic resonance spectroscopy to look at chemicals in the teens’ brains. Those addicted had higher ratios of two important neurotransmitters – gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate-glutamine (Glx). GABA slows down brain signals, while Glx excites brain signals. Throwing off that ratio is a signature effect of not only addiction, but also depression and anxiety.
Now, there is some controversy about this study and ones like it… You see, we’re still not totally sure that smartphones cause addiction, which then causes anxiety and depression. The other possibility is that folks with anxiety and depression are more likely to turn to their phones for distraction (and subsequently get addicted).
However, this study doesn’t surprise us because we’ve seen so many similar studies about the dangers of cellphones.
Smartphones literally change the way we think. They shorten our attention spans and cause us to constantly check that we aren’t missing out on something. In one study, students had their phones taken away, but could still hear them. The researchers then sent texts to the phones, making them go off, but the students couldn’t answer. Their anxiety levels skyrocketed.
These smartphones also change the way our memory works. A 2011 study demonstrated that people who used the Internet made less of an effort to remember things.
It’s called “memory outsourcing.” We don’t know if our memories will deteriorate because of it, or if we’re simply entering an age where we learn and process information differently because of our reliance on technology. What we do know is that the constant interruptions interfere too much in our lives. In the worst cases, they offer a tool to fuel addictive behaviors.
One of the best things you can do… put your cellphone away at least an hour before bed. And keep it in another room. Not only will it calm your anxiety, but it will also keep you away from dangerous radiation.
And when you’re with family, say around the table sharing your holiday meal, make sure everyone leaves their phones in another room.
Personally, I think we spend way too much time on our devices. Try committing to turning your phone off for certain periods of time, be it just an hour or overnight.
Not only will this reduce your exposure, but it will help fight off any addictions to the phone that you might have. Try it out, and let us know how it goes with your family over the next few weeks.
I detail the risks of cellphone use in my report, “How to Protect Yourself from Your Cellphone and Other Devices: The EMF Radiation Protocol.” Learn more by clicking here.
Dr. David Eifrig worked in arbitrage and trading groups with major Wall Street investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, Chase Manhattan, and Yamaichi in Japan. In 1995, Dr. Eifrig retired from Wall Street, went to UNC-Chapel Hill medical school, and became an ophthalmologist.
Today, he publishes a free daily letter on health and wealth that shows readers how to live a millionaire lifestyle at http://healthandwealthbulletin.com/.