Given that we've soundly established that most Paleos on this site have a pretty built-up nerd portfolio, I imagine everyone owns at least one cellphone, probably has a home wireless set-up, and all kinds of other radio-waves flinging through their personal space.
I know people who freak out when they see people with mobile phones pressed against their heads. These people also turn pale and quivery when they have to walk into a room containing an operating microwave.
Does anyone feel that the radiation fears are a legitimate concern? What do you do about it? Headsets? Speaker phone? If you think it's over-blown as an issue, what information supports your stance?
*I noticed that people keep posting questions exactly like this, so I am promoting it
Our bodies will always be under attack by some carcinogen-du-jour. One of the points of a paleo/primal way of life is that it keeps your immune system in shape to prevent damaged cells in your body from progressing to cancer ( http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20071119/immune-system-may-make-or-break-cancer ). Some of the immune-enhancing factors of our chosen lifestyle include exercise, stress reduction, consumption of real foods, avoidance of poisons and anti-foods, and vitamin D supplementation. While I don't advocate intentionally exposing ourselves to carcinogens, there are so many studies and counter-studies that it's often hard to know how harmful things such as EMFs are.
I found this one some time ago - very interesting and plausible: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=left-sided-cancer-blame-your-bed-an-2010-07-02
I tend not to carry my cellphone with me all the time. There are also some studies out there linking cellphones to decreased bone density (in the area where the phone is/was usually carried. Not much, though, but measurable. Fact is, we don't know enough yet and I guess it will take another 10 years to fully undestand the effects of cellphone radiation. For the time being, I try to only take my cellphone with me if necessary. (Since I am an anti-social paleo freak no one would call me anyway...)
Mark Sisson has a post on this one that is excellent. The basic thought is that there is probably a correlation between brain cancer and cell-phone use; meta-studies show consistent correlations, and according to the most thorough recent study there is an 18% increase in incidence for cell-phone users. But this is another one of those relative/absolute games. Sure, your relative risk increases by 18%, but your absolute risk increases from 1 in 29,000 to 1 in 24,500. Add onto this the usual caveat about correlation and causation and here's the conclusion: I'm not worried.
Microwaves are non-ionizing radiation. It has no effect other than to heat water. So you might jump to conclusions and say that it's heating your brain, but then you need to do the math. A microwave oven is generally 1kW and designed to create a standing wave and focus the energy on your food. A cell phone is less than a watt and is radiating dipole radiation in all directions that decreases with the square of distance. (true nerds will recognize that having a cell phone to your head puts your head in the near-field limit but it's still such a small amount of power that it's negligible). While cellphones and microwave ovens both use microwaves, they are completely different. I'm on my iPhone right now which makes doing the extra searching hard so I leave it as an exercise to the reader. But look up the blackbody power density of the sun in the GHz range, I bet it's more than the cellphone and you get that just standing outside.
Im kind of on the fence on this one: i do believe that its not good to carry my iPhone down in my pants pocket right next to my crotch but, life happens i suppose, its just a habit and lifestyle that i find very difficult to alter.
We, each of us, really do have individual issues, dont we? Ive used this as a lesson for life; ie I find it very easy to live completely free of grains and sometimes struggle to get my head round why people with weight-issues wouldnt ditch them, but then like i mentioned above i constantly have my iphone up against my head or my crotch i suppose. Its something i'd rather not do but i keep doing it. Goofy, i know.
Here's a little post regarding this issue, with a particular study mentioned in it (that im surprised more people arent talking about to be honest): http://www.superhumanradio.com/news/cell-phone-are-feminizing-men.html
Yes I care about exposure.
I've been telling people for the last 10 years that my cell gives me headaches, which it does. I can't be on the phone for longer than 10 minutes without getting a lingering headache. Yes, I've tried different phones, and since they usually don't last longer than 2 years that means I've had the same issue with 5 different phones.
But, I maybe highly sensitive as I can "feel" high power electrical towers before I see them and can hear security systems in some malls. (It is quite annoying, as you can imagine.)
This is all too obvious to me. Cell phones, towers, wireless internet, and cordless phones are all causing sickness in our bodies. People just think of cancer when thinkin radiation, but they just cause the entire bodily system to not work right, which throws everything else off. I can't wait till I'm able to move somewhere out in the country with no wireless internet!
Yes, I do think there is a concern and it's not just cancer, which I agree with the notion that my body's immune system is always working to keep me healthy. However, I recently came across some articles that suggests dirty electricity could be a cause of ALS/Lou Gehrigs disease. In ALS, nerve cells (neurons) waste away or die, and can no longer send messages to muscles. I have a been researching causes of ALS for quite some time (I have a family member who has it & so did her neighbor die of it too). I plan on reading the book by Dr. Sam Milham, "Dirty Electricity, Electrification and Diseases of Civilazation." He is an Epidemiologist. Listed below is some of his credentials from the web (not verified).
I realize there are "industries" out there that DO NOT AGREE with this! I have always used a corded headset for my cell phone, turn off the wi-fi part of it, unless absolutely necessary. I am also thinking about not using the cordless phone's in our house.
While I have not read the book yet, I have read his papers online, and I have talked to Dr. Milham via the phone and emails.
Dr. Sam Milham's Education and Experience: Union College, Schenectady, New York, September 1950-June 1954, B.S. Sigma Xi, Fuller Chemistry Prize New York State Medical Scholarship.
Albany Medical College, September 1954-June 1958, M.D. Alpha Omega Alpha.
Intern, U.S. Public Health Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, July 1958-July 1959.
U.S. Public Health Service Residency in Public Health. Assigned to Monroe County Health Department, Rochester, New York, July 1959-August 1960.
Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, September 1960-June 1961, M.P.H.
Senior Resident in Epidemiology. Epidemiology Residency Program, New York State Department of Health, June 1961-1962.
Development Consultant. New York State Department of Health, 1963-1967.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College, July 1964-1967.
Diplomate, American Board of Preventive Medicine, June 1966.
Associate Professor, University of Hawaii School of Public Health and Medical School, 1967-1968.
Travel Fellowship, IARC 1971.
Section Head, Epidemiology Section, Washington State Department of Health, 1968-1986.
Travel Fellowship, International Cancer Research Technology Transfer, 1981.
Washington State Public Health Association Annual Award, 1986.
Chronic Disease Epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health, 1968-1988.
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health, 1968--.
Section Head, Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section, Washington State Department of Health, 1988-May 1992.
Adjunct Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1989--.
Robert Carl Strom Foundation Humanitarian Award, 1990.
Member of Bioelectromagnetics Society, 1984--.
Some links: http://www.sammilham.com/
http://d1fj3024k72gdx.cloudfront.net/Milham-ALS-Paper-2010.pdf (Medical Hypothesis)
Feel free to set me straight.
P.S.Sorry so long, I couldn't figure out how to add a link.
In an interview with Dr. Mercola David Wolfe explains how going bare foot (which grounds you to the earth) can help to eliminate the toxic effect of cell phones, micro waves ect. I believe he states that we all should be grounded for an hour and twenty minutes a day. I personally don't go out of my way to avoid cell phones, but I go bare foot as often as possible, and always avoid x-rays. On a side note if you must get an x ray always ask for a thyroid collar as most places forget to use it.
(the link to part 1 Dr. Mercola with David Wolfe)