Cell Phones, WiFi and Health Effects

Five years back when I first bought my WiFi router, I was so excited with the possibilities – Freedom from 10m long Ethernet cat6 cables at home. Networking became much easier.

I knew what did I do wrong, right at that moment itself – An unhealthy decision.

During my grad, I was always interested in RF and Networking. And now even as part of my daily job, I understand how things in software and networks can bring different kinds of illness to humans.

Not many people know that continued exposure to powerful 802.11 WiFi or any other RF signals might cause damage that could result in memory loss or other serious neurological harm. What’s worst is, this is more amplified in case of children.

Scientifically, this has never been proved but few researches has yielded results that people having similar kind of Radiation exposure – by their daily habits –  WiFi, excessive cellular phone usage, etc. yielded similar symptoms. Ont he contrary, some scientists condemn the blame.

“A professor called it Compulsive Risk Assessment Psychosis, otherwise known as CRAP,'” said Rod Read of ElectroSensitivity-UK. “He says everyone is deluded. It insults and abuses people who are sick. I thought that went out with the Victorian era.”

But it`s more than CRAP. It can actually result in short term memory, dizziness, eye burns, headaches, over prolonged exposures.

Sufferers have reported headaches, nausea, stomach upsets, tinnitus, brain fog and short-term memory, to name a few. Skeptics, however, suspect that blaming EMF sensitivity for their ills amounts to an easy answer to almost any medical problem.

“There is no known mechanism by which EMF from any source — power lines, cell phones or Wi-Fi networks — can cause health problems of any kind,” said Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine. “In fact, there is nothing that even needs explaining.”

While some groups focus on non-specific symptoms, others claim links to more severe conditions such as cancer.

Scientists recognize the dangers of high-frequency ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays unleashed by nuclear fallout. Non-ionizing radiation, however, such as Wi-Fi signals, cellular networks (mobiles), television broadcasts (satellites), GPS and visible light, cannot break down atomic bonds and has long been considered safe.

“The fields that are induced by Wi-Fi transmissions are well below those that could cause problems to humans,” said Chris Guy, head of The University of Reading’s School of Systems Engineering. “The maximum power that is allowed to be transmitted by any Wi-Fi unit is one-tenth of a watt.”

But what about cellphones? GSM cellphone’s peek power, when the signal is low, can be as high as 2 watts as per the specification. Such a High power of radiation can cause tissue breakage.

EMF sensitivity advocates believe studies reveal that even these low-frequency, low-power fields can cause subtle damage to human tissue, citing evidence of cell death, faster-growing tumors and DNA damage.

What side are you? The one who ignores the ill effects? Or the one who already started getting those symptoms?

Whatever the case is, Prevention is much slicker than Cure. These technologies are sweet poisons we can’t live without.

Here are few things you can do to Avoid any possible harms of WiFi :

  1. Keep WiFi AP (Access Point) away from the bedroom or the place where you sit frequently.
  2. At all times, there should be a distance of 5 feet, at least.
  3. Turn WiFi off when not in use.
  4. Use Ethernet (wired) when possible.

Here are few tips for Cell Phones:

  1. Use Handsfree kit or Bluetooth headset for making long calls. (BT headsets use much lower power than cell phone’s RF)
  2. Locate the phone internal antenna, and hold the phone from a different location. (e.g. for iPhone 2g, the antenna lies in the bottom black section. Holding the phone from top will help as body will not absorb these RF waves while they try to reach the tower (BTS).)
  3. Keep it away from head and chest, even when not in use.
  4. Never keep it beside your pillow while sleeping.

Did you have any experience with prolonged exposure to RF? Do you have any comments? Let us know.

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  • thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • EMRaware

    You are right on in your assessment of the effects of non-ionising EMR. No breakage of chemical bonds, but cells perceive the LF information carrying radio wave that travels on the carrier wave (2.4 Ghz for Wi-Fi for instance) as an invader and shut down. This causes cellular dysfunction – not nutrients getting in, no wastes getting out, the cell becomes energy deficient. This results in DNA breakage as a secondary effect of the “symathetic lock” of the cell membrane. Electrohypersensitivity is real – just go to a major city and you will find 20 to 30 percent of the population who are showing signs of neurological impairment – sleep disorders, tinnitus, memory problems and a host of other symptoms you mentioned above.

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    • Thanks for Elaborating your experience. These symptoms are becoming so common, I feel pity for those scientists who are still living in dark.

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    • Arius

      Nice sounding stuff. Just don't say it to anyone faintly familiar with biology, to avoid being laughed at.

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      • EMRaware

        For some reason you feel it is necessary to mock anyone who doesn't conform with your mindset. Does it make you feel superior? Are you industry or just an arrogant bystander?

        Interesting how this information was gleaned by an epidemiologist who has worked in public health for 30 years – he has worked in concert with over 200 scientists on this exact subject.

        Are you a biologist? There are a number of MD's and Phd's that are talking about the effects of the LF information carrying radio wave – how it oscillates in the Hz region and this is what damages the cell.

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    Congrats on the new blog! I really want to appreciate your interesting blog. I hope you will updates this blog regularly. I am sure you really loved being in touch with the audience and speaking and spitting out around. You have done great work. keep it up!

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  • There have been a lot of research coming up which point out the bad effects of Various radiations. People have also found out that Bluetooth is dangerous for our Eyes. Anyways, we are never going to stop using these things as they have become a part and parcel of our life.

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  • Hi!
    I started reading this blog few hours ago, and i find it very well made and full of very interesting contents.

    I have only a question on this article.
    In the 2nd point of your cell phone tips you say: “Holding the phone from top will help as body will not absorb these RF waves while they try to reach the tower (BTS)”
    ..ehm.. do you know cell phone RF are omnidirectional waves? So a tip like this won't works a lot.. 😉

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  • Yes, they are omnidirectional, But practically, no antenna is perfect omnidirectional in this world.
    Consider this scenario: You are holding your phone towards north and you are facing east-west and the BTS is directly opposite to hand. RF cannot bend it follows shortest path or reflected waves (which are rejected mostly to prevent echo, interference)so the shortest path is nothing but through your head and if you are facing in the opposite direction (180 degrees), it goes from your hand.
    If you are either confused or not convinced, do a practical test.
    Goto a place where signal is really weak, weak enough to drop calls in between. Try calling while holding phone vs. keepin the phone aside with handsfree, u`ll notice the difference, Body absorbs RF.

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  • Hi!
    I started reading this blog few hours ago, and i find it very well made and full of very interesting contents.

    I have only a question on this article.
    In the 2nd point of your cell phone tips you say: “Holding the phone from top will help as body will not absorb these RF waves while they try to reach the tower (BTS)”
    ..ehm.. do you know cell phone RF are omnidirectional waves? So a tip like this won't works a lot.. 😉

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    • Yes, they are omnidirectional, But practically, no antenna is perfect omnidirectional in this world.
      Consider this scenario: You are holding your phone towards north and you are facing east-west and the BTS is directly opposite to hand. RF cannot bend it follows shortest path or reflected waves (which are rejected mostly to prevent echo, interference)so the shortest path is nothing but through your head and if you are facing in the opposite direction (180 degrees), it goes from your hand.
      If you are either confused or not convinced, do a practical test.
      Goto a place where signal is really weak, weak enough to drop calls in between. Try calling while holding phone vs. keepin the phone aside with handsfree, u`ll notice the difference, Body absorbs RF.

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