Could Your Phone Hurt You_ Electromagnetic Pollution

Electricity is everywhere around us, all the time, It makes our lives easier, safer, more fun, and most of us never think about it. But are we using too much electricity?

 Is it possible that the foundation of our modern world is killing us slowly?

 Before going deeper, let's try to understand what electricity is and how it impacts us. Electricity is the movement of an electric charge. This movement generates electric and magnetic fields which disperses across space and carries energy. This phenomenon is called "electromagnetic radiation". "Radiation" is a word that makes you very nervous. But irradiating simply means "emitting" Like when your home's radiator gives off heat in the form of infrared radiation. The different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum correspond to different types of radiation. And many of them are perfectly harmless. Some can be dangerous Very short wavelength radiation, such as UV rays, X-rays and gamma rays are strong enough to tear electrons from their atoms, which can cause burns and genetic damage This is what many people have in mind when they hear the term "radiation".

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The rest of the spectrum covers a wide range of other wavelengths visible light, infrared, microwave to radio waves. This is the type of radiation emitted by all kinds of technologies Mobile phones, Wi-Fi routers, power lines, and appliances. This type of radiation does not disturb the molecules in our body. However, some types of radiation can stimulate muscles and nerves. but also make the hairs on your body vibrate, which can sometimes cause a tingling above certain values. Other types are useful for preparing food Microwaves circulate water molecules in your food what warms her It happens to us constantly. For example, the pleasant warmth you feel at the beach is that of your skin which heats up by the presence of infrared radiation emitted by the sun. We are surrounded by natural and generally harmless sources of electromagnetic radiation constantly and this has always been the case. But since the industrial revolution we have added many in our immediate environment.

The question of whether it is really dangerous first caught the public's attention when a study carried out in 1979, to link leukemia to living near power lines. But this study was quickly discredited The connection could not be explained and no causal link could be confirmed. But once it was suggested, this idea persisted and the thousands of studies about potential dangers show that this remains seen as a real threat. Many people claim to be sensitive to radiation emitted by our phones and other devices They report symptoms like headache, nausea, skin reactions, eye burns or fatigue but these are just day-to-day reported effects. Some studies have found much more disturbing results As a possible link between the part of the brain used when you're on your phone and the appearance of brain tumors. The question that science is trying to answer is not so much about the acute effects of radiation. We know, for example, that x-rays cause immediate damage to the DNA in our cells but that radio waves do not produce these same effects

Does this kind of weak electromagnetic radiation that surrounds us constantly is harmful in the long term due to unknown phenomena? 

Answering this question was much more difficult than we thought There are thousands of primary sources, of reports and statements made by many different organizations. So, we read a lot for this post. You can take a look at our research in the description What we have seen is that this debate is a good example how science should be communicated, and how it shouldn't be Many of the most cited studies that panic about electromagnetic radiation are highly controversial For example : a series of population studies based on polls and self-reports Which means, for example, ask patients with brain tumors how long they think they have spent on their phone in the past few years.

 The problem is that people are not reliable We tend to remember things badly or can be influenced easily In addition to that, studies or reports can select results that support their opinions or will make the top seller For example, a study looking for cancers in rats and mice due to telephone radiation The results seemed to show a connection But, for obscure reasons, only in male rats and absolutely none in mice but it was publicized as if the study proved that cell phone radiation causes cancer Unfortunately, this is the case for studies showing both positive and negative results on the problem. Another aspect is that WHO has officially classified the radio frequency fields as potentially carcinogenic But what it really means, is that there are a few indications that suggest that it could be carcinogenic but we can't prove it and we're going to keep an eye on it So if we take a step back.

what is the big picture?

In total, there has been no consistent evidence in human studies claiming that exposure to electromagnetic radiation below the limit values ​​causes health problems There are some correlations but they are generally weak and inconsistent If there were real cause and effect relationships we would already know, thanks to all the data we have .

 Should you be worried about radiation from your computer, phone, or tv?

 The answer is no. You should not. But what about people who say it hurts them? Research shows they can feel what's called the Nocebo Effect .If you have a headache and feel better right after turning off your computer, you might see a connection between these two events. Once you have this suspicion, the very idea that weak radiation could harm you could be the thing that hurts you it is easy to demean these people; most of them do not feel taken seriously which makes their situation worse. They should be supported But, it's important to be aware that, so far, we have no solid evidence that electricity below safety limits has a negative impact on humans .

In the attention economy in which we live, talking about potential unproven dangers can cause us to overlook other things that we know are actually dangerous to us just an example: Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million premature deaths each year and this is clearly something we could act against today However, to reassure people, and to be really sure There are already several long studies in progress For example, the "Cosmos" study which verifies the potential impacts of using a phone on our hearts by measuring the frequency and duration of telephone calls but while we await the conclusion of this long-term study, there are many more pressing issues that we could focus on Like, rather than worrying about what devices and networks can do to our health, think of how they can harm you in other ways .

When we do our online shopping, let's share photos or watch videos on YouTube, we leave traces of accounts and passwords all over the Internet Radio waves may not hurt us but people trying to take advantage of your data, surely will If a service is compromised, hackers can recover your passwords And, if you use the same username and password everywhere else, they can easily enter all your other accounts.

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