RF Radiation

Cell phones, mobile devices, Wi-fi…basically any wireless communications system produces EMF. Even at low levels, the frequency and proximity of usage increases the potential concerns.

Remember when the first cell phones were publicized? The idea of them seem unreal, a magical device with a spoken message being floated through the sky by angelic children riding on unicorns on rainbows wearing fairy costumes. Now obviously, that is not really what we thought, however new technology always is a bit mystifying to general public. They were giant hunky devices, or seem that way now that cells phones have become pocket sized devices that can be easily and discretely carried around. These giant phones were so admired by the pop culture, who know what kind of radiation was coming out of those giant clunkers. Now with smaller cell phones we’d like to think that there is less radiation with a smaller device.

Many of us have joked about cell phones causing brain tumors. Many studies have been conducted to verify this rumor, and the majority of the major studies have found little link between RF exposure and an increase in cancer risk…though most caution that no long-term effects were tested.

On the other hand, studies concerning RF exposure and sleep have found results covering the spectrum (no pun intended). Some of the results have been neutral, but the majority have shown significant effects — oddly enough, some positive results as well as a number of negative ones. Sleep is such an important activity for humans. Sleep deprivation impairs any person’s ability to perform a variety of tasks, including those related to driving and operating large equipment including big rig trucks. As truck accident attorneys will tell you sleep deprivation is a leading cause of accidents on the road. Often a truck driver’s fatigue is caused by inadequate daily sleep, rather than a complete absence of sleep. Due to a truck driver’s extended hours of operation, a scenario of continuous sleep deprivation by limiting a driver’s daily sleep results a compromised driver. Or due to other factors such as acid reflux or sleep apnea there can be a lack of quality REM sleep, again compromising a driver’s ability to remain alert. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that truck crashes kill more than 5,200 every year and injure more than 100,000 each year in the United States. How many of these serious accidents are due to fatigue?

What seems oddly inconsistent is that no country has evidence to show that RF exposure is harmful, and all attempts to sue for cell-related damages have been dismissed or overturned…yet all countries have or abide by guidelines for proximity and safe usage, especially where children are concerned. Given the commercial penetration of wireless technology, few may be willing to look deep enough to uncover anything troubling.

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