We use our cell phones every day. As we talk on our phones, hold them, or just carry them in our pocket, cell phones are constantly emitting RF radiation – – and we are constantly absorbing some of that radiation. Is that radiation having an effect on us? Should we be concerned about what cell phone radiation might be doing to us? Yes, we absolutely think so! Cell phone radiation is something we take very seriously here at Pong. We are closely monitoring new studies on how cell phone radiation affects our bodies.
What could cell phone radiation be doing to our blood? You may be surprised to find out, but to date very little research has looked into this effect. A new study released in January 2015 focused very specifically on the effects of cell phone radiation on human blood. This study comes up with some startling information about the impact that short-term cell phone radiation can have on our blood cells. We found this very concerning so we asked our chief scientist Dr. Rong Wang to review the study and give us her thoughts on it.
Please take a look at her summary below to get her insights on this important subject. We also encourage you to read the linked full study and develop your own understanding of it. The more educated we are on the subject of cell phone radiation, the better decisions we can make on how to protect ourselves from cell phone radiation and use this technology in safer and healthier ways.
– – Michael
New Study Shows Human Blood Abnormalities from Short-Term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation
Rong Wang, Ph.D.
A new study published in the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Wise Traditions, on January 16, 2015 showed that 45 minutes exposure to cell phone radiation led to substantial changes in the user’s blood.
This small pilot study involved ten healthy adults from 27 to 75 years of age. Live blood analysis using a microscope was conducted under three conditions: (1) prior to cell phone exposure (baseline condition); (2) immediately after 45 minutes of carrying a cell phone in a backpack (carrying condition); and (3) immediately after 45 minutes of active cell phone use (active use condition). Specifically, peripheral blood samples were collected from the participating subjects under different exposure conditions and the size, shape, variability, cellular integrity, as well as the stickiness and aggregation of the red blood cells were observed under a microscope and recorded with a digital camera. Nine out of ten subjects showed blood changes, including increased cell aggregation and cell deformation under both carrying and active use conditions. The shape change was more significant under active use condition than under carrying condition.
The study is among the first studies of its kind to document visual effects on human blood following short-term cell phone exposure. There are some limitations to this study: the subject number was small, it was not a blinded study and no control group was used. Larger, blinded and controlled studies are needed to confirm the results.
Short-term exposure to cell phone radiation has previously been shown to affect human brain activities. A 2011 U.S. study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the effects of cell phone radiation on brain glucose metabolism in 47 healthy participants and demonstrated that just 50 minutes of cell phone exposure increased brain glucose metabolism in the areas of the brain closest to the antenna. According to the lead author Dr. Volkow who is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study showed that human brain is sensitive to cell phone radiation. And the question remains open whether there are potential long-term health consequences from repeated stimulation as, for example, people use their cell phones for 10, 20, 30 years and for long periods of time.
There is an ongoing debate on the health effects of cell phone radiation. Existing scientific evidence is inconsistent and controversial. More research data is needed for long-term and heavy use of cell phone.