forgetful? -- Your phone could be the cause.
In many shoe stores in America during the 1930s, '40s and '50s, you could
view an x-ray image that revealed the way your feet fit into a pair of
shoes. After putting your feet into a slot at the bottom of a wooden
cabinet, you placed your face on a special viewer to see the image. Most of
the cabinets had three viewers: one for a child being fitted, one for a
parent and one for a shoe salesman.
Dr Ralph W. Moss (one of the foremost authorities on alternative cancer
treatments) remembers getting a "brief and eerie glimpse" of the bones in
his feet through a Fluoroscope viewer. But his mother was a cautious type
and only allowed one quick look. She was right to be cautious. Shoe-Fitting
Fluoroscopes were eventually banned because the machines were found to emit
a fairly high dose of radiation with little protection.
In a recent Moss Reports e-letter, Dr. Moss offers the Shoe-Fitting
Fluoroscope as an example of a technology that was believed to be safe,
widely used for a while, then ultimately discarded when it was found to be
dangerous. Dr. Moss' article is titled "Do Radio Frequency Energy Fields
Cause Cancer?" And he opens his piece with this more specific question: "Do
devices such as mobile phones that emit radiofrequency electromagnetic
fields (RFEMF), cause cancer?"
The answer: We don't know yet.
Controversy over mobile phones and cancer
All electrically active devices produce electromagnetic fields (EMF). If the
device sends or receives radiofrequencies, the EMF becomes an RFEMF.
Dr. Moss notes that the American Cancer Society (ACS) regards his question
about a potential link between mobile phone RFEMF and cancer as a "cancer
myth." And he takes exception with this quote from Dr Ted Gansler, who is
the American Cancer Society Director of Medical Content: Although "a few
studies have suggested a link with certain rare types of brain tumors the
consensus among well-designed population studies is that there is no
consistent association between mobile phone use and brain cancer."
Mobile phones emit low-level, non-ionizing radiation on the same frequency
as microwaves. This radiation has been shown to enter the user's head, but
what happens when this is repeated over and over, every day, year after
year, remains to be seen.
In the e-alert "Is your mobile risking your health?" (18/2/04), I told you
about the controversial link between cell phones and cancer. In 2003,
Microwave News obtained an internal US Food and Drug Administration memo
written in April 1993 that reviewed existing research on microwaves emitted
from mobile phones and concluded that the database of studies "suggests that
under at least some circumstances these exposures do indeed accelerate the
development of cancer by some unknown mechanism."
I was hoping that Dr. Moss' article would reveal a research breakthrough on
this topic, but it appears that any such breakthrough may still be years
away. Nevertheless, Dr. Moss provides an enlightening update on the
situation, along with a variety of potential dangers. For instance, this
past summer, Turkish researchers showed that long-term exposure to RFEMF
from mobile phones may increase free radical levels in the brain,
theoretically raising the risk of brain cancer.
It's hard to imagine the mobile phone going the way of the Shoe-Fitting
Fluoroscope, but it might if further studies produce this same result.
In an intriguing side note, Dr. Moss adds: "These researchers found that the
increased risk of brain cancer could be substantially offset by
administration of the dietary supplement, gingko biloba."
Are you electrosensitive?
Apart from the potential effects of RFEMF on the brain, some people are
simply more sensitive than others to EMF. According to a report last month
in the Daily Mail, "Tens of thousands of people in the UK are thought to
suffer from the condition, called electrosensitivity, yet it is not formally
recognized by the medical profession."
But Electrosensitivity is recognized in Sweden, where patients diagnosed
with this problem actually receive government grants to replace electric
stoves with gas units. In Swedish workplaces, highly insulated cables reduce
Symptoms of electrosensitivity (which seem to affect mostly women) include
headaches, fatigue, depression, memory loss, joint pain and ringing in the
ears. Treatment for this unusual condition is simple (although not
necessarily convenient or easy): Avoid using electric devices - especially
powerful ones such as computers and microwave ovens. Can't live without your
mobile phone? Use a hands-free device and put your calls on speakerphone
The Daily Mail article offers a truly eccentric method for protecting
yourself from the radiation emitted from phone masts: Line walls with
aluminum foil and hang silver-plated curtains over windows and beds. But one
person's eccentricity is another person's electrosensitive safety net.
Meanwhile, Dr. Moss says he doesn't take chances. He purchased a sheet of
lead from a hardware shop, covered it with flannel for comfort, and places
it across his legs when he uses his laptop computer. He reduces further EMF
exposure by keeping phone calls brief, and he keeps all electrical
appliances away from his bed. He also takes antioxidant supplements to
reduce free radical damage caused by EMF.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above try to limit your
exposure to EMFs and see if you feel any difference.