A Decade of Tech, Part 12

About mobile phones, some scary facts have been discovered and publicized. But, barring a totally unforeseen scientific leap, we are stuck with them and their dangerous electromagnetic fields. Sure, the argument can be made that many other gadgets and gizmos emit EMFs. Obviously, they are all around us, indoors and out. But of all the devices, mobile phones are physically and consistently the nearest to our bodies.

Up close and personal

In “The Alarming Ways EMFs Are Changing Your Brain,” health information writer Deane Alban wrote,

One thing that sets our computers, iPads, mobile phones, and fitness trackers apart is that we use them so much of the time in close proximity to our brains and bodies. More than two-thirds of adults sleep with their mobile phone next to their head and alarmingly, this figure rises to 90 percent in the 18 to 29 year old age bracket.

Alban goes on to enumerate the individual counts of the indictment. “Significant” links have been observed between long-term (10 years) cell phone use and brain tumors, both malignant and benign. Why? Perhaps because “EMFs increase permeability of the brain-blood barrier, making it leaky and allowing things like mercury, aluminum, and viruses to more readily enter the brain.”

A lot of other side effects probably attributable to EMFs have been reported — problems like dizziness, headaches, sleep disorders, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. They interfere with the neurotransmitters that rule several departments of our lives, including sleep, learning ability, mood, motivation, and addictions. In other words, EMFs can mess with a brain in such a way as to cause, or at least to permit, uncontrolled eating.

Physical evidence

Oh, and EMFs can actually perform physical violence on the brain, for instance, rupturing cell membranes. This makes calcium ions leak out, damaging the brain cells’ ability to communicate amongst themselves. This causes such problems as, for instance, delayed physical reactions which bring about auto accidents and other disasters.

Then (spoiler alert) there is the harm to brain glucose metabolism and melatonin production, and the all-important thyroid gland. Please consult Alban’s article about those. We bring up these bad-news concepts because the name of this blog is Childhood Obesity News, and because in America “46 percent of children between ages 8 and 12 use a mobile phone.”

Nobody is going to stop driving just because there are accidents on the road, and very few people, young or old, will give up cell phones just because some invisible rays might scramble our brains. Phones are what some might call a “necessary evil,” and as long as we are bound to coexist with them anyway, we may as well wrest from them the most benefit possible.

All of which is another method of saying: check out BrainWeighve, a very positive way to employ the smartphone as a tool to change one’s life, in multiple ways, for the better.

Your responses and feedback are welcome!

Source: “The Alarming Ways EMFs Are Changing Your Brain,” Reset.me, 2021
Image by Gina Clifford/CC BY-SA 2.0

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