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For years we’ve heard about the electromagnetic field radiation (EMF) emitted by cell phones. In fact, it’s been a hotly debated subject. Some say it’s slowly killing us while others say there’s no danger at all.
Yet all the while, the time we spend on cell phones increases more and more. We now use them in every single part of our lives.
But some studies show they can cause everything from brain cancer to salivary gland tumors… Studies that are so convincing that entire states have issued warnings against cell phone usage.
Take California and Connecticut for example. Both have issued warnings against the dangers of cell phone radiation as well as recommendations for ways to lower exposure. It’s obvious that these states are taking EMF radiation extremely seriously…
And, maybe you should too.
That’s because on top of the dangers we already discussed, past studies have shown the potential for cell phones to play havoc with your memory – something that cell phone manufacturers have largely written off.
Yet, a new scientific study has confirmed that you could be exposing yourself to memory loss every single time you lift your cell phone to your ear.
Here are the details…
You’re especially at risk if you’re right-handed
The study was led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and although it was performed on 700 adolescents. If you’re questioning how the results can relate to adults, like us, let me tell you…
EMF radiation is EMF radiation — and your brain doesn’t like it no matter what your age. So, back to the study…
The scientists looked at cumulative exposure to EMF radiation over a period of a year of basic cellphone usage and its effects on what’s known as figural memory (being able to remember figures or pictures over the short or long-term).
And, they found that regular cell phone use negatively affects this form of memory — especially in people who use their cellphone on the right side of their head.
That’s because your figural memory is located in your right brain. So if you’re right-handed and raise your phone to your right ear, you’re at even great risk.
So, is it really such a big deal not to remember a picture? Well, your figural memory is actually very important…
You see, it comes part and parcel with your working memory… what determines whether you’re able to do all of the activities of daily living by yourself or whether you end up reliant on others for the basics of your everyday life.
I’m sure you can see where this is going.
In fact, something that’s super scary is that Alzheimer’s patients show significant problems in figural memory.
So, is EMF radiation from your cell phone worth that risk?
Protecting yourself from cell phone radiation
How do you protect yourself then? What is the answer?
According to the researchers, it turns out that it’s pretty simple.
- Use a headset, speakerphone or text – Instead of sticking that phone up to the side of your head where the radiation can go directly into your brain, use the speakerphone or a headset instead. Better yet, text instead.
- Avoid using your phone when the reception is iffy – When the network quality is poor, your cell phone functions at maximum power, pumping out more and more EMF radiation. So, it’s better to only use your phone when you have good reception.
- Don’t keep your headset on at all times – It may be easier to wear that Bluetooth headset but it emits low levels of EMF radiation even when you’re not having a conversation. So when the call is over, the headset should come off.
You may not be able to live without your cell phone but you should protect yourself from the dangers of the EMF radiation that comes with it. Use the tips above to protect and preserve your memory from the damage the radiation can cause.
- 5 ways to slash cell phone radiation exposure — Easy Health Options
- Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents, study finds — Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
- The Roles of Working Memory, Figural Fluency, and Incubation in Creative Problem Solving — Reykjavik University
- Intrusion errors in the figural memory of patients with Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease — Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology