Cell Phone usage and our health is a subject that most people do not want to talk about but is extremely important. You see, my late husband died of a brain tumor in 2007. During our journey, we discovered the effects of EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) on the body and became very alarmed by the studies. Over the years cell phones have become more powerful and are now our lifeline to everyday tasks. Cell phone subscriptions are now estimated at over 5.9 billion globally—that’s 87 percent of the world population!

Last year, it was reported that there was a sharp increase in the incidence of parotid gland tumors over the last 30 years, with the steepest increase happening after 2001. That same year, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, the principal investigator of a 2008 study, testified at a U.S. Senate Hearing that cell phones were identified as a contributor to salivary gland tumors. The report states that your risk of getting a parotid tumor on the same side of your head that you use for listening to the mobile phone increases by 34 percent if you are a regular cell phone user and have used a mobile phone for 5 years, 58 percent if you had more than about 5,500 calls in your lifetime, and 49 percent if you have spoken on the phone for more than 266.3 hours during your lifetime. Note that these are old studies and the numbers have increased, not decreased!!

On May 31, 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report admitting cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Class 2B). The classification came in part in response to research showing wireless telephones increase the risk for brain cancer.

Children also face a far greater lifetime exposure. According to Professor Lennart Hardell of Sweden, those who begin using cell phones heavily as teenagers have 4 to 5 times more brain cancer as young adults! We all know that our kids are exposed to cell phones at very young ages, even less than two years old! Children are at greater risk than adults because their brain tissue is more absorbent and their skulls are thinner than that of adults.

EMF’s are very real. Even if you cannot see or feel them, they are there. Electro Magnetic Fields disrupt the function of cells which can cause cancer. Please use an earbud, blue tooth or speaker and keep cell phones as far away from your head as possible.