Bigfoot, UFOs and electromagnetic field sickness. What do they all have in common? One thing. They are all topics that really loony people talk about a lot. Why is this? Why does the idea of a new species living deep in the forest draw in the fruitcake crowds, when scientists discover new species of animals all the time? Why are UFOs considered so much “tin-foil-hat” material, when there are strange military experimental craft and unusual weather phenomenon going on over our heads all the time? And most importantly (for the purpose of this article), what about the so-called electromagnetic “radiation”? Is there any truth to the weird and wild claims found all around the Web related to wireless fields from your Wi-Fi routers and wireless cellphones causing health problems? Let’s take a closer look at the latest research to figure out if there’s any truth to the idea that we might need to fear our mobile devices. Can Electromagnetic Fields Cause Cancer? Confession time. I used to have much more concern over mobile devices than I do today. Every time I placed my first-generation smartphone near a computer speaker, and I heard the buzz of induced current in the speaker coil, I realized that the wave fields coming out of that innocent-looking phone may be a little more potent than anyone realizes. Of course, everyone who knows anything about electronics and electricity knows that such electromagnetic fields are a non-ionizing form of “radiation”, which means that there is not enough energy in the radiation to remove an electron from atoms in matter, thereby ionizing them. That’s enough energy to damage cellular DNA and cause cancer. Non-ionizing radiation typically does not put someone at risk for cancer. Unfortunately, it’s not that cut and dry. Words from the U.S. National Cancer Institute should calm everyone about the alleged dangers of cellphones. On its website, the Cancer Institute writes, “…to date there is no evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans that radiofrequency energy can cause cancer.” However, following this statement, the Institute proceeds to list a number of studies that all had conflicting findings regarding whether there’s a relationship between cancer incidence and cellphone use. Then, in May of 2011, the World Health Organization issued the following statement, which of course freaked out lots of people and sent EMF conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.
The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.However, in the “Results” section of the same report, the authors explain that most evidence connecting wireless phones with cancer is “inadequate”, and the only reason for the warning was because of one study that showed a “40% increased risk for gliomas”. Just one study. I’m less convinced today about any sort of cancer connection to cellphones than I was even two years ago. Read More at Make Use of.