Cell phones affect our cells
—but it's not why they are called that
Your cell phone is very similar to a radio
Radios get their name from the fact that they send radiant waves through space. (Radio was a prefix for “radiant” or “radiation”). However, a radio can only receive signals from a transmitter, whereas a mobile or cell phone has a little transmitter inside it so it sends radiofrequency electromagnetic signals outwards to cell towers, as well as receiving them when it is on.
Where does the term cell phone come from?
The network of wireless towers is arranged so that their transmission covers an area of hexagonal cell shapes. This is where the 'cell phone' term comes from. Eventually, the description of a mobile phone that uses a cellular network got shortened down to 'cell phone'.
Our phones communicate using radiation
It is extremely important to understand that many of our wireless devices work by means of radiation. The carrier signal for your phone generates two types of radiation fields: a near-field plume and a more subtle far-field plume. Both do harm. On the edge of the field of radiation where exposure is very low, it appears the small amount fools our bodies in some way and its remediation doesn't take place, here we see the damage we would expect from being closer appearing.
Almost all smartphones have power sensors
These are also known as proximity sensors, they are designed to detect when the device is touching or extremely close to a person. When that occurs, the phone should reduce power, decreasing the amount of exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
How does the radiation from our phones compare to an x-ray photon?
The radiation used by our devices is classed as non-ionizing radiation. It is not powerful enough to knock electrons off an atom leaving a charged ion. This type of radiation is a million times less powerful than x-ray radiation when measured comparing each photon of an x-ray with each photon of a cell phone transmission... these two facts may make it seem harmless.
We transmit this radiation from our phones at multi-millions of times per second
Cumulatively we doing a similar thing to giving ourselves thousands of x-rays over a twenty-four hour period and research is now finding the effects to be very similar. For example, studies within The Reflex Report show pictures of DNA disintegration which appears similar, whether one has 1,600 X-rays or uses a cell phone 24 hours by comparison to a sham cell without the deterioration. The report is 291 pages of scientific literature, to shortcut to the pictures see them on the Electromagnetic Radiation South Africa (EMRSA) website
Your cell phone is likely to run on the FM frequency range which is in megahertz, megahertz means one million times per second. New Zealand operators operate on 700mhtz, 850, 900, 2100, 1800 and 2600 MHz networks.
This radiation is a burden to the body and long exposure and multiple frequencies, are even worse. We might be using a cell phone, while stationed beside a WiFi router, or RFID reader, and have the base for a cordless phone, in proximity, with a Bluetooth speaker radiating to us or companion's cell phone radiating beside us. Newer phones have antennae for several frequencies.
Compare with our bodies electromagnetic fields
Our bodies organs each produce slightly different electromagnetic frequencies, each a little different but all of them well below 100htz When we are close to these artificially generated frequencies they superpose onto ours with adverse effects.
Blood cells become distorted in shape and clump together.
Certain cells start producing so-called stress proteins, which are only produced when a cell senses that it is under threat.
Some hormone production is reduced (especially melatonin and serotonin). Sperm cells become damaged and less mobile and fewer sperm are produced. DNA repair processes within the cells work less effectively. See the HEALTH EFFECTS page for much more detail.