Some Interesting Cell Phone Facts
What can I use to
protect myself from cell phone cancer and EMF radiation
terms, near-field radiation from cell phone antennas is nowhere near strong
enough to cause the kind of heating that occurs inside microwave ovens—or from
standing too close to a radar transmitter.
At a typical frequency of 1,900 megahertz (1,900 million cycles per second), the
radiation is too fast to be visible to human biology, says Carlo.
“The only time it is visible to our biology is when it’s pushed by enough power
to actually cause heating of tissue,” Carlo says. “But it doesn’t occur in
mobile phone telephony as we have it now—these operate in non-thermal ranges.”
So does that mean we’re off the hook?
It’s here Carlo parts company with health authorities, which conclude that
consequently, cell phone radiation is nothing to worry about. Problems arise,
says Carlo, when phones are actually used: Then the “carrier signal” is
modulated to carry voice, text and other information.
When that happens, other, much lower frequencies, typically in the 20-100 hertz
range are produced. Compare that frequency range with the fact that the human
heart beats at around two cycles per second.
“So it’s well within the biological range. That is picked up by the biological
tissue,” Carlo says. “It takes about 30 seconds for the protein sensors on every
cell membrane to identify that you have an electromagnetic field in the
environment. It interprets that as a foreign invader.”
One effect in the biological cell is to harden the cell membrane, ultimately
leading to the death of the cell, or “apoptosis.” This is followed by disruption
to intercellular communication, and the deterioration of tissue and organ
When this happens to, say, neurological tissue, the initial effects are only too
“The organism experiences symptoms like headaches, memory loss, learning
difficulties,” Carlo says. “The disrupted intercellular communication works all
the way up the line to the organism, so that you have a whole cascade of
Carlo is known as the epidemiologist and public health scientist who headed the
multimillion dollar research funded by the cell phone industry. The project
launched in 1993 as part of a deal made with Congress to keep the industry from
being regulated. After six years, Dr. Carlo's research yielded alarming findings
that linked cell phone radiation to serious health diseases, including cancer.
When he submitted his results to the industry executives, he expected that they
would do something about it. Instead, they distanced themselves from him and
tried to find ways to discredit his research and reputation.