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5 Responses to Plugging Back In — The Phone, That Is

  1. Jess  

    This more recent document from the WHO may help to put your mind at ease: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/ The entire factsheet is interesting, but this blurb is most pertinent to your concerns: “A number of studies have investigated the effects of radiofrequency fields on brain electrical activity, cognitive function, sleep, heart rate and blood pressure in volunteers. To date, research does not suggest any consistent evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields at levels below those that cause tissue heating. Further, research has not been able to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to electromagnetic fields and self-reported symptoms, or “electromagnetic hypersensitivity”.”

    Reviewing the literature points to the same conclusion: that no connection has been found between EMR and the symptoms reported. The WHO and other medical professionals recommend ruling out other potential causes of the symptoms (such as stress-related insomnia, depression, anxiety, etc).

    It’s also worth mentioning that even a plugged-in, corded telephone produces electromagnetic radiation, both via the electrical cord and via an electromagnet in the earpiece. All electrical appliances produce EMR!

  2. Gaby@Tmuffin  

    Wow. That is amazing. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing, even though it kind of freaks me out!! 🙂

  3. Momma Jorje

    Wow. Thank you for writing about this.

    My step mother used to say there are only 2 things that cause cancer: everything you see and everything you breathe.

    There are things we can’t see that still aren’t inhaled. Cancer is no small thing… and EVERYTHING is going wireless these days. Good for you for making a change in your home, though I would hazard to guess you feel you have no choice (since it is your health on the line).

    Ugh, just think of all the teenagers that are constantly sending / receiving text messages!

  4. Rebekah  

    This is a great article and I’m so glad you’re tackling this issue. I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully I might add) for the wireless internet to be taken down at our house. It’s been up for only a year, so obviously we did just fine without it for many years. We don’t have a land-line phone, but I have always at least tried to keep the cell phone put away at a distance when not in use.

    Thanks for sharing.