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Is Your Cordless Phone Zapping You?

New research links these and other wireless signals to heart irregularities. A double-blind peer-reviewed study published today in the European Journal of Oncology links cordless phones-which transmit pulsed signals just like WiFi networks-to heart palpitations and other autonomic nervous system problems.

“People do not just feel ill, their heart begins to race,” says lead author Magda Havas, PhD. That is first study to document immediate, dramatic change in both heart rate and its variability from microwave (MW) exposure well below the federal standards in this country and Canada.

On this investigation, Colorado residents between 37 and 79 years of age completed an electrosensitivity questionnaire, and researchers then monitored their heart rate variability (HRV) while they were exposed to either cordless phones or “sham” phones that resembled cordless phones. Not less than 40% of these subjects experienced some changes in HRV attributable to microwave exposure from these phones and other wireless devices.

The top 10 symptoms that study volunteers experienced? Heart palpitations, unrelenting fatigue, memory loss, trouble concentrating, sleep disorders, headaches, dizziness, eye problems, ringing in their ears, and simply not feeling well were their commonest complaints.

The commonest sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) among the many people on this study? Antennae, cell and cordless phones, fluorescent lights, and WiFi caused their electrosensitivity.

In 2009, a large multinational study comparing people with brain tumors with population-based controls also found that people who used a cellular phone before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop malignant brain tumors. And even those who use these phones later in life have 1.5 times the tumor risk of the final population.

Swedish oncologist Lennart Hardell, MD, also discovered increased risk of those tumors in people who use cordless phones for over 10 years. The bottom station of this phone constantly transmits radio frequency (RF) waves-even when it’s not in use.

Dr. Ann Louise’s Take: Any cordless phone that uses DECT technology (2.4 or 5.8 GHz) uses pulsed digital signals, which are more damaging that earlier analog signals.

“Why put all that RF power through your head when you don’t should?” asks EMF expert Larry Gust. “What is the value you are willing to pay down the road to have a little little bit of extra convenience right now?”

Switch to a corded push-button phone for most of your talk time. I exploit the Ultra Low EMF Telephone in my home office. A terrific solution, this full-featured corded phone, available in desktop or wall mount versions, produces none of the microwaves or strong magnetic fields related to cell or cordless phones.

Greater Risks for the Young

Always restrict your use of cordless phones, as well as cell phones, during pregnancy. A 2008 study in the journal Epidemiology shows that children whose mothers used mobile phones during pregnancy were 80% more more likely to be hyperactive and have behavioral and emotional problems.

The European Journal of Oncology study “also raises serious concerns about risk of exposing schoolchildren to WiFi networks,” adds study author Camilla Rees, founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org. This may provide “a possible explanation for why some children in schools with WiFi are being diagnosed with, and medicated for, heart irregularities,” she adds.

Instead, Rees suggests, it’s best to learn “how you can create an electromagnetically clean environment to eliminate symptoms.” For example, Dave Stetzer and Martin Graham, PhD, professor emeritus within the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, have developed a filter that may reduce contaminated or dirty electricity.

The results from the Graham-Stetzer Filter are so fast that Dr. Havas admits she’s still “blown away” every time she uses them in a research study. In a single Toronto school, as an illustration, 55% of scholars and teachers suddenly felt “incredibly good” within just one month after these filters were installed-only to have their symptoms return when the filters were removed.

Teachers reported feeling less tired, frustrated, and irritable, while students were more likely to be at school on time, less disruptive, and more focused. In fact, some symptoms of ADD and ADHD disappeared after the Graham-Stetzer Filters were installed. And an identical study in a Minnesota school has achieved similar results.

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