Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may affect heart health, new EWG analysis finds

By Uloma Uche, Ph.D (EWG) Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D.(EWG) Olga Naidenko, Ph.D. (EWG)

Electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency range emitted by cell phones, tablets and other wireless communication devices is absorbed by the human body and may affect heart health, according to a new EWG analysis.

Human and animal research studies show that the cardiovascular system is sensitive to radiofrequency radiation. The developing organism, from the fetal stage through early life, is especially vulnerable to these exposures and their potential harms.

In animal studies, exposure to radiofrequency radiation has been associated with structural and biochemical changes of the heart. These changes include irregularity and degeneration of heart muscle fibers, congestion of blood vessels in cardiac muscle, increases in cardiac weight, and changes in the levels of key metabolic substances important for heart function.

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Given these harmful effects, what can be done?

Dr Uche says, ‘our recommendation includes reducing one’s exposure to radiofrequency radiation via simple steps such as:

a) When receiving a call from a cell phone, use a headset or put the phone in speaker mode; this helps to reduce the amount of radiation that is exposed to your body.

b) HOLD PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BODY when in use. If you are using a headset, don’t put the phone in your pocket (shirt or pant pocket) or clip it to your belt or put it on your lap— please put it in your bag, purse, or on a nearby surface. The amount of radiation absorbed by your body decreases dramatically with even a small distance.

c) TEXT MORE, TALK LESS. I know many of us would prefer to pick up the phone and place a call to send a text, However, phones emit less radiation when sending texts than during voice communications. Also, when you are texting, the phone is kept away from the body, decreasing your body’s exposure to radiation.

d) Finally, always check the phone signal to ensure it is strong before making a call. Fewer signal bars mean the phone must work harder to broadcast its signal to the cell tower. As much as possible, make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal. Research shows that radiation exposure increases dramatically when cellphone signals are weak.’

Don’t keep your mobile phone in a pocket near your heart.

Don’t use wireless devices that are irradiating you at chest-height.

Use radiation free equipment for internet and landline phones.