Cell Phones and Alzheimer’s

One of the things that worry researchers about the use of cell phones is that the EMF radiation can tremendously damage the membranes of the circulatory and nervous system. One particular membrane, called the blood-brain barrier, ensures the normal constant chemical setting in the brain and protects it from the destructive proteins and poisons in the blood.

Professor Leif Salford and colleagues at Lund University in Malmo, Sweden, conducted a study on rats and exposed them to two hours of radiation, equivalent to that emitted by cell phones. Fifty days later, the researchers found that rats which had been exposed to medium and high levels of radiation had an abundance of dead brain cells. (ref. Mobile Phones ‘May Trigger Alzheimer’s’)

“But those are rats,” you say. “What makes you think the same thing can happen to humans?”

Rats, according to Prof. Salford, have the same blood-brain barrier and neurons as humans. He believes that what happens to rat’s brains can happen to humans when exposed to cell phone radiation.

“Okay, but who talks to the cell phone for two hours straight anyway?” you retort.

(Anybody’s teem daughter comes to mind, anybody?)

But damage doesn’t start showing up only after two hours of exposure. In an earlier study, Prof. Salford found that it takes only two minutes for a cell phone’s digitized impulses to begin disabling this blood-brain barrier. Prof. Salford said, “It seems that molecules such as proteins and toxins can pass out of the blood, while the phone is switched on, and enter the brain. We need to bear in mind diseases such as MS and Alzheimer’s which are linked to proteins being found in the brain.”

The rats that were used in the experiments were of the same developmental stage as human teenagers. So the concern acquires more importance given the extensive use of the cell phone among children and teens. This age group is more susceptible to cellular damage because the tissues in their brains and bodies are still developing.

But this does not mean adults have nothing to worry about. Cell phone use can make neurons that are already prone to Alzheimer’s disease be stimulated earlier and cause an earlier onset of the disease.

Two minutes. It’s been called the “two-minute warning.” Two minutes of cell phone use is enough to cause possible damage to the brain. Doctors are advising that cell phone use be limited to five minutes a MONTH at the most!

According to another study conducted in Spain, a two-minute cell phone call can alter the electrical activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour afterwards. This finding has raised fears among doctors that “the alteration in brain waves could lead to things like a lack of concentration, memory loss, inability to learn and aggressive behaviour.” (Dr. Gerald Hyland, UK government advisor)

So both short and long term prospects of using the cell phone do not look good. A mere two minute call is enough to cause the blood-brain barrier to be compromised and cause mental dysfunction. Do it often enough and you might end up with Alzheimer’s.

Can you imagine the implications of this? It is estimated that by the year 2006, there will be 2 billion users of cell phones around the world–and 500 million of them will be children! I’ll let you imagine what that might entail if nothing changes…

Do you know anyone who could use a cell phone protection?