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Kahrs
San Francisco
A teenager who is curious about the safety of cellphones.
Interests: rowing, tennis, horseback riding, running, volleyball, soccer
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Kahrs is now following Gabrielle Banta
Dec 11, 2012
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New visuals show how Wifi differs when it penetrates the brain of a 5 year old, 10 year old and adult. The safey standards cellphone companies use are for only the adult brain. The visual study - see below- shows that we absorb more radiation than adults. Why? Basically because our brains and bodies are still growing. Rapidly dividing cells when exposed to radiation are more susceptible to mutation. Another contributing factor is that our skulls are thinner. source: http://wifiinschools.com/ Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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There are over 5 billion people in the world who use cellphones. The United States is the third largest cell phone market with over 272 million users. About half of all those users are under the age of 20. Research shows, that if you have been using a cellphone since you were a teenager - without following these precautions (see below) - that you are four to five times at greater risk of developing a cancerous brain tumor. Here are 10 tips every teenager using a cellphone should follow. 1. Never put your cell phone next to your head. Use a "hollow tube" headset (they are better than the "wire" headsets) , speaker phone or a phone accessory like the old fashioned phone receivers. They sell on yubz.com. If you ever read the instructions that came with your phone - there is a warning label that tells you NOT to put the phone next to your head or your body! My Apple iphone instructions say "no closer than 5/8 of an inch." Blackberry says - an inch. 2. Text instead of talk whenever it is safe and possible. 3. Keep your phone off or in airplane mode when you aren't using it. 4. Don't keep your phone in our pocket or on your body. It is far better to carry your cell phone in a backpack or your pocketbook. Keep in mind, the antenna is usually on the back of the phone. Keep it pointed away from your body. Never... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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The Israeli government today announced that they have asked the Science and Technology Ministry to study the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, high-tension electrical wires and cellphones. The Ministry will advise the public on how to lessen their risks to exposure and how to use these technologies safely. source: The Jerusalem Post, January 25, 2012. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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My parents didn't grow up with cellphones - they didn't even have a cellphone the year I was born. Your parents probably didn't either. In 1998, cellphones were usually only used in cars. It wouldn't be until 2002 that people would carry cellphones around in their pocketbook or briefcase, but even then they usually keep them off. They were still using traditional land lines phones for almost all their calls. Cellphones, the way we use them now, just haven't been around been around that long - at least in the world of science. Which means that we really don't know what effect electromagnetic energy - the radiation emitted from our cellphones and wireless laptops - will have on us. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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There is also a group of scientists that have an opposing point of view about the dangers of cellphone use. They say that radiowaves, microwaves and radiation from mobile phones and other "non-ionising" radiation lack the energy to knock electrons out of atoms that could trigger cancer. The article most commonly referred to with this point of view was published in the Economist in http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/06/mobile-phones-and-health. A response to this article was printed in the Australian News. www. theaustralian.com/au. That article says brain surgeon Charlie Teo and 16 other experts from around the world accused the Economist of publshing "technical errors and misleading statements". They demanded that the Economist retract it's statements. It was later reported by the Swedish investigative reporter, Mona Nisson, that the scientists who were quoted in the Economist magazine article also worked for lobbying groups for the telecommunications industry and had a conflict of interst. source: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/06/mobile-phones-and-health Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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A study conducted in Norway by researches Orjan Hallberg of Sweden and L. Lloyd Morgan of Berkeley, Ca. and published in Neurology and Neurophysiology on December 24, 2011 reviewed the biological effect of 10 years of cellphone use on humans . They looked at the risk of damage and mutations of DNA strands and the risk developing a brain or ear tumor. They also studied the increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier - the barrier that protects our brain. Their conclusions state that “based on a 30-year time between first mobile phone use and diagnoses of brain cancer (latency time), the model predicts that there will be a 100% increased incidence of brain cancer (2-fold) if DNA repair efficiency is decreased by mobile phone use, and a 2,400% increase in brain tumors (25-fold) if mobile phone use mutates DNA.” Which means, if cellphone use is shown to damage DNA’s ability to repair itself then it is twice as likely a person will get a brain tumor after 30 years of use - if we continue to use cellphones as we do now - holding it up to our heads. Or. that if we learn that the DNA gets mutated then it is twenty five times more likely to develop a brain tumor over the same period of time. My source: http://www.omicsonline.org/2155-9562/2155-9562-S5-003.pdf "The Potential Impact of Mobile Phone Use on Trends Brain and CNS Tumors" by Orjan Hallberg and L. Lloyd Morgan. I asked my scientist friends about this - Bob... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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Camilla Rees, a leading expert on cellphone radiation and my advisor on this weblog, warned me against using cordless phones. Research has shown that they are as dangerous or perhaps more dangerous then cellphones. They emit the same kind of radiation, but people usually use the cordless phones for longer periods of time than cellphone calls. One study shows the average 7 to 14 year old uses a cordless phone 4 minutes a day while the average 15 to 19 year old uses it for 13 minutes a day. The longer the exposure to the microwave radiation emitted from the phone, the greater the danger of it causing you harm. Our family has the old fashioned kind of phones, where the handset it attached to the phone. I always thought they were kind of annoying since I couldn't take the phone into my room, but now I'm glad we have that kind of phone. They are a safe alternative to the cordless phone. Another benefit of an old fashioned phone is that they work during a black out. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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Yubz - who makes the accessories for your cellphone safer to use - has a chart on their website where you can check out the safety rating of your cellphone. It includes a list of the brands and models. The highest of radiation cellphone level on their list is the Sony Ericsson T650i with 1.80 watt/kg - the lowest is HTC Legend at 0.565 watt/kg . Look up your cellphone at http://www.yubz.com/ Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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In the 1950s the US Surgeon General was asked if there was a link between the increase cases of lung cancer and the popularity of smoking cigarettes. He said, there was also an increase in the use of nylon stockings during that period of time and perhaps that was the cause of lung cancer..It's simply too soon to know the dangers. I don't want our generation to be the guinea pigs. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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I don't know about you, but I have noticed when I watch too many movies or television shows on my computer that I get a headache. I usually go to bed then and find myself waking up tired - even if I had enough hours of sleep - 8 or more. So I thought it was pretty interesting when I read an article on this subject "Wired and Tired: Electronics and Sleep Disturbance in Children." It was published in March, 2011 by Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D.. in the Mental Wealth column of Psychology Today. www.psychologytoday.com The article states that there has been a lot of research on this. There are basically three things that happen to your body and brain if you spend too much time on your cellphone or computer. 1. Your body/mind doesn't know the difference between a real attack and a simulated attack. So if you are playing a video game your flight or fight response kicks in - research has shown even if it's not a violent game. It's how we - humans - are wired to protect ourselves from attacks by beasts in the wild. We are talking caveman years here. I can understand that my body doesn't know the difference between a real attack and a 3D simulated attack - but here is the most amazing thing - studies of brain waves show that just surfing the net or texting puts the brain and body in the same state of stress from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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A wireless transmitter baby monitor. With the potential danger of cellphone radiation in children and pregnant women established - why would you ever strap a wireless monitor on to an infant? Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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World Health Organization says cell phone use a "possible carcinogen." Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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These are the numbers of users of cellphones most commonly used in print and on the internet. Wow. That's a lot of people. That also represents a lot of money. It's a huge industry. Not only the manufacturing of cellphones but the cellphone use charges and the applications people buy for their phones. Whether or not cellphones are safe for teens may still be a question, but we know one thing for sure - that there are a lot of people who stand to profit if cellphone use is regarded as safe. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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My blog does not suggest to stop using your wireless phone. There are many ways to make your cellphone use more safe. The first and most important thing is to stop putting your cellphone up to your head. Texting is better. But if you need to talk on the phone use a headphone or something like that. My mother ordered me a phone set from a company called YUBZ. the website is www.YUBZ.com - they make a retro handset in lots of colors and patterns. I don't like carrying this with me, but I do use it at home in my room. There are also lots of other headsets out there that are lightweight. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
Jul 9, 2011
Kahrs is now following Stephanie Wolf
Jul 9, 2011
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Many people are very sensitive to radiation from wireless systems. If you work or live in a place that has wireless communications and you have one of the following symptoms, then you maybe sensitive to radiation and it may dangerous for you. This list was copied with permission, from Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution. Symptoms of Sensitivity to Cellphone and Cordless Phones: Feeling of warmth Numbness in fingers Facial flushing on the side of the head where the phone is held Headaches that become progressively worse and last longer with continued cell phone use Dizziness Nausea Chest pain Shortness of breath Deafness Blurred vision Blistering skin Pain Loss of muscular control Symptoms of Sensitivity to Wireless Systems - Wifi Confusion and poor short-term memory - "brain fog" Headaches Dizziness Numbness Tremors Neurological Disorders Nausea or feeling unwell Fatigue and weakness Problems with vision and hearing - buzzing in ears Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
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Are cellphones dangerous? The experts say "Maybe." It might seem weird, but cellphones are relatively new to this world. They haven't been around long enough for us to know the effects they will have on our bodies. Look at the case of the what they used to think caused lung cancer... Here are some safe tips on how to use your cellphone but stay safe. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Teens for Safe Cellphones
Kahrs is now following The Typepad Team
Jul 6, 2011