Many people are concerned about dangers posed by the increasing use of smartphones and the radiation they generate.
In an exclusive Newsmax Health interview, actress and best-selling author Suzanne Somers details how you can protect yourself by limiting your exposure to radiation from cellphones as a precaution, which she argues is a smart thing to do. Using a cellphone without protection is like "holding a microwave oven next to your head," says the Three's Company star.
"Do you know there's as much electromagnetic … radiation coming out of a cellphone as a microwave oven?" she asked.
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Somers — whose latest book I'm Too Young For This! focuses on perimenopause — has built a successful post-acting career around health advocacy, publishing a series of best-selling books and talking about wellness. She tells Newsmax Health she is particularly concerned about the health impacts of mobile phones, noting most Americans spend an enormous amount of time using them.
"Would you keep a microwave oven next to your brain pretty much all day long?" she asks. "And … do you think it's a good idea to have a microwave oven next to a little kid's brain that doesn't fully form until they're 25 or 27? Do you think it's a good idea to keep a microwave oven in your pants pocket near your genitalia if you're a guy or, for me, I've had breast cancer, in my breast pocket?"
To reduce the risks, Somers is promoting a new product developed by a tech company she has worked with called Matrix 2 that claims to shield users from cellphone radiation. Other similar products are also on the market.
Somers acknowledges that the federal government has maintained cell phones are safe, but that the issue is still being debated.
According to the NCI, the number of cellphone users has increased rapidly over the last decade. More than 303 million Americans use a smart phone, up from 110 million in 2000, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. Globally, the number of cell phone subscriptions is estimated by the International Telecommunications Union to be 5 billion.
Although there have been some concerns that radiofrequency energy from cell phones may affect the brain and other tissues, to date there is no evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans that radiofrequency energy can cause cancer, according to the NCI. Scientists note radiofrequency energy does not cause DNA damage in cells, and it has not been found to cause cancer in a number of studies.
Still, other studies have suggested some evidence of a statistical association of cellphone use and brain tumor risks.
In light of the uncertainties, Somers argues, it’s better to take whatever steps you can to reduce your exposure to cellphone radiation.
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