The conditions caused by the radio-frequency electromagnetic fields emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices may be more worrisome than previously suspected, a new study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found. What was originally thought to be a benign form of radiation was now identified as a risk factor that could cause temporary memory loss, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness in some cases.
The study’s results were based on evaluation of the occupational exposure of eight offices in Syracuse, N.Y., to the radio frequency fields emitted by working with plastic fixtures. The machines were equipped with motion detectors, workbenches, and solenoids to detect whether working on the fixtures was occurring. None of the employees experienced any acute effects, nor any acute symptoms. However, once the effect period was over, some workers reported significantly decreased mobility and fatigue. When the effects were prolonged, by days or weeks, the employees were also more vulnerable to: memory loss, confusion, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and other nonspecific symptoms.
Although the study’s authors are unable to say what caused the changes in the workers’ physical symptoms, they note that the effects are consistent with those typically experienced by users of cordless phones. “At this time, we lack sufficient data to draw further conclusions on the possible associations between RF exposure levels and neurological damage,” the authors write. “We do, however, consider that the results should be taken seriously for health planning purposes.”
More studies, according to study co-author Dr. Charles Kipnes, an occupational physician at the University of Florida, need to be conducted to better understand RF field levels and possible biological effects. “We anticipate that further research will confirm some of these findings, further clarify the causation mechanism, and identify safe exposure levels for workers in different occupations that rely on wireless communication,” Kipnes says.
In the meantime, the American Cancer Society and the National Safety Council both advise people to avoid this type of exposure as much as possible. “Cellphones should be used in controlled environments and that means not around people, not near wires, not around their bodies,” Andrew Noyes, spokesman for the National Safety Council, told The Huffington Post. “People should not get cellphones attached to their bodies.”
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