An Ounce of Prevention

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The work of the doctor will, in the future, be ever more that of an educator, and ever less that of a man who treats ailments.   By - Lord Horder 

Less than a century ago it was not uncommon or doctors to advised patients to use cigarette smoking as an aid in weight control. The idea that inhaling tobacco smoke was harmful was regarded as alarmist, ridiculous and almost superstitious. Now smoking is universally recognized as deadly, causing lung and several other cancers, heart disease and other serious diseases. In hindsight we now shake our heads at our earlier stupidity.

In a short time, a technological and cultural revolution called the Wireless Age has exploded worldwide. In 2011 there were over 5.6 billion cellular telephones in use by almost 80% of the worlds inhabitants. Not to be left out, Jamaica ranks high in its addiction to the use of this electronic marvel. Here, everyone seems to have at least one cell phone. But are cell phones safe or are they the cigarettes of the new millennium?

At last after years of denials, in 2011, no less an authority than the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that mobile phone use can be dangerous to your health.  Yes an active cell phone held next to your head can give you brain cancer. A special WHO team, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), reached this conclusion after reviewing several studies on cell phone safety. It found evidence of an increased incidence of brain cancer in mobile phone users. Sadly, cancer is not the only danger that cell phone users face.

Cell phones are highly compact ultrahigh- frequency transceivers that just happen to be situated directly at your head when the device is in use.  Two decades ago, Dr George Carlo, a public health scientist, was commissioned by the cell phone industry to conduct research that would reassure the public about the safety of their products. His studies however began revealing worrying dangers and he was dismissed and the project stopped.


Early studies in North America and Europe of people exposed to radio-frequency radiation indicate an increased risk of brain, lung and blood cancers. Although there is conclusive evidence from several researchers that the radiation from cell phones causes genetic damage to human cells and that this damage leads to an increased risk of cancer, the experts argued that more research was needed. Now at last the issue has become clear in the eyes of the WHO.

Damage to the brain

The brain is extremely sensitive to chemicals. To survive and maintain brain function, humans have evolved special protections for the brain. One such protection is a filter that keeps harmful chemicals from entering the brain. It is called the blood brain barrier. Radio-frequency radiation emitted from mobile phones interferes with the blood brain barrier, and allows toxic substances access to the tissues of the brain.


The more one uses a cell phone, the greater the occurrence of headaches, dizziness and general feelings of discomfort in the head. Increasing the use of these instruments from less than two minutes to over sixty minutes per day, for example, these symptoms by over 600 per cent.

Motor vehicle accidents

There is a statistically significant increase in the risk of death due motor vehicle accidents among users of mobile phones. Operating a motor vehicle while using a cell phone is extremely dangerous and this practice is now illegal in several countries.

Children at High Risk

The radiation that emanates from a cell phone penetrates much deeper into the heads of children than adults. Once it penetrates a child’s skull, it enters the brain and eyes at a far greater rate of absorption than it does in adults. This suggests even more serious health risks to children. Sadly, this has not prevented the cell phone industry from mounting major advertisement campaigns targeting children. Proposals are currently being made in the European Union to ban the use of cell phones by students in schools.


Because cell phones are such an important part of modern life and modern communication, and are so widely used, we need to find ways to coexist with them at minimal risk to our health. Here are some recommendations for doing so:

Restrict cell phone use

Add up the number of minutes you spend using a cell phone each day and try to cut back by thirty per cent or more. Keep the instrument away from your body by using a phone with an earpiece or headset. Everyone should routinely use a headset. I believe that cell phone manufacturers should provide everyone who buys a cell phone a free headset.

When you use the modern cell phone without an earpiece the instrument functions as a receiver and transmitter of radiation that is emitted from the entire phone into a wide area around your head, neck and hand. Children under the age of ten should not use wireless devices of any type. When the signal strength is low, for example, inside some buildings, do not use your phone. The lower the signal strength, the greater the radiation emitted.

Protection yourself against radiation

Optimise your nutrition and eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit daily. I use the Cellular Nutrition Program for optimal nutritional support. Supplement with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the mineral selenium as well as the herbs schizandra, rosemary, ginkgo biloba, pycnogenol and garlic. All of these have powerful antioxidant properties.

Avoid cigarette smoke, alcohol, chemical pollutants, and other sources of radiation like microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Get lots of fresh air, clean water and sunshine, natural healing tools and do an internal cleansing program every three to four months.

Finally, please realise that cell phones are not the only source of unhealthy radiation. Invisible electromagnetic radiation surrounds us each day, emanating from diverse sources such as power lines, home wiring, computers, televisions, microwave ovens, photocopy machines.

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