Ericsson just released their study mapping and predicting the growth of smartphones over the next few years. Already predicted this year to surpass oil as the largest global industry, smartphones, according to Ericsson, will reach some 9.3 billion subscribers worldwide by 2019.
Ericsson’s VP and Head of Strategy, Douglas Gilstrap stated: “It took more than 5 years to reach the first billion smartphone subscriptions, but it will take less than 2 to hit the two billion mark.” This is a remarkable “hockey-stick” growth model by any standard. Yet what about the usage and evolution of these smartphones? How might they affect human health by misuse in the consumer market?
These are questions that scientists are researching, pondering, and warning consumers about. Of particular concern are the smart devices which encourage use which is too close to the head and body. For example, Google Glass, smart watches and wrist phones all suggest that body contact and close proximity is acceptable. There has been no testing to suggest that smart devices are safe used up against the head and body and as such, many doctors and scientists have raised alarm bells.
Dr. David Gultekin at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center has demonstrated that cellular radiation creates hot spots in human brains. “When they’re designing and developing a new product and introducing it, very rarely the health aspects of it is mentioned or not mentioned at all,” states Dr. Gultekin. Dr. Martin Black, Professor Emeritus of Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University underscored these remarks by adding that his studies observed that rodent DNA was altered by cellular radiation exposure: “When you get a situation where a problem arises, you invoke what’s known as the ‘precautionary principle,’ [and] you take a certain amount of precaution as a result of a risk that has been identified.”
Public advocacy groups, many scientists, doctors and now numerous governmental agencies worldwide are calling out for increased precautionary regulations and warnings to be issued about cellular radiation concerns. It stands to reason that consumers are safest when they take matters into their own hands. Why wait for the debate to subside and science to establish without a doubt that cellular radiating devices, improperly used or handled, can cause illness? Keep yourself healthy and maintain distance between your head/body and your smartphone. You’ll be smarter for it!