2019 March 13 by Dr. Randy
Alarming rates of diabetes
Why is the incidence of diabetes increasing at such a dramatic rate? During the decade of 2000-2009 the incidence of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes increased by 90 percent compared to the previous 10 years. Surely all of our knowledge about the effects of diet and exercise on lowering diabetes risk must be having some positive effect. Admittedly, the incidence of obesity is also increasing, and obesity is a major risk factor of diabetes. However, the rate of obesity in 2005 was 25 percent and in 1995, 15 percent, hardly close to the 90 percent increase in diabetes. What other factors could be responsible for this dramatic rise in new diabetes cases? What environmental exposure is increasing exponentially? Could our exposure to electromagnetic frequency radiation from cell phone use and WiFi be causing diabetes? We are being bombarded by EMF exposure from cell phone towers, household smart devices, and Bluetooth in cars and homes and on the go. There are some compelling links between this exposure and diabetes. In fact, several studies have investigated the possible association between cell phone radiation (Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation, RF-EMFR) and diabetes risk, and discovered that the association is undeniable.
For example, following the discovery that EMF radiation can cause diabetes in laboratory animals, researchers commonly induce diabetes in rats by exposing them to RF-EMFR in order to study the beneficial treatment effects of various treatments. In one study, rats were exposed to a WiFi signal for 1 hour per day for 21 days to induce a diabetes-like state to study the effect of olive leaf extract on their blood sugar levels. The EMF exposure also significantly decreased the body’s natural antioxidant production (1).
In a study of adolescent school children, researchers evaluated the effect of cell phone RF exposure on blood sugar. One school was exposed to high levels of RF-EMFR from a cell phone tower and students there were compared to students at another school exposed to much lower levels of RF-EMFR. The students exposed to the higher levels had increased levels of Hemoglobin A1C, a marker of diabetes risk, and a higher incidence of diabetes compared to students at the school with lower levels of exposure (2).
Other studies have also shown a similar association. One study revealed a higher incidence of diabetes in people living within close proximity of a RF shortwave transmitter in Switzerland compared to residents who lived further away (3). Another study discovered that exposure to electromagnetic pollution raised glucose levels. These researchers concluded that electromagnetic fields may decrease insulin secretion and reduce the binding capacity of insulin to its receptors (4).
What to do
Regardless of the mechanisms involved, it is clear that EMF radiation of the type emitted by cell phones and WiFi has a harmful effect on the body. Many studies have shown a damaging effect on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, and male reproductive system, as well as a clear association with brain tumors (5). Reduction of exposure to these forms of radiation seems prudent and there are many measures that individuals can take to limit exposure. See my previous article on practical ways to reduce exposure here:
Here is an excellent website that describes many ways to reduce EMF dangers:
- Association of Exposure to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation (RF-EMFR) Generated by Mobile Phone Base Stations with Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Sultan Ayoub Meo, Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Nov; 12(11): 14519–14528.
- Effects of olive leave extract on metabolic disorders and oxidative stress induced by 2.45 GHz WIFI signals. Salah MB, Abdelmelek H, Abderraba M. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2013 Nov;36(3):826-34. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2013.07.013. Epub 2013 Aug 3.
- Altpeter E.S., Krebs T. Study on Health Effects of the Shortwave Transmitter Station of Schwarzenburg, Berne, Switzerland. Federal Office of Energy, BEW Publication Series Study; Berne, Switzerland: 1995. p. 156. No. 55.
- Dirty electricity elevates blood sugar among electrically sensitive diabetics and may explain brittle diabetes. Havas M Electromagn Biol Med. 2008; 27(2):135-46.
- Mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen (2A) (review). Morgan LL, Miller AB, Sasco A, Davis DL, Int J Oncol. 2015 May; 46(5):1865-71.
2014 May 7 by Dr. Randy
Nose in the screen
Are you concerned about your child’s excessive use of screen time? Welcome to the club. The ease of access to the Internet’s wealth of entertainment, information, and social networks is a blessing and a curse. Teachers expect students to use the Internet for research. Children expect to find their friends online. Teens rely on their phones and pads and laptops to stay in touch. Children today depend upon easy access to the web of electronic signals, photos, videos, and chats that keep them in touch. Computer savvy to them is no longer a phenomenon; it’s a way of life.
Effects of screen time
Are today’s kids too dependent on their screens? Are they missing out on contact with the real world? Does their use of screens isolate them from meaningful contact with the world of valuable experiences? Most parents would respond yes. Kids may be more ambivalent. They are one with their screens. So many sci-fi movies and TV shows depict a unification of humans and computers that it has become an assumption that we will become more and more electronic over time. Google glass and immersion in virtual worlds will certainly become commonplace. People will no longer have to look down at their phones. They may actually become their phones.
Does this concern you? Do computers and phones cause ADHD? Or is ADHD a new way of thinking for kids? Perhaps our children’s brains have become quicker, more versatile, adaptable, responsive, and flexible because of their use of technology? More and more children are less able and less willing to maintain extended focus on written text and non-visual presentations. Are their brains changing in response to the expectation that they process information more quickly, changing direction rapidly, juggling concepts simultaneously? What is happening to executive functions? Are we seeing the evolution of a new form of organizational, creative thinking?
What will happen to our time-honored traditions of literary novels and discourse, classical music, and philosophical reasoning in an era of digital frenetics? And what about the health effects of excessive exposure to electromagnetic frequencies? Does our technology lead to inevitable medical problems? Will the next generation find itself trying to catch up with potentially devastating negative effects of electronic overexposure in the same way that we are now grappling with global warming?
Have your teens watch this video.
Here are 10 suggestions for today’s parents to counter the overemphasis on screens.
1. Make sure that your kids get exercise every day. Encourage them to play sports, dance, swim, do martial arts, ride bikes and boards. Fortunately these things are still considered cool by children and teens.
2. Get your kids out into nature as much as possible. Exposure to nature has been proven in countless studies to benefit health.
3. Encourage children to go barefoot and ground themselves in this way.
4. Have your children play with other children in playgroups for preschoolers and social clubs for older children like scouts and art classes and after school activities.
5. Have them try a musical instrument and discover their musical talent.
6. Have pets for children to expose them to the animal world.
7. Get sun exposure.
8. Feed your kids a whole foods diet with plenty of fresh fruits.
9. Take some nutritional supplements that can counteract negative effects of exposure to electronics including Vitamin D, chlorella, modified citrus pectin, and Vitamin C powder.
10. And finally, here is a video that might encourage teens to consider some alternatives to overuse of their phones.
2011 June 19 by Dr. Randy
Finally after all these years the World Health organization has admitted that cell phones are associated with brain tumors and may increase a user’s risk of these cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. This does not come as news to the many health advocates and cell phone industry insiders who have been saying for years that cell phones cause brain tumors. Neurological surgeons have raised the alarm as well since they have been seeing an unprecedented number of brain tumors in children.
By contrast most consumers have little concern over cell phone dangers, despite these warnings. But one simple measure can dramatically protect your health. Keep your cell phone away from your body. Use your speakerphone. Or use an air tube headset. This is a headset that contains hollow tubes like a stethoscope that transmit sound but not electrical radiation. Wired headsets will actually increase your risk, not reduce it. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket or on your belt near sensitive internal organs or your groin. Require that your children take these precautions. Their risk from cell phones is higher than that of adults.
Now that the WHO has acknowledged the validity of the many studies that have shown an increased risk of brain tumors from cell phone use, there is no reason for anyone to avoid taking appropriate precautions.