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.