Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday E-lert

Smart solutions for e-pollution.

Black Friday is right around the corner. Actually you won’t even have to wait until sunrise on Friday because so many big-box stores around the country are now opening their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving. Electronics promise to be the biggest “best buy” this coming holiday season. Americans will be standing in line for the latest e-readers, iPads, tablets, iPhones, smartphones, and of course, digital toys.

Since our lives today are so intertwined with technology, telling anyone that they are being “harmed” by invisible manmade frequencies is not only alien to the culture, but a very inconvenient truth—especially this time of the year.

That’s why, regardless of what else you buy—you at least owe it to your children—to read Zapped which is all about the way you can learn to outsmart the hazards of electropollution and safeguard your family with the right superfoods, seasonings, and supplements. Since Zapped came out, I discovered a line of products that is available to balance and shield the body against the negative impact of electromagnetic fields. These shields—perfect for your new e-reader, smartphone, laptop, and microwave oven—work on a cellular level in harmony with your own biofield. There are even simple and elegant body shields in the form of pendants, necklaces, and earrings that you can wear on your body to further safeguard your system when using your mobile.

But don’t take it from me. Here is a sampling of articles, blogs, leading studies and opinion makers citing the health hazards of electronic magnetic pollution around us:

Andrew Weil, MD
“Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.”

GQ Magazine, February 2010 “Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health” by Christopher Ketcham
“Though scientific debate is heated and far from resolved, there are multiple reports, mostly out of Europe’s premiere research institutions, of cell-phone and PDA use being linked to “brain aging,” brain damage, early-onset Alzheimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and even sperm die-offs (many men, after all, keep their cell phones in their pants pockets or attached at the hip). In September 2007, the European Union’s environmental watchdog, the European Environment Agency, warned that cell phone technology “could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol.”

The Huffington Post, October 13, 2010 “Are Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Hazardous to Your Health?” by Hyla Cass, MD
“The bottom line is that electropollution—from cell towers, computers, cordless and mobile phones, PDAs, Wi-Fi, even the electrical appliances and wiring in our homes, offices and public buildings—continuously disturbs the sympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, elevates the body’s fight-and-flight response, raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Fluctuations in cortisol lead to a wide range of health concerns ranging from belly fat and thinning skin to accelerated aging, blood sugar imbalance, cardiovascular problems, erratic sleep patterns and mood disturbances.”

SELF.com, June 1, 2011 “Cell Phones Linked to Cancer: 12 Healthy Changes to Make Now” by Amy Paturel
“…researchers report that just 30 minutes of cell phone use a day (or more) is a category B carcinogen akin to talcum body powder and pickled vegetables. The conclusion marks a shift from WHO’s original position, stating there were no risks from cell phone use. The experts stressed, however, that the evidence of a link remains elusive and more research is needed to further explore the possible risk.”

Parenting.com, May 9, 2011 “Are Cell Phones Hazardous to Our Kids’ Health” by Jeana Lee Tahnk
“While long-term effects are still being researched, it’s wise to heed the simplest advice of experts like Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman…about cell phone usage and at least keep the phone away from your head and body as much as possible, use a Bluetooth earpiece, and limit cell phone usage for your young kids.”

Microwave News, March 8, 2011 “Connecting the Dots: Putting the Volkow Brain Scans in Perspective”
” ‘Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity.’ That headline has appeared all over the world since Nora Volkow published a PET scan of a brain lit up by a cell phone last month. Her colorful graphics, published in the high impact Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), guaranteed Volkow a large and attentive audience. But all the hoopla shouldn’t obscure the fact that for more than a decade many others, notably Peter Achermann’s group at the University of Zurich, have shown similar types of radiation-induced changes in the brain as well as much more.”

MedCity, June 14, 2011 “Have You Been Zapped?” By Samantha Gluck
“Now the new Group 2B classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields marks cell phones and other wireless devices as possibly carcinogenic in humans. The 2B classification can mean that research has found inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity in humans, but sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals. The IARC may classify agents in the 2B category for a number of other reasons as well, including strong evidence from mechanistic or other correlative data.”

Recent Studies:

* Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), February 23, 2011; “Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism.”
* Review on Environmental Health 2010 Oct-Dec; “Scientific panel on electromagnetic field health risks: consensus points, recommendations, and rationales.”
* The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), May 31, 2011; ”IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans”


Are you going to give up your cell phones, laptops, and other electronics? Probably not, at least not anytime soon. However, my book Zapped, and these personal shields can offer concrete solutions to zap-proof our lives in the meantime.

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman