New Study: Carrying a Cell Phone In a Backpack Leads to Blood Abnormalities

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New Study: Carrying a Cell Phone In a Backpack Leads to Blood Abnormalities


It seems no one, of any age is without their cell phone these days.  Carrying a cell phone in a backpack, in pockets, purses, and briefcases, always activated just in case you miss something, is now the norm.  The following article describes the results of a new study on the health effects of this practice. 

(Electromagnetic Health Blog)  There is a growing body of scientific evidence of brain cancer risk from cell phone use. People have been long been advised to use a headset or speakerphone to keep the Radiofrequency (RF) radiation away from the head. Distance lowers the risk, due to the fact that the signals decrease over distance according to the inverse square law. This can also lessen electrosensitivity symptoms, such as headaches, concentration problems and fatigue. But, it turns out, according to a new pilot study, these protective measures may not be adequate to prevent biological consequences. Further precautionary steps when using cellular and wireless devices may be in order.

New research, reported in the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Wise Traditions, January 16, 2015, shows the act of carrying a cell phone (smart phone) in a receptive mode in a backpack is sufficient to create disturbing changes in a person’s blood, without the cell phone being used.

Dark-field microscope analysis showed substantial changes in blood after short-term cell phone radiation exposure, both in a carrying condition (in a back pack) and in an active use condition (i.e. browsing the web, making calls on the speaker and placing calls with the phone against the head at least twice for approximately 5 minutes each). Each of the two exposure conditions were 45-minutes in duration.

The purpose of the study was to determine if the Weston A. Price Foundation-recommended diet had protective effects against the biological effects of cell phone radiation. No protective effects of diet were found, but important insights were gained about the impacts of cell phone exposure on human peripheral blood.

In both a carrying condition, and an active use condition, substantial degenerative changes in the blood were observed. Changes observed with live blood analysis, using a dark field microscope and digital video camera to capture the images, included dramatic red blood cell aggregation and stickiness, as well as red blood cell morphological (shape) changes, including the formation of echinocytes (spiky cells).

According to the authors, “Such blood morphologies—the RBC clumping and misshapen cells—are frequently observed in ill persons and those eating less-than-optimal diets.”

“Does Short-term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation Affect the Blood?”, Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation

Note, the authors indicate it is probable the blood changes observed would affect blood circulation, as red blood cell aggregation is well-known to diminish microcirculation. Blood cell aggregation increases blood viscosity, and this impairs blood flow. Since blood viscosity and blood flow are important factors in heart attacks and strokes, the results of this study suggest circulation risks from cell phone exposures may be important information for anyone with a circulatory disorder, or history of either of these conditions, to know. Moreover, it is worthwhile to consider these findings in light of the fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US.

Also, importantly, the changes observed in the ‘active use’ condition were not only observed in blood drawn from the upper body (a finger), but in blood drawn from a toe. Effects far from the local area of exposure demonstrates microwave radiation emitted during cell phone use may impact the body systemically, literally from ‘head to toe’. Exploration of other remote effects is indicated.

While the authors acknowledge this is a small pilot study (10 persons, with almost all demonstrating a healthy live blood profile to start) they say the changes in the blood from cell phone exposure are ‘substantial in magnitude’. Observed blood changes occurred over two 45-minute intervals, a fraction of the time many people, possibly billions, today either use a cell phone or have it physically near to them while turned on. The “onset, reversibility, recovery time, and chronicity of these blood changes need further investigation”.

Based on this study documenting visual effects on peripheral blood following short-term human exposure to cell phone radiation, offers the following insights and precautionary recommendations:

1. The precautionary practice of using headsets or speakerphones with cell phones is valuable advice. However, these practices may not offer full or adequate protection from cell phone radiation if the cell phone is still located close to the body.

2. Cell phones turned on, even when not against the ear and in a backpack, result in rapid degenerative changes in the blood. Thus, cell phones should be turned OFF when not in use to avoid unnecessary exposures.

3. Another reason to keep the cell phone turned OFF is out of respect for the biology of others nearby, since nearby exposure without actual cell phone use was shown to have biological consequences.

4. The study showed younger subjects showed less aggregated red blood cells (RBCs) than older subjects for the ‘carrying condition’, as well as less aggregated red blood cells (RBCs) and less blood cell shape changes than older subjects in the ‘active use’ condition. Thus, younger people, especially, should understand initial effects from cell phone radiation may impact older people faster.

5. Note we do not know what blood would look like after many hours of cell phone exposure over may days, weeks, months and years, and whether, under these circumstances, if younger people would continue to exhibit the possible resilience noted here. In any event, in both young people and older people, in this study, in brief exposures of 45-minutes, degenerative changes were observed.

6. While this study evaluated blood effects of short-term cell phone use, and of nearby cell phone exposures, it is very likely similar findings would occur with exposure to other wireless devices emitting the same radiofrequency radiation. Until further research is conducted, it would be prudent to keep all wireless equipment turned OFF when not in use, including WiFi routers, wireless computers, laptops and tablets, computer peripheral equipment, like wireless printers and scanners, and all other wireless devices and equipment.

7. The decision to hard-wire communications devices, so there is no ambient radiofrequency radiation whatsoever, is the safest choice. This would include using land-line phones, hard-wiring home security systems, not using wireless sensors in the home, or wireless baby/elder, monitors, and hard-wiring all internet connections at home and in schools and offices. The choice to use WiFi and wireless devices in schools should be given very thoughtful and careful reconsideration until such time as research on blood effects in these types of exposure conditions can be competed.

8. Understand scientists do not yet know just how far away from one’s body one would need to place a smart phone to not observe the negative effects on live blood when using a phone on either a speakerphone or headset. We know effects were seen when phones were as close as in a backpack. Until this is determined, it would be prudent to keep the phone as far away from the body as possible, using headset extension cords, and certainly not keeping a phone in one’s pocket or backpack if one seeks to minimize degenerative changes in red blood cells.

9. People with circulation disorders, or at risk for, or with a history of, heart attacks and strokes, should be careful to not expose themselves to cell phone radiation. This would include people with any circulatory disorders affecting the eyes.

10. People need to know their exposures to RF radiation, and I urge families, and perhaps community centers, to get an electrosmog meter so you can begin to take control over your circumstances, starting with awareness of exposures. Go to for resources.

Further research in this direction is strongly advised. would like to see research demonstrating effects of longer exposures; to gauge how far away from a cell phone one needs to be in order to not see degenerative effects on the blood; to understand the disparities seen between observed blood changes in a cell phone carrying position and active use position, where important insights about the degenerative process may be learned; to see effects on people who are already ill; to see effects from nearby wireless devices; to study larger samples; to look at potential protective effects of other diets; to look at potential effects of shielding devices using subtle energy technologies; to assess the connection between observed blood effects and health conditions; and to find a way to assess potential blood and health effects of the coming ‘internet of things’, where home-based appliances and equipment will communicate wirelessly continuously.

Chronic illnesses have increased dramatically since the early 1990s, as cell phones became widespread. No pre-market health testing on cell phones was required, nor was there post-market health surveillance. believes it is essential citizens demand pre-market health testing on exposure scenarios involving the coming ‘internet of things’. Live blood analysis would be one way to assess the effect of these and other RF technologies on biology.

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