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Radiation: are mobile phones unsafe? Mobiles use electromagnetic radiation in order to send and receive information. Electromagnetic radiation comes from the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Introduction

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Contents……………………………………………………………………………..2

Introduction & background science………………………………………..……...3

How mobile phones work…………………………………………………………..4

Arguments for (Mobile phones are unsafe)………….………………….……4 – 8

Arguments against (Mobile phones are safe)………………………..……...8 –13

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………….14

References.………………………………………………………………………...15

Mobile phones have dramatically changed the way we live and work and are becoming increasingly popular as the years are going by. Approximately 85% of the adult population in the UK own a mobile phone – many of which are not aware of any risks towards using this type of communication. Many people are not prepared to put a stop to using mobiles since these devices are such a popular means of communication, and so well endured by the public. People are able to send out phone calls, text messages, pictures, videos, access the internet and email. Some apparent risk factors are that mobile phones can kill brain cells and sperm and can cause leukaemia or brain tumors. Some scientists believe that microwaves which come from mobile phones have a link to cancer, however this has not been proven. Mobile phones havn’t been around for a very long time, they’ve only been a part of people’s everyday lives for around 20 years. This means that evidence whether mobiles are bad for your health or not is not completely clear yet. A considerable amount of people are for the idea that mobile phones are unsafe, however many people are also against this. The answer to the question ‘are mobile phones unsafe?’ is debatable.

Background science

Mobiles use electromagnetic radiation in order to send and receive information. Electromagnetic radiation comes from the electromagnetic spectrum - the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. This includes Gamma rays, X-rays, Ultraviolet, Visible, Infrared, Microwave and Radiowave. Gamma having the highest energy level, and radiowave the lowest. Gamma, X-Rays and UV radiation are all ionising.

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People with alzheimer’s experience confusion and frequently forget the names of people, places, appointments and recent events. As the disease progresses, people with Alzheimer's need more and more support in order to live their lives. Eventually, they require help with all their daily activities.

The human body is designed to prevent harmful proteins and toxins in the blood from entering the brain, however radiation emissions can break down the natural barrier and enable these harmful proteins or toxins to enbed themselves into the brain. If the proteins enter brain tissue there is a higher risk of brain and nerve diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis developing.

“Radiation emissions from mobile phones could place users at risk of brain conditions including Alzheimer's Disease, according to new reports.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/507112.stm

This mobile phone ‘’scare’’reported by the bbc was studied by Scientists at the University of Lund. They exposed rats to microwave pulses similar to the radiation emissions from a mobile phone in order to calculate the effects on the body’s blood-brain barrier. Their results were as followed…

“Within two minutes of exposure, the rats' brain tissue was found to be opened up to proteins and toxins contained in the blood after the defence mechanism was disabled.” -  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/507112.stm

Their results show a clear piece of evidence that radiation breaks down the defenece barrier bewteen the brain and blood – and in just two minutes! This is a very small amount of time. If this can happen within two minutes of exposure to microwave radiation, this shows that it is not just ionising radiation which is harmful. Many people spend a longer time than two minutes on their mobile phones.

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http://www.lcse.umn.edu/specs/labs/glossary_items/em_spectrum.html - (image)

http://www.o2.com/images_content/O2-mobile-networks.jpg – (image)

http://www.cancerhealth.org/Brain_cancer.html (image)*

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1442013.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/314363.stm

http://www.mercola.com/forms/ferrite_beads.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/507112.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-158589/Mobile-use-trigger-premature-Alzheimers.html

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/1309258/Why-a-mobile-phone-may-be-keeping-you-awake-at-night-Insomnia.html

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641301541

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/cellphonecancer.php (image)*

http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/mobilephones/

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/cancer-questions/do-mobile-phones-cause-cancer

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/3819/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8443541.stm

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