What you should know about the invisible factor which contributes to the worsening of depressive symptoms. Why should you reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cordless phones, wi-fi modems, electricity cables, cell phone masts etc.
- Chronic exposure to low frequency radiation (from power cables, transformers etc) causes dysfunction of the pineal gland, reduces the normal production of melatonin and serotonin (hormone essential for controlling mood) and can contribute to the onset or worsening of depressive symptoms (Wilson [i]).
- Research in the population living near power lines has documented elevated psychological and psychiatric symptoms (Beale [ii], Zyss [iii], [iv]), depression cases (Perry [v], Poole [vi] - 3-fold increase, Verkasalo [vii] - 5-fold increase), suicide incidents (Reichmanis [viii])
- Long exposure to high frequency radiation (from antennas etc) causes decrease in levels 5-HT (5-hyroxytriyptamine) precursor of serotonin associated with increased anxiety and depression (Wang [ix]).
- Insomnia and depression recorded in the population living near tv broadcasting antennas [x]
- At least five epidemiological studies have shown that proximity to cell phone towers causes an increase of depression, headaches, insomnia, inability to concentrate, irritability, abnormal vision and memory, decreased libido and exhaustion (Santini [xi], Navarro [xii], Blanz [xiii] Bortkiewicz [xiv], Abdel-Rassoul [xv])
- 22 suicide incidents in South Wales were related with the proximity of victims to cll phone masts. According to Dr. Roger Coghill, member of the Advisory Committee wireless radiation in Great Britain [xvi]:“There is a body of research that has over the years pointed to the fact that exposure to mobile radiation can lead to depression. There is evidence of higher suicide rates where people live near any electrical equipment that gives off radio or electrical waves (…) What seems to be happening is that the electrical energy is having an effect on the chemistry of the brain, depleting serotonin levels.”
- Using a mobile phone before bedtime, delays and reduces the duration of deep sleep (REM), according to a recent study funded by mobile phone companies [xvii]. The inability to completely relax is considered to affect significantly the mood.
- The increased use of information and communication technologies (mobile phones, computers, wireless modems, etc.) is related to an increase in symptoms of depression, insomnia and stress among young people [xviii], and the spread of "Digital Depression "in modern workplaces [xix]
- Panic attacks have been reported in areas where there is strong illumination from fluorescent lamps [xx]
How to reduce your daily exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation
- Easily measure the radiation levels from cell towers, cordless phones, wireless modem-router (Wi-Fi), electric appliances, cables, pylons, transformers etc. bybuying a simple to use radiation meter.
- Read our new guide with simple artificial radiation protection advice.
- Use modern electromagnetic shielding materials which protect you in situations where you can not avoid the radiation sources (eg proximity to cell phone towers).
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[XIII] Dr Anna Blanz, Markus Kern., Hans-C. Scheiner, Kempton West study (2007)
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[XVI] Lucy Johnston, SUICIDES 'LINKED TO PHONE MASTS',
[XVII] The Independent, Mobile phone Radiation wrecks your Sleep
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[XIX] 'Digital depression' Identified as new form of stress, http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/careers/1096149-1.html