By B.N. Frank
There’s a song, “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?” that has nothing to do with metallic jewelry absorbing cell phone and WiFi radiation into the body. Regardless, research says it can and by a considerable amount. The Federal Communication (FCC) has even acknowledged this possibility, made inquiries about it, but has not informed the public. So now I can’t get that song out of my head and I’m really glad that I had my mercury fillings replaced years ago.
The presence of metal in or near the body can significantly increase a person’s wireless exposure. Metal can reflect and refocus wireless radiation, resulting in much higher SAR absorption rates into the body. The FCC, states, “Electrically conductive objects in or on the body may interact with sources of RF energy in ways that are not easily predicted. Examples of conductive objects in the body include braces, orthodontics and implanted metallic objects. Examples of conductive objects on the body include eyeglasses, jewelry, or metallic accessories.”
Published research shows that eyeglasses with metal frames and metal jewelry can affect the SAR levels. For example, a study found the SAR measured in the eye closest to the phone increased when metal glasses were a part of the calculation. Similarly, publications have reported that the peak SAR can be up to 25% higher when a 900 MHz phone is pressed up to an ear pierced with a metallic object such as an earring. Another study looked at the SARs into the leg and reproductive organs when a cell phone was placed in a pocket alongside a keychain with a metal ring and found that the presence of a metallic ring significantly increases the averaged 10g SAR inside the testicle by more than 20% at 1.8 GHz.
People have a variety of metal implants in their body, from dental implants, the pins used for broken bones, hip replacements and brain implants. Metallic implants inside the body have been found to increase the SAR levels in several studies. Increased SAR levels in the brain from implanted metal is a serious concern that regulatory agencies have not addressed.
Wireless and Other Types of Electromagnetic Radiation Can Increase the Metal Released In The Body From Dental Fillings and Braces
Research has shown that radiofrequency radiation can increase metal interactions in the body, allowing the body to be exposed to higher amounts of toxic and carcinogenic metals. For example research has found MRI and microwave radiation emitted from mobile phones to result in higher mercury release from dental amalgam restoration. MRIs have been shown to result in higher mercury release from dental amalgam fillings.
Another study found that the exposure of patients with amalgam restorations to RF from Wi-Fi devices increased mercury release from the amalgam. In response to these findings some researchers have hypothesized that maternal exposure to electro magnetic fields in mothers with dental amalgam fillings could cause elevated levels of mercury and be a trigger related to the increase in autism rates.
A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that cell phone wireless radiation significantly increased nickel concentration in the saliva of patients who wear dental braces. Participants who spoke more on their cell phone had a greater increase in salivary nickel concentration. Women were more affected because they spoke more on their cell phones. Research studies indicate that nickel at minimal concentrations can impact physiology and research has established the carcinogenic effect of nickel. Therefore, the combination of wireless radiation and nickel poses a critical public health issue for teenagers with braces.
Manufacturers Warn Consumers About Metal Cases in their Fine Print Warnings.
Manufacturers warn consumers about metal cases in their fine print warnings for all cell phones and wireless devices. For example the Apple iPhone 5 states, “Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.”
However, the wireless companies do not warn with easy to understand language. They do not clarify that eyeglasses, earrings, metal implants or placing a cell phone in a pocket next to a keyring can increase consumers cell phone exposures.
However, it is notable that in 2012, the Indian government issued recommendations to reduce cell phone radiation which included, “Metal & water are good conductors of radio waves so avoid using a mobile phone while wearing metal-framed glasses or having wet hair.”
Cell Phone and wireless device testing does not consider the effects of body metal or metal eyeglass frames.
So far, governments have neglected to consider metal in their regulatory compliance testing, despite the fact that metal (body-worn or internal) will interact with the cell phone radiation absorption into the user’s body. The SAR test dummy does not have any metal (e.g., dental fillings, dental braces, earrings, piercings, orthopedic implants, wire-supported bras, or eyeglass frames) that could increase the radiation absorption beyond the laboratory measurements. Yet people use cell phones near metal. This is yet another important reason why current SAR testing is inadequate.
In addition, what about underwire bras? Women may place the cell phone in their bra close to the wire. Women may lean in next to a wireless laptop with an underwire bra. To what degree does the radiation penetrate due to this line of metal?
The US Government is Seeking Answers to How Metal Affects Radiation From Wireless Devices- Yet Is Not Informing The Public
The FCC opened an Inquiry into human exposure to radiofrequency in 2012 and specifically asked about issues related to medical implant exposure. The FCC in documents Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radio frequency Exposure Limits and Policies (page 83 of 202) states,
“Electrically conductive objects in or on the body may interact with sources of RF energy in ways that are not easily predicted. Examples of conductive objects in the body include implanted metallic objects. Examples of conductive objects on the body include eyeglasses, jewelry, or metallic accessories.”
The FCC states that they seek comment “on whether the present volume-averaged SAR limits are protective for the more localized SAR that may occur near the tip of a conductive object…”
Despite the FCC Inquiry opened in 2012, no action has been taken to protect the public. Cell phones are exponentially increasing in use by all ages and especially by teenagers who wear braces and whose brains are developing.
Environmental Health Trust includes supporting research links and quotes at the end of this article as well.
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