Is technology affecting our health?

Research carried out in California has found that children whose mothers lived near cables or pylons when pregnant or even used microwaves and hairdryers are more predisposed  to have asthma.  

Elecro-magnetic radiation is considered by many health experts to be damaging to our immune systems and to be responsible for many of today’s epidemics such as allergies. However, technology companies and ‘experts’ very quickly quash such findings.  Scientists at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, claimed that the incidence of asthma was three times greater when mothers had been exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields.

Will we ever know the truth about the effects on our health of mobiles phones and wireless technology? Or will it be as some people predict that in the future they will be regarded as smoking is now – a big health hazard? 

Schools could be pushed to ban mobile phones and wi-fi networks because of the alleged damage to children’s developing brains. The Council of Europe is following up on recent research and is also concerned about portable phones and baby monitors in the home.   With one third of the world using mobile (cell) phones it’s hard to go anywhere now that is away from the electro-radiation that is around us all the time.  It has also been claimed that it causes permanent damage to DNA in our body cells.

It is a fact that it’s hard to get away from an electronic environment now wherever you go because there are always phone masts and wi fi systems, even in remote areas.  So even if you decided to make a stand yourself it would make little difference.

Feeling exhausted?

Natural health advocates believe that at best electro-radiation saps our energy, leading to tiredness, lethargy and depression.   People with chronic fatigue syndrome are well advised not to sleep in rooms with mobile phones or wireless networks.  The best we can do as individuals is to switch everything off at night, and not have the mobile by the bed as an alarm (a popular habit among young people). 

The other similarities to the tobacco industry are that any studies carried out by the mobile phone or computer industry seem to claim that there is no harm whatsoever. Once again the consumer is left wondering, and as this technology is not only an integral part of our lives, but also very profitable for the companies involved, it’s unlikely it’s going to disappear any time soon.

Fertility and hayfever claims

Further research claims that laptops may also affect male fertility by damaging the sperm and fragmenting DNA.  The first study into laptops claims that men who rest them on their laps – rather than on a desk – are much more likely to be affected, according to researchers from Nascentis, a reproductive medical centre in Cordoba, Argentina. Wi-fi radiation affects sperm motility, or movement, and damages the DNA.
There is a new theory that the increase in hayfever may be due to high levels of electromagnetic radiation. The premise is that all the technology we have around us is emitting such high levels of electromagnetic waves that we are more prone to allergies such as hayfever.  This is supposedly because of the numerous vibrations in the atmosphere bombarding our skin, which senses them as alien invaders, thus telling the brain to produce a reaction.
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Screened out?

PCs, laptops, iPads, mobile phones, games consoles, and TV – many of us are spending our lives flicking from one screen to another, using social networking sites, sending emails, watching TV, working, texting friends, and even reading books.

A survey by Childwise* found that on average 90 per cent of children use the Internet for two hours a day, five days a week usually in their own room – on laptops, games consoles or mobile phones.  They go on social networking sites even though two million of them are below the permitted age of 13, and parents have little control over what they are looking at.

As for TV, 63 per cent have a television in their bedroom and in total they spend four and a half hours on TV or computer screens every day (as reported by the Daily Mail). By comparison they only do an average of two hours’ sporting activities every week.  So why is this a problem?

There may be plenty of social problems but as for health problems, it’s obvious that we don’t know all the answers yet as the younger generation are breaking new ground. 

Health issues from screen gazing:

Eyesight problems (see Strategies for saving eyesight at the computer) – whether or not there is scientific evidence many people reckon that their eyesight deteriorated after they started spending more time in front of a computer.

Back pain  There’s no doubt that our bodies weren’t designed for sitting at computers all day, especially slouching over them. It’s bad enough sitting at a desk, but when you’ve got a laptop and you sit on the floor or the bed as many young people do, you are likely to build up back and neck problems.  See Back Pain.

Electro-magnetic radiation  Most natural therapists believe that the amount of electro-magnetic fields that surround us are sapping our energy and building up future problems for our health.  How many people go to bed with the mobile phone by them as their alarm clock? How many electronic devices are still on standby or switched on as we sleep? See Sleeping Soundly.
Obesity   It goes without saying that if kids are spending more time in front of a screen than exercising they are likely to put on weight. Schools encourage the use of computers with homework often being done through the Internet, and to provide key skills for the workplace.
Mental health Getting out and about and playing team games, and breathing in fresh air has to be better than spending lots of time in your bedroom on the computer. Addiction to computer games and social networking sites can become serious, with less and less time spent interacting with real people.

For further information: Childwise, www.childwise.co.uk