More Research from the BioInitiative 2012 Report
Sperm are fondly remembering the “good ole days” – More Research from the BioInitiative 2012 Report
The news from the research front is that sperm are fondly remembering the “good ole days” when young men did NOT sit in Starbucks answering emails on their WiFi enabled laptops!
Research is not the sexiest topic in the world, but some studies are so important we have to pass them onto you. In a study* that was published in 2012, the authors wanted to find out what effect WiFi connected laptops could have on healthy sperm? Let's face it, when you walk into a Starbucks, there are a lot of guys in their 20's and 30's in there, drinking lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos, some for hours at a time.
Twenty-nine healthy guys gave samples which were obtained under 2 different conditions. The first group was exposed to a Wi-Fi connected laptop for 4 hours. The second group was not exposed to the laptop.
They studied 3 parameters. The first one, viability, was the same for both groups. This could be considered the good news. The bad news is really pretty bad. Sperm do not fare well when when EMF radiation is messing around with them. The second parameter was sperm motility: the ability for the sperm to move properly towards an egg This was impaired by the WiFi and this means the sperm just don't make it all the way upstream to fertilize the egg. No fertilization = no baby! If you are attempting to start a family, this is a serious issue.
The 3rd factor they measured is called DNA fragmentation. From our blog on 2.20-2013, we learned that EMF can penetrate through tissues and directly damage DNA. DNA fragmentation is DNA that HAS been damaged. It can make egg fertilization less likely as well as cause genetic abnormalities or miscarriages.** It's exciting to have a family, but if your child suffers from genetic abnormalities, or you partner has a miscarriage because of DNA damage that might have been avoided, this is a something incredibly important to know!
The Bottom Line: Guys – if you are in the “make a family” mode, go take a vacation, away from wireless, and then start your family. If you can’t do that, at least stay away from your wireless applications for a day or two (a nice weekend) before you offer her your sperm. You will never know what issues were avoided because you provided healthy sperm, and that's one of those things that it is fine not to know! Healthy sperm - healthy babies - we're for it!!
Research Studies used for this post
* Avendaño C, Mata A, Sanchez Sarmiento CA, Doncel GF. Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation. FertilSteril 97:39-45, 2012. (GT, RP) **(Zini, A., R. Bielecki, et al. (2001). Fertil Steril 75(4): 674-677.)
Cellphone Radiation Damages Human DNA
BioInitiative Report 2012 Reports Findings
How do you feel when you are stressed out? We often think of stress by how we feel: fatigue, tight muscles, emotionally uptight. Sometimes we can pinpoint a reason, but what about those days when you’re not really sure why you feel edgy?
Has anyone heard of cellular stress? Well, it turns out that EMF is Darth Vader when it comes to prolonged cellular stress. Why does this matter? Well, when you get enough of this, your body starts doing very weird things. Read on! I spent the morning reading over a 22 page report referencing 64 studies that all point in the same direction- the roll of EMF in prolonged cellular stress. The report is called; "Evidence for Stress Response: EMF-DNA Interaction by Dr. Martin Blank. Dr Blank (1), a cellular biophysicist, summarized research, including some of his own studies, that came to a rather stunning conclusion.
How does cellular stress relate to cell phones safety standards?
Back to Darth Vader. Ok, so your cells are relaxing, having a lovely day, and then BOOM!, a bunch of nasty stuff comes towards them. What do they do? They create stress proteins to protect themselves.
Originally called heat shock proteins, hsp, these hsp’s were a response to chemical, toxic metals, changes in the pH or other physical stressors. Similar effects were reported with RF (radio frequency) fields.
After several studies came out, government agencies decided to use the triggering of these heat shock proteins as the new safety standard for exposure to radiation. They called the rating SAR. SAR is the measure of the rate of absorption of RF energy in the body. In others words, you do not want your body to absorb a bunch of RF. Many of the articles that rank cell phones use the SAR rating of the phone to say how safe it is to hold it near your head.
The Oops of the Cell Phone Safety Rating Standards
Well, it turns out only using RF energy to rate phones is a huge mistake. In 1994, Goodman and Blank (2) did a research study that should have rocked the government agencies to their core.
What they found was that individual cells are FAR MORE sensitive to EMF than to all these other stressors, and are triggered at levels more than a billion times weaker than the other factors.This means that cell phone safety regulations are completely inaccurate! They aren't even measuring the correct frequencies.
Stress Proteins are the new Kid on the Block
And the other thing we need to know is that proteins make up about half the dry weight of a cell. Instead of just heat shock proteins being created, the body is creating an entirely new protein they call a stress protein. They are only needed when the cell comes into something so nasty that it is damage macromolecules- and guess what DNA is – it’s a macromolecule.
(Representation of a stress protein from euarch.blogspot.com)
The DNA isn’t dancing, it’s uncoupling
We all know that DNA is this very amazing double helix structure that is critical for keeping everything going the way it should in our bodies. Until EMF came along, an invader would have to get through several layers of tissue to get to the DNA, and rarely did this happen.
Enter EMF, the villain which is able to penetrate cells and interact directly with DNA. Because of its coiled pattern, DNA is able to conduct electrons which give a pathway for EMF to create molecular damage (uncoupling)in our DNA, perhaps only slightly changing it each time, but the cumulative effect is worrisome.
Why does it matter to us?
Cancers are believed to be the long term result of DNA errors. Living cells are constantly dividing, creating new proteins and DNA. Small errors can be fixed by our bodies by simply causing cell death (of the bad cell), but if the error rate continues to grow, eventually mutations occur which alter the healthy balance in the body. These mutations can even inactivate tumor suppressing genes, thus allowing for tumor growth.
What is the Stunning Conclusion?
The very standards being used to determine safe levels of radiation exposure are based the old information that only points to thermal effects on cells, instead of EMF.
Since EMF can affect cells at a billionth of the strength required for thermal effects, isn't it time to update the standards for safety? EMF safety standards need to be biologically based instead of restricted to damage with RF. The repeated low-level exposure of EMF has been shown in several studies to interact with the DNA molecule. The coiled-coil (repeated coils within coils)nature of the DNA molecule turns it into a fractal* antenna that attracts even very low levels of EMF. Our safety standards are outdated and do not include the most pervasive threat, which is EMF, not just RF. To read the entire BioInitiative Report, please visit: http://www.bioinitiative.org
1.Martin Blank, PhD, is part of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
2.This study can be found by going here: http://www.bioinitiative.org/table-of-contents/ and look for section 7, which contains Dr. Blank's report *fractal meaning the repetition of patterns – like the coils DNA photo credit - www.efffective.com