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 come 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. Why? In 1994, Goodman and Blank2 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.
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
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