There has been a lot of discussion throughout the years regarding the safety of cellphones and wifi. Some people like to avoid wireless technology altogether, as they believe the radiation from these type of devices are dangerous to one's health. And, as it turns out, they may be on to something. A new study found that the radiation from wifi and cellphones can greatly increase your risk of a miscarriage, and it's a scary claim that is definitely worth investigating.
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, recently determined that exposure to high levels of radiation generated from wifi and cellphones can increase a person's risk for a miscarriage by a whopping 48 percent, according to the Daily Mail. Cellphones and wifi emit Magnetic Field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is the type of radiation that's "not energetic enough to cause ionizations in matter," according to U Penn. Apparently, I didn't pay enough attention in science class during middle school, because I had to look up what ionization means. Ionization, according to Business Dictionary, is the "process in which an atom or molecule acquires a positive charge or negative charge."
What's really important to know, however, is where MF non-ionizing radiation is present: In addition to wifi and cellphones, MF non-ionizing radiation is found in power lines and common household appliances, to name a few examples.
Since this type of radiation is pretty much everywhere, researchers behind the study aimed to figure out how it could potentially affect pregnant people. They evaluated 913 pregnant women at various stages of their pregnancy, according to The Sun. The researchers had the participants carry a EMDEX Lite meter, a magnetic field measurement and recording system, according to ENERTECH, for 24 hours. Participants were instructed to follow their usual routines during the 24-hour period.
Once researchers controlled for other factors that could contribute to miscarriage, they discovered that overall, "pregnant women who had higher MF exposure during pregnancy (higher 3 quartiles) had a 48% greater risk of miscarriage than women who had lower MF exposure (in the lowest quartile)," according to Nature.
Lead author of the study, Dr De-Kun Li, said of the results, according to the Daily Mail:
Obviously, these are frightening and seemingly extreme findings. Although this study is worth taking into consideration, it's important to note that there isn't a lot of additional research to back up the claim that non-ionizing radiation can seriously harm humans or cause cancer, for example.
David Coggon, a professor at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, wrote in an article for the New Scientist:
Additionally, the study doesn't seem to address why high exposure to MF non-ionizing radiation can lead to miscarriage.
Still, pregnant women who are worried about this study can reduce their exposure to MF non-ionizing radiation in a few ways. The BabySafe Project recommends the following five precautions:
As with any new study that is somewhat alarming, it's important to not take the scientists' claims as 100 percent gospel. Although there might be a compelling link between miscarriages and radiation, more studies need to be conducted to prove causation.
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