Cell phones – the largest human experiment ever conducted

Woman talking on phone

The world population is currently estimated to be around 7.4 billion. Of these, over 4.6 billion people use a cell phone. That’s around 62% of humanity involved in what some experts call the largest human experiment ever conducted.

The link between nicotine and cancer still has not been completely proved, but so much circumstantial evidence now exists that governments around the world have simply had to accept that cigarettes are not good for us. Many experts predict it will be the same with cell phones, although hopefully it won’t take so many years for the hazards to be accepted as fact.

How cell phones affect us

Some studies find a causal link between cell phone usage and health problems and others do not, but the pervasive effects are totally obvious to anyone who has developed the ability to perceive and read energies. I can FEEL radiofrequency radiation when using a cell phone, or even standing near someone who has one turned on.

In some of the workshops I teach there is a demonstration I often give to participants, which graphically illustrates the effect of cell phones on us all. I first make sure that all sources of WiFi in the room are turned off, including the phones of all participants. I then have a volunteer come out to the front of the class. Holding their phone by their side in one hand, I have them extend their free arm out at shoulder level so that it is parallel to the ground. I press down on their wrist with my hand, asking them to resist my pressure.

This is a very basic form of applied kinesiology, also known as muscle testing. Having established their muscle strength with their phone turned off, I have them turn it on and then we test again. Even big, strong men cannot keep their arm up. They become significantly weaker, which surprises the heck out of them and everyone watching.

But I don’t stop there. The next thing I do is give the phone to someone in the audience to hold, two or three rows back, and then I test again. Usually there is some improvement in muscle strength but not to the original level with the phone turned off. So we continue in this way, passing the phone back a few rows each time until the volunteer tests strong again. In some instances the phone is passed all the way to the back of a class of 200 people and then one of my assistants has to take the phone and leave the room before the volunteer tests strong again. And if I were to test everyone in the room, I would come up with similar results. A single phone, when turned on, can affect that many people for that wide a radius.

You may be interested to know, by the way, that there are two substances I’ve so far found that everyone tests weak for in this way – cell phones and coffee. If I substitute the phone for some coffee beans, the volunteer will become just as weak. The difference is that if I pass the coffee beans back through the audience, the effect is not perpetuated. Coffee is an inert substance. It does not constantly radiate microwaves as a cell phone does.

Now I know very well that this little demonstration I do in workshops would not in any way pass as a credible scientific experiment, but boy, does it get people’s attention in a way that cold facts and figures do not. And anyone can do this test. Just grab a friend with a cell phone, make sure all other WiFi devices in the vicinity are turned off, and muscle test the person in the way I’ve described. Then have them do the same with you. It’s pretty stunning to feel your arm go so inexplicably weak when you are trying so hard to keep it strong. It certainly makes you wonder what the phone is doing to the rest of your body too.

Brain cancers and DNA damage

So am I suggesting that everyone stops using their phones? In an ideal world, yes. Experts say it can take 10 to 20 years for brain tumours to develop, and data is now emerging that shows a correlation between phone usage and an increase in brain tumours.

But for many years brain tumours have been the leading cause of cancer in young people under 19 years old (children’s skulls are thinner than adults so much more susceptible to radiofrequency radiation), and it doesn’t take a genius to look at the steep increase in the number of children using cell phones in recent years to ponder if there might just be a correlation.

Other documented side effects of cell phone usage are concentration problems, memory loss, DNA damage, breast cancer (in men and women), and fertility problems. More worrying still is the suspected link with DNA damage, which Dr Henry Lai, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, who has been researching the effects of  this type of radiation for 30 years, warns can lead to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

We are unwittingly running our own massive experiment involving 62% of the human race, with the other 38% currently acting as a control group.

Do I own a phone myself?

Yes, but there is only one person in the world (my husband) who knows my number. I only turn my phone on when I’m expecting a message from him and, on average, make one call per month, lasting no more than 5 minutes. I also use it perhaps half a dozen times a year to search for online information. Sometimes I don’t turn it on at all for months on end.

It’s not that I’m fearful or trying to be saintly. I just don’t like the way it blasts my head. In every other way, I am very hi-tech, but without using WiFi connected devices.

How to protect yourself

So if you absolutely can’t live without your phone, do I have any suggestions for how to limit the effects? For this I refer you to a report published in February 2008 by Vini Gautam Khurana PhD, FRACS, entitled Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours – A Public Health Concern. It is the result of 14 months’ objective research by the author, encompassing over 100 sources of scientific and medical studies on the topic. In the final pages, he gives his recommendations, which I have summarized here and added some comments of my own in brackets:

1) Always use a landline phone to make calls if you have a choice (and be considerate enough to call people on their landline rather than their cell phone if possible).

2) If you must use a cell phone, use it in speakerphone mode and keep it at least 20 cm (8 inches) away from you.

3) Minimise the use of Bluetooth devices and unshielded wired-earphones for mobile phones (Bluetooth devices transmit radiation much more deeply into the head than regular mobile phones, and unshielded ear-pieces and headsets can put more microwave radiation into your head than the mobile phone itself).

4) Adults need to minimise the time spent using cell phones.

5) Children need to only use cell phones in situations of real emergency.

I would also add to this list that one of the worst places to use a cell phone is inside a car, because the microwave signals bounce around inside the metal shell, making the effects much worse. You can therefore imagine how unthrilled I am to hear that many major airlines are now enabling WiFi within aircraft. People want it, so they will give them what they want. But then again, they used to allow smoking on airplanes, didn’t they?

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7 Responses to Cell phones – the largest human experiment ever conducted

  1. Dear Ms/Mrs Kingston,

    I refer to you article entitled: Cell phones – the largest human experiment ever conducted

    I am impelled to respond to aspects of this article.

    The notion that cell-phones are an experiment is fine. It may, however, have been a project to enslave humanity in respect of ‘contact-at-a-distance’, thus the distancing of human contact.

    Real Human contact requires eye-to-eye contact (which is why I dislike any telephone) and I refuse to speak to persons who wear eye-sight degrading ‘sun-glasses’.

    You say: The link between nicotine and cancer still has not been completely proved, but so much circumstantial evidence now exists that governments around the world have simply had to accept that cigarettes are not good for us.

    I reply: Nicotine is not an addictive substance because the definition of ‘adictive’ is not proven. The use of the word ‘cancer’ is incorrect, since there are many apparent ‘types’ of cancers and the word should be used in the plural, i.e. cancers.

    You also peddle the word ‘experts’. Just who are these ‘experts’? What are their names and where are their results published?

    How cell phones affect us

    In short, they affect anyone around the things. They add to the electromagnetic smog to which humans have adapted and which comes from our being on this planet at all.

    We have not adapted to thousands of people promulgating micro-waves ( or whatever) from a plethora of so-called ‘cell phones’.

    Brain cancers and DNA damage

    For a start, there are no such things as ‘brain cancers’. ‘Cancers’ are not ’caused’ by anything except traumatic events which produce ‘tumours’ or lack of tissue The brain is the central iinstigator of all the functions of the body bar none; not even of itself.

    The DNA theory is also very suspect (litotes), although it makes good press as it shoves everything, like ‘cancer’ into a basket. A lable does not make a fact without verifiable evidence.

    You say: We are unwittingly [Well some of you! ] running our own massive experiment involving 62% of the human race, with the other 38% currently acting as a control group.[And buying your own surveillence! ]

    Do I own a phone myself?

    Oh, well. I guess they have their moments.

    Does the author of this reply own a phone myself?

    I never have, nor ever will do. They are an abomination. If anyone thinks otherwise, well, good luck.

    How to protect yourself

    Get rid of the bloody thing!

    And all your wi-fi and anti-human microwave food heaters at the same time.

    Become a HUMAN with sensibilities and a love of natural flora and fauna.

    In good faith.

    Peter K.S.
    Cert.Ed. Dip.S.E (Special Ed.)

    1. Hi Carella

      Thank you for sending me this information.

      I’m glad to see scientists working on remedies for this problem but in the video, Prof. Dartsch is not at all clear about the findings of his experiments. About half way through it he says, ‘It has been established that the cells haven’t died off to 50% but to a much lesser extent, which can be traced back to this device.’ So this could mean that the cell death rate is only say, 25%, but in my opinion, even 1% is too much.

      I am also very suspicious that the company claims to be able to alter the effects of geopathic stress too, which is not caused by local man-made devices but by massive lines that criss-cross the entire planet and operate on very different frequencies to electromagnetic radiation.

      Here’s a link I wrote to an article about the dangers of placing trust in such devices:

      Avoidance, or at least reduction, in exposure to electromagnetic radiation and geopathic stress remains the only course of action I advise.

  2. Mobile phones hurt my head. I have a wired in land line (using voip) for almost all my calls.

    A mobile phone is required for online banking, so I turn it on briefly for the security code to come through. I think I recall a previous article where you mention using a mobile phone for internet banking. Is that right?

    I would be interested to hear how you manage to avoid mobile phone use when travelling – do you make all your arrangements ahead and stick with them? Perhaps you travel more ‘independently’ than I do: I rely on a range of people when travelling. I used to manage using public pay phones, and I still use them but they are now so few and far between that they aren’t sufficient. At the same time community norms have changed. People used to wait if someone did not turn up as planned, but these days letting people know what has happened is expected. People have less patience for not knowing what is happening in this instant communication world. Most of my mobile phone use is when public payphones are in short supply and somebody needs updated information – not often.

    I don’t like texting. This means dealing with complaints because I am not conforming to community norms – people apparently love it. I have persisted and most people ring me or email me. Some keen text users have services where they can text my landline, but a couple of people who matter only respond to text (not email or calls), so I write a text message with aeroplane mode on, save to drafts, turn the phone on and send then go back to aeroplane mode. If I could ‘text’ from my computer or landline, that would suit me but when I last researched this it wasn’t workable – for starters people could only reply to me at a mobile phone number!!!

    It could be useful to hear more how you handle these kinds of challenges as they are likely very common for those of us committed to avoiding mobile phone use.

    1. Hi Susan

      How I make this work is that no-one in the world knows my mobile phone number except for my husband, and he hardly ever calls me because he knows my phone is never turned on and he rarely turns his on either. I only use my phone briefly and when I really need to, such as to let someone know if I’m running late for an appointment. So I receive almost no incoming calls and make very few outgoing ones. Everyone who needs to contact me knows they will either need to email me or call me on my landline.

  3. I have a running ‘argument’ with my husband because I want to keep the corded phone as my primary contact, resistance to a wifi house even though I do appreciate the convenience, and thanks, I need to get back into the habit of turning the wifi off when it’s not in use…I often lose my bluetooth connection in the car and I won’t be turning it on again…but…coffee…fingers in my ears, la la la, frowny face…

  4. New York State has frequent texting stops on all freeways. You lose your driver’s license if caught 3 times texting while driving in NY state. In California, I see dozens of people riding bicycles and texting. They don’t even look up crossing intersections! It’s absolutely crazy. I was considering getting a Bluetooth, but after reading this article, I will not. I do not “wear” my cell phone or keep it on my person— I have friends who keep theirs in their bras. I rarely use my cell phone as well and do not text at all. I will try to use it on speaker phone in the future. You suggested using land lines, but most people in the US do not have seem to have them anymore, especially young people. Thank you for all this important information!

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