Efforts are in the pipeline to ban the use of mobile phones by children under 12 in some European countries because of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) also known as electro-pollution.
But Nigeria and Africa have not taken any strict action to address this problem of pollution.
A 10-year interphone study organised by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency on Cancer indicates the dangerous connection of cancer cell development and use of the mobile phone and frequencies and radiation that are emitted from these devices. This research also shows children are more sensitive to electromagnetic fields (EMF). An electromagnetic field is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. It affects the behaviour of charged objects in the vicinity of the field.
The electromagnetic field extends indefinitely throughout space and describes the electromagnetic interaction. The field can be viewed as the combination of an electric field and a magnetic field. The electric field is produced by stationary charges. The magnetic field by moving charges (currents). These two fields are often described as the sources of the field.
Concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio frequency (RF) fields from mobile telephony had been first raised by an expert group in the United Kingdom. This is based on the grounds that children have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults.
From a physiologic point of view, they have a developing nervous system; their brain tissue is more conductive than that of adults because it has a higher water content and ion concentration.
An expert, Prof Mueez Durosinmi, who is a consultant haematologist at the Department of Haematology and Immunology, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, said everybody is vulnerable to electro-pollution from various devices such as mobile phone, microwave oven, radio and television broadcast transmitters among others, but children are the most vulnerable groups because their skulls are thinner and their brain not fully developed.
Durosinmi, who spoke at a seminar organised by Interpharm GmbH on the health hazards of mobile phones and other electrical/ electronic gadgets in Lagos, said by 2050, there will be 27 million new cases cancer, and 17.5 million deaths which is 75 per cent in less industrialised countries.
He advocated primary prevention which is the total elimination or inhibition of exposure to environmental risk factors for cancer.
Durosinmi said efforts must be made to reduce exposure to forms of radiation from domestic and industrial appliances as such children under 16 should be strictly prevented from using mobile phones and babies and younger children must never be exposed to TV and computers.
More cancer prevention strategies are avoiding the use of mobile phones with very low battery power and to avoid usage of very old EMF emitting appliances such as Tokunbo radio, microwave cookers and refrigerators among others.
He said EMR and EMF are pollution is unseen, which cannot be smelled, heard or felt yet causes severe bodily damage to many. They are responsible for cancer, neurological diseases, immune system disorders, fatigue, sleep disturbances and some other ill-health conditions.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Interpharm, GmbH Limited, Mr Saliu Bello, said some states in the United States such as California have mandated all mobile phones manufacturers to write the amount of radiation emitted by each phone on it. In fact, some states have legislated that warning labels be placed, he added.
He said children have greater absorption of RF energy in the tissue of the head at mobile telephone frequencies. This topic was discussed further at a European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technological Research (COST).
Bello said radiation from cell phones, microwaves and other household devices can cause diseases and other harmful and destructive effects by interfering with the most basic levels of the body cell, especially the human brain.
He added: “When the human body is exposed to EMF and EMR on a daily basis over a long period of time, this contributes to the disruption of cellular functions and atomic reactions. The loss of cellular energy and vibrancy is one of the major causes of sicknesses and diseases. The emitted radiation constitutes the ultimate straw that breaks our delicate immune systems. Already weakened by chemicals, drugs, poisons in the air, water and the food we consume.”
He said workers exposed to computers or to different and numerous frequencies such as electricians, satellite TV installers and computer print technicians use the products and have not experienced the fatigue factor, the headache or dizziness reactions.
Primarily, he added that the products prevent the human body and the animal body from the harmful effect of EMR and EMF.
“The workers feel more energy and experience body changes immediately after wearing the scalar product,” he said.
Bello said one of the most amazing things that scalar energy does is change the size of molecules making them micro-clustered particles or smaller.
“The Fusion Excel pendant is a natural energy generation device, which improves the metabolic and circulatory functions of the body to achieve optimal holistic health and a protective device against EMR and frequencies. The active ingredient inside the pendant comprises 76 different natural mineral extracted from volcanic rocks which are recombined using nanotechnology and heat fusion method,” he said.
A Public Health Physician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Dr Ismail Abdul-Salam, said the issue of radiation is a public health concern.
According to him, public health is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health by organised effort of the community.
He said people are at risk of brain tumour and acostic neuroma, glioma, meningioma and neuroma as reported in some studies because of mobile phone use
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