I was reading the news the other day and came across this article about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and believes it was a direct result from tucking her cell phone in her bra. I can’t tell you how many times it has crossed my mind to do the same thing when running a quick errand or taking the dogs out for a walk. But the convenience just isn’t worth it. Having had breast cancer many years ago and working in a hospital has somewhat opened my eyes to the environmental hazards we are exposed to on a daily basis. Obviously we don’t have control over what we breathe in especially if we live near a refinery or major freeway. The air pollution and diesel exhaust over a period of time can have a serious impact on your health. Then of course we have our favorite electronics. You know those fun can’t live without gadgets that we would go stir crazy without. While the jury may still be out and while some studies indicate that electronics may or may not be a contributing factor to some cancers I would be more inclined to err on the side of caution and not carry a phone in my back pocket or in my bra. I say this as someone who has a history of cancer and who, while not in the possession of a medical degree or some form of medical training, did some reading during her cancer journey and simply picked up on the fact that there’s indeed a lot of bad stuff in our environment, in the air, even in the pesticide/hormone saturated food we buy, hence the reason why many people choose to go all organic. And though not officially confirmed….maybe cell phones DO emit enough radiation to cause our cells to go awry. I’m no expert nor am I qualified to even suggest that carrying a cell phone (so close to the skin) may cause cancer. I know studies are ongoing to full assess the potential long term effects of mobile phone use. All I know is that my heart and my prayers go out to this poor woman who was dealt a pretty crummy hand if you ask me. I can only hope and pray that she can, by some miracle of God, beat this disease. My heart breaks at the thought of her innocently tucking her phone in her bra and not knowing of the potential risks of radiation exposure. My goal by sharing this news article as well as my thoughts on the subject, is not to scare you (well maybe a little) but to empower you to take control of your health, to educate yourselves and perhaps make a few adjustments to your daily habits. For example, as silly as it may sound especially to those who feel like they’re invincible, you can try not standing in front of a microwave when heating your food. I’ve read that some studies suggest there may be a link while other studies haven’t been able to prove anything at all. But why chance it? If there is even the slightest chance that maybe just maybe microwave use can emit even small doses of radiation, wouldn’t it just be wise to step to the side or leave the kitchen for a few minutes until the microwave beeps? As for cell phones. Just as people aren’t going to stay indoors because they are afraid of sun damage, they won’t stop using cell phones due to fear of radiation. There have been reports that radiation transmitted by cell phones can be potentially carcinogenic, based on an increased number of cases involving a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. What most people don’t realize is that while there is a probable cancer connection with mobile phones, you can lower your risk by using a hands-free device. As for food, go organic as much as possible. Sure organic can be expensive depending on where you shop. That’s why a lot of people choose to grow their own veggies or shop at their local farmers market. Making small changes won’t break us people. Heck it may help us to live a year or two longer..Stay well everyone and God Bless!
Here’s the article on that woman I mentioned earlier. If you’re the praying type, please please keep her in your prayers.