The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck and is part of the endocrine system. It is responsible for producing and regulating hormones that control almost every aspect of human physiology including breathing, digestion, heart function, body weight, brain development, menstrual cycle, body temperature, cholesterol levels, muscle control & strength, and the nervous systems.
What are Hyper- and Hypothyroidism?
The hormones produced by the thyroid glands are Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). For the thyroid to properly function, it is vital that T3 and T4 levels are neither too low nor too high. (There are other hormones and other chemicals in action here, but this is keeping it simple.)
When the thyroid produces too much hormone, the condition is known as hyperthyroidism; some of the symptoms include anxiety, weight loss, tremors, hyperactivity, heart palpitations, hair loss, Graves’ disease, irritability and moodiness; irregular menstrual cycle, increased bowel movements, and sweating or sensitivity to heat.
Conversely, if the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones then this condition is called hypothyroidism, and some of the symptoms are: insomnia, infertility, depression, low heart rate, poor memory, dry skin and hair, joint and muscle pain, difficulty concentrating, tiredness and fatigue; frequent heavy periods, reduced physical growth, stiffness of the muscles and intolerance to cold temperatures.
The Prevalence of Thyroid Disease
According to Thyroid.org, the world’s leading professional association of medical specialists dedicated to education and research to improve thyroid disease, about 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease or another.
Additionally, 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are not even aware of their condition. And while people from all walks of life get thyroid disease, Thyroid.Org says women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have thyroid disease than men.
With so many people suffering from thyroid dysfunction, many researchers are asking the question, why? In recent years, an increasing number of studies indicate that exposure to electromagnetic frequencies or EMF from cell phones may be one of the causes.
The Truth About EMF and the Thyroid
The National Cancer Institute says, “cell phones emit radiofrequency…a form of non-ionizing radiation from their antennas…which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held.”
They also report that a recent study indicates that when people “used a cell phone for 50 minutes or more, brain tissue on that same side of the head absorbed more glucose than did tissues on the opposite side of the brain.” In essence, cell phone radiation is frying brain tissue.
Studies show that electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones are responsible for the heating effect that happens to human tissue; the same heating effect that you feel after you’ve been on the cell phone for an extended period.
Haaretz Newspaper reports that in an Israeli study conducted by Silva et al. initial findings show a connection between radiation from cell phones and thyroid cancer. Conducted in Beilinson Hospital at Tel Aviv University, scientists in the study collected human thyroid cells from healthy patients and exposed them to radiation that simulated the electromagnetic radiation given off by cell phones. Surprisingly enough, irradiated thyroid cells propagated at a much higher and substantial rate than the non-irradiated cells in the control group. A second experiment, using different methods and materials, gave similar results.
Research by Amin et al. from Cairo University and the National Research Centre in Egypt discovered that in a group of employees who worked on their computers most of the day, long term exposure to radiation from their computer screens caused a reduction in T3 and T4 – the hormones produced by the thyroids.
Another interesting study was conducted by Mortavazi et al. (2004) on 77 healthy university students. The students were divided into non-users, moderate users and heavy users of cell phones. The study showed that thyroid function was altered in moderate and heavy users of mobile phones. “This is the first human study to assess the associations between mobile phone use and alterations in the levels of TSH [thyroid stimulating hormone] and thyroid hormones. Based on the findings, a higher than normal TSH level, a low mean T4, and normal T3 concentrations in mobile users were observed. It seems that minor degrees of thyroid dysfunction with a compensatory rise in TSH may occur following excessive use of mobile phones.”
A study by Bhargavin et al. (2017) in Indian schools looked at the effects of EMF on 61 students from ages 17-24. The results showed that within 15 minutes of exposure to EMF, “quantifiable effects could be measured in the endocrine glands, nervous system, liver, kidney, spleen, and immune system of healthy teenagers.”
Numerous other studies done in rats conclude that low amounts of microwave radiation are enough to permanently alter not only the thyroid tissue but also ovarian, testicular and other types of tissues in laboratory animals. Two noteworthy researchers who did work in this area were Rajkovic and Esmekaya. Rajkovic et al. (2003) showed in his research that exposing rats to cell phone radiation for only three months was enough to damage their thyroids visibly; not only that but even after the radiation was turned off, their thyroids were not able to begin producing hormones after that!
In his research Esmekaya et al. (2010) exposed rats “to simulated 2G cell phone radiation for 20 minutes a day for three weeks,” and he found the same results as Rajkovic. That’s 2G…what will 5G do?
Eskander et al. (2012) focused his study on a population of people who lived nearby a cell phone base station. In this group of people, he found a significant decrease in several types of hormones in the blood including prolactin and testosterone. The most substantial loss, however, was in the capacity of the thyroids to produce T3 and T4 hormones. As we discussed earlier, the consequence of this condition is hypothyroidism which could result in anything from insomnia to infertility.
It’s hard to dismiss the irony that despite the mounting evidence, the CDC currently says on their website “more research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects.’”
However, to the discerning mind, the evidence is clear. Cell phone radiation, as well as other forms of EMF, are a serious threat to human health. Not only is the science clear that health is affected, but we have an idea of the many specific areas, such as thyroid function, that are under attack.
Therefore it’s important to adopt proactive and preventative measures when using them. This includes the use of Blushield technology, the only active protection available on the market.
Keep the cell phone away from your head (aka your brain, thyroid and more). And make sure you are within the field of a Blushield Portable, Blushield Cube or others, for protection from the EMFs in our modern, civilized life.
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- Cleveland Clinic, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/8541-thyroid-disease. Accessed 2/10/2019.
- Environmental Health Trust, https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Goldsworthy-2012.pdf. Accessed 2/10/19
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- National Center for Biotechnology Information, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4908750/#. Accessed 2/10/2019.
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- The Centers for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/cell_phones._faq.html. Accessed 2/12/2019.
- The Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism http://www.ijem.in/temp/IndianJEndocrMetab216797-5075164_140551.pdf. Accessed 2/10/2019.
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