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August 17, 2014

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Let My Toddler Use My iPhone

A couple of years ago right before walking out of my chiropractor's office, I turned around to ask him one last question before leaving.

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 11.18.53 PM“Does cell phone radiation effect our bodies?”  My question wasn't asked for any particular reason, except simple curiosity after hearing a few rumors.

“Well, Christa,” he said as he turned to open the drawer of his desk and pull out a small magnet.  “Let's find out.”

He then asked me to pull out my cell phone and place it up against my heart, holding out my left arm parallel to the floor.  And then, he asked me to resist his pressure as he proceeded to push down on my extended arm with his body strength—-and I wasn't strong enough to withstand the resistance.

“Now,” he instructed.  “Put this magnet in your back pocket with the silver side facing your body, and let's try this again.”

I lifted my cell phone to my heart, extended my left arm, and suddenly, as if immediately strengthened by an invisible force, the same doctor couldn't budge my extended left arm.  

“Yes,” he said with a smile.  “Your body is effected by cellular radiation, and you need to wear this magnet from now on to deflect the radiation emitted by your cellular device.”

 

My chiropractor didn't hand me a pamphlet with researched studies on cell phone radiation that day, but he had handed me something better.  He handed me an experience with the problem—and the solution. 

I did things a little backwards in the cellular department.  I started wearing a magnet, experiencing a difference in my strength and energy, and THEN began researching the negative effects of cell phones on our body.  And the thing you have to understand about Internet research is this—you can always find proven studies on both sides of the fence in defense of opposing arguments.  Especially when money is involved.

One funded study tells you a cup of coffee each day is full of antioxidants—the other tells you it's addictive.

One study proves if you have a glass of wine a day it'll help your heart—the other proves it might be linked to breast cancer.

One study proves that red meat is the best source of protein—another says it causes heart disease.

One study promotes milk as a great source of calcium—the other talks about the hormones added and their negative effects.

The more you study, the more polar opposites you're going to find…which is why….You have to read everything on the Internet WITH THE COUNSEL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

After praying, reading, and asking the Counselor to help me and Lucas navigate raising a family in this new age of technology, we've decided that cellular devices are off limits to Moses unless they're in airplane mode.

And here's a few reasons why:

 

1.  Do Cell Phones Kept In Bra's Cause Cancer?

Many studies say no.  But I've read several articles about breast cancer on the rise in young women who keep their cell phones in tucked away in their bra's–just like this 21-year-old named Tiffany who developed breast cancer, went through chemo, and underwent a mastectomy.  She's convinced that years of keeping her cell phone close to her chest on one side was the culprit.  And her doctor can't help but wonder the same thing.

Watch her story HERE.

Is it just a crazy coincidence?  Maybe.  But after reading story after story that claim the same link, why not take precautions just in case?

(More information from breast surgeons raising concerns about carrying cell phones in bras.)

 

2.  Are Children More Susceptible To Cellular Use?

According to an online article on www.parenting.com:

“One Indian study found that cell phone users who were on the phone for sixty minutes a day over four years experienced damage to the DNA in roughly 40 percent of their cells. A cell phone can emit microwave radiation from the antenna within six inches of the body so the farther away you keep your phone from your toddler, the better.”

Most of the time when Moses reaches for my cell phone, he ends up resting it right on top of his diaper directly over his lap.  If any of these studies have even a hit of truth to them, there's no way I want my 2-year-old holding my cell phone over his reproductive organs.

Children are always the most vulnerable victims of electropollution. The pioneering studies conducted by Om. P. Gandhi of the University of Utah demonstrated that when it comes to electromagnetic fields, children’s thinner skulls and bones allow them to absorb twice the amount of radiation as grownups. Radiation can more deeply penetrate their brain tissue which is more conductive than an adult’s because it contains a higher concentration of fluids and ions. One study found that a cell phone call lasting only two minutes causes brain hyperactivity that persists for an hour in children.”

 

3.  Do You Use Your Cell Phone As An Alarm Clock?

“Studies show that cell phone radiation and other electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures at night can interrupt sleep cycles and contribute to a host of ailments like: irritation of allergies, heart palpitations, muscle pain and weakness, and daytime irritability. These exposures can impede the function of the immune system, reduce the production of melatonin and other hormones and have serious long-term adverse consequences.” – See more HERE.

 

4.  Are There Any Solutions?

Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman is a New York Times best-selling author of The Fat Flush Plan and Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electromagnetic Pollution, offering practical solutions, facts, and information about electromagnetic pollution and how it effects our bodies negatively.

If the back cover description of her book doesn't peak your interest, I don't know what will:

“We're being zapped: Today 84 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed in by satellite, and we can't sip a cup of coffee at our local café without being exposed to Wi-Fi. The very electronic innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us, in ways big and small, to an unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields. Invisible pollution surrounds us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, interrupting our bodies' natural flow of energy. And for some, that pollution has reached the point of toxicity, causing fatigue, irritability, weakness, and even illness.”

 

Magnetic Jewelry:

I haven't been able to find as much information about magnetic jewelry as I would have liked, and to be honest, what I've seen isn't super attractive.  But my ole trusty magnet that I carry in my back pocket still works.  I have friends that have used necklaces in the past, long ones that dangle magnets over their hearts, helping to restore the energy balance in their body from the effects of electromagnetic pollution.  And if anyone knows of any great sites for magnetic jewelry, please leave them in the comments below!

 

We're all the human guinea pigs while learning about long term cellular use, and in my opinion, it's better to be safe and take a few precautions rather than learn the hard way years later.  And since Moses is in my care, and long term cellular use isn't proven on the body, we're taking precaution to make sure and set our son up for the best future possible.  Yes, it's easy in this day and age to just fork over my iPhone—especially when wanting to have an adult conversation or keep him quiet.  But as his mother, my responsibility isn't to make my life easier.

It's to make him safer.

 

Do your own research.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.  And let's be seekers of truth, even if it makes things a bit inconvenient at times.  (:

 

xx,

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More articles and information on the subject:

HOW CELL PHONE USE IS DESTROYING YOUR KIDS' SHORT TERM MEMORY the Huffington Post

10 REASONS WHY CELL PHONE USE SHOULD BE BANNED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 the Huffington Post

CELL PHONES AND CANCER National Cancer Institute

CELL PHONE RADIATION: A SELF-DEFENSE GUIDE

 

 

16 Responses to “3 Reasons Why I Don’t Let My Toddler Use My iPhone”

  1. Well balanced piece, but studies don’t “prove” anything…the problem with studies is that most people aren’t trained to read them, they don’t know what relative risk is, they don’t know or understand p values, samples size, etc. etc….all of which is required to understand what a study is really saying. Without reading the methodology, and understanding the methodology of studies people pull “facts” from them, and then parade around the internet touting the latest study that they in fact…don’t understand. The access of information is a gift and curse. If more people knew how to read and understand the methodology of studies and basic epidemiology they’d find themselves less pulled by the latest studies…Educate thyselves! Also, I totally agree! I try to limit my cell usage as well.

    • Christa Black

      The problem is, I AM one of those people who isn’t trained to read a study! Which is why….thank you Jesus for the Holy Spirit.

      And I’d rather be safe than sorry later. (: xoxoxoxo

  2. Well balanced piece, but studies don’t “prove” anything…the problem with studies is that most people aren’t trained to read them, they don’t know what relative risk is, they don’t know or understand p values, samples size, etc. etc….all of which is required to understand what a study is really saying. Without reading the methodology, and understanding the methodology of studies people pull “facts” from them, and then parade around the internet touting the latest study that they in fact…don’t understand. The access of information is a gift and curse. If more people knew how to read and understand the methodology of studies and basic epidemiology they’d find themselves less pulled by the latest studies…Educate thyselves! Also, I totally agree! I try to limit my cell usage as well.

  3. Jessica Wells

    Great post! But…Totally off topic.. I was just listening to Steffany’s “cecei’s lullaby” and my heart was flooded with emotion and Holy Spirit put you on my heart. I’m sure you’ve listened to the song already but that song is for you! Saying a prayer for you and believing for even MORE to come out of your journey and healing process. Little Luca Gold has already touched the lives of many people and she has marked history just like her mama! Love to you and your family!

  4. maybe it’s a stupid question but just to make it clear are u saying that a magnet in a back pocket can keep u safer from the radiation? it is frustrating to see the way all this wifi waves and super electronic devices are spreading everywhere around and you cannot escape it (unless u move to the moon :D) i am pregnant and want to be cautious..thanks

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