simplifyUnhealthy relationships, too many unused belongings and negative habits can all eat up your precious time and space. Lifehack has listed six tips you can get started on right now that will greatly help to “de-junk” your life:

  1. Be honest
  2. You don’t need lies in your life, and being honest only gets easier with practice.

  3. Make a list of just 7 things that are irreplaceable
  4. Once you know what’s important to you, you’ll probably get rid of some things that aren’t.

  5. Make a list of just 5 people who matter the most to you
  6. Once again, keeping in touch with the people who really mean something to you will help you realize your true priorities.

  7. Move into a smaller living space
  8. You’ll throw out some stuff during the moving process, and a small home means you’ll be faced with clutter on a daily basis until you get rid of more.

  9. Quit your job
  10. Or just pretend and make some plans. You might be surprised by what you come up with.

  11. Train for an endurance race
  12. This can provide an amazing amount of stress relief as well.

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cheese, vitamin KPeople who have the highest intakes of vitamin K2, not vitamin K1, may significantly lower their risk of cancer and cancer mortality, according to results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study.

After analyzing data from over 24,000 participants who were followed for over 10 years, those who had the highest intakes of vitamin K2 were 14 percent less likely to develop cancer and 28 percent less likely to die of cancer compared to those with the lowest intakes.

A separate study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic also revealed impressive anti-cancer effects from vitamin K. Those with the highest dietary vitamin K intakes had a 45 percent lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, than those with the lowest.

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Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Vitamin K is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten” vitamin because it is often overshadowed by more well-known nutrients. However, vitamin K is not only essential for many bodily functions, it also offers an impressive array of benefits, not the least of which is lowering your risk of cancer.

These two new studies, the first of which connected vitamin K2 with a nearly 30 percent reduction in your risk of cancer mortality and a 14 percent lowered risk of cancer altogether, add to a growing arsenal of research highlighting vitamin K’s cancer-fighting potential.

Vitamin K: Your Ally in the Fight Against Cancer

Vitamin K is emerging as a powerful player in cancer prevention, and it may soon join the ranks of vitamin D for its health-boosting potential.

Most recently, the Mayo Clinic study noted above found a massive 45 percent lower risk of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma among people with the highest dietary intakes — and the association held true even after accounting for other cancer influencers like smoking, alcohol use, obesity, and eating lots of foods that are high in antioxidants.

Vitamin K has also been found beneficial in the fight against other cancers, including liver, colon, stomach, nasopharynx, and oral cancers, and some studies have even suggested vitamin K may be used therapeutically in the treatment of patients with lung cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.

One 2008 study by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) also found that increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent.

Interestingly, the potential benefits of vitamin K2 were most pronounced for advanced prostate cancer.

Are You Deficient in This Important Vitamin?

Many people in both the United States and the UK are not getting the currently recommended intakes, which are likely already too low to begin with. In fact, according to What We Eat In America NHANES 2001-2002, only one in four Americans are meeting the recommended levels of dietary vitamin K.

Further, the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily intake of 120 micrograms for men and 90 for women are based on levels that will ensure adequate blood coagulation. But vitamin K is important for more than just blood clotting; it impacts the health of your bones, arteries and immune system as well.

Well, emerging research, including the “triage theory” from Joyce McCann, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD, suggests that these other non-clotting functions that depend on vitamin K may need higher levels than are currently recommended.

Although the exact dosing is yet to be determined, one vitamin K expert, Dr. Cees Vermeer, recommends between 45 mcg and 185 mcg daily for adults. You must use caution on the higher doses if you take anticoagulants, but if you are generally healthy and not on these types of medications, I suggest at least 100 mcg of vitamin K2 daily.

Which Type of Vitamin K is Best?

There are three types of vitamin K. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is found naturally in plants and vitamin K2, also called menaquinone, is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin K3, or menadione, is a synthetic form that is manmade, and which I do not recommend.

You should strive to include both vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 in your diet.

K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables, and makes up about 90 percent of the vitamin K in a typical Western diet. The following table lists some vegetable sources of K1 that you should consider eating frequently:

Food Vitamin K*
Collard Greens 440
Spinach 380
Salad Greens 315
Kale 270
Broccoli 180
Brussels Sprouts 177
Food Vitamin K*
Cabbage 145
Olive Oil 55
Asparagus 60
Okra 40
Green Beans 33
Lentils 22

The best natural source of vitamin K2 is derived from an ancient Japanese food called Natto. Natto is made from fermented soybeans and significant amounts of vitamin K2 are produced during the fermentation process.

Although natto would be the highest source, other fermented foods like cheese are also loaded with it. If you find yourself not consuming enough fermented foods, you will certainly want to consider taking a supplement, especially if you have osteoporosis. Vitamin K2 is probably one of the least appreciated supplements to regain bone density.

It’s important to note that vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that in order for your body to absorb it effectively, you need to eat some fat along with it.

So please do make a point to increase your intake of vitamin-K rich foods, including fermented varieties. Given all the new research coming in, ensuring your body has adequate levels of vitamin K is too important to pass up.

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green tea, obesityGreen tea could raise your energy expenditure, and possibly even help battle obesity, according to a new study.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound found in green tea, was shown to increase fat oxidation by 33 percent.

This result comes from one of many studies that have looked at green tea’s potential in weight loss. EGCG has been shown to be a key component in many of these studies.

There are a number of ways the EGCG could help aid weight loss:

  • It could increase metabolism and fat oxidation
  • It could inhibit fat cell development
  • It could increase fat excretion
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Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the active component of green tea, is again on the radar as a potential weight loss aid. The authors of this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover trial state:

“This pilot study provides for the first time evidence that a single green tea catechin, EGCG, can increase fat oxidation in obese men, at least within 2 h after meal intake.”

The potential of green tea, or EGCG specifically, to promote weight loss has been studied for some time now, and many of the findings are positive.

Green tea does appear to have fat-burning properties, which are related to a class of polyphenols called catechins. Catechins are naturally occurring antioxidants, which have been reported to have a number of physiological and pharmacological properties.

For example, previous studies indicate that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in particular may also be helpful in preventing and/or treating:

  • Dementia
  • High blood lipid
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Cerebral thrombus
  • Pain and inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis
  • Prostate cancer

It may also offer protection against heart disease, and may even help protect fatty livers after a liver transplant.

These are all beneficial, but what about the fat burning? Will it really help melt your excess pounds away?

Is Green Tea Extract a Magic Weight Loss Potion?

There is some evidence that long-term consumption of tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat. At least one study attributes the effects, in part, to the activation of hepatic lipid catabolism, which involves the release of energy resulting in the breakdown of complex materials.

Another study proposed that catechin polyphenols may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis, where your body burns fuel such as fat to create heat.

However, there’s another side to this story as well.

A review published in the Journal of Nutrition in January of this year stated that “there is emerging evidence that high doses of tea polyphenols may have adverse side effects,” and:

“Given that the results of scientific studies on dietary components, including tea polyphenols, are often translated into dietary supplements, understanding the potential toxicities of the tea polyphenols is critical to understanding>their potential usefulness in preventing obesity.”

Yes, too much of a good thing can be just as bad as not enough, and when it comes to avoiding or treating obesity with a supplement – whether it’s natural or not – I would strongly suggest using caution and common sense.

I’ve previously written about the negative health effects of overdosing on antioxidants, and unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss aids, many people tend to go overboard.

That’s not to say that green tea can’t be a healthy part of your diet. As mentioned earlier, green tea has been shown to have a number of health boosting properties.

Just avoid looking at it as a magic potion that will miraculously make you shed pounds, or worse, prevent you from gaining weight if your diet is less than ideal.

Drinking Green Tea as Part of a Healthy Diet

There is a misconception that it takes pot upon pot of green tea to add up to any significant benefits. In reality, much of the research on green tea has been based on about three cups daily.

A cup of green tea will give you anywhere from 20-35 mg of EGCG, so three in a day will supply you with 60-105 mg. Three cups would amount to just over one-third of the amount given to the low-dose group in the study above. The high-dose group received 600 mg.

However, even though the article in NutraIngredients above states that “green tea may increase energy expenditure and help men beat the bulge,” the actual study concluded that:

“Low EGCG [300mg dose] increases postprandial fat oxidation in obese men and this to the same extent as 200 mg caffeine, whereas high EGCG [600mg] does not exert this effect.

Fasting fat oxidation is increased only by caffeine (with or without EGCG). There is no synergism of low EGCG and 200 mg caffeine.

Energy expenditure is not affected by EGCG.”

So wait. Where did NutraIngredients get that from then?

Well, the fat burning benefit of EGCG turned out to be during the first 2 hours directly after eating. During those two hours, a dose of 300 mg of EGCG helped boost fat oxidation by 33 percent. But at the higher dosage, this effect was reduced to 20 percent.

Clearly, in this case, more antioxidants did not equate to more weight loss potential.

My advice?

If you enjoy green tea, add a few cups to your day as an overall healthy addition to your diet.

My personal favorite is Matcha green tea, as it has a wonderful flavor and superior nutrient content as it has not been damaged through processing. The best Matcha green tea comes from Japan and is steamed, rather than roasted or pan-fried. As a result, Matcha green tea retains all the nutrient-rich value possible from the tea leaf.

Perhaps it will help you in your weight loss efforts, maybe it won’t. Just don’t expect any miracles. Because when it comes to serious weight loss, a tandem regimen of diet and exercise simply can’t be beat.

Diet and Exercise are the “Magic Pills” You’re Looking for

One of your most basic health principles is to eat a diet of whole, nutritious foods rather than the processed ones that line most grocery store shelves. This includes cutting out grains and sugar, which are two of the MAJOR culprits behind weight gain.

What your body needs is nutrition, not artificial fillers and flavors.

You also cannot be optimally healthy, nor successfully lose excess weight without exercise. The two go hand-in-hand.

Why Most Exercise Does Not Work Very Well

As many of you know I have been an exercise fanatic for the last 42 years. But I only recently became aware that some of my foundational understanding of exercise was seriously flawed about exercise and weight loss.

Most exercise works just fine for most people so long as they are under 30 years old. At that time one’s growth hormone dramatically starts to drop.

It turns out that nearly ALL exercises that are typically done in this country by those over the age of 30 do not generate growth hormone. This is because they are not exercising the super fast muscle fibers.

Cardio, aerobics and even most all strength training do NOT increase growth hormone. The only way to do that is by using anaerobic exercises.

These are typically sprint type workouts but they don’t have to be done by running. You can do them on many pieces of aerobic equipment. One of the best is a recumbent bike.

The principle is simple. You warm up for two minutes then increase the intensity to as high as you can and pedal as hard as you can for 30 seconds. If you can pedal for 45 seconds you are not working out hard enough. You simply have to push it very hard.

After your 30 second workout you pedal at comfortable relaxed pace for 90 seconds, and then you repeat this 7 times for a total of 8 cycles. If you are doing it correctly you will be sweating profusely and it will likely be one of the best workouts of your life.

The beauty of this approach is that it is only requires 20 minutes of your time. If you do it properly I can assure you that it will improve your health far more than HOURS of regular cardio.

For the next two hours you will radically increase your level of growth hormone as long as you avoid sugar.

This really is some radical new information that can change your life. Once I started doing this I was able to easily drop extra weight I had picked up and could not lose despite doing my standard cardio.

The master educator who taught me this was Phil Campbell and his term for it is Sprint 8. I recently met him at a fitness camp in Mexico. He has a book that you can get more information on called Ready Set Go, available on Amazon.

I plan on introducing more detailed articles on this in the future.

Additional TIps

If you are overweight, you will need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to experience any weight loss benefits. Major studies have shown that 60 minutes a day is best, and according to the latest research, you’re wasting precious time if your regimen does not include anaerobic, sprint-type exercises.

Ideally, your exercises should also be broken up with short breaks in between for maximum effectiveness.

I’ve published many stories about the benefits of interval training, just one of which is saving you from having to do hour-long cardio workouts!

I’ve written extensively about the countless health benefits of exercise, which go far beyond weight management. If you need some direction to get started, I urge you to review my beginner’s exercise page that includes links to my most important exercise articles.

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Lowering insulin key to longevityA new study has examined the effects of food on typical biological signs of advancing age. Generally, as you get older, you will have elevated levels of glucose, insulin, and triglycerides.

Study participants were given a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet with an adequate amount of protein. The researchers measured a number of factors, including body weight, fasting serum glucose, insulin, leptin, lipids, and thyroid hormone.

The diet resulted in improvements in the factors related to the aging process. Serum leptin decreased by 8 percent on average, insulin by 48 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglyceride by nearly 8 percent, and free T3 by almost 6 percent.

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Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Numerous studies have shown that lowering your caloric intake may slow down aging, reduce age-related chronic diseases and extend lifespan. The effects have been observed in a variety of species from worms and yeast to rats and fish, and there’s evidence that it has a similar effect on the human lifespan.

However, when digging deeper, it seems clear that the underlying factor that makes calorie restriction beneficial in the first place, is the lowering of insulin levels.

What we now know about calorie restriction is that it reduces metabolic rate and oxidative stress, and alters neuroendocrine and sympathetic nervous system function in animals, as noted in a 2003 review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

It also improves insulin sensitivity, and this factor may explain much of the longevity phenomenon, as again evidenced by the results in this latest study.

This all makes perfect sense since we also know that high insulin levels speeds up the aging process.

Reducing Sugar Consumption Can Add Years to Your Life

I do believe that eating less is likely to be healthier for most people in the long run, but even more important is eating foods and drinking beverages that do not excessively raise your insulin levels.

Eating sugar and grains, for example, increase your insulin level and is a sure way to accelerate the aging process. Beverages play a paramount role here, as high fructose corn syrup from soda is the number one source of calories in the US. and devastates your insulin resistance.

Diets high in sugar and grains are also the primary culprit of obesity, and leanness, more so than food restriction in general, is also a key contributor to a long life, as evidenced by another 2003 study published in the journal Science. This elegant study from Harvard also confirms that insulin is the major mechanism through which this result is mediated.

Unfortunately, many health care practitioners are still ignorant of the profound influence that insulin has on health. Please understand that a firm appreciation of insulin’s role is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your health and outlive the naysayers.

For an excellent, in-depth review of just how damaging sugar (especially fructose) is to your health, please watch this lecture by Dr. Lustig if you haven’t done so already. It’s a shocking eye-opener that explains the many intricacies of how sugar impacts your health.

It Is Not Just ‘How Much,’ But Rather ‘What’ You Eat Determines Your Longevity

The authors of the study above state:

“Interestingly, centenarians have lower blood glucose, insulin, leptin, free T3 and serum triglycerides than those who do not live to be over one hundred years old. Therefore, the fundamental mechanism by which calorie restriction improves lifespan appears to alter these metabolic parameters.

In this paper, we examine the impact of a diet specifically designed to improve metabolic parameters independent of caloric intake.

The diet is based on the premise that by reducing glucose and protein as substrates for oxidative metabolism and enhancing fatty acid oxidation, many of the same physiologic changes that are seen in calorie-restricted animals will also be seen in individuals following this type of diet.”

One key factor here, that I find interesting, is the fact that they’re not focusing on caloric intake at all. The amount of food is not restricted, but rather participants were told to let hunger dictate. Instead, the researchers focused in on the type of foods that will result in lowered blood glucose, insulin, leptin and triglycerides – all important factors in overall health.

So, what are these foods?

Foods that Might Let You Live to See Your 100th Birthday

Here’s where it gets really interesting, because contrary to popular dietary advice, one of the primary keys here is the elimination of starchy carbohydrates. In addition, the diet included “unlimited amounts of certain fats and oils,” such as:

  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Olive oil

Participants that did not exercise limited their protein intake to approximately 1 gram per kilo of body mass per day, while those who exercised were allowed 1.25 grams/kg of body weight per day. (This equated to 50-80 grams of protein per day for most participants.)

Sources of protein included:

  • Fish, sardines, and other seafood
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Wild game
  • Cheeses like cottage cheese, ricotta and Swiss
  • Veggie burgers

As for carbohydrates, only non-starchy, fibrous vegetables were allowed, such as:

  • Lettuce and other greens
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Seaweed

Most of the participants ended up eating a diet consisting of 20 percent (non-starchy) carbs, 20 percent protein, and 60 percent fat, and as a result the participants lost an average of about 7 pounds over the course of about three months.

Now, I have to add that although this ratio of carbs/protein/fat did cause significant weight loss for the participants in this study group, it may or may not be the ideal ratio for everyone, especially long-term. We’re all different, and depending on your nutritional type, you may need more or less of each of these three types of nutrients. Additionally, some of the sources of protein on this list could do more harm than good.

For more information about nutritional typing and developing an individualized dietary plan, please refer to my free optimized nutrition plan.

However, the main point here is that the elimination of starchy carbs (grains) led to significant health benefits for all participants.

In addition to the above dietary recommendations, participants were also instructed to limit their beverages to 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water and/or herbal tea — again, completely eliminating sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices.

Nutritional supplements “to support fat metabolism and enhance insulin sensitivity” were also recommended, including:

  • L-carnitine 2000 mg
  • Alpha-lipoic acid 400 mg
  • CoQ10 100 mg
  • Cod liver oil 1tbsp
  • Magnesium 300 mg
  • Vitamin C 1000 mg
  • Vitamin E 800 mg
  • Multivitamin that included all essential B vitamins and minerals

Last, but certainly not least, lipid-lowering or sulfonylurea medications were discontinued before starting the diet, and those taking blood pressure medications had their dosages reduced or discontinued once their blood pressure normalized.

Now, in addition to significant weight loss, the participants also saw significant improvements in all the areas that impact longevity, including:

  • Reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure (by about 10 and 11 mmHg, respectively)
  • Reduced leptin levels (by about 48 percent)
  • Reduced insulin levels (by about 40 percent)
  • Reduced fasting glucose levels (by about 7 percent)
  • Reduced free T3 (by about 10 percent)
  • Reduced triglyceride levels (by 28 percent)

The average triglyceride/HDL ratio (a potent heart disease predictor) also decreased by approximately 50 percent!

The authors concluded that “in the context of an outpatient medical clinic, a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet with nutritional supplementation led to improvements in serum factors related to the aging process.”

No kidding!

I can’t think of any drug that can boast beneficial health results like these.

Leptin – As Important as Insulin for Health and Longevity

Of particular note is the fact that the above diet was able to reduce leptin levels by a healthy 48 percent in about three months! Because there’s evidence that leptin could possibly be even more important a factor for optimizing your health and increasing your lifespan.

Just like insulin, the hormone leptin has also been implicated in a vast number of chronic diseases that are typically associated with the aging process. Leptin is produced by your fat cells, and tells your body whether more energy is needed (thereby controlling your appetite) and what to do with the energy available.

Leptin also largely influences, if not controls, the functions of the hypothalamus in your brain, which impacts your:

  • Reproduction
  • Thyroid function
  • Adrenal function
  • Sympathetic nervous system

So just like your insulin levels, if your leptin levels become elevated, your body systems will develop a resistance to this hormone, which will wreak havoc in your body.

Final Thoughts

The study above is a beautiful illustration of how you can significantly improve your health and extend your life by eliminating sugar and starchy carbs, and eating a diet high in healthy fats, fresh veggies and lean proteins – all in as little as THREE MONTHS!

No meds required.

How wonderful is that?!

So, what are you waiting for?

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cell phonesOn November 5, 2009, the FCC released their Consumer Facts on “Wireless Devices and Health Concerns.” In this document, the FCC recommends precautions for the use of cell phones.

According to the FCC, “Recent reports by some health and safety interest groups have suggested that wireless device use can be linked to cancer and other illnesses. These questions have become more pressing as more and younger people are using the devices, and for longer periods of time.”

They now recommend the following steps:

  • Use an earpiece or headset
  • If possible, keep wireless devices away from your body when they are on, mainly by not attaching them to belts or carrying them in pockets
  • Use the cell phone speaker to reduce exposure to your head
  • Consider texting rather than talking
  • Buy a wireless device with lower Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)
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Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Public health agencies cannot continue to keep their heads in the sand while millions of people, including children, are unknowingly being exposed to radiation at levels that are putting their health at risk.

Warning Labels Should be Added to All Cell Phones

The issue has been heating up recently, and a bill introduced in Maine, which would make it the first to mandate warning labels on all cell phones, created a flurry of national attention. I suspect and sincerely hope it will not be much longer before cell phones are outed as the cigarettes of the 21st century, and this bill would be a first step toward that.

It calls for the following statement to be prominently placed on every cell phone and all related packaging, on a non-removable label:

“Warning, this device emits electromagnetic radiation, exposure to which may cause brain cancer. Users, especially children and pregnant women, should keep this device away from the head and body.”

In addition, the bill, as currently written, requires the label to include the color graphic showing the electromagnetic absorption of a 5-year old child’s brain, as depicted in a 1996 study published by the IEEE on the effect of cell phone microwave emissions on the neck and head.

Why You Can’t Trust Current FCC Cell Phone Standards

You may find it hard to believe that the FCC would allow cell phones on the market if they were unsafe. Well, the FCC does, in fact, require wireless devices to meet minimum safety guidelines for human use.

Unfortunately, these guidelines are based on exposure limits in terms of Specific Absorption Rate, otherwise known as the SAR value. The SAR value is a measure of the power of the cell phone and its potential for heating tissues.

But simply choosing a phone with a lower SAR value does not at all mean the phone is safe. Camilla Rees, founder of www.Electromagnetichealth.org and co-author with Magda Havas, PhD of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, explains:

“It is important consumers realize that the SAR value, while providing information for comparison purposes between phones, is very limited in its usefulness as a measure of ‘safety.’ We are greatly concerned that people may be turning to the EWG database in droves not understanding just how limited a measure the SAR value is.”

Why is the SAR value not an accurate measure of safety?

  1. The SAR value is only comparing the isolated heating effect of different phones and does not give an indication that a cell phone is ‘safe.’
  2. The power, or heating effect, of the phone is only one of many possible factors impacting cell phone ‘safety.’ Exposures to the radiation from the cell phone at non-heating levels have been linked to many serious biological effects, and the SAR value is not capturing anything about these harmful non-thermal exposures.
  3. SAR values are reported to the FCC by the manufacturer and have been known to vary from the reported number by a factor of two across models of the same phone.
  4. The SAR value varies with the source of exposure and the person using the phone. For example, if you are in a rural area or in an elevator or a car, where the cell phone uses more power, your brain will get a greater exposure from the higher power required in these instances. Under certain conditions, the SAR value can be 10-100 times higher than reported.
  5. Holding the phone in a slightly different way can actually render the worst SAR value phone better than the best SAR value phone.
  6. SAR values have been created based on simulations of exposure in a plexiglass head filled with fluid, not a human head, and many scientists consider them to be inaccurate and irrelevant at determining actual biological effects.

One of the worst deficiencies of the SAR value is that it only considers the thermal impact of cell phone usage, and it is very likely that the non-thermal effects of chronic cell phone exposure are more biologically damaging.

Even the FCC acknowledged this concern in their FCC Consumer Facts:

“Some experts think that low frequency magnetic fields rather than RF energy measured by the SAR possibly are responsible for any potential risk associated with wireless devices.”

Have You Heard? Cell Phones are Dangerous …

In case you haven’t yet heard, there’s a reason why the FCC finally issued cell phone “precautions” despite the industry’s assurances to the contrary.

For starters, the 2009 special EMF issue of the Journal of Pathophysiology contains over a dozen different studies on the health effects of electromagnetic fields and wireless technology

In addition, a review of 11 long-term epidemiologic studies published in the journal Surgical Neurology revealed that using a cell phone for 10 or more years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head where the cell phone is typically held.

You should also know that:

  • Effects on Gene and Protein Expression (Transcriptomic and Proteomic Research)
  • Genotoxic Effects – RFR and ELF DNA Damage
  • Stress Response (Stress Proteins)
  • Effects on Immune Function
  • Effects on Neurology and Behavior
  • Brain Tumors, Acoustic Neuromas, and childhood cancers like leukemia
  • And much more

I’ve barely scratched the surface with the examples I listed above. There are many, many more out there, and if you’re interested to learn more the Web site ElectromagneticHealth.org offers 10 free eye-opening audio interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in the field of EMF.

What Can You do to Stay Safe?

I urge you to take action now to protect yourself and your family from the dangerous effects of cell phones and other wireless devices. Please do not wait for the FCC to make a more serious warning or ban the phones altogether.

I believe this issue is so important I’ve created an entire web site dedicated to EMF education and information. Feel free to bookmark EMF.mercola.com and check back on occasion for the latest news and updates.

If you are not ready to give up your cell phone just yet, at the very least don’t let your young children use one, and avoid cell phone exposure while pregnant or carrying your infant. Children are FAR more susceptible to harm from microwave radiation than adults.

Further, you can at least minimize exposure by heeding the following advice:

  • Reduce your cell phone use: Turn your cell phone off more often. Reserve it for emergencies or important matters. As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call.
  • Use a land line at home and at work: Although more and more people are switching to using cell phones as their exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can choose to opt out of the madness.
  • Reduce or eliminate your use of other wireless devices: You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices. Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you really need to use them every single time.
  • If you must use a portable home phone, use the older kind that operates at 900 MHz. They are no safer during calls, but at least many of them do not broadcast constantly even when no call is being made.

Note the only way to truly be sure if there is an exposure from your cordless phone is to measure with an electrosmog meter, and it must be one that goes up to the frequency of your portable phone (so old meters will not be of much use). You can find meters at www.emfsafetystore.com.

As a general rule of thumb, you can pretty much be sure your portable phone is a problem if the technology is DECT, or digitally enhanced cordless technology.

  • Use your cell phone only where reception is good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.
  • Don’t assume one cell phone is safer than another: Please understand that despite assurances, there’s still no such thing as a “safe” cell phone.
  • Keep your cell phone away from your body when it’s on: The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within that area (so do not carry your cell phone on your belt, either).
  • Use safer headset technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded — and most of them are not — the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient information carrying radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain.

Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your ear is shielded.

The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.

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