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Study Confirms Cell Phones May Cause Cancer or Other Health Problems

Study Confirms Cell Phones May Cause Cancer or Other Health Problems

This age of technology has placed mobile phones in the hands of nearly 5 billion people worldwide. Everyone, from the highest CEO of a multi-million dollar company, to college students, to the single moms waiting tables, have acquired cell phones and use them faithfully every day. Unfortunately, most don’t even consider the possibility of health issues that may arise from the use of a cell phone, the worst of which is the risk of cancer.

Instead of concerning themselves with the possible risks, many focus on what a cell phone can do for them. Today’s phones go far beyond the convenience of placing and receiving calls.  Users can use them to text, email, or send communications through messaging apps like WhatsApp. Cell phones also take the place of both video and digital cameras, let their users play games, download and listen to music, and so much more. But this convenience comes at a shocking cost.

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Health Concerns

Health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and even STDs used to be the leading health concerns, but those days are long gone. They have been replaced by overuse of cellphones, and the serious risks that go with it.

1. Cancer

There have been numerous studies that have aimed to prove that the use of cell phones may cause cancer. Many of those have shown little proof, but some concluded that users have a higher risk of glioma, which is a malignant brain tumor. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has even classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those produced by cell phones, as a possible carcinogenic to humans. Because it takes so long for the negative effects to show up, another study began in March 2010, called COSMOS, which will follow 290,000 cell users over the age of 18 for the next 20 to 30 years, to conclusively study the effects of prolonged cell phone use.

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To combat these risks, cell users are encouraged to take the following precautions. The first is to reduce the use of cell phones, and other wireless devices. Whenever possible, use a landline instead. People are urged to carry the cell phone in a bag or purse, rather than in a pocket. For men, this is especially important, because when carried in the pants pocket, or on the hip, it can affect fertility. Don’t use it in areas where there is limited reception, as this forces the phone to use more power to transmit. When a call must be made, use a headset, preferably wireless, or at the very least, a shielded wired one.

2. Higher Stress

Having a cell phone beeping, buzzing, and ringing all day can raise a person’s stress level. A university in Sweden performed a study which concluded that excessive use of cell phones can create higher risks of mental health issues for younger adults, including depression, stress and sleep disturbances.

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3. Vision Problems

The small screens mean a person is more likely to strain their eyes when playing games or reading text messages, which can lead to vision problems later in life.

4. Illnesses

Any germs picked up by the hand are transferred to the mobile device, and are then transferred to anything or anyone that touches it afterwards. In fact, 1 day’s use of a cellphone can leave as many disease-prone germs on it as there are on a toilet seat. A study done by the University of London even found that many of the phones tested were even contaminated with E. Coli.

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5. Chronic Pain

Constantly sending texts or emails can put strain on the hands and wrists, as can cradling a cell phone between the head and shoulder while on a call. Such contortion can lead to back pain, due to the unnatural posture.

6. Negative Emotions

Two studies done by the University of Essex found that simply having a cell phone nearby while two strangers talked about interesting or significant events created a less positive atmosphere, and caused them to feel less trust in each other when the cell phone was present than when it was not. This was especially noticeable when they were discussing very personal and meaningful topics

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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