Mobile phones and Wi-fi have harmful effects on plantsHave you ever wondered why you feel a silent sense of relief when you shut down your mobile phone or close the laptop? This could be explained by the effect that low level electromagnetic waves emitted by the cell phones and wifi have on us. To look into this matter, a science project was conducted by the 9th graders in Denmark. There were astonishing results and it was discovered that placing cell phones and Wi-fi modems near plant seeds could retard the plant growth.

The reason behind investigating this phenomena was that the Denmark teens felt that after sleeping with their mobile phones near their heads, they felt that they were unable to focus  on their studies the next day. Based on this, five girls designed a science project to discover the impact of this radiation on plants. They placed six trays of garden cress seeds in a room having no Wi-fi and cell phones. They placed six more trays in a room having two Wi-fi modems, emitting the same amount of radiation that a mobile phone emits.

During a period of 12 days, the girls watered the seeds, monitored, measured and took pictures periodically. The results came out to be astounding. The seeds placed in the room with Wi-fi had not germinated and some of them were even dead, while those in the room with no Wi-fi sprouted and grew normally. These girls were highly appreciated by others at the competition and drew interest from the scientific community. A neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute of Sweden grew interested in carrying out the same experiment again in a controlled setting for a number of times.

According to an estimate by WHO, there have been 5 billion mobile subscriptions in 2011, and this number has exceeded over a few years. Warnings had been issued linking the cell phone use with brain cancer in the same time period. The director of IARC, Christopher Wild said Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long term, heavy use of mobile phones.  Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure, such as hands free devices or texting.”

A number of reports have shown that high use of mobile phones and regular exposure of Wi-fi can create a lot of damage, particularly to those who are the most vulnerable, like children, the elderly and pregnant women. There are a few precautions that are recommended in the work place or home, like antioxidant supplementation and radiation guards. Radiation guards vary from small bio-synch devices to radiation-proof fabric and special crystals such as malachite and black tourmaline.

The CEO of Belgacom in Belgium, Mr. Bellens prohibits the use of Wi-fi and mobiles on the floor where his office is situated. He uses landline to communicate with the employees.

When electromagnetic radiation has such powerful effects on plants, like inhibiting their growth, we can’t even imagine how much harmful it would be for the humans. It is time that everyone started taking precautions to protect themselves. Switching the cell phones off at night is one such precaution.