Radiation: The Unknown Side Of Technology

What about the pollution which we can’t see - the pollution of Radiation. Harmful radiations are emitted from most of the electronic devices we use, says Pranav Poddar, Director, Syenergy Environics Ltd.

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One change leads to another, the simplest of gadgets we use today, were once considered to be great inventions. Just like the TV remote, we may not realise, but it has changed the way we lead our lives. Similarly other technologies impact our lives in a huge way, both good and bad. The technology today is changing faster than the frames on our TV screen. This change is quick, easy, smooth and inevitable. We can sense the comfort and the security we get from the gadgets, but what about the health issues, they carry with them?

We all would agree on the fact as to how huge a role technology and inventions play in our daily lives. We do see many harmful effects of these inventions, if not all. Everyone knows about the Ozone layer depletion and its causes. During Diwali, everyone can feel the ill effects of smoke due to the crackers. You may often hear old people saying how clean the air was during their days, and we can sense the difference between city and village air too. But what about the pollution which we can’t see – the pollution of Radiation. Harmful radiations are emitted from most of the electronic devices we use – Cell phones, laptops, computers, tablets, Wi-Fi Routers, etc. But do we know what Radiation is? How harmful is it? What is its effect?

gadgetsBy definition, Radiation is the emission or transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material medium. Cell phones, PC’s, TV, radio and various other electronic gadgets transmit Electromagnetic Radiations (often abbreviated as E-M radiation or EMR).

Numerous scientists from across the world have demonstrated that electromagnetic radiation has significant impact on human wellbeing, especially when they are in close proximity to their electronic gadgets. These radiations may not be seen or felt, but they may impact our health in the long run.

Scientists and researchers demonstrated various biological and neurotic impacts of electromagnetic radiation. Biological impacts are protein changes in skin, energized mind cells, DNA harm, and cerebrum cell harm and increase in blood pressure. Neurotic impacts are salivary gland cancer, brain tumour, lymphatic cancer and bone marrow cancer, miscarriage, asthma and a few others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing substance) to humans. Radiation is also known to reduce the sperm count in men, as most of the men carry their Cell phones in their trouser pockets.

Radiations emitted not only by Cell phones, but even laptops, tablets and Wi-Fi routers cause a problem. Even in our homes and offices, we are not safe as we are constantly surrounded by these gadgets.

The fact of the matter is that we require these gadgets in order to live better, however are we prepared for the outcomes that innovation and correspondence carries with it? We ought to know how to limit the use of these gadgets.

The damage from EMR has recently begun to surface. Consumers ought to be vary of the damage it could bring about later on. The Cell phone use is expanding day by day as is our reliance on it. Individuals should be watchful and be instructed about the different impacts it has on human well-being. Growing towards a sustainable technologically savvy world should be our aim.

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The author is Director, Syenergy Environics Ltd.