The smartphone is accused of triggering Alzheimer’s disease

University of Washington researchers have linked smartphones to the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields, which promotes calcium accumulation in the brain, is a possibility.

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If a study published in February 2020 assured that smartphones do not promote the incidence of cancer in men, a new report by several University of Washington researchers has just highlighted the connection between the waves of our electronic devices and Alzheimer’s disease.

Before going into details, it should be remembered that this terrible pathology is caused by a excess intracellular calcium in the brain. And it is precisely the study in question that points out that the electromagnetic fields (EMC) that can be generated in particular by our mobile phones contribute to the accumulation of this calcium.

In fact, the EMFs used for wireless communication generate strong electric and magnetic waves that affect the cells of our body mainly through by activating voltage-gated calcium channels (CCDV). However, activation of CCDV leads to a massive increase in intracellular calcium levels. As a result, EMF exposures can result in excess intracellular calcium.

The influence of EMFs on the early onset of Alzheimer’s

EMFs act through electrical spikes and time-varying magnetic forces on the nanosecond scale.” explains Professor Martin L. Pall from the University of Washington. He pursues: “These spikes increase dramatically with each increase in pulse modulation generated by more and more connected cell phones, smart meters, smart cities and speed cameras in self-driving vehicles.”

According to the researcher, each of these elements “the ultimate nightmare – extremely early onset Alzheimer’s disease”. To support his comments, Martin L. Pall refers to previous studies conducted on humans and animals. This is shown by human genetic and pharmacological studieshigh CCDV activity leads to an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Higher risks in professionals

12 Recent occupational exposure studies have shown that people are exposed to electromagnetic fields in the course of their work higher risk of developing the disease early. In fact, these studies suggest that EMFs shorten the normal latency period by 25 years. In other words, of patients can develop Alzheimer’s around the age of 40 instead of 65.

Other analyzes performed in the 1980s showed that the neurological/neuropsychiatric effects associated with EMF exposures developed cumulatively. Fact, longer periods of exposure (several years) to EMF resulted in more severe effects. The researcher also points out that the age at onset of Alzheimer’s disease has decreased over the past 20 years with the democratization of smartphones and increased exposure to EMFs associated with wireless communications.

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Digital dementia, the danger that awaits the youngest

In fact, Martin L. Pall believes that very young people who are exposed to radiation from smartphones, WiFi or cell towers on a daily basis can developDigital dementia. Note that excessive smartphone use can also promote obesity.

To support his thesis, the professor recalls a 2008 study that proved that exposure to EMFs from a relay antenna for two hours a day led to massive neurodegeneration in the brains of young rats. As a matter of fact, 34% of brain cells died in just 4 weeks. The 11 brain changes measured and the 4 behavioral changes observed were all reduced by amlodipine, a CCDV calcium channel blocker. “These results demonstrate that the EMFs to which most of us are exposed daily induce massive and extraordinarily rapid universal neurodegeneration in young rats through CCDV activation.” he assures.

The researcher urges further studies on this topic, including studies of brain markers of Alzheimer’s disease and Brain MRI scans to detect abnormalities in young people showing signs of digital dementia.

Source: Eurekalert

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