Cell Phones, Millennials, and Health

Millennials – generation born between 1981-1996 and the first to grow up using cell phones – are experiencing an unprecedented decline in their health when they reach their late twenties.

On April 14, 2019, the American health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, released a report titled “The Health of Millennials.” It showed not only that the health of this generation takes a sharp decline beginning at age 27, but also that the prevalence of many medical conditions had risen precipitously among millennials in just three years.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Report, April 14, 2019;

The decline in millennials’ health from 2014 to 2017 was not due to their being three years older.

Cell phones did not work in most of the United States until 1997, and their use was not prevalent among teenagers until 2000. Millennials are the first generation that began using cell phones in their teenage years or earlier, when their brains and bodies were still developing.

Is microwave radiation responsible for the tragic state of the millennial generation’s health compared to the health of every other generation that preceded them? No other environmental factor changed so radically in just three years.

The prevalence of eight of the top ten conditions among all millennials showed a double-digit increase in 2017 as compared with 2014. the incidence of stroke overall is steady or declining, but it is rising in adults younger than 50, and shockingly so in very young adults, who are the heaviest users of cell phones.

  • A Danish study published in 2016 examined the rate of strokes in people 14 to 30 – a population that never used to have strokes at all. The annual number of strokes in that age group in Denmark rose 50 percent between 1994 and 2012, and the annual number of transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes) in that age group tripled. (Cell phones were marketed in Europe three years earlier than in America.)
  • Studies out of France, Sweden, and Finland all say the same thing.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s who keep their cell phones in their bras are getting a distinctive type of breast cancer directly underneath where they keep their phones.
  • Rates of total hip replacements have skyrocketed since cell phone began living in hip pockets.
  • An American study conducted from 2003 to2013 found that young men had lower sperm counts than their elders for the first time in human history and that men born between 1990 and 1995 had on average 40 percent lower sperm counts than men born earlier.
  • Not only did scientists at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center find that children who spent more time per day on a wireless device have poorer language and literacy skills, but MRIs of the children showed structural damage to the white matter of their brains.

Individuals who are concerned about radiofrequency exposure can limit their exposure, including using an ear piece and limiting cell phone use, particularly among children.

Scientists have reported adverse health effects of using mobile phones including changes in brain activity, reaction times, sleep patterns, etc.

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