Have you ever been using your cell phone and felt/heard a weird sort of buzzing/whining sound? I have and it freaked me out. I felt a high-pitched stinging feeling in my ear.
Having this first-hand experience has caused me to take a closer look at what impact cell phones could have on our oral and brain health.
I know, none of us wants to hear more about how cell phones could be causing trouble to our health. But, thankfully, you are one of us who desires to look at the truth rather than stick your head in the sand and pretend the problem doesn’t exist.
The risk of cell phones
Setting aside the obvious risk of using a cell phone while driving (as a side note, did you realize that cell phone use is now the #1 cause of traffic accidents?), the issue we want to bring to light is the fact that all cell phones emit an electromagnetic frequency. It’s a sort of low-level radiation.
Most of the PR you’ll hear on cell phones talk about the risks to brain health. Without diminishing this risk, we want to bring to the discussion the fact that a major component of the primary system our bodies use to protect our teeth from decay is under even heavier attack from cell phone radiation. I think of cell phone radiation as a low-level radar device that’s strong enough to scramble intercellular communication depending on how close to the phone the tissues are. More on cell phones soon…
The body’s main pathway to protect from decay
We have a system in the body that naturally cleans thug bugs out of the tiny tubes in each of our teeth. This system is the primary means our bodies have to maintain a cavity-free mouth. It’s called ‘Dentinal Fluid Transport’ and it was first researched by Dr. Ralph Steinman.
How Dentinal Fluid Transport Works
Dr. Steinman discovered that this system the body has to flush thug bugs from within the teeth is controlled by the hypothalamus, a part of our brain that sits right between our ears. Further, Steinman uncovered that the hypothalamus stimulates the parotid glands to secrete their impact to cause the dentinal fluid system to flow the health-giving way.
However, the bad news is this system can go haywire and in fact reverse which causes the flow of dentinal fluid to suck like straw from the mouth into the inner portions of our teeth (talk about a free ride for thug bugs INTO our teeth!).
It turns out that the parotid gland, as well as the main duct from the parotid gland, that delivers its secretions to support healthy dentinal fluid transport is located right under our cell phone.
So, while there may be risks to brain health (including the hypothalamus) from cell phones, given that distance plays a big role in how much risk exists for certain body tissue, we think the parotid gland is taking a beating and is not getting its fair attention on the issue.
Solutions to support healthy parotid glands
Like we mentioned above, distance is crucial. The further away we can get from the cell phone the better. Here are a few ideas to help.
1. Use the speakerphone
Yeah, it may be inconvenient at times, but I’d much rather take the extra step and have the phone several inches from my head than literally laying right on top of the system that allows me to live a cavity-free life.
2. Look into electromagnetic frequency redirectors
We have a Pong on our cell phone. Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know. So, I tend to have it there (the placebo effect of having it there gives me a bit more comfort at least) and still use the speakerphone function.
3. Use a headset
Call us old school, but we are not fans of Bluetooth technology that allows a person to keep those very convenient devices in their ears. Bluetooth technology emits radiation too and I don’t need more radiation into my brain by inserting a transmitter into my ear. If it works for you, great. I’ll stick with my wired headset or the speakerphone.
The ancient solution to a modern problem…
Like many of you know, our background is in the Chinese longevity arts (think tai chi). Our relationship began while studying these arts back in 1985 (oops, that dates us a bit I think).