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Possibly Apple’s Worst Product for Your Health

Still worried about putting a Q-Tips in your ears?

Rapper Q-Tip enjoying those Q-Tip feels.

There’s something far worse to put in your ear than a Q-Tip. 

Lit!

AirPods and other Bluetooth devices that connect to other wireless technologies work by radiofrequency waves–a type of electromagnetic field. 

One of your best friends when it comes to decreasing your exposure to EMF is distance. The strength of EMF exponentially decreases as you distance yourself from the source. Super nerds, knock yourself out!  

Inverse square law made easy: 8 feet is better than 2 feet

Bill’s brain is getting 16 times the EMF compared to Brady. Distance is your best friend. Bill keeping it real with his antiquated cell. 

How the FCC tests for EMF (it isn’t on humans)

But we are a part of the major experiment that began in 1983 when cellphones first hit the market. How does the government protect you? LOL! 

Specific Absorption Rate or SAR is the rate of energy absorption by the human body (but tests are done on dummies, not humans) when exposed to a radiofrequency field. For several reasons, this is a flawed quantitative measurement used to determine the effects on your cells.  

So many issues with SAR. One…

The SAR is a measure of the maximum amount of microwave radiation absorbed by the head or the body. It is measured in a lab using an artificial model of a large adult with different fluids to simulate human tissue. See more here

More issues with SAR…
The dummy heads used do not contain any metal (e.g., dental fillings, earrings, or eyeglass frames) which could increase the radiation absorption beyond the measured SAR. How about the “liquids” used to simulate human tissues? Please explain more.   

Are children affected differently? Yes!!

Nerds, see study here.

Why do you think Bill Gates and Steve Jobs limited their kids from using smartphones and wireless devices? See here for Bill and here for Steve.

SAR for AirPods and iPhone

Note: when you see “AirPods” you can substitute with any wireless headphones like Jaybird, Beats by Dre, etc. Non-Bluetooth wired headphones are also a bad for your mojo.

iPhone puts out about 3 times more EMF than AirPods, but the downside of AirPods is that you have two different sources of EMF sandwiching your noodle. 1.6 w/kg is the max limit for SAR. And don’t forget SAR is tested on dummies–not real humans.

Slow your roll. 

Before you throw your AirPods in, think about this: 

  1. Radiofrequency fields with AirPods sandwich your brain from the right and left. 
  2. If you keep AirPods in your ears, let’s say during your workout, you accumulate exposure as you listen to music or podcasts. Horrible idea. 
See the FCC webpage here. Scary!
You mean these guys? The same dummies used to simulate humans during a traffic collision? 

Forget about brain cancer
 The primary hazard of cell radiation may not be brain cancer. Our boy Martin Pall (remember this from this article?) showed us how EMF can cause systemic cellular and mitochondrial damage, which threatens health in general and can contribute to a myriad of health problems and chronic diseases. 

This pathway of cell damage, triggered by radiofrequency EMF, may partially explain the unprecedented growth rate of chronic disease since 1990 and is a greater concern statistically than brain tumors–currently. 

Headphones I use

If you stick anything into your ears I’d recommend these

If you have a newer cell that doesn’t have a headphone jack, you’ll need to get a headphone jack adapter. Have an iPhone? Get yours here

Air tube headsets allow you to create greater distance from your phone to your head. If your phone is not on airplane mode, you’re still exposed to radiofrequency fields. 

The only time I use a headset

If I’m out on a walking or hiking and listening to a book, I’ll use headphones. When using headphones, I turn my phone to airplane mode. When your phone is not on airplane mode, your getting bombarded with radiofrequency EMFs. Instead of using your headphones when talking on the phone or when it’s off airplane mode, use the speaker option. When you use the speaker, you can set the phone on a surface away from you to employ your best friend, the inverse square law, to protect cells. 

And cut your Wi-Fi. It’s another destructive tech device throwing out mad radiofrequencies: 

  • oxidative stress: see hereherehere, and here 
  • epilepsy: see here
  • development and behavior: have a read here
  • pancreas damage: here you go
  • testicle damage: comin’ right up
  • oh, you want sperm damage and fries with that? You got it!
  • Would you like to supersize that? Decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation, right here
  • Destroy the dudes downstairs? Here’s a DIY for that.
  • Fried sperm? Follow this step-by-step recipe right here.  
  • Behavior changes…here you go!
  • object recognition changes here
  • estrogen and progesterone changes…no problem
  • How to pull an all-nighter without trying right here
  • For all my teeth-loving friends: here
  • How to put on a couple lbs: here

Hardwiring your internet is best for your kids and you. 

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


Is Your Meditation Working? A Simple Way to Know

Is Your Meditation Working? A Simple Way to Know

 Ever wonder if your meditation is really working? 

If you’re like me and need some objective evidence that your meditation practice is doing something, there’s a simple way to tell if you’re making a difference in your body. 

The first time doing meditation, I thought I felt a difference but was it just a placebo effect? Some woo woo tree huggin body tingles, or was it real?

You can get a pulse oximeter for less than what you spend on coffee at Starbucks in a week, and it’ll tell you if you are making changes in your body. A pulse oximeter displays your oxygen saturation and heart rate. Both of these give major insights into your current physiological state. Oxygen saturation is the percent of red blood cells that are attached to oxygen, and heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. 

What are optimal oxygen saturation levels?

If you read on the internet or talk to your doctor about oxygen saturation levels, you’ll probably find that 94-99% is normal. When you start doing breathwork and using your pulse oximeter for feedback, you’ll find that you go outside of the “normal” range. And going out of this range is one of the best things you can do for your cells, metabolism, and stress. 

Decrease your breathing rate = more oxygen for your body

I hear you–sounds counterintuitive. 

When you slow your breath, carbon dioxide builds up in our blood, making it acidic. This leads to a cascade of effects in your nervous system, lungs, and brain. Blood vessels in your brain dilate and you desensitize the nerves in your body. If you suffer from chronic pain and are stressed over dis and dat, there’s a good chance you’ll benefit from doing breathwork. You’ll feel it as calming or even numbing to your body and an alert mind. This is one of the most dope forms of meditation that’ll change your body, mind, and focus. 

This is what your oxygen saturation levels should look like. 

When you get your oxygen saturations fluctuating like the Cleveland Browns’ offense, you’ll start pumping oxygen into your cells, which is where you want it. 

Ignore 99% of this picture. Here’s all you need to know. When oxygen is low in your cells, NAD+ decreases and your cells get pissed

What happens when oxygen levels drop in your cell?

If oxygen levels are chronically low in your cells (indicated by high oxygen saturation levels all day long) due to poor breathing habits, electrons (from the food you eat) back up and NAD+ (nicotinamide riboside) is not regenerated. This combined with eating at the wrong time of the day is a recipe for chronic illnesses like autoimmune dis and dat, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, cancer, vision loss, and heart disease. 

Whoaaa? What’s this NAD+ you talkin bout?

You may have heard about NAD+ from anti-aging supplement peddlers. 

NAD+ plays important roles in your cells, such as: 

  • Converting food into energy
  • Repairing damaged DNA
  • Strengthening your cells’ defense systems
  • Setting your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm

You may have heard about NAD+ from anti-aging supplement peddlers. 

NAD+ plays important roles in your cells, such as: 

  • Converting food into energy
  • Repairing damaged DNA
  • Strengthening your cells’ defense systems
  • Setting your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm

Nerdy friends, read more herehereherehere, dope study here, and here. All kinds of brain candy up in here.

As we age, NAD+ becomes more limited leading to more aging. There are a couple different ways that you can be sure that you’re regenerating NAD+. One of the best ways to keep your NAD+ levels high is by keeping oxygen coming into your cells. You can easily do this by keeping your blood oxygen saturation level to fluctuating from high 90’s to high to low 90’s.    

“How about if I take a NAD+ supplement?”
 NAD+ supplements are touted as a miracle supplement in many anit-aging circles and some research. Although supplements may help increase NAD+, with low oxygen in your cells, it’s like trying to send your bestie a text with your phone on airplane mode. 

How to get your oxygen saturation levels to fluctuate

Try this:

  1. Place one hand in the center of your chest and the other one on your belly. As you breathe, try to avoid breathing from your chest. If you feel your hand on your chest moving, think about breathing more from your belly.  
  2. Start by exhaling FULLY through your nose. Do it SLOWLY.  
  3. Next, take about 3 seconds to inhale fully through your nose. 
  4. Then exhale again but this time try to take 10 seconds to SLOWLY and FULLY through your belly. You’ll feel your lower ab muscle contract. Try to increase the time it takes for you to fully exhale. Shoot for 30 seconds. 
  5. Then inhale for 3 seconds. 
  6. Continue repeating this for 5 minutes. Do it at least daily. 

How to get your oxygen saturation levels to fluctuate

Try this:

  1. Place one hand in the center of your chest and the other one on your belly. As you breathe, try to avoid breathing from your chest. If you feel your hand on your chest moving, think about breathing more from your belly.  
  2. Start by exhaling FULLY through your nose. Do it SLOWLY.  
  3. Next, take about 3 seconds to inhale fully through your nose. 
  4. Then exhale again but this time try to take 10 seconds to SLOWLY and FULLY through your belly. You’ll feel your lower ab muscle contract. Try to increase the time it takes for you to fully exhale. Shoot for 30 seconds. 
  5. Then inhale for 3 seconds. 
  6. Continue repeating this for 5 minutes. Do it at least daily. 

How’s your Bob Ross Wannabe 2.0 Challenge going?!!

Every day you leave your house, do this before you walk out the door.

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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