CeL-Factor is the latest in what seems like a deluge of products trying to cash in on public fear of electromagnetic radiation from electronic devices. This latest attempt involves a paper-thin patch for your devices, which includes no conductive materials. It is made of “polymers and special inks” to produce “a natural form of communication that our body recognizes,” thus “helping cells remain organized whenever exposed to EMF radiation.” How, exactly, does it work? That’s a “Trade Secret.”
For right now, I’m going to leave aside the assertion that polymers and special inks can somehow engage in any kind of meaningful “communication” with your body’s cells over the air – and that part’s important, because Cel-Factor goes on your devices and will never actually come into contact with your body during use. The “problem” of electromagnetic radiation from mobile devices still deserves to be placed in quotation marks.
CeL-Factor correctly claims that the World Health Organization listed cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic” in 2011. The conclusions Cel-Factor makes from that are inaccurate. WHO’s reasoning for listing cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic” was that more long-term studies (that will still need decades to complete, in order to assess effects on those who have been using cell phones from a young age on) are needed to determine what, if any risks, there are to cell phone use. It also means that no credible research of today has shown enough to confirm a health risk. “Possibly carcinogenic” doesn’t mean it might be dangerous for some people, and maybe not for others. It means that as of right now, there is no evidence for a link, pending investigation of long-term effects.
That hasn’t stopped CeL-Factor from asserting the dangers as proven truth. To their credit, CeL-Factor links to many studies. Unfortunately, these are only page-long summaries, and don’t go into much detail about methodology and results.
The two main claims of CeL-Factor are that the products lower tissue temperature in the head and keep blood “more normal.” That last claim is based around the rouleaux formation of blood, which is usually seen in patients with blood diseases. Some of CeL-Factor’s studies claim to have found that the rouleaux effect occurs during cell phone use, and that the CeL-Factor patch helps to combat this.
Maybe I’m being too cynical, and maybe CeL-Factor really does work wonders. But, when it’s a product that claims that non-electric polymers and inks can communicate over the air with your body’s cells, and I don’t have access to knowledge that helps me understand how that actually works, you’ll have to forgive me for being a little skeptical.