The cell phone controversy is back again. Reports about the harmful use of cell phones started back in 2000-2001 after a British report indicated children and teens under the age of 18 using cell phones had an increased risk of memory loss, sleeping disorders and headaches due to emitting radiation. The electromagnetic radiation from a cell phone is like the interference on the radio. It effects the stability of cells in the body, specially the brain, which effects neurological function.
The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is that cell phone use may increase the risk of cancer, especially among the developing brains of children. His warning is contrary to numerous studies that find no link between cell phone use and cancer. He claims we should not wait for scientific research to catch up.
I would have to agree… how long does it take for a brain tumor to develop? Months, years or decades? Cell phones have only been available alittle over a decade. The timing of damage may be similar to the exposure of pesticides or heavy metals (dental amalgams) that take over 20 years to see any of its health effects.
So use some common sense.
-If you get a headache after long term use of your cell phone, limit your use and use a wireless headset.
-Don’t use a cell phone before sleeping. It effects sleep patterns and can cause non-REM sleep for up to 50 minutes (New Scientist; Alternative Medicine, May 2001).
-Keep the phone away from your head and use the speakerphone or wireless headset as much as possible.
– Have kids use their cell phones only for emergencies.
– Text message more often.
Read more in this article and stay tuned for more research on this subject.
The director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute issues an unprecedented warning to faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer, especially for children. The advice is contrary to many studies, but Dr. Ronald B. Herberman says he’s basing his alarm on early, unpublished data.