Double Jeopardy – cell phones and cancer?

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I overheard a man state that cell phones are more dangerous than cigarettes.  I don’t know if that’s a true statement, but it sure puzzles me why we’re not getting more definitive information on cell phones and their possible connection to brain cancer.


We are raising a whole generation of people who seem to have cell phones glued to their noggins.  If they are endangering themselves I think we’d better get to the bottom of this mystery – and fast!

The punch line is this: No one is certain what cell phones do to our brains, but the insinuation here is that more research is needed.

There have also been questions raised about bone loss when you store your phone in your pocket according to Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, who has a Sunday program on Fox news called “Housecall.”

He got my attention yesterday when he said early tests seem to indicate that people who carry cell phones in their pockets are turning up with unexplained bone loss and hip problems.

I despise taking a purse with me everywhere I go, so I gravitate toward deep pockets to I can be “connected” at all times.  I think I will revert to “disconnection” when I leave the house – like we did in ancient times when you could only get about four feet from the phone before running out of cord.

At best, this is nothing to worry about. At worst, insidious damage is being caused that will translate into an enormous spike in brain cancers down the road.  I am going to begin limiting the time I talk on the phone.

Unfortunately I no longer have a land-based phone but I understand the cordless models have just as much of the “bad stuff” (electromagnetic radiation) as cell phones.

The telephone is strictly utilitarian for me.  I say what needs saying then get off without the chit chat I typically do when meeting face to face.  Calling “just to talk” is a luxury I can’t afford from both a monetary standpoint and now from a health perspective.

Dr. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburg Cancer Institute, wrote a now somewhat famous memo to more than 3000 of his colleagues and staff outlining steps to safer cell phone use by minimizing time on the phone and, most importantly, increasing distance between the phone and your brain. But it was simply a news item and didn’t seem to impact public policy or individual behavior.

For every article about cell phones causing cancer, there’s at least one saying the opposite. What’s a person to do?  Apparently nothing because I continue to see people walking around in a daze with  cell phones pressed to their faces.

Cell phones are addictive. Try not using one for a week–you’ll almost certainly have withdrawal symptoms. Cell phones can cause confusion or impaired motor skills: there are 330,000 motor vehicle accidents per year and 2,600 fatalities as a direct result of using cell phones while driving–and that doesn’t include the havoc caused by drivers who text or dial while driving. Cell phones also have a variety of biological effects: people become elated or agitated while talking on them and tend to miss signals.  (Source:  The Huffington Report)

I’m getting wired earpieces for all my family for Christmas.  No need to wait around 20 or 30 years to find out that they are time bombs.  And I’m leaving the thing at home or in the car when I’m out and about unless it’s an emergency situation.

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