Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cellphones Kill You--sometimes

Here's an important article on cellphone use. I've talked about this before but I'm really getting concerned about kids using cellphones.

It's important to realize that we're not being told the truth about wireless devices. Basically they all harm us every time we use them; the degree to which they harm us and our individual ability to heal the damage are variable. That's why we're not all dropping dead from brain tumors--just some of us.

Some very bad research is being done which I assume is funded by the cellphone industry. An example study recently asked people how they felt after using cellphones. Not surprisingly, in this simplistic study there was no statistically significant difference between cellphone users and the placebo controls. Here's an article about how the cellphone industry has manipulated the research, the US government, and the public.

Reports of cellphone danger are not new; scientists began warning us of radiation exposure in the 90s. What is new is our increased exposure to the devices and the marketing of cellphones to younger and younger children.

Note that there seems to be more damage to children and teens who use cellphones, and this is troubling because they seem to use the devices more hours per day than adults.

Here's a website with some of the current non-US research and public articles.

Here's a UK article about the likelihood of producing a child with behavior problems after using a cellphone while pregnant. The doctors that did this study don't want people to panic and overreact. However it would be prudent to limit cellphone and other wireless exposures while pregnant.

Personally I use a headset whenever possible. It's also good to use the cellphone as a speakerphone so you don't have to hold it next to your head.

Take a deep breath,

Dr. Ron