Mobile phones: Health Risk
Mobile phones could represent a public health risk akin to asbestos or smoking, according to a study by neurosurgeon Dr Vini G Khurana, a Mayo Clinic-trained neurosurgeon with an advanced neurosurgery Fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Complex Tumor Surgery from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
It suggests there is growing evidence linking excessive long-term use of mobile phones and certain health risks like brain tumors – reigniting a long-running debate about the safety of the technology. “There is a growing and statistically significant body of evidence reporting that brain tumors such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and astrocytoma are associated with ‘heavy’ and ‘prolonged’ mobile phone use, particularly on the same side as the ‘preferred ear’ for telephony…
Children’s use of mobile phones carries a high health risk, (because of their thinner, undeveloped skulls) he claims, suggesting kids’ use of mobiles should be to emergency situations only.
Researchers in Sweden have found that just two minutes’ exposure to energy waves from a handset can disable a defense mechanism in the body designed to prevent harmful proteins and toxins in the blood from entering the brain.
In what is the latest in a series of mobile phone health scares, once the proteins enter brain tissue there is a higher risk of brain and nerve diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis developing.
RADIATION from cellphones is too weak to heat biological tissue or break chemical bonds in cells, but the radio waves they emit may still affect cell behavior.
“Our study suggests that it is possible that mobile phone radiation alters the expression of some proteins in living humans,” says Dariusz Leszczynski at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, in Helsinki.
Right now the world is in the state of denial as far as mobile phones’ health risks are concerned. Everyone does not want to give up the use of their mobile phones because it is such an all too convenient medium of communication. This will change when more statistics proving links between mobile phone usage and cell /brain damage are released in the years to come. It seems like an inexpensive way to communicate until you add up the future health costs!.
Don’t wait till there is a health problem before cutting back on mobile phone use. Use a wired headset (instead of a blue tooth wireless device) and cut calls and duration of calls to a minimum. Asking callers to sms their messages or use other forms of communications will also increase productivity. Think twice before making that next call on your mobile phone. Don’t be a slave and victim of your mobile phone.
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