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Unless you've had your cell phone permanently glued to your ear, chances are you've heard the recent health buzz: Mobile devices may cause cancer. While it's true that the National Cancer Institute has ruled them safe, a growing number of independent researchers disagree.
Those experts point out that the FCC wireless regulations on cell phone safety are largely based on something called specific absorption rate (SAR) levels, or the rate at which our bodies absorb radiation. Most phones do comply with the federal standards, but SAR monitors only thermal effects. (In other words, if the radiation from your phone isn't cooking your brain, it's regarded as safe.) But mounting scientific evidence suggests that nonthermal radio frequency radiation (RF)—the invisible energy waves that connect cell phones to cell towers, and power numerous other everyday items—can damage our immune systems and alter our cellular makeup, even at intensities considered safe by the FCC.
"The problem is that RF can transfer energy waves into your body and disrupt its normal functioning," explains Cindy Sage, an environmental consultant in Santa Barbara, California, who has studied radiation for 28 years. "Here's why that's crucial: Overwhelming evidence shows that RF can cause DNA damage,"
Wireless Radiation Rescue: Safeguarding Your Family from the Risks of Electro-Pollution. Many groups, including the National Cancer Institute and the telecom industry, read the results of that study as a green light for wireless calling. Others, like Crofton, point out that because it was largely based on lower cellphone usage in the '90s, the research has little bearing on today's world, in which 285 million Americans have mobile phones and 83 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds are "wired" all the time and sleep with their cell phones next to their heads.
Thats the problem nowdays, not just with cellphones, people are so quick to adopt things without considering all the consequences, and justify it because everyone else is doing it and they don't see how they could live without the item.
The main reason I don't use one is because of how I think it is damaging us socially though. Like you said, everywhere we go we see people with their phones either glued to their ears or texting like monkeys. I think its sad and pitiful. My wife and I enjoy each others company when we go out to dinner, etc (and our 10 month old too, though he doesn't do much talking).
The authors have concluded that “overall, no increase in risk of either glioma or meningioma was observed in association with use of mobile phones. There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma, and much less so meningioma, at the highest exposure levels, for ipsilateral exposures and, for glioma, for tumours in the temporal lobe. However, biases and errors limit the strength of the conclusions we can draw from these analyses and prevent a causal interpretation.”
The risk of both types of brain tumors was significantly reduced (OR
However, I do think that wifi, mobile (cell) phones etc etc etc are going to have an affect on us just as I think being cnstantly sat in front of a computer will too.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
But I'm sure people thought the same thing about telegraphs, lightbulbs, radios, televisions, etc. I'm sure there was someone saying "These radios...they are going to fry your brain if you sit and listen to it all day".
The best study on these things is time...we will see the effects eventually if there are any.