Eggs used to be in the news all the time. One month they were good for you, the next month, bad. Morning talk shows and television commercials would trot out expert after expert to volley the conflicting health claims back and forth. But while there is a legitimate debate over the cholesterol content of egg yolks and whether that cholesterol is ultimately bad for you or not, the analogous debate getting airtime these days is not much of debate at all: whether cellphones cause brain cancer.
Every year or so, a new study claims evidence for a link between cellphone radiation and brain cancer. This week, the London Independent is reporting on a paper by Dr. Vini Khurana, a neurosurgeon trained in Australia and America. His conclusions place the public health consequences of mobile phone use on a scale greater than asbestos and smoking. The only catch is, he didn't do any new research. His paper is based entirely on previous studies and (I'm not making this up) "Internet content."
Those older studies don't carry much weight in the face of the latest research on the other side of the equation. For instance, the two largest studies yet conducted and reported in the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, both in 2006, together concluded cellphone use does not increase the risk of brain cancer. One of those studies collected data on people who had been using mobiles since all the way back in 1982 (this is especially important to note because the now obsolescent analogue phones emitted far more radiation than their newer digital cousins).
While it would seem the verdict is firmly in the no-cancer camp, it's likely more reports of cancer to cellphone links will continue to find their way into the news. And we'll continue to see evidence to the contrary. And we'll still be puzzling over whether to eat those eggs.
I dont know about cancer, but i would like to point out that popular science did run an article a while back linking cell phone usage to sterility.
Sure, we all know it emitts radiation. But Radiation comes in all forms, for example, the light being emitted from your computer screen right now is radiation. To be frank, the radiation emitted by cell phones has a lower frequency than light, therefore making the radiation completely harmless.
Only radiation with higher frequencies than light, like U.V. Rays, and nuclear radiation are dangerous to the human body.
I have long wondered if there are long term effects to the constant bombardment of radio waves onto the human body. Certainly now more than ever before - we are being bombarded by TV, radio, satellite, wireless, and and stray radio waves emitted by computers or other electronic devices.
It is without a doubt that when it comes to anything in general, too much of a harmless thing can be bad for you. I.e., candy, sunlight, or sleep.
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DracosGame, I don't believe that's true. Microwaves have a lower frequency than visible light, and yet they can cause harm to the human body. I'll wager a few bucks that if you microwaved your head, you would recieve, if not cancer, at least brain damage.
if you stick your head in a microwave, it'll explode. i know, casue i shoved my hamster in the microwave and he wen BOOOOOM!!
Ok, things are not always as simple as is it ionizing radiation (x-rays and above)or not. Certain frequencies in the cell phone range have been shown non-harmfull, BUT some studies have suggested when you add the carier wave (ie frequency or amplitude modulation) then you get a NEW effect on certain cells and cell components (ie cytoskeletons of neurons and DNA repair enzymes). One mechanism being mechanoceptors on the cell surface are able to pick up these signals and it introduces random instructions to the cell which lead to chaos...
Acoustic Neuromas are rising right with cell phone use - this is an important one to watch closely!