Is talking on your cell bad for you?

Have you ever read the fine print in your cell phone manual? All manuals say not to hold the phone next to your ear, but how many of us actually talk on cell phones while holding them an inch away?

There have been concerns, from both scientists and the media, that cell phone usage is linked to tumor development. The extensive use of cell phones is a relatively recent phenomenon, and since cancers usually take at least 10-20 years to develop, it will be years before research is likely to conclude whether cell phones cause cancer or not.  In addition, the long-term risks of cell phone use may be much higher for children than adults.

Although the results of studies on the effects of cell phones on the human brain are inconsistent, perhaps because cell phone use has increased over time and is rarely measured objectively, most research shows a worrisome link between cell phone use and brain tumors.

Scientists in countries around the world have published their own results on other health problems that appear to be a result of increasing cell phone usage. the following health problems connected to cell phone radiation:

  • salivary gland tumors11,12
  • dizziness and migraines13
  • less sleep and poor sleep quality14
  • changes in production of specific proteins in human cells15
  • decreased sperm count and quality16,17,18
  • skin irritation, especially on the face (this is a condition known as electrohypersensitivity)19,20
  • behavioral problems and increased chance of cancer tumor development in children. You can read more about this here.

Meanwhile, cell phone companies continue to insist that the evidence shows that their cell phones are safe. Cell phone companies tend to draw conclusions based on the studies they funded themselves, which have always found cell phones are safe. In addition, many of those studies were conducted years ago, when cell phone usage was much lower for the average person than it is today.

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