Cell Phone Danger:

Beware of Cell Phones

By Dr. Ben Kim

Here are some points* that all cell phone users need to be aware of:

  • The risk of death from brain cancer is higher for cell phone users who hold their cell phones against their heads compared to those who keep their cell phones away from their heads.
  • Using a cell phone for six years or more is associated with a fifty percent increase in risk of developing an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour of a nerve that lies close to the ear and is within close range of the radiation that comes from a cell phone's antenna.
  • Regular use of a cell phone doubles your risk of developing neuro epithelial tumours on the outside of your brain.
  • Radio waves from cell phones are known to cause damage to DNA and cells, effects that are passed on to the next generation of cells.

The harmful health effects of using a cell phone are probably insignificant if you use one for emergency purposes only. If you must use a cell phone on a daily basis, it is essential to use a headset or similar device that allows you to talk without pressing your cell phone up against your head.

Children are at higher risk of negative health effects from using cell phones because their rapidly dividing cells are more susceptible to damage by radio waves from mobile devices than adult cells are. With the marketing that's done these days to convince children and teenagers that cell phones are a must if they want to be cool and have fun, it is critical that parents and teachers educate them on the real dangers of using cell phones for more than emergency purposes.

If you have friends or relatives in countries where the per capita use of cell phones is much higher than in North America, England, and Australia, please share this information with them. Many Asian and Eastern European countries have extraordinarily high rates of cell phone usage because their lack of telecommunications infrastructure makes using mobile devices more economical than traditional land lines. A good example is Korea, where as of February 8, 2005, more than 80 percent of their 45 million people had camera cell phones. That's right, camera cell phones.

To learn more about the potential dangers of cell phones, I recommend that you read Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider's Alarming Discoveries About Cancer and Genetic Damage, by George Carlo and Martin Schram

*Statistics are from the work of George Carlo. Please read Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider's Alarming Discoveries About Cancer and Genetic Damage for more information.

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