I used to gripe on this topic a lot at the Ol’ Penguindevil), but I don’t think I have really broached it here. The topic is, of course, the looming threat of Brain cancer caused by cell Phone usage (and all other wireless technologies, if you asked me). It has long troubled me (though not really surprised me) how little play this gets in the American media, while many European media outlets and University seem to have no qualms about questioning the long-term safety of excessive usage of such technologies. Now though a nice article has appeared at (of call places) GQ, Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health.
It includes such exciting and reassuring tidbits like :
Though the scientific debate is heated and far from resolved, there are multiple reports, mostly out of Europe’s premier research institutions, of cell-phone and PDA use being linked to “brain aging,” brain damage, early-onset Alzheimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and even sperm die-offs (many men, after all, keep their cell phones in their pants pockets or attached at the hip). In September 2007, the European Union’s environmental watchdog, the European Environment Agency, warned that cell-phone technology “could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol.”
Interphone researchers in Israel have found that cell phones can cause tumors of the parotid gland (the salivary gland in the cheek), and an independent study in Sweden last year concluded that people who started using a cell phone before the age of 20 were five times as likely to develop a brain tumor. Another Interphone study reported a nearly 300 percent increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the acoustic nerve.
As the wife and I aren’t big cell phone users, I don’t have many personal worries for us, but as I complained about a year and a half ago in my PD post convenience or death, the thought of children using them makes me very queasy. Especially our little one. While she is not the age to have her own phone (and, as far as I’m concerned, won’t be until she is old enough to move out on her own) she certainly does occasionally get one plopped in her hands so that she talk with someone.
Of course, who cares? We all know that American’s generally only like movies with happy endings.