Those of you who follow my newsletter or hear me lecture know that I am very bullish on the dangers of wireless technologies in general, and cell phone radiation risks in particular. It’s my personal belief that we’ll soon have the science to defend legitimate concerns that what we cannot see is indeed hurting us.
(The view is from above the head, looking down; ear at bottom of frame)
If you look at the images above, you can see that the younger the skull, the more the brain is penetrated when a cell phone is held against the ear. As parents and grandparents, it only makes sense to exercise caution when it comes to trading convenience and technology against long-term health risks. I applaud countries that are taking a much more cautious approach to encouraging wireless telephony. One Scandinavian legislative impetus even prohibits the use of cell phone by children.
In a recent study, Swedish researchers actually polled some kids and asked if they thought that cell phone use had any impact on their health. Both children and adolescents who were regular cell phone users reported more health problems—especially headaches and asthma—than those who didn’t user them regularly. They also admitted to more problems with concentration and scored lower on measures of well-being.
In addition, investigators did something very scientific. They tested blood samples from adolescents and documented an association between a protein called transthyretin and cell phone use. And while lead investigator Fredrik Soderquist cannot yet make a connection between this specific protein and a cause for concern, it does indicate that the brain is being affected by these wireless devices.
I don’t know about you, but with the increase in brain cancers and acoustic neuromas (tumors of the ear) as of late, I think an ounce of caution may definitely prevent that pound of cure.