Do Mobile Phones cause harm to the brain?
The arguments continue to rage around the safety of mobile phones (cell phones) and we are all spending more time in contact with these really useful devices. Smartphones, like the IPhone and Samsung Galaxy, are encouraging even more ‘contact-time’. The debate continues when one study comes out and says there is no evidence of harm done by the radiation and then another comes about and says there is evidence of harm even cancer.
So who do you trust? Governments, The World Health Organisation, DEFRA, The European Commission, scientists, the media – none of them are faultless and all have hidden agendas.
Lets look at both sides of the argument.
A recent report by the World Health Organisation and published in a factsheet in June 2011 states that the short term health effects are:
Tissue heating is the principal mechanism of interaction between radiofrequency energy and the human body. At the frequencies used by mobile phones, most of the energy is absorbed by the skin and other superficial tissues, resulting in negligible temperature rise in the brain or any other organs of the body.
The report then goes on and makes the following statement regarding long term effects:
Epidemiological research examining potential long-term risks from radiofrequency exposure has mostly looked for an association between brain tumours and mobile phone use. However, because many cancers are not detectable until many years after the interactions that led to the tumour, and since mobile phones were not widely used until the early 1990s, epidemiological studies at present can only assess those cancers that become evident within shorter time periods. However, results of animal studies consistently show no increased cancer risk for long-term exposure to radiofrequency fields.
The EU Reflex study, conducted by 12 research groups in seven European countries, did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to health but concluded that more research is needed to see if effects can also be found outside a lab. However, they didn’t address the question that they should be asking.
Are mobile phones 100% safe to use in the long term?
The World Health Organization, now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform but no adverse health effects have been established, the agency explains. The decision to list cell phones as a cancer hazard came after a team of 31 scientists from 14 countries examined peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.
The Truth is we don’t know if cell phones
are safe or not so why not be cautious.
So in my simple way of thinking just because the researchers can’t make their mind up and keep asking the wrong questions we are stuck with a scientific view that at best suggests that just because we haven’t found any long-term health effects that mobile phones are OK and safe. They are definitely useful but until we have lived with them for 50 years I don’t think we’ll be able to say that they don’t have any harmful effects.
My position on mobile phones looks like this:
- minimise the amount of time your mobile is held close to your head
- use a handsfree speakerphone where ever possible
- use an air column headset – search on the internet
- don’t assume that bluetooth or wired headsets are any better
- use a mobile phone for as short a period as you can
- don’t store your phone in your pocket – ladies you have an advantage on us me – it’s called a handbag
- use whatever radiation shield works for you and your phone
Don’t take a chance that the ‘experts’ have got it wrong. The same experts said the Titanic was unsinkable and the following statement says it all:
When an area of science is in it’s early phase of active research, experts in the field concerned are inevitably going to get things wrong more often than they get things right.
New Scientist 5 March 1987 talking abouts AIDS