Cell Phones and Human Health: More Reasons to Keep the Device Away from the Body
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at January 20th, 2015
Dermatologists in London have now coined the phrase “Tech Neck” to refer to a condition of accelerated wrinkle formation due to continuous cell phone use. This is a sagging skin condition observed in smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 39.
The news from the scientific community continues to underscore concerns about cell phone use with close proximity to the body. Cases of sperm reduction, glioma, and breast cancer are but a few examples which are present in the medical and scientific literature.
Both the City of Berkeley and now Canada are currently considering cell phone legislation which will help to inform consumers about keeping the phone at a safer distance from the body.
Whereas consumer advocates and legislators increase their interest in measures which will better serve consumers in terms of cellular emission information, the media remains divided on the issue and at times, conflicted within the same news outlet. Forbes presents a case in point.
Two recent articles in Forbes written by different reporters, each with exceptional credentials, illustrate the heated debate surrounding non-ionizing radiation – the type of emissions emitted by cell phones and Wi-Fi. One piece reported on a new study published which reveals that Wi-Fi is more dangerous to children than previously thought. One week later, a second article came out on Forbes essentially attacking the first. “Why Scientists Say Wi-Fi Signals Won’t Give Your Kids Cancer” attempted to strip the first piece of all credibility. How can we be so divisive on a topic which should create little debate? We all should practice safer cell phone handling and wireless protocol. We have no idea of the long term human consequences but scientists have observed some frightening comparative studies in rodents which should give us pause.
We do not yet understand the means by which non-ionizing radiation causes damage to living tissue but this damage has been observed nonetheless. To imply that nothing can be happening because this will defy our understanding of physics is to suggest that apples never fell from trees until Newton proved the Law of Gravity.