A review of eleven long-term epidemiologic studies shows
that using a cell phone for ten years doubles the risk of diagnosis
with a brain tumor (glioma, acoustic neuroma) on the same side of
head used for the cell phone (Surgical Neurology, August 12, 2009).
Microwaves from cell phones cannot cause cancer unless
they produce heat because, unlike X rays, they are not strong
enough to break bonds that hold molecules together. However, an
earlier study from the University of Nottingham, England, showed
that low dose microwaves emitted by cell phones caused
roundworms to release heart shock proteins, a sign of cell damage
(JAMA, December 20, 2000; Nature, May 25, 2001). The cell
damage comes from 800 to 900 MHz range radio frequencies from
the antenna inside the phone that sends a signal from your phone
to the tower many miles away. The energy generated by
electromagnetic waves that come into your cell phone appears to
cause no damage.
Since we still do not know if cell phones can cause brain tumors, you would be wise to keep the antenna at least two inches away from your body by using a wired or wireless earpiece such as Blue Tooth. The sound waves from these devices have never been implicated in any type of damage.
A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is one of a very few doctors board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology.
Dr. Mirkin's latest book is The Healthy Heart Miracle, published by HarperCollins. His daily short features on fitness have been heard on CBS Radio News stations since the 1970's.
He has written 16 books including The Sportsmedicine Book, the best-selling book on the subject that has been translated into many languages. Dr. Mirkin did his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and over the years he has served as a Teaching Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, and Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
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