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CELL PHONES

A comprehensive study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that hand-held cell phones apparently do not increase a person's risk for brain cancer (1). This is refreshing news for the more than 86 million people who use cell phones regularly.

Exposure to 800 to 900 MHz range radio frequencies comes from the antenna inside the phone which delivers most of the energy to the ear and cheek. Portable cellular phones with the antenna in a box and car phones with the antennae on the car do not deliver these radio waves to the brain.

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. Last year, a very disturbing study from the University of Nottingham in England showed that cell phones emit low dose microwaves that cause round worms to release heart shock proteins, a sign that the cells are damaged (1). At the Bioelectromagnetics Society symposium in Washington, D.C. in February, studies reported that 25 percent of people using cellular phones feel heart behind their ears.

People who use cell phones regularly have a markedly increased risk for headaches and recurrent fatigue and 47 percent noted dizziness, concentration difficulties and memory loss. Although there is no evidence that cell phones cause brain cancer at this time, it may be a good idea for regular cell phone users to use an inexpensive extension ear and mouth piece that you can buy in most electronics and radio stores.

1) JAMA, December 20, 2000.

2) Nature May 25, 2000.

3) Science News February 12, 2000

Checked 8/9/05

June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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