Cellphone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk. – NYTimes.com



The report said it was unclear whether the changes in the brain — an increase in glucose metabolism after using the phone for less than an hour — had any negative health or behavioral effects. But it has many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves short of (gasp) using a landline.

“Cellphones are fantastic and have done much to increase productivity,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, the lead investigator of the study and director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. “I’d never tell people to stop using them entirely.”

Yet, in light of her findings, she advises users to keep cellphones at a distance by putting them on speaker mode or using a wired headset whenever possible. The next best option is a wireless Bluetooth headset or earpiece, which emit radiation at far lower levels. If a headset isn’t feasible, holding your phone just slightly away from your ear can make a big difference; the intensity of radiation diminishes sharply with distance. “Every millimeter counts,” said Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an online newsletter covering health and safety issues related to exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

via Cellphone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk. – NYTimes.com.

So, in spite of the headline being both sensationalistic and overplayed, this article actually covers the topic pretty reasonably, with some of the best advice as to how to address the issue, other than panicking. Also, it’s important to note that this radiation is quite different from the radiation from nuclear power plants and bombs, and is much more along the lines of that which transmits radio and television signals (just like WiFi and Bluetooth). You get more ionizing radiation from eating a banana than from using your cell phone. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re not doing any harm, or at least causing anything to change…it just is meant to put things into a little perspective.


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