Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

I have a Facebook friend who I really like and I enjoy most of his posts but sometimes, he does indulge some of the wackier alarmist conspiracy theories about numerous topics and one of his latest has been the "Do cell phones cause cancer?" thing. There may very well be elevated risk with cell phone usage - the type of waves emitted by cell phones is the same type of radiation microwave ovens use to cook food. Just think about that one for a moment.

However, whatever valid concerns there may be regarding this or any other issue get buried under alarmist rhetoric and connection to various whackjob websites that probably think there were at least a dozen grassy knolls in Dealy Plaza and George W. Bush himself stood in front of the World Trade Center with the dynamite plunger in hand. Know what I mean?

Whackiness is fun to make fun of but that's about it. It has no socially redeeming values and so anything that gets mired in it loses credibility.

So... do cell phones actually cause cancer?  From what credible resources I've managed to dig up on the internet, I'd say the jury is still out on that one. The fact is, DNA must be changed to cause cancer and the type of radiation that cell phones emit does not change DNA. But the type of radiation that cell phones DO emit does cook your food in your microwave and it does alter how brain cells on the side of your head where you hold your cell phone metabolizes glucose.

In my layman's non-medical mind, any unnatural changes to the body can produce an increased risk of cancer. That just makes sense to me.

So, for me, the jury is out on this one. What do you think?

For more info on this topic from a non-whackjob source, go HERE.

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