Are cell phones microwaving your brain?

— 11:12 AM on November 30, 1999

I'm not sure what to make of this story at ZDNet, but it's definitely food for thought. According to the article the cell phone industry commissioned studies to research health effects of cell phone use. The research seemed to indicate some possible problems (including DNA damage in blood and brain tumors) and now the cell phone companies (notably Motorola in the article) are apparently in tobacco mode, denying, covering up, yadda yadda yadda.

I really like my cell phone, but there are some compelling statements in here. Among them is that researchers have more evidence of health problems associated with cell phones than the FDA had when it banned silicone breast implants. Another is that when you use a handheld cell phone, forty percent of the radiated energy is absorbed by your hand and head. Finally, a quote from a biochemistry professor who points out "for the first time in history, we are holding a high-powered transmitter against the head." From a common sense standpoint, I could see where that might cause problems.

The article points out that it might not be a bad idea to start using a headset, which keeps the transmitting portion of the phone away from your head. Frankly I'd thought about getting one for use in the car anyway, but now I'm thinking it might be a good thing to use full-time. So am I falling for a bunch of crap? Do I really have nothing to worry about? Or do you think blowing $50 on a headset would be considered prudent at this point? Click on that comments link and let me know.

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