The public health issue of mobile phones

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A award winning neurosurgeon who has published dozens of scientific papers, reviewed 100 studies on the effects of mobile phones and concluded “it is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking.” He advises “people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take immediate steps to reduce exposure to their radiation.”

The study by Dr Vini Khurana, is a devastating blow to the mobile industry as he is very well respected and not prone to wild predictions for the purpose of self promotion. He goes beyond warnings and demands that action needs to be taken to avoid a serious health crisis “there is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumors.” He also notes that “malignant brain tumors are a life-ending diagnosis.”

Mobile Operators Association spokesman Nick Naylor, formerly of Big Tobacco, dismissed the study as “a selective discussion of scientific literature by one individual.”

In all seriousness though, this could end up being a very frightening scenario that could effect the lives of many people all across the globe. Two things are certain and first is the mobile industry will fight this just like the tobacco companies did and secondly studies will keep coming out contradicting each other. So where does that leave us? It gives us enough of a warning that using our handsfree devices should become mandatory for all of us. With the advent of Bluetooth we don’t really have any excuses any longer as the call quality is as good as its ever been. Wireless, stereo sound, and noice cancelling microphones, what else do we want (except a 10 hour battery life)?

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