There’s been plenty of hearty debate between cell phone proponents and critics about potential cancer risks. After one study claimed cell phones had more detrimental health effects than smoking, a major cancer doctor came forward stating that there was strong upcoming evidence of a cell phone-cancer link, the first time a head of a major academic cancer research institution had suggested such a possibility.
Now another new study has been released citing a decidedly different hazard of cell phone use. The new study shows that cell phones are no friends of testes, the male reproductive organs in which sperm is made. In the upcoming study, it was shown that when in close range to the testes and in talk mode, cell phones damage sperm.
The new study is alarming because of two key problems. First, damaged sperm can lead to birth defects and higher incidences of various disabilities, as seen among the children of older fathers. Second, the scenario tested in the study is a common one. Males who chat using hands free headsets often leave their phones resting in their pockets, in perfect range to cause the testes harm.
Ashok Agarwal, who led the study and is the Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, states, “We believe that these devices are used because we consider them very safe, but it could cause harmful effects due to the proximity of the phones and the exposure that they are causing to the gonads.”
The study consisted of semen samples taken from 32 men, which exhibit similar sperm health. The samples were kept at constant temperature and other similar conditions, while being split into a control group and a test group. The test group was placed for an hour within 2.5 cm of a cell phone in talk mode, at 850 MHz, perhaps the most common frequency.
The transmissions led to an apparent increase in oxidative stress, with free radicals and oxidants being created at a higher rate and antioxidants being broken down. Agarwal says this stress equates to damaged sperm. Other factors which can cause it include environmental pollutants or infections in the urinary genital tract, he adds.
While the study does not trump up the cancer link, there may be a relation to testicular cancer as well. Says Agarwal, “On average, there was an 85 percent increase in the amount of free radicals for all the subjects in the study. Free radicals have been linked to a variety of diseases in humans including cancer.” – dailytech
FDA to the rescue (of phone company profits):
The FDA says that cell phone use is safe, based on three large epidemiological studies conducted after 2000. But the agency admits that those studies only followed participants for an average of three years, whereas it regularly takes brain tumors 10 years to develop enough to be detectable. Concerned health professionals have warned that even if the risk from cellular phones is small, the scale on which the phones are used could still lead to a massive public health crisis. An estimated three billion mobile people – 45 percent of the world’s population – use mobile phones. – nn
Oh wait, that was from the “cell phones cause brain cancer” study, not the “cell phones cause sperm damage” study. Here is the cell phone industry answer to the sperm damage study:
Joe Farren, a spokesman for the CTIA was among the cell phone industry leaders who declined to criticize the studies, but argued, “The weight of the published scientific evidence, in addition to the opinion of global health organizations, shows that there is no link between wireless usage and adverse health effects.” But he even added, “We support good science and always have. It’s important to look at studies that are peer-reviewed and published in leading journals and to listen to the experts.”
Yeah, I don’t know about you, but if any real scientist says this, I’m going to listen to him NOW, not 10 years from now when all the lawsuits from people with deformed kids finally cause the cell phone industry to get one of their experts to say it is true.
That’s why I use XENO’S NARDSAFE(tm) system. I use silver mesh to protect my vital organs from EMF pollution. You should too. You can verify that the mesh works by looking at the bars. Your cell phone reception will drop to ZERO if the shielding works. I tried it. It works. Take it out to make calls and keep the NARDSAFE between you and the phone during the call. Simple. Cheap.
WARNING: Your cell phone batteries will die quickly. I think my phone turns up the power to try to get a signal and that runs down the battery faster.