By B.N. Frank
The ridiculous title of February 22, 2011 WebMd article is “Cell Phones Affect Brain, but Does It Matter?”
Whether it’s something to be concerned about or not remains to be seen.
“We don’t know that this is harmful,” researcher Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells WebMD.
So far, Volkow says, her new research shows that “the human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is delivered by cell phones.”
It’s worth noting that the 2011 results were based on 50 minutes of cell phone use.
In her study, she found those who used a cell phone for 50 minutes had about a 7% rise in glucose metabolism in the brain region closest to the antenna, as documented on PET (positron emission tomography) scans.
I’m no scientist but I can’t fathom why this doesn’t matter.
Regardless, her conclusion was still:
Beyond that, more research is needed, she says.
This also doesn’t seem right according to a 2010, GQ magazine article that included testimony from former industry and military scientists and decades’ old research that proved cell phone radiation exposure affected brains and everything else. Why doesn’t this matter to the NIH?
Life went on but a few months later, The World Health Organization classified cell phone radiation as a “Possible Carcinogen” in the same category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and lead. Yuck.
Dr. Keith Black, Chairman of Neurology of Cedar Sinai Los Angeles discussed why this matters to our brains:
Holy crap. “Cooking the brain” seems like it should matter. It did at least to comedian, Stephen Colbert.
Regardless, life went on and cell phones and other wireless devices continued to be heavily marketed to everyone including children, communities, medical facilities and professionals, and public schools despite the fact that
2012 research determined all sources of cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation disrupt the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak. This could lead to lowered impulse control among other unfortunate side effects. That should matter, right?
Eventually in 2017, the National Institutes of Health published research that proved mobile (cell) phone use for 5 minutes can cause significant memory impairment in humans.
Wow – that’s quite a change considering that in 2011, NIH said that 50 minutes of cell phone use may not matter at all.
Also in 2017, many scientists also insisted there is enough research that shows that all sources of wireless (WiFi) radiation should be classified as a Group A Carcinogen though there are still some scientists who get paid to defend wireless emitting products.
Regardless, life went on and cell phones and other wireless devices and infrastructure still continued to be heavily marketed to be used and exposed to for more than 5 minutes at a time everywhere 24/7.
In February 2018, CBSNews.com posted “Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk.”
(By the way, cordless landline phones also emit harmful radiation, too.)