Coffee, pickled vegetables and cell phones. What do these three things have in common? Well, according to the latest research report from the World Health Organization (WHO), heavy doses of any of these could lead to cancer.
WHO’s new study adds to the debate over cell phones and cancer, suggesting that radio waves from cell phone antennae out to the nearest cell phone tower might increase the risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer. This is alarming given the widespread adoption of mobile phones – an estimated at five billion users worldwide and growing fast, especially among young adults and children.
Many scientists say, however, that – similar to medical treatments tested with a limited sample over a short time period – the true effect of cell phone usage will not be known for years to come. They also call for more research into long-term, heavy use of mobile phones and suggest mobile callers use a Bluetooth headset or send texts (but not while driving).
Personally, I have cut down the time I spend talking on my cell phone because I’m just more of a text / email person these days.
There’s nothing wrong with talking on the cell phone. Just like your coffee, moderation is key. If you find your phone heating up like an oven on your cheek, it’s probably time to meet in person and chat over a coffee (oops, or a juice).
But in the meantime, if you’re curious, check out this list from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to find out about your cell phone’s radiation level. It’s pretty cool information.
A little bit about me: I love the rich, dynamic and fast-paced mobile lifestyle but know that like everything else, moderation is key. Learning, baking and making people laugh is my life-long passion.