Cell phones and brain cells
By Lisa J. Curtis
The new documentary, “Mobilize,” is as eye-opening as it is jaw-dropping in its revelations about the dangers of using cell phones improperly. Filmmaker Kevin Kunze vividly illustrates the link between mobile phone radiation and the risk of brain cancer and decreased fertility. He cites research studies that have been done in nine countries that have linked radiation to sperm damage, which could happen over time if, say, a wannabe father carries his cell phone in his front pants pocket while its turned on.
Kunze says children are even more vulnerable than adults to developing brain cancer when exposed to cell phone radiation. (He reports that in the U.S., one-third of 11-year-olds have a phone.)
The intrepid documentarian interviews leading researchers at the World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute, Yale, and Harvard as well as cell phone industry executives. Yale Center for Reproductive Biology’s Dr. Hugh Taylor found lasting permanent effects in the behaviors of mice who had been exposed to cell phone radiation in utero that he likened to ADHD in humans.
“What we found in mice may not be true for humans, but it certainly does show us that these biological effects are real,” says Taylor. “And it gives us concern and shows us the importance of investigating this further in humans.” Kunze advocates limiting the duration of exposure to cell phone radiation and the intensity of the exposure to minimize the risks.
“Mobilize” is a must-see for any parent or those looking to become pregnant.
“Mobilize” DVD, $19.98, www.amazon.com.
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