Cell Phones a Greater Threat Than Smoking, Asbestos?
There are plenty of people out there who believe that talking on a cell phone is just as unhealthy as sticking your head in front of an active X-Ray machine and holding it there while you engage in idle conversation with a friend. Others, though, think the first group are being overly paranoid and probably are the sort who won't use a public restroom under any circumstances for fear of picking up a flesh-eating virus. Scientific findings are still rather divided on this one, with most indicating that mobiles are perfectly safe, but an Australian researcher is bucking the trend, saying that cell phone use is a greater global threat than cigarette smoking or breathing asbestos.
Dr. Vini Khurana of Canberra Hospital doesn't actually believe that, on an individual basis, cell phones are more dangerous than those things that have been conclusively shown to be deadly in the right concentrations. However, due to the global spread of mobile phones, he believes they provide a much greater overall threat to people worldwide than either of the other two. He cites eight worldwide studies indicating a link between cell phone use and brain tumors, "a life-ending diagnosis in the vast majority of those diagnosed," and believes that in the next four years more studies will prove the link.
In the mean time we'll keep holding on to the 2005 study from the European Institute of Cancer Research that showed no cancer link among the 4,000 people who participated, and maybe try to keep our calls to a minimum.
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