I've noticed a troubling trend that’s barely making a blip on anyone’s radar. I’m talking about younger and younger kids being given their very own cell phones.
You can call me behind the times. Go ahead and accuse me of being over the hill if you like. And feel free to trot out all the arguments you want to about “safety,” but you’re not going to get me to budge on this one. There’s just too much at stake.
It’s not just that cell phones have given new meaning to the word rude, or that people have become incapable of having a face-to-face conversation with the people they’re actually in the room with. It’s not even that texting and video games have taken the place of family time.
No, the real issue I have with cell phones is their potential for harming our health. And when it comes to the most vulnerable among us… our children… this problem is magnified.
More than two years ago I warned you about a potential emerging connection between cell phones and ADHD. A troubling mouse study had found that pregnant mice exposed to cell phone radiation during their pregnancy gave birth to offspring with memory and hyperactivity issues.
Now a new review is reigniting concerns over what cell phone radiation (technically microwave radiation or MWR) could be doing to our children and unborn babies.
To put it bluntly, MWR has been associated with cancer.
The review, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, took a closer look at all the existing data. In it researchers confirmed that children do indeed face an even greater health risk from cell phone radiation than do adults.
According to researchers this is because children’s brain tissues are more absorbent, they have thinner skulls and, naturally, they have smaller brains than adults. In fact, one disturbing study found that children’s brains absorb TWICE the amount of microwave radiation as adults. And another shocking study concluded that the bone marrow of children absorbs 10 times more MWR than adults!
That’s why other countries such as Belgium, France, and India have passed laws or issued warnings about children’s use of wireless devises.
I realize wireless devises are a fact of modern life, and aren't going anywhere. But ask yourself if there’s any good reason for an eight-year-old to have a cell phone plastered to his ear all day long?
And if you do think there’s one, is it a good enough reason to potentially raise your child‘s risk for cancer and other health problems? I’m guessing the answer is no.