Cellular Death

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Via Joe.My.God., GQ has published an article about the potential dangers of cell-phone radiation.

Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago. He's a managing director at a top Wall Street firm, and I was put in touch with him through a colleague who knew I was writing a story about the potential dangers of cell-phone radiation. He agreed to talk with me only if his name wasn't used, so I'll call him Jim. He explained that the tumor was located just behind his right ear and was not immediately fatal—the five-year survival rate is about 70 percent. He was 35 years old at the time of his diagnosis and immediately suspected it was the result of his intense cell-phone usage. "Not for nothing," he said, "but in investment banking we've been using cell phones since 1992, back when they were the Gordon-Gekko-on-the-beach kind of phone." When Jim asked his neurosurgeon, who was on the staff of a major medical center in Manhattan, about the possibility of a cell-phone-induced tumor, the doctor responded that in fact he was seeing more and more of such cases—young, relatively healthy businessmen who had long used their phones obsessively. He said he believed the industry had discredited studies showing there is a risk from cell phones. "I got a sense that he was pissed off," Jim told me. A handful of Jim's colleagues had already died from brain cancer; the more reports he encountered of young finance guys developing tumors, the more certain he felt that it wasn't a coincidence. "I knew four or five people just at my firm who got tumors," Jim says. "Each time, people ask the question. I hear it in the hallways."

Healthy, young executives who obsessively use their cellulars are getting tumors behind their ears. Even though, not much studies had been done on the subject in the States, the researches are popping up in Europe and Australia as well. I wonder if the rate of cancer is as high in Asia, Asians are obsessed about cell phones and I would assume that if cell phone causes cancer, they will suffer as much if not more. If a trend is not detected over there then maybe it had to do with the frequency of the signal since different countries uses different bandwidths. Another group that are obsessed with cell phone usage are teenagers who run up their parent's telephone bills, I wonder how many years it takes for the microwave to cause cancer. Will our next generation feel the blunt of it? How about wireless computers? Are they also hazardous to our health? Cancer is everywhere.

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