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Do you have a cellphone?  If not, good for you, you are one of the few.  I didn't think that I would ever get one.  But a couple of years ago, after the muffler fell down on our car, and I couldn't find anyone home in the middle of the day, and at my families strong suggestion, I purchased one.

I have always been concerned about the dangers of a cellphone, having had cancer, myself.  I understand cellphones emit electromagnetic radiation in the same frequency range as a microwave.  This radiation is absorbed by human tissue in our head, as we place the phone next to our ear.  The problem comes with studies suggesting that long time use can lead to sleeping disorders, cognitive problems, headaches, stress, brain tumours, and cancer. 

However, now that I have one, I do appreciate the convenience that it allows me to have.  So what do I do?  Well, I use the speaker phone function; I text when I can and I don't carry the phone on my body.  I never use it, if a land line is available.

Perhaps, I needn't worry as much.  Other studies done on the use of cell phones say we have nothing to worry about; it's not a health risk.

But what about children!  teenagers!  I have written on this blog before that radiation accumulates in the body.  Do we know what the outcome of radiation from cellphones will be in 20 or 30 years from now?

This article was prompted when I read the following,

"Supporters of a Maine bill which would require cell phone manufacturers to put warning labels on mobile phones say that ignoring the health risks of heavy cell phone use invites a cancer epidemic.

David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany, argued, "We can do nothing and wait for the body count. That's what happened with smoking."

The bill would make Maine the first state to mandate warnings that cell phones can cause brain cancer, especially among children."

It certainly makes you think, doesn't it?  How safe are cellphones?  Let's protect ourselves and especially our children and grandchildren.

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