The National Institutes of Health conducted a study several years ago but just released a final report that shows there is “clear evidence” that cell phone radiation can cause cancers of the heart, brain and adrenal glands. Dr. Greg Hipskind is a neurologist and brain injury specialist and says although this is was an important study it is just one study so there isn’t any reason for Nebraskans to panic just yet.
Dr. Hipskind says, “This study was done on rats and mice over a 10 year period in which they used four times the dose of radio frequency radiation. They applied it to the whole body for roughly half, 50% of the day for the entire life of the animal, including when it was in utero. These are doses way beyond what we are normally exposed to on our current cell phones.”
The study showed there was a two percent increase in brain cancer and increased incidents of heart and adrenal gland tumors in male rodents but none in female.
Dr. Hipskind says it is important that this study alerted us that cell phones are not without some potential risk.
There are things you can do to reduce possible danger. Dr. Hipskind says, “To decrease your cell phone distance from your ear, from your head by use of various ear buds because radiation decreases with the square of the distance. If you move it away one inch, you half the radiation. Two inches it is 1/4th the radiation. Just a little bit of distance away from your head with your device can make a whole lot of difference.”