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Studies Link Cell Phone Use to Health Problems

In less than a decade, the cell phone has become an integral aspect of our every day lives. So much so, that people claim to be “lost” without them. Cell phones are becoming so advanced that they can do everything from searching for pizza restaurants within a 10-mile radius of your location to finding a parking spot at the doctor’s office. But what many people don’t know is that cell phones can also be detrimental to your health.

An article in the Huffington Post reveals that new studies by the acclaimed chief of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, psychiatrist Nora Volkow, show that just 50 minutes of cell phone radiation excites the brain. They found that cell phone radiation significantly affects the brain’s function and metabolism of glucose – the brain’s main fuel.

"This stunning report indicates that even short-term exposure to nerve cells from cell phones can increase glucose in the brain," said Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., chair of EHT's Board and a renowned cancer biologist and physician. "We know that increased glucose also occurs with infections and other inflammatory processes, and leads to the production of potentially damaging reactive oxygen radicals that can alter the ways that cells and genes work (Huffington Post).”

Lloyd Morgan, Senior Science Advisor to EHT, explains that the areas of the brain that are affected are involved in thinking, decision making and sensing – all important processes of our every day lives.

Dr. Herberman goes on to suggest that cell phone radiation and increase brain energy could be one of the reasons why many of us feel a sort of ‘addiction’ to our cell phones, although more research is needed to prove this theory.

And while efforts are made to improve cell phone standards – as well as gather more research to support these findings – there are things that we can do to protect ourselves from the harmful radiation. Limiting direct exposure to radiation is key, and using speakerphones or headphones and reducing call times can help do that.

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