In a study released this month from the Cleveland Clinic, sperm samples were taken from healthy men and subjected to the radio frequency electromagnetic waves that a cell phone emits when in talk mode.
The exposure was shown to lead to a reduction in sperm motility (movement) and viability (capacity for survival). The exposure also resulted in an increase in oxidative stress which leads to higher levels of free radicals — rogue molecules that have been implicated in heart disease, cancer, and numerous others illnesses.
This is not the first study to report damage to sperm from cell phone radiation. Yet the cell phone industry and even this researcher did not make practical recommendations to protect the public.
Experts at the University of Pittsburg suggest that in addition to strictly limiting cell phone use:
• Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times.
• Do not keep it near your body at night such as under the pillow or on a bedside table. You can also put it on ‘flight’ or ‘off-line’ mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions.
• If you must carry your cell phone on you, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned toward the outside so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away from your rather than through you.
First Published in December 2008
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