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Cellphones Damage…What?

I sometimes read Tim Ferriss’s blog because I found his Four Hour Workweek very thought-provoking, and he usually has interesting things to say on various topics.

His latest book is The Four Hour Body, which focuses on relatively small things you can do to improve your fitness, health, sex life and so on. I read only a few pages because it’s been hard for me to focus on any topic that requires me to concentrate for a long time, and anything biology or medical-related requires a lot of focus on my part. (I blame my Zompyre Baby for my inability to focus.) But somebody forwarded me an interesting article by Mike Geary that referenced Tim’s work. (BTW — Mike is also into fitness and health, and he’s been putting out good information for about half a decade now.)

The article (thankfully short and easy to understand! :) ) was quite intriguing. I’ve been reading and hearing for years that cellphones can damage your brains or whatever. But I’ve never thought much of it because I don’t usually talk on cellphones and I’m too lazy to carry mine around. But then as I was reading the article, it hit me that men don’t just keep their cellphones in purses (like women do). They keep their gadgets in their pants pockets!

Per Tim’s research, a man carrying a cell phone around in his pocket might be doing himself some permanent damage…damage of a kind that most men really do not want to have happen, if you catch my drift. But it’s not just that. It may possibly create problems if he wishes to conceive a child. (Which is a big deal to some women who may want to have babies.) And women themselves may have some problems as well.

Anyway, it’s a timely and possibly very serious issue, so I’m linking it here for reference. Take a look if you like.

3 comments to “Cellphones Damage…What?”

  1. FredTownWard
    · February 22nd, 2011 at 1:04 am · Link

    I am very leary of any “medical” claims based in any part on the premise that the reason that all the medical studies disagree with them is a conspiracy conducted by the people funding them, cheerfully joined into by every single researcher who conducts them and has allegedly exchanged his or her very soul for money.

    However, it is correct to point out that we have inadvertently stepped into the unknown here, and storing your cellphone somewhere other than right next to your reproductive organs for the time being strikes me as a reasonable precaution to take, just in case.

  2. Savannah Chase
    · February 22nd, 2011 at 3:53 am · Link

    I have heard a lot about this as well. They say you should never carry your phone in your pants or near you but at least an arms length away. People have become so use to having a phone they don’t pay attention to where they keep it or what harm it can do.

  3. Nadia Lee
    · February 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Fred — Yeah, I tend to be skeptical too, but it seems like there might be something to it.

    Savannah — Definitely. With the new and addictive technology (such as cellphones), it’s hard to think about keeping them away from you even for your own health.

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