Sunday, July 27, 2008

Call Me.....NOT!

As long as I can remember, I've loathed talking on the telephone. Chatting in person? Great! E-mails? Most definitely! But the telephone... I'll just pass, thanks. Maybe it's that I'm an introvert...(remember?), or quite possibly it's my pretty miserable ADHD. Best guess, it's a little bit of both. Now though, I have a great excuse not to spend chunks of my time on at least one of my phones.

A recent memo was sent out by well-respected cancer researcher at the University of Pittsburgh's Caner Institute, Ronald B. Herberman MD. It was to his colleagues, warning them of the potential cancer-causing harm done by the electromagnetic waves of cellular devices. He sent this memo out before any of his research data has been published and made public, but he urged the recipients to err on the side of caution, hopefully preventing further danger. You can, and should read his Memo HERE, which includes 10 suggestions on safer cell phone use.

I don't mean to be an alarmist, but come on, haven't we all wondered about the safety of cell phone use for years? I know that I have. As science is becoming better at understanding the effects of these electromagnetic waves on our bodies, and more studies come out, I think we should in the very least take the findings into consideration and hopefully heed their warnings.

In the meantime, for those of you that need to get a hold of me, if at all possible, try to catch me at home. That or gosh, snail mail would be so awesome.
And for God's sake Katie, put down that i-phone! ;)


Sarah said...

You have to at least kind of appreciate the irony of this post, given Jon's - and therefore your - livelihood's dependence on the industry...

Laura said...

I was just going to say, "Oh the irony!" too. LoL
That said though, yes, I do wonder about the harmfulness of cell phones when you can pop corn with them!
I guess, in a way, I should be thankful (?) that my hearing has deteriorated over time to the point that I cannot understand most people who call me. I have had to rely on text messaging, email and instant messaging. Therefore, I am not in harm's way as much as I used to be.

Jeremy said...

This is just one wack-job trying to get his research in public by crying about something that will scare old people and wind up on the news on a slow day.

Listen, if you're worried about cell phone radiation, then you should also know that you are bombarded by thousands upon thousands of different radio waves, microwaves, cellular signals, satellite signals and not to mention all the various stuff that the sun throws at us every single second of every single day.

Quite frankly, you probably get more radiation exposure when you get your X-rays taken at the dentist than you do on your cellular phone. And if you're really that paranoid, there is always speakerphone or a hands-free device.

Lolo said...

Gee, thanks for pointing that out in public to me Sarah.....You've always been good at that.

Yes, I do know the irony, but that said,it doesn't matter, I'm still not excited to put a cell phone next to my head, or Noah's for that matter. Also, Jon makes more than just cell phone accessories, they deal with laptops and i-pods. They also make hands-free headsets,which I do use. I'm not advocating for people to stop using cell phones, I just think we need to use them in a safer, more conscious way.

Jeremy, I'm aware about everything that you said about radio waves, microwaves, x-rays, etc. So if I'm being bombarded by so many things, WHY would I compound the problem by putting a phone, that emits more waves, right up against my skull day in and day out.
And no, I don't think this is just another "one wack-job trying to get his research in public by crying about something that will scare old people and wind up on the news on a slow day."
I think there are genuine and honest concerns here that are being proven by science.
I'm not "paranoid" if after watching for several years, I finally decide that I trust some of the science, rather than cellular marketers.
Also, if you notice, all I have said is, don't call me on my cell if you can find me at home first, and check out this man's memo. He doesn't say "stop using your phone", he gives good bits of advice.

Look, using my headset is not difficult, and frankly, spending large amounts of time on my phone, when I am out running errands, or driving, or out with Noah isn't my idea of fun anyway.

Jonathan said...

We also do camera bags and portable GPS cases.

We're obviously phone-accessory heavy from a product line standpoint, but we make numerous models of wired cellular phone headsets, which are available for dozens and dozens of different phones. These have cords that will keep the phone about 3 feet from your head.

Sarah said...

Okay okay...I'm sorry...I was just amused by it - not trying to offend you.

And I like the headsets - although I've periodically wondered if it's any better to have a wireless headset on my head.

FYI, the popcorn thing was not real -

Laura said...

Okay, I feel stupid...about the popcorn thing. Thanks for setting me straight Sarah.

Lolo said...

Sarah- I use a wired headset. I know they can be cumbersome, that cord running all over, but like you said, I too wonder about having a wireless gadget next to my head.

Laura- Don't feel stupid! If I would have heard about that, I'd believe it too! ;)

Sarah said...

I believed the popcorn thing too - Nate is the one who sent it to me.

j.j. said...

Hey there. I am a friend of Meagan's, so I hope you don't mind me leaving a comment. My brother-in-law is recovering from a brain tumor which was located in his right temporal/frontal lobe. One of the first questions his doctor asked is whether or not his cell phone is his only phone. His tumor is EXACTLY where he held his phone to his ear. Coincidence? Maybe. However, it IS something to think about...especially when doctors are asking the same question.

Lolo said...

Hi J.J.,

Thank you for the input and welcome!
I'm sorry to hear about your brother-in-law, you said he is in recovery, that's good, how is he doing?

That's pretty poignant stuff, the tumor being exactly where he held his cell phone. I couldn't agree with you more, that this is AT LEAST something to think about. I would hope at the very least. I wish your brother-in-law a speedy and easy recovery.

Thanks a bunch J.J.!

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