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Research Links Cell Phone Radiation to ADHD and Memory Loss: Effects of Mobile Phone Use

Updated on June 18, 2012

If you’re pregnant, you should limit if not discontinue using your cellphone. I’m sure you’ve heard of this before. But do you actually heed this warning? I know that discontinuing the use of mobile phone is like cutting off one’s limb. Cellphone has moved from luxury to necessity over the past few decades. However, a Yale School of Medicine study showed that exposure to cellphone radiation affects the brain development of offspring. Although the research was done on mice, it was the first proven evidence of the effects of cellphone on the fetus.

Dr. Hugh Taylor commented that this revolutionary finding affects fetal development when pregnant mothers are subjected to radio frequencies emitted by cellphones. The research is the first to provide evidence that not using your phone while pregnant has its benefits.

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Radiaiton from cellphones affects the human brain.
Radiaiton from cellphones affects the human brain. | Source

Mice to men

The research conducted a battery of test on adult mice that were exposed to cellphone radiation while they were in their mother’s womb. They measured electrical activity of the mice’s brain. Likewise they did numerous psychological and even behavioral tests. Two major findings were published in the March 15 issue of the Scientific Reports. First, mice that were exposed to radiation as fetuses showed higher hyperactivity. Second, Memory capacity was reduced for the same group of mice.

Dr. Taylor noted that the changes in the mice’s behavior can be attributed to the effects of the radiation in the neural development of the fetuses. The team conjectures on the correlation between the increased incidences of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the past few years with the increase in mobile phone usage.

Obviously mice are different from humans. However, the effects of the radiation to the development of the fetuses and their psychological and behavioral patterns cannot be discounted. Dr. Taylor said that further tests in human are needed. This will aid in understanding to the effects of radiation on fetuses - and eventually on human development and behavior.

Mobile phones are undoubtedly a vital tool for many people. Moreover, the use of this device has drastically increased over the years. But when it comes to the health of my child, I’m more than willing to unplug and switch off my phone.

Although further tests are needed, as a dad, I will exercise caution when it comes to using cellphones around pregnant women. It’s always better to be on the safe side rather than reap the effects afterwards.


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