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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cell phones reduce sperm counts

A study debuted in New Orleans has suggested that electromagnetic radiation from cell phones may have an effect on a man's sperm count.
The researchers, whose findings were presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said the sperm may also be affected by the heat generated by the phones, RxPG News reported Tuesday. Researchers from Cleveland, Mumbai and New Orleans said the effect on a man's sperm count depends on the number of hours he spends using his cell phone every day. They said data from 364 men being treated for infertility revealed that men who do not use cell phones averaged sperm counts of 86 million per milliliter with 40 percent normal forms and 68 percent motility, while men who used their phones for more than four hours per day averaged sperm counts of 66 million per milliliter with 21 percent normal forms and 48 percent motility. The researchers said further studies are needed to accurately identify the reason for reduced sperm counts in cell phone users.
Gary Moller comments:
The radiation exposure from cell phones is an uncontrolled experiment being conducted on the human population. A scandal of massive proportions is possibly in the making.
If you value the Family Jewels, as well as your brains, why wait for the researchers decide what's up? Here's a few obvious safety measures for cell phone use that don't compromise their utility:
  • Don't hang your phone on your belt right next to your crutch, or store it in your pocket where it snuggles up to to the dangly bits. The same should apply with more importance to women with regards to avoiding exposure of their ovaries because their eggs are one-off gems that tend to degrade with time, so it makes sense not to risk anything that might hasten this natural process.
  • Use a hands free device whenever possible. The radiation is strongest when the phone is in active use, so it makes sense to keep it away from the brain.
  • Do not sleep with the phone on standby, tucked under your pillow (a common practice with teenagers exchanging txt day and night.
This advice is probably more important for younger people who have more rapidly dividing cells and who stand to have longer lifetime exposures.

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