President en Medisch Directeur Amerikaanse Alzheimer Stichting waarschuwt voor mobiele telefonie

vrijdag, 29 augustus 2008 - Categorie: Artikelen

When Dr. Ronald B Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, sent out a memo to 3,000 faculty and staff members to limit their cell phone use due to possible risks to the immune system and bone marrow, many thought he was over-reacting to unpublished studies.

But Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, doesn't think so.

'I think this is an emerging science,' says Dr. Dharma. 'And weare probably at about the same place we were with cigarettes and cancer 40 years ago. There's been research that has shown that electromagnetic radiation kills brain cells associated with learning and memory, too. Those scientists hypothesized that people who may be prone to Alzheimer's disease may be doing damage that encourages an earlier onset of the disease.'

While Dr. Dharma agrees that current science hasn't given us definitive answers, he does suggest there is every reason to use caution when dealing with this type of radiation.

After all, we are nothing but electromagnetic radiation ourselves, so the cell phone radiation may clash with our own, causing serious damage,' says Dr. Dharma, author of Brain Longevity and Meditation as Medicine.

No on expects you to toss your cell phone. Here's what you can do:

Limit cell phone use when possible
Use the speaker phone rather than holding the phone to your ear
Use a wired headset to limit exposure
Use your phone in open spaces whenever possible
Perhaps especially important, limit children's exposure to cell phones, since they may be the most vulnerable, being exposed at such a young age and for more time over their lifetimes.

The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Alzheimer's affects millions of Americans, but evidence is mounting that there are identifiabe factors, aside from genetics, that contribute to its development. While its not clear exactly what the link between cell phone use and Alzheimer's is, it probably wouldn't hurt to try to be conscious of your personal cell phone use.

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