Cell phones of today may be a health problem of tomorrow. Many leading medical experts and scientists claim. Yet around the world governing bodies have been cautious in their warnings and restrictions in relation to the use of mobile phones.
Are we caught in a tug-of-war between environmental alarmists on one side and susceptible officials on the other? Who should we believe if anyone at all?
“Given the immense numbers of users of mobile phones, even small adverse effects on health could have major public health implications,” states an World Health Organization fact sheet.
Cell Phone Cancer?
According to WHO there are an estimated 1.6 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide today. In Trinidad and Tobago recent figures put mobile phone users at over 300,000.
A few of the adverse affects that scientist have identified in relation to cellphone use include a variety of cancers, brain tumors, diabetes and Alzheimer. More common, less mortal, health risks like headaches, fatigue, increased blood pressure and sleep deprivation have also been cited.
Yet as scientific evidence is brought forth to support such theories, evidence is also being brought forward to negate such conclusions. What both sides have agreed upon is that, “nobody knows with certainty what long term health consequences” can be caused by the use of cellular phones.
“It all depends on who you listen to, you will get an finding for or against,” said Eugene Young, managing director of Sales and Marketing Inc., Barbados.
“It is a very political thing,” stressed Young who happens to be in the business of “environmental protection solutions” which makes it rather easy to see what side of the fence he is standing on.
“Don’t count on the World Health Organization or a government holding to tell you that the use of the cellphone can cause problems,” stated Young who recently visited Trinidad as a guest of Victor Industries Limited.
WHO has yet to decree that mobile phones are harmful to your health. In fact WHO has stated that there are certain gaps in the various research conducted (this was in 2000) and that it would take another three to four years of required research to evaluate any findings.