Saturday, June 4, 2011

This is Your Brain on a Cellular Network

My sister instructed my (almost) twelve year old nephew
Evan to take the phone out of his pants pocket because it may cause
sterility. Before that she insisted he keep the laptop off his lap for
the very same reason.

We called our favorite pediatrician for advice and he said "there is no
literature." Evan asked, "What does that mean?" I said, "I guess it
means there is no warning as of now, in writing, from the American
Academy of Pediatrics." He put the phone back in his pocket.

Then my most trusted advisors, Anderson Cooper and
Sanjay Gupta, challenged the very reports that previously gave
us a false sense of security. Apparently there is evidence that
radiation from a mobile phone pressed up against your ear does have an
effect on your brain cells. In fact they discovered that the instructions that come with the
Blackberry and the iPhone recommend keeping the phone approximately 1
inch away from your head when in use. This is printed in black and white
right inside of their user's manual --- that no one ever reads!

Anderson, Sanjay, and I have stopped this risky behavior. We are
talking only while plugged in to an ear piece. And the phones are no
longer in our pants.

So, now Evan has to move the phone away from his head --- and so does
his Mom. And might I do you!