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WHAT DO MOBILE PHONES DO TO OUR BRAINS Criterion ADESCRIBING THE ISSUE Are mobile phones the new tobacco Could your calls be killing you Are those long talks actually boiling your brain There have been a disturbing number of cases in which cancer victims have been frequent mobile users and there is an increasing worldwide concern over the possible link Heavy users may be damaging more than their image Research reveals that the head absorbs 70 of microwave radiation emitted prompting fears that mobile phones are a health risk This percentage comes as the European commission prepares to publish the first recommended safe levels for radiation emitted by mobile phones and other telecommunications devices Nearly all phones on the market exceed these limits There have been three unpublished studies by leading academics from different countries that agree that there are major safety concerns with using mobile phones According to their findings energy absorbed by the head during use creates hot spots in the brain Criterion BIT BACKGROUND OF THE ISSUE There are millions and millions of mobile phone users around the world with 5 million in Britain alone However the industry insists that emissions are too low to be hazardous Mobile phones both analogue and digital use microwaves similar to those in microwave ovens although they are at a slightly different frequency and much lower power The concerns stem from their closeness to heads when calls are made or received Scientists previously assumed that energy absorbed by the head was evenly distributed but the latest research suggests that waves concentrate on the skull creating hot spots Scientists warn that mobile phones can cause headaches memory problems ear and eye conditions and cancer Also biologist Roger Coghill a radioactivity specialist who runs an independent laboratory wants all mobiles to carry a cigarette-style government health warning He believes the high frequency radio-like waves can
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