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Friday, March 16, 2012

Cellphones during pregnancy?

Normally I take what I read in the Yahoo Health section with a grain of salt. If I took all their health warnings seriously I would be eating raw,vegan and living the Amish way, and still doomed to die young from my clearly negative health behavior! :-)

Yesterday they posted this article-

"THURSDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- In experiments involving mice, fetal exposure to cellphone radiation appeared linked to symptoms in offspring that resemble attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in human children, Yale researchers report.
Moreover, these problems with attention, hyperactivity and memory continued when the mice became adults and were worse the longer they were exposed to cellphone radiation in the womb, the researchers said.
"The hypothesis was that the developing brain might be more susceptible to these types of insults," said senior researcher Dr. Hugh Taylor, a professor and chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the department of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences.
"We found they seem to have behavioral changes like ADHD. I don't want to sensationalize this -- mice don't have ADHD -- but they had problems with memory, impulsiveness and hyperactivity," he explained.
There have been studies in humans that correlate the amount of time pregnant women spend on a cellphone with their children's ADHD, Taylor added.
"But, these studies were largely dismissed because there are many other things that correlate with cellphone use," he said. "This study is the first one that shows that there is a cause-and effect-relationship," at least in rodents, he said.

The article continues on but what had me thinking was the comment "dismissed because there are many other things" What things?

Does that mean pregnant women should not go through the scanners at the airport?

What about the impacts of environmental insults? Or radiation through your car window if you commute daily? Sun exposure? Food pasteurization? Living close to a nuclear power plant? Or like my hubby in the early years who worked on a nuclear power plant?

It has been 17 years since I had Abby- it was scary enough back then to be pregnant- I think being pregnant today must be a terrifying experience for any parent who reads any of these health warnings.

This article does leave me wondering if the steak sauce I craved, or the ribs, or the cookies and who knows what else may have triggered Abby's mitochondrial depletion issues in the womb- I wonder if science will be ever able to unravel the mystery?


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