This study is pretty important.
It’s talking about whether radiation from cell phones hurts the male reproductive system.
As the authors point out:
It is important to note that many men carry their cell phones in a trouser pocket (or clipped to their belts on waist) while using a hands-free device such as Bluetooth.
This technology exposes the testes to more high power density cell phone radiation…Due to this reason, investigating effect of RF-EMW on male fertility is also important.
It’s also important to realize something that I’m constantly emphasizing with men that I work with.
The human body only pours resources into reproduction when everything else is doing well healthwise.
So if you’ve got some kind of health issue, this may be why you’re sexual performance isn’t as good as you want it to be.
The body can only do so much.
So if it is working on other health issues, the body doesn’t have resources for what it regards as “reproduction.”
This is true whether you’re trying to make a baby or just experience the greatest pleasures in life.
But what does this have to do with cell phones?
It does seem that cell phones cause what scientists call oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress results in the release of extremely powerful free radicals called superoxides.
And free radicals are known to contribute to cancer and other illnesses.
Oxidative stress also prevents the cell from working at its best.
The cell stops creating enough energy to sustain life most efficiently and effectively.
Cells that have oxidative stress are more likely to turn cancerous.
Cell phone radiation causes production of extracellular superoxide. This effect on NADH oxidase can lead to oxidative stress and subsequent carcinogenesis.
animal studies have shown that OS [oxidative stress] develops in response to cell phone radiation.
This situation isn’t looking good at all for those of us who carry our cell phones in our pockets or on our belt.
For similar reasons, I caution you never to carry a cell phone in your shirt pocket.
These pockets are usually on the left side, right above your heart.
And you don’t want all that radiation penetrating your heart, do you?
But this radiation also hurts your brain.
Animal studies showed that when rats were exposed for two hours to similar radiation, they experienced
an increase in single and double-strand DNA breaks in the brain cells.
That can’t be good either.
Most cells can repair DNA single-strand breaks, but not double-strand breaks.
However once too many DNA strands get broken, cells have a hard time with even single-strand breaks.
The cell only has so much capacity to repair itself.
Once the repair capacity of the cell is exceeded, then the cell will die.
Now let’s talk about male reproduction and cell phone radiation.
A study in an infertility clinic of 361 men found that these men suffered significant issues as the result of cell phone use.
The use of cell phones adversely affects semen quality by decreasing sperm count, motility, viability and morphology, which might contribute to male infertility.
It is hard to do controlled studies where some people don’t use cellphones because EVERYONE uses cell phones.
Nevertheless, the evidence that cell phone radiation lowers sperm motility, and semen quality seems compelling.
And cell phone radiation can affect you in other ways as well.
There is evidence in several studies for damage to the epithelium in the human testicles and perhaps in the human penis.
The epithelium is the thin outermost layer of skin and some organs.
Again it is difficult to do controlled studies for this sort of issue.
It’s very hard to find any man who doesn’t use a cell phone.
But, the evidence seems compelling and will probably continue to be studied.
Another problem that cell phone radiation causes for our reproductive organs is its effect on PKC.
Protein kinase C (PKC) is a protein that is helpful in controlling other proteins.
PKC is especially important for human reproduction.
Several studies have found that radiation from cellphones can cause declines in sperm motility by affecting PKC.
Mobile phone-altered PKC activity has been linked with various types of malignancies.
But our focus today is on the big question.
Can cell phones cause cancer?
The study authors note
cell phone radiation can cause DNA damage to accumulate in the cell and trigger uncontrolled cell proliferation.
Uncontrolled cell proliferation is technical speak for the way that cancer cells reproduce.
Part of what makes them cancer is their out of control reproduction.
So, carrying a cell phone in your pocket in your pants may not be a wise thing.
And talking on a headset may not be good if the phone is still sitting in your pants pocket.
It makes sense to make sure that you’re not always putting the cell phone in your waist pocket.
Because if you are keeping it in your pocket, you may be hurting your reproductive system.
Pathophysiology of cell phone radiation: oxidative stress and carcinogenesis with focus on male reproductive system