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Editor’s note: Found this interesting Post on the, which speaks about Cell phones and the potential health risks they can have on humans. Over the last 8–10 years there has been an explosion of Cell phones in the Caribbean market, and Dominica is no exception. Nowadays nearly everyone owns one or more cell phones; but very few people know the potential health risks cell phones can have people. So I thought it would be interesting to share this article with *DW* readers.

It took years for the hazards of smoking to come to light. Now there’s debate over the safety of mobile phones, but studies on their possible health effects are far from definitive.

Why can’t we get a definitive answer about cell phones and health?

Mobile phones have been around for more than 20 years, and they’re now used by more than 3 billion people. Yet questions linger over whether mobile phones can contribute to health problems, including cancer.

The most recent alarm came from the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, who warned school employees to limit their cell phone use based on early unpublished data from scientific studies.

“Although the evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there are sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell-phone use,” Ronald Herberman wrote in a memo to 3,000 faculty and staff members in late July.

To be clear, many studies have presented evidence that cell phones are safe. Major players in the wireless industry, including Nokia, Motorola, Verizon and AT&T, say there is no cause for concern.

“The overwhelming majority of studies that have been published in scientific journals around the globe show that wireless phones do not pose a health risk,” according to a press release from the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association issued in response to Herberman’s memo.

But definitive scientific proof is tough to come by.

One key reason is that people use their cell phones, by definition, in ways that make them hard to study. We make phone calls on the go, from the grocery store or in our cars. That makes it difficult to reap the precise details important to scientific study, such as how long we use the phone or which side of the head it is pressed against.

The topic also falls between areas of scientific study, with doctors expert in the human body on one side and engineers well-versed in radio technology on the other.

Finally, time is an issue. While cell phones have been around a while, they’ve been mainstream products for only 10 years or so, and it may take much longer than that for adverse effects to show up.


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People don’t realize it, but monthly subscriptions cost way more that you think, and I’m not talking about those monthly utility bills – I’m referring to the media subscriptions. Take a look.

Businesses like Cable and Wireless used to sell single products, until they realized they could make much more money by selling a subscription. It doesn’t seem like that much when you’re only paying $24/month for your telephone line. Here’s a breakdown of what you might be spending just on media subscriptions:

  • $87/month for Internet (depending on Internet plan)
  • $55/month for cell phone – If you have a post paid account
  • $50/ average monthly cost for cable TV
  • $24/month for telephone line


EC$2592 per year

If you go ahead add in other subscriptions like your gym and you’ll be stunned. I wonder if this is one reasons why a lot of “Young Adults” are still living at home with their parents… I know of a number of 20 somethings that have to have all of the latest gadgets and 15-25K reconditioned cars, cell phone with a million minutes. 😥

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In past seven years Cell phones have become somewhat a necessity in very Dominican everyday life.

In fact cell phones has become one of the biggest consumer products throughout the Caribbean; prices of Cell phones are dropping faster than internet broadband prices.

With the all the hype on wireless technology, people are not stopping to think about the affects cell phones can have on the body, especially on your brain waves. If you’re slowing down lately at work or at school, It could be result of you using your cell phone too much.

Check out details of new research in September’s International Journal of Neuroscience. It speaks for itself, Cell phone do have advert affects on the human brain waves.

Not necessarily … if you agree that a higher focus on details makes up for slower work. Well! This trade-off still sounds a bit scary if you after a sometime reduce mental speed. Do you agree?

Studies show that long term mobile phone affects that slow human brain waves. The question left on every researcher and cellphone consumers mind…Does a slower brain wave help or hurt a person’s mental and physical health?

Could the trade-off of deeper focus benefit people more than loss of speed? I’m curious to hear your comments.

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