World Health Organization says maybe cell phones aren’t so good for your brain

The type of radiation coming out of a cell phone is called non-ionizing. It is not like an X-ray, but more like a very low-powered microwave oven.

But I thought this wasn’t a problem, since the radiation coming from cell phones isn’t the kind that causes cancer.

“What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain. So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones.”

Oh.

“The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

So we’re basically guinea pigs.

Why is there so much doubt behind this topic? Could have something to do with something that Lawrence Lessig usually states in his Change Congress presentations: industry funded studies usually find no links, but independent studies find links.

Edit: University of Maryland Professor Bob Park says it isn’t a big deal. Via DF.