25-NOV-2017: Prof Kumar warns of hidden dangers connected with cell phones
Aligarh, November 25: There is no doubt that technology makes life easier in countless ways; but if a smart phone is not kept far away from ear and body, Prof Girish Kumar (Elect. Engg. Dept., IIT Bombay) warned that the comfort and convenience of the phone might outweigh the hidden dangers connected with device.
While delivering a Keynote address on ?Cellphone/ Tower Radiation Hazards and Solutions? during the ongoing two-day ?International Conference on ?Multimedia, Signal Processing and Communication Technologies? (IMPACT?2017) in University Polytechnic, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prof Kumar said that a 400% increase in the risk of brain cancer among teenagers has been because of the excessive use of cell phones. The Conference was organized by the Department of Electronics Engineering, AMU.
Prof Kumar pointed out that children are vulnerable to cell phone radiation. ?The younger the child, the deeper is the penetration of electromagnetic radiation as children's skulls are thinner,? he said adding that cell phone frequencies can cause damage to the DNA of the body's cells.
?Radiation causes 'free radical formation' inside the body's cells; the free radicals are known to be carcinogenic,? said Prof Kumar pointing out that cell phone radiation causes irreversible damage to male fertility leading to lower sperm count in intensive users of mobile phones.
Prof Kumar stated that people using cell phones for more than 30 minutes a day for more than four years are at a higher risk of hearing loss as the cell phone radiation can cause tinnitus and damage the auditory hair cells present in the inner ear.
He further said that the frequent cell phone users are also at a higher risk of damaging their visual system. ?Cell phone frequencies damage epithelial cells and increase the temperature within the eye,? warned Prof Kumar.
He pointed out that several studies and researches have shown that cell phone radiations can increase the risk of salivary gland cancer and exposure to electromagnetic fields can cause sleep disorders and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
He also said that due to consistent electromagnetic background noise, bees and birds become disoriented and cannot return to their hives and nests. ?Researches have suggested that cell phone radiations can even have adverse effects on animals, plants and the environment,? said Prof Kumar. He advised people to not exceed phone conversations to more that 18-20 minutes a day to avoiding harmful effects.
Prof Kumar had earlier submitted an exhaustive report to the Department of Telecom, Government of India on the health hazards related to cell phone use. He is an AMU alumnus, who did his BSc (Electrical Engineering) in 1978 before moving to IIT Kanpur for his masters and Phd.
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