Save the Males! Keep your cell phone out of your pocket

Men looking to start their families can begin the effort by taking their cell phones out of their pockets and off their belts, as well as eating well and avoiding drugs, tobacco and alcohol.. a Studies in six different countries confirm, that regular mobile phone use can cut sperm count in half.

According to Dr. Devra Davis, President of Environmental Health Trust, “If you take two samples of sperm from the same man, and expose one to cell phone microwave radiation, the cell phone exposed sperm die three times faster and have many more markers of damage. A number of studies show that men that keep a phone in their pocket for over four hours per day have half the sperm count of others.”

Researchers from the renowned Cleveland Clinic discovered that keeping a cell phone on talk mode in a pocket can decrease sperm quality, “We believe that these devices are used because we consider them very safe, but it could cause harmful effects due to the proximity of the phones and the exposure that they are causing to the gonads,” says lead researcher Ashok Agarwal, the Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine in an interview with CNN.com.Download the PDF for a larger version of the poster on the right

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In the small controlled study, Agarwal’s team took semen samples from 32 men and brought them to the lab. Each man’s sample was placed into small, conical tubes and divided into two parts: an exposed test group and an unexposed control group. The semen in the test group was placed one inch from an 850 MHz cell phone in talk mode for 1 hour. They used the measurement of an inch to mimic the distance between the trouser pocket and the testes. Agarwal reasoned that many men keep their active cell phones in their pants pocket while talking on their headsets.

Recent studies from Australia’s famed Research Council Center of Excellence, led by Laureate Professor John C. Aitken have also produced stunning laboratory studies confirming that cellphone exposed sperm have three times more DNA damage than unexposed sperm, and a much impaired chance to produce healthy offspring. Another similar study carried out by Dr Imre Fejes, from the University of Szeged in Hungary, studied 221 men over 13 months and compared the sperm of “very active” mobile users, who carried their handset for most of the day, with those who did not own a phone.

Dr Fejes found men who carried a phone on stand-by through the day had significantly lower sperm concentration. Their counts averaged at 59 million sperm per milliliter of seminal fluid compared with 83 million for men not continually exposed to mobile phone radiation.
Motility – the power of the sperm to swim – was similarly affected by mobile phone transmissions. Men who made lengthy calls had fewer rapidly motile sperm, 36.3 per cent compared with 51.3 per cent for men who made no calls.

Dr. Davis explains, “Fine print warnings that manufacturers include in packaging with today’s smart phones, like the iPhone 4 advise that phones can exceed the FCC guidelines if kept in the pocket, but few people are aware of this.”

“The best solution for men and humanity is to be aware of the dangers and keep these microwave-emitting devices out of the pocket and off the body!” advises Dr. Davis.

Posted by Environmental Health Trust on January 18, 2010. 

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