Scientist urges Israelis to cut down on cell phone use

Friday, July 25, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli scientist whose research has found a link between excessive cell phone use and the development of both benign and cancerous tumors is urging her countrymen to practice greater moderation.

In remarks carried by Ha'aretz, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, head of the Gertner Institute of Epidemiology and the senior Israeli member of international cell phone study, noted that "in Israel we exaggerate everything we do, including talking on cell phones."

Sadetzki said she is not advocating the elimination of cell phone use, but is worried that the public at large is not even debating the possible health hazards.

Her recommendation is for Israelis to spend less time on their cell phones, and to either hold the phone away from one's head when talking or to use a speaker phone. She said preventing young children from holding cell phones to their heads is especially important.

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