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Friday 22 February 2013

A fetus isn't a brick wall

I wrote the following paragraphs approximately one year ago as my reply below various commenters at an online article in The Globe and Mail. The headline of the article was "Cellphone use during pregnancy linked to hyperactivity," and several of the commenters were performing their stale “Pfft, don’t-worry-about-it song and dance.” I don’t often participate in these comment-strings but I was appalled that these folks don’t seem to have the decency to care about pregnant and unborn people. Some of the cellphone manuals now include a phrase something like, “Keep away from pregnant and teenage abdomens.” Obviously, cellphones should be away from everyone's heads but also how often is a pregnant woman holding her cellphone directly on her abdomen - carrying it or using it to text?

Even if not 100000% proven, for 9 months someone can't justify keeping a cellphone away from a pregnant belly just in case this radiation that DOES penetrate into every person's body (including your body and including a developing fetus) and DOES interact with the cells it encounters can cause problems? Every health authority, every manufacturer of devices and supplier of services that emit this radiation will agreeably tell you that the radiation DOES penetrate into the body and DOES interact with the cells inside your body. The only controversy is around whether or not those interactions are health harm, and no one has tested pregnant women or fetuses.

We're talking about pregnant women and fetuses here; how can anyone be so inhuman as to speak as if they can guarantee that electronically-generated radiation that enters into a fetus' developing cells/body will do no harm?

Hello: it's radiation that penetrates into the body. It's radiation that is intense enough to penetrate several types of walls and fly intact for hundreds even thousands of feet through the air to a tower, and between towers/satellites/whatever to make electronic contact at even the far side of the globe where again the radiation travels intact over hundreds or thousands of feet and causes letters and pictures and sounds on an electronic device there -- I don't care what description and strengths etc. are named in everyday or scientific language, this electronically-generated radiation is capable of significant force, intensity, and action, and there is no reason to say that it would be a mistake to keep a source of this radiation away from a pregnant belly.

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