The irony of the mobile phone

Posted on November 30, 2012


Ok, let me first point out that I wasn’t the one spotting the irony here. I could have, probably, and maybe I would have, had I been paying attention. Nonetheless, someone else had his eyes and ears a lot closer to the fire…so for better or worse (and until ordered to remove the name) credit to Prof. Hans Kromhout here for pointing this one out.

So it is, in an ironic way, kind of funny to just read the following two paragraphs back-to-back. And hence I thought I would copy-paste them from the relevant documents:

window-phone5New technologies for sensing chemicals that people are exposed to and their effects in the body will help scientists work towards a complete picture of how environmental pollutants influence health in a major EU initiative being launched today. Researchers will use smartphones equipped with GPS and environmental sensors to monitor potential hazards that study participants are exposed to…

… Dr Christopher Wild, the Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, who first developed the concept of the exposome and is a partner on the Exposomics project, says, “It is a major step forward to have European funding directed to this area of research, which is critical for effective prevention of a number of non-communicable diseases”.




mobile-phone-rex_1686025cThe WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.

Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices…

“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings,” said IARC Director Christopher Wild, “it is important that additional research be conducted into the longterm, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as handsfree devices or texting. “


I know, real life is a little more complicated than comparing soundbites, but still.

Hey,come on! That is funny…