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Cell Phones are the
Devil's Work

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone? –
Cartoon caption by James Thurber.

But I say,'I will not pick up my cellphone even if you called the
right number. Message/Text me.'

Let's put this straight: cellphones are a threat to both your
privacy and your grey matter – in the literal way.

You go to a party and find a really beautiful girl. You know that
you have to talk to her. And that's exactly what you do. You grab
two glasses of champagne and head towards her.

Euhem,' you manage to utter. She turns to look at you. She
smiles and you hand her the champagne. Then out of nowhere, your
cellphone vibrates in your pocket.

'Oh shit!' you say. She glares at you and asks,

Damn the cellphone. What's more, it was only mum calling to check
whether you are all right.

Anywhere you go somebody can call you. Little by little, you've
become an answering machine. And you don't even have a moment for
yourself because the cellphone always rings/vibrates when you least
need it to. Because cellphones actually do obey Murphy's Law!

But then you might say that you don't even have a private life
anymore, so why bother. Well you have to know that cellphones may
damage people in other ways.

Only a small amount of energy is emitted by a cellphone. However
even this amount will cause stress responses in your cells and affect
your reflexes.

Cellphone radiation can even cause molecular changes in your cells. An experiment was performed by a Finish team to prove this. 4500
genes in human cells, cultured in laboratory, were exposed to
cellphone radiation for only 48 hours. More than 20 genes were found
to have had their activity rate interrupted. Now in your brain alone
are billions of genes. Even if a small group of cells will be
perturbed, the group isn't really small at all. It still contains
several millions of genes. Are you prepared to lose these genes and
consequently the cells then?

Cellphone radiation has yet another effect on your grey matter. It
increases blood-vessel permeability in the brain. This permits
molecules normally excluded from the brain to seep in. This same
thing happens in rats' brains. It is now thought that this breach in
the blood-brain barrier may be accompanied by the death of brain
cells. If, however, you like the fact that all types of I-don't-know-what molecules are pouring into your 'defeated' brain,
then only may you continue to use your cellphones regularly. But
don't blame me; blame yourself.

And yes; you're right! A rat's brain is not like a man's one. In
fact the energy absorbed by the rat is really low compared to what a
person gets when using a cellphone! And what if the effects add up
over time? Maybe your head will literally explode.

Neuroscientist, W Ross Adey of Loma Linda University says;

'You have to ask, "How much can people handle before it becomes a significant problem?"'

Cellphones may come in handy when you're in need. But remember
that many of your cells are dying every time you pick up the
cellphone. Hang up!

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