Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Can cellphones really cause cancer?

King Features SyndicateAugust 28, 2013 

You know cellphones can cause problems — just ask Anthony Weiner — but can they cause cancer?

Another study recently tried to connect cellphone use with cancer. And while it failed to find a direct cause and effect, it did show that cellphones promote something called oxidative stress (cellphone users gave saliva samples from the side where they held their phones).

Oxidative stress (think of it like rust) can stimulate the body to produce toxins that may lead to inflammation, and cellular and genetic damage.

Even though the study didn’t definitely prove anything, it does add one more piece of information to a growing body of suggestive findings that some styles of cellphones use (is yours pinched between your ear and shoulder for hours at a time?) may be bad for your health.

So, here’s what we suggest: When you’re on your cellphone, use a wired earpiece and keep the phone away from your head.

Also, keep your cell out of your pocket and away from your waist, whenever possible. Experts say radio frequency waves that cells emit are much less likely to be harmful if the device is kept within a half-inch of your body.

Also, take cellphone breaks. Stop checking texts, email and news every two minutes, and you’ll lower your stress level. That improves everything from cardio health to brain power. And don’t use your mobile devices in any way when you’re driving. That’s probably a cellphone’s biggest health hazard.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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