More cell phone use, lower fertility?

So says a new study from the Cleveland Clinic.  I wish I could find the actual study, but it evidently isn’t on-line yet.  But, if the news reporting is accurate (a big if, I know), they haven’t shown any causation at all.  Did the authors control for lifestyle differences between men who use cell phones frequently, and those who don’t?  Common sense would say that stressful lifestyles, which are known to have adverse health consequences, are often accompanied by increased use of cell phones.  To get worried that a little bit of electromagnetic radiation is going to harm your sperm is incredibly premature.  The report quotes a skeptic, who is probably right on the money:

“If you’re using your phone for four hours a day, presumably it is out of your pocket for longer. That raises a big question: how is it that testicular damage is supposed to occur?”

The mass hysteria about cell phone radiation is almost as bad as, well, other forms of mass hysteria, like mad cow disease, immunizations and autism, genetically-modified foods, hormone-laced beef, and dare I say, global warming….

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