An Australian brain surgeon has recommended we use mobile phones hands-free or loudspeaker if we want the best chance of avoiding brain tumours.
Dr Charlie Teo, who has often been called controversial, is Director of Sydney’s Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. Patients come to him from all over the world for radical surgery on tumours that other neurosurgeons consider inoperable. Dr Teo spoke at the Blackwood8 fundraiser at Croydon golf club, Melbourne and advised the guests to protect themselves from the slightest possibility of radiation by using their mobile phones on loudspeaker or handsfree, moving electrical bedroom equipment such as clock radios to the foot of their bed and making sure to never open microwaves before the beep has gone off to indicate the radiation has stopped.
He said, “Even though the jury’s not in, just to err on the side of safety I would try and limit the amount of electromagnetic radiation that you’re exposed to. The American government, for example, recommend that all electrical appliances should be put at the foot of the bed and not the head of the bed. Electric blankets should be turned off before you get in bed and definitely wait for those five beeps before you open the microwave. With the mobile phone I encourage you to put it on loudspeaker and step outside rather than sticking it up to your brain.”
Dr Teo also mentioned that said some hair dyes, especially red, could potentially cause brain cancer in people who were predisposed to it.
He explained, “The body needs some genetic predisposition. The hair dye, the mobile phone, they’re just catalysts but you probably need some sort of genetic aberration to get the cancer in the first place”
Research conducted by the World Health Organisation into mobile phones and their possible dangers has raised alarm bells amongst the scientific community recently.
The study reportedly found “a significantly increased risk” of some brain tumours related to use of mobile phones for 10 years or more.
Another study undertaken by Suleyman Demirel University in Turkey found wearing a mobile phone on your belt may lead to decreased bone density in an area of the pelvis commonly used for bone grafts.
Dr Teo said that having a healthy diet, practising meditation and positive thought could also be beneficial in staving off cancer. “We believe that they probably boost the immune system,” he said.
Dr Teo’s tips to reduce brain tumour risks
– Get eight hours sleep a night and eat well to boost your immune system
– Keep electrical appliances like clock radios at the foot of the bed
– Turn electric blankets off before retiring
– Put mobile phones on hands-free
– Wait until the microwave finishes beeping before opening it
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