Do you love your cell phone enough to get cancer from using it? If you do, then please stop reading now because what you will learn ought to scare the ‘bejeepers’ out of you and all cell phone users.
If you don’t happen to know, for most folks, cell phone use has become an addiction—really! How upset do you become if you cannot find your cell phone? How long can you go without checking your cell phone for a text?
According to a research study titled “Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain, study suggests” published November 30, 2017 by Radiological Society of North America,
Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet.
More study is needed to understand the clinical implications of the findings, but Dr. Seo believes that increased GABA in the anterior cingulate gyrus in internet and smartphone addiction may be related to the functional loss of integration and regulation of processing in the cognitive and emotional neural network.
The good news is GABA to Glx ratios in the addicted youth significantly decreased or normalized after cognitive behavioral therapy.
“The increased GABA levels and disrupted balance between GABA and glutamate in the anterior cingulate cortex may contribute to our understanding the pathophysiology of and treatment for addictions,” Dr. Seo said.
However, there’s a disclosure I have to make in the interest of transparency: I never use a cell phone (although I own one for emergency use); am perfectly content not being ‘tethered’ to a piece of technology; and my world doesn’t come to an end if I don’t hear what my friend(s) had for breakfast or how many times a friend’s cat vomited yesterday.
The real sad story about cell phone addiction is the rising rates of cancers, especially head cancers, as statistically verified in a recent report out of Sweden. That report confirmed cancers of the thyroid, in the mouth, pituitary gland inside the brain, and brain gliomas were dramatically on the increase.