Indian Journal of Public Health

: 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 325--326

Mobile phones: Time to rethink and limit usage

Seyed Mohammad Javad Mortazavi1, Seyed Alireza Mortazavi2,  
1 Professor, Department of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering; Ionizing and Non-ionizing Radiation Protection Research Center (INIRPRC), Shiraz, Iran
2 Student Research Committee, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

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Seyed Mohammad Javad Mortazavi
Professor, Department of Medical Physics and Medical Engineering, School of Medicine, Setad Square, Shiraz

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Mortazavi SM, Mortazavi SA. Mobile phones: Time to rethink and limit usage.Indian J Public Health 2015;59:325-326

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With great interest we read an article by Paul et al. entitled "Mobile phones: Time to rethink and limit usage" that is published in the January-March 2015 issue of Indian Journal of Public Health. In this article, the authors have reviewed the adverse health effects of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation emitted from mobile phones. We are writing to express our concern regarding the opinions discussed in the paper. Although exposure to RF radiation emitted from mobile phones is associated with some known detrimental effects, in some special circumstances, these RF radiations can lead to some potentially stimulatory/beneficial effects. Over the past several years, our lab at the Ionizing and Non-ionizing Radiation Protection Research Center (INIRPRC) has performed extensive experiments on the health effects of exposure of animal models and humans to different sources of electromagnetic fields such as cellular phones [1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8] mobile base stations, [9] mobile phone jammers, [10] laptop computers, [11] radars, [2] dentistry cavitrons, [12] and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). [7],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17]

In a previous paper published by our team "Looking at the other side of the coin: The search for possible biopositive cognitive effects of the exposure to 900 MHz GSM mobile phone radiofrequency radiation" we have previously addressed some positive bioeffects of RF radiation. [18] For example, we have written that the visual reaction time of university students significantly decreases after a 10 min exposure to RF radiation emitted by a mobile phone. [3] Needless to say, a shorter reaction time helps us better respond to different threatening situations by decreasing the probability of human errors and reducing destructive accidents. Furthermore, we have shown that in radar workers, occupational exposure to radar radiations decreases the reaction time. [2] On the other hand, it has been shown that RF radiation emitted by mobile phones may play an important role in protecting against cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease. [19],[20] Recently, we have also shown that mice pre-exposed to RF radiation emitted by a common GSM mobile phone were more resistance to a subsequent Escherichia coli infection. [1] RF-induced resistance against bacterial infections may have very important applications in long-term space missions. [20] Moreover, it has been shown that pre-exposure to RF radiation may induce a significant resistance to lethal doses of gamma rays (a phenomenon that is usually called "survival adaptive response"). [4] We hope that these comments will be useful in obtaining more balanced judgment about the health effects of RF exposures in the future.

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2Mortazavi SM, Taeb S, Dehghan N. Alterations of visual reaction time and short term memory in military radar personnel. Iran J Public Health 2013;42:428-35.
3Mortazavi SM, Rouintan MS, Taeb S, Dehghan N, Ghaffarpanah AA, Sadeghi Z, et al. Human short-term exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones decreases computer-assisted visual reaction time. Acta Neurol Belg 2012;112:171-5.
4Mortazavi S, Mosleh-Shirazi M, Tavassoli A, Taheri M, Mehdizadeh A, Namazi S, et al. Increased radioresistance to lethal doses of gamma rays in mice and rats after exposure to microwave radiation emitted by a GSM mobile phone simulator. Dose Response 2012;11:281-92.
5Mortazavi SM, Mosleh-Shirazi MA, Tavassoli AR, Taheri M, Bagheri Z, Ghalandari R, et al. A comparative study on the increased radioresistance to lethal doses of gamma rays after exposure to microwave radiation and oral intake of flaxseed oil. Iran J Radiat Res 2011;9:9-14.
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11Mortazavi SM, Tavasoli AR, Ranjbari F, Moamaei P. Effects of laptop computers′ electromagnetic field on sperm quality. J Reprod Infertil 2011;1:251-8.
12Mortazavi SM, Vazife-Doost S, Yaghooti M, Mehdizadeh S, Rajaie-Far A. Occupational exposure of dentists to electromagnetic fields produced by magnetostrictive cavitrons alters the serum cortisol level. Journal of natural science, biology, and medicine. J Nat Sci Biol Med 2012;3:60-4.
13Mortazavi SM, Neghab M, Anooshe SM, Bahaeddini N, Mortazavi G, Neghab P, et al. High-field MRI and mercury release from dental amalgam fillings. Int J Occup Environ Med 2014;5:101-5.
14Mortazavi SM, Mortazavi G. Effects of X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging on mercury release from dental amalgam into artificial saliva. Oral Radiol 2014:1-2.
15Mortazavi S, Mortazavi G. Amalgam contact hypersensitivity lesion: An unusual presentation-report of a rare case. Ann Med Health Sci Res 2015;5:152.
16Mortazavi G, Mortazavi SM. Exposure to electromagnetic fields as a hazard for people with dental amalgam restorations. Int J Sci Adv Technol 2014:153-5.
17Mortazavi G, Jarideh S, Mozdarani H, Mortazavi SM. Is increased mercury release due to exposure to electromagnetic fields a limiting factor for using dental amalgam? IJRR. [In Press].
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20Mortazavi S, Shojaei-Fard M, Haghani M, Shokrpour N, Mortazavi S. Exposure to mobile phone radiation opens new horizons in Alzheimer′s disease treatment. J Biomed Phys Eng 2013;3:109-12.