A Canadian consumer safety group has launched a Valentine’s Day campaign entitled “Don’t Kill the Love” that highlights the damage done to sperm when keeping cell phones in pants pocket.
Citizens 4 Safe Technology (C4ST), a grassroots advocacy group pushing for stricter safeguards on radiation-causing wireless technology, is urging men of all ages to “create a buffer zone between your 'junk' and your mobile devices.”
C4ST released a video that highlights the dangers of radiation for sperm. The video contains footage that replicates the results of a seminal study linking cell phone radiation to a decrease in the number of sperm and their vitality.
“People are in a romantic frame of mind on Valentine’s day,” says Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST. “It’s the perfect time for couples to decide on some safety precautions for their sperm.”
Infertility among Canadian couples has nearly doubled over the past two decades, according to the 2012 study in Human Reproduction. In 40-50 percent of those cases, the problem is with the man. Poor semen quality is the largest culprit in male infertility.
“The video is funny, but the issue is deadly serious,” says Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada. “We’re living in a world where electromagnetic radiation—from cell towers, Wi-Fi and of course cell phones—is everywhere. The effects are beginning to show. We want people to do everything they can to stay safe and lead productive lives. In this case, men need to remain vigilant about protecting their sperm.”
Davis was founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and Scholar in Residence, 1983-1993. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, 1994-99. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Davis counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank, and served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, 1983-86. Davis served as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the group awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Her organization is the only group conducting basic research on the health issues related to cell phone radiation.
“Cell phones are really small microwave radios that have never been tested for safety,” Davis said. “Cell phone radiation can be damaging, but we assume it is harmless.”
With respect to sperm, Davis said, “What we know is that when you take samples of sperm from healthy human males, and you expose them to cell phone radiation at a level that does not induce heat, you significantly reduce the number of sperm. You also increase the amount of DNA damage on those sperm, so they cannot swim as well.”
Work done at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Davis said, showed that men in their clinic that use their cell phones the most in their pockets have the lowest sperm counts. C4ST’s video was based in part on research done at the Cleveland Clinic, Clegg said.
Davis has written a book entitled Disconnect, selected by TIME magazine as a top pick. It provides shocking detail about cell phone radiation and human health.
C4ST has Five Tips to keep the Love alive this Valentine’s Day:
1. Think with your head. Keep your phone away from it.
2. A little less talk and more action: Replace a phone call with a sexy text message whenever possible.
3. Put a protective barrier between your two favorite things to play with in bed: Your lap and your laptop.
4. If no other option, keep your cell phone in your outside jacket pocket, rather than your pants pocket.
5. If getting romantic this Valentine's Day, put your cell on airplane mode. Don't Kill the Love!