TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: "Smog" From Mobile Phones "Smog" From Mobile Phones

Marcus Didius Falco (
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 20:50:44 -0500

"Smog" from mobile phones makes you suicidal

Cell phones have been blamed for many ills, including
htm making children fat, causing poor sleep, making one senile', leading to a
sex disease or, bringing on
Alzheimer's -- even Electromagnetic "smog" from mobile phone networks and
whitegoods could affect mood and behaviour, a psychiatrist says, reports Sydney Morning Herald via

Michael Berk, of the University of Melbourne, has found a link between
the suicide rate and increases geomagnetic storms, triggered by solar

Professor Berk, who treats patients with bipolar disorder, analysed
suicides in Australia from 1968 to 2000 and matched them to data on
solar flares.

The finding meant it was feasible that electrical and communications
equipment could affect mood, Professor Berk said, though not
inevitably for the worse."

John McGrath, professor of psychiatry at the University of Queensland,
said the finding was important but it was hard to know how magnetism
might biologically affect suicidal behaviour."

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