Carrying a Cell Phone Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Uh-oh. Apparently a recent study yet to be expanded on indicates that men who carry cell phones in their pockets for a good portion of the day have a higher risk of getting erectile dysfunction:

As reported in the Environmental Health Trust’s latest newsletter, cell phones have now been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED). While numerous studies have shown that cell phone radiation leads to human sperm death and damage and decreased fertility, the new report of increased erectile dysfunction is sending shock waves through the men’s health community.

I find that last sentence to be grimly humorous. “For years, we’ve been told that cell phone radiation was bad for a man’s sperm count, but no one really cared about that. Free birth control. We were told that cell phone radiation was also linked to cancer. No big deal—gotta die of something. Erectile dysfunction? Horror of horrors! I don’t want my sex life to be affected. We need to look into this immediately!

Stupid. The results of the study are currently inconclusive, but it looks like similar men who carried active cell phones on their person for longer periods of time each day had a proportional increase in erectile dysfunction than men who carried them for shorter durations.

I suspect that the cell phone industry won’t be very happy about this initial findings. Any day now, competing statistics and studies will probably “pop up” to let us know that cell phones actually increase virility and sex appeal.

But I for one think that maybe we should have considered the longterm adverse effects of cell phones before we erected cell phone towers every ten feet and surgically implanted phones into the sides of our heads. Though I think cancer is a much more serious issue than erectile dysfunction, if ED is what it takes to get people to look into this, I guess I can let it pass for now.