Mobile Telephones Can Cause Dizziness, Nausea and Headaches

With all of the recent negative studies an the possible risks of using mobile telephones, a UK researcher is questioning why more appropriate research is not being done in this area. According to Dr. Cox, an occupational physician, "there is good theoretical and clinical evidence to support the hypothesis that some people, perhaps 5% to 8% of mobile phone users, have transient symptoms of vestibular disturbance associated with their use." He also points to the fact that the number of people potentially affected will increase as the number of mobile phone users increase.

Many of the people affected by mobile phones have reactions, which include symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, nausea, headache, and transient confusion. The author suggests that such symptoms might be expected to arise from unilateral stimulation of the portion of the nervous sytem known as the vestibular apparatus, which assists in balance and coordination.

Dr. Cox states that the safety research required on mobile phones is relatively simple and should initiated immediately.

Occup Environ Med 2000; 57: 431