Katie Couric launched her new talk show yesterday, which disappointed many-a-fan expecting more of the journalistic Katie we all knew and loved back in the day. And while her first guest was none other than Jessica Simpson–talking about (what else?) her post-baby weight loss–we found Couric’s interview with Sheryl Crow more noteworthy. Especially when Crow attributed her brain tumor to her old cell phone and scared the sh*t out of us.
The 50-year-old singer opened up to Couric about the benign brain tumor discovered earlier this year. Crow theorized that that it was caused by her cell phone since the tumor was located on the side of her head where she normally held her phone:
I say it’s in my cell phone area. And there are no doctors that will confirm that.
Crow, who worried she had an early onset of Alzheimer’s, first noticed some memory issues last year. At one point while on stage in Florida, she forgot the words to Soak Up the Sun:
I felt like I was starting to become mushy. A couple of times I’d space on stage forgot the lyrics and things, so I ended up getting a teleprompter.
And Crow attributes that to excessive cell phone use during her early career:
I do have the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that because in those early, early days when I was promoting my first record, I did hours of phoners on the old archaic cell phones.
But brain surgeon, Dr. Rahul Jandial, told KTLA-5 that he didn’t believe Crow’s theory:
There is no evidence that supports cell phone use causes brain cancer. The number of brain tumors has stayed the same, even though the number of cell phones has gone through the roof and skyrocketed.
Although…the National Cancer Institute says that radiation from cell phones can be absorbed by the body’s tissues, and older technology emits more radiation.
While they say that more research is needed, it certainly makes us wonder: Is excessive cell phone use bad for your health? Are you even the least bit wary? It’s a scary thought, for sure.
Tell us what you think.