CNN Warns: 'Don't Eat Your iPhone'


What's black and white and red all over?
Jul 24, 2005

If CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta had his way, when you unwrapped your new iPod or iPhone this Christmas, there might be the following warning label:

“SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Ingesting or inhaling your iPhone or iPod earbuds may be hazardous to your health.”

The November 9 CNN “American Morning” warned of the dangers of iPods. The screen read “IPOD & IPHONE DANGER – CAN THEY HURT YOU?”

“Hey, if you’ve got an iPod or an iPhone, there’s a new study out this morning that’s raising some health concerns about the ubiquitous white ear phones and also what’s inside the phones themselves,” explained CNN “American Morning” co-anchor John Roberts.

Gupta reported that the cord connecting the earbuds to your iPod contain phthalates, according to the litigious Center for Environmental Health. Phthalates are a substance often used for increasing the flexibility of plastics, but according to an article on phthalates “may hinder the sexual development of mammals.”

He also reported the environmental extremist advocacy group Greenpeace had dismantled an iPhone and found traces of bromides and phthalates. No statement from Apple was included in Gupta’s segment, but he did briefly state that Apple intends to end the use of bromides by the end of 2008.

But even Gupta did not say that using an iPod or an iPhone as intended would be dangerous.

“[N]ot such good news for Apple there. But again, remember, as we've been talking about, it’s really hard to quantify just how much of a risk these phthalates are,” Gupta said “Most of the studies have been done on animals. There’s not a human trials that actually show that they might be harmful, but a lot of people worried about it nonetheless.”

Gupta also said most of the studies have been done on rodents so he couldn’t say if these chemicals were something that could cross through skin or if they were something you would have to inhale or ingest to pose a risk.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has pledged to stop using these chemicals in their products according to the Macworld Web site:

“Like all Apple products worldwide, iPhone complies with RoHS [Restriction of Hazardous Substances], the world's toughest restrictions on toxic substances in electronics,” an Apple spokesperson, told Macworld. “As we have said, Apple will voluntarily eliminate the use of PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008.”

“So the immediate takeaway is, don’t eat your iPhone or your earbuds?” asked Roberts.

“Or breathe it in,” Gupta replied.



Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices...
Aug 19, 2005
Graveyard Of The Atlantic
Cartoon anvil's falling everyday...just keep missing the stupids, paranoids, black helicopter, religious righters, extreme right wingers and extreme left wingers.


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
Aug 23, 2002
i want to eat one just so i could shit it into there hat


I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
Jun 1, 2005

Oh crap...


Registered User
Aug 26, 2002
Ronkonkoma, Long Island
I would have thought they'd go with the obvious "kids in danger" story: "Can your iPod earbuds harm your little children? Find out at 11." That actually would have made more sense, since babies will try to eat anything just to find out if it's food.


Tahini sauce in my drawers
Sep 24, 2005
If it wasn't for phthalates, bromides, and chlorine you would not have food to eat period. I think this gupta character needs to play with some mercury and a hot plate.