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Feb 8, 2010, 11:48:28 PM2/8/10
Informant: Martin Weatherall

Monday, February 8, 2010

By Ben Jorgensen, Editor
The Clearwater Progress
December 24, 2002
Graphics added by blog host

Talking too much on a cell phone could make you sick. But just as with the history of cigarettes, there are plenty who deny any health dangers associated with cell phones.

Meanwhile, the cancers are starting to add up.

More and more studies are linking cell phone use to a host of cancers, behavioral issues and other disorders. The issue hit national headlines last weekend when the state of Maine began mulling a decision to put health warnings on new cell phones.

If passed, the bill would require phone manufacturers to warn customers about the potential for developing brain cancer that is associated with electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones.

More than 270 million people subscribed to cell service in the United States last year, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The health danger is especially real for children, said Professor Kjell Mild of Orbero University, Sweden, who says a child’s thinner skull is deeply penetrated by a cell phone’s energy.

Electromagnetic radiation from a cell phone can penetrate almost straight through the brain of a 5-year-old child. The impacts may also affect child behavior.

In 2008 the UCLA School of Public Health announced a possible link between cell phone exposure and behavioral problems in young children. A study conducted with University of Aarhus, Institute of Public Health in Denmark, found: “Children who were exposed to cell phones before and/or after birth tended to have higher prevalence of emotional symptoms, behavioral problems, inattention, hyperactivity and problems with peers…”According to EMF & Health: A Global Issue, research indicates that children and teenagers are five times more likely to develop brain cancer if they use cell phones.

Professor Lennart Hardell of Sweden stated that, “people who started mobile phone use before the age of 20” had more than fivefold increase in glioma, a cancer of the glial cells that support the central nervous system.

Cordless phones are not much better, producing a fourfold risk of cancer among children.

While children are more susceptible to the energy emitted from cell phones, adults are by no means immune.

A $28 million research project funded by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA) keep in mind that this is an industry-sponsored study produced surprising (to them) results:

A nearly 300 percent increase in the incidence of genetic damage when human blood cells were exposed to radiation in the cellular frequency band.

A significant increase in cell phone users’ risk of brain tumors at the brain’s outer edge, on whichever side the cell phone was held most often.

A 60 percent greater chance of acoustic neuromas, a tumor affecting the nerve that controls hearing, among people who had used cell phones for six years or more.

A higher rate of brain cancer deaths among handheld mobile phone users than among car phone users (car phones are mounted on the dashboard rather than held next to your head).

Despite such findings, CTIA was quoted in an AP article last weekend that, “The peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk.”


Perhaps they never read the 2007 BioInitiative Report. The 600+ page report documents scientific concerns about the current safety regulations on how much radiation is allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of exposure to radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields.

The report details that even low energy levels can create severe health repercussions.

The report is the product of an international group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals who reviewed over 2,000 studies on the known biological effects of electromagnetic radiation and its impacts on the immune function, the neurological system, and much more at substantially lower levels than current FCC exposure guidelines allow for industry.

The group concluded that the existing standards for public safety do not come close to protecting our health. “For emissions from wireless devices (cell phones, personal digital assistant or PDA devices, etc.) there is enough evidence for increased risk of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas now to warrant intervention with respect to their use.”

It is known that 20-80% of a cell phone’s radiation is deposited into the head of the user. Researchers have discovered that animals exposed to cell phone radiation suffered double-strand DNA breakage – the type of genetic alterations that can lead to cancer, cell death and mutagenic problems.

Many people may believe cell phones are safe because there does not appear to be any immediate noticeable effects to their health. But scientists note that many of the cancers linked to cell phone use can take 10-30 years to develop.

Tumor immunologist Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), has publicly spoken out about the dangers of cell phones, urging immediate action be taken to protect lives.

“Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn’t wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,” Herberman said.

Iowa senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, vowed to investigate links between cell phone use and cancer.

“I’m reminded of this nation’s experience with cigarettes,” Harkin said. “Decades passed between the first warnings about smoking tobacco and the final definitive conclusion that cigarettes cause lung cancer.”

While America debates the science other nations have been attempting to protect their constituents’ health. In regard to cell phone use the U.K., Belgium, Germany, France and Russia have introduced precautionary standards.

As the BioIntitiative Report concludes: “We cannot afford ‘business as usual’ any longer. It is time that planning for new power lines and for new homes, schools and other habitable spaces around them is done with routine provision for low-ELF environments.”

That was two years ago when there were millions fewer cell phones and far less saturation of EMF radiation in homes, schools and businesses. As many researchers have discovered, exposure to EMF radiation can be cumulative.

How many brain cancers will it take to change minds?

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