Here is the latest in research on the
safety of cellular telephones
10 November 2009
World Health Organization Says
'Cell Phones Can Cause Brain Cancer'
Virginia Hopkins, citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) The results of the decade-long Interphone study on cell phone
safety are that heavy cell phone use increases the risk of developing brain
tumors later in life. The study, which focused on three types of brain cancer
and tumors of the parotid gland, found a significant increase in cancer after a
decade or more of cell phone use.
a cell phone tower connects with a cell phone, electromagnetic radiation is
created. When the cell phone is held against the ear, this radiation penetrates the
brain, particularly in children.
to the Daily Telegraph in London, the World Health Organization (WHO) will
soon publish the results of the Interphone study, which was conducted in 12
countries by the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC). Head
researcher Dr. Elisabeth Cardis told the Telegraph, "In
the absence of definitive results and in the light of a number of studies which,
though limited, suggest a possible effect of radio frequency radiation,
precautions are important. I am therefore globally in agreement with the idea of
restricting the use by children, though I would not go as far as banning mobile
phones as they can be a very important tool, not only in emergencies, but
also maintaining contact between children and their parents and thus playing a
reassurance role. Means to reduce our exposure (use of hands-free kits and
moderating our use of phones) are also interesting."
results from the Interphone study follow closely on research published in the
Oct 13 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which reviewed
existing research on the association between cell phones and brain tumors.
It found that when just the well-done studies were included, there was
18% increased risk of brain tumors in cell phone users, and that they
tended to occur on the side of the head that the cell phone was used
the United States, which did not participate in the Interphone study, there are
270 million cell phones in use. Senator Tom Harkin, now head of the
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has promised to probe
more deeply into the question of a link between cell phones and brain
no argument that cell phones emit an electromagnetic field, a form of microwave
radiation, that enters the brain when the cell phone is held against the ear,
and there's good research showing that the field does affect brain function.
Although research has not shown that short term cell phone use causes
cancer, a large population study from Sweden has shown that people who use cell
phones for more than ten years on the same side of the head have a 40% higher
risk of certain types of brain tumors. The Interphone study adds to this
evidence. Cell phone users can distance the brain from electromagnetic fields by
using the speaker phone function, a headset, or by texting.
use of mobile phones may be linked to cancer," by Martin Beckford and
Robert Winnett, Daily Telegraph, London, 24 Oct 2009: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo... "Cancer
Cell Phone," by Tom Pettifor, Mirror.co.uk News, Oct 26, 2009: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-st... "Mobile
Phone Use and Risk of Tumors: A Meta-Analysis," Seung-Kwon Myung, Woong Ju,
Diana D. McDonnell et al, Journal of Clinical Oncology, published online October
13, 2009, DOI:10.1200/JCO.2008.21.6366
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH
Director, Centre for Environmental Oncology of
UPCI talks about the link between cell phones and cancer.
Dr Devra Davis was also featured on CBC
Marketplace's feature on Generation Cellphone: What you're not being told
about kids and cell phones - Jan 23 2009.
Swedish cancer specialist Dr Lennart Hardell
says: "The brain has the highest exposure on the side where the phone
is held. Furthermore, the brain of a child is more exposed to microwaves than
the brain of an adult. The bone is thinner and a smaller brain permits deeper
penetration. A recent French study showed that children might be twice as at
risk as grown-ups, which is worrying." firstname.lastname@example.org
you only want a cellphone for emergencies, just
keep a charged one in your car. You can always
use it to dial 9-1-1 for free. You don't need a monthly
plan - the phone will connect to emergency
services (though you'll need to tell the emergency
dispatcher where you're located, since the system can't
track a call made via a cellphone)
Cell / Cordless Phone Radiation In The News
2009, On January 23, CBC TV's 'Marketplace' broadcast another show on Cell phone
2005, CBC TVs 'Marketplace' broadcast a show on Cell phone
They provided four very good tips:
Use your antenna when using your cell phone
The radiation is greatest as your phone is
seeking a connection at the beginning of the call - put the phone to your
ear after it has connected
Radiation is greater when you have few bars
shown as your phone is trying hard to keep connected - use your phone when
all bars of power are shown
Use your cell phone as little as possible -
use a 'land phone' whenever available
2000, April 24 - Senate
Business and Professions Committee:Senator Hayden presents actual photos of Radiation entering an Adult
Brain, as well as the Brain of a 5-year old child: The depthof
penetration is markedly more in the child than the adult. Proving
radiation from cell phones penetrates the human brain.
Actual Thermal Images:
estimate of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation from a cell phone based
on age (Frequency GSM 900 Mhz) (On the right, color scale showing the Specific
Absorption Rate in W/kg) source:
images of the radiation absorbed by the brain
Radiation emitted by a mobile phone penetrates the head and neck of the user
when it is in use. The effects of the radiation and standards used to measure
the effects on the human body have yet to be agreed upon by scientists,
regulatory agencies, engineers and those in the medical profession.
Cell Phone Use in
Both Volkswagen and Audi included warnings in their car manuals to avoid
using mobile phones in cars, not from an accident perspective, but due to the
possibilities of affecting car electrical systems and also human health.
Volkswagen say that usage without a separate external antenna"can be injurious to health due to the extremely high
electromagnetic fields generated”.
Apparently they've measured radiation levels increasing by a factor of up to
10 as a result of what they call a resonance effect.A sort of acceleration caused by the fields being trapped inside the
metal body of the vehicle.