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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'

by 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. 

When 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. 

According 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." 

These 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 

an 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 most

In 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 cancer. 

There's 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. 

Sources: "Long-term use of mobile phones may be linked to cancer," by Martin Beckford and Robert Winnett, Daily Telegraph, London, 24 Oct 2009: "Cancer Cell Phone," by Tom Pettifor, News, Oct 26, 2009: "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 

2009 Dr 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."

  • If 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 safety.  Read more

  • 2005, CBC TVs 'Marketplace' broadcast a show on Cell phone safety

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 depth of penetration is markedly more in the child than the adult.  Proving radiation from cell phones penetrates the human brain.  

Actual Thermal Images:

Adult                                          10 Years                                  5 Years

Thermal Images

Model 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:

Computer 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 your Vehicle

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.


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