Cell Phones and Cancer
2005 Last week, a federal appeals court in Maryland reinstated
five class-action lawsuits claiming that the cell phone industry
has failed to protect consumers from unsafe levels of radiation.
Over Cell Phones and Cancer
June 3, 2008, New York Times
do brain surgeons know about cell phone safety that the rest
of us dont? Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons
told the CNN interviewer Larry King that they did not hold
cell phones next to their ears. I think the safe practice,
said Dr. Keith Black, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in Los Angeles, is to use an earpiece so you keep the
microwave antenna away from your brain. Dr. Vini Khurana,
an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Australian National
University who is an outspoken critic of cell phones, said:
I use it on the speaker-phone mode. I do not hold it
to my ear. And CNNs chief medical correspondent,
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital,
said that like Dr. Black he used an earpiece.
recent studies that suggest a risk, ... tumors tend to occur
on the same side of the head where the patient typically holds
the phone. The most important of these studies is called Interphone,
a vast research effort in 13 countries, including Canada,
Israel and several in Europe. Some of the research suggests
a link between cell phone use and three types of tumors: glioma;
cancer of the parotid, a salivary gland near the ear; and
acoustic neuroma, a tumor that essentially occurs where the
ear meets the brain. Last year, The American Journal of Epidemiology
published data from Israel finding a 58 percent higher risk
of parotid gland tumors among heavy cell phone users. Also
last year, a Swedish analysis of 16 studies in the journal
Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed a doubling
of risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma after 10 years of
heavy cell phone use.
study published in New Scientist revealed that cell phone radiation
causes human cell proteins to improperly express themselves.
Similar studies also found that the radiation damages living
DNA, creates leakages in the blood-brain barrier, and increases
estrogen and adrenaline levels, disrupting hormone balance.
to one statistic from a 2008 study, adults who use a cell
phone over the course of a decade increase their chances of
developing brain cancer by 40 percent. Even worse, a Swedish
study found that people who start using a cell phone before
the age of 20 increase their risk of developing a brain tumor
by 500 percent!
newsletter's most recent
article on this issue which includes a video that addresses
the latest report from the World Health Organization,
which has now reversed its previous position.
short 9 minute video
"Health Risks of Mobile Phones - RF Radiation Explained"
by Dr. Devra Davis
(The full one hour presentation here.)
Phones and Cancer
You Don't Deserve
Brain Cancer - You Deserve Facts!
by Amy Worthington,
2002, Idaho Observer
cell phone is a microwave transmitter and it should bear a cancer
warning! Microwave energy oscillates at millions to billions of
cycles per second. The Journal of Cellular Biochemistry reports
that these frequencies cause cancer and other diseases by interfering
with cellular DNA and its repair mechanisms. Microwave promotes
rapid cell aging. Italian scientists have recently demonstrated
that cell phone radiation makes cancerous cells grow aggressively.
Cordless phones marked 900 megahertz or 2.4 gigahertz emit the same
dangerous microwave radiation as cell phones although the signal
is not as strong.
connection between microwave exposure and cancer has been documented
for years. During the Cold War, the Soviets irradiated the U.S.
embassy in Moscow, Russia, with low level, twin-beam microwave radiation.
Two successive ambassadors developed leukemia. Other staffers also
developed cancer, or their blood showed DNA damage, which precedes
cancer. Research by University of Washington professor Dr. Henry
Lai shows brain cells are clearly damaged by microwave levels far
below the U.S. government's "safety" guidelines. Dr. Lai notes that
even tiny doses of radiofrequency can cause cumulative damage -
damage over time. He warns that public exposure to radiation from
wireless transmitters "should be limited to a minimum."
advises consumers to avoid pointing a cellular antenna toward exposed
parts of the body. How ridiculous - these antennas radiate in an
omnidirectional pattern. And independent tests show that cell phones
can also leak huge amounts of radiation from the keypad and mouthpiece.
This radiation deeply penetrates brain, ear and eye tissues, which
are especially susceptible to microwave damage. Wearing a cell phone
on your belt via a belt clip allows cell phones to deliver radiation
to the liver or kidney areas when a wired, hands-free earpiece is
used. Recent studies confirm that microwaves from cell phones and
the newer cordless phones can:
* Cause headaches
and induce extreme fatigue
* Cause memory loss and mental confusion
* Precipitate cataracts, retina damage and eye cancer
* Create burning sensation and rash on the skin
* Damage nerves in the scalp
* Induce ringing in the ears, impair sense of smell
* Create joint pain, muscle spasms, and tremors
* Cause digestive problems and raise "bad" cholesterol
* Alter the brain's electrical activity during sleep
* "Open" the blood-brain barrier to viruses and toxins
* Cause blood cells to leak hemoglobin
* Reduce the number and efficiency of white blood cells
* Stimulate asthma by producing histamine in mast cells
* Stress the endocrine system, especially pancreas, thyroid, ovaries,
1993, the telecom industry committed $25 million dollars for a series
of research projects designed to prove that cell phones are safe.
The studies proved just the opposite! They proved that federal microwave
exposure standards are dangerously inadequate. Cell damage and tumors
can be easily induced in the lab at about one third of the FCC's
exposure guidelines. The telecom boys panicked. They and their lackey
politicians and federal regulators decided the only lucrative thing
to do was to LIE and DENY. Despite damning evidence, the FDA still
fibs: "There is no reason to conclude that there are health risks
posed by cell phones to consumers." Meantime, the telecom industry
has been pressing to INCREASE BY MORE THAN TEN TIMES the allowable
human exposure to cell phone radiation!
Dr. George Carlo headed up the industry's study project. He presents
the shocking facts in his book, Cell
Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider's Alarming
Discoveries About Cancer and Genetic Damage (Carroll and Graf,
2001). A summary of Dr. Carlo's book is this: Cell phones are hot.
Adequate protective regulations are naught, and Americans are being
"fried" so that the deceitful telecom industry can rake it in! It's
dirty business as usual, and the longer the industry can con the
public, the more billions it collects.
June 16, 2002, CBS aired a Sixty Minutes segment which confirmed
the telecom industry is about as grungy as it gets. CBS producers
accused major phone service providers of cheating, scamming, forging
signatures, switching phone service without permission and lying
about charges. The attorney general of Connecticut stated that despite
millions of dollars in fines each year, these companies remain incorrigible.
Should we be trusting this industry with our brain tissue and our
very lives? Microwaves to the head are extremely hazardous to children.
Parents in some European nations are now warned to keep children
away from cell phones. A University of Utah researcher found the
younger the child, the more radiation is absorbed by the brain.
Spanish researchers have shown that cell phones can alter electrical
activity of a child's brain for hours, causing drastic mood changes
and possible behavior and learning disabilities. Scientists fear
that cell phone radiation could damage human embryos. Pregnant women
are advised to be very wary.
cell phone must greatly increase its power output to maintain communications
while inside the metallic cage of an automobile. Thus, the effect
of microwave radiation inside a vehicle is especially intense. Volkswagen
of Europe has warned that cell phone usage inside a car can be "injurious
to health due to the extremely high electromagnetic fields generated."
A good reason to get a hands-free car kit that includes an antenna
mounted outside the car.
Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority reports that one hour of
exposure to mobile phone radiation can cause human cells to shrink.
Researchers believe this is due to increased protein activity, an
indicator of cell damage.
cancer rates in the USA have increased by 25% since 1975. In 2001,
185,000 Americans were diagnosed with some form of brain cancer.
A stage four brain tumor can grow from the size of a grape to tennis
ball size in just four months. Brain tumors are almost always fatal,
and most people die within 6-12 months after diagnosis. On April
7, 2002, Sixty Minutes aired a fascinating report on brain cancer,
explaining that scientists are unsure why the incidence of the disease
is growing so exponentially. Ironically, the segment was followed
by a Sprint ad, which advised parents that the best way to keep
track of teenagers is to connect them to a cell phone! While researchers
say that radical damage to the brain can occur within the first
few minutes of conversation, telecom ads encourage customers to
spend many hours on the phone each month; even making a cell phone
your only phone. Those blazing, full-page cell phone ads in newspapers
and magazines must be the reason cell phone health hazards are almost
never discussed in the mainstream media.
excellent resource tool is Robert Kane's book "Cellular
Telephone Russian Roulette" (Vantage Press, 2001). As a
telecommunications expert, Kane presents an impressive collection
of studies showing that both government agencies and cell phone
manufacturers KNEW YEARS AGO that cell phone radiation at present
exposure levels is dangerous to human health. He notes that cell
phones would be rendered useless if their RF emissions were reduced
to safe levels.
of illness from heavy cell phone usage, and from living or working
close to powerful RF transmitters, are synchronous with numerous
cancer-related lawsuits now being filed against the cell phone industry.
The insurance industry sees big trouble ahead. Underwriters for
Lloyd's of London refuse to insure phone manufacturers against damage
to users' health. Cell phones are today what tobacco was 40 years
ago. While research and debate continues, cell phone users have
three basic choices:
heavy microwave bombardment of brain tissues until disastrous
health effects become obvious and irreversible.
2. Reduce cell phone usage to under 2-3 minutes per day if you're
not doing #3 or #4 below, and never use the phone
in a vehicle unless as part of a hands-free car kit with an antenna
on the roof.
3. Obtain a cell phone that has a built-in speaker phone. This
allows you to keep the phone away from your body when conversing.
Yes, everyone in the room will be able to hear both sides of the
conversation, but less privacy sure beats brain fog, blindness,
4. Use an earpiece or a BlueTooth device, but keep the phone itself
away from your body during the conversation... don't clip the
phone to your belt while talking.
a website offering up-to-date scientific data on microwave and other
email@example.com and ask for
free updates on important radiation issues and studies. Dr. Lai's
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
microwave energy directed at homes, offices, and schools can flow
right through windows and walls. Microwave meters and mitigation
devices are available at: email@example.com
A specialized RF meter (in the $300 range) is useful for avoiding
environmental exposure, and for keeping the interior of your home
safe. Turn your microwave meter on when you drive, and you will
discover that from coast to coast, Americans are being bombarded
with communications radiation in the microwave spectrum, just like
those unfortunate embassy workers in Moscow who ended up so very
sick. America is having a real "blast" so to speak! And it is going
to get worse as wireless technologies broaden.
is in everyone's best interest to share the above information with
the uninformed. Some people appear to have an almost pathological
emotional attachment to their cell phones. We can't save those who
would rather die than switch. But ethics compelled us to ensure
that all reasonable people have access to the basic scientific facts.
Suggestions from Health 101:
Get a cell phone that has a speakerphone built in, that way you
needn't hold the phone to your head. FYI: Some speakerphones sound
better than others; demo them before buying a phone.
Use an earpiece or BlueTooth device, but don't wear
the phone on your body while talking; use a piece of string to make
a strap so you can carry the phone while talking without holding
it in your hand, or simply lay it on a table away from you if you're
sitting. Next to using a speakerphone, this is the safest way to
use a cell phone. (And anyone who tells you that the RF waves travel
up the earpiece cord to your head, so you might as well use the
phone without the earpiece, does not know what they are talking
about. And BlueTooth devices emit an extremely low amount
of power, less than even a cordless phone, and their frequency is
lower than that of the cell phone itself, so no worries there.)
In a car, use a "car kit" that has an external
antenna. Even if you buy a magnetic mount antenna yourself, and
use a cell phone that has a speaker phone, or buy a speakerphone
add-on device, this is WAY safer than using a cell phone inside
a car. The metal body of the car reflects the RF waves, bouncing
them around the interior and exposing you to more RF energy than
if you were outside your car, especially considering that when a
cell phone is in a car, it pumps out more wattage during your call.
Even when you're not on a call, if the cell phone is on, every few
minutes it "calls" the tower and has a brief data conversation,
and you have no indication that this happens. So women, don't stow
your cell phone in your bra; evidence shows that women who do and
get a breast tumor, that tumor is exactly where the phone was kept.
And men, don't keep the phone in your side pants pocket, for reasons
explained in the below video.
Please don't be fooled into thinking that attaching a ceramic, stone,
or other gizmo to the phone, or wearing something around your neck
will lessen the cell phone's damaging effects. These "devices"
belong in the category of snake oil because they don't work and
they give you a false sense of safety. (See "Let
the Buyer Beware".)
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Abstracts with Electromagnetic Fields Research
Martin Pall - How WiFi other EMFs Cause Biological Harm
If you just want to see references to some of the
peer-reviewed papers he's written, watch the last minute and a half,
from 1:49:53 to the end.