Cell Phones: The Cigarettes of the 21st Century
Just as the tobacco industry worked to conceal the dangers of its products back in the mid-20th century, the makers of cell phones may be obscuring the risks of their products, according to Davis, author of “Disconnect,” a silver winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Conscious Media/Journalism/Investigative Reporting. “Disconnect,” first published in 2010, and now re-issued, exposes the dangers of cell phones as well as the industry’s attempt to obfuscate those dangers.
“This is worse than cigarettes,” Davis said, “because cigarettes had no value to society. But phones are valuable.” Most people are not familiar with the fact that their smart phones come with a warning to carry the device at least 10 mm away from the body, and to use a “hands-free” option like headphones or speaker, in order to prevent overexposure to harmful levels of radio frequency energy.
Doctor Gultekin and his colleagues can’t point to the extent of the radiation effect on the human brain but the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified radiofrequency fields as possibly carcinogenic, putting you at greater risk for brain cancer.
More Recent Studies On Cell Phone Radiation Effects On The Human Body
This isn’t the first study indicating cell phones could eventually cause serious health problems. Additional studies are alarming. For example, researchers in Israel have found that one in five cases of a rare tumor in the cheek is now occurring in children under 20 years of age and it is correlated to cell phone use in that demographic.
In March, 2013 Israeli scientists reported preliminary findings of a possible linkbetween cell phone radiation and thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer has been on the rise for more than a decade in Israel, corresponding to Israelis’ increase in the use of cell phones.
A new Swedish study published in 2013 indicates that those who began using cell phones regularly before the age of 20 have more than a fourfold increased risk of ipsilateral glioma, a brain tumor formed on the same side of the head on which a person holds his phone.
A new publication on the Environmental Health Trust website (www.ehtrust.org), written by several eminent epidemiologists, concludes that “new studies released since the time the World Health Organization concluded cell phones were a “possible human carcinogen” in 2011 now indicate the cell phone radiation is a“probable human carcinogen.’”
“We base that conclusion on studies that have looked at people who started to use cell phones heavily before age 20,” Dr. Devra Davis said. “Those studies are very infrequent. But all the studies done find that those who begin to use cell phones regularly before age 20 have four to eight times more brain cancer, and also increased rates of leukemiawithin 10 years.”
A recent report in the prestigious British medical journal “The Lancet,” considered the most comprehensive and well-referenced report on this topic to date, warns that: “the potential problems from cell phones can NOT be dismissed.”
In 2008, cell phones were identified as a contributor to salivary gland tumors. Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, who testified in September 2009 at the U.S. Senate Hearing, is the principle investigator of the study that made this finding: “your risk of getting a parotid tumor on the same side of your head that you use for listening to the mobile phone increases by 34 to 58% depending on how frequently you use a cell phone”.
According to the New York Times: “The largest study of cell phone use and brain cancer has been the Interphone International Case Control Study. The authors included some disturbing data showing that subjects who used a cell phone 10 ormore years doubled the risk of developing brain gliomas, a type of tumor.”
Some studies have indicated a link between cell-phone radiation and cancer,lower bone density, infertility in men, and changes in brain activity—the latter after less than an hour of exposure. Other studies have shown no adverse health effects associated with cell-phone use, but many researchers believe those results will change after enough time passes for future studies to show the long-term effects of cell-phone use by a significant number of people.
Government Agencies – Ignoring The Danger Warnings
Meanwhile, government agencies, similar to their stance on tobacco before the evidence became overwhelming, have essentially ignored the danger warnings. Just like smoking tobacco, they fail to acknowledge that it can take from 10 to 30 years for brain tumors to develop from cell phone exposure.
Some now call Cell Phones: “the cigarettes of the 21st century.” Despite denials from most in the cell phone industry, history may be repeating itself. As more studies are released every year that implicate cell phone radiation with increases of many types of cancer.
And they are highly profitable, which may be why the industry is reluctant to admit the phones do pose risks, or to highlight the simple precautions that can reduce those risks.
Why Cell phones Emit Radiation
Cell phones are two-way microwave radios that emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation.
Additional Steps You Can Take To Reduce The Harmful Effects Of Cell Phone Use:
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Additional steps to protect against EMF:
Use the cell phone in speaker-phone mode, to reduce close-proximity exposure to your head.
Turn your phone off whenever feasible. If possible, keep phones away from your body when they are on, by not attaching them to belts or carrying them in pockets.
Try Texting, Not Talking—when you send a text message from your cell phone, you hold your phone away from your body, and far away from your head, which reduces your exposure to radiation.
Using a wired headset
Putting your cell phone on a speaker mode
Carry your cell phone in a purse, briefcase or computer bag—not in your pocket where it is pressed up against you.
Find a Strong Signal and Stay Put–When your cell phone has a weak signal, it has to work harder to transmit and receive, and that equals higher bursts of radiation. You face the same problem when you are moving quickly—riding in a car, bus or train, for example—because your cell phone is forced to repeatedly emit new bursts of radiation as it connects to different cell towers along your route.
Wait to speak and Listen–Most cell phones emit the most radiation when they first connect with the cell tower. One way to reduce your exposure to cell-phone radiation is to wait until your call has been connected before you put the phone to your ear.