Cell Phone Dangers

I’ve been hearing and reading information regarding the EM (electromagnetic radiation) that we are all exposed to for some time now.  The danger is real, while the effects are not entirely understood (or at least obfuscated by industry).

Cell phones, in particular have become ubiquitous, especially among the younger generation.  Here is a list of the risks involved from Natural News:
Using a cell phone regularly ““ even a modern one ““ raises the risk of developing a brain tumor for many users, a new Finnish study published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The study, done by a collection of researchers from many universities and led by Anna Lahkola of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland, found firm corollary evidence that using a cell phone causes the risk of getting a brain tumor called a glioma to rise by 40 to 270 percent on the side of the head preferred for using the phone.

“¢ The study compared 1,521 cellular phone users who received a glioma to 3,301 control participants without tumors.

“¢ For people who have used a modern cellular phone for more than 2000 hours in their lifetime, the risk of getting a brain tumor rose by 270 percent.

“¢ The study is considered the second that firmly correlates cell phone usage with an increased risk of developing certain brain tumors.

“¢ The risk was highest among people under the age of 20.

“¢ Older-style analog cell phones already have been shown as a source of brain tumors, but even with the development of digital cellular phones, the risk is still there.

“¢ According to a scientist associated with the web site foodconsumer.org, the study results should not make readers assume that ten years of cell phone use will correlate to an immediate tumor, but that the tumor will show up later than that.

“¢ Mobile phone manufacturers have tried to suppress the dangers of mobile phones by funding their own distorted research that concludes the phones are perfectly safe.

“¢ All people — but children and teens especially — should be warned against using mobile phones due to the increased risk of brain tumors.

“¢ Cell phone usage is shown to increase your risk of a brain tumor.

In as little as 10 minutes of cell phone usage can trigger changes in brain cells linked to cell division and cancer, suggests a new study conducted by researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and published in the Biochemical Journal.

Previously, advocates of cell-phone safety have maintained that the phones cannot cause brain damage because the microwave radiation that they emit is at a level too low to heat the body’s cells. But in the new study, changes in biological processes began at an energy level even lower than that used by a typical phone, even without heating occurring.

“Safety guidelines assume [that] health effects from mobiles can only occur when significant heating of body tissue occurs. [But] this study shows biological changes in response to low-level mobile phone radiation — something that could potentially have implications for health,” said Graham Philips of the British nonprofit Powerwatch.

Researchers exposed both human and rat cells to low-level radiation at a frequency of 875 megahertz, a similar frequency to that used by most cellular phones. The intensity of the radiation was far lower than that used by most phones, however.

Even so, within 10 minutes the scientists observed changes within the cells. A chemical switch regulating cell division was switched on — a switch that has been linked to a variety of cancers.

There was no direct evidence of cancer inducement in the current study. However, the researchers point out that the changes occurring at the low radiation level were non-thermal in nature, something previously said to be impossible. Thus, the study challenges the entire basis on which cell phones’ presumption of safety has been based.

“The significance lies in showing cells do react to cell-phone radiation in a non-thermal way,” said co-author Rony Seger. “We used radiation power levels that were around one tenth of those produced by a normal mobile. The changes we observed were clearly not caused by heating.”

“This helps explain why mobile phone radiation has been linked to increases in cancer tumors,” said consumer health advocate Mike Adams. “Until now, skeptics have said the radiation wasn’t intense enough to cause cells to overheat, but now we’re learning there can be significant cellular changes taking place at far lower levels of exposure.”

A remote (wired) headset can help with cell phone usage by keeping the phone away from the brain.  I don’t know yet if the Bluetooth headsets are acceptable, maybe somebody else could chime in on any dangers these might cause.

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6 thoughts on “Cell Phone Dangers

  • January 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm
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    Ok, not quite a cellphone but the same technology; at work I use a cordless phone that is linked into an alarm system & communicates with that & its base station the same way a cellphone does. I had to use it for half an hour straight one day to call for help for an elderly person, and the ear on the side I held the phone was red & swollen by the time I’d finished. About a week later, the hair behind my ear started to fall out and I ended up with a bald patch 2″ across. Nothing, not even my employer’s gentle laughter, will convince me that it wasn’t related to prolonged use of that phone in a tiny office where my head is ringed about by base stations, phones, alarms, pagers and wireless routers. 4 months later the hair is just beginning to grow back. It’s not exactly scientific evidence, I know, but I’m quitting just as soon as I can… I tell my kids, text messages only. Use the landline!

  • January 31, 2008 at 3:53 pm
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    well, for me, 2 to 3 hours per week for the past 12 years hasn’t caused a brain fart … hasn’t caused a brain fart … hasn’t caused a brain fart … hasn’t caused a brain fart … hasn’t caused a brain fart …

  • January 31, 2008 at 4:18 pm
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    I’ve been suffering for some time with some jaw pain issues, underneath the jaw. This is not tooth related. I’m not using a cell phone, but am using a cordless. I tried to see a doc about it, but it didn’t work out and still haven’t had anyone look into it’s cause. But I am a bit concerned, it’s been there for far too long.

    My phone usage some days is pretty heavy. EM radiation is reported to be a pretty serious problem.

  • January 31, 2008 at 5:59 pm
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    Plenty of things can cause pain under a jaw – grinding your teeth, TMJ, impacted wisdom teeth in motion, my mother in law had it from a stone in a salivary gland, etc. Fitting in health issue prep with all the other prepping is darn rough.

    My husband uses a cell phone a lot, for all long distance calls with clients (costs are lower than the land line). But when he can, he gets them to call him, on the land line.

  • January 31, 2008 at 6:38 pm
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    My daughter’s father-in-law died of a brain tumor last year in quite a short time from discovery to death. Guess what, he used to be an engineer for Motorola developing cell phones!

  • February 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm
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    My first wife was an early adopter of mobile phones. She carried that first 5 watt motorola bag phone for several years.
    She was finally diagnosed with a brain tumor on her dominant side, refused treatment as she was pregnant, and was dead in 6 months. The baby girl was born healthy, but shortly orphaned. Sad.
    Humans; the new crash test dummies. 🙁

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