Cell Phones, Cancer, and You

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Cell phone health risks—we told you earlier

Ok, today the mainstream, corporate-owned media covers new evidence that cell phones represent serious health risks—because a huge, lumbering mainstream international organization has finally, cautiously, weighed in (and despite another, much smaller, and more specialized international organization having weighed in years ago):

Here’s CNN:

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.

A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” ….

Of course, if you’ve been visiting WhoWhatWhy (or happened to read GQ of all things), you already knew about this 16 months ago. And you knew the risks are far greater and broader.

Here are a few snippets:

It’s hard to talk about the dangers of cell-phone radiation without sounding like a conspiracy theorist. This is especially true in the United States, where non-industry-funded studies are rare, where legislation protecting the wireless industry from legal challenges has long been in place, and where our lives have been so thoroughly integrated with wireless technology that to suggest it might be a problem-maybe, eventually, a very big public-health problem-is like saying our shoes might be killing us. Except our shoes don’t send microwaves directly into our brains. And cell phones do-a fact that has increasingly alarmed the rest of the world….

Though the scientific debate is heated and far from resolved, there are multiple reports, mostly out of Europe’s premier research institutions, of cell-phone and PDA use being linked to “brain aging,” brain damage, early-onset Alz­heimer’s, senility, DNA damage, and even sperm die-offs (many men, after all, keep their cell phones in their pants pockets or attached at the hip). In September 2007, the European Union’s environmental watchdog, the European Environment Agency, warned that cell-phone technology “could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol.”

Perhaps most worrisome, though, are the preliminary results of the multinational Interphone study sponsored by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in Lyon, France. (Scientists from thirteen countries took part in the study, the United States conspicuously not among them.) Interphone researchers reported in 2008 that after a decade of cell-phone use, the chance of getting a brain tumor-specifically on the side of the head where you use the phone-goes up as much as 40 percent for adults. Interphone researchers in Israel have found that cell phones can cause tumors of the parotid gland (the salivary gland in the cheek), and an independent study in Sweden last year concluded that people who started using a cell phone before the age of 20 were five times as likely to develop a brain tumor. Another Interphone study reported a nearly 300 percent increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a tumor of the acoustic nerve.

You can read more about the World Health Organization’s analysis here.

Once again, it has taken a very, very long time for some urgently important information to be addressed, however tepidly, by the establishment in a way that it can be shared by the big corporate media with the people. Hence, for the public at large to learn of this hazard.

That’s why we started WhoWhatWhy. Because we know that if risk-averse corporate news organizations are reticent to talk about consumer devices from a single albeit powerful industry, just imagine what they won’t tell you about our political systems, or our planet.

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  3. Matt Prather says:

    1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_auditory_effect
    2: http://jap.physiology.org/content/17/4/689.abstract?sid=7c073ad2-6324-4b47-94e1-124dc0a5f154
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    “Voice to skull” technology.

  4. Brian Mcgee says:

    I Think Comes Back The Gorilla In The Room… MONEY IN OUR POLITICS!!!

    Industry Is Great Industry Is Awesome But It Doesnt Matter What Service Or Product It Is If Money Controlls Our Politicains And Politicians Control Regulation… BIG MONEY WILL ALWAYS CONTROL REGULATION!!!

    Saying This In This Country Also Makes You Sound Like A Conspiracy Theorist But Its Just The Most Obvious Redundantly Logical Issue There Is.

  5. KGB says:

    Hey wait a minute… doesn’t stating that backed up by actual evidence make them “conspiracy theorist nut-jobs”?

  6. Tylergeringer says:

    this shit is as gay as michael jackson claiming he was just “giving a kid candy” all these gay ass scientist need to stfu and stop trying to get attention. now a days, literally EVERYTHING kills you.

    • russwnyc says:

      Mr. Holst, two comments. (1) your choice of language with which to communicate betrays a certain lack of both balance and manners (2) the person you site at the link is “pseudonymous”–so you have no idea whether he knows what he is talking about. In addition, there are numerous european scientists and scientific bodies that have been much more certain on the links than the WHO. if you’re open minded, you will poke around a bit more and consider how many european localities have taken action on cell phone towers etc based on research.

  7. If something is of great
    utility (usage, etc), it will surely have its own problems as well; cell
    phones are no exception. Asking a person never  to use his cell phone will seem ridiculous in
    today’s world in spite the common buzz of the various cancers that might arise
    due to excessive usage of the mobile phones. With the cell phones penetration
    into every corner in life where this kind of connectivity was not even thought
    off during the wired days, the mobile phone is a part and parcel of life that
    is equivalent to your personal vehicle. The cell phones are a handy device in
    case of emergency that’s inevitable in the present scenario. However, I think,
    if using a Bluetooth or a earpiece that moves away the user’s head from the antenna
    can reduce the RF(Radio Frequency) electromagnetic waves, then it’s worth a practice
    to keep ourselves at bay from the carcinogenic effect.

  8. rich says:

    Here’s another good example of this. The Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune both ran stories saying that the Chicago PD had closed beaches on Memorial Day due to it being too hot and people having heatstroke. As with many others, I was puzzled, as 88 degrees does not sound too hot, and if you should find you are too hot while visiting the beach, there is usually a large body of water nearby where you can remedy the situation. 

    So these stories – which are nothing more than recycled PD press releases – did not pass the smell test. The truth came out in some Chicago police blogs I read and, in due course, in the comments on the articles themselves. The beaches were closed due to numerous instances where youths were fighting among themselves and robbing and beating passersby, and pushing people off their bikes. Obviously CPD and the mayor’s office want to keep a lid on this because it will not exactly help community relations or tourism if it gets out. Similarly the Chicago media do not report the ‘flash mob’ gangs that descend on upmarket stores on Michigan avenue, and on receipt of a text or email, all grab as much merchandise as they can and run for the exits. This has been going on for 2 years now, with no mention in the press.Imagine a situation where you have to read comments posted on a story to find out the truth behind it!