On Tuesday the World Health Organization released findings that cell phones may cause cancer and lists the mobile devices in league with such carcinogens as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. 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.”
This news does not come as a surprise to me. For many years now, friends in the scientific community have urged me to keep my cell phone and Nextel radio away from my body and especially my brain. According to an industry informant of ours, a deal went down in the industry 10+ years ago with Nextel paying large sums of money to the FCC to approve their devices even though the levels of radiation were far above safe standards at that time. Ever since, Nextel has been allowed to operate in frequencies far surpassing those deemed “safe levels”. In fact, two people I work with who carried Nextel radios on their hip were just diagnosed with cancer in that very part of their body. One is male, the other female- and both were previously healthy individuals.
Many studies have been conducted over the years in regards to the safety of cell phones and potential problems humans could face down the road. Here is a link to one such study performed in 2002 which shows major changes in mammal brains exposed to RF from cellular devices.
Results from the largest international study on cell phones and cancer was released in 2010. It showed participants in the study who used a cell phone for 10 years or more had doubled the rate of brain glioma, a type of tumor. To date, there have been no long-term studies on the effects of cell phone usage among children.
“Children’s skulls and scalps are thinner. So the radiation can penetrate deeper into the brain of children and young adults. Their cells are at a dividing faster rate, so the impact of radiation can be much larger.” said Black of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In February, a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, revealed radiation emitted after just 50 minutes on a mobile phone increases the activity in brain cells. The effects of brain activity being artificially stimulated are still unknown.
As technology becomes more and more integrated in our lives it also becomes more inseparable from us. I cannot perform my job without a computer, internet connection, and multiple cellular devices. So, if we cannot function without our devices we can at least adapt and take precautions to lessen our exposure. Following is a list of precautions you can take to lessen your exposure to large amounts of RF.
Precautionary Steps To Take
There are some simple steps that cell phone users can take to reduce any remaining risk:
- First, use a headset or speakerphone mode. That moves the phone (and it’s antenna) away from your head.
- Second, consider reserving the use of mobile phones for shorter conversations or when a conventional phone is not available.
- Third, the effects of cellular damage are greatest on growing, developing organisms (i.e., the young), so limit children’s use of cell phones!
- Finally, in a car, use an external antenna mounted outside the vehicle to move the source of the radiation farther from you!
And don’t believe the claims of conmen preying on people’s fear of radiation, selling fraudulent devices that they say protect against radiation. These useless items are mostly sold as “shields” on the Internet. Experts say none of these devices work.