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Why cell phones are the real health emergency
If you’re eager to develop diseases like brain cancer or Alzheimer’s— better yet, if you want your grandkids to boost their chances of getting these diseases—then by all means, keep using your cell phone.
For decades now, scientists have warned that excessive, long-term use of cell phones could have devastating effects on your health. Studies have linked cell phone use to everything from brain damage and Alzheimer’s, to senility, DNA damage, cancer, and infertility.
And now the preliminary results of an alarming new study show that the dangers are far worse than anyone ever imagined.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, coordinated a long-term study that involved research from scientists from 13 countries. The preliminary results of the Interphone study should make you make you think twice before using your cell phone for anything other than the most dire of emergencies. Here’s just some of what they found...
• After using a cell phone for 10 years, your chances of getting a brain tumor increase by 40 percent.
• Cell phones can cause tumors in the salivary glands in your cheeks.
• Those who use cell phones before 20 years old (i.e., EVERY SINGLE TEEN AND PRE-TEEN IN AMERICA) are 5 times more likely to develop a brain tumor.
• Cell phones can increase your risk of developing a tumor of the acoustic nerve by 300 percent.
Of course, the cell phone industry has been quick to assure us that cell phones are perfectly safe—and they waste no time citing study after study in an attempt to prove their point. Yet they conveniently neglect to mention that it’s their own industry-sponsored findings that give cell phones the thumbs up.
But there’s always more to the story—and as I dug a little deeper, I discovered that the cell phone controversy is just the latest of...
A worldwide cover-up decades in the making
Cell phones use a source of energy called electromagnetic (EM) waves, a type of microwave radiation that generates heat. For more than half a century, scientists have tried in vain to warn of the dangers of EM radiation. Time and again, their research has been covered up, minimized, or laughed at. Why? Because to face the reality of EM radiation would mean facing heavy regulations—and that would stand in the way of progress. Military bases, power lines, radios, computers—all emit some degree of EM radiation.
Over 50 years ago, neuroscientist Allan Frey was the first person to suggest that electromagnetic waves could be harmful for our health. I won’t bother getting into the geek speak involving microwave frequencies, thermal effects, and the science of bioelectromagnetics. What you need to know is this: Frey challenged the assumption that microwaves are harmless—and when he did, his colleagues hung him out to dry.
In 1975, he published a report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences showing that it is possible for radar microwaves to cross the blood-brain barrier. This was a monumental discovery showing for the first time that...
This form of energy can have devastating health effects
The blood-brain barrier is just what it sounds like—it’s a barrier in your brain that separates your brain tissue from the blood that flows through it. Without this barrier, the toxins and molecules that flow through your blood can enter the brain tissue itself, where it can literally kill your brain tissue.
When the government had its own researchers look into EM dangers, they claimed their research did not support Frey’s findings. Yet they never discussed their research methods, they didn’t share their data, and they never published their findings. Frey was then blackmailed and forced to drop the subject.
As the years went by, however, other researchers found similar results. A neurosurgeon in Sweden named Leif Salford conducted research confirming Frey’s alarming findings. In addition, he found that microwaves can kill brain cells and stimulate neurons associated with Alzheimer’s. Then, in the 1990s, biophysicist Henry Lai found that electromagnetic radiation has the potential to cause DNA damage—mutations that could potentially be passed on to your kids.
At one point, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had its own bioelectromagnetics experts looking into the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields—but I don’t know why they even bothered. When Carl Blackman’s research confirmed what Frey warned about so many years earlier, the EPA shut Blackman’s research down.
Blackman said he believed that “a decision was made to stop the civilian agencies from looking too deeply into the nonthermal health effects from exposure to EM fields. Scientists who have shown such effects over the years have been silenced, had funding taken away, been laughed at, been called charlatans and con men. The goal was to only let in scientists who would say, ‘We know that microwave ovens can cook meat, and that’s all we need to know.’“
He went on to tell of an EPA physicist who said, “The Department of Defense didn’t like our research because the exposure limits that we might recommend would curtail their activities.”
The government often relies on an organization called the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to determine what levels are safe. But as it turns out, the IEEE is made up of people from the military, General Electric, telecommunications companies, and the cell phone industry.
If you think that sounds fishy, you’re in good company. Many experts, like Louis Slesin, a Ph.D. from MIT, accuse the IEEE of being little more than...
A Trojan horse dictating public policy
And, as is usual when it comes to politics, financial interests always win out over public safety.
Now that people know the truth, will they do anything about it? Ignorance might be bliss...until you end up with a brain tumor. Or until you find yourself talking to a fertility specialist because you’re not able to conceive.
The world has become so dependent on these cancerous devices that I doubt research like the Interphone study will make a bit of difference. Regardless of their health effects, I’m afraid cell phones are here to stay.
Obviously you can’t count on the cell phone companies themselves to ensure the safety of their products—and we’ve learned that we can’t trust organizations like the IEEE to set safety standards that are in our best interests either. So, once again, it comes down to you to govern your health.
Here’s what to do:
You’ll never be able to completely eliminate your EM exposure, but there are a few things you can do to keep the damage to a minimum. You might want to pass these tips along to your kids—and grandkids—as well.
Use the speakerphone function on your cell phone. It’s the most logical—and inexpensive—solution, since it gets the phone and everything related to it away from your head.
Use a Bluetooth earpiece. You’ve probably seen these fancy newfangled contraptions people clip onto their ears. It still emits some radiation, but the experts say that it’s 100-times less than the phone itself.
Get a ferrite bead. A lot of people use wired headsets, but the wire itself still carries some radiation. When you clip a ferrite bead onto the wire, the bead itself absorbs the radiation. Get a different phone. Some phones have more radiation than others.
To check the specific absorption rate (SAR) or your phone, go to www.CNET.com.
Of course, the best solution of all is just not to use the darned things in the first place.