Despite what the telecom industry may want us to believe, if we do the research, we find there is now an overwhelming abundance of independent, peer-reviewed studies telling us that cell phone radiation is dangerous for our health. The research links cell phone radiation with many different disorders and diseases.
Cell Phones & Cancer
Researchers of the 2012 Bioinitiative Report agree that approximately ten years of cell phone use may lead to tumors. In particular, there are significant studies that directly correlate RF radiation from cell phones with brain tumors.
Studies report that:
- The chance of developing a brain tumor goes up as much as 40% after a decade of cell phone use.
- People are 5 times more likely to develop a brain tumor if they began using a cell phone before the age of 20.
- People have twice the risk of developing the cancer known as “Glioma”, if they use their cell phones for half an hour a day for more than a decade.
- People using cell phones for 2000 hours have 240% greater risk for malignant brain tumors.
A significant report was released in 2009 by the International EMF Collaborative, a team of international EMF scientists and activists, entitled “Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone”.
Another study by an Israeli research group found that there’s recently been a sharp 4-fold increase in malignant tumors of the parotid gland on the side of the face the cell phone users generally hold the phone. Parotid tumors have historically been very rare and have shown up in people after the age of 50. Most cases since 2001 have occurred in people under the age of 20.
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Cell Phones & Low Sperm Count
Two research teams studying male fertility have discovered a link between low sperm count and RF radiation from cell phones. One study was conducted at the Queen’s University in Canada; the other at the Medical University of Graz, in Austria.
Both studies had similar results. Men who reported cell phone use had:
- lower levels of the luteinizing hormone (LH), an important reproductive hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain
- higher levels of circulating testosterone
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Cell Phones & Miscarriage
D.K. Li et al published a study in the journal Epidemiology, in which they asked over 900 women less than 10 weeks into a pregnancy to wear a monitor for 24 hours to measure exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
When they compared exposure to pregnancy outcome, they found that those with higher peak exposures had an 80 percent increase in the risk of miscarriage. The risk was even higher among women with a history of recurrent pregnancy loss and/or infertility.
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Cell Phones & Children
It is estimated that more than 31 million children use cell phones daily—close to four hours a day. Cell phone radiation danger to children is especially of concern, as children absorb 50% more radiation than adults do, as their skulls are thinner and smaller, and EMFs penetrate much more deeply into their brains. Also their brains are more conducive to radiation due to the higher water and ion concentration in a developing brain.
Brain Tumors: Brain cancer has now surpassed leukemia as the number one cancer killing children, and many scientists believe this is directly linked to the exponential increases in cell phone use and other wireless devices.
One of the most comprehensive studies testing the cell phone–cancer link on children was conducted by Professor Lennart Hardell et al in Sweden. The results of the study indicate that children and teens are 5 times more likely to get brain cancer if they use cell phones.
Autism: A study conducted in 2009 by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt on autistic children and their mothers during pregnancy shows significant results, strongly suggesting that
“electromagnetic radiation in the sleeping environment of the mothers during pregnancy, as well as electromagnetic radiation in the sleeping environment of children, may be a key contributing factor—if not a causative one—in neurological impairments in children including autism…”
Tamara Mariea, released findings from more than five years of research on clients with autism that point to cell phone radiation stress as one of the potentially major causes of the explosion of autistic cases in the past two decades.
A recent report has been published on the health effects of EMFs on autistic children, citing over 550 citations.
Behavioral Problems: Researcher Leeka Kheifets and colleagues conducted a study in which they found a link between cell phone usage and behavioral problems in children. The cell phones are either those used by the children themselves or by their mothers while pregnant. A survey in 2008 with more than 13,000 children found that those whose mothers used cell phones during pregnancy were more likely to have behavioral problems like hyperactivity and trouble controlling emotions.
This study is far from being the only one showing that the radiation from cell phones poses a hazard to a developing fetus. Studies have shown that electromagnetic fields in that frequency range can affect their liver enzymes, glands, muscles, hormone balance, and heart and bone marrow.
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Cell Phone Radiation Danger Exposed
Two books have come out in the last few years, exposing the serious nature of RF radiation danger from cell phones. In Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t be Your Alarm Clock, by Ann Louise Gittleman, we learn that we are surrounded by hazardous electronic pollution day and night, at a rate that is 100 million times greater than what our grandparents faced. Dr. Gittleman identifies the specific health concerns caused by this kind of radiation danger.
In Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, Dr. Devra Davis presents an explosive expose of how cell phone radiation damages brain cells, especially in children. Davis, formerly with the National Academy of Scientists, believes that cell phone radiation is a “national emergency.” In chilling detail, she describes the industry’s efforts to suppress research:
“Many of those engaged in efforts to study cell phone radiation have…made up their minds in advance. The fact that ready money has been there to support those who cast doubt on the dangers of radio-frequency radiation certainly plays some role in the perpetuation of their views, as it did with tobacco, asbestos, and hormone replacement therapy.”
Listen to Scientists Speak of Cell Phone Dangers
Listen to Dr. Martin Blank speak about dangers of cell phones, cell towers and
associated health effects that can lead to cancer.
FCC Standards are Way out of Date
Set back in 1996, FCC standards for wireless devices were based on studies with healthy 6’2”, 220 lbs men exposed to RF radiation for short periods of time. This is very different from the situation with cell phones today, in which people—including women, children and people in fragile health—are frequently on cell phones for hours a day.
Furthermore, cell phones in 1996 were very different from those used today. And, very importantly, the kind of radiation damage tested for was thermal—not the non-thermal kind that the researchers today who are concerned about health risks are focusing on.
Cell Phone Right to Know Act
Finally, the US government is taking notice of the research on cell phone radiation. There is currently a bill in Congress, called the “Cell Phone Right to Know Act” that would require that warning labels be placed on cell phones, warning consumers of radiation dangers. It would also start a research program to study cell phone radiation levels, along with requiring the FCC to update its standards.
Cell Phone Radiation Health Symptoms
Many health symptoms due to cell phone radiation show up early on and may precede more serious disorders and diseases. They include:
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Is Cell Phone Radiation Dangerous?
You be the judge. It’s clear that although numerous concerned scientists, doctors, and organizations are in the process of getting the information out there that cell phone radiation is indeed dangerous for our health, government regulations have not yet responded to this concern. We need to take responsibility for our own health and for that of our children.