Monday, November 10, 2008

Cell and Cordless Phones Increase Cancer rates 4-5 fold in Children, 50% in Adults

Cell and Cordless Phones Increase Cancer rates 4-5 fold in Children, 50% in Adults

Dear friends,

I have been watching this area for a while and I am now convinced that we must dramatically reduce our exposure to electromagnetic radiation from both cell and cordless phones. Future studies will help better define the exact risk but the time to take action is now. Much of the following was from Dr. Joseph Mercola and the recent World Health Organization report (see references below)

Swedish research was reported this month at the first international conference on mobile phones and health. Professor Hardell from Sweden told the conference: People who started mobile phone use before the age of 20 years old had more than five-fold increase in glioma.
Cordless phone use resulted in cancer rates that were four times higher than expected.

A glioma is a cancer of the glial cells that support the central nervous system. The concern is not limited to just cell phones. By contrast, people who were in their twenties before using handsets were only 50 per cent more likely to contract gliomas and just twice as likely to get acoustic neuromas.

Professor Hardell told the IoS: "This is a warning sign. It is very worrying. We should be taking precautions." He believes that children under 12 should not use mobiles except in emergencies and that teenagers should use hands-free devices or headsets and concentrate on texting. At 20 the danger diminishes because then the brain is fully developed. Indeed, he admits, the hazard to children and teenagers may be greater even than his results suggest, because the results of his study do not show the effects of their using the phones for many years. Most cancers take decades to develop, longer than mobile phones have been on the market. David Carpenter, dean of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York – who also attended the conference – said: "Children are spending significant time on mobile phones. We may be facing a public health crisis in an epidemic of brain cancers as a result of mobile phone use." According to a University of Washington scientist: 70 percent to 80 percent of the energy emitted from the antenna of a mobile phone is absorbed in your head. This expert was particularly concerned about kids using mobiles because their younger skulls are thinner and their growing brains much more susceptible to radiation exposure.

Last year, a scientific review of 11 studies found that using your cell phone for 10 years or longer will double your risk of getting a tumor on a nerve connecting your ear to your brain. And earlier this year Toronto's department of public health warned that because of possible side effects from radio frequency radiation, children under 8 should only use a cell phone in emergencies, and teenagers should limit calls to less than 10 minutes. An analysis of early unpublished data, some of which shows just how much higher the electromagnetic radiation absorption rates are in a 5- and 10-year-old’s brain versus that of an adult.

Electromagnetic radiation, the data shows, can penetrate almost straight through the entire brain of a 5-year-old child.

Use “Safer Cell” Practices for both cell and cordless phones

Children Should Never Use Cell Phones Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults because of their thinner skull bones.

IF a child is going to use a cell phone, they need to at least use the speaker phone function or a safe headset, and keep the phone as far away from their body as possible.

Use a Corded Land Line at Home and Work

Do you remember corded phones? They work great when you are sitting & function during power outages.

Pregnant Women Should Also Avoid Cell PhonesWomen who use mobile phones when pregnant may be more likely to give birth to children with behavioral problems.

Use the Speaker Phone function. When I call I ask “do you have me on speaker mode?”Please do not let you loved ones keep a cell phone to their ear.

The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within that area.

A cell phone that is on in our pocket may effect reproduction. A study showed abnormal sperm movement when exposed to cell phone emissions.

Turn Your Cell Phone Off When Not in Use. As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call.

Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception is Good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.

Consider Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded -- and most of them are not -- the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient information carrying radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain. Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your ear is shielded. The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset – They are called BlueTube (instead of BlueTooth). These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head. References: