Is Your Cellphone Killing You??
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Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 09:26:22 -0600 (CST)
From: "Roy L. Beavers" <email@example.com>
To: emfguru <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Is your cell phone killing you?? (Maxey)..
Ed Maxey has fowarded the following news item from the U.K.
......."Radio products that meet established guidelines," says Norman Sandler of Motorola, "pose no known health risk." .....
Simply NOT true, unless you define "known" as "proved." That is the industry game.... It is not a game that is in the public interest..... It is the same game as the tobacco game of the past half century.....
As you will read in the news report below, there is an abundance of evidence pointing to "a health risk" in human exposure to the cell phone technology.
Moreover, the "established standards," themselves need to be brought up to date with the latest knowledge about the bioeffects of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMF)......
Let us hope that "we" (society) have finally learned a thing or two about these word games ... that industry uses to exploit us.....
......."What's wrong is keeping the information from the public," said George Carlo...... George -- NO-ONE is more guilty of that than our government(s)!!!.......
......."Motorola was adamant that Adey never mention DNA damage and RF radiation in the same breath," says Jerry Phillips (PhD) who worked with Dr. Ross Adey (MD) of the University of California at Riverside, on the Motorola-funded research contract.....
....Just another example of the kind of problem we (society) get into when we leave it up to industry to fund the research about the health or safety of the products industry sells.....
So, what did the FDA do just this past week??? They entered into a (five year) contract with CTIA, the trade association of the cell phone industry, to conduct this research..... God help us!!!
Our government is not just corrupt, irresponsible and dishonest ... our government is stupid!!!! ......(Both the "press" and the congress need to get on this story.)
Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
People are more important than profits!!
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Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 08:44:44 -0600
From: Edward S Maxey <email@example.com>
Subject: PC Computing magazine
Prof. John Clark sent this over this morning. Perhaps it will interest folks on your list.
Source: PC Computing, Published: November 5, 1999
Radar: Is Your Cell Phone Killing You?
PC Computing : It's the must-have accessory of the late 20th century. It confers status and power. It gives you access to the world wherever you are, whenever you want. But what if it's producing a tumor in your brain the size of a golf ball?
More than 80 million Americans use a mobile phone. By 2002 another 30 million people will be signed up for service. Yet there's mounting scientific evidence that using a mobile phone is risky. After all, "for the first time in history, we are holding a high-powered transmitter against the head," said Ross Adey, a professor of biochemistry at the University of California at Riverside. And that transmitter is about an inch from your brain.
When you talk on your mobile phone, your voice is transmitted from the antenna as radio frequency radiation (RFR) between 800MHz and 1,990 MHz a range that's right in the middle of microwave territory. Not surprisingly, it now appears that exposure to this micro wave RFR may have serious health consequences. In 1993, following a lawsuit filed by a Florida man who claimed his wife's brain tumor had been caused by her mobile phone, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) formed Wireless Technology Research (WTR) and granted it more than $25 million to study possible health risks of mobile phone use. After six years of study, WTR made some startling conclusions.
"We found evidence of genetic damage in human blood," said George Carlo, WTR's chairman. "We have suggestions of excessive mortality from brain cancers among wireless phone users, and we have very clear evidence of a statistically significant higher risk of neuroepithelial tumors. We now have more data suggesting problems with wireless phones than the FDA had when it banned silicone breast implants."
So why isn't the cellular telecommunications industry acting? The WTR research was funded by the CTIA, which is bankrolled by the companies that produce mobile phones and communications infrastructure. The CTIA hasn't exactly encouraged publication of the results.
Motorola, a member of the CTIA and the world's No. 2 manufacturer of mobile phones, has funded extensive research programs to explore possible health effects associated with the use of mobile phones. "Radio products that meet established guidelines pose no known health risk," said Norman Sandler, director of global strategic issues for Motorola. The company can provide reams of study results that indicate an unequivocal absence of health risks. A few questionable results have been either deemed statistically insignificant or earmarked for further study.
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Jerry Phillips, who has a doctorate in biochemistry, worked with U.C. Riverside's Adey on Motorola-funded research beginning in 1991. "The relationship [with Motorola] was pleasant for the first few years, until we began to get some data," said Phillips. Things shifted when RFR exposure was linked to changes in the incidence of brain tumors in rats. "Motorola was adamant that Adey never mention DNA damage and RF radiation in the same breath," Phillips said.
"Motorola has been manipulative of research that we and others have reported to them," said Adey. "Essentially they cut us off because we were too inquisitive." Motorola's Sandler vehemently denies this claim.
Interestingly, one of Adey's studies found that certain frequencies of RFR actually decreased the incidence of tumors in rats. You'd expect this to be fantastic news for Motorola. Imagine an ad campaign touting the health benefits of mobile phone use. But Adey said the company was unwilling to recognize results that indicated any biological effects of RFR whatsoever, either positive or negative.
Phillips, Adey, and others said they see a strong parallel between what's happening now and the decades of denial by the tobacco industry in the face of mounting scientific evidence that tobacco was harmful. Jo-Anne Basile, vice president of external and industry relations for the CTIA, strongly disagrees.
"A more inaccurate comparison could not be made," she said. "The industry has never tried to withhold any information or any negative comments. "
It's still unclear exactly how RFR exposure and cancer may be linked. When you're talking on your mobile phone, some 40 percent of the radiated energy is absorbed by your head and hand. But the level of radiation generally isn't enough to produce significant heat in the human head. So what's causing problems? "That's the big question," said Phillips. "If I knew, I'd be shaking hands with the king of Sweden instead of worrying about funding research."
Many signs point to DNA damage as the likely culprit. Adey has found a link between low-intensity microwaves and DNA damage in rat brain cells. Phillips suggests that RFR may not damage DNA but may somehow hinder the ability of DNA to repair itself when it's damaged by natural causes.
"What we need to know is whether there's a direct interaction between RFR and DNA," said Phillips. Phillips said that like Carlo and Adey, he is not on a mission to bring down the telecommunications giants. In fact, all three researchers own mobile phones that they use on a limited basis. What they said they would most like is for the industry to accept their findings, allow them to be made public, and then let consumers decide how to react.
"What's wrong is keeping information from the public," said Carlo.
The telecommunications industry and research scientists agree that more work is needed. One major study, led by the World Health Organization, is investigating RFR exposure, but results aren't due until 2005. In the meantime, there's a quick and inexpensive way for mobile phone addicts to limit exposure to RFR: Use a headset. Some are so small that they consist of an ear bud and a lapel microphone, allowing the phone to be positioned safely away from the user's head. And that's the best place to keep it while the jury deliberates.