by Anna Attkisson
A new book titled “Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family” by toxicologist and epidemiologist Devra Davis connects cell phones with a variety of health problems. Salon recently talked to the National Book Award finalist for “When Smoke Ran Like Water.” The author, who has spoken before Congress on the effects of smoking on cancer, uses some relatively recent studies that have tied cell phone use to rises in brain damage, cheek cancer, and malfunctioning sperm as the basis for her claims. She also points to a new small-print warning on cell phone packaging that says phones should be kept at least one-inch from the ear. And she uses the fact that many insurance companies refuse to insure cell phone companies against health-related claims as proof of her assertions as well. She is not alone in her claims of cell phone dangers, with the World Health Organization indicating that more than 10 years of use could cause brain cancer. The problem with that is proof, considering most of us haven’t been using phones for 10 years yet.
However, there’s nothing wrong with a little caution, just in case. Surprisingly she doesn’t recommend throwing out your phone. She does recommend you use a headset, text more, and keep your phone in a purse or other bag, instead of in your pocket. We have five recommendations of our own.
October 11th, 2010