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Cellphones ‘possibly carcinogenic,’ WHO says – Washington Post

users might consider common-sense precautions such as texting more instead of talking and using a headset to keep the phone farther from the head to minimize exposure.

By Rob Stein, Published: May 31

An international panel of experts has weighed in on the controversy about cellphone safety — and come to a conclusion that falls far short of recommending that consumers put down the devices, although it may make them more anxious.

Cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, according to the panel organized by the World Health Organization. But an exhaustive, eight-day review of hundreds of studies concluded that the existing evidence is insufficient to know for sure. And because cellphones are so popular, further research is urgently needed, the experts said.

“Possibly carcinogenic” is the WHO’s third-highest rating, falling below “carcinogenic” and “probably carcinogenic” but above “not classifiable” and “probably not carcinogenic.” Other substances that the group has categorized as “possibly carcinogenic” include talcum powder, which has been possibly linked to ovarian cancer, and low-frequency magnetic fields, which are emitted by power lines and appliances and have been possibly associated with childhood leukemia. Continue reading

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world wide concern over protecting children from mobile phones and wi-fi

The UK Chief Medical Officers strongly advise that children and teenagers under 16 should not use mobile phones except for short essential calls.

The European Parliament voted in September 2008 by a very large majority to recommend tighter safety standards for mobile phones and other wireless technology (including wi-fi and DECT cordless phones) particularly to protect vulnerable groups like children. It points out in particular the need to “address vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, newborn babies and children”

The Parliament commented on the Bio-Initiative international report and stated that:
“the limits on exposure to electromagnetic fields which have been set for the general public are obsolete” and called upon the Council to “set stricter exposure limits for all equipment which emits electromagnetic waves …”

The German government’s health protection agency recommends the public reduce their exposure to high frequency radiation to minimise health risks. It recommends:
• remove cordless DECT phones
• use cabled connections rather than wifi and bluetooth
• site wi-fi access points away from people, including at work
The Frankfurt City Government and the Bavarian Parliament have recommended against installation of wi-fi in schools.

The French government has announced that it is introducing legislation to ban advertising of mobile phones to children under 14. The French Senate is also pressing for a ban on the use of mobile phones in primary and middle schools.

Over the Christmas period 2008/9, the French city of Lyon ran an advertising campaign to dissuade parents from buying mobile phones for their children:

French national libraries (BNF) has imposed a moratorium on wi-fi networks in French libraries following a moratorium in Paris libraries after staff reported ill effects.

A town in France (Hérouville-Saint-Clair) is removing wi-fi networks from all its schools before the end of the 2009. “We are going to apply the precautionary principle. Our job is to protect people’s health,” declared the mayor Rodolphe Thomas in April 2009. The council is also launching a campaign to inform the public about precautions for protection from radiation

The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, with the the equivalent role of our Health Protection Agency, has expressed concern at the marketing of mobile phones to children and teenagers and has stated that it believes that the risk to children from mobile phones is not much lower than the risk to children’s health from tobacco or alcohol.

The Committee explains this high potential risk as follows:
• the absorption of electro-magnetic energy in a child’s head is considerably higher than that in the head of an adult (a child’s brain has higher conductivity, smaller size, thin skull bones, smaller distance from the antenna etc.)
• children are more sensitive to electro-magnetic fields than adults
• childrens’ brains have higher sensitivity to the accumulation of the adverse effects from chronic exposure to the electro-magnetic fields
• electro-magnetic fields affect higher nervous activity
• today’s children will spend a longer time using mobile phones than today’s adults will do
The Committee states that children mobile phone users are likely to face the following hazards in the near future:
• disruption of memory
• decline of attention
• diminishing learning and cognitive abilities
• increased rritability
• sleep problems
• increase in sensitivity to stress
• increased epileptic readiness
It states that children have the following possible long-term health risks:
• brain tumors
• tumors of acoustical and vestibular nerves (at age 25-30)
• Alzheimer’s disease
• dementia
• depressive syndrome
• other types of degeneration of the nervous structures of the brain (at age 50 to 60).

The Indian Ministry of Telecommunication has recommended that children under the age of 16 should be discouraged from using cell phones

The Israeli Ministry of Health has recommended limiting children’s use of cell phones, avoidance of cellular communication in enclosed places such as elevators and trains, and use of wired, not wireless, earpieces.

The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) has advised that children’s mobile phone use should be restricted.

The Authority says that children will have more time to use a mobile phone for a longer period of time than adults. The long-term risks from the use of mobile phones can not be assessed before the phones have been in use for several decades. Additionally, children’s brains are developing up to the age of 20 years.

“With children, we have reason to be especially careful, because there is not enough research on children’s mobile phone use. Unfortunately, it will not be easy to obtain this information in the future, either, because of ethical considerations, the use of children as research subjects must always be heavily justified”, according to STUK research director Sisko Salomaa.

The Authority suggests that the children’s mobile phone use could be restricted in the following ways:
• favouring the use of text messages rather than calls,
• parents limiting the number of calls and their duration,
• using hands-free devices
• avoiding talking in an area with low connectivity or in a moving car or a train.

from wiredchild

Gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are carcinogenic and genotoxic; safe dose is zero

RF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells.

The telecommunications industry knows this thanks to its own six-year, wireless technology research (WTR) study program mandated by Congress and completed in 1999.

Dr. George Carlo, confirms that exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is “potentially the biggest health insult” this nation has ever seen, a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.

ECOLOG found over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by wireless technology.

Because gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are identically carcinogenic and genotoxic to the cellular roots of life, the safe dose of either kind of radiation is zero. No study has proven that any level of exposure from cell-damaging radiation is safe for humans.


Read on.

The identical damage resulting from both radioactive gamma waves and high frequency microwaves involves a pathological condition in which the nuclei of irradiated human cells splinter into fragments called micronuclei. Micronuclei are a definitive pre-cursor of cancer. During the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in Russia, the ionizing radiation released was equivalent to 400 atomic bombs, with an estimated ultimate human toll of 10,000 deaths. Exposed Russians quickly developed blood cell micronuclei, leaving them at high risk for cancer.

RF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells. This was reported a decade ago by Drs. Henry Lai and Narendrah Singh, biomedical researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Singh is famous for refining comet assay techniques used to identify DNA damage. Lai and Singh demonstrated in numerous animal studies that mobile phone radiation quickly causes DNA single and double strand breaks at levels well below the current federal “safe” exposure standards.2

The telecommunications industry knows this thanks to its own six-year, wireless technology research (WTR) study program mandated by Congress and completed in 1999. Gathering a team of over 200 doctors, scientists and experts in the field, WTR research showed that human blood exposed to cell phone radiation had a 300-percent increase in genetic damage in the form of micronuclei.3 Dr. George Carlo, a public health expert who coordinated the WTR studies, confirms that exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is “potentially the biggest health insult” this nation has ever seen. Dr. Carlo believes RF/microwave radiation is a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.

In 2000, European communications giant T-Mobile commissioned the German ECOLOG Institute to review all available scientific evidence in regard to health risks for wireless telecommunications. ECOLOG found over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by wireless technology.4 Many corroborating studies have been published since. Continue reading

“flourescent lighting, wireless phones give me headaches, pain”

I have experienced negative effects from microwave ovens and intuitively have always distrusted them despite assurances of their safety. When I had the experience of working in rooms illuminated with flourescent lighting, I developed headaches. Several years ago I purchased a wireless phone and found within three months I developed pains in my head. After I changed back to wired phones, the pain disappeared. I also experienced burning sensations in my ear and my ear would became very hot if I talked on the phone for any length of time.

I avoid wireless technology and believe these technologies are dangerous to human health.

Emily Duffy-Arsenault

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