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Mobile Phone Radiation helps Health Reform

The discussion continues, jury are still out on whether cell phone radiation dangerous for your health; FCC and FDA issue no warnings as according to them there is no conclusive evidence to warn consumers about the dangers or health effects of radiation re mobile phones…

While the dialogue/discussion/evaluation continues; make sure that you have health insurance as who know what the findings will show.

Updated 15 September 2009
Muriella’s Corner

More from Dr Vini Khurana on cell phones and cancer -

According to Khurana, even bluetooth devices and unshielded headsets merely turn the head into an antenna that bombards itself with radiation. Children, with thinner skulls than adults, are particularly at risk…

Mobile Phone Radiation to Unleash Epidemic of Brain Tumors by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) A new review of more than 100 studies on the safety of mobile phones has concluded that cellular devices are poised to cause an epidemic of brain tumors that will kill more people than smoking or asbestos.

The review was conducted by neurosurgeon Vini Khurana, who has received more than 14 awards in the past 16 years, who made headlines worldwide with his warnings. He called upon the industry to immediately work to reduce people’s exposure to the radiation from mobile phones.

According to Khurana, research demonstrates that long-term use of mobile handsets, more than 10 years, can double the risk of contracting brain cancer. While a number of studies have concluded that there is no such risk, Khurana said that most of those studies only examined short-term use. But because a brain tumor can take 10 years to develop, studies without a long follow-up period are largely meaningless.

“There is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumors,” Khurana said, a link that will be “definitively proven” within 10 years.

Khurana urged people to minimize their use of mobile phones, particularly handsets. He also urged the industry to act immediately to reduce exposure to radiation from the devices.

While mobile phones may save lives in certain emergency situations, Khurana said, brain cancer is “a life-ending diagnosis.”

“It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking,” Khurana said. While one billion people worldwide smoke tobacco, three times as many now use mobile phones.

Smoking is responsible for five million deaths each year.

While the United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper described Khurana’s study as “the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks” of mobile phones, his warning is not the first. A Swedish study in 2006 concluded that people who used mobile phones for an hour or more each day had a 240 percent higher brain tumor risk than non-users. Tumors were significantly more likely to develop on the side of the head where the phone was most often used.

Inspired in part by such studies, France has warned against mobile phone use (especially in children), Germany urges people to minimize their use of mobile handsets, and the European Environment Agency has called for minimizing exposure to cellular radiation.

The mechanisms by which mobile phones increase cancer risk are not well understood, but several possibilities are suspected. Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is known to directly heat up the head and brain, and can also cause thermoelectric effects on cells and DNA. According to Khurana, even bluetooth devices and unshielded headsets merely turn the head into an antenna that bombards itself with radiation. Children, with thinner skulls than adults, are particularly at risk.

“EMR rays in general cause irritation, concentration lapses and in many cases even proliferation of cells which cause cancer,” said Dr Rajeev Ranjan, a New Delhi neurologist. Radiation can also interfere with the functioning of medical devices like pacemakers.

EMR also “affect[s] the DNA and cause[s] problems in cell recovery and cell growth,” said New Delhi neurologist Anshu Rohatgi.

Khurana warned that if immediate measures are not taken, mobile phones will soon be responsible for a massive public health crisis.

“We are currently experiencing a reactively unchecked and dangerous situation,” he said.

Because mobile phone use began in the mid-1980s and it can take up to 20 years to diagnose a malignant solid brain tumor, he said, “In the years 2008-2012, we will have reached the appropriate length of follow-up time to begin to definitively observe the impact of this global technology on brain tumor incidence rates.”

“Malignant brain tumor incidence and its associated death rate will be observed globally to rise within a decade from now,” Khurana said, “by which time it may be far too late to meaningfully intervene.”

Sources for this story include: www.independent.co.uk, www.dnaindia.com, www.stuff.co.nz.

Cell phones and cancer

Do cell phones cause brain cancer?

Jury still out on this question. So far, studies show no relationship after about 10 years of use – see Danish study (conducted by Johansen et al.) linking data on all of the 420,095 cell phone users in Denmark between 1982 and 1995 to the Danish Cancer Registry.

Muriella’s Corner has been tracking this issue for a while now see below

Cell phones and sperm counts

Our cells and cell phones

Is there a link?

Texting/SMS

Indiancellphone

On the Larry King show, 27 May 2008 this issue came up again. The discussion centred on seeking more info on the relationship between cell phones and brain cancer. Mrs D. Cochran, wife of the late Johnny Cochran, Esq. and Dr Keith Black, Neurosurgeon and Mr Cochran’s medical doctor, led the discussion as to whether Mr Cochran’s death could be attributed to heavy use of cell phones which might have led to brain cancer. Read info here

Other neurosurgeons joined in the discussion, notably Dr Sanjay Gupta and Dr Vini Khurana, the latter being the only one among them who tenaciously held the view that he believed that there was a link and who pointed to recent data coming in from the Interphone Study Group established through the World Health Organizaton (WHO)

INTERPHONE Study Results update – 7 February 2008
The INTERPHONE Study is a series of multinational case–control studies set-up to determine
whether mobile telephone use increases the risk of cancer and, specifically, whether the radiofrequency radiation (non-ionizing) emitted by mobile telephones is carcinogenic, is nearing completion.

Details of the study protocol and procedures have been published for acoustic neurinoma, glioma, meningioma and tumours of the parotid gland. The studies used a common core protocol and were carried out in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Read more here

What should be noted from the King discussion are the following:

  • Cell phone users should be aware that there are procedures to follow and should read the instructions coming with the phone (distance recommended between phone and ear, use of case, care in placing phone near body without being in a case…
  • More use should be made of ear devices – headset, earpiece, speaker on phone, blue tooth even though the latter might be a potential issue as it is plugged into the ear and might emit low-dose radiation
  • Cell phone only users should reconsider returning to having landlines, as the tendency to eliminate landlines and increase cell phone use as the only communication tool should be revisited, given that landlines might provide some respite to users as regards exposure to non-ionizing radiation
  • Reduce/eliminate cell phone use among young children as their developing brain might be more susceptible to cancer causing radiation given that brain tumour/cancer is now being identified as the number one killer in young children

What also came out of the discussion is that we should not believe that brain cancers might be attributable to cell phone use only. As was pointed out, farmers might be affected due to heavy diesel exposure, air pollution is being identified strongly with an increase in brain tumors.

Cell phone technology is also evolving thus leading to reduction in the levels of non-ionizing radiation. However, given the popularity of cell phones, there has been dramatic increase in usage around the world.

In 2004, there were over 1.7 billion cell phones in use worldwide (Source – CIA /facts and figures). That figure has grown exponentially by now. Of these phones, more than 60 percent are in developing countries. For example, if you examine the explosive growth in one region, Africa – in 2000 there were about 500,000 phones including land lines; today there are over 30 million with many of them wireless cell phones.

Evolution of utilization of the cell phone

This developing country market might not be cognizant of the health discussions going on in the developed world, and as such they might just become victims of any long-term health consequences, as for them, the cell phone is not only a communication tool but could be their livelihood as well.

Creativity has surrounded cell phone usage and the demand has affected supply. Cell phones are used in economic dealings, for communication and connection with loved ones and friend. Cell phones open up a sea of possibilities for the delivery of information, from sources not yet thought of and thus not not yet available; they are specifically establishing a sense of empowerment among people living in developing countries, by assisting them to leap frog into the internet without having a computer by using the cell phone for business, communicating, and texting/SMS.

For example, Grameen Bank, through Grameen Telecom whose goal is to provide telecommunication services to the 100 million rural inhabitants in the 68,000 villages in Bangladesh, provides cell phones mostly to women who use them as a means of livelihood. In Africa, cell phones are used to spread messages about health and disease, as well as to connect women traders to users of their products and for telephone banking and leasing of phones to clients/customers in the street to make calls.

Muriella’s Corner hopes that the Interphone Study Group has developed or will develop a protocol to examine this evolution and heavy-duty utilization of the cell phone in developing countries.

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