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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.

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Comments on: "Mobile Phone Radiation helps Health Reform" (7)

  1. How Dangerous is Living Near Phone Masts?

    Hardly anyone could dispute Professor (Sir Richard) Doll’s findings on smoking, but there is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the conflicting studies on living near power lines and phone masts. He used to chair a committee for the National Radiological Protection Board looking at non-ionising radiation from 1990 until 2003.

    “During that period we took a special interest in the effects of the passage of electricity. We carried out a large study in this country on children’s exposures to electro-magnetic fields from pylons and cables and the position, as far as I see it, is that there is no clear evidence of harm to the individual. Biologically, there is no evidence that it can do any sort of damage to tissue that one would expect might lead to cancer, so it’s not plausible biologically,” he explains .

    “I, certainly, and the committee, took the view that you couldn’t at this stage lay down the law to make a positive statement that they do no harm, because it’s very difficult to prove a negative and there isn’t enough evidence as yet to enable you to say that with confidence, but I can say that is is implausible and that what evidence has been cited up to now is not impressive. We later became interested in mobile phones and phone masts. Our committee reviewed all the evidence in very great detail and again there’s no epidemiological evidence to indicate any harm from masts or mobile phones.”

    The official conclusions of AGNIR, the group Sir Richard chaired until his death, and which he headed during a study of mobile telephone and related emissions from 1990-2003, are as such:

    The independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR: Chairman, Professor Anthony Swerdlow) has examined 1 recent experimental and epidemiological evidence for health effects due to exposure to radiofrequency (RF) transmissions, including those associated with mobile telephone handsets and base stations. There are many sources of RF exposure, including the signals from radio and TV transmitters, but the current focus of public concern tends to be on mobile phones and mobile phone base stations.

    AGNIR has concluded that there is no biological evidence for mutation or tumour causation by RF exposure, and epidemiological studies overall do not support causal associations between exposures to RF and the risk of cancer, in particular from mobile phone use.

    A number of studies have suggested possible effects on brain function at RF exposure levels comparable with those from mobile phone handset usage, but AGNIR regard the overall evidence as inconclusive. Other studies have indicated effects of pulse modulated RF on the movement of calcium ions in cells and tissues of the nervous system. However, AGNIR found that the early results are not supported by recent, better conducted studies.

    Regarding exposures in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations, AGNIR has examined data from a number of surveys and concluded that exposure levels are extremely low and the evidence indicates that they are unlikely to pose a health risk.

  2. Great, great article. Dr. Viri Khurana was recently interviewed in a 60 Minutes (Australia) segment on mobile phone radiation and its link to health issues. Dr. Khurana expressed his opinion that the doubling of risk of brain cancer for people using cell phones for 10 years or more is, in his words, a “conservative estimate.” You can watch the video here:
    http://www.cellphone-health.com/blog/2009/05/video-60-minutes-australia-report-on.html

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  4. spam up pseudoscience much, muriella?

    There’s no scientific proof whatsoever of RF signals causing any harm to humans whatsoever. If anyone pays good money to be protected from them, they’ve been conned.

  5. so right, we need to wait on scientific proof – I remember that there was no scientific proof (or was it hidden from us?) that smoking had somewhat of an effect on health either…but, after many deaths and disabilities and lawsuits —we should perhaps know that even if there is scientific proof, the person affected may be the last to know

  6. RF signals are not the same as smoking. Let’s not try to pretend there’s any similarity.

    If, by your standard, that scientific proof is not needed, I’d like to sell you a neutralising filter to save you from rays emitted from teapots, which some say cause cystic fibrosis. You can’t prove teapots don’t cause cystic fibrosis now, can you?

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