WHO announces cell phones may cause cancer

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It’s official. On 31 May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its decision to classify cell phone and other types of radiofrequency and microwave radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Cell phones are now in the same category as DDT, lead, dry cleaning chemicals, gasoline engine exhaust, naphthalene, and a whole range of other substances you wouldn’t want to expose yourself to for very long.

The decision was reached by a committee of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) consisting of 31 eminent scientists from 14 countries, including the USA. The vote was all but unanimous, with only one dissenter, marking a major milestone in public recognition of electromagnetic health hazards.

As American neurosurgeon Keith Black commented, ‘What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain.’

The cell phone industry has predictably played this down, with the Mobile Manufacturers Forum issuing a press release to say that, ‘It is significant that IARC has concluded that RF EMFs [radiofrequency electromagnetic fields] are not a definite nor a probable human carcinogen.’ Well they would, wouldn’t they? With over 80% of the world’s population now using cell phones, imagine the effect on the industry if people become concerned about the increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer that WHO now says there is enough evidence to associate with cell phone use.

So what are we to do?

Many people’s lives are now so geared into using mobile technology that it would take a much scarier announcement than this to bring about changes. In the same way that the world was assured for so many years that tobacco was harmless, I predict it will take many more years and a significant number of court cases before people really start to take notice.

Having trained myself for so many years to be able to read energy imprints in objects and buildings to a high degree of accuracy, I admit I am far more sensitive than most to electromagetic radiation. I can talk for hours on a landline but only minutes on a cellphone or cordless phone before my ear and head start to burn. So it’s been an easy choice for me to limit cell phone use to an absolute minimum. The following link gives some simple changes anyone can make: How to reduce cellphone health risks

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3 Responses to WHO announces cell phones may cause cancer

  1. Hi Karen,

    I am concerned about cellphone safety, and really appreciate the information you’ve passed on here. Just last week I happened upon an article where the author describes a gadget that sticks onto a phone and ‘neutralizes’ EMF radiation. I have seen similar, rather dubious products for sale in the UK, which I’ve never been tempted to waste my money on. However, I’m wondering if this one could actually be different! It has a U.S. scientific patent, which allegedly had to be obtained by providing proof it really does something. Unfortunately the product isn’t available in the UK, so I won’t be able to try it, but I thought you might be interested.

    1. Hi Louise

      There are many types of gadgets like this out there, and many companies have sent them to me for testing, hoping to get my endorsement for them. I’m sorry to say I haven’t been convinced by any of them and certainly wouldn’t want to be a ‘guinea pig’ that tests one of these devices for 10 – 20 years and then finds out it doesn’t work (it can take that long for health problems to develop).

      Two devices I can recommend are these phone pouches, which are designed to reduce SAR levels by over 90%, and Air Tube Hands-Free kits, which are designed to reduce the electro-magnetic radiation reaching the listener’s head by up to 98% (ordinary ear-pieces have metal components, which can make them more dangerous to use than no ear-piece at all). I have absolutely no affiliation with the company that makes these two items but trust the integrity and effectiveness of their products completely.

  2. Interesting. This is comforting to me as I have a very similar reaction.

    I have to have a cellphone for work and I drive people nuts as I use it handsfree almost all the time. I work with a bunch of people who do not understand energy!

    On the occasions I have to have the phone to my ear, it takes less than a minute and I can feel the burn/uncomfortable feeling by my ear and it persists for quite a while afterwards.

    Thanks for sharing.

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