Do cell phones actually cause brain cancer?

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ADDITIONAL EMF EFFECTS Part three of a five part series on the dangers of cell phone radiation.

What else can they do? For starters if you keep your cell phone near your bedside it can interfere with REM sleep.[1] The radiation falls off to the inverse square of the distance like a campfire so every foot farther from your body counts. Keep it as far away from your brain and gonads as you can get it. Or just shut the darn thing off and buy a normal alarm clock.

Another effect that may increase the prevalence of asthma is the finding that mast cells which line the entire body double their histamine output when exposed to low level radiation of 800-900 MHz, this finding may help explain the high levels of asthma in developed countries.[2] Histamine as you recall is one of the substances that makes you so miserable during seasonal allergy flare-ups. It causes nasal stuffiness through vasodilation and itching. It can also trigger asthma through bronchoconstriction-a tightening of the bronchiolar smooth muscle cuffs around small airways.

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

Do cell phones actually cause brain cancer? There is a strong link between EMF exposure and cancer. A review of 11 long-term epidemiologic studies published in the journal Surgical Neurology two years ago revealed that using a cell phone for 10 or more years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head where the cell phone is typically held. Australia has seen an increase in pediatric brain cancers of 21 percent in just one decade. This is consistent with studies showing a 40 percent brain tumor increase across the board in Europe and the U.K. over the last 20 years.[3]

Here’s the short list of a dozen leading problems (which includes several studies from above), from Safe Space Protection’s website EMF News and Info:[4]

BRAIN TUMORS ON THE RISE. Epidemiologist Sam Milham, M.D., recently stated on CNN’s Larry King Live show that there is “plenty of reason for concern” about cell phones causing brain cancer. Robert Tufel, Director of Patient Services at the National Brain Tumor Foundation. says “what we do know is that brain tumor incidence is on the rise and some of the research about cell phones and brain tumors has given us cause for concern.”

YOUNG CHILDREN ABSORB 50% MORE RADIATION INTO THE BRAIN Research by Om Gandhi, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Utah, has shown that young children absorb up to 50% more radiation in their brains than adults when they use mobile phones. Radiation penetrates 30% for a 10-year-old, compared with just a small area around the ear in an adult. Absorption rates are greater in children because their ears and skulls are smaller and thinner. Furthermore, their total lifetime exposure to cell phone radiation will be greater than for those who began using cell phones as adults.

WHITE BLOOD CELLS DESTROYED Biologist Roger Coghill believes that cell phone radiation may damage the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection and disease, including cancer. Coghill took white blood cells from a donor, kept them alive with nutrients and found that after seven-and-a-half hours, only 13% of the cells exposed to cell phone radiation remained intact and able to function.

  1.  MICRONUCLEI CELLS MARKERS FOR CANCER
    Another study by Dr. Tice and Dr. Hook of Integrated Laboratory Systems in North Carolina found that human blood exposed to mobile phone radiation for 24 hours, had an eightfold increase in micronuclei cells, which are a diagnostic marker of high risk for developing cancer.
  2. DNA DAMAGE
    Dr. Henry Lai and Dr Singh at Washington State University reported DNA single and double strand breaks in rat-brain tissue after exposure to radiation levels below the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standard for cell phones for only two hours. Other research by this group showed that brains prepared four hours after exposure had much higher levels of DNA breakage than samples taken immediately after exposure. Therefore, DNA damage from repeated use of a cell phone could be cumulative.
  3. HEAT SHOCK PROTEINS IN CELLS CAUSE CANCER
    Radiation expert Dr Peter French, from the Centre for Immunology Research at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, claimed that repeated exposure to cell phone frequencies well below current safety levels creates continuous manufacture of heat shock proteins within cells, which in high levels induce cancer and increase resistance to anti-cancer drugs.
  4. TOXINS LEAK INTO THE BRAIN
    In 1994, scientists at Sweden’s Lund University found that two minutes of exposure to emissions from mobile phones can break down the blood-brain barrier in rats. This causes proteins and toxins to leak into the brain, which can increase the chances of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s.
  5. CELL DEATH IN THE BRAIN
    According to Lund researcher Bertil Persson, cell changes and cell death in the brain are clearly visible under a microscope after exposure to radiation from mobile telephones.
  6.  LYMPHOMA
    A 1997 study conducted at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia (funded by the wireless company Telestras) found that in mice that were genetically engineered to be susceptible to lymphoma, exposure to pulsed digital cellular phone radiation for one hour per day for 18 months doubled the incidence of lymphoma. When presented to ‘Science’ magazine for publication the study was rejected on the grounds that publication “would cause a panic”.
  7. TEMPORAL BRAIN TUMOR
    Lennart Hardell, professor of oncology at Orebro University in Sweden, in comparing 1,617 patients diagnosed with brain tumors between 1997 with the same number of healthy people, found that cell phone users were 2.5 times more likely to have a temporal brain tumor on the side of the head where they held their phone. The risk of auditory nerve tumors was increased 3.7 times for mobile phone users. Probably the most significant conclusion of Dr. Hardell is that use of mobile phones for up to 10 years increased the risk of brain cancer by 26%, but the risk jumped to 77% for more than a decade’s use. This study is the first to examine the long-term effects of using a cell phone.
  8. EYE CANCER FOUND IN REGULAR CELL PHONE USERS
    Researchers at Germany’s Essen University Institute for Medical and Computer Science found a 3.3 times higher incidence of eye cancer in regular users of mobile phones than in patients who did not use them.
  9. TUMOR OF THE AUDITORY NERVE 50% HIGHER IN LONG TIME CELL PHONE USERS
    Dr George Carlo, chairman of Wireless Technology Research LLC
    , studies showed that the rate of brain cancer deaths was higher among hand-held mobile users than those using non-handhelds. The risk of rare tumors on the outside of the brain was more than doubled among cell phone users than non-users and there was a correlation between the occurrence of brain tumors on the right side of the head and use of phones on the right side of the head. The risk of a tumor of the auditory nerve was 50% higher in people who reported using cell phones for six years or longer. In addition, the ability of phone radiation to cause genetic cellular damage corresponded to the amount of radiation exposure.
  10. FALSE CLAIMS BY THE CELL PHONE INDUSTRY
    Dr. Carlo said segments of the industry had “repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers, including children, and have created an illusion of responsible follow-up by calling for and supporting more research”. He also said the industry was risking a consumer backlash similar to that faced by the tobacco industry.

Cell phones cause oxidative damage and free radical generation as well. This is yet another model used to explain how a cancer could form from cell phone use. Numerous studies confirm this in textbook fashion:[5] All these criteria are amply fulfilled in the case of mobile phone radiation.

  • It is well known how free radicals cause DNA damage
  • It has been proven that microwave radiation generates free radicals
  • The predicted DNA damage has been amply confirmed at exposure to mobile phone radiation
  • Different measurement methods used by different scientists confirm the same effect

Therefore, we can conclude that microwave radiation from cell phones causes free radical production in numerous cellular systems studied including sperm cells and increases the cancer risk in cell phone users, increases childhood cancer risk as well as birth defects and may contribute to sterility in susceptible hosts.

A study by Professor Magda Havas of Trent University, Canada, showed an amazing doubling of the subjects heart rate,

…when exposed to a cordless phone base station or DECT. Heart rate went from 68 BPM to 122 BPM within seconds while the subject reported no sensation. As soon as the base was turned off the heart rate returned to its baseline rate in the 60’s.[6]

While this may be of no consequence to a young healthy teenager it could conceivably generate angina or even cause a heart attack in patients with severe heart disease. In fact, how many times has this already happened and we just chalked it up to the “usual” cause?

"I can't hear you I have an ear tumor."

“I can’t hear you I have an ear tumor.”

GREEK STUDY SHOWS REGIONS OF THE BRAIN RELATED TO LEARNING, MEMORY, ALZHEIMER’S IMPACTED BY EMF

A Greek study led by Adamantia Fragopoulou and Lukas Margaritis has demonstrated important protein changes in the brain of animals following whole body exposure to RF electromagnetic fields, similar to the kind of microwave radiation emitted from cell phones, portable phones, WiFi and wireless computer equipment.[7] Adamantia F. Fragopoulou, M.Sc., PhD Candidate, in the Dept of Cell Biology and Biophysics at University of Athens, Greece, lead author of the study, says,

“Our study is important because it shows for the first time protein changes in the mouse brain after EMF exposure and in particular in very crucial regions like hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, all involved in learning, memory and other complicated functions of the mammalian brain. We have demonstrated that143 proteins are altered after electromagnetic radiation, including proteins that have been correlated so far with Alzheimer’s, glioblastoma, stress and metabolism.”

Lukas H. Margaritis, PhD, Professor Emeritus (as of Sept 2010) of Cell Biology and Radiobiology, Dept of Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Athens, head of the Athens research group, says,

“The message taken out of this work is that people should be very cautious when using mobile phones next to their body (especially next to their brain), whereas the wireless DECT should be located as far away as possible from places that people use to spend many hours a day, not to mention children of all ages.”

Safe Space Protection offers a small disk-like device with an adhesive backing that goes directly on your cell phone. This is one of many products that look similar-like a small coin-that you stick onto your electrical device. I can’t vouch for them and I have not come across any independent expert “out there” that suggests using them for protection, but it could be one possibility for safeguarding yourself.

In her video Cell Phone Dangers Dr Davis mentioned several children’s apps. One which provides white noise for the baby by placing the cell phone under the baby’s head! Others are seen using their bras as a cell phone holder only to develop breast cancer later. Men who carry cell phones on their hip run the risk of osteoporosis on that side of the hip. Parotid gland tumors are especially high on the list if you have made more than 5,500 calls in your lifetime. [8]

One of the only proven to be safe technologies is the air tubing headset for your phone (see below). I have read that Bluetooth devices concentrate EMF’s into your brain as do regular headsets. I also have read that Bluetooth devices are of some benefit-reducing radiation by a factor of 100.[9]

MORE ON BLUETOOTH AND RELATED MATERIAL NEXT WEEK WHEN I PRESENT THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF OUR FIVE PART SERIES ON CELL PHONES.


[2] Journal of Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine Vol. 20 No. 2; August 2001: pages 29-30. (http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/13878/20021116-0000/www.acnem.org/journal/pdf_files/20-2_commentary-mobile_phones.pdf) 05/21/2012

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Dr. Christopher Rasmussen (aka Reality Renegade) is the author of his upcoming book, "InflaNATION: Industrial Diners & A Doc In The Box." By deliberately avoiding harmful industrial foods and the Commercial Sick Care System with its Pills and Procedures paradigm, Dr Rasmussen cured himself of a deadly disease-which became the reason for writing this book. In the book, he provides the facts you must know and the solutions to regain your health, maintain wellness, and outlive your parents' generation in an extraordinarily toxic world.

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