NPR KALW: Health and Cellphones: How Wireless Made Us Think Cell Phones Are Safe
Your Call Radio Interview: Dr. Devra Davis explains cell phone health effects and the Nation investigates how big wireless made us think that cell phones are safe
On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the safety of wireless radiation. A new Nation magazine investigation explores how big wireless companies used the same playbook as big oil and big tobacco to deceive the public and create the appearance of scientific uncertainty, while making people think that cell phones are safer than independent science suggests.
Decades ago, the wireless industry’s own scientists privately warned there were “serious questions” about wireless radiation’s links to cancer and genetic damage. What does the science say?
Dr. Devra Davis, epidemiologist, founder of the non-profit Environmental Health Trust, and author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation and The Secret History of the War on Cancer
Mark Hertsgaard, independent journalist and co-writer of the recent Nation investigation How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe
California Department of Public Health: How to Reduce Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy from Cell Phones
Center for Public Integrity: 5G wireless pits cities against telecoms and their friends in the FCC
Time, CNN and Fox News have all picked up on the WHO’s recent announcement that cell phones may be linked to cancer. Although the language is a bit soft, the beginnings of change are starting and the evidence is mounting.
Take some precautions when it comes to your cell phone. Especially if your children use them. The mass experiment being run on the human race is starting to have some casualties.
You can read the entire WHO report here…
Globally more than four billion phones are in use, with more than half of all users believed to be children and young adults. Over the past two decades, models of the human head have been devised based on imaging studies and used to estimate the extent and rate of radiation energy absorption to the brain, the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). IEEE and ICNIRP SAR recommendations rest solely on avoiding thermal effects on the adult male head under conditions of a six minute long call and do not take into account the long-term cell phone use, the length of calls, non-thermal biological effects, the smaller size and greater physiological vulnerability and increased absorption to the heads of children and females.
Published in the European Journal of Oncology, a study by the Ramazzini Institute: the National Institute for the Study and Control of Cancer and Environmental Diseases, Bologna, Italy 2010
Click the link below to view the full report in PDF
Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and controlling environmental health hazards, launched its Global Campaign for Safer Cell Phones in a dozen nations this month.
The campaign’s goal is to promote the public right to know about ways to reduce cell phone radiation, providing open-source resources that educate and motivate health professionals, teachers, parents and students about simple and safer ways to use cell phones.
Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, President of EHT, launched the campaign with a lecture on April 9 at 2:00 pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Lecture Hall 205, in Toronto, Canada. In addition to discussing the campaign’s goals, Dr. Davis will release a new pamphlet prepared by physicians on cell phone safety, as well as a set of creative warning stickers to be placed on phones.
“This global campaign is designed to alert the planet’s five billion cell phone customers that heavy use of phones next to the body increases infertility, cancer and neurological problems,” said Dr. Davis. “We’re launching this campaign in Canada because this country is about to elect a new government, and the government has a duty to warn its citizens about the dangers of that cell phone in their pocket, and protect the basic right to know about such risks.”
The physicians pamphlet, titled “Cell Phones & Health: Simple Precautions Make Sense,” was created by a group of leading US and French oncologists and neurosurgeons. It outlines steps for protecting one’s family from cell phone radiation and shares recent findings about the negative impact this radiation can have on the health of both adults and children.
“Every cell phone comes with a set of safety warnings in small print that few people read,” said Dr. Davis. “They have a right to know what cell phone manufacturers are warning about their products, and this brochure is designed to spotlight that information.”
The idea for the cell phone safety sticker campaign came from an EHT initiative being carried out with the Jackson, Wyoming school system and Town Council. “We believe that kids are more likely to pay attention to cell phone safety if the warnings come in the form of stickers they can place on their phones,” she said.
Dr. Davis, who contributed to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore, has testified before a U.S. Senate panel about the dangers of cell phone use, is the author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (Dutton, 2010). She is the first Director of the National Academy of Science’s Board of Toxicology and Environmental Studies, founder and former Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Cancer Center and is a National Cancer Center Institute Senior Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology.
Determined to protect children from the dangers of cell phone irradiation, Dr. Davis conceived the Campaign to serve as a model for communities across the US and around the globe. The campaign website provides access to free tools such as “safety cards” that list safer cell phone practices, appealing to teachers, health care professionals, parents, and students alike.
Dr. Devra Davis will be speaking on the topic of “The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation” at Total Health 11 in Toronto Canada.
The conference is April 8-11 2011
Dr. Devra Davis discusses the dangers of Mobile Phone radiation with Sonya Feldhoff on the Australian radio program Drive.
Mobile phones have become a permanent fixture in our lives but what effect do they have on your health?
Dr. Devra Davis, a visiting professor at Harvard and author of the book Disconnect, has done studies into mobile phone radiation and how it effects a person’s brain, their cells and fertility.
After analysing the results Dr Davis never keeps her phone on her body or in her pocket and always uses a headset, hear the interview here.
Environmental Health Trust responds to the largest study to date on cell phone risks, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine on January 27. Dr. Devra Davis summarizes that the authors are warning people to be careful about how they use cell phones until additional research is complete. The authors of the study found that individuals who average 27 minutes of cell phone use a day have a 50% greater risk of developing malignant brain tumors on the same side of the head where they held their phones.