Witnesses before a Senate Committee testified about research
into cell phone use and its potential impact on human health, as well as the potential side effects such
as brain and salivary gland tumors.
2008, cell phones were identified as a contributor to salivary gland tumors. Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, who testified
in September 2009 at the U.S. Senate Hearing, is the principle investigator of the study that made this
report states that your risk of getting a parotid tumor on the same side of your head that you use for
listening to the mobile phone increases by:
- 34 percent if you are a regular cell phone user and have used a
mobile phone for 5 years.
- 58 percent if you had more than about 5,500 calls in your
- 49 percent if you have spoken on the phone for more than 266.3 hours
during your lifetime.
second video above by Electromagnetichealth.org, filmed at Columbia University Law School at a presentation on
Wireless Hazards, explains how wireless radiation creates cognitive problems, damages DNA, diminishes
fertility, causes disorientation and navigation difficulties for birds, bees and other wildlife, and may
contribute to Bee Colony Collapse, which, if not reversed, will jeopardize the future of life on
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
About 4 billion
people are now using cell phones around the world, despite the fact that their safety is being increasingly
called into question. In fact, there are no safety standards for testing cell phones before they are
released to the market.
government agencies, similar to their stance on tobacco before the evidence became overwhelming, have
essentially ignored all the danger warnings.
Just like smoking
tobacco, they fail to realize that it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 years for brain tumors to develop
from cell phone exposure, so we are just now beginning to see some of the tragic effects of heavy cell
phone use. The truth is, we are on the verge of a
brain cancer epidemic . It
could grow to 500,000 cases worldwide in 2010, and there may be over a million cases in the U.S. alone by
Sadly, children and
teens are at an even higher risk, as their thinner skull bones allow for greater penetration of cell phone
radiation. The radiation can enter all the way into their midbrain, where tumors are more deadly. In
addition, children's cells reproduce more quickly, so they're more susceptible to aggressive cell growth.
Their immune systems are also not as well developed as adults. Lastly, children face a far greater lifetime
Hardell of Sweden has found that those who begin using cell phones heavily as teenagers have
4 to 5 times more brain cancer as young adults!
is pouring in that cell phones are not only a risk factor for brain tumors, but also salivary gland
Alzheimer’s diseaseand more.
Your Safety is Now Riding on a Severely Flawed $30-Million Cell Phone
You may be wondering
why, if there is so much data showing the risks of cell phone use, no warnings are being made. First, the
telecommunication industry is even BIGGER than drug industry, and they have far more influence in
This is compounded
by the fact that a large percentage of retirement funds from several powerful lobbying organizations are
invested in telecommunications.
like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission have cautioned that conclusions about
possible cancer risks from cell phones cannot be drawn until the INTERPHONE study is published.
Project -- a massive 13-country epidemiological study of tumors among users of mobile phones -- is already
lagging years behind its scheduled completion date.
Part of the delay in
putting together the final report now appears to be internal strife, as scientists are reported to differ
in their interpretation of the results.
The GSM Association,
a global trade organization of mobile operators, and the forum, which includes Nokia and about a dozen
other manufacturers, contributed more than $3.5 million to the $30-plus million project. The European
Commission also helped fund it with contributions passed through the International Union Against Cancer in
an effort to create a barrier between the mobile phone industry and the scientists.
Further, a team of
international EMF activists -- the International EMF Collaborative -- has released a report detailing 11
serious design flaws of the INTERPHONE study. They say a ‘systemic-skew’ in the study is greatly
underestimating brain tumor risk, and they pointed out the following flaws, among others:
Categorizing subjects who used portable phones (which emit the same
microwave radiation as cell phones) as ‘unexposed’
Excluding many types of brain tumors
Excluding people who had died, or were too ill to be interviewed as
a consequence of their brain tumor
Excluding children and young adults, who are more
You can read the
Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the
Truth Behind Interphone here.
If the wrong
conclusions are drawn from the Interphone studies, the resulting lack of public warnings could have
disastrous consequences for the generations to come. And this is why I urge you to take action NOW. Do not
wait for the results of more studies to come in or for the final conclusions of this meta-analysis, and
please do not be swayed by
cell phone safety spin.
As Lloyd Morgan,
lead author of the report and member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society says:
cell phone radiation is the largest human health experiment ever undertaken, without informed consent,
and has some 4 billion participants enrolled.
shown increased risk of brain tumors from use of cell phones, as well as increased risk of eye cancer,
salivary gland tumors, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia.
must be informed."
Are There “Safe” Cell Phones on the Market?
As the dangers of
cell phones slowly trickle out to the mainstream media, there have been some reports of
“safer” cell phones, and the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
even released a new database for consumers ranking over 1,000 cell phones by the Specific Absorption Rate,
known as the SAR value.
The SAR value is a
measure of the power of the cell phone and its potential for heating tissues.
Within days of the
EWG launching the new SAR value database, almost 500,000 people had accessed the database, indicating very
encouraging new interest by consumers in cell phone safety.
But simply choosing
a phone with a lower SAR value does not at all mean the phone is safe. Camilla Rees, founder
with Magda Havas, PhD of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution,”
important consumers realize that the SAR value, while providing information for comparison purposes
between phones, is very limited in its usefulness as a measure of ‘safety.’ We are greatly concerned
that people may be turning to the EWG database in droves not understanding just how limited a measure
the SAR value is.”
Why is the SAR value
not an accurate measure of safety?
The SAR value is only comparing the isolated heating effect of
different phones and does not give an indication that a cell phone is ‘safe.’
The power, or heating effect, of the phone is only one of many
possible factors impacting cell phone ‘safety.’ Exposures to the radiation from the cell phone at
non-heating levels have been linked to many serious biological effects, and the SAR value is not
capturing anything about these harmful non-thermal exposures.
SAR values are reported to the FCC by the manufacturer and have
been known to vary from the reported number by a factor of two across models of the same
The SAR value varies with the source of exposure and the person
using the phone. For example, if you are in a rural area or in an elevator or a car, where the
cell phone uses more power, your brain will get a greater exposure from the higher power required
in these instances. Under certain conditions, the SAR value can be 10-100 times higher than
Holding the phone in a slightly different way can actually render
the worst SAR value phone better than the best SAR value phone.
SAR values have been created based on simulations of exposure in a
plexiglass head filled with fluid, not a human head, and many scientists consider them to be
inaccurate and irrelevant at determining actual biological effects.
One of the worst
deficiencies of the SAR value is that it only considers the thermal impact of cell phone usage, and it is
very likely that the
non-thermal effects of chronic cell phone exposure are more biologically
As Rees points out,
and I wholeheartedly agree:
distance of the phone from your brain, and less usage of the cell phone overall, more so than simply
choosing a phone with a lower SAR value, is probably a far better insurance
I would also add to
Rees’ statement -- do not use a cell phone within an enclosed area, such as a car, train or plane, or
within three feet of small children.
Remember, the damage
from cell phone exposure can take many years to surface. There are rarely any initial symptoms, just like
smoking and lung cancer. Are you really willing to risk the chance of developing brain cancer because you
don’t want to sacrifice the minor inconvenience of using your cell’s speaker phone, or using a safe
This should be of
particular concern if you have children, since, just like smoking, WI-FI does not discriminate between user
I have written more
in-depth about how to reduce your cell phone risks before, and as a refresher, I strongly urge you
review some of that information now.
As Cell Phone Use Increases, So do Cell Phone Towers
The good news is
that you can
take steps immediately to reduce your radiation
exposurefrom your own cell phone use.
is all around us, including in the form of cell phone towers that are now being
placed on churches and even schools.
receive upwards of $1 million a year for allowing these antennas to be placed on water towers or near
schools, often at the expense of residents’ health.
In Bayville, Long
Island, for instance, it’s estimated that as many of 30 percent of teachers, staff and employees at a local
school that is across the street from a water tower covered with cell phone antennas are
suffering from illnesses such as cancer and
Overall, it’s been
estimated that living near a cell phone tower may lead to cancer rates that are up to
10 times higher than the national average!
have also been found to
interfere with bees’ ability to return to their
hives, leading to a concerning disappearance of honeybees
throughout the world, and
causing the death of migratory birds.
So if the research
alone isn’t enough to motivate you to think twice before holding your cell phone up to your ear, then
perhaps these “canaries in the coalmine” will be. The increasing rates of brain tumors and
cell-phone-linked diseases, along with the not-so-subtle interferences with nature that these cell phone
antennas are already causing, are signs that the very fragile ecosystem we all depend on to survive is not
If you want to learn
more about the major deceptions going on right now in regard to your cell phone’s real impact on your
health, check outCellular Telephone Russian Roulette, by
Robert Kane. It’s a great resource for those of you who are interested in learning the truth.
And, please stay
tuned to the newsletter as we cover the latest developments in the cell phone saga. Later this spring, for
instance, a report will be issued laying out scientists' understanding of biological disruption from cell
phones in great detail for world governments to review.
I hope the U.S.
government will study this and the Bioinitiative Report carefully, appreciate the known links to many
diseases, and modify the wireless components of the National Broadband Plan so Internet connections are
hard-wired for our safety.