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15 September 2016

A Preventable Cancer Due to Microwave Radiation

A preventable cancer due to microwave radiation
by Devra Davis, jhnewsandguide.com,
14 September 2016

With the demise last month of jazz musician, composer and performer Keith Phillips, a brilliant light has gone out of this valley. This event is made all the more sad by the fact that it could well have been prevented.

When he was diagnosed with brain cancer six years ago, Keith was stunned. So was everyone around him. He and his talented, composer-conductor-performer wife Pam Drews Phillips had left their work under the Broadway lights to build a life full of good friends, good health, good music and many students.

A competitive athlete in high school and college like many drawn to the valley, Keith became an accomplished backcountry skier. In his 50s Keith was the typical Jackson male with a tendency to make the extreme the norm, accustomed to intense bike trips up Spring Creek to listen to Pam play at the Granary, or long loping rides to the airport before the advent of the safer bike path.

The disease that shortened his life was one that few survive. Keith’s cancer was different. It sat directly under the left side of his head — the place where the antennas of his cellphone had regularly pulsed digital signals of microwave radiation.

Because musical ability appears to reside with the right side of the brain, just four days after that first surgery in 2010 Keith played his regular piano gig at the Teton Pines restaurant and continued to play with the Presbyterian Church until quite recently.

Convinced that his cellphone had caused his tumor, Keith made a short revealing public service video that more than 30,000 local moviegoers have seen. One of his easy jazz pieces plays as he sits at his grand piano and speaks, “Hi, I’m Keith Phillips. I’m a musician. I’m a piano player and I’m a brain tumor survivor.”  [View videoclip.]

Keith continues as the screen shifts from his handsome blond head to the shocking image: an X-ray of a brain tumor. “I just want you to be careful. Remember: Distance is your friend. Keep your cellphone away from your head.”

As the clip closes the music fades and the camera pans to that secure confident grin that we will never see again.

What makes me conclude that cellphone radiation killed Keith Phillips? It is no coincidence that his cancerous tumor first arose on the same side of his head where he had used his phone. That’s exactly what shows up in scientific studies from France and Sweden — where serious research has been done.

A $25 million government study released this summer has provided a stunning and important confirmation — in every group of animals exposed to cellphone radiation at least one developed the same very rare and aggressive tumors of the brain that took Keith’s life.

The absence of a general epidemic of these brain tumors today is hardly proof of safety in the future. In Australia and the U.S. cases of the disease in cancer registries are increasing in those parts of the brain that get the most direct exposures from cellphones — the cerebellum and frontal and temporal lobes. Other studies find that sperm quantity and quality are also impaired by cellphone radiation.

So what do we do now? Keith’s death — and those of Beau Biden, Eleanor Mondale and golfer Seve Ballesteros — should make us all take a hard look at hidden manufacturers directions about tested distances and heed the advice of Consumer Reports that no one should keep a phone in their pocket.

The new iPhone7 has adapters for a wired headset that people should certainly use, and children should only use phones or iPads on airplane mode.

Questions also need to be asked about the whole system with which we surround ourselves, including cell towers. In nations like Israel and India it would be illegal to locate what could become a 75-foot-tall and 40-foot-wide wireless radiating tower with multiple antennas operating 24/7 adjacent to Timber Ridge Academy, Jackson Elementary School and the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center.

Do elementary school children need to be immersed in Wi-Fi radiation all day long just so they can occasionally use a computer, or should systems be created that rely on wired devices or downloads used on airplane mode to reduce Wi-Fi — as is being done in many regions of the world today?

Concerned about the growing toll of traffic crashes due to distracted driving, AT&T is backing a campaign against texting and driving called ItCanWait.com. We need similar programs to promote balance and safer technology in our lives so that fewer people will lose theirs as Keith did to such a deadly disease.

Devra Davis is an epidemiologist and toxicologist who is president of Environmental Health Trust. For more information on these issues go online to EHTrust.org. Guest Shot columns are the opinions of the authors.


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