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22 September 2016

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked

Excellent article from the Environmental Health Trust:  Four myths cited below.  

Common Myths About Cell Phone And Wireless Radiation “Safety” Debunked

The public relations strategy of manufacturing doubt has often been used to delay policies to control or reduce environmental hazards, whether tobacco, climate change, asbestos, vinyl chloride, cell phone radiation or other agents. Here we identify and debunk erroneous statements that appear in the media in response to scientific results suggesting that cell phone radiation could be hazardous.

MYTH: “No research has found evidence of a link between regular cell phone use and glioma.”

FACT: In fact, multiple research studies of humans indicate that long-term cell phone use could increase a person’s risk for brain tumors. The latest animal study conducted by the U.S. government finds increases in the same types of tumors found to be increased in humans who used phones regularly for a decade or longer. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) in 2011, based on epidemiological research showing an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer , associated with long term wireless phone use. These research studies also show an even higher risk for persons who start using cell phones at a young age.

MYTH:  “If cell phones were really causing brain tumors, then we should be seeing an epidemic of brain tumors and we are not.”

FACT:  Brain cancers are slow-growing and can take decades to develop after toxic exposure. Rates of lung cancer did not increase in the general population until more than three decades after American men had begun to smoke heavily. Glioblastomas (the type of brain cancer linked to cell phone radiation) are in fact increasing in young Americans, in precisely the areas of the brain that absorb most of the microwave radiation emitted or received by phones. But an increase in glioblastomas of the frontal and temporal lobes and cerebellum cannot be expected to show up in the general population, especially not where the incidence of all brain cancers are considered. Instead, research using case-control designs that study small groups of highly exposed persons are appropriate for identifying cancer risks tied with cell phone use. Thus, Swedish physician-researcher Lennart Hardell reports that persons who began using cell phones as teenagers have a four- to five-fold greater risk of brain tumors.

MYTH:  The Class 2B Carcinogen classification by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer only applies to cell phone emissions and not to emissions from other wireless devices.

FACT:  Wireless radiation from any device is included in the Class 2B Carcinogen classification by the World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC). In fact, the WHO/IARC has repeatedly documented that radiofrequency radiation “from any source,” be it cell phones, baby monitors, cell towers or Wi-Fi routers, is the “potentially toxic agent.” The WHO/IARC Monograph on RF-EMF clearly states that the Class 2B carcinogen classification applies to RF-EMF in the range of 30 KHz to 300 GHz. Senior officials with the IARC, such as Dr. Robert Bann and Dr. Kurt Straif, have clarified this fact repeatedly in lectures and letters since the 2011 classification.

MYTH:  “This will never be as serious as tobacco.”

FACT:  This is potentially far worse than tobacco. We never had 100% of people smoking, but we do have nearly all people using cell phones and wireless devices today—and non-users are also exposed to the emissions. Six billion people, including children, use cell phones regularly—some exclusively, as landlines are abandoned—resulting in considerable exposure. Several scientists have compared cigarette smoking to cell phone and wireless radiation. Dr. Franz Adlkofer gave a lecture at the Harvard Law Center for Ethics Lecture in 2011 and specifically paralleled cell phone emissions to cigarette smoke. Furthermore, it is curious how some tobacco industry scientists have moved on and are now defending the wireless industry.

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