Is Your Cell Phone Safe?
You have a cell phone? Do you need cell phone repair Lewisville TX? You aren’t one of the people who blithely goes cruising down the highway and 10-15 miles over the speed limit, talking on your cell and blissfully unaware of the people around you and what they might be doing? Does it matter that you only use your cell phone “Safely”? Is there such a thing as “Safe use of Cell Phones?”
And yes, this same issue is inherent in the “cordless” phones we now use to have “walkabout” functionalities in our homes while we chat on the phone. We can keep on preparing our meals, working in the kitchen, working at odds ‘n ends around the house and just carrying the cordless phone with us. It broadcasts on RF frequencies in the VHF and UHF ranges which are as harmful as the Microwave frequencies on the Cell Phone.
The danger lies in “being that physically close” to the radiating source … i.e., right up against our ears.
At any rate, for an enlightening look at this potentially very serious health problem, make sure that you follow all the links and read the source material that went to validate the article. Molly has done her research on this one, and this article alone validates her being the Senior Editor at Ziff-Davis’ CNET. Molly is the editor of the feature recurring article “Anchordesk”.
Read her article, follow the links and read the supporting information, and then make up your own mind as to the safety or danger of Cell Phones. For my part, my mind is already made up … they’re naturally extremely dangerous. While you are checking the sources out make certain you also check the very last reference given– the cell-phone radiation chart– it will be eye-opening.
The cell phone industry: Big Tobacco 2.0?
By Molly Wood, senior editor, CNET.com
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
There’s this incredibly popular product that has widespread consumer use and a massive marketing presence. Nearly everybody uses it, and it has very high social acceptance, even though some people find it annoying when it’s used in public. It’s highly habit-forming; people who use the product on a regular basis find it almost hardly possible to live without.
Studies start to appear showing that the product might be damaging to its users– even cancer-causing. The product’s manufacturers deny the presence of any danger and even spend millions of dollars trying to discredit the research that points to problems. An insider emerges, seemingly with proof that the product could be dangerous. The industry agrees to share cautioning data about the product, but continues to maintain that the product itself is safe for use. Lawsuits against the product’s manufacturers are filed, but all are dismissed. Industry professionals know that any case that does succeed could start a domino effect of future lawsuits, which keeps the industry determined to maintain that the product is harmless, despite increasing evidence to the contrary.
Well, put down your lighter, I’m talking about cell phones. I’ve already maintained that I don’t like the cell phone industry’s iron-clad control over phone releases and pricing, its ever-lengthening contracts, and the annoying habit it has of crippling Bluetooth phones so that I can’t use them the way I want to. It takes only a few minutes of looking into the cell phone radiation quagmire before I start to think, man, these guys have Big Tobacco 2.0 written all over them. Actually, I’m not the first to think of it, but a recent article in the University of Washington alumni magazine indicates that the conducts aren’t going away, even as the potentially damning research continues to mount.
OK, I know the obvious distinctions: I’m sure cell phone companies are not deliberately making their goods more addictive, for example– although they are, of course, always providing new and boosted services and ever-increasing containers of minutes, which can’t help but promote us to use our phones more and more frequently. Just as Big Tobacco did, the cell phone sector seems bound and determined to thwart and refuse any suggestion that its product might just be dangerous.
A history of bad news
In 1994, University of Washington ergonomics professors Henry Lai and Narendra Singh found that the DNA in rats’ cerebellums was damaged after two hours of exposure to levels of microwave radiation considered safe by the government. When Lai and Singh published the research, a dripped memo from Motorola’s head of global strategy, Norm Sandler talked about ways to minimize damage by weakening their research, with Sandler writing, “I think that we have sufficiently war-gamed the Lai/Singh issue.” Ouch. Worse, research naturalist Jerry Phillips, who was paid out by Motorola to conduct similar testing, says he was able to replicate Lai and Singh’s results, but was then asked not to publish the research and was subsequently shunned by the company. Motorola says it told Phillips that his findings needed explanation, and the industry still preserves that Lai and Singh’s results have never ever been emulative and can’t be thought about legitimate.
The biggest Russell Crowe-style insider in this case, though, is Dr. George Carlo, who was hired by the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association to head up a $28 million research program into achievable health and wellness effects from cellular phones. He now says his searchings for show an increased rate of brain cancer deaths, advancement of tumors, and genetic damage among heavy cell phone users. He wrote this letter of concern to the president of AT&T Corporation and later went public with his findings after what he considered to be neglect by the industry. He’s since broken with the industry, become a vocal critic, and coauthored a book called Cell Phones: Unnoticeable Hazards in the Wireless Age– so you can tell he’s on the “cell phones could cause cancer” side of things.
More studies keep coming, and they seem to be getting worse. A study funded by the European Union mentioned last December that radio waves from mobile phones do, definitively, damage DNA and other cells in the body– and that the damage extended to the next generation of cells. Even though mutated cells are taken into consideration a possible cause of cancer, the UK National Radiological Protection Board said that since the study didn’t show that the damage definitely led to disease, customers shouldn’t worry too much about the findings.
Uh. In the meantime, the report suggested that children use mobile phones only in emergency situations. You know, just in case. How reassuring.
The cell phone industry hasn’t appointed one more large-scale study– at least not publicly– since its fateful experience with Dr. Carlo– and why would they? They’re in a dilemma. It’s a multibillion us dollar industry, and they simply can’t afford to find out, definitively, that cell phones are dangerous. Worse, just like the tobacco companies, if they start issuing warnings and preventive tales now, it’ll look like they knew all along that the radio waves were dangerous, opening them up to major obligation claims. They’ve already evaded one big, big bullet– an $800 million dollars legal action against Motorola and cell phone carriers was thrown out in 2002, with the judge ruling that there wasn’t enough documentation for trial. Since then, specialist Dr. Christopher Newman, who filed the law suit, has died of brain cancer.
Listen, I use a cell phone, and I’m not trying to scare the bejesus out of everyone. I do use a headset when I’m conversing for any lengthy period of time, and I bring that fool in my purse, not my pocket. (I know you people don’t have that high-end, but reevaluate the brief-case, OK?) And if you’re shopping for a new phone, you might want to check our cell phone radiation graph to see which in turn ones transport a low dose.
In a handful of even more many years, we’ll either know for sure that cell phones can cause cancer cells, or we’ll know they can’t. I just really hope we don’t find out the hard way– through summoned documents from cell phone manufacturers and service providers who’ve been trying to minimize their damages and maximize their profits for more than a decade.