I wonder if we are really committed to eradicating cancer? There are numerous studies reflecting ghastly results that should stop us in our tracks. But the truth is, some of the research statistics are slow in coming to light and the media clearly doesn't seem to think this is a big deal. Some studies to date: in the UK, Sir William Stewart of the National Radiological Protection Board & Health Protection Agency advised children under the age of 8 not be allowed to use cell phones. The Adelaide Hospital Research study took 200 mice, 100 were exposed to GSM-type pulsed microwaves at power density equal to a cell phone, and transmitted for 2 ½ hours per day. The group exposed to RF waves at 9 months found increased tumor rates and by 18 months the exposed mice were 2.4 times the tumor rate, as well as increased lymphomas. Lai-Singh and other studies show genetic (DNA) alternations in cells following reasonably low level exposures to cell phone radiation. Why are we hosing down the significance of these reports. We, you, should be demanding a series of follow-up studies to investigate our specific absorption rate ("SAR") values. Cell phone companies have reflected their levels and can be found at www.sarvalues.com. As consumers, we need to demand those companies start listing and revealing the exposure level on the packaging. A start would be to write to your State Representative or Senator demanding they put pressure to have a bill passed.
In 1993, Motorola hired Dr. George Carlo, a leading epidemiologist. Motorola was determined to prove that cell phones are "safe". After six years of research, Dr. Carlo became alarmed, when his sponsors attempted to alter and suppress his findings. At that point, Dr. Carlo became a whistleblower. He and Martin Schram tell the story in Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age:
Dr. Carlo's research showed alarming signs: "that cell phones interfere with pacemakers, that developing skulls of children are penetrated deeply by the energy emitted from a cell phone, that the blood brain barrier which prevents invasion of the brain from toxins can be compromised by the cell phone radiation and, most startling, that radio frequency radiation creates micronuclei in human blood cells, a type of genetic damage known to be a diagnostic marker for cancer."
There are so many questions that need to be answered. As a commuter, I constantly observe people who talk on the cell phone and wonder what the potential is for the passive victims around that person talking all the time on their cell phone? Are the by-standards, being exposed? Some believe that this is like the Tobacco, Asbestos and Lead industry ~ that we won't know the real damage for decades.
When an industry is doing testing of 'prolonged' exposure, they need to include in their equation, additional EMF radiation. To date, no one has ever demonstrated a "safe" level for this radiation. Hypothetically, let's say a 10 year old child is getting x-rays, as he broke his foot at school. His mom is on her way to the hospital and while in the waiting room, he talks to her on his cell phone. Every evening this child sleeps next to his electric alarm clock and they live near a TV tower masts (these can emit radiation hundreds of times more powerful than cell phone towers i.e. Tiverton, RI) and he likes to watch his food in the microwave. The equation needs to determined not just with cell phones, but with other environmental exposures.
Lastly, a British Medical Journal study revealed that drivers are four times more likely to experience a car accident.
Solutions would be to ban your children, at least 16 and younger, from cell phone usage. To call your cell phone carrier demanding them to list the SAR value on the packaging. Call or write our State Representatives demanding they seek more protection for us by demanding 1) SAR be listed on cell phone packaging 2) Force cell phone industry to continue studies of EMF radiation and better ways to protect us from the antennae, and keep Towers away from children's schools/playgrounds. Lastly, set a good example, do not talk while driving and show restraint on when to take a call, ex: not in the middle of dinner.
We must conclude from the above, that cell phone EMF's cannot be a good thing for children under 16. They are smaller and still developing and are more susceptible to exposures than we are. As parents, it's our duty to stay informed and fight to protect them. If DNA is being changed, do any of us who have the ability to procreate really want to affect our unborn future.
by Suzanne Arena, Cranston, RI
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein
Suzanne E. Arena