Proposed Cancer Causes (XV)

Mobile Phones, Electro Magnetic Radiation [EMR] & Children’s Brain Cancer

Adult users of cell or cordless phones also carry a high risk of developing a brain tumor

My neighbor’s sister worked as an estate agent in a district where only cellphone communication was available. For many hours a day her ear was against the phone. She developed fatal brain cancer. The oncologist said he could trace the path of the cancer from the ear canal to the brain. A variety of electromagnetic waves are dangerous and especially cancer patients should be aware of cellphones, cordless phones and broadband internet. All communication should preferably be with wired apparatus.
from "Natural Treatment of Cancer: Background Information and Therapies" by George Bekker

Introduction by Healing Cancer Naturally

(January 2011) Intense mobile phone use will actually cause brain tumors in ANY age group, as has now been confirmed by major independent researchers.

  • According to the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography (2010; 34: 799), a study done under lead researcher R B Dubey found that long-term (over 10 years) and frequent use of cell or cordless phones involves users with a high risk of developing a brain tumor, with benign acoustic neuromas and malignant gliomas appearing on the side of the head where the device is held.
  • The Interphone study on cell phones (1999 to 2004) involving c. 50 scientists from 13 countries and over 14,000 individuals found that people using a cell phone about two hours a month had a roughly doubled risk of glioma after ten years of cell phone use.
  • A Swedish cancer specialist (Dr. Lennart Hardell) reached a similar conclusion after carrying out research into cell phone use, estimating that it can double brain tumor risk.
    To reduce this risk, apart from not using mobile phones (or using them less frequently or mostly for texting), an ‘air tube’ headset (instead of a wired one) is recommended by R B Dubey.

(Update May 2011)

Prompted by evidence for intensive mobile phone use being causally linked to an increased risk of glioma brain cancer, the WHO has now added radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation to its list of potentially cancerogenic substances. This decision came after a major review of human health effects of electromagnetic waves, particularly radiation from mobile (wireless) phones, involving 31 scientists from fourteen countries looking into hundreds of studies assessing cancer risks from electromagnetic fields.

Personally I don’t use a mobile phone due to many reports on their negative health effects. Those who do use them for reasons of convenience or who for other reasons wish to look into possible protection from EMR and EMFs may want to check out some of the various gadgets and devices said to help shield one’s body against the noxious impact of these and similar “indispensable” helpmates of our times. I cannot comment upon or recommend any one of the devices on offer since I have not investigated (nor have personal experience with) their quality or effectiveness. Personally when exposed to cathode tube computer screens etc. I use a gemstone said to “absorb negativity” simply for peace of mind.

Also see the (possibly very helpful) tip for mobile phone users given in the introduction to ’On electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as well as EMFs and EMRs: critical protection and avoidance measures.

To conclude these introductory notes, here is a quote on cell phones and brain cancer penned by Ronald L. Goldfarb (Cahners Business Information) who writes in Publishers Weekly: “In 1993, when the cell phone industry's chief lobbyist hired epidemiologist and pathologist Carlo to refute claims that cell phones, which had never been subjected to premarket testing, cause cancer, no-one thought he would discover otherwise. But after six years of exhaustive analysis and scrupulous peer review, the results proved, according to this report, that radiation from a cell phone's antenna can cause the formation of micronuclei red flags for cancer in the brain. Children in particular are more susceptible to the radiation than adults. Carlo reported his findings to the industry and the FDA and advocated for continued research, but both parties still maintain that cell phones are safe. ... detailed scientific explanations ...Journalists, policymakers and consumer advocacy groups...will find this no-holds-barred book extraordinarily informative as they continue investigations of the industry.”

 

The following article on mobile phone use and brain cancer risk is taken from Brain Tumors - The Silent Killer, 7 June 2004, Reporter: Ray Martin - Presented on 'A Current Affair' Broadcast on the 9 Network - nationwide.

Dr Charlie Teo - a pre-eminent neurosurgeon - is at the cutting edge - literally - of a 21 per cent increase in children's brain tumours. He's curious about the effect mobile phones and Electro Magnetic Radiation [EMR] may be having on these statistics, and has issued a warning to parents to be aware...

So cautious is Dr Teo, the subject of his 12-year-old daughter having a mobile phone in their family, he confesses, is a sore point.

"The argument for her having a mobile phone was there are some benefits of it and that is in emergency situations, but she has promised me - she is a very sensible girl - she will use a loudspeaker facility all the time," he says.

Dr Teo has every right to be nervous; it is his personal belief that there may be an association between EMR and the development of brain cancer.

And while he is not seeking to be alarmist, he does want people to be more aware, especially with children.

It's a belief backed up by Senator Lyn Allison, who spent a year listening to the scientists to find out what the risks are. She discovered there is very good reason to worry.

"We're all a bit awash now in radio frequency and radio waves generally and we are not altogether sure what effect that has on us,' she says.

Senator Allison says that the fact that brain tumour is now the number one life-threatening disease for children - above leukaemia - is consistent with studies in Europe and the UK.

"[These studies show] there has been a 40 per cent across-the-board increase in the number of brain tumours in the past 20 years," she explains, "now that 20 years has coincided with the use of mobile phone and many other radio frequencies..."

And the thickness of a person's skull, according to scientific studies read by Senator Allison, can also distinguish levels of vulnerability.

"Scientists say that the thickness of the skull in children makes a difference, it is quite thin compared with adults and there is more brain fluid - which means that the radiofrequencies can travel through the brain more easily," she says.

Dr Teo offers more specific evidence of patients whose tumours correspond with their use of mobile phones.

"When patients come in with a brain cancer, I often say to them, "your cancer was on the right side of the brain, it is in the area just above your ear, can you tell me if you feel that you have had more exposure than most people to mobile phones," and I am surprised that most people say, "yes I have used my phone continuously for the last seven years and it is always stuck to my ear on this side..." well that is where the cancer is.

Canberra parents Geoff and Denise O'Connell have had their own personal experience of these statistics. They lost their seven-year-old daughter Kessia to a brain tumour. Their own research has made them aware of the risks associated with exposure to EMR.

"I wouldn't move in next to a telecom tower or mobile phone tower and certainly if there were heavy-duty electrical wires I would be very uncomfortable," says Geoff.

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