Cell Phones: An Emerging
Public Health Concern
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Many experts today are already comparing the mobile phone
industry to the cigarette industry of the early 20th
century. Are Cell Phones the Next Cigarettes? asks MSN
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On Feb. 7, 2008, a neurosurgeon, Vini Gautam Khurana, MBBS,
BSc(Med), Ph.D., FRACS, published Mobile Phones and Brain
Tumours—A Public Health Concern.
“It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public
health implications than asbestos and smoking and directly
concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation,
including very young children,” Dr. Khurana says.
The analysis is a 69-page “systematic and concise yet
comprehensive review.” His objective was to scientifically
and objectively review mobile phone usage data. He spent 14
months reviewing more than 100 sources in recent medical and
scientific literature, including the press and the Internet.
“The link between mobile phones and brain tumours should no
longer be regarded as a myth,” he says.
Dr. Khurana’s advice for pregnant women is to stop using
mobile phones while pregnant or holding a child.
“Many oncologists say they limit their own cell phone usage,
don’t hold mobiles against their ear, and instead use
speakerphones, headsets, and hands-free setups,” writes Olga
Kharif for Business Week. Kharif reports that Columbia
University associate professor Martin Blank, who studies the
effects of electromagnetic radiation on living cells,
doesn’t even own a cell phone.
An MSN article says, “It took years for the hazards of
smoking to come to light. Now there's debate over the safety
of mobile phones.” The article refers to advice given by the
director of theUniversity of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Cancer Centers. Dr. Ronald Herberman, a faculty member for
the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, gave 10
specific points of precautionary advice to the faculty and
staff. Dr. Herberman, said, “I am convinced that there is
sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some
precautionary advice on cell phone use.”
In Secret Link Between Cigarettes and Cell Phones? Dr.
Joseph Mercola discusses why Herberman “finally elected to
speak out publicly.” It may have to do with the 610-page
BioInitiative Report, which was published in 2007. Dr.
Mercola says that this report “documents serious scientific
concerns” about the regulations for radiation,
radiofrequencies, and electromagnetic fields, like those
created by wireless technology.
In another article from Business Week, Jay Yarow shares the
words of Dr. Michael Kelsh, principle scientist and
epidemiologist for the scientific consulting firm Exponent,
“It was 15, 20 years after people began smoking that we saw
concerns associated with it. ... Down the road, the same
could happen with phones.”
But what about all those studies that can’t find conclusive
evidence for cell phones causing cancer? A New York Times
article posted June 3, 2008, tells how the CTIA-The Wireless
Association says, “The overwhelming majority of studies that
have been published in scientific journals around the globe
show that wireless phones do not pose a health risk.” This
organization stands to profit from cellular expansion.
Because of this, their credibility is questionable. Tobacco
companies also failed to see a link between tobacco and
health risks before 2006.
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