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by Lloyd on September 11, 2011

There is still confusion in the minds of many as to the adverse health effects of cell phone radiation.
Thanks to one of my readers,
now, here in one place,
in one little downloadable pdf file you can print out graphs and charts on 13 important cell phone studies.
Here is the link for the printout and below is my interpretation. Sometimes its nice to just let the facts speak for themselves….

Effects of Cell Phone Towers
San Francisco, Tower built in 1970s
Looking at data from 1973-1988, a study was carried out in San Francisco to investigate how the risk of cancer was associated with the distance from the Surto cell phone tower that was built in the 1970’s.

The study found that the cancer risk increased 10 fold for residents who lived less than 2kms from the tower. There was a 2 fold increase in cancer risk for residents that lived 6kms away from the tower. The study found that children who lived less than 2 km from the tower were 100 times more at risk of brain cancer. The risk of lymphoma and leukemia increased 8 times for residents that lived less than 2kms away from the Surto tower.

Salzburg, Austria Tower built 1984
A study done in Salzburg, Austria investigated the relationship between a tower built in 1984 and increased cancer risk. The study found that residents who were exposed to more than 1000 microwatts per square meter (µW/M2) were 8 times more likely to have all types of cancer, 121 times more likely to have brain cancer and 23 times more likely to have breast cancer. The study found there was no increased risk to cancer when residents were exposed to less than 10 µW/M2.

Naila, Germany Tower built in 1993
In Germany, a study was conducted to access the relative risk to cancers for residents who lived near a tower built in 1993 in Naila. The study found that after 5 years or less, there was no marked increase in cancer risk. However, after 6-10 years of exposure, there was a 3 fold increase in the cancer risk for residents who lived less than 400 meters from the tower. For residents who lived more than 400 meters away from the tower, there was no marked increase in cancer risk.

Netanya, Israel Tower built in 1996
In Netanya Israel, a study investigated the increased risk to cancer from a tower built in 1996 for men and women. They used a neighboring town with no tower as a control group. The study found that men who lived less than 350 meters from the tower had no marked increase in cancer risk. However, women who lived less than 350 meters from the tower were 10 times more likely to have cancer.

Meta-Analysis Leukemia
A meta-analysis of studies data on childhood Leukemia published in 2000 found that children were 2 times more likely to have leukemia if they had been exposed to more than 0.4 µT (microtesla) of electromagnetic frequencies. There was little or no increased risk of leukemia if the children were exposed to less than 0.2 µT of EMFs.

Effects of Cell Phone Radiation
Interphone Study
The interphone study was published in 2010 and was aimed at accessing the health effects of cell phone use. The study found that for subjects who had more than 1640 hours of cell phone use in their lifetime, whom they labeled as the “high risk group”, were 2 times more likely to develop a brain tumor in the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe is the part of the brain closest to a cell phone antenna when it’s held next to the ear. The study also found brain tumors were twice as likely to be found on the same side of the head as phone use.
How Long Before In High Risk Group?

Data published on average minutes of cell phone use per month in USA shows that it takes colored people on average 6 years to accumulate more than 1640 hours of cell phone use and enter the “high risk group.” It takes Hispanics 10 years, Asians 12 years and Whites 13 years to accumulate 1640 hrs of cell phone use.

Latency Period before Diagnosis
It takes on average 40 to 50 years from when you start smoking before you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, 30-40 years from exposure to asbestos before you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, and 20 to 30 years from exposure to occupational dyes before you’re diagnosed with bladder tumors. Infants who were exposed to radioactive radiation from the Chernobyl accident took on average 10 years before they were diagnosed with thyroid carcenoma.

Mobile Cell Subscriptions per 100 Inhabitants (World)
In the year 2000, 12% of the world population had cell phone subscriptions. In the year 2010, 78% of the world population had a cell phone subscription. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 close to 100% of the world population will have a cell phone subscription.

Meta-Analysis Cell Phone Research Bias
A study published in 2009 by Moskowitz et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology investigated the research bias in blinded and un-blinded studies. In blinded studies, the study is done in such a way that the patients or subjects do not know what treatment they are receiving to ensure that the results are not affected by a placebo effect. In blinded studies, the meta-analysis found there was on average a 1.35 times increase in cancer risk for subjects who had more than 10 years of cell phone use. For un-blinded studies, the meta-analysis found a lower increased cancer risk.

Meta-Analysis Cell Phone Funding Bias
Another meta-analysis published in 2005 investigated the “funding bias” between industrial and independently funded research. The study found that most, if not all, independently funded research found an increase risk of gliomas. Conversely most industry funded research reported decreased risk to gliomas.

Brain Absorption of Cell Phone Radiation
Images of the brain of a 5 year old, 10 year old and an adult reveal that children absorb far more RF radiation from cell phones than adults.

US Cell Phone Subscriptions
Data collected in 2000-2004 from different States in the US revealed that there was a strong positive correlation between the number of cell phone subscriptions and the incidence of brain tumors in the States. The correlation was found to be independent of income, age and population.

Blood-Brain Barrier Leakage in Rats
A study was conducted in 2003 to investigate how SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) affected the brain barrier leakage in rats. The study found there was a marked decrease in brain barrier leakage as the SAR was reduced from 200 mW/Kg to 0 mW/Kg.

Cell Phones and Male Fertility
In January 2008, a study done on a group of men undergoing infertility evaluation that looked at the relationship between number of hours the men had a cell phone and their fertility. The study found that as the number of hours with a cell phone increased from 0 to 4, sperm count and motility decreased in all user groups. Sperm count decreased from 85million/ml to 50 million/ml and motility decreased from 67% to 44% in the 0hrs and 4hrs of cell phone usage.
120 Studies Showing The Adverse Health Affects of Cell Phone Radiation

If the above has whetted your appetite then here is another great resource. This is a listing of 120 (the heading says there are 139 but I count 120) peer-reviewed scientific studies showing biological effects from RF radiation exposure of cell phones at levels below the recommended SAR levels. Click here for the link. The actual links in the document don’t seem to work, but they are correct. You can either type in manually the URL to find the study or do a Google search.

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Senator Mark Leno: “I am Senator Mark Leno and I appreciate you joining us as we introduce this bill. It is on a new subject to be discussed here in the capital so I hope you bear with me as we walk you through the thought process that led us to the introduction of this bill. It has to do with cell phones which we know are ubiquitous. They are in our lives to stay, they have enriched our lives, they have bettered our lives in ways that we are only beginning to understand. Over 4 billion people on the planet now are using cell phones regularly and that includes over 270 million Americans. Cell phones emit radio frequency radiation which does have human health effects.

FCC SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) Standard
In 1992 the Federal Communications Commission adopted the industry designed standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the IEEE, and the standard is that the maximum level of radiation emitted from a cell phone and absorbed by the human brain and body would be the Specific Absorption Rate. This is a term you will get to know. The SAR was set to be 1.6 watts per kilogram. So that is the federal standard that the FCC set. So clearly if there is a standard, there was a concern that if it is above the 1.6 there is very serious or more serious health concerns. This 1992 decision by the FCC was based on animal studies conducted in the late 1970′s and 1980′s. So we are using tests that were done many decades ago, a standard that was set almost 2 decades ago. So this standard was adopted decades before the concept of smart phones and devices so convenient that we carry them on our bodies continually and use them for hours on end and this standard has not been revisited since then.

Recent Studies On Cell Phone Radiation Dangers
Many recent studies in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and England have shown serious concerns and health risks in both extended use and especially for children. I think we can say definitively that there are no industry studies that can prove that there are no health concerns for use extended over 10 years. So when you hear the industry say that, “no this is safe we have looked at it and all of these federal agencies have.” None of them have worked with studies that go beyond 10 years and that is the concern because we know, especially with younger people who are starting to use them at 10 or 15 years of age, they are going to be using them for 3, 4, 5 decades and clearly even people my age approaching 60 have considerably been using them a couple of decades.

The San Francisco Ordinance
As a result of all this new information there were congregational hearings held in September of 2008. Subsequent to those congressional hearings, the San Francisco department of Environment, which is represented here today, passed a resolution at the local level urging the mayor and the board of supervisors, which the mayor has now done and I want to recognize Mayor Garvin’s leadership on this issue, having introduced a local ordinance which does that which the bill we are going to discuss today will do. It will require that this SAR be disclosed to consumers at the point of purchase, both on their website and at the retail location; that this SAR will also be disclosed on the packaging, not on the cell phone itself, but on the packaging of the cell and also on all instructional materials. This is the point I want to make, if there is reason enough for the FCC to have set an SAR standard 18 years ago and require in that SAR law that manufactures must notify the FCC what that SAR is, why shouldn’t we not require also that be disclosed to the consumer? Let consumers make informed choices and if there is no health concern whatsoever the question has to be asked why 18 years ago did the FCC set a standard?

Cell Phone Legislation In Other Countries
So I want to share with you what some of these other nations have done. Nation after nation have taken steps. The Scandinavian nations, Israel, Great Britain, Germany, France, and Canada have all taken steps to inform their consumers at the Federal level in all of these countries that parents should limit cell phone use for their children. They are also have recommendations for safe cell phone use. In France there is pending legislation which would outlaw marketing of cell phones to children. So, many of our trading partners have also already taken very significant steps forward, I think what we are proposing here today is very modest.

United States National Cancer Institute Statements
And then I just want to share with you a couple of statements made by the United States National Cancer institute and this was updated in September 2009. So this is the statement of the United States National Cancer Institute: “There is concern that the radio frequency energy produced by cellular phones may affect the brain and nervous system tissue in the head because the hand held cellular telephones are usually held close to the head.” The United States National Cancer Institute also said: “cellular telephone use is increasing rapidly in children and adolescences and they are likely to accumulate many years of exposure during their lives. In addition, children maybe at a greater risk because their nervous system are still developing at the time of exposure…..”

Given the power of the cell phone lobby there is every chance that the Bill will be scuppered.
But whether it is this Bill or another one I have high hopes that legislation along the lines of SB932 to make users aware of the dangers of cell phone radiation before they buy will find its way on to the statute books.

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Finland, Helsinki
Augusta, Georgia
France, Paris
El Salvador, San Salvador
Zimbabwe, Hararesssss
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