Betreff: Fwd: The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation - Public Health Crisis
Datum: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 23:13:25 EDT
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Thanks, Jill: I know cell phones are a concern but I don't like the way the beginning of this article is worded (do appreciate receiving it tho......
There is no doubt that the most serious health problem that faces us today is what is right next to person's beds!!! This is a crisis beyond description!!!!
I talk to persons every day who do not use a cell phone. Without fail, the person who either does not sleep well or who reports memory problems, is sleeping close to electric or telephone equipment!!! Often, the husband or wife who does not have any problems does not have these items close to their beds.
There is the side issue re cell phones that has to do with persons sleeping on top of their phones that is particularly worrisome. I just don't buy that the damage is as serious as that from electric meters, electric clocks, etc., gas meters, currents on pipes and bad wiriring, etc. Cell phones under pillows or being charged on nightstands are a major concern of mine and are not being studied under those circumstances.
Apparently, cell phones are leading to the same problems as are known to occur when sleeping close to electric appliances and some telephone equipment....... Think of those cell phone users who are going home only to sleep close to those same cell phones and chargers. Also, the cell phone users who then go to bed close to electric meters, gas meters, electric clocks, fans, heating pads, electric blankets, various monitors, pipes with currents, bad wires, high frequencies on electrical wiring and more, will more likely than not, regress even faster due to those exposures that could be prevent but for the withholding of vital information to the public.
A couple days ago, Bud and I were talking to a family -- a mom, a grandmother and pre-teen daughter/granddaughter. The grandmother admitted to having a transformer for her cordless phone and a clock radio right next to her bed. She has memory problems and various pains. Since the mom pointed to the grandmother when I mentioned health problems re appliances, I assume she didn't have any near her own bed. The mom uses a cell phone -- the grandmother does not.
I watched the young girl's eyes became as big as saucers. She said she planned on moving her stuff before bed that night. She said, "I have a lot of electric things right by my head!!!" I said, "well, you will sleep much better and you will have a much easier time studying in school...." She smiled........
Cell phones may be a public health crisis by themselves but when combined with close, chronic, prolonged EMF/EMR exposures from other objects -- particularly at night -- and/or when individuals sleep next to such items even if not cell phone users, there is little doubt the situation is "catastrophic!!!" Take care - Joanne
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Betreff: The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation - Public Health Crisis
Datum: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 20:55:47 EDT
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Following the loss of his home, Dr. Carlo collaborated with Washington columnist Martin Schramâ€”who in the course of the work did his own research to corroborate Dr. Carloâ€™s view on thingsâ€”to write Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age (Carroll & Graf, 2001). He wrote his book as what he thought would be a last volley at the cell phone industry.
â€śI needed to tell the whole story in one place. I didnâ€™t have the resources or the manpower to match what the cell phone industry was doing to try to discredit the work,â€ť says Dr. Carlo. â€śBased on the book, a number of lawsuits were brought against the industry, and insurance carriers began excluding cell phone-related health risks in their coverage. It created a very difficult situation in the industry and for myself. I was worn out fighting that battle. In 2002, after Iâ€™d done my book tour, I just decided to take a break for a couple of years.â€ť
Instead of taking a break, however, Dr. Carlo ended up working behind the scenes, setting up an organization and a registry for the benefit of consumers. It was a creative solution as part of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Illinois citizen against the cell phone industry, WTR, and Dr. Carlo personally. The lawsuit alleged that the cell phone industry, WTR, and Dr. Carlo were conspiring to hide the dangers of cell phones. Dr. Carlo was offered a way out of the suit because his book had made it clear he wasnâ€™t on the same page as the industry.
â€śI wanted to make sure the litigation brought at least some value to consumers. We created the Safe Wireless Initiative (www.safewireless.org) for disseminating information on the dangers and on prevention, and the Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry (www.health-concerns.org) to track information voluntarily provided by cell phone users, particularly those who believe theyâ€™re experiencing health effects. Post-market surveillance hadnâ€™t been done before, and the registry does that. It will help direct future research of potential health effects related to cell phone use. In the end, we did the best we could to get some benefit for consumers.â€ť
European Research Confirms Cell Phone Dangers
The industry took its tricks elsewhereâ€”to Europe, which had picked up the ball and began funding independent research to corroborate or confirm the work of Dr. Carlo and his team. The work was completed in mid-2004 and when it was released,12 it not only provided independent scientific corroboration of the work done by Dr. Carloâ€™s group, but also took the work a step further and showed how the problems were occurring mechanistically. This information formed a biologically plausible hypothesis for how cell phone radiation could be related to so many diseases.
Dr. Carlo noted, â€śThe industry exerted pressure on the scientists who conducted the work, including renowned German scientist Dr. Franz Adlkofer. It first tried to change the conclusions of the work, then to delay its public release. Then Dr. Adlkofer, the lead scientist, was attacked in the media and threatened privately with no more research money, a ruined reputationâ€”similar to what we experienced in the WTR. But this situation attracted the attention of a German documentary filmmaker, who decided to do a film on the cell phone issue.â€ť
It was enough to bring Dr. Carlo into view again, as he was asked to participate. The film, The Boiling Frog Principle, by Klaus Scheidsteger, builds on information from his first film, The Cell Phone War, and will be released in 2007. Its intent is to integrate the latest political and scientific evidence from around the world, and bring forth to consumers important information on cell phone dangers that was previously withheld.
Currently in the US, there are seven class action lawsuits moving forward against the cell phone industry, says Dr. Carlo, and nine other cases that are personal injury cases brought by people with brain cancer. In the past two years, two workers compensation awards were given to people with brain tumors based on a link between their tumors and their cell phone use in the workplace. Both of these cases occurred in California.
â€śWhat we have now is a major litigation burden, a vulnerability the cell phone industry has never before been under,â€ť Dr. Carlo says. â€śTheyâ€™re uninsured for these health risk claims and are already positioning themselves for a congressional bailout, like the Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s. Theyâ€™ll lose a couple of these lawsuits and once they do, thereâ€™ll be an onslaught of new litigation against them.â€ť
The country canâ€™t afford for the cell phone industry to go under, Dr. Carlo says, as it would have a disastrous impact on the entire economyâ€”some estimates say over 30% of investment stocks in retirement funds are tied to telecommunications shares. Thatâ€™s why Congress will figure out a way to bail out the industry.
â€śThe industry thinks they can afford to continue on with this institutional arrogance, endangering millions of men, women and children because, at the end of the day, they believe theyâ€™ll not be held accountable. They think they can continue to manipulate consumers.â€ť
A Looming Health Crisis
Itâ€™s been nearly 12 years since the WTR was funded. Despite Dr. Carloâ€™s revealing research and the corroborating research of other scientists from around the world that continue to follow, a search of media reports today on the subject of cell phone dangers tends to suggest one of only two conclusions: There is no risk, or no one has yet proven the risk. Thatâ€™s at odds with more than 300 studies in the peer-reviewed scientific literature supporting an increased risk of disease. Clearly, something doesnâ€™t add up.
The industryâ€™s manipulation of the media to consider only one study at a time obfuscates the big picture.Individually, thereâ€™s little to see. But the depth and breadth of the science that points to the problem, and the compilation of studies, make the future look frightening. Like the September 11 tragedy, where no one in government talked to each other and did not see it coming for lack of a big picture view, the health crisis from cell phone use looms darkly.
â€śWhen you put all the science together, we come to the irrefutable conclusion that thereâ€™s a major health crisis coming, probably already underway,â€ť warns Dr. Carlo. â€śNot just cancer, but also learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, Alzheimerâ€™s, Parkinsonâ€™s, and psychological and behavioral problemsâ€”all mediated by the same mechanism. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re so worried. Time is running out. When you put the pieces of the puzzle together, itâ€™s such a wide ranging problem. Itâ€™s unlike anything weâ€™ve ever seen before.â€ť
The most effective technique for protecting yourself against the dangers of cell phone radiation is keeping the phone at a distance from the body. Simply using a hands-free headset is a big step. Headsets keep the cell phoneâ€™s antenna at a distance of six to seven inches away from the body, thus eliminating near-field exposure. Wired headsets can act as an antenna to draw some ambient EMR, but not much, so using one is still preferable to holding the phone to your head. Wireless headsets should be avoided, as they draw much more far-field EMR.
The safest headsets have hollow air tubes, similar to those used in stethoscopes, instead of wires.They offer protection against both near-field and far-field exposure. If possible, avoid wearing the phone at your waist, which exposes the hip bones to radiation. Eighty percent of red blood cells are formed in the hip bones. There are also newer cell phones available capable of functioning in speaker phone mode. This enables you to talk on the phone while keeping it at a safe distance from your body. If you are able to conduct most of your conversations using a speaker phone, this could enable you to use a cell phone without encountering the intense radiation exposure that occurs when holding it to your ear.
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Nutritional Protection against Cell Phone Radiation
As growing evidence points to the potential adverse health impact of exposure to cell phone radiation, scientists are seeking strategies to prevent or mitigate these effects. Currently, nutritional researchers are exploring whether melatonin, vitamin C, and and vitamin E can ameliorate the detrimental effects caused by radiation emitted by cell phones.
To date, a total of eight studies have pointed to the protective effects of melatonin and vitamins C and E in stemming the damage caused by cell phone emissions. In particular, these agents show promise in averting the increased oxidative stress that is thought to contribute to an increased risk of certain cancers. These studies have unveiled statistically significant protective effects of melatonin and vitamins C and E against the effects of the radiation frequency at which cell phones emit and receive radio frequency radiation.
Six of these eight studies were controlled, short-term studies (ranging from 10-30 days) in rodents. Each study examined 24-30 subjects. Study subjects were divided equally into three groups: one group received radiation exposure; another received active treatment with melatonin only, vitamin C only, or vitamins C and E before radiation exposure; and a control group did not receive radiation or active treatment. After the treatment period, scientists examined skin sections for radiation injury and analyzed blood and urine for markers of oxidative stress. They found significant kidney damage, skin changes, oxidative stress, and fibrosis in the animals who received radiation exposure only. Remarkably, these effects were reversed in the groups that received melatonin13-16 and vitamins C17,18 and E.17
Another two controlled studies in rodents, one of 10 daysâ€™19 and another of 60 daysâ€™ duration,20 revealed that melatonin significantly protects against retinal (eye)20 and kidney tissue19 damage caused by cell phone radiation, as compared with subjects that did not receive melatonin.
Despite this compelling evidence, other avenues of research still need to be pursued after contradictory findings from seven different studies that have looked into the effect of cell phone radiation on melatonin levels in the body.
In one study, melatonin levels in the blood were measured in 226 male electric utility workers who were categorized according to cell phone use. The study concluded that workers who used cell phones for more than 25 minutes per day had decreased melatonin production and revealed a relationship between increased cell phone use and decreasing melatonin levels in the blood.21
Yet six other studiesâ€”two in humans22,23 and four in rodents24-27â€” found that melatonin levels remained unchanged after radiation exposure. One human study did suggest that cell phone radiation may impact melatonin onset time. These were small studies, however, the majority of which were less than 28 daysâ€™ duration.
Melatonin is a vital natural neurohormone (hormone secreted by or acting on a part of the nervous system) that acts as a potent free radical scavenger and antioxidant. Melatonin regulates the daily circadian rhythm and is essential to self-repair and regeneration. Given melatoninâ€™s protective effects, these findings warrant further research into the effect of cell phone radiation on melatonin in larger, longer-term, well-controlled human studies.
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18. Oral B, Guney M, Ozguner F, et al. Endometrial apoptosis induced by a 900-MHz mobile phone: preventive effects of vitamins E and C. Adv Ther. 2006 Nov-Dec;23(6):957-73.
19. Ozguner F, Oktem F, Armagan A, et al. Comparative analysis of the protective effects of melatonin and caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on mobile phone-induced renal impairment in rat. Mol Cell Biochem. 2005 Aug;276(1-2):31-7.
20. Ozguner F, Bardak Y, Comlekci S. Protective effects of melatonin and caffeic acid phenethyl ester against retinal oxidative stress in long-term use of mobile phone: a comparative study. Mol Cell Biochem. 2006 Jan;282(1-2):83-8.
21. Burch JB, Reif JS, Noonan CW et al. Melatonin metabolite excretion among cellular telephone users. Int J Radiat Biol. 2002 Nov;78(11):1029-36.
22. Wood AW, Loughran SP, Stough C. Does evening exposure to mobile phone radiation affect subsequent melatonin production? Int J Radiat Biol. 2006 Feb;82(2):69-76.
23. De Seze R, Ayoub J, Peray P, Miro L, Touitou Y. Evaluation in humans of the effects of radiocellular telephones on the circadian patterns of melatonin secretion, a chronobiological rhythm marker. J Pineal Res 1999 Nov;27(4):237-42.
24. Koyu A, Ozguner F, Cesur F, et al. No effects of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz electromagnetic field emitted from cellular phone on nocturnal serum melatonin levels in rats. Toxicol Ind Health. 2005 Mar;21(1-2):27-31.
25. Hata K, Yamaguchi H, Tsurita G, et al. Short term exposure to 1439 MHz pulsed TDMA field does not alter melatonin synthesis in rats. Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Jan;26(1):49-53.
26. Bakos J, Kubinyi G, Sinay H, Thuroczy G. GSM modulated radiofrequency radiation does not affect 6-sulfatoxymelatonin excretion of rats. Bioelectromagnetics. 2003 Dec;24(8):531-4.
27. Heikkinen P, Kosma VM, Alhonen L, et al. Effects of mobile phone radiation on UV-induced skin tumourigenesis in ornithine decarboxylase transgenic and non-transgenic mice. Int J Radiat Biol. 2003 Apr;79(4):221-33.