Thursday, June 19, 2008

Some Brain Surgeons Don't Hold Cell Phones To Their Brains

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Some Brain Surgeons Don't Hold Cell Phones To Their Brains

Posted: 19 Jun 2008 11:13 AM CDT

Three prominent neurosurgeons declared on Larry King Live that they don't hold cell phones to their ears because they believe they're dangerous. So of course the New York Times came to the rescue of cell phone makers with an article containing mixed information, entirely watering down the message.

Even Senator Kennedy was recently diagnosed with a cancerous glioma, a tumor in the brain stem that is associated with cell phones.

Keep in mind that everything written in this post about cell phones applies to cordless home phones as well, because they use the same frequency and therefore cause the same damage:

"All modern (DECT) digital cordless phones emit the same type of pulsed microwave radiation (about 1.8 GHz) as ordinary (GSM) mobile phones."

Even though the brain surgeons quoted below were bold enough to speak out on CNN, they seem to be unaware that most headsets actually magnify the effects of cell phone radiation by causing it to travel up the wire and enter the brain in a concentrated amount in one small area.

Therefore it's important not to use an ordinary headset, but rather one designed to stop radiation from traveling up the cord, such as Blue Tube. A ferrite bead wrapped around the cord helps even further. The Cell Phone Protector, as small disc that sticks to the back of the phone, also works well at blocking radiation (I tested it, in addition to the fact that it has been independently tested and proven to work).

Here is a comprehensive, detailed and well-referenced article on the dangers of cell phones featuring 2 reports from The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal:

If Mobile Phones Were a Type of Food, They Simply Would Not be Licensed

If you are concerned about your radiation exposure from cell phones, computers and x-rays, I take Modifilan and calcium bentonite clay, which are superior at safely removing radiation as well as heavy metals.

There are a few things from the NYT article below that objective research agrees with. Using the speaker phone as much as possible to avoid radiation exposure to the brain is a good idea. Also, one doctor below expresses concern for children using cell phones, and children's use of cell phones and wireless devices has indeed has been proven to be far more damaging than that of adults, due to their developing brains.

The following piece from the New York Times is nothing more than an attempt to support their advertisers...

Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer

What do brain surgeons know about cellphone safety that the rest of us don't?

Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons told the CNN interviewer Larry King that they did not hold cellphones next to their ears. "I think the safe practice," said Dr. Keith Black, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, "is to use an earpiece so you keep the microwave antenna away from your brain."

Dr. Vini Khurana, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Australian National University who is an outspoken critic of cellphones, said: "I use it on the speaker-phone mode. I do not hold it to my ear." And CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital, said that like Dr. Black he used an earpiece.

Along with Senator Edward M. Kennedy's recent diagnosis of a glioma, a type of tumor that critics have long associated with cellphone use, the doctors' remarks have helped reignite a long-simmering debate about cellphones and cancer.

That supposed link has been largely dismissed by many experts, including the American Cancer Society. The theory that cellphones cause brain tumors "defies credulity," said Dr. Eugene Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, three large epidemiology studies since 2000 have shown no harmful effects. CTIA — the Wireless Association, the leading industry trade group, said in a statement, "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."

The F.D.A. notes, however, that the average period of phone use in the studies it cites was about three years, so the research doesn't answer questions about long-term exposures. Critics say many studies are flawed for that reason, and also because they do not distinguish between casual and heavy use.

Cellphones emit non-ionizing radiation, waves of energy that are too weak to break chemical bonds or to set off the DNA damage known to cause cancer. There is no known biological mechanism to explain how non-ionizing radiation might lead to cancer.

But researchers who have raised concerns say that just because science can't explain the mechanism doesn't mean one doesn't exist. Concerns have focused on the heat generated by cellphones and the fact that the radio frequencies are absorbed mostly by the head and neck. In recent studies that suggest a risk, the tumors tend to occur on the same side of the head where the patient typically holds the phone.

Like most research on the subject, the studies are observational, showing only an association between cellphone use and cancer, not a causal relationship. The most important of these studies is called Interphone, a vast research effort in 13 countries, including Canada, Israel and several in Europe.

Some of the research suggests a link between cellphone use and three types of tumors: glioma; cancer of the parotid, a salivary gland near the ear; and acoustic neuroma, a tumor that essentially occurs where the ear meets the brain. All these cancers are rare, so even if cellphone use does increase risk, the risk is still very low.

Last year, The American Journal of Epidemiology published data from Israel finding a 58 percent higher risk of parotid gland tumors among heavy cellphone users. Also last year, a Swedish analysis of 16 studies in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed a doubling of risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma after 10 years of heavy cellphone use.

"What we're seeing is suggestions in epidemiological studies that have looked at people using phones for 10 or more years," says Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an industry publication that tracks the research. "There are some very disconcerting findings that suggest a problem, although it's much too early to reach a conclusive view."

Some doctors say the real concern is not older cellphone users, who began using phones as adults, but children who are beginning to use phones today and face a lifetime of exposure.

"More and more kids are using cellphones," said Dr. Paul J. Rosch, clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College. "They may be much more affected. Their brains are growing rapidly, and their skulls are thinner."

For people who are concerned about any possible risk, a simple solution is to use a headset. Of course, that option isn't always convenient, and some critics have raised worries about wireless devices like the Bluetooth that essentially place a transmitter in the ear.

The fear is that even if the individual risk of using a cellphone is low, with three billion users worldwide, even a minuscule risk would translate into a major public health concern.

"We cannot say with any certainty that cellphones are either safe or not safe," Dr. Black said on CNN. "My concern is that with the widespread use of cellphones, the worst scenario would be that we get the definitive study 10 years from now, and we find out there is a correlation."

(To see this article in its original location, click here.)

Nurse Olivia

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