Cell Phones Declared ‘Possible’ Carcinogen! – EON Digest 6-1-2011

You can figure that when official, industry-friendly bodies begin to grudgingly admit ‘possible risks’ – remember asbestos, lead, DDT, PCBs, pesticides, tobacco? – the ‘truthiness’ is beginning to hit the fan. Just as in the case of the on-going planetary nuclear contamination disaster unfolding at Fukushima, they’re breaking the bad news to us gently. Don’t panic. Just be aware that you’re an electro-magnetic being and keep your cell phone away from your brain and reproductive organs. Wireless radiation from cell phones, ‘smart’ meters and other RF devices are a danger to your DNA. Here’s why.
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Reports: Conservative Science Body Begins to Admit Wireless Dangers
Implications for ‘smart’ meter deployment – Opt-Out Break-Through in Maine
Industry Responses
Analysis and Informed Commentary

WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
“This is a big deal.”
(CNN) – Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established….

…A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

What that means is they found some evidence of increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer for mobile phone users, but have not been able to draw conclusions for other types of cancers

“The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The type of radiation coming out of a cell phone is called non-ionizing. It is not like an X-ray, but more like a very low-powered microwave oven.

“What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain,” Black said. “So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones.”

IARC Press release – PDF

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Medical News Today

Vancouver Sun

The Guardian– UK

Supreme Court Seeks US Views on Cell Phone Suit, as WHO Sees Possible Cancer Link – ABA Journal
The Supreme Court acted on the same day that an international panel of World Health Organization experts found that cell phones may cause cancer, report the Washington Post and CNN. The panel called the phones “possibly carcinogenic,” a finding that …

Parent explains why he pulled his children out of school over Wi-Fi concerns

Peterborough Examiner
Trent University researcher Magda Havas presented samples of 10 studies at the meeting, saying they proved RF radiation — which pulses through Wi-Fi and cellular signals — can have a negative effect on health, particularly on people who are already …

Cell phone radiation: Harmless or health risk?

Implications for ‘smart’ meter deployment – Break-Through in Maine
Skelton, Taintor & Abbott Wins Landmark Smart Meter Case
On behalf of several Maine residents, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott secured a landmark decision that will benefit utility customers throughout the country. Alan Stone, chair of the firm’s energy law group, successfully convinced the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to find that it was an unjust and unreasonable practice for Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to refuse to permit residential and small commercial customers to opt-out of CMP’s smart meter program.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott represented a group of customers in a complaint against CMP, and convinced the MPUC to order CMP to offer customers the option of opting out of the smart meter program and retaining their existing electromagnetic meters. Stone proved that because of unresolved concerns relating to health, privacy and cyber security resulting from the installation of wireless meters on their homes, customers should have a choice concerning the installation of those meters. CMP argued vigorously that customers should not be allowed to opt out, and the MPUC found that position to be unjust and unreasonable.

The Portland Press Herald has described the decision as a “landmark” case that represents the first time any state had ordered an electric utility to permit customers the choice to opt out of a smart meter program. The case has been followed by other Public Utilities Commissions and utility experts around the country, and will serve as precedent for others in the determination of how to resolve what has become a growing debate about customer choice and smart meters.

Alan Stone is also chair of the trial practice group at Skelton, Taintor and Abbott, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the area of Energy Law.

Cell phones and SmartMetersSF Chron

Industry Response
Wireless industry responded to Tuesday’s announcement saying it “does not mean cell phones cause cancer.” CTIA-The Wireless Association added that WHO researchers “did not conduct any new research, but rather reviewed published studies.”

Mobile manufacturers respond to IARC Classification of RF energy
Informed Commentary

From Sandi Maurer, EMFSafety Network:
Today the World Health Organization/ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This is the same classification used for lead, DDT and EMF’s from power lines.

This is big news as cell phones, smart meters, cell towers, DECT, cordless phones, baby monitors and other wireless devices all emit non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation. Governments and decision makers can no longer hide behind the “no RF health effects” industry mantra.

Cindy Sage – Sage Associates:
The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has just issued
it’s decision that non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation is classified
as a 2B (Possible) Carcinogen.

This mirrors the 2001 IARC finding that extremely low frequency (ELF-EMF) that
classified as a 2B (Possible) Carcinogen. This pertained to power frequency (power line
and appliance) non-ionizing radiation.

These two findings confirm that non-ionizing radiation should be considered as a possible
risk factor for cancers; and that new, biologically-based public safety standards are urgently

Martin Weatherall WEEP.org
Besides all the great scientists who have demonstrated the many adverse health effects of wireless radiation, I would like to thank Mona Nilsson, whose recent investigative work shone a spotlight on the IARC meeting, exposed industry insiders and ensured that a more honest meeting occurred. I shudder to think what the result may have been without her involvement !

From Susan Foster:
This HUGE NEWS made it because some excellent reporting “outed” a highly paid Motorola consultant who was on the WHO Committee, and he was forced to step down late last week. Thus we have what should have existed long before 5 billion cell phones were in use: a warning that this form of non-ionizing radiation is a possible human carcinogen. The warning would have been stronger but for other industry-oriented members of the committee, yet still this is a HUGE step toward greater awareness. Please pass the news on. Use hollow tube ear-pieces, (NOT constant Blue Tooth), text, speaker phone — and guys, turn the phone completely OFF when in your pants pocket if you care about your ovaries or sperm. Pregnant women and women who wish to have healthy children, turn the phone off when anywhere near your baby or ovaries. A purse does NOT block RF radiation.

Becoming aware is half the battle; distance is your friend. Keep the cell 12″ from your body when it is on.

From Mary Beth Brangan, EON:
The IARC had to admit the possible carcinogenicity based on the telecom industry and government-funded INTERPHONE STUDY, among other science. Even though it was buried in Appendix 2 and had 11 serious design flaws, the Interphone study clearly showed that ‘heavy users’ (defined as those who only used their about 2 hours a month) after ten years had a doubled risk of glioma—an often fatal brain tumor, on the same side of the head they held their phone. This study, which looked at people before today’s really heavy use, was the smoking gun they couldn’t ignore, even though when Interphone was initially reported by the press, irresponsible media headlines hid the real results.

Expect some heavy PR spin to emanate from the wireless industry while they try to push the cat back into the bag, but it’s too late!

David Dillworth –1Hope.org:
“Finally-The First Official Recognition that Cell-Phones Could Cause Brain Cancer”

Joshua Hart – StopSmartMeter.org:
Widening Call to Disconnect ‘Smart’ Meter Mesh Network to Protect Public Health
…To date, a total of 42 local jurisdictions have demanded that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) halt further installation because of widespread reports of health impacts and other concerns. This list is available online here.

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