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Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears As New Study Is Released
http://newsjunkiepost.com/2009/08/28/senate-hearing-on-brain-cancer-risks-from-cell-phone-use-nears-as-new-study-is-released/
By Dolores M. Bernal

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Aug 28, 2009

       


Senator Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer could have been prevented if he had not used his cell phone so much. At least that is the argument being raised by health advocates who released a new study that concludes that too much cell phone use could lead to brain cancer.

The study, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone” was released by the International EMF Collaborative this week to counter another study funded by cell phone industry giants (The Interphone study), which minimizes the risk of cell phone use.

The International EMF Collaborative claims that the Interphone study, which begun in 1999, was “intended to determine the risks of brain tumors, but its full publication has been held up for years. Components of this study published to date reveal what the authors call a ’systemic-skew’, greatly underestimating brain tumor risk.”

The EMF Collaborative’s study is not the first to show that cell phones can increase the risk of brain cancer. The Dutch Health Council in Sweden released a similar report in 2006. But the EMF’s study has been the only one so far that has been received dozens of endorsements from doctors, scientists, and experts from the US and Europe. According to Public News Service, one of the authors of the study, Lloyd Morgan, a retired electronics engineer from Berkeley who developed a brain tumor in 1995, says that his doctor told him that his tumor was probably caused by his work around electromagnetic fields.

“Bottom line is, cell phones are causing brain tumors. If you look at the independent research, it’s absolutely clear. If you look at the telecom industry-funded research, it’s spun such that it would appear that there are no risks,” Morgan told PNS.

Advocates like Morgan have found that the cell phone industry-funded study has many flaws:

The design flaws include categorizing subjects who used portable phones (which emit the same microwave radiation as cellphones,) as ‘unexposed’; exclusion of many types of brain tumors; exclusion of people who had died, or were too ill to be interviewed, as a consequence of their brain tumor; and exclusion of children and young adults, who are more vulnerable.

The International EMF Collaborative, which is made up of Powerwatch and the EM Radiation Research Trust in the UK, and the EMR Policy Institute, ElectromagneticHealth.org and The Peoples Initiative Foundation in the US, found that:
There is a risk of brain tumors from cellphone use;
Telecom funded studies underestimate the risk of brain tumors, and;
Children have larger risks than adults for brain tumors.



The study also points out that cell phone manufacturers already warn consumers to keep their cell phones away from their bodies even when they are turned off. But advocates are concerned that consumers are not following the warnings. And, don’t think that using a Bluetooth headset is going to prevent the risk of brain tumors — according to the study even those devices use electromagnetic signals.

There has already been testimony to Congress from people who have lost loved ones to brain cancer on the dangers of cell phone use. Senator Arlen Specter who was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 1993 is pushing for Senate hearings on the matter in September. Several experts are expected to testify at the hearing.

Advocates argue that there are ways consumers can protect themselves from the electromagnetic fields produced by cell phones, but that the government needs to step in and take action.
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 05:34:25 PM »
Guess he won't be chairing that committee. :-\
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2009, 05:49:29 PM »
Will the whores in the Senate do anything or will the cell phone companies pay them enough money under the table to stay quiet?  Stay tuned.
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 05:52:04 PM »
Guess he won't be chairing that committee. :-\

oh f**k, milk coming out of my nose on that one!
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 05:53:45 PM »
Uh, it's not like the guy got a brain tumor at 25.  He was 77 and brain tumors do occur.

Looks like everyone is trying to capitalize on his death to promote their pet cause
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2009, 05:54:24 PM »
Guess he won't be chairing that committee. :-\

Don't worry, I'm sure he'll be on plenty of committees down in Hell.
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2009, 05:56:30 PM »
oh f**k, milk coming out of my nose on that one!

Sorry, but I just couldn't pass that one up.  ;)
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2009, 06:15:33 PM »
Note COMPUTERWORLD.....

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9137162/Study_revives_debate_over_cancer_from_cell_phone_use
Aug 26, 2009
Study revives debate over cancer from cell phone use
Group says upcoming study funded by carriers will underestimate dangers


Computerworld - A group of international scientists today released a report that again raises concerns about the possibility of a connection between cell phone use and brain tumors, noting that a recent Swedish study saw a 400% increase in risk for teenage cell phone users.

The 37-page report, from a group called the International EMF [Electromagnetic Field] Collaborative, summarized what it said are the dangers of cell phone use, especially for children, and attempted to counter the upcoming Interphone study, which is supported by the wireless industry in 13 countries, mainly in western Europe.

"Some countries are already banning cell phones over health concerns, with France saying children in elementary schools can only use them for texting," said the report's author, Lloyd Morgan, in an interview.
Cell phones can be used appropriately and have a certain usefulness, but I fear we will see a tsunami of brain tumors, although it is too early to see that now, since the tumors have a 30-year latency," he added. "I pray I'm wrong, but brace yourself."

However, John Walls, vice president of public affairs for the CTIA, a group representing wireless carriers and handset makers in the U.S., issued a statement today saying "peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk."

He noted that the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have all concurred that wireless devices are not a public health risk.

Morgan, a retired electronics engineer based in Berkeley, Calif., and a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, wrote the report, "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern," with the endorsement of 43 scientists and experts from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. Groups endorsing the findings include the EMR Policy Institute, the Peoples Initiative Foundation, ElectromagneticHealth.org, The Radiation Research Trust and Powerwatch. A copy of the report and a short video are available at RadiationReserarch.org.

Morgan said the most compelling research linking cell phone usage to brain tumors was noted in a study published in May 2009 in the International Journal of Oncology by a Swedish team of scientists led by professor Lennart Hardell.

 It noted that use of digital cell phones and cordless phones by people who started using such devices when they were teenagers or younger led to a 420% increase in the risk of brain cancer.

Hardell had earlier found that use of analog cell phones caused a 700% increase in the risk of cancer; today's digital phones have lower power requirements and don't represent as much of a threat as analog phones.

The cancer risk comes from holding a cell phone close to the head over longer periods of time, the International EMF Collaborative study notes. It recommends eight steps for reducing exposure to cell phone radiation for adults and children. The steps include using wired headsets rather than wireless headsets and sending text messages instead of talking on the phone. Also, the study recommends avoiding the use of cell phones in moving vehicles, since the devices require more power and radiation as they move farther away from cell towers. And it suggests that people avoid using cell phones inside of buildings, because phones need less power and radiation outdoors.

The study also recommends keeping cell phones away from your body, including in pockets, and it suggests using cell phones like answering machines -- keeping them off until you're ready to return calls. It also urged people to use corded, land line phones whenever possible. Moreover, it recommended that children not be allowed to sleep with cell phones under their pillows, and it cautioned parents not to allow children under 18 to use cell phones except in emergencies.

The International EMF Collaborative's study details 11 flaws in the upcoming Interphone study, which is due to be released this fall by major carriers in 13 countries, not including the U.S. Based on components of the Interphone report that have already been published, the International EMF Collaborative says that study has a number of flaws. Among other things, it excluded people who use portable phones, even though those devices also emit microwave radiation, just as cell phones do. The Collaborative said the Interphone study also excluded many types of brain tumors and eliminated subjects who died or were too ill be interviewed. Moreover, the Interphone study did not include children and young adults, who are more vulnerable, according to the International EMF Collaborative.
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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009, 06:38:36 PM »
From 2006:

CONSENSUS STATEMENT ON ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION -- DRAFT -- 10 October 2006

http://www.healthandenvironment.org/wg_emf_news/772

We, the undersigned, are members of the CHE-EMF Working Group within the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), together with like-minded colleagues from science, medicine and environmental health. 

We believe there are legitimate health concerns regarding exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (EMR), which has rapidly become one of the most pervasive environmental exposures in modern life. These concerns are based on the weight of evidence spanning decades of scientific research on radiofrequency (RF) radiation from countries around the world. The radiofrequency radiation sources addressed in this Consensus Statement are those from newer wireless technologies such as cell phones and cordless phones, cell towers/antennas, WI-FI networks, WI-MAX, as well as Broadband Radiofrequency Internet over electrical power lines (BPL).

We recognize that there are significant uncertainties about the long-term health effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation. However, prudent policy requires acting on the best available scientific evidence. Then, based on the Precautionary Principle, which is an overarching guide for decision making when dealing with credible threats of harm and scientific uncertainty, policies to protect public health can be adopted.

As a way of implementing the Precautionary Principle, there should be an ongoing investment in research, as well as funding for a transparent, participatory policy analysis of alternatives, when there is reason to believe that there may be a significant risk from current or proposed technologies. The principle states that “when an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.” These precautionary measures may include but are not necessarily limited to making investments in research and policy analysis. We are deeply concerned that there is insufficient non-industry funding support for critical research, given the potential public health consequences of involuntary and chronic exposure to radiofrequency radiation.

The following four examples show how the Precautionary Principle has been implemented.


Scientists in the United Kingdom recommend that no child under the age of 8 years old use a cell phone. Research evidence shows that children are more vulnerable than adults to harm from other environmental exposures (such as chemicals), and the same may be true of radiofrequency radiation exposures.
The International Association of Fire Fighters passed a resolution in 2004, calling for a moratorium on new cell phone antennas on fire stations and a study of the health effects of these installations.
The Chairman of the Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP), Yuri Grigoriev, advised that cellular communication is strongly contraindicated for children and teenagers.
The Canadian Public Health Officer, David Butler-Jones, advised Canadians to limit their and their children’s use of cell phones until science resolves uncertainties about long-term health effects. 

More research is needed on the health/biological effects, the level of current and future exposure, and the feasibility, cost and exposure implications of these technologies, as well as alternatives and modifications to current technology.

While research continues, we believe there is sufficient evidence to recommend precautionary measures that people can take to protect their health, and the health of their families, co-workers and communities.  We recommend the following measures:


Use a corded phone/land line if possible, which does not involve RF exposure. Emergency use of cell phones is not discouraged but land lines should be used for normal day-to-day communication needs.


If you use a cell phone, use an earpiece/headset or the “speaker phone” setting, which greatly reduces the RF exposure because the phone is not held next to your head and brain. Using text messaging is also a good way to reduce RF exposure.


Be aware that the cell phone radiates to some degree even when in “standby” mode. You can avoid this radiation by either keeping the phone off (using it as an answering machine), or away from your body.


Using a cordless phone outdoors to alert you to an incoming call is handy, but returning inside to use a corded phone/land line to conduct the conversation is advisable.


Before adopting WI-FI wireless networks in workplaces, schools and cities, the extent of exposure and possible health effects should be publicly discussed. Although convenient, WI-FI wireless networks create pervasive, continuous, involuntary exposure to radiofrequency radiation. Preferable alternatives to wireless technology for voice and data transmission, including cable and fiber-optic technologies (that produce no radiofrequency radiation), should be considered, given the uncertainties about health, cost, liability, and inequity of impact.


There needs to be substantial community involvement in decisions about the placement and operation of cell towers (also called antennas or masts). Where possible, siting of these facilities should avoid residential areas and schools, day-care centers, hospitals and other buildings that house populations more vulnerable to the effects of radiation exposure. Periodic information on levels of exposure should be provided to the public. Cell towers produce radiofrequency radiation exposure in communities that is constant and involuntary. While acknowledging that this technology enables voice and data transmission via a cell phone that is important to many people in every community, those who live, work or go to school in the vicinity of wireless facilities will be disproportionately exposed.  Not enough research has been done to determine the safety or risk of chronic exposure to low-intensity RF radiation from cell towers and some studies suggest there may be harm.


Broadband Radiofrequency Internet transmitted over electrical power lines (BPL) needs to be thoroughly researched and the findings publicly disclosed and discussed before full deployment of this new technology. Discussion should include comparison of exposures and potential health effects of BPL technology versus cable and fiber optics.  BPL technology uses electrical wiring as the vehicle for carrying RF radiation into and throughout all electrified buildings in a community, including every home. Therefore, BPL has the potential to expose entire communities to a new, continuous, involuntary source of RF radiation. The RF signal will be carried on everyone’s home wiring, even in the homes of those who do not wish to subscribe to this new Internet service. People will have no chance to “opt out” or turn off the signal.

In summary, we recommend caution in the further deployment of wireless technologies, and deployment of safer, wired alternatives until further study allows better definition of the risks of wireless.

Signed by:

Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD, Member, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Corte Madera, CA
James B. Beal, EMF Interface Consulting, Wimberley, TX
Martin Blank, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Roger Coghill, Coghill Research Labs, UK
Andy Davidson, HESE-UK, Worthing, UK
Cynthia Drasler, MBA, President, Organic Excellence Chemical Free Products; Host, Chemical Free Living Radio Show, Phoenix, AZ
Nancy Evans, Health Science Consultant, San Francisco, CA
David Fancy, Canadian SWEEP Initiative (Safe Wireless Electric and Electromagnetic Policy), St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Marne Glaser, Chicago, IL
Reba Goodman, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Leonore Gordon, Coordinator, New York State Coalition to Regulate Antenna Siting, Brooklyn, NY
Elizabeth A. (“Libby”) Kelley, Executive Director, Council on Wireless Technology Impacts, Novato, CA
Michael Kundi, PhD, Institute of Environmental Health, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Henry Lai, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Michael Lerner, PhD, Commonweal, Bolinas, CA
Samuel Milham, MD, MPH, Indio, CA
Lloyd Morgan, Berkeley, CA
Lisa Nagy, MD, Member, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and Environmental Health Research Foundation, Vineyard Haven, MA
Elihu Richter, MD, MPH, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel
Joan M. Ripple, Treasurer, Council on Wireless Technology Impacts and health and disability researcher, Novato, CA
Jeanne Rizzo, RN, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Fund, San Francisco, CA
Jacqueline Rose, Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network, Ann Arbor, MI
Cindy Sage, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA
Lavinia Gene Weissman, Managing Director, WorkEcology, Jamaica Plain, MA
Patricia Wood, Executive Director, Grassroots Environmental Education, Port Washington, NY


See below for international resolutions urging precaution with wireless technologies.
 

International Resolutions Advocating a Precautionary Approach
to the Use and Expansion of Wireless Technologies


Scientists and public policy researchers across the globe have acknowledged the evidence of potential health effects from radiofrequency radiation and advocated a precautionary approach to the use and expansion of wireless technologies. For example:


October 1998, scientists adopt the Vienna Resolution, which states that  “biological effects from low intensity [RFR] exposures are scientifically established.”  www.emrnetwork.org/research/vienna.htm


June 2000, scientists adopt the Salzburg Resolution, stating “the assessment of biological effects of exposures from base stations in the low-dose range is difficult but indispensable for protection of public health…there is at present evidence of no threshold for adverse health effects.”  In other words, there is no threshold for safe exposure. www.salzburg.gv.at/salzburg_resolution_e.pdf


May 2000, the UK Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones chaired by Sir William Stewart, reports that “a precautionary approach be adopted until more robust scientific information becomes available.”
www.iegmp.org.uk


September 2002, scientists at the International Conference “State of the Research on Electromagnetic Fields Scientific and Legal Issues” held in Catania, Italy, adopt the Catania Resolution, calling for “preventive strategies based on the precautionary principle.” www.emrpolicy.org/faq/catania.pdf


November 2004, the European Union’s EMF REFLEX Research Project is released, showing that mobile phone radiation (radiofrequency radiation) damages DNA in human cells. omega.twoday.net/stories/436261 
http://www.itis.ethz.ch/downloads/REFLEX_Final%20Report_171104.pdf


In January 2005, the UK National Radiation Protection Board issues a warning that no child under age 8 should use a cell phone, citing the growing scientific evidence that exposure to RFR poses a health risk. The report also cautions about the health risks of exposure to cell phone antennas (referred to as “base stations):  “…there remain particular concerns in the UK about the impact of base stations on health, including well-being. Despite current evidence which shows that exposures of individuals are likely to be only a small fraction of those from phones, they may impact adversely on well-being.” www.hpa.org.uk/radiation/publications/documents_of_nrpb/abstracts/absd15-5.htm


In February 2005, the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) issues a statement urging that “the strictest possible safety regulations be established for the installation of masts and transmitters, and for the acceptable levels of potential exposure of individuals to electromagnetic radiation.”
www.ideaireland.org/emr2005dailreport.htm


In September 2006, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) releases the Benevento Resolution which emphasizes that the accumulated evidence points to “adverse health effects from occupational and public exposures to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields (EMF) at current exposure levels.” Signed by 31 leading scientists from around the world, this resolution calls for governments to “adopt guidelines for public and occupational EMF exposure that reflect the Precautionary Principle.”
www.icems.eu

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Re: Senate Hearing On Brain Cancer Risks From Cell Phone Use Nears
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bump .... McCain, Sheyl Crow, Gaga , Paltrow, .... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLt7wdipLUA
Brain Tumor Victims on Cell Phone Safety

http://people.com/tv/sheryl-crow-brain-tumor-singer-thinks-it-was-caused-by-her-cell-phone/

Sheryl Crow suspects that the benign brain tumor she has may have been caused by her cell phone. “There are no doctors that will confirm that,” Crow, 50, said Monday while appearing on the premiere of Katie, the new syndicated talk show hosted by Katie Couric.Sep 10, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM8V1DZq1LA

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/do-cellphones-cause-brain-cancer-or-not/534303/
Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer or Not?

Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma diagnosis revives a longstanding debate over the safety of wireless technology.

People look at their cellphones in front of a wall garden during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, in May 2017.

http://www.justjared.com/2017/07/03/maria-menounos-reveals-she-was-diagnosed-with-a-brain-tumor/
Maria Menounos Reveals She Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor
Mon, 03 July 2017 at 8:31 am

Maria Menounos is opening up about being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The 39-year-old E! News co-anchor recently underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor the size of a golf ball as she was caring for her mother Litsa, who has stage 4 brain cancer.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080723/ap_on_he_me/cell_phone_warning

Pittsburgh cancer center warns of cell phone risks

"When you look at the overwhelming majority of studies that have been peer reviewed and published in scientific journals around the world, you'll find no relationship between wireless usage and adverse health affects," Farren said.

Frank Barnes, who chaired the January report from the National Research Council, said Wednesday that "the jury is out" on how hazardous long-term cell phone use might be.

Speaking from his cell phone, the professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder said he takes no special precautions in his own phone use. And he offered no specific advice to people worried about the matter.

It's up to each individual to decide what if anything to do. If people use a cell phone instead of having a land line, "that may very well be reasonable for them," he said.

Susan Juffe, a 58-year-old Pittsburgh special education teacher, heard about Herberman's cell phone advice on the radio earlier in the day.

"Now, I'm worried. It's scary," she said.

She says she'll think twice about allowing her 10-year-old daughter Jayne to use the cell phone.

"I don't want to get it (brain cancer) and I certainly don't want you to get it," she explained to her daughter.

Sara Loughran, a 24-year-old doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, sat in a bus stop Wednesday chatting on her cell phone with her mother. She also had heard the news earlier in the day, but was not as concerned.

"I think if they gave me specific numbers and specific information and it was scary enough, I would be concerned," Loughran said, planning to call her mother again in a matter of minutes. "Without specific numbers, it's too vague to get me worked up."
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