Again, my newspaper has provoked me to action. The headline “FCC quietly revises guidelines for cell phone radiation safety.” In an article taken from the Washington Post, my local rag tells me that the long standing recommendations that concerned consumers purchase phones with lower level of radiation emissions’ had been dropped. Further, “it is a secretive change like the one that was just made raises questions of collusion with industry and does not help make the change credible,” per Michael Marcus in a blog on Public Knowledge, a public interest site.
Contrast that with the works of Devra Davis, Nobel Prize winner. She found evidence of studies, some decades old, showing that the radio-frequency radiation used by cell phones could indeed have biological effects — enough to damage DNA and potentially contribute to brain tumors. She found that other countries — like France and Israel — had already acted, discouraging the use of cell phones by children and even putting warning signs on handsets. She found evidence of dramatic increases in certain kinds of brain tumors among unusually young patients who were heavy users of cell phones. And, just as she saw with tobacco and lung cancer, Davis discovered that the wireless industry — often with the help of governments — had discouraged independent scientists who studied cell phones, and helped produced questionable science that effectively clouded the issue. “This is about the most important and unrecognized public health issues of our time,” says Davis. “We could avert a global catastrophe.”
Ultimately, she makes a strong case that we’ve underplayed the possible threat from cell phones. We’re disconnected — even as worrying studies have begun to pile up, however quietly, the message has been slow to reach public health experts and even slower to reach the government. “The fact that we don’t know everything about the subject doesn’t mean that everything is fine,” she says. “I can’t tell you that cell phones are dangerous, but I can tell you that I’m not sure they’re safe.”
So what do you do? Well, I can tell you what I do. As much as possible, I leave my cell off my body. That means that I carry it in my purse. When I need to use it, I try to use the speaker option, and put the phone on my desk. While I know this is not always possible, try to use these suggestions as often as possible.
Until next time,
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2010/09/27/book-review-a-scientist-takes-a-hard-look-at-cell-phones-and-cancer-risk/#ixzz11hpq1aDz