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Cell Phones May Cause Cancer, Says WHO

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Cell Phones May Cause Cancer, Says WHO
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It looks like our iPhones may be killing us after all, and I don’t just mean our social lives because of Angry Birds addiction.

The World Health Organization has just announced that radiation from cellphones can possibly cause cancer. The WHO has not announced a definite link, but has determined that exposure should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

This means that cellphone use is now a part of the “carcinogenic hazard” category, joining things like lead, engine exhaust and chloroform according to CNN.

In one of their latest reports, the WHO said that “a large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established for mobile phone use.”

But now, they have decided that enough evidence exists to suggest a link between the two. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries made the determination by reviewing multiple studies on the link.

One of the biggest concerns about cellphones and cancer stems from the exposure to radiofrequency waves (RF). Some suggest that these could have the effect of holding your head near a microwave oven. Dr. Keith Black neurologist at Cedars-Sinai, as quoted by CNN:

What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain. 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.

The National Cancer Institute (cancer.gov) mentions studies regarding cellphone use and brain tumors on their “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk” online fact sheet, but dismiss it as inconclusive:

Research studies have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancer. A large international study (Interphone) published in 2010 found that, overall, cell phone users have no increased risk for two of the most common types of brain tumor—glioma and meningioma. For the small proportion of study participants who reported spending the most total time on cell phone calls there was some increased risk of glioma, but the researchers considered this finding inconclusive

Some reports have suggested that the link is strong and serious, while others have debunked it as scare science. It is far from a settled issue, but this new announcement by the WHO should raise a couple of eyebrows, considering the fact that its the WHO. But I have a feeling that many of us would accept brain cancer as an alternative to returning to pre-cellphone days.

Cell Phones May Cause Cancer, Says WHO
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    What could be worst? One of our best means of communication produces cancer. What a price to pay.

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    If something is of great utility (usage, etc), it will surely have its own problems as well; cell phones are no exception. Asking a person never to use his cell phone will seem ridiculous in today’s world in spite the common buzz of the various cancers that might arise due to excessive usage of the mobile phones. With the cell phones penetration into every corner in life where this kind of connectivity was not even thought off during the wired days, the mobile phone is a part and parcel of life that is equivalent to your personal vehicle. The cell phones are a handy device in case of emergency that’s inevitable in the present scenario. However, I think, if using a Bluetooth or a earpiece that moves away the user’s head from the antenna can reduce the RF(Radio Frequency) electromagnetic waves, then it’s worth a practice to keep ourselves at bay from the carcinogenic effect.

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    These mixed signals from official sources are why people lose faith and start to believe in folk rumors like the anti-vaxers. Add to that everyone knows that corporations would sell babies arsenic if they thought they could get away with it and it’s little wonder people don’t believe a word they say. Pharma corps have put products on the market they knew resulted in death. They have falsified research, they have told researchers to falsify data. It’s a wonder people believe them at all.

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    The frequencies of microwaves are close to the natural frequencies of biological molecules themselves. The resonance frequency of DNA is very close to the millimeter waves. They don’t have to ionize to do damage.

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    I think this is kind of issue is nonsense. The WHO is mistaken. Cell phones do not produce enough radioactive energy to do any damage. And as far as I know, no study has ever shown any negative impact from cell phone use. If there were any danger of cancer, we’d have seen a huge spike in such cancers given the increased cell phone usage over the last two decades. There has been none. I can’t explain the WHO announcement, but will wait for more know legible people to comment. Right now, I think its garbage.

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    Cell phones are the most important technological development since the internet. You can get unlimited amounts of information from practically any location, and you have a safety net if you are ever in an accident, lost, or broken down on the side of the road. It’s not just about texting your BFF. It’s about communication, which is the most important part of being a human.

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    First heard about this many years ago, and have never owned a cell phone.
    And no, I don’t trust the government to protect consumers or ever do anything for them, since Congress and the regulatory agencies are all controlled by corporate interests.
    Once you understand that, life become much easier, since you simply know that all the PR and propaganda coming from the elite levels is definitely a bunch of BS, and they are definitely not looking out for our interests.

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    If something is of great
    utility (usage, etc), it will surely have its own problems as well; cell
    phones are no exception. Asking a person never to use his cell phone will seem ridiculous in
    today’s world in spite the common buzz of the various cancers that might arise
    due to excessive usage of the mobile phones. With the cell phones penetration
    into every corner in life where this kind of connectivity was not even thought
    off during the wired days, the mobile phone is a part and parcel of life that
    is equivalent to your personal vehicle. The cell phones are a handy device in
    case of emergency that’s inevitable in the present scenario. However, I think,
    if using a Bluetooth or a earpiece that moves away the user’s head from the antenna
    can reduce the RF(Radio Frequency) electromagnetic waves, then it’s worth a practice
    to keep ourselves at bay from the carcinogenic effect.