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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

by Randall Neustaedter OMD

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Finally after all these years the World Health organization has admitted that cell phones are associated with brain tumors and may increase a user’s risk of these cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. This does not come as news to the many health advocates and cell phone industry insiders who have been saying for years that cell phones cause brain tumors. Neurological surgeons have raised the alarm as well since they have been seeing an unprecedented number of brain tumors in children.

By contrast most consumers have little concern over cell phone dangers, despite these warnings. But one simple measure can dramatically protect your health. Keep your cell phone away from your body. Use your speakerphone. Or use an air tube headset. This is a headset that contains hollow tubes like a stethoscope that transmit sound but not electrical radiation. Wired headsets will actually increase your risk, not reduce it. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket or on your belt near sensitive internal organs or your groin. Require that your children take these precautions. Their risk from cell phones is higher than that of adults.

Now that the WHO has acknowledged the validity of the many studies that have shown an increased risk of brain tumors from cell phone use, there is no reason for anyone to avoid taking appropriate precautions.

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  • Gary

    Hi Randy,

    First, I agree with the risk assessment of cell phones and you make a valuable point I hadn’t thought about…I figured if I kept my phone in my shirt pocket I was ok…but that just means I’m irradiating my lungs!

    I disagree about the risk of wired headsets. We have been using them for a hundred years in our telephones. The cell phone is actually intentionally emitting microwaves strong enough to reach cell towers a few miles away. A wired headset is not designed to emit anything.

    Blue tooth is another matter. It is also designed to emit a signal but it is much weaker since it is only trying to reach a reciever (the cell phone) only a few feet away. The intensity of radiation drops off with the square of the distance so blue tooth only needs to be about one millionth as strong as the cell phone.

    Thanks for all your health help,,,Gary Bower

    • Dr N

      Gary, since you are actually a nuclear physicist or some such advanced scientific expert, and I am not, I am prepared to defer to your expertise. My understanding is that electrical wiring will transmit the EMF  from the cell phone through the wire to your ear and thereby your brain. Air tubes will not. That is what I have been led to believe. And the problem is the emissions from the antenna of the cell phone. A land line does not have these issues. As for the Bluetooth, if it is not transmitting a significant signal and not picking up the broadcast energy from the cell phone, then it may be a better alternative.