Cellular Phone: The Next Hidden Epidemic
From the holistic perspective, the question of cell phones in relation to cancer is moot. Cancer is a byproduct, which is inevitably caused by entropy. And therefore, the question should be: “Can cell phones cause entropy?” Entropy is the turning towards disorder and disease. According to the opinion of one entropy expert, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, the answer is an emphatic yes!
In today's modern age of scientific breakthroughs, we collectively appreciate many benefits of technology, which effectively provide us the possibility to get things done quicker, enjoy greater convenience, and have access to tremendous tools that drastically enhance all areas of life. However, there are many studies that suggest we are paying a price for these benefits, perhaps in the form of cancer. Major concerns arise from the fact that we are increasingly exposed to non-ionizing radiation from wireless systems, cell phones, satellite transmissions, electricity transmission, and other products. This paper aims to present a solid argument that cell phones, in particular should be embraced as a cause for significant health concern.
Researchers suggest that high power electrical distribution lines may increase the incidence of certain cancers1 According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “In conclusion, the several studies showing leukemia, lymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to magnetic fields from residential 60 Hz electrical power distribution systems, supported by similar findings in adults in several occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggests, but does not prove, a causal link. Frequency components higher than 60 Hz cannot be ruled out as contributing factors. Evidence from a large number of biological test systems shows that these fields induce biological effects that are consistent with several possible mechanisms of carcinogenesis.”
This situation suggests the basic need to actively assess the available data from ongoing research and to further evaluate the mechanisms of carcinogenic action and the attributes of exposure that cause these effects.
A review article published by Medscape2 shaped a cry for more action12, “Taken together, the WTR (Wireless Technology Research) research findings are not conclusive with respect to an increased risk of brain cancer or benign tumors associated with wireless phone usage. Indeed, these findings could be chance occurrences and should be confirmed. Alternatively, these findings could be early indications of a serious public health problem; thus, an immediate and focused follow-up is clearly necessary.”
As modern technologies have become both economically and politically indispensable, it is imperative that we take the time to investigate the short-term as well as long-term effects that cell phones may have on our physical and mental health. Only by studying cell phones where the radiation is more intense and localized, can we develop a clearer picture of what the future may hold.
Debate Over Cellular Phones
According to Wendy Kaufman3 of NPR broadcasted May 2, 2004, “Home-entertainment units just got smaller. Now, it's possible to listen to music, play poker and watch TV on cell phones. More than 2,000 companies are working on content to distribute on cellular phones. With more than 1.5 billion cell phones worldwide, mobile entertainment has become big business.
Along with the increase of cellular phone usage, there has been an increase in the number of brain tumors diagnosed each year in the United States. Since cellular phones emit electromagnetic energy, which in certain circumstances has been linked with causing tumors, and since the cellular phones are held directly against the head, many people believe that the two statistics might be linked.”
It would be a shame to wait until it is too late. In 20 years, it is possible that an epidemic of health issues will emerge across the globe which is directly linked to the cellular phone usage that started in the 1990's.
The increasing demands of society make these devices virtually a necessity. Cellular phones are no longer just for the rich and elite. Affordable plans today offer talk anytime plans with no per minute charges. With phone prices and monthly minutes quickly equalizing with the average wired phone services, cellular phone use has skyrocketed over the past decade. Despite the public’s enthusiastic acceptance of cellular phones, their safety remains uncertain.
It is a well known fact that radiation can result in cancer.4 “Prolonged exposure to [low energy] waves has been a concern due to past observations of high incidence of brain tumors in children living under power wires.” Just how these waves affect cellular phone users is still under debate, but it has been determined that even a slight change in DNA can lead to cancer. Many cancers are a result of damaged DNA. For example, sunlight causes DNA damage in skin cells, thus giving rise to skin cancer.
However, the issues surrounding cell phones and their effects remain politically and economically charged. In 2005 the American Cancer Society5 reported that in 2004 there were 18,400 new cases of brain cancer.
There are studies which propose that cellular phones do not cause cancer. Some researchers argue that the link between cellular phones and cancer are nonexistent6. Two short-term studies on the relationship between cellular phones and brain tumors stated that cellular phone users are no more likely than anyone else to develop benign tumors or malignant brain cancers. One of these studies, supported by the National Cancer Institute, matched the findings of a similar study, which was paid for by the cellular phone industry and the federal government6. It is the hope of both public and economically connected groups that studies like these will help diminish the public’s fears.
Dr. George Carlo7 was the head of the Wireless Technology Research (WTR) program for six years. The WTR program was founded by the U.S. Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) in 1993 to research the possibility of brain tumors and any other health issues related to mobile phone use. The WTR spent about $25 million over a five year contract period7.
Dr. Carlo’s findings were not met with sufficient action. This prompted him to address the chairman and chief executive officer of the AT&T Corporation: “I have headed the WTR surveillance and research program funded by the wireless industry. The goal of WTR has always been to identify and solve any problems concerning consumers' health that could arise from the use of these phones. This past February, at the annual convention of the CTIA, I met with the full board of that organization to brief them on some surprising findings from our work. I do not recall if you were there personally, but my understanding is that all segments of the industry were represented. At that briefing, I explained that the well-conducted scientific studies that WTR was overseeing indicated that the question of wireless phone safety had become confused7.” In this letter Dr. Carlo outlined the deep concerns over the link between cancer and cellular phones and concluded: “Today, I sit here extremely frustrated and concerned that appropriate steps have not been taken by the wireless industry to protect consumers during this time of uncertainty about safety. The steps I am referring to specifically followed from the WTR program and have been recommended repeatedly in public and private for and by me and other experts from around the world. As I prepare to move away from the wireless phone issue and into a different public health direction, I am concerned that the wireless industry is missing a valuable opportunity by dealing with these public health concerns through politics, creating illusions that more research over the next several years helps consumers today, and false claims that regulatory compliance means safety. The better choice by the wireless industry would be to implement measured steps aimed at true consumer protection7.”
Dr. Carlo7 suggests that radio frequency radiation causes genetic damage to the blood and increases the chance of brain tumors among cellular phone users. Despite these conclusions, the CTIA repudiated his conclusions after a fellow researcher asserted the outcomes were biased.
Dr. George Carlo joined forces with Martin Schram, author and syndicated journalist, to educate the public by publishing: Cellular Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age 8. The book takes an in-depth look at the evidence linking cellular phones with brain cancer. There are many interesting points that the book asserts including the fact that cellular phones were never adequately tested to assure safety prior to marketing to the general public. It further states that the industry knew of the many studies which had already linked radio frequency radiation with brain tumors, lymphoma and leukemia. The book also asserts that research has illustrated that the radiation emitted by cellular phones can damage the blood brain barrier and cause micronuclei in cells and genetic damage that are a precursor to cancer.
Another interesting part of the book is that the writers examine why the government and ultimately the public subsequently ignored the link between cellular phones and cancer. On page 47, they wrote “The industry had teamed up with the government agency that was regulating it (the Food and Drug Administration) to foil the media’s effort to inform the public. . . .” As for the FDA, the authors refer to it as “the people’s myopic watchdog” who “never barked.” Despite all the reports which claim that cellular phones are safe, the FDA stated that “Some significant studies suggest acceleration in cancer growth due to low level radiation produced by cellular phones is a possibility.” Dr Carlo went on to state “Many segments of the industry appear to openly ignore the scientific findings suggesting potential health effects, and have repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers including children, and have created an illusion of responsible follow up by calling for and supporting more research. The most important measures of consumer protection are missing: complete and honest factual information to allow informed judgment by consumers about assumption of risk; the direct tracking and monitoring of what happens to consumers who use wireless phones; and, the monitoring of changes in the technology that could impact health.” 8
The United States General Accounting Office issued a report recently which found that US federal agencies often fail to provide the latest research and information on cellular phone radiation to new consumers nor current cellular subscribers; and in many cases, what they do supply to new consumers is far too technical for the average person to fully understand.
The industry's response has been consistent. 4”Based on inconclusive studies on long-term use, it is impossible to formulate a clear conclusion.” Dennis Shin, a sales manager at E-Phones, believes that more people are becoming concerned with regard to cellular phone radiation. “Cellular phone radiation hadn’t been an issue until last year due to a special that aired on 20/20,” stated Shin4. “Customers casually ask if I had ‘heard’ about possible risks.” Still, even though customers are aware of the risks, cell phone sales continue to increase.
Experts readily advise that research which claims there are no proven links between cancer and cellular phones is not a viable answer to this health issue.
The cellular phone industry is still in its infancy and research data on long-term health issues related to cellular phones is still very limited. As the technology evolves, the research of the past is quickly dismissed as out of date. Analog cellular phones are all but extinct in the United States, but a new wave of digital technologies has superseded it. These new digital technologies do have a different affect on biological systems. Research studies on animals have found that analog signals produce no adverse health effects, but digital signals have been found to create several types of health problems 9.When one understands that solid brain tumors take between 10 to 15 years to develop, the true impact of these new technologies may not be fully understood for many years to come.
In 2002 researchers partnered with the cellular phone industry to conduct relevant scientific studies on the health risks of cellular phones. The FDA supported many studies in response to public concerns that radiation from cellular phones may pose health risks. The contract between the FDA and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) allows the FDA to freely choose researchers and supervise the programs, while the CTIA generously provides funding. Both entities were adamant that the cellular industry should not influence the investigation.
Digital technologies appear to be redefining our scientific world. With this digital age comes a new host of potential problems and health risks, but there are possible solutions as well.
In 2005 Dr. Gabriel Cousens reportedly demonstrated not only the negative effects of cellular phones, but also proved that a technology already exists that could reverse or protect a cell phone user from the negative effects that are associated with cell phone use.
This study is unique in that Dr. Cousens’ objective was two fold. His first objective was to scientifically measure the bioenergetic depletion associated with cell phone use. The second objective was to ascertain if the bioenergetic depletion that he measured during cell phone conversations could be arrested. According to Dr. Cousens’10 conclusions, 90% of the subjects tested showed a 100% reversal in bioenergetic depletion when the digital cell phone they were using was affixed with a Tachyonized Phone Micro-Disk™ 11. Dr. Cousens claims that the Tachyonized Phone Micro-Disk is a scientific breakthrough that stops the bioenergetic depletion which has been proven to occur during cell phone usage, thereby providing a solution for those individuals who feel they cannot “live” without their cell phones. This may very well be the largest study to date proving not only the negative effects of cellular phones on the human body, but also offering a solution other than reducing or stopping cell phone usage.
“The resolution of this issue through technological advances, offers us a new dimension in possibilities”,11claims David Wagner, inventor of Tachyonization™. “There is so much independent research proving what the cell phone industry fears most. Cell phones are slowly affecting most people’s health! Isn’t it time to quit being part of the wireless industries biological study? I believe we can no longer wait for the cell phone manufacturers to protect us! Tachyonized Phone Micro-Disks™ have been proven scientifically as a solution to the epidemic at hand. Fortunately, as humans, we do have choices. And whatever the individual choices may be, whether it be avoidance of cellular phones or to protect oneself by simply attaching a scientifically proven Tachyonized Phone Micro-Disk to the back of the phone, we are responsible as individuals to protect ourselves”.
Because wireless communication is a reasonably new innovation, the experts are divided on the weight of the conclusions drawn by their peers. Still, while most studies are inconclusive, many recommend precautions. The FDA suggests placing the cell phone as far from the body as is reasonable. Selecting a phone with less radiation is also prudent. You may be well advised to limit the exposure to children because growing children apparently have a higher risk of health problems due to their rapid growth and increased cell division rate.
The fact is that cellular phones are very useful. The likelihood is that consumers will not abandon this technology anytime soon. Therefore the simple solution is for consumers to immediately begin to actively choose to protect themselves by limiting exposure, purchasing lower radiation phones, utilizing headsets and employing proven technologies like the Tachyonized™ Phone Micro-disk 11.
A new dimension has been added to the cell phone debate. Because cellular phones are a relatively new technology, there is inadequate research available on their long-term health effects. It is therefore difficult to prove that any exposure is completely safe.
It does seem clear, however, that cell phones do in fact represent a significant health hazard. In this modern day world which is so addicted to technology, it seems likely that the most palatable solution to the problem comes through technology itself. Until the day arrives when manufacturers eliminate the debate by providing us with a technology that is unquestionably safe; it may be prudent to look to scientifically proven alternatives like the Tachyonized Phone Micro-Disk.
It is time to take action, before it is too late. Through education and action, maybe we can avoid being part of the next hidden epidemic.
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3 Wendy Kaufman NPR (May2, 2006). Retrieved from the Internet at:
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6 Gina Kolata. (December 20, 2000). The New York Times Company. Retrieved from the Internet at: http://www.microwavenews.com/
7 Dr. George Carlo Letter to AT&T 1999) Retrieved from the Internet at: http://members.iinet.net.au/
8 George Carlo and Martin Schram. (2002). Mobile Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider’s Alarming Discoveries about Cancer and Genetic Damage”, Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN: 078670960X.
9 Dwyer, Sheila. (December 28, 2000). Do Mobile Phones Cause Brain Cancer? MedTech News. Retrieved from the Internet at: http://www.medtech1.com/new_tech/
10 Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H) Retrieved from the Internet at: http://www.treeoflife.nu/
11 Phone Micro-disk is manufactured by: Advanced Tachyon Technologies 480 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa, CA. 95401 Phone: 707.573.5800
12 Dr. Siepmann D. Editor Journal of Theoretics (February/March, 2004). Is Technology Killing Us? Journal of Theoretics: Vol. 6-1. Retrieved from the Internet at: http://www.journaloftheoretics.com/