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    Dangers of EMFs and your cell phone (Radiation Meters)

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    Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer," warned Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Have we reached the saturation point with our cell phones? The debate is re-opened Herberman issued this warning after releasing his cancer study , Important Precautionary Advice Regarding Cell Phone Use, just a few days ago in North America. For years, there been whispers in scientific circles about the safety limit of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by power lines, cell phones, wireless computers and other devices. The debate has brought to the public by a report published by an international group of experts in August 2007.

    The BioInitiative Working Group includes twenty scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals who reviewed more than 2,000 scientific papers and reviews on EMFs. Their report documents scientific evidence that links childhood leukemia to exposure to power lines as well as brain tumors and Alzheimer's disease associated with the prolonged use of cell and cordless phones. This latest report from the University of Pittsburgh is changing those whispers to a very large shout. Need to pay attention For at least the last two years, scientists have warned about health impacts caused when people are exposed to electromagnetic radiation and cautioned the existing safety limits are actually too high and need to be lowered.

    The limits are currently established by the American Federal Communications Commission (US FCC) and International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in Europe (ICNIRP). "This report stands as a wake-up call that long-term exposure to some kinds of EMF may cause serious health effects. There is evidence that EMF is a risk factor for both childhood and adult cancers," said public health expert and co-editor of the Report Dr. David Carpenter. "Good public health planning is needed now to prevent cancers and neurological diseases linked to exposure to power lines and other sources of EMF. We need to educate people and our decision makers that 'business as usual' is unacceptable."

    Dr Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, New York and founder of university's School of Public Health, estimates that EMFs are a contributing factor in 20 to 35 percent of child cancers. "In my mind the evidence is overwhelming", he said. Dr. Haberman puts it more strongly: "Recently I have become aware of the growing body of literature linking long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer. Although the evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there are sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use."

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