Cell Phones: An Emerging Public Health Concern (Radiation Meters)

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Many experts today are already comparing the mobile phone industry to the cigarette industry of the early 20th century. Are Cell Phones the Next Cigarettes? asks MSN Money. Mobile Radiation: Like Tobacco Smoke? questions Business Week.

On Feb. 7, 2008, a neurosurgeon, Vini Gautam Khurana, MBBS, BSc(Med), Ph.D., FRACS, published Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours A Public Health Concern.

“It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health implications than asbestos and smoking and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children,” Dr. Khurana says.
The analysis is a 69-page “systematic and concise yet comprehensive review.” His objective was to scientifically and objectively review mobile phone usage data. He spent 14 months reviewing more than 100 sources in recent medical and scientific literature, including the press and the Internet.

“The link between mobile phones and brain tumours should no longer be regarded as a myth,” he says.
Dr. Khurana’s advice for pregnant women is to stop using mobile phones while pregnant or holding a child.
“Many oncologists say they limit their own cell phone usage, don’t hold mobiles against their ear, and instead use speakerphones, headsets, and hands-free setups,” writes Olga Kharif for Business Week. Kharif reports that Columbia University associate professor Martin Blank, who studies the effects of electromagnetic radiation on living cells, doesn’t even own a cell phone.

An MSN article says, “It took years for the hazards of smoking to come to light. Now there's debate over the safety of mobile phones.” The article refers to advice given by the director of theUniversity of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Cancer Centers. Dr. Ronald Herberman, a faculty member for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, gave 10 specific points of precautionary advice to the faculty and staff. Dr. Herberman, said, “I am convinced that there is sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use.”

In Secret Link Between Cigarettes and Cell Phones? Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses why Herberman “finally elected to speak out publicly.” It may have to do with the 610-page BioInitiative Report, which was published in 2007. Dr. Mercola says that this report “documents serious scientific concerns” about the regulations for radiation, radiofrequencies, and electromagnetic fields, like those created by wireless technology.

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