27, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Ronald B. Herberman, MD at The University of
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute sent out an email last week to colleagues warning
them of the potential risk of using cell phones.
Herberman said in his email that he has become aware of the growing body of
studies linking long term use of cell phone to possible adverse health effects including
the evidence is still controversial, he said, sufficient data warrant issuing
an advisory to share some advice on cell phone use.
studies showed an association between long term use (more than 10 years) of
cell phone and increased risk of brain tumors.
But many short term studies did not show such a link.
review of more than 100 published studies and reports by Dr. Vini G. Khurana, staff
specialist neurosurgeon at The Canberra Hospital and associate Professor of
Neurosurgery, Australia n National University Medical School and published on
his website brain-surgery.us on March 20, 2008 shows convincing evidence that
use of cell phone increases risk of brain tumors and that cell phones may be
more dangerous than asbestos and smoking.
found those who used cell phones for a long term would increase their risk of
brain tumor on the side of the head a cell phone is preferably used against by
a factor of 2-4 folds.
email, Dr. Herberman cited an international expert panel of pathologists,
oncologists and public officials as recently declaring that electromagnetic
fields emitted from cell phones should be considered a potential health risk to
countries like France, Germany and India have already issued recommendations
that exposure to electromagnetic fields be limited.
Toronto’s Department of Health has already warned
against children using cell phone.
Herberman is the first Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute,
who helped discover natural killer cell-mediated cytotoxicity against tumors in
the early 1970s. Stimulation of the natural killer activity would inhibit
He has also played a leading
role in the development of several other important aspects of tumor immunology.
the following advice to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by
allow children to use a cell phone except for emergencies.
Children are more sensitive to radiation
because their bodies/organs are developing.
using cell phones, make sure to keep the phones as far away from the ear as
possible by what means you can employ.
using cell phone in the public places like in a bus where other people would be
passively exposed to your phone's electromagnetic fields.
carrying your cell phone on your body at all times and don't keep it near your
body at night.
Or just simply shut it
off to stop electromagnetic emissions.
have to carry your cell phone, make sure that the keypad faces your body;
If you have
to use cell phone, use it briefly to establish a talk, but use a land line
corded phone to have a long conversation.
cell phone to the ear only after the correspondent picks up your call.
When using cell phone, switch sides often.
using cell phone in areas where signal is weak or you are in a car or train. In
situations like that, strong radiation will be needed to send the signal,
exposing the user to high doses of radiation.
possible, use text messaging instead of making a call.
are buying a cell phone, buy one with lowest SAR possible (SAR=Specific
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