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December 21, 2004

THE DANGERS OF CELL PHONES

A dispatch from Reuters yesterday reports on a new European Union-funded study showing that radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions. Mutated DNA cells of the kind reported in the study are seen as a possible cause of cancer. According to Reuters, the study's director, Dr. Franz Adlkofer of Germany, "advised against the use of a mobile phone when an alternative fixed line phone was available."

This is not the first such study of mobile phone dangers. In October, a Swedish study  (published in the journal Epidemiology) by epidemiologists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that those who used cell phones for ten years double the danger of getting tumors on the acoustic nerve (called acoustic neromas).

And two years earlier, a study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention reported that brain tumors nearly doubled among those who used mobile phones for ten years.

If you're interested in this under-reported issue, you'll find credible, science-based information at Microwave News, which the scientist/journalist Louis Slesin has run for 25 years. Slesin has been a lonely voice trying to get attention paid to the dangers of cell phones despite an industry-funded campaign to stifle such information, in which the major media have been complicit.

I confess to a particular dislike for mobile phones--I consider them irritatingly anti-social, as Umberto Ecco painted them in a witty anti-cell phone essay a couple of years ago (it has, unfortunately, not been published in English as far as I know) proclaiming that only doctors and similar folk really needed these self-indulgent apparatuses. People who drive while talking on their cell phones are maddeningly dangerous (many European countries now have laws against doing so, as do some states here, like New York and New Jersey). On the streets, pedestrians who don't look where they're going because they're yammering on their cells constantly jostle one needlessly. The frequent interruptions of conversations with someone calling from a cell phone are rivaled in their annoyance factor only by the often watery, scratchy, and feeble voice signal mobile phones can produce. And now those of us with Luddite sympathies can bolster our aesthetic arguments with more than enough credible evidence to suggest that these noxious instruments are dangerous to one's health as well. Stick to your land lines, kids....

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Comments

WHILE USING A MOTOROLA HANDHELD CELLULAR PHONE IN 1990, MY PHONE RANG AND THE PHONE EMITTED A LARGE CRACKLING SOUND AND WAS HOT TO THE TOUCH, AS A RESULT I AM NOW TOTALLY DEAF IN MY RIGHT EAR AND SUFFER VERTIGO.

Posted by: PHYLLIS BERNGEN | Jan 15, 2005 3:02:10 AM

http://911research.wtc7.net/index.html
It is important that we all fully realize that sept 11 was not perpetrated by people outside the govt.
Don't demean yourselves into thinking this as conspiracy and thus having your mind disempowered by the psy op used to make you feel powerless.

We are Very powerful.
But knowledge, as well as courage to face the truth.

like the riechstad in germany being used to initiate the war with austria.
or the mentioning of just such an event by the neocons to "galvanize the american suppport"
9/11 was a staged event from beginning to end.

Shout it from the rooftops.
the towers were demo'd!
not a terrorist attack but an act of terror intended for the world and specifically the u.s., by the corptocracy that is clear on its desire for power.

check it out, keep an open mind.

Spread the word

Peace

Posted by: awake | Jan 7, 2005 3:07:26 AM

My paranoid refusal to use cell phones seems less paranoiac and more reasonable, all the time.

I've never wanted to be so 'in touch'. It always seemed, to me, that being so immediately 'in touch' was another way to say 'on leash'.

I have a leash but it is for my dog and only because he views the very existence of other dogs as a personal affront. No collars on me, thank you very much.

Oh, the joys of retirement and poverty. :)

Posted by: Thomas McCay | Dec 23, 2004 6:56:38 PM

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