Does cell phone use increase risk for brain tumors?

I recently sent this to some people I care about. Thought I would put it out there for everyone. Here is the link to the article.

Here are some highlights if you don’t want to read the whole article:

“What makes me worry,” she stated, “is that the higher quality studies [seen here] did indeed show an association.” Dr. Deepa Subramaniam, director of the Brain Tumor Center at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

“I would not allow children to use a cell phone, or I at least would require them to use a separate headset,” Moskowitz said. “It seems fairly derelict of us as a society or as a planet to just disseminate this technology to the extent that we have without doing a whole lot more research of the potential harms and how to protect against those harms. Clearly, we need to learn a whole lot more about this technology.” Joel Moskowitz, the study’s senior author, said that “clearly there is risk.” He’s director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Specifically, the more robust studies found that using a mobile phone for a decade or longer resulted in an 18% increased risk for developing a brain tumor.

Some studies also showed that brain tumors were more likely to appear on the side of the brain where the cell phone was used.

“I do encourage people to use the speaker phone or a hands-free device if they can, and I definitely do not encourage children to use cell phones because then there’s a much longer lifetime risk of exposure,” she said.

“In my opinion,” she said, “the question remains unsettled — and unsettled always carries with it likelihood that we might find an association.”

In addition, this is coming from me:

I personally knew someone who talked on his cell phone a lot and who died of a brain tumor on the side of his head where he used his phone.

With Virgin Mobile, for example, Richard Branson took the unusual step of giving away an earpiece with a built-in microphone with each of the company’s mobile phones, so users do not have to hold them to their heads. ”A friend of mine got a brain tumor, and before he died we had dinner and he said his surgeon was convinced that using a mobile phone may have been a factor,” Mr. Branson said, raising a product-liability specter that the head of a public company might be likely to suppress. (the guy got it on the side he used his cell phone on)

Use a headset or blue tooth. The signal that blue tooth emits is miniscule when compared to the amount of energy the actual cell phone emits into your brain.

If you trust your government, cell phone companies, or cell phone services to tell you what is or is not safe about cell phone use, well… if you know me, you know how I feel about that.

Wishing you love and peace and a long life free of brain tumors.

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