Cell Phones: More Than A Voice In Your Ear

- By Kimberly Carter Gamble - September 13, 2014

Kimberly Carter GambleWhen cell phones first came out, I used to hold mine directly up to my ear for what amounted to hours a day. A few years ago, I had surgery for removal of cancer in the exact spot I held my phone. I can’t prove direct causation, but that’s when I started looking into the possible ramifications of radiation from cell phones.

After that, I started reading the small print that came with the cell phones I bought and noticed even they had warnings about the radiation. But it took some real sleuthing to find it. Take Apple, for example; the manual tells you to go to the Apple website for a detailed explanation of safety. After sorting thru looking for the right link, you open the document where it tells you to go look on your phone. To access the info on the phone, you go to Settings > General > About > Legal > RF Exposure. It’s pretty daunting, and within the info, they refer you back to their website for more info on their testing. The process is quite a run-around.

Knowing that not everyone has the time or inclination to do the research needed to figure out what’s true and what habits would help keep us all safer, the THRIVE team created this infographic for you to see and share.

I offer it here with thanks to Kevin Kunze, who dedicated years of his life to researching and documenting the consequences of exposure to cell phone radiation. He made the new documentary MOBILIZE which I wholeheartedly recommend and which is premiering in San Francisco at the Castro Theater on September 13th. It is also available to watch for a much-needed, well-deserved fee of $4.00.

Mobilize - Official Trailer

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue.

Given our dependence on cell phones, it’s good to know that making a few small adjustments can drastically reduce our exposure to radiation. We encourage you to share these helpful tips with your friends and loved ones.

Cell Phones: More Than A Voice In Your Ear

Below are some of the best resources I’ve found about cell phone radiation, including warnings in the manuals from the major cellular companies.

Resources

General Information

Cell Phone Radiation Infographic

MOBILIZE - Documentary exploring the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation

Cell Phone RF Warnings - With important exposure information highlighted

Cell Phone Fine Print Warnings - Environmental Health Trust - List of fine print warnings in cell phone manuals

Cell phones with the lowest radiation levels (photos) - CNET

Cell phones with the highest radiation levels (pictures) - CNET

20 Highest and Lowest Radiation Cell Phones - ProCon.org

The 10 Highest Radiation Cell Phones (and How to Protect Yourself) - Gaiam TV

Cell Phones and Cell Biology: Are We Selling Out? - Huffington Post - David Katz expresses concerns about gadgets overriding safety sense

Lying Is an Economic Necessity - Between a Rock & a Hard Place - Blog on cell phone radiation and corruption of evidence in research

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Resource on cell phone, links to health and legal issues, and risks

Teléfonos Celulares y Salud - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Cell phones & health (Spanish)

Health Risks

Cellphones and Health - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Health effects of EMR exposure from cellphones, Wi-Fi & smart meters

Mobile phones cause ‘five-fold increase in brain cancer risk’ - The Telegraph

New Evidence Identifies Strong Cell Phone Cancer Link - Mercola.com - Commentary on studies showing increase in cancer use linked with cell phones

NEW Urgent Warning to All Cell Phone Users - Mercola.com

Doctors warn of breast-cancer link to keeping cell phone in bra - KTVU.com

Previously unaccounted mechanism proposed for cell phone radiation damage - Phys Org

Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health - GQ

Beyond Brain Cancer: Other Possible Dangers Of Cell Phones - Huffington Post

Exposing the Industry’s Lies About Cell Phone Radiation - Consumers for Safe Phones - Resource on cell phone risks

Drs. Oz & Gupta Caution About Cell Phones - Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields As Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans - WHO

IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans - WHO

WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk - CNN

Electromagnetic fields and public health: mobile phones - WHO - Fact sheet on cell phone health effects

WHO Says Cell Phone Radiation Is “Possibly Carcinogenic.” Now What? - Time

Mobile phones cause changes in metabolism - Bangladesh News

Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome) - Freiberg Appeal - Austrian Medical Association warns against cell phones & EMFs

Risks and causes of salivary gland cancer - Cancer Research UK Recommends limiting cell phone use to reduce cancer risk

Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Cancer, Study Suggests - Science Daily - Commentary on Israeli cell phone/cancer study

Chinese Put Cancer of the Parotid Gland on Center Stage - Microwave News - Chinese study of increased parotid gland tumors linked to cell phones

Health and Safety Fact Sheets - International Association of Fire Fighters - IAFF opposes cell phone towers in stations because of health concerns

Guest Opinion: The health costs of cell phone towers - Herald Media

Risks to Children

Are Cell Phones Hazardous to Our Kids’ Health? - Parenting - Recommendation for safe cell phone use

How Cell Phones Affect A Child’s Brain - Environmental Health Trust

Children and Mobile Phones: The Health of the Following Generations Is in Danger - Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection - Warns cell phones are unsafe

Do communication technologies and environmental exposures affect the risk of brain tumors in young people? - Mobi-Kids - Ongoing study of kids with brain tumors and increased cell phone exposure

Cell Phones, Radiation & Your Child’s Health - Healthy Child Healthy World - Devra Davis blogs about children’s safety with cell phones

Is Wi-Fi Safe for Children? Beware of Health Risks - Safe In School - List of schools & libraries in Canada & other countries that have banned Wi-Fi

VIDEO: Sue Grey, an Environmental Lawyer talks about Wi-Fi in Schools

Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years - American Academy of Pediatrics - AAP’s policy statement on use of electronics with young children

UK Schools warned over mobile phones - Cellular Online - UK Dept. of Ed warns against use of cellphones by children

Kids’ Cell Phone Ownership Has Dramatically Increased in Past Five Years - Mediamark Research & Intelligence - MRI American Kids research study - Data on kids’ cell phone ownership

French Health Agency Recommends Children and Vulnerable Groups Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure - PRLog - French “EPA” recommends reduced cell phone radiation exposure for kids and pregnant women

Risks to Reproduction

Cell Phone Radiation Damages Sperm, Studies Find - Environmental Working Group - Cell phones damages sperm + list of peer reviewed studies on reproductive damage from cell phones

Cell Phone Use Linked to Male Infertility - WebMD

New Study Shows That Mobile Phones May Have Negative Effect On Sperm Count - Patient First Wellness

Guys, Your Smartphone Is Hurting Your Sperm - Time - Cell phones and lower sperm count

Cell phone use in pregnancy may cause behavioral disorders in offspring - YaleNews

Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure From 800–1900 Mhz-Rated Cellular Telephones Affects Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Mice - Nature - Cell phones may cause ADHD

Research Studies

Papers/Publications - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Collection of papers on research on cell phone health risks

Study: Cell Phones Cause Changes in Brain Activity - Time

Case-control study of the association between malignant brain tumours diagnosed between 2007 and 2009 and mobile and cordless phone use - Spandidos Publications - Research study supporting the hypothesis that RF-EMFs play a role both in the initiation and promotion stages of carcinogenesis

Pooled analysis of case-control studies on acoustic neuroma diagnosed 1997–2003 and 2007–2009 and use of mobile and cordless phones - Spandidos Publications - This study confirms previous results demonstrating an association between mobile and cordless phone use and acoustic neuroma.

Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk for brain tumours - International Journal of Oncology - Study of increased likelihood of brain tumors

Cellular Phone Use and Risk of Benign and Malignant Parotid Gland Tumors—A Nationwide Case-Control Study - American Journal of Epidemiology - Israeli study linking cell phone use and increased risk of parotid gland tumors

Mobile phone use and health symptoms in children - Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Study indicates increased headaches for kids with cell phone exposure

The effects of prenatal exposure to a 900-MHz electromagnetic field on the 21-day-old male rat heart - Pub Med

Cell biology and EMF safety standards - Pub Med - Safety standards should be biologically based

Electromagnetic Radiation Testing

Mobile Communications - Cetecom - Types of testing available for cell phones

Wi-Fi® / Mobile Converged Devices - Cetecom - Wi-Fi testing

Regulatory Activity

Governments and Organizations That Ban or Warn Against Wireless Technology - Cellular Phone Task Force - News on cell phone bans, limitations and safety risks

India Adopts Health Warnings & U.S. Mobile Phone Standards - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Countries that have adopted standards and warnings for cell phone use

Maine to Consider Cell Phone Cancer Warning - Natural Health Strategies - Background on Maine’s attempt to put warnings on cell phones

Many Nations Banning or Limiting Cell Phone Use by Children - Dr. Ben Kim - Countries that recommend limits of cell phones for children

GAO Urges FCC to Revise Cell Phone Radiation Limits - PCMag.com

Petition of physicians in Germany recommending banning cellphones for children

Legislative period 23. 07. 2007 Answer of the German Federal Government - German Parliament - German Parliament recommends against Wi-Fi in schools

EU calls for urgent action on wi-fi radiation - New Zealand Herald - European Environment Agency calls for reduction of Wi-Fi, cell phone radiation

The Venice Resolution - International Commission of Electromagnetic Safety - Recommends limitations on cell phone use

Is the FCC Downplaying Potential Risks from Cell Phone Radiation? - Mother Jones

CDC backpedals, claims it was a mistake to urge cell phone precaution - Andrew Geller Online

Say What? CDC Flip-Flops on Cell Phone Danger - Public News Service

San Francisco Cell Phone Labeling Ruling Could Have Far Reaching Effects - CBS

Precaution or Paranoia? Berkeley May Require Cancer Warning Stickers for Cell Phones - Cal Alumni Association

Cities and states consider cell phone radiation laws - CNET

New Federal Policy Needed For Cell Phone and Wireless Radiation Safety - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Fact sheet on needed new policies of cell phone regulation

Technology Companies

AT&T wields enormous power in Sacramento - LA Times

Motorola faces bribery probe - New Zealand Herald

Mitigating Exposure

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Cell Phone Exposure - Time

VIDEO: Cell Phone Radiation Safety Tips With Dr Sanja Gupta on Anderson Cooper 360 - YouTube

EWG’s Guide to Safer Cell Phone Use: 5 Safety Tips for Cellphone Use - Environmental Working Group

Some Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Wireless Radiation - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz

VIDEO: Eva and Anderson Play Telephone - YouTube - Cell phone handsets

Cell Phone Radiation Protection - Cellsafe - Cell phone case that redirects radiation away from the body

Pong Technology Reduces Your Exposure To Harmful Wireless Radiation - Pong - Cell phone case that redirects radiation away from the body

A Sexy iPhone Case That Shields Your Brain From Radiation - Wired - Review of the Pong cell phone case and its safety features

Alcuni Consigli per Ridurre l’Esposizione alle Radiazioni a Radiofrequenza - EMFacts Consultancy/Joel Moskowitz - Tips to reduce exposure to wireless radiation (Italian)