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Cell Phone Radiation Studies– Is This As Much Truth As You Can Fit On One Page?

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on September 11, 2011 under Cell phone radiation, Cell phone radiation danger | 14 Comments to Read

Some people are still confused about the dangers of cell phones.

Are you one of these people?

The first thing to understand is that cell phones emit radio frequency radiation.

You’re not sure what this is?

It’s microwave radiation.

Still non the wiser? This article explains more fully what it is.

There are numerous studies which link cell phone use to a long list of symptoms and serious diseases.

Where Are The Cell Phone Studies?

People say where are the studies?

Now, thanks to one of my readers, here in one place,

in one little downloadable PDF file, you can print out graphs and charts on 13 important cell phone radiation studies.

If you’re still on the fence about this issue, or you know someone who is on the fence and you want to get through to them what sticking a cell phone to their ear means in terms of their health, this little PDF spells it all out nicely.

Here is the link for the printout and below is my interpretation. Sometimes its nice to just let the facts speak for themselves….

Effects of Cell Phone Radiation

Interphone Study

The interphone study, published in 2010, which is the largest and longest study on the relationship between cell phones and brain tumors to date, found that:

  1. People who used a cell phone for thirty minutes per day over a ten-year period on one side of the head had a 40% increased risk of a brain tumor.
  2. People who had more than 1640 hours of cell phone use, classified a high risk group, in their lifetime were 2 times more likely to develop a brain tumor in the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe is the part of the brain closest to a cell phone antenna when it’s held next to the ear.
  3. Brain tumors were twice as likely to be found on the same side of the head as phone use.

How Long Before In High Risk Group?

Data published on average minutes of cell phone use per month in USA shows that it takes colored people on average 6 years to accumulate more than 1640 hours of cell phone use and enter the “high risk group.” It takes Hispanics 10 years, Asians 12 years and Whites 13 years to accumulate 1640 hrs of cell phone use.

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Latency Period before Diagnosis

It takes on average 40 to 50 years from when you start smoking before you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, 30-40 years from exposure to asbestos before you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, and 20 to 30 years from exposure to occupational dyes before you’re diagnosed with bladder tumors. Infants who were exposed to radioactive radiation from the Chernobyl accident took on average 10 years before they were diagnosed with thyroid carcenoma.

Mobile Cell Subscriptions per 100 Inhabitants (World)

In the year 2000, 12% of the world population had cell phone subscriptions. In the year 2010, 78% of the world population had a cell phone subscription. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 close to 100% of the world population will have a cell phone subscription.

Meta-Analysis Cell Phone Research Bias

A study published in 2009 by Moskowitz et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology investigated the research bias in blinded and un-blinded studies. In blinded studies, the study is done in such a way that the patients or subjects do not know what treatment they are receiving to ensure that the results are not affected by a placebo effect. In blinded studies, the meta-analysis found there was on average a 1.35 times increase in cancer risk for subjects who had more than 10 years of cell phone use. For un-blinded studies, the meta-analysis found a lower increased cancer risk.

Meta-Analysis Cell Phone Funding Bias

Another meta-analysis published in 2005 investigated the “funding bias” between industrial and independently funded research. The study found that most, if not all, independently funded research found an increase risk of gliomas. Conversely most industry funded research reported decreased risk to gliomas.

Brain Absorption of Cell Phone Radiation

Images of the brain of a 5 year old, 10 year old and an adult reveal that children absorb far more RF radiation from cell phones than adults.

US Cell Phone Subscriptions

Data collected in 2000-2004 from different States in the US revealed that there was a strong positive correlation between the number of cell phone subscriptions and the incidence of brain tumors in the States. The correlation was found to be independent of income, age and population.

Blood-Brain Barrier Leakage in Rats

A study was conducted in 2003 to investigate how SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) affected the brain barrier leakage in rats. The study found there was a marked decrease in brain barrier leakage as the SAR was reduced from 200 mW/Kg to 0 mW/Kg. Lund University Hospital in Sweden has published numerous studies on this – there are now dozens of studies linking blood brain barrier leakage with radio frequency radiation exposures.

Cell Phones and Male Fertility

In January 2008, a study done on a group of men undergoing infertility evaluation that looked at the relationship between number of hours the men had a cell phone and their fertility. The study found that as the number of hours with a cell phone increased from 0 to 4, sperm count and motility decreased in all user groups. Sperm count decreased from 85million/ml to 50 million/ml and motility decreased from 67% to 44% in the 0hrs and 4hrs of cell phone usage.

120 Studies Showing The Adverse Health Affects of Cell Phone Radiation

If the above has whetted your appetite then here is another great resource. This is a listing of 120 (the heading says there are 139 but I count 120) peer-reviewed scientific studies showing biological effects from RF radiation exposure of cell phones at levels below the recommended SAR levels. Click here for the link. The actual links in the document don’t seem to work, but they are correct. You can either type in manually the URL to find the study or do a Google search.

Effects of  Cell Phone Towers

Brazilian Study Links 7,000 Cancer Deaths To Cell Tower Radiation

The study established a direct link between cancer deaths in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, with cell towers. Over 80 percent of those who succumbed to certain types of cancer resided approximately a third of a mile away from one of the hundreds of cell phone antennae that populate the city.

San Francisco, Tower

Looking at data from 1973-1988, a study was carried out in San Francisco to investigate how the risk of cancer was associated with the distance from the Surto cell phone tower that was built in the 1970’s.

cell phone radaition dangersThe study found that the cancer risk increased 10 fold for residents who lived less than 2kms from the tower. There was a 2 fold increase in cancer risk for residents that lived 6kms away from the tower. The study found that children who lived less than 2 km from the tower were 100 times more at risk of brain cancer.  The risk of lymphoma and leukemia increased 8 times for residents that lived less than 2kms away from the Surto tower.

Salzburg, Austria Tower

A study done in Salzburg, Austria investigated the relationship between a tower built in 1984 and increased cancer risk. The study found that residents who were exposed to more than 1000 microwatts per square meter (µW/M2) were 8 times more likely to have all types of cancer, 121 times more likely to have brain cancer and 23 times more likely to have breast cancer. The study found there was no increased risk to cancer when residents were exposed to less than 10 µW/M2.

Naila, Germany Tower

In Germany, a study was conducted to assess the relative risk to cancers for residents who lived near a tower built in 1993 in Naila. The study found that after 5 years or less, there was no marked increase in cancer risk. However, after 6-10 years of exposure, there was a 3 fold increase in the cancer risk for residents who lived less than 400 meters from the tower. For residents who lived more than 400 meters away from the tower, there was no marked increase in cancer risk.

Netanya, Israel Tower

In Netanya Israel, a study investigated the increased risk to cancer from a tower built in 1996 for men and women. They used a neighboring town with no tower as a control group. The study found that men who lived less than 350 meters from the tower had no marked increase in cancer risk. However, women who lived less than 350 meters from the tower were 10 times more likely to have cancer.

Meta-Analysis Leukemia

A meta-analysis of studies data on childhood Leukemia published in 2000 found that children were 2 times more likely to have leukemia if they had been exposed to more than 0.4 µT (microtesla) of electromagnetic frequencies. There was little or no increased risk of leukemia if the children were exposed to less than 0.2 µT of EMFs.

This article updated July 2016.

  • greg said,

    Hey lloyd, I wanted to know your thoughts on microwave radiation. how often one should be used and how to avoid it. also how far to stand away from one while on

  • Lloyd said,

    Hey Greg
    Microwave ovens are one of the most dangerous devices in the modern home, if you value your health I strongly advise you to use other means of cooking your food, see https://www.electricsense.com/241/electromagnetic-fields-and-microwave-ovens/

  • greg said,

    is there any dangerous of using xm radio?

  • Lloyd said,

    Xm like Sirius radio work on a satellite signal…most radio signals can only travel about 30 or 40 miles from the transmitter these satellite radios can be picked up on the same channel over thousands of miles. Are satellite radios dangerous? Yes, in the sense that these satellite transmitters are filling our atmosphere with radio frequency radiation – in the 2.3 Ghz range. But it’s my understanding that current satellite radios are only receivers…they do not allow you to transmit a signal…so they do not emit radiation.

  • greg said,

    What is more dangerous wifi or microwave oven to your personal home

  • Lloyd said,

    The EMFs from a microwave oven will be a lot ‘stronger’ than from your WiFi….but the answer to this one depends on a lot of things….how much you use your microwave oven…how close you stand to it when its on…what type of modem you have (the power output)…how close your WiFi or computer is etc.

  • greg said,

    I want to know what your thoughts are on wifi based cell phone connections such as republic wireless. Does making phone calls over wifi cause more damage then over satellite

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Greg
    If you were to compare the radiation emissions from a good (all the bars showing on your cell phone) GSM cell phone connection with a good WiFi connection I would expect the emissions from the WiFi to be lower…just my thoughts…I don’t consider WiFi based cell phone connections to be ‘safe’.

  • greg said,

    what about cdma phones?

  • Lloyd said,

    There are two radio systems used in cell phones, CDMA and GSM. CDMA phones are said to emit considerably less radiation than GSM phones. Here is a link showing which companies use GSM or CDMA based technologies, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_service_providers

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