Cell Phone Radiation: Deadlier than Tobacco

Dr. Vini Khurana (1), an award-winning, well-published Australian neurosurgeon and expert on the subject of the effects of cell phones on human physiology, stated that mobile phones have a greater health danger than smoking cigarettes or exposure to asbestos. His findings testify that using a cell phone for more than 10 years doubles the risk of developing brain cancer.

Cell phones worse than cigarettes?

A surgeon at Canberra Hospital and professor at Australian National University, Dr. Khurana affirms that an increasing number of cases of brain tumors in heavy mobile phone users have been reported, especially on the side of the head where the user favored holding the phone.

The reason why,  Professor Khurana explains, is not because smoking isn't harmful, but because exposure to electromagnetic frequency radiation from cell phones applies to a far greater percentage of the population than smoking—up to 3 billion users worldwide.

According to Dr. Khurana, previous research claiming cell phones were safe was invalid because it can take ten years or more for malignant tumors to form. The older research was conducted on subjects who had not used handsets for that length of time.

After reviewing more than a hundred studies on the effects of cell phone use, Professor Khurana issued a statement saying: “there is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours”. He further warned that, although mobile phones can be vital during emergencies, mounting scientific evidence of their dangerous effects on human health makes it imperative to severely restrict their use.

He warned that “unless the industry and governments take immediate and decisive steps”, we would start seeing a rise in death-sentence diagnoses of malignant brain tumors worldwide by 2020.

Cell phone radiation put billions at risk.

Smoking cigarettes is implicated in 5 million deaths per year globally, while asbestos exposure kills as many people as do auto accidents in Britain.

“It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking, and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children,” says Dr. Khurana.

Corporate Industry representatives, seeking to refute Dr Khurana’s warnings, have cited the official World Health Organization’s fact sheet casting doubt over any relationship between cancer and EMF radiation. **

I have pointed this out before, but it bears repeating: flawed and biased press declaring cell phones to be safe is being circulated by those industries that would be negatively impacted should these findings be accepted as fact rather than inconclusively proven theory.

As with smoking tobacco, the deaths from lung cancer became clearly linked over a period of decades. The tobacco industry did its best to deny the connection until it was clearly exposed. Now, there is clear language on cigarette packages: “Warning, smoking can be hazardous to your health.” The same must be done with cell phones as it is becoming increasingly evident that mobile devices and related electromagnetic radiation are causing cancer.

If you want learn how best to protect yourself, see my cell phone radiation protection tips.


(1) Surg Neurol. 2009 Sep;72(3):205-14; discussion 214-5. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2009.01.019. Epub 2009 Mar 27.
Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data.
Khurana VG1, Teo C, Kundi M, Hardell L, Carlberg M.


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  • Albert Covington said,

    Are there any sheilds that can be put between the body and the cellphone to help protect the body from the rf?

  • Lloyd said,

    A cell phone cannot be “shielded”. There are lots of chips and patches sold on the premise that they somehow reduce your exposure. I have yet to find one which does anything of the sort. There are lots of other ways you can reduce your exposure see my article: How To Protect Yourself From Cell Phone Radiation.

  • Zoe Dawson said,

    So if there is no shield to the phone, could there possibly be one to the body, we just haven’t figured it out yet? If so, how can it prevent any tumors from happening in the brain?

  • Sharleen Stasa said,

    Very good article. I’m facing many of these issues as well..

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