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Stanford neurologist: Little evidence to link cell phones with cancer

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In anticipation of San Francisco’s cell phone radiation disclosure ordinance, which was approved earlier this summer and will take effect in Feb., Paul Fisher, MD, talked cell phones and brain cancer on KGO’s Ronn Owens Show today. Fisher’s take? Despite people’s concerns (and the first-of-its-kind ordinance), there’s little evidence that radiation from cell phones is related to brain tumors:

[There have been] numerous studies to date, and nothing thus far has shown any danger.

Fisher, a neurologist with Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, hypothesized that people’s concerns stem from a “holdover fear” of electromagnetic radiation in the 1980s, and from a very small, but very vocal, minority of researchers “saying they think there’s something there.” He also discussed results of a recent Scandinavian study that found no meaningful increase in brain tumors from the last 30 years (during which time cell phones were introduced).

There are a number of reasons to avoid being on a cell phone for hours and hours, Fisher said, “but none that are linked to brain tumors.”

Previously: A cell phone is not a microwave oven or a nuclear reactor,
European consortium to study long-term health effects of mobile phones and Inaccurate self-reporting of cell phone use could skew assessment of health effects
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One Response to “ Stanford neurologist: Little evidence to link cell phones with cancer ”

  1. david ehm Says:

    More information about the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation from wireless technology is coming out every day. Enough is not being done by cities, counties, states and the Federal Government to protect us from the potentially devastating health and environmental effects. Through the 1996 telecommunications act the telecoms are shielded from liability and oversight. Initially cell phones were released with no pre-market safety testing despite the fact the Government and the Military have known for over 50 years that radio frequency is harmful to all biological systems (inthesenewtimes dot com/2009/05/02/6458/.). Health studies were suppressed and the 4 trillion dollar a year industry was given what amounts to a license to kill.
    On it’s face, the 1996 telecommunications act is unconstitutional and a cover-up. Within the fine print city governments are not allowed to consider “environmental” effects from cell towers. They should anyway! It is the moral and legal obligation of our government to protect our health and welfare? Or is it? When did this become an obsolete concept? A cell tower is a microwave weapon capable of causing cancer, genetic damage & other biological problems. Bees, bats, humans, plants and trees are all affected by RF & EMF. Communities fight to keep cell towers away from schools yet they allow the school boards to install wi fi in all of our schools thereby irradiating our kids for 6-7 hours each day. Kids go home and the genetic assault continues with DECT portable phones, cell phones, wi fi and Wii’s. A tsunami of cancers and early alzheimer’s await our kids. Young people under the age of 20 are 420% more at risk of forming brain tumors (Swedish study, Dr. Lennart Hardell) because of their soft skulls, brain size and cell turn over time. Instead of teaching “safer” cell phone use and the dangers of wireless technology our schools mindlessly rush to wireless bending to industry pressure rather than informed decision making. We teach about alcohol, tobacco, drugs and safe sex but not about “safer” cell phone use. We are in a wireless trance, scientists are panicking while young brains, ovaries and sperm burns.


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