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Cell and Cordless Phones

Cell and Cordless Phones

Cellular and cordless/portable phones, though suddenly and seemingly indispensable in our society, are a direct product of the wireless industry's successful attempt to sell us speed, convenience and entertainment all in one seductive package. In the long term, biologically safe alternatives to wireless cell and portable DECT phones will become necessary, as already they are causing negative effects that impact all living systems.

Apr 12

  • Facts About Cell Phone Use 
  • The Russians Knew About This A Long Time Ago 
  • How Do Cell Phones Work?
  • Where The "Cell" In Cell Phone Comes From 
  • What Exactly Is Cell Phone Radiation?
  • Helpful Terms to Understand
  • Fewer Signal Bars Mean More Danger
  • Why Are Cell Phones Dangerous? 
  • Here's How The Harm Happens
  • Health Effects Are Linked To Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Cell Phone Radiation Affects Hormones 
  • Phone Radiation Inhibits Melatonin 
  • Melatonin Inhibits Estrogen and Cancer
  • Cell Phones Affect Male Fertility 
  • Cell Phones Disable The Blood-Brain Barrier In Two Minutes 
  • It's Like Driving While Drunk 
  • Cell Phones Radiation Is a Source of Stress 
  • and High Blood Pressure Caused By EMR
  • We Can't Escape the Radiation 
  • Cell Phones Were Never Safety Tested Before Being Sold 
  • The Cell Phone Companies Know
  • The Deadly Facts from the Cell Phone Industry's Own Study 
  • Former Motorola Research Scientist Acknowledges Radiation Problem
  • What Are SARs? Are They a Guide to Cell Phone Safety? 
  • The Truth About Headsets Bluetooth Blues 
  • Cordless Phones Are More Dangerous than Cell Phones 
  • Baby Monitors Can Harm Your Child 
  • What about Cell Phone Towers? 
  • Studies Show Adverse Health Effects from Cell Phone Towers 
  • Cell Phone Towers Placed On Schools, Fire Stations, and Church Steeples 
  • Children Have Higher Rates of Leukemia Near Broadcast Towers 
  • Living Near Cell Phone Towers Increases Neurological Symptoms 
  • Cell Phone Towers Will Affect Animals 
  • Our Communities Can't Stop Cell Phone Tower Construction 
  • Firefighters Vote to Suspend Cell Tower Construction on Fire Sites 
  • Find Out How Many Towers and Antennas Are Near Your Home
  • Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on Children are Worse Than Adults
  • Radiation Penetrates the Head of Children 
  • Heavy Absorption of Cell Phone Radiation into the Head 
  • Disney and Sprint Market Cell Phones to Children 
  • Our Children Will Be Affected Most 
  • Legal Action Against Cell Phone Companies 
  • The Cell Phone Industry Has No Insurance 
  • Verizon's New Contracts 
  • Cell Phone Industry is in a Predicament 
  • The Government's Position 
  • Lessons from History 
  • Guidelines for Protection and Prevention 
  • Minimize Exposure to Reduce Risks 
  • References

Apr 12

Mobile phone related epidemiological studies

EMF-PORTAL Hypersensitivity/well-being/subjective complaints

Click on the headline of a column to sort the specific parameter in chronologic or alphabetical order.  Click on a particular author to view the full summary.

Look at the table of EHS studies in this EMF Portal database.  It shows what the difficulty is in finding what causes EHS.  Some of the studies listed in the table are cohort studies. Their reliability is questionable because of the lack of control populations. Everywhere we all are exposed to wireless communication-emitted radiation. Since we do not know what might be the level of exposure that triggers EHS symptoms it is not possible to determine who can serve as control cohort. Furthermore, besides a diverse number of EMF sources in our environment, there is an even more diverse number of other environmental stressors that lead to serious bias in evaluation of the results. . . .

Apr 10

SAR Values (Specific Absorption Rate)

Alcatel, Apple, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, Sony Ericsson

"SAR (specific absorption rate) is a measurement of how much electromagnetic radiation is absorbed by body tissue whilst using a mobile phone. The higher the SAR the more radiation is absorbed.

"In Europe, the European Union Council has adopted the recommendations made by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP Guidelines 1998). These recommendations set a SAR limit of 2.0 W/kg in 10g of tissue. The UK Government has endorsed this limit (following a report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones) and the five mobile phone network operators have agreed to voluntarily adopt the ICNIRP guidelines for public exposure. All mobile phones on sale in the UK comply with this limit.

"In the United States, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) requires all cell phones to comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) SAR limit of 1.6 W/kg in 1g of tissue.

  • How to reduce your exposure to phone radiation 
  • SAR Values
Wireless Exposure Simplified and Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Test

Mar 31

ATTENTION: Persons seriously concerned about loss of LANDLINES. (FCC/AT and T)


" . . . Below are some points that you might want to include in your reply comment, then personalize/support them with a brief account of your own experience and your favorite references, which you can also upload for the FCC to read.¨

"No one should be forced to switch from the tried and true safety of landlines to a potentially hazardous technology compliant only with outdated safety limits.¨In a recent letter, the United States Department of the Interior states that "the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today":

Mar 22

EMFs & Dirty Electricity INVISIBLE THREAT

The Link Between Wireless Radiation and a Host of Serious Illnesses - Frank Clegg

The longtime president of Microsoft Canada is now our country's leading advocate for wireless radiation safety. Vitality invited high tech leader Frank Clegg, now CEO of the new non-profit organization, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), to update our readers on what Canada is (or is not) doing to protect your health, and what you can do in this election year to protect yourself and your children. Here is a report on his research and conclusions. 

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Mar 21

Topanga, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/21/2014 --

"After landslide votes in both the house (83-56 in favor) and senate (21-14 in favor) of LD 1013, The Wireless Information Act's historic passage was reversed, thanks to fast, furious and aggressive lobbying by the wireless industry, who filled the halls of the State House yesterday to ensure the bills failure to be enacted, which required a final vote in the House. In a 77 - 60 vote, the bill was reversed that morning.

"The wireless industry's influence on possible health notification risks of their products has haunted the bill's ability to pass from its inception nearly 5 years ago. . . .

Mar 12

"The next time you can't sleep, your brain whirring over shopping lists, tomorrow's meetings and whether or not you locked the back door, the solution could be simple - move your mobile phone off the bedside table and out of your bedroom altogether.

"Eight out of ten of us keep our mobiles on overnight according to Ofcom, and around half use our phone as an alarm clock, a survey found.

"But experts are concerned about the effect this is having - at the very least it makes us 'hypervigilant' so our sleep is more likely to be disturbed and we end up not getting enough of the restorative sleep we need. But it might also trigger insomnia and other sleeping problems. . . .

Feb 26

Is Your Cell Phone Safe?

Cell Phone Radiation Safety Tips With Dr Sanja Gupta on Anderson Cooper 360

Feb 26

"According to RF Safe, Hawaii could be first state to require by law that consumers are made aware of potentially dangerous cell phone radiation emissions from wireless devices with cell phone radiation warning labels."  

"To raise awareness of cell phone radiation, D-Sen. Josh Green of Kona, Ka'u introduced Senate Bill SB 2571, a measure calling for cell phones sold in Hawaii to come with a prominent health warning -- similar to what smokers see on the sides of cigarette packages to warn them of danger.

"Sen. Green not only wants people to think about that electromagnetic radiation but also to change their cell phone habits because of it.

"Green, who chairs the Health Committee, said he introduced the bill because he thinks consumers need to be directed to radiation warnings already listed within the device.

"The original version of Senate Bill SB 2571 would have required the label to read, "This device emits electromagnetic radiation, exposure to which may cause brain cancer. Users, especially children and pregnant women, should keep this device away from the head and body."

"Green said he took the language from the warning within his iPhone. He said he is open to the size of the label being reduced. In it's current form, Senate Bill SB 2571 would require cellphones sold in Hawaii to contain a warning label covering nearly a third of the back of the device. . . .


Feb 11

Canada lagging behind China and Russia

Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now

Frank Clegg, former President of MicroSoft Canada, is taking a leadership role trying to encourage Health Canada to update its antiquated guideline for radio frequency and microwave radiation.

Below is an article he wrote for The Hills times. Well worth reading. He is one of the founding members of www.c4st.org

Canada lagging behind China and Russia: Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now

Published: Monday, 02/10/2014 12:00 am EST

 Many parents assume that if a wireless gadget is in the marketplace, it is safe for children. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. During the holiday season, I can only imagine how many children received a cell phone or tablet and how few families read the fine print; safety is not guaranteed and worse, Canada's Safety Code 6 is an antiquated regulation that lags behind Russia and China. We must do better.

Industry Canada Minister James Moore's recent announcement regarding improved notification of cell tower requests for towers less than 15 metres is a very important first step in improving the process to avoid the placement of cell towers where families can be harmed. This demonstrates that our government is listening. 

Health Canada's Minister Ambrose now has a tremendous opportunity to join countries such as Belgium, France and Israel and put Canada back on the map for protecting its citizens' health. 

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 governs the safety of cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, smart meters and all other devices that now permeate every Canadian home. It impacts all of us, every day, and should protect us. But Safety Code 6 has not been significantly updated since the 1970s, long before Wi-Fi was invented or cell phones were sold.

 Smart phone manufacturers Apple, Motorola, and Cisco all publish warnings in their manuals saying their phones, pads and Wi-Fi devices emit radiation shown to cause cancer in lab animals and to avoid over-exposure by holding it away from your body, or to keep a safe distance from "the lower abdomen of a teenage girl." Despite those stern warnings, the same companies are able to put such potentially harmful devices on store shelves in Canada. They are exercising a loophole in Health Canada's archaic safety standards for microwave devices that hasn't been updated in decades, since the first microwave, then the only emitting device in a Canadian home. 

Belgium and France have new laws that don't allow manufacturers to market wireless devices to children because they are the most vulnerable. In Canada, we still force children in schools to be exposed to unmeasured levels of microwave radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that direct, long-term contact with wireless radiation is biologically harmful and can potentially have damaging health effects. In August 2011, shortly after the WHO classified radiofrequency radiation (the basis for all wireless devices) as possibly carcinogenic, Health Canada posted a warning that "encourages parents to reduce children's radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents". There hasn't been any major progress since then. Canadians are left to read the foreign press to learn about the universal dangers of wireless radiation, if they want to protect their families.  

Fortunately the sea is beginning to change across Canada with local governments rejecting Health Canada's antiquated approach to this 21st century health crisis.  What we've witnessed in the last six months is much like the national movement that began in Quebec in the early 1990s. Municipalities had rejected the federal government's promise that all regulated pesticides are safe, and began banning the use of weed spray in urban environments due to high cancer rates.

Municipalities once again are finding their strength in municipal law and proactively ensuring citizens are better protected.  

On Dec. 16, 2013, the City of West Vancouver Council voted against a Rogers' application to install three new cell towers along Upper Levels highway. On the same day, the City of Guelph Council passed a motion asking Industry Canada to place a moratorium on the approval of any new radio communication facilities until such time as the review of Safety Code 6 has been finalized.  On Dec. 18, 2013, the City of Toronto Council required new Rogers cell towers to comply with Toronto's Prudent Avoidance Policy which sets radiation levels 100 times safer than Health Canada's Safety Code 6. Toronto also updated its protocol for cell towers less than 15 metres tall stating that "City Council encourage Health Canada to actively review health evidence, including the most recent scientific research and studies, related to human exposure to radiofrequencies and to revise Safety Code 6 to meet international best practices, in consultation with the public and appropriate experts."  The towns of Thorold and Oakville, Ont. have already passed similar motions. 

What Canada needs is a national approach that acknowledges what independent scientists have conclusively shown: There is no guarantee that children can be exposed to any amount of wireless radiation for any amount of time without a biological impact. 

Many of the scientists sounding the alarm bell are the same individuals who warned us about acid rain, second-hand smoke, DDT, asbestos and other widespread public health disasters. As harmful as these banned agents are, none of them were more widespread in our homes than wireless radiation is now. Canada should enter the 21st century of health care--the age of prevention--and prevent another disaster by updating Safety Code 6.

Frank Clegg has played a leadership role in the country's technology sector and in the broader Canadian community for many years. Mr. Clegg, former Microsoft Canada president, is now the volunteer CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), a national, not-for-profit, volunteer-based coalition of parents, citizens and experts.


The Hill Times


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