Cell Phones, Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age.

This book details research, as of 2001, that documents many of the hazards from using cell phones.

Cell Phones, Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age
Authors: Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram
Publisher: Carroll and Graf, 2001

Some quotes from the dust jacket -

"Are 100 million Americans and 500 million people worldwide exposed to potentially harmful radiation every time they use a cell phone?

"This book is a griping narrative of scientific detection that answers the above and other troubling questions, while telling a disturbing tale of governmental neglect, corporate manipulation, and personal tenacity and courage. ..."

Two chapters are worth emphasizing, "Follow the Science: Interesting but Inconclusive Findings," and "Follow the Science: Red Flags."

The Inconclusive Findings chapter reports that research in Sweden that was seeing a potentially dangerous effect - "a consistent breakdown of the blood brain barrier following radio frequency exposures that are the same as from mobile phones.". Further research at Stanford University showed similar effects. But that research was not considered significant enough to warrant a general public health warning.

But this is an area of possible concern for people with environmental illnesses (EI's), and especially with Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EHS). Per some research, such as Dr. Pall's neural injury hypothesis, a weakness or injury in the blood brain barrier is involved in the MCS reaction. This has the implication is that RF exposure could worsen the MCS health condition or even bring on the EHS condition, which per research in Europe, is regarded as occurring in some fifty percent of MCS sufferers.

The Red Flags chapter reports research that cell phone radiation definitely does cause genetic changes in human blood cells. This particular damage to blood cell micronuclei is a strong indication of a cellular damage that likely will lead to the development of cancer. The chapter goes on to discuss the resistance to issuing a public health warning.

The book concludes with a variety of detailed and practical recommendations for consumers, for the mobile phone industry, and for scientific, medical, and public health officials, and especially for people with heart pacemakers. The book also has a few words of caution for consumers - about some well-meaning, but not well informed advice or special interests more interested in selling a product.

E. Stiltner


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