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Can you hear me now?

June 12, 2008

Too much coffee, cancer. To little coffee, cancer.

Green tea? Prevent cancer. Any other tea? Cancer.

It seems like everything causes cancer or was thought to at one time.

And the debate continues on over cell phones. Rumors and unfounded declarations of brain tumors caused by cell phones. Until now, there was very little proof. Now, well, read for yourself.

Cancer & Technology

The writer makes a good point…the study was to be finished in ’04 with the findings published in ’06. We are halfway through ’08 and no report.

The wireless industry is not jumping on the bandwagon for this report. Look at what I pulled up today through a link on the “International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry” or CITA site:

What is FDA’s role concerning the safety of wireless phones?

Under the law, FDA does not review the safety of radiation-emitting consumer products such as wireless phones before they can be sold, as it does with new drugs or medical devices. However, the agency has authority to take action if wireless phones are shown to emit radiofrequency energy (RF) at a level that is hazardous to the user. In such a case, FDA could require the manufacturers of wireless phones to notify users of the health hazard and to repair, replace or recall the phones so that the hazard no longer exists.

Although the existing scientific data do not justify FDA regulatory actions, FDA has urged the wireless phone industry to take a number of steps, including the following:

  • Support needed research into possible biological effects of RF of the type emitted by wireless phones;
  • Design wireless phones in a way that minimizes any RF exposure to the user that is not necessary for device function; and
  • Cooperate in providing users of wireless phones with the best possible information on possible effects of wireless phone use on human health.

Mr. Alter points out that some of the findings have been released and they show an increase in tumors and cancer.

I hope that you’ll read his article. It gives important advice on cell phone usage for kids, and also lists the highest and the lowest radiation cell phones.

(Photo copyright freefoto.com; used with permission)

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