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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cell Phone Radiation Documented

Devra Davis, an environmental health scientist formerly with the National Academy of Sciences, is making waves with a new book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.

"There's a lot of really compelling experimental evidence on the effect of electromagnetic fields on cells. … I'm an epidemiologist but I'm also a toxicologist, so that means I study patterns of disease in animals and experimental animals with toxicology, as well as in humans.

"But here's what I know about brain cancer: It can take 40 years before it develops after exposure starts. And we know that because, after the bombs fell on Hiroshima, there was no increase in brain cancer 10 years later in the survivors. There was no increase 20 years later. The increase only showed up in a statistically significant way after 40 years of exposure.

"And for tobacco and asbestos, we have a similar story - 10 years after people started to smoke or use asbestos there was no increase in risk of any significance. However, 20, 30 and 40 years later, there's a big risk.

"Here's where it gets really hard and it's really important, and frankly why I wrote the book: We are already seeing a doubled risk of brain cancer in people who have used cell phones heavily for 10 years in the few studies that have been done. And most of us have not used phones heavily for 10 years."

The American Cancer Society says most published studies have not found a link between cell phones and the development of tumors. The Food and Drug Administration says "the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems."

Dr. Grout’s comment:

Davis is the founding director of the Board on Toxicology and Environmental Studies at the United States National Academy of Sciences. Davis has spent her professional career examining the links between the environment and health. She is saying there is a disconnect between what the scientific world knows about cell phone radiation and the benign reputation these slick gadgets have. She claims an industry that depends upon electromagnetic radiation has been able to twist the science just enough to stave off the possibility of regulation. And she’s right.

This book presents a range of recent and long-suppressed research that the CDC and the FDA chose to ignore, including the risk of cancer, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and possibly autism, damage to DNA, breaking down the brain’s defenses, and reducing sperm count while increasing memory loss. 

Young people are at greatest risk. Many people would not think of letting youngsters ride their bicycles without a helmet, but they have no hesitation to put these same youngsters near cell phones, portable phones, crib baby monitors, and wireless networks in the house – all of which send out a constant stream of EMFs that enter human brains. The human brain does not fully mature and reach complete myelination until the twenties.

As Dr. Mark Hyman put it: “The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach of the industry is
irresponsible at best, criminal at worst.”


  1. It's good to see someone of her stature talking about the research industry has ignored.

  2. Why doesn't anyone ever warn parents about these baby monitors? They are just as bad as cell phones or maybe worse since the baby's brain must be even more sensitive. I was really struck by the picture you have in the book, page 64, that shows how much deeper cell phones penetrate into the heads of kids compared to adults.