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Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

How many cell phones do you have? photo - treehugger.comHow many cell phones do you have? Many people in Antigua have two, some even three. Several are confessed “Crackberry” addicts. But fun and jokes aside, is using two or three phones at the same time putting you at risk?

Yes. Many studies have already linked heavy usage of a single cell phone to brain tumours and other forms of cancer. For instance, take the Blackberry. If you read the fine print in the Blackberry manual, you might find this passage:

“When you wear the BlackBerry device close to your body, use a RIM approved holster with an integrated belt clip or maintain a distance of 0.98 in. (25 mm) between your BlackBerry device and your body while the BlackBerry device is transmitting.”

The iPhone manual also presents similar warnings, such as this one, “When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body.”

Now why would Blackberry and iPhone be warning us to keep the phones away from our bodies?


The answer may lie in another iPhone manual warning: “iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body (eg, when carrying iPhone in your pocket).”

Bear in mind that Blackberries and iPhones are constantly transmitting data over the network. Modern smart phones are connected using GPRS, which is basically internet on-the-go. Although it is fun to browse the web while in town, your phone works very hard to transmit data over GPRS, and working hard means radiating energy.

Even if you are not browsing, or calling, or doing anything at all with your cell phone, it is still syncing to check for emails and other online apps. To summarize this, your body is constantly under attack by cell phone EMF waves. photo - cell-phones.tradetang.com

Cell phone radiation testing is conducted in a very specific way. A human adult dummy is exposed to the cell phone for a given number of minutes, and the amount of energy it has absorbed is converted to the SAR, which also accounts for the mass and size of the dummy. But what about children?

A study using child models had this to say, “Results show that for adults, compliance with reference levels ensures compliance with basic restrictions, but concerning children models involved in this study, the whole-body-averaged SAR goes over the fundamental safety limits up to 40%.” Basically, what’s safe for you is not safe for your children, and many cell phones that we assumed are safe for our children, really are not.

Ashworth Azille, general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Teachers Union, has opined that a cell phone would be a good technological tool for children in school. He voiced concerns about children using cell phones for recording fights and sexual activities, but there was no mention of health concerns.


What he is forgetting, or unaware of, is that countries such as India, Israel, Japan, France, Russia, the UK, Tajikistan, and others have all banned children and adolescents from owning or using cell phones, unless in an absolute emergency.

In Central Asia, bans against mobile phones in schools and universities have been in place since March 2009 to “boost education”. These countries have banned cell phones from children to protect them from these harmful EMFs.

There are ways of protecting oneself and children from cell phone EMFs. Firstly, limit talk time. You may notice that you or people around you use their cell phones unnecessarily. A cell phone has become a tool which we cannot just throw away, but we can use it less often, reducing our exposure.

Keep the phones away from our bodies. photo - switched.comSecondly, if you have a child younger than 16, it is highly recommended that s/he does not use a cell phone at all. Studies have shown that children who begin use before 16 may become five times more likely to develop cancer later in life.

Another way to stay safe is to keep the phone off your body. Keep it in a bag or holster, and do not place the phone in your pocket. There are many other methods listed outline which can reduce the impact of cell phones on the body."

For any parent, the message should be clear; cell phones are not safe for children. For anyone who owns a cell phone, especially multiple cell phones, the message should also be clear; FCC and ICNIRP standards may not be adequate. It is important that we educate ourselves about the risks that this technology poses, rather than diving into it head first, blindly.photo - seaito.com

In 1927, small groups of scientists made a link between asbestos and cancer. In 1964, it was put on people’s homes. It took thousands of cancer deaths for people to listen to these scientists, and by 1989, asbestos was banned in 50 countries.

In the 1950s, small groups of scientists warned us about cigarettes. In the 1980s, everyone was smoking. Today, we know about the dangers of cigarettes.

Right now, small groups of scientists are warning us about cell phones. People do not need to get cancer before we start realizing that cell phones are dangerous. We need to act now, before it is too late.

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part 2

#25 john » 2011-05-25 15:18

phone tower radiations are not just restricted to humans but their harmful effects, such as abnormal growth, have also been seen in animals and plants. In Germany, a study of dairy cows revealed that these cows were affected by their proximity to cell phone towers and showed traits of behavioral abnormalities as well as a reduction in milk production.
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part 1

#24 john » 2011-05-25 15:17

Various studies have revealed that frequent exposure to these RF (Radiofrequency) radiations can lead to health related problems ranging from chronic fatigue to DNA damage. Research done by Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, California, revealed that even at low levels of RF radiation, there is evident damage to cell tissue and DNA. These radiations also reduce the competence of the immune system. Leukemia is one of the major illnesses among people living in the vicinity of cell phone towers. A study by Dr Bruce Hocking from Australia, revealed that children living near cell phone towers had double the risk of childhood leukemia than those who lived at least 7 miles away from the towers. Problems like eye cancer, miscarriage, cardiac arrests and brain tumors are also common health risks of living near cell phone towers. It also leads to other relatively less serious health issues, like, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, irritability, anxiety and depression. Some researchers argue that these harmful radiations can also lead to memory loss and infertility. Dangers of cell
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

#23 john » 2011-05-25 15:12

We may not be able to limit the radiation from sell towers, but we can sure limit how we use our phones.
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@proud anu queen

#22 rawr » 2011-05-25 14:39

I second tenman's comment, well said proud ANU queen! Following this article (and the many others that an interested mind can find) I would make him wait until he's older, and then it will be his choice. I think you should also educate him on the risk that a cell phone may pose, so when the time comes for him to make a choice, he will make a wise one.
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@Proud ANU Queen

#21 tenman » 2011-05-25 14:33

Proud ANU Queen well said

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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

#20 piky head » 2011-05-25 14:18

lol, how about dishes
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

#19 Cancer » 2011-05-25 14:18

Why are we seperating the effects of the towers and the effects of the cell phones??
One cant function without the other, they are both elements of the problems. Wether one is in your hands or erected on some hill,they are both contributors for concern.
Cancer doesnt decriminate!
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@JOHN

#18 Cancer » 2011-05-25 14:06

John thank you so very very much! Finally someone who sees beyond the towers and cell phones personally effects! We are slowlly killing ourselves and our enviroment. How easily we forget!
It reminds me of the mongoose and the snake theory! Bring the mongoose to kill the snake now the snake is eating our chickens!
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@john

#17 rawr » 2011-05-25 13:56

what total nonsense! first off, a cell phone is a two way MICROWAVE! at 850 megahertz, that is long past RF! "Microwaves are electromagnetic waves with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz." cell phones usually work at 850MHZ - 1900 MHZ! you are a fool and a liar. Secondly, there have been non stop studies, and many are "inconclusive" and many prove that there are harmful effects! Cell phone companies say that because a study is inconclusive, it must be safe. Besides, as stated, it is the long term exposure to cell phones that is the danger, and we haven't even been using cell phones for that to take effect.
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seriousness issue

#16 Antiguan » 2011-05-25 13:55

Have we become so used to this technology, to stay connected, that we fail understand its hazards? It's high time we understand the seriousness of this issue and take necessary steps to curb the hazards of cell phone towers.
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prevention vs cure

#15 Cancer » 2011-05-25 13:51

I dont know about you, but I would not subject my child to such a risk! For all the bibical scholars, Noah didnt wait aound for the rains to fall, he didnt wait around for the clouds to get gray...........my boy and his crew wasnt about to take a chance! They hop aboard!
There seems to be enough research, depends on whom you asked, to justify both sides. So since I am no expert let me fall on the side that prove it "may" be a problem!
Prevention better than cure!
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Just Askling

#14 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-05-25 13:50

I see folks with "Bluetooth" headsets on their heads all day long. How much radiation do they emit?

I have a 14 yr. old who is dying to have a cell phone simply because all his friends have one. I think that he was too young to get one so I've held my ground for quite a few years. Additionally, he is picked up and dropped off every where he goes so I really don't see the need to get him one. If he needs to call me for any reason, one of his friends will give him a call.
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

#13 john » 2011-05-25 13:46

let me share an interesting revelation with regards to cell phone radiation. Not only cell phones but the cell phone signals emitted by the towers of various service providers are responsible for the transmission of a lot of radiation into the atmosphere. This is one of the most significant reasons behind the fast dwindling number of birds and the recent mass deaths of avians as the radiation from these service towers is causing more and more flight birds to develop cancer, resulting in their mass demise! Stunned?
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needs vs wants

#12 Cancer » 2011-05-25 13:45

microwave chef, i am going to make an attempt to answer your question. For me it is simply, as consumers we are dont think before we consume!
We fall for the hype and dont think about the obvious " is it a want or a need?"
I totally get the fact these companies pays for continues replay of ads, i get we cant keep up with techonoly. What I cant get i that why that we as concumers dont rationalize, defines our WANTS vs NEEDS before we consume!
Then to make situation (i think) even worst, is after such large consumtion we dont look ahead and asked ourselves "what are we going to do with these cell phones when me move on to the next newer and better phone?"
WHERE DO WE DUMP THEM??? WHERE IS THE CELL PHONE BURIAL GROUND???
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we ar smart or ????

#11 john » 2011-05-25 13:10

except for the fact that a cell phone is a two way radio and radio waves do not affect DNA, not powerful enough, not only that but ever since cell phones have been invented there have been not stop studies to test the affects of cell phones on human tissue the conclusion is that they are harmless, it is a hope of the media to say cell phones are dangerous, they are only dangerous as a distraction, say when you’re driving.
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the tower, not the phone

#10 microwave chef » 2011-05-25 12:59

correct me if I am wrong ,at issue is not the end user with a cell phone it is the cell service providers who are abusing the situation by having to many towers and uncontrolled transitions beaming down on all of us 24/7 regardless if we are using a cell phone .
so lets say on focus it is not my cell phone that is the issue here it is the cell towers that seems to be dangerous for all of us.
i repeat my question why do we have so many cell towers ????
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Co-Founder tawkon

#9 amit lubovsky » 2011-05-25 12:29

Hi,
There are other solutions out there...
tawkon is a mobile application that helps you talk on your phone as much as you want, while minimizing your exposure to radiation.
check out tawkon (www.tawkon.com)

Amit.
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safe? says who

#8 microwave chef » 2011-05-25 11:10

as for evidence from the science world? i have yet to hear any of the so called experts say " I am 100% sure that cell phone radiation has no harmful effect". not so long ago ,it almost seems criminal now but smoking was once recommended for asthma patients. we where told it was harmless in some cases even good for your health
asbestos was once considered harmless. and all plumbing that provided drinking water was made of lead.
there where some who warned about these dangers but they where ignored until to many dies to hide the facts in these cases.
money talks i guess.
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microwave chef

#7 tenman » 2011-05-25 10:51

microwave chef the CNN report had Cochran's doctor, Dr. Keith Black, stating that he has no doubt that Cochran's cancer was caused by his cell phone use

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remeber HIM?

#6 microwave chef » 2011-05-25 10:38

Does any one remember what the great lawyer Johnie Cochran died of?
brain cancer.and not just any type of brain cancer.( just Google it)
now find a picture of him where he is not holding a cell phone to his head.
coincidence? maybe but are you willing to find out the hard way?

as for children, they are undergoing a much higher rate of cell reproduction and development and that's the time where the risk of environmental damage is the greatest.

last why does Antigua have so many cell towers where is the benefit for the cell service providers, logic would say the fewer towers you have to build the cheaper it should be ? so why so many what is the benefit?

as for the power of the radiation
put your cell phone next to a TV or monitor and see (hear)what happens just before it rings. for better or worse it seems to be a powerful pulse that sets off my TV or monitor for I can hear it loud and clear
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dadlison

#5 tenman » 2011-05-25 10:14

dadlison as I recall from a study cited by CNN though it did not record persons with increased brain cancer, it did find a high incidence of glioma (a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine)among those being studied.( see http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones item 6 which states:
"... Interphone researchers reported that, overall, cell phone users have no increased risk for two of the most common types of brain tumor―glioma and meningioma. In addition, they found no evidence of increasing risk with progressively increasing number of calls, longer call time, or years since beginning cell phone use. For the small proportion of study participants who reported spending the most total time on cell phone calls, there was some increased risk of glioma, but the researchers considered this finding inconclusive. The study was published online May 17, 2010, in the International Journal of Epidemiology (5).
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I do agree with you that we need to make sure we educate ourselves. I think we should exercise the recommended cautions (use headsets, proper hollsters etc), since they require minor changes to the way we use the phones.
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Hold on a Minute

#4 dadlison » 2011-05-25 09:48

Now while Part 1 of this article was a great investigative piece, filled with valid concerns and good suggestions, this article is more in the realm of fringe science and scare tactics. Am I saying that cell phones do not lead to cancer? No. But they have not been proven to do so in the majority of studies. There is quite a difference between correlation and causation. An article that presents both sides of the argument can be found here:

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=515660&publicationSubCategoryId=80

One result I found particularly interesting was: From 1987 to 2005, the rate of brain cancer has not increased despite the increase in cell phone users, from 110 million in 2000 to 208 million in 2005

Not conclusive certainly, but food for thought. In either case everyone must make weigh the risks, but please inform yourselves of every angle of the issue.
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Enviromental

#3 cancer » 2011-05-25 09:44

Now that we have seen the rearch, let me ask anther question! After we as consumers have accumlate all these cell phone, where does these phone go??
We know technology changes every day, today is the IPhone, next week only Apple knows what!!

Is there a cell phone burial ground? How does it affect our enviroment?

Mr Fuller drop your knowledge on us please!
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action speaks louder than words

#2 cancer » 2011-05-25 09:36

I guess like asbestos and cancer,and cigarettes we are going to wait until our children starting dropping like flies for us to take actions.
It is usally fear that motives us, it is usally when it affects us personally that we take a stand.
I think after all the research we are seeing why put our children's life at risk?
I also think we see these telephone companies as the white elephant which we are terrify to questions muchless take on...and god forbid we are to be displace without our crackberry!
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beep, beep, Your cooked

#1 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-05-25 08:34

The way i see it, just like working parents would put a key around a child's neck and head of to work and leave them to find there own way to school and back , the same is happening with phones now, just give a kid a phone and they can call you whenever they see fit. No concern over the possible danger of the seemingly ok thing to do, Just don't be surprised in 15 to 20 years when you have to bury that same child, parents should not have to bury their children. will this happen, I don't know, but should I have to wait to find out, not likely.I love my Kids.
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