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Senate Panel Looks Into Cell Phone Risks (Of Course The Oregonian Ignored This Huge Story)

A Senate Hearing on Monday, Sept. 14th with Tom Harken and Arnold Spector Heard the Testimony From an Array of Scientists From All over The World That Said Cell Phones Raise Many Red Flags and Need to Be Used With Precaution and Kept Away From Children.
By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY
More research is needed to determine whether cellphone radiation is harmful to humans, especially children, a panel of scientists and cancer researchers told a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Monday.

Scientists to date have not been able to establish a hard link between cellphone radiation and cancer. But that doesn't mean that wireless devices aren't harmful, Dariusz Leszczynski, a radiation expert at the University of Helsinki, told the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services.

To say that cellphones are "safe is premature," he said.

Recent studies have suggested that people who use cellphones for 10 years or more are most at risk, Siegal Sadetzki, director of the cancer and radiation epidemiology unit of the Gertner Institute in Israel, told the committee. Cellphones have become commonplace only in the past decade or so.

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One thing most panelists agreed on: Children, because of their thinner skulls, are far more susceptible to radiation than adults. Radiation is emitted each time a cellphone call is made.

Linda Erdreich, a senior managing scientist at Exponent, a global engineering and science consulting firm, disagreed. She appeared at the request of CTIA, the lobbying arm of the U.S. wireless industry. The group has long maintained that cellphone radiation has no impact on human health.

In her testimony, Erdreich said there is no scientific evidence to link cancer and cellphones. Under hard questioning by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., however, she declined to say that a link is impossible.

Wireless is a $4 trillion-a-year industry and growing rapidly. Currently, there are more than 4 billion wireless users worldwide. About 270 million are in the USA.

CTIA has consistently argued that radiation from cellphones has no impact on human health, and the group did so again Monday after the hearing. CTIA's view is shared by the Federal Communications Commission, which sets cellphone radiation standards for the USA.

The problem: The FCC's standards were set 17 years ago, when cellphones and usage patterns were much different, said Devra Lee Davis, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

The FCC's standards are based on the effects of cellphone radiation on a "200-pound man with an 11-pound head" who talks for just six minutes a day, she told the committee.

Davis said more research is needed on long-term cellphone usage, with a special focus on children.

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daveNaustin (25 friends, send message) wrote: 10h 31m ago
Fretting about your precious little darlings frying their brains or wearing their thumbs down to the bone from cell use? Easy solution: don't give 'em one. Problem solved.

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Hired Gun (7 friends, send message) wrote: 10h 33m ago
We know these facts... that when the signal is weak, such as when the cell tower is far away, the phone's signal is automatically boosted to compensate. The phone actually gets hot from the transmission and the high amperage draw on the battery. That's why Lithium- Ion batteries are so compatible with cell phones, besides lighting up the pretty displays.
Now consider this... you are talking to someone and the phone's transmitter is communicating with a distant tower and the wattage created goes right thru your head. You can't guess where this tower is, so nothing can be done about that. So there you have the makings of a questionable scenario.

The best phones are the ones that have a pull out antenna that is higher than your head. The energy comes out of the tip on the extended antenna. These phones have been phased out and are now gone because we have cute little phones with build in antennas. Will a cell phone affect your brains? I'd say, that it is something that is of a concern and that's the last thing this industry wants to bring up, just as cigarette companies said that cancer and smoking have no correlation. We know better now though...don't we...?

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thebear (13 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 9h ago
Raysfaninmich (0 friends, send message) wrote: 2h 47m ago
To say that cellphones are "safe is premature," he said
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I'd say its also premature (if not irresponsible) to say that they are unsafe.

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I certainly don't think that it is premature and definitely not irresponsible to suggest that they may be unsafe. It is common knowledge that they produce radiation...in fact...some manufacturers print the amount of radiation produced by that particular phone right on the packaging material. They all emit radiation, radiation can be harmful and dangerous to humans, so no it is not irresponsible to suggest a possible problem...in fact, I would go so far as to say that informing consumers is the responsible thing to do.

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alton (0 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 12h ago
I have no doubt that cell phones are dangerous (at the least they should be banned while driving, except for emergencies).

But I'll worry about such things as cell phones and sun exposure AFTER we have BANNED THE TOBACCO DRUG, which kills 5,000,000 addicts and hundreds of thousands of INNOCENT people (who breathed toxic tobacco smoke) around the world, every year. Also, prosecute the tobacco pushers and their "friends" (i.e., most of the media) for murder and genocide of the human race.

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dwebspider (1 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 12h ago
Brain cancer may not be the only risk. Kis text constantly all their waking hours (many adults also). This will cause an evolutionary change. People of the future will have no voice box and their hands will have just two digits. A thumb on each hand.

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Raysfaninmich (0 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 12h ago
To say that cellphones are "safe is premature," he said
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I'd say its also premature (if not irresponsible) to say that they are unsafe. But, I'm guessing this person is friends with the folks that say cell towers will attract and kill ducks and bats.........give me a break.......please. Additionally, where is the cancer study on firemen and police officers for using hand-held radios throughout their entire careers? Answer: It probably doesn't exist. The environmental wack-jobs just want to focus on things they feel can be attacked........so they'll tell you that a cell phone will turn your kid's brain to mush........and then take a call on their own phone to figure out what's for dinner at home.

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tpe (0 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 14h ago
270 million cell phone users in this country alone. Sounds like the largest clinical trial of all time. If cell phone usage really is harmful there is no way it will go unnoticed. It seems like most environmental factors that increase the incidence of cancer manifest themselves after many years of exposure, e.g. sun, tobacco. If that is the case with cell phones the results will probably start coming in within the next decade. It could create a good opportunity to sell Verizon short.

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ladymary (0 friends, send message) wrote: 1d 14h ago
I wonder when they'll add the use of the ear pieces for all the hands free users.

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