Cell Phone Radiation Protection News Monthly Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, December, 2008 H ello everyone and welcome to our newsletter! At the end of this month, many folks will be thinking about setting “New Year’s Resolutions.” Well, one of the resolutions we ought to be setting is to protect ourselves from the hazards of cell phone radiation! It is the purpose of this newsletter to educate the reader about these real or potential health concerns. Some of you readers are already aware of these concerns because you may have purchases our product, “The Wave Shield.” Others are new to the topic. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, look to this newsletter to help keep you up-to-date in this important field. There are MANY questions consumers have about cell phone radiation and frankly, many have NO questions because they’re not even aware that there could be potential health hazards associated with cell phone use. This monthly newsletter will keep you informed of the ever-increasing documentation of potential hazards and how you can protect yourself as much as possible. The three topics for discussion today are: (1) Introduction to the “Electromagnetic Spectrum”, (2) The dangers of cell phones, (3) Examining the data against cell phones and (4) How to minimize the dangers associated with cell phone use. Each month, there will be further discussions to keep you well informed. Introduction to “Cell Phone Dangers” by Tom Petrie, Nutritionist || Cell Phone Energy || The cell phone uses energy that is part of the “electromagnetic spectrum,” illustrated above. Notice how a very small segment of this spectrum is visible light! Cell phones use signals that are between microwave and radio waves as illustrated between the lines above. T - o make sense out of this chart, remember our early range of electromagnetic energy between microwave ovens and science lessons about waves. They have a height or radio waves. The cell phone could be considered to be like a amplitude and they have a number of times they radio that sends information on signals via waves that are really vibrate each second or frequency. The higher the pushed by a burst of power. The bulk of the cell phone radiation frequency of the wave, the lower the amplitude. is emitted from the antenna (obvious or built into the phone), and From the chart above, we can see that cell phones operate in a from the speaker. This burst of power provides most of the radiation we’re concerned with. Yet, when a cell phone is not in 6. While the microwave radiation from cell phones is NOT use, there is still a low level of radiation to keep it connected to enough for thermal (heating) effects the energy IS sufficient to the nearest tower. This is why one would either turn their cell significantly alter protein concentrations! This effect is similar phone off when not in use or keep it away from the body. to what has been shown in cultured cells. Cells are the building blocks of all tissues in a living organism, whether plant or Clemson University. in South Carolina has an excellent animal. Cultured cells are cells that are taken from a living summary of the basics of electromagnetic radiation on their web- organism and then grown in a laboratory—usually in a petri site: http://rh5.clemson.edu/ropermtn/cellPhone.php. dish. (New Scientist, Feb., 23, 2008) Altering DNA structure Currently, there are about 2-3 billion cell phones in use and function—as mentioned earlier would be considered a “non- today! In other words, upwards of half the world’s population of thermal” effect. 6.3 billion people, is using them! While a cell phone emits and 7. Many illnesses are associated with exposure to radio waves receives electromagnetic waves, it is difficult to determine the and these include: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amount of radiation one is exposed to (and thus their “health autism, fatigue, disturbed memory and cognitive function. risk”) while using their cell phone because this depends upon the strength of the signal and the distance from the cell phone tower. 8. Some folks are using wireless devices such as the popular The “base-station” that can be a few miles away so the further “Bluetooth”. Such devices should NOT be used as they triple away the base station, the stronger the signal needs to be. the radiation reaching the users brain! Contrary to what you might think, the fewer the number of bars, 9. The current regulations of microwave radiation from cell the greater is the amount of radiation you’ll be exposed to! phones ONLY look at “thermal effects”, e.g., the effects that What this means is that making shorter calls is not such radiation can have on HEATING surrounding tissues. necessarily safer. What matters is where you are when making the “Non-thermal effects” (get used to hearing this term), are not call and how far you’re from a particular base station. This taken into consideration. The body DOES have ability to makes it impossible to access the risks, if any, from making your counter thermal effects on various tissues. The more important cell phone calls. question is this: Can our bodies reverse non-thermal effects of cell phone radiation? The answer is we just don’t know! There are two basic dangers we’re concerned with from cell phones: the near field effects, namely those that occur within a few 10. Cell phones reduce sperm count and motility. With fertility inches of the cell phone, when on. The other effects relate to a more rates decreasing some fifty percent over the previous 70 years insidious and persistent problem: The constant background worldwide, ANYTHING that decreases fertility (and decreasing electromagnetic radiation. It is this radiation that has increased health and vitality of sperm would qualify), should be seriously dramatically over the past several decades. There are ten basic questioned and scrutinized! The connection between infertility concerns about the safety of cell phones. All the research is not and cell phone use has received little public attention. in, but we can start the investigation from some of these issues: Examining the Data Against Cell Phones 1. We are using them too frequently without a clear understanding of the potential health hazards that are associated Some critics of the supposed dangers of cell phones will with their use. As with many technologies, the rush to use it is point to an April 2000 British study that claimed cell phones to often NOT taken with a serious concern or interest in look-ing at be safe. [Rothman, K.J., Epidemiological evidence on health potential hazards. This is no where more true than in the general risks of cellular telephones, Lancet, Nov., 25, 2000; 356: 1833- avoidance or concern for cell phone dangers by both 36, 1837-40. ] Nonetheless, they still suggested that children— “responsible” federal authorities and the general public. whose brains are still developing, not use mobile phones excessively. 2. Use of cellular phones can increase the risk of cellular DNA What Some Countries Have Done damage. DNA is crucial for the replication of all cells— reproductive and others. If DNA is damaged, a host of Health officials of Great Britain (home of Lancet), have challenges can occur such as infertility, birth defects and cancer. twice urged the nation’s wireless industry to refrain from promoting mobile phone use in children and to limit any calls to 3. Extensive use of cell phones is associated with a dramatic just emergency calls only. increase in the risk of brain tumors. It is important to note that NO ONE has studied the long-term effects of cell phone The German Academy of Pediatrics has warned parents to radiation on one’s brain. limit the use of cell phones among children. 4. Use of cell phones and even exposure to back-ground cell The Russian Radiation Protection Bureau has advised phone radiation (in other words, from not even using a cell pregnant women and children under the age of 16 to avoid phone directly), can contribute to or cause behavioral problems mobile phone use altogether. in children including ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities. Scandinavian health authorities have recommended that all 5. According to the World Health Organization, (WHO) consumers, especially children, should use whatever means exposure to electromagnetic radiation —such as that which possible to reduce their exposure to mobile phone radiation comes off your standard cell phone—can cause symptoms such emissions. as headaches, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances, skin symptoms Finally, Health officials of Austria and Israel recom-mend like prickling, burning sensations and rashes. It can also cause that children under the age of 16 not use cell phones at all! muscle pains and aches. A recent letter of warning comes from Dr. Ronald Herberman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center and was sent out in the form of a memo to the center’s staff and since a child’s brain is NOT so well developed and their skulls faculty of about 2,960 people. are much softer and thinner than an adults. (Yes, some of us have thicker skulls than others!) Dr. Ronald Herberman is the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the UPMC Cancer Center. He is also associate vice chancellor for cancer research within the School of Medicine, Department of Health Sciences. Other appointments include chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Hillman Professor of Oncology. He is also a professor of Medicine and Pathology. In serving as vice chancellor for cancer research, he has the responsibility for enhancing and facilitating the basic and clinical research activities of the six schools of the health sciences and of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Herberman remains personally involved in several cancer research programs. Wave Shield, for Cordless phone; $20 In this memo, he stated: The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation “Recently I have become aware of the growing body of literature linking long-term cell phone use to possible One of the key figures in the field of EMF dangers is Dr. adverse health effects, including cancer. Although the George Carlo, Chairman of the Science and Public Policy Institute, evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there is a non-profit health group based in Washington, D.C. He is often sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share considered one of the world’s top experts on the health effects of some precautionary advice on cell phone use.” electromagnetic radiation. He is also the co-author (with Martin Schram) of Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age. Dr. Herberman’s advice is straightforward and simple: The Institute that Dr. Carlo founded in 1990 has studied various controversial problems such as the dangers of silicone 1) Keep cell phone calls as short as possible. breast implants to ignored hazardous waste sites. For the past 2) Use text messaging whenever possible. several years, Dr. Carlo’s organization has been tracking health problems amongst its 6,000 members. It also is aggressively 3) Use speaker phone options or headsets. trying to solve the problems associated with unfettered cell phone 4) Do not allow children to use cell phones except in case of usage. emergency. This is because their developing organs are the most Many think the government should be “tracking” the cell likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure. phone industry and the safety of its products. It should be Dr. Herberman’s memo also advises against using cell pointed out that various companies address this issue in their phones in public places because it exposes other people to introductory booklets that come with new phones. For example, electromagnetic fields. This could be looked at as a sort of the Motorola VU 204 cellular phone states this on page 94: second-hand smoke effect. “Your Motorola mobile device is designed to comply with local regulatory requirements in your country concerning exposure of One of Dr. Herberman’s suggestions is to use head-sets, but human beings to RF (radio frequency) energy.” Later the booklet we need to be careful about this recommendation since the use of recommends to “…keep the mobile device and its antenna at headsets can expose the brain to three times the radiation coming least 1 inch from your body when transmitting.” out of your phone speaker! This is because the wire can act as an antenna, focusing more electromagnetic radiation into the ear It is wise to keep your cellular phone at least one inch away and—of course, your brain! Certainly, using a speaker phone is from your body, but how many people actually do this? Dr. useful, since the intensity of radiation decreases as the “square of Carlo points out in a recent interview that the industry continues the distance” from the source. In other words, the radiation at 2 to deny any link to health troubles. (Total health magazine, Vol. feet is ¼ of the radiation at one foot, NOT half. But forget the 28, No. 1, 2006) Strangely, this denial comes while the industry math! The further your phone is from your ear, the less radiation has conducted NO long-term safety studies. you’ll be exposed to. What has kept the public naïve about this topic is that the As noted earlier, devices such as “Bluetooth” ear pieces efforts have changed from the scientific field to optimize our should NOT be used since they transmit and receive signals at a understanding of cell phone dangers, to the political field. Thus frequency close to that of microwave ovens. Devices such as the lobbying by special interests has largely framed the debate now. “Waveshield” (http://www.bestcprb.com) are devices—about the For example, there is NO regulation of the cell phone industry by size of a penny, that block up to 99 percent of the radiation from the FDA. And because of huge budget cuts at the EPA, they are no reaching the user. Note, they do NOT affect the radiation coming longer involved with this issue. off the antenna or the body of the phone, just the part that enters Still, there is one initiative that is designed to help protect the soft tissues of the brain through the ear. This is, of course, American consumers and that is “The Safe Wireless Initiative.” the area, that needs the most protection since the skull of the They try to track health problems associated with electro- brain acts to block much electromagnetic radiation (EMF) from magnetic radiation exposure (e.g. cell phones). They are at: reaching the brain. Obviously, in children, this is not so true, http://www.health-concerns.org. To be on the safe side, it is best to limit our cell phone use of Surgeons. He is also an expert on the potential health hazards and practice “safe” cell phone practices. Dr. Vini G. Khurana is of cell phone use. Here is a summary from his website: a Mayo Clinic-Trained Neurosurgeon with an advanced http://www.brain-surgery.us neurosurgery Fellowship in Cerebrovascular and Complex Tumor Surgery from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College SAFETY TIPS: The following important points regarding mobile phone safety should be kept in mind: 1. Bluetooth ear-piece devices are NOT safe. Microwaves Keeping a mobile phone close to one's head overnight is generated by the mobile phone are wirelessly NOT safe. Even "at rest", the mobile will regularly emit transferred and directly transmitted into the ear canal a pulsed microwave signal to its closest base station in and surrounding head region via the coupled blue tooth order for the mobile phone's position to be tracked in device. order to maintain its expected service. 2. Wired ear-pieces are NOT safe unless they are 6. A regular land-line IS safe. In fact, this remains one of specifically shielded against electromagnetic radiation. the safest forms of electronic verbal communication. Wearing an ear-piece connected by a wire to a mobile 7. Using the "speaker phone" option on a mobile phone, phone in essence converts the user's head into an with the phone held at least 20 cm from the head is a antenna for the base-station. safer alternative (inverse square law for radiation fall- 3. Home-based cordless phones do not emit as much off), however, this naturally compromises the privacy of electromagnetic radiation as conventional mobile the communication to some extent. phones, however they are NOT to be regarded as being 8. Using a mobile phone via hands-free car kit (where the safe owing to the longer usage time (typically cheaper car speakers and car microphone are used instead of the calling rates) associated with home-based calling plans. mobile phone being held to the side of the head) IS safe. Using such phones for less time and on "speaker-phone" Here, the car roof acts as the antenna, and the user's mode with the cordless phone held at least 20 cm from head is at an acceptable distance from both the roof and the head is a safer alternative to holding them close to the phone (inverse square law for radiation fall-off). the side of the head. 9. A child's brain is structurally developing well into 4. The desktop base stations associated with cordless adolescence, has a greater relative water content and phones emit a constant electromagnetic radiation plume lower volume compared with an adult's brain, and of up to 3 meters in diameter, and so are best not kept subject to more "plasticity" (structural and functional close to the head for prolonged periods of time such as reprogramming) at a microscopic level. It is logical to overnight. expect that exposing a child's brain to cell phone 5. "Walkie-talkies" are NOT safe. They emit very high radiation is likely to cause cellular damage that, in due levels of electromagnetic radiation, up to 50 times more course, may lead to brain cancer. Children should NOT than a mobile phone. use mobile or cellular phones unless in an emergency. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tom Petrie is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Nutrition and Biochemistry. He was Nutritionist with the Use the WaveShield! Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, CA and Nutritionist for the Total Health Foundation in Albany, NY. He has been a guest on WABC radio and local TV. He currently works with The Healing Clinic in Spring Valley and the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, New York. His Website is: http://tompetrie.net. To learn how to protect yourself from the potential dangers of cell phone radiation, go to http://www.bestcellphoneprotection.com or http://www.bestcprb.com. 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