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Cell phones and privacy protection

November 30, 2008

Cell phones and privacy protection

Indianapolis – After 13 Investigates aired its report “Tapping your cell phone,” viewers wrote in with questions.

The latest spy technology for cell phones is easy to find on the internet. 13 Investigates bought some spy software and, with the permission of a WTHR producer, downloaded it onto her cell phone.

What happened next is pretty spooky. I was able to listen in to her phone conversations, read her text messages, and no matter where she went with her cell phone, I got constant satellite updates on her location. I could literally track her movements anywhere she went.

Right after our investigation aired, emails started pouring in with lots of questions and concerns like this one from Bridget. She writes, “If I have the cell phone spyware on my cell phone, how would I find that out? How do I get rid of it?”

Richard Mislan is a cyber forensics specialist at Purdue University, and he’s pulled lots of hidden information off of cell phones. But he says even for a cyber detective, spy software is almost impossible to detect.

“We can get the phone and look at it and it’s not there so it’s hidden,” he said.

You can look for subtle signs yourself. For example, if your phone lights up for no apparent reason, or if it feels warm to the touch when you’re not using it, that could mean the phone is actually in use and being tapped.

As far as how you get rid of spy software, you don’t. You need a secret pass code to deactivate the program. If you don’t have it, you’re out of luck. At that point, you need a new phone.

Mandy sent this question: To tap your phone, “Is all a person needs is your cell phone number or does the person actually need your cell phone?”

The software used by 13 Investigates for our demonstration did require that we have physical possession of the cell phone. It took about ten minutes to download the spy program. But someone can tap your phone without ever laying hands on it, according to private investigator Tim Wilcox.

“There’s more sophisticated devices where you can do it remotely where you don’t have to have possession of the phone to do it,” said Wilcox.

Here’s a question from Robert. He says, “I have a friend that suspects her cell phone has been tapped. Her phone often has strange background noises when in use. How can she find out if her phone is tapped?”

In that situation, get ready to play detective. Tim Wilcox says it’s time for something called disinformation.

“The person who suspects their cell phone is bugged would carry on a conversation they’ve already pre-scripted with somebody else that has information so sensational, it would drive the third party, the bad guy, crazy and then they would make some contact or say something or get back to them so they’d know they third party is actually monitoring them,” said Wilcox.

The last question comes from Laurie who said, “Tell me which software you purchased that actually worked. My girlfriend has purchased two and they don’t seem to be working for her.”

Sorry, Laurie. We’re not telling you because anyone who wants spy software is probably up to no good.

“A lot of this is totally illegal,” said Mislan.

Rick Mislan says if you spy on someone’s cell phone without their permission, you can go to jail. “You’re giving up all of your privacy by someone tapping into your phone so this is totally illegal.”

One more thing you should know, the fancier your phone, the more you may be at risk. Some spy software won’t work on basic cell phones. But if you have a phone that connects you to the internet, it’s much easier to tap into.



Cell Phone Radiation Effects, Brain Tumors and Chidren

November 8, 2008

Cell Phone Radiation Effects, Brain Tumors and Chidren

With 3 billion cell phone users worldwide and more than 260 million in the United States alone—among them 46% of U.S. children aged 8–12, according to Nielsen Mobile figures released 10 September 2008—human exposure to low-energy radiation in the 800- to 2,000-megahertz range is at an all-time high. The most recent attempt to systematically review the epidemiologic evidence for increased risk of brain tumors related to cell phone use indicates that repercussions from this global experiment are coming to light. In a meta-analysis published in the May 2008 issue of the International Journal of Oncology, Swedish researchers found significant associations between long-term cell phone use and brain tumor risk. In July 2008 market research firm MultiMedia Intelligence reported that more than 16 million U.S. teens use cell phones.

“We found that cell phone use is linked to gliomas [malignant brain tumors] and acoustic neuromas [benign tumors of the brain’s auditory nerve] and are showing up after only ten years,” says lead author Lennart Hardell, an oncologist and cancer epidemiologist at University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden. Specifically, for studies that included at least 10 years of exposure, there was a doubling in the risk of gliomas for ipsilateral (same-side) but not contralateral (opposite-side) exposures to the head (as reflected by which hand the subject typically used to hold his/her cell phone). A 2.4-fold increase in risk was seen for acoustic neuromas due to ipsilateral exposures, whereas no increased risk occurred for meningiomas (tumors that occur in the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord).

Health, How to Naturally Boost Energy Levels

October 22, 2008

Health, How to Naturally Boost Energy Levels
October 22nd, 2008 by admin

Eat Across the Color Scheme of Fruits and Vegetables – The beneficial color pigments in fruits and vegetables protect these living foods from oxidative stress. When we consume these fruits and vegetables, these same pigments protect our bodies form oxidative stress and provide a natural energy boost. Become aware of the color schemes you are eating in fruits and vegetables and eat as many different colors as you can every day. Some of the most powerful colors are your reds [organic apples, red peppers, berries], greens [broccoli, spinach, green vegetables], purples [blueberries and other purple-toned berries], and oranges [oranges, peppers]. There is also now just starting to be scientific evidence that shows organically grown fruits and vegetables contain higher amounts of these powerful color pigments. This makes sense if you think about it. Organically grown fruits and vegetables encounter greater oxidative stresses, particularly in the form of insects (no herbicides and pesticides used). To combat these environmental stresses they have developed higher levels of these defensive compounds, which ultimately benefit us when we eat organic fruits and vegetables. Eat Organic – An excerpt from Kevin Trudeau’s book The Weight Loss Cure says it best, “If food is not 100% organic, the food is loaded with herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and over 15,000 man-made chemicals. This is unique to America. American produced food absolutely, positively, 100% will make you fat” and adversely affect your health. Many experts believe all of the artificial additives, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides we put in our food are responsible for everything from cancer, depression, obesity, and a multitude of other degenerative diseases. So how do you protect yourself from these dangerous poisons? It’s not as difficult as you might have thought. Change where you shop and know what you’re putting into your body. Consider shopping at grocery stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Trader Joe’s. These grocers have made a name for themselves by carrying exclusively all natural and organic products. 12 Short Food Rules from Michael Pollan – 1. Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. 2. Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce. 3. Don’t eat anything that wouldn’t eventually rot. 4. Avoid food products that carry health claims. 5. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle. 6. Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmer’s market or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). 7. Pay more, eat less. 8. Eat a wide diversity of species. 9. Eat food from animals that eat grass. 10. Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food. 11. Eat meals and eat them only at tables. 12. Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure. Anthony DiClementi is an internationally recognized health and fitness expert and the co-creator of SociaTropin – The Social Wellness Nutritional Supplement. For more articles from Anthony DiClementi including the most current information on natural energy boosters and herbal supplements for stress relief visit

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Summary of American Legal Actions Regarding Mobile Phones and Health Effects

October 20, 2008

Summary of American Legal Actions Regarding Mobile Phones and Health Effects– quite an interesting video to watch here. Very insightful that’s for sure.

More on Radiation dangers

October 18, 2008

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I have been an active researcher on biological effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) for over twenty five years at Columbia University. I was also one of the organizers of the 2007 online Bioinitiative Report on the subject. Because of this background, I have been asked to provide background information regarding current discussions about the proposed cell tower.

There is now sufficient scientific data about the biological effects of EMF, and in particular about radiofrequency (RF) radiation, to argue for adoption of precautionary measures. We can state unequivocally that EMF can cause single and double strand DNA breakage at exposure levels that are considered safe under the FCC guidelines in the USA. As I shall illustrate below, there are also epidemiology studies that show an increased risk of cancers associated with exposure to RF. Since we know that an accumulation of changes or mutations in DNA is associated with cancer, there is good reason to believe that the elevated rates of cancers among persons living near radio towers are probably linked to DNA damage caused by EMF. Because of the nature of EMF exposure and the length of time it takes for most cancers to develop, one cannot expect ‘conclusive proof’ such as the link between helicobacter pylori and gastric ulcer. (That link was recently demonstrated by the Australian doctor who proved a link conclusively by swallowing the bacteria and getting the disease.) However, there is enough evidence of a plausible mechanism to link EMF exposure to increased risk of cancer, and therefore of a need to limit exposure, especially of children.
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There’s a video to watch on the site too..

Kids & Teens More at Risk for Brain Tumors from Cell Phone Use

October 12, 2008

Cell Phone Tumor: New Study Says Kids And Teens More At Risk For Brain Tumors From Cell Phone Use! Read on…
Cell Phone Tumor

Several studies over the years have linked cell phone use to brain tumors.

Dr. George Carlo, who was hired by the Cell Phone Industry to front a research group whose main objective was to prove cell phones safe, found-after 6 years of research-that they were anything but!

According to Dr. Carlo, “The big picture is disturbingly clear. There is a definite risk that the radiation plume that emanates from a cell phone antenna can cause cancer and other health problems.”

When he communicated this to the CEOs of the Cell Phone Industry, they ignored him.

Brain tumors, brain cancer, and findings that cell phone radiation caused leaking of the blood/brain barrier, were definitely not considered good for sales and the cell phone industry wanted to hear nothing more about it.

Dr. Carlo eventually resigned as head of the study and went on to become an activist for the regulation of wireless electromagnetic frequencies. His non-profit organization, Safe Wireless Initiative, cites the only safe wireless is no wireless and advocates a return to fiber optics, aka wired technology.
Cell Phone Use More Dangerous for Kids

Instead of taking any precautionary measures, the Cell Phone Industry went on to market cell phones to kids and teens. Kids and teens are now among the fastest growing users of cell phones.

Unfortunately, they are also the most likely to develop brain tumors from cell phone use.

A recent Swedish study head by EMF researcher Lennart Hardell found children absorbed more radiation into their brains from cell phones due to the thinness of their not yet fully developed skulls.

“People who started mobile phone use before the age of 20 have more than five-fold increase in glioma,” said Professor Hardell. “This is a warning sign. It’s very worrying. We should be taking precautions.”

Learn more about the hazards of cell phone radiation and how you can best protect yourself.


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