Cell phones and health risk
I’ve said it before: (WiFi, Cancer, and Legal Liability), and I’ll say it again: the evidence linking RF exposure to health risks is becoming more compelling every day – but the conclusions pointed to are neither definitive nor widely accepted.
This, for example, is the introductory paragraph from a December 5th Science Daily story: Mobile Phones Affect Memory In Laboratory Animals, Swedish Study Finds:
Can radiation from cell phones affect the memory? Yes — at least it appears to do so in rat experiments conducted at the Division of Neurosurgery, Lund University, in Sweden. Henrietta Nittby studied rats that were exposed to mobile phone radiation for two hours a week for more than a year. These rats had poorer results on a memory test than rats that had not been exposed to radiation.
There’s a lot of work like this – people skating the edges of the problem because it’s politically impractical to take on the issue directly.
So if the science is scary but unsettled how should you respond? By looking for things you can do now that will prove valuable if the problem turns out to be real, but won’t expose you to ridicule now or leave you looking like an idiot if the science eventually settles on harmless.
Don’t, in other words, go public with the concern – and don’t break out the tin foil hats – but do look carefully at what you can do now to reduce both health risks to your colleagues and legal risks to your employer in the event that the problem turns out to be real.
In doing this bear in mind that any written material refering to the problem might be found and used against your employer in some future civil action – so ensure that any action you take is entirely justified on normal business or professional practices.
For example, you can improve data security and network reliability by removing as many wireless devices as you can from employee working environments.
Similarly, you can look at making better use of VoIP technologies to reduce both traditional and cell calling costs, particularly for inter-office communication – and, in doing that, slip a line or two into employee procedure (and new employee briefing) manuals saying that they’re encouraged to use land lines where ever possible for both security and cost reasons.
The bottom line on this is simple: the science on this isn’t settled, but the risks look increasingly real -so finding sound business or technical reasons for actions whose side effect is to reduce everyone’s RF exposure is a bet on which you can win, but not lose.
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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.
IBM Predicts Talking Web, Solar-Powered Cell Phones, More
A talking Web, solar technology embedded in windows and cell phones, and the end of forgetting will all come in the next five years, IBM predicts in its third annual Next Five in Five list.
Here, IBM detailed innovations that could change our lives in the next half-decade.
The other predictions: We will all have digital shopping assistants and, separately, “crystal balls” to predict our future health.
“The Next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible,” IBM says.
Here’s a look at IBM’s five predictions announced this week:
1. Solar power will be built into asphalt sidewalks, driveways, siding, paint, rooftops and windows. New thin-film solar cells will be cost-effective and incredibly thin, allowing them to be applied just about anywhere.
“Until now, the materials and the process of producing solar cells to convert into solar energy have been too costly for widespread adoption,” IBM says. “These new thin-film solar cells can be ‘printed’ and arranged on a flexible backing, suitable for not only the tops but also the sides of buildings, tinted windows, cell phones, notebook computers, cars and even clothing.”
2. You will have a crystal ball for your health — not a real crystal ball, but sophisticated analyses of your own DNA will tell you what types of health risks you face in your lifetime and the specific steps you can take to prevent them. DNA analyses will cost less than $200 (about Rs. 9000), IBM says, making them affordable for many. In addition to predicting health risks, IBM says the technology will tell us what we’re not at risk for, perhaps enabling certain people to enjoy foods like French fries and potato chips without guilt. Besides personal health profiles, DNA mapping will help drug companies design new, more effective medicine.
“Ever since scientists discovered how to map the entire human genome, it has opened new doors in helping to unlock the secrets our genes hold to predicting health traits and conditions we may be predisposed to,” IBM says.
3. “You will talk to the Web . . . and the Web will talk back.” Someday soon you will surf the Internet using just your voice, a development that will make the Web more widely accessible worldwide, particularly for those who cannot read or write.
“In places like India, where the spoken word is more prominent than the written word in education, government and culture, ‘talking’ to the Web is leapfrogging all other interfaces, and the mobile phone is outpacing the PC,” IBM says. “Imagine being within a phone call’s reach from the ability to post, scan and respond to e-mails and instant messages — without typing. You will be able to sort through the Web verbally to find what you are looking for and have the information read back to you — as if you are having a conversation with the Web.”
4. Digital technology will enhance your in-store shopping experience, with “digital shopping assistants” inside fitting rooms, touchscreen and voice-activated kiosks that will help you choose clothing items to complement or replace what you’ve already chosen. Store employees will be automatically notified and bring you the items you’ve requested. With rapidly improving mobile technology, shoppers will also read product ratings from other consumers, download coupons and take photos of themselves to send to friends and family and instantly get their opinions.
5. “Forgetting will become a distant memory,” IBM says in its final prediction. Remembering all the little things you forget will become easier because everyday details will be recorded, analyzed and “provided at the appropriate time and place by both portable and stationary smart appliances.” IBM predicts that microphones and video cameras will record everyday activities and conversations, whether those conversations happen with family members or doctors. GPS-enabled smartphones can then remind us, for example, to pick up groceries or prescriptions if we pass by the supermarket or pharmacy.
IBM makes no mention of laws that in some states forbid recording of conversations without the consent of all parties, so we’ll have to see how the legality of this one plays out.
Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Scientific American Answers
Nov. 24, 2008, 4:55 pm
The answer is, nobody really knows. Caution has been advised by some experts.
“There is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there claiming a link between cell phone use and cancer: Keith Black, chairman of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, says that the brain cancer (malignant glioma) that killed O. J. Simpson’s attorney, Johnnie Cochran, was the result of frequent cell phone use, based on the fact that the tumor developed on the side of the head against which he held his phone. And in May, a week after Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a glioma, The EMR Policy Institute, a Marshfield, Vt.–based nonprofit organization that supports research on the effects of electromagnetic radiation, released a statement linking his tumor to heavy cell phone use. But the NCI maintains that there is no definitive evidence that cell phones increase cancer risk.
“In other words, the verdict is still out. “We can’t rule out the possibility of risk,” Nottingham’s Challis says. “There hadn’t been as much work in this area as is now demanded.”
Source: Scientific American, November 21, 2008
Cell Phone Use Endangers Boneheads
he jury is still out on the relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors. But the American Association of Neurological Surgeons has issued a statement to remind people that cell phones present lots of other risks to your brain. Of course, we all know about yapping while driving. A Harvard study finds that 2,600 people die each year in accidents related to cell distraction and 12,000 more are injured. Canadian research shows that you’re four times more likely to be in an accident while on the phone.
But here are some other emergency room cases that show the dangers of talking or texting while on the move: Guy talking on cell phone on an escalator falls backward, lacerating his head, where his brain lives. Guy talking on cell phone walks into street sign, also lacerating his head. Guy texting while bicycling crashes into a tree and suffers head injury. Guy texting walks right into a telephone poll and knocks himself cold. Sir, back away from the phone. It could save your life. Or at least your dignity.
What many cell phone users may not know is that cell phones send electromagnetic waves into users’ brains. In fact, every cell phone model sold in the United States has a specific measurement of how much microwave energy from the phone can penetrate the brain. Depending on how close the cell phone antenna is to the head, as much as 60 percent of the microwave radiation is absorbed by and actually penetrates the area around the head, some reaching an inch to an inch-and-a-half into the brain.
To see the radiation emitted by your phone see our Cell phone radiation chart
“This is the first generation that has put relatively high-powered transmitters against the head, day after day,” says Dr. Ross Adey, who has worked for industry and government for decades studying microwave radiation, and is one of the most respected scientists in the field. Tests conducted by the ABC show 20/20 have found that some of the country’s most popular cell phones can – depending on how they’re held – exceed the radiation limit. 20/20 reported that government-testing guidelines are so vague that a phone can pass the Federal Communications Commission’s requirements when tested in one position and exceed those maximum levels when held in another position.
Experts say it’s particularly hard to predict the long-term impact of a product that’s just two decades old, especially since most of the 95 million Americans who now have cell phones began using them in the past five years.
By Conor | November 2, 2008
A major concern here at GreenTaxi is the long term risk of cell phones causing cancer or any other risk to our bodies. Walking around all day with a device sending out radio waves directly into our head seems like it must be a risk of some sort longer term.
We’ve discussed this previously and continue to wait for the WHO’s massive study results if and when they are ever released. But any new research or opinions are always interesting.
An article out of a Baltimore TV station reports on views from a leading oncologist who has been studying this for a while. I do not think her findings are anything new, but some of the points the article brings up in regards to the use of cellphones by children are particularly scary.
Davis said it takes 10 years for most brain cancers to develop. Pictures from cell phone companies show the electromagnetic signal goes about two inches into the adult brain — halfway through the brain of a 10-year-old and completely through the brain of a 5-year-old. Yet children are one of the fastest growing markets for cell phones.
Davis said children’s’ brains are the most vulnerable.
“Many children sleep with them under their pillow on vibrate, so the signal gets right into their head while they’re sleeping,” she said.
Studies out of Sweden are pointing to risk in youths using cellphones for more than 10 years. Sweden has been using cellphones actively for more than 20 years, so their data goes back a bit more than other countries.
An epedimiologist there, “has told colleagues that he has findings that people who started to use cell phones as teens, by the time they reached their late 20s, had five times more gliomas.”
Please keep your eye out for further studies and information. I will continue to post anything I can find here.
from: Green Taxi
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 Trudeauâs book The Weight Loss Cure says it best, âIf 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 fatâ 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? Itâs not as difficult as you might have thought. Change where you shop and know what youâre putting into your body. Consider shopping at grocery stores like Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Trader Joeâs. These grocers have made a name for themselves by carrying exclusively all natural and organic products. 12 Short Food Rules from Michael Pollan – 1. Donât eat anything your grandmother wouldnât recognize as food. 2. Avoid foods containing ingredients you canât pronounce. 3. Donât eat anything that wouldnât 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 farmerâs 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 www.sociatropin.com.
From Health Or Disease
Summary of American Legal Actions Regarding Mobile Phones and Health Effects– quite an interesting video to watch here. Very insightful that’s for sure.