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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Phone Folly

It never ceases to amaze me that so-called experts that get interview time on network or cable TV are so out of touch with the most current  data and research.

Take the comments of  Dr Otis Brawley,  chief medical Officer at the American Cancer Society, on a recent edition of Larry King.
Dr. Brawley, an oncologist and obviously someone with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, would have you believe that using Blue Tooth or a wired cell phone head set is safe.

I hate to alert Dr. Brawley to the facts of Blue Tooth use, but it has been associated with hearing loss as well as the development of neuromas on the side of the head most frequently used. 

He must also have missed Dr Geroge Carlo's seminal studies completed over a decade ago that indicates the risks of using wired head sets.

Current EMF warnings urge cell phone users to use the speaker phone function on the phone and to keep it at the farthest distance possible, or to text rather than talk.

Air tube head sets are recommended over wired, but may have some concern, and using an EMF guard is advised.

But then, the cancer industry might be reduced in size and expense if we looked to other real experts in the field.

So, Larry, when can we get some people who know the facts to be interviewed on your show?

Dr. Carlo's websites:
Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) - SPPI is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to advancing scientific and policy debate in the public health arena.
Safe Wireless Initiative (SWI) - SWI is a program under the Science and Public Policy Institute dedicated to informing the public about the wireless radiation safety issues.
Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry (MTHCR) - Operating under the SPPI, the MTCHR was created to gather voluntary information directly from cellular telephone users, particularly those with concerns relating to cell phone use and subsequent health effects. Designed to count and track these effects, the Registry is a critical step toward further scientific understanding of how to control those health risks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remembered growing up without a cellphone and we all survived. Yeah, sometimes you had to wait a while at the phone booth, but it didn't kill anybody. Now I look at kids as young as 5 who are using cellphones daily. This is a very big issue in underdeveloped and developing countries.