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Subject: CELL PHONE ACTION ALERTDr.Keith Black, Cedars Sinai Hospital neurosurgeon is on CNN this weekend! ACTION NEEDED
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 23:42:30 -0700

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is a personal call to action about a major public health issue — cell phone safety

I feel strongly that we need to insist on getting answers about whether cell phones are safe or not. Tonight, I watched Dr Sanjay Gupta, a CNN commentator, who happens to be a neurosurgeon, interview Dr. Keith Blake, a practicing neurosurgeon at Cedar Sinai Hospital in West Los Angeles who is widely respected as one of the most prominent U.S. brain cancer surgeons in the United States.

These two neurosurgeons expressed their strong concern about cell phone safety and went into great details in explaining what causes them to speak out. Dr. Keith Black, who treated the Johnny Cochran, who died of brain cancer, said he believed all along that it was Cochran’s use of a cell phone that triggered his brain cancer. The interview covered much more than that.  You can see it online at http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/ .  CNN will be covering this issue more over this coming weekend.

CNN’s coverage is timely. The California State Legislature is poised to vote on a cell phone labelling bill next week. The International Agency on Research on Cancer will be discussing cel phone research next week and plans to render an opinion to the World Health Organization as to whether the type of microwave radiaiton used by cell phones, smart phones, WIFi networks, and antennas, etc. is cancer causing or now. The FCC is currently proposing to do away with landline phones. Concerned scientists agree there is sufficient evidence to call for more precaution and lower exposure standards while meanwhile, independantly sponsored science can aggressively seek the answers to the open question: is it safe?

With almost 300 million people using cell phones routinely in the US., isn’t it about time to find out for sure and address the concerns Dr. Black and so many others world wide are pointing to?

I appreciate Dr. Black’s willingness to speak out and also appreciate Dr. Gupta and CNN’s continuing coverage over the past decade, which is almost as long as most people have ever owned one.

You can take personal action by educating your self and protecting your self and especially your children. I initiated the Campaign for Safer Cell phones in 2010 with Dr. Devra Davis. You can see the educational videos I made for teens and young children on cell phone safety, under a grant from the California Endowment on behalf of the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety by going to:  http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/content/videos-change.

Contact California State Legislation next Monday to ask for their vote on AB 932, even if you are not a California resident.

Please pay attention. Details below were developed by Ellie MArks whose husgband Alan has a brain tumor that doctors believe was caused by his long term use of a cell phone. Let me hear from you.

Thank you.

Libby
Elizabeth Kelley
Founder, Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona
520 743-0125

Contact the senators below and implore upon them to vote yes on SB 932 (cell phone safety law) EVEN IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. No need for your address- just fax a short note to them NOW (email ok but less effective). Pass this along to all of your contactsthis may be the most critical health catastrophe we ever face.

We are currently working on legislation in many cities and states and their legislators are anxiously waiting to see what happens in California. Thus, this will affect YOU and your families.

Simply state: Vote yes on sb932 so consumers will be informed, at point of sale, to read the deceptively hidden safe use instructions required by the FCC.

And tell the senators no amount of money is worth exposing your children and grandchildren to excessive cell phone radiation. Thank you.

Some state senators who voted no last year   were top recipients of telecom industry campaign contributions. We cannot allow that to happen again this year. The public should be outraged.

TELL CALIFORNIA SENATORS TO VOTE YES ON SB 932

Please fax a letter to all of the State Senators who voted NO last year on Leno’s previous bill.  This year’s bill is now more globally palatable.  It’s now a simple disclosure requirement at the point of sale stating:

 This device emits radiofrequency energy. Consult the user’s manual for additional information on safe use

Mobile telecom industry has been actively disseminating extremely disingenuous information.  Blackberry, for example, markets their products to users telling them to “keep your friends in your pocket” while in the fine print buried in their user’s manual, users are informed of the vital FCC required safety information:  “keep the phone 0.98 inches away from the body, especially the lower abdomen of teenagers and the abdomen of pregnant women” in order to not exceed the FCC  safety exposure guidelines!

We need 21 Democratic Senators (Republicans vote no automatically unless you can work some magic!) to be accountable with a YES vote.  We especially need to confront the Senators that are listed as being the top recipients of Telecommunications Industry campaign contributions[i] and have them vote yes to enact this into CA Code so the critically needed Right-to-Know SAFE USE INFO is more prominently communicated to users of the devices.

Please FAX your letters demanding a YES vote on SB 932 to all of the Senators in the following Table:

 

CA Democratic Senator  District Office  SB 1212 in 2010 vote TelephoneFax

e-mail

Alex Padilla Van Nuys new  916-651-4020fax- 916-324-6645

senator.Padilla@senate.ca.gov

Roderick Wright Inglewood,  Long Beach NO  916-651-4025fax  916-445-3712

senator.Wright@senate.ca.gov

Curren Price  Los Angeles NO  916-651-4026fax 916-445-8899

senator.Price@senate.ca.gov

Kevin deLeon   Los Angeles NO  916-651-4022fax  916-327-8817

senator.deleon@senate.ca.gov

Christine Kehoe San Diego Abstained at EQ hearing 5/9/11  916-651-4039fax- 916-327-2188

senator.Kehoe@senate.ca.gov

Lou Correa[ii] Santa Ana NO  916 -651-4034fax  714-558-4111

senator.Correa@senate.ca.gov


[i]  according to: Maplight.org “Money and Politics” http://maplight.org/california/interest/C4000 based on contributions for the last four years of available data, Jan 1, 2007 – Dec 31, 2010, including contributions to state-wide campaigns.

[ii] Low eco vote rating Based on  California League of Conservation Voters Environmental scorecard rating http://www.ecovote.org/sites/default/files/clcv-scorecard-2010.pdf

Thank you, Ellie Marks

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Does being in denial serve you best?

embrace or deny; you choose and accept responsibility. no blame game.

  • ask ourselves if being in denial about things that hurt us, protect us?
  • if you know you are allergic to peanuts, do you consume or avoid them?
  • when you see proof that cigarettes kill, do you smoke or quit?
  • you know wireless technology is harming you; do you protect yourself or remain frozen (immovable) in denial, by choice?

We are referencing the plethora of wireless devices, technology, satellites 23,000 miles from the earth creating these high level frequencies far beyond the norms of all living matter.

We are proving DNA changes, harmful effects and fatal results.  How many decades do we jeopardize our children and Grands before the FCC etc protect us?

CSea Perkins

EMFJournal creator / moderator

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Should you be snuggling with your cellphone?

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Thank you Angela Flynn for bringing this NY Times article to our attention.

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Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?

By RANDALL STROSS

WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health. So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body.

I’m paraphrasing here. But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding the phone against your head or body into the fine print of the little slip that you toss aside when unpacking your phone. Apple, for example, doesn’t want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch.

The warnings may be missed by an awful lot of customers. The United States has 292 million wireless numbers in use, approaching one for every adult and child, according to C.T.I.A.-The Wireless Association, the cellphone industry’s primary trade group. It says that as of June, about a quarter of domestic households were wireless-only.

If health issues arise from ordinary use of this hardware, it would affect not just many customers but also a huge industry. Our voice calls — we chat on our cellphones 2.26 trillion minutes annually, according to the C.T.I.A. — generate $109 billion for the wireless carriers.

The cellphone instructions-cum-warnings were brought to my attention by Devra Davis, an epidemiologist who has worked for the University of Pittsburgh and has published a book about cellphone radiation, “Disconnect.” I had assumed that radiation specialists had long ago established that worries about low-energy radiation were unfounded. Her book, however, surveys the scientific investigations and concludes that the question is not yet settled.

Brain cancer is a concern that Ms. Davis takes up. Over all, there has not been a general increase in its incidence since cellphones arrived. But the average masks an increase in brain cancer in the 20-to-29 age group and a drop for the older population.

“Most cancers have multiple causes,” she says, but she points to laboratory research that suggests mechanisms by which low-energy radiation could damage cells in ways that could possibly lead to cancer.

Children are more vulnerable to radiation than adults, Ms. Davis and other scientists point out. Radiation that penetrates only two inches into the brain of an adult will reach much deeper into the brains of children because their skulls are thinner and their brains contain more absorptive fluid. No field studies have been completed to date on cellphone radiation and children, she says.

Henry Lai, a research professor in the bioengineering department at the University of Washington, began laboratory radiation studies in 1980 and found that rats exposed to radiofrequency radiation had damaged brain DNA. He maintains a database that holds 400 scientific papers on possible biological effects of radiation from wireless communication. He found that 28 percent of studies with cellphone industry funding showed some sort of effect, while 67 percent of studies without such funding did so. “That’s not trivial,” he said.

The unit of measurement for radiofrequency exposure is called the specific absorption rate, or SAR. The Federal Communications Commission mandates that the SAR produced by phones be no more than 1.6 watts per kilogram. One study listed by Mr. Lai found effects like loss of memory in rats exposed to SAR values in the range of 0.0006 to 0.06 watts per kilogram. “I did not expect to see effects at low levels,” he said.

The city of San Francisco passed an ordinance this year that requires cellphone retailers to post SARs prominently. This angered the C.T.I.A., which announced that it would no longer schedule trade shows in the city.

The association maintains that all F.C.C.-approved phones are perfectly safe. John Walls, the association’s vice president for public affairs, said: “What science tells us is, ‘If the sign on the highway says safe clearance is 12 feet,’ it doesn’t matter if your vehicle is 4 feet, 6 feet or 10 feet tall; you’re going to pass through safely. The same theory applies to SAR values and wireless devices.”

The association has set up a separate Web site, cellphonehealthfacts.com. Four attractive young people are seen on the home page, each with a cellphone pressed against the ear — and all four are beaming as they listen. By this visual evidence, cellphone use seems to be correlated with elation, not cancer.

The largest study of cellphone use and brain cancer has been the Interphone International Case-Control Study, in which researchers in 13 developed countries (but not the United States) participated. It interviewed brain cancer patients, 30 to 59 years old, from 2000 to 2004, then cobbled together a control group of people who had not regularly used a cellphone.

The study concluded that using a cellphone seemed to decrease the risk of brain tumors, which the authors acknowledged was “implausible” and a product of the study’s methodological shortcomings.

The authors included some disturbing data in an appendix available only online. These showed that subjects who used a cellphone 10 or more years doubled the risk of developing brain gliomas, a type of tumor.

The 737 minutes that we talk on cellphones monthly, on average, according to the C.T.I.A., makes today’s typical user indistinguishable from the heavy user of 10 years ago. Ms. Davis recommends keeping a phone out of close proximity to the head or body, by using wired headsets or the phone’s speaker. Children should text rather than call, she said, and pregnant women should keep phones away from the abdomen.
The F.C.C. concurs about the best way to avoid exposure. It is not by choosing a phone with a marginally lower SAR, it says, but rather by holding the cellphone “away from the head or body.”

It’s advice that I find hard to put into practice myself. The comforting sight of everyone around me with phones pressed against their ears, just like me, makes the risk seem abstract.

But Ms. Davis, citing unsettling findings from research in Israel, France, Sweden and Finland, said, “I do think I’m looking at an epidemic in slow motion.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/business/14digi.html?src=me&ref=homepage

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