Survey says: Cell phone radiation is a ‘hot’ topic with consumers

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older woman using cell phone(NaturalHealth365) Do you press your cell phone against your ear when calling? If so, you might be surprised to learn that your phone’s user manual warns against it.

This is the motivation behind Berkeley (California) City Council’s proposed ordinance, to make it a requirement for retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones. It looks like Berkley residents want to know the truth.

In a recent survey eighty-two percent of people surveyed said that when they purchase a cell phone, they want to be informed about the manufacturer’s recommended minimum distance that the phone should be kept from the user’s body.

What’s all the fuss about ‘Right to Know’ legislation?

Phone manufacturers are mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to inform people to never wear or use a cell phone against their body when switched on, as in a shirt or pants pocket or tucked into a bra. But, in reality, most consumers’ are unaware of the conditions for safe cell phone use because phone manufacturers bury their warnings in small print in the owner’s manual or in the text menu in the cellphone itself.

The proposed ‘Cell Phone Right to Know’ legislation would require cell phone retailers to provide a handout to each consumer at the point of sale to advise them of their phone’s manufacturers’ own directive. If the Council adopts the ordinance, Berkeley will become the first city in the United States to require retailers to provide consumers with this important safety information.

Consumer alert: Looks like there is a telecom industry cover-up

This is not the first time a city council has tried to protect its residents in this way. In 2011, after two years of deliberation, the city of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a similar ordinance to provide warnings saying that cellphones emit potentially cancer-causing radiation. This was the first such law in the nation.

The city was promptly sued by the Telecom industry shortly thereafter. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) won the case on the grounds that this violated their First Amendment by compelling retailers to make what they claimed were misleading statements about cancer-causing radiation from wireless phones.

Should the CTIA file a lawsuit against Berkley, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig has offered to defend the ordinance pro bono.

Do cell phones cause cancer?

Cell phones emit microwave radiofrequency (RF) radiation, which has the ability to penetrate our bodies. There is strong evidence, multiple peer reviewed studies, to indicate that cell phones cause cancer and other diseases.

Cell phone use is principally linked to two types of brain tumor, gliomas and acoustic neuromas. Gliomas, a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine are typically malignant and particularly deadly. Acoustic neuromas though non-malignant are in many cases life threatening given that they are an intracranial tumor.

Besides gliomas and acoustic neuromas, studies also link cell phone radiation exposures to:

  • An increased temporal lobe risk
  • Brain tumor risk is higher on ‘cell phone’ side of head
  • Meningioma
  • Cancer of the pituitary gland
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Stem cell cancer

To learn more about cell phone radiation exposures and cancer – learn about the “44 reasons to believe cell phones cause cancer.”

Cell phone dangers: The experts voice serious concerns

Dr. Lisa Bailey, M.D., past president of the California Division of the American Cancer Society, strongly supports the ordinance: “We have had some anecdotal cases in which the woman’s breast cancer develops directly below the area where her cell phone was carried. I believe that the public has the right to know that there may be potential risks and to use their phone in a way to reduce potential harm. I urge the Berkeley City Council to provide such information to their constituents.”

According to Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco: “There’s a fairly consistent picture that cell phone exposure damages sperm”.

Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, leader of the Environmental Health Trust, a consumer advocacy group, puts it quite simply: “The science is there, and the issue of cellphones and cancer is going to be huge. This could be the next tobacco.”

About the author: Lloyd Burrell is the founder of His website offers solutions to the growing number of people whose health is being compromised by exposure to wireless and similar technologies. Download his free EMF Health Report today!



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  • Bob

    Thank you for your article. A couple of points that I would like to add is the government of Canada sells off the wireless frequencies for billions of dollars in an obvious conflict of interest. Health Canada will never say any truth about wireless risks until this corporation changes what it is protecting. The health code that industry and governments in Canada hide behind is outdated and only talks to the thermal short term effects of microwave radiation. Until the obvious collusion between government, media and industry is eliminated, this practice of hiding the health hazards of wireless microwave radiation will continue. There will be a health crisis in a couple more years that will cripple our health systems. Children are especially venerable to this due to their small size and thinner tissue.
    The insurance company Lloyds of London has updated their policies to exclude any damages from radio frequency microwave radiation. They know the health risks. Anyone or any company that has a cell tower on their roof is now completely financially exposed for the law suits. The directors of schools no longer have any insurance for the Wi-Fi they are exposing kids to at schools.

    • celestecan

      The FCC in the U.S. also auctions off various frequencies raising billions of dollars for public and private entities. The FCC has a business development mandate with no authority over the public health, yet many people naively expect or even petition the FCC to reduce human exposure. The EPA, which does have a mandate to protect public health and the environment, has done nothing. We are already in a health crisis.

  • Shortie

    There are companies that sell cell phone cases that say they block the radiation. Like Pong cell phone cases, but there are companies says they are better then the other company. I wish they woere ordered to have a independent study. So we could find out if they are really the same or if one company works better then the other.

  • Nick N

    All measures to avoid radiation will offer some protection. But, there are limits to what we can accomplish. At this very moment we are being exposed to a destructive amount, because at home or in the office one or more devices are in use.

    All we can do is try to identify where it is coming from and try to limit our exposure.