Survey says: Cell phone radiation is a ‘hot’ topic with consumers
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.
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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
- Cancer of the pituitary gland
- Thyroid cancer
- 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 ElectricSense.com. 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!