by Devra Davis, Ph.D., President and Founder, Environmental Health Trust
In a nearly unanimous decision, 31 expert advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) recently stunned the world’s 5 billion cell phone users and declared radio-frequency and electromagnetic radiation a “possible” cause of brain cancer. Microwave radiation from cell phones joins a list of well-reviewed cancer-causing agents that includes engine exhaust, some pesticides, lead, coffee and unusually preserved vegetables. (See TIME magazine’s perspective here).
Founded on an exhaustive analysis, the WHO expert opinion rests on a simple and well-accepted public health premise: Every compound known to cause cancer in humans also produces it in animals when adequately studied. The goal of such assessments is not to prove harm, but to provide the grounds for steps to prevent damage from unfolding. How did preserved vegetables make the list? In areas of rural China that lack refrigeration, extremely high levels of salts in preserved meats, fish and vegetables that form toxic compounds have created devastating rates of digestive system cancers. What about caffeine? In fact, like a number of chemotherapy agents that have both positive and negative impacts, caffeine slightly raises the risk of bladder cancer, while reducing that of colon and other tumors.
In fact, brain cancer is hardly the only health issue of concern linked to cell phone radiation, nor are cell phones the only source of radio-frequency and electromagnetic radiation. Read the rest of this article at HealthyChild.org to find out the other conditions linked to cell phone radiation, other sources of radiation, and how to reduce your exposure.