Cell Phone Radiation and Your Brain: An Interview with Dr. Devra Davis (VIDEO)

Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust and author of the book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family, talks about the studies pointing to the health risks associated with using the mobile phone and advocates a smarter way to use the device to reduce those risks. Dr. Davis cited a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association that showed increased glucose metabolism in the brain after an hour of using the cell phone. While the long-term implications of the findings are still to be determined, Dr. Davis says there is reason for concern because cell phone radiation penetrates the skulls of children more deeply than those of adults and have never been evaluated for their impact on the developing brain. She also mentioned studies made in Europe that show people who use the cell phones for ten years have double the risk of developing brain cancer. People who start using the cell phone during their teen years have 4 to 5 times of getting brain cancer by the time they hit their twenties.

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Other topics that were discussed:

- Cell phones have never been tested for how they are used by most people, such as men putting their phones on their breast or pants pockets–where the exposure to radiation is four times than when the phone is placed in a holster (by the waist) or when used against the head. Research has shown that putting the cell phone in the pants pocket is associated with reduction in sperm count and increased sperm damage.
- The long-term impact is what we need to be concerned about, just as with nuclear radiation effects. Cell phone radiation, however, is non-ionizing radiation, which is different from the ionizing radiation coming from a nuclear reactor. But just as with nuclear radiation, distance is your friend: the further you are from the source, the lesser the effects become. Hence, Dr. Davis advocates the use of precautions, such as using the speaker phone or headset. [We would go a bit further and recommend an air tube headset as opposed to the regular headset.]
- It is important to realize that cell phones are two-way microwave radios, as the recent San Francisco legislation indicates, and there are safer ways to use them. Although the microwave frequencies used in cell phone communications is much weaker that the frequencies used in a microwave oven, people use their phones for thousands of minutes or thousands of hours in their lifetimes.
- The World Health Organization leaders have published a warning that they believe it is time for prudent precaution with the use of cell phones. The governments of Britain, Finland and France have already issued various warnings, and Israel has been moving towards discouraging young children from using cell phones.
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4 Responses to “Cell Phone Radiation and Your Brain: An Interview with Dr. Devra Davis (VIDEO)”

  1. M. Griffin says:

    Good points. I guess the key here is long-term impact. A lot of people argue that the microwave frequencies from cell phones are much, much weaker than, say, a microwave oven. But it is the accumulated impact over time that is potentiall the problem. I rarely put my phone against my ear. I use the speakerphone, unless there are people around and I need to have a more private conversation.

  2. Letta Mego says:

    The electric utilities companies are forcing people to accept wireless two way transmitting cell phone substations called “smart” meters to replace the analog meters. This is like having a cell phone tower on you house..the intention is to then have “smart” chips in your appliances that will be like cell phones to your “smart” meter. So, now dozens of cell phones and a cell phone tower will be blasting emissions into your houses 24 hours a day. The utility CEO idiots are saying that since we have cell phones, they then have a right to force more of them on us. There are other argument as well…they’ll say anything for big money. And, like Monsanto, and cigarette companies, and asbestos companies…they don’t care how many millions or billions they murder…long as they get their money.

  3. Michelle says:

    Studies conducted by numerous scientific teams in several nations have raised troubling questions about possible associations between heavy cell phone use and serious health dangers. That’s why I investigated ways to cell phone radiation protection . I read about Pong Research cases, Pong technology is custom-designed for each mobile device and works to redirect radiation away from your head and body. I hesitated about it, anyway, I bought a case Pong because is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

  4. ferris nolan says:

    good interview. i suppose that’s the retro phone handset she was using? great idea. kinda clunky but hey that’s better than getting brain tumor right?

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