According to the May 25, 2008 edition of the Daily Telegraph, the number of people using mobile phones jumped to over 3.3 billion globally. While Africa had the greatest increase, over two-thirds of all cell phone users are from third-world countries.
The cell phone industry funded a study of cell phone users in 1998 which was headed by Dr. George Carlo. His findings were as follows:
# an almost 300 percent increase in the incidence of genetic damage when human blood cells were exposed to radiation in the cellular frequency range
# a significant increase in cell phone users’ risk of developing brain tumors at the brain’s outer edge on whichever side the phone was held most often
# a 60 percent greater chance of acoustic neuromas, a tumor affecting the nerve that controls hearing, among people who had used cell phones for six years or more
# a higher rate of brain cancer deaths among hand held mobile phone users than among car phone users
A 2000 Swedish study and a 2002 Italian study confirmed Dr. Carlo’s findings. Other medical risks associated with cell phone usage is Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and impotence.
The development of cancer from heavy cell phone usage is potentially more dangerous than tobacco usage which came to a head in the ’90s. The numbers worldwide are much greater. Cases of brain cancer are projected to grow to 500,000 by 2010, and over a million cases in the United States alone by 2015!
Children are much more at risk because their skulls are not as thick as adult’s. Cell phone usage should be minimized by using landlines whenever possible. I make certain that when I do use a cell phone, I alternate ears.