Cellphone radiation more dangerous than ever: group

BioInitiative Working Group says evidence for health risk from wireless tech is growing even stronger, despite recent scientific findings to the contrary.

According to the group, studies published in 2012 and 2013 intensify medical concerns about malignant brain tumors from cellular phone use.

The group pointed to reports of nervous system effects in 68% of studies (144 of 211 studies) on radio frequency radiation in 2014 – an increase from 63% (93 of 150 studies) in 2012.

References to extremely-low frequency radiation causing nervous system effects were found in 90% of the 105 studies available in 2014, the group said.

Genetic effects (damage to DNA) from radio frequency radiation is reported in 65% (74 of 114 studies); and 83% (49 of 59 studies) of extremely-low frequency studies.

“It is essentially an unregulated experiment on childrens’ health and learning,” said environmental consultant Cindy Page, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report.

“Microwave from wireless tech disrupts thinking – what could be worse for learning? Technology can be used more safely with wired devices that do not produce these biologically-disruptive levels of microwave radiation.”

Previous findings

BioInitiative, a group owned and run by Sage, previously released a report in 2007 and then again 2012, warning of an increased risk of getting a brain tumors from electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies, citing dozens of studies which also linked mobile phone radiation to sperm damage.

The group’s self-published research was criticised by government health authorities and independent expert groups for lacking balance and not being peer-reviewed.

South African mobile operators MTN and Vodacom previously dismissed BioIntiative’s reports, claiming that the group’s studies do not fall into the category of an expert review.

The operators pointed out that they follow guidelines which have been reviewed and assessed by panels and experts, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), The Health Council of the Netherlands (HCN), The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) (formerly the SSI) and The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA).

No risk: experts

BioIntiative’s findings stand in contrast to a report by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) which looked at two studies covering 11 years of research.

The MTHR is made up of doctors and professors across a broad spectrum of related fields, including medical, radio technology, physics, mathematics, neuroscience, neurochemistry, biology, biochemistry, electrical engineering and psychology.

In its research, the MTHR could not find any association between exposure to mobile phones (over a period of 10 years) and an increased risk of developing cancer.

Additionally, the group could not find any consistent experimental evidence that exposures to low-level RF fields affected learning.

The group conceded that research results for longer term use was still lacking, and in order to investigate the issue further and in more depth, it is implementing a long-term cohort study.

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