It’s no secret that cell phone radiation is linked to negative health effects. That’s why the SAR value was introduced and radiation levels regulated. But what is interesting is that the latest studies indicate gliomas, a particular type of brain tumor that can affect the entire nervous system. And rather than kill you off, this type of tumor does worse: it makes life incredibly troublesome by disposing of particular sensory or motor skills, depending on which part of your brain is affected.

Of course, these results are still pending peer review, scheduled for late next month. But even as we wait for the final verdict to come out, I think it’s not too early to take preventative steps to at least reduce your own radiation exposure levels, and to reduce dietary factors that put you at increased risk. (Hint: That really is just another excuse to eat healthier!)

Links to original studies:
https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/tr595peerdraft.pdf
https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/tr596peerdraft.pdf

9 Replies to “Cell phone radiation causes brain tumors in mice and rats”

  1. You would help people reading here to specify what you think supports your first statement. Sending me down the Google rabbit hole does not help. Your job is to convince me, not the other way around.

    I have an open mind. Convince me. Otherwise your statement sounds just like "Everyone knows GMOs are harmful."

  2. A massive study of 400000 (!) Danish residents found no link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0952-4746/21/2/609/meta).

    This is just one of several large studies. There are many others that have found no link (reference: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet)

    On top of that, there is no currently known mechanism by which cell phone radiation, which is non-ionising, would cause cell mutations, which would be necessary for cancers to start. The RF radiation is simply converted to heat.

    The study you link has had numerous critiques online (for example, see https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/2/16966578/cellphone-radiation-cancer-national-toxicology-program-study-rats-mice). (We would have to explain, for one, why male rats would be affected more than females.)

    Finally, cell phones have been in widespread use for nearly two decades. If there were serious adverse health effects (other than distracted driving), they would have shown up in population data by now.
    iopscience.iop.org – Danish study finds no link between cell phone use and cancer – IOPscience

  3. +Dennis D. McDonald Okay, okay. With regards to that first sentence:

    The long-term effect of radiation effects from wireless broadband communications on human health cannot be known, as the technology simply hasn't been part of our everyday lives for long enough to the extent it is today. And the spectrum being used to enable communications at an ubiquitous level has grown considerably with the grant of additional bands, creating a larger aggregate radiation effect. But what we do know is that there are a number of studies indicating a linkage between mobile phone usage and various human health concerns, such as sperm reduction, sleep difficulties, or worse motor and audio-visual reflexes to name a few. That said, a linkage doesn't mean causation, as any number of other environmental factors may also be responsible for the causal effect. So the next logical step after proposing a linkage is demonstrating causation, which is what the linked NTP studies do with mice.

    Either way, I suspect – as with most causes of cancer – that a number of factors play together. In this case, my guess is that radiation on it's own is one factor that contributes to abnormal cell behavior, but there are other factors that contribute to cell mutations rates that in combination with radiation (or any other trigger for that matter) create an increased risk, in particular bad nutritional habits and poor physical activity levels.

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