The World Health Organization (WHO) / International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a press release on May 31, 2011 advising cellular phone radiation may cause cancer, reversing their earlier position assuring consumers that no adverse health effects were established. WHO now includes mobile phone use in their same carcinogenic hazard category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
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Millions of people use cell phones and other wired and wireless products every day, with or without a headset. Despite assurances from manufacturers and service providers that these products are safe, the global debates and controversy over the health effects of these products continues. It is important to note the FDA states "There is currently insufficient scientific basis for concluding either that wired or wireless communication products and technologies are safe or that they pose a risk to millions of users," and no regulatory agency has ever stated that any wired or wireless product is actually safe to use.
For example, there have been numerous studies* conducted by respected scientists confirming that up to 60 percent of the radiation emitted by a cell phone penetrates the head and neck of the user (see News Articles & Papers and Links). Many of these studies cite temperature increases of the brain and surrounding tissue and, equally as significant, the effects upon protective biological mechanisms far below what can be measured at the thermal level using current Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) test procedures and standards. SAR standards are used as the basis for determining cell phone safety worldwide..
These studies* also present irrefutable evidence confirming that increased occurrences of the following symptoms and diseases can be directly attributed to the exposure of product operating frequencies and their associated power levels, and not SAR, or their electric or magnetic fields. None of these symptoms or diseases are thermally induced, clearly indicating the SAR standards should not be used as the criteria for determining safety, nor have any of these symptoms been attributed to magnetic field emissions.