Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer

@the usual suspects - I am shocked by how little we know about the cascading sequences of unintended consequences that lie in the future. when I was a kid, it was believed that antioxidants would reduce the rate of aging, and there are plausible reasons some of that is true. if only people took their vitamin e and vitamin c, they'd soon be free of cancer. it turns out that some antioxidants result in more and more aggressive cancers, which is completely at odds with the original theory. until we bring into play the fact that the body is an adaptive system, then things start to make more sense. exercise, alcohol, air pollution, electrical stimulation, hypoxia, antioxidants and countless other environmental effects are injurious. because they turn on some genes and turn off others, they can actually reduce overall damage because of induced protective mechanisms, not unlike innoculation. antioxidants surpress free radicials, which otherwise would induce antioxidant enzyme production, as does exercise and moderate alcohol consumption. with reduced free radical production, the response to exercise is muted. it is plausible that RF currents, and various other things that we might do to our bodies with electricity, will induce protective effects, but I would proceed with extreme caution. as I have noted before, some of the environmental effects on gene expression are transmissible. cell phone radiation and therapeutic RF may affect future generations via epigenetics. we have just established that cell phone radiation is harmful in at least some instances. we know that hypoxia causes permanent cognitive deficits in all climbers tested who have been above 8000 meters without oxygen. we further know that under some circumstances, alcohol causes permanent cognitive deficits. Feynman quit drinking, because he didn't want to risk what he knew to be a unique brain. we know that insulin injections can cause permanent cognitive deficiencies, up to and including persistent vegetative states and the big sleep. I believe that it is a bad idea to experiment with critical infrastructure when we don't have a solid picture of how it works. Thorp and Buffett tried to teach us to gamble when the odds are in our favor. first we have to measure the odds, then roll the dice. we don't know what we are doing or where it leads, but everything is a roll of the dice.

D oes radiation from cell phones cause brain cancer—or doesn’t it

Some researchers have implied that the use of cell phones is a potential cause of brain cancer.

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Rationale for Biologically-based Exposure Standards for Low-Intensity Electromagnetic Radiation

BIOINITIATIVE 2012 – CONCLUSIONS Table 1-1
Overall, these 1800 or so new studies report abnormal gene transcription (Section 5); genotoxicity and single-and double-strand DNA damage (Section 6); stress proteins because of the fractal RF-antenna like nature of DNA (Section 7); chromatin condensation and loss of DNA repair capacity in human stem cells (Sections 6 and 15); reduction in free-radical scavengers – particularly melatonin (Sections 5, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17); neurotoxicity in humans and animals (Section 9), carcinogenicity in humans (Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17); serious impacts on human and animal sperm morphology and function (Section 18); effects on offspring behavior (Section 18, 19 and 20); and effects on brain and cranial bone development in the offspring of animals that are exposed to cell phone radiation during pregnancy (Sections 5 and 18). This is only a snapshot of the evidence presented in the BioInitiative 2012 updated report.
BIOEFFECTS ARE CLEARLY ESTABLISHED
Bioeffects are clearly established and occur at very low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation. Bioeffects can occur in the first few minutes at levels associated with cell and cordless phone use. Bioeffects can also occur from just minutes of exposure to mobile phone masts (cell towers), WI-FI, and wireless utility ‘smart’ meters that produce whole-body exposure. Chronic base station level exposures can result in illness.

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A recent study by Nora Volkow, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and reported in this newspaper on March 30, has raised this unusual possibility. Volkow is an innovative brain researcher who is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md. She recruited 47 people and placed an “active” phone next to one ear (the phone was on — generating radiation, but silent, so that Volkow could eliminate the effects of sound and conversation). She then used a specialized brain scanner capable of detecting alterations in glucose. Glucose — a sugar — is the metabolic fuel for the brain. When parts of the brain are activated, brain cells begin to metabolize glucose at an increased rate. Volkow’s scanner was equipped to detect even marginal changes in glucose metabolism.
When Volkow compared subjects with phones turned on with subjects who had their phones turned off, she found a striking pattern: there was a telltale sign of increased brain-glucose activity in the area of the brain immediately adjacent to the antenna of the phone.

Of course it is understandable why one may suppose cell phones to produce brain cancer....
Whether or not someone answering their cell phone is increasing the likelihood of fatal brain cancer, is in question.

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Swedish Study Finds Cell Phone-Brain Tumor Link

Users of digital phones in rural areas may be at greater risk of brain cancer
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The researchers said that incidence of brain tumors in rural areas of Sweden was much higher among users of GSM cell phones than among rural residents who were not cell phone users. The rate was also higher than among GSM users in urban areas.
The chance of developing a malignant brain tumor was roughly eight times higher for cell phone users in the Swedish countryside than in urban areas. The risk of developing any brain tumor was four times higher for country dwellers using mobile phones for five years or more, compared with those who did not use the devices.
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Cell phones brain cancer essay

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New study links wireless phone use and malignant brain cancer

...[this corroborates my point that earlier cell phones were more dangerous]
Swedes who talked on cell or cordless phones for more than 25 years had three times the risk of one type of brain cancer, compared with people who used those phones for under a year, a new study in the journal Pathophysiology suggests.
The longer someone talked on their phone — in terms of hours and years — the more likely they were to develop glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer.
...[this corroborates MarkH's point that cancer rates have not spiked, with the exceptions in Sweden noted above]
Though cell phone use tripled between 2000 and 2010, rates of cancer in areas of the brain exposed to more radiofrequency radiation from cell phones did not rise.
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Most people are unware of the Radio Frequency (RF) radiation they are exposed to

Cancer Epidemic Getting Worse - Dr. Sircus


@albert, Bob, MarkH, Clive, Rachel and others - it took me a long time to remember this, but I'm pretty sure that 15 to 20 years ago, there was a landmark study on RF effects in live cell cultures, that saw effects well below the level expected from heating. it was not long after the time that I was alerted to the problem of brain cancer seen in Sweden in the 1990's and not long before the first of the news clips below hit the press. I hadn't seen or had forgotten the news clips until now, although I've seen the overall controversy in the headlines forever. and I had just about forgotten about the subtle cellular effects. because of my time in radar, which has been long associated with cataracts, I already was interested in understanding more about biological effects of RF. the anecdote about the brain cancer survivors support group in Sweden (which I heard roughly 1998 to 2001, if I didn't say that already) put me on higher alert, so I read whatever showed up on the general topic in science news and similar outlets. it appears that there has been plenty of research effort since. I haven't seen the particular membrane and membrane-bound protein effects mentioned in the recent discussion here, but Clive alluded to non-thermal effects, of which there are many, and may have said membrane potential. luckily the Sweden anecdote alone made me paranoid enough to not have a cell phone until 2008, and it didn't take long for me to start keeping paper in the battery contacts, so my cell phone exposure has been very low.