Cellphone Radiation A Danger? 'Reply Hazy; Ask Again Later'

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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San Francisco wants to let consumers know about the radiation coming out of their cellphones. On Tuesday, the city's Board of Supervisors passed a measure requiring point-of-sale displays to provide information on the amount of radiation their devices emit.  Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the measure into law. But should consumers actually be worried?

A scientific study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found no significant increased occurrence of brain tumors in cellphone users over the 10 year study... but said that 'the possible effects of long-term heavy use of mobile phones require further investigation.' (Comforting, right?) The cellphone industry insists that radiation levels from mobile phones are too low to cause any damage. But some scientists and consumer advocates say those studies are not enough to draw a complete conclusion - and that cellphone users should take precautions, until we know more.  We talk with David Momrow, Senior VP of Cancer Control for New York and New Jersey at the American Cancer Society, to sort through the science and find out what we can do.

Guests:

David Momrow

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [2]

a g from n j

just a little note-my final point may seem as if i advocate for the FDA and drug companies as being a viable model for industry constraint. absolutely not!
they are an incestuous revolving door operation.

Jun. 17 2010 09:53 AM
a g from n j

i don't think the studies are "inconclusive". we often use coded tag words like inconclusive and controvertial,to mollify industry and its monetary interests. in europe,they have a greater inclination to test new technology for possible problens,ie. could this be hazardous to human health. EMF's are not compatable with biologic entities such as us. any new chemical,technology etc. should be guilty till proven inocent. genetic engineering is another monstrous contrivance. the fact that we don't know this by now,speaks to my original point. it's about bux over people.
i'm not anti enterprise,but it needs reasonable people,who regulate reasonably,and don't have conflicts of interest, aka FDA and pharmaceuticals.

Jun. 17 2010 07:42 AM

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