Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Cell phones are killing us. No. Correction… We are willingly killing ourselves (and our kids) with cell phones. And obfuscating cell phones companies are accomplices.
We are seduced by the convenience factor of being infinitely “in touch” and we are deaf to the lethality of holding that dangerous device up to our head. Industry has been dishonest and the precautionary principle has been ignored by public health bureaucrats asleep (or remunerated) at the wheel.
Soon, we will learn that cells phones are more lethal in America than guns. Let’s start with an understanding of brain cancer.
Brain Tumor Statistics
Brain tumors are the:
• most common cancer among those age 0-19 (leukemia is the second).
• second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first).
• Nearly 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. This figure includes nearly 25,000 primary malignant and 53,000 non-malignant brain tumors.
• It is estimated that more than 4,600 children between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.
• There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor.
• This year, nearly 17,000 people will lose their battle with a primary malignant and central nervous system brain tumor.
• There are more than 100 histologically distinct types of primary brain and central nervous system tumors.
• Survival after diagnosis with a primary brain tumor varies significantly by age, histology, molecular markers and tumor behavior.
• The median age at diagnosis for all primary brain tumors is 59 years.
• Meningiomas represent 36.4% of all primary brain tumors, making them the most common primary brain tumor. There will be an estimated 24,880 new cases in 2016.
• Gliomas, a broad term which includes all tumors arising from the gluey or supportive tissue of the brain, represent 27% of all brain tumors and 80% of all malignant tumors.
• Glioblastomas represent 15.1% of all primary brain tumors, and 55.1% of all gliomas.
• Glioblastoma has the highest number of cases of all malignant tumors, with an estimated 12,120 new cases predicted in 2016.
• Astrocytomas, including glioblastoma, represent approximately 75% of all gliomas.
• Nerve sheath tumors (such as acoustic neuromas) represent about 8% of all primary brain tumors.
• Pituitary tumors represent 15.5% of all primary brain tumors. There will be an estimated 11,700 new cases of pituitary tumors in 2016.
• Lymphomas represent 2% of all primary brain tumors.
• Oligodendrogliomas represent nearly 2% of all primary brain tumors.
• Medulloblastomas/embryonal/primitive tumors represent 1% of all primary brain tumors.
• The majority of primary tumors (36.4%) are located within the meninges.
Are Brain cancers becoming more common with use of cell phones?
The study that appeared in Neuro-oncology that found that brain cancer is the most common cancer among 15-19 year olds is attached. The study also showed that 32.4% of all cancers in children ages 0-14 are cancers of the brain and central nervous system.
Brain Tumor Rates Increasing in US
there has been a significant increase in the incidence of primary malignant brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in American children (0-14 years of age) between 2000-2010, with an annual percentage change (APC) of +0.6%/year. In adolescents (15-19 years old), there was a significant increase in the incidence of primary malignant brain and CNS tumors between 2000-2008, with an APC of 1.0%. Adolescents also experienced an increase in non-malignant brain and CNS tumors from 2004-2010, with an APC of 3.9%. in a subsample of 556 youth for whom cell phone company records were available, there was a significant association between the time since first mobile phone subscription and brain tumor risk. Children who used cellphones for 2.8 or more years were twice as likely to have a brain tumor than those who never regularly used cellphones (OR = 2.15, 95% CI = 1.07 to 4.29). See November 3, 2015 post at http://www.saferemr.com/2015/05/brain-tumor-rates-are-rising-in-us-role.html (this website’s author is Dr. Joel Moskowitz, who is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health
Brain Tumor Lawsuits
$1.9 billion in 13 lawsuits against Motorola and cell providers, centering around a Motorola handset technician developing brain cancer (he is dead now – the lawsuit was started 15 years ago) Verizon indicates they “may incur significant expenses in defending these lawsuits,” Verizon wrote in its 2015 annual filing. “In addition, we may be required to pay significant awards or settlements.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/case-on-health-risk-from-cellphones-is-back-in-court-1448235126
So who will pay the $1.9 billion when Motorola and cell providers like Verizon lose their case? Not insurance companies, because insurance companies won’t insure for harm caused by RF wireless radiation! Read below.
Can Telecom Companies Get Insurance?
Opinions of Insurance Companies and AM BEST. No Reinsurance available in case of future harm
Telecom companies are self-insured (a lot of big companies are self-insured), which means that they pay for insurance claims themselves. Re-insurance companies back up self-insured companies in case they go bankrupt. Major global re-insurance companies, Swiss Re and Lloyd’s of London, do not cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising RF radiation exposure (which comes from cell towers) anymore. Since 1997, Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest re-insurance companies, won’t insure for health claims from cell phones http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.com/2011/12/swiss-re-will-not-re-insure-mobile.html
Since 1999 Lloyd’s of London, the largest reinsurer in the world, stopped covering cell phone manufacturers for health claims related to cell phone use. Lloyd’s is known for taking on risky policies, stopped reinsuring for liability for electromagnetic wireless emissions starting February 2015. Lloyd’s of London, one of the largest insurers in the world, implemented the Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion.
The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude coverage for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure, which comes from cell phones, cell towers, all wireless devices (ipads, Wi-Fi laptops, Wi-Fi routers). This is very significant. It means manufacturers of wireless devices, cell phone companies, and any businesses that use wireless devices where people are exposed are liable now for any health claims resulting from harm from their wireless devices.
Scroll to p. 7 of the A&E policy, item 32 Electromagnetic Fields, to see the wording http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/Lloyds-of-London-excludes-coverage-for-RFEMR-claims,15,4168
Lloyd’s and other large re-insurance companies such as Swiss Re have relied on their own studies and their own scientists (rather than those funded by cell phone companies, which is the source of most US studies) and have determined that they will not insure the big cell phone and telecommunications companies for the long-term health effects of wireless products. They are even modelling what a brain cancer epidemic between 2020 and 2030 will cost.
Furthermore, AM Best, an insurance rating company, is warning about financial risks for emerging technologies, including wireless radiation. Here is a direct quote from AM BEST: Emerging technologies pose significant risks with possible long tail losses. The risks associated with long-term use of cell phones is unknown, however what is known is the risk that cell tower workers face. Thermal effects include eye damage, sterility, and cognitive impairments. http://www.ambest.com/directories/bestconnect/EmergingRisks.pdf Insurance companies are in the
business of making money. The higher the risk, the greater the potential profit. If an insurance company won’t insure a risk at any price, what does this tell you?
Vienna Medical University’s study for Austrian Insurance Company
Here’s a study published in 2009 by Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risks, who commissioned the Vienna Medical University to do a study, which found that cell phone radiation has an impact on :
– central nervous system (brain)
– immune system
– protein synthesis
You can read full details of the study here http://nebula.wsimg.com/d2b92dccccea973e7ddcb579c2d081cc?AccessKeyId=045114F8E0676B9465FB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 Here’s a Canadian news story broadcast on CBC about insurance companies not insuring for cell phone health claims and an interview with Dr. Mosgoller, who led the Vienna Medical University study
November 2014: The study published in Pathophysiology: The risk for glioma (a type of brain cancer) was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk was also greater for those who had started using mobile or cordless phones before age 20 years. Data from 6 cancer centers in Sweden. Study attached.
The actual numbers of gliomas caused by cellphones may be much higher, says neurosurgeon and health expert Dr. Russell Blaylock. “Because of problems with reporting, many gliomas are never reported,” he tells Newsmax Health. “It may take over ten years of heavy use to see a dramatic rise, and with younger ages now using cellphones for long periods and sleeping on them, we will definitely see a tremendous rise in brain tumors in the next ten years.”
Many studies that show cellphones are safe have been financed by the cellphone industry, he says. “Most studies were designed by the companies and conducted for too short a time to see statistical changes. “The microwaves emitted by cellphones have been shown to cause DNA damage and induce inflammation — chronic inflammation in tissues eventually leads to cancer in a higher number or users,” Dr. Blaylock said. “I would bet that the microwaves in the brain activate microglia and this triggers immunoexcitotoxicity —one of the main mechanism of gliomadevelopment.”
“I think there is going to be a tremendous effect years from now,” he said. “The effects on some people will be minimal, but millions of others, especially those who have DNA repair defects, are going to have a significantly higher incidence of cancer, degenerative brain disorders and brain injuries. If you are a part of that 10 or 15 percent, your incidence is going to be extremely high, and you won’t even know it. “Cellphones aren’t harmless,” says Dr. Blaylock. “There is considerable evidence that cell phones damage the brain as well as other tissues and organs.”
Are we protecting the children?
Brain Tumors – Most common cancer in 15-19 year olds, most common cause of cancer deaths in ages 15-39
Please read article below published on Feb. 24, 2016, in which the American Brain Tumor Association has found that brain cancer is the highest cause of cancer deaths in ages 15-39 and the most common cancer among 15-19 year olds.
The full report is available at http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/
Dr. Devra Davis shares research on effects from prenatal exposure to cell phone radiation: 3 times more DNA damage, spinal cord damage, damage to memory and thinking part of the brain (hippocampus) from only 15 minutes per day of cell phone radiation exposure for 7 days. Results were statistically significant. The faster cells grow, the more vulnerable they are to toxic exposures. Newborns double their brain size after birth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZicHZaUKps&feature=em-subs_digest
My advice: Minimize cell and DECT cordless phone use, and if you use them, hold them at a distance. Children should use cell phones only in an emergency, and don’t let your child hold the phone next to his/her head. Your child should carry the phone with airplane mode on whenever possible, and Wi-Fi antennas should be off and turned on only when internet use is necessary. (If you don’t turn off the antennas, then they are emitting RF radiation. Smart phones have a voice antenna, Wi-Fi antenna, GPS, bluetooth antennas – and they are on all the time unless you turn them off)
Don’t carry them in your pocket or bra. ipads, Wi-Fi laptops emit the same radiation – minimize their use as well, use them at a table and don’t hold in your lap.
Turn off wi-fi routers when not in use (especially at bedtime), and turn on only when needed.
Please watch this video from the Cyprus government for more precautions to take if you haven’t watched it yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43IKNjTvRM
Malignant brain tumors most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults
Press Release, American Brain Tumor Association, Feb 24, 2016
Chicago, Ill., Feb. 24, 2016 – A new report published in the journal Neuro-Oncology and funded by the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) finds that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.
The 50-page report, which utilized data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) from 2008-2012, is the first in-depth statistical analysis of brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in adolescents and young adults (AYA). Statistics are provided on tumor type, tumor location and age group (15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 and 35-39) for both malignant and non-malignant brain and CNS tumors.
“When analyzing data in 5-year age increments, researchers discovered that the adolescent and young adult population is not one group but rather several distinct groups that are impacted by very different tumor types as they move into adulthood,” said Elizabeth Wilson, president and CEO of the American Brain Tumor Association.
“For these individuals — who are finishing school, pursuing their careers and starting and raising young families — a brain tumor diagnosis is especially cruel and disruptive,” added Wilson. “This report enables us for the first time to zero-in on the types of tumors occurring at key intervals over a 25-year time span to help guide critical research investments and strategies for living with a brain tumor that reflect the patient’s unique needs.”
Although brain and CNS tumors are the most common type of cancer among people aged 15-19, the report shows how other cancers become more common with age. By ages 34-39 years, brain and CNS tumors are the third most common cancer after breast and thyroid cancer.
“What’s interesting is the wide variability in the types of brain tumors diagnosed within this age group which paints a much different picture than what we see in adults or in pediatric patients,” explained the study’s senior author Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Scientific Principal Investigator for CBTRUS.
“For example, the most common tumor types observed in adults are meningiomas and glioblastomas, but there is much more diversity in the common tumor types observed in the adolescent and young adult population. You also clearly see a transition from predominantly non-malignant and low-grade tumors to predominantly high-grade tumors with increasing age,” Barnholtz-Sloan said.
There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with brain and CNS tumors and approximately 15 percent of these tumors occurred in the AYA population during the 2008-2012 time frame analyzed in this report. Approximately 10,617 brain and CNS tumors are diagnosed among adolescents and young adults each year and are the cause of approximately 434 deaths annually.
“The American Brain Tumor Association’s recognition of this understudied population, and their commitment to data and information sharing should be applauded,” added Barnholtz-Sloan. “There are clearly unique characteristics of the 15-39 age group that we need to more comprehensively understand and the information in the ABTA report starts that important dialogue.”
The full report is available at http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/.
To learn more or access additional statistics, go to http://www.abta.org.
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