Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Thanks to my colleague A Tsaing for sharing this info. To view this discussion on the web visit THIS LINK .
“…The first US government study is now complete, and it shows that there is a statistically significant increase in glioma (brain cancer) and schwannoma (heart cancer) in rats that have been exposed to non-thermal levels of cell phone radiation…The first US government study is now complete, and it shows that there is a statistically significant increase in glioma (brain cancer) and schwannoma (heart cancer) in rats that have been exposed to non-thermal levels of cell phone radiation. The rats were exposed to 9 hours a day of alternating cycles of 10 minutes of cell phone radiation on, then 10 minutes of 0 cell phone radiation, every day for 2 years. (I believe if the rats were exposed for longer than 2 years, there would have been higher rates of cancer.) The rats that were NOT exposed to cell phone radiation did NOT develop brain or heart cancer. This $25 million study done by the NIH National Toxicology Program was the largest rat study done on cell phone radiation. In 2009 NTP officials gave an update to Congress at the 2009 Cell Phone radiation hearings, stating “little is known about potential health effects of long term exposure”. The results were originally supposed to be reported in 2013/4. This video has excerpts from that hearing to share details about the research study – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDYTo7dHrl4&feature=em-subs_digest
Read the full 74 page report on partial findings HERE Click on “Preview PDF” to see the full report. More results will be reported later.
These results are not surprising, since many other independently funded studies and studies from other countries have shown a link to cancer from wireless radiation and/or magnetic fields.
See this Spanish Study http://microwavenews.com/news-center/elf-emfs-cancer-promotion
Italian Study http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ramazzini-animal-study
German Study http://microwavenews.com/news-center/rf-animal-cancer-promotion
A brief description of this study HERE
See this video by attorney Jimmy Gonzalez addressing his city council, after he developed brain cancer and heart cancer after years of cell phone use. Brain cancer at the location where he held his phone to his head, heart cancer where he carried his phone, and also cancer in a nerve in his hand where he held his phone. He died at age 42. http://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/jimmy-gonzalez-1972-2014-andquot-cell-phones-cause-cancerandquot-27632
The FDA and FCC were briefed on the results of this study last week – they are working now on how to advise the public of this health risk. Hopefully they will not spin the results and be candid in informing the public of the health risks.
Read Neurosurgeon Dr. Vini G. Khurana’s response to the study results here
So…keep the cell phone away from your head, out of pants pockets and bras. Minimize use, and children should only use in emergencies. Use it on speakerphone or with an airtube headset. Avoid using cell phones in your car or elevator (metal enclosure amplifies the effects of RF radiation and at the same time blocks reception, forcing your phone to emit higher RF levels to maintain a signal). Keep cell phones, ipads, laptops in airplane mode when wi-fi is not in use. Turn off wi-fi routers whenever not in use and especially at night, and keep home routers at least 10 ft away from where you spend a lot of time. No one should sit within 16 ft of a school or commercial grade router – per the Collaborative for High Performing Schools. For more precautions, watch this video from the government of Cyprus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43IKNjTvRM
Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals;
$25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors
U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk
May 25, 2016
The cell phone cancer controversy will never be the same again.
The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is expected to issue a public announcement that cell phone radiation presents a cancer risk for humans. The move comes soon after its recently completed study showed statistically significant increases in cancer among rats that had been exposed to GSM or CDMA signals for two-years.
Discussions are currently underway among federal agencies on how to inform the public about the new findings. NTP senior managers believe that these results should be released as soon as possible because just about everyone is exposed to wireless radiation all the time and therefore everyone is potentially at risk.
The new results contradict the conventional wisdom, advanced by doctors, biologists, physicists, epidemiologists, engineers, journalists and government officials, among other pundits, that such effects are impossible. This view is based, in part, on the lack of an established mechanism for RF radiation from cell phones to induce cancer. For instance, earlier this week (May 22), a medical doctor in Michigan wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal stating that, “There is no known mechanism by which mobile phones might cause brain tumors.” He went on to argue that there is no need to warn the public about health risks.
The NTP findings show that as the intensity of the radiation increased, so did the incidence of cancer among the rats. “There was a significant dose-response relationship,” a reliable source, who has been briefed on the results, told Microwave News. No effect was seen among mice. The source asked that his/her name not be used since the NTP has not yet made a formal announcement. The rats were exposed to three different exposure levels (1.5, 3 and 6 W/Kg, whole body exposures ) and two different types of cell phone radiation, GSM and CDMA.
An Amazing Coincidence?
Importantly, the exposed rats were found to have higher rates of two types of cancers:glioma, a tumor of the glial cells in the brain, and malignant schwannoma of the heart, a very rare tumor. None of the unexposed control rats developed either type of tumor.
A number of epidemiological studies have linked cell phones to both gliomas and toSchwann cell tumors. The Interphone study, for instance, found an association between the use of cell phones and gliomas.
The sheath that wraps around cranial nerves ””such as the one that connects the inner ear to the brain”” is made of Schwann cells. Tumors of those cells are called acoustic neuromas. That is, an acoustic neuroma is a type of Schwannoma. At least four different epidemiological studies have found an association between the use of cell phones and acoustic neuromas.
Ron Melnick, who led the team that designed the NTP study and who is now retired, confirmed the general outline of the results detailed by the confidential source. “The NTP tested the hypothesis that cell phone radiation could not cause health effects and that hypothesis has now been disproved,” he said in a telephone interview. “The experiment has been done and, after extensive reviews, the consensus is that there was a carcinogenic effect.”
“These data redefine the cell phone radiation controversy,” Melnick said. The safety of cell phones has been debated for more than 20 years, especially after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RF radiation as a possible human carcinogen in 2011.
“This is a major public health concern because the cells which became cancerous in the rats were the same types of cells as those that have been reported to develop into tumors in cell phone epidemiological studies,” Melnick added. “For this to be a chance coincidence would be truly amazing.”
The NTP radiation project, which has been underway for more than a decade, is the most expensive ever undertaken by the toxicology program. More than $25 million has been spent so far.
Another interesting coincidence is that the Ramazzini study of rats in Bologna exposed to extremely low frequency (50 Hz) EMFs also developed a significant increase in malignant schwannoma of the heart.
NTP Stands By the Study Results
Because of the importance of these results to public health, the NTP alerted the highest levels of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where resistance prompted further reviews. No serious flaws in the data or the conduct of the studies were identified.
Senior managers including Linda Birnbaum, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who also serves as the director of the NTP, andJohn Bucher, the associate director of the NTP, who is in charge of the cell phone study, are standing by the study findings. They see the need to release the results as a public health imperative, according to the source.
Chris Portier, who once held Bucher’s job, agrees that the NTP is doing the right thing. “I would be adamant that we should share the data with the public as soon as possible,” he said in an interview. The cell phone study was initiated while Portier was serving as the associate director of the NTP. He is now retired, though he continues to work as a consultant.
After extended discussions, the two federal agencies responsible for regulating exposures to cell phone radiation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), were briefed on the results last week. It is not clear how these regulatory agencies plan to respond.
All the various agencies are now in the process of planning the release of the NTP findings. Neither Birnbaum nor Bucher responded to a request for comment on how this will be done.
Few outsiders are yet aware of the NTP results. When Microwave News told some of those who have been tracking the study for years what had been found, all expressed surprise.
Indeed, in an interview published years ago, NTP’s Bucher said that he expected the results to show no association between RF radiation and cancer.
“Everyone expected this study to be negative,” said a senior government radiation official, who asked that his name not be used. “Assuming that the exposures were carried out in a way that heating effects can be ruled out, then those who say that such effects found are impossible are wrong,” the official said. (The study was designed to ensure that the body temperature of the exposed rats increased less than 1ºC.)
“This is a game changer, there is no question,” said David Carpenter, the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. “It confirms what we have been seeing for many years ””though now we have evidence in animals as well as in humans.” Carpenter went on to add, “The NTP has the credibility of the federal government. It will be very difficult for the naysayers to deny the association any longer.” Carpenter’s institute is a collaborating center of the World Health Organization (WHO).
John Boice, the president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), is one of the leading skeptics. “For most of us, the issue of brain cancer and cell phones is resolved. There is no risk. There is no biological mechanism and no animal study or cellular study that finds reproducible evidence of an effect,” Boice told a reporter for Medscape Medical News earlier this month.
This view is so deeply held that in the summer of 2014, the NCRP pressured the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to delete precautionary advice from a fact sheet on cell phones.
Boice was discounting last year’s report from Germany by Alex Lerchl confirming an earlier animal study showing that cell phone radiation can promote tumors in mice that were induced by toxic chemicals. The NTP experiments did not use any agent to initiate cancer cells in the animals.
With respect to mechanisms, just a couple of months ago, Frank Barnes and Ben Greenebaum, two senior members of the RF research community, announced that they could explain how low levels of RF radiation could alter the growth rates of cancer cells.
Read it here Microwave news http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ntp-cancer-results
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There has been a lot of bias and spin in reporting the results of the rat study. Unfortunate but expected. This 4-minute interview with WSJ journalist Ryan Knutson is unbiased and explains this experiment factually http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cellphone-cancer-link-found-in-government-study/ar-BBty3pA?ocid=ansmsnhealth11
The most important thing about this NTP study is that it shows that there are biological effects at levels of RF exposure BELOW thermal levels – – but current exposure limits in the US and other countries are based on thermal levels! The body temperatures of the rats were kept constant at +1 C. The US government and other industrial nations have always maintained that there are no health effects at levels below the thermal threshold, i.e. if there is not enough microwave RF radiation to cause tissue heating/body temperature to go up, then you are “safe” (see chart below for comparison of exposure limits between countries) The results from this study, which show a statistical significance in the incidence of brain and heart tumors in exposed rats, call into question this long-held presumption and therefore the current established maximum permissible exposure limits which are based on thresholds that would cause heating effects. It is because of this presumption that cell phones were exempted from product safety testing by the FDA, and this presumption was then later applied to all other wireless devices – cordless phones, cell towers, wi-fi routers, ipads, wireless laptops, smart meters – meaning that NONE of these devices were ever tested for long term health effects, yet have been massively deployed, leading most people to assume falsely that they have been proven safe. Your RF exposure would be below thermal limits from cell phones when they don’t touch your body, Wi-Fi routers if at a distance of 8 inches or more per FCC, and cell towers if not directly within a few feet of an antenna.
Please read Dr. Joel Moskowitz’ further analysis of the study. He is the director of the Center for the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health http://www.saferemr.com/2016/05/national-toxicology-progam-finds-cell.html