Manufacturers deceptive about consumer radiation exposure warnings
All U.S. cell phone manufacturers engages in the industry-wide practice of deceptively hiding consumer safe distance disclosures in technical language, printed in fine print and located in sections of the user guide where a consumer will rarely see them. Many of the manufacturers no longer include the manual in the packaging and it must be downloaded.
1. iPhone warning which appears in the user manual in print barely legible to the naked eye, much smaller than 8 point font shown.* “iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8th inch) from the body (e.g.; when carrying iPhone in your pocket)…When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8th inch) away from the body, and
only use carrying cases, belt clips or holsters that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8th inch) separation between iPhone and the body.”
*Apple recently stopped distributing manuals with the phones and the safety warning must now be downloaded
2. “Fine print warning” found in the BlackBerry Tour user manual, buried in the back of the pamphlet under compliance information:“Use hands-free operation if it is available and keep the BlackBerry device at least 0.98 in. (25 mm) from your body (including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers) when the BlackBerry device is turned on and connected to the wireless network. For more information about carrying your BlackBerry device, see the holster information in the “Additional safety guidelines” section of this document.”
The truth behind the cell phone industry’s statements
“The overwhelming majority of studies that have been published in scientific journals around the world show that wireless phones do not pose a health risk.”
When one removes the industry-funded studies, the overwhelming weight of the evidence shows there is a significant problem. There are over 1000 peer reviewed, published papers showing harmful biological effects from the microwave radiation exposure such as that from cell phones.
“Considering the number of people using cell phones, we should be seeing an increase in brain tumor incidence, and we are not.”
There is a long latency period for brain tumors – from five to as long as 50 years. Cell phones have only been widely used in the U.S. for two decades. Despite this, a recent study (Zada et al, 2012), shows an increase in brain tumors in three major cancer registries in the United States. The increase seen is in the frontal and temporal lobes, the two regions closest to where a cell phone is typically held.
“The World Health Organization (WHO), classified cell phone radiation exposure as a 2B possible carcinogen putting it in the same category as pickled vegetables and coffee.”
This is true. Specific techniques of fermenting Asian pickled vegetables have been shown to cause lethal esophageal cancer. Studies have shown that heavy coffee drinking is linked to bladder cancer. By ridiculing these findings, the industry hopes we will ignore the truth that the WHO classified microwave radiation exposure from cell phones in the same risk category as DDT and lead.
“Organizations such as WHO, NCI, FCC, and ACS say cell phones are safe.”
Representatives from these agencies do NOT declare that cell phones are safe. They say there is inconclusive evidence and that more research is needed. Top scientists within the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), FDA and the Surgeon General insist upon undeniable proof of harm before taking any action. Similar to many other carcinogens, undeniable proof may not be available for decades.
• The microwave radiation exposure from cell phones has been shown by many independent studies to damage DNA and disrupt the blood brain barrier at levels 500 times below the FCC federal exposure standards
• Due to industry pressure and influence in Congress, cell phones were marketed in the 1990s with no pre-market safety testing – despite known health hazards from microwave radiation exposure from military studies in the 1950s and 1960s
•The 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report determined that the 16-year-old FCC testing procedures do not protect users from exposure to the microwave radiation emissions from cell phones, which are classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization
•No insurance company will issue liability insurance to the telecom industry
Read the full document here: http://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Briefing-Book-April-9.pdf