SEATTLE - You may not think twice when you make or take a call on your
cell phone, but a new report offers some reasons for concern. The International EMF Collective
(EMF stands for "electromagnetic fields") report, co-authored by Brian
Stein, questions long-awaited research about whether cell phone use can
cause brain cancer.
Stein, who also heads a British supermarket chain, says he used his
cell regularly for 14 years and then started experiencing problems.
He's convinced the phone was to blame.
"If this had happened to you, you would have had no doubt whatsoever
what caused it. As soon as I put the cell phone to my head, major pain;
as soon as I removed it from my head the pain went away. It was as
dramatic and instantaneous as that."
The report questions the 13-country "Interphone" study that is still to
be released. Stein says the research techniques in that study are
flawed and could skew its findings.
While he is not advocating doing away with cell phones, Stein thinks
safer technologies can and should be developed. Cell phone companies
have long asserted that the radiation isn't hot enough to cause tissue
Dr. Ronald Herberman with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
says strong evidence points to a link between cell phones and adverse
health effects, including cancer, "particularly in people who've been
frequent users for more than 10 years. And there is indication that
there is more absorption into the brain of the radio frequency
radiation in children, as compared to adults."
U.S. Senate hearings on the potential dangers of cell phones are reportedly being planned for next month.
The report is "Cellphones and Brain Tumors, 15 Reasons for Concern:
Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone." ("Interphone" is the
name of the 13-country study.) It is available at www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/15reasons.asp