Oregon introduces cellphone radiation legislation
Feb. 7 2011. Oregon state Sen. Chip Shields introduced a bill that would require retailers to put warning labels on cellphones and on packaging of wireless devices, advising consumers of possible risks associated with radio frequency exposure. The label would be affixed on the front and back of the package. It would also be on the back of the cellphone, occupying at least 30 percent of the surface.
Specifically, the bill calls for a label with the following:
WARNING: This is a radio-frequency (RF), radiation emitting device that has nonthermal biological effects for which no safety guidelines have yet been established. Controversy exists as to whether these effects are harmful to humans. Exposure to RF radiation may be reduced by limiting your use of this device and keeping away from the head and body.
“Given the absence of any federal entity with primary jurisdiction to evaluate and regulate health and safety effects of cellular telephones on humans . . . the state of Oregon may lawfully exercise its health and safety and police powers to prohibit cellular telephones in this state unless the cellular telephones and their packaging contain a visible, written label advising consumers of possible risks and steps a consumer can take to reduce the risk of radio-frequency radiation exposure,” the bill states.
The bill is co-sponsored by Health Committee Chair Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D), Sen. Alan Bates (D) (co-chair human services subcommittee), Sen. Rod Monroe (D) (co-chair education subcommittee), Rep. Jim Thompson (R) (co-chair health committee), Rep. Ben Cannon (D) (health care, co-vice chair).
The bill is in response to the increased public awareness of many independently funded scientific studies that do show a link between cell phone use and brain cancer, DNA and genetic damage, reproductive problems, dementia and other health problems. Cell phones were introduced to market with no pre-market safety testing by the FDA or the FCC. Senator Shields believes that Oregon is obligated to do what it can to protect its citizens from the potential hazards of cell phone use and that legislation is needed after comparing conflicting quotes from the FCC and FDA websites and cell phone manuals.
FCC and FDA WEBSITE AS OF OCT, 2010
FCC: “The Commission has stressed repeatedly that it is not a health and safety agency and would defer to the judgment of these expert agencies with respect to determining appropriate levels of safe exposure to RF energy.” …..“There is no federally developed national standard for safe levels of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy”
FDA: “Under the law, FDA does not review the safety of radiation-emitting consumer products such as mobile phones before marketing…”
Health warnings from Motorola and Blackberry manuals
- Use hands-free if available and keep the Blackberry at least .98 in. from your body, “INCLUDING THE ABDOMEN OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND THE LOWER ABDOMEN OF TEENAGERS”
- A few animal studies, however, have suggested that low levels of RF could accelerate the development of cancer in laboratory animals. In one study, mice genetically altered to be predisposed to developing one type of cancer developed more than twice as many such cancers when they were exposed to RF energy compared to controls.”
- “When 20 types of tumors were considered separately however, an association was found between mobile phone use and one rare type of glioma, neuroepithelliomatous tumors”
- “None of these tests showed any effect of the RF except for the micronucleus assay, which detects structural effects on the genetic material. The cells in this assay showed changes after exposure to simulated cell phone radiation”
- “Some people who have used mobile phones have been diagnosed with brain cancer.”
- “When tumors did exist in certain locations, however, they were more likely to be on the side of the head where the mobile phone was used.
What’s that humming in your pants – or lower abdomen?
Most of us are familiar with the controversy over cell phones and risk of brain cancer. The message that texting is safer than talking is starting to sink in especially with the younger generation. However, few people understand that as long as the cell phone is turned on and in your “pocket or bra”, instead of your brain – it’s irradiating your reproductive organs every few minutes.
If someone needs to reach me – here I am.
How does your cell phone company know where you are? Your cell phone regularly sends out a VERY powerful blast of radiation (up to a few miles) to notify the nearby cell towers of your location. At least once in every 5 minutes, your cell phone and the closest towers act like a GPS system and they triangulate your position. If someone tries to reach you on your cell phone, your cell phone provider knows where you are located because they have a record of you that was stored from you last “check in” a few minutes ago and it routes the call to the towers nearest to you.
So – depending on how many minute intervals you have set your phone to fetch your email messages and how often your phone checks in to the closest towers – you could be irradiating your body every few minutes for at least 10 seconds. If you keep your phone in your pocket, you are giving your vital reproductive organs a large dose of microwaves. If you keep it on your hip in a holster – your pancreas is getting radiated. If it’s in your bra – or seat belt holster – you are radiating your breasts and heart. The only way to shut off the radiation is to put it in “airplane mode” or TURN IT OFF!
The iPhone radiates your body every 5 minutes – turn on airplane mode to stop this from happening.
Infertility and cancer is on the rise.
Testicular cancer for 15 – 35 year old men is now the highest age group for this cancer-not old men. Infertility clinics are a booming business. Why is the media focus on brain cancer and cell phones? The rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer started to climb in the mid 1980’s – roughly the same time wireless cordless and cell phones were commercially introduced . Prostate cancer affects one in 7 men and breast cancer one in 9 women.
Why are there no studies comparing testicular and prostate cancer rates and cell phone use? I can only assume it is – don’t look and you won’t find…or is it – don’t tell what you have found….