Cell phones: Invisible hazards of the wireless age
by Amanda Brown PhD, Common Ground, Issue 185, 2006 December, pp. 6-7, 21
Few people would be surprised to hear that cell phones are unhealthy. But how many of us
actually know the degree of damage they cause, the extent of the cover-up by the industry, or that
there is a viable solution? Dr. George Carlo, a mobile phone industry whistleblower, recently
presented a talk in Vancouver about how electropollution from wireless technology can cause
brain damage, cancer and an array of mental illnesses.
I checked his facts against recent, peer-reviewed scientific papers and the results were startling.
Dr. Carlo explained why the industry’s user manuals don’t warn of these health hazards:
currently, there are pending class action lawsuits against them, which threaten to expose the
entire industry, similar to the cases brought against “Big Tobacco”, and the asbestos and silicone
breast implant industries. But what really shone brightly in Dr. Carlo’s message were his realistic
solutions. One option is to have fibre-optic cables running underground to our curbs to shorten
the distance and power necessary for the wireless signals. According to Dr. Carlo, this option
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requires an ongoing search for the diamond politician or activist who will take the lead.
It’s important to get the facts straight. Dr. Carlo, a scientist hired by the cell phone industry in the
‘90s, now believes cell phones are the greatest health hazard of our time. In his view, there is no
question that mobile phones cause terrible health consequences. It seemed prudent to
independently check the recent, peer-reviewed scientific literature to see if his mid-1990s results
are supported today. A quick search revealed five excellent studies from 2006 that provide strong
evidence of serious problems from electromagnetic signals from cell phones.
In contrast, several review studies tha