The world quickly came to realize, when the World Health Organization (WHO) called glyphosate a “possible carcinogen,” that publicly available products were not always safe. Corporations lobbying the government dictated final outcomes, and often discredited or largely ignored the recommendations of world health bodies.

The World Health Organization has placed another common product in the “probably carcinogenic” category, this time granting our phones with a similar warning to glyphosate. 

In 2011, now six years ago, the World Health Organization openly declared cell phone radiation as a cause for concern, classing the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The research was conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and although we became mildly aware of the possible side effects, the reality was largely ignored by officials.

The research compiled data from areas including animal testing and cancer rates, exposure data, cancer in humans, and ‘mechanistic data.’ The results proposed the critically reviewed evidence “strong enough to support a conclusion that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk,” said Dr Jonathan Samet at the time, the Chairman of the Working Group responsible for the research.

IARC Director Christopher Wild added to the EMF hazard debate:

“Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings . . . it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting.”

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Joel Moskowitz of U.C. Berekley’s School of Public Health agrees with the CDC on these dangers in an ABC7 News report, but said pertinent information was hidden from public scrutiny.

Moskowitz sued the state of California to obtain withheld information reports detailing supporting evidence of the CDC’s findings.

“We have evidence of brain tumors and other head and neck tumors. We also have evidence of sperm damage in males, infertility in females.”

The state of California kept the cancer risk information a secret for years. Aptly describing the cover-up like that of the tobacco industry, Moskowitz says they “follow[ed] the same playbook.”

The state argued the release of the report was delayed because the CDC insisted more research was required. Ellie Marks of the California Brain Tumor Association disagrees:

“People need to know; people are unaware that cell phones as they are used now are not safe,” she said.

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The ‘buried’ Cell Phones and Health report lists additional studies; resulting concerns; and a point form notation to lower your risk of EMF exposure. It also notates the susceptibility of EMFs on a child’s brain through to teen years, “which may make children and teens more sensitive to EMF exposures,” and to ensure set limits for this age group – including limiting “texting,” and calls for “emergencies” only.

The document further states:

“Cell phones, like other electronic devices, emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMFs (electromagnetic fields). Health officials are concerned about possible health effects from cell phone EMFs because some recent studies suggest that long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer and other health problems […]

“Several studies have found that people with certain kinds of brain cancer were more likely to have used cell phones for 10 years or more. Most of the cancers were on the same side of the head that people usually held their phones. Although the chance of developing brain cancer is very small, these studies suggest that regular cell phone use increases the risk of developing some kinds of brain cancer. Some studies have also linked exposure to EMFs from cell phones to fertility problems. As more studies are done and we learn about possible risks for cancer and other health problems linked to cell phone use, the recommendations on this fact sheet may change.”

Moskowitz argues that an earlier release of this publication “could have saved some lives […] seven years ago.”