As of May 2011, the World Health Organization designated RF Radiation (wireless EMF's) as a Class 2B Carcinogen.
There is now sufficient data for the re-classification of RF radiation as a Class 2A Carcinogen.
This per the Chair of the IARC Monograph Working Group, which evaluated RF radiation, from wireless devices, for carcinogenicity. See the statement by Professor Emeritus Dr. Anthony Miller, of the University of Toronto, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wARxnaxrRKk.
Beating the Tumor Terrorists
Dr. Keith Black, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai
According to Dr. Keith Black, Al Qaeda are not the only terrorists we need to be on the alert for. Black, a neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, likens a brain tumor to a guerrilla fighter—attacking stealthily on several simultaneous fronts.
“It acts more like a terrorist organization than a biological adversary,” writes Black in his recent book, Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles (Wellness Central, 2009). A brain tumor is “constantly changing and constantly shifting its guerrilla strategies,” Black explains. “In response, we constantly adjust our own attacks, striving to outsmart the tumor, pushing back the survival frontier, winning for the patient whatever time we can.”
It’s a perpetual battle in a larger, more insidious war. Point of fact, brain tumors are on the rise, and each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain cancer. In an especially worrying trend, brain tumors are currently the leading cause of solid tumor cancer death in children and young adults under the age of 20. The survival rate for those with a malignant tumor is a scant 32%.
Black, who has appeared on the cover of Time magazine as one of America’s Heroes of Medicine, serves as chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai. He is foremost among a group of approximately 3,000 neurosurgeons at work in the US today. Unfortunately, only 50 of them specialize in brain tumors, which means Black typically undertakes a heavy schedule of more than 250 surgeries a year.
Cell phone use is a high-tech threat that has been implicated in causing brain tumors for the past decade. “Studies from Switzerland and Sweden show a clear correlation between use of cell phones and brain cancer,” says Black, who points to one study showing that people exposed to over 2,000 hours of cell phone use—about an hour a day over ten years—have increased tumor risk of 250% from microwave radiation. “With cell phones, however, you have articles published on both sides,” he counters. “Other studies don’t support these claims.”
Given the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, why isn’t this better publicized? Black explains the problem is one of time—or lack thereof: cell phones have only been around for a decade. “Cancer typically takes 20-30 years between exposure to an environmental toxin and development of a tumor. In other areas this is well correlated: we know for a fact that if you start smoking cigarettes in your teens, we don’t expect to find lung cancer when you’re 25. We expect to find it when you’re 45 or 55.”
Black says children and teens are more at risk from a cell phone’s microwave radiation. “Their skulls are thinner, and the radiation penetrates deeper and has higher impact because the brain is in a much more dynamic state, with nerve cells dividing much faster than an adult’s.” Indeed, Black points out that in laboratory models the most effective way to induce brain cancer is to expose a pregnant rat to an environmental toxin. “The mother doesn’t get cancer, but the embryo does.”
We haven’t had enough time yet for a definitive 20-30 year study of people’s cell phone habits. “What will those studies ultimately show when kids who have been using cell phones begin to get evaluated?” Black wonders. “The evidence we have now paints a very worrying picture.”
Again, Black experienced this firsthand with the death of his close friend Johnny Cochrane, who was O.J. Simpson’s attorney. Black believes that Cochrane’s brain cancer, a malignant glioma—what he calls “the Osama bin Laden of tumor terrorists”—was the result of frequent cell phone use, based on the fact that the tumor developed on the side of the head against which Cochrane held his phone. Interviewed in May, 2008 on Larry King Live, Black summed up opinions on both sides of the fence: “I think if we look at the evidence that we have now, it’s difficult to say that cell phones have a direct link to brain cancer, but it’s also difficult to say that they’re safe.” His ultimate advice is to be informed. “If you elect to use a cell phone, precautions like earpieces are not unwise,” he urges.
A Constant Battle
At first, it would seem impossible to win a war against an enemy that fights on so many different fronts, but there is evidence that the tide is turning. “We are actually making advances in our ability to treat brain cancer,” Black says. One of the more promising recent studies at Cedars-Sinai involves enlisting our own immune system. “There is a theory that we are developing cancer all the time, but if our immune system is able to recognize that cancer, it can eradicate it. We’re currently working on a therapeutic vaccine, and have shown in clinical trials that we can teach the immune system to fight cancer.” Made with a key component of our immune system called dendritic cells, the vaccine “reveals” bad proteins to the body’s killer T-cells. White blood cells then attack the cancer once they’re given the “scent.”
Nutrition is another powerful ally. “The mechanism of cancer is consistent among different types of tumors, so antioxidants seem to be beneficial in brain cancer as well,” says Black. “If you have a strong healthy immune system, you’re probably more resistant to developing cancer in the first place. Supplements that boost the immune system are beneficial. Also, if you eat foods free of preservatives or nitrates, your body has to expend less energy detoxifying those agents. Try to eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, and fresh organic foods without added hormones.”
In addition to this, Black himself incorporates omega-3 fish oil and a general multivitamin.
He also meditates and exercises regularly to reduce stress. It’s a multi-pronged approach. “But remember, cancer acts like a terrorist,” he points out. “You have to fight it on multiple fronts.”
To contact Dr. Keith Black, visit www.cedars-sinai.edu/1088.html. Credit: LIFEExtension.com Edited to share this Dr.'s EMF info./limit space.
BioInitiative Report 2012
A Rationale for Biologically-based Public Exposure Standards for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF). 1500 Pages.
The BioInitiative 2012 Report was prepared by 29 authors from ten countries, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs. Three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS are authors.
Contrary to the position that U.S. government regulators perpetuate, non thermal (non-tissue heating) electromagnetic field exposure is clearly linked to biological effects at many times lower than so-called “safe federal guidelines”. www.bioinitiative.org