The Cancer-Cell Phone Connection – Why We Must Take It Seriously

Over the past few years several study groups have reported that cell phone radiation is not dangerous and that we don’t need to worry about it. In particular, we don’t need to worry about it causing cancer. Some of them, in fact, have reported that the debate is over, and that cell phones are completely safe. As a result, most of the research on the topic has virtually ceased in the US. At the same time, however, research has continued in other countries, and it has increasingly shown that we cannot ignore the dangers. First of all, as any scientist working on cancer will tell you, it’s almost impossible to prove beyond a doubt that something (in this case, cell phone radiation) does not cause cancer. One of the problems is that cancer takes 20 years or more to develop after it has been initiated. None of the studies that have been made have taken this into consideration; most are tests on animals, or statistical surveys. In many ways the present situation is similar to that for smoking in the 1950’s and 60’s. Everyone was sure it had little effect on our health, and there was no evidence that it caused cancer. But as the years went by, the evidence came, and soon there was no doubt.

The cancer-cell phone connection is particularly worrisome in light of the increase in brain tumor rates in the US over the past few years. They have increased by over 25 percent since 1975; by 2001, in fact, 185,000 Americans had some form of brain cancer, and it is estimated that this will increase to 500,000 by 2010 and to one-million by 2015. How many of these cases are due to cell phones? We do not know.

The radiation from cell phones is in the form of microwaves, the same waves that are used in microwaves ovens (and they’re also very close in frequency to radar waves). They are, of course, over a thousand times weaker that microwave-oven radiation, but microwaves are not used for cooking because they are extremely energetic (they are not); they are used because they penetrate tissue easily.

The three main health hazards to our bodies are the dangers to:

Our DNA

The functioning of our cells

The neurons and so on in our brain

Our “code of life” — in other words, the instructions for everything that goes on in our body — is contained in the sequence of base units in DNA. If any of these units are suddenly changed, or “mutated,” our genetic code is changed. And one of the major things that causes mutations is radiation. Microwaves cannot break the stronger bonds (such as valence bonds) in DNA, but the genetic code is held in place by relatively weak hydrogen bonds, which can easily be broken.

Furthermore, the dangers do not end with the DNA inside the cells. On the cell surface are “receptors” that allow some molecules to pass into the interior of the cell, and stop others, from entering. They play a very important role in the health of the cell in that they allow nutrients through, but stop such things as toxins, bacteria, and viruses. These receptors also play another important role: they control cell division and growth. Normally, cell division continues until something tells it to stop. One of the things that stops it is when a cell comes in contact with another cell (perhaps of a different type); receptors sense this cell and send a signal for the growth to stop. If the receptors become damaged, this signal will not be sent, and the growth may continue indefinitely, and may eventually lead to cancer.

Experiments have shown that microwaves can trigger these receptors, causing various types of biochemical reactions that make the cell membrane less permeable, We are still not sure what the overall effects are in such cases, but the fact that microwaves radiation (of the same intensity as in cell phones) can alter our cells is not good news.

With this it might seem that cells and the DNA within them are the weak spots for microwave radiation, but there is another equally worrisome area of the body. Cell phone users hold their phones to their ears, with the antenna only a few inches from their brain, and our brain is controlled (to some degree) by waves similar to microwaves. Most of the signals in the brain are electrochemical in nature, consisting partly of electrical currents and partly of chemical reactions. But there are also “brain waves’ within the brain. When you are awake your brain emits what are called beta waves of frequency 8 to 25 vibrations/second (also called Hertz). This is much lower than the frequency of the microwaves in a microwave oven, which are 850 MHz (million Hertz) to 1900 Mhz. But all cell phones also use low, pulsed frequencies, referred to as TDMA and DTX; they have frequencies of 8.34 HZ and 2 Hz respectively. And it is possible that they can interact with brain waves. Furthermore, when such reactions occur, both waves are changed.

Studies have also recently shown that the blood-brain barrier, which is a barrier within the brain that stops various chemicals and other harmful substances from entering the brain, is also affected by microwaves. Studies in Sweden, for example, have shown that when capillaries such as those in the brain are are radiated with microwaves, they allow certain chemicals through that normally don’t get through. Other studies have verified the result.

It’s easy to see from all this that the risk of cell phone radiation to adults is something we shouldn’t just shrug off, but as it turns out, the risk to children is much higher. One of the reasons is that their skulls are thinner, and radiation penetrates it much easier. In addition, the absorption of radiation is higher in a child’s skull because of a phenomenon called “resonance.” And finally, the nervous and immune systems of children are still forming and they are therefore more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

What can you do to minimize the danger? If you use a cell phone, keep the antenna as far from your head as possible, and limit your time on the device. Use conventional phones for very long conversations. Finally, do not use cell phones in a car; because of the shielding, the power has to be significantly increased for it to work.

I’ve Got A What? – A Brain Tumor!

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor is a nightmare and it turns your world upside down.

I luckily had very little time between being diagnosed with my benign meningioma and it being surgically removed but the time I did have was spent frantically trawling the internet trying to find some answers to my questions of why, how and what do I do next. I managed to find medical papers on the subject but as I don’t have a degree in medicine was at a loss to understand them. I found plenty of Brain Tumor Forums where I managed to scare myself stupid because I could not find any stories with a positive outcome to offer me some encouragement and believe me, I needed it. It would appear that the survivors out there must be so happy to be alive after their ordeals that they are too busy living life to put pen to paper and tell their stories.

My very happy world was hit by a thunderbolt on the 14th July when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had a brain tumor; I had it surgically removed on 19th July.

I was probably luckier than most with regard to the position of my meningioma tumor, I had a fabulous doctor with insight and I had a top rate neurosurgeon on my side. I also had the will and determination to overcome this hiccup in my life.

I have had very little sickness in my life and have never been in hospital for any reason. You have it right, I have my tonsils and my appendix and I have never broken a bone in my body or had a baby. Remarkable isn’t it that I escape a hospital visit for 48 years? But, boy, when I do it, I do it big style!

After waking up one morning in Mid June, I stretched and my lower leg started to kick involuntarily at about one second intervals. Just to make sure you have the picture correct, I don’t mean a kick that would score a winning goal, more of a gentle flick as if trying to get the sand out of your toes. I grabbed my leg, pulled it back to try and stop it, got up out of bed and stood on it but that didn’t work either. It was a little scary – who likes to be out of control? Certainly not me!

I thought I may have trapped a nerve in my back. Why I thought that, I don’t know. I have no medical training. It just seemed like a plausible explanation to me at the time. Because of this self diagnosis, I decided to put the incident on hold and see if it happened again. Well, guess what? It took a few weeks, but yes, it did happen again. Just as before and I am ashamed to say that I let it happen twice more before visiting the doctor.

The whole point of this tale is that brain tumor symptoms come in all guises depending on their position and what part of the brain they are affecting. My brain tumor was positioned on the top of my head on the right hand side and due to its growth was fighting for space and restricting the nerves on the left hand side of my body, namely my leg.

Listen to your own body because if something out of the ordinary is happening there is a reason.

I am happy to report that I came through this ordeal with flying colours feeling no pain whatsoever. I now have a very good tale to tell at parties, my scar is completely hidden and when people around me are whining about small details I can usually bring about a sense of proportion by asking them on a scale of 1-10 how it compares to brain surgery.

A meningioma is a tumor of the meninges, which are the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord. Malignant meningiomas are extremely rare. Most meningiomas are found to be benign, make up nearly 1 in 5 of all primary brain tumors and are more common in women than men. As with most brain tumors, the cause of a meningioma is unknown and research is being carried out into possible causes.

Glioblastoma Multiforme – No Longer an Instant Death Sentence – A Personal Journey

Unless your life has been touched by it, you most likely do not know what it is. One of the most deadly forms of cancer, is Brain Cancer, and of those, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) has been known as The Terminator. With an average historical survival rate of roughly a year, with the 3 year survival rate at roughly 7%, it is no small wonder it was tagged with that nickname. Recent medical breakthroughs are beginning to catch up with many more “common” strains of Cancer. Caught early enough, once feared cancers are responding to treatment, and with the combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, people have had reasons to be optimistic, that they can actually look forward to a cure. Better diagnostic methods, treatment, and understanding the value of nutrition to boost the body’s immune system to not only prevent, but help fight the disease. These promising advances, along with celebrities who come forward with their experiences of survival, and have gone on with their lives, gives people the hope and courage to face the issues involved with treatment and recovery.

With virtually no advances for 30 or so years, Brain Cancer treatment, including GBM, which been treated as a chronic illness, has seen some remarkable progress recently. The use of surgery, where possible, certain chemotherapeutic drugs, along with radiostatic treatments, has resulted in a steady increase in the median survival rate, and better quality of life during treatment.

I was diagnosed with GBM in June of 2007. It was surgically resected (removed) almost immediately. After a wait of about 6 weeks (during which time I was encouraged by my Neurosurgeon to take a previously scheduled vacation with my wife), I began a series of focused Radiostatic treatments 5 days a week, for 42 treatments. This focused treatment was preceded by a computer mapping and simulation program. Concurrent with the treatments I was prescribed Temodar, an oral chemotherapeutic. Once that treatment was over, I continued on Temodar 5 days a month for a year. Two and a half years later, there are no signs of the tumor. Attitude, my faith in God, the Good fortune of being blessed with a capable medical team, and a support system of friends and family, are all part of the reason I am able to update this article today.

The latest advances have been in the area of a specific treatment based on the chemical and material make-up of each individual tumor. The good news is that progress is indeed being made, and it appears we may be able to find a cure for this horrible disease in our lifetimes.