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Is Your Child Risking a Brain Tumor with Cell Phone Usage?

Elizabeth Renter
July 19th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 7:36 pm
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cell phone girl 263x164 Is Your Child Risking a Brain Tumor with Cell Phone Usage?What is the appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone? Just a couple decades ago, the mobile technology was only in use by a small percentage of the population. But cell phone use has grown exponentially in a relatively short amount of time, and it’s not just adults who are using them. Children as young as 10 (and sometimes younger) are given cell phones, and some experts say this could be putting them at a heightened risk of brain tumors and cancer.

The connection between cell phone use and increased risk of brain tumors has been made several times, with some nations taking it more seriously than others. In Australia, the link between cell phones and possible brain tumors in children is being taken quite seriously. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is distributing a fact sheet to all families purchasing cell phones, warning against the dangers of radiation and their potential link to brain tumors. They are urging parents to limit cell phone use by children and teens and telling them to keep the phone away from their head while in use.

Radiation put off by cell phones has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization in the U.S., although some might say the U.S. is focusing less on the issue at hand – despite saying that cell phones are in the same cancer-causing category as lead and engine exhaust just a couple years ago. While we don’t allow our children to play with pesticides or diesel, we readily hand them cell phones.

Related Read: Why Children Should LIMIT Cell Phone Use

Just a few Reasons to Limit Cell Phone Use (Especially for Children)

  • Researchers with a study released in July 2011 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute said they found no connection between cell phone use and the risk of brain tumors in children. But immediately after, they were lambasted by the Environmental Health Trust, who said their study included many statistical errors and their conclusion was flawed. Rather than not showing a link, the Trust determined the study actually proved a 115% increased risk of brain tumors in children who used cell phones over those who didn’t.

“There’s every indication that this study actually found that children have a doubled risk of brain cancer,” said Lloyd Morgan, a senior research fellow of the Trust. “For them to just state that we don’t think there’s a problem is, for me, quite mystifying.”

  • Another study conducted at the Örebro Hospita in Sweden revealed that 10 years of cellphone use resulted in an average 290% increased risk of brain tumor development. Interestingly, the tumor development was found on the side of the head in which the cellphone was most used.
  • But the risk of developing a brain tumor isn’t the only consequence. One report shows just how damaging EMFs can be for children, revealing that due to developing organs, lower bone density of the skull, lower body weight, and a less effective blood brain barrier, children are very vulnerable to cell phone radiation. This is especially true for unborn children, with research showing that microwave radiation emitted by cell phones negatively influencing fetal brains.

A smaller brain means a bigger risk. While there may be a heightened risk for brain tumors among cell phone users of all ages, younger people have smaller brains with more connective tissue than mature brains. In other words, they can absorb up to three times as much radiation.

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  • untether your brain


    Our Brains are Growing Alarmingly Smaller, Showing Evidence of Devolution

    'smart technology' and 'smart frequencies' are actually stupidizing your mind.
    untether yourself and clean up technology – it's never too late.

    In the past it was believed that a larger brain meant more intelligence. Indeed, according to evolutionary theory, the brain should grow bigger as a species evolves. However, rather alarmingly, research suggests that the human brain is getting smaller.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    By John Black
    Ancient Origins
    July 24, 2013

    According to scientific studies, it appears that a reversal in evolution happened about 20,000 years ago. It was in 2010 when researching a skull that belonged to a Cro Magnon man, that scientists discovered the brain of our ancient ancestor was about 20% larger. This has been replicated time and again and it can now be said that the human brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimeters (cc) to 1,350 cc (both male and female brains) and this happened everywhere on Earth. If we continue on this path, we will end up having the brain of Homo Erectus, an ancient human species which millions of years ago had a brain of 1,100 cc.

    Scientists have no idea why our brains are shrinking but plenty of hypotheses are trying to justify why this is occurring. In all of the hypotheses, scientists are trying to support the idea that we are more intelligent than our ancestors, so they try to disconnect the size of the brain with intelligence or suggest that our brain is more sophisticated. The fact is that we have NO IDEA if the brain size is connected to intelligence at all since a) there is no accurate measurement of intelligence and b) even if there was we couldn’t measure the intelligence of ancient people.

    And to clarify things, because the elephants have larger brains, this doesn’t mean that they are more intelligent, since a larger animal needs a larger brain to control the bodily functions. However, when looking at human brains, we are comparing different brain sizes of different human species with a very similar body size. A more recent study suggests that the brain can grow smaller in cases when food is scarce so that it can have minimal functionality in order to survive. But again that is not the case with us, is it?

    Looking back at what our ancestors have achieved, it does not seem like them that are the primitive ones. Civilizations of 5,000 ago built amazing monuments utilizing advanced cosmological principles and great architectural wonders with apparently no technology, and today, even with cutting edge equipment, we have not accomplished anything close. How little we know about our ancestors – even though our history books like to pretend we know a lot. Everyday discoveries keep changing what we know about our past, especially in the last few years.

    People today use their brain less and less – instead of memorizing navigational routes we switch on our ‘sat navs’ and rather than storing phone numbers and addresses in our memory banks, we have them all to hand on our iPhones and Blackberries. In general, it seems that technology has taken over, rendering us with less skills and less creativity. All the ‘advancements’ of our society are based on computers. Now if you take technology out of the equation, how intelligent are we really?

    I also can’t help noticing that this reversal in brain evolution is similar to the reversal in mankind’s age span. According to many ancient and mythical texts, man used to live more than 300 years but after the latest cataclysm the new generations’ life span started becoming less and less. What is it that triggered such a reduction?

    Our technology is evolving rapidly, but sadly it seems that we are not.

    -It's not too late and never too late. Do your part. Do we want our
    own kids as stupid as a rock, still taking care of them, when we are in our own elder years?

  • anonymous

    passing it on:

    Stop the U.S and Worldwide Smart Grid

    " The US and other governments around the world are using smart grid and smart meters to spy on ordinary citizens in their own homes and businesses. Smart grid and smart meters also emit weapons grade pulsed microwave radiation that can maim and/or kill people. Smart meters and smart grid have been "deployed" amongst enormous worldwide backlash. Citizens who are educated on the how smart meters and smart grid work and what they do, do not want them on their homes, businesses or in their neighborhoods. Citizens who seemingly "don't care" just do not know the facts because they have been COVERED UP by those implementing the meters and grid. Stop wasting worldwide tax dollars and resources on illegal infrastructures that simultaneously cause severe health effects and death while also spying on people. Lower carbon emissions can be achieved by harnessing solar power and stopping the global chemtrail/geo-engineering that blocks it, making it illegal to cut down rain forests and utilizing wind power. Citizens of the world do not need armed spy devices and infrastructures to reduce global warming…this is a fallacy propagated by those behind the implementation of smart grid and smart meters. Smart meters also create more carbon emissions by using electricity as an additional appliance left on 24/7 and billed to the property where it sits. Analog meters do not require electricity at all. WE STOP FUNDING AND START DE-PLOYING SMART GRID AND SMART METERS IN THE US AND WORLD NOW!!! "

  • fry no more

    Observe and witness them. Some of them and the generations below seem
    very slow and almost 're-tarded' (slow growth).

    Also, the flicker rate in digitals like t.v., vid games,
    and un-smart phones like the 'iphone' slows down
    mental capacity and left brain development – hence,
    the numbed out

    Combination of that and mutating healthy brain cells –
    "dumb down and death" –

    iphone is the worst offender of them all. radioactive health hazard receiver transmitting cell tower emf's and signals.
    it's time to demand corp-free/cell-free zones. we didn't ask to be radiated and brain scrambled down.

    we don't want it anywhere near us.
    threw it away happily, and the "I-mac" also has been reported tested to be one of the worst EMF Electrical and radioactive health hazards – fry the body.

    the huge monitor and tower all in one is right there in front of your face and body.

    "The apple imac models are a dangerous choice because the computer itself is integrated into the monitor (they have been the cause of greatly increased sensitivities in two of my clients) …or a chemically sensitive person, any of the Apple iMac models would be a dangerous choice for the following reason: about one-half of chemically sensitive persons eventually develop electrical sensitivities, especially from sitting near computers for a long time, and the iMac places not only the monitor, but also the computer processor, drive and switching power supply irrevocably only two feet from your face. "

    just say NO to the (un) smart phones and grids.
    cancer is up (in addition to the food, soil, water, oceans system needing to be cleaned up) – look all around –
    it's an Electrical Frying Cage the corporations, govt and
    utility companies have pushed Americans in.

  • Ben

    Beware of putting yourself at risk when exposing yourself to light !

  • Joanna

    There are ways to reduce the risk and cell phone suppliers have published them in a round about way. Simply put the more powerful your phone and the frequency with which you use and how you use all effect your risk ratio. My brother had and used a mobile since their inception. He always had it on his belt at the back just over his right kidney. Hardly surprising that it was his right kidney that went malignant. But the insult to his immune system during its treatment facilitated malignant growths to form in his gut which is what killed him. If you must wear a mobile have it face forwards to your body. Do not hold it right up to you head when using it. But that is something you can see everywhere is not put into practice. It is buyer and user beware!

    • cpmty

      ABSOLUTLY RIGHT. Young women who have their phone on the breast (and some do) -there is an increase of girls 16 -to 20''s + with cancer of the breast (a doctor was on tv news telling girls and women not to put their phone on their breast… he had 5 cases of very young girls with breast cancer ALL used to place their phone over their breast. ALSO, my daughters friend – her brother is a surgeon – told her there is huge amount of brain cancers and tumors in the las 15, 20 years and he believe were the phones.