In response to the increasing amount of information shedding light on how cell phones can alter the brain in many known and unknown ways, Italy’s Supreme Court centered in Rome has decided to take action. Seeking to protect unknowing consumers with a particular eye on children, whose brain is still developing and more susceptible to damage, the court has ruled that a link exists between brain tumor development and cell phone use.
The ruling follows a monumental study that found a massive 290% spike in brain tumor risk after using a cell phone for 10 years. A study that has real relevance for Innocente Marcolini, an Italian businessman who was a key part of the court’s ruling. Marcolini was an active cell phone user, reportedly talking on the phone for around 6 hours every single day at work. Over 12 years of use, Marcolini developed a tumor which many scientists are saying is the result of cell damage via the electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones.
This electromagnetic radiation, which is also emitted from cordless phones, damages cells to the point where tumors can become much more likely. DNA damage can also occur, similar to how laptop Wi-Fi has been found to damage both DNA and fertility in as little as 4 hours of direct use.
Marcolini, like many professors and doctors around the globe, is pleased that the Italian government has finally recognized the link between cell phones and tumors like his own. According to The Telegraph, Marcolini hailed the announcement as essential to protecting susceptible children from the dangers:
“I wanted it recognised that there was a link between my illness and the use of mobile and cordless phones… Parents need to know their children are at risk of this illness.”
Marcolini’s statement was also backed by professor Angelo Gino Levis, a highly recognized oncologist and educator of environmental mutagenesis. Coupled with neurosurgeon Dr Giuseppe Grasso, Levis explained to The Sun that the ruling will allow for many consumers hurt by cell phones to take action. Discussing a potential future lawsuit against cell phone companies, Levis seemed very optimistic over the future of the ruling. He said:
“The court decision is extremely important. It finally officially recognises the link. It’ll open not a road but a motorway to legal actions by victims. We’re considering a class action.”
A class action could very well not only gain media attention on the subject, but actually go places legally. In the event that enough consumers jumped on board, class actions could spring up outside of Italy and take on big cell phone corporations for the damages incurred by the use of their phones. Then again, Apple and other companies actually warn you right inside their manuals that the phones can cause serious problems and recommend holding it a couple inches or so away from your head. In other words, these companies were certainly aware of the real dangers to public health.
Nevertheless, the ruling means great things for the future of forcing companies to answer for their actions and create safer technology.