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Are Wireless Phones Wiping Our Brains?

By William Thomas


A new a brain-scan study published February 22, 2011 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association shows that a 50-minute cell phone call boosts activity in brain regions where the phone is held.

"The human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from cell phones," says the study's coauthor Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland. She adds, "At this point we do not know what the clinical significance of this particular finding is."


The social significance is huge. By confirming the "non-thermal" effects of everyday cell phone use, the study once again calls into question current North American exposure regulations based solely on preventing wireless devices from burning their users. This is like saying cigarette smoking is harmless as long as you don't burn yourself.

With his awareness of a long and growing roster of researchers who have seen their funding and careers curtailed after finding the "wrong answers" to industry-financed studies - or possibly because more than 2,000 published studies demonstrating the proven risks of cell phone radiation have been censored by mass media in the United States - Volkow goes on to claim: disingenuously. "Researchers don't yet know whether cell phone radiation is dangerous."

Research conducted in Sweden nearly 11 years ago - and confirmed by laboratories in Finland and the USA - has shown that aptly named "cellular" phones begin damaging brain cells within the two-minutes of initiating a conversation on a cell or cordless phone.

Dr. Leif Salford

In 2000, after a 12-year investigation into the effects of cell phone radiation, Professor Leif Salford and his team at Lund University demonstrated that mobile phone radiation opens the blood-brain barrier within two-minutes, allowing blood proteins to enter the brain. Often identified in Alzheimer's autopsies, these clumps of brain proteins can also cause Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, premature aging and Parkinson's Disease. 

[Electronics Australia Magazine Feb/00; British Library Net Sept14/03]

In 2003, Dr. Salford and his Swedish colleagues found that cell phone-exposed rats have an "astonishing number of dead neuron cells, actually suffering holes in their brains from the damage."

Dr. Salford went on to show that a single two-hour exposure to a cell phone permanently damages the blood-brain barrier. In each exposure, up to 2% of test animals' brain cells were either damaged or destroyed - including cells in areas of the brain concerned with learning, reasoning, memory, spatial orientation and movement.

Professor Salford concludes that after decades of daily use, cell phone users will suffer drastic negative brain effects, probably in middle age. [Guardian Feb 5/03; wired.com Jan 31/03]

Leif Salford calls these effects, "terrifying." One of the world's foremost cell phone radiation researchers now says that neurons that would normally not become senile until people reached their 60s might now do so when they were in their 30s.