The WHO, on the other hand, classifies radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (the type emitted by wifi routers and cellphones) as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” based on limited evidence associating cellphone use with an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer. “The conclusion means that there could be some risk,” Dr. Jonathan Samet, a medical professor at the University of Southern California and chair of the WHO panel that made the determination, explained in 2011, “and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer.”

And they’ve taken away all the public phoneboxes, Joe…

Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones (Mother Jones)

(image: National Cancer Institute)

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27 thoughts on “Uh-Oh

  1. Malta

    Bo11ix to cellphones! Wi-Fi is the issue here! I live in a flat and have full strength Wi-Fi available from our router, upstairs, downstairs and next door.

    It had crossed my mind before that if Wi-Fi ever turns out to be bad for us, I and many others are fupped.

  2. Owen

    Who actually puts phones to their head these days? Watsapp / facebook / mail / text and handsfree. Id say we put them to our ear far less then we did 5yrs ago.

      1. Mikier

        +1 ……Hate when people phone me instead of a quick message. I’ll get back to you on my own time thank you very much. Also people who leave voicemails…..Grrrrrr.

  3. munkifisht

    I’m grand, don’t own a cell phone, whatever the hell that is. I’ll look it up on my mobile.

  4. Just sayin'

    The statement that “there could be a risk” is about as meaningless as you can get. There definitely is a risk in crossing the road but we still do it. There’s definitely a risk is flying on a plane but we still do it. Telling me that “there could be a risk” is telling me absolutely nothing whatsoever.

    1. Joe the Lion

      keep it beside your balls as munkifisht suggests.

      see if they warm up

      then refer to WHO report

  5. Dreadnaught

    It’s non-ionising radiation. It has little effect on cellular behaviour (human cells, that is; I’m not talking about cellphone towers). Much like WiFi, FM radio and most colours of light, it doesn’t do much to us.

    But then this is “long term uncertainty”, which is kind of meaningless. Long term, there is a small chance I could grow a third arm. Caution is needed. Maybe I should stock up on three-armed jumper while I’m at it.

    If it was possible to show that there was any short-term risk to cellphones or WiFi, various busy-body groups (EC) would have banned them (think incandescent light bulbs). But they haven’t because they don’t have any evidence that it causes harm. Long-term, who the hell knows. It’s neuroscience – nobody can get a statistically-relevant or independant proof of causality for this sort of thing.

  6. Supercrazyprices

    I work for a telecommunications lobby group on an international basis.

    I liase with communications / telecoms departments of most major governments.

    Shut up and carry on using our products.

  7. Don Pidgeoni

    “I work for a telecommunications lobby group on an international basis.”

    You can stop there

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