CELL PHONES AND AIRPORT SCANNERS

Dr. Douglass M.D. sent me a brief email in which he addressed both cell phone safety and airport security.  I thought his comments might be of interest.  July through January is traditionally the heaviest air travel time of each year.  Many people choose to take family vacations, go to family reunions, and enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday traveling during these months. Many jobs require constant travel for their employees.

I was visiting with a doctor friend who will be gone the entire month of August for some extensive, intensive training in his field.  He was lamenting the fact that he would be without any cell phone and computer service, nor have access to any electricity for the entire month due to the remote location of where he would be. Cell phones have become a standard necessity for most individuals. I see them attached to belts, inside pant pockets, inside suit pockets, inside purses, and in back packs. You can’t go into any public building without seeing people busy texting, talking, or dialing.  In short, we are a nation that is “plugged” in.  In a way, I think we have lost the art of social etiquette and have created a feeling of isolation for many people who stay electronically busy but are starved for real human companionship.

Enjoy the excerpt from Dr. Douglass:

Don’t believe latest cell-cancer research

Cellphones… off the hook as far as cancer risk is concerned?

A new study makes the ridiculous claim that mobile phones are perfectly safe after all — so keep right on yapping, and ignore that little headache that won’t go away when it pops up in a few years.

It’s probably nothing, right?

And if it turns out to be a tumor, well, let’s find something else to blame it on — because researchers say there’s no way it was caused by your cellphone.

Yeah, right.

This “new” study isn’t all that new — just a new look at old data from a study that no one took seriously anyway because its conclusions were all over the place.

For example, the study — called Interphone — actually found that cellphone users have a lower risk of brain tumors… and a higher risk at the same time.

If that’s not confusing enough, it was based on data collected from people who used their phones for an average of just two hours a month.

I know people who talk on these things for at least two hours a day!

Make sure you’re not one of them — because a much stronger new study finds that regular cellphone use can boost the odds of a brain tumor by nearly 500 percent.

Swedish researchers matched data on 1,200 brain cancer patients to 2,500 controls with no signs of the disease and found that people who started using cellphones as teens and kept at it for at least a decade were 4.9 times more likely to develop a tumor than non-cell users.

The researchers found a similar link with cordless phones, which are less powerful than cellphones but operate on similar frequencies.

I know the reality is that most people aren’t giving up cellphones and they’re certainly not going back to the days of twisted, tangled phone cords no matter what the studies show.

But if you’re going to use these things, at least be smart about it. Use earpieces and speakerphones as much as possible — and keep them far away from your kids and grandkids.

Speaking of cancer risk, keep reading for the latest on airport scanners.

Full-body scanners blamed for cancer spike

Airport workers say radioactive full-body scanners have already caused a spike in cancers — and normally, I’d be the first the call that claim ridiculous.

These cancers usually take years to form, not months.

But…

The feds have been caught lying about these machines every step of the way — and they STILL haven’t come forward with real safety data on them.

And that means for all we know, full-body scanners can send tumors down the HOV lane — causing cancers at frightening new speeds among anyone unlucky enough to stand next to one of these machines all day.

A stunning sequence of internal documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center reveal not only the potential cancer cluster, but also a consistent pattern of lies, half-truths, and deliberate misinformation.

For example: Last year, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a USA Today op-ed that the National Institute of Standards and Technology had declared the scanners to be safe.

That was news to NIST.

The Institute quickly sent out an email that basically says, “HEY! We said no such thing!”

You can read that behind-the-scenes smackdown for yourself right here.

NIST isn’t the only agency to back away from the TSA’s preposterous safety claims.

The agency has at one point or another claimed that the FDA, the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Health Physics Society have all helped test the machines and confirm their safety.

Just one little problem: AOL News reports all of those agencies have denied or downplayed their supposed involvement.

If all that isn’t bad enough, consider this: The feds say al Qaeda is planning to surgically implant bombs into terrorists — and the TSA admits its full-body scanners wouldn’t catch these under-the-skin explosives.

Is it true… or just a story fabricated to prepare us for the next, and even more invasive, wave of airport scanners?

Stay tuned.

Keeping an eye on Big Sister,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.