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Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Secret Docs Show Gov’t Covered Up Cell Phone Cancer Risks for Years

After years hidden from the public, California Department of Public Health officials have finally released a draft document outlining health concerns stemming from cellphone radiation — including multiple cancers and infertility.

“We have evidence of brain tumors and other head and neck tumors. We also have evidence of sperm damage in males, infertility in females,” explained Joel Moskowitz of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health, who sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to obtain the information.

Although the Department of Public Health ultimately chose not to publish the document — both pages have since been emblazoned with “Draft and Not for Public Release” — its content is of critical import to cellphone users around the planet.

San Francisco affiliate ABC7 reports, “Moskowitz says there’s been a lot of pressure from the wireless industry to keep any kind of negative report on cellphones hidden from the public,” and, he notes,

“[T]hey’ve done a very good job at it, essentially following the same playbook that the tobacco industry used.”

Moskowitz’ conclusion seems apt. Despite the matter-of-fact tone with which the nature of cellphone health threats is presented, the document — appropriately titled “Cell Phones and Health” — reads more like a checklist for phone usage.

Following several simple guidelines parsed out by health officials could help prevent the development of brain and other cancers, as well as other afflictions. In fact, basic protocols like holding the phone at a distance, switching to speakerphone, or, most preferably, using headphones for conversations can all help reduce risk.

And CDPH’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control believes sufficient reason exists to be concerned, as the document states,

“Cell phones, like other electronic devices, emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMFs (electromagnetic fields). Health officials are concerned about possible health effects from cell phone EMFs because some recent studies suggest that long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer and other health problems […]

“Several studies have found that people with certain kinds of brain cancer were more likely to have used cell phones for 10 years or more. Most of the cancers were on the same side of the head that people usually held their phones. Although the chance of developing brain cancer is very small, these studies suggest that regular cell phone use increases the risk of developing some kinds of brain cancer. Some studies have also linked exposure to EMFs from cell phones to fertility problems. As more studies are done and we learn about possible risks for cancer and other health problems linked to cell phone use, the recommendations on this fact sheet may change.”

Where the government chose a painfully neutral tone to discuss the gravity of possible side effects, others have been warning about the perils of cellphones for years.

“People need to know, people are unaware that cellphones as they are used now are not safe,” Ellie Marks of the California Brain Tumor Association, told ABC7.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) eight years ago released its own set of guidelines for safer cellphone operation, as well as a review of studies on cellphone radiation, including one from the “World Health Organization that linked cell phone radiation to brain cancer, and other studies that linked cell phone radiation to diminished sperm count and sperm damage.”

EWB reports officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deny succumbing to pressure from the mobile phone industry — but nonetheless, the information in the health document could have been put to better use with a full, public release. As EWB continues,

“In human epidemiological studies, cell phone use has been linked to an increased risk of brain and salivary gland cancers. Studies from teams of scientists in several nations have raised troubling questions about possible associations between heavy cell phone use and altered brain metabolism, sleep disturbance, and even diminished sperm count and sperm damage. In 2011, the World Health Organization declared cell phone radiation a possible carcinogen.

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“Animal studies support the findings in people. A multi-year study from the U.S. National Toxicology Program found that male rats exposed to radio-frequency radiation from before birth through two years of age had a greater chance of being diagnosed with a brain cancer called malignant glioma, as well as developing a tumor found on the heart. The radiation levels to which the rats were exposed included levels that current cell phones are allowed to emit.”

EWB emphasizes more research and study must occur before the extent of risks from cellphones can be fully assessed, but cautioned sufficient evidence has been found in previous studies to be trepidatious about current FCC rules regarding the ubiquitous devices.

In the meantime, CDC and California health officials continue calling for further research — without releasing guidelines that offer at least minimal guidance for the least risky use of a cellphone.

“This could have perhaps saved some lives if it had been published by the department seven years ago,” Moskowitz lamented. “It’s disconcerting it has taken so long to issue this. And still, they are making it clear this isn’t their official position.”

CDPH cell phone document April 2014
  • Mark Palmer

    Is the EMF emission of the cell phone or of its wifi emiision of an ionizing frequency range? If not then what is the proposed mechanism of its cancer causing properties?

    The eyes focusing on the nearby screen or the neck position could as easily be related to the noted diseases attributed to the cell phone and not at all directly related to the EMF field.

    • Karlin

      Quote from Wikipedia:
      “The light from the Sun that reaches the earth is largely composed of non-ionizing radiation, since the ionizing far-ultraviolet rays have been filtered out by the gases in the atmosphere, particularly oxygen. The remaining ultraviolet radiation from the Sun is in the non-ionizing band, and causes molecular damage (for example, sunburn) by photochemical and free-radical-producing means that do not ionize” – end quote –
      So there Mark!! But your post likely threw a few readers off – are you a troll for the telecom ind?

      • Mark Palmer

        Why are you cherry picking one part of the Wiki entries, Karlin, and in particular you’ve picked one that lacks a citation? Hahahahaha. Would I not be justified in accusing of entering a false piece uncited in Wiki just to support your position as you have accused me of being a trol for the telecom industry?

        I AM a member of several skeptics orgagnizations, such as James Randi used to head before his retirement.

        I have asked for the proposed mechanism of the causal relationship to cancer from the EMF of cell phones. You’ve not provided even one example yet, while I offered two possibilities to test for invalidity.

        Were the uncited Wiki entry you provided true, then you would be denying the accepted science studies that show skin cancer has its causal relationship to ionizing radiation from the sun. The big market for sun screen then is a waste of money? Do you use sun screen or now eschew its use based on the uncited Wiki article? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-ionizing_radiation

    • Dezri Dean

      Wake up and do some research. Cell and WiFi radiation is not natural or healthy/
      I invite you to tape a cellphone to your ear as well as your wife’s and kid’s.
      Prove them wrong.
      Maybe it’s already too late for you?

      • Mark Palmer

        So, still no mechanism, eh? Why is that? What else is not natural? Glasses and hearing aids. Cars and vaccinations and general anaesthetics/pain killing meds. Your insults and obnoxious ideas that I force my wife and kids to suit your argument indicate you’re out of reasonable ideas to the problem of the mechanism of the cell phones causing cancer. Try again.

        • RichardG

          Pathetic mark , absolutely pathetic responses….not even worth an answer . That said – Research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed that pregnant mice exposed to cell phones regularly had babies that tended to have memory issues and hyperactivity. Dr. Martha Herbert of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University found links between autism and the electromagnetic field of wireless internet. Wireless was found to disturb the brain’s calcium signaling and information flow, causing children to become agitated. A U.S. National Toxicology Program study found a strong correlation between cell phone use and brain and heart tumors. In fact, children’s brains absorb up to 10 times as much cell phone radiation from wireless technology as adults due to their thinner craniums, putting them at higher risk for impairment and brain cancer.

          • Mark Palmer

            Such duplicity, RichardG. Not worth an answer, but you answer. Already a hypocrite divided against yourself.

            The problem of mechanism of the correlation is that which confounded the observations and actions of Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis good work against PSED (Pain, Suffering, and Early Death.)

            Removing the offense that causes the infections with Ignaz is the same as you present from the article and other observational references here. But you’ve presented only observations whose connections to the negative effects of your notice is lacking a theory of the mechanism and could as well be tied to other emergent factors involving the use of cell phones, such as range of eye focus or neck position. Find that theory of mechanism, and your premises that cell phones harm more lives than they benefit will be accepted.

            You have covered near all I have in the observations of cell phone correlating to problems in humans. Skull density, location and time of exposure, but the frequency of the “offending” EMF is your problem as far as the causative mechanism needed to cement the theory that will explain what I doubt is a “strong correlation” between cell phone use and brain and heart tumors of your mention without seeing the study. A lot of those who quote findings will throw out studies that note weak to NO correlation to what is being claimed. Have you noted any studies that show NO correlations?

  • Markie Balentine
  • Chad Mercer

    Cellular and wireless devices, including Bluetooth, are all based on the same technology as radio and microwaves. Anyone who thinks there would not be some effect on the human body isn’t very bright. Common sense here folks. Don’t like it don’t use the stuff.

  • Alex van ‘t Hoff


    http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/2223/1/2223.pdf ,page 337 It would be interesting to find out how many Lancaster WW2 navigators died of brain cancer.

  • RichardG

    Some Myths and the Facts…….
    MYTH: “No research has found evidence of a link between regular cell phone use and glioma.”
    FACT: In fact, multiple research studies of humans indicate that long-term cell phone use could increase a person’s risk for brain tumors. The latest animal study conducted by the U.S. government finds increases in the same types of tumors found to be increased in humans who used phones regularly for a decade or longer. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) in 2011, based on epidemiological research showing an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer , associated with long term wireless phone use. These research studies also show an even higher risk for persons who start using cell phones at a young age.
    MYTH:“There is no known biological mechanism for cell phone radiation to cause cancer.”
    FACT: Cell phone radiation does not directly “cause” cancer in the same way that X-rays and atomic bombs do. However, several prominent scientists have published (with full documentation) on the mechanisms by which cell phone/wireless radiation could result in increased cancer. They explain how long-term exposure to extremely low power levels of radiofrequency fields could initiate a series of biological effects with the end result of an increased risk for cancer and a myriad of other serious health effects. There is now sufficient evidence that radiofrequency radiation could result in biochemical changes that alter how our cells functions and increase the oxidative stress (increasing free radicals) in our bodies leading to chronic inflammation and cancer.