Court orders California Public Health Dept. to Release Cell phone Radiation Safety Document
People are concerned that cell phone radiation might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or other health problems. You see contradictory reports about how hazardous cell phones and cell phones radiation are. You hear the stories about conspiracy that the multi-billion dollar cell phone business doesn’t want us to know. Some of the conspiracy theory has come to light recently. Under a court order, the California Department of Public Health officials have finally released a draft document outlining health concerns originating from cell phone radiations, including brain cancer, infertility and other health problems.
It is important to keep in mind that this document was hidden from the public for years, and only because of the persistence of Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.. Mr. Moskowitz is a Director at the Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. This cell phone radiation safety document, originally prepared in 2010 by health professionals in the CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch, has been suppressed by political appointees over the years. The process to release the information started in 2016 when Joel has sued the state under the California Public Records Act to obtain the information and release a cell phone safety guidance document, entitled "Cell Phones and Health,"
The report doesn’t get into the health side effects of cell phone use but does recommend increasing the distance between one’s body and phone through the use of headsets or speaker phone functions. The public is advised not to sleep near their phones or carry them in their pockets unless the device is turned off. In addition, officials state that EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than an adult’s, and suggest that parents limit children’s cell phone use. When reading what the report does say, it doesn’t matter if they discuss health side effects because of the warnings from its use. Could it be that this Secret Document shows that government covered up cell phone cancer risks for years?
In addition, CDPH doesn’t intend to appeal the court's ruling that the document must be disclosed. However, the manner of release is troubling. CDPH did not wait for the court to finalize its ruling and determine whether CDPH may indicate that the document does not (as it argued at the hearing) represent its current, official position. Rather, the agency has "jumped the gun" and stamped new lettering in huge dark letters across the face of the document so as to make it virtually illegible. Further, that lettering states that the document is “draft and not for public release” when the judge's tentative ruling stated exactly the opposite -- that the document was not a draft, and must be publicly released.
CDPH has essentially created a new document rather than produced the document as-is, in violation of the Public Records Act. To the extent that CDPH wanted merely to indicate that the document does not represent its official position in early 2017.
U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health said: “We have evidence of brain tumours and other head and neck tumours. We also have evidence of sperm damage in males, infertility in females.” Moskowitz further added: “There’s been a lot of pressure from the cell phones industry to keep the reports hidden from the public.” California Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control states, “Like other electronic devices, Cellphones are also emitting energy known as radiofrequency EMFs (electromagnetic fields).” The long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer. According to the studies, “Most of the cancers were on the same side of the head where people usually held their phones. Some studies have also linked exposure to EMFs from cell phones to fertility problems.” I look at all of the evidence presented and believe that someone would be naïve if they believed that there are no adverse health concerns that are associated with cell phone use.
The ultimate protect is to stop using these devices, but that would be impossible for most people in todays fast paced lifestyle. An alternative would be to use cell phone radiation protection.
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