On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars


WHO says cellphones cause cancer?

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Are cellphones killing us?

 

So, do we trust in God’s protection and refuse to live in fear? Or do we accept wise counsel and adjust our lives accordingly?

Sometimes the news tests the Christian. In a stunning announcement the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said cellphones cause cancer. So, we all throw away our phones. Or we proclaim God’s protection and keep using them … or we use ear plugs and quit holding the phones so close to our ears. Which is it?

But wait … what did WHO really say?

The jury is still out, says investment writer David Berman in the London Globe and Mail. What WHO actually said is that cellphone use is “possibly carcinogenic.”

“This rather vague pronouncement puts cellphones in the same cancer-risk category as coffee – as in, it could be harmful, but they’re not exactly sure,” writes Berman.

So, remembering that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit … what do we do?

Berman noted that investors are shrugging off the warning with their afternoon espressos: “Stocks of wireless providers were mixed in afternoon trading on Tuesday.”

In fact, he wrote: “Verizon Communications Inc. was up 0.2 per cent and AT&T Inc. was up 0.4 per cent. In Canada, Telus Corp. was down 0.4 per cent and Rogers Communications Inc. was down 0.1 per cent, but BCE Inc. was up 0.1 per cent.”

Apple , the iPhone maker, rose 2.4 per cent.

Could we live without our wireless link?

However, the WHO announcement came on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court asked the Justice Department to offer its input on a disputed class-action suit that contends cellphone companies misled consumers about radiation and possible health risks.

The Washington Post and Cable News Network noted that the WHO panel called the phones “possibly carcinogenic,” a finding that differs from WHO’s earlier conclusion that there were no cancer risks. The rating is the third highest, falling below “carcinogenic” and “probably carcinogenic,” the Post said.

One WHO panel member said consumers might want to switch to texting or using headsets — and stressed that more research is needed and the cancer link has not yet been proven.

So, where does that leave us? Do we step boldly? After all, the Bible tells of the Apostle Paul being bitten by a serpent and not even getting ill. And what about that promise that we can drink deadly poison?

And what about Deuteronomy 6:16 and Luke 4:12 that say we are not to test the Lord our God?



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment g

    ple’s ceel phones are killing me. They drive stupidly and walk in the stree t without paying attention. The first thing that happens to hardcore cell users is that they get stupider.!

  • http://cellphoneuse aly

    We know with old scientific proof that the type of battery used is the same type that early studies showed increased brain cancer risk but many now are more powerful. We do not know what other types of cancers as it takes 10-20 years for cancers to grow.
    I do not carry mine with me much and I use speaker phone a lot. I DO NOT DRIVE and use a cell phone-that would be pretty inconsiderate and more dangerous to your life like drinking and driving! Get it yet?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jeff sonderman

    We all know radiation is a natural, God given phenomenon; ambient in various levels throughout the Universe. Man has learned to harness this, and many other natural phenomenon for commercial purposes that is accepted as useful in certain other controlled contexts like X-rays machines or microwave ovens. In adopting the Telcom Act, Congress virtually accepted the proposed safety findings of the companies themselves. In other words, there was no independent investigation of the possible health risks that Congress consulted in legislating our health, safety and welfare. The proliferation of cell phones has taken the lid off controlled bursts of radiation human are now regularly exposed to. Accordingly, it is my opinion Believers must take heed, and not rest in the protection of God while ignoring the risks associated with exposure to radiation levels.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Larry Zimmerman

    Our Governments have forced COMMON SENSE from everyones brains. Therefore, every thing is dangerous, and the sky is falling. I say don’t look up with your mouth open, and do your own investigating.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rita Manea

    Be what may be, we were living without cell phone for many and many years. Do we need to have them non-stop with us? Do we need to give them this early to our children? Do we need to be non-stop on them, like some of us do? Texting would be an good alternative and it still would allow us to keep in touch with those we need to keep in touch with (mother with children, etc) So it is not the end of the world as we know it I think, just use moderation and reassess some of our habits.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kim

    Do you really want to take the chance of waiting x amount of years before mainstream media comes out with the truth ( which I don’t believe they can because it would open up too many law-suits) or you or a love one is indeed facing a brain tumor before using some common sense?

    Surgeons have already told us that brain tumors are on the rise. So as the saying goes… “better safe than sorry.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David Altschul

    Incidence and mortality for brain and cnetral-nervous-system cancers have DECREASED since the 1980s, while cell-phone use has risen. In a country of 270 Million cell-phone users, last year only 22,000 Americans were diagnosed with brain tumors: 1 in every 10,000 cell-phone customers. Medical research lacks any proven theory as to how mobile signals lead to cellular mutation. Junk science makes bad policy, and the World Health Organization’s chicken-little announcement about cell phones makes WHO as realistic as Dr. Who.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Scott

    I have heard that the energy of the average cell phone extends for a 100 yard radius. This being true, there should be regulations prohibiting people from using them in crowded areas, because that exposes non cell phone users to potential dangers, which is unfair. If Someone wants to take risks with their well being because they want to yap on the phone in public that is one thing, but it is wrong for them to risk OTHER people’s well being as well. Some people in this world actually want to be healthy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tammy

    i think phone calls should and are private, i dont like hearing other people conversation out loud and people use them everywhere and dont pay attention on their sourroundings. i dont like anyone to bother me while about unless emergancey, it should be controlled. its good to have cell for travel. i think they r dangerous.

  • http://GolfballsizedCysts Josephine A. North

    In 2009 I called a friend in hospital every day and sometimes spoke for over three hours each time usually. I went to t he doctor who arranged for me to see a derematologist to have them removed. I did not get a call about a dermatologist so I rmoved them myself, using a thick safety pin and steralising it with a lighter. My doctor said he has stopped using his cell phone to have it close to his ear, and would use hius speaker phone. I did this too then I got swollen lymph nodes on my neck. I had also had extreme perspiration over one ear.
    I had a brain scan and luckily there was no brain tumour but soft tissue. I bought a headset that goes into the phone and the head set to both ears. I haven’t used it enough to find out if there are any side effects with the head phones. I have been avoiding using the cell phone a lot. Even cordless home phones radiate too and so there is danger there as well. I had about five big cysts, subaceous cysts is their medical name. I drained out pus and the sebacious fluid and am now still in reair. There were bald spots, and I read on line of others that had this problem. Luckily being given cortisone, injected into my scalp, most of the bald spots have gone away.

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