The experts have been arguing over cell phone dangers for years. Some say they're perfectly safe. Others say they fry your brain.
As this Austrailian TV newsman confesses, "As a father of young children, it really made me sit up and take notice."
Two of Australia's finest surgeons have just released their latest comprehensive research. They say that prolonged use of mobile phones could double the risk of malignant brain tumors, the deadliest of all cancers, the kind that leaves no survivors.
Cell Phone Dangers and the Precautionary Principle
"An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
"Better safe than sorry."
"Look before you leap."
"First, do no harm."
The precautionary principle has grown out of aphorisms such as those quoted above.
The precautionary principle is a moral and political principle which states that if an action or policy might cause severe or irreversible harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of a scientific consensus that harm would not ensue, the burden of proof falls on those who would advocate taking the action.
The Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle summarizes the principle this way:
"When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."
How Does This Apply to Cell Phone Dangers?
Since we don't know that cell phone use is safe, we should exercise caution. The burden of proof should be placed on those developing and selling this new technology, and not on individuals desiring safety and health.
This means that even if the scientific community is not able to prove the dangers of cell phone EMR, the fact remains that the cell phone industry cannot prove that concerns about these dangers are unfounded.
So, what should we do? The burden of proof lies with the industry to prove safety. Until that proof is brought forth, we should exercise great caution.
How? By not using cell phones.
And if you must use a cell phone, you can check out these informative videos describing practical, simple, and free ways of lowering your exposure to EMR from your cell phone.