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Page 10 | Abby's Magazine - Cell phones were first introduced in the 1980s became widely available in the U.S. during the 1990s, and today we're living in a society where cellphone-only households are no longer the exception; they're the norm. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classified cell phones as possible carcinogens in 2011, suggested during the late '90s that a study looking into the relationship between cell phones and cancer made sense. In 2000, the Interphone study was initiated. When its results were finally released (years behind its scheduled completion date), there was controversy over the results. However, the Interphone Study Group did eventually acknowledge that "heavy users" of cell phones had an approximately doubled risk of glioma, a life threatening and often-fatal brain tumor, after 10 years of cell phone use. The most shocking part of their finding is their definition of a "heavy user" —someone using a cell phone for two to two and a half hours per month! I would suggest it's not unusual for Americans to spend that long on their cell phones every day in 2016, although a 2014 Nielsen study put average usage at about 34 hours a month. Suffice to say, people are using their cell phones a lot and starting at ever-younger ages. Meanwhile, EMF Controversy By Dr. Mercola increasing research suggests cell phones are linked to health consequences that are just now beginning to be understood. At the very least, caution is warranted in their use. Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) echoed this in 2014, stating, "We recommend caution in cellphone use." Except, if you were to look for this language from the CDC today, it would be nowhere to be found. CDC Backpedaled on Their Cell Phone Warning Within weeks of posting their cell phone caution online, the passage was removed, along with a section that addressed potential risks of cell phone use for children. As of January 2016, the CDC only notes: "Some organizations recommend caution in cell phone use. More research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects." Their about-face generated enough attention and confusion, however, that their site now includes a sidebar panel attempting to vaguely explain why the information on their FAQs page was changed (including, they say, to present the information in "easy-to-understand language"). Internal Records Show Debate Among CDC Officials The New York Times obtained more than 500 pages of internal records that suggest there's far more to the story than this, including disagreements about cell phone risks among its scientists and agency officials. exposed Page 10 | Abby's Magazine -

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