As about 15 million cell phone users in Tanzania join nearly 4billion global mobile phone subscribers, the long hidden truth about the health dangers caused by the devices is finally coming out with some striking facts, thanks to the US scientist who has written a book narrating the dark side of this trillion-dollars industry. As you celebrate with your newly acquired $800 Blackberry or your $20 promotion phone issued by your cellular network in Dar es Salaam, believing that now you are a modern man or woman, connected to the family of about 2.5 billion of global users, your celebration might soon turn into a death warrant should the facts revealed by American scientist, Devra Devis, be accurate beyond reasonable doubts. In his new book, ‘ Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family', scheduled for release next week, Davis, the founding director of the toxicology and environmental studies board at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, reveals what mobile phone manufacturers and operators have long hidden from you. Health experts have long been frozen out of policy-making decisions about cell phones; federal regulatory standards are set by the cell phone itself. Cell phone manufacturers have borrowed the playbook of the tobacco industry. One secret memo reveals their war plan against reports of cell phone dangers. Among a host of fascinating characters, in his book, Davis introduces Om P. Gandhi, a world expert on how cell phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Once a consultant to major cell phone companies, Gandhi now refuses to work with them. Franz Adlkofer led the multi-lab study that showed once and for all that brain cell DNA is unraveled by cell phone microwave radiation-and, as Davis dramatically portrays, it nearly cost hi m his career. As this eye-opening call to action shows, we can make safer cell phones now. Why would we put our children at risk of a devastating epidemic of brain illness in the years to come? The book is the much-anticipated, explosive expose of how cell phone use damages brain cells, especially in children, authored in 21st century by one of the world's foremost scientific experts in the field. The author presents an array of recent and long suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Cell phone radiation is a national emergency. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain's defenses, and reduce sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable. According to available statistics half of the world's four billion cell phone are used by people under twenty years of age, making them the most vulnerable and potential target of the popular gadget. Despite the secrecy maintained by players in the industry, Increasing scientific evidence indicates that oxidative stress may be involved in the adverse effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation on the brain. In research titled, ‘Exposure to 1800 MHz radiofrequency radiation induces oxidative damage to mitochondrial DNA in primary cultured neurons', released in October 2009 in US, because mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) defects are closely associated with various nervous system diseases and mtDNA is highly susceptible to oxidative stress, the purpose of this study was to determine whether radiofrequency radiation can cause oxidative damage to mtDNA. "In this study, we exposed primary cultured cortical neurons to pulsed RF electromagnetic fields at a frequency of 1800 MHz modulated by 217 Hz at an average special absorption rate (SAR) of 2 W/kg. At 24 h after exposure, we found that RF radiation induced a significant increase in the levels of 8-hydroxyguanine (8-OHdG), a common biomarker of DNA oxidative damage, in the mitochondria of neurons." Reads part of the research seen by the Guardian on Sunday Consistent with this finding, the copy number of mtDNA and the levels of mitochondrial RNA (mtRNA) transcripts showed an obvious reduction after RF exposure. Each of these mtDNA disturbances could be reversed by pretreatment with melatonin, which is known to be an efficient in the brain. Together, these results suggested that 1800 MHz RF radiation could cause oxidative damage to mtDNA in primary cultured neurons. Oxidative damage to mtDNA may account for the neurotoxicity of RF radiation in the brain. The revelation comes as we continue falling in love with our cell phones especially in Africa where the gadgets have recorded a massive boom during the past decade, with an estimated 400 million subscribers. Though some users have don corded headsets or use Bluetooth, which reduce radiation exposure (if you switch off the Bluetooth between calls), while others have given up talking in favor of texting, which by keeping the phone at a distance reduces radiation exposure, the ignorant about the danger caused by the devices is alarming. The cellular phone industry was born in the early 1980s, when communications technology that had been developed for the Department of Defense in USA was put into commerce by companies focusing on profits. This group, with big ideas but limited resources, pressured government regulatory agencies particularly the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow cell phones to be sold without pre-market testing. The rationale, known as the "low power exclusion," distinguished cell phones from dangerous microwave ovens based on the amount of power used to push the microwaves. At that time, the only health effect seen from microwaves involved high power strong enough to heat human tissue. The pressure worked, and cell phones were exempted from any type of regulatory oversight, an exemption that continues today. An eager public grabbed up the cell phones, but according to Dr. George Carlo, "Those phones were slowly prompting a host of health problems." Today there are more than two billion cell phone users being exposed every day to the dangers of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) dangers government regulators and the cell phone industry refuse to admit exist. Included are: genetic damage, brain dysfunction, brain tumors, and other conditions such as sleep disorders and headaches. The amount of time spent on the phone is irrelevant, according to Dr. Carlo, as the danger mechanism is triggered within seconds. Researchers say if there is a safe level of exposure to EMR, it's so low that we can't detect it. The cell phone industry is fully aware of the dangers. In fact, enough scientific evidence exists that some companies' service contracts prohibit suing the cell phone manufacturer or service provider, or joining a class action lawsuit. Still, the public is largely ignorant of the dangers, while the media regularly trumpets new studies showing cell phones are completely safe to use. Yet, Dr. Carlo points out, "None of those studies can prove safety, no matter how well they're conducted or who's conducting them." What's going on here? While the answer in itself is simplistic, how we got to this point is complex How Does Radio Frequency Energy Harm People? Large quantities of RF can heat body tissues. The eyes and testes are more likely to overheat when exposed to RF Energy. Not very comforting as most people would agree these are pretty important tissues! The reason why these areas are more susceptible first is they do not move much blood through them. The amount of RF cellular phones, radios and television is too weak to heat the body tissues. However, some people have questions as to whether low levels of RF can hurt people. Further studies are needed to determine what effects actually occur and whether they can hurt people. Below are basic tips that reduces the danger of cellular phones: • Buy a Low Radiation Cell Phone • Use a Headset or Speaker • Listen More Talk Less – More Radiation is Generated when Broadcasting • Hold your cell phone away from your body when using (Headset, Speaker Phone) and when in storage – keep in a purse or away from you not in a pocket or next to you. • Choose texting over talking when possible • When signal reception is poor stay off the phone – more RF is needed in low signal areas • Limit your Children's exposure – young bodies absorb more radiation • Skip Radiation Shields – these don't work to protect you they actually cause your phone to emit more RF due to the low connection quality. Source: THE GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY.