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CELLULAR PHONES & CANCER: IS THERE A LINK?

 SAN DIEGO, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Is there a link between the usage of cellular telephones and negative health effects, such as brain cancer? The jury is still out. One reason is that the industry and the U.S. government have not done enough research.
 The need to identify, evaluate and state the potential risks of electromagnetic radiation or EMR is growing increasingly important. With more than 10 million cellular telephone users in the United States and rising, Louis Slesin, publisher of Microwave News, who cautions regularly against this type risk, says, "If we're going to have 50 million Americans holding these devices to their heads, don't you think we ought to find out if they are safe?"
 While there is currently no need to stop using cellular phones, there are products that can significantly lower levels of EMR absorbed by users. One of these devices is Cell Shield(TM) from Dynaspek, Westmont, Ill., which redirects up to 99.8 percent of harmful radiation, while maintaining reception quality. In addition, the unit is easy to use, it just attaches to the portable cellular telephone.
 Currently, the maximum radiation level emitted from a cellular telephone is higher than the level allowed just inches from a microwave oven. Using a Cell Shield(TM) or similar device decreases exposure well below that level.
 "Because of recent allegations, researchers are now revising the current EMR standards, but until more conclusive reports concerning the dangers of cellular telephones, it pays to play it safe," says James Plante, president of Dynaspek.
 A 1993 report by Dr. David Perlmutter states, "There is absolutely no question that exposure to these sources of EMR represents a profound health risk for a variety of problems, including leukemia, brain cancer and birth defects."
 In his report, the Naples, Fla.-based neurologist states, "Research from the University of Texas has clearly show a profound increase in the incidence of brain tumors in workers exposed to electromagnetic fields." In fact, workers exposed to EMR in electric power utilities had brain tumors at a rate 13 times greater than an unexposed comparison group.
 Even more cause for concern, Perlmutter says, "Is the fact that unlike a new pharmaceutical drug that must undergo vigorous safety evaluation for many years and often at costs exceeding $200 million, no such health safety evaluation was conducted on cellular phones before they were put on the market."
 In addition, the Center for Communications Research the University of Bristol (England) is testing the relationship between cellular EMF and cancer. One of the researchers, Dr. Andrew Bateman, Ph.D., says the results so far indicate the relationship might be of concern, "with the current results I would never allow my family to use a cellular telephone," he said.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos, interviews, product samples, test results available./
 /CONTACT: James Plante of Dynaspek, 800-93-PHONE; or David Perlmutter, M.D., 813-262-8971; Louis Slesin of Microwave News, 212-517-2800/


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