Pembroke Pines Resolution About Cell Phones and Cancer Is Moronic

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City commissioners in Pembroke Pines clearly have too much time on their hands. This week, the city passed a resolution to warn residents about a potential link between cell phones and cancer and recommend that residents keep their mobile devices at least an inch from their bodies. 

Several news outlets jumped on the story. To lend a sense of legitimacy to the resolution, a few stories pointed out that the World Health Organization has warned that cell phones could increase the risk of cancer. 

What they didn't mention is that the WHO considers cell phones to be as likely to cause cancer as coffee, pickled vegetables, and talc-based body powders. Where's the resolution that warns of these potentially cancer-causing menaces, Pembroke Pines? 

Back in 2011, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer decided to add the radio-frequency electromagnetic fields from cell phones to its long list of items that could be carcinogenic. 

The list is broken into different groups based on the assessed risk. Tobacco smoking, for instance, is in group 1. Cell phones are in group 2B, meaning there is a chance they could cause cancer but nobody really knows. 

New Times scoured through all 283 listings in group 2B and found that when it comes to potential causing cancer, cell phones are as risky as being a firefighter; having HIV type 2 or certain strains of herpes; drinking coffee; eating pickled vegetables; working in a dry cleaners; and using talc-based body powders. 

So why did Pembroke Pines feel compelled to warn its good residents that an everyday object we all rely on could eventually (but not likely) give them cancer? Because, according to the Sentinel, one guy, a lawyer nonetheless, had a tumor above his left ear and on his left hand and wanted to get the word out that his cell phone might have been the culprit. 

In announcing the news, Commissioner Angelo Catillo said the resolution "isn't about creating panic and alarm. It's about raising awareness in a  responsible way."

If that's the case, a little context would have been nice. 


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JudgeSuperDuty
JudgeSuperDuty

Do you honestly think putting a cell phone next to your head is good for you?

do you think you dive just as good when talking on the phone?  

Seriously, we all know its not good for us.  we just don't know how bad, or care.  (not unlike smoking... it will take some in your face proof for anyone to stop talking when driving or stop using a cell phone.) 

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

Acutally judge...

You don't quite grasp how a microwave works...

Ever wonder how you can have that opening in the front door?  Without getting zapped?

Turns out, it's about that grill, or rather, the size of the grill (in particular, just how big the opens are...  

Do some reading. Learn something.

JudgeDuty
JudgeDuty

Does anyone really think having a Microwave next to your head for hours a day, every day, could be good for you?

same goes for driving when on the cell phone.  EVERYONE knows they drive worse than if they had no distractions.

that's the great thing about this country. You are (still) free to make your own decisions.  -at your own risk.

JudgeSuperDuty
JudgeSuperDuty

@ChazStevensGenius So School me Boss.  

Tell me about the long term effects of electron emissions near 750kw power lines.  cancer rates, and those in rural communities where there are no electronic device exposure exists...

JudgeSuperDuty
JudgeSuperDuty

@ChazStevensGenius @JudgeSuperDuty  

So Typical, -doesn't the address the issues,  calls names.   and attacks when nothing to add.

I admit I'm no expert, but do wonder about all forms of EM, non-ionizing  (ionizing has already proven to be  damaging).

EM =electromagnetic radiation.  I don't think anyone knows the true effects, since it hasn't been around long enough to show up. 

What is puzzling is how you have taken the stance of supporting cell phones, and its EM as not hazardous. 

Are you sure that garage door opener isn't doing any damages to your genes?  how exactly would you know?   

I don't know what I don't know.  -and am cautious due to lack of knowledge.   

 Maybe it will take 2 or 3 generations for any damages to appear.    

ps: kiss my asrse 

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

@JudgeSuperDuty @ChazStevensGenius Congratulations.  You've discovered Wikipedia.

Next step, learn how to use it.

First it's microwave ovens, then onto high voltage power lines, to the iPhone.

What's next?  Your wife's rabbit vibrator?

Good luck and good bye.

JudgeSuperDuty
JudgeSuperDuty

@ChazStevensGenius @JudgeSuperDuty 

School me boss....   

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health

The WHO has classified mobile phone radiation on the LARC scale into Group 2b. - possibly carcinogenic. That means that there "could be some risk" of carcinogenicity, so additional research into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones needs to be conducted. Some national radiation advisory authoritieshave recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens as a precautionary approach.

Are you saying there is zero chance of harm?   or you just like to bust b@lls.

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