GUEST: Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s investigative editor at large, author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency. His most recent books are Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden and Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. His Nation magazine cover story is called How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation
BACKGROUND: The American Cancer Society says on its website that, "Radio frequency waves given off by cell phones don’t have enough energy to damage DNA directly or to heat body tissues. Because of this, it’s not clear how cell phones might be able to cause cancer. Most studies done in the lab have supported the idea that RF waves do not cause DNA damage."
Indeed the idea that cell phones cause cancer is generally accepted as an assertion of conspiracy theorists. Now, an in-depth investigative report by The Nation magazine has found that since the 1990s cell phone industry representatives have sought to hide the link between certain forms of brain tumors and cell phone use.