The cell-phone industry has continually insisted there is no proven link between cell phones and health problems. But patents for protective devices to reduce the amount of radiation absorbed by the brain suggest that Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola believe otherwise. The big three have come up against multimillion-dollar legal actions by people claiming their health has been damaged.
The $100 billion a year mobile phone industry asserts that there is no conclusive evidence of harmful effects as a result of electromagnetic radiation. The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association hired Dr. George Carlo to head up a $28 million research program into possible health effects from cellular phones. The research showed an increased rate of brain cancer deaths, development of tumors, and genetic damage among heavy cell phone users. Dr. Carlo has since broken with the cell phone industry to become a vocal critic, and coauthored a book called Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age
Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation researcher at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Dr. Henry Lai, showed microwave radiation from mobiles caused genetic damage similar to that found in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's sufferers. To quote Dr. Lai, “It is difficult to deny that RFR at low intensity can affect the nervous system.”
Dr. Lai submitted his research to the Stewart committee showing that radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RFR) can penetrate into organic tissues and be absorbed and converted into heat. The microwave oven is a familiar use of RFR.