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Wireless and cancer

For $2,899.00 you can buy the cell phone Michael Douglas used in the 1987 film Wall Street. If you are curious it's called the Motorola 8000X Dynatac Vintage Brick. We have seen cell phone and wireless technology come a long way in the last 20 or 30 years. First we had wireless phones in our homes, then the giant cell phones in our cars, and eventually what we have now. If you look up the download speed for 5G (the next iteration of this technology) it is about 10 Gigabytes a second. To give you an idea that's over 3 hours of video a second. That may sound like a dream come true but is it too good to be true?

In the Guardian's article "The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones" they reference a 2018 study that showed " “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer." When you start looking at the stories from people living at the base of the cell towers you'll think twice about living under one. Doctors are warning of an increase in tumors by people's ears and women's breasts from storing the phones in their bras. Fertility rates are also suffering. Already it seems like we are paying an unadvertised cost for this technology and convenience. Like any addiction we are paying the cost.

In 2012 I made the mistake of getting myself and 3 friends lost skiing after work. Without that cell phone call I probably wouldn't be sitting here so I am first to admit the necessity and value of this technology. But can we do it safely? When cars first came out safety wasn't a concern. Seat belts took time. Same with cigarettes and their warning labels. Is it time for cell phone safety? or total Microwave? Personally I think we should try to find a balance. Unopposed industry has shown through history to have significant consequences for people. Often making money takes lead and people's safety is left in the dust.

Where can we start making compromises so we don't get cancer? Should we interview more people living under those towers? What are their stories? Do we need all that wireless in the schools? Is that ethical? Can these be used more as emergency devices like they were intended or are we totally addicted and dependent on them? What would it take to break that habit?

Isaac Swan, Kalispell

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