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Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ of Cellphone Radiation Causing Tumors

A new study in rats shows that increased radiation causes tumors.

A new study in rats shows that exposure to radiation causes tumors.

By Swahili Scientists

The final report of two studies that were conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency research program under the auspices of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences was released on November 1, 2018. Though a preliminary report that was released this past February downplayed the findings, subsequent peer review upgraded the risk for these same findings, according to the New York Times.

“We believe that the link between radio-frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real,” John Bucher, a senior scientist at the National Toxicology Program, said in a statement.

But he cautioned that the exposure levels and durations were far greater than what people would typically encounter, and that this cannot “be compared directly to the exposure that humans experience.”

The rats in the studies were exposed to radiation nine hours a day for two years, far longer even than heavy users of cellphones. For the rats, the exposures started before birth and continued until they were about 2 years old.

However, best selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola said the following:

“While the NTP insists the exposure — nine hours a day for two years, which is the lifetime of a rodent — is far more extensive than that of heavy cellphone users, I would strongly disagree, seeing how many, especially the younger generation, have their cellphones turned on and near their body 24/7.”

Dr. Mercola continued, “Many are literally sleeping with their phone beneath their pillow. What’s more, cellphones are not the sole source of radiofrequency (RF) EMFs. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled tablets, computers, smart TVs, wireless baby monitors, cordless phones, smart appliances, smart meters and nearby cellular phone base stations are sources of similarly harmful radiation, and most of us are exposed 24/7. So, my guess is that the duration of RF-EMF exposure is actually far greater than the one tested in the study.”

According to the study, some 2 to 3 percent of the male rats exposed to the radiation developed malignant gliomas, a deadly brain cancer, compared to none in a control group that received no radiation.

The study also found that about 5 to 7 percent of the male rats exposed to the highest level of radiation developed malignant heart tumors, compared to none in the control group.

According to the New York Times, the rat study examined the effects of a radio frequency associated with an early generation of cellphone technology, one that fell out of routine use years ago. The rats were exposed to radiation at a frequency of 900 megahertz — typical of the second generation of cellphones that prevailed in the 1990s, when the study was first conceived.

However, according to Microwave News:

“Two different German labs have exposed mice to 3G. Cancer promotion was found in each case. The lead author of the second study, Alex Lerchl, concluded that 3G signals ‘obviously enhance the growth of tumors’ … The fact is that we don’t know whether the higher G’s are any safer than 2G. Believing so is simply wishful thinking.”

In light of these studies, we may be well advised to take precautions for our exposure to cell phones radiation, such as cell phone diodes.

Groundskeeper Accepts Reduced $78 Million Award in Monsanto Suit

Dewayne Lee Johnson's skin has been altered after contracting cancer from his use of the Roundup week killer.

Dewayne Lee Johnson’s skin has been altered after contracting cancer from his use of the Roundup week killer.

By MCNS Staff

A Black groundskeeper who won a massive civil suit against Bayer’s Monsanto in August has agreed to accept $78 million. A San Francisco Superior Court judge substantially reduced the jury’s original $289 million award.

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson proved in court last month that he contracted cancer from using the weed killer Roundup, a product of Bayer’s Monsanto.

The Northern Californian groundskeeper and pest-control manager, was 42 when he developed a strange rash that lead to the diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in August 2014. For more on this story, click here.

Report: Earth has Until 2030 to Stem Catastrophic Climate Change

By MCNS Staff

The impact of higher temperatures has caused the melting of glaciers and rise in worldwide water levels.

The impact of higher temperatures has caused the melting of glaciers and rise in worldwide water levels.

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Monday at the 48th Session of the IPCC in Incheon, South Korea, states that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” would be required in order to hold global warming to a critical limit. This coincides with various reports that climate change is drastically shifting environmental conditions.

The report focuses on the impact of global warming and broader descriptor of “climate change,” reaching 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above world pre-industrial levels. Planet Earth is already two-thirds of the way there, given that global temperatures have warmed up about 1 degree Celsius.

The report is three years in the making and is a direct result of the 2015 Paris Accords, which the United States, under the current administration, has pulled out of with claims that they are unfair to the country.

For more information on the IPCC report and the impacts it projects, follow the link here.

Jury Awards $289 million to Plaintiff in Roundup Trial

By Swahili Scientists

A jury ruled that Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson's cancer, awarding him $289 million.

A jury ruled that Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer, awarding him $289 million.

A California jury found Monsanto, now owned by Bayer AG, liable for a Black man contracting cancer from the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, in a lawsuit this past month and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages, according to Reuters.

The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Dewayne Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers. Therefore, it awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.

A trial date for Mr. Johnson’s case, which was filed in 2016, was set quickly given the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system that was ruled as being caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide. Additionally, Mr. Johnson’s doctors said he is unlikely to live past 2020.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, is a former pest control manager for a California county school system who applied the weed killer up to 30 times per year.

Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, said in a statement that jurors saw internal company documents for the first time “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.”

“The jury found Monsanto acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of Johnson’s legal team, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans last September. However, Glyphosate was already classified as a probable human carcinogen three years ago by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a wing of the World Health Organization.

The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging that glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto was bought by Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate. It now faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. Additionally, Bayer stock plunged 11% after news of the Monsanto ruling was released.