Death by cell phone.


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Global trend forecaster Gerald Celente warned for decades that despite scientific evidence showing cell phones to be a serious health hazard, even cancer-causing, the industry profiteers would deny it. In fact “Clean Phones” was one of our Top Trends for 2016.

He noted that just as tobacco industry leaders only admitted cigarettes caused cancer in the late 1990s despite the overwhelming proof, so too will profiteers deny the physical and mental risks of cell phones.

And even with the fact that 6 million people worldwide die annually from smoking – and for every death, 30 others deal with the horrific effects of tobacco-related cancers and disease – like the cell phone addicted, cigarette smokers can’t, or won’t, kick the deadly habit.

In the “money counts, lives don’t matter” mentality that drives profit margins at any cost, thirty years ago, scientific evidence was mounting that many chemicals used to grow food posed major health risks, cancer among them.

Indeed, there can be no clearer proof of how Chemi-Kills than the clear evidence that persuaded jurors to award $289 million to a U.S. victim this August who is dying of cancer that he claimed was a direct cause of his years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer on crops that people eat. (Monsanto, formerly an American company, is being acquired by Bayer for $66 billion.)

But while there was widespread awareness and acknowledgement, it was brushed aside and marginalized. Recognizing the implication of the trend, and how key demographic and psychographic sectors of society were concerned with the findings, Celente focused on the market sectors that could serve the needs of those sectors.

Celente coined the phrase “clean food” in 1993 and predicted that health food stores and organic products would go mainstream at a time when mostly tiny shops in the rundown sections of towns were the standard … selling a scant amount of products to a small customer base.

In 2017, the organic/clean-food industry represented 5.5 percent of food sales in the U.S. Though still a minority share of the total food market, it’s now $47 billion, steadily increasing every year for the last decade.

CLEAN FOODS, CLEAN PHONES

The health risks of chronic cell phone use follow the same trend. Scientific evidence is mounting that cell phones are hazardous to your health.

Studies have concluded that the radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones destroy soft tissue masses protecting the brain.

A study in 2017 by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services found that a significant percentage of rats exposed to doses of typical cell phone radio-frequency radiation either developed a form of brain cancer or susceptibility to related diseases.

A major study released in Italy this year replicated the results of the NTP research.

These join more than two dozen other studies over the past two decades indicating clear links between cellphone use and cancers, as well as other ills ranging from weakened memory to birth defects.

In 1999, Dr. George Carlo, who was hired by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association to study the effects of cellphone use on humans, sent a letter to the Chairman of AT&T expressing some of his serious concerns, including the occurrence of brain cancer and certain types of tumors among cellular phone users.

Since then, biologists at France’s University of Bordeaux matched cellphone use with a greater likelihood of developing brain tumors. Scientists at China’s Third Military Medical University confirmed that exposure to cellphone frequencies hobbled the proper development of brain cells.

In a third study, a team at India’s National Chemical Laboratory saw the degeneration of brain cells caused by long-time exposure to cellphone frequencies.

In fact, dozens of studies have linked cellphones to a variety of cancers in the brain, skin and thyroid.

Heavy cellphone use has also been tied to damaged auditory cells, hormone disruption, weakened immunity. It’s even been implicated in breast cancer in women, who kept cellphones in jacket pockets or tucked in bras.

In some studies, men who carried cellphones in their front pants pockets showed a higher rate of testicular cancer. And study by the Hafia Technion in Israel found that male fertility rates were greatly reduced in men who used their cell phone for an hour or more a day.

In another, pregnant women regularly exposed to radio-frequency radiation showed a rate of miscarriage more than three times greater than women who weren’t thus exposed.

In France, the country’s National Frequency Agency, after being ordered by court to do so, disclosed in 2017 that most cell phones exceed government radiation limits when tested next to the body.

Further, multiple studies are showing heightened risk from cell phone use for children. These findings show that children absorb more radiation, quicker than adults. And other studies have reported that the bone marrow of children absorbs 10 times more radiation than that of adults.

CELL USE EXPLODES WORLDWIDE

In addition numerous studies, particularly one done in Los Angeles, found that teenagers are more likely to develop Attention Deficit Disorder because of their addiction to cell phone use.

Estimates vary widely, but even on the low end, there are at least 5 billion cell phones in use worldwide. In the U.S., there are more cell phones in use than there are people — about 340 million cell phones in a population of about 325 million. In China, the world’s largest population of 1.4 billion, there are an equal number of cell phones.

The number of cell phone calls per day, the length of each call, and the amount of time people use cell phone apps have dramatically increased, as have the potential health hazards.

That’s why government agencies, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and the Food and Drug Administration are now issuing guidelines pertaining to the potential health risks of cell phone use.

Many countries – the U.S., Belgium, France, India and others – have developed government guidelines for cell phone use among children.

While there are those in the cell phone industry and among the scientific and medical communities debating what the actual health risks are, the data supporting the dangers of cellphone use is mounting.

Yet, even among the public who are aware of those findings, they can’t kick the cellphone habit. TJ


TRENDPOST

Beyond the health risks of cell phone users, with the launch of the new 5G service the wireless industry is rolling out, which is supposed to be a 100 times faster than current data speeds, there will be new cellphone towers in a neighborhood near you.

Among the concerns of towers in neighborhoods is the closeness of these towers to people – in their homes on the street – are the high levels of radiation being emitted by them will cause cancer. 


TREND FORECAST

From toddlers to aging seniors, the digital addiction is pervasive throughout society, a trend that continues to boom with no end in sight.

But while a mass movement to give up cellphones won’t materialize, we forecast that growing segments of the population will seek alternatives that minimize risk.

Just as the Trends Research Institute predicted the birth of the clean-food movement, we predict the rise of “clean phones” for essentially the same reason: A large market sector is ready to put its money where our health is. Thus, safer cellphone devices that are effective, and marketed with “clean phone” branding will corner a rich and growing market segment.

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