Mobile phones 'more dangerous than smoking'


So says Dr. Vini Khurana, an Australian neurosurgeon. His recent 15-month critical review of the link between mobile phones and malignant brain tumors concludes that the phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, that people should avoid using them wherever possible, and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.

According to the Independent, Dr. Khurana says "there is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours". He believes this will be "definitively proven" in the next decade. Read his advisory on a brain surgery website and Medical News Today.

Not surprisingly, the Australian Mobile Operators Association calls the study "a selective discussion of scientific literature by one individual."

See TreeHugger on WiMax on the Brain: Is "WiFi on Steroids" Safe? and Planet Green on how to Reduce Your Risks From Cellphones, Microwaves, Wi-Fi
UPDATE: Reader Stef informs us of posts debunking this story, including one from the very respectable Denialism Blog