Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

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Penguin, Sep 23, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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"As [Disconnect] shows, cell phones may actually be doing damage to far more than our attention spans-and could, in fact, be killing us." -Salon.com.

Since the invention of radar, cell phone radiation was assumed to be harmless because it wasn't like X-rays. But a sea change is now occurring in the way scientists think about it. The latest research ties this kind of radiation to lowered sperm counts, an increased risk of Alzheimer's, and even cancer. In Disconnect, National Book Award finalist Devra Davis tells the story of the dangers that the cell phone industry is knowingly exposing us-and our children-to in the pursuit of profit. More than five billion cell phones are currently in use, and that number increases every day. Synthesizing the findings and cautionary advice of leading experts in bioelectricalmagnetics and neuroscience, Davis explains simple safety measures that no one can afford to ignore.


 

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NGFS has 2 copies. NGFS eb borrowed on 4/21/11. Returned 4/23/11.

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I can't say that I really know what constitutes a five star book. Unlike other reviewers, I'd say that this book is typical of historical reviews of scientific endeavors. In an effort to dispassionately deliver facts to the reader, it doesn't use the literary techniques to make for easy reading, intended to lead the reader to the author's point of view.
Perhaps due to age and experience, I had no trouble following the author's development of the numerous aspects of the issues of cell phone use and the breakdown of objective scientific research. This book briefly covers a great deal of information. If it had been four times as long, I wouldn't have read it. If there were dozens of books on this topic (the best evidence I can imagine, for the author's major tenet), this book would be of limited value.
Since it is basically the only book currently available on this topic, since it covers the broad spectrum of issues related to this topic in a readable way, since it isn't pedantic, I give this book 5 stars and recommend that you read it.
 

Contents

Motorola 1972
Waves
The Race
A Critical Partnership Across the Atlantic
Back to the Kitchen
From Clunky to AllPowerful
And Now Ladies and Gentlemen the Smart Phone
The Science of Cell Phones
The Electric Brain
The Electric Doctor
Forget Something?
The Sports Story You Havent Heard
Remembering the Electric Doctor
How Can You Predict a Tumor?
Who Killed My Husband?
In the Long Run

The Men Who Saw DNA Ripped Apart
ShortTerm Effects
From Two Hours a Day to the Rest of Your Life
A Resonant Researcher
Change the Rules?
Do Not Hold Directly on the Body
Another Brainstorm
And Another
The Dance
A New Finding?
A Buried Finding
The Frey Effect Besieged
Backs to the Future
The BloodBrain Barrier Revisited
A Devil in Hell?
Young Powerful Men
Is That a Free Radical in Your Pocket?
Gumming Up the Engines of Evolution
Preliminary?
The Electric Heart
Studying the Car in Which We Are Driving
Dont Ask Cant Tell
Public Health Isnt Just About Epidemiology Either
My Unpublished Result
Waiting Until It Is Too Late
Hedging
For Maines Sake
A Plain Warning
About Those Standards Again
The Golden Gate Opens
A Driver of Economic Growth
An Inspired Insider
Making Big Cities Back Home Safer Too?
The African Story Nobody Likes to Tell
New Business
Personal Action
Political Action
Basic Background Resources
Technical Information and Studies on Cell Phones
Copyright

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Devra Davis, Ph. D., M. P. H., is a scientist, professor, speaker, and acclaimed author, and recently testified before a United States Senate committee about the dangers of cell phone use. Her first book, When Smoke Ran Like Water, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the founder of Environmental Health Trust, www.environmentalhealthtrust.org. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Jackson, Wyoming.

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