On this evenings “Today Tonight” program another Australian neurosurgeon voiced fears of a connection between mobile phone use and brain tumours. A very convincing story that has the spin doctors at the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association on emergency damage control. Exerpt below.
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Mobile phone tumour fears
* Reporter: Laura Sparkes
* Broadcast Date: June 12, 2008
David Smith faithfully sold mobile phones for 10 years. Little did he know, he was getting paid to sell something that he believes has now ruined his life.
“I think it would be very foolish, very foolish, to assume there is no relationship and not take any precautions,” David said.
“What makes me angry is that they continue to sell these phones without making sure that they are safe.”
The evidence is mounting. Brain tumours are on the increase – even neurosurgeons are concerned. The industry stands firm, however, not all of them.
David was just 30 years old when he underwent three operations to remove the tumour as big as a golf ball, around his acoustic nerve.
During the surgery, the nerve was removed and another was accidentally damaged, causing David to lose muscular control in his face.
“I believe mobile phones gave me this tumour and I blame the mobile phone companies,” David said.
“I was angry at the mobile phone companies and at the telecommunication companies because they’ve put this product on the market without the proper research to what it does, I guess they’ve used us as guinea pigs.”
The tumour was situated just behind his right ear.
“I used to use my right ear as my phone ear, but I don’t do that anymore because I can’t hear out of it,” David said. “I used to use the mobile phone maybe one or two hours a day for the 10 years or so before I was diagnosed.”
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