Plume to Publish Softcover Edition of Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation.... by Dr. Devra Davis on September 27

Features Explosive New Afterword by Dr. Davis Revealing Industry War-Games against Science and New Evidence on Health Risks of Cellphone Radiation 

Few of the world’s five billion cell phone users question whether their phones are safe.  In fact, these devices are small microwave radios that can release harmful radiation.  In the United States, cell phone safety standards were set almost three decades ago, prior to the era of handheld wireless technology.  Those standards assume that the average cell phone call lasts less than six minutes and is made by a tall adult man. But today, many calls last much longer—and more than half are made by children under the age of 20, whose thinner skulls and more-fluid brains are more susceptible to harm from radiation.  The result?   Cell phones represent an ominous global threat to public health.

Now in softcover and featuring a new Afterword by author Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (Plume; September 27, 2011; $16.00) provides a clear, compelling and comprehensive look at this issue.  One of the foremost experts in the field, Davis lucidly explains the science behind cell phone radiation, documents the outdated nature of U.S. government regulation, and uncovers the cell phone industry’s pattern of “war-gaming” scientific evidence of cellphone hazards

Disconnect’s topics include:

• Proof that cell phone radiation can fray the DNA in brain cells

• Evidence that cell phone radiation compromises the brains, liver and eye in lab animals

• The effects of cell phone radiation in the elderly, including higher risk of Alzheimer’s

• How cell phone radiation may increase our risk of brain and other cancers

In the new Afterword to Disconnect, Dr. Davis spotlights recent findings on the health risks of cell phone radiation, including the landmark ruling by the World Health Organization that radio frequency and electromagnetic radiation is a “possible” cause of brain cancer, and major efforts of other tech-savvy governments to promote cellphone safety. 

Dr. Davis does not advocate giving up cell phones; she still uses them with a speakerphone or headset.  But as Disconnect plainly shows, it is time to start demanding safer cell phones from manufacturers and higher safety standards from U.S. regulators.  This is a landmark and indispensable book that no cell phone user—or parent of a cell phone user—can afford to ignore.    

ISBN: 978-0-452-29744-9

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