Here is some background information for the interested readers.
Article by Dr. Grün
Dr. Grün wrote an interesting article that appeared in the German magazine raum&zeit in 2007:
It explained in more detail some of his research, including some impressive experiments he did on plants.
Links to some Web sites
The following Web sites provide more information on the potentially serious problems with electromagnetic pollution:
www.magdahavas.com Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor at Trent University, Ontario, Canada, has put together a nice Web site with a lot of information on EMF studies. The site has also a variety of video clips with reports on electromagnetic pollution in society.
www.microwavenews.com is a US web site that various major US newspapers and magazines praised for its "meticulous research".
www.saferphonezone.com is another US web site that looks at the risks associated with mobile phone use.
www.bioinitiativereport.org in the US gives you a comprehensive scientific in-depth information on the risks associated with electromagnetic pollution. Please note that this site asks a small fee to access it so that they can cover their maintenance costs. It is like a membership fee. Update: as of April 26 2011 one can have free access to the site until the end of 2011.
www.buergerwelle.de/en/ The Bürgerwelle is a German web site (in English and German) that provides various links to reports and articles on electromagnetic pollution.
www.radiationresearch.org The EM Radiation Research Trust web site in the UK has a good variety of information on health risks associated with EMF and discusses the consequenses.
http://www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/Database_CEM_EMF.php The PubMed Database is an interesting web site that is hosted in France. It lists a variety of research done on the dangers of EMFs. The studies were conducted by various universities world-wide. Summaries are available in English and French.
Yahoo hosts some groups that discuss the effects of EM smog, for example http://groups.yahoo.com/group/emf-omega-news/
The Radiation Research Trust (www.radiationresearch.org) provides a link to a number of short films about the dangers of mobile phones. They can be viewed online here http://www.youtube.com/user/KevinKoonz .
Questioning the SAR Value Testing Method for Mobile Phones:
The IIREC in Austria and many other institutes have high-lighted the unsuitability of having the SAR value to test for "safe to use" mobile phones. See here (pdf file) for more information on beyond the SAR value. This is really a good read.
The Ramazzini Institute, a national institiute for the study and control of cancer and environmental diseases in Italy, showed non-thermal effects on living matter and thereby questions the suitability of SAR value testing. This study was published in the European Journal of Oncology 2010. A summary and a download link to the full report is here.
Here is another summary of a study reported by the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) in the UK on non-thermal EMF effects in July 2011. This article is maybe more for the technical minded reader.
Even if one does not question the SAR value system, the problems abound. The EHT reported that In France the Government was forced to release results on tests for SAR values of modern phones in June 2017. Scientists called this the French phonegate, since radiation levels were found to be much higher than the values reported by the phone manufacturers. These results would apply in other countries as well.
It is good to see that mainstream newspapers, such as the New York Times have started to discuss the problems using moblie phones, even though stratching only at the surface. The article from November 2010 also high-lights that the mobile phone producers, such as Apple and RIM (they produce the Blackberry phones) are hinting at possible health hazards. In some of their user manuals they recommend that the consumer should hold the phone some distance away from the ear when making calls (who does it?). See here
Here is a report by Dr. Vini Khurana. The Australian neurosurgeon put together a 69-page report on mobile phones and brain tumors: Mobile Phone Medical Alert (English, PDF, 380kb).
Dr.Khurana published in the summer 2010 a follow-up study that high-lights the health risks of mobile phone base stations (repeater antennas on the roof tops). See here Khurana 2010, PDF (224Kb).
A Russian scientific study conducted by Professor Dr. Yury Gigoriev and his colleagues from the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warns that the future generation is at great risk from the potentially adverse influence of EMF transmission from mobile phones, Children and Mobile Phones, PDF, A4 (220Kb). It confirms an earlier French study which was conducted by Dr. Youbicier-Simo at the University Montpellier. Another case-controlled study in Gironde, France conducted by the Institute de Sante Public of the Bordeaux University found significant increases of meningioma cancer risks. A summary of the study is here (PDF, 250 Kb).
The Interphone research group has made public the multi-year study on brain tumor risks with the usage of mobile phones on May 18, 2010 . There have been disagreements amongst the scientists on how to interprete the results and it took the group several years to come to agree on a compromise for a public statement (see also http://www.microwavenews.com) ! However, already an increasing number of researchers voiced design flaws in the study (see also http://www.buergerwelle.de:8080/helma/twoday/bwnews/stories/892/) and selection bias (see also http://microwavenews.com/Interphone.Main.html). Others have also voiced their criticism, see here http://www.radiationresearch.org/articles/facts-15-reasons-for-concern/.
There are more studies coming out all the time from both camps. Just have a look at the Microwave News site. Some show significant increases of risk to cancer and other problems, such as recently found with asthma (see below), while other studies don't see any significant causal relationship between EMFs and the various health problems.
With so much lack of a consensus amongst the scientists what is the normal user of mobile phones to think of this? All one can say is that people should use those phones cautiously and try to find ways to reduce the risks, such as with products that have received a recommendation by some organizations. Why would you want to wait many years for the scientists to come to an agreement?
June 2017: A number of new articles have appeared in the meantime on microwavenews.com and other websites. The Environmental Health Trust has put together a Cell Phone FAQ's of frequently asked questions on cell phone radiation. This is a good summary and includes a brief video presentation. The page itself is up for a while already, but we felt to include it here.
May 2016: The National Toxicology Program (NTP) in the USA released a draft of the report of its 2-year cell phone cancer study. The scientists were so concerned about the elevated rates of two types of cancer among exposed rats that they went ahead to go public with their draft report instead of waiting for another year. In response to this both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Consumers Reports in the USA shelved their long-held wait-and-see position. They encouraged people to take simple precautions to limit their exposures. However, the mainstream media (such as the Washington Post or New York Times) still keep their sceptical views about EMF health risks.
May 2015: Sure you must have come across other articles that discuss the problems related to EMF's. Here are two recent ones. Here and here. The first one appeared on Forbes, a mainstream US magazine, while the other article appeared recently in The Telegraph, a British mainstram newspaper. It is encouraging to see that the attitude in discussing this issue has started to change over the past 3-4 years. More work needs to be done though.
February 2015: France law bans WiFi in daycares and restricts wireless infrastructures. Surprisingly this decision of the French Parliament has hardly been reported outside of France. Here is an article about it in English.
December 2013: An interesting article appeared here. It is about a preliminary study that was conducted at a high-school in Denmark. It looks at the effects of wireless routers on plants. What is encouraging here is that there seems to be awareness growing in the younger population, that EMF risks are there and that one should look into this more and possibly try to find protection from it.
October 2012: Italian Supreme Court Affirms Tumor Risks from Long-Term Use of a Cell Phone. See here.
November/December 2011: A new study from researchers from the Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva, Argentina, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA showed that Wi-Fi from laptop computers may cause infertility in men. This was reported by the Journal of Fertility and Sterility and made public on the Internet by various sites, such as Naturalnews.com and Medicalnewstoday.com.
October 2011: A new Danish study was published that stated that there are no significant cancer risks from cell phone use. Having studied the report a growing number of international experts are exposing major design flaws and selection bias of the study. The authors of the study are currently receiving harsh criticism from their colleages, who stated that the study is pretty worthless. Denis L Henshaw, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Human Radiation Effects, University of Bristol in U.K., echoes these concerns, "This seriously flawed study misleads the public and decision makers about the safety of mobile phone use. I consider that their claims are worthless." For more details (including a link to the Danish study) see the press release by the Environmental Health Trust in the US here.
August 2011: First epidemological study published that shows prenatal exposure to weak EMFs leads to childhood asthma. This study was conducted by De-Kun Lee and coworkers of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, USA. See here and here.
June 2011: Cancer research experts of the World Health Organisation, the International Agency for Cancer Research - IARC, has announced that there is evidence that there is a possible risk of the development of two types of cancer. Therefore the risk of cancer when using mobile phones cannot be ruled out anymore. A close watch on the risks is necessary. Microwave News provided more information on the report and subsequent reactions. They said that
"the IARC news was a sensation. Many stories were featured on the front pages of the world's leading newspapers, such as the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, the Sydney Morning Herald, Le Monde, and the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. Within 24 hours of the IARC press conference there were some three thousand stories on Google News and that was only in English. Many of the stories were among the most read and most e-mailed on any number of Internet news sites around the world." Microwave News was asking "What now?" They mentioned that at IARC's press conference the "IARC staff resisted suggesting how people might protect themselves."
Following these reports, the Environmental Health Trust in the US reported that top doctors were urging cell phone companies to come clean on health dangers posed by radiation, see here. Please note that this short article is also very interesting, because it lists some commonly believed myths and presents the related facts.
May 2011: A council of the European Union examined evidence that the mobile phone and wireless network technologies have potentially harmful effects on humans and concluded that immediate action was required to protect children. They demand a ban of wireless networks and use of mobile phones in schools. See here and here . The EU council passed a strong worded resolution (number 1815-2011) about the dangers of EMF's. Here is the link to the official EU Council web site and the adopted resolution.
It is evident that people have to take it into their own hands to minimize the risks and educate themselves about additional protective mechanisms. This is at least until new types of mobile phones appear and where there is a broad consensus that they are really safe.
Of course there is much more available on the Internet. Just keep visiting the main sites that are listed further up or google on the relevant key words.