Gwyneth Paltrow & Science: Website Says You Can Have Cancer Because of Mobile Phones


No stranger to attention-grabbing articles, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website now claims that mobile phones are toxic.

The article, with the title, “Are Cell Phones and WiFi Signals Toxic?” where she says that smartphone technology is still relatively new with safety requirements that are “generally untested.”

The 43-year-old A-lister writes, “The scientific community’s rumblings about brain cancer and the new-to-us affliction ‘electro-sensitivity’ are worth exploring, at the very least, so we tapped three experts in the field.”

Gwyneth consults Dr. David Carpenter, Ann Louise Gittleman, and Devra Davis, to help her readers “understand the complicated and messy world of cell phone and WiFi safety.”

Nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. claims that mobile phones use the same kind of radiofrequency radiation as microwave. She also added that longer mobile phones use leads to a greater risk of having cancer.

Gittleman added that the radio-frequency emitted from cellphones can be linked to neuron death in the brain and blood permeability.

The National Cancer Institute reports that although there have been concerns that radio frequency energy from cell phones held closely to the head may affect the brain and other tissues, there is still no evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans that radio frequency energy can cause cancer to date.

The institute’s website also cited “The Interphone Study,” conducted by a consortium of researchers from 13 countries, is the largest health-related case-control study of use of cell phones and head and neck tumors.

Most published analyses from the study showed that there are no statistically significant increases in brain or central nervous system cancers related to higher amounts of cell phone use.

Another recent study from the group found no relationship between brain tumor locations and regions of the brain that were exposed to the highest level of radiofrequency energy from cell phones.

Weighing in on the claims made on Goop, Martyn Landi, Press Association’s Technology Correspondent, said in a report on Mail Online, “This subject is not a new one, but labelling all gadgets and technology as though they are toxic is somewhat irresponsible.”

“They have recommended reducing use where possible as a precaution, but not a blanket ban. Nothing has been proven, and suggesting outright that they are toxic is just basic scaremongering and doesn’t help anyone.”

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