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Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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"Davis makes a strong case in her book that we've underplayed the possible threat from cell phones for too long...Time and again, she shows the way that industry has been able to twist science just enough to stave off the possibility of any regulation."
-Time Magazine

"Disconnect will surprise many and anger some. It tells all too human stories behind the science and engineering of cell phones and raises important unresolved questions about this universal technology."
-Frank A. Barnes, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder; Member of the National Academy of Engineering

"A critically important book that is a must-read for parents and policy makers. A surprising, well-documented, and compelling call for action."
-Phil Lee, M.D., former United States assistant secretary for health; Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

"An amazing and important book that must be read to be believed. Are these devices safe for humans? The 'don't ask, don't tell' approach of the industry is irresponsible at best, criminal at worst. Read and learn why and how to protect yourself and your loved ones."
-Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The UltraMind Solution; Chairman, The Institute for Functional Medicine

"A brilliant and courageous tour de force by one of our nation's leading environmental health experts. Davis provides a detailed exposé that forces us all to take a good, hard look at what we know and what we don't know about cell phones."
-Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., Founding Director Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

"Devra Davis has written a book that will change the way the world thinks about cell phones and the potential public heath disaster they represent."
-Carlos Santos-Burgoa, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Past President, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

"This book will be a must-read for anyone who cares about our children's brains."
-David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., author of Anticancer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a scientist, professor, speaker, and acclaimed author. Her first book, When Smoke Ran Like Water, was a National Book Award finalist.

Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140016897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400168972
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is THE best book on this vital topic. Davis can really write, and she's been talking with many of the key scientists. Prof. Om Gandhi used to work with Motorola but has been an independent professor for decades. His work on how microwaves penetrate deeply into a child's brain raised many eyebrows, but what he says here is just devastating. Similar info from Prof. Adelkopfer in Europe, plus a great intro into the work of Dr. Sam Milham.

Anyone can understand this book, but scientists will be most surprised by how much they learn about the mechanisms of damage (still not completely worked out, but the smoking guns are plain to see).

The weakest part is the appendix on how to protect yourself. Too much emphasis on using a headset. That does reduce the intensity of the microwaves, which should protect you from the diseases Prof. Olle Johansson has studied, but not nearly enough to protect from the nerve damage and blood-brain barrier penetration seen by Prof. Salford; in fact, it could make that worse. Even those making only 2 calls per day must consider themselves to be at risk based on the behavior changes seen in the study led by Prof. Kheifets.

I'm a scientist and I have read these papers, so I wasn't shocked. I already knew cellphones were deadly and already canceled mine years ago. But I did learn some important things and was pleased to get the inside story from these researchers. I'm sure this book will be condemned by the same old people (Prof. Bob Park, Ken Foster, etc. Note they will all have military backgrounds if you read their resumes). But to attack this book they're going to have to dismiss some of the strongest researchers in the field, many who were formerly funded by industry, plus the former head of the WHO...
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I recently started giving a lot more consideration to the things around me: electric and magnetic fields, soaps, cleaning chemicals and, yes, microwaves like ovens and those emitted from phones. I have a doctorate degree in science and have written papers myself. It is no mystery at all that a lot of research in every field is distorted by politics, money and industries. The author spends an inordinate amount of time detailing the history of cell phone research and how it wasn't really valid or how it was manipulated by the cell phone industry. OK, I get that. Thanks.

So why a 2 star review? First of all, it was very boring to read chapter after chapter about cell phone research - I thought a portion of the book would be about that, not close to 80% of it. Second of all, it didn't really answer many of the nagging questions which it claimed to answer. The book says right in the title, "...and how to protect your family." For having that right in the title, I was amazed that her advice was limited to a few pages in the very last chapter. By the end of this book, I thought I would know a lot more about the technical issues of microwave exposure and how to minimize it. She mentions that you should not keep a phone on your hip but doesn't really say why or how important that is. I have to carry a phone with me for work emergencies, for example. I can't turn it off...ever. What should I do?

Here are examples of what I wanted answered: I was hoping to find out how much radiation a phone in standby transmits, how this might affect me and how far my kids should be from a phone on standby. I also wanted to know more about those huge cell towers you see around the neighborhood. How bad are those? What if I can see one from my house, is that a problem?
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This book written by Devra Davis gives credibility to what I have though caused my brain tumor. Being a Realtor for 25 years I spent most of my life with a cell phone to the right side of my head with excessive minutes 1,000 - 3,000 per month. People are waiting for the government to tell them that it isn't safe. I am living proof that it isn't. In other countries our children are not allowed to purchase cell phones until they are 18 years old. Although I do agree that the reading is challenging for the person who doesn't have a scientific mind or a personal story that resonates with the book. It would be beneficial for Devra to write a follow up book or guide answering the questions and elaborating on how to protect our families. If you are interested here is my story:

For 42 years I lived a very busy life always focused on the next goal and how to achieve it. Together with my husband we have made many beautiful things, most notably our two daughters. Prior to being diagnosed with my brain tumor my life seemed to be spinning out of control. My body had trouble keeping up with my racing mind. I was diagnosed with bells palsy while pregnant with my second child. I never felt the same. For several years I went to doctors and because I looked "healthy" they told me that it was just depression. Being a real estate broker and experiencing the most difficult times of my 25 year career it certainly was believable. However in my heart I knew that something was wrong. The week before I was diagnosed I went to a specialist. He ran numerous tests and we made an appointment for the following week. That Sunday at church I prayed and gave my life to Jesus Christ. I continued to race through each day struggling to understand my challenges.
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