Environmental Health Trust Board Member Harry V. Lehmann Urges Further Study of Links Between Cell Phone Use and Strokes in Youth

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Distinguished California Attorney Comments on Possible Connection Between Heavy Cell Phone Use and Incidence of Strokes Among Young People

Expert suggests there may a link to elevated risks of strokes in young people and prolonged use of cell phones.

Harry V. Lehmann, a distinguished California attorney and member of the board of Environmental Health Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks, today released a statement on the question of why greater numbers of young people are suffering strokes today compared to older people.

“We know that cell phone radiation weakens the brain’s naturally protective barrier and that more people are using cell phones next to their heads for hours a day,” Mr. Lehmann says. “Of course, we can’t be sure if the skyrocketing use of cell phones by young people lies behind this stunning rise in strokes, but it’s high time research addressed this question directly.”

Mr. Lehmann continues: “A substantial body of empirical scientific data shows that cell telephone radiation is associated with violation of the blood/brain barrier, sometimes referred to as the Frey Effect, and discussed with many citations to the research literature in the book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (Dutton, 2010) by Dr. Devra Lee Davis. This was further substantiated in the Lund University studies of 2005. For societal reasons, including a frequent choice of mobile technology over landlines, the Hispanic immigrant community—just to name one specific segment of society—has within it millions of early adopters and frequent users. The potential for a causal relationship between frequent cell phone use among this population and disproportionate stroke statistics should be thoroughly studied.”

Mr. Lehmann has been practicing law in California since 1977. His career has been largely dedicated to representing clients in civil actions. He has successfully handled or supervised approximately 1,400 civil matters. His work is focused on scientific and engineering proof cases, including products liability, civil engineering, accident reconstruction, and mechanical engineering and aviation product defects litigation. He has significant experience representing individuals and working in mass litigation for consumers. Mr. Lehmann also has experience successfully representing clients suffering from serious and catastrophic personal injuries, and clients that have lost loved ones in accidents. He has significant experience working with clients suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries, and working on injury cases that turn on medical proof.

About Environmental Health Trust
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Current multi-media projects include: local and national campaigns to ban smoking and asbestos; working with international physician and worker safety groups to warn about the risks of inappropriate use of diagnostic radiation and cell phones, exploring what factors lie behind puzzlingly high rates of fibroid tumors, breast cancer and endometriosis in young African American women, and building environmental wellness programs in Wyoming and Pennsylvania to address the environmental impacts of energy development, the built environment and radon. EHT was created with the goal of promoting health and preventing disease one person, one community and one nation at a time. Capitalizing on growing public interest in Dr. Devra Lee Davis’s popular books, When Smoke Ran Like Water, a National Book Award Finalist, and The Secret History of the War on Cancer, and recent documentary films, the foundation’s website will become the go to place for clear, science-based information to prevent environmentally based disease and promote health, and will have portals for the general public, children, and health professionals. For more information, log on to http://www.ehtrust.org.

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