Cell Phone Use and Radiation
Posted on Oct 24 2011 at 02:04:47 PM in Health
Who among us doesn't rely on our cell phones every day? They sure make life more convenient. I was charging mine and almost forgot it today as I was running out of the house and the thought occurred to me, how did we live without these things?! Many people even forego a land line and for some, a cell phone is vital for doing business. But how much radiation are we really being exposed to? A report released from the Environmental Health Trust [EHT] earlier this week says that governmental testing of cell phone radiation is highly inaccurate. “Unsurprising, biased and misleading,” is what EHT President, cancer epidemiologist, Devra Davis, PhD, MPHT says about a recent Danish study that underplayed the cancer risk from cell phone use.
The tests conducted by the Federal Communication Commission [FCC] are based on old science, old cell phone models and they do not take into consideration the increase of current cell phone use. Their tests are done on mannequins emulating a 220 pound man who is 6'2" tall, this does not represent most of the population.
Children absorb radiation at a far higher rate than adults. Radiation goes 150% deeper into the head of a 10 year old child than it does an adult's head; radiation goes even deeper into that of a 5 year old. One study shows that the bone marrow of a child absorbs 10 times the amount of radiation as an adult. The radiation "limits" allowed by governmental studies pertain to adult men not children. It's cause for concern, particularly for kids who have their own cell phone or for kids who frequently use their parent's cell phones for games and web surfing. EHT points out that some countries ban children from using cell phones because of the health risk.
Scientists at the World Health Organization [WHO] believe that cell phones are carcinogenic. ABC News reported that WHO conducted a world wide study revealing that 30 minutes a day of cell phone use for 10 years increased the risk of a rare brain tumor by 40%.
According to the Reasearch Center for Wireless Technology, when you use a cell phone in the car, the reflective properties of the car's metal chassis and frame increases the radiation exposure exponentially to everyone in the car, not just the person using the phone. This also occurs inside buses, motor homes and elevators.
There is no scientific evidence proving that cell phones are safe and clearly more and more studies are showing evidence to the contrary. The FDA claims there is no data to support the theory that cell phones cause cancer but they also say that current research does not lead to the conclusion that they are absolutely safe either. The health risks that cell phones potentially cause is an ongoing concern, one that needs more research. In the mean time, it's not a bad idea tolimit exposure to cell phone radiation: use the speaker phone when possible, only make calls when necessary and keep them short, turn the phone off if it's in your pocket, wear an air tube headset (avoid wireless headsets, they intensify radiation to the ear canal) and allow children to use a cell phone only for emergencies. There was a time when cigarettes were believed to be harmless. Considering what we now know about cigarettes it's shocking to think that women actually used to smoke while they were pregnant. It will be interesting to see what we learn about cell phone use in the coming years.
This investigative report goes in depth on the subject: http://youtu.be/ueXdcY-DzcA