Are Cell Phones Bad For Your Health?

June 1, 2012

Smart PhoneSince more than half of the cell phone emission studies are funded by Cell phone manufacturers, it won’t be too difficult to guess who controls what little of these studies get release to the consuming public.  It’s a known fact cell phones emit Radio Frequency (RF) energy, which research studies have proven to be harmful.  Yet manufacturers downplay the health issues, and suppress results of the studies.

No one believes this revelation would change consumer habits.  It certainly won’t.  The cell phone has become a must-carry gadget you don’t leave home without. If even science had proven cell phones did cause brain cancer, consumers would choose what they believe to be the safest brand…  perhaps, one with a low specific absorption rate (SAR).

Though some safety measures published by phone makers sound like marketing pitches,  e.g., use only accessories supplied and approved by this maker,  they all provide valuable safety information that should not be taken likely.  So please read your manual carefully.

There is a 1.6 watt-per-kilogram SAR limit set by the FCC. But a phone can easily exceed that limit if held close to the body while it is transmitting, or been operated in an area with poor signal, causing the phone to work harder.  The safest distance a cell phone should be held away from the body varies by manufacturer.  But all manufacturers emphasized using non-metal belt clips, hands-free headsets, instead of carrying the phone in your pocket, holding it to your head, respectively, as highly recommended ways to maintain that safe distance.

The National Institute of Health has discovered from one of their studies, that a 50-minute conversation on a cell phone held next to your ear, changes brain activity in the area of the brain closest to the phone.  While the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared in 2011 that cell phones may cause cancer in humans.

Several research studies conducted not only in Britain, but around the world, have shown that young men who are constantly exposed to cell phone emissions because of frequent usage, have severely reduced their sperm count.  “Sperm exposed to mobile phone radiation in the lab, is sicker, thinner, and less capable of swimming.” said notable research scientist, Devra Davis.  “If you take young men who are trying to become fathers, those who use mobile phones at least four hours a day have about half the sperm count of others.”

United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics found a 50 percent increase in frontal and temporal lobe tumors in children between 1999 and 2009.  There is great speculation as to the cause.  But many researchers believe it to be cell phone radiation emissions.

Children are extremely vulnerable to cell phone radiation, since their bodies absorb twice as much microwave as adults, says Joel Moskowitz, director of the center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkley.  An animal study published in March 2012 by the Yale University linked changes in the brain to radiation from cell phones.

Grasp hold of whatever safety information made available by cell phone makers and other independent  resources, and use it to make your mobile experience a much safer one.

Related Resources:
Cellphones and Cancer Risk
Health Hazards of Cell Phone Use
The Dangers of Cell Phones


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