Cell phone radiation not dangerous, says largest peer review to date

Cell phone radiation not dangerous, says largest peer review to date
There is "no clear evidence" about harmful effects of the radiowaves your cell phone is emitting to your health, says the largest review of published research to date.

Scientists sifted through the numerous studies that have been completed since the dawn of mobile, and couldn't spot conclusive evidence about brain tumors, low sperm count, or any other dreadful consequences from using a cell phone or just carrying it in your pocket, though many of those have been bandied around numerous times.

"There are still limitations to the published research that preclude a definitive judgement, but the evidence overall has not demonstrated any adverse effects on human health from exposure to radiofrequency fields below internationally accepted guideline levels," said Professor Anthony Swerdlow, chairman of AGNIR and an epidemiologist at the Institute of Cancer Research.

The last such peer review was done in 2003, but since then we've seemingly accumulated vastly superior research studies in both quantity and quality, which have now been included. 

Still, the scientists made the usual disclaimers that the long-term effects are restricted to the current about 15-year span since cell phones proliferated, and they still detected tiny changes in low frequency brain waves with usage, but it's unclear if those had any effect on it, and overall the no-harm evidence is more overwhelming now. Whew!

source: TheGuardian



5. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Indeed. If there was any validity to these ridiculous claims,there would be an epidemic of cancers and tumors in cell phone users. They've been around for what,20 or 30 years now? But as you mention,our joke of a media will throw anything into prime-time to sell advertising,no matter how preposterous.

4. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Sigh...of course it's not dangerous - cell phones don't emit ionizing radiation. Seriously, anyone with two years of college physics courses should know this; the fact that it continues to get press releases in the media is more a testament to how anything can make its way into public discussion. If people think the heat on your scalp could be damaging somehow, fine, but it's literally physically impossible for cell radiation to cause cancer - it's just not that type of radiation. Text while driving, on the other hand, is a well-known cause of death, but not due to cancer.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Pretty neat that you are commenting on a fellow author's work....great comment!

7. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Daniel did a good job writing up the contents of the report - I just was commenting on the issue in general.

3. androidaddict

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

still it does not take much to use phones with lower SAR value... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_absorption_rate

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Well that's good news.

1. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

Still sceptical @ this stage .If I was using phone for calls I would prefer a blue tooth device next to my ear.

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