Is cell phone radiation dangerous? California health department wants you to keep them at an 'arm’s length'

Is cell phone radiation dangerous? California health department wants you to keep them at an 'arm’s length'
In the latest installment of "cell phones are/aren't dangerous" series, the California Department of Public Health decided to throw its two cents on the matter, and what a coin toss that was. In a nutshell, you shouldn't carry your cell phone in your pocket, or keep it in your bed while sleeping, or even next to your bed. While those recommendations may sound like an overkill, they stem from a lawsuit that a professor at the University of California Berkeley filed way back in 2009.

Joel Moskowitz claimed that the Health Department is severely underestimating the danger from cell phone emissions, and the general public should know what they are up against. He won the case last year, hence the the California Department of Public Health update of their radiation emission guidelines. The crux of the recommendations came in a quote from the Department's spokesperson Dr. Karen Smith: "We recognize that there are a lot of people in the general public that have some concerns about their cellphones and whether using a cellphone is safe. When you sleep, you keep the cellphone at least at arm’s length away from your body. And also, not carrying your cellphone in your pocket, having it either in your purse or not carrying it with you." 

The spokesperson cites various studies that linked prolonged cell phones usage or exposure to increased chances for headaches, tumors, low sperm count, or generally bad things like memory skips, hearing loss, and disturbed night's sleep. The new guidelines were somewhat forced on the Cal Dept of Public Health by a person known for alarmist theories, and the recommendations even admit that there is no hard evidence for the harmful effect of mobile emissions. Also, given that most everything in California now carries a cancer warning for one compound or another, the cell phone "radiation" worries may be overblown, say cancer and other researchers, so we wouldn't go out and buy a backpack to carry our cell phones with us at all times, though it may be prudent not to talk with them glued to your head for hours on end.



6. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If cellphones caused cancer, everyone with a cellphone would have it.

8. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It is too early to say that. Wait 10-20 more years.

5. vasra

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Facts: 1. Non-ionizing radiation **does cause cellular damage** and has adverse heealth effect risks, incl. miscarriage, cancer and loss of cell energy function (i.e. chronic fatigue, systemic diseases, etc) Ref: Ref: 2. Several independent (not industry-funded) experts and researchers have tried to warn the authorities and the manufacturers about this for years (read: Dr Robert Becker, Dr Olle Johansson, Dr Jack Kruse, Dr Thomas Seyfried, Marin Pall (PhD), etc). Just google them and find some interviews/presentations on youtube. 3. State of California, France, Russia and several other countries have already or are in the planning stages of setting limits for EMI radiation (from phones, wifi, etc). Ref: Ref: Ref: 4. iPhones are the some of the worst radiating smartphones as proven by an independent, 3rd party testing laboratory: Ref: Know the facts.

4. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Drinking green tea helps dissipate radiation from our body.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I try to keep my phone in my backpack as often as I can, it surely can't hurt and helps to focus on different things, can recommend

7. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Not good for your butt. It will get flat :)

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