Don’t keep cell phones next to your body: California Health Department

Children may be more at risk of harm from exposure to RF energy, says the study.

  • Published: December 16, 2017 1:01 PM IST

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against the dangers of mobile phone radiation. Yes, the thing we are all hooked on and we do not want to put down, is a major cause of electromagnetic radiation and now the CPDH has some tips to protect the public. The department has asked people to decrease their use of smartphones by keeping it at a distance when possible.

The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court. Last year, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the department to release the findings after he started looking into whether mobile phone use increased the risk of tumors.

The document, first spotted by TechCrunch, suggests how the use of cell phones has increased dramatically in recent years among children and young adults. The report also says that phones emit radio frequency (RF) energy, which is not good for human body.

Explaining further, the report suggests that the radio frequency emitted from smartphones causes brain cancer and tumors, lower sperm count, headaches and effects on learning and memory, hearing, human behavior and sleep.

According to the Federal Communication Commission’s website, there is no national standard developed for safety limits. However, the agency requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure all phones comply with “objective limits for safe exposure.”

The CDPH recommends users do not keep their phone in their pockets, not putting it up to your head while talking and instead use speaker or headphones, and not sleeping with the phone near your head. If you are in a fast-moving car, bus or train, your phone will emit more RF energy to maintain the connection.

According to the US Federal Trade Commission, products that interfere with the phone signal may force it to work harder and emit more RF energy in order to stay connected, possibly increasing your exposure.

Just recently, a US-based healthcare firm generated a report that showed how Pregnant women’s exposure to non-ionising radiation from smartphones, Bluetooth devices and laptops may more than double the risk of miscarriage. After controlling for multiple other factors, women who were exposed to higher magnetic fields levels had 2.72 times the risk of miscarriage than those with lower magnetic fields exposure.

  • Published Date: December 16, 2017 1:01 PM IST