A 31-member World Health Organization (WHO) panel composed of scientists from 14 countries has recently declared cell phone radiation to be a “possible carcinogen” in the 2B category. Burning coal, dry cleaning chemicals, gasoline engine exhaust, lead, and the pesticide DDT belong in the same category. (Link)
The WHO panel did not conduct any new studies, but only reviewed previously published evidence – the same evidence that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS), among others, have called “reassuring” and claimed to show “no evidence” of harm, Dr. Joseph Mercola points out.
Over five billion people around the world – about 80 percent of the planet’s population – are using cell phones. Many developing countries have favored cell phone use instead of investing on infrastructure for landlines.
While exposure to cell phone radiation may not cause immediate harm, it can, over time, trigger a host of health conditions and increase your risk of cancer. Cell phone radiation is associated with acoustic neuromas, brain tumors (gliomas), eye cancers, leukemia, meningiomas, salivary gland tumors, and testicular cancers.
The science on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) to human health is still in its infancy, but the classification of cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen should help increase support for more studies, as research funds have been scarce in recent years. Dr. Mercola believes that the lack of research on EMFs will prevent the development of new technologies that can help significantly reduce the health impact of cell phone radiation.
While we wait for cell phone manufacturers, governments, and scientists to find ways to make cell phone use safer, here are Dr. Mercola’s 10 tips that can help reduce your cell phone radiation exposure:
- If you’re a parent, do not allow your children to use wireless devices, or at least set limits to their cell phone use. Because children have thinner skulls and developing immune and nervous systems, they are more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults. Increasing numbers of children are now using cell phones at a young age, which may exponentially increase their risk of cancer and other EMF-related health problems over their lifetime.
- Choose your cell phone carrier wisely. CDMA and GSM are the main technologies used to distribute cell phone signals in the U.S. GSM phones have been found to emit 28 times more radiation than CDMA phones. Verizon and Sprint are the two primary CDMA networks. Most of the other carriers use GSM.
- Use a safe headset. You can keep your cell phone away from your body by using wired headsets. The BlueTube Headset is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. It reduces cell phone radiation and works like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave.
- Minimize your cell phone use. Turn your phone off more often and use it only for emergencies or important matters.
- Use your cell phone only when reception is good. Your phone uses more power to transmit if the reception is weak. The more power it uses, the more radiation it emits.
- Keep your cell phone away from your body when it is on. In terms of cell phone radiation exposure, the most dangerous spot is to be within about six inches of the emitting antenna.
- Avoid carrying your phone on your body.
- Use a landline at home and at work.
- Eliminate or minimize your use of other wireless devices.
- Respect other people who are more sensitive to EMFs. A person who has become sensitive to cell phone radiation can feel the effects of another person’s cell phone in the same room, even when it is on but not being used. Out of consideration, turn your cell phone off if you’re near children or in a meeting, on public transportation, in a courtroom, or other public places.
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